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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."

  • 12 Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus, Part 3

    March 28, 2017

    Today’s skeptics of Jesus’s resurrection sometimes state that religious people are too quick to accept reports about miracles. Those who doubt the miraculous often insist that miracle claims aren’t usually sufficiently questioned. But was this the case among Jesus’s apostles concerning the resurrection?

    • Resurrection
    • Jesus Christ
    • Faith & Reason
    • Faith
    • Bible
  • 12 Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus, Part 2

    March 21, 2017

    Christian apologist Walter Martin used to say that the real death rate is one per person, meaning that each person’s death is a matter of when, not if. Therefore, because we are mortal creatures and thus stalked by death, if Jesus Christ actually conquered death through his resurrection, then this is the most important news for all human beings to hear and to reflectively consider.

    • Resurrection
    • Jesus Christ
    • Faith & Reason
    • Faith
    • Bible
  • 12 Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus, Part 1

    March 15, 2017

    Jesus’s resurrection is at the very heart of historic Christianity. In fact, the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is both a central doctrinal belief of the faith and the primary evidence for the truth of the religion itself. Given the importance of Easter for Christians, it is appropriate for us to consider 12 evidences for the resurrection of Jesus.

    • Resurrection
    • Jesus Christ
    • Apologetics
  • Take Up and Read: Summa Theologica

    March 7, 2017

    This blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully, a very brief introduction to these important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers, as St. Augustine was called to in his dramatic conversion to Christianity, to “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books.

    • Book Reviews
    • Reading
    • Christian Literature
    • Books
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  • The Fourfold View of Creation

    February 28, 2017

    The doctrine of creation is an essential Christian teaching that reveals much about the nature and purposes of God. Creation is not only addressed in the book of Genesis but throughout the various parts of Scripture. And the very first article of the Apostles’ Creed speaks of God’s act in creation:

    • Trinity
    • Creation
  • Take Up and Read: Cur Deus Homo

    February 21, 2017

    This week’s book, Cur Deus Homo (Latin for “Why the God-Man?”), by St. Anselm is considered one of the most important works of philosophical theology in Christian church history.

    • Christian Literature
    • Reading
    • Books
  • How to ERASE Logical Fallacies

    February 14, 2017

    An essential skill to develop—particularly if you intend to discuss the truth of your faith with others—is how to understand, evaluate, and present a logical argument. Though it might seem complex and rather intimidating, an argument in logic is really a very simple thing.

    • Logic
    • Fallacies
  • Take Up and Read: On the Incarnation

    February 7, 2017

    This blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics.

    • Reading
    • Christian Literature
    • Book Reviews
    • Books
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  • Logic: A Necessary Tool for Truth

    January 31, 2017

    As the nonscientist on RTB’s five-person staff scholar team, I sometimes feel like the odd man out. Because I’m a philosopher, I often look at things and think about things very differently than my science colleagues. The questions that I tend to ask, even about science, usually inquire about things from a very different perspective.

    • Philosophy
    • Logic
  • Take Up and Read: Pensées

    January 24, 2017

    This week's book Pensées is by Blaise Pascal and is considered both a theological and philosophical masterwork. It was intended to be Pascal's apologetics magnum opus until illness prevented him from finishing it.

    • Reading
    • Books
  • God’s Threefold Will for Us (Especially When Times Are Tough)

    January 17, 2017

    Over the last several months I have been praying for a number of my friends who are either battling life-threatening illnesses themselves or have close family members who are undergoing great suffering. It is often in times of such trial that we actively seek spiritual wisdom and direction that can hopefully help us to rely more upon God and rest in his immeasurable grace and comfort.

    • Christian Life
  • Take Up and Read: Confessions

    January 10, 2017

    This week’s book, Confessions, is by St. Augustine and is considered one of the most important and influential texts in the Western world. If you take a course on the great books, this work will rank high on the list.

    • Reading
    • Christian Literature
    • Books
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  • Two Movies to Make You Think in 2017

    January 3, 2017

    Why do you go to the movies? For many people it is for sheer enjoyment or to escape for a few hours from life's pressures. One of the things I most enjoy in life is learning something significant about truth and reality. Therefore I like watching films that make me think about the deep questions of life.

    • Life of the Mind
    • Movies
    • Critical Thinking
  • Take Up and Read: Mere Christianity

    December 27, 2016

    Because of their belief in a verbal, propositional revelation in Scripture (Old and New Testaments), Christians, like Jews before them, have been known as “People of the Book.” With that bookish past, I think Christians have good reason to be vigorous and dedicated readers.

    • Christian Literature
    • Books
  • Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on Mortimer Adler

    December 20, 2016

    Mortimer Adler was one of the most influential philosophers and educators of the 20th century, but what exactly did he believe and what did he contribute to his fields of study?

  • How Do We Pursue Sanctification amid a Sinful World?

    December 13, 2016

    “We are all fallen creatures and all very hard to live with.”1 —C. S. Lewis

    • Theology
    • Doctrine
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