Straight Thinking #9 Golden Rule of Apologetics: Avoiding the Straw Man - Explaining the straw man logical fallacy and how to avoid it. more
When Jesus of Nazareth's earthly friends asked Him to make clear the path to an eternal relationship with God, He did not give them a list of rules to keep or words to say or works to perform. Rather, … more
When most of us think about New Year’s resolutions things like diet and exercise usually come to mind.
However, there may be another important sphere of life that needs reflection and … more
A T-shirt that reads “Right Wing Christians: Proof that Evolution Works Backwards Too” can elicit the temptation to respond with a similar insult. However, a more fruitful, rewarding … more
Are you an evolutionist or a creationist? It’s a simple enough question, but the answer may not be so easy. Like many words, factors like history and context come into play. As a historical … more
What factors go into making a powerful and persuasive apologetic witness to the truth of Christianity?
Biblically speaking, the ultimate reason that a person comes to faith in Jesus Christ is the … more
According to Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 B.C.), the rules of reasoning carry with them moral implications.
The father of logic, Aristotle viewed proper reasoning as ordered thought. Through … more
What can Christian apologists do to represent the arguments of others with fairness and intellectual integrity?
This series has focused upon the need to apply the biblical principle of the Golden … more
I find it very frustrating at times to watch television programs aired on the History Channel or the Discovery Channel where liberal and/or secular scholars tend to misrepresent historic Christianity. … more
In my study of Scripture I occasionally come across a passage that captures my attention because it encapsulates a particular idea in a complete way. Examples that immediately come to mind are … more
Attack the argument, not the person!
By necessity, any apologetics venture, including that of Christianity, entails critiquing other people’s arguments, positions, and overarching worldviews. … more
In his famous play No Exit the French atheistic existential philosopher and writer Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) wrote:
Hell is other people.
Engaging in apologetic discourse sometimes involves … more
I just finished reading a book that has been on my shelf for some time. It is William Lane Craig’s apologetic for the Christian faith entitled Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics … more
Two of the most important virtues that a Christian apologist can exhibit are the qualities of intellectual honesty and charity.
In part one of this series I discussed the biblical ethical principle … more
As a teacher at my church and as a professor at a university I find it much easier to talk about Christian ethics than to live them out in daily practice. I am sure that I am not alone in that human … more
Throughout this series, I have pointed out that historic Christians enjoy a robust unity in terms of essential beliefs, values, and worldview orientation. (For the first three articles, see here, … more
In the first three installments of this series I have made three basic points in response to this challenging question concerning Christian disunity. While agreeing that disunity does exist and that … more
In the first two installments of this series I pointed out that while disunity among Christians is a problem that hurts the overall Christian witness, many people (especially skeptics) fail to … more
In the first installment of this series I pointed out that while disunity among Christians is a problem that hurts the overall Christian witness, many people (especially skeptics) fail to appreciate … more
I once heard a skeptic ask the following provocative question:
“Why should I seriously consider Christian truth-claims when Christendom is so deeply divided?”
I smarted when I heard … more