Category Archives: Apologetics

Lies, Damned Lies, and Apologetics: The Latest Evolution “Controversy”

Several times in the past couple weeks, friends and acquaintances on Facebook have pointed out an article in World Magazine, in which the headline breathlessly proclaims that a “Fossil Finding Shakes Evolutionary Theories.”    Similar articles have appeared in the Christian News Network’s website, including Unprecedented Skull Discovery Raises Serious Questions Over Evolutionary Premises on November 4, and Groundbreaking Genetic Discoveries Challenge Ape to Human Evolutionary … Continue reading Lies, Damned Lies, and Apologetics: The Latest Evolution “Controversy” »

Book Recommendation: Four Views on Divine Providence

Along with a study group in my local church, I just recently read the book Four Views on Divine Providence.   Edited by Stanly N. Gundry and Dennis W. Jowers, it’s one of Zondervan’s “Counterpoint” series on theology. In his introduction, Jowers then points out that “Scripture … supplies grounds for a range of answers to significant questions about God’s providence.  Does God ever foreordain evil … Continue reading Book Recommendation: Four Views on Divine Providence »

Why do I believe? Part 8 – The testimony of witnesses

There is no question in my mind that one of the most compelling reasons to believe specifically the accounts of Jesus’ life and teachings is the testimony of those who were there.  This is, I’m quite sure, a problematic claim for those who object to faith; I’ve encountered many rants on the unreliability of the gospel accounts, though I find that the same people who … Continue reading Why do I believe? Part 8 – The testimony of witnesses »

Why do I believe? Part 5 – A parenthetical apologia

One of the greatest comedy movies of all time, I am convinced, is The Princess Bride.  And one of my many favorite lines, when Inigo has heard Vizzini describe one too many things as “inconceivable,” is “You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.”  Well, that can certainly be said about apologetics, as I realized when a … Continue reading Why do I believe? Part 5 – A parenthetical apologia »

Why do I believe? Part 4 – Cosmology and Creation

The heavens are telling the glory of God;     and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech,     and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words;     their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth,     and their words to the end of the world.  (Ps. 19:1-4) Part of … Continue reading Why do I believe? Part 4 – Cosmology and Creation »

“Speaking of Jesus – The Art of Not-Evangelism” by Carl Medearis (book review)

This is a review, but mostly a recommendation, of Carl Medearis’ book Speaking of Jesus – The Art of Not-Evangelism.  I’ll get to the review in a minute, but I’ll start by saying up front:  seriously, this is a book you should buy and read.  If you’re a Christian who’s interested in evangelism, you should read it.  If you’re sick to death of Christians trying … Continue reading “Speaking of Jesus – The Art of Not-Evangelism” by Carl Medearis (book review) »

Why do I believe? Part 3 – Parsing the question(s)

I made a statement at the end of a previous post on this subject, that needs a little explanation.  I said “I believe, and will attempt to show in future posts, that a preponderance of the evidence supports the existence of God, and that further evidence pushes me to the Christian interpretation of what that God does and wants.”   Tucked into this sentence is a … Continue reading Why do I believe? Part 3 – Parsing the question(s) »

The Belief Matrix – A functional description of evidence and theism/atheism

In response to my previous post on the rules of evidence for my apologetics, a friend of mine who is himself a seeker of truth pointed out to me that I probably mischaracterized agnosticism as a simple midpoint between theism and atheism.  As he quite correctly said, one can be an agnostic while leaning toward either atheism or theism, and that even agnosticism has at … Continue reading The Belief Matrix – A functional description of evidence and theism/atheism »