To See All Things By Faith

C.S. Lewis famously compared Christianity with the sun, because just as it is through the sun that we see all things, it is through Christianity that all things become intelligible: “by it I see everything else”, he wrote. Christianity gives us a worldview. If one is a Christian, one is not merely affirming a set […]

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Neo-Calvinism and a “Christian” view of philosophy: A brief survey

John Frame’s History of Western Philosophy was just published a few days ago. It is a large volume worthy of  consideration, as he tells the story of Western philosophy from a Christian perspective. This is acceptable and desirable because, in his view, theology and philosophy are closely intertwined. Both rooted in revelation, Frame argues that “Christian theology […]

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Freedom and Joy in Affirming Common Grace

The Neo-Calvinistic doctrine of common grace is of serious importance. It has its roots in a strong biblical theology, and it answers a distinctly Reformed “problem” due to its affirmation of the doctrine of total depravity. How can people who are at root depraved do good – the good that we see non-believers do every […]

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Covenantal Apologetics and Common Sense Realism – More Reflections

The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society has just published my article (which you can read here) on Covenantal Apologetics and Common Sense. In the article I sought to recalibrate a contemporary philosophical argument by (1) deconstructing the commonsense realism from which it was often grounded and (2) to undergird the argument with the resources […]

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Bottom-Up or Top-Down? Pt 2: Mysticism

Last post I dealt with the topic of how one might come to know God. Specifically, I sketched two positions on the issue; the first position would argue that one could know God by reasoning from the bottom-up; that is, the way to construct an accurate theology is by means of self-reflection, whereas the second view holds […]

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Bottom-Up or Top-Down?

How do we know that what we say of God is actually accurate about who he is? How do we know what God is like? Well, in answer to this question, there are functionally two answers. 1. Bottom-Up Reasoning – this view says that whoever God is, we can say true things about God just by virtue […]

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The Top 10 Theologians I’d Always Recommend (Part 1)

I divide this list into two: five theologians who have left us, and five who are still alive and kicking. This list deals with the first batch. It is by no means exhaustive, nor is this list an attempt at naming the most historically and theologically significant theologians (hence I do leave out historically significant […]

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Reflections on that unhelpful word: “Integration”

My experience in Christian education prior to being informed by the Reformed faith centered around the word integration. We’ve all heard it said: “the integration of faith and learning” or “biblical integration to science [or philosophy, psychology, history, animals, food, business, comic books, film, or name your favorite discipline here].” The intention is clear. We have […]

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