The Cerebral Faith Podcast
By Evan Minton
This podcast talks about the arguments for God's existence, the historical evidence for Jesus' resurrection, the toughest objections skeptics pose against the Christian faith, theological issues like soteriology and eschatology (i.e the doctrine of the last days), and so much more. Listen to this podcast (hosted by apologist Evan Minton) whether you are already a Christian, a hardcore skeptic, or a spiritual seeker, and you will discover that you can be a Christian BECAUSE of using your brain rather than in spite of using it.
Episode 123: Baby Dinosaurs On The Ark? - With Janet Kellogg Ray
The issue of science and faith is a struggle for many Christians. How to we reconcile the findings of science regarding an old earth and evolution with our Christian faith? Can they be reconciled? And what does the evidence from science even say in the first place? What evidence is there for an old earth? What evidence is there for evolution? In today's episode, Evan Minton interviews Janet Kellogg Ray, author of “Baby Dinosaurs On The Ark?: The Bible and Modern Science And The Trouble Of Making It All Fit” which talks about this subject. Get yourself a copy here --> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0802879446/ref=x_gr_w_bb_sin?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_sin-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0802879446&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2 Janet Kellogg Ray's blog --> https://janetkray.com/author/janetkray/
September 11, 2021
Episode 122: Misunderstandings On The Mount
The Sermon On The Mount recorded in Matthew 5-7 has many teachings of Jesus that He intended for members of the kingdom of God to follow. However, not everything in this passage is correctly understood by Bible readers. Many misconceptions and misinterpretations abound. In this episode, Evan Minton sets the record straight on many of Jesus' teachings recorded. The topics to discuss are: *Light Of The World and Showing Off - Matthew 5:14-16 *Since Jesus Said He Came Not To Abolish The Law, Are We Still Bound By Old Testament? - Matthew 5:17-18 *Jesus said never to get angry? - Matthew 5:21-22 *The Commandment Not To Lust - Matthew 5:28 *Did Jesus contradict Leviticus? - Matthew 5:38-42 *The Commandment To Love Your Enemies. - Matthew 5:43-48 *Rain On The Just and The Unjust Is Showing Kindness Not Allowing Bad Things To Happen. - Matthew 5:45 *Did Jesus Say Not To Judge? - Matthew 7:1 --------------------------------------------------- BE SURE TO CHECK OUT: "'Whoever Looks at a Woman With Lust': Misinterpreted Bible Passages #1" by Jason A. Staples -- https://www.jasonstaples.com/bible/most-misinterpreted-bible-passages-1-matthew-527-28/amp/?fbclid=IwAR19o5Q71DfEknfehmt9CUJkGv966zNkZYM-Q8ZVAT9GYDEBUO36NY0WtP4 The Cerebral Faith Podcast, Episode 85: Does God Punish Thought Crimes?" -- https://anchor.fm/evan-minton/episodes/Episode-85-Does-God-Punish-Thought-Crimes-ejre7p "What does it mean that Jesus fulfilled the law, but did not abolish it?" - https://www.gotquestions.org/abolish-fulfill-law.html
September 4, 2021
Episode 121: Responding to Sean Carrol’s Article On The Soul - With Michael Jones
Sean Carrol wrote a blog post titled "Physics and The Immortality Of The Soul" in which he argues that physicalism is the only scientifically viable model of anthropology. In this episode, Michael Jones of Inspiring Philosophy tackles the article and shows why Carrol's arguments do nothing to refute either substance dualism or idealism. To read Carrol's article, click here --> -- https://www.preposterousuniverse.com/blog/2011/05/23/physics-and-the-immortality-of-the-soul/?fbclid=IwAR3viwEcXeyOT40BIhJrQd9EUQFZmN4mQZMAWbxSvMJ1nxXrM1sVIo7Le18 To see Inspiring Philosophy's video series on the soul, click here --> https://inspiringphilosophy.org/the-case-for-the-soul/
August 28, 2021
Episode 120: DEBATE - Is Annihilationism Or Universalism True?
The debate on the nature of Hell usually takes place between those who believe it consists of eternal torture and those who believe the wicked are annihilated. Often overlooked is a third view of Hell; Universalism. This view asserts that all people will eventually be saved either in this life or the next. How does the case for Annihilationism fare compared to the case for universalism? In this debate, Chris Date will defend the Annihilationist position and Caleb Jackson will defend the Universalist position. -------------- To support this ministry financially, go to www.patreon.com/cerebralfaith To see more material from Chris Date, check out https://www.theopologetics.com and www.RethinkingHell.com To check out Caleb Jackson's books, go to his Amazon page here -- "Searching For A Solution To Suffering" -- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08TCG2WSZ?pf_rd_r=72G84SHX2R3B7ABM4VFD&pf_rd_p=8fe9b1d0-f378-4356-8bb8-cada7525eadd&pd_rd_r=d87185d2-1811-4305-8577-e47593b1cf59&pd_rd_w=pIYIh&pd_rd_wg=g8XS3&ref_=pd_gw_unk "Undead" -- https://www.amazon.com/Undead-Historical-Investigation-Miracle-History-ebook/dp/B07YX75FYL/ref=pd_sim_1/147-9342919-9850456?pd_rd_w=LQ4dX&pf_rd_p=bc5856f7-ca30-40b6-8d37-7814a2494e00&pf_rd_r=GT7B7SHAPP4YTAMZ861A&pd_rd_r=15f33f56-e73c-40a9-8c2c-78522d1b7fd0&pd_rd_wg=4pUf9&pd_rd_i=B07YX75FYL&psc=1
August 21, 2021
Episode 119: Is Belief In God Properly Basic? - With David Pallmann and Caleb Jackson.
Is belief in God properly basic or do you have to have knowledge of the arguments for God’s existence in order to be justified in believing that God exists? Or can the inner witness of The Holy Spirit itself serve as a form of evidence? In this episode, Evan Minton, Caleb Jackson, and David Pallmann discuss this very subject. BE SURE TO CHECK OUT: “The Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism” animated video —> The Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism Alvin Platinga’s Talk On The Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism —> https://www.bethinking.org/atheism/an-evolutionary-argument-against-naturalism. “Searching For A Solution To Suffering” by Caleb Jackson —> https://www.amazon.com/Searching-Solution-Suffering-Christian-Response-ebook/dp/B08TCG2WSZ/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Caleb+Jackson&qid=1628733998&sr=8-1 “Undead” by Caleb Jackson —> https://www.amazon.com/Undead-Historical-Investigation-Miracle-History-ebook/dp/B07YX75FYL/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Caleb+Jackson&qid=1628733998&sr=8-2 David Pallmann’s YouTube channel; Faith Because Of Reason. —> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8sTncrKOJtT3J4TEwg7fag
August 14, 2021
Episode 118: Ben Stanhope Responds To Terry Mortenson’s article “Reading Genesis: ANE Hermeneutic VS. Plain Meaning”
Is looking at Ancient Near Eastern creation texts just a categorically wrongheaded approach in trying to understand Genesis 1 or The Old Testament in general? Dr. Terry Mortenson thinks so, and he argued as much in his article "Reading Genesis: ANE Hermenuetic VS. The Plain Meaning". In this episode, Old Testament scholar Ben Stanhope and Evan Minton offer their thoughts on Mortenson's article. Terry Mortenson's article can be read here --> https://answersingenesis.org/genesis/genesis-ane-hermeneutic-vs-plain-meaning/?fbclid=IwAR2QP9MDUjFjRsO5ipFoqiBfvwcLWsUQp4JoxMbcImj26HCsmd4KCtpaQnA To pick up Ben Stanhope's book "(Mis)Interpreting Genesis", click here --> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08R35P84H/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0
August 7, 2021
Episode 117: Is The New Testament Historically Reliable?
Are the gospels historically reliable? Many skeptics would argue that they are not. They will say they’re embellished tales of a man named Jesus at best and outright fairy tales at worst. But is that where the evidence truly points? This episode’s guest, Dr. Craig Blomberg would say no. In this episode, Evan Minton and Craig Blomberg discuss the evidence for the reliability of the New Testament gospels. They cover whether the gospels were authored by the people whose names they bear, whether The New Testament content has been reliably preserved through the generations, and extra-biblical and internal evidence that the gospel authors were recording real history. Be sure to check out: “The Historical Reliability Of The Gospels” by Craig Blomberg — https://www.amazon.com/Historical-Reliability-Gospels-Craig-Blomberg/dp/0830828079/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=Craig+Blomberg&qid=1626453969&sr=8-5 “The Historical Reliability Of John’s Gospel” by Craig Blomberg — https://www.amazon.com/Historical-Reliability-Johns-Gospel-Commentary/dp/0830838716/ref=sr_1_13?dchild=1&keywords=Craig+Blomberg&qid=1626453969&sr=8-13 “The Historical Reliability Of The New Testament” by Craig Blomberg — https://www.amazon.com/Historical-Reliability-New-Testament-Evangelical/dp/0805464379/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Craig+Blomberg&qid=1626453969&sr=8-2
July 24, 2021
Episode 116: Were The Appearances Of Jesus Mere Visions? - With Michael Licona
Dr. Michael Licona tackles an argument against the resurrection appearances being mere visions. This argument was brought up in a Reddit thread by a skeptic, and the text was e-mailed to Evan Minton from a questioner. Be sure to check out: "The Resurrection Of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach" by Michael Licona https://www.amazon.com/Resurrection-Jesus-New-Historiographical-Approach/dp/0830827196/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=the+resurrection+of+Jesus&qid=1624645868&sr=8-2 "The Resurrection Of The Son Of God" - by N.T Wright https://www.amazon.com/Resurrection-Christian-Origins-Question-Vol/dp/0800626796/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+resurrection+of+the+son+of+God&qid=1624645925&sr=8-1 "The Case For The Resurrection Of Jesus" video series on Cerebral Faith Video. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsfPsBeDNw3z7ovulWWpQReax05cpCa-V
July 17, 2021
Episode 115: Does The Old Testament Paint God In A Bad Light? - With Paul Copan
Is The God of The Old Testament a bloodthirsty, slave owning, narcissistic entity? Many skeptics of The Bible would argue that is. How could a good God command the genocide of the Canaanites? How could He regulate slavery instead of outright ban it? Does that mean God is ok with slavery? If so, how could we worship such a God; a God who thinks humans should be owned as property? And what about that strange episode where some youths mock Elijah and God calls two she-bears to attack them on Elijah’s behalf? Today’s guest is Paul Copan, and he tackles all of these issues and more. To go even deeper into these subjects, check out these resources: *”Is God A Moral Monster?: Making Sense Of The God Of The Old Testament” by Paul Copan —> https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004EPYPY4/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 *”Did God Really Command Genocide?” by Paul Copan and Matthew Flanagan. —> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OY906CA/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i7 *”Worship Me Or Burn: The Oversimplification Of An Atheist Meme” by Evan Minton. —> https://cerebralfaith.net/worship-me-or-burn-the-oversimplification-of-an-atheist-meme/
July 10, 2021
Episode 114: Discussing The Origin Of Life - With Hugh Ross and Fuz Rana
The origin of the first life: how did it happen? What caused it? Was it the result of blind natural processes or was an intelligent Creator behind it? What does the latest up to date scientific information have to say regarding this question? To discuss this, Mr. Minton interviews Doctors Hugh Ross and Fasale Rana of Reasons To Believe who have done a lot of research and writing on the origin of life. Be sure to check out: “Origins Of Life: Biblical and Evolutionary Models Face Off” by Hugh Ross and Fasale Rana —> https://www.amazon.com/Origins-Life-Biblical-Evolutionary-Models-ebook/dp/B00N7WY6XA/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Origin+of+Life+Ross+Rana&qid=1625104730&sr=8-1 “Creating Life In The Lab: How New Scientific Discoveries In Synthetic Biology Make The Case For A Creator” —> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004HKIIDU/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i2 “The Creator and The Cosmos: How The Latest Scientific Discoveries Reveal God” —https://www.amazon.com/Creator-Cosmos-Latest-Scientific-Discoveries-ebook/dp/B07BB5SNXS/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=The+Creator+and+The+Cosmos&qid=1625104853&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
July 3, 2021
Episode 113: The Case For The Historicity Of The Old Testament - With Kristen Davis
What evidence is there for the events of The Old Testament? Skeptics of The Bible say the events in scripture are the stuff of fairy tales, but what if the archeological record reveals something much different? This episodes guest, Kristen Davis, shows that there's more testimony to the events of The Old Testament than just the ink on the pages of your Bible. There's external evidence that these events happened as well. Be sure to check out: "Associates For Biblical Research" -- https://biblearchaeology.org Kristen Davis' website: https://www.doubtlessfaith.com "The Popular Handbook of Archaeology and the Bible: Discoveries That Confirm the Reliability of Scripture" by Joseph Holden and Norman Geisler -- https://www.amazon.com/Popular-Handbook-Archaeology-Bible-Discoveries/dp/0736944850/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=norman+geisler+archeology&qid=1624651534&sr=8-1
June 26, 2021
Episode 112: Christianity Cross-Examined - With Ken Samples
Evan Minton interviews philosopher and theologian Ken Samples about his newest book "Christianity Cross-Examined" which argues that not only is Christianity true and rational to believe, but it is also a good thing and not a force for evil. To buy yourself a copy, click here --> https://www.amazon.com/Christianity-Cross-Examined-Rational-Relevant-Good-ebook/dp/B093KN4NN6
June 19, 2021
Episode 111: The Angel Of The Lord - With Douglas Van Dorn and Matt Foreman
Have you ever wondered if Jesus appeared in the Old Testament in more than just the predictive prophecies about him? Does the Old Testament present us with a Unitarian picture of God until the New Testament comes around and gives us more Revelation and tells us that God is actually a trinity after all? Or can traces of trinitarian thought be found in the Old Testament? Douglas Van Dorn and Matt Foreman wrote a book titled "The Angel of The Lord” which gives answers to all of these. And in this episode, Mr. Minton interviews Dorn and Foreman about their book and they discuss some of its contents. “The Angel Of The Lord: A Biblical, Historical, and Theological Study” by Douglas Van Dorn and Matt Foreman —> https://www.amazon.com/Angel-LORD-Biblical-Historical-Theological/dp/1735003808 "A Dissertation Concerning the Angel Who Is Called the Redeemer” by Peter Allix, edited by Douglas Van Dorn —> https://www.amazon.com/Dissertation-Concerning-Called-Redeemer-Scripture/dp/0986237655/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=&fbclid=IwAR2s-wonxdZCNptq8IcLui0wnonw1qdSzCy9YzcyjVNHLuByDaTZdm3Qp2k "The Worship of the Lord Jesus in the Old Testament” - Gerard De Gols, edited by Douglas Van Dorn --> https://www.amazon.com/Worship-Jesus-Testament-Christ-Scripture/dp/0986237671/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1623269124&sr=1-12&fbclid=IwAR2LfhAYHzn2lXyDf9tc5loB1n2KD6UO7yftHB780j4FHYMeQZPnb8CE4Dk
June 12, 2021
Episode 110: The Father, Son, and Spirit in Romans 8 - With Ron C Fay
How would Paul have communicated trinitarian theology to an audience who came out of religions that weren't even Yahwhist? In the Greco-Roman world, how would Paul have preached The Trinity in his teachings on salvation, sin, recreation, and law? In this episode, Evan Minton interviews an author who has written a book on just that; Ron C. Fay. "Father, Son, and Spirit in Romans 8: The Roman Reception of Paul's Trinitarian Theology" by Ron C Fay can be bought on Amazon and Fontes Press's website --> https://www.fontespress.com/product/father-son-and-spirit-in-romans-8-the-roman-reception-of-pauls-trinitarian-theology/
June 5, 2021
Episode 109: Kevin Harris Interviews Evan Minton
Recently, Evan Minton was on an episode of the Reason Rocks Podcast hosted by Kevin Harris. They talk about how Minton got into apologetics, his battles with doubt, Christian music, Christian movies, and The Deuteronomy 32 Worldview. Check out Kevin Harris' channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7o4f1_TKzfKb5D5gwova8Q
May 29, 2021
Episode 108: Discussing Epistemology and Presuppositional Apologetics - With David Pallmann
How do you know what you believe? What's the criteria for knowledge? This is the answer the branch of philosophy known as epistemology aims to answer. In this episode, Evan Minton interviews David Pallmann on the subject of epistemology and where his studies on this subject have taken him. They also discuss a method of apologetics called Presuppositionalism and why Mr. Pallmann finds this to be a flawed approach. Check out David Pallmann's YouTube channel "Faith Because Of Reason" here --> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8sTncrKOJtT3J4TEwg7fag
May 22, 2021
Episode 107: On God's Freedom To Love
Does God have freedom to choose to love or not love? If not, then doesn't that defeat The Free Will Defense against the problem of evil; that God prefers a world of free creatures over a world of puppets because only a world of free creatures makes love possible? But if God can choose not to love us, then that means love is essential to who God is. But surely love IS essential to a Maximally Great Being. What should we do? Listen to today's episode for the answers. Article by Tim Stratton cited - "The Best Kind Of Love" -- https://freethinkingministries.com/the-best-kind-of-love/
May 8, 2021
Episode 106: Wholly Smoke! The Myth Of Endless Torment - With Brother Bird
Evan Minton interviews Brother Bird about his recently published book "Wholly Smoke!: The Myth Of Endless Torment" in which he defends the annihilationist view of Hell. Click here to buy your copy --> https://www.amazon.com/Wholly-Smoke-Myth-Endless-Torment-ebook/dp/B092HT2CRQ/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=wholly+smoke&qid=1618507751&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
May 1, 2021
Episode 105: Why I'm Not An Anthropological Physicalist
In this episode, Mr. Minton talks about both the biblical and philosophical reasons why he affirms dualism (the view that humans consist of bodies and souls) rather than physicalism (that humans are nothing but their bodies). Institute 360 Podcast, "How Should Christians Think About Near Death Experiences? With Gary Habermas" - https://www.impact360institute.org/podcasts/how-should-christians-think-about-near-death-experiences-with-gary-habermas/
April 24, 2021
Episode 104: Does The Bible Contain Contradictions?
In today's episode, Evan Minton will be addressing some common examples of alledged contradictions in The Bible that skeptics frequently bring up. William Lane Craig article cited on the podcast --> https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/inerrancy-and-the-resurrection/ The Case For The Resurrection Of Jesus YouTube Series -- https://cerebralfaith.net/the-case-for-the-resurrection-of-jesus/ Evan Minton's review of Peter Enns' book "Inspiration and Incarnation" --> https://cerebralfaith.net/book-review-inspiration-and-incarnation-by-peter-enns/
April 18, 2021
Episode 103: God's Deceptions In The Old Testament
The Bible says God never lies...right? Well, it turns out there are a couple of instances in The Old Testament in which he indisputably does. How are we to reconcile those with passages that assert that Yahweh is a God of truth? "Lying and Deception" by Michael S. Heiser --> https://drmsh.com/lying-and-deception/ "Q&A: Several Questions About GodWorld, Molinism, and Divine Deception" by Evan Minton, --> https://cerebralfaith.net/qa-several-questions-about-godworld-molinism-and-divine-deception/
April 3, 2021
Episode 102: Is GodWorld Better Than The Actual World?
Is GodWorld better than the actual world? What is GodWorld? A possible world where God alone exists, a world where God creates nothing else. Some argue that any world God creates would be inferior to such a world, and therefore a good God would not and could not create it. Are they right?
March 27, 2021
Episode 101: Does Annihilationism Make Hell Non-Threatening?
Many believers in the traditional view of Hell (i.e eternal conscious torment) argue that if the wicked are annihilated on judgment day, then Hell really wouldn't be quite as motivating to people who believe death is going to be the end of them anyway. How should conditionalists respond to this? This objection, Evan Minton will tackle in this episode. "Does Annihilationism Make the Threat of Hell Meaningless?" -- https://parresiazomai.blogspot.com/2017/12/does-annihilationism-make-threat-of.html?fbclid=IwAR0T60WbXngFWeJoUwOPFX8dW4WGTMZ8yEVZIJJKe3jl7G_KqT5w9zFv2t0
March 20, 2021
Episode 100: LIVE With William Lane Craig
This is the first episode of The Cerebral Faith podcast that is airing Live on YouTube. Most episodes of this podcast have been pre-recorded and have been Audio Only. Today is an exception! Today, we will be doing this podcast not only in the usual places you can listen to the podcast, but also here on YouTube. The reason for this is because it's the 100th episode, a milestone episode, and I've got a very special guest on. The number one Christian philosopher in the nation. And he will be answering various questions about Christian Apologetics and his upcoming book on the historical Adam.
March 13, 2021
Episode 99: (Mis)interpreting Genesis - With Ben Stanhope
The Creation Museum in Kentucky makes claims about cosmic and human origins such as the earth is 6,000 years old, made in 6, 24 hour days, and most surprisingly, that humans and dinosaurs lived at the same time until they went extict some thousands of years ago. But how accurate are their claims? How accurate are their arguments? What about the archeological evidence of dinosaurs that lived alongside them? Did The Bible really mention dinosaurs? Is that what the Behemoth and Leviathan were? In this episode, Evan Minton interviews Ben Stanhope who answers these and more in his recently released book “Misinterpreting Genesis: How The Creation Museum Misunderstands The Ancient Near Eastern Context Of The Bible.” — > Click here to buy the book —> https://www.amazon.com/Mis-interpreting-Genesis-Creation-Misunderstands/dp/0578823691/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1614980665&sr=8-1
March 6, 2021
Episode 98: Is God A Misogynist? - With David Wilber
Is God a misogynist? Does he think women are inferior to men? Many modern day feminists and secularists seem to think so? But does he? If not, then why was a woman forced to marry her rapist in Deuteronomy 22:28-29? Why did God say that women should be quiet in church and not be allowed to teach in 1 Timothy 2? Why did God allow polygamy? If God really is no respecter of persons, how do we explain these things? And is there any positive evidence in The Bible that God considered men and women equal? This podcast's guest, David Wilber, has written a book dedicated to this very subject. In this episode of The Cerebral Faith Podcast, Evan Minton and David Wilber will discuss some of topics covered in the book in the hopes that listeners will get the book to go deeper. Click here to get the book --> https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084XX5GZW/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
February 27, 2021
Episode 97: Is The Doctrine Of The Incarnation Logically Coherent?
Skeptics alledge that the doctrine that Jesus is both God and human is logically coherent? But is that the case? In this final installment of the Christmas Apologetics series, Evan Minton argues that this claim is false. Jesus can be both God and man without any law of logic being violated.
December 26, 2020
Episode 96: What Was The Christmas Star? - With Hugh Ross
The star that lead the magi to the baby Jesus has long decorated our Christmas cards and Christmas trees, but just what exactly was this object? How could it have guided the magi to the baby Jesus? And what theories can be ruled out? In this semi-finale of The Christmas Apologetics series, Astronomer Dr. Hugh Ross of Reasons To Believe gives his scientific analysis on this astronomical object. For more material from Dr. Ross, visit www.reasons.org
December 19, 2020
Episode 95: Was The Virgin Birth Of Jesus Copied From Pagan Myths? - With Nick Peters
In this episode, as part of the Christmas Apologetics series, Nick Peters of Deeper Waters responds to Richard Carrier's article "Virgin Birth: It's Pagan, Guys. Get Over It" which can be read in its entirety here --> https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/11161?fbclid=IwAR2pvrO3kacgLOwj6dW1-b8X7Nb98XU5fuq1xRePYn1gal9vCyc4wwsPjkM Nick Peter's website --> https://www.deeperwatersapologetics.com/
December 12, 2020
Episode 94: Are The Birth Narratives Of Jesus Historically Reliable? - With Lydia McGrew
In this second episode of the Christmas Apologetics series, Evan Minton interviews Dr. Lydia McGrew on the historical reliability of the birth narratives in the gospels of Matthew and Luke? How trustworthy are these documents actually? To see more of Lydia McGrew's material, go to http://www.lydiamcgrew.com/ "Acts Gets Hard Things Right" --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sdLTyM7Sks&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2uWcMTUD9Dc_7Xfc1SWZlw6CEzsfqvFzMDE9s0bd2U9doaDU_PIBat2MA
December 5, 2020
Episode 93: CHRISTMAS APOLOGETICS: Should Christians Celebrate Christmas? - With Michael Jones
This is the first episode in a series titled "Christmas Apologetics". Throughout this series, a variety of guests from the world of Christian Apologetics will be on to defend the faith from points of attack that come up particularly around the issue of Christ's birth. In this episode, Evan Minton interviews Michael Jones about whether or not it is morally permissable to even celebrate Christmas in the first place. He'll be responding to an article written by Scott Ashely of Beyond Today. To see more of Michael Jones' material, visit www.inspiringphilosophy.org www.facebook.com/inspiringphilosophy www.youtube.com/inspiringphilosophy "Top 10 Reasons Why I Don't Celebrate Christmas" by Scott Ashley --> https://www.ucg.org/the-good-news/the-top-10-reasons-why-i-dont-celebrate-christmas
November 28, 2020
Episode 92: Tactics For Sharing Your Faith - With Greg Koukl
In this episode, Evan Minton interviews Gregory Koukl of Stand To Reason ministries on his book "Tactics: A Game Plan For Discussing Your Christian Convictions". They go over the various tactics for sharing your faith without getting stonewalled by the skeptic. These tools will be helpful for anyone regardless of their level of knowledge regarding apologetical and philosophical and theological subjects engage in fruitful dialogue. To purchase Greg Koukl's book, and to find other content of his, visit https://www.str.org
November 21, 2020
Episode 91: How Divine Council Theology Makes Sense Of The Book Of Job
The book of Job has long puzzled many Bible readers. It looks as though God's only reason for allowing Satan to torment Job is to win a bet against him. But perhaps the reason it appears this way is that we often think of the people in the conversation of Job 1 and 2 as just being God and Satan with Satan saying "I'll bet Job will curse you to your face if you removed the blessings you've given him" with God saying "That's not true. And I'll prove it to you." There's a third party in the discussion; The Divine Council a.k.a the heavenly host, a.k.a The Sons Of God. I believe that when this third party is taken into account, the whole picture changes. Blog post I'm reading --> https://cerebralfaith.net/the-book-of-job-how-divine-council-theology-provides-a-possible-solution/ Online Thread I'm reading --> https://www.facebook.com/cerebralfaith/posts/2920670744693055
November 14, 2020
Episode 90: Human Freedom, Divine Knowledge, and Mere Molinism - With Tim Stratton
Although MISTER Tim Stratton has been on The Cerebral Faith Podcast before, this is the first time DOCTOR Tim Stratton has been on. In this episode of The Cerebral Faith Podcast, Evan Minton and Tim Stratton discuss his newest (and his first) book; "Human Freedom, Divine Knowledge, and Mere Molinism: A Biblical, Historical, Theological, and Philosophical Analysis." They discuss where he passed his dissertation, how long it took him to complete, and some of the contents of the dissertation, such as biblical evidence that seem to prove divine determinism and biblical evidence that seems to prove humans have libertarian freedom, that Molinism can explain both sets of biblical passages, and The FreeThinking Argument which is a philosophical argument for humans possessing libertarian free will. To buy this book, click here --> https://www.amazon.com/Human-Freedom-Divine-Knowledge-Molinism/dp/1725276119 To see more material by Dr. Stratton - his blog posts, podcast episodes, and YouTube videos, visit the FreeThinking Ministries website -- https://freethinkingministries.com
November 7, 2020
Episode 89: The Argument From Beauty - with Kenneth Samples
Does Beauty point to God? Today's guest, Kenneth Samples of Reasons To Believe, argues that beauty is objective and that it is best explained on a theistic worldview rather than a naturalistic worldview or even a mystical eastern worldview. To see more resources from Reasons To Believe, go to www.reasons.org To see some of the additional resources mentioned near the end of the podcast. "Does Beauty Point To God?" - by John M. Kinson --> https://www.amazon.com/Does-Beauty-Point-God-investigation-ebook/dp/B01KPSF88A#ace-g7448806443 "Inside The Vatican Museums" --> https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiyr-aIicfsAhWxc98KHf75DKYQyCkwAHoECAEQAw&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dxg8SVfl40NU&usg=AOvVaw0Xkm03PGkTRgcydxxRGkIm "Reasons For The Hope Within" --> edited by Michael J. Murray https://www.amazon.com/Reason-Hope-Within-Michael-Murray-ebook/dp/B009GJEM3M/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Reasons+for+the+hope+within&qid=1603331007&s=digital-text&sr=1-1 "Loving Wisdom" by Paul Copan --> https://www.amazon.com/Loving-Wisdom-Guide-Philosophy-Christian-ebook/dp/B08B3CQD84/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=loving+wisdom&qid=1603331075&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
October 24, 2020
Episode 88: Does The Bible Teach That God Is A Trinity?
What is the doctrine of The Trinity? Does The Bible teach it? Is it only in The New Testament or are there traces of it in The Old Testament as well? And is The Trinity even logically coherent? Isn't it a hopelessly contradictory concept? These are questions Evan Minton seeks to answer in this podcast episode.
October 10, 2020
Episode 87: Does The Bible Teach That Jesus Is God?
A recent poll came out saying that 30% of "Evangelicals" do not believe that Jesus is God, but just a good moral teacher. This is disturbing as belief in the deity of Jesus Christ is one of the essential tenets of Christianity. In this episode, Evan Minton will defend from The Bible the claim that Jesus is God, looking at three categories of evidence (1) Places The New Testament Authors Explicitly Say That Jesus Is God, (2) Jesus' own claims to be God, and (3) Titles Old Testament Authors Used Of Yahweh Which The New Testament Authors Apply To Jesus. Articles referenced or quoted on the podcast: "More Than half of US Adults, 30% Of Evangelicals Believe Jesus Isn't God: study" - by Leonardo Blair --> https://www.christianpost.com/news/more-than-half-of-us-adults-30-of-evangelicals-believe-jesus-isnt-god-study.html "Three Syllogistic Arguments For Jesus' Deity" by Evan Minton --> https://cerebralfaith.net/3-syllogistic-arguments-for-jesus-deity/ "What Are The 7 Names Of God In The Old Testament That Jesus Shares In The New Testament?" --> by Chad Napier https://www.christianity.com/wiki/god/what-are-7-names-of-god-in-the-old-testament-that-jesus-shares-in-the-new-testament.html "Putting Jesus In His Place: The Case For The Deity Of Christ" by Robert Bowman Jr. and J Ed. Komozewski --> https://www.christianbook.com/putting-jesus-place-case-deity-christ/robert-bowman/9780825429835/pd/429835?en=google&event=SHOP&kw=academic-0-20%7C429835&p=1179710&dv=c&gclid=Cj0KCQjwwuD7BRDBARIsAK_5YhW5KB0o-9cNX6C_AhkRqFgub07lqk6_zlKzZ01gSFRjqz7snXDz6S4aAsjTEALw_wcB
October 3, 2020
Episode 86: T.U.L.I.P On Trial - With David Pallmann
Does the Calvinist soteriology T.U.L.I.P stand up under scrutiny? Does The Bible really teach Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverance Of The Saints? In this episode of The Cerebral Faith Podcast, Evan Minton teams up with David Pallmann to subject the T.U.L.I.P under biblical exegetical scrutiny. Check out David Pallmann's YouTube Channel here --> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8sTncrKOJtT3J4TEwg7fag The Proselytize Or Apostatize Podcast on Anchor --> https://anchor.fm/proselytize-or-apostatize The Proselytize Or Apostatize Podcast on YouTube --> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOaSz_olYnkqL2OhjiJSy_g "The Soteriological Case For Molinism" --> https://cerebralfaith.net/the-soteriological-case-for-molinis/
September 26, 2020
Episode 85: Does God Punish Thought Crimes?
Does God punish thought crimes and other victimless crimes? The Bible says not to lust, covet, or hate people. Are The Holy Trinity thought police? How is that reasonable? In this episode, Mr. Minton will deal with the issue of commands to regulate our thoughts.
September 19, 2020
Episode 84: The Biblical Case Against Limited Atonement
In Episode 80 of this podcast, Evan Minton gave a syllogistic argument that God loves all people and that Jesus died for all people called "The Maximally Great Argument Against Calvinism". The argument was philosophical in nature, and yet each of the premises could be backed by scripture as well. However, there are also explicit passages in scripture that state that Jesus died for all. So one can go the roundabout way through Perfect Being Theology or just read The Bible. In this episode, Mr. Minton makes the biblical case for unlimited atonement; the view that Jesus died to atone for the sins of all people. The atonement is unlimited provisionally and limited in application. This is contrary to what Calvinists teach; that Jesus only died for the sins of the elect (i.e individuals God chose to unconditionally elect from eternity past). He examines many coherence objections Calvinists make such as that Arminian soteriology makes God a failure, that unlimited atonement entails universalism, and he takes on The Double Jeopardy Argument. He also takes head on passages Calvinists try to use to positively prove that Jesus only died for the sins of the elect. Listen to this episode and you will see that The Bible is not on the Calvinist's side when it comes to the extent of the atonement. Articles and Videos referenced in the episode "Scripture In The Hands Of A Wiggly Calvinist: A Response To Tony Lee Ross Jr." -- https://cerebralfaith.net/scripture-in-hands-of-wiggly-calvinis/ "“Minimizing The Maximally Great Argument For Arminianism” by Jim Boucher -- https://thereforegodexists.com/minimizing-arminianism/ "Only Paul (Satire)" by Wesleyan Arminian -- https://wesleyanarminian.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/only-paul-satire/ "A Critique Of Limited (Definite) Atonement" by David Pallman at Faith Because Of Reason -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-ps_uXO848
September 12, 2020
Episode 83: What Does Romans 9 Really Say?
Romans 9 is a favorite proof text of Calvinists to support their idea of unconditional election. But is that what the text is really saying? Is Paul teaching that God only wants some saved and others damned, and chastises anyone who dare say that such a thing is unjust? In this episode, Mr. Minton shows how, when Romans 9 is taken in context with the rest of Paul's letter, a very different interpretation emerges.
September 5, 2020
Episode 82: Answers To Giant Questions - With T.J Steadman
In this episode, Evan Minton interviews T.J Steadman about his new book "Answers To Giant Questions: How Understanding The Biblical Nephilim Will Enlarge Your Faith". You can buy the book here --> https://www.amazon.com/Answers-Giant-Questions-Understanding-Biblical/dp/1710795549/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3M6FITXZ564A2&dchild=1&keywords=answers+to+giant+questions+tj+steadman&qid=1598279146&sprefix=answers+to+giant%2Caps%2C150&sr=8-1
August 29, 2020
Episode 81: "The Problems With Theistic Evolution" by Crossway, Debunked
In this episode, a group of Theistic Evolutionists (Evan Minton, Noah Edmonds, and Eric Vierthaler) debunk arguments criticizing Theistic Evolution that was put out by the Crossway YouTube channel. To see the video that this audio was extracted from, go here --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xyy6U8DFHI&fbclid=IwAR0e_pvFfsa5WgG2m_yjzDvtn7Dc132eHUJKZ-OKXYQatCMwwIzLp2wYwoQ Visit Eric Vierthaler's YouTube Channel --> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzrh8alXH-aW6I-glyMmQeA My Papers on Genesis Genesis 1 – Functional Creation, Temple Inauguration, and Anti-Pagan Polemics Genesis 2 & 3: Adam and Eve As Archetypes, Priests In The Garden Of Eden, and The Fall
August 22, 2020
Episode 80: The Maximally Great Argument Against Calvinism
I wrote a blog post a couple of years ago titled “The Maximally Great Argument For Arminianism” which attempted to show that God’s universal salvific will logically flows out of Perfect Being Theology. The argument was formulated on my part out of frustration to convince Calvinists that God loves all people, wants all people to be saved, and desires salvation for all people. It doesn’t matter how many passages you point to that assert this in plain English (and plain Greek for that matter), they will find a way to twist them all to mean something other than what any objective interpreter would take them to mean. In this episode, I defend that argument. My Blog War with Ed Dingess. The articles are hyperlinked. 1: “A Maximally Great Argument For Arminianism” by Evan Minton 2: “The Maximally Great Argument For Arminianism Refuted” by Ed Dingess 3: “Ed Dingess Responds To The Maximally Great Argument For Calvinism” by Evan Minton 4: “The Maximally Great Argument for Arminianism: Evan Minton Responds (Sort of)” by Ed Dingess 5: "The Maximally Great Argument Against Calvinism – Responding To Ed Dingess’ Follow Up Response" by Evan Minton The content contained in that 4th article is what I’ll be responding to here in this blog post.
August 15, 2020
Episode 79: Analyzing 2 Peter 3:9 and 1 Timothy 2:4 -- With David Pallmann
In this episode, Evan Minton and David Pallman discuss two Bible verses that seem to teach that God wants all people to be saved; 2 Peter 3:9 and 1 Timothy 2:4. Do these verses REALLY mean that God loves and desires every human individual to be saved? Christians known as Calvinists do not think so. They have their own interpretations of these verses, and Mr. Minton and Mr. Pallmann show why they don't work. Check out the Faith Because Of Reason YouTube channel here --> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8sTncrKOJtT3J4TEwg7fag Proselytize or Apostatize --> https://anchor.fm/proselytize-or-apostatize
August 8, 2020
Episode 78: Anime and The Problem Of Evil
In this episode, Mr. Minton shows how three animes give good illustrations one can use to respond to The Problem Of Evil. Blog post mentioned in episode --> https://cerebralfaith.net/anime-theodicies/
July 25, 2020
Episode 77: Super Heroes and The Problem Of Evil
We're gonna get geeky in this episode as we talk about super hero movies and how they can give us good illustrations to draw on when talking to people about the problem of evil. Note: Apologies for the audio quality. I had no idea that my external, noise canceling microphone was not plugged in. I thought it was. Blog Posts mentioned: "Super Hero Theodicies" by Evan Minton --> https://cerebralfaith.net/super-hero-theodicies/ “Avengers: Endgame, Middle Knowledge, & the Destruction of the Problem of Evil” – Dr. Tim Stratton (The FreeThinking Theist) | April 28, 2019 — https://freethinkingministries.com/avengers-endgame-middle-knowledge-the-destruction-of-the-problem-of-evil/ “Avengers: Infinity War & Possible Worlds” — Dr. Tim Stratton (The FreeThinking Theist) | April 28, 2018 — https://freethinkingministries.com/avengers-infinity-war-possible-worlds/
July 18, 2020
Episode 76: Three Surprising Places Divine Council Theology Shows Up In The Bible
Why did Naaman want to take dirt back to him to Syria after being healed of his leprosy in The Jordan River? Why did Satan think he owned the kingdoms of the world and could give them to Jesus in exchange for a little worship? Is the book of Acts just about The Holy Spirit enabling people to speak other languages while doing an end-run around Rosetta Stone? All three of these incidents tie into what happens at The Tower of Babel, talked about in last week's episode. You won't want to miss this fascinating episode about how seemingly disconnected episodes tie into the events of Babel.
July 11, 2020
Episode 75: Genesis 10-11: The Tower Of Babel, The Fall Of The gods, and The Divine Council Worldview
You may think you know the story of The Tower Of Babel, but you might be surprised at what your Sunday school teacher didn't tell you. There's a lot more going on in this narrative than mere prideful humans trying to build a tower to Heaven and a confusion of languages by God. In this podcast episode, Evan Minton finishes off his series on the Primeval History period of The Bible by reading his paper "Genesis 10-11: The Tower Of Babel, The Fall of The gods, and The Divine Council Worldview." The paper can be found in text form here --> https://cerebralfaith.net/genesis-10-11-the-tower-of-babel-the-fall-of-the-gods-and-the-divine-council-worldview/
June 29, 2020
Episode 74: Noah's Nakedness, The Sin Of Ham, and The Curse Of Canaan
Genesis 9 records an odd event of Noah getting drunk, passing out in his tent uncovered, Ham coming in, seeing it, telling his brothers, Noah waking up and realized that fact, and cursed Canaan, Ham's son. What in the world is going on here? In this episode, Evan Minton reads his paper "Noah's Nakedness, The Sin Of Ham, and The Curse Of Canaan" which gives the answer. Paper can be found in text form here --> https://cerebralfaith.net/genesis-9-noahs-nakedness-the-sin-of-ham-and-the-curse-of-canaan/
June 28, 2020
Episode 73: Genesis 6-9: The Extent and Historicity Of The Flood
Is the Genesis flood global or local? Did it even happen at all? Isn't it just a copy of pagan mythical tales? In today's podcast episode, Mr. Minton will address all of these questions. This is an audio reading of his paper "Genesis 6-9: The Extent and Historicity Of The Flood". Click here to see the paper in text --> https://cerebralfaith.net/genesis-6-9-the-extent-and-historicity-of-the-flood/
June 27, 2020
Episode 72: Genesis 6: The Nephilim – Descendents Of Cain, Neanderthals, Ancient Kings, or Angel-Human Hybrids?
“When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the Lord said, ‘My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.’ The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.” - Genesis 6:1-4 (ESV) This text has fascinated Bible students for centuries. Who and what are the Nephillim? Who are these “Sons of God” who go into “The daughters of men” in order to produce them? And how is this in anyway related to the great deluge the rest of the passage and subsequent chapters narrate? There are 5 different interpretations of The Nephillim that scholars opt for: (1) The Sethite Interpretation, (2) The Neanderthal Interpretation, (3) The Ancient Kings Interpretation, and (4) The Angelic Hybrid interpretation. In this paper, in today's episode of The Cerebral Faith Podcast, Mr. Minton will argue that that last alternative is the most likely to be true. It explains all of the data whereas the others fall short. Click here to see the paper in text --> https://cerebralfaith.net/genesis-6-descendents-of-cain-neanderthals-ancient-kings-or-angel-human-hybrids/
June 26, 2020
Episode 71: Genesis 5 – The Case For Long Ages Being An Instance Of Biblical Numerology
900 year old men? Absurd right? Well, what if The Bible's long ages in Genesis 5 aren't so absurd if we realize that ancient authors put special significance in numbers. Perhaps the long ages weren't meant to be taken literally. In this episode, Minton reads another paper installment of his Primeval History Paper series. Today's paper exegetes Genesis 5 and discusses the long ages recorded therein. You can read the paper in text form here --> https://cerebralfaith.net/genesis-5-the-case-for-long-ages-being-an-instance-of-biblical-numerology/
June 25, 2020
Episode 70: Genesis 4 - What History's First Criminal Report Can Tell Us
In today's podcast, Mr. Minton reads another paper in the Primeval History series; this time it's the one on Genesis 4. Learn what the first criminal report of history can teach us about the dangers of sin, God's mercy and justice, free will, and what Cain's Mark was and wasn't. You can click here to see the paper in text --> https://cerebralfaith.net/genesis-4-what-historys-first-criminal-report-can-teach-us/
June 24, 2020
Episode 69: Genesis 2 & 3: Adam and Eve As Archetypes, Priests In The Garden Of Eden, and The Fall.
In this episode of The Cerebral Faith Podcast, Evan Minton will read his paper "Genesis 2 & 3: Adam and Eve As Archetypes, Priests In The Garden Of Eden, and The Fall". The paper makes an exegetical case for the following propositions (1) that Genesis 2 is a sequel to Genesis 1. (2) that Genesis 2 does not teach that Adam and Eve were de novo creations, but instead, that the accounts that speak of them being formed from dust and rib are features of archetypology. These facts of being formed from dust and Rib are not just true of Adam and Eve, but it is true of all of us. All men are made from the dust and all women are made from the side of men. Thus, Genesis 2 is not describing material human origins, rather it is describing aspects of human identity. (3) that Adam and Eve were not mere gardeners in an ancient sinless resort, but served as Priests in sacred space, (4) The serpent was a divine being and this explains why Eve didn’t find having a conversation with it odd, (5) that the sin Adam and Eve committed was not eating from The Tree Of Knowledge, but eating of The Tree Of Knowledge outside of God’s timing and for the wrong motives. (6) God’s curse of the serpent wasn’t a removal of his legs and giving him a diet of dust, (7) that while population genetics rules out all people being genetic descendants of Adam and Eve, it doesn’t preclude us from being their genealogical descendants. You can read the paper in text here --> https://cerebralfaith.net/genesis-2-3-adam-and-eve-as-archetypes-priests-in-the-garden-of-eden-and-the-fall/
June 23, 2020
Episode 68: Genesis 1: Functional Creation, Temple Inaguration, and Anti-Pagan Polemics
In this episode, Evan Minton reads the first paper in his series of papers; The Primeval History Paper series. In this part of the series, Mr. Minton argues that contrary to being an account of natural history (whether taking place over 24 hour days or billions of years), Genesis 1 was never meant to be read as an account of material origins. Instead, Genesis 1 was meant to be read as an account of FUNCTIONAL origins over a 7 day period AFTER a period of material creation that preceded it. Moreover, this assigning of functions God does takes place for 7 days in which God inaugurates the universe to be His temple. These are the two main focuses of the text; God setting up the cosmos and His cosmic temple and assigning functions to everything. However, the author of Genesis also made it a point to take jabs at the pagan creation stories of his day while he was at it. "Genesis 1: Functional Creation, Temple Inauguration, and Anti-Pagan Polemics" --> https://cerebralfaith.net/genesis-1-functional-creation-temple-inauguration-and-anti-pagan-polemics/
June 22, 2020
Episode 67: The Digital Physics Argument For God's Existence - Interview With Michael Jones
Is the universe a holographic projection? If so, what is it being projected from? Decades ago, this question would have been ridiculed, but it is now taken very seriously by mainstream physicists and cosmologists. In this interview, Michael Jones of Inspiring Philosophy discusses the scientific evidence that the universe is like a hologram from underlying information and that this information is best explained by being grounded in a Transcendent Mind that created it and sustained it into being. See Inspiring Philosophy's YouTube Channel --> https://www.youtube.com/user/InspiringPhilosophy/videos Inspiring Philosophy's videos on The Digital Physics Argument In Particular --> https://inspiringphilosophy.org/the-digital-physic-argument-for-gods-existence/ Brian Whitworth's Paper -->https://www.academia.edu/3079160/The_emergence_of_the_physical_world_from_information_processing
June 9, 2020
Episode 66: A Conversation With An Ex-Mormon - Lisa Brockman
Evan Minton interviews Lisa Brockman, author of "Out Of Zion: Meeting Jesus In The Shadow Of The Mormon Temple", who shares her journey out of Mormonism to biblical Christianity. You can buy here book here --> https://www.amazon.com/Out-Zion-Meeting-Shadow-Mormon/dp/0736976450
May 30, 2020
Episode 65: Meet The Eccentric Naturalist
In this episode, Evan Minton interviews Noah Edmonds who runs The Eccentric Naturalist blog and YouTube channel. They discuss science and faith, Roman Catholicism, and more. The Eccentric Naturalist Blog --> https://theeccentricnaturalist.blogspot.com/ The Eccentric Naturalist Youtube Channel --> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCempczWwChpWKaNSrFe2g-w "The Scriptural Roots Of Catholic Teaching" by Chantal Epie --> https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A2FGLWO/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1&fbclid=IwAR069QlE92PQRNFu0LrKG7u1MqFQM_ykXQD6XmNp5vT8aRXxQSxO1AepH-8 Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary, by Brant Pitre: https://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Jewish-Roots-Mary-Unveiling/dp/B07HHF7C9D/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=jesus+and+the+jewish+roots+of+mary&qid=1589572238&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
May 16, 2020
Episode 64: Eternal Universe Models - Going For The Philosophical Jugular
What happens if you're using The Kalam Cosmological Argument with an atheist and he throws out a cosmological model that might seem as though the universe always existed, thus premise 2 ("The universe began to exist") is false? What happens if you have never heard of it before? What happens if there either no scientific problems with the model, or at the very least you don't know what those problems are? In this episode, Mr. Minton will show you how you can respond to such challenges to the Kalam by "Going after the philosophical jugular". By that is meant that all eternal universe models suffer from the same problem; they are logically incoherent. Links mentioned in the episode: My Primeval History Paper Series --> https://cerebralfaith.net/category/primeval-history-paper-series/ Proselytize Or Apostatize; "Cosmological Arguments: An Interview With Evan Minton" --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOMg69E6iLE&t=2s My Debate with David Johnson --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdSrWd8XmpY BeliefMap.org article --> https://beliefmap.org/science/carroll-chen
May 9, 2020
Episode 63: The Future Of Cerebral Faith (and How You Can Help Make It A Reality)
Evan Minton talks about where he wants to take Cerebral Faith in the future, and how your funds can make a world of difference. Article mentioned in the episode: "Choosing A Computer For Video Editing" --> https://www.desktop-documentaries.com/computer-for-video-editing.html?fbclid=IwAR3PUZn2al2NDcA825Hvv-Lh1b33lYdlymOa23-6i5Xuyq7w2HBIQrIf9hg Click here to sign up for the "Christian Hope Through COVID-19" online live-streamed conference. --> https://valormediaconferences.com/?fbclid=IwAR1Cxw9SFd7Q8tXwiWglu74GYtqNFBWgqHxklBXFZJ-dDf7Qkiw1_f7UFjs
May 2, 2020
Episode 62: How A Conversation With An Atheist Helped Me Deal With Divine Hiddeness
In this episode, Evan Minton recounts an online conversation he had with an atheist on the logical problem of evil, the evidential problem of evil, and the issue of free will, and how it lead to him realizing the apologists he had been reading were correct all along in saying that God needs to maintain a certain level of hiddenness in order to prevent coercing us into Heaven.
April 25, 2020
Episode 61: Chronicles Of The Nephilim - Interview With Brian Godawa
Evan Minton interviews Brian Godawa on his Chronicles Of The Nephilim novel series, and the biblical, theological, and historical evidence undergirding the series. What many evangelicals are not taught from the pulpit is that there's a lot more going on in The Bible regarding the supernatural. There is a war between Eve's offspring and Satan's, between God and gods, and between men and giants. Visit www.godawa.com to purchase Brian Godawa's books. Cerebral Faith Blog Post mentioned in the introduction --> https://cerebralfaith.net/the-kinds-of-videos-you-can-expect-cerebral-faith-to-make/
April 18, 2020
Episode 60: A Presentation On Jesus' Resurrection From 2015 - Part 2
In part 2 of this practice presentation Mr. Minton gave in 2015, He shows why only Jesus' resurrection can account for all of the historical facts while non-supernatural theories cannot. Thus, the resurrection is the inference to the best explanation of the data.
April 11, 2020
Episode 59: A Presentation On Jesus' Resurrection From 2015 - Part 1
In this episode, Evan Minton digs up an old recording of himself rehearsing The Minimal Facts Case For The Resurrection of Jesus which he recorded in Spring of 2015. Though some of the arguments have been revised as Minton has continued his study, much of the arguments are largely unchanged. None of the revisions has been because the case was weaker than he thought, but because it is much stronger.
April 4, 2020
Episode 58: The Coronavirus, The Problem Of Natural Evil, and Closed Churches
In this Evan Minton talks about the Coronavirus. Specifically, Mr. Minton addresses the following topics 1: WHY DOES GOD ALLOW THE CORONAVIRUS? - If God is all loving and all powerful, why doesn't He stop the Coronavirus? 2: : SHOULD CHURCHES CLOSE? - Mr. Minton talks about how some have some stinkin' thinkin' when it comes to the fact that many churches have closed during The Coronavirus pandemic.
March 28, 2020
Episode 57: Friend Of Science, Friend Of Faith - Interview With Gregg Davidson
In this episode, Evan Minton interview Gregg Davidson about his book "Friend Of Science, Friend Of Faith: Listening To God In His Works and Word". You can buy this book on Amazon.com here --> https://www.amazon.com/Friend-Science-Faith-Listening-Works/dp/0825445418
March 21, 2020
Episode 56: Rhetorical Points That Atheists Need To Stop Bringing Up
Many atheists view Christians (or Xians as they like to say) as stupid know-nothing irrational brainwashed idiots. After all, we believe in talking snakes, talking donkeys, a woman turned into salt, that all the animals in the world got on one boat, etc. In this episode, Evan Minton explains why Twitter and Reddit atheists need to stop making fun of Christians for affirming these things that are taught in The Bible. Whether you find these reasonable or unreasonable will depend on major presuppositions. "Why I Think A Local Flood Is More Plausible" -- https://cerebralfaith.net/why-i-think-local-flood-interpretation/
March 14, 2020
Episode 55: What Is The Divine Council And Is It Biblical?
In this episode, Evan Minton will talk about an often neglected but very significant part of The Old Testament worldview; The Divine Council. The supernatural world is far more robust than just one omnipotent God who does stuff every now and then, According to The Bible, it is vastly populated....with gods. Some gods serve God, other gods war against Him.
March 7, 2020
Episode 54: Why I Became An Annihilationist (Part 2)
Picking up from last week's episode, "Episode 53: Why I Became An Annihilationist (Part 1)", Evan Minton addresses the biblical texts that people who believe Hell consists of eternal conscious torment use in support of that view. He shows how, not only do they NOT prove Hell is eternal torment, but they actually support annihilationism.
February 29, 2020
Episode 53: Why I Became An Annihilationist (Part 1)
Annihilationism is the view that the damned in Hell are, well, annihilated. In episode 28 of this podcast, Evan Minton defended the character of God from several objections from skeptics based on the doctrine of Hell. He defended the eternal torment view of Hell and argued that this is not incompatible with God's nature. Minton no longer holds the view that the wicked in Hell are conscious for eternity. Minton is now an annihilationist. In this episode, Minton goes into the positive case that convinced him to change views. Article Mentioned In The Podcast: "ON THE MEANING OF DESTRUCTION IN THE BIBLE" by Darren J. Clark, -- http://rethinkinghell.com/2019/04/18/on-the-meaning-of-destruction-in-the-bible/
February 22, 2020
Episode 52: Did Humans and Dinosaurs Live At The Same Time? - Interview With Eric Allen Vierthaler
Did humans and dinosaurs live around the same time? Many in the Young Earth camp would argue that they did, and they went extinct either in the Genesis 6-9 flood, or they got on Noah's Ark and died out sometime after that. Those who accept Old Earth models of origins argue that dinosaurs died out millions of years before man came on the scene. What does the scientific evidence say? What does The Bible say? This episode's guest, Eric Allen Vierthaler discusses this. Eric Vierthaller's debate with Kent Hovind can be watched here --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmpbHnX-jOA Cerebral Faith Article Mentioned: "Leviathan Is A Dinosaur From Your Imagination (And So Is Behemoth)" --> https://cerebralfaith.net/leviathan-is-a-dinosaur-from-your-imagination-and-so-is-behemoth/ The Alleged footprints of dinosaurs and humans together. --> https://www.bible.ca/tracks/tracks.htm Eric Allen Vierthaler's YouTube Channel --> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzrh8alXH-aW6I-glyMmQeA
February 8, 2020
Episode 51: The Contingency Argument For God's Existence
Why does anything at all exist? Why does the universe exist? Why isn't there just nothing? Originally formulated by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, and developed and defended by modern-day apologist Dr. William Lane Craig, The Argument from Contingency argues that the explanation for why there is something rather than nothing is to be found in the creative will of God. It is this theistic argument that Evan Minton will be talking about in this episode.
February 1, 2020
Episode 50: Jesus, Skepticism, and The Problem Of History - Interview With Darrel Bock
In this interview, which marks the finale of the first season of The Cerebral Faith Podcast, Evan Minton interviews New Testament scholar Darrel Bock about a new book he co-edited with Ed Komozewski on Historical Jesus studies. The book is called "Jesus, Skepticism, and the Problem of History: Criteria and Context in the Study of Christian Origins." What can the criteria of authenticity tell us about the historical Jesus? Get your copy of "Jesus, Skepticism, and The Problem Of History" here --> https://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Skepticism-Problem-History-Christian/dp/0310534763/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
December 22, 2019
Episode 49: The Genealogical Adam and Eve - Interview With S. Joshua Swamidass
Science has shown that Adam and Eve, if they were real people couldn't have been de novo creations. Science has shown that there was never a population size smaller than 10,000 individuals. We couldn't have all descended from an original couple. Right? Well, contrary to popular belief, you can affirm the de novo Adam and Eve, that all people descended from Adam and Eve, and moreover, that Darwin's theory of evolution (or common ancestry) is true. In this interview, Evan Minton interviews S. Joshua Swamidass of PeacefulScience.org about his soon-to-be-released book "The Genealogical Adam and Eve: The Surprising Science Of Universal Ancestry". He demonstrates that one doesn't need to choose between the traditional interpretation of Adam and Eve and the theory of evolution. Check out Swamidass' blog posts and other resources at PeacefulScience.org You can pre-order a copy of the book here --> https://www.amazon.com/Genealogical-Adam-Eve-Surprising-Universal/dp/0830852638?SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q&tag=duckduckgo-d-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0830852638 S. Joshua Swamidass' testimony --> https://peacefulscience.org/download/confident-faith-in-science/?fbclid=IwAR0BMChORPK0-porDVhux9q3O4t4xLTiRfdfkXSy9dy51d4XQIFZ-92pbnI Here is where S. Joshua Swamidass referenced an atheist explaining why he agrees with original sin. https://discourse.peacefulscience.org/t/nathan-lents-on-original-sin/8559
November 23, 2019
Episode 48: Inspiring Philosophy Weighs In On Dr. Craig’s Recent Response To Me
In this podcast episode, Evan Minton interviews Michael Jones of Inspiring Philosophy. They respond to a two-part podcast episode in which William Lane Craig responds to Minton's rebuttals of his criticisms of The Cosmic Temple View Of Genesis 1. The article Craig responded to can be read here --> https://cerebralfaith.net/william-lane-craigs-criticisms-of/ Part 1 of Craig's response to that article can be listened to here --> https://www.reasonablefaith.org/media/reasonable-faith-podcast/john-waltons-view-of-genesis-part-one/ Part 2 of Craig's response to that article can be listened to here --> https://www.reasonablefaith.org/media/reasonable-faith-podcast/john-waltons-view-of-genesis-part-two/ Go subscribe to Inspiring Philosophy's YouTube channel here --> https://www.youtube.com/user/InspiringPhilosophy
November 18, 2019
Episode 47: William Lane Craig Responded To Me! Genesis 1, John Walton, and ANE Creation Texts
In this podcast episode, Evan Minton responds to a two part podcast episode in which William Lane Craig responds to Minton's rebuttals of his criticisms of The Cosmic Temple View Of Genesis 1. The article Craig responded to can be read here --> https://cerebralfaith.net/william-lane-craigs-criticisms-of/ Part 1 of Craig's response to that article can be listened to here --> https://www.reasonablefaith.org/media/reasonable-faith-podcast/john-waltons-view-of-genesis-part-one/ Part 2 of Craig's response to that article can be listened to here --> https://www.reasonablefaith.org/media/reasonable-faith-podcast/john-waltons-view-of-genesis-part-two/
November 9, 2019
Episode 46: The Resurrection Of The Jewish Messiah - Eric Chabot
The resurrection of Jesus is the most important event in human history. While many books have been written on the subject, Eric Chabot, in his book "The Resurrection Of The Jewish Messiah" looks at the context with a, particularly Jewish outlook. What is the historical evidence for Jesus' resurrection? And how does the resurrection relate to Jesus being the Jewish Messiah? Is resurrection really a messianic qualification? That is the subject of this podcast episode's interview. You can by Chabot's book here --> https://www.amazon.com/Resurrection-Jewish-Messiah-Eric-Chabot-ebook/dp/B07SQ5GYV8?SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q&tag=duckduckgo-d-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B07SQ5GYV8
November 2, 2019
Episode 45: Keaton Halley's Critique Of The Lost World Of Adam and Eve
Evan Minton responds to Keaton Halley of www.creation.com, who criticized the book "The Lost World Of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and The Human Origins Debate" You can read Keaton Halley's article here --> https://creation.com/images/pdfs/tj/j29_2/j29_2_47-51.pdf "From The Mailbag: Why Would God Allow Scientific Errors In The Bible" -- https://biologos.org/articles/from-the-mailbag-why-would-god-allow-scientific-errors-in-the-bible
October 26, 2019
Episode 44: Darwinian Evolution and A Historical Adam are Compatible
Darwin VS. Moses, The Origin Of Man VS. The Book of Genesis, Science VS. Faith. Most people seem to think that you've got to have one or the other. If one is right the other is wrong. As we've seen in Evan Minton's series on Genesis, this is not true regarding the first chapter of Genesis, but what about the second chapter? Does Genesis 2 present a view of human origins that is hopelessly at odds with what we know from biology, genetics, paleontology and anthropology? How can someone accept The Bible and science at the same time if the scientific evidence seems to favor a view of human origins The Bible contradicts? Should we reject science or should we reject The Bible? In this podcast episode, Mr. Minton's answer is: NEITHER! You neither have to deny the truth of Genesis 2 nor reject what science says. The two, when properly understood, are compatible.
October 19, 2019
Episode 43: The Lost World Or The Gnostic World?
Evan Minton responds to an article called "The Gnostic World Of John Walton" by Thomas Purifoy Jr. The article critiques the functional origins/temple inauguration interpretation of the Genesis account that Walton defends in his book "The Lost World Of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and The Origins Debate". The article can be read here --> https://isgenesishistory.com/gnostic-world-of-john-walton/
October 12, 2019
Episode 42: Responding To Hugh Ross' Critique Of The Cosmic Temple View Of Genesis 1
Evan Minton responds to an article Hugh Ross wrote criticizing The Cosmic Temple Inauguration View Of Genesis 1, specifically Ross' critique of John Walton's book "The Lost World Of Genesis 1". The article that Evan Minton is responding to can be read in its entirety here --> https://reasons.org/explore/blogs/todays-new-reason-to-believe/read/tnrtb/2012/06/22/defending-concordism-response-to-the-lost-world-of-genesis-one
October 5, 2019
Episode 41: Response To William Lane Craig's Critique Of The Cosmic Temple Inauguration View Of Genesis One (Part 2)
Evan Minton continues his response to William Lane Craig's critique of John Walton's "The Lost World Of Genesis One"
September 28, 2019
Episode 40: Response To William Lane Craig's Critique Of The Cosmic Temple Inauguration View Of Genesis One
In this episode Evan Minton critiques the critique of William Lane Craig to The Cosmic Temple Inaguration View Of Genesis One, defended in last weeks podcast episode and in Minton's blog post "The Cosmic Temple Inaguration Of Genesis One" (see here --> https://cerebralfaith.net/the-cosmic-temple-view-of-genesis-one/).
September 21, 2019
Episode 39: The Cosmic Temple Inaguration View Of Genesis 1
Genesis 1 is one of the most widely disputed passages of The Old Testament. What is Genesis saying? In this episode, Evan Minton argues that Genesis 1 is not an account of natural history/material origins. Rather, Genesis 1 is about functional origins and about God inaugurating the universe as His temple in a time period of 7-24 hour days. God assigned functions to the things mentioned in Genesis 1 as part of inaugurating His "Cosmic Temple" which He took up His "rest" in at the end of the 7 day account. Minton believes that science is not conflict nor CAN be with Genesis 1 because Genesis 1 is not offering an account of material origins. Whatever account of material origins science offers cannot be rejected on the basis of science.
September 14, 2019
Episode 38: The Creation Battle - Interview With Daniel Eaton
How did such a wonderful text as Genesis 1 become such a bloodied battleground? Why is there such emotionally charged rhetoric and disdain from over a chapter of The Bible? Are these battles over how to correctly read Genesis one we are called to win at all cost, or can one be a faithful Christian and have freedom to explore various options? This episode's guest, Daniel Eaton, argues that the damage that quarrels over Genesis 1 within the body of Christ is not worth the benefit of winning someone to one particular interpretation of a biblical passage. He believes we should abandon the fight over whether the Bible teaches young-earth versus old-earth or miracle versus natural processes. To buy Eaton's book, click here --> https://www.amazon.com/Creation-Battle-fighting-battles-harming-ebook/dp/B00T6N61TQ?SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q&tag=duckduckgo-d-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B00T6N61TQ To become a Cerebral Faith Patron, go to Patreon.com/cerebralfaith.
September 7, 2019
Episode 37: The Unseen Realm - Interview With Michael S. Heiser
In this episode, Evan Minton interviews Dr. Michael S. Heiser about his book "The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible." But beware: your view of the Bible may be rocked as a result of this interview! Check out Dr. Heiser at www.DRMSH.com and on his Naked Bible podcast. The book can be purchased here -- https://www.amazon.com/Unseen-Realm-Recovering-Supernatural-Worldview/dp/1577995562?SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q&tag=duckduckgo-d-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1577995562
August 31, 2019
Episode 36: Science And Christianity - Interview With J.B Stump
Evan Minton interviews J.B Stump on his text book Science and Christianity which is an accessible, engaging introduction to topics at the intersection of science and Christian theology. You can buy Stump's book in Hardcover, paperback, and Kindle formats on Amazon.com. --> https://www.amazon.com/Science-Christianity-Introduction-J-Stump-ebook/dp/B01LXT5NZ0 Also be sure to check out BioLogos.org where Stump blogs regularly.
August 24, 2019
Episode 35: The Rabbi On The Mount - Interview With Phil Weingart
You can’t interpret scripture properly without understanding its context. When Jesus spoke, Judaism was the context. In today's episode, Evan Minton interviews Phil Weingart about his book "The Rabbi On The Mount: How Jesus' Judaism Helps To Clarify The Sermon On The Mount". “'The Rabbi on the Mount' presents details from history, scripture, and the writings of the Jewish sages of Jesus’ day that illuminate what Jesus would have meant by many of the things He said in the Sermon and explain how His students would have taken His words. Learning the facts about Jesus’ Jewish culture and religion sheds much-needed light on this crucial teaching by the Master."
August 17, 2019
Episode 34: The Story Of The Cosmos - Interview With Daniel Ray
Psalm 19:1-4 says "The heavens declare the glory of God and the skies proclaim the works of His hands. Day after day, they pour forth speech and night after night, they reveal knowledge. There are no words. Their voice is not heard. Yet their voice goes throughout the Earth and their words to the ends of the world." The scientist Johannes Kepler considered science to be "thinking God's thoughts after Him". Unfortunately, our secularized culture has caused many to view the universe not as the brilliant handiwork of an Engineer, Mathematician, and Artist, but simply the outworkings of purposeless and blind processes. In this episode of The Cerebral Faith Podcast, Mr. Minton interviews Daniel Ray. Ray is the general editor and contributor of "The Story Of The Cosmos: How The Heavens Declare God's Glory". He's the co-host of The Good Heavens podcast as well. "The Story Of The Cosmos: How The Heavens Declare The Glory Of God" can be purchased here --> https://www.amazon.com/Story-Cosmos-Heavens-Declare-Glory/dp/0736977368 The Good Heavens Podcast --> https://goodheavens.podbean.com/page/2/ and www.patreon.com/goodheavens
August 10, 2019
Episode 33: Ancient Near Eastern Thought and The Old Testament - Interview With John Walton
Interpreting Scripture is about three things; context, context, context. There are different kinds of context when it comes to interpreting The Bible. There's "Immediate Context" which is to interpret a verse in light of the verses that come before and after, there's the context of scripture as a whole, and there's cultural context. When it comes to that last one, much homework needs to be done. Cultural context is reading a biblical passage the way it's original author and audience would have understood it, according to their cultural cognitive environment. Knowing the cultural context can sometimes let you see additional meaning to a passage or even to alert you to how you may have been reading something INTO the text something that was never there. In this episode, Evan Minton interviews Leading Old Testament scholar John Walton on his book "Ancient Near Eastern Thought and The Old Testament" which helps people to do just that. "Ancient Near Eastern Thought and The Old Testament: can be purchased here --> https://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Near-Eastern-Thought-Testament/dp/1540960218
August 3, 2019
Episode 32: Mama Bear Apologetics - Interview With Hillary Morgan Ferrer.
Mama bears are known to be very protective of their cubs. Get between a mama bear and her cubs, and you're going to have a bad time! In this episode, Evan interviews Hillary Morgan Ferrer, who along with others, teamed up to write a book called "Mama Bear Apologetics: Empowering Your Kids To Challenge Cultural Lies". This book shows how you can protect your cubs from the various lies permeating the culture. What are those lies you ask? Among the few are Self Helpism, Naturalism, Emotionalism, Moral Relativism, and Progressive Christianity. "Mama Bear Apologetics" is a guidebook for parents and mentors who want to help kids gain critical thinking skills needed to reject cultural lies. "Mama Bear Apologetics" is available on both Paperback and Kindle --> https://www.amazon.com/Mama-Bear-Apologetics-Empowering-Challenge/dp/0736976159
July 27, 2019
Episode 31: Questions About Heaven
What does The Bible teach about Heaven? Do we go there immediately when we die? Will we be able to sin in Heaven? Will we be able to recognize our loved ones in Heaven? Will we remember our earthly lives in Heaven? Will we be able to eat in our resurrected bodies? These and others are question that Evan Minton answers in this podcast episode.
July 20, 2019
Episode 30: The Apologetic Significance Of Molinism - Interview With Tim Stratton
What does Molinism have to do with The Kalam Cosmological Argument for God's existence, The Fine-Tuning Argument for God's existence, or the problem of evil? More than you might think. In this episode, Mr. Minton interviews Tim Stratton of FreeThinking Ministries (www.freethinkingministries.com) about a paper he presented at the most recent Evangelical Philosophical Society conference. In this paper, Stratton argues that Molinism obliterates the problem of evil, and that The Kalam and Fine-Tuning Arguments imply some essentials of Molinism. To read Stratton's paper for yourself, go here --> https://freethinkingministries.com/the-apologetic-significance-of-molinism-ets-edit/
July 13, 2019
Episode 29: Questions From Facebook
This is the first Q&A episode of The Cerebral Faith Podcast. In this episode, Evan Minton answers questions received from Facebook. Reasonable Faith Podcast episode mentioned in the episode --> https://www.reasonablefaith.org/media/reasonable-faith-podcast/is-the-penal-substitution-of-christ-unjust/ Book on the atonement mentioned in the show --> https://www.amazon.com/Atonement-Elements-Philosophy-Religion/dp/1108457401?SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q&tag=duckduckgo-d-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1108457401
June 22, 2019
Episode 28: Is Hell A Hellacious Doctrine?
The doctrine of Hell is a stumbling block for many people. To many, it just doesn't seem possible for God to be perfectly good yet sentence people to an eternity of torment. In this episode, Evan Minton talks about the doctrine of Hell and addresses a variety of objections to it such as "How could God punish people infinitely long for sins of finite significance?", "How could God send infants to Hell?" "How could God be just if He punishes all sins equally?" and "What happens to those who die without ever hearing the gospel?" Evan Minton goes into more depth about these issues in the book "A Hellacious Doctrine: A Defense Of The Biblical Doctrine Of Hell" available on Amazon.com in both paperback and Kindle. -- https://www.amazon.com/Hellacious-Doctrine-Defense-Biblical-Hell/dp/1539938824
June 15, 2019
Episode 27: Is The Problem Of Evil Really A Problem?
If God is all powerful and all good, why doesn't He stop evil and suffering? The answer that atheists think most plausibly answers this question is that either God is not all powerful, not all good, or doesn't even exist! This is one of the sharpest arrows in the atheists' quiver. Nevertheless, while it has prima facie persuasive power, it withers under scrutiny, and Evan Minton will show that in today's podcast episode. There are three versions of the problem of evil. Two of them are intellectual in nature and one of them is emotional in nature. In this podcast episode, Evan Minton will refute all three of them.
June 8, 2019
Episode 26: The Shroud Of Turin, Fact Or Fraud? - Interview With Dave Glander
The Shroud Of Turin is widely believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, but is this actually the case? Many would say no, but others would say yes. In this episode, Evan Minton interviews Dave Glander of Truth Ministries who believes that The Shroud Of Turin really is the burial cloth of Jesus. And he doesn't just take this stance on blind faith, he takes it on the basis of powerful scientific evidence.
June 1, 2019
Episode 25: Responding to Rationality Rules' Objection To The Moral Argument
In this episode, Evan Minton tackles 5 objections to William Lane Craig's version of The Moral Argument for God's Existence, which is the version he uses as well, put forth by popular atheist YouTuber Stephen Woodford (a.k.a Rationality Rules). The video in which these objection were put forth is "The Argument from Morality - Debunked (William Lane Craig’s Moral Argument Refuted)"
May 25, 2019
Episode 24: Responding To Rationality Rules' Objections To The Kalam Cosmological Argument
In this episode, Evan Minton responds to 6 objections that a popular atheist YouTuber raised in a YouTube video called "The Kalam Cosmological Argument - Debunked (The First Cause Argument - Refuted)"
May 18, 2019
Episode 23: The FreeThinking Argument - Interview with Tim Stratton
Atheists pride themselves on being "Free Thinkers", but if atheism, and particularly the naturalistic version of it is true, can they or anyone else really be free thinkers? The guest in this episode is Tim Stratton of FreeThinking Ministries (www.freethinkingministries.com) says that if naturalism is true, no one, be they atheist or theist, can be free thinkers. He defends an argument called The FreeThinking Argument, which was the topic of his Master's Thesis at Biola University. -------------- To help you keep up with the discussion, I've included the steps of the argument in the show notes. 1: If naturalism is true, the immaterial soul does not exist. 2: If the immaterial soul does not exist, then libertarian free will does not exist. 3: If libertarian free will does not exist, then rationality and knowledge do not exist. 4: Rationality and knowledge exist. 5: Therefore, libertarian free will exists. 6: Therefore, the soul exists. 7: Therefore, naturalism is false. 8: The best explanation for the existence of the soul is the biblical God.
May 11, 2019
Episode 22: Logical Fallacies - What They Are And How To Avoid Them - Part 2
Continuing from last week, Evan Minton will be talking about various logical fallacies that come up during discussions he's had when defending Christianity. Logical Fallacies are mistakes in thinking and reasoning, which renders an argument for a certain conclusion unreasonable. In this episode, Evan Minton talk about The Red Herring Fallacy, The Genetic Fallacy, Appeal To Emotion, Shifting The Burden Of Proof, The Fallacy Of Composition, The Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc Fallacy, Loaded Question and The Ad-Hoc Fallacy. Become a patron at https://www.patreon.com/cerebralfaith
May 4, 2019
Episode 21: Logical Fallacies: What They Are and How To Avoid Them -Part 1
Logical fallacies are mistakes in thinking and argumentation. When a fallacy occurs, one's argument is a failure, and one is unjustified in believing said argument's conclusion on the basis of said argument. To learn how to avoid falling for someone's fallacious argument and to avoid coming up with fallacious arguments on your own, you need to know what the list of fallacies are to better help spot them. In this episode, Evan Minton goes through 9 logical fallacies and gives examples he's encountered from non-Christians who make fallacious arguments against Christianity. Become a patron at https://www.patreon.com/cerebralfaith
April 27, 2019
Episode 20: The Case For Jesus' Resurrection - Part 5: Answering Unanswered Questions
This is the conclusion of a 5 part series on the resurrection of Jesus. In this finale of the series, Evan Minton answers some questions that commonly come up during his discussions with skeptics on the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. "Why didn't Jesus appear to Pilate and the Pharisees?", "Why does Mark's gospel end with no post-mortem appearances?", "Why don't more historical sources mention Jesus if He existed?", and others are questions that Mr. Minton addresses in this podcast episode. Finally, for anyone who has been persuaded by the arguments and evidence in this podcast series, Mr. Minton closes with a mini-sermon on how to move from merely acknowledging the truth of Christianity to saving faith.
April 19, 2019
Episode 19: The Case For Jesus’ Resurrection - Part 4: The Antecedent Probability Objection
When skeptics fail at finding a naturalistic theory to account for the minimal facts, they resort to a different tactic. In this episode, Mr. Minton responds to the argument that the resurrection of Jesus is so improbable, that the evidence given in favor of it is just simply not good enough to overcome that probability. This is known as "The Antecedent Probability Objection". Mr. Minton will argue that all of the evidence we have is indeed strong enough to overcome the a-prior probability against miraculous resurrections. To get into more detail about the topics Minton discusses in this episode, get the book "My Redeemer Lives: Evidence For The Resurrection Of Jesus" written by Evan Minton himself, and available for free for a limited time in this DropBox link --> https://www.dropbox.com/s/3rvtwg9ai2w8you/My%20Redeemer%20Lives%20-%20Evan%20Minton.azw?dl=0
April 18, 2019
Episode 18: The Case For Jesus' Resurrection - Part 3: The Best Explanation For The Minimal Facts
This is part 3 of 3 of a series on the historical case for Jesus' resurrection. In part 2, Evan Minton used The Principles/Criteria Of Authenticity that he laid out in part 1 to come to the conclusion that 5 propositions are historically true; (1) Jesus died by crucifixion, (2) Jesus was found empty the following Sunday morning, (3) His disciples sincerely believed that Jesus appeared to them alive after His death, (4) a church persecutor named Paul converted on the basis of what He perceived to be an appearance of the risen Jesus, and (5) that a skeptic named James converted to Christianity on the basis of what he perceived to be an appearance of the risen Jesus. How does one best explain these 5 historical facts? Did Jesus rise from the dead? Maybe, but perhaps we should see if a natural explanation works first before we conclude that. In this episode, Evan Minton comes to the best explanation by means of a process of elimination. He eliminates all of the bad explanations until only one remains. To get into more detail about the topics Minton discusses in this episode, get the book "My Redeemer Lives: Evidence For The Resurrection Of Jesus" written by Evan Minton himself, and available for free for a limited time in this DropBox link --> https://www.dropbox.com/s/3rvtwg9ai2w8you/My%20Redeemer%20Lives%20-%20Evan%20Minton.azw?dl=0
April 17, 2019
Episode 17: The Case For Jesus' Resurrection - Part 2; The Minimal Facts
In the previous episode, Mr. Minton explained the historical methodology he would be taking in defending certain facts about Jesus as actually being true, historical facts. He explained that he would be employing "The criteria of authenticity" to The New Testament just as non-Christian historians and scholars do in their examination of the historical Jesus. He then went on to argue that the historical Jesus believed himself to be divine. However, why should we believe him? After all, anyone can claim to be God, but that doesn't make it true. This is where the resurrection comes into play. If Jesus died and rose from the dead, then that is pretty good evidence that He was telling the truth. God would not raise someone who committed identity theft against him, knowing that doing so would validate those claims. In this episode, Evan Minton defends "The 5 Minimal Facts" surrounding the death of Jesus upon which an inference to the historicty of His miraculous resurrection can be made. The minimal facts are (1) Jesus died by crucifixion. (2) Jesus' tomb was found empty the following Sunday morning, (3) His disciples sincerely believed that Jesus appeared to them after His death, (4) A church persecutor named Saul Of Tarsus converted to Christianity on the basis of what He perceived to be an appearance of the risen Jesus, and (5) That a skeptic named James converted to Christianity on the basis of what he perceived to be an appearance of the risen Jesus. How do we know these facts are facts? Listen to this episode to hear the evidence. To get into more detail about the topics Minton discusses in this episode, get the book "My Redeemer Lives: Evidence For The Resurrection Of Jesus" written by Evan Minton himself, and available for free for a limited time in this DropBox link --> https://www.dropbox.com/s/3rvtwg9ai2w8you/My%20Redeemer%20Lives%20-%20Evan%20Minton.azw?dl=0
April 16, 2019
Episode 16: The Case For Jesus' Resurrection - Part 1, The Criteria Of Authenticity & Jesus' Divine Self-Understanding
This podcast episode is the beginning of a series in which Evan Minton makes a case that the Jesus of history and the Jesus of faith are the same Jesus. Minton argues that (1) Jesus claimed to be God,(2) died on the cross and (3) rose from the dead. In the first half of this episode he explains the methodology he'll be employing, as understanding the methodology is crucial to avoid misunderstandings and to keep opponents from attacking straw men. The second half employs that methodology to the documents written about Jesus from the first century to make the case that Jesus of Nazareth believed that He was God incarnate. To get into more detail about the topics Minton discusses in this episode, get the book "My Redeemer Lives: Evidence For The Resurrection Of Jesus" written by Evan Minton himself, and available for free for a limited time in this DropBox link --> https://www.dropbox.com/s/3rvtwg9ai2w8you/My%20Redeemer%20Lives%20-%20Evan%20Minton.azw?dl=0
April 15, 2019
Episode 15: Not Your Mother's End Times Novel - Interview With Brian Godawa
Brian Godawa has been a professional writer and filmmaker for over 15 years. He is also an author, and his writings consist of both fiction and non-fiction. In this podcast episode, Mr. Minton interviews Brian Godawa on that novel series "Chronicles Of The Apocalypse"; which takes a preterist approach rather than a futurist one. To see more of Godawa's work, visit www.godawa.com
April 13, 2019
Episode 14: The Case For Nero Caesar Being The Beast Of Revelation
Who is the anti-Christ? Who is the beast of Revelation? Many people over the past few decades have been identified as the anti-Christ such as Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Ronald Reagan, The Pope (or some future pope) and even Barack Obama! All of this speculation about who the anti-Christ or the beast is all hinge on the same presupposition: that the beast is yet to come. But what if that presupposition is false? What if the beast isn't some future person, but a first century figure who's already come and gone? In this podcast episode, Evan Minton will read aloud his paper "The Case For Nero Caesar Being The Beast Of Revelation". To donate to this podcast, visit anchor.fm/evan-minton To read the paper yourself, click here --> https://cerebralfaith.blogspot.com/2018/09/the-case-for-nero-caesar-being-beast-of.html To download the paper, click here -- https://www.dropbox.com/s/i0noonm3ucp5kcy/The%20Case%20For%20Nero%20Caesar%20Being%20The%20Beast%20Of%20Revelation.pdf?dl=0
April 6, 2019
Episode 13: The Case For The Preterist Reading Of Matthew 24
Jesus' sermon in Matthew 24, also known as the Olivet Discourse, is one of the many biblical passages that comes up during discussions of the end times. Most Christians however, presuppose that everything Jesus prophesies has not yet been fulfilled, it's still in our future. This makes some excited when blood moons occur, when they watch the news and see all of the turmoil in the world, the "wars and rumors of wars", "famines and earthquakes in various places", and people who claim to be Jesus (because Jesus said near the end that many would say "I am The Christ") etc. But what if all of the end times speculation built around Matthew 24 is built upon a false presupposition? What if, in fact, Matthew 24 has already been fulfilled? In this podcast episode, Evan Minton will read his paper "The Case For The Preterist Reading Of Matthew 24" which argues that The Olivet Discourse was completely fulfilled by the end of the first century. To donate to this podcast, click here --> Anchor.fm/evan-minton To read the paper, click here --> https://cerebralfaith.blogspot.com/2018/09/the-case-for-preterist-reading-of.html To download the paper, click here --> https://www.dropbox.com/s/5la9rx9oci65kq5/The%20Case%20For%20The%20Preterist%20Reading%20Of%20Matthew%2024.pdf?dl=0
March 30, 2019
Episode 12: The Soteriological Case For Molinism
In this week's episode, Mr. Minton reads aloud his paper "The Soteriological Case For Molinism". Molinism is a theological system that seeks to account for divine sovereignty and human freedom. Molinism is the view that God uses His knowledge of what any free creature would freely choose in any given circumstance to orchestrate every event that occurs without violating human freedom in the process. In last week's episode, Mr. Minton showed that The Bible teaches that human beings have libertarian free will, that God has middle knowledge, and that God meticulously controls all things. He showed how only Molinism can fully harmonize and account for all 3 biblical teachings. In the paper Mr. Minton is reading in this week's episode, he shows that The Bible teaches several facts about the doctrine of salvation, and that, while traditional Arminianism and traditional Calvinism can account for SOME of these biblical teachings on the doctrine of salvation, they fall short of explaining ALL of The Biblical data. Calvinists and Arminians often have to downplay or explain away some of the biblical texts. Molinism can account for everything The Bible teaches concerning soteriology. It doesn't have to explain away any biblical passage. Therefore, Christians who want to embrace the whole word of God ought to affirm it. Click here to donate to this podcast - www.anchor.fm/evan-minton Click here to read the paper for yourself - https://cerebralfaith.blogspot.com/2018/11/the-soteriological-case-for-molinism.html Click here to download the paper - https://www.dropbox.com/s/0dsax8soeg7spc5/The%20Soteriological%20Case%20For%20Molinism.pdf?dl=0
March 23, 2019
Episode 11: Is Evolution Compatible With The Bible? - Interview with Michael Jones
Darwinian Evolution and The Bible's teaching of creation: are these two mutually exclusive? Many Christians and atheists think that they are. Michael Jones of Inspiring Philosophy does not. Jones holds to the view most commonly known as Theistic Evolution, and he debated his view with Kent Hovind back in January on Modern Day Debate's YouTube Channel. In this episode, Mr. Minton interviews Jones on his view of creation as well as comments on the debate he had with Hovind. You won't want to miss this week's episode! To donate to this podcast, click here --> www.anchor.fm/evan-minton To watch Jones' debate with Hovind, click here --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXdrjN_XNhY Check out Inspiring Philosophy at https://www.youtube.com/user/InspiringPhilosophy and InspiringPhilosophy.org
March 16, 2019
Episode 10: The Case For Mere Molinism
If God is in control, how can human beings have free will? On the other hand, if human beings don't have free will, how can God hold us morally accountable for the things that we do? The Bible teaches that God is sovereign over all things but also that human being are genuinely free to make decisions. The Bible itself doesn't give us the answer of how these two biblical teachings can both be true. To harmonize them is the task of systematic theology, not biblical theology. Molinism is a theological system that seeks to account for divine sovereignty and human freedom. Molinism is the view that God uses His knowledge of what any free creature would freely choose in any given circumstance to orchestrate every event that occurs without violating human freedom in the process. In this podcast episode, Mr. Minton reads aloud his paper "The Case For Mere Molinism" which shows that out of all the theological systems on the table, only Molinism can account for the entirety of scripture's teachings. To donate to this podcast, visit anchor.fm/evan-minton To Read This Paper -- http://cerebralfaith.blogspot.com/2018/11/the-case-for-mere-molinism.html To Download This Paper: -- https://www.dropbox.com/s/z5tqmwe98curmah/The%20Case%20For%20Mere%20Molinism.pdf?dl=0
March 9, 2019
Episode 9: From Alcohol To Apologetics - Interview With David Parrish
This week's guest is David Parrish. He tells us of his incredible story of how Christian Apologetics not only saved his faith when he was wrestling with doubts, but how it also helped him get out of alcoholism and consequently saved his marriage! Additionally, Minton and Parrish talk about how local churches are failing to ground their congregations by neglecting the rich intellectual resources of Christianity and focusing on shallow Bible reading and emotional experiences. David Parrish also talks about his concern to get Apologetics to infiltrate the arts.
March 3, 2019
Episode 8: Into The Life Of Christian Scientists; Rhyanna Rogers and Angela Fugate
Many people seem to be under the impression that to be a good scientist, you must be an atheist. The best scientists are atheists after all, right? When you think of scientists, names like Stephen Hawking, Laurence Krauss, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson come to mind. All these men of science are not also men of God. In this episode, Evan Minton interviews Rhyanna Rogers and Angela Fugate; two microbiologists who also happen to be Bible believing Christians! Rogers and Fugate give the story of how they became Christians, what made them want enter the field of microbiology, what microbiology even is, how they reconcile their faith with science, advice to young Christians who want to enter the natural sciences, and more. If you wish to donate to this podcast: click here --> https://anchor.fm/evan-minton
February 23, 2019
Episode 7: The Ontological Argument For God's Existence
After weeks of surveying Argument's For God's Existence, Evan Minton has come to the end doing a series on of the series. He finishes off by talking about The Ontological Argument For God's Existence which was first formulated by St. Anselm. However, Minton isn't fond of Anselm's version and instead defends a version of the argument formulated and defended by world famous philosopher Alvin Plantinga known as "The Modal Ontological Argument". The argument is that if God's existence is even possible, then God exists!
February 16, 2019
Episode 6: The Moral Argument For God's Existence
Continuing in the series on arguments for God's Existence, Evan Minton addresses The Moral Argument for God's Existence. Mr. Minton argues that if God does not exist, then objective moral values and duties do not exist. However, he also argues that objective moral values and duties do exist. By modus tollens reasoning, it follows that God exists.
February 9, 2019
Episode 5: The Local Fine-Tuning Argument For God's Existence
In this episode, Evan Minton will talk about how improbable it is for our planet to be suitable for advanced life. The size of the Earth, the size of the moon, the size of the sun, the rotation speed of Earth, the amount of oxygen in Earth's atmosphere, and many other parameters had to come together to make our planet habitable. What is the best explanation of this? Did these things all come together by mere chance? Or was this result of a divine plan?
February 2, 2019
Episode 4: The Fine-Tuning Argument For God's Existence
In this episode, Evan Minton goes over a scientific subject known as The Cosmic Fine-Tuning. The Laws of physics are so delicately balanced that if they were off by even a hair's breadth, no life of any kind could exist anywhere at all in the universe. What best accounts for this extraordinary feature of the universe? Physical necessity, chance, or intelligent design?
January 26, 2019
Episode 3: The Kalam Cosmological Argument For God's Existence (Part 2)
This is part 2 of a 2 part episode on The Kalam Cosmological Argument for God's Existence. In the previous podcast episode, Evan Minton laid out the premises of the argument; (1) Whatever begins to exist has a cause, (2) The universe began to exist, (3) Therefore the universe has a cause, and explained why the type of cause has to be God. In this episode, Evan Minton will be addressing a myriad of objections that atheist detractors have lodged against the argument in an attempt to refute it. The Kalam argument seems like a good argument at face value, but does it hold up under scrutiny? Listen to this episode to find out!
January 19, 2019
Episode 2: The Kalam Cosmological Argument For God's Existence (Part 1)
Many would be surprised to know that there are good reasons to believe that God exists. You don't have to take God's existence on blind faith alone. There's evidence for God. The Kalam Cosmological Argument is one of them. This argument, initially formulated by the 11th century philosopher Al Ghazali and popularized by contemporary philosopher Dr. William Lane Craig, argues to the existence of a Creator from the law of causality and the fact that the universe had a beginning to its existence out of nothing. (1) Whatever Begins To Exist Has A Cause. (2) The Universe Began To Exist. (3) Therefore, The Universe Has A Cause.
January 12, 2019
Episode 1: Introduction To The Cerebral Faith Podcast
This is the first episode of The Cerebral Faith Podcast! In this episode, your host Evan Minton explains what this podcast is about. The podcast is about Christian Apologetics; a defense of the truth of Christianity. Christianity meets the demands of the intellect, not just the demands of the heart. Mr. Minton also goes into who he is and how he got into the Christian Apologtics. Mr. Minton also talks about some of the topics he plans on addressing in the near future. Cerebral Faith has been a blog for over 6 years. Mr. Minton also talks about why he would start a podcast when he has already had a platform to speak for Christ all this time.
January 5, 2019