Christian Realism and Democracy

The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness, by Reinhold Niebuhrby Paul D. MillerIn 2007, then-Senator Barack Obama famously said Reinhold Niebuhr was “one of my favorite philosophers.” Niebuhr, Obama explained, believed that “there’s serious evil in the world, and hardship and pain. And we should be humble and modest in our belief we can eliminate those things. But we shouldn’t use that as an excuse for cynicism and inaction.” In Niebuhr’s view, Christians should be neither utopian no … [Read more...]

The Structure of Theological Revolutions

Review of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. KuhnBy KENDRICK KUOThomas Kuhn (1922-1996) was a specialist in the history of science and held a professorship at the Massachussets Institute of Technology. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions remains his most famous work, which outlined his theory of paradigm shifts. The common view of scientific progress is a gradual growth of knowledge through new discoveries. In contrast, Kuhn argues that the scientific endeavor … [Read more...]

Free of Charge

Review of Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace by Miroslav VolfBy JUSTIN HAWKINSThe greatest cause for joy in the life of the Christian is the fact that God has forgiven the presumably indelible stain of his depravity. It follows, then, that the Christian’s forgiveness of others ought to be quick and unhesitating, because it represents an opportunity to imitate the greatest act done on our behalf by our God.  Free of Charge, by Dr. Miroslav Volf, professor o … [Read more...]