Where Science and Faith Converge
  • #WednesdayWisdom 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
  • Apologia Sophia: “Apologetics Wisdom” 4—Online Engagement

    March 26, 2019

    Do you struggle with how to engage people who disagree online? You’re not alone. As noted in parts 1, 2, and 3 (of six), the term Apologia Sophia (Gk: ἀπολογία σοφία) transliterates the Greek word endings and roughly translates to “apologetics wisdom.” In this post, I hope to offer more such wisdom—practical advice—that can lead to more fruitful online discussions.

    • Worldviews
    • Ethics
    • Apologetics
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  • A Memorial to Christian Theologian Desmond Ford

    March 19, 2019

    One of my favorite contemporary Christian theologians, Dr. Desmond Ford (1929–2019), died recently. He was an Australian evangelical theologian with deep roots in the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) theological tradition. He was educated at both Michigan State and Manchester Universities, where he earned dual doctorates in New Testament studies. At Manchester, he studied under the eminent New Testament scholar F. F. Bruce. Ford had a long, distinguished career and ministry.

    • Walter Martin
    • Famous Christians
    • People
    • People of Faith
  • Apologia Sophia: “Apologetics Wisdom” 3—Preparation

    March 12, 2019

    Are you prepared for apologetic engagement? In part 3 (of six) in this series, I’ll offer three practical suggestions to help prepare you for potentially life-changing interactions with nonbelievers. As noted in parts 1 and 2, the term Apologia Sophia (Gk: ἀπολογία σοφία) transliterates the Greek word endings and roughly translates to “apologetics wisdom.” These three points will help provide you with such wisdom, whether you’re a professional or lay Christian apologist.

    • General Apologetics
    • Worldviews
    • Apologetics
  • Apologia Sophia: “Apologetics Wisdom” 2—Christian Foundations

    March 5, 2019

    In part 1 of this series, we noted that Apologia Sophia (Gk: ἀπολογία σοφία) transliterates the Greek word endings and roughly translates to “apologetics wisdom.” In this second (of six) installment, I hope to offer more apologetics wisdom for our noble task. Here are three points that apply equally to both professional and lay Christian apologists. These points relate to connecting apologetics to Christian foundations.

    • History of Christianity
    • Apologetics
    • Historical Theology
  • Apologia Sophia: “Apologetics Wisdom” 1—Attitude

    February 26, 2019

    Apologia sophia (Gk: ἀπολογία σοφία) transliterates the Greek word endings and roughly translates to “apologetics wisdom.” Since I am an adjunct professor for Biola University’s MA program in apologetics, I teach and interact with many students who are preparing for a career in apologetics or are studying to deepen their knowledge and sharpen their skills in the field. Thus, as a teacher and a full-time scholar at RTB, I hope the following series gives practical advice—and even some genuine wisdom—when it comes to the apologetics enterprise (the art and science of giving a reasoned defense of Christianity; see 1 Peter 3:15).

    • General Apologetics
    • Seeking Truth
    • Apologetics
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  • A Memorial to Christian Thinker Michael Green

    February 19, 2019

    One of my favorite contemporary Christian thinkers, Dr. Edward Michael Bankes Green, more commonly known as “Michael Green,” (1930–2019), died recently. He was a British evangelical theologian, apologist, evangelist, and Anglican priest. He was educated at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities and had a long, distinguished career and ministry.

    • Role Models
    • People of Faith
    • People
  • Scientific Discovery & God: Human Exceptionalism, Part 4

    February 12, 2019

    Some people think the advance of science continues to remove any reason for believing in God, but in reality scientific discovery over the last century has opened up vistas of knowledge that are best explained by the worldview of theism over atheistic naturalism. In the three previous parts of this series (see here, here, and here), I explained that what secular scientists thought they would discover concerning the universe, the solar system, and Earth were very different from what they actually uncovered. The universe’s extraordinary beginning, the solar system’s fine-tuning for life, and Earth’s distinctiveness as a hospitable home for intelligent life have all been surprising finds for a secular view.

    • Secularism
    • Science & Faith
    • Image of God
    • Human Uniqueness
  • Scientific Discovery and God: Planet Earth, Part 3

    February 5, 2019

    In the first two parts of this series (see here and here) I discussed how secular scientists, given their naturalistic worldview, expected to discover that we live in an eternal—and therefore uncaused—universe, as well as in an ordinary solar system. Yet on both scores scientists were surprised by what scientific advances revealed. In both cases, the great contrast for scientists who hold a purely secular worldview is that the universe’s and solar system’s features seem to best comport with the expectations of theism over atheistic naturalism.

    • Secularism
    • Planet Formation
    • Intelligent Design
    • Earth's History
    • Anthropic Principle
  • 3 Ways to Be a Gracious Christian Sports Fan

    January 29, 2019

    I have enjoyed playing and watching sports most of my life. Now that I’m sixty years old I sometimes think back to my time playing baseball and basketball, with fondness for the camaraderie, teamwork, discipline, and competition these sports engendered. I often think about the particular people I played with and against on the courts and fields of competition. In some ways playing sports as a youth prepared me for later life, including my calling as a Christian apologist.

    • Sports
    • Christian Life
    • Pop Culture
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  • Scientific Discovery and God: The Solar System, Part 2

    January 22, 2019

    In part 1 of this series, I discussed how scientific evidence demonstrates that the universe had a beginning and that such a notion best comports with the expectations of theism over atheistic naturalism. Yet that conspicuous beginning took secular scientists by complete surprise. In this article I will briefly discuss what the expectations of secular scientists concerning our solar system were, and what science has revealed. The results will also show which worldview— naturalism or theism—is preferred.

    • Naturalism
    • Worldviews
    • Solar System Design
  • Scientific Discovery and God: The Universe, Part 1

    January 15, 2019

    How did the universe come into being? The last century has revealed a stark contrast between what secular scientists expected to find regarding the big “origins” questions and what scientific research actually uncovered. In part 1 of this series, I’ll discuss how this contrast played out concerning the origin of the universe. In future installments I’ll consider, in turn, the origins of the solar system, Earth, and the human species.

    • Science & Faith
    • Origin of the Universe
    • Multiverse
    • Cosmology
    • Big Bang Theory
  • Addressing Skeptical Challenges, Part 2

    January 8, 2019

    I’m not sure if the internet and social media as a whole are either an intrinsic good or an intrinsic bad, but as technologies they do afford opportunities to discuss Christian apologetics issues. In part one of this series I responded to an objection by a skeptic who raised questions about what I wrote in “The Historic Alliance of Christianity and Science.” Here in part two I’ll address his other major objection (summarized below).

    • Incarnation
    • Bible Difficulties
    • Logic
    • Apologetics
  • Addressing Skeptical Challenges, Part 1

    January 1, 2019

    Social media and the internet allow ample opportunities to discuss the truth claims of historic Christianity. A while ago I interacted with a skeptic who had some questions about an article I wrote, “The Historic Alliance of Christianity and Science,” in RTB’s former magazine Facts & Faith (vol. 12, no. 3).

    • Problem of Evil
    • Natural Disasters
    • God's Existence
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  • God’s Existence Best Explains Life’s Most Profound Realities

    December 25, 2018

    Can we justify concepts like logic, moral values, and universals from a naturalistic, atheistic perspective? Or do we need a transcendent grounding like historic Christianity’s explanation for these meaningful realities?

    • Worldviews
    • God's Existence
    • Resurrection
    • Apologetics
  • The Difference between Mystery and Contradiction in Theology

    December 18, 2018

    The God of the Bible is infinite and eternal while human beings are finite and temporal. That means humans can never fully comprehend or exhaustively understand God.1 Yet those profound limitations do not mean human beings can’t know God or enjoy a personal relationship with him. Also, because many, if not all, of the things Christians believe about God involve mystery, it does not mean those beliefs involve logical contradiction.

    • Logic
    • Theology
    • Good Questions
    • Bible Difficulties
  • Virtue to Face the Challenges of Life

    December 11, 2018

    I have been very afraid at least four times in my life. On one occasion I fought a man who had attacked my wife in a dark alley late at night. On another, my daughter Jacqueline was extremely ill with a mysterious virus. A similar experience took place when my son Michael was struggling with serious health problems. And lastly, I was numb with shock and fear when my doctor told me that I had a life-threatening brain and lung illness.

    • Philosophy
    • Christian Life
    • Evil & Suffering
  • Approaching End Times Prophecy with Care

    December 4, 2018

    One of the most controversial topics that the Bible addresses is eschatology. This theological term literally means the study of last things—popularly known as end times. Scripture speaks of both humankind’s past origin in creation as well as our future destiny in consummation. Yet rightly interpreting and properly understanding what the Bible teaches about the end of the world has proved difficult and controversial in church history.

    • End Times
    • Interpretation
    • Controversies
    • Christian Issues
    • Prophecy
    • Bible Difficulties
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