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Proper Response to Genuine Social Injustice: Reflections on Obama’s Student Loan Proposals

I remember having a long series of conversations with a friend about the moral culpability we might have by purchasing products from outfits like Walmart and other companies that provide cheap goods ‘on the backs’ of poor people in other countries.  I was willing to concede that there might be some culpability, but wondered what on earth we could do about it.  I also submitted that previous ‘good intentioned’ efforts to do ‘something’ about it not only exacerbated the problem, but probably created the problem in the first place.  Eventually he acknowledged that most of us are just ‘stuck,’ powerless … continue reading...

Epistemological Confusion about revelation and Revelation

When a Christian apologist invokes ‘revelation’ it is often understood by atheists and skeptics to refer to the “writings of the flawed goat herders of a bygone era that have been shown by modern science to be outdated, outmoded, and absolutely in error.  Certainly not the stuff we can think of as ‘divine revelation.'”  This is the reaction even before the apologist has time to define precisely what he means by ‘revelation.’   Of course, I am not really knocking the skeptic here, for the typical Christian (and even apologist!) likewise makes a leap:  “the writings of men who have been … continue reading...

5 Challenges to Christianity Apologetics Can’t Answer Part 3

This is the third and final installment of a series listing 5 challenges to Christianity that apologetics, traditionally understood, is virtually powerless to counter.

The previous parts:

Part 1:

1.  Ridicule.

2.  The ‘Naturalization’ of self-evidently non-natural phenomena.

Part 2:

3.  Lovelessness within the Christian Church.

4.  Radical compartmentalization of the Faith.

Now begins the third part.  It’s long.  Sorry.  (I really am)

5.  The failure within the Church to live out the Biblical model of marriage and the family.

If you were looking for a thread that ties all five of these challenges together, it is this:  the … continue reading...

5 Greatest Challenges to Christianity that Apologetics Can’t Answer – Part 2

In part one of this essay I put forward two great challenges to Christianity that apologetics cannot answer.  To illustrate the weight of this matter, consider the fact that not too long ago I wrote an entry called, “Apologetics is the Answer to Everything.”   I stand by that post, still.  These challenges have more to do with attitudes then arguments and evidence.  Therein lies the difference.

Now, the first two challenges come at us from the non-Christian world.  These other three challenges lie firmly in the hands of the Christian Church.  Probably, only by meeting these three challenges … continue reading...

5 Greatest Challenges to Christianity that Apologetics Can’t Answer – Part 1

I have been involved in apologetics for more than fifteen years, coming in almost literally the moment after Al Gore invented the Internet.    The following represents some conclusions I’ve drawn during this time.   To be clear, when I say the ‘Five Greatest Challenges to Christianity’ I do not mean it as, ‘here are five great challenges among others.’  What I mean is,  THESE.  ARE.  THE.  FIVE. GREATEST.  CHALLENGES.  I do not suggest that they are all that new.  I do propose, however, that apologetics has no answer to them.  Is that a surrender by a Christian apologist?  Let’s find out.… continue reading...

Apologetics is the Answer to Abortion and Euthanasia and other Life Issues

Not too long ago I posted an essay asserting that ‘apologetics is the answer to everything.’  Even then I had in mind to discuss the relationship between apologetics and life issues such as abortion, euthanasia, eugenics, etc, but fought off the urge to elaborate on it.  Now is my chance.

You know, for most of my life, even during my ‘liberal’ years, I have more or less been pro-life.  This became personal when the doctors asked my wife and I if we wanted to ‘terminate’ our child, diagnosed that morning with spina bifida.  But I have always been … continue reading...

Apologetics is the Answer to Everything

Some Christians will begin seeing red just from reading the title of this entry.  They will be angry and annoyed and may even jump up out of their seats.  Therefore, let me say it again:  apologetics is the answer to everything.

Whether it be the rapid decline of the Christian Church in America, the brisk acceptance of homosexual ‘marriage,’ the prevailing and deepening culture of death, the shallow spirituality of many of the Christians who actually remain in the Church- and certainly much of the lack of action- and many other issues can track back to nothing less than disobedience, … continue reading...

KFUO AM radio interview on the existence of God

Yesterday I was on KFUO AM radio out of St. Louis, MO.  You can listen to the segment here:

I believe I’m in the first half of the segment.

Topic:  “Can you prove there is a God?”

We could tackle this topic another 3 times before we’ve covered a fraction of what could be said.… continue reading...

The Living and the Dead and Rational Thought

One of the things I’ve come to realize is the truth of this statement:

As the dead do not know the living, or even that they themselves are dead, so too irrationality does not know rationality.

Augustine argued that evil was not a ‘thing-in-itself’ but always some good thing that has been corrupted.  Evil is a direction away from good.  I think he is right about that and I know now that there are many examples of the same principle.  Rationality and Irrationality are one example.  The Living and the Dead, another.  Morality and Immorality yet one more.  I’m sure … continue reading...

Presentation: Abortion is Just Politics and Pro-Life is Just Religion; and Apologetics

Thursday, Apr. 29th,  at 12:30 p.m. CST, I will be presenting on this topic:

(Round two in progress… 2:23 p.m. CST, direct link)

Just Politics?  Religion and Abortion and Apologetics:  Examining the idea that supporting abortion is merely a political view but opposing it is a religious view and the role of world view in the question.

Summary:  Pro-choicers often frame their argument by casting their position as a civil rights issue and the pro-life position as a religious issue- and people should not impose their religion on others.  Common sense would suggest that as two sides of the … continue reading...

Problem of Pain and Suffering Radio Interview

KFUO radio interviewed me again, this time on the problem of pain and suffering.

Download and listen below.… 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...

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...

An Interview with a Christian Apologist: Me

Demian Farnworth over at Fallen and Flawed has posted an interview with me regarding some of my apologetics activities.  Check it out.continue reading...