Ep 51 Travis Dickinson: Apologetics and the Brilliance of the Gospel

Dr. Travis Dickinson, professor of apologetics and philosophy at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, joins the show to discuss his new book (link below). We discuss truth, faith, doubt, and a recent engagement Dr. Dickinson had at the atheist-christian book club with John Loftus and Aron Ra. Links Live Episodes/Bonus Segment: https://www.patreon.com/helpmebelieve Travis Dickinson: http://www.travisdickinson.com/ StandContinue reading “Ep 51 Travis Dickinson: Apologetics and the Brilliance of the Gospel”

3 Tips for Reading More

I have an abnormal reading schedule. If I had to guess, I’d say I’ve read fifty or more books this year and it is only September. I don’t say this to brag, it just is what it is. I make reading recommendations all the time and the most common response is, “I’d love to readContinue reading “3 Tips for Reading More”

Why Does the Universe Exist?

There’s only a few options when it comes to the explanation of the universe: (1) The universe came from nothing, (2) something, (3) created itself, or (4) has no cause. Three of the four are ridiculous and even logically impossible. That the universe had a cause outside space, time, and matter should be clear. WhyContinue reading “Why Does the Universe Exist?”

Can Materialism Explain Abstract Thought?

Neuroscientist, Michael Egnor, weighs in on some of the problems with explaining abstract thought by material means. He explains the contradictions that result from saying the mind arrises through complex neural activity. Can Materialism Explain Abstract Thought?

No, miracles do not violate the laws of nature

David Hume made a famous argument against miracles. Little known, some of his contemporaries refuted him. Better known, C.S. Lewis took him to task in his book miracles. Erik Manning, in this article, does a good job of laying out the issue and providing an answer. No, miracles do not violate the laws of nature

A Simple Argument for God

Sometimes people shy away from apologetics and philosophy because the subject can become complex, or what some people call “deep.” Some of the arguments for the existence of God are a bit complex and hard to follow, or at least they can seem that way. So, as an exercise, I’ve tried to make the simplestContinue reading “A Simple Argument for God”

Is Consciousness an Illusion? Sharon Dirckx vs. Daniel Dennett

I’ve been reading Am I Just My Brain by Sharon Dirckx. Dr. Sharon Dirckx holds a Ph.D. in brain imaging from the University of Cambridge and has held a research position at Oxford. She’s an expert on the brain and yet, she doesn’t believe religion is something that can be explained away by neuroscience. SomethingContinue reading “Is Consciousness an Illusion? Sharon Dirckx vs. Daniel Dennett”

God is Not Hidden

I have heard some Christians admit that, other than the problem of evil, the so-called “hiddenness of God” is the best argument against God. I am less impressed with this argument. The idea is more or less that if God wants us to believe in Him, why doesn’t he just show up? Why is heContinue reading “God is Not Hidden”

Why Christians Should Not Be Afraid of Philosophy

One of the most common comments I get on this blog is that I shouldn’t be doing philosophy and apologetics, I should just have faith. As if blind faith is virtuous or seen in the Scriptures (it is not). Philosophy, science, and any other discipline does not scare me. If Jesus is the truth, whichContinue reading “Why Christians Should Not Be Afraid of Philosophy”

Cosmic Skeptic, Freewill, and the Problem of Evil (Answering Atheists)

I came across a YouTube video the other day by popular atheist, Alex O’Connor (Cosmic Skeptic) titled “The Problem of Evil: The Free Will Defence.” Alex is enjoyable to listen to, so I usually hit play when I see a video title that grasps my attention. After listening, I decided I wanted to respond becauseContinue reading “Cosmic Skeptic, Freewill, and the Problem of Evil (Answering Atheists)”