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In about two or three months Touchstone Magazine will be printing my review of The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Case For the Existence of the Soul, by Mario Beauregard and Denyse O’Leary. I was a subscriber to the magazine long before the possibility of writing for it came up. What I’ve always appreciated about it is its thinking Christian eclecticism.

This is not the kind of religious eclecticism that borrows too freely and too widely from various faiths. Touchstone calls itself a “Journal of Mere Christianity.” C.S. Lewis, in his book of that name, defined “Mere Christianity” as the set of beliefs that all historic Christian traditions share. Touchstone gathers material from Protestant, Roman, and Orthodox traditions, yet remaining careful to stay within categories of shared Biblical beliefs. Thus you will find much of the glory of Jesus Christ here, but not (for example) Marian doctrine.

There’s a second kind of eclecticism in the magazine. The topics under consideration range from straight Biblical exegesis, to Virgil, to Intelligent Design, to pro-life advocacy, to the persecuted church. And much more. Mix that with the varying authors’ traditions and what you get is refreshing variety: reading material that’s off your beaten path, whatever that path may be. The articles generally the well-read, but do not expect specialist knowledge from readers.

So add to your refreshment a touch of challenge, built on a solid Biblical foundation, and you have Touchstone–strongly recommended for thinking Christians.

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Tom Gilson

Vice President for Strategic Services, Ratio Christi Lead Blogger at Thinking Christian Editor, True Reason BreakPoint Columnist

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  1. I’ll be looking forward to your review of the book on neuroscience in “Touchstone” since I am also a subscriber and occasional contributor. Philosophers from ancient times down to Karl Popper and the present have presented powerful arguments distinguishing mind from body, but many scientists have naively tried to equate the two. From their title, I gather that Beauregard and Leary take a more sophisticated view of what science can say about the mind-brain relationship.

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