Archives / 2014 / December

Learning From an Apostle: Christianity in the Marketplace of Ideas

Sometimes Christians are not well-equipped for debates about our faith. Professor Groothuis shows us how the Apostle Paul was an excellent apologist, able to challenge people’s beliefs without running them away. Athens and Apologetics Lamentably, Christian witness today is often crippled by timidity or intellectual incompetence. In a pluralistic setting — whether in the university or elsewhe... »

Nativity Displays as Social Opportunities

I’ve never had much interest in the whole debate over allowing displays of things like Nativity scenes, or the Ten Commandments, on public property. As far as I can see, that sort of thing is little more than an empty gesture that only addresses a symptom, not the real problem. It also doesn’t help much because once you render such things unto Caesar, Caesar will have his own ideas on ... »

Craig Keener on the First Christmas

Please consider watching Craig Keener, a prolific New Testament scholar, as he explains some details and myths about the First Christmas. »

Pascal’s Wager pt. 3 of 3

Closing out this series by considering three common objections to the Wager, along with some common responses to these common objections. Objection 1: It’s not true that you gain absolutely nothing if you wager against God. If you wager on God, you lose out on all the earthly pleasures that you would have abstained from. And if you wager on God, and it turns out that he’s not there, then you also ... »

Science or the Bible: Which Is More Reliable?

Before studying theology, I worked as an engineer in the aerospace industry. As I was filling out the exit paperwork on my last day, one of the managers seemed rather upset. She expressed surprise that I was leaving science, where one deals in fact, to study theology, where one deals in something much more subjective. I think her statement reflects a popular view: science is where we go for facts;... »

Pascal’s Wager pt. II

…We’re continuing from the previous post (this is part 2 of 3) in which we introduced Decision Theory, a way to represent and utilize a type of commonsense reasoning we use everyday… Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) used this type of thinking to argue that we should choose God over atheism. (Actually, Pascal is one of the earliest inventors (or discoverers) of Decision Theory, period.) ... »

The Ugly Perception of Beauty

The Ugly Perception of Beauty

Many people hate on the modeling/fashion industry and the girls who work in it, yet many people also admire the industry. Everyone has an image of ideal beauty and popularity that they strive for. Everyone wants to be accepted, admired, and to live the “American dream”. Those who work in the modeling/fashion industry are constantly justifying its impossible standards, making it seem po... »

Pascal’s Wager (pt. 1 of 3)

I’m briefly interrupting my ongoing series of blog posts “The Best Reasons…” with a three-part series on Pascal’s Wager. I’m teaching it to my high schoolers this week, so the Wager has been on my mind. I’ll be right back to that previous series! *** As we go about our life, we are confronted with a lot of decisions. In many cases, these decisions have the... »

What is Truth? (On the Nature and Importance of Truth Today)

Have you ever been told that truth is relative? That it’s all based on language and context? That it’s only what a culture believes to be real? Dr. Groothuis tackles these issues and more as he answers the question, “What is truth?” Editor’s note: This article is an updated, edited and revised version of the essay, “What is Truth?” which originally appeare... »