Change in Direction

TIMES CHANGE, WE CHANGE. God never changes. There is a sustained reality in the universe (some refer to this as "metanarrative") that defines and upholds all that exists. All religions speak of this. It is the responsibility of every Christian to present for consideration the story of Christianity as more than "just another worldview" among …

History of the Church Part Six: Reaching a Post-Christian Culture

Steven Barto, B.S. Psy., M.A. Theology This is the last in a six-part series on the history of the Christian church. THE LECTURE HALL WAS filled with a low murmur as the professor walked in and placed his soft leather briefcase on the lectern and opened it. He took out a small stack of blank …

History of the Church Part Five: Colonialism and Evangelism

Steven Barto, B.S., Psy., M.A. Theology SO FAR WE HAVE explored how the Christian church began, the "marks" and underlying doctrine of the Christian church, Islamism and the Crusades, and the impact of dissension and the Protestant Reformation. In Part Five, I will expound on colonialism and evangelism. Of concern to many individuals over the …

Religious Pluralism and Post-Christian Society

Written by Steven Barto, B.S., Psy., M.A. Theology Religious pluralism says all religions are equally valid paths to GodThe Law of Non-Contradiction says two mutually exclusive claims to truth cannot both be trueReligious pluralism fails this Law of logicTwo mutually exclusive religious claims cannot both be true THE VAST MAJORITY OF Americans believe in God …

The Practical Application of Narrative Apologetics

Written by Steven Barto, BS Psy STORIES OFFER APOLOGETIC possibilities that are more effective than approaches that rely on rhetorical argument. Certainly, this is because stories engage audiences that would otherwise choose to pass on logical discourse. C.S. Lewis believed a well-told story opens the imagination to new ways of thinking and believing. He believed …

Let’s Go to Theology Class: Apologetics Interview

After some delay, I am able to share my final paper in "Apologetics" as part of my master's in theological studies at Colorado Christian University. Instructions were to interview someone who was an atheist or skeptic regarding Christianity. I hope you will find this paper beneficial. I really enjoyed doing this assignment. Introduction The primary …

Let’s Go to Theology Class: Arguments for God’s Existence

The following is from Apologetics, my most recent class at Colorado Christian University in pursuit of my master's degree in theological studies. Written by Steven Barto, B.S., Psy. This Week's Question: Assuming we believe in God, Why spend time studying arguments for God’s existence? Why not just go with the belief and move on? What …

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