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Apologetics & Theological Ministry Web Sites
The term ’apologetics’ derives from the Greek word apologia. Although it is derived from the same word as the English word ’apology’ – the meaning is quite different. In the ancient Greek world an apologia was a legal defense of oneself, similar to the speech a modern-day defense lawyer makes in a courtroom on behalf of their client. It did not mean “a regretful acknowledgement of an offence or error” but a carefully reasoned defense of one’s beliefs or actions.
The Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry (CARM) is dedicated to the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ and the promotion and defense of the Christian Gospel, doctrine, and theology. To do this, CARM analyzes religious and non-religious movements and compares them to the Bible. We examine abortion, atheism, evolution, Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, relativism, Roman Catholicism, Wicca, universalism, (and more), along with Christian preachers and teachers. In all our analyses we use the Bible as the final standard of truth in order to defend and promote Christianity.
Alpha and Omega Ministries is a Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. James White, director, is a professor, having taught Greek, Systematic Theology, and various topics in the field of apologetics for numerous schools. He has authored or contributed to more than twenty four books, including The King James Only Controversy, The Forgotten Trinity, The Potter’s Freedom, The God Who Justifies and What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an. He is an accomplished debater, having engaged in more than one-hundred thirty moderated, public debates with leading proponents of Roman Catholicism, Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Mormonism, as well as critics such as Bart Ehrman, John Dominic Crossan, Marcus Borg, and John Shelby Spong. He is an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church.
Billions profess to believe in the historical existence, death, and supernatural resurrection of Jesus. This man from Nazareth, a working-class Jew, made an exclusive claim to personal deity. The size of his popular religion and this one audacious claim refuse to be ignored, yet neither one amounts to evidence.
Gary Habermas has dedicated his professional life to the examination of the relevant historical, philosophical, and theological issues surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus. His extensive list of publications and debates provides a thorough account of the current state of the issue. Christian believers as well as unbelievers may find within the contents of this site a strong argument for the philosophical possibility of miracles and the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus, as well as the theological and practical implications of this event.
Ligonier Ministries is an international Christian discipleship organization founded by theologian Dr. R.C. Sproul in 1971 to equip Christians to articulate what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it, and how to share it. Proclaiming God’s holiness is central to Ligonier’s purpose.
Ligonier produces Renewing Your Mind radio broadcasts, the Reformation Study Bible, Tabletalk magazine, books through the Reformation Trust Publishing division, and various teaching series. It also offers academic degrees through the Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies and Reformation Bible College. In addition, Ligonier hosts national and regional conferences, offers an online learning community through Ligonier Connect, streams twenty-four-hour Christian internet radio through RefNet, and makes available more than 8,000 unique resources online at Ligonier.org.
Dr. Norman Geisler, PhD, is a prolific author, veteran professor, speaker, lecturer, traveler, philosopher, apologist, evangelist, and theologian. To those who ask, “Who is Norm Geisler?” some have suggested, “Well, imagine a cross between Thomas Aquinas and Billy Graham and you’re not too far off.”
Norm has authored/coauthored over 90 books and hundreds of articles. He has taught theology, philosophy, and apologetics on the college or graduate level for over 50 years. He has served as a professor at some of the finest Seminaries in the United States, including Trinity Evangelical Seminary, Dallas Seminary, and Southern Evangelical Seminary. He now lends his talents to Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California, as the Distinguished Professor of Apologetics.
The primary mission of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries is to reach and challenge those who shape the ideas of a culture with the credibility of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Distinctive in its strong evangelistic and apologetic foundation, the ministry of RZIM is intended to touch both the heart and the intellect of the thinkers and influencers of society through the support of the visionary leadership of Ravi Zacharias.
Our vision is to build a team with a fivefold thrust of evangelism, apologetics, spiritual disciplines, training, and humanitarian support so that the mandate of I Peter 3:15 might be fulfilled: to set apart Christ in our hearts as Lord and always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is within us, with gentleness and respect, all for the glory of God.
Reasonable Faith aims to provide in the public arena an intelligent, articulate, and uncompromising yet gracious Christian perspective on the most important issues concerning the truth of the Christian faith today, such as:
The existence of God.
The meaning of life.
The objectivity of truth.
The foundation of moral values.
The creation of the universe.
The reliability of the Gospels.
The uniqueness of Jesus.
The historicity of the resurrection.
The challenge of religious pluralism.
Reasonable Faith features the work of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig in order to carry out its three-fold mission:
1. To provide an articulate, intelligent voice for biblical Christianity in the public arena.
2. To challenge unbelievers with the truth of biblical Christianity.
3. To train Christians to state and defend Christian truth claims with greater effectiveness.
Real Followers Of Jesus Christ – How Can You Tell? (John Piper’s Test)
Wretched With Todd Friel (Wretched as in “saved a wretch like me”.) is kind of hard to describe. You just have to see for yourself. He addresses issues head on many people (including many Christians) would rather avoid, names names, and does it with a sense of humor. He might make you mad – but he will make you think.
Bible Study Resources
E-Sword – FREE downloadable resource with bibles, commentaries, dictionaries.
Bible Gateway – Online bible reference site with user friendly search tools.
Bible Timeline – Linear timeline of people, events, & books of the Bible.
Online Dictionary Of Theological Terminology – Amazing resource for theological terms!
The Dixon Pentecostal Research Center – Collects, preserves and makes available for research Church of God, Pentecostal and Charismatic documents, records and other archival formats.
Muslim Ministry Resources
Thoroughly researched truth presented in context and terminology familiar to Muslims.