Publish Date: 2011 | Volume: 34 | Issue: 06
04 From the Editor
For Those Who Are Not Gaga over Gaga
Old Earth Creationism…How to Avoid Raising Nice Teenagers…Was Israel Commanded to Commit Genocide?
06 Effective Evangelism
Apologetics through Internet Videography
08 Practical Hermeneutics
10 A World of Gaga
by Mark Sayers
14 Discerning and Responding to Gaga’s Worldview
by Douglas Groothuis
Cultural Discernment and Apologetics: Lady Gaga is a teen (and post-teen) idol, whose recordings are bestsellers and whose videos are watched by tens of millions. Why does her music and message resonate so powerfully with the younger generation, and how should Christians respond?
18 Christianity and McLarenism: Questions and Problems
by Kevin DeYoung
Doctrinal Discernment: Brian McLaren’s latest book, A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith, is two steps forward in terms of clarity and ten steps backward in terms of orthodoxy
24 Original Sin: Its Importance and Fairness
by Clay Jones
General Apologetics: According to one survey, almost three-quarters of Americans reject the doctrine of original sin and almost one-half of evangelicals are in the same category. Christians need to appreciate and better defend the rationale for this doctrine, which is foundational to the gospel message of Christ’s incarnation and atonement
28 What Has Poetry to Do with Apologetics? T. S. Eliot’s “The Journey of the Magi” for the Apologist
by Holly Ordway
Cultural Apologetics: Imaginative literature has a significant, if often unrecognized, place in the work of apologetics, as this poem by T. S. Elliot powerfully demonstrates
34 Marshall McLuhan, What Were You Doin’? Coiner of “The Global Village” Turns One Hundred
by Arthur Hunt
Cultural Discernment: From his vantage point in the 1960s, the late Marshall McLuhan foresaw the Internet, social networking, the flood of digital technologies, and many of the ways they would transform the world. What can we learn from this unconventional but farsighted thinker?
36 Ambiguous Islam
by John Ferrer
Today’s Religious Movements: If a “moderate” Muslim condemns 9/11 in one breath, but supports terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah in another, how helpful is that? To be credible to outsiders, Muslims who claim to be moderate need to resolve this and other tensions within their belief system and message
40 Yahweh Is His Name
by Bob Hunter
Today’s Religious Movements: Ever run into a professing believer who insists on calling God Yahweh and Jesus Yeshua, follows aspects of the Law of Moses that most Christians do not observe, and holds to other peculiar beliefs and practices? If so, this is your opportunity to find out what that was about. If not, this is your opportunity to be prepared
42 Forgiveness in the Bible and in Pop Psychology: Two Conflicting Views
by Jerry Jarman
Doctrinal Discernment: Unconditional forgiveness is taught not only in many Christian circles but also widely in New Age and pop psychology seminars and literature. But is it biblical to say you are obligated to forgive even those who have not repented of sinning against you?
46 Enlightenment Humanism: Our Savior from Violence?
by Angus Menuge
Philosophical Apologetics: In his recent ambitious book The Better Angels of Our Nature, Harvard professor Steven Pinker argues that biblical faith fosters violence while eighteenth century Enlightenment humanism has been responsible for a decline in the same. As this feature-length Summary Critique of the book demonstrates, however, Pinker glosses over many facts of history to arrive at this conclusion
A Summary Critique: Bart D. Ehrman’s Forged…Douglas Groothuis’s Christian Apologetics…Two recent books on the Christian and technology
Thinking about the 2012 Elections: Five Questions for Pro-Life Advocates
62 Ask Hank
Did God Create Everything Out of Nothing?