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A distinct quality of STR’s website is the amount of free content available to you. With hundreds of articles, hundreds of videos and podcasts, and thousands of blog posts, we’ve covered a wide variety of topics relevant to evangelism and making a defense for Christian belief and values.  You can navigate all of the content in the Explore section.

Article | Miscellaneous | Melinda Penner | April 29, 2013

End of Life Ethics: A Primer

Would You Want to Live that Way? That’s the challenge I've heard a number of times from advocates of starving Terri Schiavo to death. It usually comes in the conversation when what they’ve offered so far in the way of justification has been refuted. It’s a rejoinder of last resort, but since it’s offered purportedly as an argument, let me take it seriously. Would you want to live that way? No. But what follows from that?

Article | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | March 26, 2013

Christianity and Naturalism

James Sire describes naturalists as monistic materialists who deny the existence of immaterial entities and their ability to act in this world.[1] Though naturalism can be characterized in broader term, which I will address briefly later in this paper, Sire's characterization is really of materialism. Ontological or metaphysical naturalism is defined in The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy as the view that everything is composed of natural entities constructed of properties as the sciences allow.

Article | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | February 28, 2013

Do Extraordinary Claims Demand Extraordinary Evidence?

Hume offered this challenge in "Of Miracles" in Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion.

Article | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | February 21, 2013

Christianity as the Best Explanation

Christianity can be seen as an explanatory hypothesis to account for certain phenomena we observe in the world: the origin of the universe, the design of the universe, and the universality of morality. The explanations that Christianity provides to this empirical data provide a cumulative case for the rationality of Christianity, and in fact, the superiority of Christianity to other belief systems.

Article | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | February 19, 2013