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Jesus on the Problem of Evil

written by Aaron Brake In Luke 13:1-5 we have Jesus’ clearest teaching on the problem of evil:[1] Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus [Read More]

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Debating Atheists: Introduction (part 1/5)

On November 27, 2016, I debated a local atheist leader, retired podiatrist Dr. Gil Shapiro, the spokesperson of Freethought Arizona (video here). I’ve blogged on general post-debate thoughts here but now will cover a series of five consecutive blog posts covering each [Read More]

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A Response to Hillary Clinton on Abortion

This last December I began working on a document which responded to Hillary Clinton on the issue of abortion. It was given to the Rubio and Cruz campaigns hoping they would be able to use the information in debate during [Read More]

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Is Christianity a Form of Superstition?

Superstition is as old as man. An incomplete picture of why things work the way they do fuels the imagination to conjure up hidden forces at work behind the scenes. Pull back the curtain and perhaps one will find an [Read More]

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Suggestions for Reasoning with a Skeptic

Christianity is a rational faith system, based on evidence of certain historical events which give credence to a particular worldview. But not everyone is ready to use reason and the rules of logic in arriving at conclusions. In many such [Read More]

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We Don’t Need Complete Knowledge to Know God

In my last post, I made the comment that as limited beings, we could never fully know the mind of a perfect Creator. I said that because, I think, a proper sense of humility requires that we acknowledge our limitations. [Read More]

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What Do Faith, Hope and Love Have In Common?

Talk to an atheist about faith, and you’re likely to get an eye-roll. To most, faith is roughly synonymous with superstition, a subject not befitting of modern, science-oriented people. In fact, most skeptics will argue that faith is an obstacle [Read More]

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Why “Proving” Christianity Is Sometimes Not Possible

Many new apologists get right to work trying to convince others of the truth of the Christian worldview. When they meet with limited “success,” they often lose heart. A recent email expressed this view; the writer acknowledged that his inability [Read More]

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Are You Good Enough For Heaven?

“Avast yer jabberin, ya bunch a bilge rats!” The voice sounded strange as it reached into the hallway. The speaker was apparently trying to make a point. “Yer division a booty must be… “ he paused to consider his words, [Read More]

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Is The God of The Bible a Liar?

Truth is an important unifying theme in the Bible. In fact, the Bible itself is referred to in places as the “word of truth” (2 Tim. 2). We are admonished to think about those things which are true, and noble [Read More]

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The Problem with Apathy

The biggest obstacle to most apologetics efforts is apathy. It’s not that the skeptic is considering our truth claims and rejecting them, or countering them with evidence that they are false, or that his worldview is true. Instead, most skeptics [Read More]

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Discussing the Afterlife with a Skeptic

Christian apologists often take for granted that there is an afterlife in which all rational people would want to partake. But such an assumption is often mistaken. In a recent conversation with a skeptic, I was reminded of how differently [Read More]

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Morals, making them up as we go along

When I was working as an Auto Theft Detective many times I would arrive to start my shift and discover that there was someone waiting in our jail for me. A Patrol Officer had caught someone driving a stolen car and [Read More]

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The Resurrection Is Not a Metaphor

Not long ago, I had the chance to interact with a college sophomore, the son of a friend of mine. The conversation turned to religion, and I asked him what his experience at college so far had done to the [Read More]

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Does God’s Knowledge Eliminate Our Free Will?

Grappling with temporal concepts is an intriguing mental exercise, but one that often leaves people with more questions than when they began. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the question of reconciling our capacity for free will with God’s [Read More]

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Waiting For the Right Time to Witness

Not long ago, my teenage son and I settled down to watch the miniseries “The Pacific.” It’s a gripping production of war in the Pacific in World War 2, following the lives of several young Marines. We’re both history buffs, [Read More]

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Why Good Investigators Make Great Apologists

The best apologists think like an investigator. Surely it may help to be a seasoned detective like J. Warner Wallace, but you don’t have to be. It’s not even something you need special training to do. More than a skill, [Read More]

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What About Those Who Have Never Heard?

When handling commonly raised questions and objections it is important for Christian apologists to have “thirty-second answers” memorized and ready at the helm. These should aid Christians who desire brevity in time without compromising content. Many situations call for a quick, [Read More]

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Why Bible Study Matters

Is there a way to use the Bible to get someone interested in knowing more about the Bible? I’ve thought about this question for many years. As I learned more about the Word, and spoke more with people who called [Read More]

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