Reasons to Believe

General Apologetics

  • Pearls of Wisdom

    In my study of Scripture I occasionally come across a passage that captures my attention because it encapsulates a particular idea in a complete way. Examples that immediately come to mind are … more

  • The Golden Rule of Apologetics Part 4

    Attack the argument, not the person!

    By necessity, any apologetics venture, including that of Christianity, entails critiquing other people’s arguments, positions, and overarching worldviews. … more

  • The Golden Rule of Apologetics Part 3

    In his famous play No Exit the French atheistic existential philosopher and writer Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) wrote:

    Hell is other people.

    Engaging in apologetic discourse sometimes involves … more

  • Life Without God

    I just finished reading a book that has been on my shelf for some time. It is William Lane Craig’s apologetic for the Christian faith entitled Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics … more

  • The Golden Rule of Apologetics Part 2

    Two of the most important virtues that a Christian apologist can exhibit are the qualities of intellectual honesty and charity.

    In part one of this series I discussed the biblical ethical principle … more

  • The Golden Rule of Apologetics Part 1

    As a teacher at my church and as a professor at a university I find it much easier to talk about Christian ethics than to live them out in daily practice. I am sure that I am not alone in that human … more

  • The Problem of Christian Disunity Part 5

    Throughout this series, I have pointed out that historic Christians enjoy a robust unity in terms of essential beliefs, values, and worldview orientation. (For the first three articles, see here, … more

  • The Problem of Christian Disunity Part 4

    In the first three installments of this series I have made three basic points in response to this challenging question concerning Christian disunity. While agreeing that disunity does exist and that … more

  • The Problem of Christian Disunity Part 3

    In the first two installments of this series I pointed out that while disunity among Christians is a problem that hurts the overall Christian witness, many people (especially skeptics) fail to … more

  • The Problem of Christian Disunity Part 2

    In the first installment of this series I pointed out that while disunity among Christians is a problem that hurts the overall Christian witness, many people (especially skeptics) fail to appreciate … more

  • The Problem of Christian Disunity Part 1

    I once heard a skeptic ask the following provocative question:

    “Why should I seriously consider Christian truth-claims when Christendom is so deeply divided?”

    I smarted when I heard … more

  • All the Lonely Believers Part 2

    In the first installment of this series I mentioned that one of my favorite Beatles songs is “Eleanor Rigby.” It’s a reflective tune about the lives of melancholy, isolated people. … more

  • All the Lonely Believers Part 1

    Growing up in the 1960s, I was definitely a Beatles fan. I was introduced to them through The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, when they first visited America. Like many others, I was intrigued by the fact … more

  • Life to Death or Death to Life

    In the first installment of this series I offered some reflections about my visit to Arlington National Cemetery in the summer of 2007. Spending time in this celebrated memorial park left me in a very … more

  • The "New Atheism" Phenomenon, Part 3 (of 3)

    The first two installments of this series addressed three reasons for the phenomenon known as the “new atheism.” This fresh breed of atheism distinguishes itself from its predecessors by … more

  • The "New Atheism" Phenomenon, Part 2 (of 3)

    In the first installment of this series I wrote about the phenomenon known as the “new atheism.” In 2007, four books advocating atheism (the view that no God or gods exist) made the … more

  • The "New Atheism" Phenomenon, Part 1 (of 3)

    In the year 2007, four books on the topic of atheism (the view that no God or gods exist) topped the best-sellers list. These books were written by outspoken atheists Richard Dawkins (The God … more

  • Teenage Galaxies Found

    I still remember an astronomy class I took during my first year of graduate school in the early 1990s. Two classmates and I undertook a project to search for protogalaxies—giant gas and star … more

  • Resolutions For the Mind 2008

    I appreciate the idea of making New Year’s resolutions. Since we live such a short time on Earth, yearly reflection about life’s appropriate priorities seems prudent. And even if we fall … more