Posts in Philosophy

When Did Jesus Bear the Penalty for Sin?

By William Lane Craig Jan. 20, 2017 9:00 a.m. Philosophy

Dear Dr. Craig,

I have a question regarding the chronology of the atonement.

I know that, in one sense, the atonement encompasses all of Jesus' life in that it involves the imputation of his righteousness to us and not only our sin to him, and therefore we can say that everything from his birth, the silent years of his life, his baptism, temptation, etc. are all a part of the atonement.

On the other hand, the bible seems to focus specifically on the death of Jesus on the cross ...

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The Story of Reality: Apologist Greg Koukl Discusses His New Book

By Sean McDowell Jan. 19, 2017 10:15 a.m. Apologetics, Philosophy

Although I first heard of Greg Koukl as an undergrad at Biola University in the mid 90s, we became good friends in the early 2000s as students in the M.A. Philosophy program at Talbot. Greg is one of the leading apologists of our day and has had a huge impact on my personal and professional life.

He gave me the honor of endorsing his recent book The Story of Reality, and I can honestly say that it’s fantastic. In the words of Tim Challies:

“Koukl promises to tell the story of reality. He does, and he does it beautifully. You’ll benefit by reading his telling of how the world began, how it will end, and all the important stuff that happens in between" ...

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In What Sense Is It Impossible for the Universe to Come from Nothing?

By William Lane Craig Jan. 13, 2017 9:00 a.m. Philosophy

I am a medical student from Norway, and first I want to say that I am very grateful for your work as it has meant a great deal to both my interest in philosophy and my faith.

Last week there was a small debate in Oslo about the Kalaam cosmological argument in which an atheist philosopher claimed that it may be possible that something began to exist out of nothing because that statement did not involve a contradiction and hence was logically possible. In watching your debates and reading some of your work I understand you to agree that it is logically possible, but that since it goes against both our intuition and experience it is in some other way impossible or at least an irrational view to hold ...

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Jesus and the God of the Old Testament

By William Lane Craig Jan. 6, 2017 9:00 a.m. Philosophy

Hello Dr. Craig,

I would first like to say thank you so much for being such an amazing resource for answers and perspectives on difficult questions. I have listened to you for years and have learned so much from your work.

I would like to explain, that I am a Christian. I believe in Jesus and that he died for my sins on the Cross. However, I must admit that I have not delved into scripture wholeheartedly.

I was so deeply affected by the Gospels that they struck a note with me. I believe in Jesus because I can completely relate to the message. It makes total sense for me. Man is depraved, we need a saviour, that saviour is God, God came to live as one of us to show us the only way to live and consequently died, all so that we may turn from our own self righteousness and follow him.

Jesus set the standard as has never been matched or could not be matched by man or gods.

My problem lies further back in the timeline ...

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3 Theses About Regeneration, Part Three

By John McKinley Jan. 4, 2017 9:00 a.m. New Testament, Philosophy, Spiritual Formation, Theology

The meaning of regeneration features in one of the ongoing disagreements between dispensational theology and covenant theology when we compare the experience of salvation before and after Pentecost. Covenant theology typically reasons that regeneration is necessary for saving faith (as in effectual calling and grace), so anyone experiencing saving faith was regenerate (e.g., Abraham, other OT saints). This reasoning is part of the assertions about the continuity of the people of God, the continuity of experience of salvation, and the combination of Israel with the church across history (resulting in the church’s replacement of Israel) ...

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3 Theses About Regeneration, Part Two

By John McKinley Jan. 2, 2017 9:00 a.m. New Testament, Philosophy, Spiritual Formation, Theology

Regeneration (gennao anothen, “born again” or, “born from above”) is most clearly stated in John 1:12-13 and 3:3-8. While Nicodemus thinks Jesus is talking about a second birth (“He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” John 3:4, all quotations are from nasb), the alternate possible meaning of birth from above is better since the source of the birth of God that makes one a child of God is more important than the idea of simply being alive again. Perhaps best is to hold both ideas of enlivening spiritual renewal and birth from God (as the new source for one’s existence) ...

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Red Letter Gospels

By William Lane Craig Dec. 30, 2016 9:00 a.m. Philosophy

Dr. Craig,

How do we know that the red letters in the New Testament are what Jesus actually claimed and taught? ...

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