Where Science and Faith Converge
  • Are You Skeptical of Your Faith?

    March 27, 2013

    Almost ten years ago I experienced a life-threatening illness when a bacterial infection invaded my lungs and brain. Early on, my doctors thought I might have stage IV brain cancer. Since most patients in that condition die quickly, the diagnosis led me to do some soul searching. Though multiple abscessed brain lesions made thinking difficult, I lay in my hospital bed late at night, alone, and asked myself whether I really believed that Christianity was indeed true.

    • Worldviews
  • Who has the Last Word in Your Worldview?

    March 19, 2013

    As some two billion Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Easter Sunday—the commemoration of Jesus Christ’s historical resurrection from the dead—it occurred to me that one way to think about one’s worldview is to look at it in terms of who or what has the last word.

    • Worldviews
  • Judging Jesus by His Followers

    March 12, 2013

    German philosopher and atheist Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) was the first to proclaim, “God is dead.” Nietzsche holds an important position in the history of philosophy, serving as a forerunner to the secular movements of atheistic existentialism and secular postmodernism.

    • Christian Life
  • Two Reviews for 7 Truths That Changed the World

    March 5, 2013

    Writing a book isn’t easy work. After laboring to get the right words and ideas on paper, undergoing the editorial process, and meeting publisher deadlines, it is encouraging to receive good reviews on one’s work. Here are two reviews of my most recent book, 7 Truths That Changed the World.

  • The 50 Smartest People of Faith

    February 26, 2013

    It’s encouraging to see how many truly brilliant and accomplished people in the world embrace the truth of theism in general or Christianity in particular. Thebestschools.org, an online resource for prospective college students, features a list of the 50 smartest people of faith.

    • People of Faith
  • Top Five Abraham Lincoln Movies

    February 19, 2013

    Movies impact and shape our culture. They make us think. They communicate messages and worldviews, sometimes unintentionally. In light of the significance of film (and television), I along with RTB colleagues Krista Bontrager and Dave Rogstad spent time discussing how to approach movies “worldviewishly”—specifically from a Christian worldview—in a two-part podcast series entitled “How to Watch a Movie.” With the Oscars coming up this Sunday, now may be a good time to consider how and why we watch the movies we do.

    • Worldviews
  • Darwin's Doubt

    February 12, 2013

    Consistent with Darwin’s original uneasiness, a growing contingent of theists think it is irrational to believe in evolutionary naturalism in particular. Why? Because it fails to provide a viable pathway to ensure that humans develop reliable, true beliefs about reality; and the deliverances of science depend upon humans having trustworthy and accurate beliefs about the natural world. Atheistic, evolutionary naturalism’s ability to account for humanity’s rational faculties and explain how human beings can discover truth faces three potential defeaters.

    • Naturalism
    • Logic
  • A Charitable Review of 7 Truths That Changed the World

    February 5, 2013

    Can a young-earth creationist value an apologetics book that was written by an old-earth creationist? I’m happy to say that the answer is yes. Pastor and Bible college instructor Daniel Ruiz has written a very helpful and thorough review of my latest book, 7 Truths That Changed the World on the Sharper Iron website: http://sharperiron.org/article/book-review-7-truths-changed-world.

    • Creation Passages
  • Ten Questions with Ken Samples

    January 29, 2013

    In “Ten Questions with Ken Samples,” Christian apologist Dayton Hartman asks me about a variety of subjects from baseball to philosophy to church involvement to books.

    • Testimonies
  • No Exit from Suffering

    January 22, 2013

    I recently underwent some rather invasive medical exams that required me to spend some time in a medical facility. Lying in a hospital bed staring at the ceiling and waiting to see the doctor forced me, once again, to philosophize about the big questions of life and death. A lot of people go to great lengths to avoid thinking about such disturbing subjects as suffering and death; I am unable to avoid it because I cannot not philosophize! God made me a reflective person by nature.

    • Problem of Evil
  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s Manifesto on Civil Rights

    January 15, 2013

    Every January, we honor the life and work of the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–1968). If you read only one of King’s writings, I would encourage you to read his “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” written in April 1963 while he was incarcerated in the city jail. The letter served primarily as a response to a statement from a group of Christian clergymen who questioned King’s methods of confronting the problem of racial segregation in Birmingham.

    • People of Faith
  • 10 Influential Theological Books, Part 2

    January 8, 2013

    In part one of this series I listed five theological books that have exercised an enduring influence upon not only myself as an avid reader, but also upon generations of Christians—and even Western civilization in general. Here are the remaining books that made the list. Again, the works are listed in alphabetical order by author.

  • 10 Influential Theological Books, Part 1

    January 1, 2013

    Now that the hectic holiday time has passed, it’s time to set resolutions for 2013. Healthy eating and exercise frequently make the list, but mental and spiritual fitness should, too. To encourage your intellectual growth in the New Year, I offer up this two-part list of great theological works.

  • Special Edition: Thinking About the End Times

    December 21, 2012

    Today, December 21, 2012, marks the end of the world—or so say doomsday predictors. The “end times” are a common topic of speculation among Christians (remember the Left Behind series?) and the population in general. Particularly popular as of late (as indicated by the film 2012), theories based on an ancient Mayan calendar peg today as “the end” for life on Earth.

  • In Memoriam: Frank Pastore

    December 18, 2012

    Yesterday my friend and fellow Christian apologist Frank Pastore died. Frank possessed a very bright and inquisitive mind and a compassionate and caring heart. Frank graciously invited me on his KKLA radio program many times over the last several years. We talked passionately about our love of Christian apologetics, baseball, and especially our families.

    • Christian Life
  • Advent Review: ‘Tis the Season

    December 18, 2012

    Between Advent traditions and time spent with loved ones, there is much I look forward to during the holiday season. During this time we reflect on the unfolding story of redemption that starts in Bethlehem and continues as we wait in hope for Christ’s second coming. Ultimately, the Advent season highlights the core of the Christian faith—the celebration of the Incarnation—by reminding us of God’s divine and purposeful gift.

    • Incarnation
    • Christian Life
  • CLEAR Pointers to God

    December 11, 2012

    Do life’s most meaningful realities point to God? In this 2011 talk (given at Oceanview Baptist Church in San Pedro, CA) I use what I call “best explanation apologetics” (apologetics based on inference to the best explanation for reality) to demonstrate God’s existence and involvement in the universe. I explain how the Cosmos, Life, Ethics, Abstractions, and Religion serve as CLEAR signposts pointing to God.

    • Logic
  • Apologetics 315’s Review of 7 Truths That Changed the World

    December 4, 2012

    Christian apologist Luke Nix penned a review of my new book on behalf of Apologetics 315. His review provides a detailed description of the seven dangerous ideas and provides helpful comments in evaluating the content of my work. Luke even describes my book as “a very good read.” I’d say the same about his thorough and gracious review, for which I’m very appreciative. The full review is available here: http://www.apologetics315.com/2012/09/book-review-7-truths-that-changed-world.html.

  • Profound Problems with Religious Pluralism

    November 27, 2012

    Novelist Yann Martel’s book Life of Pi (now a major motion picture) embodies the popular notion that all religions are simultaneously true. The story’s young protagonist embraces aspects of multiple faiths (Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity), viewing these beliefs as equally valid but different paths to God. Unfortunately religious pluralism fails to appreciate the profound problems associated with it.

    • Religious Pluralism
  • Spielberg’s Fresh Portrait of Lincoln

    November 20, 2012

    President Abraham Lincoln (1809­–1865) is one of my favorite Americans. His unique leadership in abolishing slavery and holding the Union together during the Civil War mark him, in my view, as the greatest American. Visiting such historical sites as the Lincoln Memorial and Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. have been deeply moving experiences for both my family and me.


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