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

    October 15, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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

    October 8, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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

    October 1, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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  • My Upcoming Book on the End of the World

    September 24, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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?

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

    September 10, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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).

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

    September 3, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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  • August Podcast Roundup: Careful Thinking about the End Times

    August 27, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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  • Thinking through the Hymns

    August 20, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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  • My Three Favorite Books on the Trinity

    August 13, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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  • Reflective Thinking: A Great Idea

    August 6, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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

    July 30, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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

    July 23, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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

    July 16, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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  • Reflective Thinking: Worldview from Camp 14, Part 2

    July 9, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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  • Reflective Thinking: Worldview from Camp 14, Part 1

    July 2, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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  • June Podcast Roundup

    June 25, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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  • Three Delightful Books on Pascal

    June 18, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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!”

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  • Parenting Children for Two Kingdoms

    June 11, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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  • Reflective Thinking: The War on Terror

    June 4, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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

    May 28, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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