Philosophy Archive

Original Sin: Its Importance & Fairness

This article first appeared in Christian Research Journal, volume 34, number 06 (2011). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org It is no surprise that in a 2002 survey almost three-quarters of Americans (seventy-four percent) rejected the teaching of original sin.1 After all, Americans want to feel good about themselves […]

Television as the New Literature: Understanding and Evaluating the Medium

This article first appeared in Christian Research Journal, volume 33, number 04 (2010). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS In a culture that has largely shifted from print to visual entertainment, television is the new literature. Given that the average American spends some five hours a day watching […]

Alternate Realities

Hank talks with a former Jehovah’s Witness who converted to Christianity. The caller asks about the possibility of

Philosophy and Christianity

Hank addresses the questions: what role does philosophy and reason play in the Christian life and what about Christians who

Leaving Omelas

With a clamor of bells that set the swallows soaring, the Festival of Summer came to the city Omelas, bright-towered by the sea. The ringing of the boats in the harbor sparkled with flags. In the streets between houses with red roofs and painted walls, between old moss-grown gardens and under avenues of trees, past […]

Reasonable Skepticism about Radical Skepticism

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume31, number5 (2008). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Synopsis Radical skepticism about the external world is the idea that we cannot have accurate knowledge about the physical world outside of our minds. That idea, if true, would […]

Immanuel Kant

Synopsis Immanuel Kant was a philosopher who critiqued the traditional view of epistemology (the study of knowledge) and sought a compromise between rationalism and empiricism. Rather than primarily or exclusively relying on human reason or experience to arrive at truth, Kant instead sought a philosophical synthesis of these approaches. In so doing, Kant’s philosophy resulted […]

Was Paul a Theocrat?

This article first appeared in the Viewpoint column of the Christian Research Journal, volume31, number3 (2008). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org In one of his editorials1 journal editor DerekH. Davis compassionately argues for a degree of separation of church and state and offers this advice to […]

Should Christians Be Tolerant?

This article first appeared in the Ask Hank column of the Christian Research Journal, volume30, number6 (2007). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org “Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear––hating even the clothing […]

Deconstructing Liberal Tolerance

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 22, number 3 (2000). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS Liberal Tolerance is perhaps the primary challenge to the Christian worldview current in North American popular culture. Proponents of this viewpoint argue that it is intolerant […]