Teen Apologetics

In this episode of Giving An Answer, H.C. Felder interviews Alex McFarland who explains why it is important that the Church equip and ground teens in their Christian faith. He also explains how the Church can do this and warns of the consequences of ignoring this issue.

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The Argument for God Based on Desire

In this episode of Giving An Answer, Harold interviews Kurt Wise of the Apologetics Center ministry. Kurt explains that every person has an innate desire for God and that nothing but God can satisfy that desire. Kurt then explains how it would not make sense to have this innate desire, unless the object of that desire exists.

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Defending Biblical Inerrancy

There are a number of scholars who claim that Scripture is not “God-breathed.” Some claim that it cannot be God-breathed because there is no God to breathe it. These scholars pride themselves on the academic knowledge and alleged scientific approach to the study of Scripture. They claim to have scientifically proved that that the Bible is a book written by a number of uninspired men over hundreds of years for their own selfish reasons. They developed what is known as the Document Hypothesis to explain the man-made origin of Scripture and reject divine involvement.

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The Theme of Suffering in the Pauline Epistiles

For many Christians today, the Gospel is not Christ centered but self centered.  One can hardly turn on Christian television without hearing how God promises them this or that; how God guarantees them health and wealth in this life; how life is to be blessing filled.  It is sad to see those who follow after Christ for their own sake.  It grieves me that so many are turning to Christ as a new way to prosper or as a new method of happiness.  This is a very skewed view of the Gospel.  At the center of the Gospel message is Christ and Him crucified.  In order to be obedient to Him, we are told that suffering, tribulation, and persecution come along with following Him.  Paul understood suffering very well.  He considered his suffering for Christ an honor and privilege and this is a reoccurring theme throughout his epistles.  We can learn much from Paul about what it truly means to follow Christ.

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Plato vs. Aquinas

Plato lived from approximately 428-328 B.C. in ancient Greece. He was the student of Socrates and teacher of Aristotle. St. Thomas Aquinas lived from A.D. 1224-1274, during the medieval period. Although separated by more than fifteen hundred years, few philosophers have had as much impact on western thought as these two men. Both introduced revolutionary ideas in the study of reality and knowledge. The purpose of this article is to present and compare the metaphysics and epistemology of Plato and St. Thomas Aquinas.

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The Nature of Philosophy

The topic of philosophy has intimidated many throughout modern history.  Many believe that it is reserved for the intellectually superior; that it is a discipline studied by a club of exclusive members of academia, with little or no practical value to the general masses or everyday life.  In reality, many people simply do not know what philosophy is and how it applies to them.

The purpose of this article is to define and explain philosophy.  It will also discuss some of the main issues of philosophy and the questions that it seeks to answer.

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Atonement in the Word of Faith Movement

The Faith movement has introduced cultic teaching about the sacrifice of Jesus and diminished His finished work.  This paper will first explore the orthodox view of atonement and then examine the origins of the Faith movement and its views on atonement.  The paper will conclude with an analysis of the Faith movement’s theology on the atonement in light of the Bible and reason.

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The Deity of Jesus

There are those who deny the Deity of Christ.  Of those, there are some who believe in the inerrant Word of God, yet allege that Jesus Himself never claimed to be God.  Those who would make such a claim are simply wrong.  Either they have never read the New Testament or simply refuse to acknowledge the abundance of evidence of Jesus’ claims of Divinity.

This paper will demonstrate that Jesus certainly did claim to be God; both indirectly and directly.  The scope of this study will be on the Gospel of John and deal with the direct saying of Jesus as recorded by His apostle John.

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The Evolution of the Qur’an

Islam maintains that the Qur’an that we have is the unalterable word of God.  It is now exactly what it has always been.  Muslims use this as a proof that the Qur’an and the Qur’an alone is inspired and that only the Qur’an has been saved from human corruption.  Allah personally preserved the text as his true, eternal, and perfect testimony.  This article will demonstrate that the text of the Qur’an is neither eternal nor perfect.  Instead, it is a book of purely human origins, evolving over a period of time.

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The Qur’an: Heavenly or Human?

Islam maintains that the Qur’an that we have is the unalterable word of God. It is now exactly what it has always been. Muslims use this as a proof that the Qur’an and the Qur’an alone is inspired and that only the Qur’an has been saved from human corruption. Allah personally preserved the text as his true, eternal, and perfect testimony. This article will demonstrate that the text of the Qur’an is neither true, eternal, nor perfect. Instead, it is a book of purely human origins, evolving over a period of time.

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