Mini-Showcase of Awesome Christian Scholars (and a spot of comic relief)

Hi Everybody!

I thought I’d do something a little different for my post today. Two reasons: 1) You will love these resources! 2) I ran out of time to put together an original article this week, because I have a paper due on Sunday!

One important goal of my blog is to inform my readers of websites, blogs, and books from incredibly talented apologists, Bible scholars, Christian philosophers, and pastors. Today I’d like to showcase a few. This is only a small sampling, for the sake of space and time (by the way, are you A theory or B theory?), but have no fear; there will be future posts with additional resources!

So, without further ado…

Dr. William Lane Craig

(This is an abbreviated bio from his ministry website.)

Dr. Craig pursued his undergraduate studies at Wheaton College (B.A. 1971) and graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A. 1974; M.A. 1975), the University of Birmingham (England) (Ph.D. 1977), and the University of Munich (Germany) (D.Theol. 1984). He has authored or edited over thirty books, including The Kalam Cosmological Argument; Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus; Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom; Theism, Atheism and Big Bang Cosmology; and God, Time and Eternity, as well as over a hundred articles in professional journals of philosophy and theology, including The Journal of Philosophy, New Testament Studies, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy, and British Journal for Philosophy of Science.

Website:  Reasonable Faith

Link to a video of an informal debate: Dr. Craig vs. Michael Payton (I love Dr. Craig’s facial expressions when his opponent is speaking–priceless.)

My favorite book by Dr. Craig: Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics

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Dr. J.P. Moreland

(This is an abbreviated bio from his book website.)

Dr. Moreland (Ph.D., USC; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary) is one of the leading evangelical thinkers of our day as a prolific philosopher, theologian and Christian apologist. He is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Talbot School of Theology and director of Eidos Christian Center. With degrees in philosophy, theology and chemistry, Dr. Moreland has taught theology and philosophy at several schools throughout the United States. He has authored or coauthored over forty books, including Philosophical Foundation for a Christian Worldview, Scaling the Secular City, Does God Exist?, The Lost Virtue of Happiness and Body and Soul.

Website: Kingdom Triangle

Audio lecture by Dr. Moreland

A wonderful book by Dr. Moreland: The Lost Virtue of Happiness: Discovering the Disciplines of the Good Life

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Dr. Michael Licona

(This is an abbreviated bio from his ministry website.)

Dr. Licona has a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies at the University of Pretoria. He completed all requirements “with distinction” and the highest marks. Mike also has an M.A. in Religious Studies from Liberty University. He is the author of four books: Paul Meets Muhammad, which is a debate on the resurrection of Jesus between the apostle Paul and the prophet Muhammad, the award winning The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus, which is a comprehensive self-study course, Cross Examined, a legal novel defending the historicity of Jesus’ resurrection, and Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock, which lays out in a concise manner what to say to Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses when they knock on your door. He has a brand new book coming out this November, The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach.

Website: Risen Jesus

Video: Dr. Licona Answers Bart Ehrman

Fantastic Book by Dr. Licona: Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science

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And you know I must include at least one great Intelligent Design proponent!

Dr. William Dembski

(This is an abbreviated bio from his website.)

Dr. Dembski has taught at Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Dallas. He has done postdoctoral work in mathematics at MIT, in physics at the University of Chicago, and in computer science at Princeton University. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago where he earned a B.A. in psychology, an M.S. in statistics, and a Ph.D. in philosophy, he also received a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Chicago in 1988 and a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1996. His most comprehensive treatment of intelligent design to date, coauthored with Jonathan Wells, is titled The Design of Life: Discovering Signs of Intelligence in Biological Systems. In November of 2009, he published a book on theodicy titled The End of Christianity: Finding a Good God in an Evil World.

Dr. Dembski’s FABULOUS Blog:  Uncommon Descent

A Beginner’s Book on Intelligent Design: Intelligent Design Uncensored: An Easy-to-Understand Guide to the Controversy

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And now for the comic relief of the week.

I had the pleasure of listening to the incoherent rantings of a self-proclaimed agnostic yesterday. Apparently, he is so underwhelmed by the arguments for the existence of God that he spends a great deal of time searching out Christian blogs. (No, I don’t get that logic, either, so don’t ask me.) I thought I’d share with you the pinnacle of his grand argument against the existence of God…

He told me he had three numbers written down on a piece of paper, and that I should pray to my God to learn what those numbers are. If I could give him the correct answers, then he’d believe.

I am not kidding.

True story.

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