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- Hagee, John
- Popular prophecy teacher. Evaluation of his teachings in May-June 2009 E-Block.
- Hallquist, Chris
- Skeptical blogger. I have deemed him unworthy of more than this entry as a reply, based on this comment:
In my recent post on J. P. Holding's disregard for what the Bible actually says, I noted that, Holding's thesis is heavily dependent on a projection of modern rationalism back into the 1st century." I attacked his position from the Biblical record, but it's also worth noting that his assumptions are problematic in light of the history of Christian apologetics. Specifically, everything I've read on Christian apologetics as we know it did not exist before the Enlightenment. Of course, humans have always tried to defend their claims by argument after a fashion, and historians of early Christianity think of "apologists" mainly as writers like Justin Martyr, who first appeared in the second century. However, the goal of these second-century apologists was the reconciliation of Greek philosophy with Christianity. Modern apologetics, with its strong emphasis on historical scholarship, is almost entirely a product of the last few centuries.
What escapes Hallquist is that apologetics is driven by what opponents argue (it is, after all, a defense, so that this point is simply meaningless. As further noted by my patristics consult, Matt Paulson -- who is attending Harvard Divinity School at this time -- Hallquist is "utterly wrong in spirit":
The 2nd century apologists didn't simply try to "harmonize/reconcile" the gospel with Greek philosophy; rather, they tried to show the relevance of the gospel vis-a-vis THAT CULTURAL FACTOR WHICH NEEDED TO BE PREACHED TO. More importantly, though, the apologists never acted as though the gospel "had to" prove itself in harmony with the Greeks; rather, they tried to emphasize points of concord, and to show WHY CHRISTIANITY WAS RIGHT at those points wherein Hellenism and the gospel obviously differed.
A few telling examples to disprove the sole factual claim of your opponent [that the 2nd c. apologists were concerned only to reconcile Christianity w/Greek philosophy]: in addition to the two apologies (an attempt to convince Greco-Roman intellectual culture), Justin Martyr also wrote his Dialogue with Trypho the Jew; in addition to his Against the Academics (skeptical philosophers), Augustine also wrote his Cty of God, which--at least formally--is to be placed alongside the greatest works of Christian historical theology.
Western intellectual culture was largely subject to Christian influence during the early to late middle ages; whence the surprise that it wouldn't have to emphasize certain aspects of apologetics till later, when Christianity itself was challenged? Suppose that, by the 22nd century, people took very seriously the claim--registered in full philosophical seriousness--that they didn't exist five seconds ago (after all, 'tis logically possible that they came into existence right now with a fraudulent, inbuilt memory); ought we then to blame the whole prior history of Christian apologetics for not having answered this question before it had been raised?
Rather than attempting to posit an unbridgeable chasm twixt early and contemporary Christian apologetics, would it not be much more sensible simply to ATTEMPT TO detect the consistent spirit of the apologetic aspect of the Christian proclomation which has been there from the start, viz., to be all things to all people, and "to run to the point of the battle-line which most needs defending"?
Since Hallquist has made such a clear error, and since he has tried to "rebut" my use of the Context Group by re-repeating material by Richard Carrier that I have already refuted, I deem him unworthy of reply.
- A key concept for defense of the Scriptures.
- Harpur, Tom
- Canadian journalist who argues that Jesus' story was copied from pagan elements. Critique of his book The Pagan Christ here.
- Harris, Sam
- Popular atheist writer. Response to Letter to a Christian Nation
- Harris, Stephen
- Liberal Bible professor with a college textbook to credit. See here.
- Hays, Steve
- Attempted a response to me on Calvinism, one so far-fetched that I have moved response to my parody site, tektoonics.com.
- Don't go there!
- Helms, Randel
- English professor who has taken on the Bible without knowing ancient literature.
- Review -- of Gospel Fictions
- Review of Who Wrote the New Testament?
- Review of The Bible Against Itself
- Henaut, Barry
- Liberal Biblical scholar who discounts the relevance of oral tradition in accurate preservation of the Gospel material.
- Alleged pagan copycat figure. See here.
- Herod Antipas
- Hesus of the Druids
- Alleged pagan copycat savior. See here for comments.
- Hick, John
- Review of Metaphor of God Incarnate
- Higgins, Godfrey
- 18th century writer often used as a source. Comments here.
- Hildeman, Eric
- Author of Creationism: The Bible Says No. Some comments on the portions we are expert in here.
- Hitler, Adolf
- Was this guy a Christian? No, and he wasn't an atheist either.
- Was Hitler a Christian? -- Answers in Action provides some Hitler anti-Christianity quotes [Off Site]
- Was Hitler a Christian? -- a religiously neutral site shows that Hitler was good mainly at talking out of both sides of his mouth on this subject [Off Site]
- Holt, Brian
- Arian/JW apologist. See here for comments.
- What is holiness?
- Holy Spirit
- Don't forget the third member of the Trinity.
- No hate mail, please. Just answer the arguments.
- Was Horus a source for the life of Jesus? [Off Site] See also our article.
- House of Yahweh
- Watchman Fellowship overview
- Huller, Stephan
- See our article in the August/September 2009 E-Block.
- Humanist Manifestoes
- Hume, David
- 18th-century rationalist who started the "miracles are impossible because I can't see any" arguments.
- What is humility?
- Humphreys, Kenneth
- Owner of jesusneverexisted.com, a site so far-fetched that I have moved response to it to my parody site, tektoonics.com.
- Hunt, Dave
- Review of The Seduction of Christianity in December 2009 E-Block