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  • A Missionary Called By the Pope To the Synod On the Amazon Explains What the Church Gets Wrong

    10/12/2019 9:54:41 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | October 12, 2019 | Sandro Magister
    A Missionary Called By the Pope To the Synod On the Amazon Explains What the Church Gets Wrong Fr. Martín Lasarte Topolanski, the author of the text hosted on this page, a Uruguayan on mission in Angola, is the head of missionary outreach in Africa and Latin America for the Salesian congregation to which he belongs.Pope Francis included him among the 33 churchmen he personally invited to take part in the synod on the Amazon.The following text was written and published before this synod. But it is as if Fr. Lasarte had delivered it in the assembly just now, for...
  • How Friendship Helped a Follower of Islam See the Truth About Jesus

    09/08/2019 12:04:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    Bible Gateway Blog ^ | August 21, 2018 | Nabeel Qureshi
    How does a committed and passionate follower of Islam reconsider his faith and become an outspoken apologist for Christianity? This is a story of being introduced to Jesus through friendships, investigations, dreams, and visions. What follows is a conversation between the late Nabeel Qureshi (@NAQureshi), author of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus (Third Edition) (Zondervan, 2018)—the first book to win ECPA Christian Book Awards® in both New Author and Non-Fiction categories—and his friend David Wood, who led Nabeel to consider the veracity of the claims of Jesus Christ. The discussion took place in Atlanta, Georgia, during the Evangelical Theological Society’s annual...
  • Refining the Origin of Life Argument

    07/27/2019 4:52:02 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 32 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | July 27, 2019 | Philip Cottraux
    Refining the Origin of Life ArgumentBy Philip Cottraux One of the most popular arguments for the existence of God involves the complexities of life itself, implying something so intricate could never be the product of natural causes. A supernatural intelligence would be required to form together even the basic living cell, with its membrane, cytoplasm, nucleus, and billions of lines of coding. Requiring over ten thousand chemical reactions each second just to stay alive, the cell is truly a remarkable feat of engineering. And to be fair, to date scientists really don’t know how it originated, though there are plenty...
  • The World's Most Confusing Book (Thoughts on Surah IV of the Koran)

    07/20/2019 11:55:20 AM PDT · by OddLane · 25 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/20/19 | Gerard Perry
    An explanation of the historical continuity errors and misunderstandings of scripture contained within the Koran.
  • Koran Read-Through: Debunking The First 2 Chapters of the Worst Book In History

    07/18/2019 10:22:08 AM PDT · by OddLane · 23 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/18/19 | Gerard Perry
    I go over the first 2 chapters of The Koran, explaining their historical and scriptural errors, and how Islam can not be reconciled with a belief in the Living God. Also, respond to fallacious Muslim apologetics.
  • Norman Geisler, noted Christian apologist and theologian, dead at 86

    07/01/2019 7:29:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/01/2019 | Michael Gryboski
    Apologist, prolific author, and theology professor Norman Geisler has passed away at age 86, about two months after he retired from Southern Evangelical Seminary over undisclosed health issues. The Norman Geisler Ministry Page on Facebook announced Monday that he died peacefully earlier that morning, twenty days shy of his 87th birthday. “He has left behind an amazing legacy that will continue to have a ripple effect for many years to come,” they stated. “We will be sending you further details today as to where the funeral will be and it will be open to the public.” In the announcement, the...
  • Newly Consecrated Gay Bishop Declares God Is A Woman

    06/28/2019 11:32:03 AM PDT · by Its All Over Except ... · 93 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/28/2019 | Ellie Gardey
    Rev. Thomas Brown, who is married to a fellow priest, was ordained as a bishop of the diocese of Maine in the Episcopal Church June 22. Immediately following his ordination, Brown referred to God as a "she" twice in the Nicene Creed. "She is worshipped and glorified. She has spoken through the prophets," the just-ordained Bishop Brown said, referring to the Holy Spirit. ...
  • Atheism's Burden of Proof Problem

    06/08/2019 4:38:49 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 22 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | June 8, 2019 | Philip Cottraux
    Atheism’s Burden of Proof Problem By Philip Cottraux An effort to redefine what “atheism” actually means started a few decades ago but is popping up everywhere in the online community. I’ve seen plenty of debates never get anywhere because people get sucked into a vortex of trying to establish what an atheist actually is. While the traditional definition of atheism is the belief that God doesn’t exist, the new subversion is that it’s a “lack of belief” in God. The amount of energy devoted to this controversy is both fascinating and instructive. The first time I encountered the vehement denial...
  • Islam Exposed-"Who wrote the Qur'an?"

    05/09/2019 5:51:01 AM PDT · by OddLane · 43 replies
    Youtube ^ | May 8, 2019 | Christ's Forgiveness
    Pastor Dave educates a confused Muslim in NYC.
  • The Truth About Galileo

    02/23/2019 4:49:34 PM PST · by pcottraux · 54 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | February 23, 2019 | Philip Cottraux
    The Truth About Galileo By Philip Cottraux Galileo. His name invokes the image of a brave scientist standing up against religious authority. The story goes that he discovered the earth is revolving around the sun, proving we are not the center of the universe. The Catholic church, threatened by this, had him arrested and burned at the stake until he recanted his findings. Galileo is remembered as some sort of atheist folk hero, suffering the consequences for his heroic stance against superstition. This is the version most people learn in school. I remember it from high school world history class....
  • Is Jesus God?

    02/16/2019 3:32:00 PM PST · by pcottraux · 101 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | February 16, 2019 | Philip Cottraux
    Is Jesus God? By Philip Cottraux In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not (John 1:1,10). It’s one thing to believe Jesus is the Messiah. Or the Son of God. But God? While firmly settled by Christians long ago, many still grapple with it. Muslims and Jehovah’s Witnesses are fine with labeling Jesus a prophet, but consider equating Him with the Almighty blasphemy, pointing out that nowhere in the four gospels did He demand...
  • The Kalam Cosmological Argument

    01/26/2019 5:24:45 PM PST · by pcottraux · 16 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | January 25, 2019 | Philip Cottraux
    The Kalam Cosmological Argument By Philip Cottraux The Big Bang has been greatly mischaracterized as an atheist explanation for how the universe begin. Unfortunately, in most people’s minds, the phrase is synonymous with natural scientific explanations for the origin of the cosmos, disputing the creation account of the Bible. This is based on both a lack of understanding of the theory’s true history as well as years of secularist indoctrination, especially in public schools. The more I research history, the more I find instances where atheists have either lied about it or seized credit for something they were originally opposed...
  • Arguing with Ignoramuses, a.k.a. Muslims

    01/19/2019 8:26:55 AM PST · by OddLane · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/19/19 | Gerard Perry
    I explore some of the difficulties apologists confront while trying to refute the ingrained ignorance and deception of Islam proponents.
  • God's Name Will not be Mentioned

    12/15/2018 5:12:11 PM PST · by pcottraux · 24 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | December 15, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    God’s Name Will Not be Mentioned By Philip Cottraux I personally think there’s no such thing as an atheist. Deep down inside, everyone knows there’s a God. Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness (Romans 2:15). The reality is they don’t believe He doesn’t exist; they hate Him. The war against everything related to God, the intense hatred of all religion, and the burning desire to scrub any mention of His name from society betrays their true feelings. The murky reference to “separation of church and state” is a thinly-veiled false...
  • Bart Ehrman and the Vacuum of Islamic Thought

    12/14/2018 2:56:00 PM PST · by OddLane · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/13/18 | Islam Critiqued
    I'm hoping at least some Muslims who watch this will begin to allow other opinions to be sucked into the vacuum of Islamic thought on issues related to the text of the New Testament.
  • "Name a Natural Explanation Later Replaced by a Supernatural Explanation"

    11/25/2018 12:47:12 PM PST · by pcottraux · 28 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | November 24, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    “Name a Natural Explanation Later Replaced by a Supernatural Explanation” By Philip Cottraux I see this one pop up on Twitter from time to time, followed by atheists bragging that they’ve never met a theist who can answer it. Unfortunately, I’ve been unsuccessful tracking down its origin. In some tweets I’ve seen it connected with Sam Harris, but sifting through countless quotes as well as his book The End of Faith (this was a torturous experience) turned up nothing. Like most atheist “gotchas,” this one is riddled with false presumptions. I can already hear skeptics getting to the end of...
  • Does Suffering in the World Disprove God's Existence?

    07/14/2018 3:34:56 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 52 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | July 14, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Does Suffering in the World Disprove God’s Existence? By Philip Cottraux War. Plagues. Starvation. Natural disasters. Children dying in the streets. Rapes. Massacres. The Bible says For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son (John 3:16), yet why does He allow these things? If He is all-powerful, couldn’t He intervene and stop all of it in an instant? This is perhaps the most common argument against His existence, at least from my experience. If an atheist sniffs out a tweet I’ve made about God’s love, they’ll respond with an image of a child’s body blown to...
  • The Called Out Ones

    06/19/2018 8:43:07 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 71 replies
    Unsealed ^ | 6-19-2018 | Gary
    There are so many religions, let alone Christian denominations, how can anyone know what to believe?  And even if Jesus is the truth, which denomination can honestly claim to be the "closest" to the truth?  Who are the real Christians? Everything is Counterfeit Christianity For starters, it is important to understand that Judeo-Christianity predates all modern religions, beginning in the 20th century BC when Abram heeded God's call to migrate to Canaan.  His monotheistic faith not only set the stage for the Bible to be written, but also for the coming of the Messiah (the Redeemer of mankind).  Judaism proper—adherence to the...
  • Why Paul is Important to Christianity

    06/16/2018 4:18:45 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 38 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | June 16, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Why Paul Is Important to Christianity By Philip Cottraux Skeptics often ask what makes Christianity right and all other religions wrong. The implication is that various contradicting faiths renders none of them right. But the Christian’s best answer is to point out how well Christianity holds up under historical scrutiny. The ministry, death, and aftermath of Christ is the most well-documented event of the ancient world. The time span between His life and the first historical mentions of Him is the shortest in history; and even when we don’t include the sheer volumes of ancient copies of the four gospels,...
  • The Molten Sea

    05/26/2018 12:04:31 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 2 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | May 26, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    The Molten Sea By Philip Cottraux Exodus 30:17-18: And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Thou shalt also make a laver of brass, and his foot also of brass, to wash withal: and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein. The laver was a brass tub outside the tabernacle between the altar and entrance. Like a perfect procession, a ram was sacrificed at the outer altar, then the priests would enter the outer court to the brazen altar to make the burnt offerings. But they had to wash...