Posts Tagged by Christian apologetics

New Apologetics App from Athanatos Ministries/Sntjohnny

Athanatos Christian Ministries is the formal name of the ministry behind Sntjohnny.com.  We’ve got a big announcement.  With the help of the app innovators at Page Foundry, you can now get apologetics related content delivered to your Droid device, all in one place. Get real time updates from apologetics blogs, twitter feeds, and Facebook pages […]

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Christianese and Shibboleths as Roadblocks to Faith and Brotherhood

Here is an excerpt of a blog entry I posted at the ChristianPost. It was probably a good time to poke the boys at Godisimaginary.com in the ribs, anyway. I know, cheap thrills.

In Judges 12, the Gileadites find a way to distinguish between friend and foe by compelling captured refugees to say the word ‘Shibboleth.’ Evidently, Ephraimites couldn’t pronounce it correctly, saying instead ‘Sibboleth.’ Those that said that latter were struck down while those who said the former were allowed to pass.

‘Shibboleths’ abound in society, including among Christians. Unfortunately, even among Christians, a Shibboleth isn’t simply a quick way to distinguish where a person stands in relation to you but is used in a manner akin to the Gileadite’s use, thankfully, of course, without the resulting slaughter.

In other words, Christianese is a Shibboleth in the ears of the nonBeliever. The moment you begin engaging in Christianese you are at risk of being dismissed or marginalized in the eyes of the person you are talking to.

The Internet is filled with skeptics and scoffers poking fun at various aspects of Christianity as though they were the substance of Christianity when in fact they are slogans and phrases that are more part and parcel of Christianese- how the things are communicated- rather than the actual substance of Christianity.

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A 1,000 Word Argument for Christianity

I was once asked to provide a concise, no more than 1,000 word essay, on why I believe Christianity to be true.  I think the hint was that I can be a little too verbose.  🙂  As I recall, this essay was well received, if only because it met the terms of the request.  I […]

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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.  […]

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Inviting Anthony to Present

Anthony has spoken in a variety of locations on a variety of topics.  He has been featured on numerous national and local radio stations.  His columns have been published at Worldnetdaily.com and the ChristianPost.com. A list of his media ‘appearances’ is here. To discuss having Anthony present at your church, school, or organization you may […]

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