Saturday, March 17, 2018
- NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, eBook: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture – Keener & Walton – $2.99
- Renewing the Christian Mind: Essays, Interviews, and Talks by Dallas Willard – $1.99
- Can a Smart Person Believe in God? by Michael Guillen $1.99
- The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’s Crucifixion by N. T. Wright – $1.99
- Did Jesus Rise From the Dead? William Lane Craig $1.99
- Holman QuickSource Guide to Christian Apologetics $2.99
- 60 People Who Shaped the Church: Learning from Sinners, Saints, Rogues, and Heroes $1.99
- God Makes Sense by Justin Brierley (Video)
- How Accurate Are New Testament Manuscripts? One Night Movie Event
- Believing Impossible Things: Convergent Origins of Functional Junk DNA Sequences by Fazale Rana
- Why Does God Allow Evil by Clay Jones (Video)
- If God is GOOD Why Does He Allow EVIL? Debate question with Ravi Zacharias (Video)
- What is the Most Recent Manuscript Count for the New Testament? by Sean McDowell
- The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most important event in history by Tyler O’Neil
- What is God made of? Cold Case Christianity interview (Video)
- Nabeel Qureshi debates on iTunes (Podcast)
- Ex-Atheist Lee Strobel Breaks Down 4 Reasons Why Jesus’ Death and Resurrection Are Absolute FACT
- Who Am I that You Are Mindful? – Tim Barnett (Video)
- Michael Medved and historian Richard Weikart discuss The Death of Humanity (Video)
- Human Value and the Image of God by Truth Matters (Video)
- What Sets Christianity Apart from Other Religions? William Lane Craig (Video)
Friday, March 16, 2018
It is an old saying that the best way to honor a philosopher, especially one who is no longer with us, is to take his arguments seriously. The present book attempts to do just that. It aims to give C.S. Lewis due respect by subjecting his most famous arguments to charitable yet critical examination, and to do so in a way that is accessible to general readers.
The book consists of five sections, each being a debate between two authors about an argument derived from Lewis’s writings: the arguments from desire and reason, the moral argument, the Trilemma, and Lewis’s thoughts on the problem of evil.
The first section concerns the argument from desire. In various places, Lewis hints at an argument from desire for the existence of God or heaven. In Mere Christianity, for instance, he wrote that “if I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” He thought there was in fact a desire which no worldly thing could satisfy. He called it Joy, and described it as a deep longing for transcendent reality that is evoked by various worldly things, but is not a desire for any of them because none can satisfy it. Lewis distinguished Joy from other, more familiar desires in two ways. First, the experience of Joy is itself a delight, something genuinely good and “more desirable than any other [worldly] satisfaction,” even when its satisfaction is absent. Second, the nature of its object is not fully revealed in the experience, though we often wrongly think that we know what the object is.
Although he had interesting things to say about the phenomenology of Joy, Lewis never stated the argument in full detail. Peter Williams explains and defends five possible versions thereof, and Greg Bassham argues that each version fails. This debate hinges on many questions, including the nature of Joy as a desire, the difference between natural and artificial desires, whether certain desires entail that possible satisfactions exist, and whether theism is the best explanation of our experience of Joy. (more…)
Thursday, March 15, 2018
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Form of political philosophy traceable to G. W. F. *Hegel. Communitarianism rejects the liberal view that takes individual rights to be the foundation of society, putting in its place a view that sees individuals as constituted by the groups of which they are a part. Communitarians are therefore concerned to foster strong communities and social institutions, believing that these social institutions can have rights and obligations in themselves and also that they can create rights and obligations for individuals.
Evans, C. Stephen, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002).
Monday, March 12, 2018
Read from one of the current leading philosophers and apologists today in Paul Copan’s book, “That’s Just Your Interpretation.” From the summary on Amazon, “This book provides incisive answers to slogans related to truth and reality; theism, pantheism/Eastern religion, and naturalism; and doctrinal issues such as the incarnation and truth of Scripture. Each of the twenty-two chapters provides succinct answers and summary points for countering the arguments.”
Paul Copan is a Christian theologian, analytic philosopher, apologist, and author. He is currently a professor at the Palm Beach Atlantic University and holds the endowed Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
- Intellectuals Don’t Need God and Other Modern Myths: Building Bridges to Faith Through Apologetics by Alister E. McGrath $2.99
- The Philosophy of History: Naturalism and Religion by James Stroud $1.99
- Understanding the Culture: A Survey of Social Engagement by Jeff Meyers $2.39
- A Biblical History of Israel, Second Edition by Tremper Longman III – $3.99
- When Is It Right to Die?: A Comforting and Surprising Look at Death and Dying by Joni Eareckson Tada – $1.99
- The Scriptures Testify about Me: Jesus and the Gospel in the Old Testament (Gospel Coalition) by D.A. Carson – $2.99
- Follow Me by David Platt, (Free)
- True for you but not for me – Andy Bannister (Video)
- Has Science Ever Caused You to Doubt Your Faith? Reasons to Believe (Video)
- Does Christianity Encourage Blind Faith? Reasons to Believe (Video)
- The Isaiah Seal and Other Prophet Seals – Museum of the Bible (Video)
- Did Jesus Really Rise? – Tim Barnett (Video)
- The Inerrancy of Scripture: What It Is and Why It Matters (Video)
- What about those who have never heard? (Podcast)
- Critiquing Theistic Evolution by Dr. Stephen Meyer (Podcast)
- The argument from consciousness and reason by David McGrew
- The Minimal Facts of the Resurrection by Cross Examined
- Ancient mosaic describing Jesus Christ as ‘God’ to be unveiled in Israel
- Relaunch of ApologeticsGuy website – subscribe to blog and get free journal article, Did the historical Jesus claim to be divine?
- The Top 3 Apologetics Books Christian Philosophers Say You Should Read
Thursday, March 08, 2018
Alvin Plantinga is held by many to be the greatest living Christian philosopher, and has made immense contributions to various areas of philosophy, including logic, epistemology, and the philosophy of religion. One of his most popular works is God, Freedom, and Evil, which, unlike many of his more scholarly works, is simplified for the layperson’s reading. Plantinga states that the goal of this book is not to try and prove that God exists; rather, it attempts to show that belief in God’s existence is rational.
To do so, Plantinga divides his book into two halves. The first half is dedicated to examining and refuting the most popular argument against the existence of God, namely the problem of evil and suffering in the world. The second half is dedicated to defending an argument for the existence of God that relies on reason alone, called the Ontological argument
Part I: The Problem of Evil
Plantinga presents the logical problem of evil as set out by the famous philosopher J.L. Mackie. Mackie stated that the following three propositions cannot all be true at the same time:
- God is all-powerful.
- God is all-good.
- Evil exists.
Plantinga explicates Mackie’s argument in the most charitable way possible. Mackie’s claim seems to be that an all-good God cannot tolerate evil in the world that He created, while an all-powerful God can eliminate evil in the world that He created if He wishes to do so. Thus, if an all-good and all-powerful God exists, He will eliminate all evil in the world that He created. Yet, evil still exists in the world. Hence, all of these three statements cannot be true at the same time. But since we cannot deny the existence of evil in the world, we will have to deny either God’s being all-powerful or all-good. Such a denial would result in a God that is no longer the God of classical theism. Mackie concludes that since evil exists in the world, an all-powerful and all-loving God cannot exist.
In order to refute this argument, Plantinga says, one must be able to give a sufficient reason why an all-powerful and all-good God would permit evil to exist in the world He created. He points out that theologians throughout history have attempted to give a ‘theodicy’ or a proposed reason for why God permits evil. Plantinga, however, does not want to provide a theodicy, for a theodicy makes a conclusive claim about what God’s reason for permitting evil is. Rather, Plantinga merely provides a defense, which is a possible reason in which an all-powerful and all-good God finds it perfectly reasonable to allow evil, thus proving that there is at least one possible scenario in which the three propositions that Mackie claims are contradictory are actually consistent with one another. Plantinga labels his defense the Free Will Defense. (more…)
Monday, March 05, 2018
Attend this Defenders regional meeting in Hartford, CT on April 14th! Come learn how to both share and defend your faith in a winsome manner. Hear about how the apostle Paul integrated apologetics with sharing the Gospel and learn how to utilize the internet for evangelism. Ted Wright (founder of Epic Archaeology), Kurt Jaros (Executive Director of Defenders Media, Director of Apologetics315, & host of the Veracity Hill podcast), and others will be teaching you how to be prepared to give an answer for the hope within, and doing so with gentleness and respect. Go to thedefendersconference.com to register and learn more.
Apologetics315 is a sponsor of this event, so we’d love to see you there!
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Saturday, March 03, 2018
Here are this weeks recommended apologetics links.
- The Case for a Creator Student Edition by Lee Strobel $1.99
- Why Should I Believe Christianity by James Anderson $2.99
- Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments by Randy Alcorn $1.99
- 20 Compelling Evidences That God Exists by Ken Boa $1.99
- Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith by J Warner Wallace $2.39
- Reasoning for the Truth of Christianity: A Practical Guide to Apologetics in College and Life by Cameron Gryson $.99
- DEBATE: Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? Licona vs. Shapiro 2018 (Video)
- Ehrman Vs. Licona Debate (Video)
- Sagemont Apologetics Conference 2018 (Videos)
- Symposium 2018 Keynote: Do You Matter? Says Who? (Ratio Christi Symposium @ Purdue University) (Video)
- The Meaning of Biblical Miracles (Craig Keener) (Video)
- LIVE EVENT: Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? David Wood vs. Shabir Ally (Video)
- Honest Atheism by Ted Wright
- Who Decided What Books to Include in the Bible? 5 Principles. by Josh McDowell
- Loving God and Asking Good Questions (Podcast)
- How to Use Apologetics In Your Teaching Without Scaring Anyone Away by Tom Gilson
- 3 Syllogistic Arguments For Jesus’ Deity
- Billy Graham and Jesus Christ: “Faith Seeking Understanding”
- Can We Be Good without God? by William Lane Craig
- Discussion on Billy Graham, the Licona-Ehrman debate, and the Craig-Wielenberg debate (Podcast)