Causes in Christian History, From Stark’s “The Triumph of Christianity”

Book Review, Part 1 The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World’s Largest Religion by Rodney Stark. I’m about one-third of my way through Rodney Stark’s 2012 book, The Triumph of Christianity. an historical survey of sociological causes and effects in Christian history. Stark is an historical sociologist; and in this work he speaks […]

Thank You, Thinking Christian Readers!

It’s Thanksgiving here in the U.S., and I want to take the opportunity to thank you for reading Thinking Christian. You really encourage me by your presence. I especially appreciate you who are in the conversation: you make this a lively and thought-provoking place. I thank God for you, and I thank you!

A Message to Our Prayer and Financial Supporters

This morning, over our traditional holiday breakfast of homemade Norwegian tea ring and scrambled eggs, our family’s conversation turned to how the holidays are being overdone. I wouldn’t have thought it possible, but it’s true: commercialization is increasing every year. Thanksgiving has become as much about Black Friday as giving thanks. In some places Friday […]

For Religion News Visitors: Peter Boghossian Article Roadmap

Welcome to Visitors Coming By Way of Kimberly Winston’s Religion News Service Article (Click headline if this post does not display correctly.) Here is a more or less complete list of my articles on Peter Boghossian. The main series contains the meat of it. The Main Series Twelve Articles on Boghossian (Table of Contents) More […]

The Argument From Impressiveness

Mike Gene shows that elite scholars don’t have elite reasons for disbelieving in God. The effect of it is to reduce what seemed to be an argument from authentic authority to an argumentum ad populum impressivum instead. (Sorry, it doesn’t take much to bring me to the limits of my knowledge of Latin.)

Are You Closed To Evidence?

Commenter kaapstorm posed an interesting scenario some time ago. It’s led me to think of a new way to discuss what it means to be open or closed to evidence. It’s fanciful, of course; but it’s an interesting thought experiment nonetheless. Imagine your friend Matt spent the weekend with his friend Josh in a cabin […]

Dallas Willard Goes Home

Sad news for the rest of us: Dallas Willard, a prominent philosopher on a “quiet quest to subvert nominal Christianity” (according to a 2006 CT profile), died today after losing a battle with cancer. He was 77. . . . According to Gary Moon, executive director of the Dallas Willard Center at Westmont College, Willard […]