An Unsettling “Black Mirror”First airing on Netflix in 2011, Black Mirror is one of the most disturbing shows ever. Each stand-alone episode is set in the uncomfortably near future, exploring the ever-increasing (and often unsettling) role of technology in everyday life. As technology advances at a faster and faster pace in our world, the show raises questions about the ethical use of technology and what happens when technology gets out of control—or rather, when humans… Read More →Blocked in the Black Mirror
This broadcast by J. Warner Wallace builds an interesting, useful framework for understanding the evidence for God’s existence. Wallace discusses a technique for evaluating evidence that he learned in his time as a detective, which he calls the “inside the room game.” He says that in the same way we can look at the evidence left at a crime scene to determine whether or not there was an outside intruder, we can look at the… Read More →Detective Wallace: Connecting Careers and Christianity
This week’s episode of Unbelievable contains an interesting conversation between Dr. John Lennox and Dr. Peter Atkins, moderated by author and Unbelievable host Justin Brierley. In this episode, Lennox and Atkins discuss the question “Can science explain everything?” from shockingly different perspectives. While Atkins says that even Christians who have won a Nobel Prize in science need to “grow up,” John Lennox sees his faith as the motor behind both his scientific curiosity and the curiosity… Read More →A Seat at the Table: Christian Relevance in an Anti-Christian Culture
This video by Greg Koukl offers some guidance for starting important conversations. He proposes that we ask people variations of the question “What do you mean by that?” to gather information about those we are communicating with. These questions, Greg says, will help us understand the views of the other person, thus enabling us to more effectively gear the rest of the conversation in the right direction. As daunting as starting conversations about religion may… Read More →Starting Conversations with Questions
Today’s episode of The Point with John Stonestreet highlights two of college football’s up-and-coming stars, Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence. Stonestreet notes how these two quarterbacks, set to face off in the national championship game on Monday, have used their platform as athletes to express the importance of Christ in their lives. Their words raise an interesting question: in what ways should we allow our relationship with Jesus to permeate throughout our entire lives, including… Read More →Lawrence and Tagovailoa: Christ is Lord of All
This article by Tim Barnett offers parents a creative, engaging way to start teaching their children to think critically. Tim discusses how he watches a video from PragerU with his oldest daughter every night before bed, because their captivating, bite-sized content can really be a catalyst for interesting conversations. As Tim notes, this strategy may not work for every kid, but it’s one potential way to start engaging the minds of your kids from a young… Read More →Teaching Your Kids to Think
Why do we need to know what we believe? “Studies show that one of the reasons kids disengage the church… is they are not ready with an answer.” — Sean McDowell, Associate Professor, Biola University In this video, Sean McDowell discusses the importance of knowing what we believe, why we believe it, and what we should do about it. This video is part of a series titled “Answers to Your Questions”. These videos answer the… Read More →Video: Why do we need to know what we believe?
This article by Sean McDowell makes an interesting point about passages in the gospels that seem to contradict. Sean proposes that many things that seem like contradictions at first glance are meant to challenge us to reflect more deeply on the text. After this reflection, if Sean’s thoughts on John are correct, these passages actually show a deeper purpose of the author that is not contradictory at all. Sean’s guidance, to reflect more deeply on passages… Read More →Gospel “Contradictions” & Jumping to Conclusions
In this month’s RZIM Ask Away Podcast, Vince and Jo Vitale discuss a lot of thought-provoking questions about heaven. How does someone get into heaven? What is heaven? What is the minimum requirement to get into heaven? If Hitler were to repent of his actions on his death bed, would he get into heaven? On one point, Vince and Jo seem to agree that it is not our good or bad actions that are the… Read More →Good Enough for Heaven?
How can Christians begin to engage with and change the culture? “We sometimes want to change the world and forget to change our community.” — Jennifer Marshall, Vice President, The Heritage Foundation In this video, Jennifer Marshall highlights the need for local change that often gets overlooked by those of us who are focused on changing the entire world. This video is part of a series titled “Answers to Your Questions”. These videos answer the… Read More →Video: How can Christians begin to engage with and change the culture?
In May of 1980 George Lucas released Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the sequel to his 1977 breakout hit Star Wars. The film is often regarded as the best of the Star Wars films, coming in at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer, and ranking as the thirteenth highest-rated movie on IMDB’s top 250. The film contains some of the most memorable and iconic scenes in film history. Among these is the training of Luke… Read More →Pantheism’s Finest Hour
A logical fallacy is “a mistake in reasoning that renders an argument invalid, unsound, weak, or ineffective.”1 In philosophy courses, students are often taught a whole list of fallacies and how to avoid them. However, fallacies are extremely common in pop-culture—news media, commercials, TV shows, movies, and political debates. Below are some common examples. Ad Hominem – Time Warner Cable The Ad hominem is “a fallacy in which an argument attacks a person… Read More →Logical Fallacies