Alvin Plantinga: What is a Properly Basic Belief?

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Roger Olson on “Evangelical AND Catholic”

My esteemed colleague, Professor Roger Olson, has written on his blog some interesting and thoughtful comments about Evangelicals and Catholics. He writes: Over the last 50 years many notable evangelical thinkers have converted to the Roman Catholic Church (or to some independent Catholic church of which there are many; here I’m concerned mainly with those who have converted to the RC Church).  Think of Tom Howard, evangelical professor at Wheaton (and I think Gordon), who converted to RCC and wr … [Read more...]

Sects, Politics, and Religion: A review of Good and Bad Ways to Think About Religion and Politics

That is the title of a review essay I just published in the April 2011 issue of First Things. The book is authored by Robert Benne of Roanoke College. Here's how the essay begins: For some Americans, as for the Founding Fathers, the separation of church and state means that the government and religious bodies ought not to exert power over the other’s areas of legitimate authority. To others it means that religiously informed policy proposals may not become the laws of the secular government. So, … [Read more...]

Powerful words: Romans 12:9-21 and the Christian life

Have you ever had this happen? You read a passage of Scripture that you had read many times before, but this time it hits you like a ton of bricks. This is what happened to me tonight when I read this passage from the Book of Romans (12:9-21): Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in … [Read more...]

Rob Bell may be on to something

A couple of days ago I posted a smart-alecky entry about the controversy surrounding Rob Bell and his alleged belief in universalism, suggesting (by means of humor) that perhaps his celebrity is just another passing, naval-gazing, fad on the saw dust trail that is American Evangelicalism. But after I received a stinging rebuke from an Evangelical friend (who would have undoubtedly gotten my humor if I were a middle aged blonde woman with dreadlocks), I took some time to read up on Pastor Bell … [Read more...]

Albert Mohler, Catholicism, and Hell

(HT: Joe Carter at First Things)On his blog, Albert Mohler, Jr., President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, addresses the issue of Hell in Christian theology. He writes: Liberal Protestantism and Roman Catholicism have modified their theological systems to remove this offense. No one is in danger of hearing a threatening “fire and brimstone” sermon in those churches. The burden of defending and debating hell now falls to the evangelicals–the last people who think it matters. I can't sp … [Read more...]

John Piper on Bob Dylan

(HT: Bill Gann). Writes Piper: In 1979 Bob Dylan recorded the song "Gotta Serve Somebody." For those who listen with biblically informed ears the refrain echoes Paul and Jesus:Paul: "You are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness" (Romans 6:16).Jesus: "No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other" (Matthew 6:24).Dylan's … [Read more...]

Apostolic Succession

That's the title of my latest piece on The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: In 2007, when I was prayerfully thinking about returning to the Catholic Church, there were four theological issues that were deal breakers forme: justification, penance, transubstantiation, and apostolic succession. I have already discussed penance, transubstantiation, and justification. Here, I offer a brief account of how I became convinced that the Catholic Church is also right about apostolic suc … [Read more...]

Upcoming conference: Reasonable Faith In an Uncertain World (Turlock, California – April 15-16, 2011)

On April 15 and 16 I will be participating in a conference at Monte Vista Chapel, an Evangelical church in Turlock, California. My talk is entitled, “No God, No Good: Why the Moral Law Requires a Moral Lawgiver." The other participants include my friends William Lane Craig, J. P. Moreland, Greg Koukl, Jay Richards, and Craig Hazen. Here is a list of all the sessions, including the speakers and their talk titles:April 15, 2011:Kick Off with Hazen, Moreland, Beckwith & Koukl (7:00 p … [Read more...]

Fr. Robert Barron on Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, and the New Evangelization

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