Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Apologetics Course Audio/Video via iTunes U

This iTunesU podcast feed covers 24 audio files (or videos) on the topic of Apologetics. The course instructor is Mark R. Stevenson, M.Div through Emmaus Bible College Online. For course syllabus, click here for PDF. Audio files are outlined below:

• The Nature and Task of Apologetics • Overview of the History of Apologetics • Introduction to Apologetic Methdology • Classical Apologetics 1 & 2 • Evidentialism 1 & 2 • Reformed Apologetics 1 & 2 • Fideism • Integrative Apologetics • Postmodernism • The Existence of God 1 & 2 • The Reliability of Scripture • The Identity of Jesus Christ • The Problem of Evil & Suffering • Miracles • The Resurrection of Jesus • Pluralism • The Problem of Hell • The Challenge of Ethics • Embracing Christianity

Click here to go right to iTunesU to begin downloading audio and video.


Monday, June 28, 2010

Apologist Interview: Gary Habermas

In this interview, Dr. Gary Habermas talks about his background and studies, his personal struggle with doubt, his apologetic methodology, the most common misunderstandings of the minimal facts approach to the resurrection, fallacious appeals to authority, considerations for those considering PhD studies, pitfalls to avoid, core answers to those dealing with doubt, his research with Near Death Experiences, and more. Gary's website is here, with audio resources, written articles, video, and more. For more Gary Habermas stuff from Ap315, click here.

Gary Habermas books:
The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus
The Historical Jesus
Beyond Death
Why Is God Ignoring Me?
The Risen Jesus and Future Hope
• And more...

When speaking about doubt, Dr. Habermas also mentions the book "Telling Yourself the Truth" by Marie Chapian & William Backus.

Full Interview MP3 Audio here. (40 minutes)


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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sunday Quote: Kant on the Bible

“The existence of the Bible, as a book for the people, is the greatest benefit the human race has ever experienced. Every attempt to belittle it is a crime against humanity.”

- Immanuel Kant

What was last year's post? See here.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Biola Distance Learning Certificate in Apologetics: Review 1 of 3

This is part one of a three part series (part 2, part 3) of reviews of the content of Biola University's Distance Learning Certificate Program in Apologetics. The goal of today's review is to allow others to see "what's in the box" when they order the distance learning materials. Later reviews will deal with the content of program and the overall impression of the course work. Photos can be clicked for enlargement.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (06/18 - 06/25)

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Resurrection Quiz Game

Based upon the content of Gary Habermas & Michael Licona's great book The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus, the Resurrection Quiz Game online is designed to test your knowledge of the content with 80 multiple choice questions on 8 different levels. If you think you have mastered this information, this might be a good place to find out just how much you remember - or a good way to keep your skills sharpened. Either way, go ahead and take the quiz and share your score. Dr. Habermas's Apologetics 315 interview will be posted on Monday.

Still haven't read The Case for the Resurrection? Pick one up here.
Take the QUIZ GAME here.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Westminster's Apologetics Course on iTunes

This is an set of 13 apologetics lectures by Westminster Theological Seminary professors, including: Scott Oliphant, Greg Bahnsen, William Edgar, Francis Schaeffer, and Cornelius Van Til. Audios included are:

• Reformation and Apologetics: Calvin's Presuppositional Apologetic (Lillback)
• Faith and the Intellect (Schaeffer)
• The Role of Worldviews in Apologetic Dialogue (Oliphint)
• What is Presuppositional Apologetics? (Oliphint)
• Why I am a Presuppositionalist (Edgar)
• History and Nature of Apologetics: Faith, Reason and Theism (Van Til)
• Present State of Christian Philosophy (Oliphint)
• Van Tilian Apologetics 1 (Bahnsen)
• Van Tilian Apologetics 2 (Bahnsen)
• Van Tilian Apologetics 3 (Bahnsen)
• Van Tilian Apologetics 4 (Bahnsen)
• Something Much Too Plain to Say (Oliphint)
• Apologetics (Edgar)

Click here to launch iTunes link.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Get a Free Areopagus Journal

The Apologetics Resource Center ( has a number of great apologetics resources - including their publication: Areopagus Journal, a bimonthly publication dedicated to apologetics issus. You can subscribe to this publication here. Also see their apologetics institutearticles, and audio.

OFFER: Leave a comment on this blog post to be entered into a drawing for a free issue of Areopagus Journal sent to your door.

Check it out here.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Apologist Interview: Keith Kendrex of Evidence4Faith

Today's interview is with apologist Keith Kendrex of Evidence4Faith. Keith talks about getting saved through reading apologetics, apologetic influences, his experience with the Biola Masters of Arts in Apologetics program, practical applications of apologetics training, starting his radio program, advice to others, Toastmasters, and more. His radio program and podcast can be found at Evidence4Faith. (RSS feed here)

Full Interview MP3 Audio here. (26 minutes)


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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sunday Quote:Charles Malik on Being Responsible Intellectuals

"For the sake of greater effectiveness in witnessing to Jesus Christ Himself, as well as for their own sakes, evangelicals cannot afford to keep on living on the periphery of responsible intellectual existence."

Dr. Charles Malik

[HT: Chris Shannon]

Saturday, June 19, 2010

A Review of the Amazon Kindle

The Kindle is an digital ebook reader made by Amazon. As of this writing, it boasts an offering of over 600,000 titles available in digital format through The question is, Is it worth it? The purpose of this review is to offer my feedback on the device, assess its strengths and weaknesses, and share how I have found it useful.

What it does.
I won't go into too much detail about what it does - you can see the Kindle site for more detailed info. However, the Kindle is designed for the main purpose of being a lightweight and useful ebook reader. It does this very well, in my estimation. It allows you to adjust text size, page margins, make bookmarks, highlights, notes, and purchase books via free wireless network access. Other features include the ability to look at basic web pages (text-based is best), listen to Mp3s, view PDFs and documents, post highlights to Twitter and Facebook, and listen to the book via the text-to-speech feature. The battery life goes a long way, some 10 or more days if you are not using wireless.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (06/11 - 06/18)

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Peter S. Williams vs. Peter Cave Debate: Is Belief in God Reasonable?

In this audio, Christian philosopher Peter S. Williams and atheistic philosopher Peter Cave debate the topic: Is Belief in God Rational? The philosophical exchange includes Williams opening with an ontological argument for God's existence. (Audio quality is not the best during Q&A, but still worth the listen.) Peter S. Williams' blog is here.

Full Debate MP3 Audio here. (1hr 45min)


What was last year's post? William Lane Craig talks about failures.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Ambassador Approach MP3 Audio by Greg Koukl

This talk by Greg Koukl was given in Ottawa recently. (H/T: Wintery Knight). Koukl introduces what he calls the "ambassador approach," which consists of knowledge, wisdom, and character. A good basic introduction to the apologetic task and persuasive evangelism. (Get the fuller treatment in Tactics.) Be sure to check out his other resources at Stand to Reason, as well as his interview here at Apologetics315.

Full MP3 Audio here. (40 minutes)


What was last year's post? See here.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Answering the Tough Questions About Life and God: Audio Series by Ken Boa

Ken Boa of Reflections Ministries presents this series of 19 lectures on various "tough questions" about life and God. Original audio found HERE. Download them one by one, or use the RSS feed or click here to subscribe to them in iTunes. Here they are:

1. Postmodernism
2. Three World Views: Humanism, Transcendentalism and Theism
3. Does God Really Exist? I 
4. Does God Really Exist? II
5. Why Believe in Miracles? I
6. Why Believe in Miracles? II
7. Isn't Christianity Just a Psychological Crutch?
8. Is the Bible Really Trustworthy? I
9. Is the Bible Really Trustworthy? II
10. Why Do the Innocent Suffer? I
11. Why Do the Innocent Suffer? II
12. How Can Christ Be the Only Way to God? I
13. How Can Christ Be the Only Way to God? II
14. Will God Judge Those Who Never Heard About Christ? I
15. Will God Judge Those Who Never Heard About Christ? II
16. If Christianity Is True, Why Are There So Many Hypocrites?
17. Isn't a Good Moral Life Enough to Get into Heaven?
18. Isn't Just Believing in Christ Too Easy? What does it Mean to Believe?
19. Can People Really Be Sure of Their Salvation?


Monday, June 14, 2010

Apologist Interview: Paul Copan

Today's interview is with Dr. Paul Copan. He talks about how Christians should deal with hard questions, finding balance in communication, using the moral argument in conversation, common errors when using the moral argument, the content of his upcoming book, Is God a Moral Monster?, advice for the apologist, and more. Articles by Paul Copan can be found here.

Full Interview MP3 Audio here. (1hr)

Paul Copan's books include:


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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sunday Quote: J. Sidlow Baxter on Prayer

"Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers."

- J. Sidlow Baxter

What was last year's post? See here.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Golden Rule Apologetic by Bob Passantino

Nearly everyone is familiar with the "Golden Rule" even if they don't realize that it comes to us in its perfect form as a command of Jesus: "In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets" (Matthew 7:12). [1] This command to deal fairly with others should govern everything we do as Christians, including how we defend our faith.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (06/04 - 06/11)

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William Lane Craig vs. Massimo Pigliucci Debate MP3

In this 2001 debate at the University of Georgia, William Lane Craig and Massimo Pigliucci address the topic: Does the Christian God Exist? 

Full Debate MP3 Audio here. (2hr 34min)


Be sure to subscribe to all of Dr. Craig's audio debates here.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Arguments for Theism MP3 Audio by Peter S. Williams

Christian philosopher and apologist Peter S. Williams (blog) delivered this talk at the 2010 European Leadership Forum on the topic: Arguments for Theism. He explores a variety of theistic arguments and offers his assessment on their merits and effectiveness apologetically. Williams also presents his own angle on Kalam argument commonly used by William Lane Craig. A good listen. This audio is part of Peter S. William's audio podcast at Damaris. Also check out a recent interview here.

Full MP3 Audio here. (100min)


You may also be interested in William's phenomenal book on the new atheism: A Sceptic's Guide to Atheism. Really, the best book on the subject, recommended by Ap315. Reviewed here.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Defeating Moral Relativism by Francis Beckwith MP3 Audio

In this lecture for Summit Ministries, Francis Beckwith deals with the extremely common but important issue of moral relativism. This is the view that there are no objective moral truths that apply to all people in all times and places. Beckwith and Koukl 'wrote the book' on Relativism, which is highly recommended.

Full MP3 Audio here. (45 minutes)

Video here at Summit.


Monday, June 07, 2010

Apologist Interview: James White

Today's interview is with Dr. James White of Alpha & Omega Ministries. He talks about how he became a Christian, how he got started in apologetics, and his apologetic methodology. He also gives advice to Christian apologists, talks about his numerous debates, his upcoming debate with Christopher Hitchens, and suggested disciplines for apologists.

James White's podcast, The Dividing Line, can be found here. His ministry blog is here. His resources can be found here.

Some of James White's books include:
The King James Only Controversy
The Forgotten Trinity
The Potter's Freedom
The God Who Justifies

Full Interview MP3 Audio here. (55 minutes)


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Sunday, June 06, 2010

Sunday Quote: Malcolm Muggeridge on Faith

"I may, I suppose, regard myself, or pass for being, as a relatively successful man. People occasionally stare at me in the streets–that’s fame. I can fairly easily earn enough to qualify for admission to the higher slopes of the Internal Revenue–that’s success. Furnished with money and a little fame even the elderly, if they care to, may partake of trendy diversions– that’s pleasure. It might happen once in a while that something I said or wrote was sufficiently heeded for me to persuade myself that it represented a serious impact on our time–that’s fulfillment. Yet I say to you — and I beg you to believe me–multiply these tiny triumphs by a million, add them all together, and they are nothing–less than nothing, a positive impediment–measured against one draught of that living water Christ offers to the spiritually thirsty, irrespective of who or what they are."

- Malcolm Muggeridge

Seeing Through the Eye: Malcolm Muggeridge on Faith, p. 97.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Michael Licona vs. Richard Carrier Debate: Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? MP3 Audio

On February 11, 2010, Michael Licona and Richard Carrier faced each other in debate for a second time. Topic: Did Jesus rise from the dead? (Their first debate can be found here.) The debate occurred at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas in front of an estimated audience of 750. Video of the debate can be found at here. More Licona resources here.

Debate MP3 Audio here with Q&A here. (2hr 30min)


You might also be interested in Mike Licona's The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus or Richard Carrier's books here.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (05/28 - 06/04)

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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Apologetics in Preaching: Panel Discussion MP3 Audio

This panel discussion explores the use of apologetics in preaching. Contributions by Drs. Russell Moore, Mark Coppenger, Ted Cabal and Chad Brand. Original at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary here.

Full MP3 Audio here. (50 minutes)


What was last year's post? See here.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Three Helpful Audios on Abortion

Here are three good audios dealing with the issue of abortion. The first two are from Randall Niles and John Stonestreet's podcast Think Again. The third audio file is from Greg Koukl (see his podcast here). You may also want to check out Greg Koukl's booklet of the same title.

• The Value of Life Part 1 - MP3
• The Value of Life Part 2 - MP3
• Precious Unborn Human Persons - MP3


More resources on abortion here.

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