Those who live in the southeastern United States are no stranger to hurricanes. In New Orleans, they throw hurricane parties in the streets of the French Quarter to celebrate the arrival of another storm. Most people adopt a soberer view of the storms, however. With the arrival of a hurricane, bread disappears from local grocery […]Read More A Theology of Hurricanes
The first C.S. Lewis book I ever read was Mere Christianity. In Mere Christianity, Lewis discusses common elements of the Christian religion such as Christian morals and ethics. Before getting to Christian ethics, however, Lewis provides several arguments that seek to establish the truthfulness of Christian theism. Of these arguments, Lewis’s famous trilemma has stuck […]Read More The Trilemma: An Argument for Christ’s Divinity
Western Christians share a lot with the early church. Like the early church, we live in a culture that nods towards theism while denying basic tenets of Christianity. The early church also had a degree of freedom as long as they didn’t take their Christianity too seriously. When we live out our convictions or stand […]Read More Justin Martyr: A Model for the 21st Century
This coming Sunday, I’ll be preaching the story of Achan from Joshua 7. According to the book of Joshua, after the Israelites conquered the city of Jericho, Achan took a Babylonian robe, some silver, and a bar of solid gold. When God reveals this sin to the nation of Israel, the book of Joshua says […]Read More Old Testament Violence and the Nature of God
Easter is the very center of the Christian understanding of the world: The importance of Easter simply cannot be overstated. Easter is the one fact from which all of Christianity hangs. If archaeologists proved that the Exodus never took place, I’d still be a Christian; if cosmologists proved that the earth is billions of years […]Read More Do the Resurrection Stories Contradict Each Other?
Most people immediately recognize Ludwig van Beethoven’s famous “Fur Elise.” As a young piano student, a much-simplified version of this classic piece was a core element of piano lessons. I ask you this question: Would Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” have been greater if Beethoven had only heard the melody in his imagination, or is “Fur Elise” […]Read More Anselm’s Ontological Argument
Many people think that science and religion conflict. While there are certainly differences between science and religion and while they have sometimes been at odds, there’s no reason to think that these two sources of knowledge are necessarily contradictory. After all, Christianity teaches that God made the world and everything in it; since the world […]Read More The Big Bang Theory and Christianity
There are no spoilers in this book review. All parenthetical citations are from this edition: Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov. Translated by Constance Garnett. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2005. 718 pages. Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov is a fascinating murder mystery about the exploits of three brothers: Ivan, Dmitri, and Alyosha. The three brothers, though […]Read More Good Reads: “The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Apologetics is an extremely popular fixation at Christian colleges and seminaries. Every year New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary hosts the Defend conference—which is open to the public and well worth attending—featuring some of the world’s top apologists. Some influential Christians consider apologetics to be so important that they say things like: “In this day and […]Read More What is Apologetics?
One of my favorite things to do is peruse a bookstore. I often pick up books and scan the contents, read the summaries on the back, and read things that sound interesting. I did this once with the book Atheism for Dummies. One of the sections I read concerned arguments for God’s existence. One argument […]Read More Who Made God?