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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

Posted in Apologetics

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

Posted in Apologetics

1622 – Hugo Grotius, On the Truth of the Christian Religion

Posted on May 21, 2018

Hugo Grotius was born in Holland in 1583. A child prodigy, he was admitted to Leiden University when he was eleven years old. Sectarian disputes divided seventeenth-century Holland and, in 1618, Calvinist Prince Maurice of Nassau imprisoned Grotius for his Arminian sympathies. However, the conditions of his confinement in Loevestein Castle were not onerous. Grotius’ […]…Continue reading

Posted in Legal Apologetics

Should you read The Resurrection Briefs?

Posted on May 16, 2018

You cannot yet read The Resurrection Briefs because I have not finished it. I have not even found the right opposing counsel to write the opposing brief – see my previous post, Finding the best opposing counsel – Who’s the biggest guy? Nonetheless, I am reasonably confident the book will be published, and everyone who […]…Continue reading

Argumentum ad verecundiam – fancy Latin name for trusting experts

Posted on May 12, 2018

“I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV.” Actor Chris Robinson – who portrayed Dr. Rick Webber on the daytime drama General Hospital – touted Vicks Formula 44 cough syrup, and the commercial actually sold a lot of syrup. In fact, the advertisement was so effective that Vicks remade it with another TV […]…Continue reading

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

Posted in Apologetics