Jimmy Akin

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What if Jesus Played Basketball?

If Jesus Played Basketball Would Jesus have been the all-time, all-history MVP if he played basketball? Did he have to learn his craft of carpentry? Did he have to learn table manners? There are all kinds of questions one can ask about the way...

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What Josephus Really Said About Reincarnation

Recently we began looking at claims that the Jewish historian Josephus (A.D. 37-c. 100) said that his people believed in reincarnation. This is not true. As we’ve already seen, there were two general views of the afterlife among Jews in his...

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What Ancient Jews Really Believed About the Afterlife

Every so often I’ve encountered people claiming that the Jewish historian Josephus (A.D. 37-c. 100) said that Jews believe in reincarnation. Sometimes this claim is made by New Agers, who want to bolster the antiquity of the idea in...

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Why God Can’t Lie (Or Sin)

Scripture repeatedly affirms the truthfulness of God. As early as the book of Numbers, we read: God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should repent. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not...

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Cardinal Müller on Amoris Laetitia: 12 Things to Know and Share

Cardinal Gerhard Müller has made public comments on Pope Francis’s document Amoris Laetitia and the controversy surrounding it. Here are 12 things to know and share . . .   1) What is Amoris Laetitia? It’s a document issued by Pope Francis in...

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Love and Friendship in a Divided Electorate

It’s only natural, at a time like this, that people who voted Trump are rejoicing and people who voted Clinton are mourning. It’s also natural—politics being politics—that people on both sides will say some ugly things. And that’s a...

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Jack Chick Passes on to His Reward: 9 Things to Know and Share

Yesterday reports emerged that Jack T. Chick passed on Sunday at the age of 92. This has been confirmed by a post on his company’s Facebook page. For those who may not be aware, Jack Chick was a famous creator of evangelistic comic books and...

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Friendly Dragons? 10 Things to Know and Share

The recent remake of the movie Pete’s Dragon has prompted some discussion on the Internet of whether it is ever permissible, from a Christian point of view, to depict dragons as friendly, which happens in the movie. Some, pointing to comments...

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The Assumption of Mary: 12 Things to Know and Share

August 15 is the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. In the United States, it is a holy day of obligation (in years when it does not fall on a Monday). What is the Assumption of Mary, how did it come to be defined, and what relevance does it...

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Two Unsuccessful Arguments for Bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Every year in August, people take to the blogosphere to debate the morality of the U.S. nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which took place in August of 1945. This year, physicist Tom Hartsfield has a piece on Real Clear Science in...