Where Science and Faith Converge
  • Reflective Thinking: The Noble Art of Rhetorical Persuasion, Part 2

    January 7, 2014

    As we saw in part one of this two-part series, rhetoric is the art of discourse aimed at persuasion—and the skillful and noble use of rhetorical discourse is a valuable facet of communication. But what happens when the power of persuasion is severed from the critical pursuit of truth? What happens when the art of skillful speech and debate is not anchored in fair-minded reason and in moral credibility?

    • Logic
  • New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

    December 31, 2013

    Each January, goals like healthy living, money management, and community volunteering top people’s resolutions lists. Striving for a more well-rounded life is admirable and even biblical. Deuteronomy commands people to love God with all their heart, soul, and strength. In restating the Greatest Commandment, Jesus says believers are to love God with all their heart, soul, and mind. In other words, God values the whole person and wants every aspect devoted to Himself.

    • Christian Life
  • Reflections for Christmas

    December 24, 2013

    The Advent season is my favorite time of year in my church’s liturgical calendar. I believe that when Christians celebrate the Incarnation they acknowledge the fact that their lives are hidden with Christ’s life. Moreover, this holiday seems to do more to draw people’s attention to God and the things of God than any other time of year.

    • Christian Life
  • God’s Compassion in Narnia

    December 17, 2013

    When Ken asked me to write this post, my mind whirled with possibilities. As with his nonfiction, C. S. Lewis’ fantasy worlds offer a rich, almost unlimited source of material for pondering, discussing, and reflecting. I’d finally narrowed down the options to one topic when tragedy struck dear friends of mine.

    • Christian Life
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  • Biblical Eschatology and the Good News of Christmas

    December 10, 2013

    Along with festive celebrations and traditions, Christmastime also brings with it a more serious focus on hope. Charities and ministries strive to uplift those who are struggling to make ends meet and the message of peace on earth is prevalent. In a secular context, Santa Claus often embodies hope for a better, more caring world. But when all is said and done, it’s a different Christmas figure who offers real and true hope for humanity.

    • End Times
  • Reflective Thinking: The Noble Art of Rhetorical Persuasion, Part 1

    December 3, 2013

    When building arguments, how can we make the most persuasive case for our position (say, for example, that the Lakers are the best franchise in the history of NBA basketball)? What specific elements directly impact persuasion? What separates authentic persuasive appeals from the inauthentic?

    • Logic
  • Remembering C. S. Lewis 50 Years after His Death, Part 2

    November 26, 2013

    The great Christian thinker and writer C. S. Lewis died the same day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated—November 22, 1963. Due to the broad coverage of the assassination, Christians in America didn’t learn of Lewis’s death immediately. In commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of Lewis’s death I’d like to briefly outline one of the ideas he wrote about that has strongly influenced me in my own Christian thinking and pilgrimage.

    • People of Faith
  • Remembering C. S. Lewis 50 Years after His Death, Part 1

    November 19, 2013

    Lewis’s book Mere Christianity was the first Christian book that I ever read. My sister gave it to me and it had a big impact upon me as a young believer. The book discussed essential Christian doctrine and values and it offered specific arguments for the truth of historic Christianity.

    • People of Faith
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  • The JFK Assassination Plus 50: The Five Most Interesting Books on President Kennedy’s Death

    November 12, 2013

    For many of us who lived through it, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was as shocking and emotionally jarring as the events of 9/11. That may be difficult for some people to understand given that the events of 9/11 claimed the lives of almost 3,000 innocent people, but I believe it to be true. In some important ways the world was very different 50 years ago; and the killing of President Kennedy marked both the death of America’s leader as well as the leader of the free world.

    • Conspiracy Theories
  • November 22, 1963: The Day I Became an American

    November 5, 2013

    Love and respect of country were always important virtues in the family in which I grew up. My father served as an American combat soldier during World War II; he and my mother were two of the most patriotic people I have ever known. Discussion of American history and current events were commonplace at the dinner table and in the living room of my boyhood home.

    • Conspiracy Theories
  • A Conversation on the Life of the Mind, Part 4

    October 29, 2013

    Is it possible to please God as much by thinking as by praying? The answer is yes (though hopefully you’re also thinking while praying). This conversation-style series centered on the life of the Christian mind ends appropriately with a quiz to test your thinking. (If you missed the previous installments, they can be accessed here: part 1, part 2, and part 3.)

    • Logic
  • A Conversation on the Life of the Mind, Part 3

    October 22, 2013

    Throughout this series RTB editor Maureen Moser and I have been discussing the importance of loving God with our mind (see part 1 and part 2). Scripture is clear that believers are obligated to love God with their entire being (Luke 10:27). Unfortunately, some circles within Christianity give loving God with the intellect the short shrift. Believers are almost always aware of the need to be sincere in their faith—but what about the need to be careful and correct in their thinking?

    • Learning
    • Christian Life
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  • A Conversation on the Life of the Mind, Part 2

    October 15, 2013

    In part 1 of this series we explored what the life of the mind means for those who embrace the historic Christian world-and-life view. This week I continue my conversation with Reasons to Believe editor Maureen Moser on what the Bible has to say about intellectual virtue.

    • Christian Life
  • A Conversation on the Life of the Mind, Part 1

    October 8, 2013

    The motto of the United Negro College Fund is “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” This is an excellent observation, but according to Christian theism the stakes are actually higher. According to Scripture, human beings, including their mind, are created in the image of an infinite, eternal, and Triune God. Therefore, the mind takes on an eternal dimension and we have an obligation to use our mind to the glory of our Creator.

    • Christian Life
  • Reflective Thinking: The Hard Part about Being a Christian Apologist

    October 1, 2013

    I’ve had the great honor and pleasure of meeting (and, on occasion, getting to know) some of Christianity’s finest contemporary apologists of the last 50 years. These people have taught me so much about logic, philosophy, history, science, literature, theology, and doctrine. In many ways, whatever limited apologetics wisdom can be gleaned from my own books was shaped by other authors and the Christian thinkers I’ve talked with and studied under.

    • General Apologetics
    • Christian Life
  • My Upcoming Book on the End of the World

    September 24, 2013

    I have always said that the last topic I would choose to write about was the last days of the world. Well, since I’ve gone and done it we must be at the end. Pretty clever, huh?

    • End Times
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  • Is “Evolution vs. God” a Genuine Science-Faith Apologetics Engagement?

    September 10, 2013

    Christians are divided as to how to view the broad theory of evolution. Some believers view evolution as the biological means by which God created the diverse life found on planet Earth (often called theistic evolution or evolutionary creationism). Other Christians reject the idea that human beings are the product of evolution, affirming instead some form of direct divine creation (accepting either young-earth or old-earth creationism theories).

    • General Apologetics
  • Reflective Thinking: Passing on the Life of the Mind to Your Children

    September 3, 2013

    As a person committed to the truth of historic Christianity, I am compelled to pursue the life of the mind to the glory of God. That means that a critical part of my love for and devotion to God involves rigorously using the mind he gave me to pursue truth, goodness, and beauty. The robust Christian world-and-life view reveals that the Triune God is the source and ground of these profound realities. Therefore, when I encounter and apprehend these actualities, in a sense I move closer to God.

    • Christian Life
  • August Podcast Roundup: Careful Thinking about the End Times

    August 27, 2013

    I strive to encourage Christians to think carefully and critically about their faith, not only through Reflections but also through two RTB podcasts. On one podcast, Straight Thinking, I lead my colleagues in discussions of important issues in light of the Christian worldview. On the other, I Didn’t Know That!, RTB scholars offer unscripted answers to listener questions.

    • End Times
  • Thinking through the Hymns

    August 20, 2013

    It is critically important to sing Christian songs and hymns that are consistent with Christian theology and worldview overall. Yet the only way to know if the song or hymn is compatible with the faith is to think carefully about the words and meanings it mentions.

    • Christian Life
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