10 Minute Apologetics

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 »

Postmodernism in the Church: A Hinderance to the Gospel

Postmodernism is a philosophical position in which meta-narratives are denied and hence absolute objective truth is illusory. If objective truth does exist, it is not possible for any one person to attain such a God’s Eye perspective on the world. With the denial of such objective truth, what is then highlighted are the individual sub-narratives of every person. People have their own individual truths or individual narratives all of which are equally valid. Unfortunately, such unbiblical denials of objective truth have infiltrated the church and have greatly hindered the effectiveness … Read More »

Was Jesus a False Prophet?

The longest prophetic utterance of Jesus can be found in what is called the Olivet Discourse. This discourse can be found respectively in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21. Many have associated these sections of scripture as referring to events that will usher in the Second Coming of Jesus. Indeed, what precedes the coming of the Son of Man are various “signs” of the times, which are to indicate that the time is “near”. Many have sought to interpret these texts with a newspaper in one hand, and an … Read More »

What are the Communicable and Incommunicable Attributes of God?

The Bible teaches that man is made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). To some extent we are similar to God in that we have certain similarities with him although they are to a lesser degree. For instance, man has knowledge and God has knowledge, but God’s knowledge is greater given that he is an omniscient being; that is to say that God knows all things. Man can love but God’s love is greater and purer given that he is also holy, good, and without sin. God is a … Read More »

Diffusing Alleged Contradictions in the Bible

Amongst the common attacks upon the Bible is the oft repeated claim that the Bible is hopelessly contradictory. That is to say, that there are statements or propositions of scripture that are logically incompatible with one another. The examples are legion, from the apparent two creation accounts in Genesis 1 & 2, to the number of women who visited the tomb of Jesus within the Gospel accounts. The claim usually comes in the following form: The Bible is contradictory and unreliable, and so there is no reason to believe that … Read More »

How Do I Keep a Discussion with an Unbeliever on Topic?

Anyone engaged in apologetics will understand how difficult it can be to stay on topic. Depending on who you are talking with, the conversation can go in a number of directions. Christians engaging with Jehovah’s Witnesses for instance, tend to make the mistake of focusing on non-essential issues that have no ultimate significance as it relates to where the JW and the Christian disagree. This same mistake is done when talking with atheists. The Christian can chase red herrings and run-down rabbit holes while missing key points and opportunities throughout … Read More »

How Do You Defend the Faith When You Can’t Use Scripture?

This question was asked at an apologetics conference I had spoken at. It is a common question given the fact that many skeptics will not accept any statement of scripture as being part of an argument for the Christian position. They will say something along the lines of: “You can’t use the Bible to prove the Bible”. At this point, the Christian will often scramble to marshal various facts from secular history and science in order to formulate a response to the skeptic. I can sympathize with the believer who … Read More »