Responding to ISIS with a Christian doctrine of hell

Someone asked me to comment on this article, and I thought I would share my response here, in case anyone else would benefit. Thanks for sending this to me. Notice that the article doesn’t make a case for what the author thinks the Bible teaches about hell or present an argument for why the traditionalContinue reading “Responding to ISIS with a Christian doctrine of hell”

Some Problems with Physicalism

In an intellectual climate that values scientific research and investigation—accompanied by obvious progress in technology and medicine as illustrations of the benefits of science—it is culturally tempting to attribute to science a limitless potential. A healthy love of science can slip into scientism (the view that all knowledge is scientific knowledge), or its corresponding ontology,Continue reading “Some Problems with Physicalism”

Doubt your skepticism

People act like unbelief is the default option—that if they discover perceived problems in Christianity or find arguments for God’s existence to be unpersuasive that they can become a “skeptic” and have no burden of proof. But there is no worldview neutrality. Atheism is typically shorthand for metaphysical naturalism. That needs to be argued forContinue reading “Doubt your skepticism”

What is prayer?

What is prayer? George Herbert helps to answer: Prayer the church’s banquet, angel’s age, God’s breath in man returning to his birth, The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage, The Christian plummet sounding heav’n and earth Engine against th’ Almighty, sinner’s tow’r, Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear, The six-days world transposing in an hour, A kindContinue reading “What is prayer?”

The Resurrection and Miracles

Christians contend that the Resurrection was not merely a symbolic representation of the significance of Jesus of Nazareth but a real historical event, occurring in space and in time. In fact, Paul argues that apart from the reality of the Resurrection, Christians are without hope and are ultimately wasting their time (1 Cor. 15:12-19). AsContinue reading “The Resurrection and Miracles”

God and the Problem of Evil

“Don’t tell me about God; the reality of the Holocaust during WWII is enough to show me that he does not exist.”  This objection articulates one of the common challenges for faith: the Problem of Evil. Atrocities abound in the world around us, and too often they hit close to home. This kind of reactionContinue reading “God and the Problem of Evil”