Intelligent Apologetics

I recently read — at the instigation of a friend’s recommendation — one of the English-speaking world’s finer minds, Roger Scruton, and I began with his The Soul of the World (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014). It is an intelligent apologetics, a flat-lining of the omnicompetency of science (scientism, naturalism, empiricism) and a probing of the [Read More...]

WL Craig vs. J Crossley

From Wintery Knight, who summarizes the conclusions in the debate between ever-debating Bill Craig and ever-willing-to-debate James Crossley. I have found Crossley reasonable in his debates with traditionalists even when I disagree.  What do you think of debates like these? What good do they do? Is this kind of apologetics the best way to “defend” [Read More...]

Benefit of the Doubt

Many learn that the best faith is certaintist faith, that doubt is the worst kind of failure, and that when in doubt one should pluck up the courage to believe. Greg Boyd, in what will surely become a standard point of departure for conversations about faith and doubt, Benefit of the Doubt: Breaking the Idol of [Read More...]

Arguing for God

The field of Christian apologetics often forms arguments for the existence of God, and in doing so knows that God needs no defense though human minds are made to think and reason and what the human mind wants is a reasonable explanation for the existence of God. Many want belief in God to be reasonable. [Read More...]

Christianity is Falsifiable, which makes it distinctive among religions

C. Michael Patton: This is a belief that has been a source of contention with many people, even Christians, in the past. But the more I research, the more I find this to be the case. I believe that Christianity is the only viable worldview that is historically defensible. The central claims of the Bible [Read More...]

Make or Break Issues for the Church

I like “make or break” discussions because they reveal what is considered to be deep and enduring. So I liked to see that C. Michael Patton set out eight issues that are not make or break issues. I have clipped the discussion so you can go to the site to read the whole discussion. Here is [Read More...]

Can we compare religions? Brian Zahnd

I know Brian Zahnd and found his courage here both refreshing and honest: But am I suggesting that we should engage in an objective study of comparative religions? No. In fact, I think such an undertaking is impossible. Not inadvisable, but literally impossible. You can only experience a religion by being a believer within the faith and [Read More...]

Adam Hamilton on Why?

I love Adam Hamilton’s book, Why?: Making Sense of God’s Will, It is short. It’s wise. It asks four big questions: Why do the innocent suffer? Why do my prayers go unanswered?What can’t I see God’s will for my life? Why God’s love prevails? But this isn’t a book that gives all the traditional answers; in [Read More...]

Freedom and God (Jeff Cook)

#1 reason for God: Love and Freedom Whether you are a committed materialist, a believer in God, or something quite different—knowing why you come down where you do on this question is a mark of a good character, of a thoughtful soul, of a person who cares about what reality is like. Today we hit [Read More...]

Meaning in Pain Proves there’s a God (Jeff Cook)

Meaning in Pain Proves There’s a God (Jeff Cook) Today we hit what I see as the second best reason to believe in a God, and as I outline in more detail in Everything New, this is the reason I not only believe in a God, but a very specific God. Anyone who thinks seriously about God has [Read More...]