Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunday Quote: Douglas Groothuis on the Christian Worldview

"The Christian worldview is not proven in proven in one or two strokes but is rather verified by appealing to a wide and compelling variety of converging arguments. Christianity is shown to be the best explanation for the origin and nature of the universe as well as the human condition and the facts of history."

- Douglas Groothuis (The Denver Journal, vol. 2, 1999)

What was last year's post? See here.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (02/19 - 02/26)

Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.
Dinesh D'Souza reviews the debate with Loftus on Sound Rezn MP3
Richard Dawkins Receives Rabid Response From Faithful Followers
God watches you google...
Independent Evolution of Eyes
Michael Shermer & David Robertson: "Is Christianity Good for Us?" MP3 (on the Unbelievable? Radio Program)
William Lane Craig's newest book: 'On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision'
The Presumptuousness of Atheism by Paul Copan
Is There a God? The Evidence of Cosmology
William Lane Craig: 16 Closer to Truth Interviews by Robert Lawrence Kuhn 

Current Reading: Should Christians Embrace Evolution?: Biblical and Scientific Responses
Thinking About God: First Steps in Philosophy by Gregory Ganssle
March 1 Debate Between W. L. Craig and Victor Stenger 
Featured Video: Atheism Undermines Science 
The wonders of Evolution!

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Dinesh D'Souza vs. John Loftus Debate MP3 Audio

Here is the debate between Dinesh D'Souza and John Loftus on the topic: Does the Christian God Exist? Debate video can be found here. D'Souza offers his follow-up thoughts on the Sound Rezn radio show here (mp3). Check out Dinesh's newest book here. (original debate source here)

Full MP3 Audio here. (2 hours)


Last year's post here!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Gospel Message: MP3 Audio by John MacArthur

In this audio, John MacArthur presents the Gospel message in a sermon entitled "15 Words of Hope." For those who are looking for a clear, simple, and direct Gospel message, check this one out. After asking the staff of Grace to You which message they would recommend as a "definitive" Gospel presentation, this is the on they unanimously agreed upon. Highly recommended. Please listen and share.

Full MP3 Audio here. (52 min)


Check out the John MacArthur sermon archive here.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Case for Apologetics MP3 Audio by Brian Auten

What is apologetics? Is it Biblical? What is the purpose of apologetics? In this audio, the listener is introduced to the discipline of defending the faith and presenting reasons to believe Christianity is true. A case is made for apologetics from the New Testament and some common objections to apologetics are addressed. A useful introduction to the subject for those new to apologetics.

Full MP3 Audio here. (20 minutes)

PDF Transcript here (non-copyright, suitable for distribution)


Monday, February 22, 2010

Apologist Interview: William Lane Craig

Today's interview is with Christian philosopher and theologian William Lane Craig. He talks about Reasonable Faith Chapters, his newest book On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision, how he got started in apologetics, upcoming debates, early influences (E.J. Carnell, Stuart Hackett), academic advice and insights, essential areas of study, communication skills, debate, long term goals, and more.

 Full Interview MP3 Audio here. (30 minutes)

Dr. Craig's podcasts can be found here, as well as other audio and video. Also check out this podcast feed of all of Craig's debate audio.

You may also be interested in a special offer on Craig's Philosophy of Religion 19 DVD set here.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sunday Quote: Antony Flew on Design

"Although I was once sharply critical of the argument to design, I have since come to see that, when correctly formatted, this argument constitutes a persuasive case for the existence of God.”

- Antony Flew (There is a God, p. 95.)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (02/12 - 02/19)

Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.
Upcoming Apologetics Events at Biola University
The “Darwin’s Dilemma” Censorship Scandal Continues
God is Great, God is Good: Interview with Chad Meister
The Christian Roots of Science
Free Online Book: “Think Biblically” by John MacArthur
Sean McDowell: God & morality - an upcoming debate
Live Debate: Sean McDowell and James Corbett February 26
Naturalism’s Moral Foundations
MP3: Judging Jesus by His Followers
Article: Judging Jesus by His Followers
The Ten Commandments in Reverse
Arizona apologetics related sites
Junk Protein Not so Worthless After All
Doug Axe explains the chances of getting a functional protein by chance
Apologetics Conference in Bend, Oregon
Does Science Prove Atheism?
Interview with Jim Spiegel – Part One
Interview with Jim Spiegel – Part Two
Currently Reading: The Making of an Atheist by Jim Spiegel

Debate MP3: Dinesh D'Souza vs. John Loftus

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Online Apologetics Conference: May 7 & 8, 2010

Athanatos Ministries is hosting an Online Apologetics Conference May 7 & 8, 2010. This year’s conference will primarily focus on literary apologetics, or promoting the Christian faith through the written word, and fiction in particular. The list of presenters is as follows:
• Keynote: Robert Bowman, Jr.
• Plenary: Dr.  Angus Menuge
• Plenary: Dr. Corey Olsen
• Workshop: Dr. Bernard Bull
• Workshop: Mr. Robert Velarde
• Workshop: Ms. Mary Jo Sharp
• Workshop: Mr. Anthony Horvath
• Workshop: 2010 Christian Writing Contest Winner

Click here to learn more about the presenters. Click here to register.

Check it out.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Featured Podcast: Sound Rezn with Alex McFarland

Sound Rezn is an apologetics-focused radio show and podcast hosted by Alex McFarland and produced by Southern Evangelical Seminary for AFR. The format offers interviews with various authors and apologists while covering pertinent cultural issues. Some of the notable recent guests include:

• J.P. Moreland: The Soul & The Body - MP3
• Stephen Meyer: Signature in the Cell - MP3
• Tom Gilson: Communication Strategies in Apologetics - MP3
• Doug Powell: Objective Beauty - MP3
• J. Budziszewski: Natural Law - MP3
• Michael Shermer - MP3

Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes here, or use the RSS feed here.

Website is here, and the blog is here.


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Monday, February 15, 2010

Apologist Interview: Kenneth Samples of

In this interview with philosopher and theologian Kenneth Samples, he talks about how he became a philosopher, influential books, advice for apologists, the academic route, logic, tips for learning, the character of an apologist, the Biola apologetics program, Reasons to Believe, and more.

For many other resources by Ken Samples, click here.

Check out his books: A World of Difference: Putting Christian Truth-Claims to the Worldview Test, and Without a Doubt: Answering the 20 Toughest Faith Questions.

Full MP3 Audio here. (42min)

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What was last year's post? See here.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sunday Quote: Ronald Nash on Logic

"Even though most people who reject Christianity treat it as a refuge for enemies of reason, the truth is that there may be no worldview in the history of the human race that has a higher regard for the laws of logic."

- Ronald H. Nash, Worldviews in Conflict, p. 74.

[HT: Ken Samples]

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Book Review: Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism by Paul Vitz

Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of AtheismFaith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism by Paul Vitz is a relatively short (150 page) but very interesting look at the psychological factors that may contribute to atheism. The premise of the book is not to explore the existence of God or to show that belief or unbelief is true or false. Instead, the author is investigating notable psychological patterns in those who espouse strong atheist positions:
…there seems to be a widespread assumption, throughout much of our intellectual community, that belief in God is based on all kinds of irrational, immature needs and wishes, whereas atheism or skepticism flows from a rational, grown-up, no-nonsense view of things as they really are. To challenge the psychology of this viewpoint is the primary concern of this book. As I present the evidence from the lives of atheists, I will be looking for regularities, for patterns that distinguish their lives from those of a comparable group of theists.1

Friday, February 12, 2010

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (02/05 - 02/12)

Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.
Ten Resources for Thinking Christianly
The Making of An Atheist: Interview with Jim Spiegel: EPS blog
What Theology Has Done for Science
Truthbomb Apologetics: Thoughts on How to Study the Bible
Two Dozen (or so) Theistic Arguments by Alvin Plantinga
Interview Videos with Alvin Plantinga
Celebrating Alvin Plantinga
Video: Alvin Plantinga and the Modal Argument
Hartshorne's Modal argument
Currently Reading 'A Sceptic's Guide to Atheism: God is Not Dead' by Peter S. Williams
Ancient Evidence for Jesus from Non-Christian Sources
•  Debate: Is the New Testament Historically Reliable? James White vs. Robert M. Price
Book Review: "Immortality: The Other Side of Death"
Featured Resource: TrueU with Dr. Stephen Meyer
New STR Student Website: STRplace - Just Think
Intelligent Design Proponents Welcome Fodor and Piattelli-Palmarini to the Growing Ranks of Darwin's Critics
Google Books: Faith Has It’s Reasons by Boa & Bowman
Of Superbowl Ads, Tim Tebow's Story, and Freedom of Speech
J.P. Moreland asks: does truth matter when choosing a religion?
Flying Spaghetti Monster refuted!
Pascal on Bible Prophecy
The Historical Evidence for the Resurrection
New book: 'What Darwin Got Wrong'
Zeitgeist Movie Overview
Is the Bible True Video
Christian Worldview Integration: Interview with J.P. Moreland (part one)
Christian Worldview Integration: Interview with J.P. Moreland (part two)
Christian Writing Contest 2010

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C.S. Lewis Course on iTunesU from RTS

Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS)  has some great resources. Among the most recent is this course on C.S. Lewis by J. Knox Chamblin. This study examines Lewis's teachings on such subjects as general and special revelation, Christian conversion, Christian warfare, the four loves, miracles, social issues, suffering and death, and heaven and Hell.

Click here to get this C.S. Lewis course in iTunesU. (26 audio files & course syllabus)

Find out more about RTS on iTunesU here.


More theology and apologetics on iTunesU here.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Essence of Apologetics MP3 Audio by Os Guinness

Here is another great resource from Dr. Os Guinness presents a four part introduction to the essence of apologetics. You may also be interested in his books The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life and God in the Dark: The Assurance of Faith Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt. (Also added to the Ultimate Apologetics MP3 Audio page.)

Part 1: What is the essence of apologetics? (MP3)
Part 2: A Biblical basis for the essence of apologetics (MP3)
Part 3: How to communicate in apologetics (MP3)
Part 4: Persuading the hard-hearted (MP3)


What was last year's post? See here.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Blogger Interview: Roger Morris of

This is an interview with blogger Roger Morris of the Faith Interface blog, which discusses the interface between science, philosophy, and the Christian faith. Roger speaks a bit about his blog, the balanced Christian life, advice in starting a blog, influential apologetics books, and learning apologetics by doing apologetics. Find his blog here, Facebook hereTwitter here, and posts on apologetics here.

Full MP3 Audio here. (31min)


What was last year's post? See here.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Sunday Quote: C.S. Lewis on God

"My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?"

- C.S. Lewis from Mere Christianity, chapter 6.

Find Mere Christianity online here.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Book Review: The Devil's Delusion by David Berlinski

The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific PretensionsThe Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions by David Berlinski is a unique, witty, and clever critique of militant atheism and its devotion to scientism. Within its ten engaging chapters, Berlinski shines a revealing light on the dogmatic stance of many of today’s popular “new atheists.” The new atheism, the author would contend, postures itself as the sole holder of truth via science, “And like any militant church, this one places a familiar demand before all others: Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”1 Berlinski, a secular Jew who is an avid writer on science and mathematics, approaches his task with his own mixture of dry wit and thoughtful logic, which makes the reading of The Devil’s Delusion an entertaining experience.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (01/29-02/05)

Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.

William Lane Craig: 5 Arguments for God - 30-page PDF

Book Review – The Making of an Atheist
Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain
Free Mark Driscoll Audiobook: Religion Saves
Apologetics Study Bible for Students Now Available
Euthyphro Argument Revisited MP3
How Are Morals Objectively Grounded in God? MP3
Who is Jesus? The Centrality of the Person and Work of Christ
James White Calvinism and Purgatory Debates
What is self-refutation and what are some examples of self-refutation?  

Characteristics of a Christian Ambassador
Atheism Analyzed - Analysis vs Debate

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Signature in the Cell Discussion: Meyer, Berlinski, Woodward & Medved

This is a discussion of Stephen Meyer's Book Signature in the Cell, hosted by the C.S. Lewis Society. The discussion is between Dr. Stephen Meyer, Michael Medved, Dr. David Berlinski, and Dr. Tom Woodward. They discuss intelligent design theory, DNA structure, cell structure, and the origin of life. Q&A included. Fascinating listen.

Full MP3 Audio here. (2hr 20min)


What was last year's post? See here.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Jay Richards vs. Christopher Hitchens Debate MP3 Audio

This is a January 2008 debate at Stanford University between Christopher Hitchens and Jay Richards on the topic: Atheism vs. Theism and The Scientific Evidence of Intelligent Design. Also moderated by Ben Stein, as this was a debate leading up to the Expelled movie release.  Thanks to Wintery Knight for providing video links here.

Full MP3 Audio here. (1hr 50min)


More Hitchens debates here. More from Jay Richards here.

Last year's 3-minute post here.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Apologist Interview: Andy Bannister of RZIM Canada

Today's interview is with apologist Andy Bannister, the lead apologist for RZIM Canada. He speaks throughout the UK and Europe, as well as regularly in Canada. Andy is also a visiting lecturer for the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, London School of Theology and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.

Some of the topics covered in this interview include: taking the academic route in apologetics, influential books and apologists, areas of specialization, the usefulness of philosophy training, the role of theology in apologetics, potential pitfalls for the apologist, dealing with the obstinate, and more.

Andy's resources include: Articles on, Audio on, Audio on, and articles responding to Islam.

Full Interview MP3 Audio here. (38 min)


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