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Identity vs. Use: What Is Religious Prejudice?
Imagine you are part of a church with a preschool and daycare center. You enroll children of any religion, and the townspeople rely upon to make ends meet. The preschool qualifies in every way for a state program to resurface your playground, but its application is denied simply because it...
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Observing Ramadan Requires Muslims To Eat Before Daylight and at Sun Set - Is that a Real Fast?
Ramadan Requires Muslims to Skip Lunch By Sabeeha Rehman WSJ Islam is works oriented and demands a weak fast For one month during Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink from daybreak to sundown. At age 7, I would plead with my mother to let me fast as the adults...
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U.S. Plans to Drop Protections for Yellowstone-Area Grizzly Bears
Bears Appear to be Unfit to Survive Refuting Undirected Evolution Associated Press Bears seem to suggest that Darwinian Evolution is a myth. BILLINGS, Mont.—The federal government is proposing to lift threatened-species protections for hundreds of Yellowstone-area grizzlies, opening the door to future hunts for the fearsome bears across parts of...
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The Myth of the Christian "Dark Ages"
In my college history class, I was assigned the book The Discoverers by Daniel J. Boorstin. It was an interesting and eminently readable tome, becoming a best-seller. In what is labeled "a personal note to the reader," Boorstin states that he is a champion of the discoverer and that "the...
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Boghossian and New Atheists Call Theists Nuts and Loons - Christians Should be Locked Up
Acidic Atheist Boghossian: Treat All Believers as Mentally Ill - Lock 'Em Up! By Mike Robinson Boghossian and New Atheists want to lock up all theists because he says they are crazy When one pretends to know things one doesn’t know in science, one gets laughed at (Matt Thornton). The...
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Demanding Scientific Proof for the Soul is Like Valuing a Sunset by Its Price Tag
I recently had a discussion with an atheist on where we debated the reality of the soul. During a Twitter exchange, I had mentioned the soul as a real entity. Here’s the first part of that exchange:@comereason: Never discount the witness of the soul. @chipsalonna: True. One should discount the...
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Islamic Terror & A Peaceful Response
Recent terror attacks could motivate a supposition that Islam may be the greatest perpetrator of terror today. Is Islam An Agent For Terror? Statistics do not lie. Consider a few terror statistics in the recent years:1 (1) As on date, 18 terror attacks by Islamic terrorists eliminated 350+ and 900+...
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Selective outrage by the liberal media and its consequences
It's no secret that I'm not a fan of many mainstream media. Everyone knows most cable news channels have a liberal slant. You know what, though? I would even watch liberal news shows if they presented the news. What we have instead is a bunch of channels presenting half-truths and...
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Why God Allows Evil Upon Christian Evangelists?
34 year old Nabeel Qureshi was a devout Ahmadiyya Muslim. He converted to Christianity almost 12 years ago. He served as an itinerant speaker with RZIM, and is a best-selling author (Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, No God But One—Allah or Jesus?). Last year, the news that Nabeel had been diagnosed...
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Why even teach evolution?
I don't have anything against education. As a matter of fact, if I won the lottery and didn't have to work anymore, I'd be a professional student for the rest of my life. I love learning. Some people like to study very narrow subjects – something like Russian literature. These...
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Heidi Baker, drunk in the Spirit?
Anyone who has reads my blog regularly could probably guess that I'm a cessationist. While I don't agree with the continuation of charismatic gifts (tongues, prophecy, etc), neither do I usually condemn too harshly people who feel they have these gifts. I believe many people who “speak in tongues,” for...
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Book Review: Dictionary of Christianity and Science
It should be no secret science plays an inordinately large role on modern culture. As I've noted before, scientific advancements have allowed human beings banish diseases that were once fatal, create new materials in the lab that outrival nature, and generally control and command their world in ways that had...
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Stop spouting facts... the science is settled!
According to Wikipedia, s cientism is a term used to describe the universal applicability of the scientific method and approach, and the view that empirical science constitutes the most authoritative worldview or the most valuable part of human learning—to the exclusion of other viewpoints. Followers of scientism tend to be...
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It's a numbers game... and evolution is losing!
Evolution is a theory fraught with difficulties – so much so that I'm genuinely surprised that people still take it seriously. I'm not talking about answers we don't have – like, a plausible explanation for the origin of the first common ancestor or not finding any fossils for the “innumerable”...
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Imagine you are part of a church with a preschool and daycare center. You enroll children of any religion, and the townspeople rely upon to make ends meet. The preschool qualifies in every way for a state program to resurface your playground, but its application is denied simply because it...
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Tap the links to learn more!#1- Christianity and science are NOT at odds with each otherThe mantras in today's university classrooms seem to be that science has proven Christianity false and that Christianity is anti-science. This could not be further from the truth of the situation. Science IS at odds...
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Follow @Kindle4Christ Switch to mobile friendly version Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith by J. Warner Wallace $3.99 Forensic Faith will help readers: understand why they have a duty to defend the truth; develop a training strategy to master the evidence...
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Follow @Apologetics_Qts Switch to mobile friendly version We need to tell stories that show our need for rescue and redemption, and that there is no place so low, no state of weakness too profound, no state of desperation so deep that God cannot find us and rescue us. — Holly...
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Follow @ThePoachedEgg Switch to mobile friendly version Unbelievable? Interview with Justin Brierley about His New Book by Sean McDowell Justin Brierley is the host of " Unbelievable?" the UK-based apologetics radio/podcast show (which is one of my personal favorites!). I have had the privilege of being on the program twice...
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Follow @ThePoachedEgg Switch to mobile friendly version Book Review: Apologetics and the Christian Imagination by Dr. Holly Ordway by Zak Schmoll Apologetics and the Christian Imagination: An Integrated Approach to Defending the Faith, written by Dr. Holly Ordway, was published in 2017 by Emmaus Road Publishing. I was given a...
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Follow @ThePoachedEgg Switch to mobile friendly version Who Wrote the Gospel of Luke and Acts? By Brian Chilton We have been engaged in a series of articles discussing the authorship of the books of the New Testament. In this article, we consider the Third Gospel, the Gospel of Luke. Who...
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In my college history class, I was assigned the book The Discoverers by Daniel J. Boorstin. It was an interesting and eminently readable tome, becoming a best-seller. In what is labeled "a personal note to the reader," Boorstin states that he is a champion of the discoverer and that "the...
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IntroductionAs a defender of the Christian worldview my primary goal is to see unsaved people be saved, but in many conversations, I see numerous intellectual stumbling blocks for them, many put in place by other Christians. This is the reason that I not only defend the Christian worldview in general...
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I recently had a discussion with an atheist on where we debated the reality of the soul. During a Twitter exchange, I had mentioned the soul as a real entity. Here’s the first part of that exchange:@comereason: Never discount the witness of the soul. @chipsalonna: True. One should discount the...
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IntroductionIt is necessary that Christians be able to think properly. As we discuss our worldview with unbelievers and present arguments for God's existence and the resurrection of Jesus Christ it is necessary that we present sound arguments. It is also necessary that we be able to properly identify mistakes in...
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It should be no secret science plays an inordinately large role on modern culture. As I've noted before, scientific advancements have allowed human beings banish diseases that were once fatal, create new materials in the lab that outrival nature, and generally control and command their world in ways that had...
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IntroductionIn any discussion in which we are defending a particular view, we must present both a positive case and the negative case. The positive case shows the evidence for the view we are defending, while the negative case shows the problems with the alternative being presented. Both are necessary in...
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Scientific Challenges to ChristianityChallenges to the Christian worldview come from many different directions, but one of the most common that I see is from the direction of the sciences. Many skeptics see the claims of creation in the beginning pages of the Bible and dismiss all its contents. It is...
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Here is an excellent clip by Inspiring Philosophy about how to define moral realism.
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How do Christians take Jesus as the prime example of how to engage the contemporary culture? Let me expand on this: Truth When I read the Gospels, I see Jesus as the embodiment of truth and love. In other words, to… Continue reading →
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Everyone has a worldview, and our overarching beliefs ultimately impact the way we evaluate our experiences and interpret claims and objectives, including claims about purpose and meaning. My friend, Teasi (pronounced “Tee See”) Cannon has a deep love for Christian case making (apologetics) and has incorporated that passion in a...
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For all those who have seen the Wonder Woman movie, here is an excellent article by Mama Bear Apologetics.
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Introduction Hermeneutics is the art and science of Biblical interpretation. It is a crucial part of discipleship. Also, it is because of a lack of understanding of hermeneutics that people misunderstand the Bible. So in this post I have created… Continue reading →
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Those of us who acknowledge the self-evident existence of transcendent, moral truth claims (i.e. “It’s never OK to torture babies for fun”) need to be prepared for opposition from unbelievers who anticipate and reject the implications. If objective, transcendent moral laws exist, the need for an adequate source (a transcendent...
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In this blast from the past, J. Warner responds to a common atheistic claim: Skeptics argue that Christians believe Christianity is true simply because they were raised in a Christian culture. If believers were raised in a Muslim culture (according to the skeptics), they would believe that Islam is true...
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In 2004, I started going to the Ohio State University and engaging students for the truth claims of Christianity. I did hundreds of surveys with students and certainly begin to see some of the objections people had to the Christian… Continue reading →
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The Son of God/Son of David and The Good News When it comes to whether or not Jesus is the Messiah, there is no disagreement between Christians and Jewish people that the Messiah has to be a descendant of David.… Continue reading →
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Whenever I talk about becoming a “One Dollar Apologist,” I immediately think about the importance of being a lifelong learner. Christian Case Makers are leaders; we lead people to the truth and help guide them through the skeptical minefields of the culture. Leaders must, by definition, lead; we have to...
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In this preview of Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith, J. Warner Wallace describes why it’s important to make young believers a priority. As parents, we are usually willing to put the needs of our kids ahead of ourselves. Are we...
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As Christians, we acknowledge God is good, all-powerful and all-loving. If this is the case, why does God permit the pain and suffering we see all around us? A good god would not allow the kind of suffering we see in our world, would He? Those of us who have...
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Old Testament Mass Killings
Paul Coulter takes an in depth look at the violence in the Old Testament that was commanded by God and asks how we should understand it. Introduction: The Problem A number of cases of mass killings of people, apparently at God’s behest, are recorded in the Old Testament: 1. The...
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Crusades, Inquisitions, Witch-hunts, etc.
When I teach on why God allows evil, I include a lengthy discussion on the Crusades, inquisitions, witch-hunts, slavery, Nazi Christians, and the oppression of women (for the rest of this post I’m going to sum this up as “Crusades, etc.”). Although these events aren’t typically a part of problem...
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One Some have argued that evil and suffering are logically incompatible with the existence of God. This argument can be set out quite simply: i) A wholly good being always eliminates evil as far as he can. ii) There are no limits to what an omnipotent and omniscient being can...
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The Atheist's Dilemma
I tried to face down an overwhelming body of evidence, as well as the living God. I don't know when I first became a skeptic. It must have been around age 4, when my mother found me arguing with another child at a birthday party: "But how do you know...
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What is the Earliest Complete List of the Canon of the New Testament?
In the study of the New Testament canon, scholars like to highlight the first time we see a complete list of 27 books. Inevitably, the list contained in Athanasius’ famous Festal Letter (c.367) is mentioned as the first time this happened. As a result, it is often claimed that the...
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Question: How much weight should be given to the early church fathers’ theological positions? Answer: The simple answer is that their theological position should be given zero weight. When Irenaeus or Polycarp or Origen or Clement of Rome or Justin Martyr spoke on theological or doctrinal matters, they are not...
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