Looks like I have a lot of prepping to do in the next few months. Looking forward to this great training opportunity with some amazing teachers. https://crossexamined.org/what-is-cia/
Category Archives: Blog
What Was the Council of Nicaea (And What Did They Decide)?
Critics claim the New Testament canon was decided by the Council of Nicaea (325 AD). Another claim is that the Council of Nicaea invented the divinity of Jesus. It is also sometimes argued that Emperor Constantine either decided on the canon or invented the divinity of Christ. Do any of these claims have any historical foundation?
“Beyond Beliefs” YouTube Appearance
I’m a little behind posting this. I appeared on Beyond Beliefs, an atheist YouTube channel on Monday. First time I’ve done something like this; way out of my comfort zone. How’d I do? What could I do better (other than never do that again 😉)? Leave me feedback. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PTn9C_5OD3k&feature=youtu.be
Apologetics Day – 3/15
“but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” 1 Peter 3:15
When Spiritual Leaders Fail
Recently there have been a series of high-profile Christian leaders who have walked away from the Church or were involved in scandals. Understandably, this has shaken many Christians; especially those with a connection to these leaders. It has also been used by atheist and critics in an attempt to attack the truth of Christianity. BothContinue reading “When Spiritual Leaders Fail”
“Belief that” vs “Belief in”
Simply believing that something is true doesn’t necessarily mean you trust it. It’s the same with Christianity. Let’s look at the difference between “belief that” and “belief in”.
Jesus Never Claimed to Be God (or did He?)
When discussing the divinity of Jesus, critics will often put forward the idea that Jesus never made the claim “I am God”. And they are right, He never said those specific words, but is that the whole story or could there be more to it?
Early Dating of the Gospels – Part III
The questions for this post are; can these accounts be accepted as accurate eyewitness accounts of the life of Jesus, the growth of the early Church, and early Christology among believers? Do these writings bear the hallmarks we expect from eyewitness accounts? Were there motivating factors that would have led the Gospel writers to lie about the story?
How Early Are the Remaining New Testament Books?
Previously we showed that the most reasonable dating of 21 of the 27 New Testament books were prior to 70 A.D (the destruction of the Temple). The remaining six we simply stated likely dates of writing. This will be a shorter post to wrap up the likely dating of the remaining books. The first booksContinue reading “How Early Are the Remaining New Testament Books?”
Early Dating of the Gospels – Part II
In order to begin determining just how early the books of the New Testament were likely written, we need to establish some known dates.
Using generally accepted dates, we can begin to narrow down potential dates for New Testament writings.
Some of the most accepted dates related to the Bible center on the Apostle Paul, his missionary travels, and his epistles. Although there is disagreement on some of the exact years they are generally accepted within a small window of a few years. For the sake of simplicity, we will use either the accepted year or the later of the date ranges
Early Dating of the Gospels – Part I
In Part I, we will examine whether there is evidence to show that the Gospels, and other New Testament books, were written early enough to be considered historically accurate. We will also compare the New Testament to other historical works to see how they compare to these accepted histories.
Are Miracles Possible?
You may wonder why a discussion of miracles would be part of an investigation of Christianity. Simply put, if miracles aren’t possible, Christianity can’t be true and God can’t exist. However, if miracles are possible Christianity can be true.
Dr. Voddie Baucham on CRT
I don’t typically post political topics, but this is not a political issue; it is a Gospel issue. Dr. Baucham is probably the most knowledgeable and eloquent person speaking out about this poison and it’s threat to the Church. Capstone Report@CapstoneReport · Southern Baptists are cowards on CRT, says @VoddieBaucham on the @toddstarnes show.
The Significance of a Sheepdog for Apologists
I’ve been asked what type of dog is in all the pictures on our Sheepdog Apologetics webpage and Facebook and Twitter pages. I’ve also been asked if there is a significance to this dog. This post will briefly look at why this particular breed exemplifies our spirit and goals as apologists. A Breed Straight OutContinue reading “The Significance of a Sheepdog for Apologists”
“things that have been made” Point to God: The Teleological Argument
“things that have been made” Point to God: The Teleological Argument
“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.” Romans 1:20
So far, we have discussed how objective truth points to God (the Moral Argument) and the creation of the universe points to God (the Cosmological Argument). This week we look at the Teleological Argument; the argument from design.
Cosmological Argument for God
The Bible and most scientists agree on one thing: “In the beginning” something happened. Scientist believe that “something” was The Big Bang; although there are several new theories being offered. The Bible says “God created the heavens and the earth.” While scientist usually don’t like to admit the similarities, they are obvious to most people.
William Lane Craig explains the problem of objective morality for atheists.
Objective Truth points to a monotheistic God
We all have a feeling that things aren’t right in this world. Artist struggle to create a perfect image, philosophers opine on the nature of right and wrong, and politicians pursue utopias within society. All these show a deep-seated understanding that this world should be better. The question is what is the standard we use to determine “better”. It requires objective standards of truth and morality.
Postmodernism, Pluralism, and the Church.
In a previous post we discussed truth and nature of truth. This week we continue that discussion by looking at postmodernism and relativism. We’ll also address what this means for the pluralism that seems to be creeping into the Church. Are all Truths True? Try this experiment with a group of friends. Have everyone inContinue reading “Postmodernism, Pluralism, and the Church.”
Do Christianity and Science Conflict?
Tim Barnett, of Stand To Reason, addresses the idea that Christianity is contrary to science in his latest “Red Pen Logic”. Check it out!
HE IS RISEN!
“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” Luke 24:6
The Minimal Facts of the Resurrection
The foundation of Christianity hinges primarily on the truth of one event: the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As Paul told the Corinthians “And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” (1 Cor 15:14) How can we be sure this event that means so muchContinue reading “The Minimal Facts of the Resurrection”
The Truth about The Truth
“What is truth?” (John 18:38). With those three simple words Pontius Pilate asked perhaps the most profound and fundamental question in human history. Whether you are a Christian, an atheist, or somewhere in between, the answer to this seemingly simple question impacts every aspect of our lives. It affects how we view the world andContinue reading “The Truth about The Truth”
Why Apologetics is Important for Christians
“What are you reading?” “A book on Christian apologetics.” “Apologetics! I will never apologize for my faith in Christ.” “No, no. Apologetics. It’s the art and science of defending Christianity through arguments based on science, philosophy, and history.” “So you start fights about Christianity!?” “No, intellectual arguments based on information from science, philosophy, and historyContinue reading “Why Apologetics is Important for Christians”
Why Are We Here?
Society, basically, consists of three types of people. Sheep, those that are content living their life never worried about anything outside the immediacy of living. Wolves, people that seek to take advantage of the sheep, “seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). The last group are sheepdogs, those who recognize the threat posed by wolvesContinue reading “Why Are We Here?”