Humanity

What does mean to be human? How do we determine our source of identity? Is there purpose to our existence? This section explores these questions and more.

Religious and Philosophical Pluralism

Religious and Philosophical Pluralism

About every other week, I confront popular pluralist notions that have become a large part of the way Americans think. For example, pluralists contend that no one religion can know the fullness of spiritual truth, therefore all religions are valid. But while it is...

Atheists Play Their Hand – Probability

Atheists Play Their Hand – Probability

The news first broke last year, when atheists in Great Britain announced the intention to put their message on London’s famous city buses.  Atheist celebrities including Richard Dawkins and A. C. Grayling joined the campaign and enjoyed the publicity.  Now, the...

The Blind Faith of Atheism

The Blind Faith of Atheism

You may be thinking that this is a joke.  Surely atheism is not based on faith, let alone blind faith.  It’s Christianity that is based on an irrational unproven presumptuous faith.  Come let us reason together.  We will start by asking what atheism is.  According to...

Is Atheism viable?

Is Atheism viable?

Atheism is, essentially, a negative position. It is not believing in a god, or actively believing there is no God, or choosing to not exercise any belief or non-belief concerning God, etc. Which ever flavor is given to atheism, it is a negative position. In...

My Pilgrimage from Atheism to Theism

My Pilgrimage from Atheism to Theism

Dear Friends: The following is an exclusive interview that will be published in the Winter 2005 issue of “Philosophia Christi” the journal of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (www.biola.edu/philchristi). “Philosophia Christi” is one of the top circulating...

The Evidence for Christianity

The Evidence for Christianity

I.  The great atheist philosopher Bertrand Russell was once asked what he would say if he found himself standing before God on the judgement day and God asked him, ‘Why didn’t you believe in Me?’  Russell replied, ‘I would say, ‘Not enough evidence, God!  Not enough...

Why Darwinist Materialism is Wrong

Why Darwinist Materialism is Wrong

by ALVIN PLANTINGA November 16, 2012 I. ACCORDING TO a semi-established consensus among the intellectual elite in the West, there is no such person as God or any other supernatural being. Life on our planet arose by way of ill-understood but completely naturalistic...

Identity and self-worth

Identity and self-worth

Professor Glynn Harrison explores the concepts of self-worth and self-esteem, and explains why self-esteem ideology leaves us emptier than ever. In the first part of his talk, Professor Harrison explores how attitudes towards self have changed over the last few...

Why study the Bible

Why study the Bible

Why is Bible study so essential to the Christian life? Here three reasons. 1. Bible study is essential for spiritual growth. "Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation." (1 Peter 2:2) We need God's Word like a...

A brief introduction to the Bible

A brief introduction to the Bible

The Bible is the collection of books used by Christians. Christians believe that God speaks to men through His actions and words as they are written down in the Bible. The word “Bible” comes from the Greek word “biblia” which means “little books”. The Bible is...

Can Science Point to God?

Can Science Point to God?

I could have told you in one word why I was an atheist-science. Science seemed to explain the world quite handily without invoking some great big bearded grandfather in the sky. However, that didn't make me hostile to religion. If you had asked me whether I would have...

Why are there no Roman records of Jesus?

Why are there no Roman records of Jesus?

The silence of antiquity. The Roman empire kept extensive records, so why is Jesus’ trial and crucifixion not recorded. Why did Pontus Pilate not write about Jesus? Why didn’t Herod’s court make a record of Jesus? Often a string of ancient names (contemporaries of...

Hasn’t archaeology disproved the Bible?

Hasn’t archaeology disproved the Bible?

Here is a list of quotes from Archaeologists. Judge for yourself what you think.  "I know of no finding in archaeology that’s properly confirmed which is in opposition to the Scriptures. The Bible is the most accurate history textbook the world has ever seen." -...

Doesn’t the Bible contradict itself?

This is an unfounded objection because: Answers to every so called contradiction exist. The problem is that those who raise this objection either are unaware of the solutions, or are unconvinced by the solutions offered. Furthermore, the expectations of ancient...

Independent sources for the life of Jesus

Independent sources for the life of Jesus

What is multiple attestation, and why is it important? Independent attestation is a useful tool used by historians for trying to determine whether certain actions or sayings by Jesus, or a historical figure, can be established as historically probable. The more...

Isn’t the Bible just another book?

Isn’t the Bible just another book?

There is an objection that goes like this: "The world contains too many books to count, so how can one single book be the source of information about God? It's implausible to think that a book as far-fetched as the Bible, with all its miracle stories, could be unique...

Feeling The Force – Star Wars and Spiritual Truth

Feeling The Force – Star Wars and Spiritual Truth

It’s 30 years since George Lucas first brought Star Wars to our cinema screens. Lifelong fan John C. McDowell hails a blockbuster rich in spiritual truth. Feeling the Force A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, there was no God. Or not, at least, the walking,...

God Exists

God Exists

GOD EXISTS In this essay, Flew speaks of his recently acquired belief in God the Creator of the Universe. He became famous for his thesis that one should support the 'atheism' until it comes to light evidence of the existence of a God, now here affirms that such...

God as Wish Fulfilment?

God as Wish Fulfilment?

Is God really there? Or is our sense of his existence nothing more than a secret hope that our greatest longings might be fulfilled? Is God for real – or is he just an illusion, like a dream in the night? These questions have long been debated within western...

How Do I Become a Follower of Jesus?

The Bible says: "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a...

Jesus and the Dynamic of the Gospel

Jesus and the Dynamic of the Gospel

For those who can remember as far back as the 1960’s and 70’s, there are two books that may well stand out in your memory. One is J.I. Packer’s Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God and the other, R.B. Kuiper’s God-Centred Evangelism. Both provide a theology of...

‘Miracles’ by Eric Metaxas

‘Miracles’ by Eric Metaxas

Miracles from the unfathomable to the banal are carefully studied by Eric Metaxas in his new book. What makes “Miracles” special is Metaxas’ personal recounting of stories from his life or the lives of his friends or professional acquaintances. Those looking for proof...

Who is Jesus? An Introduction to Christology

Surely the most important question in the world is the one that forms the title for this article: 'Who is Jesus?'. Answering that question is the task of what we call 'Christology,' a word that means 'the study of Christ' and that refers to the branch of Christian...

6 Reasons to conclude that God exists

6 Reasons to conclude that God exists

But first consider this. If a person opposes even the possibility of there being a God, then any evidence can be rationalized or explained away. It is like if someone refuses to believe that people have walked on the moon, then no amount of information is going to...

The Truman Show

The Truman Show

“The Truman Show” presents a television mogul’s dream. Reality television is a guaranteed audience pleaser today. Shows like “America’s Funniest Home Videos” have been followed by police and crime dramas about real fugitives and for the younger generation there’s...

The Matrix

The Matrix

“Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was for real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream, Neo? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?” The year is around 2199, although we think...

Two ways to live

The message at the heart of Christianity is really quite simple-simple enough to be outlined in a few pages. It is a message from the Bible about God and his son, Jesus. It is about life and death, and the choice that we all face. And it all starts with a loving...

Augustine: young earth creationist

Augustine: young earth creationist

Theistic evolutionists take Church Father out of context  (Wikipedia.org) As his theology matured, Augustine abandoned his earlier allegorizations of Genesis that old-earth creationists and theistic evolutionists have latched onto in an attempt to justify adding deep...

What is the Gospel?

What is the Gospel?

The Truth About Jesus There is a 2,000 year old truth about Jesus that may still need to be discovered in your life. The Bible informs us that we tragically exchange the truth of God for all kinds of substitutes (Romans 1:25). And yet, marvelously, the truth can win...

Science & Christianity

Science & Christianity

“Christianity is completely irrational  and not testable. Without evidence why  should I believe it?” Richard Dawkins is a world famous lecturer at Oxford University and a passionate defender of the theory of evolution. He’s also a committed atheist who once wrote a...

Is the Bible true?

Is the Bible true?

Is the Bible true? The Da Vinci Code‘s “historian” Teabing declares emphatically that it is not. In the book he states, “Because Constantine upgraded Jesus’ status almost four centuries after Jesus’ death, thousands of documents already existed chronicling His life as...

Creationism

Creationism

In the midst of the debates — or wars — concerning the issues of creation and evolution, there is a tendency to over-generalize. Both sides often refer to the opposing side with the broad term of either “evolutionist” or “creationist.” And yet there exists within both...

Humility in the wrong place

Humility in the wrong place

“What we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction, where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth;...

A gadget may be wonderful – but it’s just a gadget

A gadget may be wonderful – but it’s just a gadget

Being iTuned day and night diminishes our humanity. It does not enhance it. I have very little of Mr Blake’s company, the wife of the poet William Blake is reputed to have told visitors. “He is always in Paradise.” When the artist George Richmond called on Blake,...

Louis Pasteur

Louis Pasteur

“Science brings men nearer to God”. “The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator”. This is what the notorious Louis Pasteur, a chemist and microbiologist, affirmed long time ago. What do you think about it? I would love to hear from...

You Can’t Friend Me, I Quit!

On Facebook’s fifth anniversary, a not-so-fond farewell. I was a late convert to Facebook, the social-networking site that turned five years old Wednesday. I joined about a year ago at age 47, swept up in the massive wave of people turning the corner to the back nine...

Everything is borrowed!

Everything is borrowed!

Sir John Robert Madejski (born Robert John Hurst on 28 April 1941 in Stoke-on-Trent) is an English businessman, with a raft of commercial interests, spanning property, broadcast media, hotels, restaurants, publishing and football. He changed his name when his...