Volume 30:Issue 4

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03 From the Editor

10 Effective Evangelism
Apologetic Nonstarters: Arguments to Avoid in Defending Christianity

12 The Dark Side of Eternity: Hell as Eternal Conscious Punishment
by Robert A. Peterson
Doctrinal Discernment: Traditionalism holds that the wicked will suffer eternal conscious punishment in hell forever; annihilationism (or conditionalism) holds that the final punishment of the wicked is their extinction of being. Christ clearly taught the truth of hell, so we must as well. Biblical consistency, historical theology, and church tradition all witness to the reality of the traditionalist view of hell

22 The Bridge or the Beehive? Mormon Apologetics in a Postmodern Age
by Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson
Today’s Religious Movements: In recent years, some have criticized traditional evangelistic methods to reach Mormon believers as “confrontational” and counterproductive. Two new types of dialogue have been initiated between evangelicals and Mormons—formal discussion among scholars in private, and casual “bridge-building” conversations with lay people. Some in Utah wonder if these new paradigms are actually hurting rather than helping evangelistic efforts in the Beehive state

32 Suffer the Violinist: Why the Pro-Abortion Argument from Bodily Autonomy Fails
by Richard J. Poupard
Ethical Apologetics: Taken as a whole, the bodily autonomy argument—the claim that one human being does not have the right to use the body of another human being for its survival—gives justification to jettison the most sacred of moral institutions, that mothers should not intentionally kill their offspring, who are rights-bearing individuals. Intentionally killing human fetuses in the act of elective abortion thus remains a great moral wrong

44 Reviews
An Inconvenient Truth…Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwin and Intelligent Design

50 Practical Hermeneutics
Born Again…and Again: Does John 3:3 Support Reincarnation?

52 Viewpoint
Genuine Temptation and the Character of Christ

54 Ask Hank

What Is the Secret? by Hank Hanegraaff