Reasons to Believe


  • Job, Paganism, and Trip to Home Depot

    It was supposed to be a five minute trip to Home Depot. Instead I spent the better part of an hour with a garden specialist discussing mulch, composting, and paganism. Wait, paganism?

    I joked about … more

  • An Unlikely Intellectual Role Model

    I’ve read many books about the life and views Augustine of Hippo (AD 354–430)—my favorite theologian/philosopher and arguably the most influential Christian thinker outside the New … more

  • A Message from a Skeptic

    Call me a skeptic. A nonbeliever. Even a hater. But in a perfect world—a world that suits my preferences, I should say—it doesn’t exist.

    What is “It,” you ask? The Star … more

  • Welcome to Reflections

    In a profound sense we are what we think.

    The Christian worldview highly values logic and rationality, which find their source in God. As the only creatures made in the image of God (Genesis … more

  • Greetings, Programs!

    Disney’s TRON Legacy opens in theaters today. It’s been 28 years since the original debuted. For its time, TRON was an astounding breakthrough in computer-generated special effects. It … more

  • Christmas Controversies

    The weekend following Thanksgiving, my husband and I decked the halls of our apartment with wreaths, garland, and a Nativity scene. And next week, we’ll drag home a heavenly scented Douglas fir … more

  • Relationship Status

    What was the first thing I did after getting home from seeing The Social Network? That’s right—I checked my Facebook page.

    Current box-office leader The Social Network* recounts … more

  • Christianity's Dangerous Ideas

    “Who said anything about safe? ’Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”1

    This line—from my favorite book in C. S. Lewis’s … more

  • Ideas, Ideology, and Islam

    A recent 60 Minutes broadcast provided an illuminating glimpse into the global “war on terror.” The April 25 episode included a provocative segment on Islam entitled “Jihadists and … more

  • Blog of the Living Dead

    I love zombies. Always have. As kids, my brother (also a big fan of zombies) and I would gurgle lines from classic zombie films and record them as the outgoing message for our answering machine. Our … more

  • Checking Our Worldview

    Several years ago, a colleague and I were discussing the writing of a computer program we planned to use for processing our radio astronomy data. Both of us tried to identify and perfect various … more