Where Science and Faith Converge
  • 3 Things You May Not Know about Blaise Pascal

    December 3, 2019

    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.

    • Faith
    • Famous Scientists
    • Historical Figures
    • Church History
    • Christianity
    • Science & Faith
    • History of Science
    • Blaise Pascal
    • Apologetics
  • Thursday Theology from Peter Toon

    November 26, 2019

    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.

    • Jesus Christ
    • Incarnation
    • Resurrection
    • Trinity
    • Theology
    • People of Faith
    • Christianity's Dangerous Ideas
    • Christianity
    • Christian History
  • God as the Best Explanation of Beauty

    November 19, 2019

    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.

    • Worldviews
    • Image of God
    • Argument from Beauty
    • Philosophy
    • God's Existence
    • Christianity
    • Abductive Reasoning
  • Thursday Theology from Michael Green

    November 12, 2019

    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.

    • Church History
    • Jesus Christ
    • Faith & Reason
    • People of Faith
    • Famous Christians
    • Theology
    • Incarnation
    • Doctrine
    • Christian History
    • Bible
    • Apologetics
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  • How Apologetics Impacts Conversion: A Historical Case Study, Part 4

    November 5, 2019

    Christians correctly assume that apologetics impacts conversion. That’s why many Christian ministries, organizations, and individuals who are motivated by evangelism take the apologetics enterprise seriously. But just how does apologetics impact conversion? And which apologetics factors contribute to a person’s movement toward salvation in Christ?

    • Historical Figures
    • Famous Christians
    • Church History
    • Faith & Reason
    • Christianity
    • Christian History
    • Augustine
    • Apologetics
  • How Apologetics Impacts Conversion: A Historical Case Study, Part 3

    October 29, 2019

    How does the defense of the faith (apologetics) influence a person’s embracing the Christian faith (conversion)? In historic Christianity the apologetics enterprise is considered a branch of theology. Defenders of the faith have used apologetics as a vehicle to eliminate intellectual obstacles, thereby encouraging serious reflection on the truth of the Christian faith.

    • Christian History
    • Christianity
    • Augustine
    • Church History
    • Historical Figures
    • Faith & Reason
  • How Apologetics Impacts Conversion: A Historical Case Study, Part 2

    October 22, 2019

    How does the defense of the faith (apologetics) impact a person’s coming to embrace the faith (conversion)? As mentioned in part 1 of this four-part series, in historic Christianity the apologetics enterprise is often viewed as a tool to remove intellectual obstacles that may stand in the way of a person’s consideration and possible acceptance of the faith.

    • Faith & Reason
    • Christian Literature
    • Historical Theology
    • Christianity
    • Augustine
    • Apologetics
  • How Apologetics Impacts Conversion: A Historical Case Study Part 1

    October 15, 2019

    In historic Christianity the field of apologetics (a reasoned defense of the faith) is considered a branch of theology. Apologetics often has a close connection to evangelism (communication of the gospel message) by attempting to remove intellectual obstacles that may stand in the way of a person embracing faith (conversion).

    • Augustine
    • Christian History
    • History of Christianity
    • Historical Figures
    • Christianity
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  • Wednesday Wisdom from Thinker William Bennett

    October 8, 2019

    On my Facebook and Twitter pages I have implemented a weekly segment called #WednesdayWisdom, where I provide quotes from significant scholars from various disciplines. Education is a subject that I return to often because I think evangelical Christians need help in learning how to love God with their minds. One of my favorite educational change agents and political philosophers is William “Bill” Bennett. His lectures and writings have influenced my views about how a nation should educate its citizenry and I have used some of his books to instruct my own children.

    • Learning
    • Books
    • Reading
    • Education
  • Thursday Theology from Jaroslav Pelikan

    October 1, 2019

    On my Facebook and Twitter pages I have a weekly segment called Thursday Theology, where I provide quotes from important theological thinkers past and present. One historical theologian I quote often is Jaroslav Pelikan. Dr. Pelikan’s five-volume series The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine strongly influenced my thinking about Christian history and historical theology.

    • Doctrine
    • Church History
    • Christian Life
    • Creeds
  • Suicide: An Unpardonable Sin for Christians?

    September 24, 2019

    Throughout my professional career as both a college professor and a Christian scholar I have been asked thousands of questions. However, whenever I’m asked about suicide it always strikes an emotional chord deep within me. A close member of my family died by suicide more than 40 years ago when I was just a teenager. My wife also lost a member of her family in the same tragic way.

    • Mental Health
    • Pain and Suffering
    • Christian Life
    • Christian Issues
  • What Kind of World Is Needed for Science to Work?

    September 17, 2019

    Advancements in science, technology, and medicine over the last century or so have benefitted virtually all people. Scientific progress has lengthened human life spans and improved quality of life. These great strides prompt a provocative question: Why does science work? That is, why is the scientific enterprise so effective in delivering critical, reliable information about the natural world that can inform and benefit humankind?

    • Science & Faith
    • Science
    • Philosophy of Science
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  • 3 Things You May Not Know about St. Augustine the Writer

    September 10, 2019

    Augustine of Hippo (354–430) was born in North Africa to a pagan father and a Christian mother. Following a youth and an early career steeped in debauchery and ambition, Augustine experienced a dramatic conversion to Christianity when he turned from his pagan beliefs. His classic book Confessions details his conversion story and, to this day, remains a perennial bestseller.

    • Church History
    • History of Christianity
    • Christian History
    • Historical Figures
    • Famous Christians
    • Augustine
  • Blaise Pascal on the Human Condition

    September 3, 2019

    Poets, playwrights, philosophers, and psychologists all take their turns offering insights on the “human condition.” They seek to explain the basic nature, identity, struggle, and aspirations of human beings. In fact, all philosophies and religions try to define and explain humanity’s underlying condition. But do any of them succeed?

    • Blaise Pascal
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Anthropology
  • Wednesday Wisdom from Thinker E. D. Hirsch

    August 27, 2019

    On my Facebook and Twitter pages I have a weekly segment called Wednesday Wisdom, where I provide quotes from great thinkers in various fields. One topic I return to often is education, for I view my central calling in life as that of a teacher. One of my favorite educational reformers is E. D. Hirsch, Jr. His books have influenced my general view of education in America, and I have used them in the education of my own children.

    • Learning
    • Education
    • Books
    • Bible
  • Three Goals in a Christian Apologetics Encounter

    August 20, 2019

    Recently someone asked me how you can know if you have had a successful apologetics encounter. My immediate answer was that defending the faith (Greek: apologia) is never easy and one must trust in God’s grace for the results. Ultimately, I believe that only God by his extraordinary grace can instill a desire for himself in a human being.

    • Apologetics
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  • 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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