Maybe you’ve encountered well-meaning Christians who look down on the practice of providing evidence for Christian truth claims. I used to get that a lot. How should you respond? [Read more…]
Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally
One Easter, a relative cornered me at a family reunion and wanted to talk about the resurrection of Jesus. Let’s just call her my dear Aunt Sally. Some people try to stay away from politics and religion a parties. Not Aunt Sally. 🙂
Aunt Sally was Religious Studies major and she started off by telling me that Jesus didn’t come back from the dead in any real sense–that the story of Jesus’ resurrection just emerged over decades after the crucifixion. She said that Jewish peasants who missed Jesus and needed a Messiah figure basically made the whole thing up–probably because it helped them feel better emotionally and things like that.
But she said something else, too. She said that it doesn’t really matter if the resurrection of Jesus actually happened. After all, can’t we draw inspiration from a story even if it’s not true? [Read more…]
I just wanted to take a few minutes to let everyone know that the new website for the Christian Apologetics Alliance is up and running. Much thanks to the CAA Admins who have put in so many hours to bring this vision to life! I don’t want to forget anyone, but I definitely want to thank Arthur Khachatryan and Lauren Kimball. Special thanks also to the rest of the group for offering comments, contributing content, and offering general support and prayers.
We have big plans for CAA as we move forward, and we hope to be bringing many new features in the near future. You should immediately see several available features, including general site information, the ability to register as a CAA member, and a growing list of blogs that will be joining the CAA family over the next several weeks.
In the immediate future, we will be looking for blogs focusing on Christian Apologetics to join us here on the CAA page. If you’ve got a blog you’d like us to consider, let us know!
For now, please look around and let us know your thoughts. And as always, feel free to give us your feedback on what other directions you’d like to see the CAA go.
God continues to bless and guide our group and we give Him all the praise and glory. We look forward to getting to know each of you in the days and weeks to come, and we ask for your continuing prayers for this ministry.
The Christian Apologetics Alliance
In recent years, many atheists have prominently championed their allegiance to intelligent thought. For instance, there is “The Richard Dawkins Foundation For Reason and Science” and Sam Harris’ book “The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason.” Atheists sometimes refer to themselves as “freethinkers” and “brights.”
The public perception that these atheists are working hard to strengthen is the idea that there is a cavernous divide between “faith” and “reason” or between “faith” and “progress.” The strategy is obvious: atheists are to champion their love for reason and progress while highlighting stories of religious people who evidently hate reason and fight for culturally regressive values. Over time, this strategy is intended to further displace religion and develop a far more secular perspective around the world. [Read more…]
Many years ago, while I was in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University, my wife and I attended a family gathering. A relative heard I was in grad school and asked me, “What are you getting your degree in?”
I said, “Um… Apologetics.”
She replied with a chuckle, “I’m SO sorry!”
“It’s not really that bad,” I said, looking kind of confused.
Today, I still get odd responses at family gatherings when this comes up. But even Christians who come to my live apologetics workshops at area churches ask me, “Why does it sound like apologizing?” I get it. Our discipline has a weird name.
In this post, I’ll explain what Christian apologetics is, two general kinds of apologetics and what I like to call “the three essential elements of everyday apologetics.” So what is Christian apologetics?