Author Archives: RevRob : Apologetics, theology & science from a Christian Spurs fan

Why I Believe EVERY Synoptic Gospel was Written Prior to AD 62

So I’ve been reading Brant Pitre’s (Professor of Sacred Scripture at Notre Dame Seminary) book released last year: ‘The Case for Jesus – The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ.’ I highly recommend this book. It is concise, very accessible … Continue reading

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“But I am a good person, I don’t need a Saviour!” – How Should We Respond?

From my experience of evangelistic conversations and having being involved with several introductory Christian courses, such as Alpha, I’ve come to believe that the most common and perhaps the biggest obstacle to the Christian faith is actually the idea that … Continue reading

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The Value of Guilt

Before conversion to Christianity often people will go through ‘the nihilism stage.’ I went through the nihilism stage. What, ultimately, shook me out of it? Grinding me to an abrupt halt… Guilt. But why should I ‘feel guilty’ as a … Continue reading

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Countering Dawkins & the Atheists: the ‘clarification question’

I’ve just finished reading a good article in last week’s (1st Apr.) English ‘Church Times’ by Rupert Shortt (religion editor of the Times Literary Supplement) in which he responds to what I might call 10 ‘classic Dawkinsisms’ – ie 10 typically … Continue reading

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Did Jesus Experience a ‘Divine Abandonment’ at the Cross?

  Introduction According to the 6th line of Stuart Townend’s popular modern hymn ‘How Deep the Father’s Love for Us,’ “The Father turns His Away.” This lyric depicts Jesus of Nazareth, having been almost universally abandoned by people on Earth, … Continue reading

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The First Recorded Words of Jesus Inform Us of His Divinity

I want to suggest that there’s another point that we can make in our apologetic efforts with Jehovahs Witnesses, Muslims and anybody else that doesn’t believe that Jesus’ divinity is implied by the Gospels: The first recorded words of Jesus inform … Continue reading

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The misnomer of the ‘God of the Gaps’ claim.

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Why the Discovery of the Kepler-452b (‘Earth 2’) Is NOT Bad news for God

The recent discovery of the Kepler 452b planet has had several commentators drooling with excitement as they further speculate that we may not be alone in the universe after all. Others, such as Jeff Schweitzer have seen it as cause … Continue reading

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What did Paul think about the role of women in the Church?

Intro In this essay I will engage with Paul as he has traditionally been handed down to us, paying attention to only the most relevant texts to our question. The Cultural and Societal Context In Paul’s day, ‘women nowhere enjoyed … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Craig /Carroll debate part 3:- From Teleology to Morality

3) In this part I want to see if its possible to slide seemlessly from teleology to morality. The second major facet of the debate concerned the phenomena of cosmic fine-tuning. This time Carroll began with a concession: “This is the … Continue reading

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