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

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 20:00

Darwin’s Trap

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When Charles Darwin wrote “On the Origin of Species” in 1859, he employed an ingenious trick to persuade people of evolution.  He linked evolution to natural selection, implying that natural selection was the mechanism of evolution.  This was a clever trap because when...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 20:00

William Lane Craig on Genesis

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Our critic this week is Dr. William Lane Craig, a philosophy professor and Christian apologist.  Although Craig defends Scripture in some areas, he adamantly denies literal (6-day) creation in favor of the big bang and secular timescale.  Last week he responded to a question posted on his...

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Thursday, 22 November 2018 20:00

Understanding Bahnsen… Again

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Our feedback this week once again comes from Peter who is still convinced that I have misrepresented the presuppositional method.  Peter claims that (1) all forms of circular reasoning are fallacious and (2) that the presuppositional method as advanced by Bahnsen and Van Til does not involve...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 20:00

Bahnsen on Circular Reasoning

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Our critic this week, Peter, is not a critic of Christianity.  Rather, he has criticized my previous article in which I show the difference between vicious (arbitrary) circular reasoning and virtuous (rationally necessary, or “spiral”) circular reasoning.  Peter has an...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 20:00

The Ultimate Standard

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We previously covered the Münchhausen trilemma: an argument that knowledge is impossible because it can never be ultimately justified.  Any (true) belief must be based on a good reason in order to be considered knowledge.  But the reason is only good if it also is based on a good...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 22:00

The Chain of Reasoning

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Knowledge begins with God (Proverbs 1:7).  But what is the mechanism by which we reason to have knowledge of other things?   How does our knowledge that the “sun is bright” depend on revelation from God?  By what chain of reasoning are we able to know anything about...

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 22:00

Biblical Epistemology

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“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7).  The fact that knowledge begins with God and that everyone has some degree of knowledge can be used in apologetics to expose the unbeliever’s suppressed knowledge of...

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 22:00

Biblical Authority Apologetics

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What is presuppositional apologetics?  The word ‘apologetics’ refers to giving a rational defense of the faith – in this case, the Christian Faith.[1]  It is a way of demonstrating that Christianity is true, and refuting allegations to the contrary.  The importance...

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 22:00

The Canon

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The books that comprise the Bible are referred to as the canon.[1]  But how do we know that the early Church got the canon correct?  Perhaps you have heard the myth that certain early Christians got together and voted on which books should be in the canon, and that some books only passed...

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Thursday, 20 September 2018 22:00

The Bible vs. other Holy Books

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Many books state who wrote them.  Unless we have good reason to think otherwise, we accept their claim of authorship.  The Bible claims to be written by God who moved men to pen His Word.  We have seen that we have every reason to accept this claim.  But we must eventually ask...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 22:00

Origin of the Bible: Part 3 – Accurate and Divine

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We have seen that the Bible has been meticulously transmitted and accurately translated so that what we hold in our hands today is extremely faithful to the original texts.  But how do we know that the original texts are true?  And how do we validate the Bible’s claim that it is the...

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Thursday, 23 August 2018 22:00

Origin of the Bible: Part 2 – Translations

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Previously we found that the Bible is the most authentic collection of books from the ancient world.  In terms of the number of manuscripts and the shortness of the time between the writing of a biblical book and its discovery, the Bible is more authentic than any ancient text by far. ...

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Thursday, 16 August 2018 22:00

Origin of the Bible: Part 1 – Uniquely Authentic

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How did we get the Bible?  How do we know that it is God’s Word, and what does that really mean anyway?  If the Bible has been copied and translated so many times, can we have any confidence in modern translations?  How do we know that the right books got included, and have any...

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 22:00

Research at the ICC

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Last week, I had the privilege of attending the eighth International Conference on Creationism (ICC).  This conference is a “meeting of the minds” in which several hundred creation scientists, Bible scholars, and other creation advocates can present and critique their research in...

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Thursday, 19 July 2018 22:00

One Race

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Racism continues to be a problem in the world today.  Prejudice or discrimination due to skin color or other ethnic characteristics is a violation of biblical law.  Yet the problem persists, and unfortunately is even found within the church.  As is often the case, the solution to...

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Thursday, 05 July 2018 22:00

Is “Young Earth” Unbiblical?

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Our critic this week is David, who is so adamantly against biblical creation that he recommended protesting one of my speaking engagements.  Interestingly, David professes to be a Christian and yet strongly opposes our defense of biblical creation.  I found his comments to be highly...

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Thursday, 21 June 2018 22:00

The Ice Age

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Was there an ice age?  In most public schools, students are taught that there have been at least five major ice ages in Earth’s multi-billion-year history.  The last one is claimed to have started 2.58 million years ago, and then retreated about 10,000 years ago.  Obviously,...

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The church has not yet fully succeeded in its mission to make disciples of all nations.  We do see people receive the Gospel from time to time, yet the majority of the world continues in its futile rebellion against God.  Why?  Is it possible that the church has not been as effective...

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Thursday, 31 May 2018 22:00

Genesis and the Gospel

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Christians rightly recognize the Gospel as an essential Christian doctrine.  We are saved by God’s grace received through faith in Christ – not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9).  This vital principle has its roots in the literal history of Genesis.  Unfortunately, some...

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 22:00

The Importance of Genesis

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Why defend Genesis when so many people don’t even believe in Jesus?  Why not concentrate on defending the big issues, like the Gospel and the deity of Christ?  Considering all the problems we have in society, should we really be focused on apologetics, rather than trying to change...

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Thursday, 03 May 2018 22:00

Information Theory – Part 2

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In part 1, we saw that information can be defined as an encoded, symbolic message entailing an expected action and intended purpose.  And we looked at several examples and how they fulfill each of the four requirements.  We here examine the laws of nature that pertain to the origin and...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018 22:00

Information Theory – Part 1

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Modern science has confirmed biblical creation and challenged Darwinian evolution in many ways.  One of the most powerful yet simple lines of evidence is in the field of information theory.  This branch of science deals with the origin and transmission of information and is absolutely...

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We saw previously that the Bible can make sense of laws of logic and their properties, and that the three laws of thought are rooted in the nature of God.  However, non-biblical worldviews cannot make sense of laws of logic or their properties.  As one example, consider materialism: the...

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 22:00

The Biblical Basis for the Laws of Logic

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Laws of logic are the rules of correct reasoning.  They reflect the way God thinks and the way we must think if we are to think correctly.  Laws of logic are also called “rules of inference.”  Correct reasoning can never violate a law of logic.  There are many laws...

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Thursday, 29 March 2018 22:00

The Problem of Religious Language

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The Christian says, “You need to repent and trust in Jesus for salvation.”  The unbeliever responds, “Salvation from what?  Why would I need Jesus?”  The Christian then says, “You need to be born again to be saved from your sins.  Jesus is the...

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