Posts Tagged by apologetics
Church Bulletin Insert: What Christian Parents Should Know about The Golden Compass and What they Should Do About it
|November 11, 2007||Posted by Anthony under Blog, General, Philip Pullman|
This Project was Featured on the ChristianPost.com! [opens in new window] “The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake, that’s all.” (The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE PARENT GUIDE/BULLETIN INSERT Would you like to Discuss This Material? My discussion forum is the place. Description: This is a companion to […]
|October 12, 2007||Posted by Anthony under Blog, General|
I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard that Dan Barker over at the Freedom from Religion Foundation was going to be on liberal radio network Air America. I followed up by finding this article at Foxnews. The writer goofs by saying that Barker and his wife head up the Freedom OF Religion rather than […]
|October 7, 2007||Posted by Anthony under Blog, General|
Â The idea to produce bulletin inserts with apologetic content goes back several years with me.Â I had to set the idea aside because of pressing financial concerns.Â Â My beloved wife has always insisted that it is one of my better ideas, so she prompted me to re-consider.Â Some friends ratified her view.Â Also, increasing […]
|October 1, 2007||Posted by Anthony under Blog, General|
Today the Supreme Court opened their session and I began reflecting a little on the function that this court provides for our country. As I am in constant contention with non-Christians, secular humanists and atheists in particular, I was also thinking a little about arguments that I am often engaged in with them in relation […]
|September 10, 2007||Posted by Anthony under Blog, book reviews, General|
Buy the Book, “The Case for the Real Jesus” Strobel’s newest book was released September 10th, of 2007 and I was pleased to be offered a chance to review it prior to its release. I completely agree with Strobel on the need for such a book. It covers a lot of issues that I deal […]
|September 10, 2007||Posted by Anthony under Blog, General|
Now, there is no doubt that such claims are being made by (here unnamed-I wonder who they might be?) Internet bloggers, but Strobel presented this argument by pointing out that it was initiated by scholars themselves! Named are Tom Harpur, Timothy Freke, Peter Gandy, and Hugh J. Schonfield! Who exactly is ‘this leading scholar’s analysis’ a sharp rebuke to exactly? It looks to me like the context should suggest Strobel here call out other scholars, but instead he singles out “popular-level authors and Internet bloggers.” Granted, some of these authors were popular level, but these all have some credentials. But what Internet bloggers were referenced exactly? It wouldn’t be-Carrier and Lowder, would it?
Now, I have no great love for Richard Carrier or Jeffrey Jay Lowder. I’ve never found their arguments to be compelling, but having read some of their essays I can see why people find them persuasive. And I certainly don’t have a problem giving scholars their due weight. They’ve worked hard, and it is true, I don’t know Aramaic. I don’t have access in most cases to primary sources. I depend on them to bring me the data. It does not follow though, that I depend on them to interpret the data. No, my real concern here is that the attitude expressed in my quotes (and a handful of others) does two things: 1. It undercuts thoughtful and hard-working Christians striving on the Internet to further the cause of Christ and 2. It does not appreciate the fact that the democratization of the Internet is an asset for us, and even if we preferred that people defer to sober scholars (that we agree with) the fact is that people are going to turn first to sources on the Internet, and only later will they possibly consult some of these more scholarly works.