Christian Research Institute

The Coen Brothers

CONTENTS:

04 From the Editor
I Believe in God the Father Almighty

05 Response
How to Approach Apparent Contradictions in the Gospels

06 Effective Evangelism
That “Nones” May Not Perish

08 Practical Hermeneutics
Is a Pro-Life Hermeneutic Possible?

10 O Father, Where Art Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence
by Philip Tallon
Cultural Apologetics: The Coen Brothers are among the most critically acclaimed directors of our time, yet the meaning behind their movies is often veiled in mystery. This offers a clue about the Coens’ worldview. The difficulty is part of the design.

18 Changing Attitudes toward the Resurrection of Jesus
by Gary R. Habermas
General Apologetics: Rather than invoking centuries-old arguments against Christ’s resurrection, recent scholarly research has been significantly more open toward Jesus’ healing the sick, His empty tomb, and even His resurrection appearances! So why have these same critics not fallen to their knees and proclaimed, “My Lord and my God”? Here are the most recent justifications for unbelief, and how to answer them.

26 How Culture Has Changed since the Release of Evidence That Demands a Verdict
by Sean McDowell
Cultural Discernment: In the 1970s, Josh McDowell’s book Evidence That Demands a Verdict helped launch the contemporary renaissance in Christian apologetics. It was an extremely effective tool then, but how has culture changed in the intervening years, and how should those changes affect our approach to evangelism and apologetics today?

34 The Jewish Talmud and Its Use for Christian Apologetics
by Daniel Mann
Interfaith Apologetics: The Talmud is a collection of ancient rabbinic writings completed around AD 550. Known as the “Oral Law” among Orthodox Jews, it is believed Moses received the Talmud on Mount Sinai along with the Torah (Written Law). It contains history and represents the primary rabbinic commentary on the Hebrew Scriptures. In many ways, it also provides fodder for Christian apologists.

42 Defending the Biblical View of Human Sexuality: A Socratic-Question Approach
by Donald T. Williams
Ethical Apologetics: One of the frustrations encountered by Christians trying to maintain a consistent witness today is that many of our contemporaries are so hostile to the biblical view of human sexuality that they probably will consider it offensive no matter how gently and lovingly it is presented. They will find it harder, however, to be offended by questions.

48 Jean-Paul Sartre and the Resurgence of Existentialism
by Douglas Groothuis
Philosophical Apologetics: After fading in influence since the 1970s, existentialism has made a comeback — primarily through the rediscovery of the French existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre. Defenders of biblical faith need to discern the intellectual spirit of the times; therefore, Sartre and existentialism present a challenge that must once again be answered. An installment in the occasional CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL Philosophers Series.

52 Reviews
A Summary Critique: A Summary Critique: Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option…Denis Lamoureux’s Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes!

58 Viewpoint
How to Revive a “Dead” Church

60 Postmodern Realities
Tinder for Love

62 Ask Hank
What Are the Main Ingredients for Spiritually Nourishing M-E-A-L-S?