• The City Winter 2015

    Thoughts on Atheism and Relativism

    Stephen T. Davis Let us stipulate that the word “God” means a unique, all- powerful, all-knowing , and loving creator of the heavens and the earth. So theists are people who believe that God exists and atheists are people who believe that God does not exist. Despite being a theist myself, I believe that atheism …

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    Atheists Have No Problem of Evil , but They Have a Bigger One

    Jerry L. Walls The problem of evil” is a loaded phrase. For one thing , it is packed with emotional freight owing to the fact that the phrase calls to mind some of the most hotly contested battles in both historical and contemporary philosophy. It has long been the favorite weapon in the atheists’ arsenal, …

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    The Gospel as a Good Catastrophe: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Literary Apologetics

    By Ordway Here is a seeming paradox : J.R .R . Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings does not mention Christ, the church, the Bible, or even God anywhere in its pages; yet it is deeply and profoundly Christian. The Lord of the Rings is a fantasy, peopled with elves and dwarves, hobbits and wizards, an …

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    Atheism and Its Impossible Imagination: How Literary Imagination Insists On Theist Morality

    By Corey Latta Let me beg in boldly : no atheist fiction writer, living or dead, has successfully created a world in the image of his non-belief. The possibility for such a non-believing world vanishes the moment an atheist author exercises imagination  to  create  conscientious  characters  in  a fictive society.  As soon as the atheist …

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    The Resurrection of Theism

    By William Lane Craig The    contemporary   Western  intellectual   world,” declares the noted philosopher Alvin Planting a , “is a battleground or arena in which rag es a battle for men’s souls.” 1 It is in the field of philosophy that the decisive battles are taking  place, and  the  outcome of these contests will reverberate throughout the …

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    What Is Wrong with the New Atheism?

    By Robert B. Stewart The “New Atheists” are the rock stars of the unbelieving world. Their books are New York Times bestsellers. The y are the speakers that secular masses pine over. So what is the New Atheism? “ The New Atheism” is a term coined by Gar y Wolf in his red  magazine article, …

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    The Classic Design Argument for God’s Existence

    By Melissa Cain Travis Is the design argument for the existence of God obsolete ? Many claim so, and the alleged demise is often traced back to the philosophy of David Hume, whose 1779  Dialogues Concerning  Natural  Religion excoriated  natural  theology. Agnostic philosopher of science Michael Ruse has remarked that when it comes to the …

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  • What Jesus’ Enemies Said About Him

    Historical Jesus research focuses on what we can know about Jesus with reasonable certainty and apart from faith. Stated another way, if one does not assume that the New Testament deserves a privileged position as God’s Word and approaches it historically as one would approach other ancient literature, such as Plutarch’s Lives and Suetonius’ Twelve …

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  • Turning the Other Cheek: A Non-Intuitive Command

    n the latter half of the second century CE, c. 175, a Platonist philosopher named Celsus wrote a critique of Christianity titled The True Word (Logos Alēsē). We do not known how widely it circulated, but several decades later the Christian philosopher-theologian Origen of Alexandria embraced the challenge of refuting the work’s claims. Origen’s Contra …

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    Anatomy of Unbelief

    By Louis Markos In  Screwtape  Letters  #13, senior devil  Screwtape responds to the fears of his nephew and junior tempter, Wormwood, over the sudden, unexpected repentance, renewal, and re- conversion of his human patient. Wormwood feels sure that he has lost his prey, but Screwtape counsels him to do all he can to prevent his …

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