STR speaker Alan Shlemon provides a monthly update while answering questions across a wide range of topics including criticisms of Christianity.
Christ’s Crucifixion Isn’t Child Sacrifice
Some object to the idea that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins through his death on the cross, calling it ”child sacrifice.” Alan, however, offers three reasons why characterizing it that way is inappropriate.
Why Pro-Choicers Insist Pro-Life Arguments Are Religious
Alan explains two reasons why abortion-choice advocates insist that pro-life arguments are religious.
Humans Come in Only Two Sexes
Many biologists, doctors, and scientists tell us today that sex is on a spectrum or that there are more than two sexes. Alan addresses this claim by looking at the evidence from both Scripture and general principles of science.
If God Became a Man, Can a Man Become a Woman?
A popular tweet claims that if someone can believe God became a man, then they can also believe that a man can become a woman. Alan unpacks this tweet, defines some key terms, and shows why the claim is misleading.
God’s Preferred Pronouns
Alan responds to the claim by some gender theorists that God’s pronouns should be they/them.
A Verse That Illustrates Three Interpretive Principles
Alan looks at passage of Scripture that skeptics like to use to challenge Jesus’ integrity. Then, he clarifies the meaning and application of the passage by using three key interpretive principles.
Helps me to think clearly!
I love how Alan takes apart the rhetorical slight of hand and breaks it down so that we can clearly see the failures of bad thinking. I always start out thinking, “Ok, I know what they’re saying has to be wrong, but it sounds very persuasive. How can I understand this correctly?” And by the end I’ve said, “ Aha! That’s so simple!” I love this podcast, but I have to admit that I very often have to listen to an episode more than once or twice to fully understand what’s going on. What Alan lays out is important and I want to make sure that I really understand what he’s saying.
Tl;dr: Alan Schlemon is a sharp cookie who is also winsome and friendly. He’s ruthless with ideas and gentle with people. I’ve met him. He’s just as nice in person.
Great posts; to the point, well thought out, biblical. I just wish Alan’s schedule allowed him to post more often.
These are short and digestible insights. The biblical and philosophical perspectives can be complex. But Alan has a way of making them accessible. The only thing I would improve is the frequency. I want more posts more often.