Where Science and Faith Converge
  • Worshippers by Nature

    August 13, 2019

    Virtually every human being seeks to find an overarching purpose in life. As part of this common pursuit, people naturally attach themselves to belief systems, values, causes, interests, and even physical things in order to give their lives meaning and fulfillment. Philosophers talk about the idea of worldview, which is understood as a person’s big-picture view of reality and consists of a cluster of beliefs about such critically important realities as God, the world, knowledge, values, and beauty. This purpose-seeking characteristic and need to grasp reality seems to set humans apart from the animals.

    • Worldviews
    • Image of God
    • C.S. Lewis
    • Augustine
  • Five Greek Words and Apologetics Persuasion

    August 6, 2019

    What role does persuasion play in communicating Christian truth to people?

    • Rhetoric & Debate
    • Logic
    • Apologetics
  • St. Augustine on Three Aspects of Creation

    July 30, 2019

    Science-minded people today may find it surprising to learn that a person who lived 1,600 years ago offers sensible insights on creation, but such is the case with Augustine of Hippo (354–430). St. Augustine is arguably the most influential Christian thinker outside the biblical authors. According to historical theologians he has influenced Protestant theology nearly as much as Catholic theology in his overall prodigious imprint on Western Christendom.

    • Creation
    • Cosmology
    • Christian History
    • Augustine
  • Voted the Best Christian Book of All Time

    July 23, 2019

    What is the best Christian book of all time? (Outside of the Bible, of course.) And how could something as grand as that claim ever be determined? Well, scholars are typically never afraid to take on big challenges.

    • Christianity
    • Christian Literature
    • Books
    • Learning
    • C.S. Lewis
    • Augustine
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  • A Memorial to Christian Thinker Norman Geisler

    July 16, 2019

    One of the central thinkers of modern American evangelicalism, Norman L. Geisler (1932–2019), died recently. He was a Christian philosopher, apologist, theologian, educator, and debater. He was also one of the most prolific Christian writers ever—having authored, coauthored, or edited some 127 books.1 Geisler received degrees from Tyndale College and Wheaton College and his doctoral degree in philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago. He had a long, distinguished career and ministry.

    • People of Faith
    • Learning
    • Famous Christians
    • Apologetics
  • Does the Universe Have a Purpose?

    July 9, 2019

    Life is full of big questions. And one of the most common is this: Does the universe have a purpose?

    • Logic
    • Worldviews
    • Science & Faith
    • Fallacies
    • Critical Thinking
  • Why Would God Save Us?

    July 2, 2019

    Answering people’s questions is an important task in the apologetics enterprise. But defending the Christian faith often involves first explaining what historic Christianity teaches. This is why today’s Christian apologists need to recognize that the field of apologetics was seen historically as a branch of theology. Thus, skilled apologists must demonstrate a grasp of theology, doctrine, and history.

    • Saved by Grace
    • Salvation
    • Theology
  • Quantum Mechanics and the Laws of Logic, Part 3

    June 25, 2019

    Can quantum science, the laws of logic, and the Christian faith coexist? Yes, they can. In fact, Christian thinkers have historically made many significant contributions to the study and development of both science and logic.1

    • Critical Thinking
    • Particle Physics
    • Physics
    • Logic
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  • Quantum Mechanics and the Laws of Logic, Part 2

    June 18, 2019

    Do the experimental results of the incredibly small and unusual quantum world undermine our traditional understanding of reason and the laws of logic? In part 1 of this three-part series I described a social media dialogue I had with a scientist on why the results of quantum mechanics (QM) need not be interpreted to invalidate the law of noncontradiction (LNC). Here’s a summary of what I briefly argued:

    • Particle Physics
    • Logic
    • Physics
    • Critical Thinking
  • Quantum Mechanics and the Laws of Logic, Part 1

    June 11, 2019

    Having worked at science-faith apologetics organization Reasons to Believe for more than 20 years, I’ve observed that scientists and philosophers often think differently about the world. With the types of specialized training in their academic backgrounds, scientists and philosophers tend to ask different kinds of questions about reality and truth. Unfortunately, they also have a tendency to talk past one other. Recently, I had a social media interaction with a scientist about whether the findings of quantum mechanics invalidate the logical law of noncontradiction.

    • Physics
    • Particle Physics
    • Logic
    • Critical Thinking
  • A Christian Perspective on Pagan and Secular Belief Systems

    June 4, 2019

    How are Christians to view systems of thought that are rooted in pagan or secular beliefs? Are non-Christian belief systems so filled with error that Christians can learn nothing from them? Are they so foreign that they only corrupt Christian truth?

    • Worldviews
    • Secularism
  • Family Traits of Secular Naturalism, Part 2

    May 28, 2019

    In part 1 of this two-part series I noted that for Christians to effectively engage secularists in meaningful discussion, it is vital to understand secularists’ beliefs. I also pointed out that many people often refer to atheism (the view that no God or gods exist) as an overarching worldview, but it would be more correct to say that the worldview that encompasses atheism is called naturalism.

    • Atheism
    • Worldviews
    • Secularism
    • Naturalism
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  • Thoughts on the Movie Tolkien

    May 21, 2019

    British thinker and writer J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel) Tolkien (1892–1973) is one of the most beloved fantasy authors ever. As author of The Lord of The Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, his works rank among the best-selling books of all time. He has been popularly referred to as “the father of modern fantasy literature.” I saw the recent movie about his life, Tolkien, and wanted to offer my impressions.

    • Famous People
    • People
    • Movies
    • Pop Culture
    • People of Faith
  • Family Traits of Secular Naturalism, Part 1

    May 14, 2019

    Belief systems, like family members, often share recognizable features or traits. In that sense one can determine what a belief system is about by observing its traits.

    • Secularism
    • Science & Faith
    • Worldviews
    • Philosophy
    • Naturalism
  • How to Address Christian Hypocrisy

    May 7, 2019

    Hypocrisy among Christians is a serious issue. At minimum, it’s a huge turnoff for believers and unbelievers alike. In situations where people are actually victimized by it, hypocrisy can comprise a justifiable reason to rethink or reject the truth of Christianity. In either case, hypocrisy among those who claim to follow Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is always regrettable.

    • Ethics
    • Christian Life
    • Christian Issues
  • Is Sunday a “Pagan” Day of Worship?

    April 30, 2019

    With the recent observance of Easter, I’m reminded of an exchange I had with a reader concerning when Christians should worship. About a year ago I wrote an article entitled “A Dozen Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus.”1 There I pointed out that one of the supporting factors for the resurrection is that Christ rose on Sunday and that the emergence of Sunday as a Christian day of worship (not observed by Jews) commemorates and supports the truth of the resurrection. But a reader challenged this claim by saying Sunday is a “pagan” day of worship.

    • Seventh-Day Adventism
    • Resurrection
    • Christian Issues
    • Church History
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  • Friday Philosophy from Thinker Ed L. Miller

    April 23, 2019

    On my Facebook and Twitter pages I have a weekly segment called #FridayPhilosophy, where I provide quotes from great philosophical thinkers. One philosopher I quote often is professor Ed L. Miller. Dr. Miller’s book Questions That Matter was the first philosophy textbook that I ever used in teaching philosophy and his writings significantly influenced my thinking on the subject.

    • Philosophy
    • Books
    • Critical Thinking
  • Wednesday Wisdom from Thinker Mortimer J. Adler

    April 16, 2019

    On my Facebook and Twitter pages I have a weekly segment called #WednesdayWisdom, where I provide thoughtful quotes from great thinkers in various fields. The thinker that I most often quote is philosopher and educator Mortimer J. Adler. Adler influenced me significantly through his many books and public talks and I had the great pleasure of interacting with him through email shortly before his death at 98 years of age.

    • Reading
    • Learning
    • Books
  • Apologia Sophia: “Apologetics Wisdom” 6—More Classics

    April 9, 2019

    What is one of the best ways to prepare for explaining and defending Christianity’s truth claims? I suggest that tapping into the wisdom of historic Christianity’s greatest thinkers is one such way.

    • Incarnation
    • Historical Theology
    • Christian History
    • Augustine
    • Apologetics
  • Apologia Sophia: “Apologetics Wisdom” 5—Classics

    April 2, 2019

    What can past defenders of the faith teach us today? As it turns out, historic Christianity’s preeminent voices have passed on a treasure trove of wisdom. In parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 (of six) in this series, we highlighted the term apologia sophia (Gk: ἀπολογία σοφία), which transliterates the Greek word endings and roughly translates to “apologetics wisdom.” In that spirit, I offer some more practical advice (hopefully even genuine wisdom) for engaging in the apologetics enterprise (the art and science of giving a reasoned defense of Christianity: see 1 Peter 3:15).

    • Blaise Pascal
    • Books
    • Augustine
    • Historical Theology
    • C.S. Lewis
    • Apologetics
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