Several decades ago, the United States was overwhelmingly Christian in its religious persuasion. When naturalism and Darwinian evolution picked up speed in the U.S. and challenged the biblical story of man’s origins—the perspective most held by Americans—apologists sprang up in response, dealing a death blow to the naturalistic religion in the minds of many. Once evolutionary theory had been dealt with, both biblically and scientifically, it was natural for many Americans to recognize that they had always been right—Christianity is the true religion.
Sadly, under the banner of “tolerance,” the “politically correct” police have made significant inroads in compelling the American public, not only to tolerate, but to endorse and encourage pluralism and the proliferation of false religion in America. What was once an understood conclusion—that if evolution is wrong, then biblical Creation must be true—is now heavily challenged in America.
It has become a popular tactic among atheistic scoffers to mock Bible believers by sarcastically arguing that there’s just as much evidence for the Flying Spaghetti Monster as there is for any god. Therefore, if intelligent design doctrine deserves time in the classroom, so does the doctrine of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster—the Pastafarians (cf. Langton, 2005; Butt, 2010, p. 12). Read >>
The Bible is the most popular book that has ever been printed. It was one of the first books mass produced on Gutenberg’s printing press in 1455. To estimate a total number of Bibles and portions of it that have been produced and distributed worldwide throughout history would be virtually impossible, but the number stands well over 10 billion, since the United Bible Society alone has distributed over nine billion in the past 70 years (“God Facts,” n.d.). Without dispute, the Bible is the best selling book of all time worldwide (“Best Selling…,” 2014).
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I AM AN APOLOGIST
According to The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, an apology is “an acknowledgment expressing regret or asking pardon for a fault or offense.” To apologize is “to make excuse for or regretful acknowledgement of a fault or offense.” On the other hand, according to the same authority, an apologist is “a person who argues in defense or justification of another person or cause.” An apologia is “a formal defense or justification.” Apologetics (which is plural in form, but used with a singular verb), is defined as “the branch of theology that deals with the defense and proof of Christianity.”
In his Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, W. E. Vine defines the Greek word apologia as “a verbal defence, a speech in defence, [and] is sometimes translated ‘answer’ in the A. V.” (King James Version of 1611). Vine then cites several passages in which this Greek word is used. [Note: “Defence” is the spelling in Vine’s work.] Continue reading
“Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it.”
In a conversation a few days ago on another blogger’s site, I was discussing the difference in the way that science treats “the theory of the origin of life” and the way (or the lack thereof) that science has demonstrated that “theory.” The majority of my conversation was with a gentleman named, Walt. Walt (taking more of an agnostic point of view than an atheistic one I believe) respectfully maintained that science is the key to finding the origin of life. Our conversation went on for a little while about the definition of words and the discoveries of science.
After a while, I made this statment about the futility of finding God through a purely scientific endeavor…
“Every time science opens a door there is another door to be opened and that’s the way that it always will be because that’s the way God has created this natural world. If you’re looking for evidence of a Creator it’s right in front of our faces – but if you’re looking for evidence by opening a door of science that has “flashing lights saying GOD – GOD – GOD” then keeping looking for it. Faith is what pleases God – not PHD’s and other diploma’s of higher education or scientific experiments that really at the end of the day only prove one thing – we’re going to die.”
Walt’s response to this was refreshingly different from most. He said, “This is a fascinating statement to me and brutally honest. I agree with you!”
While I don’t think my statement was brutal in the way that most think of when they hear the word, the fact remains that life on this planet has an end point; and it’s at the end point of life that the starting point is really going to begin.
Have a great day appreciating your salvation, and remember to “sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;” (1 Peter 3:15 – NKJV)
“If Jesus was a liar, a con man, and therefore an evil, foolish man, then how can we explain the fact that He left us with the most profound moral instruction and powerful moral examples that anyone ever has left? Could a deceiver–an imposter of monstrous proportions–teach such unselfish ethical truths and live such a morally exemplary life as Jesus did? The very notion is incredulous.”
Josh McDowell, “More Evidence That Demands a Verdict,” page 159.
“If you were to take the sum total of all authoritative articles ever written by the most qualified of psychologists and psychiatrists on the subject of mental hygiene–if you were to combine them and refine them and cleave out the excess verbiage–if you were to take the whole of the meat and none of the parsley, and if you were to have these unadulterated bits of pure scientific knowledge concisely expressed by the most capable of living poets, you would have an awkward and incomplete summation of the Sermon on the Mount” [Psychiatrist, J.T. Fisher]
“More Evidence That Demands a Verdict” by Josh McDowell, page 162].
Here’s a note from David Koeberlin:
A little over a year ago I taught a class on apologetics. The class lasted about 3 years. In an extension of this endeavor, I have set up a blog in order to post the class notes. I thought you may be interested in viewing it. Here is the link:
John Henson reports today on Forthright about a new Apologetics Center that is planned. It will be named after Thomas B. Warren, that great warrior for the faith. Read the story here.
William Dembski’s new book was one of those rare ones that I knew I had to buy, and which I really wanted to like. He does have some very keen insights as an unusual combination of philosopher, theologian, and mathematician. But I just couldn’t get past his opposition to a young earth. Here’s a review:
Already Gone by Ken Ham & Britt Beemer
I’m also reading Deceiving Winds by Bruce Morton, just published by 21st Century Christian. An excellent read about culture and Christianity.