The Need for Apologetics in the Local Church

By Maggie Hendrick

Apologetics, when done with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15), is beneficial in evangelism as we see the Holy Spirit use it time and time again in the Scriptures through Paul’s “reasoning” and “persuading” to draw souls to the Lord.  However, in this article, I will show how apologetics in the local church has other … Continue reading The Need for Apologetics in the Local Church

Craig v. White: A Lay Person’s Perspective

I am not a Calvinist.  I am not a Molinist.  I am not an Arminian. However, my life, theology, and ministry has been shaped by giants of the faith in all three of these realms.  Two such giants joined Justin Brierley to discuss which position best explains the problem of evil from a theological perspective … Continue reading Craig v. White: A Lay Person’s Perspective

A Knowledge Too Big for James White

Chuck McWhirter

Recently I watched a video of James White explaining why middle knowledge is man’s attempt to explain God’s sovereignty while preserving man’s autonomy. There is an extended version that you can get here (click here) and a shorter version that you can get here (click here). After listening to the shorter version, I was left … Continue reading A Knowledge Too Big for James White

A Meme Is Worth 1000 Words

Dr. James White claims that Psalm 33 is biblical evidence of exhaustive divine determinism (EDD) and reason to reject the idea that humans possess libertarian freedom. In 2018 Tyson James published an article here on the FreeThinking Ministries website suggesting otherwise. At the end of 2021 James White made two videos in response to Tyson’s … Continue reading A Meme Is Worth 1000 Words

More than a Mere Study Guide

Since publishing Human Freedom, Divine Knowledge, and Mere Molinism, many have asked for a resource to help study the book as an individual, in small groups, and even in seminary classrooms. My colleague Timothy Fox encouraged me to write a companion to the book that would help readers know the main points and exactly what … Continue reading More than a Mere Study Guide

The Gospel Precisely: A Christocentric Foundation for Apologetics

“Those who think they know the Gospel best are frequently the most surprised by its true shape, content, boundaries, and purposes.” -Matthew Bates, The Gospel Precisely The purpose of apologetics as an outward defense of the Christian faith must be intimately tied to the Christian call to make disciples. This means that a proper apologetic … Continue reading The Gospel Precisely: A Christocentric Foundation for Apologetics

Evolution, Santa Claus, and Homosexuality: 3 Bad Reasons to Deconstruct

Question Dear Dr. Stratton, I hang out in atheist debate groups. These are among the top reasons why many Christians have “deconstructed” and are Christians no longer. 1. The Theory of Evolution 2. Santa Claus 3. Prejudice against homosexuality I don’t think the church gives good answers on any of them. 1 and 3 were … Continue reading Evolution, Santa Claus, and Homosexuality: 3 Bad Reasons to Deconstruct

Defining Philosophy: A Conceptual Analysis in Progress

*This article was originally published at Bare Bones Blog of Philosophy: https://barebonesblogofphilosophy.wordpress.com/2021/12/06/defining-philosophy-a-conceptual-analysis-in-progress/ For the first post on this blog, I will reflect on the nature of philosophy by providing a working definition of ‘philosophy.’ This is a difficult job. It is easier to evaluate other definitions than to construct one. Yet, I will start with … Continue reading Defining Philosophy: A Conceptual Analysis in Progress

A Calvinist Considering Molinism

Question Hey Dr. Tim, I’ve been thinking about Molinism for several years (coming from a Calvinist perspective). If I understand it correctly God exercises providential control through middle knowledge of what free creatures would do in any set of circumstances. My question is that given that a huge number of circumstances depend on other choices … Continue reading A Calvinist Considering Molinism

Freedom, Responsibility, and Tacos: Why Compatibilism Is [NOT] True

It seems some of my comments have been the source of much confusion. Sometimes, something can be so clear in one’s head, yet one fails to communicate exactly what is in one’s head. I seem to be guilty of this regarding some of my claims about compatibilism. Although many have let me know that they … Continue reading Freedom, Responsibility, and Tacos: Why Compatibilism Is [NOT] True

“How Can God Know?” A Response to James White

I recently responded to James White’s video discussing William Lane Craig. Not only did White summarize his discussion with Craig, he also brought up me, myself, and I. So, I decided to “go live” on YouTube and discuss White’s comments — specifically his claim that he had a “fatal objection” to Molinism. To watch my … Continue reading “How Can God Know?” A Response to James White

James White’s FATAL Objection to Molinism

Question Hey Dr. Stratton, As you know, James White and William Lane Craig had a discussion on Justin Brierly’s Unbelievable show on Monday (11-29-21). Although this conversation has not yet been made public (it’s being released on 12-3-21), Dr. White made a video summarizing the debate. White made many claims in this video. The one … Continue reading James White’s FATAL Objection to Molinism

An Argument Supporting the Incompatibility Thesis

The majority of my time seems to be spent arguing against deterministic world views and for the proposition that humans possess libertarian freedom. I then seek to demonstrate how human freedom in a libertarian sense is evidence pointing to the existence of God. In fact, I contend that the biblical view of God is the … Continue reading An Argument Supporting the Incompatibility Thesis

Please Support FreeThinking Ministries

Each year my hometown does a big fundraiser for the non-profits based in the area. This year the Give Where You Live fundraising event will be held on Thursday, December 2, 2021, from midnight to midnight. We have a $10,000+ matching opportunity, so, for every dollar a person uses to support FTM, it magically becomes … Continue reading Please Support FreeThinking Ministries

Molinism and Powersets

Objection: Here’s an objection to Molinism that was shared on the Mere Molinism Facebook group: “By the way, Molinism is probably self-contradictory if we define a “possible world” as a “maximally consistent set of propositions,” so we need to be clear what we mean by “possible worlds” when discussing Molinism. Here’s why: 1. Let’s call … Continue reading Molinism and Powersets

Biblical Identity Meets Gender

Everyone wants to be special, set apart and significant.  One of the ways this manifests itself in our culture is through the concept of gender identity.  This is a real issue that many people struggle with in our society and should be taken seriously. However, it has also become a social trend. For instance, a … Continue reading Biblical Identity Meets Gender

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