Today’s the day, I know that well. Today I’ll have to take the L. The train is fine, for transportation. That’s not the source of my consternation. You see I avoid the L, at all cost, To keep my mind from getting lost. There is a dilemma and I can’t stand it, Which keeps me... Continue Reading →
The Apostle Paul and The Liar Paradox
This sentence which you are now reading is a lie. Is that sentence true? If it is true then it is a lie because it said that it is a lie. But since it turned out to be true- then it is a lie and so it is not true. If it is not true,... Continue Reading →
Gregory of Nyssa on The Doctrine of The Trinity
Here's my summary of the Trinitarian theology of Gregory of Nyssa which I accidentally prepared for a PhD course I'm in at TEDS taught by Dr. Thomas McCall called Trinity and Atonement. I thought we had to do a summary every week but we don't. So this was a waste, unless you read it and... Continue Reading →
Summary of Augustine’s De Trinitate
Here is a very short summary paper I presented in Dr. McCall's ST 9000 Trinity and Atonement course at TEDS. I had to summarize Augustine's On The Trinity in 1,000 words. It was difficult. Here you go, enjoy! In his masterful work, De Trinitate, Augustine embarked on a rigorous journey through biblical texts, logical reasoning, and... Continue Reading →
Mapping Peterson’s Meaning: An Evangelical Analysis of Jordan Peterson’s Theology
A significant challenge for the evangelical Christian has arisen as of late in the person of Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, specifically, the challenge of understanding his views on God generally, and Christianity specifically. How should evangelicals view Peterson? Is he the second coming of a Francis Schaeffer or a C.S. Lewis? Is he a Trojan... Continue Reading →
The Adam or Ape Dilemma: Should America Sin Twice Against Harambe?
Here it is! I promised some of you on social media that I would write a paper in seminary on Harambe- I'm a man of my word. Here's a slightly adapted case study paper I wrote for my Theological Ethics professor, Dr. Luy. We were told to give a narrative piece setting up an ethical... Continue Reading →
Why Team Jesus? Part II
Check out part II of my primer on apologetics for Athletes In Action. Why Team Jesus? Part II
A Primer on Apologetics
Check out my latest post which is a primer on triperspectival apologetics for the Athletes In Action blog
Enchantment and Disenchantment in Taylor’s Essay “Western Secularity”
Here's the outline for my presentation on Charles Taylor in my TEDS course, Religion in the Modern World taught my Dr. Harold Netland. A Brief Overview and engagement with Charles Taylor's chapter, "Western Secularity" in Rethinking Secularism by Calhoun, Juergensmeyer, and VanAntwerpen, eds. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011). Problem of Definition Taylor begins his... Continue Reading →
How to Avoid Being Theologically Lopsided – Teachings From Van Til
As humans, we are intellectual, volitional, and emotional beings. We have a rational mind by which to think, we have a will or capacity for agency by which we act, and we have emotions which lead us to punch stuff or eat bad food when we’re upset. But as fallen and finite human beings, we... Continue Reading →
Are We Living In a Computer Simulation?
Are we living in a computer simulation? Are we just a video game being played by some snot-noised kid on Alpha Centauri? This idea, or family of ideas, is known as The Simulation Hypothesis and it has been gaining more and more traction since philosopher Nick Bostrom wrote his 2003 paper “Are You Living in... Continue Reading →
Sons of Thunder Episode 4: How should Christians Think About Jordan Peterson?
Check out our latest podcast: https://thethink.institute/articles/what-should-bible-believing-christians-think-about-jordan-peterson
Sons Of Thunder Ep. 3: When Should Christians Get Offended?
It's Thunder Thursday folks! Check out the latest SoT podcast with my brother Joel and I. On this episode we discuss "triggering" and when a christian should take offense, if at all. Episode 3: When Should Christians Get Offended? Episode 2: How Our Cognitive Faculties Conflict with the Worldview of Naturalism Episode 1: How to... Continue Reading →
Why Take Yourself So Seriously?
It should be no surprise to anyone reading this that we currently live in an ‘outrage culture’ (also known as a ‘call-out culture’). According to that bastion of cultural wisdom, Urban Dictionary, outrage culture is: “When people play the victim card and bend over backwards to be as offended as possible when they really aren't.... Continue Reading →
What Is Christian Theology?
I initially started this blog because I had some stuff to say about theology and I wanted to say it in creative, down-to-earth ways. But throughout my growth as a thinker, many of my posts have lost their down-to-earthiness. How shall this down-to-earthiness be restored? Are my blog posts no longer good for anything except... Continue Reading →
Sons of Thunder Episode 2: Naturalism vs. Evolution (Two Arguments from C. S. Lewis and Alvin Plantinga)
New episode of Sons of Thunder! My brother Joel and I talk about arguments against naturalism from two of the great Christian thinkers, C.S. Lewis and Alvin Plantinga. https://anchor.fm/the-think-podcast/episodes/Sons-of-Thunder-2---Naturalism-vs--Evolution-Two-Arguments-from-C--S--Lewis-and-Alvin-Plantinga-e4ogdg https://anchor.fm/the-think-podcast/episodes/Sons-of-Thunder-2---Naturalism-vs--Evolution-Two-Arguments-from-C--S--Lewis-and-Alvin-Plantinga-e4ogdg
Grant and Liza’s Wedding Ceremony
Dearly beloved, We are gathered here to celebrate the union of Grant Jacob Rost and Liza Suzanne Braatz. Now, as many of you well know, the story of Grant and Liza is a story as old as time. Their's is a classic love story of boy meets girls and- well, actually that’s not quite true.... Continue Reading →
Lily Ponds and Diving Boards| Cornelius Van Til and C.S. Lewis’s Transcendental Arguments
As most of my readers already know, when it comes to Cornelius Van Til I’m pretty much a sycophant. But, As an evangelical Christian apologist, I also have to read C.S. Lewis on the regular and quote him at least once in all of my papers and blog posts. These two guys are my dudes.... Continue Reading →
Sons of Thunder Episode 1: Apologetic Methodology
Here it is folks! After yesrs of talk, my brother Joel and I finally started our podcast. This first episode is a general introduction to us and an introduction to apologetics. We discuss various reasons for why we practice what is known as 'presuppositional apologetics' (which should be no surprise to my readers by now).... Continue Reading →
Counseling Job in His Affliction
Part two of my final paper for Dr. Feinberg's "Problem of Evil" class was a short paper on how to give pastoral counsel Job in the midst of his affliction. This prompt forces us to deal with the religious problem of evil rather than the intellectual problem. Any problem of evil will require some intellectual... Continue Reading →