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Ten Reasons to Think Christianly

by Tom Gilson February, 2018 Thinking. Now there’s a discipline that’s fallen on hard times lately. We could blame it on all kinds of things: The internet distracts us from extended, reflective thought. Our consumer culture fills us with surface satisfactions. Our...

The Author of Life

by David McGrew February, 2018   Where did life come from? What accounts for its origin? At its deepest root, only one answer can be perfectly correct. A naturalism that has never and can never receive input from beyond itself is wildly at odds with the position that...

Ten Books That Have Influenced Me

by Timothy McGrew January, 2018 Not too long ago, an online friend asked that I list ten books that have influenced me, and what follows is that list – or rather, one version of it. I have restricted myself to books that are not in the public domain, so this time...

There IS a Right Answer When It Comes to Abortion

by Beau Langford January, 2018 The bumper stickers are out there: “Don’t like abortion? Don’t have one.” When dialoging with others who don't hold to the pro-life position it’s likely you will have to defend an underlying premise that many people deny as follows: Is...

Let Ancient People Speak for Themselves

by Lydia McGrew January, 2018 As I've noted before, New Testament scholarship seems to give rise to sweeping statements about "ancient people" and how vastly differently they thought about the matter of truth than do "modern people." The implication is usually that...

The Missing Link: The Case for Pre-Apologetics

by Mia Langford January, 2018 We need to put a new area of apologetics on the map, folks. Let's dub this sub-genre focusing on the apologetic for apologetics “pre-apologetics.” Pre-apologetics focuses on why we must learn to give a defense of our faith or why one...

Licona gospel examples V: Making things complicated

by Lydia McGrew November, 2017 A common theme among the examples I've examined from Michael Licona's Why Are There Differences in the Gospels? is that New Testament scholars tend to go for more complicated theories over simpler theories. This problem is endemic to the...

Licona gospel examples IV: More over-reading

by Lydia McGrew November, 2017 In this post I'll discuss more examples from Why Are There Differences in the Gospels? in which Licona's approach creates unnecessary tensions between the gospel accounts by over-reading. Here, as elsewhere, Licona opts for the...

Licona gospel examples III: Over-reading

by Lydia McGrew November, 2017 In this entry and one other (with a short theological digression post in between) I plan to discuss passages in which Licona engages in over-reading in Why Are There Differences in the Gospels? Here I will focus on over-readings...

Licona gospel examples, Part II: Fictions Only Need Apply

by Lydia McGrew November, 2017 In this post I'm going to continue discussing specific examples from Michael Licona's book Why Are There Differences in the Gospels? My goal is to continue showing that Licona fails to provide examples from the gospels where the best...

Answers to the Foundational Questions

Ten Reasons to Think Christianly

by Tom Gilson February, 2018 Thinking. Now there’s a discipline that’s fallen on hard times lately. We could blame it on all kinds of things: The internet distracts us from extended, reflective thought. Our consumer culture fills us with surface satisfactions. Our...

The Author of Life

by David McGrew February, 2018   Where did life come from? What accounts for its origin? At its deepest root, only one answer can be perfectly correct. A naturalism that has never and can never receive input from beyond itself is wildly at odds with the position that...

Ten Books That Have Influenced Me

by Timothy McGrew January, 2018 Not too long ago, an online friend asked that I list ten books that have influenced me, and what follows is that list – or rather, one version of it. I have restricted myself to books that are not in the public domain, so this time...

There IS a Right Answer When It Comes to Abortion

by Beau Langford January, 2018 The bumper stickers are out there: “Don’t like abortion? Don’t have one.” When dialoging with others who don't hold to the pro-life position it’s likely you will have to defend an underlying premise that many people deny as follows: Is...

Let Ancient People Speak for Themselves

by Lydia McGrew January, 2018 As I've noted before, New Testament scholarship seems to give rise to sweeping statements about "ancient people" and how vastly differently they thought about the matter of truth than do "modern people." The implication is usually that...

The Missing Link: The Case for Pre-Apologetics

by Mia Langford January, 2018 We need to put a new area of apologetics on the map, folks. Let's dub this sub-genre focusing on the apologetic for apologetics “pre-apologetics.” Pre-apologetics focuses on why we must learn to give a defense of our faith or why one...

Licona gospel examples V: Making things complicated

by Lydia McGrew November, 2017 A common theme among the examples I've examined from Michael Licona's Why Are There Differences in the Gospels? is that New Testament scholars tend to go for more complicated theories over simpler theories. This problem is endemic to the...

Licona gospel examples IV: More over-reading

by Lydia McGrew November, 2017 In this post I'll discuss more examples from Why Are There Differences in the Gospels? in which Licona's approach creates unnecessary tensions between the gospel accounts by over-reading. Here, as elsewhere, Licona opts for the...

Licona gospel examples III: Over-reading

by Lydia McGrew November, 2017 In this entry and one other (with a short theological digression post in between) I plan to discuss passages in which Licona engages in over-reading in Why Are There Differences in the Gospels? Here I will focus on over-readings...

Licona gospel examples, Part II: Fictions Only Need Apply

by Lydia McGrew November, 2017 In this post I'm going to continue discussing specific examples from Michael Licona's book Why Are There Differences in the Gospels? My goal is to continue showing that Licona fails to provide examples from the gospels where the best...

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Let Ancient People Speak for Themselves

by Lydia McGrew January, 2018 As I've noted before, New Testament scholarship seems to give rise to sweeping statements about "ancient people" and how vastly differently they thought about the matter of truth than do "modern people." The implication is usually that...

Handout on Evidence

Replica of an 1835 letter to the editor, with response detailing two dozen recommended works in apologetics. PDF may take some time to load. If file does not load, click here. [pdf-embedder...

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Let Ancient People Speak for Themselves

by Lydia McGrew January, 2018 As I've noted before, New Testament scholarship seems to give rise to sweeping statements about "ancient people" and how vastly differently they thought about the matter of truth than do "modern people." The implication is usually that...

Handout on Evidence

Replica of an 1835 letter to the editor, with response detailing two dozen recommended works in apologetics. PDF may take some time to load. If file does not load, click here. [pdf-embedder...

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Ten Reasons to Think Christianly

by Tom Gilson February, 2018 Thinking. Now there’s a discipline that’s fallen on hard times lately. We could blame it on all kinds of things: The internet distracts us from extended, reflective thought. Our consumer culture fills us with surface satisfactions. Our...

The Author of Life

by David McGrew February, 2018   Where did life come from? What accounts for its origin? At its deepest root, only one answer can be perfectly correct. A naturalism that has never and can never receive input from beyond itself is wildly at odds with the position that...

Ten Books That Have Influenced Me

by Timothy McGrew January, 2018 Not too long ago, an online friend asked that I list ten books that have influenced me, and what follows is that list – or rather, one version of it. I have restricted myself to books that are not in the public domain, so this time...

There IS a Right Answer When It Comes to Abortion

by Beau Langford January, 2018 The bumper stickers are out there: “Don’t like abortion? Don’t have one.” When dialoging with others who don't hold to the pro-life position it’s likely you will have to defend an underlying premise that many people deny as follows: Is...

Let Ancient People Speak for Themselves

by Lydia McGrew January, 2018 As I've noted before, New Testament scholarship seems to give rise to sweeping statements about "ancient people" and how vastly differently they thought about the matter of truth than do "modern people." The implication is usually that...

The Missing Link: The Case for Pre-Apologetics

by Mia Langford January, 2018 We need to put a new area of apologetics on the map, folks. Let's dub this sub-genre focusing on the apologetic for apologetics “pre-apologetics.” Pre-apologetics focuses on why we must learn to give a defense of our faith or why one...

Handout on Evidence

Replica of an 1835 letter to the editor, with response detailing two dozen recommended works in apologetics. PDF may take some time to load. If file does not load, click here. [pdf-embedder...

Licona gospel examples V: Making things complicated

by Lydia McGrew November, 2017 A common theme among the examples I've examined from Michael Licona's Why Are There Differences in the Gospels? is that New Testament scholars tend to go for more complicated theories over simpler theories. This problem is endemic to the...

Licona gospel examples IV: More over-reading

by Lydia McGrew November, 2017 In this post I'll discuss more examples from Why Are There Differences in the Gospels? in which Licona's approach creates unnecessary tensions between the gospel accounts by over-reading. Here, as elsewhere, Licona opts for the...

Licona gospel examples III: Over-reading

by Lydia McGrew November, 2017 In this entry and one other (with a short theological digression post in between) I plan to discuss passages in which Licona engages in over-reading in Why Are There Differences in the Gospels? Here I will focus on over-readings...

Licona gospel examples, Part II: Fictions Only Need Apply

by Lydia McGrew November, 2017 In this post I'm going to continue discussing specific examples from Michael Licona's book Why Are There Differences in the Gospels? My goal is to continue showing that Licona fails to provide examples from the gospels where the best...

Licona gospel examples, Part I: Utterly Unforced Errors

by Lydia McGrew October, 2017 Having discussed and answered Licona's claim in Why Are There Differences in the Gospels? to have found ample evidence of the use of fictionalizing literary devices in Plutarch, I'm starting on a series of posts analyzing a sample of his...

Fake Points Don’t Make Points

by Lydia McGrew November, 2017 We pause in our series of detailed discussions of Dr. Licona's examples for a broader theological reflection. It is all-too-common in New Testament circles, and certainly not unique to Dr. Licona's work, to hold that a Gospel author...

On Some Examples in Plutarch

by Lydia McGrew October, 2017 In this post I'd like to discuss some examples from Michael Licona's book Why Are There Differences in the Gospels? concerning Plutarch. These examples are supposed to be part of a cumulative case for the widespread existence in ancient...

Response to Licona

by Lydia McGrew October, 2017 Dr. Michael Licona has posted the current version of a response to my remarks here. A fair bit of it is assertion without argument, but there are some points I would like to discuss and reply to. (I should mention that McAfee Site Adviser...

Flowchart: On Alleged Literary Devices

by Lydia McGrew September, 2017 This is just the first entry in which I intend to display this flowchart. You'll be seeing it again! Here I want to discuss the flowchart itself and how it applies both to biblical and to non-biblical texts. The intention is to provide...

Hoaxer or historical witness: The Johannine Dilemma

by Lydia McGrew September, 2017 In C.S. Lewis's exposition of his famous Liar, Lunatic, or Lord trilemma concerning Jesus Christ, he says, I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as...

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