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Ex-preachers and born-again atheists – They’re not biased because they changed sides?

Posted on February 25, 2019

        In the Christian movie, God’s Not Dead 2, a demonically evil ACLU lawyer persecutes a stalwart Christian teacher who answered a high school student’s question about Jesus. The real-life author of Cold Case Christianity, J. Warner Wallace, testified on the teacher’s behalf that he used “forensic statement analysis” to determine that […]…Continue reading

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Simon Greenleaf – 3. Apologists don’t apologize.

Posted on January 27, 2019

Apologists often argue that the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ resurrection must be true because opponents of Christianity would have exposed any falsehoods. For example, Gary Habermas argues, “enemies in Jewish leadership” could have nipped Christianity in the bud by producing the body of Jesus.[1] John Warwick Montgomery claims testimony to Christ’s resurrection was “presented contemporaneously […]…Continue reading

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Simon Greenleaf – 2. No Perry Mason moment

Posted on January 27, 2019

A “Perry Mason moment” happens when a lawyer introduces surprising and dramatic evidence that can win the case. In the Perry Mason television series, the titular lawyer, played by Raymond Burr, won most of his cases by cross-examining the true culprits until they confessed on the witness stand. That is the ultimate Perry Mason moment […]…Continue reading

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Simon Greenleaf – 1, Debunking another apologetic fable

Posted on January 4, 2019

        Simon Greenleaf (1783 – 1853), an eminent lawyer and founding father of the Harvard Law School, helped lay the foundations for state and federal rules of evidence. He also wrote an influential work of modern legal apologetics, The Testimony of the Evangelists. Numerous apologists tell variations of an inspiring story about […]…Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis’ Argument from Joy – I desire a more scientific argument

Posted on January 4, 2019

Homer Simpson gave Bart some fatherly advice worth remembering. “The three little sentences that will get you through life… Number one. Cover for me. Number two. Oh, good idea boss. Number three. It was like that when I got here.” In this post, I’ll use the third sentence. Although you may find this discussion about […]…Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis – Is this guy the best you got?

Posted on January 2, 2019

A.N. Wilson, one of C.S. Lewis’ many biographers, wrote that Lewis has become “something very like a saint in the minds of conservative-minded believers.” Many Christians, including Watergate conspirator Charles Colson, say Lewis’ Mere Christianity changed their lives. According to apologist Norman Geisler: Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) is arguably the most influential twentieth century Christian theist […]…Continue reading

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George Lyttelton and Gilbert West – Debunking an apologetic fable.

Posted on June 19, 2018

Gilbert West and George (Lord) Lyttelton were good friends, and each wrote a popular apologetic treatise published in England in 1747: Observations on the History and Evidences of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ by West and Observations on the Conversion and Apostleship of St. Paul in a Letter to Gilbert West, Esq. by Lyttelton. This […]…Continue reading

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Did Jesus exist? – Yes, and so did Mohammed.

Posted on June 8, 2018

Scientologists believe that L. Ron Hubbard did not die like other mortal men. Instead, he remained healthy and fit until he voluntarily chose to leave his body and continue his existence as a non-corporeal spirit. I discuss Hubbard’s death in my post, L. Ron Hubbard – A new level of OT. Or, is it BS? […]…Continue reading

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Lee Strobel – Former atheist and fake newsman?

Posted on April 22, 2018

Lee Strobel’s website describes him as follows: “Atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel is the former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune.” These are the twin pillars of Strobel’s marketing: he was an atheist and a journalist. This background supposedly equips Strobel to ask “the questions a tough-minded skeptic would ask.” Strobel supposedly “probes with bulldog-like tenacity the […]…Continue reading

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Types of apologetics. Evidentialists and experientialists and presuppositionalists! Oh my!

Posted on February 18, 2018

      A recent book, Mapping Apologetics by Brian K. Morley, spent 377 pages discussing at least ten categories of apologetics. I tried to read the entire book, but it defeated my best efforts. I will not attempt any thorough discussion of apologetic theories. My only concern is how they relate to legal apologetics. […]…Continue reading

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