Apologetics Beyond Reason ventures into nontraditional territory when it comes to classic apologetics. I’m familiar with Sire’s other work, have benefitted greatly from it, so this title grabbed my attention. Coming from the analytic tradition, I was intrigued how one might get “beyond reason” without also utilizing reason when defending the Christian faith. What I found was a robust apologetic method and one that will likely resonate more with a [post] post-modern/existential culture[ continue reading ]

Introduction What is the relationship between faith and reason? Does faith require that we have reasons to believe or is faith merely a blind leap in the dark? Is faith a product of rational inquiry where our minds investigate first before we commit to a belief? Or do we commit to a belief and then look for evidence to support it? Are our beliefs contrary to evidence or does evidence[ continue reading ]

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I was deeply moved by this series of videos showing the penetrating and profoundly personal story of one couple’s journey from doubt to faith. I encourage you to take time to watch them. The book Raised? Finding Jesus by Doubting the Resurrection, along with the free leader guide, looks to be an outstanding small group resource for your church.[ continue reading ]

I just discovered that Gary Habermas’ book Dealing with Doubt is available free in its entirety at his website here. This is a keen analysis with sage advice on dealing with and healing from doubt. Here’s a blurb from the chapter on emotional doubt: To illustrate the affect of one’s feelings on one’s reason, [C.S.] Lewis likens his own response to the medical usage of anesthetics. Though completely convinced on[ continue reading ]

The final post in this series speaks to the myth that we can remain neutral in our beliefs. The Myth of Neutrality Can we really be neutral about our beliefs and not commit? The short answer is “No.” To sit on the fence is still to take a position, namely, “not to take a position.” Neutrality simply does not exist. While some may be more open than others and honestly[ continue reading ]