Why Do You Believe? Podcast


Gender Ideology & 21st Century Christians

September 1, 2021

While many modern conservative Christians uphold the idea that there are two genders, they often inadvertently eviscerate the male and female genders by making the masculine and feminine roles interchangeable. If we disregard the specific man/woman directives and differences in scripture, are we really valuing God’s design for us? Specifically, what should biblical womanhood really look like in the 21st century? Is historic Christianity's view of womanhood outdated and oppressive? Join us as we discuss these issues with SES alumna Nora Hale.

August 5, 2021

Nine Essential Arguments for Effective Apologetics

July 26, 2021

We conclude our overview of the new SES infographic "Nine Essential Arguments for Effective Christian Apologetics" by looking at the final three points that seek to demonstrate the truthfulness of Christianity specifically. The foundation has been laid regarding the nature and knowability of truth, the existence of God, and the fact that miracles are at least possible. Join us as SES Provost Dr. Richard G. Howe walks us through the final steps of our apologetic by examining the reliability of the Bible and the reality of Jesus' resurrection.

Nine Essential Arguments for Effective Apologetics (Part 2)

July 19, 2021 • Dr. Richard Howe.

Last week we discussed the nature of truth, its knowability, and the fact that every aspect of physical reality has a metaphysical nature which we are capable of knowing and communicating about. As we continue our journey through the essential arguments for a complete apologetic for Christianity, we're joined again by SES Provost Dr. Richard Howe to discuss the existence of God and the implications this has to further our apologetic. If there is no God, there can be no Word of God. But how can we know that God actually exists?

Nine Essential Arguments for Effective Apologetics (Part 1)

July 12, 2021 • Dr. Richard Howe.

We talk a lot about specific issues and nuanced philosophical and theological concepts. But at the end of the day, what are the basic arguments that form the foundation for a solid Christian apologetic? In our post-Christian culture, it is imperative that believers at least know the basics in order to become effective ambassadors for Christ in their proclamation and defense of the Gospel. Join us for this series with SES Provost Dr. Richard Howe as we discuss nine essential arguments for effective Christian apologetics.

William Lane Craig and James White on Divine Simplicity

July 5, 2021 • Dr. Brian Huffling

Once again, Dr. William Lane Craig, along with Dr. James White, has mischaracterized Aquinas' view of divine simplicity, its importance, and its implications. This matters because divine simplicity, properly understood, is one of the most important doctrines of God from which the other divine attributes properly follow and are understood. SES professor Dr. Brian Huffling will discuss his recent blog post graciously responding to our brothers' continued misunderstanding and mischaracterizations.

Challenging Dan Barker's Brand of Atheism (Part 2)

June 28, 2021

A couple of episodes ago we began talking about the book “Answering the Music Man: Dan Barker’s Arguments Against Christianity” written by several of our SES alumni. The book is a response to Dan Barker, the co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Barker touts many of the typical, and shallow, talking points common to what has come to be known as the “new atheists." Today, we’ll be talking with three more authors of the book and their specific responses to Barker.

Is Animal Suffering Evidence Against a Good God?

June 22, 2021 • Kyle Keltz

We all know that one of the most well-known and difficult issues facing Christian apologetics is the problem of evil. Book after book has been written on the subject. There is one particular aspect of the problem of evil that is gaining in popularity amongst skeptics and unbelievers. That is the so-called problem of animal suffering. Why would a good God create animals and allow them to suffer in so many horrible ways?. Some, like Alex O’Conner also known as the Cosmic Skeptic on YouTube, go so far as to claim this is the single greatest problem to Christianity. What exactly is the problem of animal suffering, and how should Christians respond?. We’ll be discussing this issue with Dr. Kyle Keltz, SES alum and author of “Thomism and the Problem of Animal Suffering.”

Challenging Dan Barker's Brand of Atheism (Part 1)

June 7, 2021

At our National Conference on Christian Apologetics, Dr. Richard Howe debated professing-Christian-music-minister-turned-atheist Dan Barker. Barker is the co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. After the debate, two of our SES Ph.D. alumni decided to begin a book project to dive more deeply into answering the many claims and assertions Barker promoted at the debate. The result is a relatively new book entitled “Answering the Music Man: Dan Barker’s Arguments Against Christianity." We’ll be discussing the book with a few of the authors this week and next week.

Police: Civilization's Defenders

June 2, 2021 • Dr. Richard Land

How Do We Reach the University for Christ?

May 31, 2021 • Aaron Marshall

The seemingly overnight adoption of critical race theory as mainstream, the acceptance of transgenderism and homosexuality, the ideas of safe spaces and hate speech, and even the idea of cultural marxism have been brewing behind the scenes for decades. Namely, these ideas have been taught at the university for years. Finally, those college students have become societal leaders and we are reaping the poisonous fruit of these corrupt ideas. What can be done now, and how do we reach the university for Christ? We’ll be examining these questions with SES alum and Ratio Christi staff member, Aaron Marshall

Ep. 117 -- Norm Geisler: The Movie

May 24, 2021 • Dr. David Geisler

SES co-founder Dr. Norman Geisler was truly a giant in the Faith whom God used to impact countless lives. In this episode, we are joined by Dr. David Geisler, Norm's son and President of Norm Geisler International Ministries, to discuss the new movie about Norm's life and impact "Norm Geisler: Not Qualified." This movie features over 50 of the many he taught, mentored, or influenced, who lead the church today by following the trail he blazed. We'll also discuss how you can see the film and bring the film to your church.

Examining William Lane Craig's Views on the Nature of God

May 17, 2021 • Dr. Brian Huffling

Dr. William Lane Craig is perhaps the most popular Christian apologist and philosopher today, and of course he is a dear brother in Christ. Ironically, however, he rejects some of the most foundational aspects about the nature of God upon which classical theism rests. We will specifically be looking at the simplicity of God and God's knowledge of the future. What, if any, are the implications of thinking wrongly about these issues? In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Brian Huffling, Director of the SES Ph.D. program, to analyze Dr. Craig's views on the nature of God.

Why Does the Church Need Apologetics?

May 10, 2021 • Dr. Ray Ciervo

How can someone help get apologetics training started at their local church, and what are some of the hurdles to look out for? What are the most important apologetics issues every church should equip their members to engage? Join us as we discuss these issues and more with Dr. Ray Ciervo, SES alum, author, and seasoned apologist.

Is God Fading Away?

April 26, 2021 • Dr. Richard Howe.

We've discussed some of the classical attributes of God and how we, as limited human beings, can talk meaningfully about the unlimited God. But in modern times, this classical view of God has slowly been abandoned. Why is "God fading away" in this sense, and what implications are at stake with the abandonment of classical theism? Dr. Richard G. Howe, SES Provost, will join us to discuss this important topic.