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Category: apologetics

The Church: Non-Essential since 1859.

Here is a real head-scratcher for some people:  how is it that governments insist on keeping churches meeting at radically less capacity because of COVID but those same governments have nothing but the kindest words to say about the Floyd riots?  How is it that the protests against COVID restrictions keeping people’s businesses closed seemingly indefinitely and keeping them locked in their own homes for just as long were cause for national shaming, much bleating about ‘second waves’, and assertions far and wide that the protestors had ‘blood on their hands’ for the COVID deaths we were told would follow?  … continue reading...

Do babies who don’t believe in Jesus go to hell?

Most of my work in ‘apologetics’ (the defense of the Christian faith) involves fielding stupid questions by arrogant people who know next to nothing about what it is they are objecting to.   The truth is that many of the reasons put forward for not believing in God and Christ are exceedingly lame, and would not be tolerated in any other scenario.  (For example, the 19th century Christian Richard Whately responded to David Hume’s arguments by showing how they equally show that Napoleon  didn’t exist–an absurd proposition.) To top it off, many of the people who object to Christianity are … continue reading...

The Skubala Missives, Letter 1

To the Most Eminent Secretary Kugelpuss:

It is of course with the most earnest trepidation that I bring a matter of great importance to your attention.  Your reputation precedes you, but I will be an enigma to you.  Lest you mistake your resume as a warrant for any response you deem appropriate, I must sketch out the details of my own expertise, which of course I invite you to verify.

I arose to my present position from Screwtape’s division, and under his tutelage and by his efforts.  If my name is not enough to arouse within you some terror, then … continue reading...

Why I love the Commercialization of Christmas

Every year about this time there are complaints about the commercialization of Christmas.  I think even my hero, C.S. Lewis had some cynical things to say about it.  No doubt, it is ironic and even scandalous that the ‘reason for the season’ is often only a pretext for people and businesses to make a load of money.  And they do make a lot of money.  And certain elements don’t mesh well with the ‘religious’ overtones of the holiday (etymology: ‘holy day‘), to be sure.  Even within Christendom, there is the sense that we are to take a meditative, … continue reading...

Review: Richard Weikart’s “The Death of Humanity and the Case for Life”

In a recent post, I argued that one of the tell-tale signs of whether or not a viewpoint does not correspond with reality is whether or not it results in death; one’s own death, or the death of another, or many others.  Supposedly, humans these days are smarter than any humans that have ever existed.  We are so smart!  So smart, and yet the 20th century was one of the bloodiest on record.

I, for one, fully expect to the 21st century to be as bad or worse than the 20th century.  Dr. Richard Weikart, in his book, The continue reading...

An Apology for Apologetics: Defending the Faith Is Bigger Than You Thought (Part 7, the conclusion)

This is the seventh in a series meant to organize my own thoughts for some upcoming presentations.  The previous six are important.  Read them, here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

If you have been reading through this series, you will have come to understand that defending the faith entails more than argument, evidence, and reason.  This is not how God intended for the faith to be transmitted from one generation to the next.  It was his intention that this happen through healthy, intact families.  Importantly, this was established before Man rebelled against Him, … continue reading...

An Apology for Apologetics: Coming to Grips With Hard Truths (Part 6)

The first five parts of this series are important for following the reasoning of this.  Read them, here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

At the end of part five, I quoted from the prophet Malachi, chapter 2:

You cover the Lord‘s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the Lord was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion continue reading...

An Apology for Apologetics: ‘Good Soil’ for ‘Good News.’

I am four parts into a series organizing my thoughts in advance of an event I’ll be speaking at.  The other parts are important.  You should read them.  (1, 2, 3, 4).

In the context of the rise of ‘religious nones,’ in the last part I highlighted the fact that the Church cannot compete against hostile ideologies because young people are exposed to them 40 hours a week (minimum) but spend comparatively little time within the scope of the Church’s influence.  But, even when the Church ‘has’ them, churches foul it up, making it morecontinue reading...

An Apology for Apologetics: The Church Response (part 4)

I am three parts into a series organizing my thoughts in advance of an event I’ll be speaking at.  The other parts are important.  You should read them.  (1, 2, 3).

At the end of part 3, I wrote:

But now see it from the viewpoint of the Christian Church trying to size up the problem and come up with a response.  How exactly is the Church going to compete against a set of ideologies and attitudes presented to young people as true for the first eighteen years of their lives, day in and day … continue reading...

An Apology for Apologetics: The Rise of the Naturalism Fallacy (part 3)

This is the third essay of musings, organizing my thoughts for an upcoming presentation.

In the first essay, I showed that the rise of the ‘religious nones’ within just the last decade or so is massive, and provided data that supports what most of us already knew:  most of these were raised in the Christian faith.  To explain this massive shift, in the second essay I laid it at the feet of just one thing:  Darwinism.

But I also said:

I will argue that despite the central role that Darwinism presently plays in fueling hostility to Christian faith, the … continue reading...

ACM’s Arts and Apologetics Festival — August 4-7, Greenwood WI

AAAF_300x300UPDATE:  Click  here to see videos and pics from the event. [9/6/16]

Well, I haven’t posted anything here for awhile, and I have my reasons.  It wasn’t because I didn’t have anything to say or that there wasn’t anything worth commenting on!  Regardless, I’ve bit my tongue.

I would be remiss, however, if I didn’t mention here on my blog the fact that Athanatos Christian Ministries (of which I am the director) will be hosting a Christian arts and apologetics festival… and its coming up FAST.  August 4-7, in Greenwood, WI.  (central WI)

Here is the website: http://christianartsfestival.us

Consistent with … continue reading...

More Atheistic Hubris that Amounts to the Death of Knowledge

One of the things that led me to reject atheism is the realization that most of its arguments, if true, mean that we couldn’t possibly know its true.  It violates what I call “the Golden rule of Epistemology,” which means, basically, “any epistemological approach that undermines epistemology itself must be rejected out of hand.” I have a long essay written on the subject with many examples, which you can buy on Amazon.  Sometimes, it isn’t an argument, per se, but a tactic, or an attitude, or approach to truth propositions, in general, that has the actual effect of … continue reading...

Solving the Islamicist Problem Once and For All

Evidently the talking points are out, since I have now heard multiple individuals, especially those of Democrat persuasion, opine that ‘We have been bombing Iraq for 20 years so obviously that doesn’t work!’ Under their breath, they take a jab at GW Bush… as if he was president 20 years ago.  But it is not exclusively a liberal argument.  Another commentator made a similar statement, calling attention to the fact that the U.S. has been involved militarily in the region for decades, under both Republican and Democrat presidents.

To some degree, the point can be conceded, and the question can … continue reading...

Nancy Pearcey keynotes online conference

300x300_3I am pleased to announce that my ministry, Athanatos Christian Ministries, will be hosting its fifth annual online apologetics conference tomorrow and Saturday (Oct 24-25th, 2014).

Nancy Pearcey, author of Saving Leonardo and a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, will be our keynote presenter. The theme this year is ‘Women Equipping Women’ so all of the presenters are ladies.  Men, of course, are welcome.

Here they are:

Judy Salisbury | Hillary Morgan Ferrer | Sarah Ankenman | Cynthia Velasco Hampton | Julie D Loos | Lori Peters | Letitia Wong | Natasha Crain | MaryJo Sharp | Marcia … continue reading...