There are few bigger failures in the New Testament than Peter. On the other hand, he’s one of the greatest success stories in Scripture. He went from denying he knew Jesus to preaching at Pentecost in a matter of days.
Evangelicals can be guilty of aiming their public witness in the wrong direction. Some might think the primary target for evangelical political engagement is Spock, the character from Star Trek, who is a middle-aged, highly educated, white male who operates purely according to reason and lives in outer space.
Who would have thought there would be a parallel between Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” and the philosopher Plato’s teaching on the human soul. In the Oz story, Dorothy leads the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion, to find what they most desperately desire. These characters all closely resemble what Plato considered to be the tripartite (three parts) of the human soul. Let me explain what I mean and why reflection on this might help you better think about your own humanity.
The following video is from an event hosted by Cedarville University’s Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity. We called it “Socrates in the Cornfields.” Me, and our two philosophers on campus, J.R. Gilhooly and Josh Kira, talk philosophy and theology.
I‘ve always loved philosophy, even as a teenager. I’ve always been intrigued by people who take the time to think deeply about what they believe and carefully about how to articulate it. But like Justin Martyr, I recognize that the philosophers pale in comparison to the prophets.
Why are Christians so divided? If Christianity were true, you’d expect a lot more solidarity, a ton of more unity, about what Christians believe. That’s what you hear a lot from skeptics. And they’re kind of right.
Human personality is an enigma for contemporary philosophy and science. In an odd twist of fate, philosophers and scientists are trending towards an adamant renunciation of themselves. It is, by definition, a self-defeating enterprise.
What are we to do with all our fallen heroes? Would it be better to not have heroes of the faith? Should we just assume and expect the worst?
Last week at Cedarville University the Center for Biblical Apologetics hosted its second annual conference. This year’s them was “Living Water: Living & Sharing the Gospel in a Sexually Broken World. Our key note speakers were Sam Allberry and Rosaria Butterfield. The video from the plenary sessions are posted below.