Monday, September 16, 2013

The Canadian Apologetics Coalition: Contending for God - A Blog Series on the Existence of God

The Canadian Apologetics Coalition is beginning a new blog series called, "Contending for God", which is bound to be quite interesting. We will be looking at the question of whether or not God exists, and if God does exist, what are the implications for us humans? The proposed schedule of blog posts is listed below. I will post links to each of the the blog articles listed below as they are published, so check this blog post frequently. 


Monday, September 16: 
Ian Murray: Youth leaving the church/the secularity of Canada?

Ian Murray has been working in children's ministry, in various capacities for nearly his entire life and within the field of apologetics for roughly 15 years, as a hobby. He is currently teaching Sunday-School to grades K-6 where he concentrates on training his students to be God-centered, Godly and critical thinkers; he is attempting to do his part in preparing the children under his care for the world that they are living, and will live in as older children, teens and adults. Ian received his B.Th in Bible and Theology from, 'Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary', located in Newburgh, Indiana.


Wednesday September 18:
Paul Buller: What is “God?” A “high-level” view of the topic

Paul enjoys discussing and teaching on philosophy of science, philosophy of ethics and theology among other related topics. He is an engineer, husband and father of two. He is the author of Arguing with Friends: Keeping Your Friends and Your Convictions.
Website: www.whyjesus.ca


Friday, September 20:
Shawn Ferguson:
The Ontological Argument: An Enigmatic Proof

Shawn Clayton Ferguson was raised in a household where atheism was the status quo. This produced in him a sense of meaninglessness and he soon buckled under the weight of this nihilistic belief system, turning to drugs and other substances. At the age of 17 he heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ and his life was forever changed. Since then he has spent his days pursuing truth and seeking to share it with others wherever he finds it. Apologetics plays a large part in this pursuit. He obtained a B.A. with distinction in Philosophy from the University of Calgary, where he was forced to defend his faith against sophisticated opponents; his success in doing so made his faith stronger still. Today he lives in Calgary, Alberta with his wife and five children where he continues to seek truth and spread the good news of the Kingdom of God.


Monday, September 23:
David Haines: A Defense of Aquinas's First W
ay

David Haines was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. He holds a BTh from Covington Theological Seminary and an MA in Philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Philosophy at University Laval. Personal blog is: www.philosopherdhaines.blogspot.ca. Website: www.associationaxiome.ca.


Wednesday, September 25:

Justin Wishart: The Character of God: responding to Hitchens 
Justin Wishart is the general editor and blogger for Faith Beyond Belief and lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is most interested in issues surrounding Christian philosophy, particularly epistemology and early Christian thought. Justin is a husband and a father. He currently works as a mechanic and enjoys many hobbies such as camping, hiking, and creating music. Website: www.faithbeyondbelief.ca.


Friday, September 27:
Tim Barnett: Can Canadians be Good without God?

Tim Barnett (BSc, BEd) is a high school science teacher and the founder of Clear Thinking Christianity. His passion is to train Canadian Christians--both young and old--to think clearly about their Christian convictions because Christianity is worth think about. God willing, Tim started his MA in Philosophy at Southern Evangelical Seminary this fall. Website: www.clearthinkingchristianity.com.


Monday, September 30:
Colleen Hinkkala: The Problem of Evil as evidence for God

Colleen and her husband live in Burnaby and she works in Vancouver as a registered nurse in the ICU. Her true interest lies in Apologetics and helping others to see that we, as Christians, have good reasons to believe what we do, and that we can share those in a way that is inviting. Colleen is currently working on her Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics at Biola University.


Wednesday, October 2: 

Justin Wishart: The Monkey's Mind

See Justin's author Bio above.


Friday, October 4:
Jojo Ruba: If God is real, so what?

Jojo Ruba is committed to equipping Christians to be good ambassadors for Christ. He does this as a youth pastor with Faith Builder International Church in Calgary as well as a public speaker and executive director of Faith Beyond Belief. His experiences speaking at public forums, university debates and in Christian settings have helped him understand how we can better communicate the truth of the gospel. Through Faith Beyond Belief, Jojo shares solid tools to help Christians engage their culture with compassion but without compromise. Website: www.faithbeyondbelief.ca