A Little Apologetics

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

Christians seem to have mixed feelings about Apologetics. Some think it is divisive and fuels arrogant debate that drives people away from Christianity. Others think that Apologetics is the end all be all to evangelism. To be frank, both sides are wrong. Yet two questions remain: Is there a Biblical mandate for Apologetics? Do the Scriptures provide examples of Apologetics in practice? I contend that the answers are Yes and Yes. Continue reading “A Little Apologetics”

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Consciousness Community Part II

Written by Adam Coleman

In my last article, I laid out a context for what appears to be a growing problem in the black community. I discussed the lingering identity issue that seems to grip so many people of African descent and then illustrated how it poses a barrier to the spreading of the gospel as well as a stumbling block for many believers. With this article I provide a more detailed characterization of the sub-culture I have been referring to as the Consciousness Community/Movement (CC). Continue reading “Consciousness Community Part II”

Scientology As A Worldview

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

In February 1954 the Church of Scientology was incorporated in California by L. Ron Hubbard.[1] While this date marks the beginning of the Church of Scientology, it does not denote the beginning of Hubbard’s efforts to start a religion. Those efforts begin in May 1950 with the publication of Hubbard’s book Dianetics, which means through the soul, and is claimed to be a science of the mind,[2] laid the groundwork for what would become Scientology. Scientology, like many religions, and specifically Buddhism, offers an explanation to humankind’s suffering, as well as a means to alleviate said suffering. Continue reading “Scientology As A Worldview”

Buddhism, The Four Noble Truths, & Christianity

Written By Victor Stanley Jr.

Introduction

Buddhism is a religion birth out of Hinduism in India; it was founded in the 5th century B.C. by Siddhartha Gautama, more commonly known as Buddha, and subsequently spread throughout the East Asian continent. In the latter half of the twentieth century it began to spread rapidly in the United States. It is a difficult religion to understand because it is very syncretistic, and as a result lacks objective concrete doctrines to analyze, understand, and refute. This fact, combined with the many forms of Buddhism that exist, means that there is no formula or strict method for engaging and evangelizing a Buddhist. Continue reading “Buddhism, The Four Noble Truths, & Christianity”

A Look Into Buddhism

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

Introduction

In March 2015 I along with several students from my class visited the Dharmapala Kadampa Buddhist Center in Roanoke, Virginia. While there we sat through a meditation service led by one of the student teachers at the Center. This service was very informative with regard to the worldview held by Buddhists. The Center we visited happened to follow in the tradition of Kadampa Buddhism, which is a subset of Mahayana Buddhism, which in turn is the largest sect of Buddhism in the world. Certain forms of Buddhism popular in America, such as Tibetan and Zen, belong to the Mahayana tradition; it is likely that most Buddhists one encounters in the U.S. practice this tradition. Continue reading “A Look Into Buddhism”

Some Thoughts On The Qur’an

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

The Qur’an is the sacred text of Islam, and with Islam being the second largest religion in the world behind Christianity it is a widely read book. The Qur’an is claimed to be the final revelation of God handed down to the prophet Muhammad through the angel Gabriel. The second Súra of the Qur’an is intended to condense the entirety of the teachings of the Qur’an into 286 Áyats[1], which in English would be best understood as a verse similar to how chapters of the Bible are divided. It presents several arguments for the validity and authority of the Qur’an, as well as reasons why it is rejected by so many. The focus here will be on Ruku’s (sections) 1 through 14. Continue reading “Some Thoughts On The Qur’an”

The Problem of Evil

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

The following is my personal theodicy, scriptural support is provided 
in the endnotes.

How can an absolutely good God exist when there is evil in the world? This is the question posed by many who reject theism, and Christianity specifically. Many attempts are made to reconcile this tension between a good God and an evil world, and these explanations are called theodicies. Here I will present my own theodicy where I address the philosophical problem of moral evil, the philosophical problem of natural evil, and the religious problem of evil.
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FYI

It has been a couple months since my last post. I have been traveling, vacationing, and working some crazy hours the last couple of months, and did not have the time to commit to writing; but not to worry, I will be resuming my writing within the next week. I look forward to the encouragement, criticism, debate, agreement, and so on from all you who read my blog. Unfortunately Tuesday Topic Live will not be resuming, but we may potentially do special broadcasts to address certain issues. However, my blog, “The Double Edge,” will feature several guest writers, some of who appeared on Tuesday Topic Live. So add me to your feed reader, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and whatever else. Thanks for the continued support and engagement.

Five Minimal Facts for The Resurrection Parts I-V

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

The Christian faith receives a great deal of criticism from the secular world on its claims of Jesus being God, and the savior of the world. While many agree that he was a ‘good’ teacher who died for his beliefs, they deny that he resurrected and is indeed the one true God. Dr. Gary Habermas, who is a leading theologian, apologist, and philosopher specializing in the historical Jesus, offers what he calls the “Minimal Facts approach to a critical study of the resurrection of Jesus.” Continue reading “Five Minimal Facts for The Resurrection Parts I-V”

Five Minimal Facts Part IV: James The Brother of Jesus

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

The Christian faith receives a great deal of criticism from the secular world on its claims of Jesus being God, and the savior of the world. While many agree that he was a ‘good’ teacher who died for his beliefs, they deny that he resurrected and is indeed the one true God. Dr. Gary Habermas, who is a leading theologian, apologist, and philosopher specializing in the historical Jesus, offers what he calls the “Minimal Facts approach to a critical study of the resurrection of Jesus.” Continue reading “Five Minimal Facts Part IV: James The Brother of Jesus”