In last week’s issue of Reflect, we looked at the pacifist position, offering a few considerations and criticisms. On the other side of the debate are the just war advocates. Just war theorists argue that, while war and violence are undesirable, there are times when Christians can and should take up arms. As Christians, we have an obligation to look out for the needs of others, to protect our families, and to seek the welfare… Read More →Gunslingers or Guardians?
What is the value of emotion in the Christian life? “As creatures made in the image of God, emotion is part of who we are.” —Kevin Bywater, Director, Oxford Study Centre In this video, Dr. Kevin Bywater discusses the relationship between emotion and rationality within a Christian framework. This video is part of a series titled “Answers to Your Questions”. These videos answer the questions that you’re asking, address the difficulties you’re facing, and they’re all… Read More →Video: What is the value of emotion in the Christian life?
Should Christians participate in war? Should Christians own guns to defend themselves? Ironically enough, these questions have caused their own little war, with Christians of all stripes taking positions as varied as pacifism, nonresistance, just war, and preventative war—not to mention the myriad of variations in between. In looking to Scripture, all parties claim Jesus on their side. Pacifists look to passages such as John 18:36, Matthew 26:52-54, and Matthew 5:39, arguing that Jesus taught… Read More →“Help Me Get One More”
This recent video by Sean McDowell makes important points about prayer. McDowell says that we should pray in light of the fact that God knows everything we need, because prayer is not mostly about us getting things from God. The other incentives to pray, such as the desire to pursue relationship with God and to obey the Bible, offer motivations for prayer that aren’t hindered by God’s omniscience. It is easy to think of God… Read More →Prayer: Loving God With Our Minds and Our Hearts
Is there a difference between persons and humans? “Intrinsic value, philosophically speaking, is the only grounding place for true human equality.” —Megan Almon, Speaker, Life Training Institute When discussing the issue of abortion, those in favor may attempt to make the case that unborn human beings are not yet persons. Megan Almon explains why the distinction between “humans” and “persons” is ill-advised in the abortion conversation. This video is part of a series titled “Answers to… Read More →Video: Is there a difference between persons and humans?
Today’s episode of BreakPoint by John Stonestreet challenges listeners to think seriously about the status of higher education in light of the recent college admissions scandal. Stonestreet argues that higher education is misunderstood on a much deeper level than this particular incident indicates. He discusses how the purpose of college in recent years has been to help students get jobs and make money, without a care for becoming better people. This is not how college… Read More →Is College Still for Knowledge?
[Spoiler Alert: This article discusses major plot points from the TV Show The Good Place] Winner of the 2018 TCA Outstanding Achievement in Comedy award, NBC’s The Good Place stars Kristen Bell (of Frozen fame) as Eleanor Shellstrop, a heartless person who couldn’t care less about anyone besides herself. Eleanor earns a living as top-salesperson for a fraudulent pharmaceutical company where she daily takes advantage of elderly people by selling them fake medicine, and even… Read More →Are You Good Enough for the Good Place?
What must atheists steal from God to make their case? “Evil only exists if good exists, and good only exists if God exists, so if you’re an atheist and you’re going to say that evil disproves God, you actually have to steal from God in order to make that argument.” — Dr. Frank Turek, Founder and President, CrossExamined Dr. Frank Turek shows how one must steal a standard of morality from God to object to His existence… Read More →Video: What must atheists steal from God to make their case?
Yesterday’s article by Michael Brown at The Stream brings to attention an interesting development about Amazon. Amazon has banned the sale of the book Mohammed’s Koran: Why Muslims Kill for Islam. Brown quotes Robert Spencer, who has authored his own scholarly works critiquing the Koran, who says that the banned book “endeavors to illustrate how violent jihadists justify their actions by referring to Islamic texts and teachings—and that’s all. [The authors] call for no violence. Their… Read More →Amazon Sells Everything… Or Do They?
Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice is the second installment in the DC Extended Universe film franchise. Though it performed fairly well at the box-office, the film has been critically panned. What with a brooding Superman and a Lex Luthor who appears too much like a Joker character, the film hasn’t exactly been received with excitement by all superhero fans either. Nonetheless, the film manages to be entertaining and raises some good questions about God.… Read More →Lex Luthor’s Problem of Evil
How should we begin studying worldview? “The key is just to start… Don’t let all of the resources overwhelm you; just start by starting, and you will find your way therein.” — Michael Sherrard, Author, Pastor, and Speaker, Relational Apologetics Michael Sherrard offers practical advice for reading about important worldview topics amidst a wealth of quality books and resources. This video is part of a series titled “Answers to Your Questions”. These videos answer the questions… Read More →Video: How should we begin studying worldview?
How historically reliable is the Quran? “From that perspective, yeah, the Bible is far more trustworthy and reliable than the Quran.” — Alan Shlemon, Author and Speaker, Stand to Reason In this interview, Alan Shlemon explains that the Quran is historically unreliable, especially in comparison to the Bible, by the standards of manuscript evidence and source criticism. This video is part of a series titled “Answers to Your Questions”. These videos answer the questions that… Read More →Video: How historically reliable is the Quran?