Kurt Jaros's Posts

REVIEW: You Will Be Made to Care

REVIEW: You Will Be Made to Care

Many people scoff at the idea that Christians are being persecuted against in this country. True, Christians aren’t being murdered for their faith but persecution takes many forms. Persecution takes the form of harassment, insults, bullying, and stealing. If persecution is understood in this way, then the persecution of Christians in America is actually happening at a surprising rate and in a very... »

REVIEW: The Uncontrolling Love of God

REVIEW: The Uncontrolling Love of God

How refreshing it was to read from Dr. Thomas Jay Oord! This was the first published work of his that I had read and I felt quite comfortable reading it, as if he and I were on the same side of the debate on theodicy. I have a few disagreements with him, but some of the important agreements were present: the belief that freedom entails an indeterminate future and that some actions that occur do so... »

Chrislam: A Reply to Francis Beckwith

For those of you who are unaware of a small controversy occurring at Wheaton College (and online), a political science professor has been suspended because of her show of solidarity with Islam on the basis that we are “people of the book” and that “we worship the same God.” Even the Chicago Tribune got in on the action! This has led to many voicing their agreement or disagr... »

Review: The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist by Andy Bannister

Andy Bannister’s The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist is a witty and easy-to-read take upon the problems with the new pop-atheism. Brief Summary of the First Three Chapters  In chapter 1 he critiques the atheist buses … that is, the ones in England with the atheist advertisements “There’s Probably No God. Now Stop Worrying and Enjoy Your Life.” He illustrates how poor of an argument it is by substituting ... »

Christian Eugenics? A Reply to Stone

In her blog post on Christianity Today’s website, “Contraception Saves Lives,” guest author Rachel Marie Stone argues that Margaret Sanger should be praised for her efforts in preventing humans from being conceived. Stone first presents an anecdote of Sanger as a young nurse, whose mother had 18 pregnancies (seven of which ended in death). The young Sanger sought to become a nurse to care for preg... »

“If you were born in _______, then you’d be a ______.”

“If you were born in _______, then you’d be a ______.” It’s a phrase that you might have heard before, but if you haven’t you certainly will in the future. The first blank is filled with the name of a country or region and the second with a belief system. So you might hear something like, ‘If you were born in the Middle East, then you would be a Muslim.’ This phrase is the epitome of the genetic f... »

Craig Keener on the First Christmas

Please consider watching Craig Keener, a prolific New Testament scholar, as he explains some details and myths about the First Christmas. »

The Problem with Evil (Audio)

I’m teaching a three-week Sunday school course on the problem of evil at Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton, IL. The first week was on the logical problem of evil and the supposed genocide commands in the Old Testament. Below you’ll find the outline of the talk and the audio recording. Some articles I used for research or mentioned in the talk: “How Could God Command Killing... »

Welcome to Social Apologetics!

Social.Apologetics.com comes from a former website project of Apologetics.com’s: RealClearApologetics.com 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 Apologetics.com staff we decided to create a whole new website th... »

A Critique of White’s Reply to Harwood’s Message

I started writing a review of James White’s recent critique of Adam Harwood’s talk at Truett-McConnell, but then decided against it because White’s initial comments are extremely distasteful. Nevertheless, people need to know the truth and it is worth wading through the bad stuff to get there. First I will deal with White’s initial comments, then I will deal with the more relevant objections... »

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