Reasons to Believe

Philosophy of Religion

  • The Origin of the Human Soul, Part 1 (of 4)

    I once asked my public-college philosophy students if they thought human beings possessed a soul. A student quipped, “James Brown certainly does!” Popular musicical entertainer, James … more

  • The Best Introduction to Philosophy Textbook

    In working with Reasons To Believe I often meet Christians with extensive backgrounds in science and mathematics. Many of these science-oriented folks have informed me that they have little … more

  • Questioning One’s Faith

    “Why do Christians just believe what they’ve been told concerning their faith instead of rigorously questioning it? Why suspend your mind when it comes to matters of Christianity?” … more

  • Life to Death or Death to Life

    The beginning of the New Year will take me back to Washington, D.C. to speak on a variety of apologetic issues for RTB. Every time I’m in Washington I try to visit Arlington National Cemetery. … more

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Response

    British author J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has been a runaway bestseller since its release. The last four installments set records as the fastest-selling books in history and the film … more

  • Thinking About 'Future Things,' Part 11 (of 12)

    When it comes to eschatology (the study of "last things" or "future things" ), Christians sometimes fall into the fundamental error of being preoccupied with the most speculative elements of this … more

  • Thinking About 'Future Things,' Part 10 (of 12)

    What is a "good death"?

    What does it mean to "die well"?

    In part nine of this series I raised the question concerning the meaning of a "good death" within the context of the historic Christian … more

  • Thinking About "Future Things," Part 9 (of 12)

    What is a "good death"?

    The word euthanasia comes from the Greek language and literally means "good or happy death" (eu = "good" or "happy," thanatos = "death"). In the context of hospice, the … more

  • Believing Science and the Bible at the Same Time

    Stated another way, the scientific enterprise and the Christian faith stand in perpetual opposition where scientific progress inevitably renders religion obsolete. Historians of science refer to this … more

  • Thinking About 'Future Things,' Part 2 (of 12)

    Ever heard someone complain, “Christians seem to never get along! They are always hopelessly divided over doctrinal issues.”

    One theological area where Christians experience significant … more

  • Thinking About a Meaningless World

    Years ago when I taught philosophy at a public college, a student of mine ended her term paper on the topic of “existentialism and the meaning of life” with the following forlorn … 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

  • If God Created All Things, Then Who Created God?

    Philosophical Answer

    Some atheists argue that if the universe needs a cause (namely God), then why doesn't God need a cause? And if not everything needs a cause, then maybe the universe is one of … more

  • Faith and Reason

    And at times even believers have spoken of faith in less-than-rational terms. However, historic Christianity affirms a necessary and proper relationship between faith and reason. There has been a … more

  • More Than Intelligent Design

    They swim against the powerful tide of naturalism, and I applaud their efforts and integrity. At the same time, however, I sense a need to clarify a subtle but significant distinction between their … more

  • "The Age of Earth"

    by Dr. J. P. Moreland

    Used with permission.

    This topic was addressed by Dr. Moreland during a lecture at Northshore Church in Everett, Washington on February 2, 2002.

    Now we know beyond … more

  • A Comment on Humility Theology

    The anthropic principle faces serious challenges from outside the disciplines of astronomy and physics. Many scholars in the humanities and social sciences fear that the anthropic principle will … more

  • The Physics of Sin

    "I never loved my wife. Don't I deserve to be happy?" "I needed that money more than he did, so it's okay that I took it. Besides, he owes me for the time when…" Justification for sin comes … more