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Are You Sure God Makes Sense?

In a previous blog, we looked at Hank Green’s argument against God. His argument is a form of the Incoherence of Theism family of arguments. These arguments are common and often very effective. Their thesis is that for one reason or another God does not make sense....

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4 Weird Stories about Jesus.

Critics often describe the Bible as a collection of strange stories and weird fiction. Upon closer inspection, the biblical Gospels appear to be rather straightforward accounts of the life of Christ. By comparison, extrabiblical stories contain all kinds of bizarre...

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Is God a Moral Monster?

Psalm 137:9 says, “Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is the one who pays you back what you have done to us. Happy is he who takes your little ones and dashed them against the rocks.” In his book, The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins described God as, “a...

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The Kalamity of Atheism

Questions about the origin of the universe have been at the center of humanity's curiosity from the time humanity's existence. With such curiosity, there is also profound implications regarding the answer to the question: Is a transcendent cause responsible for the...

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Discourse on Doubt

A Discourse on Doubt Is there anything more catastrophic than doubt? It can make us uncomfortable, seemingly shipwreck our faith, and cause hours of mental vexation. As someone who struggles with OCD (formerly referred to as “The Doubting Disease”), and as a former...

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Being a Jerk Doesn’t Show Jesus

Let’s face it, the climate surrounding disagreements in our culture is hot! It seems every time we turn on the T.V. or even talk to people who are closest to us, if there is a disagreement, it’ll end up in a knock down drag out fight. I’m convinced that one of the...

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Don’t Mix and Match!

"You shall keep my statutes. You shall not let your cattle breed with a different kind...nor shall you wear a garment of cloth made of two kinds of materials." - Leviticus 19:19. In the 21st century Christianity this seems really weird. Making the matter even more...

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Question: What Makes a Person a Person?

  Quick question: What makes a person a person? Is it size? Weight? Color? Background?  In the last blog, I discussed how the fact-value split that influenced the debate about abortion. While society has embraced body/person dualism, all is not lost. While it may...

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The Fact-Value Split: Abortion

In the last blog I (Dean) wrote, I mentioned that since the time of the Enlightenment, there has been a fact-value split, which at a basic level states that the only real knowledge stems from empirical science. Thus, religion and morality are subjective. This has...

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The Future is Bright!

I can’t believe it has been 10 months since Apologia Institute launched! It has been a very successful first ten months. Looking forward, we are excited about what can be accomplished in 2018. As mentioned before, we will be doing apologetics training in India and...

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Truth in the Toilet?

It’s a good time to be interested in archaeology. In an age where some critics immediately dismiss the Bible as myth, archaeology has provided some fascinating corroborating evidence of the biblical record. A toilet at the ancient city of Lachish is just one example....

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What is Free Will?

As discussed in our last blog, Free Will is necessary for moral responsibility. Many grant this fact but dispute the meaning of Free Will. So, what is Free Will? As we get started, it should be noted that the Bible claims and Christians believe that humans have Free...

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Elmer Fudd Philosophy

Growing up, I watched Loony Toons, a cartoon show that would make me laugh every Saturday morning. My favorite cartoons were the ones that featured Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. No matter what Fudd did to try and catch Bugs Bunny, he always ended up inflicting more harm...

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Are You an Accidental Christian?

Several years ago, I was journeying home after my first year of Bible college, traveling from Colorado to Virginia. It was a long, arduous drive (over 24 hours) because I got lost. I didn’t know where I was going and it seemed like there was no help available!...

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Some After-Conference Thoughts

As I was gathering some books together to get signed by some of my favorite authors, I paused. “Is this a bit over the top? Am I geeking out too much? Have I unknowingly put these men on a pedestal where they don’t belong?” These were some of the questions going...

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Why Does Free Will Matter?

Ask most philosophy professors today and they will tell you humans are wholly physical (Physicalism or Materialism). Man, like all other things in the universe is only physical stuff. We are just matter in motion.[1] One of the most unpleasant consequences of this...

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The Most Important Question

We are a people plagued with questions. It seems as though we all have them, but few answers. We are so used to asking and answering, whether it be in school, work, or casual conversation with friends. However, I believe we have forgotten the importance of questions....

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Lose Your Illusion

An illusion is “1. An instance of a wrong or misinterpreted perception of a sensory experience; 2. A deceptive appearance or impression; or, 3. A false idea or belief.”[1] Of course, we’re familiar with illusions. From optical illusions like blood flowing from a...

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War

Few people know what it is like to eat, sleep, and wake up in a war. As a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve serving with Hotel Battery 3/14, I’ve had that unfortunate privilege. Here’s the thing about war- it isn’t glossy, it isn’t fun, and it isn’t...

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Design and Designer

Photo Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) Our universe is a marvelous thing to behold. The way life around us operates seems to indicate that it has been synchronized beautifully by the laws of nature in motion. This may cause us to wonder, “is there a...

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Clues to God; or, Why Does God Hide?

photo by markusspiske   I don’t know much about astronomy, so if I were to look through a telescope out into space, I couldn’t tell you what was a planet, a star, or another galaxy. Thankfully, there are those who can tell the difference, and maybe I’ll get...

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Photo Credit: Linda Jabane. Famous Enlightenment era philosopher, Immanuel Kant was convinced that the ontological proof for God's existence fails. He takes the argument of the triangle used by Descartes and uses it to argue for his own perception concerning the...

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The Truth about the Jesus Myth

Photo Credit: Joe Cavazos Guest Writer: Dr. Dewayne Bryant   Many Christians are unaware that an increasing number of people in the world see Jesus as nothing more than a mythological figure. A recent study conducted by the Barna Research Group revealed that four...

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Is the Bible Narrow-Minded?

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Is the verse above narrow-minded? Many would affirm that it is. To claim that there is only one way to God is against much of what today’s culture believes, granting...

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One More Thing…..

By: Jason Hyde “Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone.” Colossians 4.5-6. Many in our society have differing opinions,...

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Why Archeology?

By: Brian Cunningham Archaeology cannot prove the Bible is true. However, this doesn’t mean that it isn’t critically important for establishing the reliability of Scripture. In fact, it’s undeniably important for a variety of reasons. First, imagine for a moment that...

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Thomas Aquinas’ Five Ways

“The existence of God can be shown in five ways.”[1] So begins “The Five Ways” by Thomas Aquinas. It is impressive that such a feat can be accomplished in just five paragraphs. It should be mentioned that these Five Ways are philosophical in nature, and do not dive...

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I’ll Have the Lamb Saag-a! or 5 Myths Told About Jesus Over Indian Food Pt. 3

Myth #5 — Jesus was an Avatar of Lord Vishnu Vishnu, in Hindu faith, is a principal deity who, along with Brahma and Shiva, forms the Hindu trinity.11)http://www.hinduwebsite.com/hinduism/vishnu.asp Interestingly, it is said that Vishnu (pictured right), is said to...

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I’ll Have the Lamb Saag-a! or 5 Myths Told About Jesus Over Indian Food Pt. 1

Jesus and Krishna12)http://www.zrarts.com/Krishna-and-Jesus/ The Pan-Indian lore concerning Jesus is as rich as the best Indian buffet. What we might call “The Lamb Saag-a” (Lamb Saag is an amazing Indian dish made with lamb and creamy spinach and served at...

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Bart and the Bible

Photo Credit: Realclearrealigion.com  Professor Bart Ehrman was once a self-described born-again, Bible-believing Christian, many years ago. He is now a self-proclaimed agnostic. After desiring to learn more about the scriptures in depth, and attaining a doctorate...

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When Jesus Never Met Osiris

A couple of days ago I watched a debate between a famous Christian and atheist philosopher about the existence of God. In his opening session, the atheist states, “There is nothing special about Jesus that is any different than the other gods, or fictional heroes for...

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Tactics by Gregory Koukl

Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Gregory Koukl (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009; 208 pages) Years ago, I found myself in an uncomfortable situation. I had just begun work on my Master’s degree in ministry and was still young in my...

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The Ontological Argument

photo by Crisis Magazine   What if God is the greatest conceivable being, and therefore nothing can be conceived to be greater? Or what if everything else can be conceived to exist, but not God? If this understanding of God is true, He must exist not just...

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Beauty and Belief – Part 1

I have long thought—well, for a little over twelve years anyway—that if every other argument for my faith in God were defeated, the beauty of my only child, Mia Catherine, would still persuade me that God exists. This is just one personal experience of visual beauty...

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Is Utilitarianism a Better Moral Code?

What if the moral code we live by is not based on an objective moral standard but rather is just based on what hurts and pleases people or what is good or bad for society? What if there is no need for God because morality can be empirically identified and capitalized...

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God and the Canaanites Part 2

In part one, we surveyed the argument against the moral character of God by citing the Old Testament account of God’s judgment of the Canaanites. Furthermore, in part one, common misconceptions were brought to the surface, most notably, the character and practices of...

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When Jesus Meets Socrates

Socrates by Yuujin On rare occasions when discussing Christianity, a person will claim that Jesus was not a historical figure. I can remember being at Longwood University talking to some roommate (shout out to Frazier 8!) about Jesus, and one gentleman chimed in, “Is...

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God and the Canaanites Part 1

One of the most frequent arguments used against Christianity stems from perceived genocide in the Old Testament that was commanded by God and carried out by Israel. Such a command has been a central pillar of attacks against belief in God. In his work...

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God is Necessary

God is Necessary By: Brian Cunningham David Hume once asked, “Why may not the material universe be the necessarily existent Being, according to this pretended explication of necessity?”1  If the universe is a necessary being it would not require an explanation of its...

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Some Thoughts on Right and Wrong

Who determines what is right and what is wrong? This is a very important question. It not only affects how we live our lives, but how we interact with others around us. Whereas science can tell us how the world works, and governments can establish laws to keep order,...

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It’s Not Fair, and It’s Not My Fault!

The morality of today’s culture is a funny thing; one minute everyone is free to live however they see fit, and then in the blink of an eye someone is guilty of an egregious moral sin. I don’t think it would be out of line to say that our culture is suffering from a...

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You Have No Purpose

In his book Making Sense of God, Timothy Keller writes, “If there is no transcendent reality beyond this life, then there is no value or meaning for anything. To hold that human beings are the product of nothing but the evolutionary process of the strong eating the...

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Conceivable

conceivable I can conceive of myself as an immaterial thinking thing. It is not incoherent to see myself as not just a pure extension of my body, but as a soul, encased in a body with logical, properly functioning ability to interact with my environment.  The one...

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What Was Jesus’ Ethics Based on?

What Was Jesus’ Ethics Based On? Jesus had a remarkable following of not only his immediate historical context of apostles and other disciples, but as a founder of one of the world’s great religions who would continue to have many followers even to this day. What...

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The Cause of it

The Cause of it Here is an obvious fact -- the causal phenomenon is apparent in our reality! One throws a hammer at a glass window and the glass window shatters as a direct result of the force of the hammer being thrown and having contact with it.  We expect the...

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Ugh! Who Invented Math Anyway?

Have you ever, in a moment of frustration perhaps, wondered who invented math? Or, maybe in your math classes over the years you heard about ancient and modern men (Pythagoras, Euclid, Descartes, Leibniz, Newton, Einstein, Hilbert, Cantor, etc.) who made great...

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Naturalism: All Things Not Being Equal

Naturalism: All Things Not Being Equal I find it interesting that we chase after the word equal.1  In high school sports, every player wants equal playing time. In the work force, equal pay. In society, equal right and opportunity. On the world stage, we want less...

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John 3:16 No Longer Works

Several years ago, a non-Christian friend of mine asked me, “Why do you believe in God?” I answered, “I believe in God because of what the Bible says”. He responded, “So you believe all that stuff about Jesus because of an ancient book?” “Yes I do.” “Well man, if that...

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Armed With Questions

As a former Marine who served in Iraq, there were designated times where we would receive information about the upcoming mission. These were known as mission briefs. These were times to survey the battlefield, mission, and apply the correct tactics in order to...

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Why Fear Apologetics?

Recently, I conducted an apologetics workshop and a lady came up to me after the question and answer session and said, “I just don’t know if I could ever do what you do, it seems like you have to have a PhD.” “Ma’am, I don’t have a...

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References   [ + ]

1. http://www.hinduwebsite.com/hinduism/vishnu.asp
2. http://www.zrarts.com/Krishna-and-Jesus/

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