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G. P. Denken

G. P. Denken is a lifelong atheist and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Illinois, where he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Now retired from a career with the United States government, he is looking forward to writing periodically on topics that fascinate him most, such as Christian apologetics and the search for the mysterious reason/faith event horizon.

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Courtroom Apologetics: You Call Them Eyewitnesses?

In "Courtroom Apologetics: You Call Them Eyewitnesses?" G. P. Denken critiques a genre of popular evangelical apologetics that he labels "courtroom" apologetics. Courtroom apologists are recognizable by the way that they season their arguments with courtroom jargon and analogies. Denken highlights three apologists who make their cases by relying heavily on the four "eyewitness" accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Though the apologetic authors seek verdicts from their jury of readers in favor of Christianity, Denken offers a rebuttal case in their imaginary trial. He discusses how these apologists have not only misidentified the Gospel authors, but ignored how their proposed authors could not have been eyewitnesses to many famous scenes in the canonical Gospels.