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Tag: C. S. Lewis

Apologetics Interview Questions Part 2: On Hell

3. A lot of disbelievers have a problem with a loving God sending people to an eternity of torture by way of fire. What is your take on hell?

I also had a problem with that. C.S. Lewis’s “The Great Divorce” provided the imaginative framework I needed to get over the ‘hump’ on this issue. We talk as though ‘hell’ is a place of eternal torture, and it is certainly something very much like that, but the torture is self-torture. The phrase in “The Great Divorce” that stuck was, “In the end, there will be those who say to God, … continue reading...

Apologetics Academy of Atheists, Seekers, and Christians (Fall Session with Habermas)

The ministry hosting this website (sntjohnny.com) also puts on an online apologetics academy.  The fall session is coming up.  Dr. Gary Habermas will be guest lecturing on the historical Jesus and the evidence for the Resurrection.  It is possible to attend these lectures without being enrolled in the academy.  Those enrolled in the academy, regardless of course, can attend his 90 minute lectures to be held in early November.

With the name of the facilitators listed alongside, here are the Fall 2011 courses offered:

  • The Historical Jesus: A Survey of Evidence & Arguments – Anthony Horvath
  • Defending the Faith:
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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...

Why I became a Conservative

When I was in college there was this guy 2 1/2 times larger than me… a philosophy major, as I recall… appropriately named ‘Animal.’  I remember having a debate about pain with him.  I argued it was all in our minds- just a brain state- and not real.  Animal said, “Come here, and I’ll show you unreal pain.”

While I was of the mindset that there were just “brain states” or just “subjective opinions” or just “one’s political views”, I was a liberal.  When my mindset changed, so did my ‘political’ stance.  This is a realization that congealed more than … 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...

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...

Wisdom is Proved Right by Her Children; Evil Proved Evil by His

This weekend I read one of the scariest things I have heard coming out of the Global Warming crowd.   [That link has disappeared, so here it is on Internet Archive] That is saying something.  I have documented elsewhere on this blog some other things they’ve said, like comparing denying man-made Global Warming to denying the holocaust.  This is so disgusting I almost sat down and wrote a book exposing the various principles at work in it but stopped when I thought of at least one that is already written:  C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man.

In summary, the … continue reading...

Article on Lewis and Paganism Published

My friend Don Hank at Laigles Forum has published my article defending Lewis from the charge of paganism.  Some of you might not even know the charge has been levied.  Honestly, I don’t want to link to them, so you’ll have to Goodsearch your way to them.

Below I have the first couple paragraphs and then from there you’ll need to click through to read the rest of it, at least for now.

When they appeared in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, it was easy to look the other way in the face of the undeniable Christian … continue reading...

Sntjohnny in the Media

Anthony in the media.

Contact: publicity@athanatosministries.org.… continue reading...

On a more masculine heaven

C.S. Lewis wrote,

There is no need to be worried by facetious people who try to make the Christian hope of   heaven   ridiculous by saying they do not want   to spend eternity playing harps.     The answer to such people is that if they cannot understand books written for grown-ups, they should not talk about them.   All the scriptural imagery (harps, crowns, gold, etc.) is, of course, a merely symbolic attempt to express the inexpressible.   Musical instruments are mentioned because for many people (not all) music is the thing known in the present life which most strongly suggests ecstasy and infinity.

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According to Plan Means trusting the Planner

Naturally, when you get through Dawkins’s attempt to create a universal moral code apart from religion, he wants to add his private view that a little more flexibility about sexuality would be nice… so he adds that into his preferred new ’10 commandments.’  C.S. Lewis speculated that it is “Thou shalt not commit adultery” that burns people the most.  They can live with the ones against murder and theft. 

On another note, Dr. Dean Udell just took offense on his radio program to arguments that marriage is meant for procreation… “What about the infertile?!?” referring to a program in some … continue reading...

Study Christian Apologetics in France

Some who know me know that I spent four weeks out of this last summer out of the country.  I spent the bulk of of that time in Strasbourg at the event listed below.  As I understand it, there are still openings available.  I recommend it for those seeking to expand their base of knowledge.  Dr. Menuge, who is presenting this year, is excellent.

The 11th International Academy of
Apologetics, Evangelism and Human Rights
July 10-21, 2007, Strasbourg France.
The academy offers a thorough, up-to-date training in the defense of the faith in the delightful, historic town of Strasbourg, continue reading...

About

Anthony is a member of the Lutherans for Life speakers bureau and as such is willing to speak on a variety of life issues.  He also speaks on apologetics related issues and is willing to with your church or organization about any number of topics.

Overview:

Anthony is the executive director of Athanatos Christian Ministries, formed to minister both to Christians and nonChristians.

He has a bachelors degree in Pastoral Ministry from Concordia University, Wisconsin, with a minor in Biblical Languages. Early in his freshmen year he dealt with some extreme attacks on his faith. In overcoming them, … continue reading...