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Yes, We Need Moral Apologetics! In Today's Western World, It's Our First Task of All

Yes, We Need Moral Apologetics! In Today's Western World, It's Our First Task of All

Should apologists concern ourselves with today’s hot moral issues, or should we focus on Christianity’s timeless, core truths instead? Someone raised that question on Facebook, or one a lot like it. I’ve taken my own liberties with the wording; it gives me a chance to beat a drum I need to sound every once in a while. The short answer is yes, we must be involved in these issues. Very involved. I’m writing a book on the most timeless truth…

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Why Is the Christian Subculture Still So ‘Mindless’? Apologetics' Wrongest Answer: Thinking This Problem Comes From Too Few Answers

Why Is the Christian Subculture Still So ‘Mindless’? Apologetics' Wrongest Answer: Thinking This Problem Comes From Too Few Answers

A Facebook friend raised this tough question: We now have a veritable Apologetics Industrial Complex. A nerd like William Lane Craig (no insult intended–I am a certified nerd myself) can be a kind of superstar. We have more quality seminaries churning out more Evangelical DMins and PhDs than ever before. Yet the mindlessness of the American conservative Christian subculture as a whole has never been more pronounced than it is now. What are we doing wrong? Great question! Urgent question,…

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Why This Spiritual Readiness Research? Understanding Apologetics in the Church So We Can Help It Grow

Why This Spiritual Readiness Research? Understanding Apologetics in the Church So We Can Help It Grow

The Spiritual Readiness Project is asking apologetics-interested lay people, students, professors, writers and speakers to join in our Apologetics Interest survey. If you haven’t filled it out already, please do so as soon as possible. But you might wonder why, and where this is heading. It’s a good question; thanks for asking! Our main purpose is to discover what has sparked people’s interest in apologetics, so we can help create or collate ways to spread that around, and see more…

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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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“It’s In the Bible, So Believe It!” Won’t Help Youth At All

“It’s In the Bible, So Believe It!” Won’t Help Youth At All

I’m on my way to Little Rock for an interview with FamilyLife about my book Critical Conversations: A Christian Parents’ Guide to Discussing Homosexuality With Teens, I decided to re-read the book on the way, and I came across a passage in it that applies to any question, any issue with our children. I want to share it with you, because it’s absolutely vital. I’d just told the story of a friend whose faith was shipwrecked for years by her…

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Apologetics That Won’t Scare People Off — My Own Example Curriculum

Apologetics That Won’t Scare People Off — My Own Example Curriculum

Image: The Sombrero Galaxy, representing the first lesson in this curriculum. Second in a series. Earlier this week I started a series on teaching with apologetics, without scaring anyone away. I’m not just doing armchair reporting here. I did it in a Sunday School class I taught about six years ago. It was a series on ten crucial points in God’s history of dealing with his people on earth: Creation Created in God’s Image The Fall The Calling of God’s People God’s…

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How to Use Apologetics In Your Teaching Without Scaring Anyone Away

How to Use Apologetics In Your Teaching Without Scaring Anyone Away

First in a series. Apologetics. In church. How many times have I heard people say, “Apologetics? What’s that?” I’m still talking about people in church, you understand. Not to rush too quickly to judgment, though, there are reasons people react that way. They think it’s a dry subject for intellectuals, if they think of it at all. Maybe they’ve heard it taught that way; some of it can be pretty academic, after all. Or they think it’s an affront to…

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Are You Guilty of This Common Apologetic Error?

Are You Guilty of This Common Apologetic Error?

Christian apologists often respond to the Problem of Evil by pointing out that atheism has its own problem of evil. There’s a good case to be made here. The problem is, frequently I hear Christian apologists making a bad one instead. So this is a bit of internal correction I want to offer my friends on a common apologetic error The correct version of atheistic problem of evil is one that says atheism has no standard with which to judge…

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New Release! A Christian Mind: Thoughts on Life and Truth in Jesus Christ

New Release! A Christian Mind: Thoughts on Life and Truth in Jesus Christ

Just released! My new book A Christian Mind: Thoughts on Life and Truth in Jesus Christ. It’s a collection of the best from this blog, plus a couple articles first published at Discipleship Journal and Touchstone magazine. Available as Kindle ebook or paperback. (Paperback may not publish for a few hours yet.) From the description at Amazon: A Christian Mind comprises the best of Tom Gilson’s original work, curated from his highly popular Thinking Christian blog, written over the past ten years or so —…

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