Here’s a little list of the topics that I have touched on related to Christian apologetics, with topics yet to appear later in italics.
Arguments for theism:
- The argument from abstract objects
- The contingency argument
- Kalam cosmological argument
- Fine-tuning of cosmological constants
- Galactic, stellar and planetary fine-tuning
- Origin of the building blocks in the simplest replicating cell(Dean Kenyon, Charles Thaxton)
- Origin of biological information in the simplest replicating cell (Stephen C. Meyer)
- Sudden origins of all major body plans in the 3-5 million year Cambrian explosion(Stephen C. Meyer, Jonathan Wells)
- The moral argument (William Lane Craig)
- The argument from near-death experiences
- The argument from irreducibly complex molecular machines (Michael Behe)
- The argument from evil (yes, that’s what I said)
- The arguments from mathematical effectiveness, simplicity and beauty (Eugene Wigner)
- The argument from the incompatibility between naturalism and rationality (Alvin Plantinga)
- The argument from the incompatibility between naturalism and consciousness (Angus Menuge)
- The argument from the natural limits to biological change (Ray Bohlin)
And then there are arguments for Christianity in particular:
- The argument from fulfilled prophecy
- The argument from accuracy in describing the human condition
- The logical consistency and testability of Christianity
- The superior moral character of authentic Christians in history
Historical arguments for Christianity
- historical criteria for extracting minimal facts and the earliest evidence for the resurrection in 1 Cor 15
- the minimal facts argument (Habermas/Craig/Licona)
- the best explanation of the changes in the concept of resurrection (Wright)
- the earliest sources for the empty tomb
- the best evidences for the empty tomb, from the earliest sources
- what about the progress of science and God-of-the-gaps?
- doesn’t the Bible require the creation of the earth in six 24-hour days?
- didn’t aliens seed the earth with the first life?
- what about quantum fluctuation and chaotic inflationary models?
- the problems of evil and suffering
- the problem of religious pluralism and religious truth claims
- the problem of postmodern skepticism (i.e. – the problem of wanting to be lazy and popular)
- the problem of rational morality and purpose on atheism
- the problem of moral relativism
- the fate of the unevangelized (what about those who never heard of Jesus)
- the hiddenness of God (why isn’t there more evidence for God’s existence?)
- are all religions basically the same?
- isn’t the doctrine of the Trinity self-contradictory?
- can God make a rock so big he can’t lift it?
- did God create evil?
- who made God?
- can people twist the Bible to mean anything?
- who has the burden of proof?
- what about the blind men and the elephant?
- isn’t faith is opposed to reason and evidence? (a debate between a Christian and a postmodern relativist)
- what makes Christianity different from other religions?
- memo to Christopher Hitchens: a sneer is not an argument
- Does Christianity or atheism justify mass murder?
- Wasn’t Hitler a Christian? Is Christianity like Nazism?
- Does the Bible condone slavery?
- a case for the pro-life position in plain English
- adult stem cell research is superior to embryonic stem cell research
- the importance of being able to argue both sides of a question
- why does talking about religion make people uncomfortable?
- how to talk to your co-workers about your faith
- does the Bible teach that faith is opposed to logic and evidence?
- the six enemies of apologetic engagement
- why men flee the feminized church
- why won’t Christians defend their faith in public?
And here are some lectures that got me interested in apologetics.