Tuesday, 3 February 2015
Rebuking Rev. Steven Martins of Evangelium & Apologia Ministries - 'Western Values'
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Christian apologists often present superficial arguments and make statements of a superficial nature. Reverend Steven Richard Martins is a Christian apologist for an organisation based in Canada.
This superficial and irresponsible statement-making fuels Islamophobia. Christian apologists with their regurgitated superficial apologetics spiels about Islam simply goes towards fuelling Islamophobia. Is that really what Christian apologists are being trained to do - dehumanize and insult Muslims?
Rather than talking about the general problem of ill-treatment across the world, Steven Martins speaks about 'horror stories' coming out of Muslim countries while ignoring 'horror stories' coming out of Western countries such as America (i.e. the horrific rape stats). Let's be clear, there is ill-treatment of women around the world including my country, the UK. It's not limited to Muslim countries or as Steven Martins intimates non-Western countries/ideals.
Steven Martins, through his statements, appears to be a Western supremacist. The interesting thing here is, there are many Eastern Christians out there, does Steven think these people are lacking when it comes to treating women well?
On top of this, what about Western ideals? They all surely are not Biblical. I mean, no serious Christian would claim the allowance of homosexual marriage is Biblical. Or the rampant Western sexualisation of women is Biblical.
So why even champion the West? I assume Canada's similar to Britain where women are sexualized and stripped of their clothing to promote products such as cars, cosmetics and vices like gambling.
I get the impression Steven is new to apologetics but surely he knows appearing as a Western supremacist as well as condescending and intellectually dishonest/lazy would not reflect well on Evangelium & Apologia Ministries? Surely he knows that many Chinese, Arab, and other Christians in the East would feel concerned at his comments?
Here's a video rebuking Steven Martins.
Steven Martins - A Rebuke - Western Values, Muslim Men and Women
Western Values - Steven Martins of E&AM Rebuked by yahyasnow
Steven, next time you meet a Muslim who treats his wife with reverence. Please ask them if it's because of the teachings of Islam:
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) enjoined kind treatment and honouring of one’s wife, and he described the best of people as those who are best to their wives. He said: “The best of you are those who are the best to their wives, and I am the best of you to my wives.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 3895; Ibn Maajah, 1977; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.
Rev. Steven Martins is linked to a lady called Cindy Martins. I don't know if they are related or married or simply just colleagues. However, a point of interest here is Cindy Martins holds an apologetics certificate from the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries Academy.
I'm not making any claims here - I don't know of Cindy Martin's work but Steven Martin's work, (from the little I've seen of it) is superficial and unimpressive. It will be prudent just to know that Dr Nabeel Qureshi is part of this organisation (RZIM) and Dr Nabeel has proven himself, time and time again to be superficial and lacking in intellectual honesty, see the Nabeel Qureshi section.
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