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  • Atheism Remix

    from Keith Mathison Jun 23, 2009 Category: Articles

    In 2004, Alister McGrath published a book entitled The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World. Although the book did not suggest that atheism was dead, its publication may have been a bit premature. For in 2006, atheism scored a propaganda coup with the media attention given to three best-selling books promoting a new and aggressive form of atheism: The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, Breaking the Spell by Daniel Dennett, and Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris. Not to be outdone, Christopher Hitchens published the best-selling God Is Not Great in 2007. Dubbed the "New Atheists" for their belligerent tone and militant intolerance, these authors have declared war on theism in general and Christianity in particular, and they have emboldened a new generation of skeptics. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Revelation

    from Keith Mathison Jun 20, 2009 Category: Articles

    Preparing a "Top 5" list of commentaries on the book of Revelation is extremely challenging in a number of ways. I cannot point to a single commentary with which I agree entirely. My own understanding of the book is set forth in a very summary manner in the last chapter of my book From Age to Age (a chapter that is not intended to be read until all of the other chapters have been completed). Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Malachi

    from Keith Mathison Jun 13, 2009 Category: Articles

    The book of Malachi is the last of the twelve Minor Prophets, and little is known of the author himself aside from what may be inferred from the contents of his book. There are a number of helpful commentaries on the Book of Malachi, and the following are five of the best.    Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Epistles of John

    from Keith Mathison Jun 06, 2009 Category: Articles

    The three epistles of John were likely written from Ephesus between A.D. 80 and 85. This would make them among the last New Testament books to be written. There are a number of helpful commentaries on the Epistles of John, and the following are five of the best.   Keep Reading
  • Study Apologetics at Home with Ligonier Academy

    from Keith Mathison Jun 02, 2009 Category: Ligonier Academy

    Scripture exhorts us to always be ready to make a defense to anyone who asks us for a reason for the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15). Are you ready? What would you say if challenged by an atheist or agnostic? What would you say if challenged by a Muslim or a Mormon? Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Zechariah

    from Keith Mathison May 30, 2009 Category: Articles

    The book of Zechariah is the lengthiest of the so-called Minor Prophets and one of the most difficult books in the Old Testament. There are a number of helpful commentaries on the Book of Zechariah, and the following are five of the best. Keep Reading
  • Two Kingdoms, One God

    from Keith Mathison May 27, 2009 Category: Articles

    Without a doubt, the greatest theologian in the first thousand years of the church was Augustine of Hippo (354-430). His voluminous theological, exegetical, and devotional writings have had a lasting impact and continue to be studied to this day. One of Augustine's greatest works is The City of God, written to defend the Christian faith from its pagan attackers as the Roman Empire was collapsing. It is one of the most influential books ever written. The City of God is available in a number of English translations, but one of the clearest and most readable is the translation by Henry Bettenson in the Penguin Classics series. Keep Reading
  • Study Scripture at Home with Ligonier Academy

    from Keith Mathison May 25, 2009 Category: Ligonier Academy

    All Scripture is inspired and profitable, but Scripture does not profit us if we do not read and understand it. Many of us as Christians have been confused at times when we tried to understand the Bible. As believers, we know that Scripture is the Word of God, but what are we to make of all these histories, and genealogies, and letters, and psalms? How do these various books form a coherent whole? Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Books of 2 Peter and Jude

    from Keith Mathison May 23, 2009 Category: Articles

    The epistles of 2 Peter and Jude are among the most neglected books in the Bible. Both books are dealing with the same problem. 2 Peter and Jude were written to combat the rise of false teachers in the Christian churches. These books are, therefore, extraordinarily relevant, even today. There are a number of helpful commentaries on the books of 2 Peter and Jude, and the following are five of the best. Keep Reading
  • Study Theology at Home with Ligonier Academy

    from Keith Mathison May 18, 2009 Category: Ligonier Academy

    Every Christian is a theologian. Not all Christians are professional theologians, but we are all theologians because we are all thinking and learning about the things of God. The question is not whether we are theologians or not, but whether we are good theologians or bad theologians. Because our theology affects every aspect of our lives, from our worship to our work, it is vitally important that we be good theologians. Keep Reading

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