Misc Apologetics Topics

 

 

 

Disclaimer: When ABR provides a link to a particular article by another ministry, we are not implying that we agree with everything you'll find on that ministry's website. We are only saying that the individual article we suggest is a helpful viewpoint regarding an issue we are getting questions about. Thanks for understanding. Stay in the Word. And be a Berean (Acts 17:11).


ANNIHILATIONISM:

Reasons to Reject "Annihilationism" by Dr. Norman Geisler

"Will Unbelievers Be Annihilated?" by Randy Alcorn

"Is Annihilationism Biblical?" by Michael Houdmann

"Is Annihilationism True?" by Matthew Slick


ANSWERS TO CRITICS' QUESTIONS ABOUT AMPUTEES:

"Why Won't God Heal Amputees?"

"Why Does God Hate Amputees?" by Rich Deem


ASTROLOGY
:

"Astrology: A Biblical Response" by Marcia Montenegro

"Is the Gospel Spelled Out in the Stars?" Dr. Donald DeYoung


ATHEISTS / ATHEISM:

"Can Atheists Justify Being Good Without God?" by Dr. Norman Geisler

"Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target" (video) by Dr. John Lennox

"The Real Murderers: Atheism or Christianity?" by Greg Koukl

"Atheists Steal Rights From God" by Frank Turek

God Evidence Apologetics

 
BAPTISM:

"Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation?" by Hank Hanegraaff

"Baptism and Mark 16:16" by Matt Slick

"Does Acts 2:38 Teach that Baptism is Necessary for Salvation?"

"Baptism and Acts 2:38" by Matt Slick

 
BIBLE TRANSLATIONS:

"Which Bible Translation is Best?"

"Why So Many Bible Versions?" by Daniel Wallace

 
BLOOD MOONS:

"3 Reasons the 'Blood Moons' are Not Biblical Signs" by Christopher Katulka

"Blood Moon Tetrad: A Sign of the End?" by David James

A Response to Mark Biltz' Blood Moons Teaching by Dr. Danny Faulkner

Blood Moons Rising: What Bible Prophecy Says About Israel and the Four Blood Moons by Mark Hitchcock


CAPITAL PUNISHMENT / DEATH PENALTY:

"Is Capital Punishment Biblical?" by Hank Hanegraaff

"Is the Pope Right About the Death Penalty?" by Russell Moore


CALVINISM:

A variety of articles and resources on this topic.

 
CHRISTADELPHIANS:

"Who are the Christadelphians?" by Dr. John Ankerberg and Dr. John Weldon

"Talking with Christadelphians" by Dr. John Ankerberg and Dr. John Weldon

"Christadelphianism" by Matt Slick


CHRISTMAS:

"Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?" by Charlie Campbell

"The Case for Christmas" by Lee Strobel

"A Review of the DVD: The Star of Bethlehem by Rick Larson and Stephen McEveety"

"Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?" by the Christian Research Institute

"Are Christmas Trees Idolatrous?" by Hank Hanegraaff

"Is Christmas Pagan?" by Elliot Miller

 
COURSE IN MIRACLES:

"A Course in Miracles: A Biblical Assessment" by Russ Wise

"A Course in Miracles: A Biblical Response to the Course" by Rick Branch

 
CREMATION:

"Is Cremation Christian?" by Norman Geisler and Douglas Potter

 
CURSES / GENERATIONAL CURSES:

"Are Generational Curses Biblical?" by Hank Hanegraaff

"What does the Bible say about breaking generational curses?" by GotQuestions.org

 

DECISION MAKING:

"Wise Decision Making: Biblical Wisdom for Life's Difficult Decisions" by Charlie Campbell

 
DEEPAK CHOPRA:

"An Assessment of New Age Spirituality" by Charlie Campbell

"Deepak Chopra’s Cosmic Enlightenment: Eastern Ideas in a Western Culture" by Robert Velarde

"Short Debate between Christian apologist Greg Koukl and Deepak Chopra" (video) hosted by Lee Strobel

Review of Deepak's Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old by John Weldon

Review of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams by Douglas Groothuis

"Deepak Chopra's Third Jesus: The Persistent New Age Jesus" by Marcia Montenegro

Apologetics Videos DVDs2017

 
DOMINION THEOLOGY:

"What is Dominion Theology? Is It Biblical?" by Thomas Ice

 
DRINKING ALCOHOL:

"To Drink or Not to Drink?—A Sober Look at the Question" by Dr. Norman Geisler

 
EARTHQUAKES:

"Are Earthquakes Really on the Rise? - No." by U.S. Geological Survey

"Seismic Science: Is the Number of Earthquakes on the Rise?" Washington Post

"Earthquakes in These Last Days" by Dr. Steven Austin for I.C.R.

"Are Earthquakes Signs of the End Times?" in the Christian Research Journal

"Twentieth Century Earthquakes – Confronting An Urban Legend" by Dr. Steven Austin (ICR)

 
EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH:

"Embryonic Stem Cell Research" by Mark W. Foreman (from The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics) (Click on p. 187)

 
ENNEAGRAM:

"The Enneagram GPS: Gnostic Path to Self" by Marcia Montenegro

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES (Caring for creation, global warming, etc.):

"The Bible, Creation and Ecology" by Henry Morris

"New Study Says Threat of Man-Made Global Warming Greatly Exaggerated"
by Doug McKelway

"Earth Day—A Creationist Perspective" by Ken Ham

"The Least of These: Caring the Environment of God's Earth" by Randy Alcorn

How Should Christians Think About Global Warming? by CRI

Global Warming in Perspective by Melinda Christian

31,000 Scientists Reject Global Warming Agenda

 
EUTHANASIA:

"Dying with Dignity: What Should We Think About Euthanasia?" by David Schrock

"Euthanasia: A Biblical Perspective" by Mark W. Foreman (click on p. 202)


FLAT EARTH THEORY:

Here are three easy to remember talking points you can bring up when discussing this with people who believe the Earth is flat:

1. SHADOWS:  The Earth's roundness can be seen as a shadow on the moon during a lunar eclipse.
2. SPACECRAFT:  We've all seen photos of a spherical Earth taken by spacecraft circling the earth.
3. SHIPS:  Even people in ancient times saw ships disappear over the horizon, and knew (centuries before Columbus) that the Earth was round.

For more help, read these articles:

"The Flat Earth Myth" by Jonathan Sarfati

"Does the Bible Teach that the Earth is Flat?" by Dr. Danny Faulkner (Answers in Genesis)

"Does the Bible Teach that the Earth is Flat?" by Got Questions

"The Legendary Flat-Earth Bible" by James Holding

"They Think the Earth is Flat?" by Answers in Genesis


GNOSTICISM:

See "Lost Gospels" link to the left

 
HARBINGER, THE HARBINGER (BOOK)

"A Review of The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn" by Larry DeBruyn

 
HARRY POTTER:

"Do the Harry Potter Books Promote Witchcraft?" by Dan Vander Lugt

 
ILLUMINATI:

"What is the Illuminati Conspiracy?" by Michael Houdmann

 
JESUS CALLING (Book) by SARAH YOUNG:

Review of Jesus Calling by Sarah Young by Tim Challies

JOEL OSTEEN

"Joel Osteen" by Robert M. Bowman, Jr.

John MacArthur Speaks about Joel Osteen, The Shack, and The Secret (Video)

"The Osteen Predicament — Mere Happiness Cannot Bear the Weight of the Gospel" by Albert Mohler

"Osteenification and What It Portends" by Hank Hanegraaff

Review of Joel Osteen's book: Your Best Life Now by Bob Hunter


KABBALAH:

"Kabbalah: Getting Back to the Garden" by Marcia Montenegro

"Kabbalah" by Phillip Arnn

 
MARIJUANA:

"What Does the Bible Teach about the Cannabis Plant?" by H. Wayne House

MARXISM:

"The Worldviews of Destruction in the 20th Century: Nazism, Fascism, Marxism/Leninism, Secular Humanism" by David Noebel

NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION:

"A New Apostolic Reformation?: A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement" by Doug Geivett

 
ONENESS PENTECOSTALS:

"Oneness Pentecostal" What Do They Believe? by Matthew Slick

 
OPEN THEISM / NEOTHEISM:

"Neotheism: Orthodox or Unorthodox? A Theological Response to Greg Boyd"
by Dr. Norman Geisler

"If God Knows My Decisions, How Do I Have Free Will?" by William Lane Craig (Video)

"The Battle for God: Responding to the Challenge of Neotheism" by Dr. Norman Geisler and H. Wayne House (Book)

 
ORTHODOX CHURCH (GREEK ORTHODOX):

"What Evangelicals Should Know About Eastern Orthodoxy" by Paul Negrut

"Eastern Orthodoxy" by Edward Verstraete (from The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics). Click on p. 184 and scroll down.

 

Bible Evidence apologetics

 
POLITICS:

"How to Engage in Politics Without Losing Your Soul" by Andrew Jackson

"Should an Evangelical Vote for a Mormon for President?" by Norman Geisler

 
PRAYER, UNANSWERED PRAYER: Evidence Against God?

"How Can I Have My Prayers Answered by God?

"What did Jesus mean when He said "Ask and you shall receive"?"

"Why isn’t God answering my prayers even though I live for Him?”

 
PSYCHOLOGY:

"The Psychologizing of the Faith" by Bob Hoekstra

"The Spirit in Counseling" by John MacArthur

"They Psychology Epidemic and Its Cure" by John MacArthur


RACHEL HELD EVANS:

"A Response to Rachel Held Evan's Book: A Year of Biblical Womanhood"
by Denny Burk

"Review of A Year of Biblical Womanhood" by Mary Kassian

"Response to A Year of Biblical Womanhood" by Kathy Keller

"Why Millennials Are Leaving the Church: A Response to Rachel Held Evans" by Trevin Wax

 
RASTAFARI:

"Rastafari: Its Beliefs and History" by the BBC (a good overview by a non Christian news org.)

 
REFORMED THEOLOGY (CALVINISM):

A variety of articles and resources on this topic.

 
REINCARNATION:

"Is Reincarnation Compatible with the Bible?" by Charlie Campbell

 
RELIGULOUS (the movie) featuring Bill Maher

"Ridiculous Religuous" by Craiz Hazen, Ph.D

"Religulous with Bill Maher" by Hank Hanegraaff

"Bill Maher and Biblical Interpretation" by Hank Hanegraaff


RENOVARE:

"What is Renovare / the Renovare Bible?"


REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY:

"What is Replacement Theology? Is it Biblical?" by Thomas Ice

"An Analysis of Neo-Replacement Theology" by Michael Vlach


ROB BELL:

"Rob Bell's Confused Gospel" by Charlie Campbell

Troubling Quotes By Rob Bell and Others in the Emerging Church Movement

"God is Still Holy and What You Learned in Sunday School is Still True"
by Kevin DeYoung (author of the excellent book Why We're Not Emergent

"We Have Seen All This Before: Rob Bell and the (Re)Emergence of Liberal Theology"
by Albert Mohler

"Love Wins: A Review of Rob Bell's New Book"
by Tim Challies

"Hell Under Fire: Answers to Skeptics' Top Ten Questions About Hell"
by Charlie Campbell (this is not a review of Bell's book, but answers many of the same concerns and questions that he brings up in his book Love Wins)

"The Emergent Church: A Dangerous Counterfeit" by Greg Laurie

The Emergent Church: Emergence or Emergency? by Dr. Norman Geisler

"A Review of Rob Bell’s Velvet Elvis" (includes critique of Bell's NOOMA video "Bullhorn." See Appendix B on p. 50) by Mark Edward Sohmer

"What's So Dangerous About the Emerging Church?" by John MacArthur

Answers-Atheists-DVD-4


SABBATH, ARE CHRISTIANS REQUIRED TO KEEP?:

"Should We Keep the Sabbath?" by James Borland, for the Christian Research Institute

"Does God Require Sabbath-Keeping of Christians?"

"Are Christians Required to Observe the Seventh-Day Sabbath?" (VIDEO) by Dr. Michael Brown

 
SANTERIA:

"Santeria: A Religion of Divination, Magic and Animal Sacrifice" by Donald T. Moore

"Santeria: Rapid Growth in Urban America" by CRI, Christian Research Institute

 
SATANISM:

"Satanism" (scroll to p. 187) in the book The Occult by Josh McDowell and Don Stewart

 
SLAVERY IN THE BIBLE:

"Why is Slavery Permitted in the Bible?" by Matthew Slick

"Does the Bible Condone Slavery?" by GotQuestions.org

"Some Initial Reflections on Slavery in the New Testament" by Daniel Wallace

"A Slave is Property?" by Matthew Slick

 
SPIRITUAL FORMATION:

An Assessment of the Spiritual Formation Movement by Gary Gilley

 
TAOISM:

"Philosophical Taoism: A Christian Appraisal" by Michael Gleghorn

"How is Christ Superior to Lao Tse (Taoism)?" by Norman Geisler

 
THEISTIC EVOLUTION:

"Theistic Evolution" by Matt Slick

"Thinking Clearly About God and Evolution" by Jay W. Richards

"Is Theistic Evolution Possible?" by Hank Hanegraaff

"Theistic Evolution: Designed By Chance?" by Greg Koukl

"The Serious Consequences of Theistic Evolution" by Dave Hunt

"Paul, Second Adam and Theistic Evolution" by Garrett J. DeWeese

 
TIMELINE (MAJOR BIBLICAL EVENTS):

See the flow of Biblical history on one piece of paper. Learn how major Biblical events fit into the entire scheme of Biblical history. Print out a free copy to keep in the back of your Bible (8.5" x 11")

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THE TWELVE TRIBES (CULT):

"Twelve Tribe's History, Doctrines and Biblical Response" by Watchman Fellowship

"Concise Overview of The Twelve Tribes"

"The Cult Next Door: Teen Shares Chilling Tale of Alleged Abuse Inside the Twelve Tribes Sect"
by The Boston Herald

"Cult Leader Travels the World in Style" by The Boston Herald

"Cultic Groups Stalk Harvest Crusade Attendees" by Christian NewsWire

Article on The Twelve Tribes in The Boston Globe

Article on The Twelve Tribes in San Diego Union Tribune


TRANSGENDER ISSUES:

"Transgender: Truth and Compassion" by Alan Shlemon

"Is it a Sin to Have Sex-Change Surgery?" by Michael Brown

"Memo to the Washington Post: The Bible Does Reject Transgender Behavior" by Robert Gagnon

"A Sincere Question For Those Who Identify as Transgender" by Michael Brown

"Why Jonathan Merritt is Wrong on Conservative Christians and the Transgender Debate" by Michael Brown


TRUTH: 25 Truths That Set the Christian Free (Trifold)

Charlie Campbell lists twenty five of his favorite truths in the Bible. As you meditate on these truths and the Scriptures from which they are derived, you will be greatly encouraged! Click here to open (PDF, two pages).

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UNITED CHURCH OF GOD (CULT):

"An Assessment of the United Church of God" by Matt Slick

 
WAR:

"The Myth that Religion in the Number One Cause of War" by Robin Shumacher and Matt Slick

"The Real Murderers: Atheism or Christianity?" by Greg Koukl

"The Crusades: Were they Justified?" by Norman Geisler

"Is War Ever Justified?" by Al Mohler

 
WOMEN, THE BIBLE'S TEACHING ON

"Is the Bible Sexist Against Women?" by Lenny Esposito

"Was Early Christianity Hostile to Women?" by Michael Kruger

"Are Women Called to Pastor?" (VIDEO) by Michael Brown

"Should Women Be Pastors and Elders?" by Matt Slick

"What Does it Mean for a Wife to Submit to Her Husband?" by Shelley Poston

 
WORLD MISSION SOCIETY

"World Mission Society" by CARM.org

"What is the World Mission Society Church of God, and what do they believe?"

"World Mission Society" by ApologeticsIndex.org


YOGA:

"Yoga Training: Not Just Exercise" by Marci Montenegro

"Do Yoga Exercises Work With Christianity?" by Elliot Miller

"Yoga for Kids: Yoga in Schools" by Elliot Miller

"Yoga Meditation in the Classroom: A Christian Response" by Elliot Miller


YOUTH, RECOMMENDATIONS FOR:

"My Top Ten Apologetics Books for Young Adults" by Charlie Campbell

 

 

 

 

 

 

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