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Call for submissions to winter edition of EQUIPPED

CAA Newsletter Cover 500x250We are excited to announce the second issue of the Christian Apologetics Alliance publication, EQUIPPED, is in production, with an anticipated release the week of December 15. This second issue, titled “‘The Word Became Flesh and Dwelt Amongst Us’ – John 1:14,” will focus on Jesus’ incarnation. [Review the first issue of EQUIPPED, released two weeks ago.]

EQUIPPED invites all members of the apologetics community to submit articles for consideration by December 1. If you plan to write an article, please email caanewsletter@christianapologeticsalliance.com and let us know on which topic:

  • Historical evidence for Jesus
  • The Incarnation (virgin birth, Holy Spirit)
  • The deity of Jesus (logos)
  • The two natures of Christ (divine, human, hypostatic union)
  • Messianic prophecy
  • The teachings of Jesus
  • The Trinity
  • John 1

Please bear in mind the Resurrection will be the subject of the third issue of EQUIPPED. Discussing the Resurrection at length should be reserved for the coming spring edition of EQUIPPED.

In Him who set us free,

Glen Richmond

Editor, EQUIPPED

EQUIPPED Vol. 1 No. 1: In The Beginning – Evidence for the Existence of God

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Vol. 1 No. 1: EQUIPPED 1.1 2014-10

The Christian Apologetics Alliance Statement of Faith is the foundation for the overarching topics on which issues of EQUIPPED are themed. Appropriately, EQUIPPED begins:

In The Beginning – Evidence for the Existence of God

With much prayer, we invite you to find a comfortable place to fill your mind with the truth of Jesus Christ, so that you, too, may be EQUIPPED.

—Glen Richmond, Editor EQUIPPED

Understanding the arguments in God’s not Dead: Part III of III

1938081_10102107087661352_1599973938_nIn part one we looked at Professor Radisson’s arguments in detail, and in part two we dug into Josh’s first and second lectures to his class.  In the final part we will discuss the final talk, and the importance of Philosophy for Christians.

Josh’s third lesson begins with the problem of evil and suffering.  This is one of the most difficult questions for the Christian to answer.  However, I do not think we are without anything meaningful to say on this subject.

The most basic form of the objection to God’s existence based on evil is this:

1. If God is all powerful, then He can prevent evil from happening.

2. If God is all loving, then He would want to stop evil from happening

Therefore, since evil exists, an all powerful and all loving God must not exist.

This, at least at first glance, seems to be a pretty good reason to believe that God does not exist, especially since it seems to be the case that if the premises (statements one and two) are true, then the conclusion does seem valid.  So what can the Christian say at this point? [Read more…]

Ask the Alliance: What about animal pain and the violence in nature?

question-mark-300x199::Ask the Alliance #10::: Does God permit torture?

Question submitted by Steve: Have any apologists spoken about the problem of animal pain (nature being “red in tooth a claw”)? It is hard to understand the violence of the natural world (which includes us) in relation to the character of God. Is the violence of nature strictly a result of the fall? How do the theistic evolutionists make sense of this aspect of the physical world?

Steve, thank you for your question. This answer is going to be lengthy, as it is taken directly from our dialogue in The Christian Apologetics Alliance:

Nicholas Olsen: WLC’s Q&A comes to mind (#113, #134, #242, #243, #355). The problem of animal pain according to how WLC answers it, is transporting our emotional and physical experience onto animals. WLC believes that animals do not experience pain in the same way or think of it in an existential way either. I think the scientific evidence he cites regarding animal consciousness is from Micheal Murray, but I could be wrong.

C.S Lewis has an analogical story about a bear experiencing pain, where he describes only the material sensations with no capacity to dwell on it. Both WLC and C.S Lewis in this instance would probably say that the “problem of pain” is a misplaced problem, because we’re importing our thoughts/emotions/feelings of painful experiences onto them as if they think the same when they really don’t. [Read more…]

Understanding the arguments in God’s not Dead: Part II of III

986643_10102107087676322_1471948263_nIn part one we looked at the arguments advanced by Professor Radisson, now we come to the arguments Josh put forward as he took the floor.

The first argument Josh talked about is called the Cosmological Argument for the existence of God.  This comes in many different versions, all of which have interesting aspects.  Yet all of them have in common the idea of a first cause, particularly of the Universe.  Common questions along these lines are, “Why is there something rather than nothing?  Where did everything come from?  What caused this or that thing to happen?”  With any one thing of which a person might ask these questions, most of the time the same question can be asked about the answer just given. 

Where did these chips come from?

Potatoes.

Where did the potatoes come from?

The potato farm.  Etc.

The idea here is much like a row of dominoes that have been set up and subsequently knocked down.

What knocked over this domino?

The domino before it.

And what knocked over that domino?

The domino before it.

But what knocked over the first domino?  This becomes the really important question.  When dealing with the Universe, the question is, what started the Universe off?  The answer is God.  “Wait, that seems too easy,” you might say.  Someone may ask, as one young lady did in the movie, “Who created God?”  This brings up a really important question, “If everything has a cause, then what caused God.”  The answer put forward by Josh, though stated quickly and simply, is a powerful one.  “Christians don’t believe in a created God.”  Here is a more in depth version of that idea. [Read more…]