The Cerebral Faith Podcast

Episode 15: Not Your Mother's End Times Novel - Interview With Brian Godawa

An episode of 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 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)" 
1:09:11
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. 
1:10:14
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 
1:08:02
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 
1:06:40
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.
1:01:39
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
59:37
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  
1:15:13
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 
1:28:40
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
1:13:15
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
1:07:08
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
47:30
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
1:06:10
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
1:32:30
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 
1:03:19
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
1:22:31
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.
1:08:48
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
47:24
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!
54:31
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. 
46:08
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? 
59:58
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? 
1:12:10
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!
53:27
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. 
1:02:02
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. 
58:05
January 5, 2019
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