Tom Gilson has posted a critique of my critique of Sean McDowell. Now I post a critique of Gilson’s critique of my critique of Sean McDowell. ?
Sean McDowell’s Radical Sectarian Attack on Progressive Christians
Sean McDowell claims progressive Christianity is another religion. But in fact, his argument implies a radical fracturing of Christendom in which any Christian who doesn’t accept his conservative American evangelical beliefs does not count as a Christian. ?
How Conservative Evangelicals Foment Hatred and Suspicion toward Progressive Christians
Today, I received the following comment in response to a YouTube video in which I critique Sean McDowell’s misinformation about progressive Christians. The comment sounds like a string of talking points from conservative evangelicals like Alisa Childers, Mike Winger, and Sean McDowell. To begin with, the comment offers an absolute binary judgment in which progressive […]
“Put Your Damn Bible Down”? How Sean McDowell spreads Misinformation About Progressive Christians
Evangelical Christians like Sean McDowell claim that progressive Christians undermine truth. And yet, McDowell’s own interaction with progressive Christianity is characterized by strawmanning, hasty generalization, cherry-picking, and other tools of misinformation. You can’t serve truth by promoting falsehood. ?
An Open Letter to Lee Strobel and Sean McDowell
To Lee Strobel and Sean McDowell, I am writing to you concerning your endorsements of Alisa Childers’ book Another Gospel? Mr. McDowell, you referred to the book as “a timely must-read book.” And Mr. Strobel, you actually wrote the forward to the book and you claim that Childers “fearlessly confronts the distortions and outright falsehoods […]
Does God command genocide in the Bible?
In this video, I offer a response to a short clip from an interview between Sean McDowell and Charlie Trimm. For the full McDowell interview, see here.
Sean McDowell’s 5 Reasons the Bible is True: A Response
Let’s start with the video. Don’t worry, it’s only 52 seconds. 5 Reasons the Bible is reliable in one minute! VIDEO. pic.twitter.com/mX7VelC8VC — Sean McDowell (@Sean_McDowell) April 25, 2020 I think this kind of stuff does more harm than good. First off, most of Sean’s points pertain not to the Bible simpliciter but rather to […]
Fundamentalist Apologetics Comes of Age: A Review of Evidence that Demands a Verdict
Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell. Evidence that Demands a Verdict (Thomas Nelson, 2017). Like many in my generation, I grew up with a copy of Josh McDowell’s Evidence that Demands a Verdict (henceforth, Evidence) on the bookshelf. Over the years, I frequently consulted Evidence to quell doubts and provide ammunition to fire back at the skeptics on topics like evolution and […]
Strawmen, the Golden Rule, and Apologetic Hypocrisy
A couple months ago I was sent a copy of Josh and Sean McDowell’s new edition of Evidence that Demands a Verdict. It’s a mammoth book (798 pages) and I hope to review it soon. But I keep finding myself getting distracted as I read, and often it isn’t for a good reason. Consider, for example, […]
An Unbelievable Illustration of My Problem with Christian Apologetics
I have some significant frustrations with popular Christian apologetics. Perhaps my greatest problem is that Christian apologists often prefer answers that simplify to the point of distortion. Whatever attraction those kinds of answers may have in buoying confidence and rallying the base, they ultimately inhibit Christians from maturing in the faith. A clear example of […]
Ken Humphreys’ strange prejudice against the Bible
The British radio show Unbelievable is a reliable source of good material for further reflection, and this past week’s episode pitting young apologist Sean McDowell against Jesus mythicist Ken Humphreys was no different. That’s not to say it was an even match, not even close. McDowell was excellent: crystal clear, consummately cordial, and coolly collected. And […]