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Tag: Literary Apologetics

Ectasy of Death, A poem by Eby

In ACM’s latest literary magazine edition a poem by Therese Eby appeared called ‘Tis but the Ecstasy of Death; Modern Literature and the Question of Belief.

I am not one who typically finds much enjoyment in poems.  I have a couple of favorites but it takes a lot to impress me as far as poetry goes.  Therese Eby’s poem I thoroughly enjoyed.  Yes, it was dark, with a dose of the morbid and macabre in with some blistering observations about the human condition… but maybe that’s why I liked it.  🙂

Below are the opening lines, not quite formatted correctly.  … continue reading...

Short Stories on Kindle – health care, cloning, world domination

A short collection of some of my favorite short stories that I have written is now available in Ebook. Buy on Kindle or Buy on Nook

Three short stories written by speaker and novelist Anthony Horvath inspired by his conversations and philosophical discussions over the years.

Stories:

Polite Company

Sally Apple knows how to maximize hospital profits and properly steward society’s resources. Health care must be rationed and she knows just how to do it. No one is her equal: except Dr. Honey Synger.

Adam and Eve and the Tree of Knowledge of Knowledge

The clarion call of science: Knowledge … continue reading...

ACM’s January Literary Journal Edition Released

This ministry’s literary journal January edition has been released and is ready for reading online or download.  A Kindle edition is also available.

A synopsis is below.  Go right on ahead to read the whole thing here:  http://literaryapologetics.com/

To download the January edition of Literary Apologetics.Mag in the format you prefer, please visit:  http://literaryapologetics.com/download-january-2011-edition/204.html

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What Mattered Most (Short Story)

By Derek Elkins

He wasn’t her regular sort of customer. Typically, they glanced around every few minutes like deer expecting a trap to thrust shut. And they always, without exception, had their mouths set in that wide leer while their … 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...

Literary Magazine with Apologetics Emphasis November Edition

I am very pleased to announce that our first edition of Athanatos Christian Ministry’s newest endeavor, Literary Apologetics.Mag, has been released as of yesterday, Nov. 1st, 2010.

The website is:  http://literaryapologetics.com/

The basic purpose of the magazine is to deliberately and intentionally cultivate a perspective within the Church that acknowledges the important role of the arts in our culture in shaping viewpoints and- and this is important- seeks to participate and emphasize the arts (rather than withdrawing from them, or condemning them).

You can read the current edition online by going to the link above or you can download the … continue reading...

In Defense of the Arts: Article in ChristianVideoMag

I was recently invited to submit articles for consideration in a mag called Christian Video Magazine.  I was delighted to take them up on the offer.  My first article was published today in their August edition.

You can read my article online here.

You can forward it along in pdf, here.

You can read my article where it is found in the whole magazine,  in pdf, here. (start at page 15)

Interestingly, our online apologetics conference presenter Robert Velarde also appears in this edition.  Check his article out.  It’s worth it.

Excerpt:

“He has set eternity in the hearts of … continue reading...

Announcing: Online Literary Apologetics Conference

I am proud to announce that Athanatos Christian Ministries will be hosting its first annual online apologetics conference this May.

http://onlineapologeticsconference.com/

The theme for the conference is ‘literary apologetics.’  Potentially, future conferences will tackle some other brand of communicating or defending the Gospel through the arts.  ‘Literary apologetics’ is, obviously, using the written word to carry out that endeavor.  Notable examples are C. S. Lewis, G. K. Chesterton, and Dorothy Sayers, to name a few.

The purpose of the conference is to issue a call to Christians in the arts to express their faith through them and issue a call … continue reading...

2010 Christian Writing Contest Taking Submissions

Athanatos Christian Ministry’s 2010 Christian writing contest is taking submissions.    Over $2,000 in awards will be disbursed in two different age categories in short story fiction and a poetry category that is new this year.

Their Website:  ChristianWritingContest.com

Last year’s winning stories were published in an anthology which is available on Amazon.com, here.  You can also read them online at the writing contest home page.

The purpose of the contest is to encourage Christians to promote their beliefs through fiction.

Short story fiction requirements:

* Cost: $15.
* Length: 1,500 to 7,500 words
* Content: implicitly or explicitly reflecting … continue reading...

Atheist Response to The Toy Story Gospel

A while back I posted a blog on the ‘Gospel according to Toy Story.’  It has generated an atheist response.

I am afraid to say the blogger needs to go back to the drawing board.  He was greatly confused about what I actually said and so much of his reply just doesn’t fit what I was saying.

For example, he said that I presented Toy Story as a Christian allegory.  I did no such thing.  I said that it had theological themes.  There is a big difference there.  So, the blogger kept thinking I was trying to … continue reading...

My book, Spero, reviewed favorably by an atheist friend

Thanks go out to my friend Dannyboy whom I have known through forum debate for I think 15 years now.  Danny also graciously hosted me on a trip to England where he and I tipped back a pint (or two) at the Oxford inns where the Inklings (Lewis, Tolkien, etc) would meet.  Here are some pics from that affair.  WIthout further ado here is his review:

“Spero” – Book II of the Birthpangs series by AR Horvath.

‘Spero’ (Hope) is one of those Latin words that you sort of know, even if you were lucky enough to attend a … continue reading...

Literary Apologetics: Missionary Work in the Language of the Masses

I am currently promoting my Birth Pangs series and thought it would be a good idea to point to a few places where I have argued that turning the tide in America today means changing the way we witness.  In particular, using narrative, whether visually or in text.

America is increasingly a mission field in its own right.  Just as missionaries have to learn the language of the natives before they can present the Gospel effectively, so too do we need to do the same in America.  This does not mean (per some trends in apologetics today) adopting the ‘language’ … continue reading...

Literary Apologetics Key to Turning the Tide

Hat tip to Charles for pointing this article out to me.

Recently ChristianityToday had an excellent article on the use of science fiction to communicate a distinctly secular and atheistic world view.  If you are a Christian that cares for the state of the Church today and our modern challenge, you should read the article.

The article correctly says:

… viewers don’t leave movies such as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Hancock, X-Men, and Contact—or television programs such as The X-Files or Heroes—scratching their heads in confusion. We are intrigued, but

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Christian Writing Contest Taking Submissions

Athanatos Christian Ministries is hosting a writing contest designed to encourage Christians of all ages to find creative ways to communicate the Christian worldview through fiction.  The website is http://www.christianwritingcontest.com/.  Cash prizes total more than $2,000.  The deadline is May 15th, 2009 and each submission costs $10.… continue reading...

Don’t let Corporations Control the Christian Story

The Pullman “His Dark Materials” series and the Harry Potter series has raised concerns for Christians. However, a distinction needs to be made. HDM is clearly evangelical in nature while Harry Potter just as clearly does not have such an agenda, notwithstanding Rowling’s attempt to insert one after the fact. Still, everyone understands that Story is a powerful medium and it doesn’t necessarily depend on whether or not there is an agenda explicitly afoot. Just the atmosphere of the Story-world communicates.

The fact that there are stories out there that don’t perfectly reflect the Christian world view is just a … continue reading...