John: Last year, a co-worker gave me this Newsweek article to read, Can God Love Darwin, Too? (Sep 17, 2007 Issue).  I have shared a few of Doug’s CD sets with him and I guess he expected me to be resistant to evolution because of my religious convictions. He was quite surprised to learn that […]

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Dear John, As you are aware that here in Malawi we are thirsty about being taught and hearing the word of God. I read that you were in South Africa, but some of us were unable to come and attend. Can’t you make a program to come to Malawi to teach us also as you […]

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Dear Dr. John Oakes, This note is simply to express my heartfelt thanks to you for making that incredible teaching trip to Douala-Cameroon last month. The truth is that disciples in Cameroon were greatly impacted by the deeper insights in to the Scriptures that came out of everything you taught and shared. The young Church […]

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John, I just wanted to thank you for the absolutely EYE OPENING study of the Book of Hebrews on Saturday at the conference. I always enjoy hearing you speak and could sit for HOURS listening to your awe-inspiring perspectives. I was the one who asked the question about the one thing that could cause a […]

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Dear John: Recently my Dad passed away and I made a trip to Guatemala for his funeral. During that trip I visited an Aunt. When I went into the room she had prepared for me, there was your book Reasons For Belief. I immediately started to "devour" it because that is an area that intrigues […]

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My son Ben and I left for Hong Kong on Jan 2. Hong Kong is a very modern and VERY crowded city of about seven million. My son Ben and I left for Hong Kong on Jan 2. Hong Kong is a very modern and VERY crowded city of about seven million. It is a […]

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The most famous atheist in the world today is almost certainly Richard Dawkins (see the review of his book in the "What’s New" section). Up until three years ago, the honor probably went to Antony Flew. That is, until he publicly announced that he has become convinced of the Anthropic Argument and of the existence […]

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Point Loma Nazarene College Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the Genome Project and author of “The Language of God,” gave a public lecture at Point Loma Nazarene College in San Diego on 4/11/2008. The talk was titled “The Language of God: A Believer Looks at the Human Genome.” I was privileged to attend a dinner […]

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Sent: Thursday, May 18, 2006 6:04 PM Subject: RE: Da Vinci code book   Thanks my brother – another great resource is the one put out by John Oakes’ wife in the form of the newsletter from last month – I just finished the Da Vinci code book last night, and it was fun to […]

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Sent: Thursday, May 18, 2006 6:04 PM Subject: RE: Da Vinci code book   Thanks my brother – another great resource is the one put out by John Oakes’ wife in the form of the newsletter from last month – I just finished the Da Vinci code book last night, and it was fun to […]

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Question: Mark 16:16 says that signs would be with those who believe and John says that we can do greater work then Jesus Christ. What are these greater works? Answer: Although I can certainly see how one might make the connection, I would be cautious about using Mark 16:16 to interpret John 14:12. Let me […]

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Brown makes a number of other equally unsubstantiated claims, but probably the most outrageous is that Jesus had sexual relations with Mary Magdalene which led to her giving birth to a son.  He claims the ?Holy Grail? which Christian mystics searched for the past two thousand years was actually the secret that Mary Magdalene had […]

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I was rereading your article on the ID debate after reading through an interesting article found at the link below   http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/archive/0 0002583/  It made me reconsider your statement: "There is no experiment one can even conceive of which can test the design hypothesis. What could one do in a laboratory to test whether a system […]

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Letters to the Editor, December Edition Is Christmas A Christian Holiday? When people claim a late date for NT writings, another great question for them is why there is no mention of the Jewish Temple being destroyed, the ritual sacrifices with it, and the scattering of the Jews. To most people who understand the Jewish […]

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                Consider a second example of a criticism of the Qur’an which was raised by a questioner.  This involves what the Qur’an appears to say about the nature of earth’s mountains and their purpose.  Examples include Suras 16:15,21:31,31:10,78:6- 7.  Sura 16:15 says, "And He has cast great mountains in the earth lest it might be […]

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AIM WEST COAST Registration Form Apply by downloading, completing form, then emailing it to:  joakes01@san.rr.c om.  Or print and complete the following form and mail it to AIM WEST, 1074 7 Cariuto CourtSan Diego, CA92124.  Include:  $50 fee.  Make checks or money orders to Apologetics Research Society.  Memo: For AIM WEST   1. Full name (as […]

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ATHENS INSTITUTE OF MINISTRY AIM WEST COURSE DESCRIPTION & READING ASSIGNMENTS   CHURCH HISTORY As one wise person said, ?Those who ignore the lessons of history are bound to repeat them.?  There is so much to learn from two millennia of church history?a valuable course indeed.  Includes sections on; the early church, Patristics, Restoration Movement, […]

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BOOKS ON APOLOGETICS  Book titles which are highlighted are linked to a book review or to a place to buy the book. GENERAL APOLOGETICS Reasons for Belief:  A Handbook of Christian Evidence, by John M. Oakes, PhD (GCI Books, 2001) The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, by Josh McDowell (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1999) Know […]

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What was the birthplace of the prophet Daniel?               That is a good question!  Because I wrote the book, "Daniel, Prophet to the Nations" I have had to research this question somewhat carefully.  The best I can tell, the Bible gives absolutely no direct information as to the lineage of Daniel, or where he […]

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? Why was 1 John 4:1-3 written?  Which people does he refer to who did not believe Jesus came in the flesh?  If this was written in the first century, why would anyone not believe that he came in the flesh with so many eye-witnesses still alive?  Is it because they could not understand or […]

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 Note: this is a very long question.  The answer is way down the page!!!  Beyond the basic Christian labeling/dismissal which you demonstrate.  My own reasons for doubting God’s existence are based on the very same premise I am accused of suppressing, that is truth.  My chief dissatisfaction with Christianity and Christians as a whole is their […]

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? What happened to King Belshazzar in the book of Daniel?             The book of Daniel relates that on the very night of the idolatrous feast at which the writing appeared on the wall, Belshazzar was killed and Darius the Mede took over Babylon (Daniel 5:30).  It is not at all surprising that the former […]

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? Every one knows the story of Noah and his ark.  Some believe it, some don’t, but that is irrelevant. The Epic of Gilgamesh is the first written story ever found. This epic describes how Gilgamesh took two of each animal plus his family into an ark to avoid a world wide flood sent by […]

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??????????????????????????????? Evidence For Design In The Universe from Limits for the Universe by Hugh Ross, Ph.D. in Astronomy 1 ??????????????? Gravitational coupling constant??????????????? ??????????????????????????????? If larger:??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????????????????????? No stars less than 1.4 solar masses, hence short stellar lifespans???????????????????????????????????????????????   ???????????????  ??????????????? ??????????????????????????????? If smaller:??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????????????????????? No stars more than 0.8 solar masses, hence no heavy […]

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DESIGN   To those willing to see it that way, the physical universe and the wonders of life surely cry out that there is a creator.  Truly, the words of Romans  1:20 are confirmed by the virtually every aspect of the physical world.  AFor since the creation of the world God=s invisible qualitiesChis eternal power […]

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BOOKS ON APOLOGETICS  Book titles which are highlighted are linked to a book review or to a place to buy the book. GENERAL APOLOGETICS Reasons for Belief:  A Handbook of Christian Evidence, by John M. Oakes, PhD (GCI Books, 2001) The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, by Josh McDowell (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1999) Know […]

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In reading I noticed that one answer for question 5 had this response: 1. The Codex Vaticanus, or Codex B. The Codex Vaticanus is a vellum codex on 759 pages in uncial script. The manuscript has been dated to around 350 BC. It contains the entire New Testament, except Hebrews 9:13-end, I and II Timothy, […]

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Since, I want to make my time studying as useful as possible, my question is this: When studying the Bible with non-Christians, what "Christian apologetic subjects" have you found to make the greatest impact? The subject I have found to make the most difference, by far, is prophecies; especially prophecies about the Messiah. This material […]

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That is a good question! Because I wrote the book, "Daniel, Prophet to the Nations" I have had to research this question somewhat carefully. The best I can tell, the Bible gives absolutely no direct information as to the lineage of Daniel, or where he was born. For this reason, one is left to speculate […]

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