But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Evangelical History - Apologetic Report
Monday, 13 November 2017 13:52

Opinion Polls and the ‘Evangelical’ Illusion

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Virtually every day some media story tells us what “evangelicals” believe—usually what they believe about some political issue. I have become convinced that many of these stories are simply unreliable. The primary reasons that they are unreliable are (1) the difficulty in getting...

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Evangelist Billy Graham turns 99 years old today.

One fascinating part of Graham’s life is his interactions with the presidents of the United States. He has personally met with 13 of the nation’s 45 presidents—nearly 1 out of 3—dating back to 1950. In other words,...

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Monday, 30 October 2017 08:30

Blaming the Reformation for Secularism?

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Baylor recently hosted a splendid conference on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, with talks by Mark Noll, Bruce Gordon, Beth Allison Barr, and many more. One of the most intriguing talks I attended was by Westminster Seminary’s Carl Trueman, who addressed the work of a trio of...

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Sunday, 29 October 2017 10:10

Blaming the Reformation for Secularism?

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Written by: Thomas S. Kidd

Baylor recently hosted a splendid conference on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, with talks by Mark Noll, Bruce Gordon, Beth Allison Barr, and many more. One of the most intriguing talks I attended was by Westminster Seminary’s Carl Trueman, who addressed...

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Evangelical Christians have had a longtime fascination with celebrities. The latest example was Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas inviting Fox News host Sean Hannity for an interview at the church on October 22. To be fair, evangelicals may not be any more consumed with celebrity than...

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Written by: Thomas S. Kidd

Evangelical Christians have had a longtime fascination with celebrities. The latest example was Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas inviting Fox News host Sean Hannity for an interview at the church on October 22. To be fair, evangelicals may not be any more consumed...

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Using the very helpful research of Tony Reinke, I recently plotted the major locations of Jonathan Edwards’s life on a Google Map. If you click through, you can zoom in. This plots not only the major towns where Edwards lived, but also tries to zoom in to exact locations, like the house where...

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Written by: Justin Taylor

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Using the very helpful research of Tony Reinke, I recently plotted the major locations of Jonathan Edwards’s life on a Google Map. If you click through, you can zoom in. This plots not only the major towns where Edwards lived, but also tries to zoom in to exact...

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Writing 10 years ago in Books & Culture, David Bebbington suggested that the general consensus regarding the American evangelical story needs revision.

The typical story in his retelling goes something like this:

  1. [I]n the wake of the Great Awakenings, first and second, America was...

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Written by: Justin Taylor

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Writing 10 years ago in Books & Culture, David Bebbington suggested that the general consensus regarding the American evangelical story needs revision.

The typical story in his retelling goes something like this:

  1. [I]n the wake of the Great...

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 07:59

Timothy George Lectures on the Reformation

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Bruce Ashford, professor and provost at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, made the comment the other day that “It would be difficult to identify a scholar who can deliver a better public lecture than Timothy George.”

Dr. George, dean of Beeson Divinity School at Samford...

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 21:02

Timothy George Lectures on the Reformation

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Written by: Justin Taylor

Bruce Ashford, professor and provost at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, made the comment the other days that “It would be difficult to identify a scholar who can deliver a better public lecture than Timothy George.”

Dr. George, dean of Beeson Divinity...

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The Fall 2017 issue of Christian Scholar’s Review features a roundtable with David Hoekema, George Marsden, Richard Mouw, Nicholas Wolterstorff, and Alvin Plantinga on “Christian Perspectives on Learning.” With that formidable lineup, this is a discussion of great interest,...

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Written by: Thomas S. Kidd

The Fall 2017 issue of Christian Scholar’s Review features a roundtable with David Hoekema, George Marsden, Richard Mouw, Nicholas Wolterstorff, and Alvin Plantinga on “Christian Perspectives on Learning.” With that formidable lineup, this is...

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Friday, 13 October 2017 07:45

Who Was Charles Fuller?

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Fuller Theological Seminary—founded 70 years ago by evangelist Charles E. Fuller (1887–1968), his wife Grace, and Harold John Ockenga—has produced a nice little video about Fuller’s life and ministry.

George Marsden says that Daniel Fuller’s biography of his...

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Friday, 13 October 2017 00:26

Who Was Charles Fuller?

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Written by: Justin Taylor

Fuller Theological Seminary--founded 70 years ago by evangelist Charles E. Fuller (1887-1968), his wife Grace, and Harold John Ockenga--has produced a nice little video about Fuller’s life and ministry.

George Marsden says that Daniel Fuller’s...

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Matthew Avery Sutton argues against a persistent and almost ubiquitous myth about fundamentalists in 20th-century America:

Cultural engagement rather than sectarian isolation remained both a priority and a reality between the late nineteenth century and the present.

Fundamentalist’ reactions to...

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In American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism, Matthew Avery Sutton argues against a persistent and almost ubiquitous myth about fundamentalists in  twentieth century America:

Cultural engagement rather than sectarian isolation remained both a...

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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 07:34

A Brief History of Cessationism

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No issue has been more controversial among Protestants in the past 40 years than the charismatic gifts and the role of miracles in the post-apostolic age. The issue was controversial in previous eras of Protestant history, too, although theological lines were not usually drawn as hard and fast...

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This week in 1938, Winston Churchill delivered one of the most remarkable speeches of the twentieth century, his condemnation of the Munich Agreement. In this agreement, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain had agreed to allow Adolf Hitler’s Germany to annex the Sudetenland, a...

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Monday, 02 October 2017 10:29

A Brief History of Cessationism

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Written by: Thomas S. Kidd

No issue has been more controversial among Protestants in the past 40 years than the charismatic gifts and the role of miracles in the post-apostolic age. The issue was controversial in previous eras of Protestant history, too, although theological lines were...

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Written by: Thomas S. Kidd

This week in 1938, Winston Churchill delivered one of the most remarkable speeches of the 20th century, his condemnation of the Munich Agreement. In this agreement, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain had agreed to allow Adolf Hitler’s Germany to annex the...

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Opening Convocation Address to Fuller Theological Seminary (excerpt)

By Harold John Ockenga (October 1, 1947)

“The Challenge to the Christian Culture of the West”

My topic is the challenge to the Christian culture of the West. I use that word West in two senses—first, in...

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Written by: Justin Taylor

Opening Convocation Address to Fuller Theological Seminary (excerpt)

By Harold John Ockenga (October 1, 1947)

"The Challenge to the Christian Culture of the West"

My topic is the challenge to the Christian culture of the West. I use that word West in...

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Written by: Justin Taylor

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In the second edition of his influential intellectual history of Fundamentalism and American Culture, the wise historian George Marsden comments on his view of history as a Christian:

The awareness that God acts in history in ways that we can only know in the...

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