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I believe deeply that "all truth is God’s truth." That historic affirmation means that when we discover and grasp truth in the world and in life we move closer to its divine Author. This approach relies on the Christian idea of God’s two revelatory books - the metaphorical book of nature and the literal book of Scripture.

As an RTB scholar I have a great passion to help people understand and see the truth and relevance of Christianity's truth-claims. My writings and lectures at RTB focus on showing how the great doctrinal truths of the faith (the Trinity, the Incarnation, the Atonement, creation ex nihilo, salvation by grace, etc.) are uniquely compatible with reason. This approach reflects the historic Christian apologetics statement - "faith seeking understanding."

I work to help myself and others fulfill Peter's words in 2 Peter 3:18: "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen."

  • How Does Islam Differ from Christianity?

    June 23, 2020

    According to Pew Research, if current trends continue then by 2050 there will be nine billion people living on the planet. Approximately three billion will be Christians, three billion will be Muslims, and three billion others will represent various beliefs (both religious and secular).1

    • World Religions
    • Islam
  • What Happens to Those Who Never Hear the Gospel?

    June 9, 2020

    What happens to people who never hear the gospel message about Jesus Christ?

    • Apologetics
  • How the Trinity Shows God’s Love

    May 26, 2020

    Arguably one of the most important teachings in the Bible is the proclamation that “God is love,” which is found in verses like 1 John 4:8 and 16.

    • Trinity
  • My Soul Is Like a House

    May 12, 2020

    One of the things I like about the writings of the Christian church father St. Augustine of Hippo (354–430) is his rich use of analogies1 in talking about critical theological topics. An analogy, of course, is a comparison between two things (how they are like and unlike), usually for the purpose of providing explanation. In his most popular work, Confessions,2 Augustine compares the human soul to a house and offers hope for all souls that need housekeeping.

    • Christian Life
    • Augustine
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  • Does Everyone Have Three Lives?

    April 28, 2020

    I’ve enjoyed watching police dramas since childhood. Some of my favorites from the distant past include Streets of San Francisco, Kojak, and Starsky and Hutch. Currently, my favorite television program is CBS’s Blue Bloods. It stars Tom Selleck as New York City police commissioner Frank Reagan.

    • Worldviews
    • Philosophy
  • Coronavirus Pandemic & the Problem of Evil

    April 21, 2020

    Before the current pandemic, I only really thought of viruses when I got my yearly flu shot. But in light of the significant suffering and death caused by COVID-19, I’m sure none of us will ever think the same way about viruses again.

    • Viruses
    • Evil & Suffering
  • Reason, Emotion, and Watching Star Trek during the Pandemic

    April 14, 2020

    Sheltering in during the pandemic has left me with more downtime than I’m used to. And watching too much news tends to increase my anxiety level. So, along with writing books and blog articles, I have tried to focus my attention on prudent activities. This includes pursuing my spiritual devotions, spending time with my wife, and reading classic books. But I have also sought some escape time by rewatching some of my favorite movies and television programs.

    • Ethics
    • Logic
  • Historical Reflections on the Pandemic

    March 31, 2020

    Few things in life get your attention like the subject of infectious disease. And this is especially true of pandemics (“all people” threatened by illness). It is, of course, natural to experience fear and concern during extraordinary times like this. There is great alarm about the illness and death caused by the coronavirus both in our country and worldwide. And there is also genuine anxiety about how society’s response to this health crisis (sheltering in or lockdown) will affect the world’s economy.

    • Evil & Suffering
    • Diseases
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  • How to Distinguish between Science and Scientism

    March 17, 2020

    Science is truly one of the great intellectual enterprises that humankind has ever developed. But what exactly is science? Is it mainly a narrow method or practice for obtaining knowledge about the natural world? Or does it involve a broad philosophical system?

    • Science & Faith
    • Reason
    • Philosophy of Science
    • Secularism
    • Science
    • Worldviews
    • History of Science
    • Faith & Reason
    • Christianity
  • 4 Philosophical Nuggets You Can Use

    March 10, 2020

    Can we learn much from brief philosophical statements? Regular readers of my blog know that I occasionally feature the segment Friday Philosophy, where I provide quotes from profound philosophical thinkers both past and present. A contemporary philosopher that I appreciate is professor David Naugle. Naugle’s book Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness has been very helpful to me in thinking about life.

    • Doctrine
    • Faith & Reason
    • Famous Christians
    • Evil & Suffering
    • Worldviews
    • Philosophy
    • Education
    • Christianity
  • 1917: A Movie about Choices, Character, Courage

    March 3, 2020

    The historical conflict goes by a number of names: the Great War, the War to End All Wars, and later, World War I (1914–1918). Though World War II (1939–1945) caused far more destruction and higher death tolls, some Europeans who lived through both catastrophic wars—such as J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis—thought the First World War was more jarring to society and civilization than the second.1

    • Image of God
    • Movies
    • History
    • Ethics
    • Death
  • How to Appreciate Early Jesus Symbols

    February 25, 2020

    As someone who calls himself a “historic Christian,” I am very interested in learning as much as I can about the person of Jesus Christ. My interest extends to an appreciation of early Christian art and especially symbols that use Greek and Latin letters to represent the person of Jesus Christ. These early alphabetic artistic symbols were common in the ancient and medieval Christian world and remain so today in various liturgical church traditions (Orthodox, Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican, Methodist, etc.). Learning what they mean gives us, at the very least, an appreciation for Christ’s preeminence in history. That factor alone has led to centuries of thought and written expression about who Jesus truly was.

    • History of Christianity
    • Historical Figures
    • Doctrine
    • Christianity
    • Christian History
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  • Learning from Christian Thinkers of the Past

    February 18, 2020

    How do Christians live out their faith in an age often critical of their distinctive beliefs and values? And how can they successfully communicate their faith to others and defend it effectively when it is challenged?

    • History of Christianity
    • Christian History
    • Historical Figures
    • Faith
    • Church History
  • Wednesday Wisdom from Thinker Marvin Olasky

    February 11, 2020

    If you’re like me, you appreciate learning about and living by the wisdom of others. Many Christians, past and present, serve as examples for us. One such thinker is also one of my favorite writers and journalists, Dr. Marvin Olasky. His articles, especially his book lists, in World Magazine always draw my attention. A couple of years ago he even highlighted my book God among Sages.

    • People of Faith
    • Worldviews
    • Theology
    • People
    • Christianity
    • Bible
  • Did Augustine Lead the Ancient Church Astray?

    February 4, 2020

    Anybody who has heard my podcast, listened to my theological lectures, reviewed my Reflections blog, or read my books will know that I have a special appreciation for St. Augustine of Hippo (AD 354–430). He is my favorite Christian thinker outside of the Bible, though just a little ahead of other great Christian thinkers like St. Athanasius, Blaise Pascal, and C. S. Lewis. I also realize that not everybody shares my appreciation.

    • Sin
    • Historical Figures
    • Church History
    • History of Christianity
    • Christian History
    • Augustine
  • Friday Philosophy from Peter Kreeft

    January 28, 2020

    Let me introduce you to the latest influential thinker in my ongoing social media segment, #FridayPhilosophy. Contemporary philosopher Peter Kreeft inspired me as a young college student. After reading Kreeft’s book Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialogue Somewhere beyond Death with John F. Kennedy, C. S. Lewis & Aldous Huxley, I wanted to study philosophy and Christian apologetics.

    • Atheism
    • Sin
    • Design
    • People of Faith
    • People
    • Apologetics
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