William Lane Craig is a Christian philosopher and apologist who has done excellent work in defending the existence of God from atheism. During university, I found his books on natural theology to be enormously helpful and I regularly recommend them to others. For a time, I was even a (small) monthly donor to his ministry.
Many of my friends are sending their kids off to college and university. For the most part, those students are leaving unprepared. I don’t mean they’re unprepared to continue studying subjects like business, biology, history, or physics. I mean, they’re unprepared for the worldview challenges to come. In general, churches do not intellectually prepare parishioners
In the last blog, we explored Luke’s purpose in writing his Gospel, and I suggested it was quasi-apologetic—meant to stabilize or to reinforce faith in Christ. Now we can ask a second question: what was Luke’s method in writing his Gospel? The prologue gives us five clues. Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to
People write books for specific reasons, and understanding those reasons can help you understand a book as a whole. So why did Luke write his Gospel? What was his purpose? Consider a contrast: John’s Gospel was written with what you could call an evangelistic purpose, where the “good news” is about how to be individually
I recently asked a Mormon for three evidences that would convince any fair-minded person that his religion is true. He said, “The same as Oliver Cowdery’s: ‘Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God?’” That is a quote from Doctrine and Covenants 6:23.
I have a little piece of interpretive tidbit for you Bible nerds. I’m writing a review of Brant Pitre’s The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ, which is a defense of the deity of Christ and traditional authorship of the Gospels, against the charges of liberal scholars such as Bart Ehrman,
How can you have a conversation with people about your faith? I mean a real conversation. Not a fight. Or an argument. Or a clash of egos. I mean a dialogue in which you’re hearing the other person, and that person hears you, and both sides are genuinely listening. Here’s a video by apologist Greg
I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3b). Do you contend for the faith? We live in a skeptical and relativistic culture. For decades now, people have been taught that most* of what we believe is
I love apologetics. I started witnessing a couple of months after I became a Christian at the age of seventeen. The first group I went to was the local Muslim student association. I remember they gave me a tract alleging that Christians believe in three gods. “We do?” I said. From that moment on, I
My sister sent me a blog about a Washington Post article by Jared Bilski entitled, “I’m not passing my parents’ religion on to my kids, but I am teaching their values.” You can read the article here. The blog, by Dr. Jim Denison, covered four main points. You can read his blog here. Bilski grew