A Philosophical Case for Mind-Body Dualism

June 27, 2024By ARCCulture, General Apologetics

By James S. Spiegel When it comes to the nature of the mind, philosophers tend to fall into one of two camps: mind-body dualism and physicalism. Mind-body dualists affirm that human beings are composed of both a material body and a supernatural aspect—the soul. Historically, Christians have favored this perspective, and it was the dominant … Read More

Body and Soul: A Biblical Case for Dualism

June 27, 2024By ARCCulture, General Apologetics

By R. Keith Loftin Are humans strictly material beings (the view known as physicalism), or do they possess both material and immaterial parts (the view known as dualism)? The Bible is neither a philosophy nor a theology textbook, though it certainly places constraints on both Christian philosophy and theology. Consider, for example, the Incarnation of … Read More

Veritas: The Mind-Body Problem

June 27, 2024By ARCCulture, General Apologetics

By Craig Branch When our staff was planning future journal themes some time ago, the topic of the “Mind-Body Problem” was added, and I was a bit ambivalent about it. The reason was that I thought this topic not only seemed abstract, but was a bit too intellectual for the average person, or even the … Read More

Disputations: Gabriel’s Vision and the Resurrection of Jesus

June 27, 2024By ARCCommon Objections, Culture, General Apologetics

By Gary R. Haberman Archaeological artifacts often add relevant background information to particular topics, sometimes bear directly on certain events, and occasionally contribute some intrigue. The original “Gabriel stone” measures three feet high by one foot wide. Written on the stone in ink, rather than being engraved into the rock, are 87 lines of Hebrew … Read More

Eternal Punishment: The Biblical Evidence

June 27, 2024By ARCGeneral Apologetics

By E. Ray Clendenen The church traditionally has taught that God will send every person to hell to suffer forever who hasn’t trusted Jesus Christ as the only source of forgiveness, mercy, and goodness. Is this really what the Bible teaches? Could it be that God applies the work of Christ to all when they … Read More

Veritas: Hell

June 27, 2024By ARCGeneral Apologetics

By Craig Branch “Imagine there’s no heaven. It’s easy if you try—no hell below us, above us only sky.” John Lennon, Imagine (1971) In 1995 British Bible teacher and evangelist, John Blanchard, authored a book titled, “ Whatever Happened to Hell? That same year, Robert Peterson, systematic theology professor at Covenant Theological Seminary, wrote a … Read More

Major Scripture References on Demons and the Occult

June 27, 2024By ARCCult, General Apologetics

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because … Read More

The Divination Deception

June 26, 2024By ARCCult, General Apologetics

By Keith Gibson Almost from the day that man succumbed to the lie of the serpent in the garden that it was possible to become like God, men have sought to possess a god-like knowledge of the future. Rather than relying on and trusting the One who truly knows the end from the beginning, man … Read More

Do You Believe in Ghosts? A Look at Contact with the Dead

June 26, 2024By ARCCult, General Apologetics

By Marcia Montenegro In the past decade or so, interest in spiritism, particularly communication with the dead, has been on the rise in the United States, spawning popular television dramas such as NBC’s sleeper hit Medium and CBS’ Ghost Whisperer. Prior to these shows, medium John Edward’s program, Crossing Over, which quietly started on the … Read More

A Biblical Look at Satanism

June 26, 2024By ARCCult, General Apologetics

By Clete Hux Say the word “Satan” to the average person and other images come to mind. For some, he is viewed as an actual devilish creature with horns on his head, wearing a red suit and carrying a pitchfork which he uses to throw bad people into a fiery hell. Such images have instilled … Read More

Veritas: The Occult

June 25, 2024By ARCGeneral Apologetics

By Craig Branch As I reflect on last Halloween season, I can’t tell you how many horror movies I saw listed on the television stations. People tend to think about many practices and entities from the dark side like vampires, ghosts, black magic, psychics, séances, witchcraft, spells, voodoo, mediums, neo-paganism, demons, and Satanism. Not quite … Read More