Apologetics Class:  Biblical Reliability, Inspiration and Inerrancy  The class has now been taught by Dr. John Oakes, Dan Conder and Brian Colon.  Notes and Power Point are attached.   Notes: Reliability, Inspiration and Inerrancy   PPoint Reliability, Inspiration and Inerrancy 6.69 Mb Apologetics Class:  Biblical Reliability, Inspiration and Inerrancy Instructors:  John Oakes, PhD  and Dan Conder Required reading:  […]

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Class taught by Dr. John Oakes 11/14/10.    The lesson focuses in on the definition and evidence for biblical inspiration, the meaning of biblical inerrancy, errors of copyists and translators, followed by an introduction to the English translations.  The final section discusses claims that the King James Version is the only acceptable translation and that others are of […]

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Below is a short but nicely reasoned article on the reliability of the canonical gospels by Brian Colon.   Evidence for the Reliability of the Gospels Brian Colón 10/20/2010 When assessing the truth claims of the Gospel narratives, the first question that usually arises is the question of the burden of proof.  In other words, […]

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This lesson was taught by John Oakes, PhD in Bergen, Norway 9/2/2010.  Norway is a mainly atheist or agnostic country where traditional Christian apologetics may not work.  The lesson uses Acts as a model for how to do Christian apologetics depending on the culture.      Using Apologetics in Christian Outreach Notes       Using Apologetics […]

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This is a very interesting article by a good friend Jerry Maday on the evidence from the human ability to perceive music as evidence for design and an intelligent designer.  He also includes an interesting analogy to the mathematical relationship between musical scales and the radius of orbit of the planets, reminiscent of Kepler’s "Music […]

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Atheism: A Falsified Hypothesis.  An essay by Brian Colon, a member of the ARS board.  www.KnowItsTrue.com  4/28/2010   Atheism: A Falsified Hypothesis by Brian Colón Several Atheists like to complain that Theism, unlike Atheism is unfalsifiable.  If this is true, then it means that Atheism can be proven false, Theism cannot.  Many Atheists consider this […]

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Logical arguments for the existence of God.  A power point.  Notes included below.  Existence of God 130.50 Kb   Arguments for the Existence of God A philosophic question:  Does God reveal his nature both through general (natural) and special revelation?  On some level, both the cosmological and the teleological arguments assume general revelation is valid.  […]

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The sixth class in our program leading toward a certificate in Christian Apologetics Apologetics and the Miracles of Jesus  Notes: Apologetics and the Miracles of Jesus    Power Point: Apologetics and the Miracles of Jesus 3.71 Mb Apologetics and the Miracles of Jesus Saturday Feb. 20, 2010 Instructors:  Foster Stanback and John Oakes, PhD Location:  Mission […]

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Notes for class by Glenn Giles 12/10-11/2009.   Class 1 History of Biblical Criticism   Class 2 Objectivity of History    Class 3 OT Textual Criticism    Class 4 NT Textual Criticism    Class 5 The Documentary Hypothesis    Class 6 NT Source Criticism    Class 7 Form Criticism    Class 8 Redaction Criticism    Class 9 Tradition Criticism    Class 10 Erosion of Inerrancy […]

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Reasons For Belief:  A class taught by John Oakes, PhD at Harvard University 10/16/2009.  The subject is reasons to believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. See EFC store for the recording   Reasons For Belief Harvard 2.76 Mb   The Bible: From God or Man? Delos B. McKown:             "Christianity is scientifically unsupported and […]

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Messages from the 2009 ICEC are now available individually at the web site at the EFC store, or you can buy the entire conference at www.ipibooks.com The theme of this year’s International Christian Evidence Conference was "Jesus, the Witness of History."  The conference focused on questions about the biblical picture of Jesus as he is […]

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Debate Review  Jesus: Man, Myth or Messiah?     A debate on the question "Jesus: Man, Myth or Messiah?’ was put on by the Apologetics Research Society (ARS) as part of its International Christian Evidences Conference June 13 at the Morris Culture Center, Houston Baptist University in Houston Texas.  Over three hundred were in attendance.  Arguing […]

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Responding to Competing Pictures of Jesus  by Dr. Robert Kurka.  Presented at the International Christian Evidence Conference 6/13/2009   2009 International Apologetics Conference                    Dr. Robert C. Kurka Houston, TX                                                  Professor of Theology and Church in Culture June 12-13, 2009                                                       Lincoln Christian Seminary                                                                                                 rkurka@lccs.edu                         "Responding to Competing Pictures of Jesus"   According to […]

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  Dealing With the Atheist, Skeptic, & Intellectual Presented By: Kedron Jones, Apologetics Research Society   Note:  To view the power point presentation, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the appropriate link.   I.                   Introduction: A Brief History of Philosophy 1.      Philosophers have attempted to answer 3 foundational questions in life. […]

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Ethical Answers in an Unethical World  Power Point: What is Truth? World View Apologetics 7.49 Mb  What is Truth? Subtitle:  World View Apologetics   John 18:37-38    Jesus:  ?I came to testify to the truth.  Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.?   Pilate:  ?What is truth??   Now that is a good question.  […]

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Genocide and the Old Testament   There is one question which comes up repeatedly, both as I travel and teach for Christian groups and at the web site.  The question takes different forms, but in general it goes something like this:  If God is such a loving God, how can we explain the fact that […]

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Cosmic Origins   The significance of the Big Bang for Theism   Matt Longhorn, Reading, UK (philosophical_1@hotmail.com) September 21, 2006   The story of our understanding of the universe has been charted well in the agnostic author Robert Jastrow?s – God and the Astronomers. Jastrow traces the Big Bang theory back to mathematical calculations by […]

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THE PROBLEM OF PAIN AND SUFFERING   I  An apologetic/intellectual problem. II  A human problem.   I  Pain and Suffering: an apologetic problem.   Agnostic says:    God is completely good and all-powerful. Given the pain and suffering in the world, this cannot be true.  He could be either:   A.  All-powerful, but certainly not completely […]

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ARE THE GOSPELS RELIABLE?    By John Oakes   A number of questions have come to the web site  from people who question the validity of the gospel accounts.  Groups such as the Jesus Seminar have sought to find the ?genuine? sayings and acts of Jesus among what they consider to be the chaff added by believers […]

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? THE INTELLIGENT DESIGN DEBATE   From Kansasto Dover, Pennsylvaniato BaylorUniversitya debate has been raging across the United Statesover whether or not the theory of intelligent design should be taught in schools.  Recently, televangelist Pat Robertson said of the voters in Dover, Pennsylvaniawho turned out a pro-ID school board, ?If there is a disaster in […]

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A Refutation of Acharya S’s book, The Christ Conspiracy By Mike Licona Copyright ? 2001, TruthQuest Publishers All Rights Reserved. No reproduction of any kind permissible without the expressed written consent of the publisher. Acharya S is a skeptic with an interest in mythology who has written a book entitled The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest […]

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Note:  I do not know the author of this excellent article.  It was found at    http:/ /mywebpages.comcast.net/mkent595/Originoflife.html  Origin Of Life (and irreducible complexity)    notes            Origin of Life – 1 "Any theory with a probability of being correct that is larger than one part in 1040,000 must be judged superior to […]

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THE MIRACLE OF CREATION               In this book, we will principally consider the miracles performed by Jesus Christ during his approximately three year ministry on the earth.  We will ask questions about the evidence that these miracles actually happened.  We will make the effort to consider what is implied on a physical, scientific level […]

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