Author Archives: Maryann

About Maryann

Maryann Spikes is the past President of the Christian Apologetics Alliance. She blogs at Ichthus77, and loves apologetics and philosophy. In particular she loves to study all things Euthyphro Dilemma and Golden Rule. Formerly a para-educator (autism) for five years, she holds a Certificate in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, an AA in Humanities via Modesto Junior College, and moonlights as a freelancer on Upwork. You can follow her on Twitter @Ichthus77, connect with the Ichthus77 community on Facebook, or look her up on Google+.

Stanislaus Quatrain

Linger down good ol’ Briggsmore or McHenry; sun-bathed tulip trees and queen palms line these rarely wet streets plastered with autumns’ leaves. Murmurations of starlings eclipse Scenic’s foothills. *** Submitted to MoSt for inclusion in the Stanislaus Poem. More Poetry … Continue reading

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The Seven Acts of the Universe, in Reverse

Final Act- Everywhere it is cold and still. The final frontier is the only thing, but there is only darkness to explore. Act 6- Things could not be moving faster and further away from eachother, drawn away by oblivion. Act … Continue reading

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With Dad On A Windy Day

Fox tails move violently past our feet. I brace myself against the hair whipping my face, wind pushing so hard against me, I stumble. “Woah! That wind’s going to take you away!” Dad shouts. He doesn’t know I take everything … Continue reading

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Growing Up

On my way to my desk in my office, I open the window to the spring-autumn scent and birdsong. Below it, under the drum stool, sits an old Marvin the Martian toy. Which of my sons left it there?—probably the … Continue reading

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Who needs answers when nobody’s askin’?

This is written to those of you who consider yourselves Christians but think you don’t need answers to tough questions because you don’t ask them and nobody asks them of you. I am thinking a lot about this and I’d … Continue reading

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Ichthus77 2013 in retrospect

I didn’t get a lot of blogging done after the summer in 2013 because when I wasn’t helping my dad digitize his records or freelancing (those typos in the footers aren’t mine, but who’s looking, right?), I was busy helping The … Continue reading

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Hell or Heaven: What about those who have never heard the gospel?

“What about the unevangelized? What happens to those who have never heard the gospel?”  Some answer that such people are “without excuse” and reference Romans 1:18-32 and 2:14-15, Psalm 19:1-6, Romans 10:18. However… Being without excuse only means that Gentiles, like Jews … Continue reading

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Groothuis’ "Christian Apologetics" ch.25: The Problem of Evil

This chapter of Groothuis’ Christian Apologetics tackles the problem of evil.Related are the appendices dealing with hell and Old Testament issues.Groothuis tackles this issue last because one problem should not defeat the entire cumulative case for Christianity and against atheism–it doesn’t exist in a philosophical … Continue reading

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Defining the good: The Golden Rule

http://www.pflaum.com A major argument for God’s existence is that, if there is no God, there is no “true” good, because truth is that which corresponds to reality, to real being. A common counter-argument heard from atheists, agnostics, and skeptics is … Continue reading

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Bible Study Methods

I panned Rick Warren’s “Bible Study Methods” for nuggets which can be used in this Bible Narrative Project study. The emphasis will be on observing, asking questions, interpreting and applying—recording everything in a journal, and sharing at least some of it at … Continue reading

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