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04 From the Editor
Current, Collaborative, Crowdsourced, and Connected
Gun Control Debate… What Cops Can Teach Christians about the Critical Use of Language… God Is Love, but Is Love God?
08 Practical Hermeneutics
Who’s Been Left Behind?
10Heroes or Villains? A Christian Assessment of Hacktivism
by Douglas Groothuis
Ethical Discernment: Is it the most heroic use of the Internet, liberating data, exposing lies, speaking truth to power, or is it the most corrupting side of cyberspace, stealing data, telling secrets, and endangering citizens? While hacker activism (“hacktivism”) has received much media attention, it has received little moral scrutiny. Douglas Groothuis breaks the ground here.
14Darwin’s Doubt and the Case for Intelligent Design
by Stephen C. Meyer
Scientific Apologetics: Charles Darwin knew that the predictions of his theory of gradual evolution were not fulfilled by discoveries in the fossil record, but he hoped that the gaps would be filled over time. Today, the same geological problems remain unresolved, while formidable new problems confront his theory from advances in genetics.
24The Ten Commandments of Apologetics
by Dan Story
Practical Apologetics (Effective Evangelism): Possessing apologetic knowledge and the ability to answer the tough questions does not qualify someone as a good apologist if he or she is unable to engage unbelievers in such a way that they will seriously consider the Christian perspective. To accomplish this, a basic grasp on the do’s and don’ts of good apologetics is in order.
28 Was Hitler a Christian?
by James Patrick Holding
Historical Apologetics: Some claim that Adolf Hitler was a devout Christian, others that he was an atheist, and still others that he was a practicing occultist. Certainly, few want to claim Hitler as their own, but our approach must be that truth matters: what did Hitler really believe? Fortunately, enough data is available to answer this question.
32 Single in Christ and a Sexual Being: The Gospel Really Does Offer More than “Don’t!”
by Ellen Mary Dykas
Ethical Discernment and Christian Discipleship: To follow Jesus faithfully means we need to reorient our values and priorities radically. One radical value Jesus proclaimed was that single men and women had equal standing in His kingdom. While there are unique blessings attached to the married state, there are also unique blessings attached to the single state, and potentially greater opportunities for service.
40 Now What? Same-Sex Marriage and Today’s Church
by Joe Dallas
Ethical Discernment and Christian Discipleship: Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions mark a new era in America’s approach to homosexuality. What should Christians who continue to uphold the biblical understandings of marriage, the family, and sex expect to face from the culture, and how should they respond?
46 Reanimating Apologetics with the Undead
by Jonah Haddad
Cultural Apologetics: Zombies have lurched and moaned their way into movie theaters, bookstores, and living rooms. We are naturally repulsed by them, but in our repulsion there lies a strange attraction, and this attraction provides a unique evangelistic and apologetic opportunity.
The Divorced Pastor: Is He the Husband of One Wife?
60 Ask Hank
Is It Silly to Believe in Noah’s Flood? Why Are Corrupted Flood Accounts Significant?