Tag: Apologetics

Resources on the Resurrection

The resurrection is a vastly under-appreciated part of the Gospel. Here are some great resources that can further your understanding and appreciation of Jesus’ resurrection, some of which I consulted for Sunday’s sermon: The Plausibility of the Resurrection. Asterisks are especially recommended.


The Resurrection and the Son of God, N.T. Wright

Surprised by Hope, N.T. Wright*

Bible Doctrine, Wayne Grudem


The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel

Reasonable Faith, William Lane Craig

Reason for God, Tim Keller*


Living the Resurrection, Eugene Peterson
Resurrection (Truth and Imagination), Alistair McGrath

Atheist Applauds Christian Work in Africa

Now a confirmed atheist, I’ve become convinced of the enormous contribution that Christian evangelism makes in Africa: sharply distinct from the work of secular NGOs, government projects and international aid efforts. These alone will not do. Education and training alone will not do. In Africa Christianity changes people’s hearts. It brings a spiritual transformation. The rebirth is real. The change is good. – Matthew Paris, Self-proclaimed Atheist

Read the rest here.

The New Atheism

I recently spoke on Atheism. Here are a few nuggets I picked up along the way that I didn’t share in that message:

New Atheists Aren’t So New

The new atheists are “new” primarily because they share in common the conviction that the latest advances of scientific discovery and thought make belief in God unnecessary.” And, Haack adds, because they are heavily evangelistic about their faith. The way to deal with their aggressive proselytizing and name-calling is to: “Exude quite confidence in the gospel, not arrogant combativeness towards those who oppose your beliefs.” – Denis Haack, Engaging New Atheists,” Critique vol.4, 7. A helpful piece on how to engage atheists.

Atheism Nor Theism Can Be Proved

Failure to rationally prove the existence of God doesn’t mean that God doesn’t exist; it simply means one failed at a rational argument. Atheism, like Christianity, requires faith. Atheists believe that God does not exist, but they cannot prove it. The real question is which worldview rings true and offers the highest good.

Self-refuting Nature of Natural Selection

Natural selection works on the principle of adaptation, which means that a better human with a better idea about how things came to be will eventually evolve. If that is the case, what faith can we put in Darwin/Dawkins theories about human nature and the existence of God? On the other hand, if we are made in the image of God with reason and a soul, created to relate to God, then we rely not on theories but his self-revelation. For more on this point, see Plantinga’s article, “The Dawkins Confusion