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Category: literary apologetics

post on apologetics careers made public

A few years ago I published a post contending that the Church needs to create apologetics positions within congregations, but kept the post private and pass word protected.  It was originally intended to be read by a narrow audience, so keep that in mind as you read it.  You can read it here.… continue reading...

Reflections on culture, evangelism, and apologetics

I’ve been thinking about the culture wars lately.  I have a real problem with Christians who seem to be driving for a change in the culture just for the sake of having a ‘holy’ culture.  I think we’d have to call that a legalistic culture.  I believe that the Christian church should be about something more than creating white-washed tombs.

On the other hand, the nature of ‘culture’ is that it perpetuates itself, feeds itself, fuels itself.   The culture is the air we breathe and the water in which we swim.  It has the ability to mold us into its … continue reading...

Announcing: Online Literary Apologetics Conference

I am proud to announce that Athanatos Christian Ministries will be hosting its first annual online apologetics conference this May.

http://onlineapologeticsconference.com/

The theme for the conference is ‘literary apologetics.’  Potentially, future conferences will tackle some other brand of communicating or defending the Gospel through the arts.  ‘Literary apologetics’ is, obviously, using the written word to carry out that endeavor.  Notable examples are C. S. Lewis, G. K. Chesterton, and Dorothy Sayers, to name a few.

The purpose of the conference is to issue a call to Christians in the arts to express their faith through them and issue a call … continue reading...

Unpublished Answers to Interview with An Apologist

Not too long ago, FallenandFlawed blog interviewed me about my apologetics ministry and some of my activities.  As tends to happen with me, I got a little long and only a portion of the interview could be posted.  With permission, here are the remaining questions and answers:

Q. In 2009 ACM launched a Christian Writing Contest, which was an outgrowth of ACM’s desire to develop a genre of fiction called “literary apologetics.” Forgive me, but immediately books like C. S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce and The Chronicles of Narnia come to mind. Is that what you’re looking for? What … continue reading...

In search of a systematic theology of love

Regular readers of this blog are aware that my fiction series, Birth Pangs, have their first three books patterned after 1 Cor 13:13, “these three remain:  faith, hope and love.”  The first was Fidelis (Latin for faithfulness).  The second was Spero (Latin for hope).  The third, which I will soon sit down to begin writing, is Caritas (Latin for love).

I am therefore in a deliberate search for materials that speak specifically to a Christian understanding of love.  This search has been ongoing for more than a decade and I must confess I have to this point been disappointed.… continue reading...

Media Mention: Gilbert Magazine Quotes My Chesterton Defense

A reader of Gilbert Magazine has forwarded to me an article in their latest edition that cites yours truly!  The article author stumbled upon my brief review of Chesterton’s Orthodoxy that I posted on the ChristianPost.com.  In a discussion on the resurgence of all things Chesterton, the author quotes me saying,

[P]eople will instinctively dismiss the writings of a man that are a shade over 100 years old.  The truth, however, is that nothing he confronted then has actually gone away.  He confronted the materialistic view of Man in his own life, determining finally that Christianity offered the truest … continue reading...

2010 Christian Writing Contest Taking Submissions

Athanatos Christian Ministry’s 2010 Christian writing contest is taking submissions.    Over $2,000 in awards will be disbursed in two different age categories in short story fiction and a poetry category that is new this year.

Their Website:  ChristianWritingContest.com

Last year’s winning stories were published in an anthology which is available on Amazon.com, here.  You can also read them online at the writing contest home page.

The purpose of the contest is to encourage Christians to promote their beliefs through fiction.

Short story fiction requirements:

* Cost: $15.
* Length: 1,500 to 7,500 words
* Content: implicitly or explicitly reflecting … continue reading...

Voyage of the Dawn Treader is Back On

Apparently, Disney is set to film Voyage of the Dawn Treader after having previously indicated the movie was off.   In a previous post, I discussed my feelings about this.   Essentially, I was unhappy with the embellishments in the movie and believe that the drop in revenue was associated with Lewis fans showing their displeasure.   I reviewed Prince Caspian.  The title was:  A Review of Prince Caspian- One Disappointed Christian.

From my readings in the blogosphere, it looks like we may be in for more with the Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  This is unfortunate, as this is one … continue reading...

2009 Christian Writing Contest Results

I’ve been remiss.

I’ve been announcing the winners of the Athanatos Christian Ministry’s Christian writing contest but failed to do so right here on ACM’s very own blog.   Oops.

Over $2,000 in awards are being disbursed (in fact, checks are in the mail) and the winner’s entries can all be read online.

The 2010 contest is also already accepting applications.

To read the winning entries go here:

http://christianwritingcontest.com/entry/2009-christian-writing-contest-award-winners/141.html

Information on the 2010 contest can be gained here.… continue reading...

Adam and Eve and the Tree of Knowledge and PZ Myers

Here is a short story I wrote inspired by the comments in this thread on PZ Myer’s blog.  Enjoy!

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Adam and Eve and the Tree of Knowledge of Knowledge

“I got here as fast as I could!” gasped the old man.  He put one hand on the hood of the squad car and bent over as he tried to catch his breath.

The annoyed chief stared at the man waiting for him to explain who he was because the chief didn’t recognize him at all.  At last, the balding and sweating gentlemen stood erect and stared back at the … continue reading...

Atheist Response to The Toy Story Gospel

A while back I posted a blog on the ‘Gospel according to Toy Story.’  It has generated an atheist response.

I am afraid to say the blogger needs to go back to the drawing board.  He was greatly confused about what I actually said and so much of his reply just doesn’t fit what I was saying.

For example, he said that I presented Toy Story as a Christian allegory.  I did no such thing.  I said that it had theological themes.  There is a big difference there.  So, the blogger kept thinking I was trying to … continue reading...

My book, Spero, reviewed favorably by an atheist friend

Thanks go out to my friend Dannyboy whom I have known through forum debate for I think 15 years now.  Danny also graciously hosted me on a trip to England where he and I tipped back a pint (or two) at the Oxford inns where the Inklings (Lewis, Tolkien, etc) would meet.  Here are some pics from that affair.  WIthout further ado here is his review:

“Spero” – Book II of the Birthpangs series by AR Horvath.

‘Spero’ (Hope) is one of those Latin words that you sort of know, even if you were lucky enough to attend a … continue reading...

Literary Apologetics: Missionary Work in the Language of the Masses

I am currently promoting my Birth Pangs series and thought it would be a good idea to point to a few places where I have argued that turning the tide in America today means changing the way we witness.  In particular, using narrative, whether visually or in text.

America is increasingly a mission field in its own right.  Just as missionaries have to learn the language of the natives before they can present the Gospel effectively, so too do we need to do the same in America.  This does not mean (per some trends in apologetics today) adopting the ‘language’ … continue reading...

The Gospel According to the Movie Toy Story: YOU. ARE. A. TOY!

Update:  A response to the folks at Somethingawful.com is at the bottom.


Toy Story is one of those movies that is constantly playing at my house.  It is a ‘safe’ movie for kids and it has enough material for the grown-ups that I don’t mind it playing over and over again.  It was on again last night.  In fact, it is on right now.

If you don’t know Toy Story, it is simply a story about toys- toys who come alive when you aren’t looking.  In otherwords, a stock ‘toy story.’  In both movies there is a curious perspective presented … continue reading...