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Theological Vocabulary: Adiaphora

The term adiaphora refer to those points of doctrine which are not essential for salvation. As simple as this term is and as easy as it is to understand its definition, it is an important term given the extreme imbalances within popular theological discourse. Often times we read on the internet, on Facebook posts, etc. folks placing non-essential doctrine on the level of essential doctrine. There are people who are so consumed with their respective area of theological interest that they place an unhealthy and unbiblical emphasis upon the particular … Read More »

Apologetics: A Command that Presupposes the Defensibility of the Christian Faith

It is clear from scripture that we are to provide a defense for the “hope that is in us” (1 Peter 3:15) as well as “earnestly content for the faith once for all delivered” (Jude 1:3). However, it is often popularly understood that the Christian faith is just that, a faith commitment not based upon fact or reason, but simply a belief in that which has no rational justification. Such is an inappropriate and inaccurate conception of the biblical notion of faith. Faith in scripture is not belief in some … Read More »

Does Atheism Promote Progress?

Atheism is not a monolithic worldview perspective. Many atheists will even balk at my calling atheism a “worldview perspective”. I honestly cannot see how it is a not a worldview. It matters not what shade of atheism one affirms, all manifestations of atheism by implication make claims as to the nature of reality. A worldview is a network of presuppositions not verified by empirical methods, in terms of which all reality is interpreted. If one affirms as part of their network of presuppositions the non-existence of God, or the low … Read More »

Hey! Why is My Bible Missing Verses?

Upon comparing the KJV (King James Bible) with your NASB (New American Standard Bible), or NIV (New International Version), you will find that the two latter translations are missing verses found in the KJV. If you search the newer translations you will quickly notice that John 5:4, Acts 8:37, 1 John 1:7, and Mark 16:9-20 are either missing or bracketed off. What gives? Has someone tampered with the text of scripture? Why is my KJV Bible missing these verses? First, we need to rest assured that such omission is not … Read More »

Will We Dream In Heaven?

This seems like an odd question, but I nonetheless would like to briefly provide an answer. This question was posed while Dan Buttafuoco was promoting his new book “Consider the Evidence”; a book that you need to definitely get your hands on. While this question does not seem to have any significant importance, it does allow us to reflect upon the nature of our heavenly existence, and our existence post resurrection. According to the biblical teaching, death is not non-existence. The Bible clearly teaches a conscious existence after death (Luke … Read More »

How Does One Avoid Being Dogmatic?

You can’t! I could end the article here since my simple response answers the question. However, I am sure readers will demand an explanation. Fair enough. One cannot avoid being dogmatic in theology, apologetics, philosophy, science, or in any intellectual enterprise. The reality is that we all begin our reasoning somewhere. If we desire to avoid an infinite regression of justifications for each and every belief that we have, we must begin our thinking at a dogmatic first principle. A first principle that is an absolute given. Without this first … Read More »

Trinity vs. Tawhid

David Wood vs. Mohammed Hajib – My Response to a Muslims 4 Questions On November 7th, 2018, I attended a debate at York College between a Christian (David Wood) and a Muslim (Mohammed Hajib) on the topic of the Trinity (Christian Position) and Tawhid (Muslim Position). Among the various fundamental differences between Christianity and Islam, this one stands at the heart of our differences, and hence it was a good topic to debate since it strikes at the issue that divides us. First, let us define our terms for those … Read More »

Learning From Those With Whom We Disagree

Theological and philosophical dispute is the norm in our world today. Indeed, this is understandable and warranted given the foundational nature of theology and philosophy. Given that theology pertains to what we believe about God and how he has decisively acted in human history, it is no wonder why disagreements on matters of theology are met with vigor and passion. We are talking about God, and since he has revealed himself in the Bible, we want to get things right in regards to what he has spoken. Furthermore, since the … Read More »

Should Christians Engage in Politics?

Religion and politics are two topics that are sure to cause conflict and controversy. Especially in our current political climate; a climate in which people are very easily offended and angered when disagreement arises. It continually amazes me to observe the complete inability of some people to hold a rational conversation with those they disagree, without getting into a heated and degrading argument. When emotions run high, logic and reason are often thrown out the window. Things are usually no different when discussing religion and spirituality. Mix these elements into … Read More »

Consider the Evidence Book Review

Consider the Evidence: A Trial Lawyer Examines the Eyewitnesses in Defense of the Reliability of the New Testament – An Apologist’s Thoughts As an apologist, I deal frequently with evidence and argumentation. The Christian is bombarded with objection after objection to the faith such that evidence and argumentation becomes very important. Unfortunately, the average Christian is ill-equipped to deal with such things and so they often retreat into silence and timidity. However, this need not be the case. The Christian position can be thoroughly defended; indeed, we are commanded to … Read More »