Where Science and Faith Converge
  • Does a Religion’s Rapid Growth Mean It’s True?

    July 7, 2020
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Many religions claim high growth rates that are not merely due to population increases. If a religion acquires a large number of followers, does that growth count in favor of its truth claims? Christianity experienced rapid growth in its early period but so have many religions, including Islam and Mormonism. Is Christianity unique, and if so, how?

    • Resurrection
    • Quran
    • Mormonism
    • Blogs
  • How Does Islam Differ from Christianity?

    June 23, 2020
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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

    • Blogs
    • Islam
    • Truth-Claims
  • What Happens to Those Who Never Hear the Gospel?

    June 9, 2020
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

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

    • Blogs
    • Evangelism
    • universalism
  • How the Trinity Shows God’s Love

    May 26, 2020
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

    • Jehovah's Witnesses
    • God's love
    • Augustine
    • Blogs
  • My Soul Is Like a House

    May 12, 2020
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

    • sin
    • Grace
    • Confessions
    • Blogs
  • Does Everyone Have Three Lives?

    April 28, 2020
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

    • Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    • Blue Bloods
    • Blogs
  • Coronavirus Pandemic & the Problem of Evil

    April 21, 2020
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

    • pandemic
    • covid-19
    • Coronavirus
    • Blogs
  • Reason, Emotion, and Watching Star Trek during the Pandemic

    April 14, 2020
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

    • Star Trek
    • pandemic
    • leadership
    • Blogs
  • Historical Reflections on the Pandemic

    March 31, 2020
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

    • pandemic
    • Coronavirus
    • Blogs
  • How to Distinguish between Science and Scientism

    March 17, 2020
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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?

    • scientism
    • Blogs
  • 4 Philosophical Nuggets You Can Use

    March 10, 2020
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

    • Reordered Love Reordered Lives
    • David Naugle
    • Blogs
  • 1917: A Movie about Choices, Character, Courage

    March 3, 2020
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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

    • 1917
    • Blogs
  • How to Appreciate Early Jesus Symbols

    February 25, 2020
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

    • staurogram
    • Christian symbols
    • Christian art
    • Chi-Rho
    • Blogs
  • Learning from Christian Thinkers of the Past

    February 18, 2020
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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?

    • Theology
    • Philosophy
    • Historic Christianity
    • Faith
    • church history
    • Blogs
  • Wednesday Wisdom from Thinker Marvin Olasky

    February 11, 2020
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

    • Marvin Olasky
    • Blogs
  • Did Augustine Lead the Ancient Church Astray?

    February 4, 2020
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

    • Confessions
    • Augustinianism
    • Blogs
  • Friday Philosophy from Peter Kreeft

    January 28, 2020
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

    • Philosophy
    • Peter Kreeft
    • Books
    • Book Reviews
    • Apologetics
    • Blogs
  • A Movie to Make You Think: The Two Popes

    January 21, 2020
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    The great Yale church historian Jaroslav Pelikan once called the Roman Catholic Church ʺthe most formidable religious institution in the history of America and of the world.ʺ1 One distinguishing doctrinal feature of Catholicism is the claim that the pope is the official leader of Christendom. Of the three branches of Christendom (Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Protestantism), Catholics uniquely view the pope as sitting in the Chair of St. Peter, and thus as the Vicar (or substitute) of Christ himself on Earth.

    • the two popes
    • Blogs
  • Is Salvation Graspable and Resistible?

    January 14, 2020
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    At once mysterious and compelling, the question of how human beings obtain salvation and whether they can lose it has preoccupied Christians of all traditions for centuries.

    • grace of God
    • freedom of the will
    • Blogs
  • Thursday Theology from John Jefferson Davis

    January 7, 2020
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    We can all benefit from succinct, well-stated insights from people who have thought through theological ideas. I like to draw attention to these nuggets of wisdom on my Facebook and Twitter feeds in my weekly #ThursdayTheology segment. Today, we’ll consider several quotes from theologian John Jefferson Davis.

    • John Jefferson Davis
    • Blogs

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