Christian Research Journal Archive

Does Inerrancy Matter Any Longer?

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 32, number 4 (2009). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Western Christians have little connection with history. Events of thirty years ago are easily forgotten and generally considered irrelevant to “today.” So it is not surprising that […]

A Reasonable Belief

This review first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 31, number 6 (2008). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Since 9/11, many in the “New Atheism” movement have done their best to undermine theism of any kind. While it would have been easy to have rolled […]

Discernment in an Age of Information Overload

This article first appeared in Christian Research Journal, volume 33, number 03 (2010). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS In our age of information overload, Christians must learn to discern between good and evil, right and wrong, truth and falsity. The need for discernment becomes particularly […]

The “Whole” Gospel Has a Few Holes of Its Own

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume33, number2(2010). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org. Is it possible to write a review that is at the same time sympathetic and critical? I hope so, because that is my goal with Richard Stearns’s The Hole in […]

Can Christians Celebrate the Passover?

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume34, number 2(2011). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org. In AD 49, the two major wings of the fledgling Christian faith met at Jerusalem to decide the fate of the church. The Pharisaic party claimed, “It is necessary […]

The Myths Christians Believe about Wealth and Poverty

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 32, number 4 (2009). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org In the twentieth-century battle between communism and capitalism, capitalism won. Except for preachers of the misguided “prosperity gospel,” however, many of us still worry about capitalism. Some […]

Neither Hindu nor Muslim

SYNOPSIS Sikhism has approximately 25 million followers worldwide, 16 million who reside in the state of Punjab (which straddles Northern India and Pakistan), where the religion originated nearly 500 years ago. Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, was born into Hinduism and familiar with Islam, but disillusioned with both. He nonetheless included some writings of […]

Dawkin’s and Darwin’s Three-Ring Circus

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume33, number2(2010). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://journal.equip.org. Some years ago an anonymous well-wisher sent Richard Dawkins a T-shirt bearing the slogan “Evolution: The Greatest Show on Earth.” The T-shirt inspired Dawkins with the title for his latest […]

The “Family” Quarrel

This article first appeared in Christian Research Journal, volume33, number03 (2010). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS The definition of family has become one of Christianity’s most controversial doctrines. In a time of international revision of marriage and family roles, widespread acceptance of cohabitation and high […]

Hateful, Vindictive Psalms?

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 O daughter of Babylon, you devastated one, How blessed will be the one who repays you With the recompense with which you have repaid us. How blessed will be […]