Monthly Archives: April 2012

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Quote of the Week: Mark A. Noll

The ancient creeds became authoritative in the early centuries because they were thoroughly, profoundly, comprehensively, and passionately rooted in Scripture.

–Mark A. Noll, Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011), 2.

Podcast Highlight: Movies, Anthropology, and Reasoning

I’ve been addressing a potpourri of topics on my podcast, Straight Thinking. The goal of the podcast is similar to Reflections’: highlighting the importance of careful thinking in relation to the Christian worldview. Check out these recent podcast series for a sample of the issues we cover on Straight Thinking. Continue reading

Quote of the Week: Kenneth Samples, 5

The Apostle Paul had power and he had points, but he didn’t have Power Point.

–Kenneth Samples, Sunday school class, Christ Reformed Church

How Theists and Atheists Reason Differently About God

Excerpted from my upcoming book, 7 Truths that Changed the World (Baker 2012)

Theists and atheists do reason differently about God and the world. A common skeptical objection to the enterprise of Christian apologetics is that believers engage in a god-of-the-gaps form of reasoning. This charge means that the Christian theist typically attributes gaps in (especially) scientific knowledge to something God has done. For example, when science can’t explain how the universe came into being or how life originated on Earth, the Christian apologist is quick to point to God as the cause or explanation. Thus the skeptic’s accusation is that Christians do nothing more than give their ignorance a name—“God.” No real and adequate explanation, says the skeptic, is provided by simply appealing to God as a cause or source. Continue reading

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Quote of the Week: William J. Wainwright

Theistic metaphysics seems more reasonable to me, on balance, than its competitors. Although its difficulties are well known, the problems with alternatives seem greater.

–William J. Wainwright, “Skepticism, Romanticism, and Faith” in God and the Philosophers, ed. Thomas V. Morris (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994), 79.

Not All Dead Men Stay Dead: 10 Essential Points about the Resurrection

Historic Christianity contains numerous beliefs that are theologically and philosophically volatile (in the best sense of the term). These powerful truth-claims have transformed the church and even turned the world upside down. My new book, 7 Truths that Changed the World, explores seven of historic Christianity’s dangerous ideas. The following 10 points give a brief overview of what I consider to be the Christian faith’s most dangerous idea. Continue reading

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Quote of the Week: Stephen T. Davis

 Human beings are the only animals who know that they must die, and thus the only animals who try to hide from themselves the fact that they must die.

– Stephen T. Davis, Risen Indeed: Making Sense of the Resurrection (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1993), 203.

Five Strands of Evidence for Jesus Christ’s Resurrection

Excerpted from “If Christ Has Not Been Raised: Reasoning through the Resurrection”

Jesus Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead three days after His execution pumps the heart of the Christian gospel (doctrine) and is Christianity’s central supporting fact (apologetics). The truth of Christianity uniquely stands or falls on Christ’s resurrection. Because of this, the New Testament accounts of Christ’s resurrection warrant careful analysis and reflection. Continue reading