Category: Apologetics

Was Christianity responsible for the death of Greek science?

The Claim Early Muslims repeatedly claimed for polemical purposes that Christianity brought Greek science to an end.1 2 3 This view has become commonly accepted,4 though the reality is different. 5 Dating the Decline Although estimates vary, historians of science typically agree that the decline of Greek science started before the Christian era.6 7 Farrington dates the decline from the […] 

What benefits are there to being religious?

The Challenge Atheist authors Christopher Hitchens1 and Richard Dawkins2 have condemned religious belief as harmful and useless. Both authors have been criticized for failing to note specific benefits of strong religious belief.34567 The Facts Strong religious belief provides a range of physical, emotional, social, financial, psychological, and health benefits;89 reducing health risks, increasing the likelihood of longevity10 and mental health,11 […] 

Is the Bible’s chronology of the kings of Israel accurate?

The Challenge In the late 19th century, critical scholar Julius Wellhausen claimed the Biblical chronology of the kings of Israel was a literary invention for religious purposes, which had been edited and revised several times from a variety of different sources, rather than a genuine historical record.1 For the next 70 years, critical scholars continued to treat the chronology as […]