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Contending for Easter: How To Turn A Skeptic Into A Believer [PART 7]

Paul, in 1 Corinthians 15, said that “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testify about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.”[1] Without a doubt, the resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the most important Christian doctrine. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that in the first Christian sermons and writings they were primarily interested in showing the truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. There are many arguments that can be brought forward to prove that Jesus rose from the dead, and these proofs are all interrelated, however, in this article, I would like to concentrate on one particular proof of the resurrection – the fact that the disciples actually believed that Jesus rose from the dead. That this is a proof of the resurrection may come as a surprise to some, however, it is one of the most interesting pr…

BOOK REVIEW OF CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS PAST AND PRESENT, VOL. 2

Christian Apologetics: Past & Present, a Primary Source Reader, vol. 2: from 1500. William Edgar & K. Scott Oliphint, eds. Crossway Books, 2011. 745 pp. $55.00 USD. ISBN 978-1-58134-907-8.
            This book is part 2 of a 2 volume set that proposes to introduce the reader to primary source texts, from all eras of Christian thought, that are related to Christian Apologetics. The editors, William Edgar and K. Scott Oliphint, are both professors of apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary. The purpose of this second volume is to introduce the reader to apologetic writings, written by a number of prominent Christian theologians, dating from the 1500s, essentially the beginning of the reformation, to the present day. The book begins with Martin Luther, and concludes with some of the more recent writings of William Lane Craig, Francis Collins and others.
The book is divided into four parts, namely, the Reformation and post-reformation era, the modern era, the post-modern e…

THE ESCAPE OF REASON FROM REASON – A BOOK REVIEW

Escape from Reason. Francis A. Schaeffer. InterVarsity Press, 1974. 96 pp. ISBN 0-87784-538-7.
Francis Schaeffer has been widely recognized as one of the twentieth century’s greatest Christian apologists.  In his book Escape from Reason, Schaeffer proposes to help the reader to interact, on a more meaningful level, with the current culture. Why? “We must realize that we are facing a rapidly changing historical situation, and if we are going to talk to people about the gospel we need to know what is the present ebb and flow of thought-forms. Unless we do this the unchangeable principles of Christianity will fall on deaf ears. And if we are going to reach the intellectuals and the workers, both groups right outside our middle-class churches, then we shall need to do a great deal of heart-searching as to how we may speak what is eternal into a changing historical situation.”[1] In order to help the reader to properly understand his current cultural situation, Schaeffer proposes to explain…

Contending for Easter: A series about the Resurrection of Jesus

We are coming up to the time of the year when we celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter celebrations seem to have lost their focus, however, and the great majority of Canadians spend more time celebrating chocolate eggs and some strangely evolved bunny who leaves these chocolate eggs all over the place. Beginning tomorrow (Sunday, March 24) and running through Easter Sunday (March 31), I will be linking a series of blog articles from the recently formed, Canadian Apologetics Coalition - a group of apologetics-minded Canadian bloggers who are defending the Christian faith through conferences and blog posts. Each day, this week, I will update this post in order to provide links to the relevant article. On Saturday, March the 30th, I will be publishing my own post as my contribution to the series.

The following blog posts will be released on the dates leading up to Easter 2013:


Contending for Easter: Putting It All On The Line By Tim Barnett | Sunday, March 24t…

A REVIEW OF GOD AND EVIL

God and Evil: The case for God in a world filled with pain. Chad Meister and James K. Dew Jr., eds. Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2013. 360 pp. $20.00. ISBN 978-1-8308-3784-7
            The problem of evil, as Peter Kreeft mentioned in his book touching on this very problem, is the only good argument that can be brought against the existence of God.[1] As such, it is a problem that deserves the attention of every Christian thinker, and it is a problem that has been given the attention of almost every great Christian thinker throughout the history of the church. This book is an interesting and unique addition to the long list of writings that already address the problem of evil in that it compiles the work of a number of contemporary Christian thinkers into one volume. Chad Meister and James K. Dew Jr. have worked together to edit and compile 19 different essays, and the transcript of a debate between William Lane Craig and Michael Tooley, all of which prone different approac…