Volume 43:Issue 2
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by Hank Hanegraaff
Today’s Religious Movements (From the President): The recent reversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque symbolizes the reality that Islamic Turkey takes their religion more seriously than does the Christian West. The rebuilding of the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at Ground Zero, modeled after Hagia Sophia, provides hope that Christians in the West may once again take the only true and transformational faith as seriously as Turkey takes the Islamic counterfeit.
08 Effective Evangelism
by Clay Jones
Contemporary Apologetics: All people, whether they acknowledge it or not, are terrified by the prospect of death. People try to transcend their deaths by engaging in “symbolic immortality projects” — including having children, creating something of lasting value, and social activism. But such projects cannot save. Only the gospel of Jesus Christ offers us real eternal life.
by J. Warner Wallace
Historical Theology: Long before Christianity became a dominant political power, it was a divine movement of God. Long before Christianity found a comfortable home in church buildings, it was an active body of passionate believers. Indeed, the earliest followers of Christ were a divinely energized body of revolutionaries equipped to change the world, and today’s church can learn from their example.
by Nicole Howe
Historical Apologetics (Effective Evangelism): Modern Christians must combat the same myth charged to the medieval believer: that faith is born out of stupidity and ignorance. From medieval apologists we can learn an integrated approach to evangelism, including the use of imagination combined with sound reason and historical evidence — and above all, profound reliance on the Holy Spirit.
by Anne Kennedy
Christian Growth and Witness/Cultural Discernment:
According to the World Health Organization, health and wellness entail “complete physical, mental, and social well-being” and “the realisation of the fullest potential of an individual.” This ideal manifests in our society as a Rousseauian brand of self-love. The remedy for a commitment to “self” that ultimately separates us from God forever is to let it go and walk in the way of the cross.
by Melissa Cain Travis
Philosophical Apologetics: Despite their philosophical naturalist perspective, theoretical physicists Sean Carroll and Brian Greene go to great rhetorical lengths to reassure their readers that meaning, purpose, and morality can still be had by short-lived organisms destined to dissolve into a universe that is itself bounding toward oblivion. However, their project fails miserably.
by Paul A. Nelson
Summary Critique: According to Neil Shubin, evolution was not intended by anyone to bring about anything. Evolution happened, and here we are. But the 19thcentury presupposition that design just isn’t science — whatever the evidence shows — turns science into what may be, at day’s end, a fruitless quest.
by Matthew M. Kennedy
Theological Discernment (Viewpoint): In her bestselling book, White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo contends that all white people are intrinsically racist. The Christian world has imbibed this narrative, and the claim is often defended by appeal to the doctrine of original sin. But the church must consider racism biblically.
46 Ask Hank