Can you count the number of authors you agree with on every point of doctrine and practice? I can: zero. (Okay, put me down for One if we’re counting the Bible (or somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 if you want to count the inspired writers)—but I’m keeping this...
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...
Before Thanksgiving, my wife and I watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower. As I’ve been looking at the movie lineup this Christmas season, I’m realizing that The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while. Not everyone will agree. Viewers...
I bet you weren’t expecting that title. Here’s the thing: I’ve always “enjoyed” hardcore/screamo/rapcore/metal music, but it’s always been a guilty pleasure. You’re not likely to finish a Tool album feeling uplifted. More recently, however, I have done some reflecting on why I resonate with hardcore music, and I’m convinced...
If religion was opium for the masses: perhaps politics has become “Meth” for America. The reaction from Christians to a tweet that I sent out today suggests that many believers are as addicted to the GOP as my students are to the hit-show, Breaking Bad. The tweet: How many believers will...
Everything is biblical. It sounds heretical, I know. But I’m serious. When we see people worshipping God, loving their neighbors, or teaching directly from the Bible, we say, “That’s biblical.” And indeed it is. When we find things in our daily lives that line up with the teaching of the...
The world is not the way it’s supposed to be. We know it. We’ve always known it. People throughout history have tried to identify exactly what is wrong with the world—lack of information, a few evil people who oppress the innocent, a struggle between the classes, an unfinished evolutionary...
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...
Most Christians go through life with an uneasy truce with the media. We can’t avoid the media altogether. (Maybe we can, but nobody really does.) But we also distrust it. We find music, movies, and tv shows compelling, but we also sense that we are being asked to believe...
Yesterday I posted about the Journal of Medical Ethics' article about “post-birth abortions.” In this post I’d like to focus on one important aspect of that article: their definition of personhood. Few questions could be more important than this: what makes a person? The way we answer this question reveals...
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