I am a big believer in back to basics.
When we get fancy and complex it is always a good idea to get back to the bottom line—to the basics.
After five years in martial arts my sifu’s sifu came into town, I got in a static posture and the correction he made was to move one of my thumbs about an inch. Nothing fancy or complex but just something basic.
James Patrick Holding (aka JP) of Tekton apologetics wrote the book Blowing the Doors Off!
Here is the product description from Amazon.com:
For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities,
his eternal power and divine nature,
have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made,
so that men are without excuse
When you have been in the Q&A of apologetics long enough you see patters with tend to repeat; many people have the very same questions. Yet, on occasion you run across a question of statement that really makes you think…think something to the likes of, “Oi vey!”
In the Bible we find that:
Males and females were both created in the image of God.
Women had the right to own land.
Were prophetesses (in both testaments).
Worked and owned their own businesses.
Women were present at the day of Pentecost.
Books of the Bible are named after women.
Women were the first at the empty tomb while the male apostles were hiding in fear.
It is interesting to note that atheists have attempted to talk the “faithful”—and here I will only speak for Christians—into believing that faith, our faith, Biblical faith, is “belief without evidence.” To substantiate this, they oft point to Hebrews 11:1 which states that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
I realize that this question can go in many different directions and so I want to focus on one.
Circular logic aka circular reasoning is “a use of reason in which the premises depends on or is equivalent to the conclusion, a method of false logic by which ‘this is used to prove that, and that is used to prove this.’”1
Philosopher and physician, Sextus Empiricus (c. 160-210 AD) noted,
Was the Bible’s character Samson buff? Was he a hulking bodybuilder-like individual?
The question may see irrelevant but it seems to me to cut to the core of distinguishing between what the Bible says about him (and others?), on the one hand, and what we make of him (and others?).
Certainly, we seem to tend to picture him as a big, tall, muscular, macho guy with an all around impressive physique. Most illustrations of him—from film to paintings and cartoons—do depict him as such. Yet, how did we end up with this idea of Samson?
Over yonder at the premier audio apologetics, debate, contra-atheism and bit of everything blog, Apologetics 315, an interview with Anthony Horvath has been posted. He is the director of Athanatos - Academy of Apologetics which I mentioned previously. The only thing that has changed is that my "Studies in Atheism" class has been rescheduled to begin on November 16, 2009 AD and my "Jesus according to_" class beginning November 30, 2009 AD.
Ron Rhodes' new book on Christian apologetics is entitled "5-Minute Apologetics for Today: 365 Quick Answers to Key Questions." Having spend the weekend hanging out with him I felt compelled to mention it as it will surely be well worth reading.