Great article here on the beauty of God. Here’s an excerpt:
“Yet this invisible God has chosen to express the fullness of His beauty in physical ways. The display is not the beauty itself. We must not confuse God’s expression of His beauty with its essential character. That would be like mistaking a woman’s taste in fashion for her virtue. The created world in all its beauty is an expression of God’s beauty, but it is not the essence of His beauty.”
Internet Apologetic Resource List by Dr. Keith Plummer (Brown ’86)
The following are helpful resources for the student and practitioner of Christian apologetics. Inclusion in this list is not necessarily an endorsement of all the positions advocated by a particular ministry.
Alpha & Omega Ministries – www.aomin.org
Apologetic and counter cult ministry of Christian author and debater, James White. This is a good resource to explore especially when in search of material related to Roman Catholicism, Islam, and KJV-onlyism. White hosts a daily podcast in which he addresses a myriad of apologetic issues.
Answering Islam: A Christian-Muslim Dialog – www.answering-islam.org
An excellent site for apologetic engagement with Islam.
Apologetics 315 – www.apologetics315.blogspot.com
A comprehensive site consisting of articles, book reviews, and podcast interviews with noteworthy Christian apologists
Apologetics.com – www.apologetics.com
“Challenging thinkers to believe and believers to think,” Apologetics.com is an integrated site consisting of past radio programs, blogs, video, podcasts, and articles. Its mission statement reads: “Apologetics.com exists to remove intellectual impediments to Christian faith, thereby enhancing believers’ confidence in, and weakening skeptics’ objections to, the gospel message.
Apologetics Index – www.apologeticsindex.org
“The Apologetics Index ‘family of web sites’ provides nearly 43.000 pages of research resources on religious cults, sects, new religious movements, alternative religions, apologetics-, anticult-, and countercult organizations, doctrines, religious practices and world views.”
Bethinking – www.bethinking.org
A UK site operated by The Christian Unions that consists of apologetic articles and audios helpfully categorized for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students of apologetics
Intelligent Design.org – www.intelligentdesign.org
Articles in defense of intelligent design from members of the Discovery Institute (www.discovery.org), not all of whom are Christian.
L’Abri Ideas Library – www.labri-ideas-library.org
Audio lectures by Francis Schaeffer and current L’Abri staff and guest speakers.
Library of Historical Apologetics – www.historicalapologetics.org
The work of Timothy McGrew, Professor of Philosophy at Western Michigan University and the Institute for Digital Christian Heritage. “…our mission is to be the world’s leading resource for lay apologists, pastors, students, and scholars seeking historical apologetics materials for self-study, church classes, sermon preparation, and research. Our digital collection currently contains references to about 3,000 items with a focus on works in English from the 17th through the early 20th centuries.”
Reasonable Faith – www.reasonablefaith.org
The apologetic ministry of William Lane Craig, noted Christian apologist and debater. The site consists of articles, newsletters, audio and video, and a Q & A section.
Reasons to Believe – www.reasons.org
The apologetic ministry of Hugh Ross and company seeking to integrate science and faith. “RTB exists to spread the Christian Gospel by demonstrating that sound reason and scientific research—including the very latest discoveries—consistently support, rather than erode, confidence in the truth of the Bible and faith in the personal, transcendent God revealed in both Scripture and nature. We specifically engage influencers, educators, pastors, and other leaders with our integrative creation model, while we encourage and equip fellow believers to participate with us in our mission.” (Old Earth Creationists)
Saints and Sceptics – www.saintsandsceptics.org
Our Mission is to use rational persuasion to communicate the central claims of Christianity and to encourage and equip the Church to respond to the questions raised by sceptics. In order to achieve this, we aim to: (1) provide audio and written materials suitable for all levels from high school students to post graduate level on the Saints and Sceptics website (2) respond to contemporary debates on the Saints and Sceptics website (3)work in partnership with local Churches to promote the use of apologetics in evangelism (4) provide training in Christian apologetics
Stand to Reason – www.str.org
The apologetic ministry headed up by Greg Koukl, author of Tactics: A Strategic Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions and host of the weekly radio program, Stand to Reason. STR advocates what it calls the ambassador model of apologetic engagement which consists of three skills: knowledge (an informed mind), wisdom (a tactical strategy), and character (a winsome and honest manner). The site contains hundreds of articles and a podcast archive of past radio programs in which Greg interacts with Christian and non-Christian callers.
Thinking Matters – www.thinkingmatters.org.nz
A New Zealand ministry whose stated purpose is to “encourage the life of the mind in the love of God.” The site contains blog posts, articles, and audio resources.
Unbelievable? – http://www.premierradio.org.uk/unbelievable.aspx
A weekly radio program from the UK that brings Christians and unbelievers together to discuss and debate a variety of issues related to the Christian faith. Past shows are archived and available for free streaming or download.
The Veritas Forum – www.veritas.org
The Veritas Forum arranges for leading Christian scholars to engage college students at major universities with Christianity’s answers to the big questions of life and society. The site hosts hundreds of audio and/or video recordings of past lectures and is regularly updated.
The Works of John Frame and Vern Poythress – www.frame-poythress.org
Theological and apologetic articles, reviews, audio, and complete books from these two Reformed presuppositionalist thinkers.
Answers in Genesis – www.answersingenesis.org
Ken Ham’s apologetic site defending biblical creation from a young earth perspective.
Van Til Info – www.vantil.info
Site maintained by James Anderson, assistant professor of theology and philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary, “aims to be a comprehensive catalogue of online resources explicitly related to the theology, philosophy, and apologetics of Cornelius Van Til.”
I recently came across these posts reflecting on recent surveys done by the Public Religion Research Institute:
“Regarding sexual morality, Millennials are judgmental, just in different ways than their parents or grandparents were…The only thing Millennials are black-and-white on when it comes to matters of sexual morality is that you aren’t allowed to be black-and-white on sexual morality.”
Then there was a follow up piece on practical steps to talking with others:
1. Find the Foundation: Really the first step is to understand where whomever you’re talking to is coming from, and usually, they’re defending their particular sexual ethic on one of two, or both, of these bases: 1) identity and/or 2) freedom. … One of the best ways I have found to talk with people like this is to affirm the goodness of sexuality as God has created it and point them to a sexual freedom that frees them from the bondage of their passions.
2. Stay away from that “sin” word…at first…have found it most helpful in conversations with unbelieving friends to lead with where we agree.
3. Be patience. Be friendly, Be like Jesus.