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  • AIM/TCOT News – December Update!
    Videos of each session in our current series, God and Logic series 1, are now available for purchase and download from our online AIM Store. Just $5 per session!
    - 18 Dec 09, 5:50am -
  • God and Logic
    If Jesus, God the Son, the second person of the Trinity, used objective evidence to validate His claims, a fortiori, how much more so for you and me! Since God does not contradict Himself, or ask us to believe contradictions orthat which is inhere…
    - 20 Oct 09, 9:05pm -
  • 11/09 Update!
    In this months update>>>Our current series on The College of Theology (TCOT) is God and Logic, series 1. The God and Logic series outline is now available, we have new e-mail addresses and new resources for you!
    - 9 Sep 09, 10:45pm -
  • Justification
    The teaching or doctrine of justification has rightly been seen by many theologians (see below) as a central, if not the central, doctrine of Christianity. There is much to be said regarding the biblical doctrine of justification--"the justice" or "…
    - 12 Jun 09, 8:12am -
  • Faith & Reason
    Faith and Knowledge, Evidence and Reason: Their Role and Relationship to One Another. The Supreme Example of Christ The Use of Objective EvidenceIf Jesus, God the Son, the second person of the Trinity, used objective evidence tovalidate His clai…
    - 11 Jun 09, 9:33pm -
  • Reincarnation
    The belief in reincarnation or transmigration, in one form or another, has been around for quite some time. Due to many factors, at least in the so-called Western world, these views appear to be gaining ground--a wider acceptance. Given the increasin…
    - 13 May 09, 7:52am -
  • ESSENTIALS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
    ESSENTIALS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH Do I have to believe; Do I have to believe in the right--as Opposed to the wrong or false--Jesus or Gospel? Does it really matter?
    - 13 May 09, 6:37am -
  • Biblical Hermeneutics
    In Order by Size and Thoroughness: from the Shorter and Simpler to the Larger and More Complex Wright, J. Stafford. Interpreting the Bible. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1977. 34 page booklet. Stott, John R. Culture and the Bible. Downers Gr…
    - 25 Nov 08, 9:09am -
  • Bible Authority
    Carson, D.A., and John D. Woodbridge, eds. Hermeneutics, Authority, and Canon. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1986. _____. Scripture and Truth. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1983. Geisler, Norman, ed. Inerrancy. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1979. _____, ed. Biblica…
    - 25 Nov 08, 9:04am -
  • Bible Reliability
    Archeology * Free, Joseph P., and Howard F. Vos. Archaeology and Bible History. Rev. and exp. ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1992. * McRay, John. Archaeology & the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1991. * Thompson, J.A. The Bible…
    - 25 Nov 08, 9:03am -

Stand To Reason

  • Why Truth Seekers Should Consider Christianity First
    Greg reflects on a recent talk given by Craig Hazen on the reasons why people should consider Christianity first then answers questions on Mormonism, Molinism, living with an unbelieving spouse, and more.Topics:How can I get past a Mormon’s ins…
    - 3 days ago 8 Dec 17, 8:00am -
  • Christians Have Hope in Suffering
    Greg talks about Melinda’s accident and asks for prayer, reflecting on the hope we have as Christians, then takes questions on the third commandment and inerrancy.Topics:What does it mean to not use the Lord’s name in vain? Should we listen t…
    - 5 days ago 6 Dec 17, 8:00am -
  • Communicating the Gospel on a Road Sign
    Greg talks about an evangelistic sign he saw hanging over a freeway then answers questions about Samson vs. suicide bombers, what to say to an unbeliever who says he follows the Golden Rule, and more.Topics:What’s the difference between a suici…
    - 12 days ago 29 Nov 17, 8:00am -
  • Near Death Experiences as Evidence for the Soul
    Greg talks about a recent panel discussion on Christian physicalism then answers questions about balancing work with caregiving, whether or not one should relocate for a better church, and more.Topics:Must a mom be the primary caregiver? (0:22)…
    - 17 days ago 24 Nov 17, 8:00am -
  • Gratitude: To Someone for Something
    Greg reflects on Thanksgiving and thankfulness then answers questions on the historicity of Adam and Eve and whether or not a Christian who lost his memory would still be saved.Topics:Does Christianity without Adam, Eve, and the Fall make biblica…
    - 19 days ago 22 Nov 17, 8:00am -
  • How to Deal with a Steamroller
    Greg shares a story of dealing with a steamroller then answers questions about the Qur’an, the judgment of the Canaanites, and more.Topics:Can the Qur’an fairly be understood to encourage violence in the present time? (0:24)There’s more…
    - 31 days ago 10 Nov 17, 8:00am -
  • Why Didn’t Prayer Stop Violence in Sutherland Springs, TX?
    Greg reflects on the Texas church shooting then answers questions about souls, engaging non-Christian relatives, and the destruction of the Canaanites.Topics:Physicalism and change over time in plants (0:20)How do you engage a relative who cel…
    - 33 days ago 8 Nov 17, 8:00am -
  • The Bible Doesn’t Give Private Messages
    Greg explains why we “never read a Bible verse” and then answers questions about objective morality and whether or not a person should leave a church that rejects biblical sexuality.Topics:How do you know the moral standard is objective? (0:…
    - 38 days ago 3 Nov 17, 7:01am -
  • The Reformation Is the Good News of Grace
    Greg talks about the good news of the Gospel and then answers questions about the atonement and old-earth creationism.Topics:Isn’t the idea of God sending His Son to die for our sins repulsive and contrary to the teaching of Scripture? (0:23)…
    - 40 days ago 1 Nov 17, 7:01am -
  • Preparing Christian Kids in Public Schools to Face Challenges to Their Convictions
    Greg talks about preparing Christian kids to face challenges in public schools then takes questions on the Lord’s Supper, witnessing in an honor/shame culture, philosophy of ethics, and more.Topics:What’s your view of the Lord’s Supper, and…
    - 45 days ago 27 Oct 17, 7:01am -

Operation 513

  • Why must the Cause of the Universe be Personal?
    Have you ever wondered how we can know that the cause of the universe is indeed personal and not simply some impersonal force or entity.Watch the following 2 minute video as Dr William Lane Craig answers this question.
    - 8 Nov 13, 2:51am -
  • Was Jesus just a Great Teacher?
    Many people who are not happy to call Jesus, God are happy to say he was a great teacher. Is that really a legitimate position to hold?Watch this 1 and a half minute video to find out.
    - 17 May 13, 5:20am -
  • How can God exist if there is evil and suffering in the world?
    You've undoubtedly come across a person who argued that God can't exist because there is evil and suffering in the world. Do you know how to respond to this objection? Did you know evil and suffering, instead of disproving God, actually supports his…
    - 9 May 13, 8:48am -
  • Who is the ruler of Hell?
    Many people in the world think that Satan is the one ruling in Hell and he's the one dishing out the punishments there. Therefore some think that they'll hopefully get on Satan's 'good' side to escape punishment from him.But in this helpful 2 minute…
    - 4 May 13, 7:16am -
  • Is belief in God like a belief in Santa Claus?
    Skeptics sometimes ask when they hear that a Christian believes in God, "Do you believe in Santa Claus too?" Is that a far enough criticism or have they made an error in logic?Watch the following video where Dr. William Lane Craig responds to thi…
    - 26 Apr 13, 5:51am -
  • Can you Trust the Bible?
    Skeptics love throwing out the objection, "How can you trust a book written by men?" They conclude that Christians must have been indoctrinated into their belief as a child or have just taken a giant leap of faith into the dark by believing the Bible…
    - 28 Mar 13, 4:30am -
  • What is tolerance? William Lane Craig Explains
    Many people object to Christians saying "Why can't you be tolerant of other people's viewpoints?" But what exactly does tolerance mean?Find out in this 2 minute video by William Lane Craig.
    - 25 Mar 13, 1:27pm -
  • "But Who Created God?"
    It is likely that you have heard atheists say to Christians, "But who created God?" They ask this usually when the Christian has shown that the universe had a beginning, and so in the atheist's mind it's a little like, "If I can't have an eternal uni…
    - 31 Mar 11, 4:18am -
  • Why does the Bible mention Unicorns?
    If you've ever been reading some of the Old Testament books of the Bible in the King James Version you might have come across something you found very strange, and that is that it speaks about unicorns. Why does the Bible talk about them? And what is…
    - 23 Feb 11, 7:13am -
  • Is the God of Islam Unjust?
    How does divine justice compare in Christianity compared to Islam? Does Allah always act in a way that is just. Or does he sometimes act deceptively? This is what the following video will discuss. It is a snippet from the Operation 513 Gold Coast ou…
    - 23 Nov 10, 2:52am -

Cowan Chronicles

  • The X-Files and Philosophy is Here!
    The latest volume in the Open Court Philosophy and Pop Culture series is out: The X-Files and Philosophy. I contributed the lead article, "Why Scully Is Usually Wrong."Here's a link
    - 13 Apr 17, 1:21am -
  • New Round in the Debate on Heavenly Freedom
    My latest counter-response to Timothy Pawl and Kevin Timpe on the Problem of Heavenly Freedom has just been published on the website of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. Here is the link:http://www.epsociety.org/userfiles/Cowan-God%20Heavenly%20…
    - 6 Sep 16, 11:57pm -
  • My book on Idealism and Christian Philosophy available for pre-order!
    James Spiegel and I just turned in the manuscript for our new book on Berkeleyan Idealism and Christian Philosophy. It is available for pre-order at Bloomsbury's website:http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/idealism-and-christian-philosophy-9781628924060/
    - 13 Jun 15, 12:31am -
  • Sorry...
    I'm sorry that I haven't blogged in a while. Life has gotten busy and complicated in recent months. But I do plan to finish my postings of the "Precious Remedies" soon, and I have some other things to share that I hope you will find interesting.
    - 17 Jul 14, 2:25pm -
  • Precious Remedies against Satan's Devices - Part 5
    Device 5: By presenting God to the soul as One made up all of mercy. In other words, Satan sometimes intimates that God is only a god of mercy and not holiness or wrath. Thus, since there is nothing whatsoever to fear from God, one may sin with impun…
    - 31 Jul 13, 9:31pm -
  • Precious Remedies against Satan's Devices - Part 4
    Device 4: By showing to the soul the best men's sins and by hiding from the soul their virtues, their sorrows, , and their repentance.For remedies consider that. . .1. The Spirit of God records not only the sins of the saints, but also their repentan…
    - 24 Jul 13, 3:36pm -
  • Precious Remedies against Satan's Devices - Part 3
    Device 3: By extenuating and lessening the sin. Satan often tells us that the sin we are tempted to commit is only a small one, or one that our circumstances somehow mitigate its seriousness.For remedies consider that. . .1. Sin which men account sma…
    - 19 Jul 13, 1:15pm -
  • Precious Remedies against Satan's Devices - Part 2
    Of those devices Satan uses to draw people to sin...Device 2: By painting sin with virtues colors (i.e., by disguising sin as something good. E.g., "covetousness" as "thriftyness"; drunkenness" as "good fellowship."For remedies consider that...1. Sin…
    - 14 Jul 13, 9:32pm -
  • Precious Remedies against Satan's Devices - Part 1
    Thomas Brooks divides Satan's devices (schemes, wiles) into several different categories.  The first category is "Satan's devices to draw the soul to sin." These are ways, that is, that Satan works to get people to break God's law. Under this categ…
    - 8 Jul 13, 1:17pm -
  • Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices
    I have long believed that one of the best books ever written in the area of the doctrine of sanctification, and particular on the mortifying of sin in the believer's life, is the work by the puritan Thomas Brooks, Precious Remedies against Satan's De…
    - 4 Jul 13, 3:56pm -

Watchman's Bagpipes

  • Good, Bad, and Ugly
    The Good:An excellent video demonstrating why December 25th is a likely date of the birth of Jesus.Addressing the myth of the “pagan origins” of Christmas.An examination of the New Order of Latter Rain, and how it led to the New Ap…
    - 2 days ago 8 Dec 17, 11:23pm -
  • Another Song to Manufacture Emotion
    This is a song I haven’t seen for a few years (thankfully) but this past Sunday it invaded our assembly.  It is based on charismania, which is why it gets everyone feeling good instead of thinking about what they are singing.  Let’s take a l…
    - 4 days ago 7 Dec 17, 1:34pm -
  • A Very Good Question
    Shall we judge of matters of the Christian faith by the fathers or primitive writers for three or four hundred years after Christ?  But they often contradicted one another, and themselves too; and what is worse, they sometimes contradicted Script…
    - 4 days ago 6 Dec 17, 2:49pm -
  • Can Rock Music Really be Adapted for Christ?
    A Nazi swastika is not an inherently evil symbol.  Apart from its association with Hitler’s oppressive totalitarian regime, it could serve as a sign for a variety of wholesome and decent enterprises, for example a logo for an insurance company,…
    - 6 days ago 5 Dec 17, 1:05pm -
  • The Church is Entertaining Itself to Death
    Our society’s addiction to pleasure, amusement, and entertainment is likewise celebrated in the church.  It is painfully evident that Christians in the West are comfortably able to conceive of the Godhead and Christianity through the prism of e…
    - 8 days ago 3 Dec 17, 1:40pm -
  • The Church a Spoiled Teenager?
    There is every indication that the world has proselytized the church in several critical areas, including theological liberalism, feminism, pragmatism, pop psychology, materialism, and music and entertainment.  Sadly, today’s evangelical church…
    - 8 days ago 2 Dec 17, 2:31pm -
  • November Was Dedicated to Souls in Purgatory
    There are some Catholics who wrongfully state that their church does not teach "purgatory" anymore. Little do they know, it is an infallible dogma that can never be rescinded or revoked. Catholics may also not know that the month of November is de…
    - 9 days ago 1 Dec 17, 2:26pm -
  • Communicating the Gospel Cannot be Done with Garbage
    Can Christians communicate a consistently Christian message through art forms that have adopted the aesthetic and stylistic canons of Dada or Surrealism?  More specifically, should Christians be allowed to imitate any artistic, literary, or music…
    - 10 days ago 30 Nov 17, 9:20pm -
  • The Reason Behind the Music of CCM—It’s Not to Glorify God
    With specific reference to the baby boomers, secular and Christian, Michael S. Hamilton observes:Once this oversized generation [baby boomers] decided that music would be the primary carrier of its symbols and values, music quickly became, in…
    - 11 days ago 29 Nov 17, 8:20pm -
  • Trite Worship Songs
    What is it with music leaders and their love affair with the trite songs of Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman?  Songs by these are rife in the assemblies, and they have come to replace solid, meat-filled hymns while manufacturing emotion.  A perf…
    - 12 days ago 28 Nov 17, 2:14pm -

Flatland Apologetics

  • A false reality
    Not long ago, a friend and I went to get a bite to eat.  My friends chose his food based on the picture of the meal that he saw at the restaurant.  When the order came out, my friend did a double-take as the meal didn’t exactly match with the mea…
    - 29 Aug 12, 3:43am -
  • How to destroy Christianity
    Christianity is a worldview that has been in existence for around 2000 years.  During those years many have attempted to discredit the Christian message.  The attempt to discredit Christianity began early, but how does one destroy Christianity?The…
    - 31 Jul 12, 11:32pm -
  • Antitheism and Krauss' Wager
    Here is a great blog by Luke Nix of "Faithful Thinkers" Antitheism and Krauss' WagerLaurence Krauss- The AntitheistRecently in a discussion with Justin Brierly (Unbelievable?) and Rodney Holder, Lawrence Krauss made an interesting statement (…
    - 17 Jul 12, 12:21am -
  • The God particle and the trump card
    The recent discovery of the "God Particle" has been a major breakthrough for science across the globe.  Not only has the scientific community promoted the particle, but the media has hyped it as well.  The "God Particle" is known properly as the Hi…
    - 9 Jul 12, 6:00pm -
  • Line em' up
    In taking a few months off in blogging, I was somewhat surprised at a couple of atheist comments that I received.  One of the comments made the point that my apologetics were no different than rehashed Josh McDowell arguments.  Evidently, this per…
    - 3 Jan 12, 11:49pm -
  • Bell's Hell - Another look at "Love Wins"
    Much has been said about Rob Bell's controversial book "Love Wins."  Also, much has changed recently for Rob Bell, as he is now moving out of pastoring a mega-church to do more writing and concentrating on various speaking engagements.  In reviewin…
    - 2 Jan 12, 10:25pm -
  • Dr. Jeffress, Mormonism and dialogue
    A few weeks back,  Dr. Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas caused a stir by calling the Mormon religion a cult before the national media.  Was this the correct avenue to take?  I took a survey shortly after Jeffress statemen…
    - 28 Oct 11, 8:20pm -
  • Die for a lie?
    One of the arguments given for the Christian faith deals with the statement that individuals would not be willing to die for a lie.  In general this is true, but many recognize that this argument by itself is incomplete.  Besides, couldn't any reli…
    - 26 Sep 11, 11:07pm -
  • Apologetics in the church
    Here is a great article from a former professor of mine.An Apologist in Every ChurchPosted on December 21, 2010 by clayjones It is my heartfelt contention that every church in the world needs an apologist. Here’s why I say that. I have found that…
    - 16 Aug 11, 11:30pm -
  • L killers of Church
    In a previous blog, I wrote concerning 10 reasons why the church is broken.  I'm sure many reasons exist that hinder God's people, but believe that three main reasons are wreaking havoc upon the Church of the West.LiberalismLiberalism can be viewed…
    - 15 Aug 11, 2:08pm -

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