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On a bright nineteenth-century morning, a madman lit a lantern and rushed into a crowded marketplace in a German town. “I seek God!” he exclaimed. No self-respecting townsperson in the post-Enlightenment world believed in God, so the madman’s cry was met only with laughter. “I’ll tell you where God is,”...
Plato wasn’t the only ancient mind to have a huge impact on the church. In this post, I want to consider another key player: Aristotle. Not many people have had as enduring a legacy as Plato, but Aristotle is far from irrelevant. His writings haven’t had as big of...
At the end of the second century, Tertullian famously asked, “What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” He was combating a trend in theology that sought to integrate Greek philosophy with biblical truth. According to Tertullian, these two things belong in separate universes. Tertullian’s question is a good one. What...
In the previous two posts, I have described the naturalistic worldview, and laid out an argument by C. S. Lewis against naturalism. In this post, I’ll offer a second argument against naturalism, this time by the American philosopher Richard Taylor. If you had a hard time following Lewis’ argument,...
The first argument against naturalism that I want to explore comes from C. S. Lewis. (If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of naturalism, see my previous post.) C. S. Lewis explains that in order to show that naturalism is inadequate, all you need to do is identify one thing that...
Even if you have never heard of naturalism, you have been deeply influenced by it. It is the unspoken (sometimes—it’s often proclaimed loudly and with authority) assumption of our modern world. In a nutshell, naturalism teaches that our world exists within, well, a nutshell. In other words, our universe is...
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