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Lecture 2: “Theology, Society, and Worship”

Last time we looked at the relationship between gospel and culture. We discussed the Accommodation View and the Isolation View, both of which we found to be inadequate, as well as the Transformation View which we found to be theologically and biblically more satisfying. Today I want us to ask a slightly broader question: What is the relationship between theology and society? The gospel is one face... »

What Criminal Trials Teach Us About Objective Moral Truth

I’ve been involved in numerous criminal trials over the years, most involving cold-case murderers. In many of these cases, the outcome was influenced (in large part) by activity outside the presence of the jury. There are legal rules both sides must follow when conducting the prosecution and defense. Sometimes these rules allow one side to take advantage of the other in subtle, yet powerful ways. ... »

Lecture 1: “Gospel & Culture”

It is a deep pleasure for me to be a sojourner with you in this course and in the Kingdom. I use the term “sojourner” deliberately: while I am the professor of this course, I am also one who is learning what it means to be faithful to Jesus, our redeemer and Lord. So, yes, there is a distinction between instructor and student, professor and class; but insofar as we are parts of the Body of Christ,... »

A new series of blogs/lectures

In a few days, I plan to start a new series of blogs. This (rather lengthy) series will consist primarily in a set of (modified) lecture notes for a course I teach at Biola University entitled “Foundations of Christian Thought.” There are four major sections which make up the course: (1) Forming a Christian Worldview; (2) Doing Theology Biblically; (3) Integrating Faith & Reason; a... »

Welcome to Social Apologetics! comes from a former website project of’s: RealClearApologetics was founded by yours truly, and over time the intention of the website changed. It began to evolve into a social networking site (with a blogging feature) for members. After discussion with some of the staff we decided to create a whole new website th... »

Resources to Help You Respond to the Problem of Evil (Free Bible Insert)

I recently sat down for an interview with a host who expressed his concern about the problem of evil in our world: If there is an all-powerful, all-loving God, why would he allow evil to exist in His creation? Is He unable to stop it? If so, He isn’t all-powerful. Is He unwilling to stop it? If so, He isn’t all-loving. While I wish I’d had enough time to respond properly to the interviewer’s conce... »

John Frum and the Jesus Myth

I’ve had exchanges with a Christ myther who has posited the case of the John Frum “cargo cult” as an example of how a person could be invented wholesale and inserted into history, just as Christ myther’s suppose Jesus was. Although I have not seen this example appealed to often, it seemed to be worth a look. Fortunately, a comprehensive account of the Frum cult was easy to find i... »

Human Sacrifice at Gibeon?

2 Samuel 21:1-9 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites. And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them; (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; and the children of Israel had s... »