Bob's blog – A skeptical lawyer

Recipe – Bob’s high-protein chocolate cheesecake

Posted on January 4, 2019

I enjoy individual servings of this cheesecake for breakfast. They freeze well, and you can thaw them by leaving in the refrigerator overnight. This recipe is very flexible and forgiving. You can make it with or without the cottage cheese and/or yogurt or use sour cream instead of yogurt. I sometimes dissolve the gelatin in […]…Continue reading

Posted in Miscellany

God’s Not Dead 2, Ripped from the headlines?

Posted on January 3, 2019

The credits for God’s Not Dead 2 begin with a statement that the movie “was inspired by the following legal cases where Americans were condemned for their faith.” A list of twenty-four cases follows, but the letters are difficult to read even on a large screen television. The film’s press materials claim: GOD’S NOT DEAD […]…Continue reading

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

Posted in Apologetics

False dilemma – Lewis’ trilemma and other failures of imagination

Posted on January 1, 2019

A false dilemma is a logical fallacy in which something is presented as an either/or situation when more than two alternatives exist. If your boss tells you, “My way or the highway,” that’s a dilemma, but is it a real dilemma or a false dilemma? Your boss intends to impose a real dilemma by giving […]…Continue reading

God’s Not Dead 2 – Legally stupid

Posted on December 31, 2018

You might wonder why I would use a poster for a cheesy 1950s science-fiction movie in a post about a recent Christian film. Pure Flix, the producer of God’s Not Dead 2, would not give me permission to use a picture from their film, and I don’t want to be sued for copyright infringement. Matthew […]…Continue reading

1846 – Simon Greenleaf, The Testimony of the Evangelists

Posted on December 30, 2018

In 1846, Simon Greenleaf published The Testimony of the Evangelists. Based on this slim volume, apologist Philip Johnson claims that Professor Greenleaf “must be regarded as the pivotal figure in juridical apologetics.” I’m not so certain about that. Seems to me that Greenleaf built on the ideas of Hugo Grotius, but did not give him credit. Professor […]…Continue reading

Posted in Legal Apologetics

Recipe – Sweet Potato Date Bake

Posted on December 28, 2018

      This delicious casserole has been a holiday favorite of my family for many years. The Daily Sentinel in Nacogdoches, Texas published the sweet potato/date recipe invented by one of its readers, Lisa Lulamandier. I added the nut topping.     Ingredients: 43 ounces canned sweet potatoes (28-oz. and 15-oz. can) ¼ cup […]…Continue reading

Posted in Miscellany

2016 – Henry Hock Guan Teh, Principles of the Law of Evidence and Rationality Applied in the Johannine Christology (Wipf & Stock 2016).

Posted on October 22, 2018

I have read most legal apologetic books, and this is the worst of a bad lot. At least that’s my opinion. Henry Hock Guan Teh is a Malaysian solicitor with a PhD from Trinity Theological Seminary in Indiana. I speak only English, and I envy people who understand more than one language. That said, it […]…Continue reading

Posted in Legal Apologetics

Creationism chronology – vegan rattlesnakes and dinosaur dragons?

Posted on August 29, 2018

As a lawyer, I sometimes work on cases with complicated facts, and I usually prepare a chronology. Knowing when and in what order things happened – or what people claim happened – is often the first step in sorting out complex and conflicting stories. I cannot prepare a definitive chronology for creationist beliefs because creationists […]…Continue reading

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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