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Athanatos Christian Ministries, (ACM) an apologetics organization based in Greenwood, Wisconsin, has announced that it has plans to host a Christian arts festival in their area, August 4-7, 2016.  

   The arts festival is part of ACM’s efforts to defend the Christian faith in the culture, through the arts.  

   Executive director Dr. Anthony Horvath says, “Mark Twain once said that you cannot reason someone out of a position that they didn’t reason themselves into.  In my experience talking with people who have fallen away from the faith, it is clear that many of them don’t have rationale arguments for their skepticism.  Instead, it’s as though they absorbed their objections from movies, music, and books.  In other words, if the culture is toxic, the people are poisoned.  ‘Cleanse’ the culture, and people will still need to have the Gospel proclaimed to them, but at least we won’t be fighting as much against unseen beliefs and values.”

   ACM has been hosting online conferences that focus on integrating Christian apologetics into film and literature for several years.  The arts festival will go even further, inviting painters, musicians, graphic artists, and other creative formats, to participate, as well.

   Horvath says, “We believe that quality artistic expressions touch people in a way that an intellectual argument often can’t.  For this reason, we challenge artists to hone their craft.  However, because art has this ability, it means that Christian artists have the responsibility to make sure that their ‘argument’ reflects good theology.  Many artists focus on their art but not their knowledge of the faith, and many who are knowledgeable about the faith never consider the possibility of expressing some part of that knowledge in a piece of fiction, or a painting, or something similar.  At ACM, we try to bring both kinds of people together and give them a united vision for what we call ‘literary apologetics.’”

   ACM has two certificates that it offers through its apologetics academy.  One focuses on the knowledge part and the other focuses on the artistic part, with a special emphasis on writing.  People can take classes online, or at their Greenwood location.

   Another way that ACM has promoted its vision is through its annual Christian novel contest.  Horvath says that, in light of the Christian arts festival, this contest is going to be expanded to include other art forms as well, and will be linked directly to the festival.  

   “We have distributed more than $10,000 in awards since we began hosting our contests, but our new contest is going to distribute more than that in just one year.  It is part of our belief that we need to give artists tangible, financial support, for their efforts.  We need artists to be active in our society, but we can’t expect them to starve for the cause!” Horvath says.

   Information about the contest and the festival is available on the festival website at www.christianartsfestival.us.  Horvath says that exhibitors, sponsors, and artists that would like to be featured should check out the website, first, and thencontact him as soon as possible at director@athanatosministries.org.



   For information about ACM’s apologetics academy and certificate programs, visit www.academyofapologetics.com.  

ACM’s website is www.athanatosministries.org

Athanatos Christian Ministries is pleased to announce the formation of a new publishing imprint, Paley, Whately & Greenleaf Press.


Non-fiction works centering on Christian apologetics–the defense of the Christian faith–will be the primary focus of works released under this imprint. PWGP’s quest is to put into circulation as many apologetics works as possible. These works do not to be thoroughly apologetical in nature, but should in some way reasonably be seen as something that could promote or defend the Christian faith, or some aspect of it.
LATEST RELEASE:
The Warden Watch
by Anthony Horvath
 
Casey has stumbled upon a secret: ‘Big Foot’ is real, after all, but its place among the Warden-Watch turns out to be far more mysterious than the myth itself. As one so-called myth after another turns out to be rooted in fact and reality-albeit in wholly unexpected ways-Casey finds himself craning his neck to catch a glimpse… of the Blood King. The Warden-Watch is the first installment from the Annals of Myrtle and the Blood-King. Learn more at:
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Robert Cely, who celebrated a birthday on September 21! Robert is the author of Beyond the Steel Wall, and ACM's "Author of the Month"!
Open letter to Republican members of the Assembly Committee on Health regarding
AB 310 and AB 311

by Anthony Horvath
"To the Republican members of the Assembly Committee on Health regarding tomorrow's public hearing on AB 310 and AB 311: My wife and I were told at the 20 week ultrasound that our daughter had spina bifida, and the doctor immediately asked us if we wanted to abort her.  Nearly 10 years later, I can tell you that my daughter is..."
Athanatos Christian Ministries is pleased to announce its first Christian Arts Contest–the only contest that seeks to integrate a defense of the faith with artistic expression and encompasses nearly all creative formats!
COMING SOON! Grand prize winner of the 2015 Novel Contest, Sam Pakan's Jesse's Seed should be out by Christmas!

It’s autumn, 1941. The Nazis have fired on the USS Greer; London is ablaze, and the streets of Leningrad are red with blood. Still, David Dremmer is content to work his father’s ranch and dream of his best friend’s wife.

When the United States finally enters the war, David escapes his father’s disappointment and a loveless marriage by enlisting in the Air Corps. His choice proves fateful. His B-17 is shot down over Belgium. Now he is in the hands of the Nazis, and a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues as Second Lieutenant David Dremmer wages a private war with the Luftwaffe, the Wehrmacht, and his own conscience to save the life of a beautiful Resistance operative. It’s then he discovers that the weakness that has kept him from his dreams is, in fact, the key to becoming who he was born to be.

An award-winning, lyrical novel, Jesse’s Seed explores the power of choice, finality, love, and redemption.

ACM is proud to announce the release, with the editorial leadership of novelist Rob Cely, of its newest literary magazine, Pathos.  A quarterly magazine of culture and faith, Pathos explores all the major ideas that move our world today: in politics, science, art and popular culture, and examine what they mean and how they intersect with the life of faith. Each issue also includes poetry, fiction and art from some of today’s finest emerging talents.
Published on Sep 3, 2015

Dr. Anthony Horvath testifying before the Committee on Health at the Wisconsin state capitol on Sept. 2, 2015, calling for the de-funding of Planned Parenthood.

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‘Lie Down with Dogs, Wake Up with Fleas’
by Anthony Horvath, PhD.

 
   Obviously, in this life, until Christ returns, everyone, even Christians, are going to undergo difficulties.  Some of these will be of our own making, despite our best efforts.  Thankfully, God’s grace is abundant!

   The nature of difficulties today, however, are quite different than the ones faced by Christians a hundred or a thousand years ago.  Read the rest at Wisconsin Christian News.
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