Where Science and Faith Converge
  • Quote of the Week: Alister McGrath, 3

    August 10, 2012
  • Theologian of Grace: St. Augustine, Part 8

    August 7, 2012

    Roman Catholicism and historic Protestantism both claim Augustine as one of their own. On one hand, his theological views concerning the nature of the church and the sacraments (arising from the Donatist controversy) significantly influenced the development of Roman Catholic theology. On the other hand, his theological perspective of the nature of original sin, the absolute necessity of grace in salvation, and predestination (arising from the Pelagian controversy) influenced how Protestants formulate their doctrinal views.

    • Salvation
  • Quote of the Week: John R. W. Stott

    August 2, 2012
    • Christian Life
  • In Pursuit of Truth: St. Augustine, Part 7

    August 1, 2012

    Augustine’s life (AD 354–430) can be divided into roughly two halves. The first half of his journey was spent searching for the truth that would give meaning, purpose, and significance to his life. The second half was spent reflecting upon, explaining, defending, and living out the truth he encountered through faith in Jesus Christ. Given his life-long quest for truth, years of leadership in the church, and dramatic conversion, Augustine was able to make several contributions of enduring value.

    • Christian Life
  • Quote of the Week: Gary R. Habermas

    July 26, 2012
  • The Restless Soul Finds Rest and Peace in Christ: St. Augustine, Part 6

    July 24, 2012

    Augustine’s dramatic conversion to Christianity came in the summer of AD 386, after much sorrowful reflection concerning his sinful state before God. He describes the experience in Confessions.

    • Salvation
  • Quote of the Week: J. I. Packer

    July 19, 2012
    • Christian Life
  • The Grace of God Closes In: St. Augustine, Part 5

    July 17, 2012

    There are six important apologetics-related factors that can be identified as paving the way for Augustine’s conversion to Christianity.1 Augustine would later credit the sovereign grace of God’s work behind the scenes of his life as the source of these factors. From these six aspects, we can draw a broad apologetics model for how God, through His grace, prepares people for faith.

    • Church Fathers
    • Christian Life
  • Quote of the Week: Kenneth D. Boa and Robert M. Bowman Jr.

    July 13, 2012
    • Christian Life
  • Worldly Ambition and Dissatisfaction: St. Augustine, Part 4

    July 10, 2012

    Augustine of Hippo (AD 354–430) was a gifted rhetorician and after teaching in his hometown of Thagaste for some time, he opened a school in Carthage. But Carthage’s unruly students and a personal hope for greater success elsewhere soon motivated Augustine to leave for Rome. In moving to the Eternal City, Augustine believed that a man of his ability could aspire to greatness and possibly reach the upper echelon of Rome’s power structure.

    • Historical Theology
  • Not of this World: Independence Day Reflections

    July 3, 2012

    Popular Christian bumper stickers featuring the letters “NOTW” remind drivers that Christ’s kingdom is “not of this world” and that His followers are “foreigners and exiles” in this world. For many American Christians, however, our spiritual loyalty can often get tangled with patriotism. How can we claim to be “not of this world” and yet still honor our earthly nations?

    • Christian Life
  • Quote of the Week: William Lane Craig

    June 29, 2012
    • Christian Life
  • Exploring Manichaeism: St. Augustine, Part 3

    June 26, 2012

    In his search for an alternative to catholic Christianity, Augustine of Hippo (AD 354–430) turned to a religious sect known as Manichaeism, which promised to synthesize Christ’s “true” teachings with classical wisdom. The Manichees1 followed the teaching of Mani (AD 216–277), a Persian religious leader who was crucified for claiming to be the Paraclete and restorer of the true teaching of Christ. An odd blend of materialism and dualism, Manichaeism taught that the world was dominated by two co-eternal and opposed principles, one benevolent (Ormuzd: “light”), and one malevolent (Ahriman: “darkness”). These two “realities” were responsible for bringing eternal strife and conflict to the world. Like the Gnostics, the Manichees believed that Christ was solely spiritual, had no material body, and did not actually die on the cross. The Manichees strongly opposed catholic Christianity.

    • Historical Theology
  • Quote of the Week: John Jefferson Davis, 2

    June 21, 2012
    • People of Faith
    • Learning
  • Father’s Day Reflections

    June 19, 2012

    This past Sunday marked our annual celebration of dads. Whether they are fathers or father-figures, men have an important role to play in shaping the lives of young people around them. Personally, I’ve had the privilege to be mentored by several admirable role models, starting with my own father, a decorated World War II veteran. He ignited within me a love for ideas and learning. I am a careful thinker today because I had a father who was truly an intellectual role model. Though he has been dead for nearly 25 years, I think of him almost daily and appreciate the important lessons he taught me about life.

    • Christian Life
  • Wayward Youth in a Pagan Empire: St. Augustine, Part 2

    June 12, 2012

    Named for two Roman Emperors, Aurelius Augustinus was born November 13 AD 354, in Thagaste, a small Roman province of Numidia in North Africa (present day Algeria). His family was what might be called a lower middle-class. His father, Patricius, was a small-landowner with pagan beliefs who seemed to care more about his son’s education than his character.

    • Historical Theology
    • Church Fathers
  • The Last and Greatest Church Father: St. Augustine, Part 1

    June 5, 2012

    During the past two millennia, Christianity has produced many prominent thinkers, but Augustine of Hippo (AD 354–430) could be considered the most influential outside of the New Testament. His significant impact, especially on Western Christianity, is tied directly to his profound work as a theologian, philosopher, apologist, and church bishop. Augustine’s theological and philosophical views influenced other Roman Catholic thinkers such as St. Anselm, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Blaise Pascal, as well as Protestant Reformation thinkers Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Thomas Cranmer. Augustine’s surviving works comprise just over five million words and several of his writings are included among the great literary classics of the Western world. Though he lived in the latter stages of the ancient Roman Empire (late antiquity), many of his ideas—theological, philosophical, ethical, historical, and even political—remain prominent today.

    • Historical Theology
    • Church Fathers
  • Remembering Heroes: Memorial Day 2012

    May 28, 2012

    Today as those in the United States remember the men and women who have died to preserve American freedom and defend others from tyranny, I’d like to offer the following collection of blog posts, articles, and podcasts. Each one reflects on the reality of war, its purpose, or the ways we’ve depicted it in film.

    • War
  • An Intellectual Code of Conduct, Part 3

    May 22, 2012

    Common sense says we should consider pros and cons before making big decisions. Imagine choosing a university to attend or deciding to go through major surgery without weighing all the evidence for and against your choices. The same concept applies to intellectual pursuits—in order to maintain intellectual integrity, we must take into account all the evidence for and against our view.

    • Ethics
  • An Intellectual Code of Conduct, Part 2

    May 9, 2012

    Wild goose chase, rabbit trail, red herring—all these idioms refer to diversionary tactics. A mystery writer might use a red herring character to distract readers (and even the detective) from the real culprit.blog__inline—an-intellectual-code-of-conduct-part-2 A good plot device for authors, but in logic, using a red herring is a fallacy.

    • Ethics

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