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Clear-thinking Christianity is live on the air Sunday 2-5 p.m. P.T. Greg is live with commentary and your calls.  Give him a piece of your mind on ethics, values, or religion.Listen live on the air or stream it on the STR app or online. Follow STRtweets during the program and use #STRtalk to engage other listeners.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | March 22, 2013

Red Letter Christians

Christians and non-Christians sometimes quote Jesus' words in the Bible as though they have more authority than the rest of the Bible.  People might dismiss something taught by Paul or Moses by saying, "Well, Jesus never said anything about..." and fill in their specific topic.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | March 11, 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

Not Neutral

The assaults on religion in the public square – from crosses on public land to nativity scenes – are motivated from the premise that atheism is the truly neutral position.  Atheists these days claim that they lack belief, not that they have a positive belief.  Society should be neutral, so our public square should be devoid of religious expressions.

Blog Post | 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

Why the Trinity Impacts Apologetics

Michael Reeves, author of Delighting in the Trinity, has some insights about why understanding the Trinity is important in witnessing.  It helps show that God is loving, and not a solitary dictator.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | February 19, 2013

"Problem of Evil" Answers

As Greg says, hard questions deserve, and usually required, hard answers.  The problem of evil is one of those.  There are various aspects of the question, so I like when books tackle the various forms of the challenge.  God and Evil: The Case for God in a World Filled with Pain is one such

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | February 15, 2013

Pluralism & Christianity

One of the most offensive claims of Christianity to modern people is that Jesus is the only way to be reconciled to God.  We're encouraged within the church and without to update the Gospel to a contemporary world.  Drop this offensive element because we have to make it more palatable to modern people.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | January 31, 2013

Newsweek: Heaven Is Real

I wrote this post about the book Heaven Is Real in October. Today I saw the author on a news program speaking as though he is an authority on the after life, making theological claims about the current situation of the victims and the perpetrator of last Friday's shooting based on his experience.  I thought it would be worthwhile to repost this to evaluate what we can and cannot learn from a near death experience.  

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | December 18, 2012