This is something I’ve been warning about for a long time. The question is whether these pastors are going to serve God or Satan?
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Tags: Apologetics, homosexuality, persecution, religion
Tags: Apologetics, blind faith, Christmas, history, religion, theology
Welcome to the first topic of what I hope will be a series of articles on what I call “Practical Apologetics.” This series is not intended to be any sort of a scholarly work. It’s goal is to be a source of practical application for the layman in simple articles that can be easily digested. To prepare against the hit pieces making their way through the various documentary channels (especially since it’s Christmas season as I write) , this first article addresses a favorite attack made against Christians; the reliability of the Bible. (more…)
Tags: Apologetics, Christmas, history
I have written in the past about the dangers of abandoning apologetics in the Church (see: Apologetics: Never Having to Say You’re Sorry). In that article I had taken issue with the number of believers who rely on a blind faith rather than being able to “give an account for the hope that is within you,” as Peter put it. Another part of the problem is the mental connection that apologetics has with academia. Not only does this connection tend to relegate apologetics to higher education or the clergy, it also compartmentalizes apologetics into an intellectual or theoretical endeavor that does not have real and practical use for the layman. (more…)
Tags: Apologetics, blind faith, religion, theology
“but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;” 1 Peter 3:15 (NASB)
One of the greatest ills in Christendom of the recent era has been an abandonment of apologetics. What was once a foundational skill – even if you didn’t call it by that name – seems to be relegated to professional theologians and philosophers. For many of the laity the discipline of apologetics seems to be taken as indicative of having a lack of faith.
Nothing can be further from the truth. In fact, to not engage in apologetics is patently unbiblical. The 1 Peter 3:15 passage above is the most well known, but Paul not only encouraged apologetics, as with the Bereans (more…)
Tags: Apologetics, creation, theology
Moses: God, please, will you tell me where it all came from?
God: Well Moses, about 14 billion years ago there was this singularity, and…
Moses: Uh, Lord? What’s a singularity?
God: Ok, take all the mass in the universe and compress it down to a quantum point, then…
God: Hmm, never mind that. Let’s try…
Moses: By the way, Lord,
God: Yes, Moses?
Moses: Is “billion” bigger than “a lot?”
Any reader that has a young child will realize that the above conversation is not sarcasm in the least. I have had more than one conversation with my overly inquisitive and too-smart-for-his-own-good son that is eerily similar to this. It also comes to the heart, in my opinion, of the recent debate over Genesis I have been following over at The SciFi Christian. (more…)
Tags: Sci-Fi, SciFi
Hi Ben and Matt,
First of all, I swear I wrote my article on finding good SciFi before I listened to you podcast on fandom. The gist of my point in that blog is directly related to Ben’s points on fandom. Though I might quibble at some of the names he gave to his classes of story, for the moment I really can’t come up with anything better.
First, one thing to note that I don’t remember Ben mentioning though it was certainly implied. Very few great stories fall into just a single category. The Lord of the Rings, for example, is clearly in that epic category that deals with the big questions of life. That was what Tolkien intended. However, there are also strongly thematic elements as well as philosophical and even visceral elements. (But no allegory… Tolkien despised allegory 🙂 ) (more…)
Tags: creation, theology
The last 25 years have been hard for the atheistic worldview, in my opinion. Not on the biological front so much as from the cosmological perspective. Also note that I say the “atheistic worldview” not the atheist personally. For most atheists I’ve known, their position – regardless the claim – is one held by faith rather than reason as much as most Christians. This is sad, since if you actually study history, theology and science, Christianity is a most reasonable position.
The Cosmological finding of the last quarter century certainly lend, at best, a great deal of credence to a theistic worldview and the Judeo-Christian one in particular. At worst there is a marked convergence between some of the cosmological tenants of atheism and Christianity that should provide pause for the atheist. That’s what I want to think about here. (more…)