If Christianity was something we were making up, of course we could make it easier. But it is not. We cannot compete, in simplicity, with people who are inventing religions. How could we? We are dealing with Fact. Of course anyone can be simple if he has no facts to bother about.
– C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: Macmillan, 1952), 145.
Throughout this series RTB editor Maureen Moser and I have been discussing the importance of loving God with our mind (see part 1 and part 2). Scripture is clear that believers are obligated to love God with their entire being (Luke 10:27). Unfortunately, some circles within Christianity give loving God with the intellect the short shrift. Believers are almost always aware of the need to be sincere in their faith—but what about the need to be careful and correct in their thinking?
Christianity is not instinctive to anyone, nor is it picked up casually without effort. It is a faith that has to be learned, and therefore taught, and so some sort of catechumenate [organized instruction] is an essential part of a church’s life.
—J.I. Packer, The Ten Commandments (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale, 1986), 6.
I strive to encourage Christians to think carefully and critically about their faith not only through Reflections but also through two RTB podcasts. On one, Straight Thinking, I lead my colleagues in discussions of important issues in light of the Christian worldview. On the other, I Didn’t Know That!, RTB scholars offer unscripted answers to listener questions.
For this month’s podcast roundup, I’d like to highlight our four-part interview on Straight Thinking with Dr. Vern Poythress, Continue reading
It’s encouraging to see how many truly brilliant and accomplished people in the world embrace the truth of theism in general or Christianity in particular. Thebestschools.org, an online resource for prospective college students, features a list of the 50 smartest people of faith.
I’ve always thought that pursuing “the life of the mind to the glory of God” was a critically important calling for believers. Continue reading
Today, December 21, 2012, marks the end of the world—or so say doomsday predictors. The “end times” are a common topic of speculation among Christians (remember the Left Behind series?) and the population in general. Particularly popular as of late (as indicated by the film 2012), theories based on an ancient Mayan calendar peg today as “the end” for life on Earth.
Obviously, no one’s doomsday foretelling—Christian, pagan, or otherwise—has proven true. As Jesus explains in Matthew 25, “you do not know the day or the hour” of his return. No one can know when Christ will return, only that we as believers need to be prepared at all times. It is very important that Christians think carefully and critically about end-times issues and avoid succumbing to hype.
To get equipped for dealing rationally and biblically with doomsday speculations, check out these resources from RTB.
- “Future Things: Christian Eschatology” — In this 12-part series I offer suggestions for those, specifically believers, taking a step into the contentious terrain of Christian eschatology (a branch of theology concerned with the final events of humankind).
Today’s New Reason to Believe
Science News Flash
Novelist Yann Martel’s book Life of Pi (now a major motion picture) embodies the popular notion that all religions are simultaneously true. The story’s young protagonist embraces aspects of multiple faiths (Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity), viewing these beliefs as equally valid but different paths to God. Unfortunately religious pluralism fails to appreciate the profound problems associated with it. Continue reading
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Halloween. The September 11 attacks. Global warming.
Hot topics can present a troubling challenge, even in a culture that values freedom of speech. Do we ignore touchy issues and avoid all confrontation, or do we engage in verbal warfare with the opposition? Continue reading
Excerpted from chapters 9 and 10 of my new book, 7 Truths That Changed the World, now available at shop.reasons.org.
“God helps those who help themselves.”
“God knows I’m only human.”
“I’m trying my best; God will understand.” Continue reading
Blaise Pascal1 is probably best known for his presentation of the “wager argument.”2 Pascal’s friends who remained simultaneously unconvinced by the claims of atheism and Christianity were the intended audience for this voluntaristic argument (an appeal more to the human will than to reason itself). Continue reading