Tag: Christianity

Quote of the Week: J. I. Packer

 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.

July Podcast Roundup: An Interview with Dr. Vern Poythress

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…

The 50 Smartest People of Faith

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…

Special Edition: Thinking About the End Times

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…

Profound Problems with Religious Pluralism

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.

Halloween and Other Hot Topics

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?

Blaise’s Best Bet, Part 5: Pascal’s Wager

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).

Quote of the Week: Robert M. Bowman Jr.

To say that the Trinity cannot be understood likewise is imprecise, or at least open to misinterpretation. Trinitarian theologians do not mean to imply that the Trinity is unintelligible nonsense. Rather, the point they are making is that the Trinity cannot be fully fathomed, or comprehended, by the finite mind of man. — Robert M. Bowman, Jr., Why You Should…

The Tricky Topic of Halloween

In terms of holiday commercial sales, Halloween ranks second only to Christmas (especially in the United States). But is this extremely popular October tradition the “devil’s night,” a literal satanic and occult extravaganza? Or is Halloween a harmless celebration?