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The Top Reasons You Should Think About Apologetics

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I can't tell you how many times I've been told that we don't need apologetics. "Don't argue with them, just give them the gospel!" -  as if the field of apologetics and evangelism are counter opposites somehow. Os Guiness in his bookFool's Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasiondescribes our time as the "grand age of apologetics;" going on to say that the more and more western society moves further from its Christianized roots, the more and more the Church will need to be equip its members apologetically. But it doesn't stop there, there are many reasons why if you call yourself a Christian you should start getting better acquainted with apologetics.

Dazed & Confused The statistics on how "modern individuals" think are clear, skepticism is at an all-time high and piggybacking along with that perspective is a profound sense of confusion. The culture is confused about what the church believes, and the church is confused a…

Why September 11th is important to Muslims, and not for what you may think.

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September 11th is a day that will remain infamous in the lives of many around the world. On that date in 2001 a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda took place on American soil. The subsequent attacks resulted in a death tole of nearly 3000 with over 6000 injured. Whether you lived in the United States or not, the events that took place on September 11th, 2001, will forever remain in the history books of the west.

Over this past summer, I have been working as a research assistant for a former professor of mine. This job includes the process of editing an upcoming textbook on the historical relationship between Christianity and Islam. While I was going through a number of chapters I noticed a pattern, the date of September 11th kept arising as a significant one in Islamic history for reasons completely unrelated to 2001. And the obviously set up "911" abbreviated date aside, (as I looked into it further) there are reasons that so…

Assumptions: 3 Steps to Addressing Bad Arguments

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I was in a coffee shop recently and overheard a conversation where one individual was telling another that their belief in God was irrational. As the conversation progressed it was clear that the individual who believed in God was grossly unprepared for such a discussion. So, being who I am, I interjected.

"I'm sorry to eavesdrop," I said, "My name is Wesley and I too believe in God. I was wondering what exactly you meant when you say that it is irrational to believe in God?" "That's simple!" he said, "it's an unfalsifiable claim!" "What do you mean by that?" I asked. He started, "Well you see, in order for something to even be considered philosophically and epistemologically true it must be falsifiable. You said you were a Christian right?" I nodded my head in response, "Then you believe in Jesus right, that he was a real person?" I nodded my head again.

"Good, Christianity is falsifiable…