The Old Testament Books — in Fifteen Couplets

The Old Testament Books — in Fifteen Couplets Creation of all, and Jews starting:  That’s Genesis. In Exodus, Moses is Pharaoh’s arch nemesis. Leviticus is “legal”; for Numbers, think “census.” Deuteronomy doubles what we have for lenses. — The twelve books that follow are all Jewish hist’ry. They show that God’s frequent dismay is no … [Read more…]

Peter Kreeft & Ronald K. Tacelli, “Handbook of Christian Apologetics”

This book, published by InterVarsity Press, was written in 1994 by two Catholic philosophy professors at Boston College. I hasten to add that the arguments made here should be welcomed by all Christians, not just Catholics, and indeed the first chapter says explicitly that the book embraces “mere Christianity” (12, 24-25). It is is a … [Read more…]

Thoughts on Our Resurrected Psyches

There are intimations in the Bible, and speculation in sermons I’ve heard, about what our resurrected physical bodies may be like and how they may differ from our present bodies — but how about our resurrected psyches? Surely they, too, must change. You don’t have to be a total-depravity Calvinist to recognize that every person’s … [Read more…]

Michael J. Murray, editor, “Reason for the Hope Within”

I first read about this book nearly nine years ago, in an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the John Templeton Foundation: In the 1960s and 70s, while the atheistic straitjacket of logical positivism was loosening, smart, young Christian philosophers like Alvin Plantinga and Nicholas Wolterstorff began crafting new ways of defending Christian … [Read more…]

The Lord’s Prayer as Chiasm

I think there’s a case to be made that the Lord’s Prayer has a chiastic structure: Opening (“Our Father, Who art in Heaven”) > > Glory – Kingdom – Power (“name”=glory, “kingdom”=kingdom, “will”=power) — in all places (“on Earth as it is in Heaven”) > > > > Asking for two very important things (bread … [Read more…]

More Easter Thoughts

During our church’s Easter service, a video was played that featured excerpts from (I’m almost certain) a Billy Graham sermon. One point made was that the Resurrection is the most important fact in human history, and also that it is as incontrovertible historically as just about anything else that happened in ancient Rome. Now, we … [Read more…]