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The Christian church has been graced with brilliant and influential thinkers since its inception. A list of “who’s who” in Christian scholarship would be long and diverse in terms of scholarly disciplines. To whet your appetite in the areas of theology and philosophy, here’s a snapshot of six “straight A” thinkers.
By “straight A,” I mean two things. First, I’m noting that these thinkers were all brilliant scholars (no doubt, they would’ve received straight A report cards in today’s grading system) and accomplished philosophers and theologians who advanced Western civilization in general, and Christianity in particular. Second, all of these distinguished Christian scholars’ names begin with the letter “A.” So they’re Christendom’s A-Team!
Here’s a brief summary of the “straight A” Christian theologians and philosophers from ancient and medieval Christendom and what they are known for…
Why the Conclusion that Life Is Designed Really Is Inescapable
by Douglas Axe
My recent book, Undeniable, makes the case not just that life is designed but also that this is obvious — you need no special training to see it. And yet, as with other obvious truths, some people prefer to deny this one than to fully embrace the attending implications.
For atheists to be in denial here isn’t surprising. Short of recanting, they have no option. For theists to eschew the claim that life is designed is much more puzzling, though, because nothing seems to force them to adopt that counterintuitive stance.
Most people in this second group are fairly described as theistic evolutionists, in that they accept the standard evolutionary explanation for how Earth came to be home to all the living things we see around us. But considering the magnitude of the difficulties that confront this standard view, why do they stand by it? Why do they prefer an oblique version of God’s creative action — where the created order created us — when the more direct alternative ought to sit well with them?
Clear answers have been hard to come by, in my experience. That’s why I was pleased to enter into an extended dialogue with theistic evolutionist Hans Vodder. Even if our discussion doesn’t bring us to agreement, my hope is that we will at least pinpoint the cause of our disagreement…
Apologetics is about love. Wait what? Apologetics? About love? You mean to tell me that apologetics — making a defense for the Christian faith — isn’t about academic scruples that few people care about? Don’t apologists thrive off arguments and heated discussions? How could it be about love?
While I can’t speak for my fellow Christian apologists, love motivates me to study apologetics. Jesus tells us the greatest commandments are to love God and our neighbor as ourselves. I believe one way we can obey these commands is to grow in our understanding of apologetics. Make no mistake about it, apologetics can be intellectually fulfilling. Love, however, must be the primary motivation. The goal needs to be winning people’s hearts, not winning arguments. And it’s my love for the following people that compels me to do apologetics…
In my last post I wrote about what’s known as a “Cultural Myth”. These are ideas that cultures hold without really thinking about them. The myth I’m going to discuss in this post is called moral relativism. This is the prevailing world view in America today. Almost everyone holds this view. Moral Relativism states that all morals are products of one’s environment, upbringing, culture or evolution. There are no moral absolutes (no real right and wrong). Everything is permissible, as long as you don’t hurt anyone. According to this view, it’s also wrong to tell others that they have done something morally objectionable.
The sharp readers among you may have already spotted a problem with this view. There are already two moral absolutes in play…
3 Major Historical Criticisms of the Book of Mormon
by James Bishop
According to the founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon was an ancient native-American record written on golden plates. He proposed that he was guided to these tablets buried on a hill, and that God assisted him in translating them from Reformed Egyptian into English. However, the historical and textual accuracy of Smith’s work has become increasingly doubtful despite the fact that Smith declared the Book of Mormon “the most correct of any book on earth and the keystone of our religion” (1). Today, experts and scholars widely reject Smith’s account, and below we will examine several of the reasons why (2).
The Problem of Text and Language
Smith claimed that he translated the golden tablets he had found into English from a language known as Reformed Egyptian. To the contrary, historians argue that there is no evidence of a language known as Reformed Egyptian, and that literary devices including language, phrases, and names within the Book of Mormon prove powerful evidence that its text is inauthentic (3). Additionally, according to the LDS church, the Book of Mormon proposes that some ancestors of Native Americans came from the ancient Near East, and specifically the Jerusalem area. However, linguistic scholars have discovered no Native American language, whether spoken by the Maya or Aztecs, is relatable to languages from the ancient Near East (4).
Scholars and textual critics don’t deem the Book of Mormon to be a particularly impressive work of writing. Professor Grant Hardy, a specialist in history, language, and literature, says that…
What is apologetics, and how can it help the average Christian? Let’s work through that question today.
Apologetics is the reasoned defense of the truth of the Christian faith. The word apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia, which referred to a legal defense in court. It is used in this way by Luke in describing Paul’s defense before both the Roman Procurator Festus [Ac 25:8], and King Agrippa [Ac 26:1]. Paul himself uses the term when he asks the angry mob wanting to kill him to “hear my defense which I now offer to you” [Ac 22:1]. Festus used apologia to refer to the Roman custom of allowing the accused to defend himself against his accusers [Ac 25:16]. So, it is readily seen that this word has a legal sense of presenting compelling reasoning and/or evidence to persuade others (whether a judge or a mob). Then Peter used that same term in his first letter to the church when he told Christians to always be “ready to make a defense [apologia] to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you” [1Pe 3:15]. This is the verse that led to the adoption of the term apologetics for this discipline of the faith.
But, that’s for preachers and seminary professors and professional speakers, right? It’s not something the average Christian needs to worry about, is it? Oh, but it is!Let’s look at how apologetics is a part of the Christian life…