Learning about Christian Creeds, Part 1

Have you ever recited the Apostles’ Creed? It is widely used in Western Christendom, both in the Roman Catholic Church and in various Protestant churches (Lutheran, Reformed, Presbyterian, Anglican, Methodist, Congregational, among others). In fact, most evangelical churches have creedal statements that serve as something like the Apostles’ Creed. Some nondenominational churches even sing the creed in their worship services. Christian historian…

Take Up and Read: Man’s Search for Meaning

This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to Christian classics in 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. This week’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning, by…

Presuppositional Apologetics: One Helpful Approach among Many

Apologetics is that branch of theology that seeks to provide a reasoned defense of historic Christianity. Through the centuries, Christian thinkers have given consideration to different models or modes for defending the truth of the faith. Thus, today there exists a variety of methods for engaging in the apologetics enterprise: classical, evidential, cumulative case, new Reformed epistemology, and presuppositional.1 Here I’ll take a…

Top 10 Ideas in My Book Christian Endgame

With common reports of terrorism, various natural disasters, and even potential nuclear war, people are again fascinated with the subject of the end of the world. So topics like Bible prophecy, the rapture, the Antichrist, and the nation of Israel are frequently subjects of Christian discussion. Moreover, it seems virtually every year or so a Bible teacher, prophet, numerologist, cult…

Two More Movies to Make You Think in 2018

How much of your recreation time is devoted to watching movies? For many people, watching films at the theater and viewing movies at home are staples of their pastime enjoyment. As a philosopher, one of the things I most enjoy in life is learning something significant about truth and reality. Therefore, I like watching films that are true stories or…

Two Movies to Make You Think in 2018

Why do you go to the movies? For many people, it is for sheer enjoyment or to escape from life’s pressures for a few hours. One of the things I most enjoy in life is learning something significant about truth and reality. Therefore, I like watching films that are true stories or based upon them, and especially ones that make me think…

How about Reading Some Christian Classics? Part 4

Being a disciple of Jesus Christ and living the Christian faith in the world can, at times, be quite challenging. I enjoy reading about how other Christians have approached their lives of faith throughout the history of the church. I also appreciate learning from great Christian teachers about Christian doctrine and values. In parts one, two, and three of this series, I recommended classics in the…

How about Reading Some Christian Classics? Part 3

As a passionate lifelong reader, I have several reading goals in mind. First, I certainly want to be well-read when it comes to Holy Scripture. Second, I want to read many of the classics of Western civilization. Third, I want to read many Christian classic texts as well. According to the great educator and philosopher Mortimer J. Adler, a classic…

How about Reading Some Christian Classics? Part 2

C. S. Lewis helped me to realize that I need to read books that appeal to my reason as well as books that appeal to my imagination. In fact, Lewis was highly skilled at writing both types of books. So I naturally like to read nonfiction books on such topics as history, philosophy, and science, but I have learned the…

How about Reading Some Christian Classics? Part 1

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…