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Brandon D. Crowe. Was Jesus Really Born of a Virgin?  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, August 16th, 2013. 32 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

This booklet is part of the series “Christian Answers to Hard Questions” published by Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing.  As the title for this particular work suggests this booklet looks at the question “Was Jesus Really Born of a Virgin?”  The author Brandon D. Crowe who presently serves as an Associate Professor of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary.  Crowe has written this helpful resource that is accessible for the layman.

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Guillermo González and Jay W. Richards. Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, August 16th, 2013. 32 pp.

3 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

In the opening of this work the book noted that the three terms in the title is quite controversial today.  Both authors Guillermo González and Jay W. Richards has written this helpful booklet to help navigate through the issue of God’s creation and evolution.  Both men are aware that they are a lot of heat than light with the subject and they have written in a gracious and informed matter.

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Dr. K. Scott Oliphint is the professor of Apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary.

The Christian publisher Zondervan has loaded up a 23 minute clip featuring Dr. Oliphint speaking on the topic of the topic of evil titled, “Know Why You Believe: Why Believe in God Despite Evil in the World?”

Here’s the video:

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Can the devil capture us at will?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

Yes

“and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:26)

No

“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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GO TO PART 42

Point: Sometimes when one engage in apologetics the issue of alleged Bible contradiction comes up and the example given of a Bible contradiction really isn’t a Bible contradiction but an instance where one account gives lesser detail than another account.  Think for instance of those who raise the question “How many men were possessed with demons at the country of the Gadarenes?”  Are there examples we can give in other areas outside of the Bible of how such a tactic to claim there’s a Bible contradiction is problematic?

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This past weekend there was a Theology Conference hosted by Reformed Forum and this year the subject is on the Reformation of Apologetics which focuses a lot on how Reformed Theology shapes apologetics’ methodology and Presuppositional apologetics.

Here’s a description of the conference from their website:

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GO TO PART 41

Point: How often do you hear people say that they are against Christianity because of the hypocrisy of those who say they believe in Christianity or are leaders in the Christian community?  Does the existence of hypocrites rule out the truth claims of the propositions set forth in Christianity?  While we don’t want to downplay the responsibility of people’s sin and hypocrisy we must also realize that hypocrisy as an argument against Christianity does not have that much weight as it might seem initially.

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