Polemical Apologetics. It is an understatement to say that the Triablogue team has been prolific in its literary output. The purpose of this index is to make it easier to access and benefit from this abundance of material, especially those posts that are more substantive and timeless. Jason Engwer, Steve Hays and Patrick Chan have already done a good deal of work here, and so I draw on their efforts with much appreciation.
The Center for Applied Christian Ethics (CACE) supports the mission of Wheaton College by promoting and encouraging the formation of moral character and the application of biblical ethics to contemporary moral decisions. As part of the Faith, Learning, and Living Initiatives of Wheaton College, CACE serves Wheaton faculty and students through a portfolio of activities, including ethical training, public forums, and projects. An annual theme provides the organizing framework for CACE programming. Themes are selected for their interdisciplinary reach and their contemporary significance.
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Richard Beck is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Abilene Christian University. He is the author of several books including Unclean, The Authenticity of Faith, and The Slavery of Death. Richard’s published research also covers topics as diverse as the psychology of profanity to why Christian bookstore art is so bad. Richard also leads a bible study each week for fifty inmates at the maximum security French-Robertson unit. And any given week Richard drives the van, preaches or washes dishes at Freedom Fellowship, a church plant feeding and reaching out to those on the margins. Finally, on his popular blog Experimental Theology Richard will spend enormous amounts of time writing about the theology of Johnny Cash, the demonology of Scooby-Doo or his latest bible class on monsters. ~ Richard Beck
I spend a lot (most? all?) of my time examining ideas critically, identifying and verifying all of my own presuppositions, and challenging those of others (although not always aloud). I view this as a necessary component of the life of the Christian mind. The term “undeception”, although apparently coined by Hans Georg Gadamer, is sometimes associated with C. S. Lewis, who recognized that the default positions and stances of even Christians need critical evaluation and correction; the concept was central to most of his writings, and is well summarized in the quote above. As I continually seek to hold my own understanding of the facts up to scrutiny, I invite you alongside so that we may develop more and more accurate glimpses of truth, even if it means challenging our own pet assumptions. ~ Steve Douglas
Hey. I’m Arni. I now live in Leirvík, Faroe Islands, my country of birth, with my wife and two kids. I studied for a BA in theology at the University of Aberdeen, and an MA in religions and theology at the University of Manchester. I work as the director of an after-school youth club. I love God, science and heavy metal. This blog tends to be about those things. I also like reading sci-fi and fantasy, playing my guitar, preparing and consuming good food and growing my beard.
To begin with, the site is profoundly communal. We will be tapping into the thoughts and insights of an array of thinkers, all of whom are invited to think of the site as their own. Contributions are coveted from anyone who is trying to think hard about the questions of moral apologetics. For those unfamiliar with the phrase “moral apologetics,” by the way, we’re talking about moral arguments for God’s existence. And we really do mean that in the plural. There isn’t just one moral argument for God’s existence—there are several. This site will aim, in time, to explain and explore them all, and in the process point out their interesting connections and, ultimately, the way together they pack quite the evidential punch and constitute a powerful cumulative case. ~ David Baggett
A couple of years ago, I began exploring the logical basis for God’s existence and the best responses to common objections people have to the Christian faith. It quickly became apparent to me that there is much valuable information on these subjects that does not reach mass circulation. This is due, I believe, to a couple reasons: 1) A cultural bias present in society–and in the media–valuing freedom from moral constraints, and freedom from the inconvenience of having to answer to a higher power, greater than truth. As the French existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre put it, “All is permissible if God does not exist.” It is a common human flaw to allow our perception to be shaped by our desires…such as the desire for such freedoms. 2) The very significant time investment required to study these subjects. Most people are just too busy. This website is the culmination of my vision to heighten public awareness of the evidence for God and to accelerate its spread. Please assist me in this goal by referring friends and colleagues to my site. ~ Scott Youngren
Dr. Wallace influences students across the country through his textbook on intermediate Greek grammar. It has become the standard textbook in the English-speaking world on that subject. He is a member of the Society of New Testament Studies, the Institute for Biblical Research, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Evangelical Theological Society. Dr. Wallace is also the senior New Testament editor of the NET Bible and coeditor of the NET-Nestle Greek-English diglot. He has been a consultant on four different Bible translations. Recently his scholarship has begun to focus on John, Mark, and nascent Christology. He works extensively in textual criticism, and has founded The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (csntm.org), an institute with an initial purpose of preserving Scripture by taking digital photographs of all known Greek New Testament manuscripts. He has traveled the world in search of biblical manuscripts. His postdoctoral work includes work on Greek grammar at Tyndale House in Cambridge, textual criticism studies at the Institut für neutestamentliche Textforschung in Münster, and the Universität Tübingen, Germany. He is in demand as a speaker at churches, colleges, and conferences. Dr. Wallace and his wife, Pati, have four adult sons, three daughters-in-law, one granddaughter, a Beagle, a Labrador Retriever, and a cat. They enjoy all their children and the dogs.