We apologize for the lack of recent posting (and frequency), but we have been busy working on a number of background projects and obligations. One of these projects is an important ministry we would like to bring to your attention:
Apologetics Canada is a ministry of Apologetics.com directed by Andy Steiger. We’re pleased not only to be friends with Andy, but also to share so many ministry objectives in common. We’ve been working behind the scenes to build a nice website for Apologetics Canada (more…)
On this 10th anniversary of the horror witnessed in American and around the world when the ‘twin-towers’ or 1 World Trade Center were attacked (as well as other sites) by Muslim extremists, it seems to be a good time to discuss the problem of evil. The ‘problem of evil’ in Christian apologetics is and has been one of the top apologetic issues throughout history.
Many have pointed to the attacks on 9/11 (September 11, 2001) as a turning point in our generation concerning this issue. The ‘New Atheists’ (Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, etc.) began writing their – soon to be popular – books not long after this event. For the atheist, it was the confirmation that religion was truly dangerous. For the rest of us, it brought us face to face with evil in a way many of us had not experienced in our lives of relatively peaceful existence. One’s worldview needed to be able to deal with this kind of event. I believe that when people were actually faced with the reality of this kind of evil, many found their position wanting and began to either search for answers, or to focus the problem on someone else. As Christians, we should be prepared to provide answers. (more…)
The recent observance of World Environment Day (1)World Environment Day was June 5th. and Canadian Environment Week (2)Canadian Environment Week was June 5-11th. reminded me of a very important apologetic topic; that of environmentalism or creation care. But Christianity has a questionable history when it comes to how we should care for our home, at least in common perception today. It is a topic, which sadly, is too often neglected by Christian apologists.
What does environmentalism have to do with Christian apologetics? Well, the discipline of apologetics generally covers three areas. First, there are foundational topics to the discipline, such as epistemology, truth and relativism, etc. Second, would be the more traditional topics such as the existence of God, the Resurrection, and miracles. But, thirdly, in any given age, there are ‘hot’ topics within the culture that impact Christianity. In our time, some of these topics include abortion or the creation / evolution debate. In other times, these topics might have been low priority or not discussed (recognized) at all. Environmentalism is one of these ‘hot’ topics today. (more…)
|1.||⇡||World Environment Day was June 5th.|
|2.||⇡||Canadian Environment Week was June 5-11th.|
I’m quite late in responding to the issue of a Christian response to the death of Osama bin Laden. Much has been said on the topic and I had not intended to add to the commentary. However, while listening to the recording of the recent “Unbelievable? the Conference” (1)“Unbelievable? 11 Jun 2011 – Unbelievable? the Conference – 10 June 2011” in London, I decided that this conversation was worth passing along. The entire recording (which is only a small part of the whole conference) is well worth listening to, however I wanted to highlight, in particular, the responses of the panel to the question of how Christians should react to the death of Osama. (more…)
A couple of other religions which often go un-noticed are the occult and New Age. I might better say un-addressed, as both of these are all around us to various extents (hardly un-noticed). I ran across an excellent resource which I wanted to pass along. Brian Auten of Apologetics 315 interviewed former astrologer Marcia Montenegro who, after becoming a Christian, founded Christian Answers for the New Age (CANA).
I learned a lot through this excellent interview which can be found here: Interview: Marcia Montenegro (former astrologer) – Monday, June 13, 2011 (more…)
In just under 24 hours, we’ll know if this billboard is correct (I might check in early with some of my Australian friends). As I think it was TurretinFan who Twitter’d the other day, nothing says ‘thief in the night’ like world-wide bulletin boards and advertising, huh?
Having listened to Dr. White’s “Dividing Line” podcast for years, I was familiar with Harold Camping (FamilyRadio.com) and the May 21st 2011 ‘world end’ for quite some time. I figured it was mostly a debate between a fringe group led by a false prophet (note that he was wrong in 1994 . . . what does the Bible say about this?) and more main-stream Christianity. I did not give it much further consideration . . . until recently that is. (more…)
So, you would like to take an opportunity to advance your understanding of Christianity, and you have seen a number of interesting courses and conferences, but you only have a limited amount of vacation time. On the other hand, you and your family would like to go someplace beautiful – full of excitement and adventure – or maybe to relax. Why choose? . . . Do both!
These days, it seems proselytism (2)“Proselytizing is the act of attempting to convert people to another opinion and, particularly, another religion.” from this Wikipedia article is such a touchy subject. I often hear skeptics and atheists complaining about religious people trying to convince others of their beliefs. But, is it really proselytism that is the problem, or is it the sharing of your religion (often called evangelism in Christianity) that is their concern? If we give it a moments thought – which most apparently do not – it is easy to see that it is the latter. This must see video by atheist Penn (Penn Jillette) of “Penn & Teller” shows very clearly that it isn’t proselytism, in general, that should be of concern. It should actually be expected! (more…)
|1.||⇡||OK, before I get too many emails. . . yes, my title was a cheap play off of the Geico ‘caveman’ commercials. And NO, I am NOT trying to imply atheists are cavemen or unintelligent, etc. However, in my experience, a majority of atheists and skeptics I have encountered DO complain about the proselytizing nature of religion, especially Christianity.|
|2.||⇡||“Proselytizing is the act of attempting to convert people to another opinion and, particularly, another religion.” from this Wikipedia article|
I have been posting apologetic type responses and material on the Internet now going on eighteen years (on other types of ‘e-communication’ before the Internet was popular). I don’t usually hang out in atheistic discussion forums, but instead try to inject some reasoned, and/or ‘salt and light,‘ content into secular discussions when relevant. This often leads to discussion which I hope to be more helpful than the back-and-fourth one often finds. I have, however, had many people tell me this is a waste of time! (more…)