Reasons to Believe

General Apologetics

  • Reaching the Nonbeliever, Part 1 (of 2)

    Is it possible to make it too easy for nonbelievers to embrace Christianity?

    I heard a news report that a church was offering free gasoline cards to the first three visitors at their church on Sunday … more

  • All You Need Is [His] Love, Part 2 (of 2)

    In part 1 of this article series I mentioned that a Christian sent me a critical email objecting to my fondness for the music of The Beatles. The essence of his concern was expressed in the following … more

  • All You Need Is [His] Love, Part 1 (of 2)

    I teach a regular adult Sunday school class at my church, and so the church's website features a brief bio about me. Among other things, it mentions a few of my personal interests, including my … more

  • A Book Ahead of Its Time

    New Age thinker Eckhart Tolle in his book A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, asserts the universe is without beginning or end. This idea is hardly new. The concept of an eternal … more

  • On Becoming a Christian

    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

  • Resolutions for the Mind 2009

    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

  • Average Joe's Guide to Apologetics

    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

  • Navigating Verbal Minefields

    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

  • The Art of Apologetic Persuasion

    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

  • The Golden Rule of Apologetics Part 7

    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

  • The Golden Rule of Apologetics Part 6

    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

  • The Golden Rule of Apologetics Part 5

    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

  • Pearls of Wisdom

    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

  • The Golden Rule of Apologetics Part 4

    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

  • The Golden Rule of Apologetics Part 3

    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

  • Life Without God

    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

  • The Golden Rule of Apologetics Part 2

    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

  • The Golden Rule of Apologetics Part 1

    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