Category Archives: Apologetics

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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Was Aquinas An Apologist?

If people know anything about Thomas Aquinas, they know his “five ways” that give reasons for the existence of God. This section of Thomas’ writings is found in many introductory philosophy texts, and if a person has read anything of … Continue reading

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Paul & The Greek Philosophers: An Apologetic

The Bible, in Acts 17:16-34, tells of when the apostle Paul is in Athens and addresses Greek philosophers. This passage can be shown to give support for the Bible as accurate history. Acts 17 has Paul speaking to the Epicurean … Continue reading

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Who is Worthy of Following, Jesus or Muhammad?

Jesus in the Bible Jesus in the Quran Muhammad in the Quran Performed miracles (Mark 7:37) Performed miracles (Surah 2:253; 3:49; 5:110) Did not perform miracles (Surah 3:183; 6:37; 6:109; 13:8; 17:59; 17:90-95; 29:50-51)   Was sinless (1 Peter 2:22) … Continue reading

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Matt Dillahunty: Messin’ With The Kid

(For the lyrics to the song, see here: http://www.bluesforpeace.com/lyrics/messin-kid.htm )

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The Bible as History: Minor Details in the Book of Acts

In Colin Hemer’s great work The Book of Acts in the Setting of Hellenistic History, the author goes to great length examining the minutia that Luke wrote into the New Testament book of Acts. Hemer makes several lists of different … Continue reading

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Free Will & Brain Science

Whether humans have conscious choice about their actions is an important question when discussing subjects such as morality and the soul. If God exists and has made us in His image, then we have a soul, are not merely body, … Continue reading

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Can an Atheist Have an Infinite String of Dodges?

The following is the first of Thomas Aquinas’ five ways of establishing the existence of God. For our immediate purpose, we are merely trying to establish a beginning of causes. That the first cause is known as God, or how … Continue reading

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Can God Be All Powerful and All Knowing?

I recently heard atheist Dan Barker say God cannot be both all-powerful and all-knowing. The general idea appears to be that if God is all-powerful, He would have the ability to change His mind, but if He could change His … Continue reading

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Well, Who Made God, Then?

Tonight I heard a debate between a Christian, John Mark Reynolds, and an atheist, Dan Barker. The question was “Does God Exist?” Dan Barker is an intelligent man who routinely speaks against religion and has similar debates. Midway through the … Continue reading

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Reactions to Stephen Meyer’s Book: Darwin’s Doubt

I found a pretty good short blog post that centers around Stephen Meyer’s book Darwin’s Doubt. The writer starts from a good, middle of the road, practical position. You can find the post here. The post describes the reactions and … Continue reading

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Cosmological Argument, Sufficient Reason, & Causality

Thomas Aquinas, in his massive work Summa Theologica, included five logical explanations for the existence of God. If people know anything about Aquinas, they know the five ways. Unfortunately, Aquinas is often misunderstood. A key, but often misunderstood concept is … Continue reading

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Fighting With One Hand Tied Behind Our Backs

The so-called “new atheists” of today do not hold much weight against the more scholarly-based atheists of past years. Men like Bertrand Russell and J. L. Mackie wrote significant works that influenced a generation of scholars, but despite their refined … Continue reading

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A Few Good Posts

A good post over on the Just Thomism blog about the relation of science and myth. You can find it here. A post on the conflict between new atheists and American liberals who want to squash “islamophobia” and never criticize … Continue reading

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Did Israel Practice Child Sacrifice?

A blog has created a post that makes some interesting conclusions about child sacrifice in ancient Israel, as reported in the Old Testament. You can find the entire post here. The author concludes that child sacrifice was a practice done … Continue reading

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Can Jewish Writers Accurately Quote Their Own Texts?

One category of Bible question that often arises is whether the Bible is accurate in what it claims. If the Bible can be trusted in what we can corroborate, we have a strong reason to trust it in the things … Continue reading

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