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TrueU 3 – Who is Jesus of Nazareth Trailer

Here is the trailer for some new material coming out from Focus on the Family from the TrueU team:

TrueU 3 – Who is Jesus of Nazareth? – Trailer

Due out October this year.  Make sure you are subscribed to our mailing list here so we can let you know about any screenings as they are organised.

Things Which Ought to Be Better Known about the Resurrection of Jesus

Dr Peter Williams discusses the evidence for the resurrection at the Lanier Theological Library (Houston, Texas) on April 7th. Dr Williams is Warden of Tyndale House and a member of the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge.

HT: Justin Taylor

Is God Just a Psychological Crutch for the Weak?

Paul Copan:

[pk_box width=”600″ align=”center” text_align=”left”]1. Freud himself acknowledged that his “psychoanalysis” of religion had no supporting clinical evidence.
2. The argument commits the genetic fallacy, which is the error of attributing truth or falsehood to a belief based on its origin or genesis.
3. We need to distinguish between the rationality of belief and the psychology of belief.
4. It is odd and arbitrary to claim that whatever brings comfort and solace is false.
5. The incurably religious nature of human beings could just as likely indicate a divinely placed void that only God can fill.
6. A comforting father figure, while unique to the biblical faith, is not at the heart of the other world religions.
7. The attempt to psychologize believers applies more readily to the hardened atheist. [/pk_box]

Read the whole article and Copan’s explanation of each point here.

 

Is God Narcissistic?

Paul Copan addresses the charge that the Christian God is egotistical and self-centered. The talk was given at Sanibel Community Church on April 15, 2012. Copan is Professor and Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University. For more on the topic see his book, Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God.

Thinking Matters Tauranga: Is the Bible Reliable?

Next week Thinking Matters Tauranga is starting a new series titled Is the Bible Reliable? Building the Historic Case.

Is the Bible a book of myths and fairy tales, or is it a book of history and truth?  This DVD series provides a thorough overview of major archaeological and historical discoveries that demonstrate the veracity and accuracy of the Bible.  This series will help you to respond to critical arguments against the historicity of the Bible with solid evidence, and gain a better understanding of the geography, culture, and history of events in the Bible.

This is a fascinating look at the latest historical and archaeological evidences for the reliability of the Bible.  Those in the Tauranga area should put it in your calendars now so you don’t miss it!

View the trailer and get more information here.

WHEN:  All the Tuesdays in May:
Tuesday 1 May The Patriarchal Narratives and the Documentary Hypothesis.  The Exodus: From Egypt to Canaan.
Tuesday 8 May The Israelite Conquest. The United Kingdom of David and Solomon.
Tuesday 15 May A Tale of Two Conquests: Hezekiah versus Sennacherib.  The Babylonian Conquest of Judah.
Tuesday 22 May The New Testament: Canons of Historicity. The Early Composition of Luke and Acts.
Tuesday 29 May External Corroboration of the New Testament. The Trial of Jesus.

TIME: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

WHERE: Bethlehem Community Church, 183 Moffat Rd, Bethlehem, Tauranga, New Zealand.

FORMAT: 60 minute DVD lessons followed by discussions.  This is the second set of DVD’s from Focus on the Family’s True U series and is presented by Dr Stephen Meyer (author of Signature in the Cell).

COST: Free

William Lane Craig on the Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus

William Lane Craig offers historical and Biblical evidence for the conclusion that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Q&A follows the main presentation.

The lecture was delivered at Southampton Civic Hall, on the 2011 UK Reasonable Faith Tour. The tour was sponsored by Damaris Trust, UCCF, and Premier Christian Radio.

The Cambridge Union Society Debate: Is God a Delusion?

William Lane Craig and Peter S. Williams contend for the motion, “This House Believes that God is not a Delusion”. Arif Ahmed and Andrew Copson argue against the motion. The debate took place at the Cambridge Union Society on 20th October 2011, as a part of Craig’s Reasonable Faith 2011 UK Tour.

HT: Brian Auten

We’ve got to train our kids for war

An Excerpt from the 3rd Edition of Reasonable Faith by William Lane Craig:

In high school and college Christian teenagers are intellectually assaulted with every manner of non-Christian worldview coupled with an over-whelming relativism. If parents are not intellectually engaged with their faith and do not have sound arguments for Christian theism and good answers to their children’s questions, then we are in real danger of losing our youth. It’s no longer enough to teach our children Bible stories; they need doctrine and apologetics. Frankly, I find it hard to understand how people today can risk parenthood without having studied apologetics.

Unfortunately, our churches have largely dropped the ball in this area. It’s insufficient for youth groups and Sunday school classes to focus on entertainment and simpering devotional thoughts. We’ve got to train our kids for war. We dare not send them out to public high school and university armed with rubber swords and plastic armour. The time for playing games is past.

Video: William Lane Craig on Hawking’s ‘The Grand Design’

In a talk at St Andrew the Great church, Cambridge, Craig outlines the weaknesses of the central arguments of Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow’s controversial book. His talk is followed by comments by Rodney Holder, an astrophysicist, and then Q&A with the audience. The lecture took place on the 19th October 2011 and was one of the events of The Reasonable Faith Tour 2011, sponsored by UCCF, Damaris & Premier Christian Radio.

Video and Audio: Ahmanson Lectures on the Reliability of the Bible

The Ahmanson Lecture Series is an annual apologetics seminar held at Saddleback Church in Southern California. This year’s topic was the trustworthiness of the Bible, with a great lineup of guests speakers including Sean McDowell, Paige Patterson, Frank Turek, and Douglas R. Groothuis.

I’ve embedded the video from the talks below. If you’re having trouble accessing the links, you can also get the lectures on iTunes.

Why Historians Take the Gospel Seriously: John Dickson
Audio | Video

Dr. John Dickson (PhD) is a historian, author, and public advocate for the Christian faith. As the director of the Centre for Public Christianity (publicchristianity.org), he regularly writes for secular newspapers and appears in the media promoting thoughtful Christianity. Dr. Dickson is also the presenter of the historical documentaries—The Christ Files and Life of Jesus, and is Senior Research Fellow of the Department of Ancient History at Australia’s Macquarie University.

The Reliability of the New Testament: Sean McDowell
Audio | Video

Sean McDowell serves as head of the Bible Department at Capistrano Valley Christian Schools where he teaches Philosophy, Theology, and Apologetics. He has co-authored several books, speaks at conferences in the United States and abroad, and has a passion for reaching the younger generation with the message of the gospel. Listed among the top 100 apologists, Mr. McDowell’s apologetics training was awarded Exemplary Status by the Association of Christian Schools International.

Top Ten Reasons We Know the New Testament Writers Told the Truth: Frank Turek
Audio | Video

Dr. Frank Turek is the founder of CrossExamined.org and the award-winning author and coauthor of three books: I Don’t have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, Correct, Not Politically Correct and Legislating Morality. He spends most of his time engaging skeptics and encouraging Christians by presenting I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist at universities and colleges across the nation. A former aviator in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Turek has a Masters from George Washington University and a Doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary.

Following Jesus on the Reliability of Scripture: Paige Patterson
Audio | Video

Dr. Paige Patterson presently serves as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and has served as a president of institutions of higher education for almost 37 years. The focus of Dr. Patterson’s leadership is an intense commitment to evangelism and the task of global missions, based on a foundational component of demanding research and rigorous academic preparation. He has served twice as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

A Biblical View of Truth: Doug Groothuis
Audio | Video

Douglas R. Groothuis received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Oregon. He is a Professor of Philosophy at Denver Seminary since 1993. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, Evangelical Philosophical Society, and Society of Christian Philosophers. Dr, Groothuis has written eleven books; most recently Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith and has published articles in several scholarly journals.

View the video from the 2010 Ahmanson lecture series here.

Dawkins doesn’t show, Craig shreds his book in front of a packed hall

As he said he would, Richard Dawkins refused William Lane Craig’s invitation to debate him at the Sheldonian Theater in Oxford. So Craig went ahead and ripped his book apart without the distraction of having to respond to petulant ad hominem (entertaining as that would have been). The video is up; watch it below.