As a pastor who spends a lot of time on the college campus, I hear the following challenges quite often from young skeptics: “There is no good evidence to think that Jesus ever existed,” or “Christianity has pagan roots!” One might put these common challenges as two questions: (1) Did Jesus of Nazareth really exist? … Continue reading Is the Historical Jesus Fact or Fiction?
1. Thallus, the Samaritan-born historian One of the first Gentile writers who mention Christ is Thallus, who wrote in A.D. 52. He wrote a history of the Eastern Mediterranean from the time of the Trojan War to his own time. However, his writings have disappeared, and we only know of them from fragments cited by … Continue reading Historical References to Christ From Non-Biblical Authors
Recently a friend of mine — a philosophy professor who believes humans possess libertarian free will — posted a question on social media directed to Christians. He asked: “If you had to choose between the two, would you rather be a Calvinist (compatibilist version) or an open theist?” I quickly responded with the following: “The ironic thing … Continue reading Yoda & K-2: Semi-Compatibilism & Responsibility
Nothing fascinates me more than investigating evidence for the existence of God. I have spent the past seven years of my life devoting multiple hours every day examining this data and related issues. One of these related issues is that of free will. Though this has been the subject of debate for centuries — among Christians and … Continue reading Libertarian Freedom Fighters
Matt Slick recently debated Jerry Walls regarding the omnibenevolence of God. That is to say, the following question was addressed: Is God really all-loving? I have argued that not only is God all-loving, but that it is actually a sin to doubt God’s love for all people — let alone teach that God does not … Continue reading Confusing Bible Verses: Matt Slick & Mark 4
Question: Hey Tim, you talk about libertarian free will all the time. Can you please explain and define exactly what you mean by this term? Thanks. Matt Tim’s Response: Thanks for your question, Matt! The first thing I need to discuss is the use of the word “libertarian.” According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “Libertarian” is defined … Continue reading What is Libertarian Free Will?
The Freethinking Argument was first crafted at Biola University in Scott Smith’s philosophy classroom. I had been playing around with the idea for some time, but it was Dr. Smith’s teachings that provided the catalyst to complete the argument. The Freethinking Argument (FTA) has received much attention ever since — especially since freethinkingministries.com was launched a little over a year … Continue reading The Image of God: The Kalam & Freethinking Arguments
Question: Tim, I can’t say I admire your exegesis in your article Confusing Bible Verses, Free Will, & Determinism (Part 1), explaining the biblical texts. Within the context of John 6:44 it’s clear the key is not the word “can” but the statement as a whole that those who come to Jesus (believe in him) … Continue reading Confusing Bible Verses, Free Will, & Determinism (Part 2)
Over the past few years my life has been completely transformed by the renewing of my mind (Romans 12:2)! There have been many academics who have sharpened me along the way, but if push comes to shove and I were asked to provide the “Mount Rushmore” list of people who have influenced me the most when … Continue reading Mt. Rushmore of Apologetics
Question: Hey Tim, after reading pretty much everything on your website, it has reaffirmed my belief in free will. Although there are a few Bible verses that are troubling me… this may just be bad interpretation, but if you could explain how these play into the free will mindset, that would be great: John 6:44 … Continue reading Confusing Bible Verses, Free Will, & Determinism (Part 1)
Like clockwork, whenever I offer logic-based arguments or syllogisms that deductively conclude a certain worldview is false (like this one), those who presuppose otherwise come out of the woodwork to express their disdain. It never ceases to amaze me how some are so blindly committed to a certain view that they reject opposing conclusions based on … Continue reading “The Bible Trumps Logic!”
God is Omnibenevolent! Simply put, God is perfectly good and all-loving. Not only does the Bible make this clear (Psalm 100:5; Psalm 145:17; John 3:16), but logicians have also deductively concluded this apart from the Bible through the Moral Argument and the Ontological Argument. Now, if God were simply omnipotent (all-powerful) and omniscient (all-knowing), but not … Continue reading The Omnibenevolence of God
Question Should Christians have participated in the Women’s March the day after Trump was inaugurated? – Shawn Tim’s Response Wow, what a tough question, Shawn! I must say that I initially hesitated to interact with this question based on the civil (or not so civil) war across America today. With that said, after pondering this for several … Continue reading Should I Have Marched?
What is atheism? More importantly, what does an atheist believe? Believe it or not, most atheists I interact with are rarely confident about their beliefs. Those who think they are cannot make a logical case to support their claims. Much of this confusion is based on a misunderstanding of the word “atheism.” According to Merriam Webster’s … Continue reading Atheism: Lack of Belief or Blind Faith?
MAKE GOD MAXIMALLY GREAT AGAIN Do not be fooled, God is a maximally great being by definition. He always has been and always will be maximally great (Psalm 145:3). With that said, however, for nearly 500 years many Christians have believed that God is not maximally great! One of the most viewed and controversial articles I … Continue reading T.R.U.M.P.
A Note from Tim Stratton I just completed my rookie year of apologetics. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started, but one year ago FreeThinking Ministries was officially launched. FreeThinking Ministries is devoted to helping all people see God for who He truly is so that they can fall in love with Him – … Continue reading My Rookie Year of Apologetics