Category: Culture

Arm’s-Length Prejudice and Real Respect

Imagine a guy who looks like a member of Hell’s Angels—tatted, scruffy, big-bearded, and all black leather—walks into a corporate headquarters in downtown Chicago. Think of a kid in a Bernie Sanders shirt that gives...

/ August 2, 2018

Born Again Unto Knowledge

Basis for Knowledge Cornelius Van Til, one of the great Reformed thinkers, wrote a letter to Francis Schaeffer about “the God who is there.” A considerable portion of Van Til’s work aimed to establish a...

/ July 25, 2018

Neither Dependence nor Independence

Perhaps the chief value of modern American society, apart from abstract “freedom” and capitalism, is individualism. The idea that we can be the best, do as we please, and be responsible for and to ourselves...

/ July 4, 2018

Ebola Deaths Rise As Patients Turn to Miracles Over Medicine: Christianity Today

This story is published in full at Christianity Today. The tight restrictions put in place to stop the latest flare-up of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) go against the typical rhythms of church...

/ June 29, 2018

Global Christianity Breakdown by Denomination and Rite

There are about 2.5 billion Christians in the world. That’s more than 35 percent of humanity. So why do so many Christians feel like they’re in the minority? Part of it is perception. Part of...

/ June 28, 2018

God Has a Patronus

Here’s an interesting theological and literary question I was thinking about recently: Is a Christian’s patronus really just the Holy Spirit? For muggles who don’t know, patronuses are sort of ghostly animals that play prominently...

/ June 27, 2018

Kardashev’s Scale and the Kingdom of God: Part 4 – Type 3 and 4 Civilizations

Now things are getting wilder. We started out with a discussion of the Kardashev Scale—a seven-phase scale gauging a civilization’s advancement based on how much energy it can harness—and how it relates to Christianity. We...

/ June 23, 2018

Kardashev’s Scale and the Kingdom of God: Part 3 – Type 2 Civilization

Last time we talked about what Christianity has to say about the not-too-distant future of human civilization. Specifically, the progress of humanity into a Type I civilization—one that can harness all the power of its...

/ June 22, 2018

Kardashev’s Scale and the Kingdom of God: Part 2 – Type 1 Civilization

What does Christianity have to say about the not-too-distant future of human civilization? As science fiction increasingly weaves into our reality, we need to think ahead and think well about how our theology will shape—and...

/ June 21, 2018

Kardashev’s Scale and the Kingdom of God: Part 1 – Christianity and the Cosmos

Despite our acknowledgement of the bigness of God and the length of eternity, Christians tend to focus on the here and now. Surely, it’s appropriate to emphasize presence in the present. We have but one...

/ June 20, 2018