William Lane Craig debates Daniel Came: Does God exist?

Dr. Craig is one of the best apologists out there…. especially in public debates about the existence of God

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The video of the debate was posted by ReasonableFaith.org – Dr. Craig’s organization. This debate occurred in March 2017 at the University of Dublin, in Ireland.

The video: (91 minutes)

My non-snarky summary is below.

Dr. Craig’s opening speech

Two claims:

1. There are good reasons to think that theism is true.
2. There are not comparably good reasons to think that atheism is true.

Five reasons for God’s existence:

1. The beginning of the universe
– actual infinite past is mathematically impossible
– BGV theorem: any universe that is on balance expanding in its history (like ours) cannot be past eternal

2. Fine-tuning of cosmic quantities and constants
– slight changes to quantities and constants prevent a universe from supporting complex embodied life
– the multiverse response of atheists conflicts with observations, e.g. the Boltzmann Brains problem

3. Objective moral values
– God’s…

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Divine Will and Human Freedom by Richard Muller (A Review)

I know, I know…. this guy Nicholas sure posts a lot of other people’s reviews of really hard books. Of course this book is not for everyone, but for those willing to put forth some effort, I believe great rewards could be reaped! 🙂

Reformedish

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Richard A. Muller is (rightly) one of the dominant names in the field of Reformation and Post-Reformation scholarship. His studies on Calvin as well as the broader Reformed tradition—especially his magisterial, 4-volume, Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics (PRRD)have irrevocably changed the contemporary conversations surrounding these figures.

One of the aims of his studies is to resituate figures like Calvin and the later generations of Reformed Scholastic theologians in their contemporary and historical context, in order to correct anachronistic judgments surrounding their thought. Calvin is no longer simply a remarkable, lone genius, but one of a company of 2nd Generation Reformers who learned from and in conversation with others (even if his genius was still prodigious). The Reformed Scholastics who followed weren’t simply arid logicians, taking Calvin’s biblical Spirit and locking it up in the chains of Aristotelian syllogisms and Greek metaphysics. They were scholars, teachers, and preachers…

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Hendrickson’s The Complete Jewish Study Bible Review – Rating: 9.4

A very thorough and helpful review of a new Bible which I have also scanned myself and looks very good!

The Christian Reviewer

Hendrickson Bibles - The Complete Jewish Study BibleI  have done many reviews for Rose Publishing over the past few years.  Then I saw an announcement that they were purchased by another company earlier this year.  Long story short, I found out that this new company was Hendrickson Publishers and they had a review type program as well.  I was very excited

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Sci-fi book review

Caliban's War (Expanse, #2)

See my full review at Goodreads.  This is the third book in the exciting sci-fi series, THE EXPANSE, and like the earlier books in the series, is set in the 23rd Century, features the brave (but somewhat reckless) crew of the Rocinante, including daring but idealistic commander James Holden and his crew of brillian but unbalanced life-long spacers (Alex, Amos and Naomi).  The book picks right up after the end of Book 2 when strange events on Venus are finally becoming clear to Earth, Mars, The Belt and Outer Planets — and those unfolding occurrences are both awe-inspiring and psyche-shattering at the same time.  So, the intrepid crew is dispatched to make sense of things and to keep things safe in the Solar System to events which may forever change humanity.  Highly recommended!

Do You Resent the Life God Gave You?

A true and wise article…………………..

Set Apart

large_do-you-resent-the-life-god-gave-you-5p4vse2dI sat in the restaurant booth across from my husband, but I was distracted by the couple sitting nearby. As I watched them, smiling, enjoying their massive plate of gluten- and dairy-filled food, while my body ached and stomach churned, resentment began to rise in me.

I bet they can eat whatever they want and not feel miserable afterward.

How nice it must be to enjoy a date and not be distracted by a pain-wracked body and a trail of heavy trials that follow you wherever you go.

Rather than enjoying a rare night out with my husband, I found myself spiraling down into self-pity over how hard my life has been, and how easy life seems to be for so many people around me.

Before long, God, in his kindness, jolted me out of my pity party, and made me see the ridiculousness of comparing the messy inside of…

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Three Solid (and Readable) Books on the Trinity

Along with my reblog just posted about one book on the Trinity, here is an article with suggestions for other approachable books on this uplifting subject!

Reformedish

I love reading about the Trinity. Between the Trinity and the Cross, you have the core of my theological interests. I’ve been reading about the Trinity on and off since the end of college. While I can’t say I’m an expert or that I’ve read everything out there, or even all of the essential works, I can say I’ve read a few. Ironically though, up until a year or two ago, I didn’t know of any that I could recommend to somebody looking to get started on the subject. Now, I have three. They’re listed in order of ease and immediate accessibility, but all of them are in the novice-intermediate category. I commend them to any who are interested.

Our Triune God: Living in the Love of the Three-in-One (2011) — Philip Graham Ryken and Michael Lefevre provide a wonderful little work chock-full of insights into the workings and ways…

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The Triune God by Fred Sanders

I am learning that a robust understanding of the Trinity (as well as us simple finite humans can get to) is vital to knowing more about the love of God and that He created and redeemed people simply out of his nature of love and relationship which uniquely marks the God of Scripture from any other gods this world worships. This would be a good book to check out for mature laymen and students!

Reformedish

Triune God.jpgFred Sanders has written a book about the Trinity called The Triune God. Yes, he has already written one previously, The Deep Things of God (which you should have already read by now), and dissertation on it (which is too expensive for anyone to read), but this one is different. Coming as the second volume in Zondervan’s promising New Studies in Dogmatics series, Sanders isn’t interested in giving a serviceable, “here’s the Trinity in OT, the NT, then the Fathers, now the Medievals, and here’s how to not be a heretic today” structure. Instead, Sanders says,

The goal of this book is to secure our knowledge of the triune God by rightly ordering the theological language with which we praise the triune God. Its central contention is that the manner of the Trinity’s revelation dictates the shape of the doctrine: it draws its dogmatic conclusions about how the doctrine…

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On “Listening” to Millennials (and What Does that Even Mean)

Although I am not a pastor or even an elder; still, as a 60+ year-old Boomer, I appreciate learning more about Millennials and how to bridge some big gaps.

Reformedish

(Yes, I’m sorry, this is a piece about Millennials.)

listeningHonestly, I feel bad for churches and older leaders trying to get a handle on reaching Millennials. One of the biggest things the recent literature tells churches to do is “listen” to Millennials. But that can be fairly confusing.

For instance, one very clear message we’ve heard for years from both experts and Millennial spokespersons is that the Church has gotten “too political.” By marrying the Church to political causes and parties, we’ve turned off younger Christians to the gospel who see it as just another ideology. Okay. Check. “Chill on the political stuff, and stick to the gospel.”

Then the 2016 election cycle happens. And now, it’s also suddenly very clear “political silence is complicity.” Those very same experts (voices of a generation), assure us Millennials will not be satisfied with churches that stay on the sidelines and remain quiet…

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