• What is truth?
  • Can we know it?
  • Does God exist?
  • What is the historical evidence for Christianity?
  • How should we interpret the Bible?
  • What does the Bible teach?

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Knowledge from General Revelation (Nature)

Understand the evidence for truth, knowledge, God, Jesus, and the Scriptures

 

 

Complete Apologetics 2022 Class Downloads

My class notes from my 9-week Christian Apologetics series at First Redeemer Church

 

If I could recommend only one resource written at the popular level to help Christians defend knowledge, objective truth, God, the possibility of miracles, the New Testament documents, Jesus, and the Bible, it would be Geisler and Turek's book I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, along with Geisler and Jimenez' official study guide.

 

Why Believe the Bible?

A 15-step outline for defending Biblical Christianity from the ground up, which can also serve as an apologetics course outline

 

Evidence for Faith

My Evidence for Faith class color slides on apologetics and bibliology. Many slides are from the I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist Power Point Package.  

 

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Evidence for Faith (EFF) class at North Lanier Church in 2017

MP3 podcasts and handouts from a nine-session bootcamp I taught on Apologetics and Bibliology. Note: This class was taught to a Christian audience. I would not use so many Bible references in the early segments if it was aimed at a nonChristian audience.

 

To download mp3 files, after you click link below, right click on the sound bar and click "save audio as" to save file to your device.

 

EFF 1. Faith and Reason

Mp3 audio recording (class notes in section below)

 

EFF 2. Truth and Knowledge

Mp3 audio recording (class notes in section below)

 

EFF 3. Arguments for God's Existence

Mp3 audio recording not available at this time. See handouts of EFF 3 class below

 

EFF 4. The Problem of Evil

Mp3 audio recording (class notes in section below)

 

EFF 5. Miracles and the Authenticity of the New Testament Documents

Mp3 audio recording (class notes in section below)

 

EFF 6. The Truthfulness of the New Testament Documents

Mp3 audio recording (class notes in section below)

 

EFF 7. Jesus of Nazareth and His View of Scripture

Mp3 audio recording (class notes in section below)

 

EFF 8. The Bible as the Word of God

Mp3 audio recording (class notes in section below)

 

EFF 9. How to Interpret the Bible

Mp3 audio recording (class notes in section below)

 

Why Believe the Bible?

In reverse order, defending Biblical Christianity from the top down by asking "why" until the epistemological bedrock foundation is reached.

 

Why Believe the Bible?

A concise six-step argument defending Biblical Christianity from the ground up

 

We Can Know

Today, Christians are often viewed as having only preferences and opinions. But Christianity is about truth and the knowledge of God

 

The Four Pillars of Knowledge

A graph of how Christians can have a philosophically, theologically, and spiritually  robust body of knowledge

 

Philosophical Arguments

A short explanation of philosophical arguments (the means of rational persuasion) and an exercise with answer code 

 

Six Arguments for God's Existence

A one-page summary of six arguments for the existence of a transcendent God (God made all) which refutes atheism (No God at all) and pantheism (God is all)

 

The Teleological Argument for God's Existence

The intricate fine-tuning of physics for life is best explained by design, versus chance or necessity

 

Can Darwinism Explain New Life Forms?

Short edited excerpt from Dr. Stephen Meyer's book, Darwin's Doubt. Charles Darwin had concerns about his own theory being capable of explaining new life forms. The latest scientific discoveries have justified his concerns.    

 

The Problem of Evil

If an all-knowing, all-powerful, all-good God exists, why does evil exist?

 

Answering Objections to the Moral Argument for God's Existence

Objective moral values and duties exist and demand a moral Law-giver. All objections to this truth fail.

 

Certainty and Necessity

Divine foreknowledge and human libertarian freedom are logically compatible. The fallacy of conflating certainty with necessity leads to open theism or theological fatalism/determinism.

 

Philosophical Considerations on Origins

Some basic guidleines regarding the intersection of Biblical and scientific interpretations

 

Three Views of Origins

Three Christian views of the creation of the universe and life are compared

 

 

I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist

In this book, Norman Geisler and Frank Turek give a step by step argument for Christianity. You also can order a workbook and curriculum. A must-read for Christians living in an anti-Christian world

 

Answering the Tough Questions about Life and God

This thoughtful audio (mp3) series by Ken Boa is presented in 19 lectures on various "tough questions" about life and God

 

Welcome to College

In this book, Jonathan Morrow, director of Impact 360 Institute, writes what Dr. J.P. Moreland says is "The single best volume I have ever read for preparing students to follow Jesus and flourish as His disciples in college."

 

Apologetics 315

A wealth of apologetics resources, including free mp3 podcasts

 

Reasonable Faith.org

The website of William Lane Craig who politely demolishes the atheist's best arguments with logical precision and thoroughness

 

Bethinking.org

Thoughtful, cutting-edge apologetics and evangelism resources

 

One-Minute Apologist

Quick credible answers to tough questions, answered by today's best defenders of the faith

 

Cross Examined.org

Frank Turek, lecturer at college campuses and churches, is always informative and entertaining

 

Stand to Reason

Greg Koukl's clear thinking and conversational tactics are a powerful combination for helping people overcome objections to Christianity

 

Cold-Case Christianity

Ex-atheist and homicide detective J. Warner Wallace uses the principles of cold-case investigations to show the evidential credibility of the Christian faith

 

The Discovery Institute

Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture advances the understanding that human beings and nature are the result of intelligent design rather than a blind and undirected process

 

Virtual Office of Richard G. Howe

Richard G. Howe is Professor Emeritus of philosophy and apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary. He is a popular speaker and author who lives in Cumming, GA

 

Pluralism, Relativism, and Tolerance

Dick Keys' great article on L'Abri Fellowship website. An audio of this message can be found on bethinking.org

 

The Absolute Truth About Relativism

In this book, Dr. Jefrey Breshears calls postmodern relativism the fundamental heresy of our time and then proceeds to logically dismantle it

 

Stephen C. Meyer.org

Dr. Stephen Meyer, author of Signature in the Cell and Darwin's Doubt, rebuts Darwinism with recent scientific evidence

 

Programming of Life

A video about biology and information sciences that powerfully demonstrates the inadequacy of Neo-Darwinism as a plausible explanation for life

 

The Areopagus

A Christian Study Center led by historian Dr. Jefrey Breshears who holds classes in the North Metro-Atlanta area

 

Satan's Bookshelf

Dr. Jefrey Breshears critiques the worst books written in modern history. This series helps to explain why we find ourselves in post-Christian America. Be sure to click older entries to get all the mp3 podcasts.

 

Introduction to Philosophy: A Christian Perspective

Book by Norman Geisler and Paul Feinberg. What is knowledge? What is reality? What is the ultimate? What is good or right?  

 

 

Also, see favorite links under my email address (or menu item The Case for Aplologetics)

 

Knowledge from Special Revelation (Scripture)

Know what God has revealed about Himself and mankind through Jesus and His Word

 

How to Interpret the Bible

A detailed presentation of the principles of Biblical Interpretation

 

The Three Pillars of Correct Bible Interpretation

A graph of how a Christian can objectively interpret the Bible by seeking the willed meaning of the authors from the text

 

Why Christians Disagree on Spiritual Matters

While there is great agreement among evangelical Christians on the essentials, apart from a lack of training in Biblical hermeneutics and exegesis, other factors can be at work to cause disagreements

 

The Trinity

A one-page study summarizing the scriptural basis of the triune nature of God

 

The Will of God

A one-page study that attempts to harmomize the many aspects of the will of God

 

The Equitable Judgment of God

The study of salvation with an emphasis on God's equity and impartiality in judgment

 

The Death of Christ

A two-page study summarizing the import of the death of Jesus Christ

 

The Resurrection of Christ

A two-page study summarizing the miraculous bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ

 

The Holy Spirit

A detailed study on the person and work of the Holy Spirit

 

The Scriptures

A one-page study summarizing what the scriptures say about themselves

 

The Doctrine of Man

a two-page study summarizing the biblical doctrine of mankind

 

Salvation

A detailed study on how God saves sinners from His just condemnation. It addresses salvation with respect to God, Christ, the sinner, election, grace, works, free will, faith, repentance, regeneration, baptism, and the essential content of the gospel.

 

Two Views of Salvation

A detailed comparison of a Calvinstic cause-effect model and an Arminian influence-response model, with more categories than the typical TULIP

 

Harmonizing God's Sovereignty and Man's Free Will

A presentation of proper methodology and a survey of six models.

 

Two Extreme Views of Salvation: Lordship versus Free Grace

A short comparison of Lordship versus Free Grace salvation with a middle position that avoids these two extreme views.

 

Faith

A detailed study of faith's relationship to election, God's gifting, grace, evidence, reason, choice, belief, trust, sight, regeneration, confession and baptism.

 

Spirit Baptism

A detailed study of Holy Spirit baptism as occurring simultaneous to faith in Jesus Christ for all believers in this age and as distinct from water baptism

 

The Righteousness of the Believer

A one-page study of the righteousness of the Christian as described in Scripture

 

Judgment of the Believer

Three judgments of the Christian (keeping the table columns straight is vital)

 

Regeneration Follows Faith

A positive case for the logical order of salvation with scriptural implications for the meaning of "dead in sins". Also a critique of Wayne Grudem's article on regeneration and a Facebook debate with Calvinists.

 

Baptism Outline

A short study outline of baptism

 

Baptism

A detailed study of baptism, including a critique of infant baptism and "occasion of salvation" water baptism

 

Baptism Quiz

A baptism quiz based on the Baptism study above, with answer code

 

Six Views of Water Baptism

A short summary of six basic views on water baptism

 

Baptism and the Covenants

A graphic comparison of Presbyterian paedobaptism with Baptist credobaptism

 

The Preservation of Scripture

A presentation on some of the key issues surrounding the preservation of scripture

 

The Preservation of Scripture

A short paper on some of the key issues surrounding the preservation of scripture

 

Four Views on the Preservation of Scripture

Have the scriptures been preserved over the generations? If so, how? Four views are compared.

 

Bible Differences

A detailed look at a sample of Bible differences with an overview of their underlying textual and translation theories

 

The Continuation and End of the Mosaic Law

My attempt to apply a consistent hermeneutical approach to harmonize the verses regarding how the Mosaic Law applies to New Covenant believers

 

Quiz on Ephesians

An eight-page quiz on the book of Ephesians, with answer code provided

 

Justification by Works--Thoughts on James 2:14-26

A presentation on James' justification with works, harmonized with Paul's justification without works

 

Speaking with Tongues

A non-cessationist, non-charismatic view of the sign and gift of tongues

 

Four Views on Tongues

A short comparison of four views on tongues

 

The Second Coming of Jesus Christ

A three-page study on the second coming of Jesus Christ

 

Three Basic Views on the Millenium

A graphic illustration of the three basic views on the thousand-year reign of Jesus Christ (Rev 20)

 

The Christian Eschatology Landscape

Some guidelines, definitions, and interpretational differences that have shaped Christian eschatology (study of last things)

 

Second Coming Glossary

Definitions of terms associated with the second coming of Jesus Christ

 

Eschatology Quiz

A short quiz based on the Second Coming Glossary, with answer code provided

 

Preterism

A short critique of Preterism (Christ's coming is past) in comparison with progressive fulfillment

 

Two Major Views of Eschatological Fulfillment

A comparison of Dispensational Premillenialism with Covenant Amillennialism with an emphasis on the hermeneutical differences 

 

Daniel's 70th Week

A graph of five different views of Daniel's 70th week

 

Does God Love All or Some?

This book by Ex-Calvinist Ronnie Rogers exposes the errors of Calvinism with sound reason and scriptural exegesis. The Calvinist concept of God is shown to be radically different from the concept of God presented in scripture.  

 

Six Bad Habits of New Testament Scholars

YouTube video of Dr. Lydia McGrew explaining the fallacious thinking of many  contemporary New Testament scholars who prioritize genre over harmonization--even some "conservative scholars" wrongly contending that fictionalization and fabrication are consistent with historical reliability and/or inerrancy  

 

Big Book of Bible Difficulties

Drs Norman Geisler and Thomas Howe explain supposed Bible contradictions

 

Defending Inerrancy

A website intellectually defending the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy

 

S Lewis Johnson mp3 podcasts

Caveat: I don't agree with S. Lewis Johnson's Calvinist statements

 

Reading to Grow: A Field Guide to the Bible

Book by Bernard James Mauser

 

Exegetical Fallacies

Book by D.A. Carson

 

Basic Bible Interpretation

Book by Roy Zuck

 

Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

Book by William Klein, Craig Blomberg, and Robert Hubbard

Knowledge Practically Applied in Daily Living

Apply the truth we know in practical ways to honor God, help others, and be blessed

 

Learning to Live Like Jesus

Being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ is about the formation of character qualities referred to as the fruit of the Spirit

 

Christian Parenting Checklist

Practical advice on parenting from some Christian authors I've read

 

Christian Relationship Checklist

Life is about relationships. God gives us instructions about how to flourish in our many relationships  

 

Are Christians Commanded to Tithe?

No. There is not one verse in the Bible where Christians are commanded to tithe (i.e. give 10%). All proof texts to prove otherwise are misinterpreted.

 

Spiritual Gifts

A two-page study on spiritual gifts. Every Christian has the capacity to glorify God and edify the church. What does the Bible say about these spiritual gifts?

 

Church Discipline

A graph illustrating the scriptural process for the discipline and restoration of a sinning, unrepentant believer

 

Fornication

Verses showing God's disapproval of sex outside of His institution of marriage (which is a male-female covenant)

 

Adultery

Verses showing God's disapproval of unfaithfulness in association with His institution of marriage

 

Marriage Stress Test

Electronics manufacturers purposely stress their products to identify and correct faults to  improve the product. Similarly, the demands of marriage will identify character faults. Correcting these faults is the key to an ever-improving marriage.

 

My Commitment to Marital Faithfulness

A call to marital faithfulness with a sober assessment of the destructive consequences of adultery

 

Conflict Resolution

Conflicts in relationships will arise. God's way of resolving conflicts and making peace is always right.

 

The Circles of Forgiveness

A graph depicting a way to understand God's forgiveness of sinners and our forgiveness of one another

 

You and Your Conscience

Is it a sin to drink alcohol? watch morally questionable movies? eat pork in front of my Jewish brother who thinks it is wrong? Ad infinitum. It depends.

 

 

Walk Thru the Bible

Daily devotional and other helpful resources

 

Phil Fernandes sermons and lectures

Dr. Phil Fernandes is a Pastor, Author, and Apologist with hundreds of hours of lectures and sermons available to the public

 

Tactics for Discussing Christianity

by Greg Koukl, who based on his extensive experience defending Christianity, shows how to initate conversations and clearly, cleverly, and persuasively present the truth

 

Conversational Evangelism

by Norman and David Geisler. The world has changed. A new approach is needed to help people be more willing to hear the gospel.

 

Conversational Apologetics

Article and mp3 on the intersection of Biblical evangelism and Biblical apologetics, and its applicability to all Christians

 

Christian Persuaders

A series of interviews with gifted and passionate communicators of the gospel. Download the interviews

 

Pascal's Method for Presenting Christianity

"Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true. The cure for this is first to show that religion is not contrary to reason, but worthy of reverence and respect. Next make it attractive, make good men wish it were true, and then show that it is."

 

Living on the Edge

with Chip Ingram

 

Discerning the Will of God

article by Dr. Ken Boa

 

What is Marriage?

video by Ryan Anderson

 

Family Life Today

with Dennis Rainey

 

Travis Echols' Studies and Recommended Resources

All my studies are works in progress and I welcome your comments.

Evidence for Faith

Sunday Morning Class

The Faith & Reason Forum 

2nd Thursday of each month in Cumming , GA

Below are some of my favorite links defending traditional apologetics

Love God with All Your Mind

In this video, JP Moreland explains the history of Christian anti-intellectualism and the need for Christian apologetics

I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist

In this book, Norman Geisler and Frank Turek give a step by step argument for Christianity. You also can order a workbook and curriculum.

The Need for Apologetics

Norman Geisler shows why every Christian needs to be able to defend the Christian faith, not the least of which is because God commanded it in Scripture

Why Young Adults Are Really Leaving the Church

Klinton Silvey, founder of Life-in-Progress Ministries, hits the nail on the head and exposes a serious blind-spot in many churches and Christian schools

The Problem of Christian Anti- Intellectualism

In this book, Dr. Jefrey Breshears shows the disastrous effects of Christian anti-Intellectualism, which is a departure from historic Christianity

Reasoning About Fedeism

This article highlights the self-refuting and unscriptural nature of fedeism (the idea that faith is a blind leap into the irrational realm--that faith and reason cannot work together)

Some Brief Critical Thoughts on Presuppositionalism

In this paper, Dr. Richard Howe critiques Presuppositionalism, showing how their arguments against Classical Apologetics fail

Gordon Clark Presuppositionalism

Dr. Phil Fernandes critiques Gordon Clark's Presuppositionalism

Cornelius Van Til Presuppositionalism

Dr. Phil Fernandes critiques Cornelius Van Til's Presuppositionalism

“False ideas are the greatest obstacles to the reception of the gospel. We may preach with all the fervor of a reformer and yet succeed only in winning a straggler here and there, if we permit the whole collective thought of a nation or of the world to be controlled by ideas which, by the resistless force of logic, prevent Christianity from being regarded as anything more than a harmless delusion. Under such circumstances, what God desires us to do is to destroy the obstacle at its root.” J. Gresham Machen

“Christians need to see beyond their immediate evangelistic contact to grasp a wider picture of Western thought and culture....A person raised in a cultural mileau in which Christianity is still seen as an intellectually viable option will display an openness to the gospel which a person who is secularized will not. For the secular person you may as well tell him to believe in fairies or leprechauns as in Jesus Christ!"  William Lane Craig

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