defending the faith

Why Christians Should Lose the Christmas Culture War

Posted by Jared Byas on November 9, 2015 in Bible and culture/current events Christian faith and life defending the faith Jared Byas 31 Comments

by Jared Byas Last week, Joshua Feuerstein kicked off the annual culture war season by starting a “movement” around Starbuck’s new minimal coffee cup design. I have no desire to make fun of Josh’s beliefs or belittle his conviction. We simply disagree on what it means to be a Christian in our culture. For me,

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did Jesus even live? a brief thought about scholarship, skepticism, and apologetics

Posted by PeteEnns on June 3, 2015 in defending the faith New Testament 76 Comments

Time and again the study of Jesus has been swamped by waves of radical scepticism–to the point of denial of this historicity of Jesus. Three names may be mentioned as examples. Bruno Bauer (1809-1882), who once lectured in theology at Bonn, regarded the earliest Gospel as a literary work of art: history is produced in it, not described. Albert Kalthoff (1850-1906) understood

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Did the Exodus Happen? How “Historical Evidence” Might or Might Not Help

Posted by PeteEnns on April 10, 2015 in book notes and reviews defending the faith Old Testament 15 Comments

by Jared Byas Last week the Wall Street Journal published an article (by Joshua Berman) suggesting the biblical exodus might have its root in an historical event. This isn’t exactly new, but what interested me was the primary reason given— the biblical text seems to be appropriating some Ramesses II propaganda (discovered early in the 20th century)

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another article on inerrantist biblical scholars and “protective strategies”

Posted by PeteEnns on March 26, 2015 in defending the faith Evangelicalism 33 Comments

I recently posted, with some commentary, an article published by Stephen L. Young on inerrantist biblical scholars employing “protective strategies” and “privileging insider claims” in their publications. In that article, Young, “examines how Evangelical Christian inerrantist scholars theorize their biblical scholarship and its relation to the broader academy, highlighting (1) their self-representation as true academics, and (2)

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do inerrantist biblical scholars employ “protective strategies” and “privilege insider claims”? — a new article you’ll want to read.

Posted by PeteEnns on March 12, 2015 in defending the faith Evangelicalism 119 Comments

Stephen L. Young (ABD doctoral student, Brown University, Religions in the Ancient Mediterranean), recently published and article (the first of two) “exposing” inerrantist biblical scholarship: “Protective Strategies and the Prestige of the ‘Academic’: A Religious Studies and Practice Theory Redescription of Evangelical Inerrantist Scholarship.” (the entire article can be accessed here.) “Exposing” is my word, since

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the Canaanites weren’t the “worst sinners ever”: engaging Copan and Flannagan on Canaanite extermination

Posted by PeteEnns on January 26, 2015 in defending the faith violence of God 38 Comments

Earlier this month, Jonathan Merritt over at RNS interviewed Paul Copan and Matthew Flannagan about their recent book Did God Really Command Genocide?: Coming to Terms with the Justice of God. Copan is Professor and Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Flannagan is a philosopher with proficiency in contemporary analytic

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2 more reasons why Eric Metaxas’s “science proves God” approach falters

Posted by PeteEnns on January 5, 2015 in Bible and science defending the faith The Evolution of Adam 78 Comments

On Christmas day, Eric Metaxas published an op-ed piece in the WSJ “Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God.” The title concerned me a bit. Metaxas is a bright guy, and I was hoping the piece wouldn’t add to the mountain of poorly conceived Christian apologetics about proving God’s existence. It seems, though, this Metaxas has fallen into that

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