Where Science and Faith Converge
  • Debating the Authority of Scripture

    November 13, 2012

    How much authority does the Bible hold over the subjects it addresses? Believers sometimes hold differing answers to this question. Protestants promote the principle of sola Scriptura (Scripture as the supreme authority), while according to the Catholic position, tradition shares authority with the Bible.

  • Can a Compulsive Thinker Also Be a Believer?

    November 6, 2012

    Some say that in order to have faith, one must “check his brain at the door.” Yet as a compulsive thinker (such that no twelve-step program would be able to cure me), I challenge this notion. In a recent talk (given in August at Oceanview Baptist Church in San Pedro, California), I explore what I call “best explanation apologetics”—an approach to thinking about Christianity that demonstrates the faith’s truth and viability. Additionally, I share my conversion to Christianity and pursuit of a reasonable faith. Below is a link to the talk on YouTube.

  • Halloween and Other Hot Topics

    October 30, 2012

    Hot topics can present a troubling challenge, even in a culture that values freedom of speech. Do we ignore touchy issues and avoid all confrontation, or do we engage in verbal warfare with the opposition? Fortunately, there is a third option: presenting our opinions with gentleness, integrity, and respect for those with differing views.

    • Global Warming
    • Conspiracies
  • Reviews of 7 Truths That Changed the World on Hard-Core Christianity Blog

    October 23, 2012

    Melissa was a student of mine a few years ago in Biola University’s graduate program in apologetics. She is an engaging, thoughtful speaker and writer. I appreciate her thorough and gracious review of my new book.

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  • Straight Thinking Highlight: D’Souza’s Film on Obama

    October 16, 2012

    Does everyone have a worldview? What critical factors shape a person’s worldview compass? How important is it to correctly discern the worldview held by major influencers, such as our political leaders?

    • Worldviews
  • Five-Point Logic Checklist

    October 9, 2012

    One of the most important skills to master, particularly if you intend to share your faith with others, is how to form a logical argument. Though it might seem complicated, an argument in logic is really a very simple thing. To have an argument you must make a claim (called the conclusion) and provide support (called premises) for believing the claim to be true or correct. To have a good argument (sound or cogent) your premises must be (1) true; (2) relevant to your central claim; and (3) adequate to sufficiently support the conclusion.

  • Quote of the Week: Westminister Shorter Catechism

    October 4, 2012
    • Christian Life
  • Reflecting on Baseball and Life

    October 2, 2012

    At eleven years old I fell in love with baseball. From that time forward it was on my mind constantly. I was either playing the game, watching it on television, or thinking about it—even while I was supposed to be doing my schoolwork. At the time, the only subjects that could compete with baseball in terms of my life’s priorities were the Lakers and the Beatles. Those three subjects were my adolescent trinity, so to speak.

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  • Quote of the Week: Peter Toon

    September 27, 2012
    • Christian Life
  • Places of Knowledge

    September 25, 2012

    During our latest trip to London, I realized how deeply rooted British culture is in their rich and extensive history. It seemed like every street we turned on held a historical landmark, which was labeled and maintained accordingly. Though it has a considerably shorter history as compared to London, Southern California (where RTB is headquartered) offers a variety of historical landmarks, museums, and art galleries to visit. (The Griffith Observatory and California Science Center serve as just a couple of examples.)

    • Christian Life
  • Quote of the Week: John Jefferson Davis

    September 21, 2012
    • Philosophy of Religion
    • Christian Life
  • Above and Beyond: Authentic Academics

    September 18, 2012

    Before I became a Christian I had little motivation to excel in the classroom. Education was more about receiving a passing grade and less about a genuine understanding of the material. It wasn’t until I read C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity that I was prompted to pursue Scripture’s truth. Soon after becoming a Christian in my early 20’s, my passion for having a faith grounded in knowledge was sparked.

    • Christian Life
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  • Quote of the Week: “How to Read a Book”

    September 13, 2012

    You will not improve as a reader if all you read are books that are well withinyour capacity. You must tackle books that are beyond you, or, as we have said, books that are over your head. Only books of that sort will make you stretch your mind. And unless you stretch, you will not learn.

    • Christian Life
  • Developing an Attitude of Gratitude

    September 11, 2012

    A critical component of living a good (happy, satisfying, and meaningful) life is incorporating the concept of gratitude. Being aware of and appreciative for the good things one has been given can serve to transform one’s whole existence. This attitude of gratitude in life is one of the most important teachings from the historic Christian world-and-life view.

    • Christian Life
  • Quote of the Week: C. John Collins

    September 6, 2012
    • Christian Life
  • Contemporary Criticism of Augustine’s Thought, Part 10

    September 6, 2012

    While Augustine’s presentation and defense of classical Christian theism is strongly critiqued by some modern scholars (especially those who are skeptical and theologically liberal), his thinking continues to be embraced by many within Western Christendom. Two areas, in which Augustine is criticized even by sympathetic contemporary scholars, relate to his philosophical thinking and political power.

    • People of Faith
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  • Augustine’s View of Predestination: St. Augustine, Part 9

    August 28, 2012

    Although Pelagianism, a view that denies original sin and promotes the idea that salvation can be earned, went against Augustine’s views of grace through Christ, it did encourage Augustine to focus his thinking on the doctrine of predestination. In his early writings, Augustine taught predestination based upon God’s foreknowledge. The idea was that God merely chose those human beings whom He foreknew would freely choose to believe in Him.

    • Philosophy of Religion
    • People of Faith
  • Quote of the Week: The Dalai Lama

    August 23, 2012
    • Historical Theology
    • Christian Life
  • Top Ten Things Augustine Contributed to Philosophy, Part II

    August 21, 2012

    Last week’s post outlined five of the ten most influential contributions Augustine made in the philosophy world. Those contributions included the theory of time, how humans learn/express language, foundations of faith, the ontological argument, and the concept of doubt. The post will highlight five more of Augustine’s contributions and philosophical ideas.

    • Philosophy of Religion
    • People of Faith
  • Top Ten Things Augustine Contributed to Philosophy, Part I

    August 15, 2012

    While Augustine had no formal education in philosophy, he was nevertheless an intuitive philosopher with varied interests. He also left a deep and abiding influence on Western philosophical thought. Augustine especially used philosophy to complement his study of theology. The first part of this two-part post will outline a brief summary of five of the ten most significant ideas and theories that Augustine contributed to the field of philosophy.1

    • Philosophy of Religion
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