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January 06, 2018

Should Christians Abandon Apologetics?

Believers have considered apologetics essential to defending the Christian faith in a scientific and pluralistic society.  But, as society has become increasingly post-modern, some say apologetics has become outdated...and even harmful. This Saturday on Up For Debate, Julie Roys will explore the current controversy over apologetics with author Myron Penner, who says apologetics may be the "single biggest threat to genuine Christian faith" today.  Challenging his perspective is eminent apologist and author, William Lane Craig, who believes apologetics are as relevant today as ever!  Listen and discern this important issue, on this episode of Up For Debate!

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Myron Penner
Myron Penner

Myron Penner

Myron is a Senior Team Leader and co-founder of Novō: Transformational Communities, a ministry in Bolivia that equips and enables local churches to develop Christ-centered transformational communities to address their addictions problems. He is an ordained Anglican Priest and has taught philosophy and theology in universities, seminaries and graduate schools in the UK, the USA, and his home, Canada. In addition to teaching and pastoring, Myron has also worked as a human development worker, overseeing water-cleaning projects in East Africa. Myron and Jodi are missionaries with the Evangelical Free Church of Canada Mission (EFCCM). Myron combines his Novō role with pastoring Trinity International Church. He is happily married to Jodi, an opera singer, and they live in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia with their three teenage daughters.
William Lane Craig
William Lane Craig

William Lane Craig

William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University.  At the age of sixteen as a junior in high school, he first heard the message of the Christian gospel and yielded his life to Christ. Dr. Craig pursued his undergraduate studies at Wheaton College and graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, the University of Birmingham, and the University of Munich. From 1980-86 he taught Philosophy of Religion at Trinity. In 1987 Dr. Craig pursued research at the University of Louvain in Belgium until assuming his position at Talbot in 1994. He has authored or edited over thirty books, including The Kalam Cosmological Argument; Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus; Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom; Theism, Atheism and Big Bang Cosmology; and God, Time and Eternity, as well as over a hundred articles in professional journals of philosophy and theology. He and his wife Jan have two grown children.

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<p>Many issues are not debatable within orthodox Christianity—the virgin birth, the veracity of the Scripture, the bodily resurrection of Christ. However, some issues are. For example: Can a Christian join the military and support a war? Should Christians advocate for environmental causes? Is it okay to use in-vitro fertilization? Up For Debate seeks to equip believers to discern these debatable matters by engaging biblically with people holding diverse opinions. Each week, Up For Debate invites two guests onto the one-hour program to defend opposing views. The views expressed on Up For Debate do not always represent those of Moody Bible Institute. However, Moody wholeheartedly affirms the means the show uses to evaluate these views. Like the Bereans mentioned in Acts, we examine the Scriptures, seeking which positions most closely align with God’s Word. By doing so, Up For Debate develops in listeners what British essayist Samuel Johnson termed “expert discernment”—the ability “to tell the good from the bad” and “the genuine from the counterfeit.”</p>