Apologetics Archive

In Defense of Zionism: Hagee’s Mandate for Supporting Israel

This review first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 31, number 4 (2008). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org John Hagee is a New York Times best-selling author, prominent televangelist on Trinity Broadcasting Network, and pastor of the 19,000-member Cornerstone Church in San Antonio. In his […]

The Presumptuousness of Atheism

Atheist Antony Flew has said that the “onus of proof must lie upon the theist.”1 Unless compelling reasons for God’s existence can be given, there is the “presumption of atheism.” Another atheist, Michael Scriven, considers the lack of evidence for God’s existence and the lack of evidence for Santa Claus on the same level.2 However, […]

The Folly of Denying God

Beyond a doubt, the most significant question to ever penetrate the human mind is that of the existence of God. More consequences for humanity hinge on the denial or affirmation of God’s existence than any other issue. Countless numbers of Christian families have sent their children off to schools across America only to see them […]

Was The New Testament Influenced by Pagan Philosophy?

SummaryMany college students still encounter outdated charges that first century Christianity and the New Testament were heavily influenced by pagan philosophical systems. Prominent among such claims are the following: (1) elements of Plato’s philosophy appear in the New Testament; (2) the New Testament reflects the influence of Stoicism; and (3) the ancient Jewish philosopher Philo […]

Philosophical Problems With Moral Relativism

Summary In moral debate in the United States today, many people resort to moral relativism. They argue that there are no objective moral values which help us to determine what is right or wrong. They claim “everything is relative.” In order to defend this position, the relativist puts forth two arguments: (1) Since people and […]

The Lost Beauty of Truth

One of the effects of Christianity on what was called “Christendom” was to create a setting in which the fundamental assumptions of a Christian world view were taken for granted. Virtually everyone, even the apostate or unregenerate, lived under the canopy of Christian truth. Both general beliefs and the specific application of principles were informed […]

Six Enemies of Apologetic Engagement

The evangelical world today suffers from apologetic anemia. Despite the fact that Holy Scripture calls believers to give a rea­son (Greek, apologia) for the hope we have in Christ (1 Pet. 3:15; see also Jude 3), we sadly lack a public voice for truth and rea­son in the marketplace of ideas. We do not have […]

Apologetics, Truth, and Humility

Recently when I was discussing philosophy with an earnest undergraduate student, she informed me that she rejected the idea that she could know “the truth” because this would condemn everyone who disagreed with her. Since philosophers have traditionally exulted in winning arguments instead of eliminating them, I asked why she shunned victory in favor of […]

Why Focus on Apologetics? Shouldn’t We Just Preach the Gospel?

This statement is based on questions frequently asked on the Bible Answer Man radio show hosted by CRI president Hank Hanegraaff. This question first appeared in the February 2001 issue of the Christian Research Report. For further information go to: http://www.equip.org. Q: Why do you spend so much time focusing on apologetics? Can’t we just […]

Apologetics: Six Enemies of Apologetic Engagement

The evangelical world today suffers from apologetic anemia. Despite the fact that Holy Scripture calls believers to give a rea­son (Greek, apologia) for the hope we have in Christ (1 Pet. 3:15; see also Jude 3), we sadly lack a public voice for truth and rea­son in the marketplace of ideas. We do not have […]