Category Archives: Reviews and Interviews

Groothuis’ “Christian Apologetics” ch.19: Jesus of Nazareth. Also: Strobel’s “The Case for Christ” chs.1-3

I am studying both Groothuis’ Christian Apologetics ch.19 and Strobel’s chs.1-3 (supplementing) because they cover the same material.  I may come back and update with more Strobel.  Groothuis’ chapter is written by Craig Blomberg, whereas Strobel’s chapters result from an interview with … Continue reading

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Groothuis’ "Christian Apologetics" ch.18: Deposed Royalty: Pascal’s Anthropological Argument

Chapter 18 of Groothuis’ Christian Apologetics is on Pascals’ anthropological argument, which can be summarized this way (a version friendly to theistic evolution)…1.  Each human is aware, or is attempting to distract ourselves from the reality, that we are a paradox of greatness … Continue reading

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Groothuis’ "Christian Apologetics" ch. 17: The Uniqueness of Humanity

Chapter 17 of Groothuis’ Christian Apologetics argues that being an embodied mind or soul is the best explanation for the ways humanity is unique:  consciousness, cognition and language.  Materialism cannot adequately explain first person access, incorrigibility, qualia, propositional attitudes, intentionality, truth or love.A substance … Continue reading

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Groothuis’ "Christian Apologetics" ch.16: The Argument from Religious Experience

Chapter 16 of Groothuis’ Christian Apologetics is on the argument from religious experience.  Several times he repeats that “religious experience claims need to be weighed  against other germane sources of evidence for or against a worldview (like Mormonism)…It should not be made to … Continue reading

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Groothuis’ "Christian Apologetics" ch.15: The Moral Argument

Chapter 15 of Groothuis’ Christian Apologetics is on the Moral Argument, although it only briefly covers it in one of its sections.  It covers much more ground as a nice introduction to Ethics, without going into specific theories (consequentialism, et cetera).   Two … Continue reading

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Groothuis’ "Christian Apologetics" ch. 14: Evidence for Intelligent Design

Rounding out the chs11-14 series dealing with God’s roll in creation, the goal of this chapter of Groothuis’ Christian Apologetics is to give a positive case for Intelligent Design, as well as answering objections to it.  The section “ID and the Nature of … Continue reading

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Groothuis’ "Christian Apologetics" ch. 13: Origins, Design and Darwinism

Chapters 11 thru 14 of Groothuis’ Christian Apologetics are very much related.  I am tempted to write a blog post mentioning all 4 of them together, but I already did chapter 11 (pp. 233-234) and chapter 12, and I just created an index that treats … Continue reading

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Blog index for Douglas Groothuis’ "Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith"

It occurred to me that an index for this discussion of Douglas Grouthuis’ Christian Apologetics might be useful.  I will update this as I cover more chapters.  We are studying it in my apologetics group at church, using the study … Continue reading

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From Potato Famine to Coffin Ship

This is the first chapter, From Potato Famine to Coffin Ship, of my mom’s book on Nellie Cashman, Toughnut Angel:  The Tale of a Real Life Adventuress of the Old West. Nellie came over here from Ireland on what they … Continue reading

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JC Lamont’s "Prophecy of the Heir" on the problem of judgment

Over the summer I read JC Lamont‘s Prophecy of the Heir, and not included in my review and author interview is mention that my absolute favorite thing about this book is how Lamont unapologetically, yet with the prowess of an … Continue reading

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