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

Understanding the Terms: New Perspective on Paul

April 29, 2024By ARCGeneral Apologetics

Compiled by Brandon Robbins CALLING: TRADITIONAL – General Call – “Is the term applied to the univer­sal offer of the Gospel.”1  Effectual Call – “Is the event or process whereby people are brought into a state of salvation.”2 NEW PERSPECTIVE – “The message about Jesus and his cross and resurrection – ‘the gospel’,.. .is announced … Read More

Veritas: Paul 1 or Paul 2 – Do We Need a New Perspective?

April 29, 2024By ARCGeneral Apologetics

by Craig Branch Apologetics can be a difficult and controversial task.  There is a sad but sometimes true quip stating, “If you have two apologists in the same church, you’ll have a church split.” There should be no doubt though that the application of apologetics has an important and necessary function in God’s kingdom.  Apologetics … Read More

The Golden Compass: Undermining Freedom to Save Freedom?

April 15, 2024By ARCCulture

by Steven B. Cowan It was one of the best movies I have seen in a while.  And it was one of the worst movies I have seen in a while.  Let me explain.  When it comes to purely aesthetic qualities (acting, cinematography, special effects, plot development, etc), The Golden Compass should (and most likely … Read More

L. Ron Hubbard: The Man and His Myth

April 4, 2024By ARCCult, General Apologetics

by Craig Branch Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (Matt. 24:4-5) L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, was a man who was able to strongly and powerfully transfix his followers and seduce them into accepting his own fantastic … Read More

Veritas: Uncovering the Secrets of Scientology

April 3, 2024By ARCCult, General Apologetics

by Craig Branch The religion known as Scientology is in the press a lot today and is becoming more and more popular in some cir­cles.  Many celebrities have joined its ranks in recent years, including Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, and Greta Van Susteren.  In this issue of Areopagus Journal, we examine this rising … Read More

Rick Joyner: Super Prophet

April 2, 2024By ARCCulture, General Apologetics

Against Heresies by Clete Hux Prophecy gone awry!  That’s how many would describe the some aspects of the charismatic experiential movement today.  There are so-called apostles and prophets coming out of the woodwork.  They can be found just about any place one cares to look. It used to be that evangelical Christians, for the most … Read More

Veritas: Troublesome Movements in the 21st Century Church

March 21, 2024By ARCGeneral Apologetics

by Craig Branch Christianity Today reprinted a story from Outreach magazine last year titled “Special Report: The American Church in Crisis.” It began, “Attendance is down. The picture is bleak. New research reveals startling and sobering facts. What do they mean for you, your church, and Christianity in America?”1 What research?  Gallup and Barna’s statistics … Read More