Editor’s Note: The essay below if by Randy Hroziencik, a student in our Apologetics Certificate program (see the link on the front page of the site).  It is a follow-up to another essay (referred to as essay #2) in which he answered a request to write a defense of atheism.   Thanks to Randy for permission to publish […]

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We are excited to announc that the seventh of an eventual ten classes in our Apologetics Certificate Program is now available.  The class is Archaeology and Christianity.   The principal teacher is Dr. John Wilson of Pepperdine University.  Dr. Douglas Jacoby and Dr. John Oakes also are teachers in this calss. The classes now available are: […]

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Randall Hroziencik, one of the students in our ARS Apologetics Certificate Program submitted a paper on the cultural and theological background to the two Genesis creation accounts, focusing on the genre of the first part of Genesis. We feel that this paper is of a very high quality and offer it for your consideration.  Thank […]

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Author: Bill Pratt   Editor’s note:  This article is taken from the web site www.toughquestionsanswered.org Old-school atheists like Friedrich Nietzsche recognized that atheism utterly failed to answer the most profound of human questions, and thus atheism, he believed, led inexorably to nihilism.  Nowadays, most atheists are very uncomfortable with nihilism and want to distance themselves from […]

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We are pleased to announce that the sixth of an eventual ten courses in our Christian Apologetics Certificate Program series is now available for students to take the course.  The topic is The Existence of God.  The class is taught by Dr. Douglas Jacoby and Dr. John Oakes.  The class is $150 ($125 in the […]

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This power point is for a class given by Dr. John Oakes at the 2012 ICEC at UCLA October 20, 2012.  The focus is on the radical claims of Jesus and why, based on the evidence from filfilled prophecy and the miracles of Jesus, a reasonable person will conclude that Jesus’ claims about himself are believable.  […]

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Class #5 in our apologetics certificate program: Biblical Criticism and Inspiration is now available. The ten-hour class is taught by Glenn Giles, an elder in Denver, Colorado. To order the class or any of our other Apologetics Certificate classes, click on the ARS Apologetics Certificate Program icon or contact Jan Oakes at joakes01@san.rr.com or 858-505-8841.

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This lesson was given by Dr. John Oakes for the Iglesia de Cristo de Tijuana April 20, 2012.  Translation is by Mauricio Garcia.  The class is about hte reasons that the early church, starting with a small group of poor, uneducated people without power were able to conquer the entire Roman and Greek world.  Hechos […]

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ARS will be sponsoring a six-hour class on Islam 9:00-4:00 Saturday May 4th.  The location is 15610 Crenshaw Blvd., Gardena, CA 90249.  Teachers will include Dan Conder and John Oakes.  The cost for the class is $20.  Suggested reading, schedule, registration and more information will be posted soon.  For more information, contact Jan at joakes01@san.rr.com

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A lesson by Dr. John Oakes 11/30/2011 in San Diego, CA. The topic is living by faith, which means believing in things not seen and living like an alien and stranger in this world. Click here to download.

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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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