Posts in Apologetics

Is the Bible Wrong about Camels in Genesis?

By Kenneth Way Feb. 19, 2014 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Biblical Exposition, Old Testament

Recent news reports[1] are claiming that the references to camels in the patriarchal narratives (Gen 12:16; etc.) of Genesis are “anachronistic,” or historically out of place, because there is allegedly no evidence for camel domestication before the tenth century BC. This claim is actually not new, since it was made by W. F. Albright over seventy years ago, but is it true?  

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A Commentary for the Hard Questions

By John McKinley Jan. 9, 2014 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

When I was a research student holed up in a windowless office in the library for a year, the PhD student next to my office was Jeremy Howard. While I struggled through stacks of research trying to avoid drowning in the historical theology portion of my dissertation, Jeremy was blazing through the writing of his dissertation on the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum physics and its use for Christian apologetics. His research world couldn’t have been farther away from mine. Years later, he has recently piloted a work that fits a gap I didn’t know I was looking for. To pass on an introduction to this new series, I interviewed the general editor, Jeremy Howard with several questions here.

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Does a Denial of a Historical Adam Impact Other Christian Doctrines?

By Kenneth Berding Dec. 19, 2013 9:00 a.m. Theology, Apologetics, Culture, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Old Testament

Yes. If you deny that Adam was a historical person it negatively impacts other Christian doctrines. An affirmation of the historicity of Adam positively and necessarily connects with a number of key Christian doctrines.

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The Secret to C.S. Lewis' Success

By Thaddeus Williams Oct. 23, 2013 4:48 p.m. Theology, Apologetics, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

I recently watched a disturbing video. A camera caught the head of a certain political organization; we’ll call him Lucius, attempting to convince a packed auditorium about the reality of moral law. Specifically, Lucius appealed to a real moral law above and beyond culture to argue against a right to homosexual marriage. What struck me most was less of what he said and more how he said it. Lucius taunted the crowd relentlessly, hurling insults like hand grenades. People often argue against moral reality by appealing to moral reality (e.g., there can’t be absolutes because look at out how absolutely wrong the crusades and inquisitions were!). But there is an equal and opposite inconsistency, namely, arguing for moral reality while breaking the very morality we are defending (e.g., real morals like ‘love your neighbor’ exist, you ignoramus!). In other words, Lucius’ problem was that he did not argue his worldview as if his worldview were actually true. No matter what he said, the way in which he said it made it seem like morals like love and respect were not to be taken seriously after all. The medium refuted the message.

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Every Bible Translation Does What?!

By Kenneth Berding Sep. 4, 2013 12:51 p.m. Theology, Apologetics, Church Life, New Testament, Old Testament

Dave Brunn recently gave a gift to the English-speaking church in his book One Bible, Many Versions: Are All Translations Created Equal? (IVP, 2013). Dave Brunn is a professional translator and trainer of translator-wannabes within New Tribes Mission.  To the best of my knowledge, he has never worked on an English-language translation project.  His translational claim to fame is a translation of the Bible (done alongside dedicated national co-translators) into Lamogai, one of the multitude of languages in Papua New Guinea.  Consequently, Dave Brunn brings an outsider’s perspective to our recent English translation battles.  (You know what I’m talking about, the “mine is the best translation and all others are suspect” battles.)  And his outsider’s perspective is clarifying and challenging.

Here is a summary of the book, in the author’s own words (from pages 189-190), focusing on what translations share, rather than how they differ.

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The Cyrus Cylinder in SoCal

By Kenneth Way Aug. 26, 2013 8:29 a.m. Apologetics, Biblical Exposition, Old Testament

By Thomas Finley and Kenneth Way

From October 2 to December 8 of this year the Cyrus Cylinder will make a visit to The Getty Villa (in Malibu, CA) as part of a tour of the United States. This will be an amazing opportunity to see in person this artifact that gives significant background information for the Bible.

 

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The Logic of the Logos: Mirroring the Mind of Christ Together This Semester

By Thaddeus Williams Aug. 23, 2013 12:54 p.m. Theology, Apologetics, Christian Education, Spiritual Formation

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” This slogan, first broadcast by the United Negro College Fund in 1972, has become something of a John 3:16 for educators seeking to evangelistically rouse students out of intellectual slumber. If I could tailor this slogan for our Biola community as we embark on a new semester, it would become: “The mind of Christ is far too precious to not cultivate.” While lacking the elegant phrasing and bumper sticker quote-ability of the original, it does express something I hope we can pause to ponder as we enter our classrooms. 

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