Where Science and Faith Converge
  • Why We Need Logic in Schools

    May 21, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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  • The Genesis Creation Days and Christianity’s Two Books

    May 14, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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).

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  • RTB Super-Scholar Heroes in the Battle of Fallacies

    May 7, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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  • Psalm 104: A Poetic View of Creation

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

    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.

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  • Global Warming Guidelines in the Book of Job

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

    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

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  • April Podcast Highlight

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

    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.

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

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

    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.

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  • How Baseball Prepared Me for Life

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

    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.

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  • Are You Skeptical of Your Faith?

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

    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.

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  • Who has the Last Word in Your Worldview?

    March 19, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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  • Judging Jesus by His Followers

    March 12, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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  • Two Reviews for 7 Truths That Changed the World

    March 5, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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  • The 50 Smartest People of Faith

    February 26, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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  • Top Five Abraham Lincoln Movies

    February 19, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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  • Darwin's Doubt

    February 12, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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  • A Charitable Review of 7 Truths That Changed the World

    February 5, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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  • Ten Questions with Ken Samples

    January 29, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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  • No Exit from Suffering

    January 22, 2013
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    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.

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

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

    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.

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  • 10 Influential Theological Books, Part 2

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

    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.

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