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Persuasive Themes in Historical Apologetics

By John Y. May – Our aim is to identify several dominant themes highlighted in historical apologetics. These subjects are often mentioned by leading proponents of this method of defense, including such names as John W. Montgomery, Gary R. Habermas, Frederick F. Bruce, Bernard L. Ramm, and a whole host of biblical studies specialists. Emphasis […]

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Science and Christianity Compatible!

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 […]

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What Is a Cult?

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 […]

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

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 […]

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A Christian Apologetics Manifesto Sixteen Theses

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.  […]

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But Is It Science? A Response to Methodological Naturalism

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 […]

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God’s Handiwork: How Scientific Evidence Points to God’s Existence

by Jay W. Richards – For over fifty years, the British philosopher Antony Flew has been the English-speaking world’s most intellectually serious public atheist. He first engaged Christian apologist C.S. Lewis at Oxford in 1950, and has pursued scholarly defenses of atheism until recently. He has always argued that there just wasn’t enough evidence to […]

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Glossary of Terms

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Peter’s Jesus: A Summary of the Orthodox Doctrine of Christ

By Vic Minish – Jesus has always been an interesting figure. People representing just about every conceivable position under the sun quote him and want to have a “Jesus” who endorses their own viewpoint. Recently, it seems that everyone who has an opinion on the matter is publishing his or her version of Jesus. For […]

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