Archive for February, 2016

Impact 360 Institute, which runs a gap year program and a two week worldview and leadership camp called Immersion, has released a short animated video on the resurrection.

This is part of an online course they are offering ($39.99) titled Explore the Resurrection.  This looks really good.  9 sessions, just over 2 hours, with leading scholars such as John Lennox, William Lane Craig, Sean McDowell and Michael Licona.  Fully mobile with interactive review questions.  They put some real effort into this.  Definitely worth a look.

They have two free course on How to Questions the Bible and Keep Your Faith and Same Sex Marriage: What Now?  Good things are happening over at Impact 360 lead by Jonathan Morrow.  Morrow has written several good books:

Questioning the Bible: 11 Major Challenges to the Bible’s Authority and Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower’s Guide for the Journey and co-authored Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by New Atheists with Sean McDowell.

 

Risen

Posted: February 23, 2016 in Apologetics, Uncategorized
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A new movie has come out this past weekend that is worth seeing.  Risen, released in theaters Feb 19, is “the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a powerful Roman military tribune, and his aide, Lucius (Tom Felton), are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.”

Here is the trailer:

 

Several reviews have positively praised Risen:

“Risen: An Unpredictable Hollywood Detective Thriller” by Brian Godawa

A detective thriller about a Roman Tribune charged with the task of finding the body of Jesus Christ in order to stop an uprising after he is declared risen from the dead.

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Risen is an honest and truthful portrayal of a skeptical mind approaching the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

And it is a fantastic story. It is an authentic fresh take on the Gospel from the unique perspective of an unbeliever.

Great writing, unpredictable story, strong acting, truthful and honest portrayal. Riveting drama.

Wow.  That is high praise from Brian Godawa, who is a screenwriter and very critical of Christian movies that come out that are cheesy or not true to the bible.

“3 Things I Liked about the Risen Movie” by Sean McDowell

Since the release of The Passion, faith-based films have been coming out from Hollywood at an increased rate. On the one hand, faith-based films are often cheesy and unrealistic. On the other hand, many lose the spirit of the original story and are utterly inaccurate (Noah, anyone?).

With a bit of hesitancy, my wife and I went to see Risen last night. All things considered, we were both pleasantly surprised!

“Film review: Risen” by Ed Morrissey

It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Risen is a very good film. It has excellent production values, talent on both sides of the camera, and makes the most of a somewhat unconventional approach (at least these days) to Biblical filmmaking. And best of all, it works.

Risen Bring New Life to Bible Movies” by Ryan Duncan

This tale of faith and redemption marks a new chapter for biblical epics. While not perfect, Risen still delivers one of the best portrayals of Christ’s death and resurrection to date, as we witness the events from the eyes of a pagan outsider. 4 out of 5.

I think this one should be on our shortlist to see.

 

The problem of evil is one of the foremost objections to belief in God in general and Christianity in particular.  Fortunately, Christian scholars, philosophers, and theologians have thought and responded to this objection quit well.  Here is a series of videos each dealing with the problem of evil.  All of them are under five (5) minutes each.

 

 

 

 

“Debunking Silly Statements About the Bible” by Greg Gilbert | The Gospel Coalition

Greg Gilbert, pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church, responds to the silly statements we often hear about the Bible.  Such silly claims include:

One American tabloid recently said this about the Bible:

“No television preacher has ever read the Bible. Neither has any evangelical politician. Neither has the pope. Neither have I. And neither have you. At best, we’ve all read a bad translation—a translation of translations of translations of hand-copied copies of copies of copies of copies, and on and on, hundreds of times.”

First, it’s not true we’re dealing with “a translation of translations of translations,” as if the original Greek first went into Chinese, which went into German, which went into Polish, and finally we got around to putting it into English. No, we’re able to translate directly from the original Greek and Hebrew, so at worst we’re dealing with a translation, full stop. But what should we say about that that idea, the charge that all we have available to us are “hand-copied copies of copies of copies of copies”?

Copypock. Er, I mean, poppycock. That’s what we should say.

“Christianphobia in America: What is it? What feeds it?” by George Yancey | The Stream

George Yancey, sociologist at University of North Texas, penned this short article based on his book So Many Christians, So Few Lions. The description for the book from the publisher states “So Many Christians, So Few Lions is a provocative look at anti-Christian sentiments in America. Drawing on both quantitative and qualitative research, authors George Yancey and David A. Williamson show that even though (or perhaps because) Christianity is the dominant religion in the United States, bias against Christians also exists—particularly against conservative Christians—and that this bias is worth understanding.” Here is a taste:

I have studied the nature of anti-Christian sentiment in America for years, and the term I use to describe what I found, and the one David Williamson and I used in our academic book on the subject, is Christianophobia. The Macmillan Dictionary defines it as “an irrational animosity towards or hatred of Christians, or Christianity in general.” In the 1950s there was little evidence that Christians in the United States, especially Protestants, faced systematic bias or discrimination. That has changed.

In our research we interviewed many culurally progressive activists. Here is a sampling of comments about Christians and Christianity from those interviews:

“I want them all to die in a fire.” (man, aged 26-35, with doctorate)

“They should be eradicated without hesitation or remorse. Their only purpose is to damage and inflict their fundamentalist virus onto everyone they come in contact with.” (woman, aged 66-75, with master’s degree)

“They make me a believer in eugenics. … They pollute good air. … I would be in favor of establishing a state for them. … If not, then sterilize them so they can’t breed more.” (man, aged 46-55, with master’s degree)

This article is definitely worth the read and relates to my previous post on The Persecution of  Christians on Campuses.

“Naral Angry at Doritos for Showing Baby Ultrasound during Superbowl” Christian Post

Some of the Superbowl commercials are better than the Superbowl.  Doritos had a humorous one that some (i.e. NARAL) didn’t take so kindly to, so they responded with a Twitt:

Doritos Super Bowl 50 commercial(Screengrab: YouTube/Super Bowl Commercials)


The National Abortion Rights Action League took to Twitter Sunday night to express outrage after a Doritos commercial during Super Bowl 50 gave personality to an unborn baby who simply wanted some of his dad’s cheesy tortilla chips.

The 30-second commercial features a pregnant mother getting ultrasound at nine months. As the OB/GYN explains that the baby is due “any day now,” the father of the baby is over on the side of the room eating a bag of nacho cheese Doritos.

Although most Super Bowl commercials, including the Doritos ad, are meant to be humorous, the abortion advocates at NARAL did not find the subtle pro-life message in the ad to be funny.

In a tweet following the Doritos commercial, NARAL argued that the advertisement used “antichoice tactics of humanizing fetuses.”

“#NotBuyingIt,” the NARAL tweet states. “that @Doritos ad using #antichoice tactic of humanizing fetuses & sexist tropes of dads as clueless & moms as uptight. #SB50.”

Here is Scott Klusendorf of the Life Training Institut on how to defeat Pro Abortion arguments.

C. S. Lewis, professor of Oxford and later Cambridge, has written over thirty books and selling over 200 million.  I found a series of short documentaries on Lewis dealing with science.  It is based on the book The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society.

Here is a three part series on C. S. Lewis in dialogue with Scientism, Evolution, and Intelligent Design.

Part One: C. S. Lewis and Scientism

Scientism is the view that we should believe only what can be proven scientifically.  More than a half century ago, famed writer C.S. Lewis warned about how science (a good thing) could be twisted in order to attack religion, undermine ethics, and limit human freedom. Scholars explore Lewis’s prophetic warnings about the abuse of science and how Lewis’s concerns are increasingly relevant for us today (31 minutes):

Part Two: C. S. Lewis and Evolution

This 23 minute documentary examines the evolution (pun intended) of Lewis’s views on orthodox Darwinian theory from his time as a college undergraduate to his death in 1963:

Part Three: C. S. Lewis and Intelligent Design

Lewis is best known for his magical stories about Narnia, but this 16 minute documentary explores his life-long struggle to find intelligent design in a world filled with pain: