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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...

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...

Tips that Atheists can use for Understanding the Bible

When I was a high school religion teacher I ran into a bit of trouble because, for the final exam, I expected the students to be able to recall facts from the Bible that we had covered that semester.  Yes, I know.  If it had been chemistry class, recalling chemistry facts covered in the semester would have been an obvious thing to have on the exam.  I think the reason there was resistance to requiring that students know biblical facts is because a lot of people- even parents of kids in Christian schools- don’t actually think the Bible is true.  … continue reading...

Why Christians Should Donate Money

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth…  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  (Matt 6:19-21)


How many times have you heard someone complain that their congregation talks about money way too much?  You may have said the same.  Your complaint may very well be valid, and yet the congregation’s need is probably genuine.  Probably, in most churches, the leadership would much rather not lodge any requests at all.  Ideally, people would be ‘Gospel motivated.’  When it becomes difficult- or impossible- to meet the payroll or… 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...

Pick up Michael Licona’s New Book on the Resurrection of Jesus

Pick up Michael Licona’s new book on the Resurrection.  Licona has debated new atheists and the like and is solid.

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Distinguishing between the Organic Church and the Organizational Church

Two of my recent posts have tackled the issue of terminology in the Church and my position that it is not without consequence.  The first go around, I challenged how much our understanding of the terms ‘worship,’ ‘church,’ and ‘love’ were grounded in the Scriptures.  The second time, I took aim at the divide between ‘contemporary’ and ‘traditional’ ‘worship,’ challenging whether in either case the word ‘worship’ was the appropriate word to describe the purpose and nature of Christian gatherings.

From all this, one might gather that I would have resonated with the ‘anti-Church’ / ‘anti-organized religion’ spiel that Anne … continue reading...

Antony Flew Goes to Heaven: A Parable

Readers of this blog know that I have an interest in Antony Flew, having even had the honor of corresponded with him.   Click here for a list of posts I’ve written regarding Dr. Flew.  The short story below may be understood better by some if you read this particular post of mine where I discuss the Flew-Wisdom parable.

In order to better get a sense of my overall picture of things, you might (after reading the story below) want to read my short story titled, to your surprise no doubt, “Mother Teresa Goes to Heaven.”


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The feminization of love and romance: can manly men live up to girlie love?

I fear that this post is going to be construed as sexist.  Let me assure the reader that I love women.  Some of my best friends are women.  In fact, I’m even married to one (and she is not a pillow).  People have noted that the female characters in my Birth Pangs series are really strong, independent ladies.  But I think I’m still going to be called a sexist.

I had the misfortune to see the movie Twilight this weekend with my wife.   I had heard that it was a chick flick.  That’s not the misfortunate part.  The … continue reading...

The Epistemological Bottleneck And God’s Respect for Human Inquiry

One of the enduring criticisms against Christianity is that it is anti-knowledge, education, and learning.  This blog has taken aim at this criticism before, most notably taking Richard Dawkins to task for his misuse of an Augustine quote ostensibly about ‘curiosity.’  I currently have an open challenge to Dawkins to repudiate his use of that quote.

In point of fact, these anti-knowledge criticisms really only began with the rise of the Fundamentalists and this in turn was spurred on by the rise of Darwinism.  Even the shallowest of research will reveal that Christians have been at the forefront of investigation, … continue reading...

Another V Reaction as a Christian apologist

In previous reactions I stated my enjoyment at the not-so-subtle jabs of today’s current political and media environment.  This third episode delivered on this score, again.  ‘Anna’ the head of the Visitors, makes every effort to win the public relations war.  She warns that humans are fickle and easily swayed and that the media must be tightly controlled.  This is, of course, sadly true.  I won’t belabor this, but it was fun again to see this brazen jab… at who exactly?  We are left to imagine.  🙂  I guess that’s part of the fun.

The beginning of the episode starts … continue reading...

Fall 2009 Online Academy Offerings

The Fall 2009 session of Athanatos Online Apologetics Academy is set to begin Nov. 2.  This session includes several new courses and several new instructors.  Two courses are available for free.  All are listed below:

http://www.academyofapologetics.com/fall2009/

Nov 2nd –  Basic New Testament Greek Part 1
Nov 2nd –  Reliability of the New Testament Documents
Nov 2nd – Origins: A Survey [Creationism/Evolution/Intelligent Design]
Nov 4th – Jesus According to… [Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, etc…]
Nov 4th – Studies in Atheism
Nov 9th – The Death of Christianity [FREE!]
Nov.16th –  Christ Promised in the Old Testament
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Five Things Killing Christianity: Is the End of Christianity At Hand?

Because of continued interest in my analysis of trends in the Christian church, I have set aside a separate website for managing that perspective.  The new website is called, appropriately, “The Death of Christianity.”   Or, www.deathofchristianity.com.  Today’s post addresses the topic of a presentation that I will be delivering at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Macomb, Mi, on Wednesday, Oct. 21st.  The topic is:  “Five Things that are Killing Christianity.”

What follows is an overview and should not be construed as my definitive statement on the subject and deals only with number one on the list.

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Episcopal Priest Told She Can’t be Muslim And Christian

The Christian Post this morning has a bit about an Episcopal priest who claimed to be ‘100% Christian and 100% Muslim’ being ‘defrocked.’

A brief quote from the article:

Convinced that her new Muslim faith did not contradict her beliefs as a Christ follower, Redding declared she was both a Muslim and a Christian.

“Both religions say there’s only one God,” Redding said, according to CNN, “and that God is the same God. It’s very clear we are talking about the same God! So I haven’t shifted my allegiance.”

She also said she does not believe that God and Jesus … continue reading...