James Patrick Holding Archive

Confronting the Spirit of the Age

The Internet has made it possible for anyone to reach a wide audience without having to go down traditional media avenues such as corporate publishers and movie theaters. In 2007, an online movie titled Zeitgeist (a German word that refers to the cultural climate or “spirit” of a given time period) exploded onto the Internet, […]

Dealing with the Dunning Effect

Perhaps one of the most endearing characters in television history is Ted Baxter from the 1970s sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Played by actor Ted Knight, Baxter was a news anchorman with an excellent voice, a handsome face, and little else to commend him to his job. He was best known for hilarious mispronunciations […]

A Kinder, Fuzzier Atheism

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume31, number5 (2008). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Recent literature advocating atheism has not been noted for cordiality. Works by Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and Richard Dawkins offer pugnacious, if not particularly well-informed, critiques of religious belief. […]

Lighting a Path for a Church Apologetics Ministry

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume32, number2 (2009). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org One of the most satisfying aspects of apologetics ministry is hearing from people who ask permission to use ministry material to begin an apologetics teaching program in their own […]