Apologetics 315 interviews a variety of Christian apologists about issues of apologetics, evangelism, and theology.
Andy Bannister Interview (2)
Today's interview is with Andy Bannister, Canadian Director and Lead Apologist for RZIM Canada. He talks about his work with RZIM, cultural and moral shifts, the Burning Questions DVD project, Short Answers to Big Questions, the most popular apologetics questions, how to be a good listener/answerer, common pitfalls when answering tough questions, dealing with emotionally charged questions, pointing questioners to Christ, and more. Lots of great insights.
15/02/2015 • 45 minutes 39 seconds
Michael Patton Interview (2)
Today's interview is with Michael Patton, president of Reclaiming the Mind and Credo House Ministries found at reclaimingthemind.org. This is a ministry of theological development for lay people. He blogs at Parchment and Pen @reclaimingthemind.org/blog and is also responsible for the development of Credo House of Theology found at credohouse.org. He talks about Credo House, Credo Courses, his ministry experience, dealing with depression, how burnout comes in ministry, common warning signs, sharing struggles, advice for a long-term view, and more.
08/02/2015 • 42 minutes 25 seconds
Joel Furches Interview
Today's interview is with Joel Furches, a Christian author in the area of Christian Apologetics, Philosophy, and Biblical Scholarship. He writes a Christian column for The Examiner and has done research and writing for Bible Translation Magazine, including contributing a chapter to a book on Biblical Criticism. He is author of Christ-Centred Apologetics: Sharing the Gospel with Evidence. He talks about how he got into apologetics, Ratio Christi chapters, his work as a writer, the themes in his book, defending the centrality of Christ, the cumulative case for Jesus and the Gospel, focusing on evangelism, the importance of hearing counter-arguments, tips for speaking with others, and more.
01/02/2015 • 52 minutes 38 seconds
Frank Turek Interview (3)
Today's interview is with apologist Frank Turek, author of a number of books, including his newest: Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case. He talks about the Cross Examined Instructor Academy, the goal of his new book, how atheists can steal from God in making their case for atheism, arguing from reason, arguing from science, defining atheism (not a lack of belief in God), lessons he's learned in speaking with atheists, the subject of hell, and much more. Enjoy.
25/01/2015 • 40 minutes 49 seconds
Fazale Rana Interview (2)
Today's interview is with biochemist Fazale Rana, executive vice president of research and apologetics at Reasons to Believe. He talks about his current work, his background (being raised by a Muslim father), the present growth of Islam, its acceptance in culture, how Christians respond, winsome engagement with the Muslim world, the danger of making sweeping generalizations, keys to understanding Islam better, integrity in apologetic engagement, to-dos and not-to-dos when speaking with Muslims, and more.
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18/01/2015 • 46 minutes 17 seconds
Graham Veale Interview
Today's interview is with Graham Veale, author of New Atheism: A Survival Guide, and he a co-founder and writer at saintsandsceptics.org. He talks about religious education, the resources at the blog, the influence of the atheist movement, atheism amongst students, the arguments in his book, the "flying spaghetti monster," the non-conflict between Christianity and science, the rhetorical strategy of the new atheists, the biggest strengths and weaknesses of the new atheism, the centrality of Christ in apologetics & evangelism, and more.
11/01/2015 • 45 minutes 32 seconds
Jefrey Breshears Interview
Today’s interview is with Dr. Jefrey Breshears, Christian historian, apologist, the president of "The Areopagus” and author of An Introduction to Bibliology. He talks about his background and interest in history and apologetics, the problem of anti-intellectualism in the church (and what can be done about it), the systematic study of the bible (bibliology), an overview of An Introduction to Bibliology, bad arguments for the Bible, good arguments for the Bible, defending the inspiration of scripture, how we got the books that are in the Bible (the canon), the transmission of the Biblical texts, the significance of textual variants, answering skeptics regarding apparent contradictions, the most misunderstood issues about the Bible, and more.
04/01/2015 • 37 minutes 28 seconds
Tom Gilson Interview (2)
Today’s interview is with Tom Gilson, the National Field Director for Ratio Christi, and blogger at ThinkingChristian.net. He talks about Ratio Christi and its growth, Ratio Christi College Prep and Ratio Christ Chapters. He also discusses the print publication of the book True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism, responding to the new atheism, the book A Manual for Creating Atheists (Peter Boghossian: Atheist Tactician), the approach of Peter Boghossian, and an an argument in favor of the historicity of the Gospel accounts (found at Touchstone magazine).
04/05/2014 • 35 minutes 52 seconds
Jonathan Morrow Interview (3)
Today's interview is with Jonathan Morrow. Jonathan is the founder of Think Christianly and is the author of Welcome to College: A Christ-follower's Guide for the Journey, Think Christianly: Looking at the Intersection of Faith and Culture, and Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists (with Sean McDowell). Jonathan is currently the Director of Creative Strategies at Impact 360 Institute. He talks about the need for training for students and young people and discusses the opportunities available through the Impact 360 Institute.
20/04/2014 • 35 minutes 33 seconds
Tony Brown Interview
Today's interview is with Tony Brown, Pastor of Sunbridge Road Mission. As a former Jehovah’s Witness, Tony conducts seminars/workshops in churches and is an outreach advisor and blog contributor for UK Partnerships for Christ, a ministry reaching out to Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons. He talks about his journey in and out of the JWs, the beliefs of JWs, the Watchtower Society, advice for Christians speaking with cult members, and more.
14/12/2013 • 38 minutes 32 seconds
Abdu Murray Interview
Today's interview is with Abdu Murray, co-founder and the President of Embrace the Truth International, which is an apologetics-based ministry dedicated to offering the Truth of the Gospel to Muslims, Jews, cult members, and skeptics. He talks about his background and his conversion from Islam to Christianity, his view of God as a Christian, the issue of identity in Islam, the three most important elements in his conversion, the costs of changing beliefs, overcoming fear of interaction, his upcoming book Grand Central Question, the Josh McDowell Institute Conference 2013, and more.
29/09/2013 • 44 minutes 7 seconds
Amy Orr-Ewing Interview
Today's interview is with Amy Orr-Ewing, Director of Programmes for the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (the OCCA) and UK Director for RZIM Zacharias Trust. She talks about her background and interest in apologetics, contemporary cultural challenges, common objections to the Bible, wrong ways to defend the Bible, helpful approaches to defending the Bible, manuscripts and translations, inerrancy, the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, advice to apologists, and more.
22/09/2013 • 39 minutes 16 seconds
Everett Piper Interview
Today's interview is with Dr. Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University. He talks about his background and work, what OWU offers academically, their apologetics programs, the Josh McDowell Institute for Christian Apologetics, the goal and vision of the Institute, the JMI Conference in November, the various apologetics certificates and programs, advice for those seeking degrees, resources that are available to the church, the importance of defending the faith in every area of culture, and more.
15/09/2013 • 22 minutes 11 seconds
Donald Johnson Interview
Today's interview is with Donald Johnson of "The Don Johnson Show". He's also author of the soon-to-be-released book: How to Talk to a Skeptic: An Easy to Follow Guide for Natural Conversations and Effective Apologetics. He talks about his background and ministry, evangelism and apologetics, Biola's MA program in apologetics, the new book, avoiding mistakes in interaction, defending Christianity as a worldview, a skeptic's understanding of Christianity, learning how to talk to people, personal reasons why people might reject God, avoiding burnout, and more good insights and advice.
01/09/2013 • 44 minutes 56 seconds
Robert B. Stewart Interview
Today's interview is with Robert Stewart, Professor of Philosophy and Theology, and Greer-Heard Professor of Faith and Culture, at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He talks about his background and work, apologetics programs offered at NOBTS, the Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum, the importance of intellectual engagement, how Christians can be better at personal engagement, why apologetics has gotten more and more popular, advice for those pursuing academic studies, the Defend the Faith conference, and more.
25/08/2013 • 1 hour 5 minutes 38 seconds
John Stewart Interview
Today's interview is with John Stewart, International Director for Ratio Christi. He talks about his background and how he started exploring Christianity, the Simon Greenleaf School of Law, his work with Walter Martin on The Bible AnswerMan program, the changes in the apologetics landscape in the past decades, lessons learned from decades of doing apologetics, Ratio Christi and its international vision, how you can get involved internationally, his resources, and more.
11/08/2013 • 36 minutes 11 seconds
Phil Fernandes Interview (3)
Today's interview is with Phil Fernandes, president of the Institute of Biblical Defense, and the pastor of Trinity Bible Fellowship in Silverdale, Washington. He talks about apologetic preaching, how to incorporate apologetics training into the local church, evangelism, common objections to apologetics, encouragement and advice to pastors, audio/video resources, and more.
04/08/2013 • 49 minutes 27 seconds
Jonathan McLatchie Interview
Today's interview is with apologist and biologist Jonathan McLatchie. He talks about his background and influences, why he believes God exists and Christianity is true. Then the interview continues as an "intelligent design 101" discussion: what is intelligent design, main reasons to infer intelligent causation, the explanatory filter for design, the Darwinian view, reasons for controversy, responding to challenges to ID theory, design detection in biological systems, varying views of origins, "god of the gaps" objections, how to falsify intelligent design, ID's predictions, suggestions for those studying ID, lessons in apologetics, and more.
23/06/2013 • 39 minutes 30 seconds
Richard Howe Interview
Today's interview is with Dr. Richard Howe, Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics and the Director of the Ph.D. Program at Southern Evangelical Seminary. He talks about his background and work, the apologetics program at SES, how theology needs philosophy, integrating apologetics practically, do's and don'ts for apologists, spiritual advice, and upcoming conferences, including tomorrow's Tactical Faith hangout, and more.
16/06/2013 • 56 minutes 25 seconds
Carson Weitnauer Interview
Today's interview is with Carson Weitnauer, co-editor of True Reason, author and speaker at ReasonsforGod.org, and the current president of the Christian Apologetics Alliance. He talks about his background and ministry, campus apologetics ministry, the Christian Apologetics Alliance, the need for mentors, friends and accountability, equipping churches to defend the faith, practical applications, advice for apologists, and more.
26/05/2013 • 37 minutes 17 seconds
Michael Ward Interview
Today's interview is with Michael Ward, Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and director of HBU's new C. S. Lewis Centre in Oxford. Michael is a leading expert on the works of C.S. Lewis. He talks about his background, the influence of C. S. Lewis, Lewis's Oxford home, the C. S. Lewis Centre in Oxford, why Lewis had an impact apologetically, the rational and the imaginative, Lewis in Poet's Corner, HBU's apologetics program, areas where Christians can make an impact, advice for Christian apologists, and more.
19/05/2013 • 33 minutes 20 seconds
Larry Taunton Interview
Today's interview is with Larry Taunton, founder and Executive Director of the Fixed Point Foundation. He talks about his background and the vision of Fixed Point, the purpose and impact of public debates, lessons learned from debating with skeptics and atheists, the bridging of the sacred and the secular, how Christians can get started in making a difference in their communities, advice for the next generation of Christian apologists, debates and resources, and more.
21/04/2013 • 31 minutes 58 seconds
Randal Rauser Interview
Today's interview is with systematic and analytic theologian Randal Rauser. Randal is the author of a number of books with theological and apologetical themes, including his latest: The Swedish Atheist, The Scuba Diver, and Other Apologetic Rabbit Trails. He talks about his background and work, the "tentative apologist," theology, apologetics, and philosophy, his approach to apologetic interaction, authoring a book with John Loftus, his latest book, skills apologists should master, common pitfalls, developing relationships, and how to be a better theologian.
14/04/2013 • 36 minutes 1 second
Max Andrews Interview
Today's interview is with Max Andrews. Max is a graduate student from Liberty University, whose research is in philosophy of science and religion. He talks about his background and education, his interest and research in multiverse theory, the fine-tuning argument, Liberty University, advice for Christians studying apologetics, his Sententias blog, the development of the Christian mind, and applying apologetics.
07/04/2013 • 50 minutes 24 seconds
Peter S. Williams Interview (3)
Today's interview is with Christian philosopher, apologist and author Peter S. Williams. He talks about his most recent book C.S. Lewis vs. the New Atheists, Lewis's views as an atheist, the arguments that the new atheists have neglected, the impact of Lewis for the last 50 years, the "mere Christianity" approach (is it enough?), the argument from desire, the argument from reason, arguments by the new atheists, the moral argument, elements in Lewis's journey to Christianity, where to start when reading Lewis, and more.
17/03/2013 • 45 minutes 40 seconds
Ron Rhodes Interview
Today's interview is with Ron Rhodes, president of Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries. He talks about his background and ministry, how he became a Christian, how to define the word "cult," the difference between cults an denominations, the growth of the cults and the new atheism, principles and ground rules for Mormons & Jehovah's Witnesses, how to speak with friends who are part of a cult, mistakes to avoid, dealing with emotional and psychological barriers, advice for apologists, and more.
10/03/2013 • 48 minutes 12 seconds
Steve Miller Interview
Today's interview is with J. Steve Miller, author of Near-Death Experiences as Evidence for the Existence of God and Heaven: A Brief Introduction in Plain Language. He talks about his background and research in near-death experiences (NDEs), defining near-death experiences, common experiences in NDEs, the evidential value of NDEs, various examples of NDEs, how worldviews come into play when evaluating evidence, common naturalistic explanations and their shortcomings, evidence for Christianity from NDEs, the existential impact of NDEs, and more.
03/03/2013 • 57 minutes 9 seconds
Blake Anderson Interview
Today's interview is with Blake Anderson of Ratio Christi. Ratio Christi (a Student Apologetics Alliance) seeks to encourage and strengthen the faith of Christian students at secular and liberal institutions across the country, while also sharing Christ's message and love to those that have yet to receive it, through the use of intellectual investigation and apologetics. Blake is the head of Chapter Growth & Support for the many Ratio Christi campus chapters. He talks about the need for apologetics on campus and in the university setting, the vision and work of Ratio Christi, how apologists can get involved part-time and full-time, and more.
24/02/2013 • 34 minutes 19 seconds
Vocab Malone Interviews Brian Auten
Today's interview is taken from the Backpack Radio show. Vocab Malone interviews Brian Auten about "Online Apologetics Resources." Vocab talks with Brian about the history of Apologetics 315, how to find apologetics resources, apologetics interaction online, evangelism, and more.
17/02/2013 • 42 minutes 59 seconds
Lindsay Brooks Interviews Brian Auten
Today's interview is taken from the Apologetics.com Radio Show. Lindsay Brooks interviews Brian Auten on "How to Begin as an Apologist." Lindsay Brooks talks with Brian about how he got into apologetics, about his many interviews, about how a new apologist might begin, and about the future of apologetics.
10/02/2013 • 1 hour 51 minutes 42 seconds
Johnny V. Miller Interview
Today's interview is with Johnny V. Miller, professor emeritus at Columbia International University and co-author with John M. Soden of the book In the Beginning... We Misunderstood: Interpreting Genesis 1 in Its Original Context. He talks about the goal and motive behind the book, the most important question to ask when approaching any passage of scripture, the concordist view and possible troublesome approaches to scripture, the original readers of Genesis 1 and their cultural context, the cosmogony of the Egyptians, similarities and differences between creation stories, the goal of the Biblical creation account, the historicity of Genesis, objections to the thesis, his own journey on issues of the age of the earth debate, apologetics applications & implications, and more.
03/02/2013 • 40 minutes 57 seconds
John Bloom Interview
Today's interview is with Dr. John Bloom, professor of physics at Biola University. He's also the Academic Director of the MA Program in Science and Religion at Biola, and the Chair of the Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Dept. He talks about how he got into science, the faith/science "conflict", countering the faith/science conflict, the history of science and Christianity, naturalism and methodological naturalism, Hume & Darwin, "non-overlapping magisteria", the integration of faith and science, the MA program in Science & Religion at Biola, advice for those defending the faith, Saddleback's Conference on Creation, and more.
27/01/2013 • 41 minutes 13 seconds
Matthew Burford Interview (2)
Today's interview is with Matthew Burford of Tactical Faith, a grassroots apologetics organization promoting events and resources (for instance, the recent SALT Apologetics Conference). He talks about the growth of the organization, how to put on apologetics events, apologetics at a grassroots level, roadblocks to doing events, and lots more.
20/01/2013 • 41 minutes 25 seconds
Frank Turek Interview (2)
Today's interview is with apologist Frank Turek. This is our second interview with Frank. In this interview, he talks about lessons from Christopher Hitchens, the moral argument for the existence of God, two different versions of the moral argument, the meaning of objective morality, illustrations to help the argument, common objections to the moral argument, volitional reason for people rejecting God, the Cross Examined Instructor Academy, and more. Check out Frank's ministry, Cross Examined.
13/01/2013 • 51 minutes 4 seconds
J. Warner Wallace Interview
Today's interview is with cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace, author of Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels. He talks about his present work, his journey from atheism, how the tools of the detective apply to investigating the Gospels, how we reason abductively, the value and use of circumstantial evidence, eyewitness evaluation, the difference between what's possible and what's reasonable, how we know the disciples didn't fabricate their story, biased witnesses, the tactics of defense attorneys and skeptics, making an impact when you're not a "full-time apologist," encouragement for Christian case-makers, and more.
06/01/2013 • 58 minutes 11 seconds
Douglas Jacoby Interview
Today's interview is with apologist Douglas Jacoby. He talks about his background and ministry, the importance of apologetics and training, being widely read, common objections to the Bible, building a case for Bible reliability, archaeology evidence and the Bible, touring the Holy Land, where the Bible gets its authority, knowing through experience, objections based in the disagreement amongst Christians, the benefit of formal debates, his debate with Robert M. Price, the role of rhetoric on both side of the engagement, advice for better communication, being a good reader, advice for apologists, and more.
02/12/2012 • 40 minutes 13 seconds
Chad Meister Interview
Today's interview is with Chad Meister, professor of philosophy at Bethel College. He talks about his background and how he got into philosophy and apologetics, a defense of philosophy as a tool in apologetics, what philosophy is and isn't, his book Building Belief: Constructing Faith from the Ground Up, the starting points for apologetic/evangelistic engagement, ontology/epistemology distinctions when reasoning about God's existence, the role of the Holy Spirit, advice for communicators, and more.
25/11/2012 • 51 minutes 26 seconds
Louis Markos Interview
Today's interview is with Lou Markos, Professor in English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University. And he's a C.S. Lewis expert. He talks about literary apologetics (or cultural apologetics), why and how Christians should write and be involved in culture, his recent book On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis, the different approaches of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, how we need cultural apologists today, HBU's apologetics program, advice for apologists, and the biggest apologetic lesson he has learned from C.S. Lewis.
18/11/2012 • 52 minutes 33 seconds
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11/11/2012 • 2 minutes 43 seconds
MaryJo Sharp Interview (2)
Today's interview is with apologist Mary Jo Sharp, founder of Confident Christianity and assistant professor at Houston Baptist University. She talks about apologetics ministry, exploring Masters programs in apologetics, her recent LifeWay DVD Bible study: Why Do You Believe That? A Faith Conversation, tips for conversations and communication, overcoming roadblocks to dialogue, women in apologetics ministry, and more. Also check out her book: Defending the Faith: Apologetics in Women's Ministry.
04/11/2012 • 35 minutes 51 seconds
Paul Buller Interview
Today's interview is with author of Arguing with Friends: Keeping Your Friends and Your Convictions. He also runs the blog whyjesus.ca and arguingwithfriends.com. He talks about influences in apologetics, conversational apologetics, the goal in personal interactions with others, understanding arguments (this Monty Python skit), tactics vs. strategies, learning from mistakes in doing apologetics, and advice for effective communication.
28/10/2012 • 40 minutes 48 seconds
David Marshall Interview
Today's interview is with David Marshall, founder and director of the Kuai Mu Institute for Christianity and World Cultures and editor of the forthcoming Faith Seeking Understanding: Essays in Memory of Paul Brand and Ralph Winter. He talks about his work and background, apologetics in missions, his latest book, the influence of Paul Brand and Ralph Winter, how the Gospels demonstrate the historicity of the Gospel story, advice for those doing apologetics, and more.
21/10/2012 • 40 minutes 56 seconds
Douglas Wilson Interview
Today's interview is with pastor and reformed theologian Douglas Wilson. He talks about his background and influences, his pastoral ministry, apologetics and its role in the local church, how to incorporate apologetics into preaching, encouraging apologetic engagement within the church, his debates with Christopher Hitchens (and the DVD Collision), the presuppositional approach to apologetics, biggest lessons learned from speaking and debating, pitfalls to avoid, advice for apologists, and more.
14/10/2012 • 40 minutes 51 seconds
K. Scott Oliphint Interview
Today's interview is with K. Scott Oliphint, Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is author of a number of books, including God With Us: Divine Condescention and the Attributes of God, and Reasons for Faith: Philosophy in the Service of Theology. He talks about his background and influences, Christian Apologetics Past & Present: A Primary Source Reader, presuppositional apologetics, the work of Cornelius Van Til, "covenantal apologetics," the practical application of presuppositionalism, common ground, common misconceptions of presuppositionalism, recommended reading, advice, and much more.
07/10/2012 • 1 hour 18 minutes 30 seconds
Craig Parton Interview
Today's interview is with Craig Parton, attorney and author of The Defense Never Rests: A Lawyer's Quest for the Gospel as well as Religion on Trial. He is also the United States Director of the International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism and Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. He talks about his faith journey, a lawyer's perspective on the evidence for Christianity, how to investigate religious truth claims, how we know things are true, evidential methodology, "beyond a reasonable doubt", how the burden of proof works, how to disprove Christianity, the apologetics academy in Strasboug, lessons learned as an apologist, advice for those doing apologetics, and more.
30/09/2012 • 48 minutes
Francis Beckwith Interview
Today's interview is with Frank Beckwith, associate professor of Church-State Studies at Baylor University and associate director of the J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies. He talks about his background, the importance of ethics and church-state issues, the reason for controversy about Christianity and politics, the meaning of "separation between church and state," what the Bible says about politics, how Christians should be engaged politically, thinking about hot-button issues, how to properly argue for issues, factors for evaluating candidates, the importance of voting, his book Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft (review here), recommended reading, and advice for apologists.
23/09/2012 • 59 minutes 23 seconds
Kerby Anderson Interview
Today's interview is with apologist Kerby Anderson, president of Probe Ministries and host of the Point of View Radio Talk Show. He talks about his background and influences, the history of Probe Ministries, the concept of worldview, how we go about testing worldviews, the various facets of worldviews, integrating a Christian worldview, the National Student Mind Games Conference, practical advice for parents equipping their children, advice for Christian apologists, and more.
16/09/2012 • 52 minutes 29 seconds
Michael J. Kruger Interview
Today's interview is with Michael J. Kruger, Professor of New Testament at Reformed theological seminary in Charlotte, NC. He talks about his background in New Testament studies, his new book on the canon, Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books, the nature of the Bible, the meaning and formation of the canon, criteria of canonicity and attributes of canonicity, "other gospels," the apocrypha, how we can know what books belong in the Bible, advice for Christian apologists, and more.
09/09/2012 • 42 minutes 8 seconds
Ranald Macauley Interview
Today's interview is with Ranald Macauley, founder of L'Abri, UK and founder of Christian Heritage, UK. He talks about his background and work in ministry, working with Francis Schaeffer, L'Abri, UK, Christian Heritage's vision, the spiritual condition of Europe, the importance of proactive apologetics, apologetics apprenticeships, summer schools in apologetics and theology, audio resources, how pastors can help their congregations be more intellectually engaged, facing future challenges, advice for those studying apologetics, and the importance of reading Schaeffer.
02/09/2012 • 37 minutes 34 seconds
Bobby Conway Interview
Today's interview is with Bobby Conway, lead pastor of Life Fellowship in Charlotte, NC. He is also the founder of the One Minute Apologist, a creative YouTube apologetics ministry. He is also author of the book, Hell, Rob Bell, and What Happens When People Die. He talks about his background, the need for apologetics in the church, incorporating apologetics into preaching, doing multimedia apologetics, advice for those studying apologetics, the On Guard DVD program, and more. Lots of great insights.
26/08/2012 • 38 minutes 21 seconds
Doug Powell Interview
Today's interview is with author, designer, musician, and apologist Doug Powell. He talks about his creative design and music background, how he got into apologetics, the integration of creativity and apologetics, his interactive book and app Resurrection iWitness, the development of the New Testament canon, the need for clarity in apologetics presentations, speaking tips, the Biola Apologetics program, advice for apologists, and more.
12/08/2012 • 37 minutes 20 seconds
Ted Turnau Interview
Today's interview is with Ted Turnau. Ted is a college lecturer who teaches Cultural Studies and Religion in Prague, Czech Republic. His interest is in issues of popular culture, imagination, and how they relate to the Christian faith. He is author of Popologetics: Popular Culture in Christian Perspective. He talks about how he got into apologetics and cultural studies, defining popular culture, the themes in Popologetics, apologetics and popular culture in conversations, thinking deeper than just the "issues," the limits of engaging with culture, wrong ways of interacting with culture, tools for understanding the world view of pieces of popular culture, a theology of popular culture, practical ways of using popular culture as a means of engagement, advice for apologists today, recommended resources for engaging with culture, and much more.
05/08/2012 • 57 minutes 26 seconds
Dave Sterrett Interview
Today's interview is with author and apologist Dave Sterrett. He talks about his background and work in apologetics, the relationship between apologetics and evangelism, the centrality of evangelism, why we should trust Jesus, defining faith and trust, the Coffeehouse Chronicles, why young people fall walk away from their faith in college, I Am Second, the impact of personal transformation, his advice for other Christian apologists, and more.
29/07/2012 • 41 minutes 56 seconds
Alex McFarland Interview (part 2)
Today is part TWO of a two-part interview with Alex McFarland, Director of Worldview Studies at North Greenville University. He is an author, apologist, and speaker on religion and culture, talk show host of the "Explore the Word" Radio Program, the Sound Rezn radio program, and more. He talks about his most recent book, 10 Answers for Skeptics, the various kinds of skepticism, discerning the difference between searchers and skeptics, the most common objections people have, generalizing and specializing in apologetics, advice for apologists, and more. For conference info, see www.truthforanewgeneration.com.
22/07/2012 • 40 minutes 38 seconds
Alex McFarland Interview (part 1)
Today is part ONE of a two-part interview with Alex McFarland, Director of Worldview Studies at North Greenville University. He is an author, apologist, and speaker on religion and culture, talk show host of the "Explore the Word" Radio Program, the Sound Rezn radio program, and more. He talks about his background and how he got into apologetics, the importance of apologetics in youth ministry, the Truth for a New Generation Apologetics Conference, defining apologetics and its role in the local church, opening doors in the local church, how to get better educated formally in apologetics, schools with apologetics programs, and more. For conference info, see www.truthforanewgeneration.com.
15/07/2012 • 47 minutes 31 seconds
Richard Swinburne Interview
Today's interview is with Christian philosopher or religion, Richard Swinburne. He is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford. Over the last 50 years Swinburne has been a proponent of philosophical arguments for the existence of God. He talks about his background, the changes in Christian philosophy in the past decades, the goal for the Christian philosopher, defending and advocating Christianity, his approach to arguing for the existence of God, objections to Christianity, answering the problem of evil & suffering, his advice to Christian defenders, and more.
08/07/2012 • 48 minutes 53 seconds
David Glass Interview
Today's interview is with David Glass, author of Atheism's New Clothes: Exploring and Exposing the Claims of the New Atheists. David has a Ph. D. in theoretical physics and an MA in Philosophy from Queen's University, Belfast and teaches at the University of Ulster. He talks about the relationship between faith and science, the new atheism and its popular influence, the case for Christian belief, Dawkins and Dennett's evolutionary account of religious belief, Plantinga's evolutionary argument against naturalism and its alternative versions, Dawkins' argument that there is almost certainly no God, advice for Christians interacting with atheists, the Saints & Sceptics website, and more.
01/07/2012 • 45 minutes 29 seconds
Thomas E. Woodward Interview
Today's interview is with Thomas E. Woodward, professor at Trinity College of Florida, and founder and director of the C.S. Lewis Society. Woodward is an historian of the intelligent design movement. He talks about his work and background, the intelligent design movement (its definition, origin, and goals), anti-ID objections and rhetoric, the direction of the ID movement today, the Dover trial, the question of "is ID science?", the approaches of Michael Behe, William Dembski, and Stephen Meyer, The Mysterious Epigenome: What Lies Beyond DNA, the future of ID research, resources for people learning and teaching ID, and more.
24/06/2012 • 47 minutes 41 seconds
Victor Reppert Interview
Today's interview is with Christian philosopher Victor Reppert, author of C. S. Lewis's Dangerous Idea: In Defense of the Argument from Reason. He talks about his background and the development of the argument from reason, C.S. Lewis's formulation of the argument, the difficulties for naturalism to account for thought, objections to the argument, and more.
17/06/2012 • 1 hour 6 minutes 23 seconds
Bobby Gilpin Interview on Mormonism
Today's interview is with Bobby Gilpin. He talks about his ministry to educate the Church on how to respond to Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses. This interview focuses on Mormonism; a sort of mini-crash course. Aren't Mormons just Christians?, differences between Mormonism and Christianity, the use of the term "cult," a brief history of Mormonism, the authority of the Book of Mormon and other books, the importance of dialogue with Mormons, strategies for engagement and primary topics, common mistakes when speaking with Mormons, the biggest challenges, the significance of Utah, the size and growth of Mormonism, evangelism trips, and more.
10/06/2012 • 36 minutes 24 seconds
John Mark Reynolds Interview
Today's interview is with Christian philosopher and apologist John Mark Reynolds, incoming provost at Houston Baptist University. He talks about his background and work, the biggest apologetic challenges today, cultural apologetics, the developing apologetics program and philosophy programs at Houston Baptist University, advice for future apologists, asking the right questions in conversation, do's and don'ts, tips for interacting with people online, advice for those wanting to read the great books, reading, movies and cultural awareness, and more.
03/06/2012 • 40 minutes 54 seconds
Phil Fernandes Interview: Apologetic Methodology
Today’s interview is with pastor and apologist Phil Fernandes. He talks about apologetics methodologies and his latest book: 7 Great Apologists. He unpacks the various approaches to apologetics, including classical apologetics, historical apologetics, two types of presuppositionalism, verificationalism, comparative religious apologetics, and psychological apologetics. Lots of great insights into the ways of doing apologetics. More from Phil Fernandes at PhilFernandes.org.
27/05/2012 • 46 minutes 22 seconds
Tim McGrew Interviews Brian Auten about Apologetics 315
Today's interview is with Brian Auten, founder of Apologetics 315. He is interviewed by Dr. Timothy McGrew on the past, present, and future of Apologetics 315. The goal of the interview is to get to know a bit more about Brian Auten, how Apologetics 315 came to be, the vision of the ministry, future goals and projects, and how others can help support its growth.
20/05/2012 • 27 minutes 33 seconds
Kenneth Samples Interview (2)
Today's interview is with philosopher and theologian Ken Samples, senior research professor at Reasons to Believe. He talks about the Straight Thinking Podcast, the Unbelievable? Conference 2012 in London, an abductive approach to apologetics, the explanatory power of Christianity over atheism, morality and the human condition, the problem of evil and suffering, the different kinds of evil in the world, God's purposes in suffering, gratuitous evils, how to address the problem of evil with tact, and some of the key ideas in his newest book 7 Truths that Changed the World: Discovering Christianity's Most Dangerous Ideas.
13/05/2012 • 49 minutes 26 seconds
Navy SEAL: Chad Williams Interview
Today's interview is with Chad Williams, evangelist, former Navy SEAL, and author of the book SEAL of God. He talks about his training in the SEALS, his mentor Scott Helvenston, his radical conversion to Christianity, persecution, communicating the Gospel, street preaching, evangelism, the use of testimonies, encouragement in doing evangelism and using apologetics, and more. Chad's website here: StreetApologetics.com
09/05/2012 • 50 minutes 57 seconds
R. Scott Smith Interview
Today's interview is with R. Scott Smith, Associate Professor of Ethics and Christian Apologetics at Biola University. He talks about his latest book, Naturalism and Our Knowledge of Reality, defining naturalism, motivations for naturalism, methodological naturalism, ways of viewing reality, Darwinian views, the evolutionary argument against naturalism (similarities/differences), naturalism's ontological resources, some objections to his view, testing religious truth-claims, and more.
29/04/2012 • 1 hour 30 minutes 25 seconds
Robin Collins Interview
Today's interview is with Robin Collins, professor of philosophy at Messiah College. His training is in physics and in philosophy and he is a leading advocate for using the fine-tuning of the universe as a design argument for theism. He talks about his background and training, the fine-tuning argument, the different types of fine-tuning with examples and illustrations (laws, constants and initial conditions), two different ways of presenting the fine-tuning argument, answering common objections to the argument, the uniqueness of life, variations of the multiverse hypothesis, the failure of multiverse theory to explain away fine-tuning, objections to Victor Stenger, upcoming books, simplifying the fine-tuning argument for practical use, common mistakes when presenting the argument, the most common objection (who designed God?), and more.
22/04/2012 • 1 hour 22 minutes 18 seconds
Vocab Malone Interview
Today's interview is with apologist and hip hop artist Vocab Malone. He talks about his debates, relationships with atheists, being confrontational without being adversarial, the Backpack Radio podcast, "street-level" apologetics, his background in hip hop, purpose and message in the music, Wayne Grudem's systematic theology raps (you'll hear one), being in the world but not of it, overcoming challenges to engagement, cultural involvement and discernment, being committed and submitted to the local church (great stuff), putting knowledge into practice, and more. Check out BackPackRadio.com or BackPackTruth.com for Vocab's stuff.
08/04/2012 • 41 minutes 12 seconds
Online Apologetics Conference Interview
Today's interview is with Anthony Horvath, the director of Athanatos Christian Ministries. He defines and talks about using story, the masters of using story, the goal of the Online Apologetics Conference, the keynote speaker and main topics, art and the apologist, how to attend the online conference, the list of speakers, how this conference helps to promote apologetics in the local church, past conference resources, and how to get involved. The free and open public conference is on April 19th. Registrants can attend the 20th and 21st sessions. Check out the conference website at OnlineApologeticsConference.com.
01/04/2012 • 26 minutes 10 seconds
Dan Story Interview
Today's interview is with author and apologist Dan Story. He talks about his experience in doing apologetics, the ten commandments of apologetics, avoiding distractions in engagements, finding out what the real issue is, engaging the closed minded, the concepts and goal of his book Should Christians Be Environmentalists, defining environmentalism, the environmentalist movement, correcting misconceptions about Christians and the environment, approaching the climate change debate, outlining a Bible-based theology of nature, practical application to apologetics and evangelism, and more. His website his at www.danstory.net.
25/03/2012 • 29 minutes 54 seconds
David Instone-Brewer Interview
Today's interview is with David Instone-Brewer, Senior Research Fellow in Rabbinics and the New Testament at Tyndale House, Cambridge. He talks about the goal and content within The Jesus Scandals, the criteria of embarrassment, the punishment of crucifixion and the shame of the cross, the uniqueness of the resurrection, the betrayal by Judas, Jesus' "scandalous" teachings, the teaching about hell, the virgin birth, the cumulative power of the Gospel accounts, advice for apologists, and more. Pick up David's book The Jesus Scandals here. Book website and excerpts here at BibleScandals.com
18/03/2012 • 31 minutes 34 seconds
Michael Patton Interview
Today's interview is with C. Michael Patton, president of Reclaiming the Mind/Credo House Ministries (www.reclaimingthemind.org), a ministry of theological development for lay-people. He blogs at Parchment and Pen (www.reclaimingthemind.org/blog) and is also responsible for the development of the Credo House of Theology (www.credohouse.org), a theological coffee house and bookstore. He talks about getting theology to the layperson, the relationship and interface between theology and apologetics, theological equipping for apologists, the importance of wresting with theological issues, pitfalls from neglecting theological training, advice for those considering seminary, the importance of community, important lessons and advice for doing theology and apologetics, and more.
11/03/2012 • 41 minutes 11 seconds
Tom Price & Vince Vitale (OCCA) Interview
Today's interview is with Tom Price and Vince Vitale, academic tutors at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. They talk about their work with RZIM and OCCA, finding Christ in University, cultural differences and Christianity, the value of formal study in apologetics, the pastoral and community dimension of apologetics training, the opportunities and programs at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (certificate program and masters program), and advice for apologists.
04/03/2012 • 48 minutes 9 seconds
Ravi Zacharias Interview
Today's interview is with Ravi Zacharias, perhaps one of the greatest Christian apologists of our time. He is author of over twenty books, and his most recent is Why Jesus: Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality. In this interview he talks his new book, the "new spirituality," secularism and spiritual hunger, how the media can make a lie seem like the truth, how we arrived at the new spirituality, Deepak Chopra and Oprah, avoiding the dangers of the new spirituality, reasons for hostility against Christianity, how people "reshape" Jesus, the most frequent misconceptions about Jesus, advice for Christian apologists, the hardest lesson to learn when defending the faith, planning devotions, pitfalls to guard against, the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, and more.
26/02/2012 • 31 minutes 26 seconds
Ken Boa Interview
Today's interview is with Dr. Ken Boa, president of Reflections Ministries. He talks about his background and education, gifting or calling in the area of apologetics, possible imbalances in doing apologetic/theological studies, spiritual disciplines to be especially mindful of, the role of prayer and intercession in evangelism, advice for education for apologists, disciplines and skills for reading and retaining content, when to speed read and when not to speed read, the Great Books Series, how to make wise reading choices, guarding the reading of Scripture, advice for the budding apologist, dealing with discouragement and burnout, an integrative approach to doing apologetics, and more.
19/02/2012 • 58 minutes 34 seconds
Holly Ordway Interview on Literary Apologetics
Today's interview is with Holly Ordway, professor of composition and literature at MiraCosta College in North County San Diego and author of Not God’s Type: A Rational Academic Finds a Radical Faith. She is also director of ACM's Literary Apologetics Certificate program. She talks about literary apologetics, what it is and is not, excellence and creativity, what apologetics looks like through literature and the arts, developing and sharpening the skills of the literary apologist, the Literary Apologetics Certificate, and more. Visit Holly's blog: Hieropraxis.
12/02/2012 • 30 minutes 13 seconds
Craig Keener Interview
Today's interview is with Dr. Craig Keener, professor of the New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is especially known for his work as a New Testament scholar on Bible background. He is also author of Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts. He talks about his background and current work, how his newest book came about, defining miracles, unpacking Hume's objections against miracles, assessing miracle claims outside of Christianity, appealing to naturalistic explanations for miracles, the theological context of miracles, reasons to trust New Testament miracle claims, contemporary miracle claims from around the world, miracles in the west, verifiable and non-verifiable miracle claims, asking for "miracles on demand," miracles and naturalism, the place for miracles and an apologetic for Christianity, and more.
05/02/2012 • 1 hour 9 minutes 7 seconds
Peter J. Williams Interview
Today's interview is with Peter J. Williams, Warden of Tyndale House, Cambridge. He talks about his work and background in biblical languages, the reliability of the Gospels, internal vs. external evidences, the genre of the Gospels, the authorship of the Gospels, the Gospels as eyewitness testimony (link to talk here), historical methods past vs. present, oral culture and literacy in the first century, the dating of the Gospels (years vs. generations), approaching apparent contradictions, correcting substandard approaches to defending the Gospels, looking at morally difficult subjects in the Old Testament, tips for answering moral objections, advice on doing apologetics, and more. For resources from Tyndale House, see:
29/01/2012 • 49 minutes 20 seconds
Daniel Rodger and Calum Miller (Apologetics UK) Interview
Today's interview is with Daniel Rodger and Calum Miller, founders of the Apologetics UK Blog and UK Apologetics Facebook group. They talk about the state of apologetics in the United Kingdom, unique cultural challenges, the goal of the Apologetics UK blog, blogging as an apologetic/evangelistic tool, the growing UK Apologetics Facebook group, and the future of apologetics in the UK.
22/01/2012 • 27 minutes 15 seconds
Casey Luskin Interview
Today's interview is with Casey Luskin, Research Coordinator for the Discovery Center's Center for Science and Culture. In this interview Casey talks about his background and interest in Intelligent Design, defining terms (ID, evolution, creationism, Darwinism), common objections to ID as a scientific endeavor, some milestones in the history of the ID movement, the Dover trial, responding to critics who say "ID is dead," "not science," and more. This is a good overall introduction to Intelligent Design.
15/01/2012 • 1 hour 48 seconds
Daniel B. Wallace Interview
Today's interview is with Dr. Daniel B. Wallace, professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and an authority on Koine Greek grammar and New Testament textual criticism. He is founder of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts. He talks about his background and current work, photographing NT manuscripts, the current number of manuscripts, some of the most important manuscripts (and some great stories), his testimony journey into textual criticism, the trustworthiness of the Bible, the meaning of textual variants (how they are really counted, and what they affect), how he approaches apparent Bible contradictions, the doctrine of inerrancy, his interactions and debates with Bart Ehrman, comparing the popular vs. the scholarly Ehrman, "we don't have the originals!", determining the authorship of the Gospels, advice for apologists (great stuff), and do's and don'ts for defending the Bible. Visit CSNTM.org to assist his work.
08/01/2012 • 1 hour 4 minutes 17 seconds
Peter S. Williams Interview (2)
Today's interview is with Peter S. Williams (blog here). He talks about his recent projects, including his debate alongside William Lane Craig at Cambridge, and his recent book: Understanding Jesus: Five Ways to Spiritual Enlightenment. He discusses a cumulative case approach, the Gospels as testimony and the role of testimony, the historical sources for Jesus, Jesus' self-centered teaching, the trilemma argument, Jesus' miracles, non-Christian miracle claims, the argument from prophecy and common objections, religious experiences, Jesus' spirituality, and more.
18/12/2011 • 51 minutes 36 seconds
Alvin Plantinga Interview
Today's interview is with Alvin Plantinga, emeritus John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He talks about his background and how he got into philosophy, theistic arguments (for two dozen or so, see here) and some he'd like to see worked on (the argument from evil & the argument from abstract objects), the use of the ontological argument, how he would speak to other about the faith, his view on the use of arguments for convincing others, properly basic belief, his air conditioner, the shift toward theism in philosophy, reading recommendations for up-and-coming philosophers, study and reading habits, character traits for the Christian philosopher, topics he'd like to see Christian philosophers tackle, advice on apologetics, his latest book, Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism, and more.
04/12/2011 • 44 minutes 56 seconds
Win Corduan Interview
Today's interview is with Christian philosopher Win Corduan. Dr. Corduan has served as a professor or adjunct professor of philosophy and religion at numerous colleges, universities, and seminaries. He has also served as president of both The International Society of Christian Apologetics and The Evangelical Philosophical Society. He talks about his background and work, influences in apologetics, philosophy and apologetics, philosophical theology, philosophy of religions, comparative religions, his study in Buddhism, the neglect of Buddhism, the need for scholars in all areas, advice for apologists, and more. His books include Neighboring Faiths: A Christian Introduction to World Religions, No Doubt About It: The Case for Christianity, Pocket Guide to World Religions (IVP Pocket Reference), Handmaid to Theology: An Essay in Philosophical Prolegomena, Reasonable Faith: Basic Christian Apologetics, and a number of others.
27/11/2011 • 50 minutes 48 seconds
Jonathan Morrow Interview
Today's interview is with apologist, author and equipping pastor Jonathan Morrow. He is author of Welcome to College and co-author of Is God a Human Invention? His latest book is Think Christianly: Looking at the intersection of Faith and Culture. He talks about faith and culture, what it means to think Christianly, practical ways to equip the local church, crucial areas of cultural engagement, the themes of his latest book, and more.
20/11/2011 • 32 minutes 53 seconds
David Horner Interview
Today's interview is with David Horner, professor of philosophy and biblical studies at Biola University. He also serves as research scholar for Centers for Christian Study International, an effort to develop intellectual Christian communities within secular university contexts. He talks about the challenges facing those in college/university, the themes in his book Mind Your Faith: A Student's Guide to Thinking and Living Well, the Christian roots of our educational system, developing better thinking skills, the art of asking good questions, dealing with doubts, the development of character, advice for those who want to be better apologists, and more.
13/11/2011 • 53 minutes 45 seconds
Angus Menuge Interview
Today's interview is with Dr. Angus Menuge, Professor of Philosophy at Concordia University, and author of Agents Under Fire: Materialism and the Rationality of Science. He talks about his background and work, the philosophy of mind, what reason (or reasoning) is, what materialism is as a worldview, things excluded from a materialistic worldview, methodological naturalism and materialism, accounting for free will, materialistic accounts of reason, the epistemological argument from reason, the ontological argument from reason, finding the best explanation for reason, problems with methodological naturalism, implications of materialism, practical application of the argument from reason, advice for apologists, the International Academy of Apologetics, and more.
06/11/2011 • 56 minutes 39 seconds
Nabeel Qureshi Interview
Today's interview is with Nabeel Qureshi, former Muslim and now Christian defender. He is director of Creed 2:6 ministries found at www.creed26.com. He talks about Creed2:6, his journey from Islam to Christianity, his interactions with the Muslim community and Muslim apologists, his response to critics of his conversion, the occurrence of visions and dreams from God to Muslims, the greatest challenges to sharing the Gospel with Muslims, the social consequences for leaving Islam, cultural vs. religious opposition, common errors to avoid, key factors to focus on, recommended resources on Islam, his personal message to those in Islam, and more.
23/10/2011 • 42 minutes 33 seconds
Craig A. Evans Interview
Today's interview is with Biblical scholar Professor Craig Evans. He talks about his background and how he got into this area of scholarship (Jesus, the Gospels and Biblical manuscripts), what impresses him most about the Bible, handling manuscripts, the quest for the historical Jesus (and its overall timeline), the scholarly opinion on the "Jesus never existed" claim, the consensus of scholarship (and why scholarship is important), the contemporary distortion of Jesus, the demonstrable flaws in the thinking of particular scholars, evaluating presuppositions, a case for the reliability of the Gospels, the contrasting view of the "other" gospels, how to investigate the miracle claims within the Gospels, responding to the "failed apocalyptic prophet" objection, the faults in Bart Ehrman's reasoning, advice for those taking their Biblical studies seriously, the do's and don'ts of arguing for Bible reliability, and more.
16/10/2011 • 1 hour 13 minutes 32 seconds
John Warwick Montgomery Interview
Today's interview is with John Warwick Montgomery, Emeritus Professor of Law and Humanities, University of Bedfordshire, England, Distinguished Research Professor of Apologetics and Christian Thought, Patrick Henry College, Virginia., and Director of the International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism & Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.
He talks about how he became a Christian and became a defender of the faith, the thinkers and authors that have been most influential for him, his approach to apologetics (evidentialism) and why he takes it, the traditional proofs for God's existence (are they needed?), taking a legal approach to the case for Christianity, the meaning of burden of proof and its proper use, the concept of "beyond reasonable doubt," how to defend the resurrection of Christ historically, making a concise case, the two most common objections to the resurrection, answering the textual claims of Bart Ehrman, spiritual and intellectual disciplines for the apologi
10/10/2011 • 52 minutes 50 seconds
Jeremiah J. Johnston Interview
Today's interview is with Jeremiah J. Johnston, founder of Christian Thinkers Society at New Day Church in Kansas City. He is also He talks about his background and how he got into apologetics, how apologetics should be seen before it is heard, a memorable way to visualize the number of New Testament manuscripts, the Christian Thinkers Society (a church-based apologetics program within the local church featuring scholar interviews), advice for those considering starting apologetics ministries within their church, challenges that may need to be overcome when doing this sort of ministry, strategies in adapting scholarly content for lay-audiences, the future vision for CTS, and more.
03/10/2011 • 39 minutes 18 seconds
Mark Mittelberg Interview
Today's interview is with Mark Mittelberg, author, speaker, and evangelism strategist. He talks about his background and ministry work, the relationship between apologetics and evangelism, integrating apologetics into the local church, his book The Reason Why Faith Makes Sense, the goal and content of the book (it's a great apologetic evangelistic tool), the idea of spiritual seekers, advice for apologists, and more.
26/09/2011 • 49 minutes 33 seconds
Andrew Fellows Interview
Today's interview is with Andrew Fellows, the Director of L’Abri Fellowship in the United Kingdom. L’Abri is a community dedicated to both demonstrating and explaining the truthfulness of Christianity. He talks about his work at L'Abri, the heritage of Francis Schaeffer, the contribution and unique impact of Schaeffer on apologetics, dealing with the "big questions" that people are exploring, the question behind questions, the greatest obstacles people have, the demeanor of the apologist, the importance of hands-on training and mentoring, the church's interaction and relationship with culture (cultural apologetics), Jesus the subversive apologist, following Jesus' example, speaking to the heart, the hiddenness of God, advice (and challenge) for apologists, and more.
19/09/2011 • 52 minutes 52 seconds
Anthony Horvath Interview
Today's interview is with Anthony Horvath, the director of Athanatos Christian Ministries. This October, the Online Apologetics Academy fall semester will commence. Anthony talks about the Academy, the upcoming semester, the speakers and courses, the Gary Habermas lectures, how the courses work and the workload, the optional certificate course available, and how to sign up.
12/09/2011 • 19 minutes 37 seconds
Douglas Groothuis - Read Along Interview
Today's interview is with Dr. Doug Groothuis, professor of philosophy at Denver Seminary, and author of the newly-released apologetics textbook: Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith. He talks about the scope and purpose of this book, the overall structure, the uniqueness of this book as an apologetics textbook with a cumulative case, the spiritual discipline of study and the life of the mind, the benefits of study and intentional reading, and strategies for working through large books/material. This interview is the introduction to the Read Along with Apologetics315 project, which begins Friday, September 9th.
05/09/2011 • 25 minutes 21 seconds
Brian Auten Interview
Today's interview is with Brian Auten, interviewed by the blogger WinteryKnight about topics and ideas in apologetics. WinteryKnight's blog focuses on worldview, marriage and chastity, politics, and apologetics.
Questions for WK:
• Why not use your real name?
• What's the focus on WinteryKnight.com?
• What's your goal in interviewing Brian?
Questions for Brian:
• How did you come to be in Northern Ireland?
• How did you get interested in apologetics?
• What would you do with unlimited funding to propagate apologetics resources?
• What arguments are the most persuasive for you?
• What arguments should we use with others?
• Do we need a million "one dollar" apologists, or one "million-dollar" apologist?
• How important do you think it is for apologists to focus on scientific evidences?
• How can the lay person get up to speed on these evidences?
• What's the best way to make the case for the resurr
29/08/2011 • 54 minutes 12 seconds
Jeff Zweerink Interview
Today's interview is with astrophysicist Jeff Zweerink. Jeff is a research scholar with Reasons to Believe, and serves part-time on the physics and astronomy research faculty at UCLA. He is author of Who's Afraid of the Multiverse?, the main topic of our interview today. He talks about his background and how he got into astrophysics, scientific evidences pointing to God, the role of natural theology, the strongest (and weakest) arguments from science, the multiverse, the various types of multiverses, why scientists postulate the multiverse, various objections to the multiverse, should Christians, how to be well-informed in scientific evidences, advice for apologists, and more.
22/08/2011 • 56 minutes 1 second
Rick Walston Interview
Today's interview is with Rick Walston, president and founder of Columbia Evangelical Seminary, which offers a distance learning program with self-paced Mentorship Study. This interview is one of a series of dialogues regarding educational opportunities in apologetics studies. The purpose of this interview is to explore what CES has to offer for those studying theology and apologetics.
Rick talks about the life of the mind for the Christian, the value of formal study in apologetics, and Columbia Evangelical Seminary.
• What does the college offer?
• What is mentorship study?
• How are the courses self-paced?
• How is coursework customized for each student?
• How does a student select their mentor?
• Who are some of the faculty?
• Is CES accredited? Why not?
• What to watch out for with accreditation
• Who needs an accredited school?
• Who is this school not for?
• Who is this school a good match for?
15/08/2011 • 45 minutes 47 seconds
Greg Ganssle Interview
Today's interview is with Christian philosopher Greg Ganssle. He talks about his work with Rivendell Institute, how he became a Christian and got interested in philosophy, his key areas of focus (philosophy of religion), the influence of his study on his faith, his view of philosophy as it relates to the faith, evaluating truth claims from various systems of thought, atheism and whether or not it is making truth claims about God's existence, his intro to philosophy book Thinking About God, how to raise the bar of Christian thought, the role of a basic understanding of philosophy, learning about logic, various ways to think about apologetics, the impact of the new atheism and the arguments they have brought to the table, his advice to Christian apologists, the importance of knowing the Gospel, how to be a better communicator, and more.
08/08/2011 • 1 hour 3 minutes 53 seconds
Matthew Burford Interview
Today's interview is with Matthew Burford, President and Founder of Tactical Faith, an organization seeking to advance apologetic and theological learning within the evangelical community through financial assistance and consulting. He talks about his background and how apologetics has influenced his faith, ministries that have been a strong influence, Tactical Faith and its vision, testimonies from the work, the need for this type of organization, strategies for equipping the local church, goals for scholarships, how people can work with Tactical Faith, and more.
01/08/2011 • 36 minutes 21 seconds
Sean McDowell Interview on GodQuest
This interview is with Sean McDowell (also check out his first interview and second interview). In this audio Sean talks about his current projects and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's PhD program, advice for those looking at Masters programs, the size of the need for apologetics in the local church, his small-group resource called GodQuest, the goal of the project, the content of the program (the six 'signposts' and the contributing interviews), how the resource can be used (for believers and nonbelievers), and more. He calls this resource a kind of apologetics-lite that can introduce your church to apologetics.
Find the GodQuest resources here.
29/07/2011 • 23 minutes 51 seconds
Clifford Williams Interview
Today's interview is with Clifford Williams, teacher of philosophy at Trinity College in Deerfield, IL. He is an author of Existential Reasons for Belief in God: A Defense of Desires & Emotions for Faith. He talks about his background and how he got into philosophy, the role of philosophy in theology and apologetics, the meaning of "existential" and the existential argument for belief in God, needs and desires and their role in the existential argument, various objections to the argument, the role of the argument in a cumulative case for God, practical application for apologetics, further resources, and more.
25/07/2011 • 50 minutes 43 seconds
Greg West Interview
22/07/2011 • 5 minutes 36 seconds
Tony Watkins Interview
Today's interview is with Tony Watkins, speaker, writer and editor with Damaris and Managing Editor of Culturewatch.org. He talks about his background and work, CultureWatch and looking at the message behind the media, the definition of culture and media, the importance of critically examining culture and media, the influence of film on us personally and in culture, what movies tell us about ourselves and the world, identifying redeeming themes and issues that echo Christian truths, being culturally aware, the definition and importance of worldviews, discerning worldviews and the messages in film, and more.
Tony's webpage is: www.tonywatkins.co.uk.
Check out books by Tony Watkins:
• Focus: The Art and Soul of Cinema
• Dark Matter: A Thinking Fan’s Guide to Philip Pullman
11/07/2011 • 1 hour 4 minutes 15 seconds
David Wood Interview
Today's interview is with David Wood, a former atheist who converted to Christianity after examining the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. As well as being a Teaching Fellow in Philosophy, David directs Acts 17 Apologetics Ministries, defending the Christian Faith against atheistic and Islamic objections. He talks about the Dearborn Arab Festival, the growth of Islam, the crucifixion of Jesus (Christian view compared to Islam), the usage of the word "Allah," Muslim arguments for the Qu'ran, the question of Jihad, assessing arguments in favor of Islam, inaccuracies in the Qu'ran, recommended resources on Islam, and more.
04/07/2011 • 1 hour 29 minutes 52 seconds
David T. Lamb Interview
Today's interview is with David T. Lamb, associate professor of OT at Biblical Theological Seminary. He is author of a newly released book "God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament God Angry, Sexist, and Racist?"
He talks about his background in Old Testament studies, dealing with difficult passages in the OT, the angry God and the loving God, principles for reading OT passages for better understanding, responding to the claims that the Bible is sexist, racist, and violent, law versus grace in the Old Testament and the New, the importance of working through and discussing tough questions, using the OT to point people to Christ, and more.
27/06/2011 • 49 minutes 47 seconds
David Robertson Interview
Today's interview is with Pastor David Robertson of St Peter’s Free Church in Dundee, Scotland and Chairman of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity. He talks about his interaction with Richard Dawkins' God Delusion book, his open letters to Dawkins (and the Dawkins Letters book), his thoughts on persuasive evangelism, the goals of evangelistic conversation, the positive effect from the new atheism, how being a pastor overlaps with evangelism and apologetics, the problem with American apologetics, the importance of practical application, connecting with an audience, the top issues that always seem to come up, the state of the new atheism today, the influence of postmodernism, stopping calling yourself an apologist, our tone with others, the starting point for conversations, and more.
Apologies: the audio quality was substandard this week because of a technical glitch.
20/06/2011 • 43 minutes 55 seconds
Marcia Montenegro Interview
Today's interview is with Marcia Montenegro, founder of Christian Answers for the New Age (CANA). She talks about the difference between the New Age and the occult, how people tend to get into these areas, her journey into the occult and work as a professional astrologer, the nature of spiritual experiences and what's going on, spirit guides, astrology, her conversion to Christianity, and her advice to those interacting with those caught up in the New Age or occult.
Marcia is also the author of the book SpellBound: The Paranormal Seduction of Today's Kids. Find her website and resources online at
13/06/2011 • 1 hour 28 seconds
Stephen Bedard Interview
Today's interview is with Stephen Bedard, pastor of Woodford Baptist Church and First Baptist Church Meaford, Ontario. He talks about his background, influences, his book Unmasking the Pagan Christ, responding to the notion that "Jesus never existed," his upcoming book responding to the Jehovah's Witness publication What Does the Bible Really Say?, the apologetics of JWs, the Hope's Reason Apologetics Journal and podcast, advice to pastors on creating an apologetic culture within the church, articulating the Gospel, apologetics and raising children, and more.
06/06/2011 • 33 minutes 1 second
Norman Geisler Interview
Today's interview is with apologist Norman Geisler, Distinguished Professor of Apologetics at Veritas Evangelical Seminary and author of over 70 books. He answers a variety of questions and topics: how he got into apologetics, his greatest influences on his own thinking, the change on the apologetics landscape in the past decades, his suggested required reading for all apologists, the kinds of arguments he has encountered and how they have affected him, advice for studying arguments, the growth of apologetics in the church, the top three topics to focus on, skills apologists should develop, pitfalls to avoid, areas that should be strengthened, the necessity of theology, what he feels the strongest argument is for God's existence, learning from those who disagree, one's prayer life and integrity, favorite illustrations, advice for studying in the field, and more.
30/05/2011 • 43 minutes 55 seconds
Mike Felker Interview
Today's interview is with Mike Felker. Mike blogs on apologetics at TheApologeticFront, with an emphasis on interacting with Jehovah's Witnesses. He talks about his background, the overall belief system of JWs, The Watchtower Society, their various teachings regarding salvation, the afterlife, Jesus, the trinity, etc. He also discusses strategies for interaction including what to focus on and what to avoid.
23/05/2011 • 58 minutes 23 seconds
Paul Moser Interview
Today's interview is with Christian philosopher Paul Moser, Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. He talks about his background, epistemology and evidence, his work on New Testament epistemology, the evidence for God, the role (or not) of natural theology, problems with the "two-step" approach, divine hiddenness, purposively available evidence for God, the role of human volition, authoritative evidence vs. spectator evidence, willingness and evidence, advice for Christian apologists, and more.
16/05/2011 • 52 minutes 56 seconds
Tim McGrew Interview
Today's interview is with Dr. Tim McGrew, Professor of Philosophy at Western Michigan University. He is a philosopher and apologist who has written extensively in areas pertinent to epistemology. He talks about his background and work, examples of undesigned coincidences in the New Testament and Old, the arguments made by Bart Ehrman in his new book Forged and its fatal flaw, textual and literary criticism, spotting actual forgeries, good historical approaches to determining reliability, assessing the New Testament miracles compared to pagan miracles, apologetics works of the past, advice to apologists, and more.
09/05/2011 • 53 minutes 9 seconds
Glenn Peoples Interview
Today's interview is with Dr. Glenn Peoples. Glenn is a New Zealand based Christian philosopher, podcaster, and blogger. He runs the Beretta blog and hosts the Say Hello to My Little Friend podcast. In this interview, Glenn explores moral terminology, objective morality, the difference between ontology and epistemology, the moral argument, the Craig/Harris debate, advice for apologists, and more.
02/05/2011 • 48 minutes 30 seconds
Peter Kreeft Interview
Today's interview is with Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy at Boston College and at the King's College, in New York City. He talks about his background and influences, his view of philosophy and theology, why we should learn logic (and his logic textbook), etiquette in evaluating arguments, Socratic method & dialogue, caring for the soul, dealing with difficult and loaded questions, preparation for apologetics dialogue (it's not just study), cultivating integrity and character, advice for being a life-long learner, and using literature in apologetics.
25/04/2011 • 32 minutes 34 seconds
Lee Strobel Interview
Today's interview is with apologist and author Lee Strobel. He talks about how God has used his books, his journey from atheism to Christianity, the role of evidence and the influence of the heart, being a popularizer, his upcoming book The Ambition, areas where Christians can reach culture, lessons from journalism, advice for apologists, and more.
18/04/2011 • 53 minutes 11 seconds
Jay Smith Interview
Today's interview is with Jay Smith, a Biblical Scholar specializing in Islam. He talks about his background in Islamic studies, the difference between apologetics and polemics, his debates with Muslims, the prophet Muhammad's life and the spread of Islam, the five pillars of Islam, key worldview differences to keep in mind, common mistakes Christian make when interacting with Muslims, advice for those in Islamic studies, and more.
11/04/2011 • 1 hour 9 minutes 4 seconds
Robert M. Bowman Interview
Today's interview is with Robert M. Bowman, Jr. - the Director of Research at the Institute for Religious Research. He talks about his background, his work with IRR, the reasons for examining apologetic methodology, four basic categories or approaches to apologetics (classical, evidential, reformed, fideistic), apologetic questions and meta-apologetic questions, the sorts of methodological questions one should consider, understanding presuppositionalism, finding an integrated approach to defending the faith, historical examples of apologists with a well-rounded approach to apologetics, advice to apologists, and more.
04/04/2011 • 47 minutes 26 seconds
Alastair Noble Interview
Today's interview is with Dr. Alastair Noble, director of the Centre for Intelligent Design in the UK. He talks about his background, how he got interested in ID, a bit about the UK organization, the reception of ID theory in the UK, responses to common objections to ID, objective criteria for design detection, why ID is not creationism, three areas where the evidence of design is indisputable, the influence of worldviews, and more.
28/03/2011 • 35 minutes 55 seconds
Richard Morgan Interview
Today's interview is with Richard Morgan, a former atheist who found salvation in Jesus Christ. His testimony is fascinating, as part of his conversion story came about through his interactions on the Richard Dawkins website discussion boards. He has appeared on the Unbelievable? Radio program (here / MP3). He talks about his background, how he arrived at atheism, how he viewed God, his encounters on the RD forums, and his conversion to Christianity. He also offers some words of insight for Christians and atheists.
21/03/2011 • 46 minutes 14 seconds
Rick Schenker Interview
Today's interview is with Rick Schenker, president of Ratio Christi, a Student Apologetics Alliance that strengthens the faith of Christian students at secular institutions across the country. He talks about their initiative to start 500 apologetics chapters in the next five years. If you are an apologist, please listen to this interview and see how you can get involved.
14/03/2011 • 36 minutes 25 seconds
John Dickson Interview
Today's interview is with John Dickson, Director of the Centre for Public Christianity in Australia, Senior Research Fellow in Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University, and Senior Minister at St Andrew's Roseville. He talks about his background and studies in acient history, his research into the historical Jesus, The Christ Files: How Historians Know What They Know about Jesus, the data that historians use to learn about Jesus, the implausibility to the "Jesus never existed" view, his work with the Centre for Public Christianity, how Christians should get engaged in media and public Christianity, his advice to apologists, and more.
07/03/2011 • 40 minutes 27 seconds
Craig Blomberg Interview
Today's interview is with New Testament scholar Dr. Craig Blomberg, distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Colorado. He talks about how he got into NT studies, the importance of the Gospels and their dating, how we determine the authorship of the Gospels, how we got four Gospels and not more, the selection of the Gospel canon, the use of non-canonical sources, dealing with miracles account found in historical documents, responding to the claim of contradictions in the Gospels, interpreting historical documents, differences in the Gospel of John, the work and impact of Bart Ehrman, the "all-or-nothing" approach to reliability of scripture, dealing with prophetic passages by Jesus, and advice to Christian apologists.
28/02/2011 • 53 minutes 19 seconds
Hugh Ross Interview
Today's interview is with astrophysicist Hugh Ross, founder and president of Reasons to Believe. He talks about his educational background and how he became a Christian, his approach to defending the faith, two books of God's revelation, the relationship between faith and science, RTB's creation model and how it is tested, the use of cosmological arguments, the integration of philosophy, theology, and science, the age of the earth controversy, critiquing young-earth views, advice for apologists, advice for those in the sciences, and more.
21/02/2011 • 45 minutes 12 seconds
Fazale Rana Interview
Today's interview is with biochemist Fazale Rana, executive vice president of research and apologetics at Reasons to Believe, a science-faith think tank based in Southern California. He talks about his journey to faith, the role of natural theology, trying to create life in the lab, the thesis of his new book, how we define life, two different approaches to synthetic biology, the goals for synthetic biology, possible moral issues behind artificial life (are we playing God?), the harmonization between new scientific discoveries and scripture, RTB's origin of life model, the plausibility of "pre-biotic soup," the future of synthetic biology, the apologetic value of science, having confidence in the scriptures, and more.
14/02/2011 • 48 minutes 6 seconds
Scott Klusendorf Interview
Today's interview is witth Scott Klusendorf, president of Life Training Institute. LTI is the first place to look for excellent resources to get better equipped to defend the pro-life position. Scott talks about defining abortion and its terms, the issue of the debate, the legal history of abortion, defending the pro-life view using science and philosophy, the four pillars of the pro-life argument, answering a litany of objections to the pro-life position, the right and wrong use of emotional appeals, taking on the right tone in the debate, how to get better equipped, and more.
07/02/2011 • 44 minutes 50 seconds
Clay Jones: The Crusades p3 Interview
Today's interview is the third and final in a series of three short podcasts dealing the atrocities committed in the crusades, Luther's insights on the crusades, the idea of a Christian nation, and the complex lessons of the crusades.
03/02/2011 • 12 minutes 50 seconds
Alister McGrath Interview
Today's interview is with Alister McGrath, Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education, and Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion and Culture at King's College, London. He talks about his journey out of atheism, his interactions with the New Atheists, the future of atheism, the tone of debate, his new book The Passionate Intellect (Mere Theology in UK), the role of a theology in apologetics, the role of natural theology, collaborative apologetics, advice for Christian apologists, and more.
31/01/2011 • 37 minutes 2 seconds
Clay Jones: The Crusades p2 Interview
Today's interview is the second of a series of three short podcasts dealing with the general perception of the Crusades, what the Crusades were, motivations behind them, Augustine's concept of "just war," the atrocities of the Crusades, and their overall outcome.
27/01/2011 • 14 minutes 30 seconds
Jay Richards Interview
Today's interview is with Jay Richards, program director of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. (articles by Jay here) He talks about the use of intelligent design arguments in Christian apologetics, understanding the limits of arguments, removing obstacles to the Gospel, "God must have done it" caricatures, the Privileged Planet thesis, the factors needed for a life-sustaining planet, the overlap between the conditions for life and the conditions for discovery, the materialistic worldview and the Copernican principle, pre-Copernican cosmology, earth-like exoplanets, design and constrained optimization, the importance of the moon for life and for science, the benefit of philosophical tools for apologetics, advice for apologists, and more.
24/01/2011 • 35 minutes 13 seconds
Clay Jones: The Crusades p1 Interview
Apologetics 315 is happy to welcome Clay Jones for a series of three interviews. Clay is assistant professor at the Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics program at Biola University - and he teaches courses in Theodicy & the Issue of Evil, apologetics research and writing, and defending the resurrection. He has been interviewed in the past on Apologetics 315 on the problem of evil.
Today's interview is the first of a series of three short podcasts dealing with some of the attacks against Christianity because of events such as the Crusades, witch hunts, and other historical events. This introductory episode begins to unpack how we as Christians should approach and think through the issues.
20/01/2011 • 12 minutes 17 seconds
Paul Copan - Is God a Moral Monster? Interview
Today's interview is with Christian apologist and philosopher Paul Copan. This is my second interview with Paul - the first covered a number of different topics for apologists -- but today's interview focuses on his recent book entitled: Is God a Moral Monster? Making sense of the Old Testament God. He explores the questions of the "mean" Old Testament God, is God proud and jealous, Abraham being commanded to sacrifice Isaac, challenging Old Testament laws, slavery, and the judgement of the Canaanites.
12/01/2011 • 55 minutes 21 seconds
Mark Eckel Interview
Today's interview is with Dr. Mark Eckel, Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Professor of Old Testament at Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis, IN. He is a notable voice in Christian teaching, having written Christian worldview curriculum for schools. He talks about our teacher/student relationship, learning in community, the influence of Francis Schaeffer in his thinking and teaching, what we can learn from Schaeffer today, the balance between generalizing and specializing, the intertwining of apologetics and evangelism, doing cultural apologetics, the mentoring/student relationship, lifelong learning and passion, the discipline of learning and focus, advice for apologists, and more. A rich interview with lots of good nuggets.
27/12/2010 • 57 minutes 39 seconds
Lindsay Brooks Interview
Today's interview is with Lindsay Brooks, staff apologist of Apologetics.com. He talks about his work with Apologetics.com, the area of aesthetics (or philosophy of beauty), the nature of beauty itself, aesthetics and arguments from design, the argument from desire, the idea of objective beauty, the difference between beauty and taste, the arts in worship, literary apologetics and music, and advice to fellow Christian apologists.
20/12/2010 • 43 minutes 32 seconds
Paul L. Maier Interview
Today's interview is with Paul L. Maier, the Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University and a much-published author of both scholarly and popular works. He talks about his background as an historian, the existence of Jesus, his debate with Dan Barker, the pagan myth accusation, ancient sources for the life of Jesus, the historicity of the first Christmas, and more.
13/12/2010 • 47 minutes 20 seconds
Holly Ordway Interview
Today's interview is with Holly Ordway, professor of English and literature and author of Not God's Type: A Rational Academic Finds a Radical Faith. She talks about her background as an atheist, her encounters with Christians in the past, the influence of literature and poetry, personal influences from others, looking at arguments for the existence of God, counter-arguments against God, psychological explanations, her encounter with Christ, her advice to skeptics and her advice to Christian apologists.
06/12/2010 • 42 minutes 27 seconds
James Sire Interview
Today's interview is with James Sire, author, lecturer, and Christian apologist. He talks about his background, the impact of The Universe Next Door, defining the concept of worldview, the benefit of understanding worldview concepts, the intellectual life as a Christian calling, the renewal and discipline of the mind, the cultivation of wisdom, thoughts on lifelong learning, the biggest errors of Christian communicators, tips for better communication, apologetics and calling, advice to Christian apologists, and more.
29/11/2010 • 39 minutes 37 seconds
Joe Carter Interview
Today's interview is with Joe Carter, online editor of First Things magazine and author of How to Argue Like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator. He talks about the the use of arguments (and how Jesus used them), the importance of rhetoric for the communicator (and Aristotle's framework), the difference between persuasion and manipulation, the proper use of emotion, using imagery and idiom, rhetoric vs. sophistry, making messages more memorable, Jesus as a debater, elements of discipleship, and more. The website for the book is here.
22/11/2010 • 34 minutes 31 seconds
Michael Behe Interview
Today's interview is with biochemist Michael Behe, Professor of Biochemistry at Lehigh University. He is also a leading voice in the Intelligent Design community and Fellow of the Discovery Institute. He talks about Intelligent Design, detecting design in molecular systems, his views on evolution, Lenski's fruit fly research, irreducible complexity, philosophical presuppositions, and more.
15/11/2010 • 45 minutes 10 seconds
Michael Licona Interview (2)
Today's interview is with Michael Licona, the Apologetics Coordinator at the North American Mission Board and Research Professor of New Testament at Southern Evangelical Seminary. He discusses his new book The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach, philosophy of history and historical methodology, the knowability of the past, historical facts, miracle claims and the historian, judging the relevant evidence, assessing the historical bedrock, weighing competing historical hypotheses, struggling through bias and doubts, and more.
08/11/2010 • 52 minutes 4 seconds
David K. Clark Interview
Today's interview is with David K. Clark, executive vice president and provost of Bethel University and author of Dialogical Apologetics. He talks about apologetics as a practice (and not just a discipline), being a specialist and being a generalist, his book Dialogical Apologetics, relationships and dialogue, how dialogical apologetics applies to methodology, paying attention to emotions as well as questions, "less is more," becoming better communicators, belief formation, using creativity, the power of your character, advice to apologists, and more.
01/11/2010 • 47 minutes 22 seconds
Alan Shlemon Interview
Today's interview is with Alan Shlemon of Stand to Reason. He talks about how he came to be part of Stand to Reason, how to speak with Muslims and understand the issues, the subject of pro-life tactics, pro-life training, pro-life arguments, dealing with the difficult subject of homosexuality, the art of communication and the power of using questions, and more.
25/10/2010 • 55 minutes 5 seconds
Brett Kunkle Interview
Today's interview is with Brett Kunkle of Stand to Reason. He talks about how he got into youth ministry and defending the faith, preparing young people to defend what they believe, the challenges young people face, theological and apologetics mission trips, making apologetics accessible, advice for young people, the importance of mentors, advice to youth ministers, and more.
16/10/2010 • 35 minutes 21 seconds
Justin Brierley Interview
Today's guest is Justin Brierley, host of the Unbelievable? Radio program. For those who are fans of his show, you may enjoy today's discussion. He talks about how the show got started, the secular climate in the UK, the importance of dialogue, dealing with bias, moderating challenging discussions, and upcoming shows.
11/10/2010 • 42 minutes 21 seconds
John Frame Interview
Today's interview is with John Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary. He talks about how he got into theology, the role of philosophy for the apologist, Cornelius Van Til and his influence, presuppositional apologetics, common misconceptions about the presuppositional approach, differences in practice, recommended books, arguing in circles, the use of evidence in apologetics, and advice to apologists.
04/10/2010 • 42 minutes 50 seconds
Mikel Del Rosario Interview
Today's interview is with Mikel Del Rosario. He's an apologist, speaker, and trainer based in California. He talks about his background and how he got into defending the faith, the goal of making apologetics accessible, the issue of tolerance, the need for apologetics in the local church, his experience and advice in starting apologetics initiatives, and his work as a trainer.
27/09/2010 • 36 minutes 57 seconds
Ellis Potter Interview
Today's interview is with Ellis Potter, pastor of the Basel International English speaking church of Lausanne, Switzerland. He talks about his journey from Zen Buddhism to Christianity through his encounters with Francis Schaeffer and L'Abri, Schaeffer's presuppositional approach, apologetics as a function of love (1 Cor 13), apologetics/kategorics, "taking the roof off," a long-term mentality toward evangelism, "subjective" truth, and more.
20/09/2010 • 34 minutes 18 seconds
Sean McDowell & Jonathan Morrow Interview
This is an audio interview with Sean McDowell and Jonathan Morrow about their new book: Is God Just a Human Invention? - and it's well worth the read. It tackles 18 objections raised by the new atheists while making a positive case for Christianity. In addition, McDowell and Morrow bring in contributions from scholars and apologists such as Greg Koukl, John Warwick Montgomery, Gary Habermas, William Dembski, Doug Geivett, Paul Copan, Frank Turek, Darrell Bock, Doug Groothuis, and more.
This interview with Sean and Jonathan explores some of the themes of their book and their goal behind writing it.
17/09/2010 • 17 minutes 49 seconds
Bruce Little Interview
Today's interview is with Dr. Bruce Little, Associate Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also author of A Creation-Order Theodicy: God and Gratuitous Evil. He talks about how he got into apologetics and philosophy of religion (after being a pastor for 30 years), the subject of evil and theodicy, the common approaches to theodicy, his insights into the subject, and strategies and advice for Christian apologists.
13/09/2010 • 33 minutes 4 seconds
J.P. Moreland Interview
Today's interview is with Christian philosopher J.P. Moreland. He talks about how he got involved in the areas of philosophy and apologetics, the three points of the Kingdom Triangle, reliance on the Holy Spirit in evangelism, encouragement in devotional life, the concepts he covers in The God Question, a holistic approach to apologetics, advice for apologists, some tips for lifelong learning and more.
06/09/2010 • 33 minutes 51 seconds
Edgar Andrews Interview
Today's interview is with scientist Edgar Andrews, Emeritus Professor of Materials at the University of London and author of Who Made God: Searching for a Theory of Everything. He talks about his career as a scientist, his debate with Richard Dawkins in 1986, the relationship between faith and science, his reason for writing Who Made God, his hypothetical approach to the God question, his critique of Victor Stenger's hypothesis, advice for apologists, communicating to "the man on the street" and more.
30/08/2010 • 50 minutes 42 seconds
Matthew Flannagan Interview
Today's interview is with Matthew Flannagan, philosopher and blogger at MandM.org.nz. Matt talks about how he got into philosophy of religion, his blog posts on the Genocide of the Canaanites, his recent debate on morality with Raymond Bradley, morality, the benefit of public debate, and more.
23/08/2010 • 32 minutes 35 seconds
Chris Shannon Interview
Today's interview is with Chris Shannon, leader of the Reasonable Faith chapter in Dallas, and the director of Dr. William Lane Craig's Reasonable Faith Chapter initiative. He talks about the Reasonable Faith chapters, getting apologetics into the local church, strategies for small group initiatives, and tips for getting started.
16/08/2010 • 37 minutes 15 seconds
Douglas Geivett Interview
Today's interview is with Douglas Geivett. He is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Talbot School of Theology and Biola University. Doug's blog is here. He talks about his background and influences in philosophy and apologetics, his motivation in his field of study, his co-authored book In Defense of Miracles, arguing from miracles to God, the difference between background beliefs and background evidence, direct experience of miracles, assessing miracle claims from other religions, the role of a defense of miracles in one's apologetic, advice to Christian apologists, and more.
09/08/2010 • 51 minutes 38 seconds
Christopher Brooks Interview
Today's interview is with Christopher Brooks, Senior pastor of Evangel Ministries in Detroit, Michigan. (blog here) He is also host of the Equipped for Life radio broadcast which airs daily on Salem Communications. (audio archives here) He talks about the relationship between evangelism and apologetics, advice to pastors who want to get apologetics into their church, practical methods of equipping the congregation, his experience with the Biola University Masters of Arts in Apologetics program, and the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics.
02/08/2010 • 29 minutes 56 seconds
John Stonestreet Interview
Today's interview is with John Stonestreet, Executive Director of Summit Ministries. He talks about his background, how Summit got started and how their conferences run, the main challenges facing youth today, the definition of worldviews, his worldview book, advice to Christian apologists, and more.
19/07/2010 • 0
Matt Slick Interview
Today's interview is with internet apologist Matt Slick of CARM.org. He talks about doing apologetics on the internet, specific challenges online, encouragement for bloggers, apologetic methodology, presuppositions and evidences, the transcendental argument for God's existence (TAG), cosmological arguments, advice for future apologists, and more.
12/07/2010 • 43 minutes 38 seconds
Gary Habermas Interview
In this interview, Dr. Gary Habermas talks about his background and studies, his personal struggle with doubt, his apologetic methodology, the most common misunderstandings of the minimal facts approach to the resurrection, fallacious appeals to authority, considerations for those considering PhD studies, pitfalls to avoid, core answers to those dealing with doubt, his research with Near Death Experiences, and more. Gary's website is here, with audio resources, written articles, video, and more.
28/06/2010 • 40 minutes 34 seconds
Keith Kendrex Interview
Today's interview is with apologist Keith Kendrex of Evidence4Faith. Keith talks about getting saved through reading apologetics, apologetic influences, his experience with the Biola Masters of Arts in Apologetics program, practical applications of apologetics training, starting his radio program, advice to others, Toastmasters, and more.
21/06/2010 • 26 minutes 26 seconds
Paul Copan Interview
Today's interview is with Dr. Paul Copan. He talks about how Christians should deal with hard questions, finding balance in communication, using the moral argument in conversation, common errors when using the moral argument, the content of his upcoming book, Is God a Moral Monster?, advice for the apologist, and more.
14/06/2010 • 55 minutes 34 seconds
James White Interview
Today's interview is with Dr. James White of Alpha & Omega Ministries. He talks about how he became a Christian, how he got started in apologetics, and his apologetic methodology. He also gives advice to Christian apologists, talks about his numerous debates, his upcoming debate with Christopher Hitchens, and suggested disciplines for apologists.
07/06/2010 • 55 minutes 44 seconds
Tom Gilson Interview
Today's interview is with Tom Gilson of ThinkingChristian.net. Tom talks about his background and how he got started in apologetics, pitfalls for bloggers, using blogging for apologetic discussions, his work with Campus Crusade for Christ, and strategic planning and effectiveness in apologetics.
31/05/2010 • 29 minutes 49 seconds
Douglas Groothuis Interview
Today's interview is with philosopher and apologist Douglas Groothuis (Denver Seminary). He talks about how he got started in philosophy, his top 3 influential books (The God Who is There, Pensées, Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing), the cumulative case approach, natural theology, advice to apologists, spiritual and practical disciplines, his view on technology, and more.
24/05/2010 • 41 minutes 24 seconds
Clay Jones Interview
Today's interview is with Clay Jones (his blog is right here), assistant professor at the Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics program at Biola University, teaching courses in Theodicy & the Issue of Evil, apologetics research and writing, and defending the resurrection. But the area of focus he is known for is the topic of evil and suffering. In this interview he talks about the issue of evil, his recommended resources for learning about the issue of evil, the judgment of the Canaanites, and more.
17/05/2010 • 53 minutes 36 seconds
R. Scott Smith Interview (part 2)
Today's interview is (part two of two) with R. Scott Smith, Associate Professor of Ethics and Christian Apologetics at Biola University. He talks about postmodernism, what it is, and how it is affecting the Church. He shares his thoughts on the good and the bad in the emerging church movement and the works of Brian McClaren.
10/05/2010 • 42 minutes 58 seconds
R. Scott Smith Interview (part 1)
Today's interview is (part one of two) with R. Scott Smith, Associate Professor of Ethics and Christian Apologetics at Biola University. He talks about his background and influences in ethics (J.P. Moreland, Dallas Willard), his opinion on the moral argument, the idea of naturalism grounding morality, the benefits of understanding ethical theory, and his recommended books on morality: Moral Choices by Scott Rae and Relativism by Koukl and Beckwith. Scott's own published works include Virtue Ethics and Moral Knowledge: Philosophy of Language after MacIntyre and Hauerwas and Truth and the New Kind of Christian: The Emerging Effects of Postmodernism in the Church. Scott also mentions the article "Knowledge & Naturalism" by Dallas Willard as well as J.P. Moreland's book Scaling the Secular City.
03/05/2010 • 35 minutes 38 seconds
Mariano Grinbank Interview
Today's interview is with Mariano Grinbank, an active blogger on various apologetics topics. Mariano talks about his Jewish background, how he came to Christ, his thoughts on defending the faith, dealing with hostile critics, advice on blogging, his recent debate, apologetics in everyday life, and more. Check out his blog and website TrueFreeThinker.com.
26/04/2010 • 45 minutes 20 seconds
Jonathan Morrow Interview
Today's interview is with Jonathan Morrow (blog, podcast, and more resources). He talks about the role of apologetics in pastoral ministry, how pastors can incorporate apologetics into their ministry, and his book Welcome to College: A Christ Follower's Guide to the Journey. This includes
• why young people walk away from the faith
• intellectual and moral challenges at college
• practical advice for those new to college life
• how young people can grow spiritually in college
19/04/2010 • 32 minutes 59 seconds
Sarah Ankenman Interview
Today's interview is with Sarah Ankenman, founder of the International Society of Women in Apologetics. She talks about her influences, the importance of women in apologetics, ISWA, how to get involved with the society, and ISWA's resources. Also mentioned: ICR, Veritas Evangelical Seminary, Norman Geisler's books, and the International Society of Christian Apologetics.
14/04/2010 • 19 minutes 45 seconds
Michael Licona Interview
Today's interview is with Michael Licona. He is the Apologetics Coordinator at the North American Mission Board. Mike is a frequent speaker on university campuses, churches, and has appeared on dozens of radio and television programs. His Ph.D. is in New Testament Studies from the University of Pretoria. His website is RisenJesus.com and more of his material can be found at 4truth.net.
He talks about his ministry, influences, his upcoming book, his criteria for justifying historical hypotheses, resources he would recommend for studying the resurrection, the Certified Apologetics Instructor program, and more.
05/04/2010 • 48 minutes 17 seconds
Craig Hazen Interview
Today's interview is with Dr. Craig Hazen of Biola University. He is the founder and director of the M.A. program in apologetics at Biola and the editor of Philosophia Christi (of the Evangelical Philosophical Society). He talks about his background and influences, Philosophia Christi, his book Five Sacred Crossings, the Biola apologetics program, their certificate program, advice to apologists, and more.
29/03/2010 • 34 minutes 3 seconds
Greg Koukl Interview
Today's interview is with Greg Koukl, founder and president of Stand to Reason. He talks about his influences, how he got started defending the faith, the ambassador approach to apologetics, how to think on your feet, preparing for a debate, the importance of mentors, Christian character, and much more. Lots of great insights.
22/03/2010 • 54 minutes 48 seconds
Phil Fernandes Interview
Today's interview is with pastor and apologist Phil Fernandes. He talks about his influences as a Christian apologist and philosopher, his debate with Michael Martin, notable books, his most recent book The Atheist Delusion, insights and advice for apologists, apologetics methodology, his vast treasure trove of audio resources, and more.
15/03/2010 • 46 minutes 8 seconds
Peter S. Williams Interview
Today's interview is with philosopher and apologist Peter S. Williams (blog here). In this audio, Peter talks about his work with Damaris Trust, his book A Sceptic's Guide to Atheism, his background as a philosopher, apologetics in "3D," the use of rhetoric, essential areas of learning for apologists, and more.
08/03/2010 • 40 minutes 33 seconds
James Spiegel Interview
Author James Spiegel's newest book is entitled The Making of an Atheist: How Immorality Leads to Unbelief. His main premise is that unbelief is not simply the product of intellectual objections, but is primarily moral and volitional. This is a brief interview discussing the themes in his book.
04/03/2010 • 23 minutes 31 seconds
Sean McDowell Interview
Today's interview is with Sean McDowell (bio here). He talks about growing up with an apologist father, his own journey and doubts, how young people can prepare themselves for university, the Apologetics Study Bible for Students, his debate with James Corbett, advice for people going deeper in apologetics, influential books, and more.
01/03/2010 • 28 minutes 57 seconds
William Lane Craig Interview
Today's interview is with Christian philosopher and theologian William Lane Craig. He talks about Reasonable Faith Chapters, his newest book On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision, how he got started in apologetics, upcoming debates, early influences (E.J. Carnell, Stuart Hackett), academic advice and insights, essential areas of study, communication skills, debate, long term goals, and more.
22/02/2010 • 29 minutes 17 seconds
Kenneth Samples Interview
In this interview with philosopher and theologian Kenneth Samples, he talks about how he became a philosopher, influential books, advice for apologists, the academic route, logic, tips for learning, the character of an apologist, the Biola apologetics program, Reasons to Believe, and more.
15/02/2010 • 42 minutes 17 seconds
Roger Morris Interview
This is an interview with blogger Roger Morris of the Faith Interface blog, which discusses the interface between science, philosophy, and the Christian faith. Roger speaks a bit about his blog, the balanced Christian life, advice in starting a blog, influential apologetics books, and learning apologetics by doing apologetics.
08/02/2010 • 0
Andy Bannister Interview
Today's interview is with apologist Andy Bannister, the lead apologist for RZIM Canada. He speaks throughout the UK and Europe, as well as regularly in Canada. Andy is also a visiting lecturer for the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, London School of Theology and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.
Some of the topics covered in this interview include: taking the academic route in apologetics, influential books and apologists, areas of specialization, the usefulness of philosophy training, the role of theology in apologetics, potential pitfalls for the apologist, dealing with the obstinate, and more.
01/02/2010 • 38 minutes 41 seconds
Jim Wallace Interview
Today's interview is with Jim Wallace of PleaseConvinceMe.com and host of the PleaseConvinceMe Podcast. As a cold case detective, Jim brings a unique perspective to his approach to apologetics and a very down-to-earth logical style. In this interview, Jim talks about his approach to the evidence (inference to the best explanation), Tacticsand apologetics, debate vs. dialogue, pitfalls to apologists, and more.
25/01/2010 • 43 minutes 49 seconds
Frank Turek Interview
Apologetics 315 interviews apologist Frank Turek of CrossExamined.org. Frank has had two debates with Christopher Hitchens which can be found here and here as audio (debate videos here). He talks about his podcast, debates, tips for apologists, an upcoming conference on the 19th of January, and more.
18/01/2010 • 27 minutes 9 seconds
Lenny Esposito Interview
Apologetics315 had the privilege of interviewing Lenny Esposito of Come Let Us Reason. Lenny produces a great apologetics podcast which can be found here or through iTunes here. His website contains many resources, some 150 articles, and plenty of audio.
11/01/2010 • 31 minutes 8 seconds
Randall Niles Interview
Here is an interview with apologist Randall Niles of AllAboutGod.com. Randall answers questions about his journey to Christianity from atheism, his ministry, and his relaunched podcast Think Again.
14/12/2009 • 31 minutes 52 seconds
MaryJo Sharp Interview
Here is an interview with apologist MaryJo Sharp of Confident Christianity. MaryJo answers questions about being a woman apologist, her recent debate on the resurrection, advice about apologetics, the launch of her new apologetics podcast, and more.