Leo Tolstoy’s What I Believe

Over spring break, I also read Leo Tolstoy's What I Believe. In this book, he relates his personal journey from atheism to his version of Christianity. Earlier in his life, he had no use for religion. During these years he wrote his novels and other famous works. But then, finding something lacking in himself, he... Continue Reading →

Review: Between Faith and Criticism

Mark A. Noll. Between Faith and Criticism: Evangelicals, Scholarship, and the Bible in America, 2nd ed. Vancouver: Regent College Publishing, 2004. xii + 271 pp. Author Information Mark Noll was born on July 18, 1946 in Iowa City. He received his B.A. in English from Wheaton College in 1969. From there, he went to the... Continue Reading →

The Virtue of Courage in Köstenberger’s Book Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue

Köstenberger opens his book addressing young, Christian scholars entering the world of academia. Distraught over the bifurcation of scholarship from faith, he argues that the two can be united successfully by the Christian scholar. The Christian scholar, according to Köstenberger, should be both academically rigorous and committed to his Christian faith. Both objectives can be... Continue Reading →

The Christian in Critical Thought: A Reflective Essay on Browne and Keeley and Belief Perseverance

In the final chapter of Asking the Right Questions, Browne and Keeley (B&K) mention several road-blocks to critical thinking. Among others, they discuss how belief perseverance limits the ability of a person to pursue critical thinking. Belief perseverance is the "tendency for personal beliefs to persevere" despite evidence to the contrary (171). These beliefs are... Continue Reading →

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