Where Science and Faith Converge
  • How about Reading Some Christian Classics? Part 1

    June 12, 2018
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Only human beings read. And from a biblical perspective, it may be reasonably inferred that humans’ capacity to read is part of the intellectual endowment that comes from being made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26–27). Moreover, God gave humankind a divinely inspired book to read and study in order to discover truth and salvation. Interestingly, scientists in various disciplines today—both religious and otherwise—think that human exceptionalism is evidenced in our unique ability to think, speak, write, and read.

    • Reading
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Christian Literature
    • C.S. Lewis
    • Books
    • Book Reviews
    • Book Review
    • Bonaventure
    • Blaise Pascal
    • Augustine
    • Blogs
  • 5 Important Philosophical-Apologetics Terms in the New Testament

    June 5, 2018
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    There are five very important philosophical-apologetics terms in the New Testament that every Christian should have some familiarity with. Learning and appreciating these key terms will aid believers in both their theological and apologetics understanding. And being so armed, the Christian is helped in their evangelistic and apologetics ventures in the service of Christ.

    • Blogs
  • Take Up and Read: Fear and Trembling

    May 29, 2018
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully, a brief introduction to these important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers—as St. Augustine was called to in his dramatic conversion to Christianity—to “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books.

    • Reading
    • Kierkegaard
    • Christian Literature
    • Books
    • Book Reviews
    • Book Review
    • Blogs
  • Apologist Demeanors: Are You a Patton or a Bradley?

    May 22, 2018
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Have you ever seen the movie Patton? Actor George C. Scott won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his amazing portrayal of the bold, opinionated, and flamboyant General George Patton. General Patton was not only a great battlefield tank commander for the US Army during World War II, but he was also arguably one of the most politically incorrect persons of the twentieth century. Patton wasn’t afraid to speak his mind on virtually any issue, regardless of the consequences. (We’ll make an apologetics connection about this personality trait shortly.) However, just how realistic Scott’s movie portrayal was has been a topic of historical debate.

    • Walter Martin
    • Temperaments
    • Personalities
    • Omar Bradley
    • George Patton
    • George C. Scott
    • Christian Character
    • Aplogists
    • Apologetics
    • Blogs
  • Take Up and Read: The Screwtape Letters

    May 15, 2018
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully, a brief introduction to these important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers—as St. Augustine was called to in his dramatic conversion to Christianity—to “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books.

    • Screwtape Letters
    • Reading
    • Christian Literature
    • Books
    • Book Reviews
    • Book Review
    • C.S. Lewis
    • Blogs
  • Stoke the Faith Flame: Overcoming Spiritual Weariness

    May 8, 2018
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Over the years, I’ve had numerous people express to me that they have experienced a weariness concerning their faith journey. This is actually a pretty common phenomenon for Christians to encounter in life. I’ve also experienced such a weariness at times in my Christian life. Life’s pressures of job, family, ministry, etc. can weigh heavily on us at times. Sometimes, we can feel adrift without sensing a clear direction from the Lord.

    • Blogs
    • Faith
    • Christian Life
    • Christian Issues
    • C.S. Lewis
  • Take Up and Read: Institutes of the Christian Religion

    May 1, 2018
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully, a brief introduction to these important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers—as St. Augustine was called to in his dramatic conversion to Christianity—to “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books.

    • Reading
    • John Calvin
    • creeds
    • Christian Literature
    • Books
    • Book Review
    • Book Reviews
    • Blogs
  • Confronting the Cognitive Dissonance over Grace

    April 24, 2018
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Historic Christianity’s teaching that salvation is solely a gift of God’s grace stands at odds with all other religions of the world. The New Testament explicitly teaches that salvation is not earned by human moral effort but is a divinely imparted gift or endowment (χάρις [charis] is the New Testament Greek word for “grace” and means “unmerited favor”). Historic Christianity affirms that salvation comes by God’s grace alone, exclusively through faith in Jesus Christ’s unique life, death, and resurrection.

    • Saved by Grace
    • Salvation
    • Historic Christianity
    • Grace
    • Good Works
    • Faith
    • Christian Life
    • Christian Issues
    • Christian Character
    • Blogs
  • Take Up and Read: City of God

    April 17, 2018
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully, a brief introduction to these important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers—as St. Augustine was called to in his dramatic conversion to Christianity—to “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books.

    • St. Augustine
    • Reading
    • City of God
    • Christian Literature
    • Books
    • Blogs
  • Living Life Looking at a Screen

    April 10, 2018
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    How much of your day is spent looking at a screen? Remember that “screen” includes smartphones, computers, tablets, televisions, movies, jumbotrons, video games, digital billboards, and e-books. One online source estimated there may be a total of 8 billion screens in the world.1 Now let me ask you a more indelicate question: If you are a parent, how much of your child’s day is spent looking at a screen?

    • technology
    • Screens
    • Mental Health
    • Life of the Mind
    • Critical Thinking
    • Blogs
  • Take Up and Read: Our Triune God

    April 3, 2018
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully, a brief introduction to these important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers—as St. Augustine was called to in his dramatic conversion to Christianity—to “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books.

    • trinity
    • Reading
    • Peter Toon
    • Our Triune God
    • God's Nature
    • God
    • Christian Literature
    • Blogs
  • A Dozen Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus

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

    Jesus’s resurrection is at the very heart of historic Christianity. In fact, the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is both a central doctrinal belief of the faith and the primary evidence for the truth of the religion itself. Given the importance of Easter for Christians, it is appropriate for us to consider a dozen evidences for the resurrection of Jesus. For greater depth on these points, see the recommended resources at the end of the article.

    • Resurrection
    • Reasons Supports Faith
    • Jesus
    • Historic Christianity
    • Easter
    • Doctrinal Issues
    • Christianity
    • Apologetics
    • Blogs
  • Philosophy’s Most Famous Quotations, Part 4

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

    Growing up, I always sensed that I was searching for some deeper meaning in my life. I didn’t know what that meaning would entail, but I saw life as a type of quest. Therefore, when I went to college the study of philosophy seemed like a good fit for me.

    • Quotations
    • Philosophy
    • Life of the Mind
    • Blogs
  • Philosophy's Most Famous Quotations, Part 3

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

    I love ideas. And I love thinking about them. One of the fundamental reasons I study philosophy is that I believe ideas really matter. And philosophy is the discipline of big ideas: God, the cosmos, the mind, knowledge, ethics, aesthetics, logic, etc.

    • Critical Thinking
    • Quotations
    • Philosophy
    • Life of the Mind
    • Blogs
  • Philosophy’s Most Famous Quotations, Part 2

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

    Who am I? Why am I here? Is there a meaning to life? Does God exist? What will happen to me when I die?

    • St. Anselm
    • Quotations
    • Philosophy
    • Life of the Mind
    • Blogs
  • Philosophy’s Most Famous Quotations, Part 1

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

    Though I studied philosophy in my college years and have now read hundreds of books on philosophy and philosophical topics, I nevertheless think I was born to be a philosopher. Long before I began studying and teaching philosophy, I was—even as a youth—asking philosophical questions. My baseball coach nicknamed me “Professor.”

    • Socrates
    • Quotations
    • Plato
    • Philosophy
    • Life of the Mind
    • Aristotle
    • Blogs
  • Take Up and Read: The Republic

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

    This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully, a brief introduction to these important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers—as St. Augustine was called to in his dramatic conversion to Christianity—to “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books.

    • The Republic
    • Reading
    • Plato
    • Philosophy
    • Book Reviews
    • Blogs
  • The Ache of the Soul

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

    A common Christian description of the human condition is that people as sinners are alienated, lost, and cut off from God. Being out of sync with their Creator and themselves, people are unable to find truly enduring fulfillment and satisfaction in life. And yet, the human longing and desire for meaning, purpose, and significance continues to churn in the human heart. Thus, happiness or true self-fulfillment is fleeting in life.

    • St. Augustine
    • Spiritual Longing
    • Soul
    • Christians
    • Blogs
  • Take Up and Read: Loving Wisdom

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

    This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. My hope is that these introductions to important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers to, as St. Augustine put it, “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books.

    • Reading
    • Read
    • Christian Literature
    • Books
    • Book Review
    • Blogs
  • Argument from Desire and Abductive Reasoning

    January 30, 2018
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    One way human beings clearly differ from the animals is in their inner existential longings. Many people describe experiencing an innermost yearning for a deeper meaning and purpose to life, and sometimes even a secret desire for God and eternal life. But why do people experience such longings? And do such existential yearnings reflect something more than mere human subjectivity?

    • Worldview
    • reasoning
    • Reason Supports Faith
    • Philosophy
    • Logic
    • God's Existence
    • Critical Thinking
    • C.S. Lewis
    • Abductive Reasoning
    • Blogs

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