Sean McDowell

Was Jesus An Apologist?

By Sean McDowell Oct. 23, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, New Testament

A few years ago, I had a discussion with an influential theologian who claimed that Jesus was not an apologist. He pointed out that, except for 1 Peter 3:15, the New Testament appearances of apologia (“defense”) all come from the writing or ministry of Paul. Does this mean Jesus was not an apologist? Was Jesus more interested in proclaiming and illustrating the faith than defending it? ...

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5 Earth-Shattering Events Linked to the Bible

By Sean McDowell Oct. 16, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics

In the recent update to my father’s classic book Evidence that Demands a Verdict, we begin with a chapter on the uniqueness of the Bible. Unquestionably, in comparison to every book ever written, the Bible stands out as unique in a number of areas including authorship, literary genres, translation, geographical production, circulation, survival, and impact. The Bible truly stands in a category of its own ...

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What is the Most Powerful Evidence for the Christian Faith?

By Sean McDowell Oct. 9, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics

For the past three years I have been helping my father update his classic book Evidence that Demands a Verdict. There is no doubt that the evidence for Christianity has grown substantially since the book first released in 1972 ...

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Apologetics Is Not Saying You’re Sorry

By Sean McDowell Oct. 2, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics

As a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, I (Sean) help prepare students to answer tough questions raised against the Christian faith. One day someone from outside the Biola academic community called our university to ask why we offer classes on apologizing for the faith. She thought apologetics meant teaching students to say they were sorry for their beliefs! While her question was well intentioned, she didn’t grasp the nature of apologetics and its role in the Christian life. Christians certainly should apologize for their faith, but not in the way she had in mind ...

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Is Biblical Teaching on Sex Hateful and Repressive?

By Sean McDowell Sep. 29, 2017 4:15 p.m. Apologetics, Culture, Ethics, Marriage and Family

Let’s face it; we live in a world saturated with sex. Our movies, music, novels, politics, and even advertisements are dominated by sex. Essentially, the celebrated view of sex in our culture is: if it feels good, do it. According to the ideas propagated by the late Hugh Hefner, and others in the sexual revolution, anything that prevents someone from experiencing consensual sex in whatever fashion he or she desires is viewed as harmful and repressive ...

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Interview: Updated and Revised Evidence that Demands a Verdict

By Sean McDowell Sep. 25, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics

My friend Timothy Fox at Freethinking Ministries recently interviewed me regarding the updated version of Evidence That Demands A Verdict, which I had the opportunity to co-write with my father. He asked some great questions about the history of the book, its impact, and details regarding some of the updates. Enjoy! ...

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Cordial Disagreement is the Highest Honor

By Sean McDowell Sep. 18, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Culture

We live in a time when impatience, personal attacks, and shallow criticism characterize much of the cultural dialogue. I can hardly ever post a blog without receiving personal criticism from someone to my left or my right ...

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