Dismantling the New Atheism
A new book by a leading philosopher argues that there is a deep compatibility between science and religion and a hidden incompatibility between science and naturalism
Plantinga defends two claims throughout his book. One is that there is “a superficial conflict but deep concord between theistic religion and science;” the other is that there is “a superficial concord and deep conflict between naturalism and science.” The bulk of the book is devoted to the first claim. Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam... Continue Reading
The Consequences of Contraception: A Review of Mary Eberstadt’s ‘Adam and Eve after the pill’
Evangelicals need to reckon with the empirical evidence of what the sexual revolution has wrought.
It also presents the empirical evidence for thinking carefully and soberly about embracing contraception. In this day and age, such a suggestion will seem ridiculous to Christians and non-Christians alike, but the data is undeniable. If we want to think seriously and Christianly about sex, then we need to think seriously about contraception. When... Continue Reading
Red State Religion: An Interview with Robert Wuthnow
A review of Red State Religion: Faith and Politics in America’s Heartland
The big change, then, that started happening in the 1960s and then increasingly by the 1980s, was twofold. First, Roe v Wade got everybody interested (or more interested) in politics. But the second, even more important, change was that the dominant Protestant group was no longer the Methodists. It was now Southern Baptist
Book Review: ‘To Change the World’ by James Davison Hunter
The irony, tragedy & possibility of Christianity in the late modern world
Word, Sacraments and Prayer will change the world, one soul at a time. And these saved souls will have a leavening influence in every sphere of their lives, as God blesses. And then, when all is said and done, and our Lord returns in glory, we shall see that which was built upon Christ alone and His Gospel, and that which burns up to no reward.
Pastoral Theology: Some Book Recommendations
(Editor's Note: Must read for those attending General Assembly, Synod, and Convention meetings this week)
Recently, we tweaked our pastoral internship program for this year to focus more on pastoral theology than trying to cover the whole gamut of a seminary education (church history, systematics, biblical theology, exegesis, etc.). To that end, we choose to highlight twelve categories of thought and practice that seem especially important to pastoral ministry.
InterVarsity Press Pulls Reformation Textbook Over Inaccuracies
A review of the book by Westminster Seminary's Carl Trueman pointed out many inaccuracies, including dates, names, and omissions of key cultural factors.
Radical Discipleship – John Stott’s Final Charge
Based on the biblical teaching that the earth is created by God and has been entrusted to us as its stewards, Stott urges us to avoid the twin errors of either deifying the earth or exploiting it. Rather, he says, we're called to cooperate with God to conserve the good creation and to develop its resources for the common good.
Overview of Book by PCA GA Seminar Speaker on How to Reconcile Evolution and Faith – by Rachel Miller
Dr. Davidson sees no conflict between evolutionary science and Christianity. He accepts the scientific claims for the origin of the universe, the age of the universe, the evolutionary origins and development of life, and the common descent of man from animals. He believes strongly that Young Earth Creation represents both bad science and bad theology.... Continue Reading
The Most Important Book of 2012 is Out – by David Bahnsen
The stunning conclusions Murray brings his readers is that the economic plight in middle America is indisputably inter-connected with the complete disintegration of the family, the community, the pillars of faith, and attributes of character within middle America. The data Murray provides on the levels of single parenting, illegitimate births, 25-49 year old males who are able to work but not doing so, divorce rates, church attendance, and a plethora of other such categories leaves you speechless and frozen.
Review: Ross Douthat’s ‘Bad Religion’ – by Tim Padgett
What is remarkable is that with Ross Douthat being who he is and having the prominence that he does, there are a great many people who will take the time to take this in when they otherwise would not come near these ideas with a ten foot pole. Douthat is an accepted member of the American elite, and they will listen to him more so than they would from others hailing from ‘flyover country.’