The Core

The Core

These are some of my key posts on Thinking Christian to date, the ones most at the heart of what I want to communicate. Some of these also appear on my Favorites page, though the list there does not include this annotation.

Held By the Truth
About the motto at the top of every Thinking Christian blog page.

What Christ Does For Us
No arguments for Christianity, no possible evidences, could make the slightest difference apart from the reality of who Jesus Christ is, what He does for us, and why we need Him. It begins with

And continues (with links for the rest of the series in each post) through:

The Christian’s View of Reality

Ten Crucial Turning Points That Make All the Difference

The Beauty of God’s Way
I have many, many reasons for my belief in Jesus Christ. One of the best ways I’ve found to summarize them all is under the heading of beauty, meaning beauty as grace, goodness, truth, reality, fit (as a scientist construes beauty), and of course the common meaning of that which gives joy or delight. This series covers a lot of what I’ve had to think about this.

“Only Natural”
This is the only piece of fiction I’ve written for the blog. I wish the same muse would strike more often; it’s so fun when it does! I intended this piece to be read as a commentary on Barbara Forrest (see below), Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and others who see the world as “only natural.”

Apologetics
The Essential Missing Prologue To All Apologetics

The End of Right and Wrong?
This one came from the middle of a series on problems that arise in ethics for those who deny the reality of God.

Christians and Homosexual Activism
To Treat One Another As Humans

Spirituality and Life Outcomes
Research continually demonstrates that a spiritual life correlates with a healthy life. This page compiles news from science on that topic, and includes important perspectives on how to interpret it.

Barbara Forrest and Naturalism
A three-part series that was re-published by Apollos.ws, a philosophy of religion web site. Barbara Forrest is a prominent atheistic philosopher who has argued for naturalism, the belief that nothing exists but matter and energy and their effects. This is a philosophical response to one of her papers.

Intelligent Design and Religion
It has taken several blog posts, over several months, to come up with my position on this difficult issue. ID claims to be a science that is independent of religion. Under careful analysis, this claim is supportable and true, even though many ID theorists have religious motivations and many ideas within ID have religious implications. It’s difficult to sustain the distinctions related this, not because they are that complicated philosophically, but because ID enthusiasts and opponents alike have not thought it through adequately. Here is my small contribution to that much-needed effort.

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