Where Science and Faith Converge
  • A Memorial to Christian Theologian Desmond Ford

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

    One of my favorite contemporary Christian theologians, Dr. Desmond Ford (1929–2019), died recently. He was an Australian evangelical theologian with deep roots in the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) theological tradition. He was educated at both Michigan State and Manchester Universities, where he earned dual doctorates in New Testament studies. At Manchester, he studied under the eminent New Testament scholar F. F. Bruce. Ford had a long, distinguished career and ministry.

    • Seventh-day Adventism
    • Desmond Ford
    • conditionalism
    • annihilationism
    • Blogs
  • Apologia Sophia: “Apologetics Wisdom” 3—Preparation

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

    Are you prepared for apologetic engagement? In part 3 (of six) in this series, I’ll offer three practical suggestions to help prepare you for potentially life-changing interactions with nonbelievers. As noted in parts 1 and 2, the term Apologia Sophia (Gk: ἀπολογία σοφία) transliterates the Greek word endings and roughly translates to “apologetics wisdom.” These three points will help provide you with such wisdom, whether you’re a professional or lay Christian apologist.

    • Worldview
    • Wisdom
    • Blogs
    • Apologetics
  • Apologia Sophia: “Apologetics Wisdom” 2—Christian Foundations

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

    In part 1 of this series, we noted that Apologia Sophia (Gk: ἀπολογία σοφία) transliterates the Greek word endings and roughly translates to “apologetics wisdom.” In this second (of six) installment, I hope to offer more apologetics wisdom for our noble task. Here are three points that apply equally to both professional and lay Christian apologists. These points relate to connecting apologetics to Christian foundations.

    • Theology
    • theological virtures
    • reasoning
    • persuasion
    • Historic Christianity
    • Apologetics
    • Blogs
  • Apologia Sophia: “Apologetics Wisdom” 1—Attitude

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

    Apologia sophia (Gk: ἀπολογία σοφία) transliterates the Greek word endings and roughly translates to “apologetics wisdom.” Since I am an adjunct professor for Biola University’s MA program in apologetics, I teach and interact with many students who are preparing for a career in apologetics or are studying to deepen their knowledge and sharpen their skills in the field. Thus, as a teacher and a full-time scholar at RTB, I hope the following series gives practical advice—and even some genuine wisdom—when it comes to the apologetics enterprise (the art and science of giving a reasoned defense of Christianity; see 1 Peter 3:15).

    • Truth
    • attitude
    • apologists
    • Apologetics
    • Blogs
  • A Memorial to Christian Thinker Michael Green

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

    One of my favorite contemporary Christian thinkers, Dr. Edward Michael Bankes Green, more commonly known as “Michael Green,” (1930–2019), died recently. He was a British evangelical theologian, apologist, evangelist, and Anglican priest. He was educated at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities and had a long, distinguished career and ministry.

    • Unbelievable? conference
    • Theology
    • theologians
    • people of faith
    • Michael Green
    • heroes of faith
    • evangelist
    • apologist
    • Blogs
  • Scientific Discovery & God: Human Exceptionalism, Part 4

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

    Some people think the advance of science continues to remove any reason for believing in God, but in reality scientific discovery over the last century has opened up vistas of knowledge that are best explained by the worldview of theism over atheistic naturalism. In the three previous parts of this series (see here, here, and here), I explained that what secular scientists thought they would discover concerning the universe, the solar system, and Earth were very different from what they actually uncovered. The universe’s extraordinary beginning, the solar system’s fine-tuning for life, and Earth’s distinctiveness as a hospitable home for intelligent life have all been surprising finds for a secular view.

    • Image of God
    • Human Exceptionalism
    • Blogs
  • Scientific Discovery and God: Planet Earth, Part 3

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

    In the first two parts of this series (see here and here) I discussed how secular scientists, given their naturalistic worldview, expected to discover that we live in an eternal—and therefore uncaused—universe, as well as in an ordinary solar system. Yet on both scores scientists were surprised by what scientific advances revealed. In both cases, the great contrast for scientists who hold a purely secular worldview is that the universe’s and solar system’s features seem to best comport with the expectations of theism over atheistic naturalism.

    • rare earth hypothesis
    • Life on Earth
    • Frank Drake
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Earth
    • Design
    • Carl Sagan
    • Blogs
  • 3 Ways to Be a Gracious Christian Sports Fan

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

    I have enjoyed playing and watching sports most of my life. Now that I’m sixty years old I sometimes think back to my time playing baseball and basketball, with fondness for the camaraderie, teamwork, discipline, and competition these sports engendered. I often think about the particular people I played with and against on the courts and fields of competition. In some ways playing sports as a youth prepared me for later life, including my calling as a Christian apologist.

    • sports fan
    • sports
    • graciousness
    • Grace
    • christian living
    • Christian Life
    • Christian conduct
    • Blogs
  • Scientific Discovery and God: The Solar System, Part 2

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

    In part 1 of this series, I discussed how scientific evidence demonstrates that the universe had a beginning and that such a notion best comports with the expectations of theism over atheistic naturalism. Yet that conspicuous beginning took secular scientists by complete surprise. In this article I will briefly discuss what the expectations of secular scientists concerning our solar system were, and what science has revealed. The results will also show which worldview— naturalism or theism—is preferred.

    • Worldview
    • Universe
    • theism
    • Solar System
    • Intelligent Design
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Cosmos
    • cosmic design
    • Blogs
  • Scientific Discovery and God: The Universe, Part 1

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

    How did the universe come into being? The last century has revealed a stark contrast between what secular scientists expected to find regarding the big “origins” questions and what scientific research actually uncovered. In part 1 of this series, I’ll discuss how this contrast played out concerning the origin of the universe. In future installments I’ll consider, in turn, the origins of the solar system, Earth, and the human species.

    • Universe
    • Multiverse
    • Frederick Copleston
    • Creation Ex Nihilo
    • Bertrand Russell
    • Cosmos
    • Blogs
  • Addressing Skeptical Challenges, Part 2

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

    I’m not sure if the internet and social media as a whole are either an intrinsic good or an intrinsic bad, but as technologies they do afford opportunities to discuss Christian apologetics issues. In part one of this series I responded to an objection by a skeptic who raised questions about what I wrote in “The Historic Alliance of Christianity and Science.” Here in part two I’ll address his other major objection (summarized below).

    • Reason
    • Logic
    • law of noncontradiction
    • Christianity and science
    • Christ's two natures
    • Apologetics
    • Blogs
  • Addressing Skeptical Challenges, Part 1

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

    Social media and the internet allow ample opportunities to discuss the truth claims of historic Christianity. A while ago I interacted with a skeptic who had some questions about an article I wrote, “The Historic Alliance of Christianity and Science,” in RTB’s former magazine Facts & Faith (vol. 12, no. 3).

    • Suffering
    • skepticism
    • nature
    • Natural Disasters
    • laws of nature
    • existence of evil
    • Evil
    • Blogs
  • God’s Existence Best Explains Life’s Most Profound Realities

    December 25, 2018
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Can we justify concepts like logic, moral values, and universals from a naturalistic, atheistic perspective? Or do we need a transcendent grounding like historic Christianity’s explanation for these meaningful realities?

    • moral values
    • life's realities
    • life's meaning
    • enigma of man
    • Blogs
  • The Difference between Mystery and Contradiction in Theology

    December 18, 2018
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    The God of the Bible is infinite and eternal while human beings are finite and temporal. That means humans can never fully comprehend or exhaustively understand God.1 Yet those profound limitations do not mean human beings can’t know God or enjoy a personal relationship with him. Also, because many, if not all, of the things Christians believe about God involve mystery, it does not mean those beliefs involve logical contradiction.

    • logical contradiction
    • incomprehensibility of God
    • divine mystery
    • Blogs
  • Virtue to Face the Challenges of Life

    December 11, 2018
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    I have been very afraid at least four times in my life. On one occasion I fought a man who had attacked my wife in a dark alley late at night. On another, my daughter Jacqueline was extremely ill with a mysterious virus. A similar experience took place when my son Michael was struggling with serious health problems. And lastly, I was numb with shock and fear when my doctor told me that I had a life-threatening brain and lung illness.

    • trials
    • Suffering
    • sanctification
    • fear
    • christian living
    • Aristotle's Golden Mean
    • Aristotle
    • Blogs
  • Approaching End Times Prophecy with Care

    December 4, 2018
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    One of the most controversial topics that the Bible addresses is eschatology. This theological term literally means the study of last things—popularly known as end times. Scripture speaks of both humankind’s past origin in creation as well as our future destiny in consummation. Yet rightly interpreting and properly understanding what the Bible teaches about the end of the world has proved difficult and controversial in church history.

    • prophecy
    • eschatology
    • End Times
    • controversies
    • bible interpretation
    • Blogs
  • Take Up and Read: Nicomachean Ethics

    November 27, 2018
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    I am writing this ongoing blog series on Reflections to encourage Christians to read more vigorously and enrich their lives with Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully, a brief introduction to these Christian texts will motivate today’s believers to, as St. Augustine was called in his dramatic conversion to Christianity, “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these excellent books.

    • Nicomachean ethics
    • Aristotle
    • eudaemonia
    • Blogs
  • How JFK and C. S. Lewis Influenced My Life

    November 20, 2018
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Two men I’ve been reading about for virtually my entire life but for very different reasons died on the exact same day. For more than 50 years, I have been learning about the life and thought of both President John F. Kennedy and Christian thinker and author C. S. Lewis.

    • John F. Kennedy
    • C.S. Lewis
    • Between Heaven and Hell
    • Blogs
  • Take Up and Read: C.S. Lewis’ Case for the Christian Faith

    November 13, 2018
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    I am writing this ongoing blog series on Reflections to encourage Christians to read more vigorously and enrich their lives with Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully, a brief introduction to these Christian texts will motivate today’s believers to, as St. Augustine was called in his dramatic conversion to Christianity, “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these excellent books.

    • richard purtill
    • Reading
    • Christian Literature
    • Apologetics
    • C.S. Lewis
    • Blogs
  • 3 Things You May Not Know about C. S. Lewis

    November 6, 2018
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    C. S. Lewis may have been the most important Christian thinker of the twentieth century. His modern classic Mere Christianity was the first Christian book I ever read back in my early college days. And that book played an important role in shaping my early faith and motivating my interest in Christian apologetics. I’ve gone on to read and reread many of Lewis’s remarkable works.

    • The Kilns
    • The Eagle and Child
    • Owen Barfield
    • Mere Christianity
    • Inklings
    • Blogs

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