If I Were a Naturalist….

Recently I posted a three part series about the Christian worldview. I asserted that it is a much neglected worldview--both among Christians and non-Christians. I also said that public schools in America tend to secularize students by allowing many other worldviews, quasi-religious as they are, privileged status over against the Christian worldview. I argued that many Christians in the natural sciences live by two worldviews that are incommensurable with each other: the Christian one and a … [Read more...]

Do Arminians and Calvinists Worship the Same God?

Do Arminians and Calvinists Worship the Same God? This question never dies. While most Christians on both sides of the divide say yes, some on both sides say no. Because I have openly admitted here that consistent Calvinism turns God into a monster and makes it difficult to tell the difference between God and the devil, some have assumed I believe the answer must be no. However, I have never said that Arminians and Calvinists worship different Gods. I have said that if it were revealed to me … [Read more...]

A Shocking Conclusion about American Christianity

A Shocking Conclusion about American Christianity I'm not an expert in or scholar of "youth ministry," but many of my students are either doing youth ministry or plan to. For some time now I've been hearing a lot about something called "Moralistic, Therapeutic Deism" (MTD for short). From 2003 to 2005 sociologist of religion Christian Smith and his colleague Melinda Denton carried out a massive study of youth religion in the United States. It was called the "National Study of Youth and … [Read more...]

Review of The Journey of Modern Theology by Roger E. Olson by Bev Mitchell

Review of The Journey of Modern Theology by Roger E. Olson by Bev Mitchell This book is written to grab you (gently) and introduce you to some of the most interesting people of the last four hundred years. Yes, most of them were philosophers and theologians, but they were people first and always people. Roger Olson knows these people, some personally, but mainly through careful, sympathetic reading of much of their work over a long career. The characters march across the pages almost as if … [Read more...]

What Is “Integration of Faith and Learning? Follow Up (Part 3) to Series on “The Christian Worldview”

What Is "Integration of Faith and Learning?" Follow Up (Part 3) to Series on "The Christian Worldview" In a way, the two part series "Is There a 'The Christian Worldview'?" is simply a preamble to this post/essay. At least in Christian higher education circles, one of the main functions of developing a "the Christian worldview" has been to use it as a tool for encouraging, sometimes requiring, "integration of faith and learning." A main reason for the existence of Christian institutions of … [Read more...]

Is There a “the Christian Worldview?” If So, What Is It? Part 2

Is There a "the Christian Worldview?" If So, What Is It? Part 2 If you have not read Part 1 of this series "Is There a 'the Christian Worldview'?" this second installment may cause some confusion; I suggest you go back and read Part 1 first. I believe there is a "the Christian worldview"—a minimally necessary cognitive content to "seeing the world as" Christianly. "Seeing as" is what philosopher of religion Richard Hare called a "blik"—a basic perspective on reality. It is also the … [Read more...]

Is There a “the Christian Worldview?” If So, What Is It? Part 1

Is There a "the Christian Worldview?" If So, What Is It? Part 1 A while back I posted here a very positive review of Molly Worthen's excellent book Apostles of Reason. I had almost nothing but praise for it. Now I want to express one perhaps (but perhaps not) quibble with the book's analysis of the problem with evangelicalism. Worthen criticizes evangelical scholars' obsession with "the Christian worldview" and connects that with Reformed rationalism. Worthen is not a theologian and so I … [Read more...]


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