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Seek God Sensibly: On His Own Terms

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Is there a God? How would we know?

Among atheists today there is a sizable subset who think that if God is real, he ought to be detectable through science. I can see the appeal in thinking that, since science tells us so much about the world. Even better, it has ways to adjudicate factual disputes, especially when it’s possible to employ very careful measurement and control of variables.

Ironically, those are exactly the factors that make science a poor way to detect the reality …

 

Do You Think About God As He Truly Is?

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

If these questions don’t challenge you to the depth of your intellect, you’re not thinking of God as God really is:

Read through the list, and then I’ll explain more of what I meant by that.

When God created space, where did he put it? Where did God get the idea of energy and matter? When God caused the beginning of the created order, what gave him the idea of “beginning”? Where did beauty come from? What processes and methods did God use to create …


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Good News in Jesus Christ!

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

The other day Shane Fletcher and I were talking briefly about what the Gospel really is. He said he’d like to know better. So would I, in many (many!) ways. It’s so multifaceted!

What is this good news in Jesus Christ?

The Gospel comes from root words meaning “good news,” which it really is, centered in Jesus Christ. At the heart of it all is this: God’s love for you and me, and all the world. We, like all others, have rejected his love …

 

“He May Well Be On To Something… This Argues for Historicity” — Daniel B. Wallace

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Daniel B. Wallace, a leading New Testament scholar, responds to my recent Touchstone article on the historicity of Jesus:

The May/June 2014 issue of Touchstone has come out. In it is a provocative and, I might say, Lewis-esque piece of writing by Tom Gilson, the National Field Director of Ratio Christi…. He may well be on to something. In turn, this argues for historicity.

 

“Is This a Powerful New Apologetic Argument?”

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Bob Seidensticker looks at my “Too Good Not To Be Trueargument against Jesus-legend theory, asking “Is this a powerful new apologetic argument?” He finds it lacking. I find his assessment lacking.

Here’s why. To begin with, he says,

He would say that Jesus was God and therefore the creator of everything. Let’s ignore the fact that the Trinity was an invention centuries after the gospels and consider what God supposedly created.

The doctrine of the Trinity doesn’t enter in to my …

 

The story of Jesus is unimaginably great; therefore it’s true

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

The story of Jesus is unimaginably great; therefore it’s true.

That’s a new way I’ve just thought of to summarize my recent Touchstone article, : “What Happens to Apologetics If We Add ‘Legend’ to the Trilemma “Liar, Lunatic, or Lord”?.

For those who know the terminology (and others need not worry, since I won’t spend more than a moment on it), this is not some new kind of ontological argument, even though in that one-sentence form it sure sounds like it. Here’s the short …

 

Why Didn’t Jesus Introduce Simple Medical Practices?

Friday, April 25th, 2014

The question came up recently, why didn’t Jesus bring better health science with him when he came? Think of all the misery that could have been spared, even if he had taught people to boil bandages before applying them to wounds.

What if questions are impossible to get reliably right, but for this one I think we can apply Clarke’s maxim: “Any sufficiently advanced science is indistinguishable from magic.” If Jesus had introduced scientific medicine that far ahead of its time, it would have been …

 

Jesus Christ: Greater Than You Knew, Too Great Not To Be True

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Today I’m announcing a new argument for the historicity of the Gospels, published just now through Touchstone Magazine.

The editors have titled it The Gospel Truth Of Jesus: What Happens to Apologetics If We Add “Legend” to the Trilemma “Liar, Lunatic, or Lord”?.

The main point of the argument: Jesus Christ is greater than you knew.

I say that with all confidence. I say it to atheists and skeptics, who doubt that his reality is great at all, or who even doubt …

 

Seven Reasons To Give Old Testament Ethics the Benefit of the Doubt

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Why do Christians give Old Testament ethics the benefit of the doubt?

That question came up before Christmas, as a result of discussions here on slavery in the Old Testament. There is no denying that the slavery codes in the Pentateuch seem wrong, even barbaric, to 21st century readers (most readers, that is: slavery is still a thriving enterprise of death in our world today).

As I will repeat in point 4, “the benefit of the doubt” is hardly required for most OT ethical matters. …

 

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