Philosophy Archive

Is Colossians 2:8 a Warning against Philosophy?

This article first appeared in the Practical Hermeneutics column of the Christian Research Journal, volume29, number3 (2006). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org I teach at a Christian university that has a strong emphasis on defending the faith. Our commitment to missions, evangelism, and engaging a postmodern […]

What is relativism and how do we refute it?

Relativism refers to the denial of objective truths. The individual or culture becomes the standard of judgment, rather than an objective, universal, and eternal reality. There are many forms of relativism. Common forms of moral relativism, for example, say that what is right and wrong amounts to the subjective preferences of an individual or culture. […]

Religious Stew

The great philosopher Socrates once counseled, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” The theological parallel is just as valid: The unexamined faith is not worth believing. Sadly, this advice is often ignored. A letter to the editor of my local paper is a case in point. Responding to a previous letter by a Christian, […]

The Great Divide

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 26, number 2 (2003). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org MENDING WALL Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, And spills the upper boulders in the sun, And makes gaps […]

The Postmodern Challenge

Summary “Openness” (without the restraint of reason) and “tolerance” that rejects all moral absolutes are the mandates of postmodern ideology. This thinking has dominated America’s “politically correct” universities for over a decade. Moreover, postmodernism is gaining a clear and growing consensus in popular culture. Consequently, Christians today face unique challenges as we seek to communicate […]

The Matrix: Unloaded Revelations

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 27, number 1 (2004). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS Everyone who has seen The Matrix trilogy knows that it presents a religious/philosophical worldview; what that worldview is, however, is a matter of debate. Some have […]

The Myth of Tolerance

This article first appeared in the Practical Apologetics column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 24, number 4 (2002). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org One word can stop you in your tracks when you seek to “give an account for the hope that is in you” […]

The Law Written on their Hearts

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 25, number 2 (2002). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS The natural law theory is an ethical theory that claims human beings naturally recognize moral law at least in a general way; that is, humans strive […]

Jesus: Philosopher and Apologist

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 25, number 2 (2002). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Contrary to the views of critics, Jesus Christ was a brilliant thinker, who used logical arguments to refute His critics and establish the truth of His views. […]

Why Christians Should Examine All the Wares in the Marketplace of Ideas

This article first appeared in the Viewpoint column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 26, number 1 (2003). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Imagine sitting around a table and talking with friends when someone asks, “Why do some people want to legalize drugs?” “I don’t know, […]