Religion is a universal human phenomenon. Can it survive the epistemological onslaught of the scientific method? If Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris are to be believed, the answer is definitely not. If Chet Raymo is to be believed, the answer is yes, but…. When God Is Gone Everything Is Holy outlines "the making of a religious naturalist," as the subtitle puts it. In addition to "religious naturalist," Raymo describes himself as a "Catholic agnostic." A cradle Catholic, Raymo left behind his faith gradually as the result of his scientific education, but he did not leave behind his appreciation of Catholic … Continue reading “When God Is Gone Everything Is Holy” by Chet Raymo
J.P. Moreland and Klaus Issler, In Search of a Confident Faith: Overcoming Barriers to Trusting in God (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2008). “Faith has a public relations problem.” With that sentence, J.P. Moreland and Klaus Issler launch In Search of a Confident Faith. The authors are professors of philosophy and Christian education, respectively, at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California, and evangelical Christians. Their book is not an apologetic for the Christian faith directed at unbelievers. Rather, it is an exercise in spiritual formation for believers, aimed at “overcoming barriers to trusting in God,” as … Continue reading Faith’s PR Problem
You’re St. Jerome! You’re a passionate Christian, fiercely devoted to Jesus Christ and his Church. You are willing to labor long hours in the Lord’s vineyard, and you have little patience with those who are less willing or able to work as you do. Your passions often carry you into temptation zones of wrath, lust, and pride. Find out which Church Father you are at The Way of the Fathers! Continue reading Which Saint Am I? You?
Greg Forster, The Contested Public Square: The Crisis of Christianity and Politics (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2008). The Contested Public Square by Greg Forster is “an introduction to Christian political thought,” with a special focus on “the political effects of the Reformation and the Enlightenment in Western Europe [and America].” It traces the evolution of that theory through eight critical junctures in church history. Chapter 1 examines “how persecution permanently shaped Christian political ideas” by forcing the early church to develop “an apolitical sense of its own identity.” As was true of Jesus, the church neither possessed … Continue reading The Contested Public Square by Greg Forster
Dear Friends: I had originally planned to resume writing The Daily Word today, but after a long time of reflection–and a week off for the holidays–I have decided that it is time for me to bid farewell to TDW. I have been writing The Daily Word for almost this entire decade. I have enjoyed the experience of daily, detailed interaction with Scripture. But, to be perfectly honest, I’m more than bit burned out. Thank you for all your kind, encouraging words over the years! I hope TDW has been useful to you. May God bless you richly today–and everyday! George Continue reading TDW Farewell!