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Why Is There So Much Evil?

Alan shares some thoughts regarding three realms of brokenness that produce evil in the world.   Transcript: 00:06 I've been asked a simple question: Why is there so much evil? And to me, the answer 00:11 is also simple. It's because creation and everything in it is broken. Right, we live

Video | | Alan Shlemon | December 18, 2017

Do You Need Religion to Have Morals?

Alan responds to an atheist's challenge: "You don't need religion to have morals. If you can't determine right from wrong then you lack empathy, not religion."      Transcript: 00:06 Here's a challenge I've been asked to respond to. People say, "You don't need 00:10 religions to have morals. If you can't determine right from wrong, then you lack

Video | | Alan Shlemon | December 4, 2017

Why Do Other Religions Emphasize Works for Salvation?

In Christianity, salvation is a gift rather than a reward for works. Alan shares why Christianity is different from many other religions in this way. Transcript: 00:07 I've been asked, why do you think there's an emphasis 00:09 on human works as a key to salvation 00:12 in other religions? 00:13 And the answer seems to me straight forward, and that is,

Video | | Alan Shlemon | November 6, 2017

How Is Christianity Different From Other Religions?

Alan unpacks the unique reality of Christianity, as compared to other world religions, as the only means of salvation.    Transcript: 00:07 How is Christianity different from other religions? 00:10 Well, Christianity is unique in that it puts 00:12 all of the work of salvation, of getting into heaven, 00:16 onto God instead of man.

Video | | Alan Shlemon | September 18, 2017

Did God Create Evil?

Alan offers biblical insights and perspective as he unpacks the question, “Did God Create Evil?”    Transcript: 00:06 Did God create evil? Well, Judeo-Christian theology teaches 00:11 that God made all things. Now many people conclude then that if 00:15 God made everything, then God made evil. And if God made evil then that would

Video | | Alan Shlemon | September 4, 2017

Proverbs Are Not Promises

Alan explains the meaning and purpose behind the genre of Proverbs.     Transcript: 0:00 Proverbs are not promises. Let me say that again, proverbs, in the Bible, are not promises 0:09 that God is required to satisfy for you. And this is important to understand 0:16 because there is this field of theology called hermeneutics, and hermeneutics is

Video | | Alan Shlemon | July 17, 2017

Understanding Biblical Law

Alan uses a helpful analogy to explain the difference between the Mosaic Law and the New Covenant.   Transcript: 0:01 So I was recently asked a question about the nature of the Mosaic Law and new law. 0:06 You know, the Old Testament and the New Testament. And I've had a lot of people 0:10 ask me because they feel confused about how to understand these two, and so I

Video | | Alan Shlemon | June 26, 2017

Homosexuality and the Bible - Not That Kind of Homosexuality

Video from the Stand to Reason Quick-Reference App. To view all the videos and read the accompanying short text, download the app HERE. Transcript: 0:00 Now in the past, people who advanced

Video | | Alan Shlemon | February 20, 2017

Does Brain Mapping Prove That Transgender People’s Brains Match Their Perceived Gender?

Alan discusses the difference between correlation and causation regarding brain patterns and transgenderism. Listen to the entire #STRask podcast HERE. Transcript: 0:00 How can I respond to the claim that

Video | | Alan Shlemon | January 9, 2017

Challenge Response: If Christianity Were True, Enlightened Countries Would Believe It

Here's my response to this week's challenge:  0:07 If Christianity were true, enlightened 0:09 countries would believe it.

Video | Christianity & Culture | Alan Shlemon | January 6, 2017