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Is The Simulation Hypothesis Refutable?

Volume 32 • No. 4 • July-August, 2022 Download PDF

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Why Not Just Love and Accept All Religious Views?

Volume 32 • No. 3 • May-June, 2022 Download PDF  

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Is the Bible Antiquated and Contradictory?

Volume 32 • No. 2 • March-April, 2022 Download PDF

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Skepticism vs. Christianity

Volume 32 • No. 1 • January-February, 2022 Download PDF

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What If Original Inerrant Bible MSS Don’t Exist?!

Volume 31 • No. 6 • November-December, 2021 Download PDF

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Is the Entire Bible Totally Without Error?

Volume 31 • No. 5 • September-October, 2021 Download PDF

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Why Did God Make the World So Dangerous?

Volume 31 • No. 3 • May-June, 2021 Download PDF

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Why Believe in a Religion That Condemns Millions of People?

Volume 31 • No. 2 • March-April, 2021 Download PDF

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I’m Perfectly Content As a Non-Believer

Volume 31 • No. 1 • January-February, 2021 Download PDF

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Why Do Christians Believe in a Virgin Birth If It’s Scientifically Impossible?

Volume 30 • No. 6 • November-December, 2020 Download PDF

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Are Mormons Christians? Is Consensual Polygamy Sin?

Volume 30 • No. 5 • September-October, 2020 Download PDF

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Is Evil Merely an Illusion?

Volume 30 • No. 4 • July-August, 2020 Download PDF

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How Can God Command the Death of Children, Yet Love Unborn Babies?

Volume 30 • No. 3 • May-June, 2020 Download PDF

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Doesn’t the Bible Contradict Itself About When Mary Came to the Tomb?

Volume 30 • No. 2 • March-April, 2020 Download PDF

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Isn’t Christianity Divisive? Isn’t Jesus Dead?

Volume 30 • No. 1 • January-February, 2020 Download PDF

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Why Not Play Down the Concept of Sin?

Volume 29 • No. 6 • November-December, 2019 Download PDF

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How Does Anyone Know Which Religion Is True Anymore?

Volume 29 • No. 5 • September-October, 2019 Download PDF

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Does Life Have Any Ultimate Purpose?

Volume 29 • No. 4 • July-August, 2019 Download PDF

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What Makes Bible Prophesies So Significant?

Volume 29 • No. 3 • May-June, 2019 Download PDF

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If All That Exists Needs a Cause, What Caused God?

Volume 29 • No. 2 • March-April, 2019 Download PDF

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Aren’t All Christians Narrow-Minded Exclusivists?

Volume 29 • No. 1 • January-February, 2019 Download PDF

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Why Would a Self-Sufficient God Need Praise?

Volume 28 • No. 6 • November-December, 2018 Download PDF

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Why Does the Bible Say That God Created Evil?

Volume 28 • No. 5 • September-October, 2018 Download PDF

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Would God Ever Lead People Into Temptation?

Volume 28 • No. 4 • July-August, 2018 Download PDF

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Aren’t the Sacred Books of All Religions True?

Volume 28 • No. 3 • May-June, 2018 Download PDF

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Why Did a God of Love Condone Genocide in Ancient Times?

Volume 28 • No. 2 • March-April, 2018 Download PDF

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

Volume 28 • No. 1 • January-February, 2018 Download PDF

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Why Believe in God if Science Can Explain Everything?

Volume 27 • No. 6 • November-December, 2017 Download PDF

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Why Would a God of Love Damn People to Hell for Eternity?

Volume 27 • No. 5 • September-October, 2017 Download PDF

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Isn’t Morality Just a Matter of Personal Opinion?

Volume 27 • No. 4 • July-August, 2017 Download PDF

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What About All Those Bible Contradictions?

Volume 27 • No. 3 • May-June, 2017 Download PDF

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Is Christianity Just a Crutch? | Could Jesus Have Sinned?

Volume 27 • No. 2 • March—April, 2017 Download PDF

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Is Christianity Just a Mosaic of Recycled Ancient Myths?

Volume 27 • No. 1 • January—February, 2017 Download PDF

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Why Would God Have Done What He Knew He’d Wish He Hadn’t Done?

Volume 26 • No. 6 • November-December 2016 Download PDF

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Changes for Good As Evidence for Faith

Volume 26 • No. 5 • September-October 2016 Download PDF

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Evil, Suffering, and the Sovereignty of God

Volume 26 • No. 4 • July-August 2016 Download PDF

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Is Jonah Just a Parable?

Volume 26 • No. 3 • May-June 2016 Download PDF

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Darkness at Noon & the Deity of Christ

Volume 26 • No. 2 • March-April 2016 Download PDF

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If Christianity Is True, Why Do Christians Disagree with Each Other?

Volume 26 • No. 1 • January-February 2016 Download PDF

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What Most Convinces Me That Christianity Is True? • Robert Pardon

Volume 25 • No. 6 • November-December 2015 Download PDF

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What About Yoga?

Volume 25 • No. 5 • September-October 2015 Download PDF

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Didn’t Just Men Write the Bible?

Volume 25 • No. 4 • July-August 2015 Download PDF

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ECKANKAR: Co-worker with God or Victim of Deceipt?

Volume 25 • No. 3 • May-June 2015 Download PDF

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Resurrection Evidence for Kids & Adults

Volume 25 • No. 2 • March-April 2015 Download PDF

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Who Believes What About Suffering?

Volume 25 • No. 1 • January-February 2015 Download PDF

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What Most Convinces Me That Christianity Is True? • Dick Keyes

Volume 24 • No. 6 • November-December 2014 Download PDF

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Is God Personal? Is God Knowable?

Volume 24 • No. 5 • September-October 2014 Download PDF

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Gambling for Eternity

Volume 24 • No. 3 • May-June 2014 Download PDF

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The Jesus Resurrection Apparition-Hallucination Hypothesis

Volume 24 • No. 2 • March-April 2014 Download PDF

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Does God Ever Get It Wrong?

Volume 24 • No. 1 • January-February 2014 Download PDF

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What Most Convinces Me That Christianity Is True? Andrew Witmer, PhD

Volume 23 • No. 6 • November-December 2013 Download PDF

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Open Letter to An Ex-Christian

Volume 23 • No. 5 • September-October 2013 Download PDF

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Altered States of Consciousness

Volume 23 • No. 4 • July-August 2013 Download PDF

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Did God Create Evil?

Volume 23 • No. 3 • May-June 2013 Download PDF

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Gender-Based Evidence for the Resurrection

Volume 23 • No. 2 • March-April 2013 Download PDF

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Five Problems with Agnosticism

Volume 23 • No. 1 • January-February 2013 Download PDF

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What Most Convinces Me That Christianity Is True? Bryant Wood PhD

Volume 22 • No. 6 • November-December 2012 Download PDF

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What’s the Point of Praying?

Volume 22 • No. 5 • September-October 2012 Download PDF

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Was Jesus Deluded?

Volume 22 • No. 4 • July-August 2012 Download PDF

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Will There Be a McDonald’s in Heaven?

Volume 22 • No. 3 • May-June 2012 Download PDF

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Who Needs God?

Volume 22 • No. 2 • March—April 2012 Download PDF

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Spotlight on Spiritualism, Shamanism, and Animism

Volume 22 • No. 1 • January-February 2012 Download PDF

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What Most Convinces Me That Christianity Is True? Wayne Frair PhD

AREOPAGUS PROCLAMATION Volume 21 • No. 6 • November-December 2011 Download PDF

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Are the Biblical Manuscripts Fatally Flawed?

AREOPAGUS PROCLAMATION Volume 21 • No. 5 • September-October 2011 Download PDF

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Why Doesn’t God End Evil Now?

AREOPAGUS PROCLAMATION Volume 21 • No. 4 • July-August 2011 Download PDF

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Do Tolle’s Teachings Pass the Test?

AREOPAGUS PROCLAMATION Volume 21 • No. 3 • May-June 2011 Download PDF

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Why Whatever Won’t Work

AREOPAGUS PROCLAMATION Volume 21 • No. 2 • March-April 2011 Download PDF

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Is Your Worldview Viable?

AREOPAGUS PROCLAMATION Volume 21 • No. 1 • January-February 2011 Downlaod PDF

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What Most Convinced Me That Christianity Is True? Rev. Bill Cripe

AREOPAGUS PROCLAMATION Volume 20 • No. 6 • November-December 2010 Download PDF

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Why So Wide the Gate?

AREOPAGUS PROCLAMATION Volume 20 • No. 5 • September-October 2010 Download PDF

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On Swedenborgianism

AREOPAGUS PROCLAMATION Volume 20 • No. 4 • July-August 2010 Download PDF

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Errors in my Bible?!

AREOPAGUS PROCLAMATION Volume 20 • No. 3 • May-June 2010 Download PDF    

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What Is a Cult? Who Decides?

AREOPAGUS PROCLAMATION Volume 20 • No. 2 • Mar-Apr 2010 Download PDF

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Does Bible Prophecy Prove Divine Authorship?

AREOPAGUS PROCLAMATION Volume 20 • No. 1 • Jan-Feb 2010  Download PDF

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Why Are You Convinced of Christianity? Tom Woodward, PhD

AREOPAGUS PROCLAMATION Volume 19 • No. 6 • Nov-Dec 2009 Download PDF

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What Happens to Those Who’ve Never Heard About Jesus?

AREOPAGUS PROCLAMATION Volume 19 • No. 5 • Sep-Oct 2009 Download PDF

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Is This Adage Biblical?

AREOPAGUS PROCLAMATION Volume 19 • No. 4 • July-August 2009 Download PDF

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Would the Discovery of Extraterrestrials Invalidate Christianity?

Volume 19 • No. 3 • May-June 2009 Download PDF  

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CAUTION AHEAD: Emerging Emergents

by Rick Carver Rick Carver is AIIA’s Associate Director. He is also senior pastor of County Road Baptist Church in New Limerick, Maine. He, his wife Cathleen, and their five […]

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Theosophical Deception

AREOPAGUS PROCLAMATION Volume 19, No. 1 January-February, 2009 Category: C&WR   Theosophical Deception by Daryl E. Witmer   As is the case with all original articles written for AIIA about […]

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Is the Biblical Jesus Credible?

AREOPAGUS Proclamation Volume 18, No. 6 • Nov-Dec, 2008 by Daryl E. Witmer   Every year, often just as Christmas or Easter are approaching, the secular media invests a great deal of […]

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Can a Person Believe in God and Evolution?

by Daryl E. Witmer   Yes , certainly it’s possible for someone to affirm faith in God and evolution. I know many who do. But in order to do so, […]

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What’s the Verdict on Spiritual Formation?

by Daryl E. Witmer QUESTION: What exactly is Spiritual Formation? On its face, spiritual formation seems to refer simply to the growth and development of one’s spiritual life and awareness. […]

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Ehrman on Abiathar: Is the Bible Ever Mistaken?

Volume 18 • No. 2 • March-April, 2008 Download PDF

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If God Never Changes, Why Was He Once So Cruel?

by Daryl E. Witmer A: Well, for starters, we would have to disagree with the characterization of God as ever having been cruel. Q: Then you should read Psalm 137: […]

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What Sort of God Did Jesus Claim to Be?

by Daryl E. Witmer If Jesus never claimed to be divine at all, one could probably justifiably dismiss Christianity as the phony (albeit phenomenal) result of legends about Him which […]

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Is the King James Version Uniquely Inspired?

by Daryl E. Witmer No. Only the words originally recorded by the human authors of Scripture were uniquely inspired by the Holy Spirit of God. Copies and translations of those […]

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Why Did God Harden Pharoah’s Heart?

by Daryl E. Witmer The best, most direct, simple answer to the question above is: “In order to demonstrate His power, and in order that His name might be proclaimed […]

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How Accurate Is the New World Translation?

by Dr. David Doherty The New World Translation is the version of the Bible endorsed and used by Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide. But is it an accurate translation? We asked David […]

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Can Christians Competently Answer the Really Tough Questions?

by Daryl E. Witmer If the title of this article itself qualifies as a really tough question, then the answer is a definite “yes,” because we’re answering it here in […]

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Unconventionally Supernatural

by Daryl E. Witmer Volume 17, No. 3 December, 2006 Download PDF

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On Sikhism

by Daryl E. Witmer Volume 17, No. 2 November, 2006 Download PDF

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Six Leading Archaeological Myths

by Dr. Bryant G. Wood Volume 17, No. 1 October, 2006 Download PDF

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Apologetics Potpourri

by Daryl E. Witmer Every human has an intellect that is intended to be fully, constructively used. To disengage the mind can actually prove disastrous. Adolf Hitler once said “What […]

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Why Is Christian Doctrine Exclusivist?

by Daryl E. Witmer Perhaps the simplest answer to the question above is: “Because Christian doctrine is true, and all truth is exclusivist.” If something is true, then it’s opposite […]

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When was Jesus First Recognized as God?

by Daryl E. Witmer SKEPTIC: Isn’t it possible that the whole idea of Jesus being anything more than an extraordinary human and spiritual leader was an evolved product of some […]

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When Does the Bible Speak Culturally?

by Dr. Tom Woodward Tom Woodward, Ph.D., University of Florida, is a college professor, founder and director of the C.S. Lewis Society (see apologetics.org), and has been an AIIA Resource […]

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Sinful by Nature?

by Daryl E. Witmer Is humanity intrinsically good, or is humanity by nature in deficit to a holy God as the result of a great moral Fall in early human […]

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How Many Donkeys? How Many Angels?

by Daryl E. Witmer Critics of the Bible often allege that Scripture contains internal contradictions. Over the years we have responded to many of those allegations in this paper. This […]

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Is ‘Intelligent Design’ Really Scientific?

by Dr. Wayne Frair Wayne Frair, Ph.D., is past president of the Creation Research Society, professor emeritus in biology at The King’s College, the author of more than 50 research […]

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Questions Kids Ask About Natural Disasters

Volume 16 • No. 5 • February, 2006 Download PDF    

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How True Is the Bible?

by Daryl E. Witmer The Bible is entirely true. But wasn’t the Bible written by men? So – inasmuch as no man is perfect, how can the Bible be perfect? […]

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Quakers: Foes or Friends?

by Daryl E. Witmer The Quakers are an international religious affiliation also referred to as The Religious Society of Friends or, simply, Friends. Founded by George Fox (inset) in England […]

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Has the Bible Become Corrupt?

by Stephen E. Witmer For many years Islamic doctrine and liberal scholarship have alleged that Bible manuscripts have become corrupt over time. Is this true? We asked Stephen Witmer to […]

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Does the Bible Condone Slavery?

by Daryl E. Witmer BIBLE SKEPTIC: “You know, your Bible contains scores of verses that mention slavery. But no where does it ever condemn the practice per se.” BIBLE ADVOCATE: […]

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The Most Dangerous Cult of All

by Robert T. Pardon Bob Pardon is director of the New England Institute of Religious Research (NEIRR), and of MeadowHaven, a cult recovery facility, in Lakeville MA (see www.neirr.org). He […]

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Five Favorite Apologetic Resources

by Daryl E. Witmer In the course of my work as a Christian apologist I am asked many questions about the Christian faith. For answers, I often refer folks, or […]

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What About Science & Health?

by Daryl E. Witmer You’ve probably been on the receiving end of the relatively recent, yet enthusiastic, advertising blitz sponsored by The Church of Christ, Scientist. Their campaign has included […]

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Enemy Strategies

by Richard B. Keyes Dick Keyes is director of L’Abri MA, a residential study center in Southborough, Massachusetts. See http://www.labri.org/ mass/home.html. The original L’Abri was founded in Switzerland by the […]

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Was Jesus’ Piercing Prophesied?

Volume 15 • No. 6 • March, 2005 Download PDF

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Aren’t Miracles Illogical?

by Daryl E. Witmer From one end to the other, the Bible refers to miracles. There’s the story of Moses parting the Red Sea in Exodus. There’s Elijah calling down […]

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Time for A Verdict

by Daryl E. Witmer The following exchange is typical of the pattern and content of an actual conversation of this nature between a Christian and a skeptic, based on personal […]

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Son of God? Son of Man?

by Daryl E. Witmer Christians celebrate Christmas as the birthday of Jesus Christ – born into the home of Joseph & Mary, yet God incarnate, Son of God in human […]

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Evidence for Intelligent Design

compiled by Daryl E. Witmer The Neo-Darwinian version of evolutionary theory has fallen on increasingly hard times. In its place secularists now attempt to advance alternative ideas of how naturalism […]

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A Word to Wiccans

by Daryl E. Witmer What follows here is a brief summary of Wiccan belief. In some cases we have followed a particular point with what we believe to be a […]

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Solving Nine Alleged Bible Problems

by Daryl E. Witmer Following are nine brief starter answers to nine (so-called) Bible problems submitted to our office in 2003 by a pastor who had received them in an […]

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Unmasking Mormonism

by Daryl E. Witmer In spite of the fact that Mormons are among the most polite, pleasant, moral, family-oriented, ostensibly reasonable people in the world, the religious views of The […]

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Why Are There Only 66 Books in the Bible?

by Dr. Thomas Woodward Tom Woodward, Ph.D., has been a professor at Trinity College (Florida) since 1988. He is founder and director of the C.S. Lewis Society. See further at: […]

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Apologetic Resources for Kids

by Daryl E. Witmer Christian apologetics isn’t just for theologians, educators, or adults. What follows here is a compilation of apologetic resources for youth (toddler to teen), all of which […]

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Why Do So Many Scientists Endorse Evolution?

compiled by Daryl E. Witmer The obvious reason that so many scien-tists endorse the theory of macroevolu-tionary process as the best explanation for life origins and development here on earth […]

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Does God Really Mean What He Says in Psalm 91?

Volume 14 • No. 5 • February, 2004 Download PDF

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Prophetic Evidence that the Bible is God’s Word

Volume 14 • No. 5 • January, 2004 Download PDF

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Did Jesus Really Exist?

by Daryl E. Witmer Every year on December 25th hundreds of millions of Christian believers from all over the world enthusiastically celebrate the birth of Jesus. But was Jesus really […]

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How Did God Begin?

by Daryl E. Witmer How did God begin? He didn’t. God never began. “Began” is a time-word. God dwells outside of time. For this reason, the question is inherently irresolvable. […]

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Creation’s Ten Best Evidences

This month’s article originally appeared in the July/August 2000 issue of Think & Believe, the monthly publication of the Alpha Omega Institute (AOG). It is authored by Dave & Mary […]

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On Shinto

by  Daryl E. Witmer Test your knowledge of Shinto with the following 10 questions, then read the answers with commentary that follow. 1. Shinto is the native, traditional, national (i.e. […]

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Truthful Answers to Tricky Questions

by  Daryl E. Witmer Here’s our best effort at tackling some of the stickier, trickier questions that come our way from time to time. Try these on your friends as […]

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Straying from the Buddhist Path

by  Mary Joni Harris This month’s never-before-published article is guest-authored by Mary Joni Harris of Denton, Texas. Joni studied Buddhist teachings independently for three years, having been drawn by Buddhism’s […]

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What if the Cosmos Is All That There Is?

Volume 13 • No. 8 • May, 2003 Download PDF

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Wrong tomb? Unknown Tomb?

by Daryl E. Witmer The doctrine of the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ is critical to the Christian faith. But is the evidence conclusive? Numerous alternative scenarios have been postulated […]

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Islam vs. the Bible

by Dr. Tom Woodward Tom Woodward, Ph.D., has been a professor at Trinity College of Florida since 1988. He is founder and director of the C.S. Lewis Society. See further […]

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Monism Exposed!

compiled by Daryl E. Witmer MONISM – defined as the view that reality is a unified whole and that all existing things can be ascribed to, or described by, a […]

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Digging for Answers

An original interview with respected archaeologist, Bryant G. Wood Bryant G. Wood, Ph.D., is Director of Associates for Biblical Research (check biblearchaeology.org) and editor of Bible & Spade journal. He […]

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When Did the Luke 2 Census Occur? Resolving Bible Difficulties, Part 3

by Daryl E. Witmer EDITOR’S NOTE: This month’s issue of the Proclamation features the third in a three-part series of articles on reasonable solutions to difficult Bible texts. There are […]

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Which is the Smallest of Seeds? Resolving Bible Difficulties, Part 2

by Daryl E. Witmer EDITOR’S NOTE: This month’s issue of the Proclamation features the second in a three-part series of articles on reasonable solutions to difficult Bible texts. There are […]

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How Many Sons Did Jesse Have? Resolving Bible Difficulties, Part 1

by Daryl E. Witmer EDITOR’S NOTE: This month’s issue of the Proclamation features the first in a three-part series of articles on reason-able resolutions of difficult Bible texts. While there […]

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Hardball Skepticism

Volume 12 • No. 12 • September, 2002 Download PDF

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Is the Bible’s Survival Evidence of Its Divinity?

Compiled by Daryl E. Witmer, AIIA Director Think about this or a moment… If the Bible really is the inspired Word of a Creator-God who has chosen to reveal critical […]

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An AIIA Quote Forum

Compiled by Daryl E. Witmer an-thro-po-cen-tric – adj. 1. Regarding human beings as the central element of the universe. 2. Interpreting reality exclusively in terms of human values and experience. […]

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Ground Rules for Earth & Life Origins

The First Law of Thermodynamics “In any process, energy can be changed from one form to another (including heat and work), but it is never created or destroyed.” The Second […]

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The Nation of Islam

An insightful interview with Robert T. Pardon, M.Div., Th.M. Bob Pardon is director of the New England Institute of Religious Research (NEIRR) in Lakeville MA (see www.neirr.org), and has been […]

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Did God Condone Infanticide?

by Daryl E. Witmer “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘…go and strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death […]

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What Is Sin?

by Daryl E. Witmer Historically, Christian orthodoxy has derived its definition of sin from the Bible. And the Bible has this to say about sin: Psalm 51:5 “Behold, I was […]

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Is Jesus Only a Legend?

by Daryl E. Witmer The following article is based, in part, on an actual exchange that I had with a skeptic during the Fall of 2001. DEW: Well, who was […]

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Is God Fair to Save Only Some?

Jesus, in His Sermon on the Mount, once said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many […]

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Seven Short Answers to Evolutionary Textbook “Proofs”

This month’s article is reprinted with permission from Think & Believe, the official bimonthly publication of the Alpha Omega Institute, PO Box 4343, Grand Junction CO 81502. Editors: Dave & […]

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Roman Catholicism’s Most Convicting Bible Texts

by Daryl E. Witmer The following is addressed primarily to our friends and readers who claim an affiliation with Roman Catholicism. What does Romanism say? In November of 1544, in […]

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Judaism’s Most Convicting Bible Text

by Daryl E. Witmer The following article is addressed primarily to those Jews among our friends and readers who remain unconvinced that Jesus of Nazareth was the promised Messiah and, […]

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Mormonism’s Most Convicting Bible Text

by Daryl E. Witmer The following article is addressed primarily to those of our friends who are affiliated with one of the following three faith systems: The Church of Jesus […]

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Why I Am A Creationist

by Dr. Wayne Frair The following excerpts are drawn from a far more extensive chronicle of Dr. Frair’s spiritual and scientific pilgrimage that is also available at no cost from […]

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The Remarkable Congruency of Scripture

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The Top Ten Cults in America Today

by Robert T. Pardon Bob Pardon is director of the New England Institute of Religious Research (NEIRR) in Lakeville MA. NEIRR was founded in 1991. Rev. Pardon has been an […]

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How Good Is Good Enough?

by Daryl E. Witmer For nearly a quarter-century now, I have committed myself to a periodic rotation as chaplain-on-call at our local community hospital – Mayo Regional Hospital – in […]

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Why Would God Damn Anyone to Eternity in Hell?

He wouldn’t, He hasn’t, and He won’t -not by ideally preferred choice, that is. Yet in order to honor and preserve the moral, volitional nature of man, God does and […]

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Six Tough Questions Answered

by Richard B. Keyes Dick Keyes is director of L’Abri, a residential study center in Southborough MA – one branch of an inter-national ministry founded in Switzerland by the late […]

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Hypocrites in the Church!

On December 17, 1999, I received an e-mail from a man living in south London which said (in part), “I choose not to believe in the incredible hotchpotch of superstition […]

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Debunking Humanism, Responding to the Naysayers – Part 3 of a three-part series

by Daryl E. Witmer In the current series, AIIA is responding to three contemporary challenges leveled at the truth-claims of Christianity. This month we critique the doctrine of humanism and […]

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Presupposing Prophetic Failure, Responding to the Naysayers – Part 2 of a three-part series

by Daryl E. Witmer In the current series, AIIA is responding to three contemporary challenges leveled at the truth-claims of Christianity. This month we critique Bible Prophecy: Fulfillment or Failure?, […]

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A Tragic Farewell, Responding to the Naysayers – Part 1 of a three-part series

by Daryl E. Witmer In this series, AIIA responds to three contemporary challenges leveled at the truth-claims of Christianity. This month we critique Farewell to God: My Reasons for Rejecting […]

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13 Q&As-to-Go, A Grab Bag of Reader- Questions and AIIA Starter-Responses

Each of the following questions were posed either by our readers (via mail or e-mail), or by those in attendance at one of a number of forums in which AIIA […]

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Biblical Inerrancy: Substantiating the Claim

by Daryl E. Witmer, AIIA Executive Director ALEX ASKS, ROGER RESPONDS So, Roger, as a Christian, your faith is based on the Bible, right? That’s correct, Alex. The Bible is […]

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An Especially-for-Skeptics Archeological Tour of Ancient Jericho

An Especially-for-Skeptics Archeological Tour of Ancient Jericho Dr. Wood is Director of Associates for Biblical Research (ABR), headquartered in Frederick MD. He is adjunct professor at a number of educational […]

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Does God Feel Our Pain?

Volume 10 • No. 7 • April 2000Download PDF

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Who Knows What to Believe Anymore?

Volume 10 • No. 6 • March, 2000 Download PDF

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On Evil as Objective Reality

by Daryl E. Witmer, with Brandon Pustejovsky One year ago this month – on February 18, 1999 – in the Davies Auditorium at Yale University, the subject “Does God Exist?” […]

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Is the Bible Reliable, Really?

by Daryl E. Witmer, with Sean Smith This month’s feature includes excerpts by Sean Smith of Methuen MA – the first place winner (worth $250 cash) in AIIA’s 1999 Spring […]

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On the Virgin Birth, Five Brief Answers to Five Common Objections

by Daryl E. Witmer Larry King, the CNN talk show host, was once asked who he would most want to interview if he could choose anyone from all of history. […]

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On a Functionally Mature Creation

by Daryl E. Witmer A straightforward reading of the Bible seems to imply that God created the universe thousands, not billions, of years ago. But many scientists vehemently disagree with […]

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On Pantheism

Compiled by Daryl E. Witmer WHAT IS PANTHEISM? God = All and All = God “Pantheism \Pan’ theism\, n. [Pan- + theism.] Any doctrine, philosophy, or religious practice that holds […]

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Who Would Have Killed Cain?

by Daryl E. Witmer, AIIA Executive Director In late October, 1998, we received an e-mail message from a good friend and supporter of AIIA. She’d just had a conversation with […]

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Twenty-Nine Questions for Sincere Skeptics

Volume 9 • Nos. 7 & 8 • July-August, 1999 Download PDF

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The Problem with Best-Selling Spirituality

by Andrew D. Witmer Andrew Witmer is a graduate of Taylor University in Upland IN. He is the son of Daryl and Mary Witmer. Since 1998 Andrew has worked for […]

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On the Messianic Communities

An Open Letter to a Prospective Member – by Robert T. Pardon Robert T. Pardon is director of the New England Institute of Religious Research (NEIRR), which he founded in […]

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Cross Examination, The Christian/Islamic Debate Over the Crucifixion

by Daryl E. Witmer, AIIA Executive Director On Saturday evening November 7, 1998, AIIA hosted a Dialogue Dinner with the Muslims at a popular restaurant in Bangor, Maine. While there […]

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Can I Believe? Can I Belong?

by Daryl E. Witmer, AIIA Executive Director Years ago a man told me that although he didn’t share my faith in Jesus Christ, he admired it.” It’s always good to […]

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Don’t All Religions Incorporate Truth?

ALEX ASKS, ROGER RESPONDS Hey, Roger, you say that you’re a Christian. Isn’t it true that you Christians claim to have a corner on the truth? Well, Alex, if by […]

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Why Does God Allow Suffering?

by Maryanna Louise Ray of Ripley, Maine This month’s featured article by Maryanna Louise Ray of Ripley, Maine, was awarded first place (worth $250 cash) in AIIA’s 1998 essay contest […]

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Unconditional Praise: A Purpose in Pain

With one exception, the following represents edited excerpts from Passing Showers, a 48-page illustrated booklet first published in 1991-92 that details a number of key insights gained from my 1984-85 […]

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Crucial Answers from Great Minds: Walter Martin, Part 3 of a 3-part series

compiled by Daryl E. Witmer During this final quarter of 1998 the PROCLAMATION has been featuring excerpts from the teaching of three of the most highly revered definers and defenders […]

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Crucial Answers from Great Minds: C. S. Lewis, Part 2 of a 3-part series

compiled by Daryl E. Witmer During this final quarter of 1998 the PROCLAMATION is featuring excerpts from the teaching of three of the most highly revered definers and defenders of […]

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Crucial Answers from Great Minds: Francis A. Schaeffer, Part 1 of a 3-part series

compiled by Daryl E. Witmer During this final quarter of 1998 the PROCLAMATION is featuring excerpts from the teaching of three of the most highly revered definers and defenders of […]

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On Tolerance & Ethical Relativism

Another AIIA Quote Forum – compiled by Daryl E. Witmer, AIIA Executive Director “When I asked my daughter Katie (15 years old): ‘What is one of the names you fear […]

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Assumptions & Presumptions in the Search for Truth

by Daryl E. Witmer, AIIA Executive Director What follows are actual excerpts from an e-mail exchange that I shared with Nelson (name changed to assure anonymity) late last Fall. I […]

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AIIA’s Thoughtletter Index: 1991-1998

This month, instead of our regular feature, we are publishing a comprehensive index of every issue of the Proclamation printed since our inaugural edition in April of 1991. Original copies […]

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Answering Five Common Arguments Against Biblical Creationism

by Dennis E. Wert, Chairman, Creation Science Fellowship The following piece represents an edited version of a two-part article appearing in the January and February 1998 issues of Origins Insights, […]

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The Great Creation-Evolution, Science-Faith, Debate Revisited, Part 2

Two years ago this Spring-at 7pm on the evening of April 20, 1996-nearly 2000 people made their way into the Alfond Arena at the University of Maine (Orono), to witness […]

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The Great Creation-Evolution, Science-Faith, Debate Revisited, Part I

Two years ago this Spring-at 7pm on the evening of April 20, 1996-nearly 2000 people made their way into the Alfond Arena at the University of Maine (Orono), to witness […]

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Evidence for the Existence of God, Part 2

Again this month we are responding to what is perhaps the most basic and important question that any individual could ever ask: “How do I know that God exists?” In […]

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Evidence for the Existence of God, Part I

This month and next we respond to what is perhaps the most basic and important question that any human being could ever ask: “How do I know that God exists?” […]

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The Season for Reason

Quote Forum on the Importance of Engaging the Mind In a takeoff on the sometimes overworked and wearied Advent aphorism, JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON, this month we […]

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On Pluralism, Cults, & the Basis for Truth

An Interview with Robert T. Pardon This month we conclude a three-part series of never-before-published interviews with AIIA’s three Resource Associates, each of whom have training, experience, and expertise in […]

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Relativism, Tolerance, & Christian Truth

An Interview with Richard B. Keyes This month we continue a three-part series of never-before-published interviews with AIIA’s three Resource Associates, each of whom have training, experience, and expertise in […]

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Archaeology and the Bible

An Interview with Dr. Bryant G. Wood First in a series of original interviews with AIIA’s three Resource Associates This month we begin a three-part series of never-before-published interviews with […]

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Why Was the Ancient God So Cruel?

The following conversation is fictitious as presented here, but it is based on many actual conversations and exchanges in which I have participated over the years. Arnie’s responses would represent […]

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Why Aren’t You a Christian? An Open Letter to Those Who Haven’t Yet Believed

Dear Friend, Could we begin by agreeing that it really doesn’t make good sense to just flat-out deny the existence of God? For one thing we don’t know everything. And […]

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Internet-based Evidence for Christianity, Part 2 of a 2 Part Series

In the final analysis, Christianity cannot be proven. The truth about what Jesus taught, and who He was (and is) must be accepted by faith. But not blind faith.The preponderance […]

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Internet-based Evidence for Christianity, Part 1 of a 2 Part Series

Can Christianity be proven? No. The Bible says that “…without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that […]

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Is the Crucifixion Account Credible?

Holy Week 1997 has come and gone, but what will surely continue throughout the year, and what has always persisted down through the years, is the speculation about whether the […]

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Twenty-One Questions About the Bible, Part 3 of a 3 Part Series

In very many ways the most basic questions of all about the Christian faith are questions about the Bible. For if the Bible really is an accurate and reliable revelation […]

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Twenty-One Questions About the Bible, Part 2 of a 3 Part Series

In very many ways the most basic questions of all about the Christian faith are questions about the Bible. For if the Bible really is an accurate and reliable revelation […]

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Twenty-One Questions About the Bible, Part 1 of a 3 Part Series

In very many ways the most basic questions of all about the Christian faith are questions about the Bible. For if the Bible really is an accurate and reliable revelation […]

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Responding to the Jesus Seminar

About once or twice a year newspapers and magazines all across America explode with headlines that seem to place a huge question mark over the historicity of Jesus Christ – […]

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Kiwi Migration & Biblical Perspicuity

On the evening of April 20, 1996, nearly 2000 people gathered on the campus of the University of Maine (Orono) for a public debate on the scientific evidence for creation […]

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Why Does a Good God Allow Evil?

I don’t get it. You don’t get what? 1) God is all powerful. 2) God is good. 3) Terrible things happen. I can match any two. But I can’t match […]

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On Baha’ism

An Open Letter – by Robert T. Pardon The following original piece was written for the Proclamation by AIIA Resource Associate Robert Pardon. Rev. Pardon  is founder and executive director […]

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On Roman Catholicism: When Is Too Much Not Enough?

An Open Letter – by Robert M. Zins The following original piece was written especially for the Proclamation by Rob Zins, director of A Christian Witness to Roman Catholicism. Rob […]

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On Applied Kinesiology

Early this year I received correspondence from a good friend in North Carolina. About one month earlier it seems that he had received a letter from an individual suggesting that […]

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The Wealth of Evidence for Christianity

This month I’m writing with a special word to those of you among our readers who, to date, remain skeptical about the unique claims of Jesus Christ. Some of you […]

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More Convincing Evidence in Defense and Confirmation of the Christian Faith, Convincing Christian Evidence for Kids

Actual excerpts compiled by Daryl E. Witmer, AIIA Executive Director James R. Spencer once wrote that apologetics are only needed when dealing with hard cases. Then he said, “If they […]

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Concise Answers to Your Crucial Questions Part 3 of 3

Last June (1995) we asked our readers to submit examples of the kind of tough questions that they are typically asked about Christianity. We received a good sampling of questions […]

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Concise Answers to Your Crucial Questions Part 2 of 3

Last June (1995) we asked our readers to submit examples of the kind of tough questions that they are typically asked about Christianity. We received a good sampling of questions […]

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Concise Answers to Your Crucial Questions Part 1 of 3

Last June (1995) we asked our readers to submit an example or two of the kind of tough questions that they’re typically asked about Christianity. We received a good sampling […]

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On Taoism

A Path to Truth or Just Another Vicious Circle? Responding to Taoist Thinking-by Daryl E. Witmer, AIIA Executive Director A number of you reading this paper each month are adherents […]

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On Buddhism

Ten Questions I’d Ask If I Could Interview Siddhartha Gautama Today by Daryl E. Witmer, AIIA Executive Director A number of you reading this paper each month are adherents and/or […]

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On Hinduism

Some of you reading this paper are adherents and/or proponents of one of the three major Eastern religious traditions-Hinduism, Buddhism, or Taoism. So this month we’re launching a series on […]

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Quote Forum: The Time & Duration of Creation

This month we’re presenting the second of a two-part series on the subject of origins-in this issue dealing primarily with two questions: How long ago, and over how long a […]

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Quote Forum: Creation or Evolution

This month we present the first of a two-part series on the subject of origins-in this issue dealing primarily with the question of how, and next month with when. The […]

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Responding to a Christian Scientist

EDITOR’S NOTE Every month this thoughtletter is mailed to hundreds of skeptics, agnostics, and other individuals who (per-haps like yourself) do not necessarily share our AIIA worldview and/or doctrine. While […]

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On Relativism

To some, the subject of relativism sounds extremely boring. Others tend to associate it with Albert Einstein, confusing the philosophical thoughtform of relativism with the scientific theory of relativity. Here […]

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Encounter on a Plane: Evidence for the Biblical God

by John M. Frame, Professor of Apologetics & Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary (CA) The following imagined and spontaneous exchange between author Frame and “Al”, his seat mate on […]

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On Life’s Ultimate Purpose

The haunting lyrics from the famous 1966 film Alfie, with rather wistful desperation, seek for some viable sense of meaning in the oft times gray, grinding routine of life: “What’s […]

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Handling an Old Resurrection Objection

Down through the years a wide variety of challenges have been raised regarding the Biblical claim that Jesus of Nazareth was ever truly resurrected from the grave on the third […]

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Are There Contradictions in the Bible? Part III of a series on resolving discrepancies (so-called) in Scripture

This is the third and final part of a series of articles responding to allegations of Bible discrepancies and contradictions. This month we are providing the solution to a variety […]

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Are There Contradictions in the Bible? Part II of a Series on Resolving Discrepancies (so-called) in Scripture

This article is the second in a series of articles that seek to respond to allegations of Bible discrepancies and contradictions. Again this month we are responding specifically to a […]

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Are There Contradictions in the Bible? Part I of a Series on Resolving Discrepancies (so-called) in Scripture

One day last April (1994) I received correspondence from my friend, Les, in Boston. In his letter to me Les said that not long before he had met a man […]

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How Can It Be that a Man Was God?

An excerpt from Letters From a Skeptic – a brand new book by Dr. Gregory A. Boyd Between March, 1989, and November, 1991, Dr. Greg Boyd – an associate professor […]

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Is the Bible Reliable in Every Detail?

Following are excerpts from an actual exchange of correspondence with an individual – not his real name – during the first two months of this year. 1/12/94 Dear Daryl, We […]

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Morality as Evidence for the Existence of God

This year, between May and September, I have had no less than four couples already living together ask me to officiate at their wedding. Two of the four had a […]

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On Scientology

Editor’s Note: this is the third and final part of a three-part series of thoughtletter articles addressed directly to those of our readers who are affiliated with one of three […]

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On The Way International

Editor’s Note: this is the second in a three-part series of thoughtletter articles addressed directly to those of our readers who are affiliated with either Christian Science, The Way International, […]

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On Christian Science

Editor’s Note: this is the first in a three-part series of thoughtletter articles addressed directly to those of our readers who are affiliated with either Christian Science, The Way International, […]

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What If Christianity Can’t Be Proven?

Volume 4 • No. 9 • June, 1994 Download PDF

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Is It Possible to Comprehend the Trinity?

Christians are monotheistic-we believe in one God. But we are also Trinitarian-we believe in a God who is revealed in three Persons. Each Person of the Godhead is fully Divine, […]

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On the Complications of New Age & Old Eastern Thought Systems, Why a Larger Circle Can Never Legitimately Be Drawn Around Historic Christianity, Part III

This is the third and final segment of a three part mini-series of 1994 Proclamation articles particularly addressed to those of you among our readers who are of an Eastern […]

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On the Complications of New Age & Old Eastern Thought Systems, Why a Larger Circle Can Never Legitimately Be Drawn Around Historic Christianity, Part II

This is the second in a three part mini-series of 1994 Proclamation articles particularly addressed to those of you among our readers who are of an Eastern religious, dialectic philosophical, […]

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On the Complications of New Age & Old Eastern Thought Systems, Why a Larger Circle Can Never Legitimately Be Drawn Around Historic Christianity

This opening 1994 mini-series of Proclamation articles is particularly addressed to those friends among our readers who are of an Eastern religious, dialectic philosophical, or New Age spiritual persuasion. Some […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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What Will You Do With Jesus?

Volume 3 • No. 5 • February, 1993 Download PDF

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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 […]

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A Checklist for the Honest Skeptic

People who believe in God are known as theists. People who believe in more than one God are known as polytheists. People who believe that God and nature are one–that […]

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On the Truth That Endureth to All Generations

1805-1887 John Stoltzfus, Sr. In 1872 this man moved from his farm in Gap, Pennsylvania, to Knox County, Tennessee. He was 66 years of age at the time. He was […]

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Four Questions & a Deal for the Witnesses of Jehovah

In this article I am particularly addressing those among our neighbors, friends, and readers who are Jehovah’s Witnesses, a religious alliance now totaling over two million members worldwide. Over the […]

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On Helium Balloon Heaven & the Case for Recent Creation

Little Johnny is trudging through the amusement park. His fist is clenched tightly. He is proudly holding onto the string of that great big helium-filled balloon his mother finally agreed […]

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An Open Letter to Ted Turner

Dear Ted, We have been sending you our monthly thoughtletter for just over one year now. I trust that it has, in fact, been coming before you, and that you […]

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On the Bible as a ‘Good Book’

Is the Bible a good book? Do you really think so? Many folks (perhaps you are among them) with whom I speak tend to question the idea of whether Jonah […]

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On Design as Evidence for Supernatural Intelligence

A: “Why should I believe that any supernatural intelligence exists outside the realm of space and time as we know it on this planet?” B: “Are you asking me how […]

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On Islam & the Unchanging Word of God

This month I am particularly writing to those of you who, as friends among our readers, are of the Islamic faith. If we are to believe recent statistics, you are […]

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On the Ressurection: Evidence & Implications

Early last month a man visiting in my home told me that he had once been declared dead. “They had even wheeled me into the morgue”, he said. “But when […]

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On the Thorny Thesis of a Theodicy

Volume 2 • No. 3 • March, 1992 (revised to 5/2020) Download PDF

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On Bible Error & Who Killed Goliath

Are there any mistakes in the Bible? Is the Bible TOTALLY without error in ALL that it affirms? Many of us who would say “no” to the first question and […]

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On the Case for Absolute Truth

The most disappointing and disturbing news to surface in a long while is noted on pages 83-85 of the 1991 Barna Report’s What Americans Believe. According to OmniPoll, an annual […]

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On the new Age-Occult Connection

On Monday morning, August 26, 1991, residents of Waterville, Maine, opened their morning newspaper to find a column by Bill Cripe entitled “New Age Advocates Are Entering the World of […]

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On the Reliability of the Biblical Manuscripts

Are the Biblical manuscripts reliable? Skipp Porteous says “no”. In his newly released book, “Jesus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”, author Porteous says that much of the Bible is full of […]

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On Dinosaurs, Evolution, & the Scripture

“Evolutionists believe in dinosaurs, right?” “Right.” “And you, as a creationist, believe that Darwinian macro-evolutionary theory is incorrect, right?” “Right.” “Then what do you do with dinosaurs?” “I do the […]

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On Mormonism

Jesus Christ, a spirit brother of the devil?  Jesus of Nazareth, married to Mary Magdalene, engaging in sexual acts with Mary and Martha, secretly fathering children before His crucifixion? What […]

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On the Gamble of a Lifetime

Volume 1 • No. 5 • August, 1991 Download PDF

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On the Bible as Divine and Truthful Revelation

Volume 1 • No. 4 • July 1991 Download PDF

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On the Identity of the Historical Jesus

It is a matter of record that Jesus of Nazareth claimed to be God. At the approximate age of thirty years, this son of a carpenter began making some absolutely […]

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On the Age of the Earth

Stephen Hawking is no dummy. In fact, the brilliant British physicist has even been described by some as “a modern-day Einstein”. And Hawking says billions. So does popular astronomer Carl […]

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On The Reliability of the Bible

Volume 1 • No. 1 • April 1991 Download PDF

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