Where Science and Faith Converge
  • The Insatiable Search for Peace and Rest

    April 26, 2016

    Human beings were made for God (Psalm 100:3, Acts 17:26–27), but something has gone deeply wrong. Sin has cut us off from our Creator and left us out-of-sync with each other and ourselves. Under the curse of sin, we both desire God and resist Him simultaneously (see Romans 1). The consequence of this spiritual tug-of-war is that we often turn to temporal things to fulfill our desperate longings—yet genuine, lifelong meaning and purpose remain elusive and fleeting.

    • Christian Life
  • Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on Blaise Pascal

    April 19, 2016

    Did you know that the first digital calculator was invented by a seventeenth-century French mathematician? In his brief time on Earth, Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) wore many hats and left an imprint on both modern science and Christian philosophy that lingers to this day. Here’s your crash course on the life and accomplishments of Blaise Pascal—and why he still matters today.

    • People of Faith
  • 5 Levels of Christian Faith

    April 12, 2016

    We often use the word “faith” to describe the core of someone’s beliefs—but people of differing religions use the term in very different ways. This has challenged me to more carefully probe the distinctive features of the word “faith” from the perspective of historical Christianity. Faith is much more profound than simply recounting our personal conversion story. Rather, Christian faith entails at least five parts, each building on top of the next.

    • Christian Life
  • Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on C. S. Lewis

    April 5, 2016

    In the last decade, a slew of Narnia movies were released in theaters, and though C. S. Lewis has been gone more than 50 years, his books are still as popular as ever. He’s the famous atheist-turned-Christian, but what exactly did he believe, and what did he contribute to Christianity? Here’s your crash course on the life and accomplishments of C. S. Lewis—and why he still matters today.

    • People of Faith
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  • Risen and What Makes a Good Christian Film

    March 29, 2016

    Christian filmmakers are on a roll. The last several years have brought us an increasing number of religious films, many bordering on mainstream and featuring globally recognized stars. But among the miraculous true stories and positive message films, Risen, the tale of a skeptical Roman soldier Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) encountering the risen Christ (Cliff Curtis), is the one that caught the attention of Krista Bontrager, the dean of online learning at Reasons to Believe. I sat down to talk with her about Risen and the challenges of Christian filmmaking. (Spoiler warning.)

    • Christian Life
    • Resurrection
  • Jesus’s Family and the Resurrection

    March 22, 2016

    People who doubt religion and the supernatural typically think believers lack skepticism. In the minds of most atheists, Christians cannot sufficiently think through a religious claim unless they begin with cynical disbelief. Atheists often assert that extraordinary claims—like the supernatural—require extraordinary evidence in order to be justifiably believable.

    • Resurrection
  • How Intellectual Christians Can Fit in with the Evangelical Church

    March 15, 2016

    The first article I wrote on the subject of intellectuals in the church received so much attention on social media that I decided to follow up with a second. All of the positive comments and the flurry of likes and shares made me realize that I touched a nerve. I’m convinced that it is common for intellectually oriented Christians to experience difficulty “fitting in” with their local evangelical church.

    • Life of the Mind
    • Christian Life
  • Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on St. Augustine

    March 8, 2016

    I’ve heard it said that evangelical Christians don’t study our church history very deeply. As a fellow evangelical, I think there is, unfortunately, a lot of truth in this statement. Contemporary Christians can learn a great deal from the history of their faith. But where to start? This series, “Christian Thinkers 101,” provides a snapshot of some of the faith’s key theologians and apologists and their important books and ideas.

    • People of Faith
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  • 3 Timeless Books on Christianity

    March 1, 2016

    Reading books has been an obsession of mine since my conversion to Christianity as a college sophomore. I sensed my mind really mattered in serving the Lord; so I began a serious pursuit of the “life of the mind” to the glory of God. Today, I have a personal library of between 3,000 and 4,000 books.

    • Christian Life
  • Is It Intolerant to Claim Christianity Alone Is True?

    February 23, 2016

    A couple of years ago I visited Canada to record television interviews about my book Christian Endgame. Prior to the recording, some of the Christians in the green room told me to be cautious about saying that Christianity is the exclusively true religion. When I inquired why, I was told that it is considered intolerant in Canadian society to claim Christianity is the only way to God. The Christian program executives were concerned about receiving legal reprisals from the Canadian government for broadcasting “intolerant” religious statements.

    • Religious Pluralism
    • Logic
  • How to Encourage Intellectual Christians in the Evangelical Church

    February 16, 2016

    Being an idea-oriented, bookish, and cerebral-type of Christian can have its challenges. Often times, intellectually inclined believers find it hard to fit into their local evangelical church.2 This difficulty usually arises because the life of the mind is not often identified as a high church priority. So, unfortunately too many churches within the broad sweep of evangelicalism are, to use Pelikan’s words, “less than a school.”

    • Learning
    • Christian Life
  • 8 Ways Christians Can Make Sense of Mass Shootings

    February 9, 2016

    The recent string of mass shootings in the US and worldwide has understandably rattled people's nerves. Many wonder what they can do to protect themselves and, more importantly, what they can do to make sense of such acts of terror. I spent 36 years in law enforcement, retiring last year from the Los Angeles Police Department as a deputy chief of police.

    • Problem of Evil
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  • Do We Derive Pleasure from Sports Violence?

    February 2, 2016

    I have been an avid sports fan from the age of nine. Prior to that my interest was presidential politics—I was the only fourth grader in my class who could name all of the candidates running for the presidency in 1968. But once a childhood friend introduced me to athletics everything else took second place. Sports became my religion.

    • Ethics
  • 7 Common Myths about Old-Earth Creationism

    January 26, 2016

    Sometimes being an apologist isn't just about defending the faith to unbelievers; sometimes it also includes explaining our doctrinal positions to other Christians. When I was homeschooling our children, church friends would often express concern over our family's belief that the earth was billions—not thousands—of years old. Many had heard some fairly alarming assertions about Hugh Ross, my employer, advocating fallacious views of the Bible. I want to help people differentiate between rumors and facts about old-earth creationists' beliefs. So, instead of avoiding conversations that might spark an old-earth versus young-earth debate, I've learned how to offer quick but gracious answers to the questions raised by our Christian friends.

    • General Apologetics
  • Ten Reasons for the Rapid Spread of Christianity, Part 3: Religious Factors

    January 19, 2016

    Christians, of course, believe that God sovereignly arranged the circumstances of history to allow the gospel to go forth with power and great success. Yet God's providential workings behind the scenes of history do not rule out God's use of social, cultural, and religious factors to fulfill his ultimate ends.

    • Christian Life
  • Ten Reasons for the Rapid Spread of Christianity, Part 2: Cultural Factors

    January 12, 2016

    The Bible teaches that God is sovereign over all of history (Daniel 4:17, Acts 4:27–28). So when it comes to the origin and development of historic Christianity, believers in Christ undoubtedly accept the words of Galatians 4:4–5: "But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons."

    • Christian Life
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  • Ten Reasons for the Rapid Spread of Christianity, Part 1: Social Factors

    January 4, 2016

    Jesus Christ lived the most consequential life in human history. As Christian theologian Michael Green notes, “His coming split history into two: everything is dated before or after this man.”1 But the religion that bears his name started small and slow in the backwater of the Roman Empire. What factors contributed to its subsequent rapid spread?

    • Christian Life
  • Five Movies to Make You Think in 2016

    December 28, 2015

    Why do you go to the movies? For many, it’s for entertainment. Movies certainly possess a remarkable ability to make us laugh and cry. Others go to the movies to escape from the pressures and difficulties of daily life.

    • Christian Life
  • How Christ’s Incarnation Differs from the Hindu Idea of Avatar

    December 22, 2015

    The doctrine of the Incarnation (God became man in Jesus of Nazareth) lies at the heart of Christianity; it’s a truth-claim celebrated all over the world at Christmastime. Historic Christianity affirms that Jesus Christ is a single person with both a fully divine nature and a fully human nature. As C. S. Lewis aptly put it, “The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.”1

    • World Religions
    • Incarnation
  • Star Wars and the Importance of Ideas

    December 15, 2015

    Imagination and storytelling are very powerful ways of drawing attention to important ideas and questions. A good book or movie provokes people to think in a way unlike hearing a lecture. This is one reason why Jesus spoke in parables.

    • Atheism
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