Category Archives: Lecture

Michael J. Kruger on The Origins of the New Testament Canon


Michael J. Kruger, professor of New Testament and academic dean at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC delivers four lectures on the Origins of the New Testament Canon: Issues, Problems, and Possibilities, in the Kistemaker Lecture Series, RTS-Orlando, March 2012. He is the author of the Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books and also ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and serve as an Associate Pastor at his home church, Uptown PCA.

LECTURE 1

The Definition of ‘Canon’: Exclusive or Multi-Dimensional?

LECTURE 2

The Origins of CanonWas the Idea of a New Testament a Late Ecclesiastical Development?

LECTURE 3

The Artifacts of CanonManuscripts as a Window into the Development of the New Testament

LECTURE 4

The Messiness of the CanonDo Disagreements Amongst Early Christians Pose a Threat to Our Belief in the New Testament?

You may visit Dr. Kruger’s website to find more resources <http://michaeljkruger.com/lectures/>

Lecture: Dr. Doug Groothuis on Pascal’s Anthropological Argument


Paul Copan on the Problem of Evil


Tomorrow, the USA as a nation is going to commemorate the day as a Memorial Day – the day around 3000 people lost their lives in the terrorist attacks in the Twin Towers in New York City and Pentagon in September 11, 2001. The whole nation mourned and shocked in disbelief that the most powerful nation in the world was under heinous terrorist attack. People from all walks of lives questioned how that could have happened! Followed by the 9/11 incident, Christian faith on the existence of good, powerful, and benevolent God was put under fire. Our faith was challenged. Many Christian ministers and apologists were posed with the classical questions about the existence of God and the problem of the evil in academia as well as invited to debate in public.

In this video, Paul Copan, a Christian theologian, apologist, analytic philosopher and author provides a brief summary of the problem of evil and answers to the questions how good God can allow something evil happen in the world if He is all-powerful and all-good.

Michael Licona: “Is Jesus the Only Way?”


Dr. Mike Licona gives talk on the whole issues of heaven and hell; who goes there and how they go there alongside many ways versus One Way. He addresses some of Rob Bell’s comments, raised in his book Love Wins.

In this audio, Licona covers 3 Major Positions :

(1) Universalism – everyone will be saved; no one will be lost, and eventually go to heaven apart from their faith in Jesus Christ.

(2) Exclusivism – Jesus is the Only Way to heaven and apart from faith in Jesus, there is no hope and other way for any human being to go to heaven.

(3) Inclusivism – Jesus is the only God, but he can save people from all faith. He keeps all possibilities open to save them when they sincerely following a god and morally living good lives. Therefore, Jesus is not particular whom you believe and follow. So people of all faith end up going to heaven as long as they live sincere and moral lives.

4 Tough Questions:

(1) What about those who never heard the Gospel?

(2) What about babies who died before they came to the Saving Knowledge of Christ or mentally handicapped?

(3) What about sincere and good person who lived moral life?

(4) What about being tolerant to other people and live life in harmony?

For Audio mp3, click here (42:52 min.)

Public Debate: William L Craig and Daniel Dennett on the Existence of God


William Craig, renowned Christian Apologist, author, speaker, and Research professor of Talbot School of Theology presents his paper as a one of the respondents on the the Evidences for the Existence of God in the Greer-Heard debate in 2007, between  theistic evolutionist Alister McGrath and prominent atheist and professor Daniel Dennett. In this audio record, Craig’s lecture (45 mins) on defense of theistic arguments is the response to Dennett’s criticism on theism.

Craig presents three theistic arguments for a Creator and Designer of the universe:

  • The Contingency Argument
  • The Kalam Cosmological Argument
  • The Teleological Argument

Full mp3 Audio (59.56 min)