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Month: April 2018

Apologetics in the Church: The Spiritual Readiness Project Moves Forward

Apologetics in the Church: The Spiritual Readiness Project Moves Forward

What will it take to bring apologetics into the local church? I must have heard that question asked hundreds of times over the past ten years. Of course, I run in circles where people are likely to wonder. They know: Christianity is under unprecedented pressure. Most young people raised in solid Christian churches walk away from the faith when they leave home — which means most young people raised in reasonably solid Christian families walk away — and that one…

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Why Hebrews 11:1 Doesn’t Mean Faith Is Without Evidence

Why Hebrews 11:1 Doesn’t Mean Faith Is Without Evidence

Edited and republished from a post on November 15, 2013. Jerry Coyne’s recent Slate article on science and faith gives another chance to clarify the contentious meaning of “faith.” In that article he presents three religious and one putative scientific usage of the word, then comments, The three religious claims (Christian, Jewish, and Muslim, respectively) represent faith as defined by philosopher Walter Kaufmann: “intense, usually confident, belief that is not based on evidence sufficient to command assent from every reasonable…

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Who’s Being Anti-Science Now?

Who’s Being Anti-Science Now?

This week’s edition of Contentious Questions (Because some questions just are that way): They say that Christianity is anti-science. I wonder who’s really being anti-science. See also my related article at The Stream. It includes a list of references for those who want to know more, since what I’m diving into here is just a hint of the whole story, which fills entire volumes if told in its entirety. Image Credit(s): Austin Neill, Unsplash.

Mike Licona Answers Regarding Lydia McGrew

Mike Licona Answers Regarding Lydia McGrew

Mike Licona has asked me to post this in response to my article last week urging him to answer Lydia McGrew’s objections to his work on Why Are There Differences in the Gospels. I’ll add a short, final response of my own. There is a link to Lydia’s response at the end of Mike’s message. This is the one and final time I expect to pass along a message on this topic, but I did think it was fair to allow…

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Do You Enjoy Apologetics? Then Take Your Pastor to Lunch!

Do You Enjoy Apologetics? Then Take Your Pastor to Lunch!

April is “Take Your Pastor To Lunch Month!” for Christian apologists. I don’t mean pros, I mean everyone who enjoys apologetics, who wants it to become more of a ministry in your churches, and who’d like it to grow across Christianity. Why take your pastor to lunch? Two reasons. From the Spiritual Readiness project page: Relationship. The key to building apologetics ministries is to be connected with your church’s overall ministry. That takes relationships with leadership. And as you’ll see when…

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Facebook Live at 8:00 Eastern Tonight: “Secular Humanism’s Awful Inhumanity”

Facebook Live at 8:00 Eastern Tonight: “Secular Humanism’s Awful Inhumanity”

Watch for it live on The Stream’s Facebook page, at 8 pm sharp this evening, eastern time. My Stream article on “Secular Humanism’s Awful Inhumanity” last week has gotten more pushback than most articles I’ve written there, which makes it a good one to use for this evening’s Facebook live videocast. The main complaints I’ve heard have been that I’ve misrepresented atheists/humanists, that I’ve set up a straw man version of humanism, and that atheists don’t agree with the conclusions I…

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On the Disagreement Between Lydia McGrew and Michael Licona Regarding Differences in the Gospels

On the Disagreement Between Lydia McGrew and Michael Licona Regarding Differences in the Gospels

Two friends of mine are in deep disagreement. Because it involves friends, it’s become one of the more painful things I’ve ever had to watch unfold. I’ve spoken at length with both of them about it. I’m in no position to judge their disagreement on the merits of their positions, and I won’t begin to try to comment on that part of it here. But I’ve been named publicly on Facebook as having been involved behind the scenes, so I…

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