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November 25, 2016

CHALLENGE

“The pope is a sinful man who makes mistakes. Therefore, he can’t be infallible.”

DEFENSE

The premise of this challenge is true; the conclusion is false.

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The pope is a sinful man, but this does not lead to the conclusion that he can’t be infallible. Sinlessness—sometimes called impeccability—operates in a different sphere than infallibility does....

November 23, 2016

The Magna Carta for all Christian evangelists is Christ’s great commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations . . . teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20). Notice Christ’s command restricts the Christian evangelist to teaching only what Christ revealed and not his own opinions.

Many Protestants think the Catholic Church fails in this regard. Purgatory is one Catholic dogma they don’t think came from our Lord. It’s asserted that...

November 22, 2016

In a recent interview with National Public Radio, actress Anna Kendrick talked about how, when she was a child, the Bible made her anxious:

I remember there being this thing about "It's easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven." And at that point, because...

November 21, 2016

Speaking in Fulton, Missouri, seventy years ago, Winston Churchill famously said, “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.” Three paragraphs later he referred to the dangers arising from Communism and its fifth columns, which “constitute a growing challenge and peril to Christian civilization.”

Churchill was not a Christian—while he in believed in Providence, he did not think Jesus was the Son of God—but still, at that...

November 18, 2016

CHALLENGE

“Christians use God to explain what currently can’t be explained by science [i.e. ‘the gaps’]. But as scientific knowledge grows, what’s left for God shrinks to nothing.”

DEFENSE

Christians understand God as the ultimate explanation for everything, not just things science can’t presently explain.

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God causes some things directly and some indirectly, using...