by John Ellis With SCOTUS’ decision to allow Texas’s heartbeat bill to stand, abortion finds itself again among the most heated of topics within the public square. Not that the issue has ever drifted far from a place of prominence in our national discussion, but the current debate has reached a high-pitched fervor owing to … Continue reading What Should Christians Do When Asked to Make Anti-Abortion Arguments Without Using the Bible?
by John Ellis Besides serving as pastors in Peoria, IL, Gary Geer and Jason Alligood also host a podcast wonderfully titled The Walrus & The Carpenter. They first had me on a little over two years ago. I had fun. They had fun. And I'd like to think I said some things worth listening to. … Continue reading Talking Apologetics With The Walrus & The Carpenter
by John Ellis This time last week, I was driving south on I95 after conducting encouraging and spiritually profitable Interactive Apologetics sessions at Emmanuel Bible Church in Mauldin, SC, and Greenville Classical Academy in Simpsonville, SC (click here to read in more detail what Interactive Apologetics is). Reflecting on the sessions as I drove, I … Continue reading Interactive Apologetics Update
by John Ellis When many Christians think of Apologetics, a formal debate is what comes to mind. On one side of the stage, in their mind’s eye, sits a sartorial atheist who, no doubt, is a professor at the local state university. Maybe a philosophy professor. Maybe a sociology professor. Whatever he it is that … Continue reading Theatre + Theology = Apologetics
(Note: I originally wrote this article for my previous blog and am reposting it as a companion piece for a new article. You can read that new article by clicking here.) by John Ellis The brilliant director, acting teacher, and theatre theorist Peter Brook opened his seminal book The Empty Space with the well-known sentences, … Continue reading Repost: Christian Apologetics as Interactive Theatre
by John Ellis During an apologetic session for high schoolers, a student once asked me, “Why did God create Adam and Eve when He knew that they would sin?” Several of his classmates eagerly chimed in. Almost all their answers were along the lines of the Arminian belief that true love is only possible if … Continue reading Christian Apologetics: The Value of Saying ‘I Don’t Know’
“If we humans are simply biological bundles of phenomenally experienced pain and pleasure that constitute happiness and unhappiness, why be obliged to maximize general happiness?” Christian Smith by John Ellis Herbert Spencer’s famed Darwinian maxim “survival of the fittest” has proven quite problematic for secularists/materialists, not to mention problematic for the general well-being of civilization. … Continue reading ‘The Walking Dead’ and Christianity: Morality Did Not Evolve
by John Ellis Many Christians appear to hold the mistaken belief that atheism is a cheap cop-out. Atheists are often viewed as cowards who don’t really believe what they say they believe; it’s merely a position that’s adopted for the sake of being allowed to live a life freed from any moral authority, it’s assumed. … Continue reading How to Convince an Atheist that God Exists