Morality, Media, and Philosophical Pluralism

One dominate trait of our American culture is what Don Carson calls “philosophical pluralism.”  This is the belief or philosophy that no person, claim, or ideology is superior to another one.  “The only absolute creed is the creed of pluralism.  No religion has the right to pronounce itself right or true, and the others false,… Continue reading Morality, Media, and Philosophical Pluralism

The Early Church on Homosexuality

In the days of the early church – I’m thinking specifically of the 2nd century – Christian apologists had to defend the faith against false charges, accusations, and misrepresentations.  One such apologist, Athenagoras (d. 200 AD?), wrote a booklet to Roman rulers called A Plea for the Christians.   This apology by Athenagoras is still quite relevant… Continue reading The Early Church on Homosexuality

Calvin on the Great Usefulness of the Law

In his Institutes of the Christian Religion, Calvin talks about three parts, or uses, of the law (I.II.VII.6-12).  First, he said, the law “warns, informs, convicts, and lastly condemns, every man of his own unrighteousness. …The law is like a mirror.  In it, we contemplate our weakness….”  Second, Calvin said the law restrains people by… Continue reading Calvin on the Great Usefulness of the Law

The Dawkins Letters: Challenging Atheist Myths

 I'm thoroughly enjoying David Robertson's The Dawkins Letters: Challenging Atheist Myths.  This book is a chapter-by-chapter response to Richard Dawkins' well known title, The God Delusion.  I'll come back and write more on this later; for now, I want to point out the great counter argument Robertson gives to Dawkins' Darwinian explanation of morality. Dawkins defines goodness… Continue reading The Dawkins Letters: Challenging Atheist Myths

Turretin on Natural Law

Near the beginning of his 3-volume theological work, Institutes of Elenctic Theology, Francis Turretin (d. 1687) argues from Scripture that all humans have a sense of the divine (sensus divinitatis).  One reference he uses to prove this point is Romans 2:14-15 (quoted below).  Here are his comments. “We find in man a natural law written… Continue reading Turretin on Natural Law