Symphony: An Insufficient Metaphor

Did you know that the universe is finely-tuned for the existence of life? Our universe, galaxy, solar system, and earth itself, like everything in the Goldilocks fairy tale, are “just right.” 1. Finely-tuned constants: Constants of cosmology, chemistry, and physics such as gravitation, the strong force, the weak force, the ratio of mass between electronsContinue reading “Symphony: An Insufficient Metaphor”

“Is the Bible Sexist, Racist, Homophobic and Genocidal?”

I recently asked our “Third Thursday” high-school apologetics fellowship to help me by writing a summary of Chapter 9: “Is the Bible Sexist, Racist, Homophobic and Genocidal?” from the book Questioning the Bible: 11 Major Challenges to The Bible’s Authority by Jonathan Morrow. Our students were asked to read a book chapter and write aboutContinue reading ““Is the Bible Sexist, Racist, Homophobic and Genocidal?””

Is Christianity a Copycat Religion?

I recently asked our “Third Thursday” high-school apologetics fellowship to help me by writing a summary of Chapter 11: “Is Christianity a Copycat Religion?” from the book Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for a Skeptical World by Josh and Sean McDowell. Our students were asked to read a book chapter and write aboutContinue reading “Is Christianity a Copycat Religion?”

10 Questions for Your Biology Teacher

Ten questions to ask your biology teacher about evolution:[1] ORIGIN OF LIFE. Why do textbooks claim that the 1953 Miller-Urey experiment shows how life’s building blocks may have formed on the early Earth — when conditions on the early Earth were probably nothing like those used in the experiment, and the origin of life remainsContinue reading “10 Questions for Your Biology Teacher”

Why Am “I” Not My Brain?

I am not my brain. In our world, psychology, neuroscience, and secular philosophy say that I am my brain. To modern science, everything I think, all my memories, pleasure, pain, and everything about me that I understand as “me” is somehow made up of my brain and nervous system. Therefore, “I am my brain.” CognitiveContinue reading “Why Am “I” Not My Brain?”

Can Lies Protect Us?

Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” explores how a family conspires to deceive its beloved matriarch about a diagnosis of terminal cancer. Only after seeing the movie did I discover that Wang’s own family actually lived the real-life drama that is the basis of the film. Billi, the protagonist, is a Chinese American granddaughter to her NaiContinue reading “Can Lies Protect Us?”

Moral Relativism Doesn’t Make Sense

Morality is built into the human person. Human language is infused with terms that convey moral truth, and we can hardly express ourselves without revealing it. Yet, in recent decades many have sought to revise thousands of years of moral wisdom. Moral relativism holds that no objective, universal moral truths exist, but only preferences basedContinue reading “Moral Relativism Doesn’t Make Sense”

How Do I Know I’m Saved?

In 23 years as a Christian, I have struggled at times with assurance of salvation. In my personal experience, it’s so easy to slip into doubting my salvation because (at least in my part of the world) there is no real cost for believing—that is, there is no persecution. Therefore it’s hard to see theContinue reading “How Do I Know I’m Saved?”

Chapter 7: Wasn’t There Another Way?

Couldn’t God have given us free will while also preventing evil? But we aren’t omniscient. To answer such a question, we would have to know what God knows. To illustrate how God might prevent free creatures from doing evil, Eleonore Stump says that God might cause dreams that vividly show the consequences of our evilContinue reading “Chapter 7: Wasn’t There Another Way?”