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Apologetics Profile is a weekly podcast discussing apologetics, world religions, atheism, cults, the occult, alternative religions, controversial doctrines and spiritual practices. We are an evangelical Christian organization dedicated to respectful conversations from a biblical perspective. Apologetics Profile is a production of Watchman Fellowship, a non-profit Christian apologetics ministry focused on interfaith evangelism and discernment. For more information, visit: www.watchman.org.

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Apologetics Profile is a weekly podcast discussing apologetics, world religions, atheism, cults, the occult, alternative religions, controversial doctrines and spiritual practices. We are an evangelical Christian organization dedicated to respectful conversations from a biblical perspective. Apologetics Profile is a production of Watchman Fellowship, a non-profit Christian apologetics ministry focused on interfaith evangelism and discernment. For more information, visit: www.watchman.org.

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Episode 221: Dr. William Dembski Discusses His Book, "Design Inference" [Part 2]

2/19/2024
"What are the chances of that happening?" we often say or hear whenever something remarkable or out of the ordinary takes place. When we use that phrase, we are invoking the design inference, even though we may not exactly call it that. Our guest again this week, philosopher, mathematician and senior fellow at Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture Dr. William Dembski shares with us how his more formalized design inference is indeed rooted in simple, everyday inferences we all make. But he also how it fits into the laws of probability, information theory, and specified complexity as well, making it a rigorous formal argument applicable for intuiting design in the physical cosmos and biology. We further discuss his new, second edition of his landmark 1998 book, The Design Inference. William A. Dembski, a noted mathematician and philosopher, is a Founding and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture and a Distinguished Fellow with the Institute’s Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence. His most recent books relating to intelligent design include Being as Communion: A Metaphysics of Information (2014), Evolutionary Informatics (2017, co-authored with Robert Marks and Winston Ewert), and the second edition of The Design Inference (2023, co-authored with Winston Ewert). For more info, visit BillDembski.com. Related Links: Free access to some related Watchman Profiles: Atheismwatchman.org/AtheismAgnosticismwatchman.org/Agnostic Naturalismwatchman.org/Naturalism Scientismwatchman.org/ScientismAdditional Resources FREE: We are also offering a subscription to our 4-page bimonthly Profiles here: www.watchman.org/Free. PROFILE NOTEBOOK: Order the complete collection of Watchman Fellowship Profiles (over 600 pages -- from Astrology to Zen Buddhism) in either printed or PDF formats here: watchman.org/notebook. SUPPORT: Help us create more content like this. Make a tax-deductible donation here: www.watchman.org/give. Apologetics Profile is a ministry of Watchman Fellowship For more information, visit www.watchman.org © Watchman Fellowship, Inc.

Duration:00:37:56

Episode 220: Dr. William Dembski Discusses His Book, "Design Inference" [Part 1]

2/12/2024
For centuries Western natural philosophy, theology and the scientific tradition widely accepted that the physical cosmos and life within it was the creation of God. Arguably one of the most influential works which usurped the belief in God as the Creator was Charles Darwin's 1859 publication On the Origin of Species. It undoubtedly provided many with the intellectual framework for atheism, naturalism, and materialism. But in the late 20th and early 21st century, the concept of intelligent design has made a cultural comeback. This week and next we sit down with Dr. William Dembski, one of the leading founders and proponents of the Intelligent Design movement, to discuss his new, second edition of his landmark 1998 book, The Design Inference. William A. Dembski, a noted mathematician and philosopher, is a Founding and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture and a Distinguished Fellow with the Institute’s Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence. His most recent books relating to intelligent design include Being as Communion: A Metaphysics of Information (2014), Evolutionary Informatics (2017, co-authored with Robert Marks and Winston Ewert), and the second edition of The Design Inference (2023, co-authored with Winston Ewert). For more info, visit BillDembski.com. Related Links: Free access to some related Watchman Profiles: Atheismwatchman.org/AtheismAgnosticismwatchman.org/Agnostic Naturalismwatchman.org/Naturalism Scientismwatchman.org/ScientismAdditional Resources FREE: We are also offering a subscription to our 4-page bimonthly Profiles here: www.watchman.org/Free. PROFILE NOTEBOOK: Order the complete collection of Watchman Fellowship Profiles (over 600 pages -- from Astrology to Zen Buddhism) in either printed or PDF formats here: watchman.org/notebook. SUPPORT: Help us create more content like this. Make a tax-deductible donation here: www.watchman.org/give. Apologetics Profile is a ministry of Watchman Fellowship For more information, visit www.watchman.org © Watchman Fellowship, Inc.

Duration:00:40:43

Episode 219: The Deconstruction of Christianity with Alisa Childers and Tim Barnett [Part 2]

2/5/2024
What is the chief end of man? For many today in our postmodern culture, it seems to be to glorify the authentic self and enjoy it for as long as you can. Scripture has warned us that in latter times, people will become lovers of themselves. Today, the self sits at the center of the social-media movement known as "deconstruction." Our guests again this week Alisa Childers and Tim Barnet, help us break down and understand the foundational and contradictory aspects of this anti-Christian phenomenon and how we can intelligibly respond to it. Alisa Childers: As a lifelong church-goer, follower of Jesus, and former CCM recording artist with the Dove award-winning group ZOEgirl, Alisa experienced a period of profound doubt about her faith in her mid-thirties. This questioning launched an investigation and her journey from unreasoned doubt into a vibrant, rational and informed faith. She is the author of Another Gospel, Live Your Truth, and coauthor of The Deconstruction of Christianity. She hosts the Alisa Childers podcast. For more information, visit: AlisaChilders.com. Tim Barnett is an apologist and speaker with Stand to Reason (str.org). Tim holds B.S. in Physics from York University, a B.Ed. from Ontario Tech University, and a M.A. in Philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary. For eight years, Tim served on the staff at Cedarview Community Church. He is coauthor of The Deconstruction of Christianity and currently the host of Red Pen Logic with Mr. B. Related Links: Free access to some related Watchman Profiles: Atheismwatchman.org/AtheismAgnosticismwatchman.org/Agnostic Naturalismwatchman.org/NaturalismAdditional Resources FREE: We are also offering a subscription to our 4-page bimonthly Profiles here: www.watchman.org/Free. PROFILE NOTEBOOK: Order the complete collection of Watchman Fellowship Profiles (over 600 pages -- from Astrology to Zen Buddhism) in either printed or PDF formats here: watchman.org/notebook. SUPPORT: Help us create more content like this. Make a tax-deductible donation here: www.watchman.org/give. Apologetics Profile is a ministry of Watchman Fellowship For more information, visit www.watchman.org © Watchman Fellowship, Inc.

Duration:00:34:49

Episode 218: The Deconstruction of Christianity with Alisa Childers and Tim Barnett [Part 1]

1/29/2024
Ever since the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden, human beings have been walking away from God. Call it backsliding, falling away, or deconverting, the terms are all a variation on the them of unbelief. The popular term in social media today is "deconstructing." Our guests this week and next, Alisa Childers and Tim Barnett, are authors of a new book, The Deconstruction of Christianity. They will help us understand the basics of this social-media movement and insights about how we can respond to it. Alisa Childers: As a lifelong church-goer, follower of Jesus, and former CCM recording artist with the Dove award-winning group ZOEgirl, Alisa experienced a period of profound doubt about her faith in her mid-thirties. This questioning launched an investigation and her journey from unreasoned doubt into a vibrant, rational and informed faith. She is the author of Another Gospel, Live Your Truth, and coauthor of The Deconstruction of Christianity. She hosts the Alisa Childers podcast. For more information, visit: AlisaChilders.com. Tim Barnett is an apologist and speaker with Stand to Reason (str.org). Tim holds B.S. in Physics from York University, a B.Ed. from Ontario Tech University, and a M.A. in Philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary. For eight years, Tim served on the staff at Cedarview Community Church. He is coauthor of The Deconstruction of Christianity and currently the host of Red Pen Logic with Mr. B. Related Links: Free access to some related Watchman Profiles: Atheismwatchman.org/AtheismAgnosticismwatchman.org/Agnostic Naturalismwatchman.org/NaturalismAdditional Resources FREE: We are also offering a subscription to our 4-page bimonthly Profiles here: www.watchman.org/Free. PROFILE NOTEBOOK: Order the complete collection of Watchman Fellowship Profiles (over 600 pages -- from Astrology to Zen Buddhism) in either printed or PDF formats here: watchman.org/notebook. SUPPORT: Help us create more content like this. Make a tax-deductible donation here: www.watchman.org/give. Apologetics Profile is a ministry of Watchman Fellowship For more information, visit www.watchman.org © Watchman Fellowship, Inc.

Duration:00:37:54

Episode 217: Dr. Doug Groothuis on World Religions in Seven Sentences [Part2]

1/22/2024
Eastern religious traditions are difficult to understand, especially for us in the West where we often find a syncretistic blend of Yoga, Hinduism, Krishna consciousness, Buddhism, and Daoism. What is Nirvana? How does it differ from Brahman? How can we make intelligent distinctions between these different traditions? Our guest again this week Dr. Doug Groothuis, helps break down the more popular Eastern religions and gives us some practical tools from a biblical perspective for understanding and engaging them. Dr. Douglas Groothuis is a Christian philosopher who is the author of sixteen books, beginning with the best-selling Unmasking the New Age (InterVarsity Press, 1986) and including the popular and voluminous textbook, Christian Apologetics, 2nd ed. (IVP Academic, 2022), as well as a memoir, Walking Through Twilight: A Wife’s Illness—a Philosopher’s Lament (InterVarsity Press, 2017), an introduction to philosophy, Philosophy in Seven Sentences (InterVarsity, 2016), and a book on the controversial topic of Critical Race Theory, Fire in the Streets (Salem Books, 2022). He co-authored the introductory textbook on apologetics, The Knowledge of God in the World and in the Word (Zondervan-Academic, 2022) with Andrew Shepardson. Get Doug's books here: uhop.me/Groothuis. Related Links: Free access to some related Watchman Profiles: Atheismwatchman.org/AthiesmIslamwatchman.org/IslamProfileHinduismwatchman.org/HinduZen Buddhism watchman.org/ZenAdditional Resources FREE: We are also offering a subscription to our 4-page bimonthly Profiles here: www.watchman.org/Free. PROFILE NOTEBOOK: Order the complete collection of Watchman Fellowship Profiles (660 pages -- from Astrology to Zen Buddhism) in either printed or PDF formats here: watchman.org/notebook. SUPPORT: Help us create more content like this. Make a tax-deductible donation here: www.watchman.org/give. Apologetics Profile is a ministry of Watchman Fellowship For more information, visit www.watchman.org © Watchman Fellowship, Inc. Episode Art Photo Credit: Cameron Bertuzzi - Capturing Christianity

Duration:00:21:41

Episode 216: Dr. Doug Groothuis on World Religions in Seven Sentences [Part1]

1/15/2024
Studying world religions can seem like an overwhelming task. Where can you even begin? How about right here with us? This week and next on the Profile we talk with philosopher and author Dr. Douglas Groothuis about his very down-to-earth and easy-to-digest book on this expansive and daunting topic, World Religions in Seven Sentences: A Small Introduction to a Vast Topic. If you've been looking for a place to start, look no further! Here on part one we break down in simple terms Judaism, and Islam in light of biblical truth. Dr. Douglas Groothuis is a Christian philosopher who is the author of sixteen books, beginning with the best-selling Unmasking the New Age (InterVarsity Press, 1986) and including the popular and voluminous textbook, Christian Apologetics, 2nd ed. (IVP Academic, 2022), as well as a memoir, Walking Through Twilight: A Wife’s Illness—a Philosopher’s Lament (InterVarsity Press, 2017), an introduction to philosophy, Philosophy in Seven Sentences (InterVarsity, 2016), and a book on the controversial topic of Critical Race Theory, Fire in the Streets (Salem Books, 2022). He co-authored the introductory textbook on apologetics, The Knowledge of God in the World and in the Word (Zondervan-Academic, 2022) with Andrew Shepardson. Get Doug's books here: uhop.me/Groothuis. Related Links: Free access to some related Watchman Profiles: Atheismwatchman.org/AthiesmIslamwatchman.org/IslamProfileHinduismwatchman.org/HinduZen Buddhism watchman.org/ZenAdditional Resources FREE: We are also offering a subscription to our 4-page bimonthly Profiles here: www.watchman.org/Free. PROFILE NOTEBOOK: Order the complete collection of Watchman Fellowship Profiles (660 pages -- from Astrology to Zen Buddhism) in either printed or PDF formats here: watchman.org/notebook. SUPPORT: Help us create more content like this. Make a tax-deductible donation here: www.watchman.org/give. Apologetics Profile is a ministry of Watchman Fellowship For more information, visit www.watchman.org © Watchman Fellowship, Inc. Episode Art Photo Credit: Cameron Bertuzzi - Capturing Christianity

Duration:00:37:09

Episode 215: Darrell Bock discusses his book, "Jesus, Skepticism, & the Problem of History" [Part 2]

1/8/2024
What would you say to a scholar or non-believer who cites scholars who dismiss Jesus's miracles and His resurrection? Dallas Theological Seminary New Testament scholar, Dr. Darrell Bock, helps us negotiate the world of scholarly criticism and skepticism toward the historicity of Jesus. No matter your level of knowledge or background, Darrell's conversational insights can give you some encouragement and confidence to engage this important topic with non-believers. This week we conclude our two-part conversation with Dr. Bock's centered on his 2019 book, Jesus, Skepticism, & the Problem of History. Dr. Darrell Bock has earned recognition as a Humboldt Scholar (Tübingen University in Germany), is the author of over 40 books, including well-regarded commentaries on Luke and Acts and studies of the historical Jesus, and work in cultural engagement as host of the seminary's Table Podcasts. He was president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) from 2000 to 2001, served as a consulting editor for Christianity Today, and serves on the boards of Wheaton College and Chosen People Ministries. His articles appear in leading publications. Related Links: Free access to some related Watchman Profiles: Bart Ehrmanwatchman.org/EhrmanAtheismwatchman.org/AtheismAgnosticismwatchman.org/AgnosticMythicismwatchman.org/MythicismAdditional Resources FREE: We are also offering a subscription to our 4-page bimonthly Profiles here: www.watchman.org/Free. PROFILE NOTEBOOK: Order the complete collection of Watchman Fellowship Profiles (660 pages -- from Astrology to Zen Buddhism) in either printed or PDF formats here: watchman.org/notebook. SUPPORT: Help us create more content like this. Make a tax-deductible donation here: www.watchman.org/give. Apologetics Profile is a ministry of Watchman Fellowship For more information, visit www.watchman.org © Watchman Fellowship, Inc.

Duration:00:34:00

Episode 214: Darrell Bock discusses his book, "Jesus, Skepticism, & the Problem of History" [Part 1]

1/1/2024
Dallas Theological Seminary New Testament scholar, Dr. Darrell Bock, helps us negotiate the world of scholarly criticism and skepticism toward the historicity of Jesus. Whether you are familiar with historical Jesus studies or an average layperson somewhat familiar or even unfamiliar with historical studies about Jesus and the Gospels, our conversation with Darrell will help equip you with the basics for having thoughtful dialogue with skeptics and non-believers. Our conversation this week and next, is based on Dr. Bock's 2019 book, Jesus, Skepticism, & the Problem of History. Dr. Darrell Bock has earned recognition as a Humboldt Scholar (Tübingen University in Germany), is the author of over 40 books, including well-regarded commentaries on Luke and Acts and studies of the historical Jesus, and work in cultural engagement as host of the seminary's Table Podcasts. He was president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) from 2000 to 2001, served as a consulting editor for Christianity Today, and serves on the boards of Wheaton College and Chosen People Ministries. His articles appear in leading publications. He is often an expert for the media on NT issues. Related Links: Free access to some related Watchman Profiles: Bart Ehrmanwatchman.org/EhrmanAtheismwatchman.org/AtheismAgnosticismwatchman.org/AgnosticMythicismwatchman.org/MythicismAdditional Resources FREE: We are also offering a subscription to our 4-page bimonthly Profiles here: www.watchman.org/Free. PROFILE NOTEBOOK: Order the complete collection of Watchman Fellowship Profiles (660 pages -- from Astrology to Zen Buddhism) in either printed or PDF formats here: watchman.org/notebook. SUPPORT: Help us create more content like this. Make a tax-deductible donation here: www.watchman.org/give. Apologetics Profile is a ministry of Watchman Fellowship For more information, visit www.watchman.org © Watchman Fellowship, Inc.

Duration:00:36:30

Episode 213: Year-in-Review: A Look Back on Apologetics Profile in 2023

12/29/2023
2023 Year-In-Review: This is the very first year-in-review episode for Apologetics Profile since we began broadcasting in 2019. This special edition features several highlights from our interviews from 2023, from aliens, atheists, and Latter-Day Saints, to the theaters of Athens and Hollywood, our featured guests remind us that we are all storytellers commissioned to tell the greatest story ever told, the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Chirst. Featured guests on this review include Dr. Gary Habermas, Dr. Frank Turek, Steve Matthews, Dr. Hugh Ross, Pastor David Marini, Ryan Burge, Andy Bannister, Dr. Paul Tyson, Bill McKeever, Justin Brierley, and James K. Walker. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider a tax-deductible donation at www.watchman.org/give. Additional Resources FREE: We are also offering a subscription to our 4-page bimonthly Profiles here: www.watchman.org/Free. PROFILE NOTEBOOK: Order the 2024 complete collection of Watchman Fellowship Profiles (660 pages -- from Astrology to Zen Buddhism) in either printed or PDF formats here: watchman.org/notebook. Apologetics Profile is a ministry of Watchman Fellowship For more information, visit www.watchman.org © Watchman Fellowship, Inc.

Duration:00:37:13

Episode 212: Why Believe? [Part 2] with Author and Theoretical Chemist Neil Shenvi

12/25/2023
How do we know that what we believe about Christianity is true? Our guest again this week, author, apologist, and theoretical chemist Neil Shenvi gives us some helpful and insightful ways to give a defense to those who ask of us how we know our faith in Christ is true. We continue to discuss his 2022 book, Why Believe? A Reasoned Approach to Christianity. Dr. Neil Shenvi grew up in Delaware and attended Princeton University as an undergraduate where he worked on high-dimensional function approximation. He became a Christian in Berkeley, CA where he did his PhD in Theoretical Chemistry at U.C. Berkeley on quantum computation, including topics in quantum random walks, cavity quantum electrodynamics, spin physics, and the N-representability problem. In 2015, he quit his job at Duke to homeschool his four children, He presently serves as the principal of the South Durham Academy for Math and Science (also known as Daddy Academy). He is also the author of Critical Dilemma - The Rise of Critical Theories and Social Justice Ideologies Implications for the Church and Society. Related Links: Free access to some related Watchman Profiles: Atheismwatchman.org/AtheismAgnosticismwatchman.org/Agnostic Naturalismwatchman.org/NaturalismScientismwatchman.org/ScientismAdditional Resources FREE: We are also offering a subscription to our 4-page bimonthly Profiles here: www.watchman.org/Free. PROFILE NOTEBOOK: Order the complete collection of Watchman Fellowship Profiles (over 600 pages -- from Astrology to Zen Buddhism) in either printed or PDF formats here: watchman.org/notebook. SUPPORT: Help us create more content like this. Make a tax-deductible donation here: www.watchman.org/give. Apologetics Profile is a ministry of Watchman Fellowship For more information, visit www.watchman.org © Watchman Fellowship, Inc.

Duration:00:35:13

Episode 211: Why Believe? [Part 1] with Author and Theoretical Chemist Neil Shenvi

12/18/2023
God has revealed Himself to us through His Spirit, through what He has created, through His word, and through His Son. The evidence of His existence is manifold. He did not lavish us with so much so that we might think His existence is something of a mere intellectual curiosity, but so that He might bring dead people back to life. Author, apologist, and theoretical chemist Neil Shenvi discusses with us his 2022 book, Why Believe? A Reasoned Approach to Christianity. Dr. Neil Shenvi grew up in Delaware and attended Princeton University as an undergraduate where he worked on high-dimensional function approximation. He became a Christian in Berkeley, CA where he did his PhD in Theoretical Chemistry at U.C. Berkeley on quantum computation, including topics in quantum random walks, cavity quantum electrodynamics, spin physics, and the N-representability problem. In 2015, he quit his job at Duke to homeschool his four children, He presently serves as the principal of the South Durham Academy for Math and Science (also known as Daddy Academy). He is also the author of Critical Dilemma - The Rise of Critical Theories and Social Justice Ideologies Implications for the Church and Society. Related Links: Free access to some related Watchman Profiles: Atheismwatchman.org/AtheismAgnosticismwatchman.org/Agnostic Naturalismwatchman.org/NaturalismScientismwatchman.org/ScientismAdditional Resources FREE: We are also offering a subscription to our 4-page bimonthly Profiles here: www.watchman.org/Free. PROFILE NOTEBOOK: Order the complete collection of Watchman Fellowship Profiles (over 600 pages -- from Astrology to Zen Buddhism) in either printed or PDF formats here: watchman.org/notebook. SUPPORT: Help us create more content like this. Make a tax-deductible donation here: www.watchman.org/give. Apologetics Profile is a ministry of Watchman Fellowship For more information, visit www.watchman.org © Watchman Fellowship, Inc.

Duration:00:38:43

Episode 210: Street Smarts [Part 2] with Christian Apologist Greg Koukl

12/11/2023
Two of the main challenges to the Christian faith today come from science and from textual criticism. Does the science of the universe disprove God's existence and have textual critics of Scripture once and for all demonstrated that the Bible is historically unreliable? If we aren't scholars in this area, how can we even begin to engage these objections, especially when many seem so antagonistically opposed to the Bible today? The key is asking the right questions, which our guest again this week, author, apologist, and founder of Stand to Reason ministries Greg Koukl, has a wealth of experience in doing. Greg shares with us some of the wisdom he has gleaned from Jesus's agrarian parables to encourage you in your engagement with non-believers. Greg Koukl founded Stand to Reason (str.org) in 1993 and currently serves as president. He has spoken on more than 70 college and university campuses both in the U.S. and abroad and has hosted his own call-in radio show for 27 years, advocating for “Christianity worth thinking about.” He has debated atheist Michael Shermer on national radio and Deepak Chopra on national television. An award-winning writer and best-selling author, Greg has written seven books, including CThe Story of Reality-How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between; Tactics-A GamePlan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions, and Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air. Greg has been featured on Focus on the Family radio and has been interviewed for CBN and the BBC. He's been quoted in Christianity Today, U.S. News & World Report, and the L.A. Times. Related Links: Free access to some related Watchman Profiles: Atheismwatchman.org/AtheismAgnosticismwatchman.org/Agnostic Naturalismwatchman.org/NaturalismScientismwatchman.org/ScientismAdditional Resources FREE: We are also offering a subscription to our 4-page bimonthly Profiles here: www.watchman.org/Free. PROFILE NOTEBOOK: Order the complete collection of Watchman Fellowship Profiles (over 600 pages -- from Astrology to Zen Buddhism) in either printed or PDF formats here: watchman.org/notebook. SUPPORT: Help us create more content like this. Make a tax-deductible donation here: www.watchman.org/give. Apologetics Profile is a ministry of Watchman Fellowship For more information, visit www.watchman.org © Watchman Fellowship, Inc.

Duration:00:32:31

Episode 209: Street Smarts [Part 1] with Christian Apologist Greg Koukl

12/4/2023
It seems to be more and more difficult in today's divisive culture wars to have civil and meaningful conversations with non-Christians. While we certainly do not wish to change the message of the Gospel, it is important to understand what are the sort of fruitful approaches to sharing our faith that can help at least begin such conversations. Evangelism is not what it used to be. On the next two episodes of the Profile we talk with author, apologist, and founder of Stand to Reason ministries Greg Koukl about his latest book, Street Smarts. Greg gives us wisdom for how to engage those on the outside by means of understanding the nature of gardening. Greg Koukl founded Stand to Reason (str.org) in 1993 and currently serves as president. He has spoken on more than 70 college and university campuses both in the U.S. and abroad and has hosted his own call-in radio show for 27 years, advocating for “Christianity worth thinking about.” He has debated atheist Michael Shermer on national radio and Deepak Chopra on national television. An award-winning writer and best-selling author, Greg has written seven books, including CThe Story of Reality-How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between; Tactics-A GamePlan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions, and Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air. Greg has been featured on Focus on the Family radio and has been interviewed for CBN and the BBC. He's been quoted in Christianity Today, U.S. News & World Report, and the L.A. Times. Related Links: Free access to some related Watchman Profiles: Atheismwatchman.org/AtheismAgnosticismwatchman.org/Agnostic Naturalismwatchman.org/NaturalismScientismwatchman.org/ScientismAdditional Resources FREE: We are also offering a subscription to our 4-page bimonthly Profiles here: www.watchman.org/Free. PROFILE NOTEBOOK: Order the complete collection of Watchman Fellowship Profiles (over 600 pages -- from Astrology to Zen Buddhism) in either printed or PDF formats here: watchman.org/notebook. SUPPORT: Help us create more content like this. Make a tax-deductible donation here: www.watchman.org/give. Apologetics Profile is a ministry of Watchman Fellowship For more information, visit www.watchman.org © Watchman Fellowship, Inc.

Duration:00:40:53

Episode 208: The Urantia Book Controversy [Part 2] with Andre Traversa and James Walker

11/27/2023
In this episode, Watchman Fellowship president, James Walker, concludes his interview with Andre Traversa, former advocate of the Urantia Book. This mysterious and controversial book was allegedly communicated by numerous spiritual or celestial beings between 1924 and 1955. The book includes a reports on the "missing years" of the life of Jesus and describing extraterrestrial life on other planets in an elaborate cosmology which includes the Central and Superuniverses. Two of the main human sources of the Urantia Book are the former Seventh Day Adventist couple, William and Lena Sadler. The Urantia Book is huge (about 2,000 pages) and was reported to have physically materialized from spiritual sources in periodic installments over three decades. The book belongs to a genre of spiritual literature sourced from occult methodologies such as automatic writing, channeling, Ouija (spirit) boards and the "Sleeping Prophet" Edgar Casey, This week and next, we discuss the possible sources of the Urantia Book and document some of the dangers inherent in seeking truth through such sources. Related Links: Free access to some related Watchman Profiles: The Urantia Bookwatchman.org/UrantiaSeventh Day Adventismwatchman.org/SDA Channelingwatchman.org/Channeling Edgar Caseywatchman.org/CayceThe Occultwatchman.org/ProfileOccultAdditional Resources FREE: We are also offering a subscription to our 4-page bimonthly Profiles here: www.watchman.org/Free. PROFILE NOTEBOOK: Order the complete collection of Watchman Fellowship Profiles (over 600 pages -- from Astrology to Zen Buddhism) in either printed or PDF formats here: watchman.org/notebook. SUPPORT: Help us create more content like this. Make a tax-deductible donation here: www.watchman.org/give. Apologetics Profile is a ministry of Watchman Fellowship For more information, visit www.watchman.org © Watchman Fellowship, Inc.

Duration:00:35:30

Episode 207: The Urantia Book Controversy [Part 1] with Andre Traversa and James Walker

11/20/2023
James Walker, president of Watchman Fellowship, interviews Andre Traversa, former advocate of the Urantia Book. This mysterious and controversial book was allegedly communicated by numerous spiritual or celestial beings between 1924 and 1955. The book includes a reports on the "missing years" of the life of Jesus and describing extraterrestrial life on other planets in an elaborate cosmology which includes the Central and Superuniverses. Two of the main human sources of the Uranta Book are the former Seventh Day Adventist couple, William and Lena Sadler. The Urantia Book is huge (about 2,000 pages) and was reported to have physically materialized from spiritual sources in periodic installments over three decades. The book belongs to a genre of spiritual literature sourced from occult methodologies such as automatic writing, channeling, Ouija (spirit) boards and the "Sleeping Prophet" Edgar Casey, This week and next, we discuss the possible sources of the Urantia Book and document some of the dangers inherent in seeking truth through such sources. Related Links: Free access to some related Watchman Profiles: The Urantia Bookwatchman.org/UrantiaSeventh Day Adventismwatchman.org/SDA Channelingwatchman.org/Channeling Edgar Caseywatchman.org/CayceThe Occultwatchman.org/ProfileOccultAdditional Resources FREE: We are also offering a subscription to our 4-page bimonthly Profiles here: www.watchman.org/Free. PROFILE NOTEBOOK: Order the complete collection of Watchman Fellowship Profiles (over 600 pages -- from Astrology to Zen Buddhism) in either printed or PDF formats here: watchman.org/notebook. SUPPORT: Help us create more content like this. Make a tax-deductible donation here: www.watchman.org/give. Apologetics Profile is a ministry of Watchman Fellowship For more information, visit www.watchman.org © Watchman Fellowship, Inc.

Duration:00:43:09

Episode 206: Dr. Richard Howe and Daniel Ray Discuss Philosophy and Theology [Part 2]

11/13/2023
What does Athens have to do with Jerusalem? Much in every way, as bad philosophy has made a number of inroads into the Church today, including philosophical assumptions about how scholars and laypersons alike ought to interpret and understand the Bible. Objective truth about the historicity and teaching of Scripture is being routinely questioned and jettisoned by higher academics. How should we respond? Our guest again this week Dr. Richard G. Howe, professor of philosophy at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, shares with us in a winsome and meaningful way how we need to cultivate a habit of applying sound philosophical and theological thinking to counter the baleful trends besetting our culture today. Richard G. Howe (RichardGHowe.com) is a writer as well as a public speaker and debater in churches, conferences, and university campuses on issues concerning Christian apologetics and philosophy. He is Provost, Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics, and Norman L. Geisler Chair of Christian Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Howe is Past President of the International Society of Christian Apologetics. In their free time, Richard and his wife Rebekah enjoy international travel. Link to Richard's brother Thomas Howe's book, Objectivity in Biblical Interpretation, mentioned in this episode. Related Links: Free access to some related Watchman Profiles: Atheismwatchman.org/AtheismAgnosticismwatchman.org/Agnostic Naturalismwatchman.org/NaturalismScientismwatchman.org/ScientismAdditional Resources FREE: We are also offering a subscription to our 4-page bimonthly Profiles here: www.watchman.org/Free. PROFILE NOTEBOOK: Order the complete collection of Watchman Fellowship Profiles (over 600 pages -- from Astrology to Zen Buddhism) in either printed or PDF formats here: watchman.org/notebook. SUPPORT: Help us create more content like this. Make a tax-deductible donation here: www.watchman.org/give. Apologetics Profile is a ministry of Watchman Fellowship For more information, visit www.watchman.org © Watchman Fellowship, Inc.

Duration:00:44:43

Episode 205: Dr. Richard Howe and Daniel Ray Discuss Philosophy and Theology [Part 1]

11/6/2023
Science offers us a great deal of remarkable insights to the nature of the physical world. From distant galaxies to the DNA in our bodies, the world is replete with God's handiwork. But not everyone sees it this way. Scientists who do not believe in God will often offer explanations for why they think God likely does not exist, but when they do, they are not using the methods and tools of science to do so, they are making philosophical arguments. This week and next on the profile, our guest is Dr. Richard G. Howe, professor of philosophy at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, conversationally helps us to understand how philosophy and theology go together in equipping us to us discern and respond to the empty philosophy and deceit of our confused postmodern milieu. Richard G. Howe (RichardGHowe.com) is a writer as well as a public speaker and debater in churches, conferences, and university campuses on issues concerning Christian apologetics and philosophy. He is Provost, Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics, and Norman L. Geisler Chair of Christian Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Howe is Past President of the International Society of Christian Apologetics. In their free time, Richard and his wife Rebekah enjoy international travel. Link: The Comprehensive Guide to Science and Faith featuring Richard's article as quoted in this episode. Related Links: Free access to some related Watchman Profiles: Atheismwatchman.org/AtheismAgnosticismwatchman.org/Agnostic Naturalismwatchman.org/NaturalismScientismwatchman.org/ScientismAdditional Resources FREE: We are also offering a subscription to our 4-page bimonthly Profiles here: www.watchman.org/Free. PROFILE NOTEBOOK: Order the complete collection of Watchman Fellowship Profiles (over 600 pages -- from Astrology to Zen Buddhism) in either printed or PDF formats here: watchman.org/notebook. SUPPORT: Help us create more content like this. Make a tax-deductible donation here: www.watchman.org/give. Apologetics Profile is a ministry of Watchman Fellowship For more information, visit www.watchman.org © Watchman Fellowship, Inc.

Duration:00:44:38

Episode 204: The Baha'i Faith [Part 2] with Steve Matthews and James Walker

10/30/2023
204 The Baha'i Faith [Part 2] with Steve Matthews and James Walker Jesus once asked His disciples who they thought He was. Rightly did Peter confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Such a confession was not revealed to Peter by flesh and blood, but by the Father, as Jesus told Him. There are adherents of the Bahai'i Faith, an offshoot of Shiite Islam that began in 1844, who claim they follow the teachings of Jesus too. There are some 8,000 Baha'i centers of worship in the U.S. and many Americans adhere to the Baha'i faith. But who do the Baha'i say that Jesus is? Is he the same Jesus of the Bible? This week on the Profile we continue our conversation with counter-cult apologist Steve Matthews, who continues to unpack the syncretistic and contrary doctrines and practices of the Baha'i faith. Steve Matthews is a Christian countercult apologist who is not only passionate about researching the more established cults, but also in responding to the newer emerging groups as well. He has his M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Trinity International University and is involved in launching ExaminingTheCults. Related Links: Free access to some related Watchman Profiles: The Baha'i Faithwatchman.org/BahaiShia Islamwatchman.org/ShiaThe Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam watchman.org/AhmadiyyaIslamwatchman.org/IslamProfileAdditional Resources FREE: We are also offering a subscription to our 4-page bimonthly Profiles here: www.watchman.org/Free. PROFILE NOTEBOOK: Order the complete collection of Watchman Fellowship Profiles (over 600 pages -- from Astrology to Zen Buddhism) in either printed or PDF formats here: watchman.org/notebook. SUPPORT: Help us create more content like this. Make a tax-deductible donation here: www.watchman.org/give. Apologetics Profile is a ministry of Watchman Fellowship For more information, visit www.watchman.org © Watchman Fellowship, Inc.

Duration:00:42:31

Episode 203: The Baha'i Faith [Part 1] with Steve Matthews and James Walker

10/23/2023
You have probably seen the bumper sticker "COEXIST" made up of several different symbols representing different belief systems and religions. But that bumper sticker is a command, an imperative. The fundamental question about that bumper sticker is "Who is issuing this command?" The Baha'i Faith is no exception to this inclusivism. They attempt to affirm that other religions are valid revelations of God and even ascribe to some of the teachings of Jesus. But this inclusivism is not really inclusive, as the only proper interpretation of the world's religions is given through the ultimate authority of the Baha'i faith, Baha’u’llah, who died in 1892. This week James Walker, the president of Watchman Fellowship, speaks with counter-cult apologist Steve Matthews who gives us an in-depth analysis of the Baha'i faith and why their doctrines of inclusivism and of Jesus are both contradictory and in error. Steve Matthews is a Christian countercult apologist who is not only passionate about researching the more established cults, but also in responding to the newer emerging groups as well. He has his M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Trinity International University and is involved in launching ExaminingTheCults. Related Links: Free access to some related Watchman Profiles: The Baha'i Faithwatchman.org/BahaiShia Islamwatchman.org/ShiaThe Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam watchman.org/AhmadiyyaIslamwatchman.org/IslamProfileAdditional Resources FREE: We are also offering a subscription to our 4-page bimonthly Profiles here: www.watchman.org/Free. PROFILE NOTEBOOK: Order the complete collection of Watchman Fellowship Profiles (over 600 pages -- from Astrology to Zen Buddhism) in either printed or PDF formats here: watchman.org/notebook. SUPPORT: Help us create more content like this. Make a tax-deductible donation here: www.watchman.org/give. Apologetics Profile is a ministry of Watchman Fellowship For more information, visit www.watchman.org © Watchman Fellowship, Inc.

Duration:00:39:26

Episode 202: The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God with Justin Brierley [Part 2]

10/16/2023
For decades, we have been told a familiar but baleful tale, one that claims scientific discoveries in the cosmos have "dethroned" our human significance in the universe. But is this true? Are we really insignificant? Not at all. Our guest again this week is author & broadcaster Justin Brierley, author of the new book, The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God - Why New Atheism Grew Old and Secular Thinkers Are Considering Christianity Again. Rather than denigrating our uniqueness and specialness as being created in the image of God, and rather than disproving God's existence, science seems to be reminding at least a few leading scientists and cultural intellectuals of the profundity and grandeur of the Christian faith. Is atheism in retreat? Is Christianity making a comeback? Come and see. Justin Brierley is a freelance writer, speaker and broadcaster who has become known for creating dialogues between Christians and non-Christians. Justin is passionate about creating conversations around faith, science, theology and culture. Through creative use of podcast, radio, print, video and social media, he aims to showcase an intellectually compelling case for Christianity, while taking seriously the questions and objections of sceptics. Justin has worked in radio, podcast and video for over two decades. Until April 2023 he was Theology & Apologetics Editor for Premier Christian Radio, and hosted the Unbelievable? radio show and podcast as well as the Ask NT Wright Anything podcast. Justin was also editor of Premier Christianity magazine from 2014-2018, for which he continues to contribute articles. Justin's first book, Unbelievable? Why, after ten years of talking with atheists, I'm Still a Christian (SPCK) was published in 2017. Related Links: Free access to some related Watchman Profiles: Atheismwatchman.org/AtheismAgnosticismwatchman.orgAgnosticNaturalismwatchman.org/NaturalismAdditional Resources FREE: We are also offering a subscription to our 4-page bimonthly Profiles here: www.watchman.org/Free. PROFILE NOTEBOOK: Order the complete collection of Watchman Fellowship Profiles (over 600 pages -- from Astrology to Zen Buddhism) in either printed or PDF formats here: watchman.org/notebook. SUPPORT: Help us create more content like this. Make a tax-deductible donation here: www.watchman.org/give. Apologetics Profile is a ministry of Watchman Fellowship For more information, visit www.watchman.org © Watchman Fellowship, Inc.

Duration:00:52:01