Blaise Pascal: An Apologist You Should Know

June 13, 2024By ARCGeneral Apologetics

by Douglas Groothuis One of the great mathematical, philosophical, rhetorical, and apologetical geniuses of the 17th Century was a chronically ill Frenchman who died young and lost the major theological battle of his life with Roman Catholicism. Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) was affiliated with no major academic institutions, but was a lively contestant in the world … Read More

The Apologetics of Thomas Aquinas

June 13, 2024By ARCGeneral Apologetics

by Norman L Geisler Thomas Aquinas was born near Aquino, Italy probably around 1224-5. He attended the University of Naples in 1239 where he encountered the writings of Aristotle which was to have a great impact on his thinking. Aquinas joined the Dominican Order of Preachers around 1243—in spite of the violent opposition of his … Read More

Silencing the Fool: The Apologetic Contribution of Anselm

May 29, 2024By ARCGeneral Apologetics

by Steven B. Cowan The Medieval period in Western history (roughly A.D. 400-1600) was dominated by Christianity. Most people in Europe claimed allegiance to the Christian faith, and the ideas of the Christian worldview permeated society at every level. Even the discipline of philosophy was conducted within the parameters of Christian thought. Philosophers did their … Read More

Augustine: Christian Champion of the First Millennium

May 29, 2024By ARCGeneral Apologetics

by Kenneth D. Boa & Robert M. Bowman, Jr. In the fourth and fifth centuries, pagan religions were on the wane and Christianity was on the ascendancy throughout the empire, particularly after the edict of Constantine in 313.  Christian apologists, both Latin and Greek, wrote with pride of the progress and life-changing effects of Christianity. … Read More

Apologetics in the Ancient Church

May 23, 2024By ARCGeneral Apologetics

By B. Dwain Waldrep From its earliest stages of development, Christianity suffered internal attacks from false teachers and external attacks from Jewish nonbelievers, pagans, and the Roman government.  The Apostles set precedents in defending the faith and warned Christian leaders about future threats that would require diligent responses from them to maintain the purity of … Read More

Veritas: The History of Apologetics

May 23, 2024By ARCGeneral Apologetics

By Craig Branch “The History of Apologetics” is the 39th issue of the Areopagus Journal.  In our seven year history we have produced 38 issues coving a wide range of relevant apologetics topics.  They have included foundational topics such as the existence of God, epistemology, the authority and canonicity of Scripture, building a Biblical worldview, … Read More

A Response to the Case for Continuation

May 23, 2024By ARCGeneral Apologetics

(See original article by C. Samuel Storms- The Case for Continuationism) by Samuel E. Waldron Let me thank Sam Storms for his thoughtful article. I will respond to the most important of his assertions with which I disagree. Storms connects the result· statement of Ephesians 4: 13 directly with the giving-statement  of  Ephesians 4: 11 … Read More

A Response to the Case for Cessationism

May 23, 2024By ARCGeneral Apologetics

(See original article by Samuel E. Waldron – The Case for Cessationism) By C. Samuel Storms In this brief response, I want to focus on four issues raised by Dr. Waldron. First, Waldron clearly believes that the cessation of apostleship has considerable if not decisive consequences for the cessation of other so-called miraculous spiritual gifts. … Read More

Baptismal Regeneration

May 16, 2024By ARCGeneral Apologetics

by Craig Branch Introduction Water baptism is a command to be obeyed in the Christian church. But what one believes about baptism is a crucial issue. The belief that baptism in water is a neces­sary step for justification, believing that baptism changes a person’s state from being lost to being saved, or from being unregenerate … Read More

Veritas: Miracles

May 7, 2024By ARCGeneral Apologetics

by Craig Branch When most people consider the discipline of apologetics, responding to the objections of non-Christians comes to mind. And indeed that is an important application, but apologetics is for the believer as well, on several levels. Apologetics is for believers who may have doubts or questions, helping them find the answers they seek … Read More

What is the New Perspective on Paul?

May 6, 2024By ARCGeneral Apologetics

by Guy Prentiss Waters   The New Perspective(s) on Paul is a post-World War II movement in the academic study of the apostle Paul.2  Its beginnings arguably date to the 1960s, but it gained steam and definition in the late 1970s through two books authored by E. P. Sanders.3  While the NPP is an academic … Read More