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Christian Apologist & Philosopher

Did the Bible Copy From Pagan Virgin Birth Myths?

I bought a copy of atheist Christopher Hitchens’ book God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. I always buy these books from used bookstores, mainly because I refuse to have any of my money go to support the atheists. … Continue reading

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Love God With All Your Mind

I was recently asked to explain Matthew 22:37. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love … Continue reading

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Do the Details of Jesus Birth Agree in Matthew & Luke?

This is another in a series of questions from critics about the Bible. Question: Matthew’s account of Jesus birth seems to differ from Luke’s. They seem to start from different places and they travel to different places. Matthew has Jesus, Mary, … Continue reading

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Signers of the Declaration of Independence: McKean, Read, Bassett, Rush, Adams

Thomas McKean  and George Read, both signers of the Declaration of Independence and members of the Continental Congress, along with Richard Bassett, a signer of the Constitution of the United States, participated in the writing of the original Constitution of … Continue reading

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Signers of the Declaration of Independence: Charles Carroll, Samuel Adams, Richard Stockton

Charles Carroll (1737-1832), member of the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence, said: Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and … Continue reading

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How Can a Spirit Affect a Body?

Question:  If a spirit is non-physical, but the human body is physical, how does a spirit stay in our bodies? Also, experience seems to tell us that our memories are stored in our physical brains. How could a spirit store … Continue reading

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Was Jairus’ Daughter Dead or Dying?

In Matthew 9:18, a man named Jairus comes to Jesus and says that his daughter is “even now dead” (KJV), or “has just died” (ESV, NASB, NIV). But in Mark 5:23, Jairus claims his daughter “is dying” (NIV), or “is … Continue reading

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Musings on Randomness & Design

Since you and I are both reasonable people, let us compare what is reasonable with what is not, as reason might apply to the possibility of a random universe compared with a designed one. Let’s consider a lottery drawing, which … Continue reading

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The Cambrian Explosion

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Formal Fallacies, Informal Fallacies, and Science

In a recent comment, a writer seemed to hold that Occam’s Razor is an ironclad logical principle that should end all debate. This post will explore the logic behind this view. Therefore I believe a basic description of formal and … Continue reading

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Why Are Youth Leaving the Church?

A pretty good article about why young people are walking away from the church, which you can find here.  Another excellent article written about young people who have already left appeared in Christianity Today, which you can find here.  But … Continue reading

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Did Aquinas Bring Greek Philosophy Into Christianity?

Periodically we hear the accusation that we should not bring in philosophy, particularly Greek philosophy, into Christian theology. Tertullian is often quoted as saying “What has Jerusalem to do with Athens?” Also, is it not true that the apostle Paul … Continue reading

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The Argument From Reason

Naturalism is the view that all of life, indeed everything that exists, can be explained by physical and chemical causes. Such a view also results in every event being caused by a prior physical and chemical cause, to the extent … Continue reading

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Did Ezekiel Prophesy Correctly About Tyre? (Part 3)

In Part 2, we found that Ezekiel’s prophesy about the destruction of Tyre was correct. To summarize the findings: 1. The Tyre of today is a far, far cry from the Tyre of old, so much different that the comparison … Continue reading

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Did Ezekiel Prophesy Correctly About Tyre? (Part 2)

In the first part, we learned that Ezekiel 26 predicts the fall of the city of Tyre, but this prophecy is actually about 17 separate prophecies. Although we will find out that all of them are true, we learned that … Continue reading

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Did Ezekiel Prophesy Correctly About Tyre? (Part 1)

The Old Testament book of Ezekiel has many prophecies, including predicting that the city of Tyre would be destroyed and never be rebuilt. Yet the city exists today with many people having lived there for many years. Some people claim … Continue reading

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Skeptics vs. Christians: Let’s Be Reasonable

A question asked by some philosophers concerns how the soul interacts with the body. The allusion by skeptics is that since we do not know how the soul moves the mind and body, why then it must not be able … Continue reading

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A. C. Grayling’s The God Argument: Another Disappointment

I recently picked up a copy of a new book, The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and For Humanism by A. C. Grayling. In seeing the book, my first thoughts went to the common and tired refrain from many … Continue reading

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Can There Be An Infinite Series of Escapes From Kalam?

One of the demonstrations for the existence of God is the Kalam Cosmological Argument, which claims that the universe had a beginning, and therefore needed a beginner. At its root, it is quite simple, for anything that comes to be … Continue reading

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Why Did God Create Adam When He Knew He Would Sin?

This is another in a series of skeptical and critical questions about Christianity. Question: Why did God create Adam and Eve? If He knew mankind would sin and eventually need to be killed (Noah’s flood), why create Adam and Eve … Continue reading

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Old Testament Numbers Proven True

In the Old Testament book of 1 Kings, we find the following: 1 Kings 15:25:  Now Nadab the son of Jeroboam became king over Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah, and he reigned over Israel two … Continue reading

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Creation, Evolution, The Courts, & Public Opinion

In the book Darwin Day in America, author John West shows how evolutionary thought, inspired by Charles Darwin and accepted by his followers, has impacted various parts of society. Far from mere biology, Darwin’s theory of random mutations filtered by … Continue reading

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If Evil, Then Good

It appears obvious to most people that we cannot have a crooked unless we first have a straight to measure it against. Sure, the crooked stick can exist, but the only way we know to call it crooked, instead of … Continue reading

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Pseudo Science

There have been a few recent reports that tell us that some science journal articles were fakes. One was in Nature, one in Science, and it was reported by Fox News. The problems are facilitated by the fact that professors … Continue reading

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God, Time, Acts, & Eternity

The question periodically arises whether God is in time or not. Theories of “A” time and “B” time keep the philosophers busy trying to untangle how an infinite, which necessarily must exist, can intervene in finite time. Part of the … Continue reading

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Unpacking a Cosmologist’s Philosophy

Last night I watched the first part of a debate between William Lane Craig and Sean Carroll. Craig is a Christian philosopher and apologist who has dealt with cosmology, and Carroll is a physicist and cosmologist who has spoken against … Continue reading

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Christian and Atheist Discuss Cosmology

The following is a fictional account inspired by watching part one of the debate between William Lane Craig and Sean Carroll. C: We are theists, and we have adequate explanations for why the world is. A: Silly man. We are … Continue reading

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Hard Questions for Christians

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Why Does God Not Stop All Evil?

One of modern atheists’ and skeptics’ criticisms of God is that He should stop evil. They are fond of quoting horrible circumstance X, and saying that if God existed and was good, He would certainly, at a minimum, stop X. … Continue reading

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Can We Prove Jesus’ Historical Miracles?

I recently encountered a discussion between an atheist and a Christian that went something like this: A: How do you know that Jesus did miracles and created the universe? Using your own reason, and without using the Bible, prove to me he did … Continue reading

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