Where Science and Faith Converge
  • My Three Favorite Books on the Trinity

    August 13, 2013

    As a historic Christian the most appealing aspect of my faith is the truth that God is Triune (one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). God’s unique Triune nature is revealed in the pages of Scripture and is theologically defined in the historic creeds and confessions of Christendom. The doctrine of the Trinity is arguably historic Christianity’s most distinctive theological feature and therefore impacts all Christian belief and practice.

    • Trinity
  • Reflective Thinking: A Great Idea

    August 6, 2013

    I believe ideas rule the world. I find it very fulfilling to think and talk about the great ideas of history that have succeeded in changing the world. I also love lists. Therefore, knowing me well, my daughter Sarah gave me a great gift for my birthday, a recent special edition magazine from Time Inc. entitled 100 Ideas That Changed the World: History’s Greatest Breakthroughs, Inventions and Theories.

    • Learning
  • July Podcast Roundup: An Interview with Dr. Vern Poythress

    July 30, 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, 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.

    • Two Books
  • Jonathan Edwards: An Awakening of Heart and Mind, Part 2

    July 23, 2013

    Like Christians today, revivalist preacher Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) faced an intellectual climate that challenged biblical truth-claims. Edwards’ steadfast convictions and ability to integrate reason (the mind) and personal devotion (the heart) helped him remain unwavering in his dedication to the sovereign God revealed in creation and Scripture.

    • People of Faith
  • Jonathan Edwards: An Awakening of Heart and Mind, Part 1

    July 16, 2013

    A sense of God’s majesty combined with desire for deep spiritual intimacy characterizes one of America’s greatest evangelical thinkers.1 Known as the theologian of God’s sovereignty, Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) made enduring contributions in the fields of theology, philosophy, and the psychology of religion. A nurturing pastor, frontier missionary, and bold revivalist preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ, Edwards exemplifies a man who integrated reason (the mind) and personal devotion (the heart) in unwavering dedication to the sovereign God revealed in creation and Scripture. These convictions helped Edwards stand firm during a time when a new “enlightenment” threatened Christianity, much as it does today.

    • People of Faith
  • Reflective Thinking: Worldview from Camp 14, Part 2

    July 9, 2013

    Last week’s post discussed the recent 60 Minutes episode about Shin Dong-hyuk, the young man who was born in a North Korean prison camp and later escaped. In light of this revealing interview, I am all the more thankful for the freedoms we celebrate on the Fourth of July.

    • Worldviews
  • Reflective Thinking: Worldview from Camp 14, Part 1

    July 2, 2013

    Every morning when I wake up I thank God for the life he has given me: that includes the personal liberty I enjoy in America. A recent episode of 60 Minutes drove home the blessings of freedom. The episode tells the story of one man’s escape from the horrors of a North Korean prison camp.

    • Worldviews
  • June Podcast Roundup

    June 25, 2013

    I strive to encourage Christians to think carefully and critically about their faith not only through Reflections but also through two RTB podcasts: Straight Thinking (I lead my colleagues in discussions of important issues in light of the Christian worldview) and I Didn’t Know That! (RTB scholars offer unscripted answers to listener questions). In case you missed them, check out these recent episodes where we tackle the end times, evidence for the Trinity, the tension between flesh and spirit, and much more.

  • Three Delightful Books on Pascal

    June 18, 2013

    Twice this week I saw my college-aged daughter Jacqueline reading Blaise Pascal’s classic work Pensées (French for “thoughts” or “reflections”). She’s not enrolled in a philosophy or religion course; rather she said she’s reading it for inspiration and wisdom. I immediately thought to myself, “That’s my girl!”

    • People of Faith
    • Historical Apologetics
  • Parenting Children for Two Kingdoms

    June 11, 2013

    I consider my role as a father one of the most important of my life. When my oldest child, Sarah, left home for an apartment of her own, it was a bittersweet experience that brought both pain and pleasure.

    • Christian Life
  • Reflective Thinking: The War on Terror

    June 4, 2013

    Because my philosophy studies have taught me to value reflective thinking, I deliberately make time to think clearly and carefully as I can about issues that I deem important. With this in mind, I’d like to introduce a new segment, entitled Reflective Thinking, to Reflections. At the beginning of each month, I will post an article sharing my ruminations on various topics, ranging from theology and philosophy to current events. My first topic is a hot one.

    • World Religions
  • Don’t Let Your Kids Major in Philosophy and Religion

    May 28, 2013

    My son, Michael, graduated from high school this year and is now formulating plans for college and his vocation. I recently told him that if he decided to become a Christian apologist, I would give him all of my choice Power Point presentations in such subjects as philosophy, logic, theology, and apologetics.

    • Learning
  • Why We Need Logic in Schools

    May 21, 2013

    Logic, the science of evaluating arguments, helps order the mind and enhances reasoning abilities. Thus, a logically oriented mind is better prepared to discern truth. The following 15 quotes are a sample of actual statements I’ve heard from students throughout my 20+ years of teaching at the college level. Many of the statements are funny but they also demonstrate the need we all have to order our thinking by studying logic rigorously. As a professor, I greatly enjoy helping my students grow in their understanding of logic, especially as it applies to the big questions of life. My hope is that when students leave my class, they’ll leave with better means of supporting their ideas and perspectives.

    • Logic
  • The Genesis Creation Days and Christianity’s Two Books

    May 14, 2013

    Dr. T. David Gordon is one of my favorite biblical scholars and theologians. He serves as professor of religion and Greek at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. I was honored to have him as a special guest on two provocative Straight Thinking episodes. In the interview, Dr. Gordon critiques the calendar-day (or solar-day) interpretation of Genesis’ creation days and explains historic Christianity’s affirmation of the two books of Christian revelation (nature and Scripture).

    • Creation "Days"
  • RTB Super-Scholar Heroes in the Battle of Fallacies

    May 7, 2013

    A climactic battle broke out today between two RTB super-scholar heroes—Fuz-Lightyear-Rana and Logic-Samples-Man! The dispute was over which super-scholar possesses the greater inherent powers of manipulative persuasion.

    • Logic
  • Psalm 104: A Poetic View of Creation

    April 30, 2013

    While you may not have noticed the connection with Genesis 1, Psalm 104 offers a poetic meditation on key themes presented in the first chapter of the Bible. Psalm 104 also presents a unique parallel passage to Genesis 1. In some cases it offers a broader description of the events that transpired on certain creation days.

    • Other Creation Passages
  • Global Warming Guidelines in the Book of Job

    April 23, 2013

    Yesterday, in commemoration of Earth Day, Climate Central released an “interactive graphic that shows a state-by-state analysis of temperature trends.” According to their graphic, the rates in the US have continued to increase since the first Earth Day took place in 1970. This news will no doubt spark questions about global warming—questions I am often asked to address while at speaking engagements

    • Global Warming
  • April Podcast Highlight

    April 16, 2013

    In addition to Reflections, I also discuss critical thinking, reason, logic, and current issues in light of the historic Christian worldview on my podcast, Straight Thinking, along with my Reasons to Believe (RTB) colleague Dave Rogstad and podcast host Joe Aguirre. In case you missed them, here are some episode highlights from the past several weeks.

  • IDEAS: Five Ways to Preserve and Enhance Brain-Mind Power

    April 9, 2013

    Careful thinking and remembering have always come easy for me; so I’ve always taken my clear mind and good memory for granted. In fact, I pride myself on thinking and speaking in a clear, concise, and cogent manner. Yet as I have gotten older I am increasingly aware of the need to work at preserving and enhancing my God-given cognitive faculties.

    • Christian Life
  • How Baseball Prepared Me for Life

    April 2, 2013

    When I played baseball as a youth, I had no idea that the game was actually preparing me for later life. Being a hitter involves a lot of failure. In fact, even the truly great Major League hitters fail (or get out) seven out of every ten times at bat. As I later discovered, coping with a batting slump in baseball isn’t all that different than coping with a string of difficulties and challenges in life overall.

    • Christian Life

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