How to Win Arguments

Stop! Don’t do it!!! Do not engage in an argument with a trained arguer — at least not until you read this: Have you ever had an argument with a trained arguer — a lawyer, politician, apologist, someone on the debate team — and thought, “I wish I could win an argument sometimes?” I’ve been … Continue reading How to Win Arguments

ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

I invite you for just a moment to step with me into one of the great iconic movie scenes ever: “The Battle of Thermopylae.” I’m specifically talking about the fight scene in the movie “300” in which a handful of Spartans defend a small piece of territory for three days against the formidable Persian army. … Continue reading ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

Do Beliefs Matter When It Comes to Morality and Leadership?

Whenever there is disagreement on an important topic, one often played strategy is to claim the moral high ground. Morality is like the trump card of debates and so every side is eager to show why their position is more moral than the other’s. Whether it is in philosophy, politics, or even whose turn it … Continue reading Do Beliefs Matter When It Comes to Morality and Leadership?

Who Is My Neighbor?: A Response to Tim Keller

A recent article by Presbyterian Pastor Tim Keller calling for an openness to both American political parties by American Christians has gained a lot of attention. Writing in the New York Times, Pastor Keller argues that the legacy of the Christian Church’s position on social issues does not fit into our contemporary political situation today. Keller writes: “What should the … Continue reading Who Is My Neighbor?: A Response to Tim Keller

Thinking Correctly About “Separation of Church & State”: A Hermeneutical Approach

Is “separation of church and state” in any U.S. founding documents? This is a popular claim among many in the U.S., but the answer is an emphatic “no!” The phrase “wall of separation between church and state” is not in any U.S. founding documents, but is found in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the … Continue reading Thinking Correctly About “Separation of Church & State”: A Hermeneutical Approach

“Don’t Mix Politics & Religion!”

Complaint: Dear Tim, I love you man but I don’t want my politics and my religion mixed. I look up to you for religious context and commentary because you are an expert in the field. Not politics. That’s just your opinions and I can get that from every Tom, Dick and Harry… but not Tim. … Continue reading “Don’t Mix Politics & Religion!”

Ben Shapiro vs Rabbis on The Hebrew Messiah

If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed that conservative author, attorney and commentator Ben Shapiro has rocketed to societal prominence recently. With his impressive debating skills, quick wit, and top-notch writing, the self-proclaimed “Orthodox Jewish” Shapiro’s defense of Constitutional conservatism and Judeo-Christian values have been a much-needed breath of fresh air … Continue reading Ben Shapiro vs Rabbis on The Hebrew Messiah

Ford, Kavanaugh, & Evidence: A Woman’s Claims vs Lady Justice

Question Dear Tim, My heart hurts with this whole Ford vs Kavanaugh deal. Something I can’t wrap my mind around is how 99% of people are 100% sure they know what happened. It’s a scary thing for me to consider either possibility and the precedent each sets: 1) an innocent man’s life/family/career is destroyed because of … Continue reading Ford, Kavanaugh, & Evidence: A Woman’s Claims vs Lady Justice

The Importance of Apologetics

Apologetics is not, as it might sound, apologizing for one’s faith. Rather, the word apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia, which means a defense of one’s opinions or beliefs. If theology is the study of what one believes about God, then apologetics is the study of why one believes what they believe about God. … Continue reading The Importance of Apologetics

Critical Theory & Christianity

Critical theory is an ideology that is rapidly growing in influence: in the social justice movement, in academia, and in the culture at large. If you’ve ever been told that men cannot make statements about the morality of abortion, or that you should never challenge someone’s ‘lived experience,’ or that you are suffering from ‘internalized … Continue reading Critical Theory & Christianity