Christian Research Journal Vol 35 No. 2 April 2012

CONTENTS
22    Truth in Darkness: The Hunger  Games as an Unexpected Resource for Apologists
by Holly Ordway
Cultural Apologetics: The Hunger Games and its sequels are fast-paced and engaging, with characters that are interesting and complex. What’s good news for Christians is that these books are also very useful material for literary apologetics-though perhaps in unexpected ways

28  When  Vague Is in Vogue:  A New but  Not  Improved Approach to Homosexuality Is Growing among Evangelicals
by Joe Dallas
Doctrinal Discernment: Noted evangelical leaders, authors, and pastors are adopting and promoting a revision of our response to homo­-sexual people by shifting away from clarity and toward vagueness. This is intended to improve on past approach­ es that lacked love and grace, but wouldn’t a biblical approach balance mercy with truth?

34  Birthday Celebrations and Jehovah’s Witnesses
by David W. T. Brattston
Today’s Religious  Movements: Jehovah’s Witnesses believe it is a sin to celebrate birthdays, citing the practice  of the early church for support. Our author  examined the entire extant  body of Christian literature before the mid-third century to determine what kind of support for the Watchtower’s position actually exists

36  The Sacrament of the Supper
by Michael Ross
Doctrinal Discernment: Holy Communion  (also called the Lord’s Supper  and the Eucharist) was intended by Christ to unite Christ­ ians, but it has become a point
of division. What  are the major views on Communion?  How do Protestants respond to Catholic claims? Does Scripture provide any guidelines for how Communion should be observed?

42  Prayers, Football, and Missions: lessons from Tebowmania
by La Shawn Barber
Cultural Discernment: The cultural phenomenon of “Tebowmania” has raised some interesting discussion points for Christians, such as: Does public praying before millions of viewers violate Christ’s teaching in the Sermon on the Mount? Also included: a sidebar  on New York Knicks point guard Jeremy  Lin and the parallel phenomenon of “Linsanity”

46  Reading My Favorite Atheists: Ivan,Raskolmkov, and Kirilov
by Stephen Mitchell
Cultural/Philosophical Apologetics: The characters in the novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky put their fingers so precisely on problems of justice, morality, and freedom that neither believers nor unbelievers can step around them. Instead, both • characters and readers have to face them and respond

DEPARTMENTS
04  From the Editor
05  Response
08  Effective Evangelism Chrislam: Insider  Movements Moving in the Wrong Direction. A feature-length installment by Joshua B. Lingel and Bill Nikide
16  Practical Hermeneutics A FAIR Question: Does Mormon Apologist Marc A. Schindler Successfully  Harmonize Celestial Marriage  with Matthew 22:23-30? A feature-length installment by John  Makujina
50  Viewpoint
Personhood’s Fatal Flaw. A feature­ length installment by Bob Perry
56  Reviews
A Summary Critique: Christian Smith’s The Bible Made Impossible: Why  Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture … Shawn Lawrence Otto’s Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America
62  Ask Hank

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