Christian Research Journal Vol. 36:6 – Feb. 2014

08    Does the Bible Require Christians to Attend Church?
By Kevin DeYoung and Jason Helopoulos

[Is churchless Christianity a viable option or is the need for an article like this merely a sign of the times?]

12    The Gun Control Debate: Two Christian Perspectives
By Michael W. Austin and Ron Gleason

[In this debate, two thoughtful Christians offer differing perspectives on what Scripture, the Second Amendment, and the statistics have to say.]

24    Alexander Solzhenitsyn Confronts the Grand Inquisitor
By Stephen Mitchel

[Dostoevsky’s Grand Inquisitor (GI) challenges the foundational Christian belief that humans are created in God’s image by denying that they are strong enough to bear the burden of free will. Alexander
Solzhenitsyn’s Ivan Denisovich and others like him prove the GI wrong.]

30    God and the “Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics”
By William Lane Craig

[Mathematics is the language of nature. But how is this to be explained?]


36   God is Love, but is Love God? Answering the Esoteric Interpretation of 1 John 4
By Elliot Miller

[Followers of metaphysical, New Age, and Eastern teachings argue that if “God is love,” then He would never punish sinners or require the sacrificial death of His Son to save them. By quoting from the Bible,
however, they have opened the door to a discussion of what the Bible meant by that phrase in the first place.]

44    The New Nothingness: A look at Lawrence Krauss’s, A Universe from Nothing
By Dean C.Halverson

[Theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss, the director of Arizona State University’s Origins Project, will stop at nothing to find a naturalistic explanation for the origin of the universe at the time of the Big Bang. This includes defining the “nothing” from which the universe emerged
as something physical and assigning to it several attributes traditionally reserved for God.]

54    The Myth of Persecution: A Provocative Title, an Overdone Thesis
By Paul L. Maier

[In The Myth of Persecution Notre Dame scholar Candida Moss argues that the tradition of long, bloody persecutions of Christians by a hostile Roman Empire and the heroic martyrdoms of the faithful have been invented by the church and
its historians. There is only one problem with this thesis: the historical evidence.]


4 From the Editor:

6 Effective Evangelism

[What Cops Can Teach Christians about the Critical Use of Language]

58 Reviews:

Justin L. Barrett’s Born Believers
Director Gavin Hood’s Ender’s Game

62 Ask Hank