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Finish What You've Started

What if there was a library somewhere which kept a record of everything that has and will ever occur within the span of time? I’d like to think that in such a place, there would have to exist a book containing a small number of names. Names of those who stuck with a cause long enough to see it change the world around them. A handful of noble men who lived and died for what they believed. Men... »

Do Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence?

Carl Sagan is most noted for speaking the phrase, ‘Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence’ (begins at 0:40s in the video above). The statement seems at first thought to be true. But is it really? Do extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence? Atheistic philosopher Stephen Law believes it might, since he used the phrase as his first premise against the resurrection of Jesus (a... »

Video: Why Our Family Left the Mormon Church

I wanted to share this very thoughtful and well done video by a family who left the LDS church. They present many reasons why they decided they could no longer believe in Mormonism. I encourage anyone to watch this, whether Mormon or just curious to learn more about their church. Their exit letters and more information can be found at Perfect The Saints. »

Student Versus Professor Debate At Oxford University 04/27/2012

Last night I was at Oxford University to watch the debate on whether or not God exists between Calum Miller, a third-year medical student, and former professor of chemistry Peter Atkins. Miller defended the theistic view and Atkins argued against God’s existence. Miller opened the debate with an excellent explanation of methodology and then he presented three arguments that followed through with h... »

A Response to Some Mormon Objections to the Trinity

God has laid it on my heart over the past several years to purposefully develop close friendships with Mormons. True to form, He has brought all the right people into my life, sparking many valuable conversations, and I am eternally grateful for all of this. I say all of this for two reasons. First, that you would understand the source of the objections I will discuss today; second, that you may u... »

A Simple Argument Against Naturalism

If naturalism is true, then everything that exists is composed of matter and energy. There is no God and no immaterial soul. Everything that you think or feel results from the arrangement of the atoms in your brain. Furthermore, if evolution is also true, then these physical structures in your brain came into existence through the mechanism of natural selection weeding out random genetic mutations... »

Verificationism, Logical Positivism, and Self-Destruction

Recently I’ve been messaging with a fellow on facebook about verificationism. So, I’ve been inspired to write a post about it. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, verificationism is the view that a statement or proposition is only valid if there is a way to determine it is true. More specifically, verificationism is often associated with/as logical positivism. Logical positivism (philosoph... »

Why Mormonism and Christianity are Two Different Worldviews

If you consult your dictionary for a definition of what a Christian is you’ll discover this very broad answer: “a person who has received Christian baptism or is a believer in Jesus Christ and his teachings.” The difficulty with this broad definition is that many individuals, including Mormons, claim to believe in God, his son Jesus, the teachings of the Bible and to have been baptized. Neverthele... »

Re: Thomas Talbott's Gauntlet

This link was brought to my attention: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/2011/07/05/thomas-talbotts-gauntlet/ In it, Thomas Talbott thinks there are 3 statements where only 2 can be affirmed at a time. The denial of #3 will lead us to Universalism (which Talbott holds to). Why write about this at an apologetics website? Well, some think the existence of Hell is so repulsive that they could n... »

Rob Bell on Japan

Though the question is admittedly quite difficult, I was disappointed with Rob Bell’s response. The question is important, and I believe Christians have the responsibility to attempt a better answer. Martin Bashir asked, “Which of [these] is true: [God] is all-powerful and He [does not care], or He cares and He’s not all-powerful.” Rob Bell responded by stating, “I think this is a paradox at... »

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