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ACM’s January Literary Journal Edition Released

This ministry’s literary journal January edition has been released and is ready for reading online or download.  A Kindle edition is also available.

A synopsis is below.  Go right on ahead to read the whole thing here:  http://literaryapologetics.com/

To download the January edition of Literary Apologetics.Mag in the format you prefer, please visit:  http://literaryapologetics.com/download-january-2011-edition/204.html

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What Mattered Most (Short Story)

By Derek Elkins

He wasn’t her regular sort of customer. Typically, they glanced around every few minutes like deer expecting a trap to thrust shut. And they always, without exception, had their mouths set in that wide leer while their … continue reading...

Barna Reflects on 6 ‘Megathemes’ Killing the Church

HT Lenny Esposito

Not too long ago I created a website called The Death of Christianity.  Its intent was to distill into one place my thoughts regarding the crisis facing the church today.    These thoughts have developed after almost 20 years of Christian apologetics, but I bring to bear numerous studies to show that my perceptions have reflected a true reality.  This week, Barna published another article detailing 6 ‘megathemes’ they had detected through surveying in 2010.

I don’t think anyone who is paying attention will be surprised.  But who is paying attention?  And of those paying attention, what … continue reading...

Buy George MacDonald’s Lilith

George MacDonald was the literary and spiritual forbear of many 20th century Christians, the most prominent perhaps being C.S. Lewis who cited Phantastes as ‘baptizing his imagination.’  This Christmas, pick up the other notable work by George MacDonald, Lilith, at a huge discount- for just $5.95 plus shipping!

Buy it soon as quantities are limited.

If you did want to pick it up on Amazon.com, it is listed at $11.66 as of this writing.

To see all of ACM’s books, including a number of Christian classics go here.… continue reading...

Bubblegum and Suckers a short children’s story for adults

Bubblegum and Suckers

A Children’s Book for Adults

(Illustrations to come?)

Copyright 2010, Anthony Horvath, All Rights Reserved

I originally wrote this almost a full year ago but it seems to remain relevant and even though the ‘Father’ alluded to in the last paragraphs is drawing closer (ie, the last election), it is my view that he has not yet quite arrived.


Bubblegum and suckers, fudge and cookies for all! This among other things was their rallying cry and no one can cry louder than seven and eight year olds deprived of supper and sleep. A sleepy populace heeded their… continue reading...

Literary Magazine with Apologetics Emphasis November Edition

I am very pleased to announce that our first edition of Athanatos Christian Ministry’s newest endeavor, Literary Apologetics.Mag, has been released as of yesterday, Nov. 1st, 2010.

The website is:  http://literaryapologetics.com/

The basic purpose of the magazine is to deliberately and intentionally cultivate a perspective within the Church that acknowledges the important role of the arts in our culture in shaping viewpoints and- and this is important- seeks to participate and emphasize the arts (rather than withdrawing from them, or condemning them).

You can read the current edition online by going to the link above or you can download the … continue reading...

People for the Ethical Treatment of Video (PETV)

This column was posted in Christianvideomagazine.com’s September 2010 edition, released today:

Now, intellectually we understand that movies coming out of Hollywood and sitcoms do not correspond to reality.  Though we recognize that manipulation and propaganda sometimes emanate from them, we know that when we view their stories, we are willfully participating in fantasy.  The propaganda in these cases is not very potent.  It’s there, but we usually recognize entertainment as entertainment.

The truly dangerous propaganda is that which is presented as fact, especially when presented visually.   In these cases, it comes associated with a chart, a graph, and a computer … continue reading...

In Defense of the Arts: Article in ChristianVideoMag

I was recently invited to submit articles for consideration in a mag called Christian Video Magazine.  I was delighted to take them up on the offer.  My first article was published today in their August edition.

You can read my article online here.

You can forward it along in pdf, here.

You can read my article where it is found in the whole magazine,  in pdf, here. (start at page 15)

Interestingly, our online apologetics conference presenter Robert Velarde also appears in this edition.  Check his article out.  It’s worth it.

Excerpt:

“He has set eternity in the hearts of … continue reading...

Apologetics Book Club

Athanatos Christian Ministries is launching an book club.  The year long membership delivers one book a month for just $10 a month- including shipping!  The books selected continue to influence Christian thought and provide useful insight for apologists in particular, Christians in general, and readers of all stripes, as they grapple with Truth.  The list includes both fiction and non-fiction and the authors span centuries and countries.

To learn more and sign up click here.

Current line up (subject to revision)

(In no particular order)

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Is there such a thing as ‘Christian’ music, writing, art, etc?

I try mightily to keep myself from having unexamined beliefs.  I turned one up, though, in the last month or so, no doubt because of the writing contest and online apologetics conference I was working on.  The writing contest, for example, is labeled as a Christian writing contest.  I began to think about how an endeavor like writing, or any endeavor at all, could justify being termed ‘Christian’ and realized I had never really thought about it much before, and had rather accepted the presumptions that had been handed down to me.  I hate it when I do that!  Even … continue reading...

They Hyper-Defense of God: Reprise

Yesterday’s post talked about the ‘hyper-defense of God.’  What I wanted to confront was the sort of insistence on giving God credit for things that the place of the individual human, and the Church in particular, has in carrying out God’s plan.  I gave as an illustration the fact that salvation is by grace alone through Christ- ie, accomplished by the power of God- and yet Paul can say elsewhere that he ‘saves’ people.

Yesterday, I wanted to build towards addressing the notion that God expresses his love for us, and we express our love for God, without reference to … continue reading...

Online Apologetics Conference tomorrow

If anyone has wondered where I am- I’ve been working on the final details for the online apologetics conference:  http://onlineapologeticsconference.com/

It starts tomorrow morning (Friday, May 7th) and goes until Saturday.  I speak on Saturday… on Harry Potter, Phillip Pullman, Carl Sagan, etc.… continue reading...

10 days to online apologetics conference

http://onlineapologeticsconference.com/

People can test out the conference format by visiting the conference hall, here.

  • Cast a vision for ‘literary apologetics.’
  • Call upon leaders in the Church to explore ways to communicate the faith through the arts in a deliberate manner.
  • Explore strengths and weaknesses to apologetics in general and apologetics through the arts in particular.
  • Begin the process of laying a theological foundation for engaging in ‘literary apologetics.’
  • Connect Christian artists with each other and with those who can help propel them to success.

Presenters:

Keynote:

Plenary

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Antony Flew Goes to Heaven: A Parable

Readers of this blog know that I have an interest in Antony Flew, having even had the honor of corresponded with him.   Click here for a list of posts I’ve written regarding Dr. Flew.  The short story below may be understood better by some if you read this particular post of mine where I discuss the Flew-Wisdom parable.

In order to better get a sense of my overall picture of things, you might (after reading the story below) want to read my short story titled, to your surprise no doubt, “Mother Teresa Goes to Heaven.”


Antony continue reading...

Upcoming online apologetics conference

Just a reminder that my ministry is hosting an online apologetics conference that is coming up in May.  May 7th-8th, actually.

Speakers include Robert Bowman Jr, Corey Olsen, Angus Menuge, Robert Velarde, Bernard Bull, Mary Jo Sharp, Jamie Greening, Anthony Horvath and one more to be announced.

Topics are many and varied and include broad vision casting presentations and more narrower applications.

Every conference participant will receive a free copy of either GK Chesterton’s Orthodoxy or Pascal’s Pensees.  Conference participants can also upload a short story for consideration and can win up to $600 if other conference participants select … continue reading...