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
“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
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”
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”.
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?
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?
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?”
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
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.
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.
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”
As Christians we owe it to our children, our community, and our Church to become Christians case makers (Sheepdogs). https://twitter.com/jwarnerwallace/status/1404597084330811409?s=21
“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.
If someone says there is no reality…ignore them. By their own argument they don’t exist so why should any thing they say matter; if, in fact, they really are saying any thing. Video below.
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.
If you were put on trial on a charge of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? — Lee Strobel (@LeeStrobel) April 29, 2021 How would you answer?
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.”
“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”
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?”