Areopagus Journal

June 23, 2008

Areopagus Journal is published bimonthly by the Apologetics Resource Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to equipping Christians with a culturally relevant apologetic, enabling them to have a deeper level of personal faith, contend for that faith, and to enter arenas of resistance and reclaim ground lost to skepticism, secularism, and other alien philosophies. A one-year, bi-monthly subscription to Areopagus Journal is $30 (Canadian $35). All contributions to the Apologetics Resource Center are tax deductible.

This is a great apologetic resource! Pictured above is the Jan.-Feb. 2008 issue, titled “The History of Apologetics.” In addition to books reviews, this issue contains the following contributions:
“Veritas: The History of Apologetics” by Craig Branch
“Apologetics in the Ancient Church” by B. Dwain Waldrep, PhD
“Augustine: Christian Champion of the First Millennium” by Kenneth D. Boa, D.Phil. and Robert M. Bowman, Jr.
“Silencing the Fool: The Apologetic Contribution of Anselm” by Steven B. Cowan, PhD
“The Apologetics of Thomas Aquinas” by Norman L. Geisler, PhD
“Blaise Pascal: An Apologist You Should Know” by Douglas Groothuis, PhD
“The Counter Attack: The Response to the Enlightenment by Edwards, Warfield & Paley” by Brandon Robbins
“Four 20th-Century Apologists: E.J. Carnell, Cornelius Van Til, Gordon Clark, Norman Geisler” by Rick Wade


Emerging Scholars Network

June 21, 2008

This post is for all you, who like myself, hope to teach or work in the academy as a Christian.  The Emerging Scholars Network wants to assist us in reaching our goals to be Christian scholars and have created a free network which offer members a mentoring program, an online forum with thought-provoking discussions, generous (up to 40 %) book discounts from major publishers such as Baker, IVP, Zondervan etc., and much more!  The IVP discount is for life!  Thanks ESN

17 High School girls make a pact to become pregnant!

June 21, 2008

THIS is what happens when human life is devalued to the point of being expendable on the basis of choice. What is the big deal with becoming pregnant as part of a fad if you can “fix the problem” by abortion? We have lost a sacred view of life in this country; God help us and have mercy upon us.

Romans 2:7-9 (English Standard Version)

7to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. 9There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek,

Changes in how science is taught in Louisiana

June 12, 2008

As I flipped to the Metro State section of this morning’s paper (American Press, Thurs., June 12, 2008), I was surprised to discover “La. House supports changes to science teaching” written across the top. There is apparently a bill making its way toward daylight that “would let teachers change how they teach topics like evolution, cloning and global warming” in public schools. It appears that teachers will be allowed to supplement the science textbooks with additional materials. I presume that those additional materials can’t be just anything, but the write-up doesn’t say. It does, however, mention that “the state board would only step in if someone raised a question about whether the material was appropriate.” That caveat will no doubt justify the ACLU’s opening a regional office at the state department. (Incidentally, Barry Lynn, director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, is quoted on the matter. Not surprisingly, he is opposed to the legislation. Yes, this is the same Barry Lynn who worked for the ACLU for seven years.) At any rate, the bill has already been approved by the House (94-3), and is now before the Senate. Please pray for the bill to pass!

Of course, there are dissenters. Roughly half-way through the piece, one finds this little gem: “Opponents say the proposal is a veiled attempt…to challenge well-established science teachings.” I think the bill is actually in the name of academic freedom, but that was an early casualty in the origins debate. So, the dissenters are worried that someone might question 21st century scientific orthodoxy–that is, evolution–and the media actually says so! (The editor must’ve been distracted when he approved that line) Of course this is an attempt to challenge a “well-established” (read, “widely held”) scientific position! Do you recall learning about phlogiston theory in school? Phlogiston theory, a now universally rejected attempt to explain combustion, was believed by scientists for roughly 100 years. It was “well-established” among scientists for quite a while…until it was challenged! That is how science works, isn’t it? Theories are continually challenged, modified when necessary, and refined for improvement.

So, good for Louisiana.

Beckwith’s “Mormon Theism, the Traditional Christian Concept of God, and Greek Philosophy: A Critical Analysis”

June 11, 2008

Here is a link to Beckwith’s article, which may be found in print in JETS 44/4 (Dec. 2001): 671-95. This is an outstanding article, highly recommended.

Jordan Archaeologists find “first church”

June 10, 2008

See here.

Douglas Groothuis speaking this Friday in Denver!

June 4, 2008

If you are in the Denver area and care about Truth (or maybe you don’t and want to share why you think it is an antiquated notion), please stop in to hear Dr. Douglas Groothuis lecture on Christians and the Life of the Mind on Friday, June 6th at 7pm at Wellspring Anglican Church (4300 S. Lincoln St. Englewood, CO 80113). There will be about a 15 minute Q & A session after his discussion which will provide you with the opportunity to ask all those questions you’ve been holding in. 🙂 This lecture is part of the larger Christianity and Culture Summer Lecture Series which includes speakers such as New Testament scholar Craig Blomberg, Old Testament scholars Rick Hess and M. Daniel Carroll R, and others! For more info on the entire lecture series see the Christianity & Culture website.