The Unique Nature of a Total Eclipse of the Sun
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by Greg Koukl
2d ago
Greg reflects on the unique nature of a total eclipse and his experience seeing one yesterday, then he describes conversations he had with people about Christianity while he was traveling and answers a question about the slippery slope fallacy.   Topics: Commentary: The unique nature of a total eclipse of the sun. (10:00) Commentary: Two conversations (28:00) If someone says he was born gay and we must just accept it, would it be a slippery slope fallacy to respond by saying that by that logic we would have to accept the idea that a murderer must be accepted because it’s who he ..read more
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When It Comes to the Atonement, People Do Not Take the Blood Seriously
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by Greg Koukl
1w ago
Greg discusses what the Bible says about penal substitutionary atonement, then he answers questions about what to do if your pastor secretly holds to pro-LGBTQ theology and why God no longer gives direct messages to people like he did in the Old Testament.   Topics: Commentary: When it comes to the atonement, people do not take the blood seriously. (05:00) If you find out your pastor secretly holds to pro-LGBTQ theology, should you expose him to the church or leave quietly? (23:00) Do you think people in the Old Testament got direct messages from God (through the prophets, etc.), an ..read more
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Dawkins Says He’s a Cultural Christian
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by Greg Koukl
1w ago
Greg talks about how Dawkins’s objections to Islam don’t make sense within his own worldview, then he answers a question from a caller about how a person can say something is right or wrong if they don’t believe in God.   Topics: Commentary: Dawkins says he’s a cultural Christian. (00:00) How can a person say something is right or wrong if they don't believe in God? (40:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Famous atheist says he identifies as a ‘cultural Christian’ and is ‘horrified’ by promotion of Islamic holiday by Hannah Grossman Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to Ma ..read more
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You Can Challenge Mandatory DEI Trainings
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by Greg Koukl
2w ago
Greg talks about how religious accommodations are possible when it comes to DEI trainings, then he answers questions about restoring a friendship that broke up over theology and whether John 3:13 indicates Jesus was in Heaven while he was on earth.   Topics: Commentary: You can challenge mandatory DEI trainings. (00:00) What can I do to restore a relationship with a friend who ended our friendship because I disagree with his Calvinism? (21:00) Does John 3:13 indicate Jesus was in Heaven during the time he was also on earth? (41:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Can Religious E ..read more
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Greg’s Conversation with a Catholic on a Plane
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by Greg Koukl
2w ago
Greg recounts a conversation he had with a Catholic campus ministry director on a plane, then he answers a question about rebaptism.   Topics: Commentary: Greg’s conversation with a Catholic on a plane (00:00) What do you think about rebaptism? (38:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reality Student Apologetics Conference – April 19–20, 2024 in Augusta, GA ..read more
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Why Is the Question of Significance so Important?
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by Greg Koukl
3w ago
Greg answers questions about whether one must believe in eternal generation to be saved, why the question of significance is so important, reconciling Matthew 7:21–23 with grace, and justifying self-defense in light of Jesus telling us to turn the other cheek.   Topics: Is my salvation at stake if I don’t believe in eternal generation, contrary to the Athanasian Creed? (01:00) Why is the question of significance the most important question facing America today? (11:00) How do you reconcile Matthew 7:21–23 (“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of He ..read more
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The Sudden Finality of Death
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by Greg Koukl
3w ago
Greg reflects on the sudden finality of death and what that means for how we should live, then he answers questions about whether the Apocrypha was in the Bible for 1,000 years before Protestants removed it and whether Jesus had a soul.   Topics: Commentary: The sudden finality of death (00:00) Was the Apocrypha in the Bible for 1,000 years before Protestants removed it? (30:00) Why would Jesus need a soul, and did he have one? (47:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reality Student Apologetics Conference – March 22–23, 2024 in Philadelphia, PA; April 19–20, 2024 in Au ..read more
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You Can’t Hope for Something You Know Won’t Happen
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by Greg Koukl
3w ago
Greg discusses the Pope’s statement about hoping Hell is empty, then he talks to callers about how to have good conversations with a Jehovah’s Witness, Dallas Willard’s book on the spiritual disciplines, and a follow-up call about an atheist vs. Christian dialogue at a church.   Topics: Commentary: You can’t hope for something you know won’t happen. (00:00) How can I stay on the same page with my brother when we’re discussing his Jehovah’s Witness beliefs? (08:00) What’s your opinion on Dallas Willard’s book on the spiritual disciplines? (33:00) A follow-up call on a dialogue betwee ..read more
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Love Does Not Rejoice in the Unrighteousness of Same-Sex Weddings
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by Greg Koukl
1M ago
Greg explains why not attending a same-sex wedding is not just a matter of conscience, answers challenges to his comments last week on original sin, and responds to arguments for Catholicism.   Topics: Commentary: Love does not rejoice in the unrighteousness of same-sex weddings. (00:00) Were your answers to my questions about original sin contradictory? (27:00) How would you respond to these arguments for Catholicism that are attracting my friend? (46:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reality Student Apologetics Conference – March 22–23, 2024 in Philadelphia, PA; Ap ..read more
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Separation of Church and State Doesn’t Mean This
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by Greg Koukl
1M ago
Greg talks about people misusing the idea of “separation of church and state” to punish ideological disagreement, then he answers questions about responding to “anyone who doesn’t believe just like you goes to Hell,” using preferred names, and hypnotism.   Topics: Commentary: Separation of church and state doesn’t mean this. (00:00) Is there a quick way to answer someone who asks if we think anyone who doesn’t believe just like us will go to Hell? (23:00) When a student wants to use a name other than their given name, where’s the line between using the name of a different gende ..read more
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