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  • Take Up and Read: Knowing God

    September 25, 2018

    I am writing this ongoing blog series on Reflections to encourage Christians to read more vigorously and enrich their lives with Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully, a brief introduction to these important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers to, as St. Augustine was called in his dramatic conversion to Christianity, “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these excellent books.

    • Reading
    • Christian Literature
    • Book Reviews
    • Books
  • 6 Straight A Christian Thinkers

    September 18, 2018

    The Christian church has been graced with brilliant and influential thinkers since its inception. A list of “who’s who” in Christian scholarship would be long and diverse in terms of scholarly disciplines. To whet your appetite in the areas of theology and philosophy, here’s a snapshot of six “straight A” thinkers.

    • Christian History
    • People of Faith
    • Faith & Reason
    • Christian Literature
    • Augustine
  • Take Up and Read: Making Sense of It All

    September 11, 2018

    I am writing this ongoing blog series on Reflections to encourage Christians to read more vigorously and enrich their lives with Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully, a brief introduction to these important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers to, as St. Augustine was called in his dramatic conversion to Christianity, “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books.

    • Books
    • Reading
    • Christian Literature
    • Book Reviews
  • How to Discern Education vs. Propaganda

    September 4, 2018

    There is a lot of discussion these days about things like fake news, yellow journalism, and political propaganda. There is also a lot of attention given to whether public schools and colleges in our time educate or indoctrinate when it comes to the instruction of their students. So what’s the difference between education and propaganda? Let’s look at seven ways education differs from propaganda.

    • Learning
    • Education
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  • Learning about Christian Creeds, Part 3

    August 28, 2018

    If you come from a non-creedal Christian church tradition—and there are a good number of them within Evangelicalism—you might wonder what a creed is and why other Christians include them in their worship services. Historical theologian Jaroslav Pelikan defines a creed thusly: “A creed is a concise, formal, and authorized statement of important points of Christian doctrine.”

    • Theology
    • Faith
    • Doctrine
    • Creeds
    • Christianity
    • Christian History
  • Learning about Christian Creeds, Part 2

    August 21, 2018

    Ever hear the expression “No book but the Bible, no creed but Christ”? Ironically, it sounds a lot like a creed. Some Christians who attend churches that do not use a formal creed wonder how creeds are related to Scripture in terms of authority. From a Protestant evangelical perspective, the creeds derive their authority by faithfully conveying the message of Scripture. Consider Christian historian Mark A. Noll’s comment about the ecumenical creeds of Christendom and their relationship to Scripture:

    • Christian History
    • Creeds
    • Christianity
    • Theology
    • Faith
    • Doctrine
  • Learning about Christian Creeds, Part 1

    August 14, 2018

    Have you ever recited the Apostles’ Creed? It is widely used in Western Christendom, both in the Roman Catholic Church and in various Protestant churches (Lutheran, Reformed, Presbyterian, Anglican, Methodist, Congregational, among others). In fact, most evangelical churches have creedal statements that serve as something like the Apostles’ Creed. Some nondenominational churches even sing the creed in their worship services.

    • Doctrine
    • Theology
    • Creeds
    • Faith
    • Christianity
    • Christian History
  • Take Up and Read: Man’s Search for Meaning

    August 7, 2018

    This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to Christian classics in theology, philosophy, and apologetics. My hope is that these introductions to important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers to, as St. Augustine put it, “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books.

    • Books
    • Book Reviews
    • Reading
    • Christian Literature
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  • Presuppositional Apologetics: One Helpful Approach among Many

    July 31, 2018

    Apologetics is that branch of theology that seeks to provide a reasoned defense of historic Christianity. Through the centuries, Christian thinkers have given consideration to different models or modes for defending the truth of the faith. Thus, today there exists a variety of methods for engaging in the apologetics enterprise: classical, evidential, cumulative case, new Reformed epistemology, and presuppositional.1 Here I’ll take a closer look at presuppositional apologetics, with a brief appeal to unity as I suggest that its proponents consider the strengths of other methods.

    • Debates
    • Christianity
    • Young-Earth Creationism
    • Apologetics
  • Top 10 Ideas in My Book Christian Endgame

    July 24, 2018

    With common reports of terrorism, various natural disasters, and even potential nuclear war, people are again fascinated with the subject of the end of the world. So topics like Bible prophecy, the rapture, the Antichrist, and the nation of Israel are frequently subjects of Christian discussion. Moreover, it seems virtually every year or so a Bible teacher, prophet, numerologist, cult leader, or futurist predicts a specific date for the second coming of Jesus.

    • End Times
    • Reading
    • Books
    • Christian Literature
    • Critical Thinking
    • Bible Difficulties
  • Two More Movies to Make You Think in 2018

    July 17, 2018

    How much of your recreation time is devoted to watching movies? For many people, watching films at the theater and viewing movies at home are staples of their pastime enjoyment. As a philosopher, one of the things I most enjoy in life is learning something significant about truth and reality. Therefore, I like watching films that are true stories or based on true events, and especially ones that make me think about the deep questions of life.

    • World War II
    • Reflective Thinking
    • Movies
    • History
    • Historical Figures
  • Two Movies to Make You Think in 2018

    July 10, 2018

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

    • Movies
    • World War II
    • Reflective Thinking
    • History
    • Historical Figures
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  • How about Reading Some Christian Classics? Part 4

    July 3, 2018

    Being a disciple of Jesus Christ and living the Christian faith in the world can, at times, be quite challenging. I enjoy reading about how other Christians have approached their lives of faith throughout the history of the church. I also appreciate learning from great Christian teachers about Christian doctrine and values.

    • Reading
    • Famous Christians
    • Christian Literature
    • Books
    • Book Reviews
  • How about Reading Some Christian Classics? Part 3

    June 26, 2018

    As a passionate lifelong reader, I have several reading goals in mind. First, I certainly want to be well-read when it comes to Holy Scripture. Second, I want to read many of the classics of Western civilization. Third, I want to read many Christian classic texts as well.

    • Reading
    • Famous Christians
    • Christian Literature
    • C.S. Lewis
    • Books
    • Book Reviews
  • How about Reading Some Christian Classics? Part 2

    June 19, 2018

    C. S. Lewis helped me to realize that I need to read books that appeal to my reason as well as books that appeal to my imagination. In fact, Lewis was highly skilled at writing both types of books. So I naturally like to read nonfiction books on such topics as history, philosophy, and science, but I have learned the value of also reading fictional and aesthetically oriented works.

    • C.S. Lewis
    • Reading
    • Famous Christians
    • Christian Literature
    • Books
    • Book Reviews
  • How about Reading Some Christian Classics? Part 1

    June 12, 2018

    Only human beings read. And from a biblical perspective, it may be reasonably inferred that humans’ capacity to read is part of the intellectual endowment that comes from being made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26–27). Moreover, God gave humankind a divinely inspired book to read and study in order to discover truth and salvation. Interestingly, scientists in various disciplines today—both religious and otherwise—think that human exceptionalism is evidenced in our unique ability to think, speak, write, and read.

    • Blaise Pascal
    • Augustine
    • C.S. Lewis
    • Christian Literature
    • Famous Christians
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Reading
    • Books
    • Book Reviews
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  • 5 Important Philosophical-Apologetics Terms in the New Testament

    June 5, 2018

    There are five very important philosophical-apologetics terms in the New Testament that every Christian should have some familiarity with. Learning and appreciating these key terms will aid believers in both their theological and apologetics understanding. And being so armed, the Christian is helped in their evangelistic and apologetics ventures in the service of Christ.

    • History of Christianity
    • Critical Thinking
    • Faith & Reason
    • Life of the Mind
    • Lists
    • Worldviews
    • Philosophy
    • Logic
    • Doctrine
    • Christian History
  • Take Up and Read: Fear and Trembling

    May 29, 2018

    This current 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 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.

    • Christian Literature
    • Books
    • Reading
    • Book Reviews
  • Apologist Demeanors: Are You a Patton or a Bradley?

    May 22, 2018

    Have you ever seen the movie Patton? Actor George C. Scott won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his amazing portrayal of the bold, opinionated, and flamboyant General George Patton. General Patton was not only a great battlefield tank commander for the US Army during World War II, but he was also arguably one of the most politically incorrect persons of the twentieth century. Patton wasn’t afraid to speak his mind on virtually any issue, regardless of the consequences. (We’ll make an apologetics connection about this personality trait shortly.) However, just how realistic Scott’s movie portrayal was has been a topic of historical debate.

    • World War II
    • Walter Martin
    • Movies
    • People of Faith
    • People
    • General Apologetics
    • Famous Christians
    • Apologetics
  • Take Up and Read: The Screwtape Letters

    May 15, 2018

    This current 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 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.

    • C.S. Lewis
    • Books
    • Reading
    • Christian Literature
    • Book Reviews
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