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Welcome to NewApologetics.com, a New Apologetics for a New Evangelization.

Our mission in developing the content of a New Apologetics is to reach out, as Cardinal Francis George has written, “with the faith that comes to us from the apostles, without compromises that would contravene the dignity and vocation of beings made in the image of a self-giving God.”

It is our hope that what is to be presented here will become the ignition point of a renewal in theology and philosophy of religion.

All contributors to NewApologetics.com are loyal to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, but our methodology in dialoging with those who do not share the faith is strictly limited to using well-accepted principles of reason without appeal to authority.

The content of NewApologetics.com will always be open to respectful and rational critique from all sources.

Our work is under the patronage of Saint Therese of Lisieux who tasted the “bread of sorrow” in solidarity with unbelievers, and who, from that place of communion with her atheist brothers and sisters, prayed for divine light.

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This category addresses topics pertaining to the work of the New Apologetics broadly. Some important considerations for distinguishing between the New Apologetics and the “old apologetics” in terms of both method and content will be proposed.

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Coming Soon: An Open Letter to Christians

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An Open Letter to Atheists

As Catholic apologists, we want to do something that our name would suggest we do far more often: We’d like to apologize. By that we mean exactly what you would think; we want to say that we’re sorry. We understand that you might be suspicious right now, that you may be thinking that this is another “tactic” for drawing you in. It isn’t. In fact, having tactics is one of the things we’re... Read More

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A Line in the Sand

Since the time of the Apostles, the Church has been engaged in the business of explaining Christian doctrine and defending it against error from both outside forces and inside forces (heresies). 1 Peter 3:15 tells us to “always be ready to give an explanation for the hope that is within you.” Recently, Cardinal Levada stated that the Church needs a New Apologetics for the New Evangelization. But... Read More

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Catholic Apologetics

This section addresses subject matter pertinent to Catholicism and Christianity in general. A particular focus will be put on the development of a fully integrated theory of the redemption.

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A Debate/Discussion between New Apologetics and Catholic Philosopher Michael Liccione on The Possibility of Theodicy

Catholic philosopher Michael Liccione (https://www.facebook.com/mliccione) has invited New Apologetics to respond to his 1999 article “The Problems of Evil” (http://problemsofevil.blogspot.com/). Our position at New Apologetics is diametrically opposed to the one expressed in the article to be critiqued. Dr. Liccione argues that theodicy is impossible. We at New Apologetics argue that... Read More

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Coming Soon: Ten Questions and Answers on the “How” of the Redemption

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Ten Questions and Answers on the “Why” of Human Suffering

Question 1: Is it arrogant to seek an answer to the “why” of suffering if God is “mystery”?Answer: God is infinitely mysterious, but for love of humanity, God has freely revealed himself, and has communicated what we otherwise could not have known by our own power. The Church teaches that, in revealing himself to us in this way, God has provided ultimate answers to those questions we human... Read More

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Coming Soon: The Modal Ontological Argument from Divine Justice (A New Proof for the Existence of God)

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The Redemption Series, Part I: Finding Our Way Out

In “The Theodicy of Divine Chastity, Part I,” we explored some aspects of the problem of evil in light of God’s perfect opposition to evil. Because of our experience of injustice, it can seem that God is either complicit in evil (i.e. “the end justifies the means”), or powerless, or nonexistent. Our first article in that series explained how it is possible for us to coherently... Read More

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The Theodicy of Divine Chastity, Part I

 The occurrence of tragedy is especially problematic for the worldview of the Christian who believes in a good God. The “why” of suffering is certainly asked universally, but it is the believer who must somehow reconcile the reality of suffering with the belief in a loving God who both knows everything and has infinite power. Historically, most (if not all) explanations of the presence of suffering... Read More

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Coming Soon: The Redemption Series, Part II: The Stone Rejected by the Builders

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A Debate/Discussion between “New Apologetics” and “Dogma Debate” on “The Top 11 Reasons for Atheism”

The following discussion originally took place on the New Apologetics Facebook page between April 13, 2013 and June 10, 2013 in front of an audience of approximately 20,000 online viewers. [Photo: An icon of Saint Abraham of Rostov destroying a statue of the pagan god Veles.] This post will be the venue for a discussion concerning the defensibility of 11 proposed reasons for atheism. The representative(s)... Read More

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Counter-apologetics

In service to truth and justice, this category presents rebuttals to popular (but unsound) arguments for the existence of God and the truth of Christianity.

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A Refutation of the Kalām Cosmological Argument

Prefatory Note: This contribution to the work of counter-apologetics is made strictly in service of intellectual honesty and is not intended to be an argument for atheism in any way. We believe it to be an essential aspect of free and honest inquiry that if some argument can be shown to be faulty, then the fault ought to be exposed without delay or compunction regardless of one’s allegiance to any... Read More

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Coming Soon: Progress Will Resolve It All: The Future of Scientific Apologetics

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Coming Soon: A New Pascal’s Wager: Betting on Innocence

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Spirituality


The aim of this category is to dispel misunderstandings about Christian prayer, the spiritual life, and the nature of the human person in general.

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(The Ordinary Discourse)

“This is an original poem by New Apologetics, reposted here from where it first appeared on our Facebook page.  Please continue to check our Facebook page for additional content, as new poems and prayers will usually appear there first. We include the poem here as an artistic representation of the theology of the Church as it has been, is, and always will be.” (The Ordinary Discourse) Thoughtful... Read More

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A Christmas Prayer (Inspired by St. Thérèse)

My God, I have done little to prepare for Christmas. I have prepared myself poorly for the feast of your birth, and I will celebrate it as poorly. If I say that there is an “ought”, I can say also that I have not lived up to it. And now I say I love you.   I do not attempt to reconcile these contraries, for they reconcile only in you. My fallen nature, which loves and desires you so... Read More

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Glory Be

“This is an original poem by New Apologetics, reposted here from where it first appeared on our Facebook page.  Please continue to check our Facebook page for additional content, as new poems and prayers will usually appear there first. We include the poem here as an artistic representation of the theology of the Church as it has been, is, and always will be.”   Thorn in my flesh,... Read More

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Five Easter Poems

“This is a collection of original poems by New Apologetics, reposted here from where it first appeared on our Facebook page.  Please continue to check our Facebook page for additional content, as new poems and prayers will usually appear there first. We include the poem here as an artistic representation of the theology of the Church as it has been, is, and always will be.” I. Am I the only one... Read More

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Spiritual Riches

“This is an original poem by New Apologetics, reposted here from where it first appeared on our Facebook page.  Please continue to check our Facebook page for additional content, as new poems and prayers will usually appear there first. We include the poem here as an artistic representation of the theology of the Church as it has been, is, and always will be.”   What kind of man, Zacchaeus, Wealthy... Read More

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Dialogues

These conversations are representative exchanges which have taken place between New Apologetics contributors and various questioners from widely divergent backgrounds and world views.

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Purgatory

  Dean Victor Lanestosa Montalvo‎New Apologetics December 10, 2012 ·  Hello guys, as a modern apologist? how can we defend about the doctrine on purgatory? hope you can help me with this topic thanks God Bless Like ·  James P Dimichino likes this. New Apologetics The necessity of purgatory is easily explainable when we come to see how much resistance... Read More

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“Christian Manners”

  Beatriz Payne‎New Apologetics December 6, 2012 ·  Parents live a holy life and educate your children in a christian manners. Children obey and follow directions of your parents. Members of the family pray and worship together. Like ·  2 people like this. New Apologetics It is interesting that you wrote “christian manners.” It really does... Read More

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Physical Healing is only a “sign” of a Greater Healing to come

  Peter Picciolini‎New Apologetics December 4, 2012 ·  I have a question and would like some input please. As a Catholic I understand and believe that Jesus bore the sins of the world. He took our iniquities to the cross. I have many friends of Christian denominations and respect them and how they choose to worship however I need to try to understand something that I have run into... Read More

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Is there a law of tithing?

  David Graham‎New Apologetics December 1, 2012 ·  i am a catholic i had a born again experience in 1996 since then ive been round all the different churches you name it ive tried it now am back at mass missed it what i did not like in all the other churches was the coercion used before the plate went round about tithing i was saved now am to do pay to keep my salvation well thats... Read More

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What makes us Right with God?

  Gareth Northam‎New Apologetics November 30, 2012 ·  What makes us right with God? Like ·  New Apologetics likes this. New Apologetics It is only by being transformed by the Holy Spirit to become one with Christ that we are made right with God. We can explain in depth according to your interest. December 19, 2012 at 4:29pm · Like New... Read More

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What would Saint Therese argue?

Drewed Hensley‎New Apologetics November 28, 2012 ·  Therese of Lisieux taught us “the little way” to serve God! The “Flower” is ready to teach us today! Like ·  Elizabeth Micheal likes this. New Apologetics She would argue that we need to let him serve us so that he can transform us into himself. The sooner we arrive at the understanding... Read More

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Most Prudent Way of Evangelizing?

  Christopher Charles Prieto‎New Apologetics November 28, 2012 ·  What is the most prudent way by example and by word that I can lead and evangelize to build a stronger crew without forcing it? Like ·  3 people like this. New Apologetics We can ask the Lord to bring us to that place where we know that we are in no way above the people we are evangelizing.... Read More

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What is New Apologetics? Why do we preach?

  Elvia Munoz‎New Apologetics November 27, 2012 ·  What is “NEW APOLOGETICS”? Like ·  New Apologetics Here are two good articles for starters:http://www.zenit.org/article-29086?l=englishhttp://www.cuf.org/laywitness/Online_view.asp?lwID=1214 December 28, 2012 at 9:42pm · Like New Apologetics We work to address questions and objections... Read More

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What is the difference between praise and worship?

  Jim Holland‎New Apologetics November 27, 2012 · Alma, AR ·  Question: What is the difference between worship and praise? Like ·  New Apologetics Jim Holland From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:“2639 Praise is the form of prayer which recognizes most immediately that God is God. It lauds God for his own sake and gives him glory, quite beyond what... Read More

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Do atheists personify nature?

  Neringa Maxwell‎New Apologetics November 23, 2012 ·  I have a question about the atheists’ arguments and their views. While arguing against existence of God, they refer to Nature, often even Mother Nature, her laws and her creations. It seems that most of them (atheists) are not bothered about this personification of nature and that they are willing to accept the idea that... Read More

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Why was Abel’s offering looked on with favor while Cains was not?

Vernon Choin‎New Apologetics November 16, 2012 ·  Why was Abels offering looked on with favor while Cains was not? Like ·  New Apologetics Please pardon the omission. This question slipped through the cracks for a long time. Necessarily, the only reason would be that Cain’s offering was not one which sought unity, but was done in an attempt to elevate him above... Read More

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Why was Limbo scrapped by the Pope?

Dexter Huinda‎New Apologetics November 6, 2012 ·  I have a question regarding Limbo. Why was it scrapped by the current Pope? I was just curious because this particular doctrine had been there since I was born. It’s the very reason why newborn babies are being “forced” to be baptized for the fear of being brought to this place when they die without having gone through... Read More

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Praying to Saints

  Dakota Summers‎New Apologetics November 5, 2012 ·  I have an honest question. Why does the Catholic church pray to saints? Like ·  Elaine Anderson Brewer likes this. New Apologetics The Church recognizes that God is not protective of his own glory. In truth, his glory is that we share as fully as logically possible in the life and work of God. He loves... Read More

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Priestly Celibacy

  Kathleen Rose Marble‎New Apologetics November 5, 2012 ·  Hello! First of all, I would like to say that you are very brave to have made this page. God has truly gifted you with great courage and wisdom to do such a thing. Secondly, I have a question. Some of my friends are questioning me on the fact that priests and consecrated women are not to be married. They tell me that man... Read More

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“Forcefully” Rejecting Distorted Images of God

  Tim Kesser‎New Apologetics November 2, 2012 ·  I loved talking to you guys on twitter. Very all around accepting of those with differing views. You are one of the few apologists I can talk to without rolling my eyes. As an Agnostic Atheist I give my stamp of approval to you guys. Like ·  Nick Hennessey and 23 others like this. New Apologetics Tim,... Read More

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Muslims or Buddhists go to Heaven?

  Bryan Piczon‎New Apologetics November 2, 2012 ·  What if i am a Buddhist, Muslim, do you think Christians are the only one who goes to Heaven? Like ·  New Apologetics Only through Christ is it possible for our sin, suffering and death to be made well again before the infinite justice of God who wills that we be fully alive and undiminished by any evil.However,... Read More

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Various Arguments for God’s Existence

  Shane Jones‎New Apologetics October 26, 2012 ·  What have you got? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0CUVfWbjSs Is this an impossible task for Theists? A relevant inquiry YOUTUBE.COM Like ·  · Share Robert Bushlow likes this. New Apologetics We agree with you in essence provided we are understanding you correctly. We think that... Read More

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Why does the Creed say rose “again”?

  Maurice Esguerra‎New Apologetics October 25, 2012 ·  Hello I had a question about our Roman Catholic Creed, in it we say at Sunday Mass, ” and He rose again ” why again ? did Jesus not rise once since he only died once? , Thank you for your answer , God bless  Like ·  New Apologetics It just means that he rose “anew.” It is a secondary... Read More

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Discourse on Mary and Original Sin

  Ever Teran‎New Apologetics October 16, 2012 ·  Christ came to earth to redeem us from our sin, Original Sin. The aftermath of Original Sin is what St. Augustine calls concupisence. We are able to see this in where St. Paul transcribes how he does what wills not and he does not what he wills. My question is, how is Original Sin transferred? This answer leads to the question of how... Read More

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A New Apologetics Analysis of the Pre-Communion Prayer

Alex Tâm Phạm‎ February 13, 2013 ·  Before one receives communion we imitate the centurion saying, “I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof. But only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” Why is it then that those with the stain of mortal sin are unworthy to receive Christ? I understand that receiving Christ in an unworthy manner is receiving judgements... Read More

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Does the Limited Knowledge Defense (LKD) Entail “Skeptical Theism”?

Justin Schieber‎   Regarding probabilistic versions of the problem of evil, the key inference is obvious. It is usually from the fact that there seems to be many evils that don’t seem to be logically necessary for attaining some greater good TO the claim that probably at least some of those are not logically necessary for some greater good (or avoiding some greater evil.) The christian... Read More

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How can an atemporal God create?

  Jay Kruzuski‎     If God is an atemporal act and there is no “will do” in God, how does he create? Apologists like William Lane Craig will say that God enters into time upon creation, but this doesn’t make sense to me. If He is an atemporal act, he shouldn’t be able “to do” anything. How would you respond to this? (I don’t think New... Read More

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How can I Guarantee my Entrance into Heaven when I Die??

Paul Cameron‎   how can i guarantee my entrance into heaven when i die?? New Apologetics God will not fail to give you the desire of your heart. If you want heaven, you will have it.   Paul Cameron that is not the answer of a street evangelist   Gareth Northam Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. (Acts16:31)   Gareth Northam You... Read More

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Patrick Reviews New Apologetics, New Apologetics Reviews Christopher Hitchens, The Sacraments as Direct Encounters with the Supernatural, Praying as an Atheist

Patrick Speckamp‎ October 25, 2012 ·  Hi, I just wanted to say….although I’m an agnostic atheist, I find your page very intriguing. I also appreciate your “welcoming” attitude towards people who don’t share your beliefs. This is actually a quality that I missed in many interactions I had with religious people. I also appreciate the high standard of input... Read More

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Pro-abortion Politicians Receiving Communion?

Fernii Torres‎ have a question someone please answer me, how is it possible that our governor who is divorced, lives with his girlfriend and fights for late term abortion rights can receive communion New Apologetics “Now two others, both criminals, were led away with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his... Read More

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A Response to the Modal Ontological Argument from Divine Justice

Patrick Speckamp‎ I’d like to submit a response to your Modal Ontological Argument from Divine Justice, which you published in article III of your Tractatus (http://newapologetics.com/the-tractatus). Although it seems to be a stringent argument for the existence of a justice-making concept I’d like to point out some possible weaknesses. Please feel free to correct me on any misreading... Read More

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New vs. Old Apologetics

Patrick Speckamp‎ You set out to provide a “New” evangelization. What is so radically new about your approach? Is it merely the fact that you take differing views seriously and try to see the benefit in them? Ultimately and judging from our discussions, you are very good at ruling out the concepts of God that atheists bash (and apparently rightly so). You agree that these are ideas... Read More

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(The Religion about) Jesus is the Only Way: New Apologetics Responds

Gareth Northam‎ Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except by Me” Jn14:6 That means the way through Mohamed is closed. The way through Islam is closed. The way through Krsna is closed. The way through Buddha is closed. The way through self enlightenment is closed. The way through magic, witchcraft or the occult is closed. The way through... Read More

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Spiritual Desolation, Too Lazy to Pray, Dark Night, Transforming Union

Alex Tâm Phạm‎ What should one do during a time of spiritual desolation? When one is so lazy to even pray? Like · Comment · February 27, 2013 at 5:58pm ·  Matthew Eckert, Jay Kruzuski and Ankit Dhawan like this. Ankit Dhawan Excellent question! Looking forward to the answer. February 28, 2013 at 4:01am · 2 New Apologetics You wrote: What... Read More

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New Evangelization in the Philippines (Praise for New Apologetics)

Brian Cabactulan‎ It is very inspiring and refreshing to see how your humility and authority do not, in the least bit, diminish each other in the work that you do here. Praise God for your charism, and for how you have courageously followed your vocation.I feel blessed to have been led to your page. I would not even dare to imagine the spiritual warfare on your level, as your work pierces through... Read More

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Marian Dogma, Romans 14, and Defending the Immaculate Conception

Caleb Newberry‎ Your most recent response on Mary was very helpful. However, I would still like to know the history of the beliefs about Mary. They weren’t defined as dogma till the 1800s so I don’t think even the church would contend they have always been around. Also, assuming Catholic doctrines on Mary were true, I am still wondering why Romans 14 would not apply to these doctrines?... Read More

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The Good Pagans on the Feast of the Epiphany

Jomil Mulvey‎ WHY is not being one of the People of the book equated with Atheism?? I am a religious Pagan who says her prayers morning and night and enjoys the fellowship of more or less like minds. I happen to harbor a deep love for St Therese, and a deep respect for St. Hypatia of Alexanria martyred for the crime of saying that truth was greater than belief and actions greater than Faith. Like · Comment · January... Read More

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Theodicy Article and Meaning of the Cross

Theresa Lester‎ [Your] article is the best I have ever seen regarding the questions that many people have about human suffering. I have believed for a long time that people are wrong in blaming God for allowing tragedies and suffering. My belief, based on Scripture and the teaching of the Church is that sin brought suffering and death into the world, and it continues to be the conduit for evil... Read More

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Celibacy, Saintly Intercession, Original Sin, and Redemption Mechanics

Caleb Newberry‎ I am a Protestant Christian and I want to start out by saying that I love your page. I feel a love for the Catholic Church as brothers and sisters in Christ and I owe a debt to many Catholic theologians for helping me grow in my faith. And upon reading the Catechism I saw that the Catholic Church was much more gracious to Protestants than I had grown up hearing many Protestants... Read More

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Scientific Method

Scott Maddox “Your position entails a grave misunderstanding of scientific method. It seems that you assume (under the premise of loyalty to science) that science is the only means of knowledge. We would like to discuss this with you in a separate thread as it is somewhat off-topic here.” - New Apologetics Okay, so what are the other means of knowledge? Like ·  January 25, 2013... Read More

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Foundational Questions

Ankit Dhawan‎ As I am reading all these wonder ful posts (thanks!) my apetite for seeking straight answers to some of the foundational questions is increasing. So, here it goes: 1. Who are we? Are we the body or the soul? Someone gave the analogy of car and the driver… car being hte body and driver being the soul. 2. Who creates us? (OK! I know this one.. God) 3. Why does He creates us? 4.... Read More

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Origin of the First Desire to Sin

  Ankit Dhawan‎ God created Adam a perfect human being. Where does the first desire to disobey God come from? Alright, I have read that first it was the serpent and then it was Eve who influenced Adam. But my question is more fundamental… there was a desire that was introduced in God’s perfect system to disobey Him, what is the root of that desire? Adam was as perfect as Jesus,... Read More

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The Bible as Progressive Revelation

Matt Tillman‎ I was reading the Bible (again) and came to Ezekiel 18. How does one understand this chapter in relation to the words of Paul, who suggested that “because of the sin of Adam,” all men are sinners? Ezekiel explicitly says, “What do you mean that you use this parable over the land of Israel, saying, ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes and the children’s... Read More

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Hell, Hope, and Julian of Norwich

Jay Kruzuski‎ Even if I am in heaven, if all of mankind is not saved, I will not be joyful. However, heaven, by definition is 100% joy. Will I have to be content with the fact that some people are suffering miserably in hell in order to enter heaven? I don’t think I can do that. How do you resolve this dilemma? Like ·· April 22, 2013 at 4:20pm ·  Patrick Speckamp, Nick Hennessey, Matthew... Read More

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Omniscience-Omnipotence Paradox

Patrick Speckamp‎ I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the omniscience vs omnipotence paradox: If God is omniscient, then he knows what he will do, and must inevitably do what he already knows he will do. If he must do what he already knows he will do, how does this make him omnipotent? (with omnipotence implying free choice of actions without limitations) Like · February 22, 2013... Read More

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