Hugh Ross on FOX NEW's "Spirited Debate" with Lauren Green


 

Watch Dr. Ross' recent interview with Fox News Channel’s chief religion correspondent Lauren Green on her show Spirited Debate. Hugh and Lauren address the question "Does science support the Book of Genesis?" Click here to watch this exciting interview now!

"HUMAN BIOLOGY - Darwin or Design?" - A Downloadable Presentation!

Take a look at a presentation I recently gave to a group of about 20 doctors, medical students, and hospital faculty.  It is an examination of the scientific viability of Darwinism (materialistic evolution) as compared with Design (intelligent engineering of biological life).

Each section was interspersed with videos from "The Case for a Creator" (not included) and afterwards there was a 30 minute Question and Answer time.  Download it and customize it according to your liking....and then YOU go share it with someone too!  Email it, Facebook it, or show it to some one on your phone or tablet over coffee.

We have the evidence and the proof of God's existence and reality....go share the Truth!

Pastor J - IntelligentFaith315.com

Fox News hosts Dr. Craig and asks "Can we be sure that God exists?"

Recently, Fox News interviewed Dr. William Lane Craig, concerning the ways in which we as believers can go about demonstrating that God exists.  In this short but interesting clip, Dr. Craig explains his mission to defend Christianity from skeptics and nonbelievers

Take not of Dr. Craig's good use of his time, quick summary of complex  concepts, and his careful emphasis on being good and loving ambassadors of Christ, as we defend the Christian worldview.

These are good pointers to remember as we enter the Christmas season, and seek to look for opportunities to engage others in conversation about their worldviews, and how Christ alone offers Truth...

A Powerful Apologetic Method: ABDUCTIVE Reasoning!

"What in the world is 'Abductive Reasoing'?" Well, abductive reasoning is employed by crime scene detectives, car mechanics, and your medical doctor.  Abductive reasoning is when you look at all the known facts, and seek to form the best explanation to explain the data.  Abductive reasoning seeks to find the "inference to the best explanation" for the known facts.   

This is a vital way of thinking and investigating that all serious Christians should be engaged in....

 - Pastor J. 

An Apologetic Master: Interview of Dr. Geisler

Are you familiar with the work of Dr. Norman Geisler?  If not, I hope that you will take some time and acquaint yourself with some of his books and lectures.   

Many of today's most effective Christian apologists, such as Dr. Craig and Dr. Ravi Zacharias, were trained by Dr. Norman Geisler early on.

Watch this video and listen to the wisdom and insight of this Apologetic Master...

 

Do You Know The 4 Foundational Reasons for Apologetics?

Pt.3 - "What Is Apologetics and Why Do It?"

- Pastor J. 

(pt.3 of 3) This is our new "Reason To Believe" Video Apologetics Class, taught especially with our web audience in mind.  The lessons will be in short 20 minute segments and will be developing an overall cumulative case for the Christian Worldview.  

Here in Lesson #1, I go over what the essential definition of "apologetics" is biblically, and then I cover four foundational reasons why we as believers need to be engaging in the defense of our faith.  If you are new to Apologetics, I especially encourage you to go over this material.  But even if you are a veteran to christian apologetics, take the time to go through it, as it will serve as a good reminder to the good reasons we have for defending the Christian Worldview.

Have an Intelligent Faith! 

- Pastor J.

Equipping the saints with Apologetics


Here at Intelligent Faith we have partnered up with the Christian Apologetics Alliance (CAA) by posting on their blog on a regular basis with other Apologists and also became a part of their blog team.

The CAA has started a petition for church leaders and churches to equip the people by teaching Apologetics. As many of you may know the number of "Nones" are rising. What are "Nones"? A "None" is basically someone that does not identify with any kind of religion, including atheism and agnosticism. That is a result of many reasons and we as Apologists need to do our part to educate people of the evidences that lead to a creator God through Apologetics.

As follows is a short extract from the petition and a link to it. If the Lord leads, please sign it and leave a comment.

"We of the Christian Apologetics Alliance write to you today to thank you for all you are doing to equip the body of Christ in the midst of a faith crisis that is evident in the rise of the “Nones”–those who claim no religious affiliation.  We know you are aware of the problem, and of the need for those with questions to have answers. If we put all of our voices together, perhaps they will hear that there are answers and seek them? Will you add your voice to this petition and proclaim that you are committed to learning and equipping your church with apologetics?"
Click HERE for the petition.

Thank you and have an Intelligent Faith!!

THE APOLOGETIC OF THE APOLOGIST

A starting point for taking on the responsibility of the work of Christian apologetics is recognizing the role that living out a disciplined Christian life plays. Even a brief examination of the Scriptures reveals this striking imperative: one may not divorce the content of apologetics from the character of the apologist. Apologetics derives from the Greek wordapologia, “to give an answer.” 1 Peter 3:15 gives us the defining statement: “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer (apologia) to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

I have always found this to be such a fascinating verse because the apostle Peter, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, knew the hazards and the risks of being an answer-bearer to the sincere questions that people would pose of the gospel. Indeed, when one contrasts the answers of Jesus to any of his detractors, it is not hard to see that their resistance is not of the mind but rather of the heart. Furthermore, I have little doubt that the single greatest obstacle to the impact of the gospel has not been its inability to provide answers, but the failure on our part to live it out. The Irish evangelist Gypsy Smith once said, “There are five Gospels: Matthew Mark, Luke, John, and the Christian, and some people will never read the first four.” In other words, apologetics is often first seen before it is heard.

For that very reason the Scriptures give us a clear picture of the apologetic Christian: one who has first set apart Christ in his or her heart as Lord, and then responds with answers to the questioner with gentleness and respect.  Therefore, one must not overlook the stark reality that the way one’s life is lived out will determine the impact.  There are few obstacles to faith as serious as expounding the unlived life. Too many simply see the quality of one’s life and firmly believe that it is all theory, bearing no supernatural component.

THE HEART OF APOLOGETICS

 is not a set of techniques for winning people to Christ. It is not a set of argumentative templates designed to win debates. It is a willingness to work with God in helping people discover and turn to his glory. We are to “follow Him” by casting our nets out to everyone and pointing them to the greater reality of God and the risen Christ.

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Apologetics is not a set of techniques for winning people to Christ. It is not a set of argumentative templates designed to win debates. It is a willingness to work with God in helping people discover and turn to his glory. As Avery Dulles once noted with some sadness, the apologist is often regarded as an “aggressive, opportunistic person who tries, by fair means or foul, to argue people into joining the church.” 1

It’s easy to see how these stereotypes arise. And it’s equally easy to see how dangerous such attitudes can be. The heart of apologetics is not about mastering and memorizing a set of techniques designed to manipulate arguments to get the desired conclusion. It is about being mastered by the Christian faith so that its ideas, themes, and values are deeply imprinted on our minds and in our hearts.

Far from being a mechanical repetition of ideas, apologetics is about a natural realization of the answers we can provide to people’s questions and concerns, answers that arise from a deep and passionate immersion in the realities of our faith. The best apologetics is done from the standpoint of the rich vision of reality characteristic of the Christian gospel, which gives rise to deeply realistic insights into human nature. What is our problem? What is our need? How can these needs be resolved? In each case, a powerful answer may be given to each question, an answer grounded in the Christian understanding of the nature of things.

SETTING THINGS IN CONTEXT To help us set our reflections in a proper context, let us recall one of the earliest recorded events in the Gospel accounts of the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth:

As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. (Mark 1:16–18)

This is a wonderful narrative, packed full of detail and insight. For example, we note that Jesus called 

fishermen

. Contemporary Jewish literature had much to say about people whose jobs made them virtually incapable of keeping the law of Moses. Two groups often singled out for special (negative) comment were carpenters and fishermen—carpenters because they doubled as undertakers and were handling dead bodies all the time, and fishermen because they had to handle and sort mixed catches of clean and unclean fish. Both groups were incapable of observing the strict Jewish rules about ritual purity, which prohibited contact with anything unclean. Yet Jesus calls precisely such fishermen, who hovered on the fringes of Jewish religious life. It’s a powerful reminder of the way in which the Christian gospel reaches out to everyone—even those whom society regards as powerless or valueless.

That’s an important point. But it’s not the most important thing from an apologetic point of view. Here’s the apologetic question we need to ask: What made Simon and Andrew leave everything and follow Jesus? Does Jesus offer compelling arguments for the existence of God? Does he explain to them that he is the fulfillment of the great prophecies of the Old Testament? No. There is something about him that is compelling. The response of Simon and Andrew was immediate and intuitive. Mark leaves us with the impression of an utterly compelling figure who commands assent by his very presence.

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