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by Doug Powell | Apologetics
Why is there something rather than nothing? This is the famous question of philosopher G.W.F. von Leibniz, whose cosmological argument took a slightly different approach than Aquinas’s. Instead of arguing from cause itself, Leibniz argued there must be a sufficient reason for the existence of the...
by Jeffrey Burton Russell | Apologetics
Christians are often said to believe because they need a crutch. Unless a person is willing to agonize hourly in the actual conviction that his or her life is really and truly meaningless, everyone needs a crutch — a basis of support — of some kind. But Christianity is often singled out and...
by Dave Sterret | Apologetics
Have you ever been in a situation where you knew that what you were about to do was wrong? Maybe you lied to your parents. Maybe you gave into temptation and drank alcohol. Or maybe you compromised your sexual standards and allowed your passion to take over. Each of us has acted in ways we knew...
by Chad Brand | Apologetics
As in other areas of Christian practice — worship, prayer, preaching, and counseling — evangelism needs to be undergirded by a theological reflection on just what it is we are doing and why this is because, as R.B. Kuiper puts it, “evangelism has its roots in eternity.” In this article, I won’t...
by E. Ray Clendenen | Apologetics
The ancient Egyptian equivalent of a “voodoo doll” was to write one’s enemy’s name on a clay statue or pottery vessel and then smash the pot while pronouncing a curse. Archaeologists have uncovered hundreds of such pottery pieces, called “execration texts.” Dating about the time of Joseph...
by Jeffrey Burton Russell | Apologetics
Jesus said, and the apostles confirmed, that the truth of Christianity was to be preached to all people of every nation. The earliest Christians were mostly Near Easterners and Africans. There is no evidence of racial discrimination against blacks or any other racial groups in early Christianity....
by Travis Kerns | Apologetics
Now that we understand why we should be concerned for members of other religions, we come to our second question: What is the message of Christianity? The message of Christianity is a profoundly simple (though not simplistic) message of sin, atonement, and redemption — all through Christ. If the...
by Natasha Crain | Apologetics
Today I want to shed light on a nasty little “fact” that regularly makes the rounds online: "Studies show that Christians are less intelligent than atheists." This statement is proudly tossed about by atheists who want to reinforce their claims that religion is for the poor, ignorant, and...
by Doug Powell | Apologetics
In the 13th century, Thomas Aquinas gave three forms of the cosmological argument in his Summa Theologica as a part of his “five ways” of proving the existence of God. Aquinas’s thinking was this: “Since nature works for a determinate end under the direction of a higher agent, whatever is done...
by Jeffrey Burton Russell | Apologetics
One frequent misunderstanding of Christianity is that it is anti-environment. The misconception is based on a certain reading of the book of Genesis, on the alleged record of Christianity over time, and on the current beliefs of some Christians that the end of the world is at hand. In truth,...