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
SPOILER ALERT!!! I absolutely love the Star Wars saga! I have been a Star Wars fanatic since I was a little boy when the first movie (Episode IV) was released in 1977. Not much has changed as far as this is concerned over the past forty years — I even still purchase Star Wars action figures to … Continue reading Rogue One: A Lesson About Free Will & Responsibility
John 1:1-14 states “In the beginning was the Word (Logos), and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made…. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and … Continue reading A Logical Christmas Message
Does Harley Quinn really love the Joker? As many of you know, I love comic books and although I do not purchase them any longer (at least on a regular basis), I still try to keep up with many of the story lines and hit most of the movies in which my favorite childhood heroes … Continue reading Harley Quinn + The Joker = True Love?
One of the best professors I have ever had is Dr. Michael R. Licona. The two of us have become good friends since my time in his classroom and he continues to sharpen my thinking today. Recently I shared his written debate with skeptical scholar Bart Ehrman on social media. The debate was regarding the reliability of the Gospels (I … Continue reading Inerrancy Debate
As a theologian with a bent for philosophy and apologetics, I do not merely possess theological views, but rather, I strive for systematic theology. That means that my Christian worldview is not only logically coherent on its own, but I also endeavor to make logical sense of all the relevant data in all fields — from what … Continue reading What About Babies Who Die?
It has been said that there is no such thing as a stupid question. Consider the following: How much does the color purple weigh? Can God create something that is not contingent upon Him? Is the fourth corner of the triangle an obtuse, acute, or right angle? Where do the vast majority of married bachelors live? … Continue reading Incoherent Questions
As a philosophically inclined theologian, I strive to deal with “big questions” in life, and many of the “smaller” questions as well. Occasionally, one of these questions keeps me up at night until I find a good answer. One of these sleep steelers is: “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could … Continue reading How Much Wood WOULD a Woodchuck Chuck IF a Woodchuck COULD Chuck Wood?