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Atheist David Fitzgerald Wrong About John the Baptist

Do you meet all of the following conditions?
-under 35 years old
-an atheist
-debate Christians on the Internet
-have attended a talk put on by the Secular Student Alliance

If you answered yes to all four, chances are, you know David Fitzgerald. You might also know Dave if you are a Christian apologist who is involved with campus ministry. Apparently, William Lane Craig knows. David is the author of Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All? and promotes the Christ-Myth Theory, which claims Jesus Christ never lived.

I debated (informally) David on three different occasions in 2013. In our second conversation, he made a claim that John the Baptist was a failed Messiah. This claim came in the flow of an argument he was making about  Jesus (supposedly) not having the same amount of historical corroboration as so-called “loser Messiahs”. I asked Dave for evidence or a source for his take on J to tha B. He mentioned the Clementine Recognitions, saying it backs him up. Watch the debate here and note our dialogue between 12 and 13 minutes.

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CELSUS vs. THE EARLY CHRISTIANS (177-180 AD)

WHO WAS CELSUS?

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No discussion on critics of the ancient church would be complete without the most salient of them all – the pagan intellectual Celsus.

He wrote a polemical tour de force titled True Doctrine (also translated as True Word, True Account or True Discourse), published in the late second century (ca.  170 AD). Celsus’ attack was the first all-out – and informed – salvo we have on Christianity. More than a passing comment or a veiled allusion; it was a collection of objections contra Christianity.
Initially, Celsus seems to have been overlooked by Christians but a century later Origen felt it was prudent to respond to the work in his Against Celsus (ca. 246 AD). The strange thing about Origen going toe to toe with the ghost of Celsus is both were essentially Platonists! They held in common many presuppositions, though Origen saw God as personal and Celsus did not, for Celsus believed Christianity’s “doctrine of a divine intervention in history is incompatible with Platonic axioms”.[1] Celsus, a a philosopher of the Middle Platonist school, did not reject everything in Christianity outright (e.g., the Logos doctrine, certain ethical principles, etc.).

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THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE vs. HISTORICAL REVISIONISM

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HISTORY OF SCIENCE ROCKIN’ ON YOUR RADIOOO!

The pop culture consensus is generally unaware of the history of modern science and its Christian origins. To make matters worse, many internet atheists engage in historical revisionism when engaging this issue. For example, see the hard secular polemics of Richard Carrier, who is following in the footsteps of his outdated, outmoded and outlandish forebears, John William Draper and Andrew Dickson.

Dr. Jonathan Sarfati (Creation Ministries International) was on Backpack Radio (link) to discuss the Christian roots related to the rise of modern science. I was on an episode of Apologia Radio to discuss the same thing and respond to somecriticism of the claim. Apologia’s website says the show, “will hopefully cause praise to flow from your lips to God Who is the very foundation of any pursuit of scientific discovery.” My sentiments exactly. On this post, I share some thoughts on the history and development of modern science.

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Ministry to Muslims ARIZONA UPDATE 2014

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MINISTRY UPDATE!

MINISTRY TO MUSLIMS recently completed its fourth annual outreach trip to Phoenix, Arizona. For four days (October 16-19), we prayed together, trained together, witnessed together, learned together and worshipped together. I was part of it; this is what happened:

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Apologia Radio Strikes Back!

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LINK: Radio Combat, Assault on Marriage, & Atheism – 6/29/2013
Our friends over at Jeff Durbin Radio Apologia Radio, have responded to our response to their disses. In the immortal words of Master Durbin-San … “it’s Christian radio trash talk”. For those who want to hear it,  here is the link … For those who want to download it, here ya’ go. Below is their description of the show:
 
Things get a little crazy when Backpack Radio sucker punches Apologia Radio. Listen to our newest episode to hear some shenanigans … Just for the record: Backpack started it! 🙂 
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Complete Audio of Black Hebrew Israelites “Battle” (Christian Pastor vs. BHI)

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Black Hebrew Israelites Vs. Christian Preacher [FULL AUDIO]

Here is *the complete audio* all together

One Saturday my wife and I saw some Black Hebrew Israelites yelling loudly at all the bypassers at Camelback and 19th Ave (Phoenix, AZ). We were on our way to the Toy Fair so I didn’t want to really talk to them but my wife really thought that I need to. So I said if they are still there when we roll back by, I’ll try to witness to them a bit. 6 GI Joes, 2 Hulks and one hour later, they were still there. So I got out of the car and began what turned into a 13 part conversation (it lasted an hour and a half, I’m gonna post the audio up in 13 different parts).

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