I’ve found that most Christians are uncomfortable with the word theology, and even more uncomfortable with the science of systematic theology. People do this for various reasons but the fact that most people want nothing to do with theology is evidence that theology has fallen on hard times in our generation. In fact, systematic theology … Continue reading ‘Unplug from the System’
Many people deny the doctrine of predestination because of the word in Romans 8:29-30, “foreknew.” Here is the passage, “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and … Continue reading The Biblical Meaning of Foreknowledge
I have often found it fascinating to read vivid and plain descriptions of ordinary things. John Calvin does this very well in most things, especially regarding the faculties God has given man. Thus let us, therefore hold - as indeed is suitable to our present purpose - that the human soul consists of two faculties, … Continue reading Human Faculties 101
In philosophy the common distinction of "being and becoming" has been made over and over in different ways throughout history. Each time a new philosopher addressed this distinction it seemed to grow in its scope. For example Parmenides was known to often say, "All that is, is." Pretty short and simple statement right? Wrong. Heracleitus … Continue reading Being and Becoming
The philosopher Gottfried Leibniz describes many things about God that I find very correct and intriguing. If you were to think over his arguments in his “Discourse on Metaphysics” you would end up with the conclusion that God has created the best of all possible worlds, because of Leibniz’s view of perfection. Leibniz says that … Continue reading The Best of All Possible Worlds
I know I have written a lot recently about the German Philosopher Immanuel Kant and his categorical Imperative, but I saw something this morning that stunned me from John 15:11 and I must tell you about it. For those of you just coming into this discussion, Immanuel Kant’s categorical imperative is this: an action can … Continue reading Do You Know John 15:11??
Yesterday I told you that Kant’s categorical imperative (his rule that an act can only be moral if you gain nothing from it) is not useful for anyone, especially Christians. Recently in my morning devotions, I pondered over two verses that blasted Kant out of my soul once again! The two verses were Philippians 3:7-8, … Continue reading How Philippians 3:7-8 Blasted Kant Out of My Soul
Immanuel Kant’s categorical imperative is his moral compass which says the morality of an act decreases to the degree that we enjoy it or gain any benefit from it. Actions are only good if the actor is disinterested in the act. Therefore to the degree that we are disinterested in our actions, we are virtuous … Continue reading Kant’s Categorical Imperative: Biblical? Useful?
In our present-day, non-Christians (especially well-informed intellectual non-Christians), claim that Christian belief is not rational. They make this claim not based on examination of the alleged facts of Christianity, they just throw out the facts as not worthy of true investigation and claim it’s absurdity. They usually say something like this, “Christianity is similar to … Continue reading Christianity is Utter Reason and Rationality
For those of you who don't know, I was a philosophy major in college, and despite now having little time to delve into such weighty and fascinating issues, I still love pondering in this realm. What you'll find below was recently on the Philosophy Bytes podcast, and I enjoyed it so much I thought I’d … Continue reading What is Philosophy?
The philosopher Gottfried Leibniz describes many things about God that I find very correct and intriguing. If you were to think over the arguments he puts forth in his “Discourse on Metaphysics” you would end up with the conclusion that God has created the best of all possible worlds, because of Leibniz’s view of perfection. … Continue reading The Best of all Possible Worlds
Many people say things that resemble this statement, "There is nothing wrong with any religion." My response is simple and at first sounds very arrogant. "Nope. Only one is right." Let me explain myself. I say this, and I want you to believe this too, because of a few reasons: a) There is a difference … Continue reading “All Religions are Valid” – Really?