How the Cults Misinterpret the Bible

November 7, 2018By ARCComparative Religions

by Thomas A. Howe – Interpreting the Bible, indeed interpreting anything at all, is a topic of critical importance in this Postmodern world. No one has the right, according to the current wisdom, to tell anyone else that he has misinterpreted something. Everyone’s interpretation is right . . . for him. No one’s interpretation can … Read More

Four Major World Religions

November 7, 2018By ARCComparative Religions

Judaism Worldwide Population: 14.1 million* Place and Date of Origin: Israel, 1440 B.C. Founder: Moses (?) Organization/Authority: Judaism has no official organizational structure. Jewish life centers around individual synagogues led by Rabbis who are teachers trained in the Jewish Scriptures and the Talmud. For orthodox Jews, the Torah (first five books of Moses) is the … Read More

Science and Christianity Compatible!

November 7, 2018By ARCCommon Objections

By Brandon Robbins – Science and Christianity: can they be reconciled? Paul Kurtz thinks not. In Kurtz’s article, “Are Science and Religion Compatible?” [Skeptical InquirerSkeptical Inquirer 45), he asked the question: “Can we live a full life in the face of the ultimate human extinction?” In the final analysis of religion, Kurtz states that the … Read More

What Is a Cult?

November 7, 2018By ARCCommon Objections

By Clete Hux – What do you think of when you hear the word “cult”? For many of us, that word conjures up images of Jim Jones and Jonestown, Guiana, where some 900 people in Jones’ People’s Temple followed his instructions and committed suicide by drinking kool-aid laced with cyanide. Or we may think of … Read More

The (True/False) Origin of (True/False) Religion

November 7, 2018By ARCCommon Objections

By Winfried Corduan – You may; you may not. You may; you may not. Okay, you may—but only on my terms!” How did religion begin? The above litany seems to characterize a contemporary approach to this question. Tomoko Masuzawa begins her acclaimed study, In Search of Dreamtime, with the declaration: “It has been some time … Read More

A Christian Apologetics Manifesto Sixteen Theses

November 7, 2018By ARCCommon Objections

By Douglas Groothuis – This is a manifesto to ignite the holy fire of apologetic passion and action.  It is not a sustained argument or a development of themes. (I have written and lectured about these matters elsewhere). It is, rather, a short series of interrelated propositions crying out for both immediate and protracted action.  … Read More

But Is It Science? A Response to Methodological Naturalism

November 6, 2018By ARCCommon Objections

By Steven B. Cowan – A few years ago, the Fox News program The O’Reilly Factor ran the following exchange between journalist Bill O’Reilly and then President of the Southern Baptist Convention, Paige Patterson, concerning the issue of Christian exclusivity:1 O’REILLY: I’d be offended if somebody came up to me and said, “O’Reilly. . .if … Read More

Glossary of Terms

November 6, 2018By ARCCommon Objections

GLOSSARY OF TERMS – Creationism. A movement among Christian scientists that seeks to discover scientific evidence for the biblical account to creation. Intelligent Design Theory. The theory in contemporary science that certain phenomena in cosmology, astronomy, and biology are best explained as the work of an intelligent being, perhaps God. Metaphysical Naturalism. (Also called simply … Read More

The War that Wasn’t: Why Christianity Is a Science-Starter

November 6, 2018By ARCCommon Objections

By Nancy Pearcey – To everyone’s surprise, the 2004 presidential election became in part a referendum on science and religion. At the Democratic National Convention, Ron Reagan, son of the former president, labeled opposition to embryonic stem cell research an article of faith and stated that it did not belong in the realm of public … Read More

The Skeptics’ Jesus

November 5, 2018By ARCCommon Objections

By Scot McKnight – One doesn’t need a sophisticated philosophical system to form a skeptical stance vis-à-vis Jesus. The question has often been asked, but rarely so well as by Natalie Angier: “How can a bench-hazed Ph.D., who might of an afternoon deftly puree a colleague’s PowerPoint presentation on the nematode genome into so much … Read More

The New Age Jesus

November 5, 2018By ARCCommon Objections

By Douglas Groothuis – Those enamored of New Age spirituality usually find in Jesus a kindred spirit. Rather than exiling Jesus to the legendary lore of religious imagination or debunking him as a messianic pretender, New Age writers see Jesus as an enlightened master who manifested a divine power – a power potentially available to … Read More