Tag: ideas

Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on St. Anselm

Can faith and reason be compatible? Does reason support the truth claims of Christianity? Many people today believe in a false dichotomy that forces faith and reason into separate categories—but thinkers like St. Anselm, a medieval Italian, have offered compelling arguments for integrating faith and reason. St. Anselm’s ontological argument for God’s existence was a significant, though controversial, contribution that…

Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on Blaise Pascal

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.…

Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on St. Augustine

  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…

Star Wars and the Importance of Ideas

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. With a much-anticipated new chapter of the generation-spanning Star Wars saga about to unfold in theaters, RTB editor Maureen Moser…

Quote of the Week: Kenneth Samples

I think ideas matter. And I think that the 62 million to 78 million people who were killed in World War II: they died over ideas. The Fascists, the Communists, the Democracies; they had different worldviews, different ideas. I think thinking matters. I think reading matters. — Kenneth Samples, “Are You a Renaissance Christian?” part 1 and part 2, Straight…

Logic 101: The Value of Logic, Part 1 (of 12)

Growing up in the 1960s, one of my favorite characters on Star Trek was Mr. Spock. Half Vulcan and half human, First Officer Spock pursued the logical path to problem-solving tenaciously throughout the U.S.S. Enterprise’s travels in the vast cosmos. Journey with me on a trek of our own: a series on critical thinking. In this first article I will…