ThoughtLetters filed under 1993

Who Was This Child Really? Factoring the Odds on the Deity of the Bethlehem Baby

My dear friend, Thanks for your letter received just this week. I, too, find the whole subject of probability a most fascinating one. As a matter of fact, I recently purchased a book entitled What the Odds Are, by Les Krantz, ©1992 HarperPerennial. It’s an A-Z collection of the odds on “everything you ever hoped […]

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What Happens to Those Who’ve Never Heard of Christ?, Part II

In last month’s Proclamation we ran an excerpt from a widely publicized debate between a Christian and an atheist conducted at the Willow Creek Community Church in Willow Creek, Illinois, in June of 1993. Many arguments on both sides were advanced that night, but the particular question at issue in our printed excerpt was: “What […]

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What Happens to the Heathen Who’ve Never Heard the Gospel?

The following excerpt is transcribed from the audio version of a debate held before about 8000 persons at the Willow Creek Community Church (WCCC) in Willow Creek, Illinois, on June 27, 1993. This debate was first broadcast live on The Moody Broadcasting Network. The debater for atheism was Frank R. Zindler, and the debater for […]

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On Bible Contradictions & the Death of King Saul

A: “No, sir, Christianity is not for me – there are way too many unresolved questions.” B: “Oh, really? For instance?” A: “Well, for one thing, I can’t accept all those contradictions in the Bible.” B: “Bible contradictions? Really? How about giving me an example of one?” A: “Sure. For instance, in, uh,  …well, like, […]

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Did Christianity Evolve? Why There Are Skeptics

An ancient burial cave was recently excavated in Jerusalem. One casket had a name carved on it: “Joseph, son of Caiaphas”.  Immediately biblical scholars took notice. The high priest in Jesus’ day was named Joseph, often called Caiaphas. Could these be the remains of the man who handed Jesus over to the Romans? Many archaeologists […]

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An Afternoon Visit With the Mormons

At approximately 1:37pm on Thursday afternoon, June 3, 1993, a nice Mormon couple walked in and sat down in my living room at the Parsonage. They were probably in their mid-60s. New to the area, they had called twice before, and had even come to the door once, asking to visit. Finally, I agreed. Once […]

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When Science Errs: the Oft Times Lonely Stand for Truth

On July 1, 1818, a little boy was born in Budapest, Hungary. His mother named him Ignaz. As the boy grew, so did his interest in medicine and the sciences. Eventually, he became a doctor. In his work at the Vienna General Hospital, Ignaz saw many victims of the highly contagious and often deadly puerperal […]

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On Goose Bumps, Tonsils, and the Fantastic Pharynx

Is the human body the carefully crafted work of an Intelligent Designer or merely the prevailing product of impersonal evolutionary processes? In the ongoing debate between creationists and macro-evolutionists over credible evidences for the origins and development of life on earth, the matter of vestigial organs is often raised. “If an Intelligent God really did […]

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Schonfield vs. Easter & the Invincibility of Scripture

“It is the moment before sundown in Jerusalem. On the hill of Golgotha three bodies are suspended on crosses. Two, the thieves, are dead. The third appears so. This is the drugged body of Jesus of Nazareth, the man who planned his own crucifixion, who contrived to be given a soporific potion to put him […]

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Some Observations on “A Course in Miracles”

I believe that it was in 1987 when I first heard about A Course in Miracles. Someone had loaned me a copy and I gave it a brief, cursory, reading. Since then I’ve been following the growing influence of this book in the Western world with great intrigue. Two years ago I purchased a copy […]

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What Will You Do With Jesus?

A certain man once read a book of evidences for the Christian faith.  Upon realizing that there really was a great deal of very rational evidence supporting the claims of Jesus Christ, he decided to commit his life by faith to the Lord. In early January (this year) a young woman came to me with […]

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Christianity on Trial

The hall is packed. A feeling of anticipation, even suspense, is in the air.  It would seem that the stakes are high.  A number of attendees, to date on record as skeptics, have voiced an openness about actually changing their position on matters of faith if the evidence tonight is sufficiently persuasive. And now the […]

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