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Today I want to share a thesis that was completed for a Masters of Religion that was completed over at Reformed Theological Seminary.  It was completed last year in 2018.  It is titled “A Defense of Presuppositional Apologetics and Its Practical Application to the Public University Campus” and written by R. Shane Hartley.  I have found Presuppositional apologetics when properly understood and properly employed to be a very helpful and powerful apologetic.  I am also involved with college campus evangelism in which I will start back again next Lord willing (pray for me!).  So this thesis obviously caught my attention.

What is this thesis specifically about?  In his introductory paragraph to his thesis Mr. Hartley wrote the following summary:

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Purpose: To explore and know more about God’s creation of Triceratops.

 

Book(s) read:

Daniel Nunn’s Triceratops.

Elaine Landau’s Triceratops.

 

 

Other tools:

Paper

Pencil

Crayons

Pictures of dinosaurs

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn general knowledge about Triceratops.
  2. Illustrate what is learned in this lesson about Triceratops.
  3. Learn a spiritual lesson concerning God’s creation of Triceratops.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: To whom did Jesus make his first post-resurrection appearance?

Here are the four answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

The two Marys

Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave.” (Matthew 28:1)

And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him.” (Matthew 28:9)

Mary Magdalene

Now after He had risen early on the first day of the week, He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons.” (Mark 16:9)

But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; 12 and she *saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 And they *said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She *said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and *saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.” (John 20:11-14)

Cleopas and another

And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was [a]about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them. 16 But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him. 17 And He said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, “Are You [b]the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?” 19 And He said to them, “What things?” And they said to Him, “The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to the sentence of death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened. 22 But also some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said; but Him they did not see.” 25 And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary for the [c]Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 Then beginning [d]with Moses and [e]with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. 28 And they approached the village where they were going, and He acted as though He were going farther. 29 But they urged Him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is getting toward evening, and the day [f]is now nearly over.” So He went in to stay with them. 30 When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from [g]their sight.” (Luke 24:13-31)

Cephas

and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. (1 Corinthians 15:4-5)

(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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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between September 8th-14th, 2019.

1.) Introductory Video To Presuppositional Apologetics

2.) Co-hosting AfterThought Podcast on Bible Contradictions

3.) Apologetics Conference – The relevance of Genesis with Tim Chaffey

4.) Historical Evidence for Jesus Christ: Jewish and Roman Material (non-biblical sources)

5.) Apologetics Lectures: 2019 Summer Mini-Series

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How To Be An Atheist – Ch.11 – If God Is Dead, Is Everything Permissible?

 

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend OR Here

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This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Encourage Your Pastors.

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Perhaps one of the most disturbing place I’ve been to has been the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.  I visited there many years ago.

Here’s a bit about it:

Tuol Svay Pray High School sits on a dusty road on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In 1976, the Khmer Rouge renamed the high school S-21 and turned it into a torture, interrogation and execution center. Of the 14,000 people known to have entered, only seven survived. Not only did the Khmer Rouge carefully transcribe the prisoners’ interrogations; they also carefully photographed the vast majority of the inmates and created an astonishing photographic archive. Each of the almost 6,000 S-21 portraits that have been recovered tells a story shock, resignation, confusion, defiance and horror. Although the most gruesome images to come out of Cambodia were those of the mass graves, the most haunting were the portraits taken by the Khmer Rouge at S-21.

At least 14,000 victims.  I’ve seen other numbers up to 20,000.  20,000 in such a small area, over a period of 3 three years.  Yet only 7 survivors.

I was struck at how it was a school before it was converted to a torture camp.  Our image of schools are often of children and happiness; yet the fact that this was converted into a torture camp makes it even all the more sinister.

Here’s a short video:

 

It is one of those places that you can feel the evil.

What blows me away is how recent these atrocities took place.  It wasn’t 1940s.  It was the late 70s before the dawn of the 80s.

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This is a three part mini-series lectures on Apologetics.  They are more like apologetics’ sustainment training, kind of like refresher and retention training with Martial Arts.  For more systematic and foundational lectures on apologetics I recommend  our popular post, “Ultimate Collection of Free Presuppositional Apologetics Lectures

Still these three lectures are helpful:

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