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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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How Knowing Apologetics Can Reduce Argumentativeness

How Knowing Apologetics Can Reduce Argumentativeness

Apologetics is about being argumentative, right? That’s the reputation. The reality can and should be very different. Jonathan McLatchie demonstrates the real effect of knowing apologetics in this 10 minute video exchange with atheistDouglas Letkeman. Watch and observe: Watch how easily he answers. He doesn’t say more than necessary, because this is an artificial “intervention” Douglas is performing with him, called “Street Epistemology.” (He calls it SE in the first moments of the clip.) Watch also how little confrontation there…

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7 Reasons You’ll Be Glad You Saw The Case for Christ

7 Reasons You’ll Be Glad You Saw The Case for Christ

The Pure Flix film The Case for Christ opens nationwide tonight. I saw it last night in an advance screening. My word to you: Go see it! You’ll be glad you did. Directed by Jon Gunn, this movie tells the true story of Lee Strobel,  legal editor at the Chicago Tribune in the late 1970s and early 80s. His marriage fell into crisis after his wife, Leslie, chose a path in life totally unlike his own. She knew their marriage…

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What Would It Take For Me To Give Up Belief In Jesus Christ?

What Would It Take For Me To Give Up Belief In Jesus Christ?

Skeptics often ask, “Is there anything that could possibly cause you to give up your belief in Jesus Christ?” It’s a good question and  a complicated one. The good part is this: As Popper explained, knowledge should be falsifiable in principle. If you hold a belief that can’t be falsified under any imaginable circumstances, your belief might be disconnected from reality. If it wasn’t true, how would you know it wasn’t true? If you can’t answer that question, then maybe…

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