The Break-Up: Molinism & Divine Simplicity

If you’re a Molinist, you have to break up with divine simplicity. This isn’t a problem for many Molinists because a lot of them have already denied the doctrine. While there may be many reasons for this break-up with simplicity (William Lane Craig finds a conflict between it and the doctrine of the Trinity), there…

Church Membership: A Treatise (3)

In this article, I will discuss the Reformational backgrounds of local church membership. Not only will I cover language from both John Calvin and Francis Turretin, but I will also jump forward to men like Charles Hodge. Bojidar Marinov has openly denied that local church membership is mandated in Scripture, and he has also denied…

Church Membership: A Treatise (2)

In the previous article, I surveyed Bojidar Marinov’s views concerning church membership. In this article, I will examine his views in light of God’s holy Word. At the same time, I will construct a biblical case for obligatory local church membership. Historically, both Baptists and Presbyterians have claimed Scripture as their ultimate authority in all…

Chosen in Christ: A Response to Wagner and Flowers

Chosen. It’s kinda got a ring to it doesn’t it? The word, eklegomai in the Greek, can also be rendered selected, or elected. The apostle Paul uses the term often in his New Testament epistolary writings. Usually, he uses the term in reference to God choosing a particular people for Himself. However, the nature of this selection or election is rather…

The Rise of the “Nones”

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. — 1 Peter 3:15 Thousands of articles have been written about Christian apologetics. The church hardly needs another layperson writing about…

“We Don’t Need Religion Anymore, Man!”

Christian: “Why would almost every people group around the world, throughout known history, have a form of worship either to many gods or simply one God?” Atheist: “Religion seems to have served as an evolutionary benefit. Religion gives people a moral compass by which people treat one another in ways conducive to survival, population growth,…

I’m Not Good Enough to Write This

In the 21st century, religion is kinda a strange thing. The term religion is used broadly and is attributed to mysticism as well as bible believing Christians. There are religions which require works in exchange for divine reconciliation. There are religions that think actions and thoughts matter about as much as your next food choice. Neither of…

Second Guessing Richard Carrier, Part III

In my previous two articles, I talked about Carrier’s mischaracterizations of Dr. Alvin Plantinga’s Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism (EAAN). Just since the release of those two posts (over the last two days) I have received some blowback as a result of the content, mainly from Carrier himself. In this article I want to briefly address some…

Second Guessing Richard Carrier, Part II

In my previous article, I talked about Carrier’s strange objection to Plantinga’s tiger and how he seemingly attacked an argument without telling his readers what that argument was in the first place. He never cited anything from Plantinga in that section of his article, and failed to quote him at all. In this article, I…

Second Guessing Richard Carrier, Part I

You may have heard of him in certain internet circles, and perhaps you have even seen him give a talk or two in your hometown. Richard Carrier is a pop-atheist who is avidly against the notion of a historical Jesus, a fervent defender of naturalism, and a compulsive “potty mouth” when it comes to critiquing…

Plantinga & Van Til: Can They Be Friends?

Well… kinda. Throughout my study of apologetics, more specifically, my assessment of varying apologetic methods, Cornelius Van Til has certainly stood out. There exists in Van Til a commitment to the Scriptures along with a forceful argument for the Christian system of thought rarely seen in other apologists. One of the issues, however, has been…

The [Ir]Rationale of Unbelief

In San Diego, California, our church established a regular schedule for evangelism at Balboa Park. One of the unique things about Balboa Park was that, on Saturdays, it served as the place where a multitude of different belief systems would interact. Every single Saturday, there were Muslims, Atheists, Hindus, Messianic Jews, Orthodox and Reformed Jews,…