ApologiaAuthor: Zachary Moore
24 Mar 2017

Apologia

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Apologia is a friendly roundtable discussion that seeks common understanding between theists and nontheists.

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    Inquisition: Kymberli Cook

    Kymberli Cook describes herself as a "reluctant apologist," which is an interesting characterization coming from someone who works at the Dallas Theological Seminary's Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership and Cultural Engagement, a position that requires her to professionally support the apologetical initiatives promoted by that institution.

    I sat down with Kym at the DTS campus to talk more about how a fiery young Christian girl from Kansas found herself working closely with venerable academics like Dr. Darrell Bock and Dr. Daniel Wallace, and what she envisions for the future of the Church.


  • Posted on 01 Dec 2016

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    Inquisition: Allen Hainline

    Over the years, I've found myself occasionally returning to the university setting to meet with, speak to, and encourage students in exploring and challenging their doubts. Allen Hainline makes a habit of it. Allen studied physics from the University of Texas at Austin, later being trained at the graduate level in Systems and Software Engineering. But after a season of skepticism and doubt, Allen found a renewed faith in his childhood religion, and has made a formal study of Science and Religion at Biola University.

    Allen has been a recurring participant at the Bible and Beer Consortium, having given presentations about the Fine-Tuning of the Universe, as well as debating the compatibility of Science and God with Lydia Allen. His desire to encourage student apologists led him to help found an apologetics ministry at UT Dallas several years ago, which is now a chapter of William Lane Craig's Reasonable Faith. Allen also leads an apologetics ministry at his church, Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, Texas.


  • Posted on 01 Oct 2016

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    Inquisition: Ezra Boggs – Part 2

    The American Church has flourished over the past several decades by building itself up into a distinct subculture that, for a time, was one of the dominant political forces in American society. That all seems to be changing now, and Ezra Boggs couldn’t be happier. After creating a unique venue for Christian apologetics called the Bible and Beer Consortium, Ezra is hopeful that he can stimulate churchgoing Christians (and interested atheists) to break out of their assumptions, read more books, and think more carefully about God. In the meantime, he plans to continue fostering a safe space for people to question their worldviews, and the worldviews of their friends, family, and neighbors, optimally while drinking a Dragon’s Milk and puffing on a hand-carved pipe.

  • Posted on 01 Jul 2016

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    Inquisition: Ezra Boggs – Part 1

    Many people describe their lives as a roller-coaster. Ezra Boggs describes his life as being shot into space, then falling back to Earth to plunge under the ocean in a submarine. When Ezra was a child growing up in Texas, everyone with a pulse was a Christian. Reacting against that culture, Ezra first found himself reacting negatively to organized religion, even considering himself to be an anti-theist. But that opposition to God eventually became a strong devotion to the Christian worldview, leading Ezra to enter seminary, take an active role in the Church, and create a unique ministry called the Bible and Beer Consortium that brings together Christians and atheists.

  • Posted on 15 Jun 2016

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    Inquisition: Blake Giunta – Part 2

    The Pew Forum and the Barna Research Group have shown that the demographics of the American religious landscape are undergoing a slow but steady shift away from Christianity. In this context, how should the Church respond? Blake Giunta notes that many of the reasons that people give for abandoning Christianity are directly addressable by apologetics, so this provides a unique opportunity for him and other professional apologists to respond to this cultural pressure on the Church. And it also gives him a chance to engage more with academic-minded atheists, in the hopes of bringing some enlightenment to lay atheists and Christians alike.

  • Posted on 01 Jun 2016

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