Bob's blog – A skeptical lawyer

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

Definitions

Posted on April 22, 2018

      ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’ ‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’ ‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be […]…Continue reading

Finding the best opposing counsel – Who’s the biggest guy?

Posted on February 21, 2018

In an earlier post, Why am I writing about legal apologetics?, I explained my determination to engage in a real debate in which both sides are represented by competent counsel. I need someone to argue the apologists’ side of the issue. But who? A whole gang of lawyers, including John Warwick Montgomery, Ross Clifford, Pamela […]…Continue reading

2009 – William P. Broughton, The Historical Development of Legal Apologetics

Posted on February 21, 2018

To the best of my knowledge, this slim volume is the only book ever written on the history of legal apologetics. William P. Broughton, a retired minister (now deceased), published the book in 2009 through Xulon Press – a print-on-demand press for self-publishing Christian books. The book summary on the Xulon website makes the subject […]…Continue reading

Posted in Legal Apologetics

L. Ron Hubbard’s death – A new level of OT. Or, is it BS?

Posted on February 19, 2018

For deeper understanding of Scientology, I recommend reading Going Clear; Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief by the Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter, Lawrence Wright. I will touch on a few facts related to the death of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. Scientologists believe that everyone has a “reactive mind” and an “analytical mind.” The […]…Continue reading

Posted in Supernatural Cases

What good are these supernatural cases?

Posted on February 19, 2018

  I hope these supernatural cases are interesting for their own sake, but how are they relevant to counter-apologetics? Κέλσος has written a sophisticated and scholarly article about Understanding the Value of Biblical Parallels. I recommend the article, but I am not a biblical scholar. My analysis is admittedly simplistic, but I consider these supernatural […]…Continue reading

Posted in Supernatural Cases

Recipe – Miller Goulash

Posted on February 19, 2018

  My mother invented this recipe one evening when my father brought home unexpected guests. She grabbed some cans from the pantry in order to stretch a pound of hamburger into a meal for company. We enjoyed it often during my childhood, and my mother’s concoction is one of my favorite comfort foods.   Proportions […]…Continue reading

Posted in Miscellany

My religious background – For inquiring minds who want to know.

Posted on February 18, 2018

      In the 1971 movie, They Might Be Giants, George C. Scott played Justin Playfair, a man who believed he was Sherlock Holmes. Playfair’s psychiatrist, named Dr. Mildred Watson and played by Joanne Woodward, explored his delusion.     Watson:     Do many people call you Holmes? Playfair:    No. Scarcely anyone. Watson:     That must […]…Continue reading

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

Posted in Apologetics

Why am I writing about legal apologetics?

Posted on February 17, 2018

I never wanted to be part of a culture war, and I certainly never wished to spend several years of my spare time studying Christian apologetics. I want to be a mystery writer, and I still hope to achieve that ambition after putting apologetics in my rearview mirror. So why do I feel compelled to […]…Continue reading