Announcing True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism!

Let's play a quick word association game. Ready? Faith. Reason. Atheist. Christian. If you matched 'atheism' and 'reason' and put together 'Christian' and 'faith', then you've been influenced by the New Atheist movement. But what if these associations are the result of a PR campaign - and not supported by a careful look at the facts? In True Reason, we firmly but graciously challenge … [Read more...]

Dr. Alex Rosenberg on Understanding Reality and Taking Prozac

Epicurus wasn’t right when he argued that understanding the nature of reality is by itself enough to make a person happy. Alas, some people do get everything right about the universe and our place in it and remain dissatisfied. Satisfying themselves that science answers all the persistent questions correctly, they are still troubled. You, gentle reader, may be one of these people. Fortunately for … [Read more...]

Is Reason Better Than Religion?

What's better? To be fully reasonable or to have faith in God? Many atheists think it is better to be fully reasonable and scientific than cling to the false comfort of religious stories. A leading example of this perspective is Dr. Alex Rosenberg, a professor of philosophy at Duke University. In his book The Atheist's Guide to Reality, he explains the purpose of his book, namely, that "this … [Read more...]

Dr. Nabeel Qureshi on the Value of Following Jesus

In closing, I wish to appeal to those who are considering following Jesus, especially those who will sacrifice much by doing so. I will honestly say that my first year as a Christian was unimaginably difficult , without a doubt the most painful period of my life. Each and every day was a struggle, and I experienced depths of emotional pain I did not know possible. But I will also honestly say … [Read more...]

The Atheistic Reliability Problem

In preparing for the upcoming launch of True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism (March 1), I've been reading and re-reading the work of many New Atheists. It is a bit tiresome, after a while, to only read attacks against religion instead of a positive, evidence-based case for atheism. So I've shifted gears and started into Dr. Alex Rosenberg's The Atheist's Guide to … [Read more...]

Alister McGrath on C.S. Lewis’s Conversion

The traditional date of Lewis’s conversion would seem to require review. The evidence is best understood if Lewis’s subjective location of the event in his inner world is accepted, but his chronological location of the event is seen to have been misplaced. The nature or reality of Lewis’s conversion experience is not being called into question. The problem is that Lewis’s location of this event in … [Read more...]

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Dr. Nabeel Qureshi – A Book Review

Nabeel is a friend and colleague of mine; my review of his book is therefore ‘biased’ in the sense that I do not have a studied distance by which to evaluate it. But then again, that is also part of why I feel it is important to share my impressions of the book: knowing not only the power of Nabeel’s story in Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, but knowing Nabeel personally, I can share with great … [Read more...]

The Context of Apologetics

Context matters. For instance, if you're lying in a dark place and a strong man flashes a knife above your chest before plunging it down into your body, it makes a difference whether you are in a hospital or an alleyway. Motivation matters. For instance, if someone gives you a new car, it makes a difference whether they are trying to show you their love or set you up as the recipient of a … [Read more...]

J. Warner Wallace on the Apostles as Eyewitnesses

Growing up as a skeptic, I never thought of the biblical narrative as an eyewitness account. Instead, I saw it as something more akin to religious mythology— a series of stories designed to make a point. But when I read through the Gospels (and then the letters that followed them), it appeared clear that the writers of Scripture identified themselves as eyewitnesses and viewed their writings as … [Read more...]

Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace – A Book Review

Cold-Case Christianity, by retired cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace, has been strongly endorsed by Rick Warren, Lee Strobel, Craig Hazen, and Greg Koukl. And either due to a tremendous marketing campaign or great word of mouth (or both), the book has racked up nearly 200 “Five Star” reviews on Amazon.com in its first year of publication. My own experience with the book is very positive. … [Read more...]