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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.

    143 - STR Outposts with Robby Lashua

    143 - STR Outposts with Robby Lashua

    Summary
    Robbie Lashua discusses the Stand to Reason (STR) Outposts initiative, its purpose, and the process of starting one at a local church. He shares his journey of getting involved with STR and his role as the outpost coordinator. The conversation also covers the flexibility of outposts, the target audience, and the use of STRU courses for small group discussions. Robbie is interviewed about STR's Outpost program, which equips local churches with apologetics resources. The program allows flexibility for churches to use other materials but requires adherence to STR's mission statement. Outposts are not meant to teach doctrinal distinctives, and the local church is responsible for indoctrinating its members. Outpost directors have access to resources and support from STR for managing difficult personalities and theological issues. The program has seen significant growth and is open to churches of all sizes.

    https://www.str.org/outposts

    Takeaways
    STR Outposts provide small group curriculum for training lay people in apologetics within local churches.The target audience for STR Outposts is lay people in the church who are not equipped to compete in the marketplace of ideas and culture.The use of STRU courses and small group discussions makes apologetics training more accessible and digestible for lay people in the church. STR's Outpost program equips local churches with apologetics resources and allows flexibility in using other materials.Outposts are not meant to teach doctrinal distinctives, and the responsibility for indoctrinating members lies with the local church.Outpost directors have access to resources and support from STR for managing difficult personalities and theological issues.The program has seen significant growth and is open to churches of all sizes.
    Chapters
    00:00 The Purpose of STR Outposts
    03:16 Starting an STR Outpost at Your Church
    06:00 Flexibility and Target Audience of STR Outposts
    22:33 Equipping Local Churches with Apologetics Resources
    26:24 Navigating Doctrinal Distinctives and Flexibility in Apologetics
    38:37 Support and Resources for Outpost Directors
    42:26 Growth and Inclusivity of the Outpost Program

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    • 45 min
    142 - Debate Teacher Reacts - Nate Sala

    142 - Debate Teacher Reacts - Nate Sala

    Summary
    Nate Sala shares his journey from leaving the church to becoming a Christian, his ministry Wise Disciple, and his insights on debate and persuasion. He discusses the importance of objectivity in debate analysis and the criteria for judging debates. The conversation covers various aspects of debate preparation, styles, and strategies, as well as the role of emotion and rhetoric in debates. It also delves into the significance of cross-examination and the art of debate, along with the impact of personal biases and emotional connections in the context of debates. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the host's channel and its content.
    Takeaways
    Nate Sala's personal journey from leaving the church to becoming a Christian highlights the role of apologetics in evangelism.Wise Disciple ministry focuses on helping Christians effectively incorporate theology and apologetics into their conversations.Nate Sala's insights on debate and persuasion emphasize the importance of objectivity and the criteria for judging debates. Debate preparation involves considering the opponent, the topic, and the audience.Emotional connection and rhetoric play a significant role in debates, alongside logical arguments.Cross-examination is a crucial aspect of debates, allowing debaters to showcase their critical thinking abilities.Personal biases and emotional connections can influence the analysis and perception of debates.The guest's channel offers content on debate analysis, sermon breakdowns, and Bible study sessions.
    Chapters
    00:00 Introduction to the Podcast
    02:12 The Journey to Faith and Ministry
    09:06 Insights on Debate and Persuasion
    26:14 Emotion and Rhetoric in Debates
    33:41 The Significance of Cross-Examination
    45:26 Exploring the Host's Channel and Content

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    • 47 min
    141 - Argument from Reason with Travis Dickinson

    141 - Argument from Reason with Travis Dickinson

    Summary
    In this episode, Brian and Chad interview Travis Dickinson about the argument from reason. They discuss the different options for explaining the existence of logical principles, focusing on naturalism and Platonism. Travis argues that if God does not exist, logical principles either do not exist or exist as brute abstract objects. He explains that naturalism, which denies the existence of anything outside the natural world, cannot account for the existence of logical principles. Platonism, on the other hand, posits the existence of abstract objects in a separate realm, but this explanation is ad hoc and lacks independent reasons. Travis concludes that the most plausible explanation for logical principles is the existence of God. In this part of the conversation, Brian and Travis discuss the argument from reason and its connection to the existence of God. They explore the idea that our ability to reason and use logic points to the existence of a higher mind, which they identify as God. They also discuss how the argument from reason can be used in practical apologetics to engage with skeptics and point them towards Christ.

    Takeaways
    The argument from reason posits that if God does not exist, logical principles either do not exist or exist as brute abstract objects.Naturalism, which denies the existence of anything outside the natural world, cannot account for the existence of logical principles.Platonism, which posits the existence of abstract objects in a separate realm, is an ad hoc explanation without independent reasons.The most plausible explanation for logical principles is the existence of God. Our ability to reason and use logic suggests the existence of a higher mind, which can be identified as God.The argument from reason can be used in practical apologetics to engage with skeptics and challenge their worldview.The moral argument may be more effective in hitting people in the gut, but the argument from reason provides a strong intellectual foundation for belief in God.Studying logic and critical thinking can be seen as a way of studying God and living in a way that reflects the mind of Christ.The argument from reason points to the idea that God is the greatest conceivable being, worthy of worship and the normative standard for reasoning.
    Chapters
    00:00 Introduction
    01:17 Guest Introduction
    03:33 The Incompatibility of Naturalism and Logical Principles
    05:01 Reason as the Observable Phenomenon
    06:29 The Plausibility of God as the Ground of Logical Principles
    16:21 The Ad Hoc Nature of Platonism
    24:23 The Limitations of Platonism
    26:14 The Need for a Ground of Logical Principles
    27:13 The Argument from Reason and the Existence of God
    30:07 The Platonic View vs. the Theistic View
    35:17 Jesus as the Originating Logical Principle
    39:38 Jesus as the Ground of Being and Logic
    51:03 The End of Every Philosophical Question is God

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    • 54 min
    140 - Beauty & Love with Paul Gould

    140 - Beauty & Love with Paul Gould

    In this episode, Brian Auten & Chad Gross engage with philosopher Paul Gould to discuss the profound connection between beauty, love, theism. They delve into why beauty is more likely on theism than naturalism and explore various philosophical perspectives on love and the recognition of beauty.

    Topics Covered:
    1. Introduction to the Topic of Beauty:
       - Beauty in Theism vs. Naturalism:
         - Gould explains why beauty is more likely on theism than naturalism.
         - Discussion on the analogy between human artistic creativity and the universe's beauty.
         - The improbability of a universe saturated with beauty under naturalism's unguided, blind forces.
    2. Philosophical Arguments and Analogies:
       - Human Artistic Creativity:
         - Creating beautiful art requires skill and intention, paralleling the idea of a divine artist behind the universe.
       - Entropy and Beauty:
         - Examination of why beauty persists despite the laws of entropy and randomness under naturalism.
    3. Exploring the Nature of Love:
       - Defining Love:
         - Gould outlines five features of love:
           1. Multi-directed
           2. Complex
           3. Deep and Enduring
           4. Active and Passive
           5. Valuable
         - Discussion on how contemporary philosophical views often fail to capture these features fully.
         - Aquinas's wisdom on love as a comprehensive framework.
    4. Beauty as a Properly Basic Belief:
       - Plantinga's Concept of Properly Basic Beliefs:
         - Inquiry into whether the recognition of beauty can be considered a properly basic belief, not needing argumentation to be justified.
       - Experiences of Beauty:
         - Distinctions between judgments of beauty, experiences of beauty, beautiful things, and beauty itself.
         - The Christian story's integration of beauty, truth, and goodness, particularly through the narrative of the cross.
    5. Listener Questions and Practical Insights:
       - Interacting with Listener Inquiries:
         - Addressing questions about the recognition and judgment of beauty.
         - Discussion on the practical implications of philosophical views on love and beauty.
    Key Quotes:
    - Paul Gould on Beauty and Naturalism:
      "If naturalism is true, and the universe is just the result of unguided, blind forces, you would not expect beauty to saturate the world. By analogy, just as beauty is very hard for human artists, it's surprising for it to saturate the world without a divine artist."
    - **Brian Auten on the Christian Story:**
      "The cross being the God of the universe, sacrificing himself for sinners to save them, even when they hate him, is the most beautiful story there is. It brings tears to your eyes because it's beautiful."
    - Paul Gould on Love:
      "Love is multi-directed, complex, deep and enduring, active and passive, and valuable. We need an account of love that captures all these features."

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    • 48 min
    139 - Our Favorite Debates

    139 - Our Favorite Debates

    Introduction
    - Chad and Brian discuss their favorite and most memorable debates between Christian apologists/philosophers and atheists/skeptics

    Chad's Debate Picks
    1. James Crossley vs. William Lane Craig - Was Jesus Raised from the Dead? (2012)
       - Highlights Craig's case for the resurrection based on postmortem appearances 
       - Contrasting styles of young Crossley vs distinguished Craig
    2. Jeffrey Lowder vs. Frank Turek - What Better Explains Reality: Naturalism or Theism? (2016)  
       - Appreciates Lowder's formal case for naturalism reminiscent of Craig
       - Admires the cordiality and clash of Lowder's logic vs Turek's rhetoric  
    3. Christopher Hitchens vs. William Lane Craig
       - The "prizefight" lead-up and spectacle surrounding this legendary debate
       - Contrasts Craig's arguments vs Hitchens' emotional appeals
    4. Braxton Hunter vs. Matt Dillahunty (2019)
       - Hunter exposes issues in Dillahunty's epistemology 
       - Effectively argues for Kalam cosmological argument and argument from free will
    5. Craig vs Francisco Ayala - Is Intelligent Design Viable? (2013)
       - Craig debates an award-winning evolutionary scientist
       - Craig has to think on his feet against unfamiliar arguments from Ayala
    6. Chris Date vs. Dale Tuggy - Is Jesus Human and Not Divine?  
       - High-level, rich, respectful debate between able defenders of their positions
       - Highlights Date's ancient bird imagery argument for Christ's deity
    7. Paul Draper vs. William Lane Craig
       - Craig debates a formidable philosophical adversary
       - Interesting to see Craig on his heels against some unfamiliar arguments

    Brian's Debate Picks  
    1. William Lane Craig vs. Peter Atkins
       - The famous "put that in your pipe" moment where Craig lists what science can't explain
    2. Norm Geisler vs. Paul Kurtz on John Ankerberg Show  
       - Admires Geisler's rapid-fire responses to a breadth of objections

    Bonus: Worst Debate - Jeff Durbin & James White vs Dr. Clark & Dan Ellis (2020)
      - Dr. Clark engaged in bizarre antics like throwing books, demanding miracles
      - One of the most cringeworthy debates they've seen

    Find links here: https://truthbomb.blogspot.com/2024/02/some-of-my-favorite-debates.html
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    • 30 min
    138 - Why Listen to Debates?

    138 - Why Listen to Debates?

    In this episode, Brian and Chad discuss the importance of listening to debates. This is a kind of PART 1, and part 2 will discuss specific debates.

    Brian's seven reasons for listening to debates were: 1) Hearing the best defenders of each view, 2) Hearing actual arguments without interruptions, 3) Finding the cutting edge of the current debate, 4) Getting used to hearing opposing views without anxiety, 5) Seeing that Christianity can hold its own intellectually, 6) Observing how a cumulative case is made and critics' counters, and 7) Realizing the debate is just an entry point to a much deeper topic. 

    Throughout explaining his seven reasons, Brian and Chad discussed the value of debates utilizing good logic (logos), credibility (ethos), and emotional appeals (pathos). They noted how the best debates are well-moderated with clear time limits. Listening to debates can boost confidence in the Christian faith by seeing it withstand scrutiny. However, the debate is just the start in grasping the full depth of a topic which opens up avenues for further study.

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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
237 Ratings

237 Ratings

jsucupira ,

Very good interviews

They interview many good authors and speakers. I like the variety of topics.

DrKJF ,

Love the show

I absolutely love this show. It is great information for anyone who has questions or know someone who is questioning to look for answers. They are great guys to listen too.

smquarnstrom ,

So helpful

I found this podcast when I was wrestling with questions and searching for Truth. I found this podcast to be so helpful in a non-intimidating way and it led me to so many great resources. I also think Brian and Chad are hilarious 🤣 It’s also evident that they truly care about being true to Gods word and helping their listeners. Thank you!!

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