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- If God is Real, Why Doesn’t He Just Show Himself?
12 Sep 2017
In a post from Patheos entitled “Why is God Hidden?,” Bob Seidenstecker argues that God’s hiddenness is the strongest evidence against His existence, that a loving God would not be hidden, and that excuses to explain God’s hiddenness on the part of theists are just desperate attempts on the part of theists to avoid the […]
- Yes, Christianity Is Falsifiable (And, Yes, That’s a Good Thing)
8 Sep 2017
If something is falsifiable, then that means there are ways we would know if it were not true. For example, if someone said there is an intangible, invisible unicorn in the room that could not be sensed in any way, shape, or form, that’s the kind of thing that is unfalsifiable. There are also a […]
- Protestants Must Stop Acting Like Popes
4 Sep 2017
The Protestant movement centered around the rejection of the Pope’s infallibility in the 16th century, and its various sects and factions have found common ground in that idea ever since then. Ironically, more often than not, the modern Protestant individual seems to think that he has an infallible monopoly on Biblical truth. The doctrine of […]
- What Do Christians Actually Need to Take Away From the Genesis Creation Account?
30 Aug 2017
NB: This article is an expanded argument based on a comment I made on Kyle’s blog post “The Trouble With ‘Pop-Christian apologetics’,” if you want more context. What I’m going to attempt to do in this article is to present a minimalist account, from a position of epistemological conservatism, of what I believe all Christians […]
- The Trouble With “Pop-Christian-Apologetics”
23 Aug 2017
Apologetics is between a rock and a hard place throughout most of the Christian community. Apologetics is either met with stubborn resistance on the part of those who think that blind faith is the answer, or apologetics is welcomed but morphed into an apparition of itself — something I call pop-Christian-apologetics. It really isn’t that […]
- Christians, Can We Just Take a Minute to Laugh About “The Telephone Game” Analogy?
21 Aug 2017
Way too often I hear people say that the New Testament can’t be trusted because it has changed hands so many times just like in a game of “telephone” (a game where a line of people whispers a message to the next person so that by the end of the line the message has been […]
- A Conversation on Faith and Doubt
19 Aug 2017
What follows is a unique kind of post I have not done before. My good friend Daniel whom I had the pleasure of meeting in my college fraternity (rah rah Delta) asked if he could write a response to my post, “Just Trust Jesus” Is Not Always the Response to Weak Faith which was, itself, […]
- “Just Trust in Jesus” Is Not Always the Answer to Weak Faith
5 Aug 2017
Stand to Reason recently featured an article (“Faith Does Not Save You” by Amy Hall) which explained why feeling like we have weak faith shouldn’t make us worry that we have lost our salvation. At the end of it, Ms. Hall stated that when we feel like our faith is weak, we must turn our […]
- How the Modern Church Disagrees With the Bible on Divine Inspiration
24 Jul 2017
A significant portion of the modern fundamentalist, evangelical church has heretically twisted the Biblically sound notion of divine inspiration in order to blasphemously deny the role of the human authors in favor of creating a doctrine that the Holy Spirit wrote everything in Scripture. This ultimately allows these segments of the fundamentalist, evangelical church to […]
- How Did the Author of Luke Know Mary’s Thoughts?
22 Jul 2017
I remember reading Luke 1 and 2 and thinking to myself how silly it is that Luke, or whoever wrote Luke’s Gospel, just so happened to know private thoughts and events in Mary’s life decades after the fact. Luke’s telling of Mary’s song and her personal thoughts surrounding the life of Jesus seemed so contrived, […]
- Why We Need to Revive the Lost Art of Biblical Criticism
19 Jul 2017
Criticism usually carries negative connotations of condescension and condemnation. However, in a more scholarly sense, criticism is a neutral, reasonable evaluation of something. As I began reading Was Christ Born at Bethlehem? : A Study on Credibility of St. Luke, 2nd Edition which was written in 1898 by a scholar named William Mitchell Ramsay, it […]
- 3 Things Every Christian Should Learn From Dr. Lydia McGrew’s Hidden In Plain View
10 Jul 2017
I knew that Dr. McGrew’s book was going to be good from the moment I asked my family to pre-order it months ago as a Christmas present, and after reading it I’m happy to say that it is bound to be a classic in Christian apologetics. Since the kind of textual argument it makes for […]
- 5 Ways We Know Emperor Constantine Never Tampered With the New Testament
5 Jul 2017
It is too commonly believed that after Emperor Constantine reunited the Roman Empire he called the Council of Nicaea to shape Christian documents according to his will for the sake of using it as propaganda, and we really don’t know what the original version of Christianity looked like before Constantine got a hold of it. I […]
- Atheism’s Apparent Literary Impoverishment & the Need for Sophisticated Biblical Analysis
3 Jul 2017
The Bible is a work of literature composed by many authors, making many claims, and telling many accounts. As a work of literature, it must be interpreted, evaluated, and analyzed. This is not a simple task. Scholars cannot come to a consensus on how to interpret works such as Plato’s Republic or Shakespeare’s Taming of […]
- The Enlightenment and American Slavery
28 Apr 2017
The Enlightenment as a Foundation of the American Debate on Slavery and Racial Inferiority That on the 1st day of January, A.D. 1863, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever […]
- What Does the Roman Historian Tacitus Tell Us About Early Christianity?
26 Jun 2016
It would seem odd that a movement should continue to grow after the main figurehead of that movement was publicly humiliated and executed — especially if the person who was executed had promised to bring about a new kingdom. It would be even more odd if the followers of this now-dead leader continued to follow him, and tirelessly […]
- How Was Christianity Received in the Ancient World?
25 Jun 2016
I just began re-reading Paley’s Evidences of Christianity today, and in chapter one he discusses what we ought to believe about the origins of Christianity just by the “nature of the case.” In other words, given what we know about the first century Roman and Jewish cultures, how could we expect a religion like Christianity to be […]
- Of All Religions, Why Christianity?
18 Jun 2016
Take a second to think about your religious beliefs. There is a very good chance that they match the beliefs of your parents, or at least society at large. So why does that mean you are right? A viking living several centuries ago would have probably believed in Odin or some other pagan deity, but […]
- Lost in Translation: The Abuse of “Faith” in Modern Society
30 Mar 2016
I’ve been told on several occasions that I as a Christian cannot have reasons for being a Christian because Christianity is a religion, religions rely on faith, and faith cannot have reasons otherwise it will cease to be faith. The result is that Christians don’t know why they believe in Jesus more than Thor, and […]
- The Authority of the Historical Books of the New Testament #3: The Early Collections of the Gospels
5 Apr 2015
If the Gospels are true accounts, then the account of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection would be incredibly difficult to discredit. If the Gospels are right in claiming that a man could appear to perform the kinds of miracles that Jesus performed, be publicly killed, then somehow inspire his followers to spread the story of […]
- The Authority of the Historical Books of the New Testament #2: The Respect With Which the Earliest Sources Treated Them
15 Mar 2015
In analyzing the integrity of the books of the New Testament, our next step is in analyzing the respect with which the books of the NT were held. The reason for doing this is closely associated with the purpose of my last article which is to simply show that if the books of the NT […]
- The Authority of the Historical Books of the New Testament #1: Early Quotations From the Historical Books
1 Feb 2015
Growing up, I remember hearing from various preachers that the authority of the Gospels is so historically founded that they are more reliable than works such as the Odyssey and Caesar’s commentaries because we have so many old copies of books from the New Testament. Growing up in the Church, I did what I was […]
- Why Can the Gospels Be Trusted as Valid Historical Accounts?
18 Jan 2015
While I was growing up, I remember being fascinated whenever I heard pastors and theologians talk of ancient historians such as Josephus and Tacitus who spoke of Jesus. To me, these accounts were the sole accounts that gave the existence of Jesus any credibility while the truth of the accounts in the New Testament had […]
- Biblical Contradiction? The Genealogies of Jesus
17 Dec 2014
Why should we believe the gospels if they can’t even get the origins of Jesus right? Matthew and Luke give two genealogies that contradict each other so much that there is no reasonable way to reconcile them. One of these fairy tales relates Jesus to David through his son Nathan, but Matthew claims Jesus is […]