Where Science and Faith Converge
  • 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
  • Reading as the Foundation of Learning

    December 31, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    How important is reading in becoming an educated, wise, and thoughtful person? Many educators identify reading as the foundational discipline to all fields of study. For example, leading American educator E. D. Hirsch says, “We all know that reading is the most important academic skill.”1 Distinguished philosopher and educator Mortimer J. Adler summed it up as “reading is learning.”2

    • Blogs
  • Reading, Human Exceptionalism, and Dyslexia

    December 24, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Only human beings read. The act of reading involves blending the sounds of letters to form words that symbolize ideas, objects, or entities (abstract or concrete). Interestingly, both religious and secular scientists in various disciplines today think that human exceptionalism—the idea that humans differ from animals in kind, not mere degree—is evidenced in part by our unique ability to think, speak, listen, write, and read.

    • learning disorders
    • dyslexia
    • Blogs
  • Thursday Theology from Alister McGrath

    December 17, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    You may be familiar with my Facebook and Twitter pages, where I have a weekly segment called #ThursdayTheology. There I provide short, substantive quotes from important theological thinkers past and present. One of the most frequent sources is Alister McGrath.

    • divine revelation
    • Alister McGrath
    • Blogs
  • What Are Science’s Operating Limits?

    December 10, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Modern science has dramatically changed the world for the better. All of us have benefitted from medical and technological advances. Because of that success, some people have concluded that science can answer all of humankind’s ultimate questions. This philosophy, called scientism (science is the only or best path to discovering truth), is to be differentiated from science (the study of the natural world through observation and experiment) and is reflected by such prominent secular scientists as Richard Dawkins, Peter Atkins, and Lawrence Krauss.

    • science's operating limits
    • metaphysical truths
    • Blogs
  • 3 Things You May Not Know about Blaise Pascal

    December 3, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Frenchman Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) was one of the founding fathers of the scientific revolution in the seventeenth century. A true Renaissance man, Pascal was an eminent mathematician, physicist, and logician, and an intuitive Christian thinker. As a Christian philosopher, theologian, and apologist, Pascal provided a penetrating analysis of Christianity’s broader world-and-life view. He accomplished all of this before dying at the early age of 39.

    • Pascal's calculator
    • night of fire
    • Blogs
  • Thursday Theology from Peter Toon

    November 26, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    If you follow me on Facebook and Twitter you know I have a weekly segment called Thursday Theology. I like to introduce people to important Christian thinkers; thus, I post thoughtful quotes there (and here) from various scholars. A theologian I appreciate and quote often is Peter Toon. Dr. Toon’s book Our Triune God: A Biblical Portrayal of the Trinity is the best contemporary book on the doctrine of the Trinity I have ever read.1 This book motivated me to want to help other Christians appreciate the critical importance of the Trinity.

    • Peter Toon
    • Anglicanism
    • Blogs
  • God as the Best Explanation of Beauty

    November 19, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Some of Western civilization’s greatest works of art are housed in the Vatican Museums. Museum benefactors say that part of their mission is to promote “evangelism through beauty.”1 Thus, they are expressing an aesthetic argument that can be made for God’s existence. One way to frame this argument is to reason that God’s existence provides the best explanation for the world’s beauty.

    • aesthetic argument for God
    • Blogs
  • Thursday Theology from Michael Green

    November 12, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    If you have followed me on social media for a while, you know that I have a weekly segment called Thursday Theology, where I provide quotes from important theological thinkers past and present. A theologian I quote often is Michael Green. One of his apologetics books, Runaway World, had a big influence on me as a young Christian and whet my appetite for further apologetics study. I went on to read many of Green’s other books on theology and apologetics that helped ground me in the faith. He was very gracious in writing an endorsement of my book Classic Christian Thinkers: An Introduction even when he was soon to have heart surgery.

    • Theologian Michael Green
    • Blogs

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