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Apologetics 315 discusses the topics of Apologetics, Evangelism and the Christian worldview, and interviews a variety of Christian apologists.

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Apologetics 315 discusses the topics of Apologetics, Evangelism and the Christian worldview, and interviews a variety of Christian apologists.

    018 - Sarah Enterline on the Life of Susanna Newcome

    018 - Sarah Enterline on the Life of Susanna Newcome

    In this episode, Brian Auten and Chad Gross interview Sarah R. Enterline (www.sarahrenterline.com) about her recent book No Apologies: The Life & Work of Susanna Newcome.

    0:30 - Update: A nice fruit basket.

    1:47 - Intro to Sarah Enterline.

    4:24 - What Sarah has been working on lately with The Library of Historical Apologetics. Cataloging and researching the work of historical apologists.

    5:50 - What Sarah didn’t expect to learn about apologists from the past, and what most people don’t know about C.S. Lewis.

    7:18 - What interested Sarah in Susanna Newcome? Her character and life, her academics.

    10:44 - The odd relationship between Susanna and her husband. Susanna’s reputation as a top-class thinker.

    13:42 - Why character matters more than ever.

    16:27 - What makes this book different? And why it’s so amazing.

    18:51 - The state of women in apologetics today, and how we might see more interest and involvement of women in apologetics.

    23:21 - The shift to more women in apologetics today.

    24:34 - Are men more interested in the rational side of faith than women, or is that a myth?

    30:18 - The amazing range of arguments for God in Susanna Newcome’s work. Unique perspectives she brings to the table that we don’t see today. Appeals to happiness.

    36:51 - The importance of defining one’s terms, and how to make a good argument. Lots of footnotes is a good thing.

    40:43 - When looking for evidence for God, we should expect to see miracles. What sort of evidence are we looking for?

    45:14 - Anticipating potential objections and answering them.

    45:59 - Susanna wrote a second version of her work to answer new objections on the scene in her day.

    49:02 - Argument from prophecy: should we see them more today? How helpful are they, and in what areas are they most beneficial?

    53:21 - Apologetic arguments that bolster the faith of believers, not only geared to non-believers.

    54:35 - What can apologists today learn from the life and work of Susanna Newcome? How to logically lay out an argument.

    Places to check out:
    www.noapologiesbook.com
    www.sarahrenterline.com
    www.historicalapologetics.org
    www.womeninapologetics.com
    Special Divine Action Project
    https://sda.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/sda/#!/about

    If you have a question for the podcast, record it and send it our way using www.speakpipe.com/Apologetics315 or you can email us at podcast@apologetics315.com

    • 59 min
    017 - Apologetics in India with Jacob Varghese

    017 - Apologetics in India with Jacob Varghese

    In this episode, Brian Auten and Chad Gross interview Jacob Varghese from SAFT Apologetics, an apologetics ministry based in India with an international reach. www.saftapologetics.com

    2:40 - Introduction to Jacob Varghese and the work of SAFT Apologetics.
    7:45 - How Jacob got into apologetics and the beginnings of SAFT.
    12:00 - Seeking answers, finding truth. The growth of the podcast.
    20:00 - Cultural differences in apologetics in India. Naturalism, supernaturalism, and apologetic questions. Which is harder to deal with: naturalism or supernaturalism? Cultural and religious diversity in India.
    36:10 - Atheism on the rise in India.
    39:30 - The recent SAFT Online Conference: https://areopagus.saftapologetics.com
    50:00 - What’s on the horizon for SAFT?

    Support SAFT Apologetics here:
    Website: www.saftapologetics.com
    Patreon: www.patreon.com/saftapologetics
    Podcast webpage: https://saftpodcast.buzzsprout.com
    YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/saftapologetics

    If you have a question for the podcast, record it and send it our way using www.speakpipe.com/Apologetics315 or you can email us at podcast@apologetics315.com

    • 53 min
    016 - Christianity in the Public Square with Wintery Knight

    016 - Christianity in the Public Square with Wintery Knight

    In this episode, Brian Auten and Chad Gross interview Christian blogger Wintery Knight on the topics of Christian blogging, apologetics in the workplace and in the public square, how policy effects Christian freedoms, and more. www.winteryknight.com

    1:30 - Discussing moral and ethical issues, having an alias, and observing the changers in culture.

    8:00 - The conflict between the Happiness Quest and the Truth Quest.

    10:00 - The difficulty getting apologetics into the church. The importance of a commitment to a truth quest.

    13:00 - Doing apologetics on the internet.

    17:30 - How to interact with skeptics, and what to do when the people you interact with become hostile.

    20:00 - In-person interaction and discerning the right way to communicate in the workplace or public square.

    25:20 - How can Christians be informed about what’s going on in culture and public policy? How does one become equipped? Resources for being equipped.

    37:00 - “The Equality Act” and religious liberty issues.

    43:00 - The speed of cultural change in the US, and the importance of religious freedoms.

    52:45 - Christianity and politics.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    015 - OT Reliability & Signs of a Coming Revival

    015 - OT Reliability & Signs of a Coming Revival

    In this episode, Brian Auten and Chad Gross answer listener questions: one concerning the historical reliability of the Old Testament and one on the topic of revival.

    2:30 - Mailbag questions #1: “What are your thoughts on the following view of scripture?” Is the Old Testament a product of imaginative interpretation? Is the OT fiction? Do we have archeological evidence for the OT?

    24:50 - Mailbag questions #2: “Are there signs of a coming revival? What must Christians do to usher in this revival?” A conversation about what revival is, what revival is for, what has happened in revivals historically, and whether or not there are signs of a “coming revival”. Is there anything Christians can do to bring about revival?

    Suggested resources:
    * Revival by Martyn Lloyd Jones (Youtube | Book )
    • Why Revival Tarries by Leonard Ravenhill
    • Power Through Prayer by E.M. Bounds
    • The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions

    • 1 hr 20 min
    014 - Abortion and the Belfast Bigot

    014 - Abortion and the Belfast Bigot

    In this episode, Brian Auten and Chad Gross interview “The Belfast Bigot” (www.facebook.com/thebelfastbigot) on the topic of abortion, and defending a pro-life position in the public square.

    1:00 - Intro to the Belfast Bigot, why use that name? The history of the Belfast Bigot blog.

    5:30 - The goals of apologetics interaction online.

    9:10 - Why does the Belfast Bigot talk so much about abortion? Main influences and resources.

    12:00 - The abortion situation in the UK / Ireland. The common views on abortion in the UK / Ireland.

    17:00 - How do you make a case for life? What is the best angle to take? “What is the unborn?”

    20:00 - The use of scientific arguments for the pro-life position. Three types of pro-abortion views.

    24:00 - Examples of some bad pro-life arguments. The use of graphic images (are they helpful or not?)

    32:50 - What are the common objections to

    39:00 - The violinist argument in favor of abortion.

    44:00 - “This pregnancy is the product of rape.”

    49:00 - What if the life of the mother is at risk?

    51:00 - Why blog anonymously?

    56:30 - Pro-life resources and more:
    • The Case for Life by Scott Klusendorf
    • Why Pro-Life by Randy Alcorn
    • Love Unleashes Life by Stephanie Gray
    • The Ethics of Abortion by Christopher Kaczor
    • Love Thy Body by Nancy Percy

    • 1 hr
    013 - David Baggett on Moral Apologetics and HBU Masters Programs

    013 - David Baggett on Moral Apologetics and HBU Masters Programs

    In this episode, Brian Auten and Chad Gross interview Christian philosopher David Baggett on the topic of moral apologetics, arguments for God from morality, and the Masters of Arts programs available at Houston Baptist University.

    0:30 - Over 100 arguments for the existence of God.
    Capturing Christianity: Over 100 Arguments for the Existence of God
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi7ANgO2ZBU

    1:50 - Intro to David Baggett and his books.
    God and Cosmos: Moral Truth and Human Meaning
    https://www.amazon.com/God-Cosmos-Moral-Truth-Meaning/dp/0199931216
    The Moral Argument: A History
    https://www.amazon.com/Moral-Argument-History-David-Baggett/dp/0190246375
    Good God: The Theistic Foundations of Morality
    https://www.amazon.com/Good-God-Theistic-Foundations-Morality/dp/0199751811
    The Morals of the Story: Good News About a Good God
    https://www.amazon.com/Morals-Story-Good-News-About/dp/0830852077

    5:15 - David Baggett’s background, education, and about Michigan.

    7:35 - The Houston Baptist University campus experience and the Master's of Arts and apologetics degree.

    10:00 - The Center for Moral Apologetics at HBU.

    12:50 - Cultural apologetics: what is it? How does HBU educate in cultural apologetics?

    15:15 - Cultural apologetics and philosophical apologetics: the importance of having both.

    18:50 - Further discussion on distinctions in cultural apologetics.

    22:05 - Opportunities at HBU for distance learning programs.

    23:20 - What’s it like being married to an academic and also writing a book together?

    26:35 - “The Morals of the Story” - the purpose and scope of the book. The fourfold moral argument. Defending theistic ethics.

    38:25 - The personal impact of moral arguments for God.

    39:25 - The most persuasive moral arguments for God.

    42:35 - Guilt, shame, and how they point to a transcendent source of morality.

    46:40 - Answering the Euthyphro dilemma. Has the Euthyphro argument lost its potency?

    55:10 - Best introductory texts and recommended reading for moral apologetics, morality. Resources at www.moralapologetics.com

    58:00 - Biggest misconceptions about moral arguments for God.

    1:00:00 - Harry Potter and Philosophy
    https://www.amazon.com/Harry-Potter-Philosophy-Aristotle-Hogwarts-ebook/dp/B003S3RL7G
    Parenting and an incarnation model of approaching what we find in the world.

    1:08:30 - David’s encouragement to those who are considering the moral argument for God.

    1:13:00 - Wrapping up with David Baggett, and a reminder to listen to the end for bonus content.

    1:16:15 - What's the difference between William Lane Craig's moral argument and David Baggett’s moral argument?

    • 1 hr 21 min

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