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I believe deeply that "all truth is God’s truth." That historic affirmation means that when we discover and grasp truth in the world and in life we move closer to its divine Author. This approach relies on the Christian idea of God’s two revelatory books - the metaphorical book of nature and the literal book of Scripture.

As an RTB scholar I have a great passion to help people understand and see the truth and relevance of Christianity's truth-claims. My writings and lectures at RTB focus on showing how the great doctrinal truths of the faith (the Trinity, the Incarnation, the Atonement, creation ex nihilo, salvation by grace, etc.) are uniquely compatible with reason. This approach reflects the historic Christian apologetics statement - "faith seeking understanding."

I work to help myself and others fulfill Peter's words in 2 Peter 3:18: "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen."

  • Friday Philosophy from Thinker Ed L. Miller

    April 23, 2019

    On my Facebook and Twitter pages I have a weekly segment called #FridayPhilosophy, where I provide quotes from great philosophical thinkers. One philosopher I quote often is professor Ed L. Miller. Dr. Miller’s book Questions That Matter was the first philosophy textbook that I ever used in teaching philosophy and his writings significantly influenced my thinking on the subject.

    • Philosophy
    • Books
    • Critical Thinking
  • Wednesday Wisdom from Thinker Mortimer J. Adler

    April 16, 2019

    On my Facebook and Twitter pages I have a weekly segment called #WednesdayWisdom, where I provide thoughtful quotes from great thinkers in various fields. The thinker that I most often quote is philosopher and educator Mortimer J. Adler. Adler influenced me significantly through his many books and public talks and I had the great pleasure of interacting with him through email shortly before his death at 98 years of age.

    • Reading
    • Learning
    • Books
  • Apologia Sophia: “Apologetics Wisdom” 6—More Classics

    April 9, 2019

    What is one of the best ways to prepare for explaining and defending Christianity’s truth claims? I suggest that tapping into the wisdom of historic Christianity’s greatest thinkers is one such way.

    • Incarnation
    • Historical Theology
    • Christian History
    • Augustine
    • Apologetics
  • Apologia Sophia: “Apologetics Wisdom” 5—Classics

    April 2, 2019

    What can past defenders of the faith teach us today? As it turns out, historic Christianity’s preeminent voices have passed on a treasure trove of wisdom. In parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 (of six) in this series, we highlighted the term apologia sophia (Gk: ἀπολογία σοφία), which transliterates the Greek word endings and roughly translates to “apologetics wisdom.” In that spirit, I offer some more practical advice (hopefully even genuine wisdom) for engaging in the apologetics enterprise (the art and science of giving a reasoned defense of Christianity: see 1 Peter 3:15).

    • Blaise Pascal
    • Books
    • Augustine
    • Historical Theology
    • C.S. Lewis
    • Apologetics
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  • Apologia Sophia: “Apologetics Wisdom” 4—Online Engagement

    March 26, 2019

    Do you struggle with how to engage people who disagree online? You’re not alone. As noted in parts 1, 2, and 3 (of six), the term Apologia Sophia (Gk: ἀπολογία σοφία) transliterates the Greek word endings and roughly translates to “apologetics wisdom.” In this post, I hope to offer more such wisdom—practical advice—that can lead to more fruitful online discussions.

    • Worldviews
    • Ethics
    • Apologetics
  • A Memorial to Christian Theologian Desmond Ford

    March 19, 2019

    One of my favorite contemporary Christian theologians, Dr. Desmond Ford (1929–2019), died recently. He was an Australian evangelical theologian with deep roots in the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) theological tradition. He was educated at both Michigan State and Manchester Universities, where he earned dual doctorates in New Testament studies. At Manchester, he studied under the eminent New Testament scholar F. F. Bruce. Ford had a long, distinguished career and ministry.

    • Walter Martin
    • Famous Christians
    • People
    • People of Faith
  • Apologia Sophia: “Apologetics Wisdom” 3—Preparation

    March 12, 2019

    Are you prepared for apologetic engagement? In part 3 (of six) in this series, I’ll offer three practical suggestions to help prepare you for potentially life-changing interactions with nonbelievers. As noted in parts 1 and 2, the term Apologia Sophia (Gk: ἀπολογία σοφία) transliterates the Greek word endings and roughly translates to “apologetics wisdom.” These three points will help provide you with such wisdom, whether you’re a professional or lay Christian apologist.

    • General Apologetics
    • Worldviews
    • Apologetics
  • Apologia Sophia: “Apologetics Wisdom” 2—Christian Foundations

    March 5, 2019

    In part 1 of this series, we noted that Apologia Sophia (Gk: ἀπολογία σοφία) transliterates the Greek word endings and roughly translates to “apologetics wisdom.” In this second (of six) installment, I hope to offer more apologetics wisdom for our noble task. Here are three points that apply equally to both professional and lay Christian apologists. These points relate to connecting apologetics to Christian foundations.

    • History of Christianity
    • Apologetics
    • Historical Theology
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  • Apologia Sophia: “Apologetics Wisdom” 1—Attitude

    February 26, 2019

    Apologia sophia (Gk: ἀπολογία σοφία) transliterates the Greek word endings and roughly translates to “apologetics wisdom.” Since I am an adjunct professor for Biola University’s MA program in apologetics, I teach and interact with many students who are preparing for a career in apologetics or are studying to deepen their knowledge and sharpen their skills in the field. Thus, as a teacher and a full-time scholar at RTB, I hope the following series gives practical advice—and even some genuine wisdom—when it comes to the apologetics enterprise (the art and science of giving a reasoned defense of Christianity; see 1 Peter 3:15).

    • General Apologetics
    • Seeking Truth
    • Apologetics
  • A Memorial to Christian Thinker Michael Green

    February 19, 2019

    One of my favorite contemporary Christian thinkers, Dr. Edward Michael Bankes Green, more commonly known as “Michael Green,” (1930–2019), died recently. He was a British evangelical theologian, apologist, evangelist, and Anglican priest. He was educated at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities and had a long, distinguished career and ministry.

    • Role Models
    • People of Faith
    • People
  • Scientific Discovery & God: Human Exceptionalism, Part 4

    February 12, 2019

    Some people think the advance of science continues to remove any reason for believing in God, but in reality scientific discovery over the last century has opened up vistas of knowledge that are best explained by the worldview of theism over atheistic naturalism. In the three previous parts of this series (see here, here, and here), I explained that what secular scientists thought they would discover concerning the universe, the solar system, and Earth were very different from what they actually uncovered. The universe’s extraordinary beginning, the solar system’s fine-tuning for life, and Earth’s distinctiveness as a hospitable home for intelligent life have all been surprising finds for a secular view.

    • Secularism
    • Science & Faith
    • Image of God
    • Human Uniqueness
  • Scientific Discovery and God: Planet Earth, Part 3

    February 5, 2019

    In the first two parts of this series (see here and here) I discussed how secular scientists, given their naturalistic worldview, expected to discover that we live in an eternal—and therefore uncaused—universe, as well as in an ordinary solar system. Yet on both scores scientists were surprised by what scientific advances revealed. In both cases, the great contrast for scientists who hold a purely secular worldview is that the universe’s and solar system’s features seem to best comport with the expectations of theism over atheistic naturalism.

    • Secularism
    • Planet Formation
    • Intelligent Design
    • Earth's History
    • Anthropic Principle
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  • 3 Ways to Be a Gracious Christian Sports Fan

    January 29, 2019

    I have enjoyed playing and watching sports most of my life. Now that I’m sixty years old I sometimes think back to my time playing baseball and basketball, with fondness for the camaraderie, teamwork, discipline, and competition these sports engendered. I often think about the particular people I played with and against on the courts and fields of competition. In some ways playing sports as a youth prepared me for later life, including my calling as a Christian apologist.

    • Sports
    • Christian Life
    • Pop Culture
  • Scientific Discovery and God: The Solar System, Part 2

    January 22, 2019

    In part 1 of this series, I discussed how scientific evidence demonstrates that the universe had a beginning and that such a notion best comports with the expectations of theism over atheistic naturalism. Yet that conspicuous beginning took secular scientists by complete surprise. In this article I will briefly discuss what the expectations of secular scientists concerning our solar system were, and what science has revealed. The results will also show which worldview— naturalism or theism—is preferred.

    • Naturalism
    • Worldviews
    • Solar System Design
  • Scientific Discovery and God: The Universe, Part 1

    January 15, 2019

    How did the universe come into being? The last century has revealed a stark contrast between what secular scientists expected to find regarding the big “origins” questions and what scientific research actually uncovered. In part 1 of this series, I’ll discuss how this contrast played out concerning the origin of the universe. In future installments I’ll consider, in turn, the origins of the solar system, Earth, and the human species.

    • Science & Faith
    • Origin of the Universe
    • Multiverse
    • Cosmology
    • Big Bang Theory
  • Addressing Skeptical Challenges, Part 2

    January 8, 2019

    I’m not sure if the internet and social media as a whole are either an intrinsic good or an intrinsic bad, but as technologies they do afford opportunities to discuss Christian apologetics issues. In part one of this series I responded to an objection by a skeptic who raised questions about what I wrote in “The Historic Alliance of Christianity and Science.” Here in part two I’ll address his other major objection (summarized below).

    • Incarnation
    • Bible Difficulties
    • Logic
    • Apologetics
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