Pragmatism and Postmodernity (Groothuis)

In chapter six of Doug Groothuis' helpful book, Christian Apologetics, he does a nice job explaining and refuting postmodernism from a Christian point of view.  He notes that in postmodernity, "dialoging about one religion being true or another false is beside the point.  All are 'true' in the postmodern sense because they give meaning and direction to… Continue reading Pragmatism and Postmodernity (Groothuis)

The Evolutionary Theory of Religion

In part of his introduction to religion, Winfried Corduan briefly discusses the evolutionary theory of religion – a theory which more than a few people believe today.  Corduan gives three theoretical and methodological assumptions of the evolutionary theory of religion: 1) Religion is an aspect of human culture, which must be understandable without reference to… Continue reading The Evolutionary Theory of Religion

Avoiding False Spirituality/Spiritualities

There are many popular quasi- and pseudo-Christian spiritualities in existence today.  The “Christian” bestsellers typically include books about spirituality without a clear explanation of or belief in the gospel.  Some popular “Christian” authors deny key aspects of the historic faith and others talk about being spiritual without much dependence on Scripture.  You can find bestselling… Continue reading Avoiding False Spirituality/Spiritualities

The Biological Basis For Religion?

As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, Douglas Groothuis’ Christian Apologetics has many strong points.  One part I appreciated was his section on neurotheology, which is the study of the biological basis for religious beliefs.  Some scientists today believe that religious beliefs (e.g. belief in God) can be explained “on the basis of certain functions… Continue reading The Biological Basis For Religion?

The Religious Compartment

 Two days ago I mentioned William Wilberforce’s book called Real Christianity (that’s the modern title for it anyway).  In chapter four he explains the true character of the real Christian life and then contrasts it with the beliefs and practices of nominal Christians.  The second section of this chapter is where Wilberforce describes how nominal… Continue reading The Religious Compartment