Happy Blog-a-versary! A Look Back

Hello readers new and old alike. This blog has special meaning to me. It was exactly one year ago today that I took a leap of faith and started my own blog. Encouraged after having graduated an apologetics training seminar, and a little overconfident, I thought, “how hard could it be?” Well, I’ve learned a lot in the last year! I want to thank every person who’s taken time at some point to read what I had to say.        Continue reading “Happy Blog-a-versary! A Look Back”

Is Religion a Science Stopper?

You’d never know it from talking to my high school science teachers, but I really enjoy science. It’s definitely grown on me since the days of homework, labs, and exams. Now days you’ll often find me reading scientific articles for fun. For some, this raises an interesting question: as a committed Christian can my faith be united with my love of science?  Does believing in God mean turning a blind eye to modern science? The bulk of mainstream science today tells us that religion is a science stopper, but is that really the case?     Continue reading “Is Religion a Science Stopper?”

When Did We Stop Listening to Each Other?

Much to my wife’s chagrin, I enjoy watching apologetics debates. There are times when I’ve watched a two or three hour debate, then started another! (Yes, a brief glimpse into my social life!). I enjoy the point and the counter-point, the thesis and the rebuttal, and especially the audience questions. I appreciate being challenged by a wide range of scholarly views and will admit, there’s times when the arguments go WAY over my head! While my obsessive debate watching may be a cause for concern among some, it raises an interesting question. In a culture that’s increasingly divided, why are so many people simply unwilling to listen to the other side now days?      Continue reading “When Did We Stop Listening to Each Other?”

A Final Response to Dan Barker – Is the Bible Trustworthy?

The Bible is unparalleled among ancient texts. No other work from history comes close to having the amount of backing the Bible has. We have more manuscripts, earlier manuscripts, and better attested to manuscripts supporting the Bible than we do for any other historical text. No other work has withstood 2,000 years of scrutiny like the Bible has. Yet the challenges keep coming. Should Christians be concerned? Can we trust the Word of God or is it simply a collection of fabricated stories?    Continue reading “A Final Response to Dan Barker – Is the Bible Trustworthy?”

A Reply to Dan Barker Part 3 – What Caused God?

What do an iPhone, a laptop, and  a car, all have in common? They’re all created objects that didn’t cause their own existence. Based on the complexity of these things we know that an intelligent agent made them. Our everyday experience tells us that things don’t simply “pop” into existence. Whatever begins to exist needs a cause. This is known as the law of causality. This is also the first premise of the cosmological argument for the existence of God. In his book “godless” Dan Barker turns this premise on God Himself asking, “What caused God?” Is this a valid question? Did Barker negate a central argument for God’s existence?   Continue reading “A Reply to Dan Barker Part 3 – What Caused God?”