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04 From the Editor
Women and Apologetics
06 Effective Evangelism
A Christian Response to the Hindu Concept of Spiritual Quest
08 Practical Hermeneutics
Does Jesus Condone Self-Mutilation in Matthew 5:29–30?
10Seeing Red: The Handmaid’s Tale, Human Dignity, and Hope
by Megan Almon
Cultural Discernment and Ethical Apologetics: Many feminists see the warped value system portrayed in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale as a reflection of Christian and social conservative ideologies. In reality, the dominant secular worldview, with its idolization of sexual freedom and rejection of intrinsic human dignity, fosters in the actual world the very oppression seen in the series.
18A Grand Cosmic Resonance: How the Structure and Comprehensibility of the Universe Reveal a Mindful Maker
by Melissa Cain Travis
Philosophical Apologetics: There is a mysterious resonance among the structure of the material world, the abstract world of mathematics, and the human mind. This three-part
harmony has major implications for the contemporary debate between materialism and theism. The sciences alone, however, are insufficient to illuminate this enigma.
26 Kindergarteners Need Apologetics, Too: How to Teach Them What They Need to Know
by Natasha Crain
Practical Apologetics: As our world becomes increasingly hostile toward Christianity, it’s likely that even elementaryaged children will be subject to a host of anti-Christian sentiments. As soon as kids are able to hear the gospel, they’re ready to start learning about evidence and reasons for their faith.
34 Slaughterhouse-Five as a Tool for Christian Self-Examination
by Stephen D. Mizell
Cultural Apologetics and Ethical Discernment: Kurt Vonnegut’s frequently challenged novel Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) still influences American culture via high schools and colleges. Truth can come from unexpected places, and a fresh look at this offensive novel reveals some thoughtprovoking lessons about the church’s blind spots.
40 Abortion and the Moral Law
by Steven Braatz
Ethical Apologetics: Everyone is naturally aware of a standard beyond themselves that determines right behavior because the moral law is “written” on our hearts. No wonder having an abortion is such a very difficult thing for a woman to do.
46 Something Made: The Role of Form in Apologetics
by Corey Latta
Philosophical Apologetics: As C. S. Lewis understood well, the more penetrating and memorable instances of apologetic defense are those with harmony between idea and form. The apologist, like the writer, must become a rhetorical craftsman, careful about how she’ll say what needs saying.
60 Postmodern Realities
62 Ask Hank
Is Islam a Religion of Peace?