Where Science and Faith Converge
  • Reading, Human Exceptionalism, and Dyslexia

    December 24, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Only human beings read. The act of reading involves blending the sounds of letters to form words that symbolize ideas, objects, or entities (abstract or concrete). Interestingly, both religious and secular scientists in various disciplines today think that human exceptionalism—the idea that humans differ from animals in kind, not mere degree—is evidenced in part by our unique ability to think, speak, listen, write, and read.

    • learning disorders
    • dyslexia
    • Blogs
  • Thursday Theology from Alister McGrath

    December 17, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    You may be familiar with my Facebook and Twitter pages, where I have a weekly segment called #ThursdayTheology. There I provide short, substantive quotes from important theological thinkers past and present. One of the most frequent sources is Alister McGrath.

    • divine revelation
    • Alister McGrath
    • Blogs
  • What Are Science’s Operating Limits?

    December 10, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Modern science has dramatically changed the world for the better. All of us have benefitted from medical and technological advances. Because of that success, some people have concluded that science can answer all of humankind’s ultimate questions. This philosophy, called scientism (science is the only or best path to discovering truth), is to be differentiated from science (the study of the natural world through observation and experiment) and is reflected by such prominent secular scientists as Richard Dawkins, Peter Atkins, and Lawrence Krauss.

    • science's operating limits
    • metaphysical truths
    • Blogs
  • 3 Things You May Not Know about Blaise Pascal

    December 3, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Frenchman Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) was one of the founding fathers of the scientific revolution in the seventeenth century. A true Renaissance man, Pascal was an eminent mathematician, physicist, and logician, and an intuitive Christian thinker. As a Christian philosopher, theologian, and apologist, Pascal provided a penetrating analysis of Christianity’s broader world-and-life view. He accomplished all of this before dying at the early age of 39.

    • Pascal's calculator
    • night of fire
    • Blogs
  • Thursday Theology from Peter Toon

    November 26, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    If you follow me on Facebook and Twitter you know I have a weekly segment called Thursday Theology. I like to introduce people to important Christian thinkers; thus, I post thoughtful quotes there (and here) from various scholars. A theologian I appreciate and quote often is Peter Toon. Dr. Toon’s book Our Triune God: A Biblical Portrayal of the Trinity is the best contemporary book on the doctrine of the Trinity I have ever read.1 This book motivated me to want to help other Christians appreciate the critical importance of the Trinity.

    • Peter Toon
    • Anglicanism
    • Blogs
  • God as the Best Explanation of Beauty

    November 19, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Some of Western civilization’s greatest works of art are housed in the Vatican Museums. Museum benefactors say that part of their mission is to promote “evangelism through beauty.”1 Thus, they are expressing an aesthetic argument that can be made for God’s existence. One way to frame this argument is to reason that God’s existence provides the best explanation for the world’s beauty.

    • aesthetic argument for God
    • Blogs
  • Thursday Theology from Michael Green

    November 12, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    If you have followed me on social media for a while, you know that I have a weekly segment called Thursday Theology, where I provide quotes from important theological thinkers past and present. A theologian I quote often is Michael Green. One of his apologetics books, Runaway World, had a big influence on me as a young Christian and whet my appetite for further apologetics study. I went on to read many of Green’s other books on theology and apologetics that helped ground me in the faith. He was very gracious in writing an endorsement of my book Classic Christian Thinkers: An Introduction even when he was soon to have heart surgery.

    • Theologian Michael Green
    • Blogs
  • How Apologetics Impacts Conversion: A Historical Case Study, Part 4

    November 5, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Christians correctly assume that apologetics impacts conversion. That’s why many Christian ministries, organizations, and individuals who are motivated by evangelism take the apologetics enterprise seriously. But just how does apologetics impact conversion? And which apologetics factors contribute to a person’s movement toward salvation in Christ?

    • sin
    • Death
    • Confessions
    • Blogs
  • How Apologetics Impacts Conversion: A Historical Case Study, Part 3

    October 29, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    How does the defense of the faith (apologetics) influence a person’s embracing the Christian faith (conversion)? In historic Christianity the apologetics enterprise is considered a branch of theology. Defenders of the faith have used apologetics as a vehicle to eliminate intellectual obstacles, thereby encouraging serious reflection on the truth of the Christian faith.

    • Victorinus
    • Ambrose
    • Blogs
  • How Apologetics Impacts Conversion: A Historical Case Study, Part 2

    October 22, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    How does the defense of the faith (apologetics) impact a person’s coming to embrace the faith (conversion)? As mentioned in part 1 of this four-part series, in historic Christianity the apologetics enterprise is often viewed as a tool to remove intellectual obstacles that may stand in the way of a person’s consideration and possible acceptance of the faith.

    • NeoPlatonism
    • Manichaeism
    • Blogs
  • How Apologetics Impacts Conversion: A Historical Case Study Part 1

    October 15, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    In historic Christianity the field of apologetics (a reasoned defense of the faith) is considered a branch of theology. Apologetics often has a close connection to evangelism (communication of the gospel message) by attempting to remove intellectual obstacles that may stand in the way of a person embracing faith (conversion).

    • St. Augustine
    • Christian thinkers
    • Augustine
    • Apologetics
    • Blogs
  • Wednesday Wisdom from Thinker William Bennett

    October 8, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    On my Facebook and Twitter pages I have implemented a weekly segment called #WednesdayWisdom, where I provide quotes from significant scholars from various disciplines. Education is a subject that I return to often because I think evangelical Christians need help in learning how to love God with their minds. One of my favorite educational change agents and political philosophers is William “Bill” Bennett. His lectures and writings have influenced my views about how a nation should educate its citizenry and I have used some of his books to instruct my own children.

    • William Bennett
    • The Educated Child
    • Blogs
  • Thursday Theology from Jaroslav Pelikan

    October 1, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    On my Facebook and Twitter pages I have a weekly segment called Thursday Theology, where I provide quotes from important theological thinkers past and present. One historical theologian I quote often is Jaroslav Pelikan. Dr. Pelikan’s five-volume series The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine strongly influenced my thinking about Christian history and historical theology.

    • Jaroslav Pelikan
    • Christian doctrine
    • Blogs
  • Suicide: An Unpardonable Sin for Christians?

    September 24, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Throughout my professional career as both a college professor and a Christian scholar I have been asked thousands of questions. However, whenever I’m asked about suicide it always strikes an emotional chord deep within me. A close member of my family died by suicide more than 40 years ago when I was just a teenager. My wife also lost a member of her family in the same tragic way.

    • unpardonable sin
    • suicide
    • Blogs
  • What Kind of World Is Needed for Science to Work?

    September 17, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Advancements in science, technology, and medicine over the last century or so have benefitted virtually all people. Scientific progress has lengthened human life spans and improved quality of life. These great strides prompt a provocative question: Why does science work? That is, why is the scientific enterprise so effective in delivering critical, reliable information about the natural world that can inform and benefit humankind?

    • Philosophy of Science
    • Ockham's razor
    • Blogs
  • 3 Things You May Not Know about St. Augustine the Writer

    September 10, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Augustine of Hippo (354–430) was born in North Africa to a pagan father and a Christian mother. Following a youth and an early career steeped in debauchery and ambition, Augustine experienced a dramatic conversion to Christianity when he turned from his pagan beliefs. His classic book Confessions details his conversion story and, to this day, remains a perennial bestseller.

    • Confessions
    • City of God
    • Blogs
  • Blaise Pascal on the Human Condition

    September 3, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Poets, playwrights, philosophers, and psychologists all take their turns offering insights on the “human condition.” They seek to explain the basic nature, identity, struggle, and aspirations of human beings. In fact, all philosophies and religions try to define and explain humanity’s underlying condition. But do any of them succeed?

    • Pensees
    • human nature
    • Blaise Pascal
    • Blogs
  • Wednesday Wisdom from Thinker E. D. Hirsch

    August 27, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    On my Facebook and Twitter pages I have a weekly segment called Wednesday Wisdom, where I provide quotes from great thinkers in various fields. One topic I return to often is education, for I view my central calling in life as that of a teacher. One of my favorite educational reformers is E. D. Hirsch, Jr. His books have influenced my general view of education in America, and I have used them in the education of my own children.

    • great books
    • E. D. Hirsch
    • cultural literacy
    • Blogs
  • Three Goals in a Christian Apologetics Encounter

    August 20, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Recently someone asked me how you can know if you have had a successful apologetics encounter. My immediate answer was that defending the faith (Greek: apologia) is never easy and one must trust in God’s grace for the results. Ultimately, I believe that only God by his extraordinary grace can instill a desire for himself in a human being.

    • defending the faith
    • Christian Character
    • Apologetics
    • Blogs
  • Worshippers by Nature

    August 13, 2019
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Virtually every human being seeks to find an overarching purpose in life. As part of this common pursuit, people naturally attach themselves to belief systems, values, causes, interests, and even physical things in order to give their lives meaning and fulfillment. Philosophers talk about the idea of worldview, which is understood as a person’s big-picture view of reality and consists of a cluster of beliefs about such critically important realities as God, the world, knowledge, values, and beauty. This purpose-seeking characteristic and need to grasp reality seems to set humans apart from the animals.

    • Worship
    • humans as worshippers
    • human fulfillment
    • God
    • Blogs

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