Reasons to Believe

General Apologetics

  • 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

  • Believers and Unbelievers, Part 3 (of 3)

    In Parts 1 and 2 of this series I explored how believers (biblical theists) and unbelievers (atheists or skeptical nontheists) attempt to explain both belief and disbelief in God from their … more

  • Believers and Unbelievers, Part 2 (of 3)

    In Part 1 of this series I briefly attempted to explore how both believers (biblical theists) and nonbelievers (atheists or skeptical nontheists) attempt to explain how some people come to believe in … more

  • Uniqueness of Human Capacity to Express Malice

    One of the cornerstone doctrines of the Christian faith is that humans alone among all life-forms on Earth are sinners. According to the Bible, all humans and only humans are born with the propensity … more

  • Believers and Unbelievers, Part 1 (of 3)

    In this brief series of articles I would like to accomplish three things. First (in Part 1), I will identify how believers (biblical theists) and unbelievers (atheists or skeptical nontheists) … more

  • The Importance of Rowing Together

    Watching Ken Burns’s new documentary on PBS about World War II led to, of all things, an apologetics epiphany on my part.

    I have been a student of the Second World War since my early childhood. … more

  • The Dark and Bright Sides of Cosmology

    Astrophysics has its ironies. Here’s one: Studies of the brightest galaxies in the universe led to the discovery that 99 percent of all matter is "dark matter".1 But matter is only part of the … more