Video: A Godless Public Square – Do ‘Private’ Christian Beliefs Have a Place in Public Life?

The video from our recent panel discussion with Matt Flannagan, Glenn Peoples, and Madeleine Flannagan on religion in the public square is now available.

Here’s Part 1 of 11 (or you can watch the created playlist here):

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Special thanks to Stuart for recording, editing, and uploading the video.

The event took place at Auckland University and was co-sponsored by the Evangelical Union. Patt Brittenden moderated the discussion.

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Beginner

Atheism
      • Why I am Not an Atheist | Ravi Zacharias  Video 00:45:00
      • An Open Dialogue with an Atheist | Mary Jo Sharp  Video  00:54:56
      • Science, Atheism, and Belief | John Lennox  Video 00:09:00
      • What Best Explains Reality: Theism or Atheism? | debate – Frank Turek & Christopher Hitchens  Video 02:06:00
      • The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists | Ravi Zacharias  Video 00:23:40
      • Who Designed The Designer? a response to Dawkins’ The God Delusion | Dr William Lane Craig  Video 00:05:00
 The Bible
      • The Authority of Scripture | Tim Keller Video 00:01:48
      • What is inerrancy? | D A Carson Video 00:04:14sec
      • Is the Bible literally true? | Q & A – Tim Keller  Audio 00:03:30
      • Is the New Testament canon reliable and accurate?| Q & A – Tim Keller Audio 00:08:30
      • Literalism: Isn’t the Bible historically unreliable and regressive? | Tim Keller  Video 00:39:00
      • Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels | Tim McGrew  Audio 00:38:00
      • How Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels show the Reliability of the Scriptures | Interview – Keith Kendrex & Tim McGrew  Audio 00:47:00
      • Can We Trust What is Written in the Bible? | Dr William Lane Craig  Video 00:03:30
Christianity
      • Injustice: Hasn’t Christianity been an instrument for oppression? (James 2:1-17) | Tim Keller  Audio 00:37:00
      • The New Atheism and the Future of Christianity | Albert Mohler Video 00:38:00
      • Christianity and the Tooth Fairy | Interview – Daniel Lowenstein & John Lennox  Video 01:30:00
      • Is Christianity an Enlightenment, Experience or Both? | Ravi Zacharias Video 00:03:47
The Church
      • Why join a church? | Q & A  – Tim Keller  Audio 00:02:10
      • Do Christians have to join a Church | Mike McKinley  Video 00:02:30
 Creation
      • Mere Creation, Engaging the Scientific Skeptic | Melissa Cain Travis Video  00:53:02
      • How do Genesis 1 & Genesis 2 relate? | Q & A – Tim Keller  Audio 00:06:35
 The Cross
      • What do Christians mean by substitutionary atonement? | Douglas Wilson Video 00:03:30
      • Why the Cross? | Dr Jo Vitale  Video 00:37:58
      • What does Jesus save us from? | Douglas Wilson  Video 00:20:40
 Culture
      • The Case for Christianity in a Post-Christian Culture | JP Moreland  Video 00:01:22
      • Are Christians Against Culture? | Jonathan Morrow  Video  00:01:01
      • Discern your Culture | Albert Mohler  Audio 00:55:50
 Doubt
      • Diagnosing Doubt: Understanding & Overcoming Hidden Obstacles to Faith | Hillary Morgan Ferrer  Video 00:52:16
      • Doubt: What should I do with my doubts? (John 20:1-18) | Tim Keller  Audio 00:38:00
  Evil and Suffering
      • Where is God When it Hurts? | Michelle Tepper Video  00:45:41
      • Where did evil come from? | Q & A – Tim Keller  Audio 00:03:52
      • Suffering: If God is good why is there so much evil in the world? | Tim Keller  Video 00:31:20
      • Good God & Evil World (in 18 Minutes) | Paul Copan  Video 00:17:55
      • How Can God allow Evil and Suffering in the World | D A Carson  Video 00:03:57
      • Why? Considering the Goodness and Sovereignty of God in the Midst of Suffering | John Lennox Video 00:50:00
      • Making Sense of Suffering | D A Carson  Audio: Part 1  01:12:00, Part 2 00:57:00, Part 3  01:08:00, Part 4 00:52:00
      • CS Lewis & Suffering | Dr Amy Orr-Ewing  Video  00:55:31
      • Where is God in Suffering and Injustice? | Dr Os Guinness  Video 00:55:00
      • How Can a Good God Allow Evil? Does Life Have Meaning? | Ravi Zacharias  Video 00:04:35
      • How Can a Suffering Christian Stay Close to God? | Ravi Zacharias  Video  00:02:14
Exclusivism
      • Exclusivity: How can there be just one true religion? (1 John 4:1-10) | Tim Keller  Video  00:39:40
Faith and Reason
      • The Importance of the Mind in Christian Living | JP Moreland  Audio 00:41:18
      • Is Christianity Intellectual Suicide? | Mark Dever  Audio 01:13:00
      • Faith and Reason | John Piper  Video 01:35:00
      • What is the Relationship between Faith and Reason? | Dr William Lane Craig  Video 00:01:46
      • Can We Trust Religious Experiences? | Dr William Lane Craig  Video 00:02:39
 The Existence of God
      • The ‘Flying Spaghetti Monster’ and The Evidence For God |  Dr William Lane Craig  Video 00:03:39
      • Does God Exist? | debate – Dr William Lane Craig & Christopher Hitchens  Video 02:27:00
      • Finding God (Psalm 42:1-43:5) | Tim Keller  Video 00:46:00
      • How Do I Know God Exists? | D A Carson  Video 00:04:12
      • Does God Exist? | debate – Greg Bahnsen & Gordon Stein  Audio 02:10:00  Transcript 
      • Best Argument for Belief in God | Dr William Lane Craig  Video 00:01:51
      • Is God a Logical Necessity? | Dr William Lane Craig  Video 00:02:42
  The Nature of God
      • How can Christianity be both monotheistic and Trinitarian? | Q & A – Tim Keller   Audio 00:04:00
      • Is God Great? | debate – John Lennox & Christopher Hitchens  Video 00:10:55
 The Gospel
      • What is The Gospel? | Tim Keller  Video 00:05:00
      • How the Gospel Changes Our Heart | Tim Keller  Video 00:48:15
 Hell
      • Hell: Isn’t the God of Christianity an angry Judge? | Tim Keller  Video 00:36:00
      • How Can God be Loving and yet send people to Hell? | D A Carson  Video 00:03:00
Humanity
      • What Does it Mean to be Human? | Ravi Zacharias  Video 01:37:00
 The Holy Spirit
      • What Role Does the Holy Spirit Play in Apologetics? | Dr William Lane Craig  Video 00:02:48
 Homosexuality
      • Homosexuality and the Bible | Robert Gagnon – Video  00:23:30
Jesus Christ
      • Who is this Jesus? | Tim Keller  Audio 00:42:00
      • Meeting the Real Jesus (Matthew 11:4-15) | Tim Keller  Video 00:32:40
      • Rejecting the Real Jesus (Matthew 11:16-24) | Tim Keller  Audio 00:41:22
      • Christ: The Final Word (Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:1-4) | Tim Keller  Audio 00:37:00
 Morality
      • Can we be good without God? | Dr William Lane Craig  Audio 01:24:00
      • What Does It Mean To Be Good? | debate  – Greg Ganssle & Scott Sehon  Video 01:22:21
      • Can We Be Good Without God? | Dr William Lane Craig  Video 00:03:00
 Meaning in Life
      • Is Life Without God Absurd? | Dr William Lane Craig   Download Audio 01:30:00
      • Is the Pursuit of Happiness Making Us Sad? | Dr Amy Orr-Ewing  Video 00:38:58
      • Does Life Have Meaning Apart From God? | Mary Jo Sharp  Video  01:02:34
      • Living the Life – Fulfillment, Spirituality and Faith (Marching to a Different Drummer) | Ravi Zacharias  Audio  01:08:00
      • Can There Be Meaning Without God? | Dr William Lane Craig  Video 00:02:00
Naturalism
      • Naturalism Requires Faith | Dr William Lane Craig Video 00:01:35
      • What Problems Does Naturalism Have in Explaining Life? | Gregory Koukl  Video 05:19:00
      • Naturalism | Dr William Lane Craig Video 00:02:48
      • What is Naturalism and Why is it Important? | Dr Scott Smith  Video 00:04:36
 Pluralism
      • Aren’t All Religions Basically the Same? | Andy Bannister Video 00:02:58
      • What brings us to believe that Christianity is the Exclusive Way to Truth? | Ravi Zacharias Video  00:11:00
      • How Do We Know Christianity Is Right Out Of All The Religions? | JP Moreland  Download Audio  00:51:53
      • Jesus Among Other Gods | Ravi Zacharias Videos: Part 1  00:28:35, Part 2 00:28:35
      • The Uniqueness of Christ in History | Ravi Zacharias  Videos: Part 1 00:01:08, Part 2 00:01:20
      • Understanding the Life of Jesus and What it Means for Us | Tim Keller  Video 00:39:00
      • How Can Christianity Be The One True Religion? | Dr William Lane Craig – Video 00:02:00
Postmodernism
      • Postmodernism and Biblical Absolutes | Ravi Zacharias  Video 00:05:00
      • Postmodernism, Truth and the Bible | Gregory Koukl  Video 00:03:09
      • Postmodernism | Dr William Lane Craig Video 00:03:23
      • Do we live in a Postmodern Culture? | Dr William Lane Craig  Video  00:05:33
Prayer
      • Does prayer really change things? | Q & A – Tim Keller  Audio 00:05:17
Religion
      • Has Religion Been the Cause of Most Wars in History? | Ravi Zacharias  Video 00:03:00
      • Dangerous: Would the World Be Safer Without Religion? | Simon Edwards  Video 00:43:52
 The Resurrection of Jesus
      • The Historical Facts Argument for the Resurrection | Gary Habermas  Video 00:06:22
      • What is the Significance of Jesus’ Resurrection? | Dr William Lane Craig  Video 00:01:22
      • What about pre-Christ resurrection myths? | Dr William Lane Craig  Video 00:05:43
      • What did the Jews at the time believe about a physical resurrection? | Dr William Lane Craig  Video 00:04:33
      • What Evidence is there for the Empty Tomb of Jesus?  | Dr William Lane Craig  Video 00:08:53
      • What is the evidence that Jesus appeared alive after His death? | Dr William Lane Craig  Video 00:08:23
      • Couldn’t the appearances of Jesus after his crucifixion have been hallucinations? | Dr William Lane Craig  Video 00:04:13
      • Do other New Testament writers provide confirming or conflicting evidence to that of the Evangelists? | Dr William Lane Craig  Video 00:07:03
      • Did Jesus physically or spiritually rise from the dead? | Dr William Lane Craig  Video 00:02:50
      • 4 proofs of the Resurrection | Lee Strobel  Video 00:02:19
      • How Convinced Can We Be of the Historical Resurrection of Jesus Christ? | N T Wright  Video 00:02:00
Science
      • Hasn’t Science disproved God? | Andrew Sach Video 00:04:38
      • Same Evidence, Different Conclusions: Is “Objective Belief” an Oxymoron? | John Lennox  Video  01:45:00
  Secularism
      • The Endgame of Secularism | Albert Mohler  Video 00:42:09
 Truth
      • Absolutism: Don’t we all have to find truth for ourselves?| Tim Keller  Audio  00:40:40
      • Time for Truth | Os Guinness  Video 01:23:41
      • Why Should Anyone Believe Anything At All? | James Sire  Download Audio  00:50:05
      • Where is Truth? | Os Guinness  Video 00:02:41
Worship
      • Worship (Psalm 95:1-11) | Tim Keller  Audio 00:45:30

INTERMEDIATE 

Abortion
      • Abortion | Debate – Scott Klusendorf & Nadine Strosseny  Video 01:40:00
      • Are there Good Reasons for Abortion? |  Debate – Madeleine Flannagan & Wendy Savage  Audio 01:19:00
Apologetics
      • Advice to Christian Apologists | Dr William Lane Craig Audio  01:27:40
      • Christian Apologetics: Who Needs it? | Dr William Lane Craig  Video  00:58:17
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 The Bible
      • The Reliability of the New Testament | Drs Darrell L Bock & Dan Wallace  Video  00:45:32
      • Biblical Authority in an Age of Uncertainty | Don Carson, John Piper & Tim Keller  Video 00:06:27
      • New Evidences the Gospels were Based on Eyewitness Accounts | Peter Williams  Video 00:53:4
      • The Veracity of the New Testament | Gary Habermas  Audio: Part 1 00:15:11, Part 2 00:15:04, Part 3 00:15:05, Part 4 00:13:46
      • Five Postmodern Questions about the Bible | Dr Amy Orr-Ewing  Audio 01:33:26
      • Women in the Bible and the Qur’an | Debate – Mary Jo Sharp & Tabasum Hussain  Video 00:53:48
      • Bart Ehrman  | Dr William Lane Craig  Video 00:10:48
      • Slavery and Genocide? A Fresh Look at Two Old Testament Ethical Issues | Paul Copan  Audio 00:53:31 | Q&A 00:33:32
      • Why the Greek Texts are True | Dirk Jongkind  Audio 00:57:00
      • Differences Between Canonical and Non-Canonical Gospels, such as Thomas, Judas and Philip | Simon Gathercole  Audio 00:53:34
Christianity
      • The Case for Christianity in a Post-Christian Culture | JP Moreland  Video  1hr 22min 09sec
      • The Evidence for Christianity | Dr William Lane Craig  Audio 34min 25sec
      • Reasons to Believe We Have a Reasonable Faith | Dr William Lane Craig  Video 4min 06sec
      • The Evidence for Christianity | JP Moreland  Video 32min 22sec
      • How Do I Know Christianity is True? | Dr William Lane Craig  Audio 10min 20sec
The Church
      • What Should a Theological Church Look Like? | Carl Trueman  Audio 54min 29sec
Creation
      • Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose? | Discussion – Steve Lloyd & Dr Ard Louis  Audio 1hr 51min 04sec
      • The Cosmos Had a Beginning: Creation Ex Nihilo | Ken Samples  Audio 1hr 15min 19sec
      • How Did the Universe Begin? The Kalam Cosmological Argument | Dr William Lane Craig  Video  40min 50sec
      • Creation Out of Nothing? | Interview – Robert Lawrence Kuhn & Dr William Lane Craig  Videos:  Part 1 9min 38sec, Part 2 6min 38sec, Part 3 11min 55sec
 Culture
      • Is The Culture Shaping Us Or Are We Shaping The Culture | D A Carson  Audio 1hr 10min 25sec
      • Christ and Culture – lectures at Moore College | D A Carson Audio:  Part 1 51min 03sec, Part 2 53min 23sec, Part 3 54min 57sec , Part 4 54min 15sec
Doubt
      • Conquering Emotional Doubt by Gary Habermas  Audio: Part 1, 25min 44sec Part 2 29min 50sec
 Evangelism
      • Faithfulness and Flexibility (1 Corinthians 9:19-23) | D A Carson  Download Audio 1hr 03min 43sec
 Evil and Suffering
      • How Can a Good God Allow Suffering and Evil | Dr William Lane Craig  Audio 1hr 31min 16sec
      • The Problem of Evil and Suffering | Dr William Lane Craig  Video  5min 31sec
      • Belief in God makes sense in light of Tsunamis |Debate – Dr William Lane Craig & Dr A C Grayling  Transcript
      • 10 Uncommon Insights Into Evil from Lord of the Rings | Peter Kreeft  Audio 47min 47sec
      • If God, Why Suffering? | Vince Vitale  Video 1hr 08min 13sec
      • Problem of Evil: Is Evil Evidence Against the Existence of God? | Greg Ganssle  Video 46min 10sec
 Evolution
      • Has Evolutionary Theory Adequately Explained the Origins of Life? | Debate – Stephen Meyer & Richard Sternberg vs Donald Prothero & Michael Shermer  Audio 1hr 58min 21sec
Exclusivism
      • Is One True Religion Even Possible? | Dr William Lane Craig  Video 1hr 09min 31
Faith and Reason
      • On Loving God with all your mind | D A Carson  Video  8min 37sec
 The Existence of God
      • Does God Exist? | Debate –  JP Moreland & Clancy Martin  Audio  1hr 50min 16sec
      • Why God won’t go away? | Alister McGrath  Video  1hr 31min 39sec
      • The Reason for God: Belief in an age of Skepticism | Tim Keller  Audio 49min 04sec
      •  The Coherence of Theism | Dr William Lane Craig  Audio  1hr 33min 12sec
      • The Arguments for God’s Existence and Critique of the New Atheists | Dr William Lane Craig  Transcript
      • Seven Reasons God Exists and Three Reasons it Makes a Difference by Dr William Lane Craig – Video 52min 38sec
The Nature of God
      • The Concept of God in Islam and Christianity | Debate – Dr William Lane Craig & Jamal Badawi  Video 1hr 26min 26sec
      • The Openness of God Theology | D A  Carson  Audio  1hr 33min 27sec
 The Gospel
      • The Gospel as Public Truth | Alister McGrath  Audio 1hr 22min 41sec
      • How Should We Understand the Gospel? | Don Carson  Video 9min 49sec
History
      • Can We Trust History? | Peter J Williams  Audio  57min 05sec
Hell
      • God: Abounding in Love, Punishing the Guilty | D A Carson  Video  39min 37min
Hermeneutics
      • Biblical Exegesis | Interview: R C Sproul & D A Carson  Video  25min 27sec
Jesus
      • Who Does Jesus Think He Was? | Dr William Lane Craig  Video  6min 35sec
      • Did Jesus Die on the Cross? | Debate – Mary Jo Sharp & Ehteshaam Gulam  Video 1hr 34min 33sec
      • New Developments in Historical Jesus Research | Craig Bloomberg  Audio  55min 58sec
 Meaning in Life
      • Is Life Without God Absurd? | Dr William Lane Craig   Audio 01:30:15
      • Living the Life – Fulfillment, Spirituality and Faith | Ravi Zacharias  Audio 01:05:58
      • Christ’s concept of Happiness vs the World’s | Peter Kreeft  Audio 00:06:16
      • The Journey: A Thinking Person’s Quest for Meaning | Os Guinness  Video 01:23:30
Morality
      • Can We Be Good Without God? | William Lane Craig  Video 01:14:58
      • God and Morality | Debate – Glenn Peoples & Arif Ahmed  Audio 01:20:31
      • Is the Foundation of Morality Natural or Supernatural? | Debate – Dr William Lane Craig & Sam Harris  Video 02:01:27
      • Is God Necessary for Morality? | Debate – Dr William Lane Craig & Shelly Kagan  Video 01:29:34
Naturalism
      • Naturalism and the Crisis of the Soul | JP Moreland  Video 00:41:58
      • Naturalism and How it is Affecting Culture | JP Moreland  Video 00:43:02
Politics
      • How Should We Live? How Christians Should Engage the Political Environment | Ken Samples  Video 01:34:48
Pluralism
      • Do All Roads Lead to God? | Dr William Lane Craig  Video 01:31:09
      • Exclusivity: How can there be just one true religion? | Tim Keller  Audio 00:39:45
      • How Do We Know Christianity Is Right Out Of All The Religions? | JP Moreland  Audio 00:51:56
      • Jesus Among Other Gods | Ravi Zacharias  Video 00:47:46
      • The Uniqueness of Christ in History | Ravi Zacharias  Audio: Video 00:07:28
Religion
      • What is Religion? |Peter Kreeft  Audio 00:37:18
      • Can we explain away religion? | Tim Keller  Video 00:06:50
      • Is Anything Worth Believing In? | Dr John Lennox  Video  01:29:40
The Resurrection of Jesus
      • The Historical Reliability of Jesus’ Resurrection | Jurgen Spiess  Audio 01:04;35
      • The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: Some Historical Considerations | Gary Habermas Audio: Part 1, 00:09:01, Part 2 00:26:09, Part 3 00:27:49
      • The Evidence for the Resurrection | Dr William Lane Craig – Audio 02:37:50, Video oo:14:58
      • Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? | N T Wright – Video 01:37:20
 Science
      • Science, Theology and the New Atheism | Dr John Lennox  Audio 00:49:24 
      • Science: Are We Machines? | Alister McGrath  Audio  00:44 ;34
      • God and Stephen Hawking | Dr John Lennox  Video 00:54:15
      • Has Science Eliminated God? – Richard Dawkins and the Meaning of Life | Alister McGrath  Audio 00:55:07
      • A Scientific Theology? Parallels and Convergences in Science and Religion | Alister McGrath  Video 01:23:26
      • New Frontiers in Science and Faith | Alister McGrath Audio 01:33:38
      • Should We Only Believe What Can Be Scientifically Proven? | Dr William Lane Craig  Audio: Part 1 00:09:43, Part 2 00:09:35, Part 3 00:09:30
      • Christianity and Science | Michael Strauss  Video 00:30:33
Secularism
      • Poison or Cure? Religious Belief in the Modern World | Debate – Christopher Hitchens & Alister McGrath  Video 01:39:57 
      • Is Darwinism the Cause of Secularism? | Dr John Lennox  Video  00:47:32
      • ‘We Don’t Do God’? Secularism and Faith in the Public Square | Debate – John Haldane & Christopher Hitchens  Video 01:40:43
 Tolerance
      • The Intolerance of Tolerance | D A Carson  Video 01:04:43
      • Is Tolerance Intolerant? Pursuing the Climate of Acceptance & Inclusion | Ravi Zacharias  Video  01:46:43
      • The Intolerance of Tolerance | Gregory Koukl  Video 00:55:01
 

ADVANCED

Atheism
      • The New Atheism, Science & Morality | Glenn Peoples  Video 00:58:04
      • The God Delusion | Dr William Lane Craig  Video 00:55:02
Faith and Reason
      • Faith, Reason and Imagination | Garrett DeWeese  Video  01:30:26
      • Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind | Mark Noll & John Piper  Video 00:52:18  Q&A 00:57:20
Evil and Suffering
      • The Problem of Evil – How Can a Good God Allow Suffering | Dr William Lane Craig – Video 00:18:27
The Existence of God
      • The Kalam Cosmological Argument | Dr William Lane Craig  Video 01:24:56
      • The Ontological Argument | Dr William Lane Craig  Video  00:05:39
      • New Atheist Arguments Against God’s Existence Refuted | Dr William Lane Craig  Video  00:10:47
 The Nature of God
      • Are there objective truths about God? | Dr William Lane Craig  Audio 00:55:23
      • Divine Action | Alvin Plantinga  Video  01:10:15
Materialism
      • Against Materialism | Alvin Plantinga  Audio
Naturalism
      • An Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism | Alvin Plantinga  Audio 00:57:28
Pluralism
      • How Do We Know Christianity Is Right Out Of All The Religions? | JP Moreland  Audio
      • What Are the Grounds for Christian Belief amid Other Religions? | Dr John Stackhouse  Video
Science
      • Science and Religion: Why does the debate continue? | Dr Alvin Plantinga  Audio

COURSES

Biblical Presuppositional Apologetics | Michael R. Butler – Chalcedon Presbyterian Church 

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Introduction to Apologetics | Douglas Groothius – Denver Seminary

Lecture notes:  here

The Essence of Apologetics | Os Guinness

  • What is the essence of apologetics? Audio – Part 1
  • A Biblical basis for the essence of apologetics Audio – Part 2
  • How to communicate in apologetics  Audio – Part 3
  • Persuading the hard-hearted Audio – Part 4

ARTICLES

Five Arguments for God
William Lane Craig

Jesus of Nazareth: How Historians Can Know Him and Why It Matters
Craig L. Blomberg

One Lord and Savior for All? Jesus Christ and Religious Diversity
Harold A. Netland

Do Christians Have a Worldview?
Graham Cole

A Christian Perspective on Islam
Chawkat Moucarry

At the Intersection of Religious and Sexual Identities: A Christian Perspective on Homosexuality
Mark A. Yarhouse

Human Flourishing: Toward a Theology of Work and Rest
Danielle Sallade

Sin:? Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be
Cornelius Plantinga Jr.

Christianity and Sexuality
Christopher Ash

 

 

Woody Allen and Billy Graham Talk Religion, Morality, and Sex

It’s hard to imagine a more fascinating encounter. Two men, from worlds that couldn’t be further apart, met together on national television in front of a live audience. One, a New York comedian and playwright who, in many ways, represented a culture of nihilism, instant gratification, and neurotic self-focus. The other, a revivalist evangelical preacher born on a dairy farm in North Carolina.

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Decades later, Woody Allen would later reflect on their meeting in 1969:

“Years ago I was on television with Billy Graham and I was taking this position, this bleak outlook position and Billy Graham was saying to me that even if I was right and he was wrong, and there was no meaning to life and it was a bleak experience and there was no god and no afterlife or no hope or anything, he would still have a better life than me, because he believed differently and even if he was 100 percent wrong, our lives would both be completed and I would have had a miserable life wallowing in a bleak outlook and he would have had a wonderful life, confident that there was more.”

[via Denny Burk]

 

Klusendorf and Strossen Debate Abortion

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Scott Klusendorf is the President of Life Training Institute and author of the excellent book, The Case for Life. Nadine Strossen is the former President of the ACLU. The debate was held on 15 April at Westmont College.

[HT: Randy Alcorn and Justin Taylor]

Audio and Video from the Craig v Krauss Debate

If you missed the debate yesterday between William Lane Craig and Lawrence Krauss on the topic “Is there Evidence for God?”, the media from the event is now available.

Timothy and Michael live-blogged the event, and their post presents a good overview of what happened. For deeper commentary, Randy at Possible Worlds has posted an excellent discussion, highlighting some of the key issues that came up. David at the SAA blog also weighs in with his analysis. And Wintery Knight has also posted his own sardonic take on the respective cases put forward by Craig and Krauss.

UPDATE: The votes from the audience have been announced: 286 for Craig, 130 for Krauss, and 100 called it a draw.

 

Rob Bell defends his book on MSNBC

Martin Bashir does a good job of asking the right questions and getting to the heart of the issue in the controversy about Bell’s new book Love Wins.

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The review that Bashir refers to is the excellent response written by Kevin DeYoung.

John Lennox on God, Christchurch, and the Problem of Pain

Howick Baptist has made available the video and audio from Professor John Lennox’s  sermon at their Sunday service. Read more

Video from the Saddleback Apologetics Weekend

Last weekend, the Saddleback Church in Southern California hosted its second annual apologetics weekend. Hosted by pastor Rick Warren, the conference presented several scholars and pastors to discuss the life and person of Jesus Christ. At this time of the year when life seems to get more crowded with activity, these talks offer a great opportunity to remind ourselves of the meaning of Christmas and the God who took on flesh, the incarnate Christ.

If you’re having trouble accessing the links below, you can also get the lectures on iTunes.

Jesus Before He Was Born
Chris Wright (Langham Partnership’s International Director and author of The Mission of God)
Audio| Video

The Radical Message of Jesus
Scott McKnight (Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University)
Audio | Video


The Shocking Life of Jesus

Peter Kreeft (professor of philosophy at Boston College)
Audio | Video

Jesus’ Miraculous Death and Resurrection
Greg Koukl (adjunct professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University and president of Stand to Reason)
Audio | Video

The Jesus Left Behind – The Body of Christ
Philip Yancey (editor-at-large for Christianity Today and popular Christian author)
Audio | Video

HT: Brian Auten

Os Guinness on Why Truth Matters

More than 4,000 evangelical leaders have currently gathered in Cape Town, South Africa for the Third Lausanne Congress on Global Evangelization. The first Lausanne Conference was held in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1974 and was organized by influential evangelicals such as Billy Graham and John Stott. This year’s convention continues the focus on the mission of the global church and evangelism, with speakers including John Piper, Tim Keller, Chris Wright, Ajith Fernando, Michael Ramsden, and many, many more.

One of the presentations worth considering was that given by Os Guinness on day one. His topic was the importance of truth for the church today. He offered six reasons why truth matters supremely, and why those Christians who are careless about truth are as dangerous as the open skeptics of our day:

  • First, only a high view of truth honors the God of Truth.
  • Second only a high view of truth reflects how we come to know and trust God.
  • Third only a high view of truth empowers our best human enterprises.
  • Fourth only a high view of truth can undergird our proclamation and defense of the faith.
  • Fifth, only a high view of truth is sufficient for resisting evil and hypocrisy.
  • Sixth, only a high view of truth will help our growth and transformation in Christ.

And his conclusion: 

“If our faith is not true, it would be false even if the whole world believed it. If our faith is true, it would be true even if the whole world and the entire cosmos were against it.

So let the conviction ring out from this Congress: We Evangelicals do not just believe the truth. We do not just claim to know the truth, and to defend the truth. We worship “the God of truth,” whose Spirit is “the Spirit of truth,” whose “Word is truth,” whose Gospel is “the message of truth,” and whose Son our Lord is “the way, the truth, and the life.” And we ourselves are committed, humbly but resolutely, to becoming People of Truth. Here we still stand, so help us God.”

You can watch his address on the Lausanne website or download it below. 

Video from Plantinga’s Retirement Celebration

This last May, Alvin Plantinga was honoured on his retirement by a special conference at the University of Notre Dame. Plantinga is one of the most important and influential living philosophers  in the area of metaphysics, epistemology, and, particularly, philosophy of religion. His retirement at Notre Dame was commemorated with several  presentations from a wide range of scholars over three days. Here is the video from the talks (I’ve embedded the first part of each talk – for all the parts go here).

Michael Bergmann (Purdue University) “Commonsense Skeptical Theism”
RESPONDENT: Stephen Wykstra (Calvin College)
CHAIR: W. Jay Wood (Wheaton College)

Trenton Merricks (University of Virginia) “Singular Propositions”
RESPONDENT: David Vander Laan (Westmont College)
CHAIR: Jerome Gellman (Ben-Gurion University)

Peter van Inwagen (University of Notre Dame) “Causation and the Mental”
RESPONDENT: Robin Collins (Messiah College)
CHAIR: Bernard W. Kobes (Arizona State University)

Richard Otte (University of California) “Theory Comparison in Science and Religion”
RESPONDENT: Bas van Fraassen (San Francisco State University)
CHAIR: René van Woudenberg (Free University)

Ernest Sosa (Rutgers University) “Descartes and Virtue Epistemology”
RESPONDENT: Raymond VanArragon (Bethel University)
CHAIR: Rik Peels (University of Utrecht)

Eleonore Stump (Saint Louis University) “The Value of Atonement”
RESPONDENT: E. J. Coffman (University of Tennessee)
CHAIR: Laura Ekstrom (The College of William and Mary)

Thomas P. Flint (University of Notre Dame) “Varieties of Accidental Necessity”
RESPONDENT: Thomas Crisp (Biola University)
CHAIR: Laura Garcia (Boston College)

Dean Zimmerman (Rutgers University) “Stages in God’s Foreknowledge”
RESPONDENT: Donald Smith (Virginia Commonwealth University)
CHAIR: John Mullen (Oklahoma Baptist University)

Nicholas Wolterstorff  (Yale University, Emeritus, and Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia)
“Then, Now, and Al”
CHAIR: Andrew Chignell – Cornell University

(Source: Michael Sudduth)

Video from the 2010 Ligonier National Conference

This year, the Ligonier National Conference in Orlando, Florida, was focused on addressing some of the tough and perplexing questions that are often raised against Christianity.  For those of us who were not able to attend, the conference was streamed live online. And if you missed that, the video from sessions have now just been made available from the first day on Christianity.com. Ligonier Ministries is an international Christian organization based on the ministry of R. C. Sproul. Founded in 1971, the organization has been committed to helping Christians understand what they believe and why they believe it.

Here are the videos and summary notes from the talks (provided by Tim Challies and Alex Chediak). I’ll update the links for the Friday and Saturday sessions when they are posted.

Thursday

Pre-Conference (Bits, Bytes, Blogs & Bibles)

The Brave New World of New Media – Ed Stetzer

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Principles for Conduct in Communication – Tim Challies

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Taking Captive New Media for the Church – Burk Parsons

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The Hypersocialized Generation – Albert Mohler

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Questions and Answers – Challies, Stetzer, Parsons, Mohler and Chris Larson.

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2010 National Conference Main Sessions:

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? – John MacArthur

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Is the Doctrine of Inerrancy Defensible? – Michael Horton

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Does the Doctrine of Divine Decrees Eliminate Human Will – John MacArthur

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Friday

What is Evil and Where Did it Come From? – R. C. Sproul

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Why Do Christians Still Sin? – R. C. Sproul, Jr

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How Do We Know Which Interpretation is Right? – Derek Thomas

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Is the Bible Just Another Book? – Steve Lawson

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Is the Exclusivity of Christ Unjust? – Alistair Begg

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Questions and Answers – Begg, Horton, Lawson and Mohler, hosted by Sproul

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Saturday

Why Does the Universe Look so Old? – Albert Mohler

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Is Calvinism Good for the Church? – Burk Parsons

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If God is Good, How Could He Command Holy War? – Derek Thomas

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Can We Enjoy Heaven Knowing of Loved Ones in Hell? – R. C. Sproul

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