Oneness Pentacostalism

Ron Rhodes discusses Oneness Pentecostalism (hereinafter OP) in this week’s reading. [1] Rhodes identifies the following primary doctrinal distinctives of this group: The view that Jesus is the one true God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) The denial of the trinity A view of salvation that entails faith, repentance, water baptism in the name of … More Oneness Pentacostalism

Scientology and Christianity

Ron Rhodes describes scientology of as a cult that “focuses heavily on self-empowerment and self-improvement.” [1] This is done primarily through self-help lectures/courses and a process called auditing. In this process a representative of scientology (an auditor) will meet with someone and perform what seems from Rhodes description to be a sort of counseling session, … More Scientology and Christianity

LDS Truth Claims

Ron Rhodes discusses the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (hereinafter “Mormons” or “LDS”) in chapter 3 of his book.  He gives an informative overview of their origins and history before exploring the critical points of difference between their beliefs and those of orthodox Christianity.  This is then followed by a discussion of challenges … More LDS Truth Claims

Evidential Value of Miracles

Douglas Geivett goes into detail on methodologies for the use of miracles in making the case for the Christian faith. [1] He describes two basic approaches, the “Ascent-to-God-from-Miracles” approach and the “Descent-from-God-to-Miracles” approach. In the former approach, Geivett describes a sort of “one-step” process in which one proves a miracle has occurred, which in turn … More Evidential Value of Miracles

Twisting Scripture

How do we settle disputes over scripture? How can we determine which interpretation is better?  In order to work through these sorts of issues, we need to know what we are looking for.  Let’s use the different interpretations of James 2 between Mormons and Historical Christianity as our example. The Mormon will point out that … More Twisting Scripture

Defense of Objective Moral Values in the Moral Argument

Paul Copan in his essay “The Moral Argument” reviews the moral argument for God’s existence.[1]  He expresses the typical problem for the atheistic worldview created by this argument, the problem of grounding.  If God does not exist, then objective moral values and duties do not exist.   We can know objective moral values and duties … More Defense of Objective Moral Values in the Moral Argument

Religious Exclusivism

Harold Netland, in his essay entitled “Religious Exclusivism”, provided a brief overview and defense of the approach to religious truth claims that is the essay’s namesake.[1]  Religious exclusivism, as opposed to such views as pluralism or relativism, holds that there is one religion whose truth claims are true at the exclusion of all contending claims. … More Religious Exclusivism