• Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    Terminology Tuesday: Equivocal

    Adjective that describes the status of a term when it is used in more than one sense in the course of an argument, so that the argument commits the logical fallacy of equivocation. Note the equivocal use of terms in the following humorous example: “I love you. Therefore I am a lover. All the world loves a lover. You are the world to me. Therefore you love me.”

    Evans, C. Stephen, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002), p. 13.


  • Monday, February 19, 2018

    Big Events This Week – 2/19/18

    DEBATE Livestream here: http://ksutv.kennesaw.edu

    On Wednesday February 21, 2018 Ratio Christi and KSU History Club will be hosting a great public moderated debate between Dr. Michael Licona and Dr. Bart Ehrman on the topic: “Are the Gospels Historically Reliable?” As part of the debate there will be an open mic Q and A with the audience.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    Following the debate there will be book sales and signing.

    Location: Bailey Performance Center, Morgan Hall
    Time: Begins at 7:00 pm and doors open at 6:30 pm
    Parking: Central Parking Deck

    Kennesaw Campus Map: http://www.kennesaw.edu/maps/docs/kennesaw_2d_map.pdf

    DEBATE Raleigh, NC Feb 23

    Where does morality come from? Some claim God is the ultimate source of all moral values and duties. Others disagree. Dr. Erik Wielenberg (atheist) argues that morality doesn’t come from anywhere, it just is; morality has no, and needs no, explanation. Dr. William Lane Craig (Christian) argues that God is the best explanation for objective morality. Who is correct? Join us for this exciting debate which is free, open to the public, and doesn’t require tickets!

    Attend in person for FREE or watch live at ncstate.symposiachristi.net the day of the event.

    Both speakers are giving a lecture the next day at a symposium that explores moral issues. It is also free. See https://www.facebook.com/events/898371600330741/?active_tab=about.

    Dr. Wielenberg is the Professor of Philosophy at DePauw University. He earned his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) (Ph.D.), and spent a year studying at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame. He has authored three books in ethics and the philosophy of religion.

    Dr. Craig is the Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and the Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University. He earned doctorates from the University of Birmingham (England) (Ph.D.), and the University of Munich (Germany) (D.Theol.). He has authored or edited over thirty books.

    Sponsored by Ratio Christi with the partnership of Cru, Chi Alpha, Providence Baptist Church, and Colonial Baptist Church.

    Please email ncsu@ratiochristi.org with any questions.

    Donations can be made at here: http://bit.ly/2DSr5Bg. Thank you.

    San Dimas, CA Feb 23-24

    A two-day conference to help you share your testimony, reach loved ones, and live out the Great Commission in everyday life.

    Speakers:
    J. P. Moreland, Paul Copan, Hugh Ross, Fazale Rana and more!


  • Thursday, February 15, 2018

    William Lane Craig, Jordan Peterson, and Rebecca Goldstein in Conversation

    From Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto, “On January 26th at the University of Toronto 1500 people packed into Convocation Hall to watch a fascinating dialogue on the meaning of life featuring philosopher William Lane Craig, psychology professor Dr. Jordan Peterson, and philosopher and author Dr. Rebecca Newberger Goldstein (moderated by journalist Karen Stiller).

    This dialogue is part of the ongoing Religion and Society Series – previously featuring speakers such as Lawrence Krauss, Alister McGrath, and Michael Shermer; check out the Wycliffe College YouTube channel to watch the previous dialogues; for more information about the series go here: www.wycliffecollege.ca/religionandsociety. For media inquiries, please contact Wycliffe College’s Communications Director, Patricia Paddey or Program Director, Steve Hewko.”

    “(Hosts and sponsoring organizations are committed to a manner of discourse that respects the dignity of all human beings, and do not necessarily endorse the perspectives or opinions of the speakers).

    Dr. William Lane Craig is a Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University. He has authored or edited over thirty books, including The Kalam Cosmological Argument; Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus; Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom; Theism, Atheism and Big Bang Cosmology; and God, Time and Eternity, as well as over a hundred articles in professional journals of philosophy and theology, including The Journal of Philosophy, New Testament Studies, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy, and British Journal for Philosophy of Science. In 2016 Dr. Craig was named by The Best Schools as one of the fifty most influential living philosophers.

    Dr Rebecca Newberger Goldstein is an American philosopher, novelist, and public intellectual. Currently, she is Visiting Professor of Philosophy at New College of the Humanities, London, England. She graduated summa cum laude from Barnard College and received her PhD in philosophy from Princeton University. She is the author of ten books, which have received wide attention from such publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, The Globe and Mail. In 2011, she delivered the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Yale University, and in 2005 was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has won numerous awards, for both her fiction and scholarship, including, in 1995, a MacArthur Fellowship prize, popularly known in the U.S. as the Genius Award. In 2015, she was awarded the National Medal of the Humanities by President Obama in a ceremony at the White House.

    Dr. Jordan B. Peterson has taught mythology to lawyers, doctors and businessmen, consulted for the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Sustainable Development, helped his clinical clients manage depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and schizophrenia, served as an advisor to senior partners of major Canadian law firms, identified thousands of promising entrepreneurs on six different continents, and lectured extensively in North America and Europe. With his students and colleagues, Dr. Peterson has published more than a hundred scientific papers, transforming the modern understanding of personality, and revolutionized the psychology of religion with his now-classic book, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief. As a Harvard professor, he was nominated for the prestigious Levinson Teaching Prize, and is regarded by his current University of Toronto students as one of three truly life-changing teachers.

    MODERATOR Karen Stiller is a freelance writer and editor, and senior editor of Faith Today, Canada’s Christian magazine. Her work has appeared in The Walrus, Reader’s Digest and other publications. She has co-authored or edited several books including Evangelicals Around the World: A Global Handbook for the 20th century (Thomas Nelson), and The Lord’s Prayer (Wipf & Stock) a collection of essays by Wycliffe College faculty, and has received the A. C. Forrest Memorial Award for excellence in socially conscious religious journalism. www.karenstiller.com”


  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018

    Terminology Tuesday: Aseity

    Aseity: The divine property of being completely independent of everything distinct from God himself. Everything other than God depends on God, but God depends on nothing beside himself.

     

     

    Evans, C. Stephen, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002), p. 13.


  • Sunday, February 11, 2018

    Apologetics315 Joins the Defenders Alliance

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    It has always been my vision that Apologetics315 would be a trusted hub for finding the best apologetics resources available. Now through joining up with the Defenders Media team, I’m happy to announce that Apologetics315 is moving onward and upward in fulfilling that vision.

    – Brian Auten, Founder of Apologetics315

    Dear Friends,

    We are pleased to announce the acquisition of the Apologetics315 ministry into the Defenders alliance! Apologetics 315 is a place where you can get daily apologetics resources including MP3 audio, debates, podcasts, book reviews, quotes, and more.

    Apologetics315 was founded by Brian Auten in 2007 and quickly became one of the most visited apologetics websites in the world. The content created and apologetics news shared on the website and social media is critically acclaimed. Our friend Dr. Mike Licona has said, “In a day when Western society is becoming increasingly more hostile to the Christian faith, the need for intelligent, winsome, and creative Christian apologists is likewise increasing. … [the] Apologetics315 website provides valuable content for tens of thousands of people all over the world.”

    The strategic integration of Apologetics315.com into our alliance will continue the great work that Brian started, overseeing the existing apologetics hub to promote the work of our alliance members. Brian will continue contributing to this powerful resource as he is able and we expect to invite new world-class Christian thinkers to contribute to the impactful work of Apologetics315.com.

    Kurt Jaros,
    Executive Director
    Defenders Media

    This announcement originally appeared at Defenders Media.


  • Wednesday, July 05, 2017

    Coming Soon: The Revised Apologetics Study Bible for Students

    The forthcoming revised Apologetics Study Bible for Students is for those who desire to always be “…ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you…” (1 Peter 3:15). General editor Sean McDowell explains:

    “The student apologetics Bible first released in 2010 and has sold over 160,000 copies.  To be honest, this has blown away my expectations.  This shows the hunger for both relevant and practical resources that tackle the real questions students are asking.  On July 1 we are releasing an updated, expanded, and improved version.  Here are a few ways the update will be different from the first version:

    1.Outdated articles have been removed or updated.
    2. Individual authors went through each of their articles and improved them substantially.
    3. There are 12 new articles on “hot” topics like tattoos, euthanasia, transgenderism, Islamic Jihad, religious freedom, singleness, race, and more.
    4. Each of the special features (Bones & Dirt, Tactics, Twisted Scriptures, Stories, and Fast Facts) have been expanded with 5-10 more articles.”1

    Some of the articles within include:

    • Why does God allow evil?
    • If I can’t see God, how do I know He is real?
    • Can God’s love be reconciled with the order to kill the Canaanites?
    • Is it okay to pick and choose my religious beliefs and practices?
    • What does the Bible say about homosexuality?
    • If God made everything, why shouldn’t I smoke pot?

    You can learn more about this excellent resource here.

    Pre-order your copy here.


  • Tuesday, July 04, 2017

    Book Review: The Little Book of God, Mind, Cosmos and Truth By Kenneth Francis

    The strength of this book is simultaneously its greatest drawback: it is too short – just 25,000 words. Its very brevity is, of course, central to its dynamism. It seeks to hook in the curious and the unconvinced, to hold them in its grip for a short time and send them way buzzing with thoughts and questions, perhaps with a mind to undertake further investigation, evaluation and reflection. In all of this is it so successful that, paradoxically, you finish it wishing it could be longer.

     The Little Book of God, Mind, Cosmos and Truth is, in its way, an introduction to the greatest topic in the world, a topic that might obviously have merited a 15 volume theophilosophical  encyclopaedia. This slim volume has a better chance of reaching those most in need of being reached, and that is no small thing.  By virtue of being 25,000 words rather than, for example, 2.5 million words, it leaves the topic unexhausted; but it will also leave, I suspect, the even slightly open-minded reader with enough new thoughts and previously unencountered propositions to leave him restless in a way that resonates with the underlying restlessness of being human.  And that resonance of ‘restlessnesses’ will not easily be unseated.

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  • Thursday, March 09, 2017

    William Lane Craig in Ireland 2017

    At long last, William Lane Craig will be visiting Ireland as part of the Reasons for Hope 2017 Tour. This tour includes stops in Cork, Dublin, and Belfast with debates and talks by William Lane Craig and John Lennox. All the events are listed here, so get your tickets now to avoid disappointment.
    Of note are two debates in Ireland which will be LIVE STREAMED:
    March 21: Does God Exist? debate:
    William Lane Craig vs Michael Nugent

    March 23Does God Exist? debate:
    William Lane Craig vs Daniel Came

    Talks by William Lane Craig include “Is Christianity Credible?”, and talks by John Lennox include “Do God & Science Mix?” Keep an eye on the Facebook page here, so you can get updates on the Live Streaming debates, as well as find details for getting tickets.

    See you there!


  • Tuesday, November 01, 2016

    Terminology Tuesday: Immortality

    Immortality: Most simply, the inability to cease to exist or the ability to exist eternally. In this sense God is the only being who is truly immortal, because God has always existed and will not cease to exist. Some theologians argue, however, that human souls are created by God as intrinsically immortal, whereas others argue that the soul only becomes extrinsically immortal upon the reception of “eternal life” through salvation. Either way, it is commonly agreed that all humans, whether righteous or wicked, are subject to physical death as a consequence of sin and thus are universally mortal as to their earthly life. Whatever immortality humans possess is due to the will and power of God.1

    1. Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki & Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 64.