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Apologetics in a Postmodern World

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Christians have cause to rejoice. We have the privilege of speaking truth to people who don't think it exists.

I am the mindfreak
There's no reality
Just this world of illusion
That keeps on haunting me
So sings magician Criss Angel during the opening to Mindfreak, his popular television show on the A&E channel. But Angel's popularity may be grounded in something more than his excellence in magic. The way he presents magic may have struck a chord with how our culture has come to view truth and our ability to know it. His claim of "what you see is what you get" seems aimed at challenging our most basic beliefs about how the world works. And his use of magic to present a world where there are no rules and where interpretation is the measure of truth has prompted MTV to call him the "postmodern Houdini."

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Doug Powell (MA in Christian Apologetics, Biola University) is the author of the Holman QuickSource Guide to Christian Apologetics (the title is not his fault) and has also contributed to the Apologetics Study Bible and the forthcoming Apologetics Study Bible for Students. As a recording artist, he has released seven solo albums and one with the band Swag. He is also a full-time graphic designer. Visit him online at and

Issue: "Zion" Nov./Dec. 2009 Vol. 18 No. 6 Page number(s): 36-39

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