Category Archives: Philosophy

The Power behind the Anti-Bullying Fad

by Barry Creamer Anti-bullying is such a common and popular theme for the moment that I dont think its a stretch to call it a fad. Dont get me wrong. Not all fads are badat least not for whatever may give them their original traction. But there is a weakness in fads not too far removed from the weakness of the Old Testament law: us. In the case of fads, … Continue reading

The Supremacy of Voluntary Community

by Barry Creamer Every person experiences a tension between the desire to be an individual and to be part of a communityto act freely on immediate desires on the one hand, and to belong securely to a well-defined group on the other. But well-defined groups limit personal liberty. And personal liberties often perforate well-defined boundaries. Hence the tension. Some cultures (and the worldviews defining or entailed by them) favor the … Continue reading

Christianity and the Importance of Philosophy

by Joe Wooddell The Bible says not to be taken captive through philosophy (Col. 2:8). The warning, however, is not against philosophy (or the love of wisdom) in general, but rather to empty, worldly philosophy instead of a philosophy according to Christ. In fact, Paul used not only Scripture on Mars Hill in Acts 17, but philosophy also. He knew about worldly philosophy, as evinced by his familiarity with their … Continue reading

What Does Coke Mean by “America is Beautiful”?

by Joe Wooddell I dont know about you, but I was surprised to see Seattle pull out such an amazing win. Congratulations to them. The commercials during the Super Bowl are always interesting, and this year was no different. (The Tim Tebow ones were pretty funny this year.) But what does Coke mean by America is Beautiful? Coke did a commercial that started off great a cowboy out in the … Continue reading

The Undaunted Message of Freedom

by Brandon Smith. This was originally posted at Desiring God. I think, therefore I am. Ren Descartes penned this popular line in his 1637 treatise, Discourse on the Method, and its a good summary of the book itself. Heralding the importance of scientific discoveries and the necessity of doubting ones own view of the world, Descartes work is often considered the first domino to fall in what is now called … Continue reading

The Art of Questioning: An Interview with Matthew Lee Anderson

*Posted by Brandon Smith I amthrilled towelcome my friendMatthew Lee Anderson to the blog todayto talk about faith, doubt, and his new book on how to question well, The End of Our Exploring. Matthew is also the author of Earthen Vessels, blogs at the popular Mere-Orthodoxy, and has written for Christianity Today, The City, and The Gospel Coalition. He is a Perpetual Member of the Torrey Honors Instituteand is currently … Continue reading

The Beautiful Gospel

*Posted by Winston Hottman They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But is that true? Check out our podcast, Beauty and Excellence,as Criswell Colleges resident philosophers, Drs. Creamer and Wooddell, discuss the objectivity of beauty and how it relates to the gospel.

Love Note

*Posted by Kirk Spencer Last Valentines Day, a friend of mine said something I had never heard before. He said that when the Bible says the two shall become one flesh, its talking about kids. Husband and wife are one flesh in their children. Man and wife are no longer distinctly other and alone but become one as an other one. So becoming one flesh is not necessarily a reference … Continue reading

Living in Legoland

*Posted by Kirk Spencer I had this thought while eating an imaginary cookie: Thinkers from Plato to Piaget have philosophized about this tendency in children to pretend, and live, part-way at least, in an imaginary world. After I overly enjoyed my imaginary cookie, I washed it down with a cup of invisible tea all the while looking into the happy eyes of my preschool host. It was clear that the … Continue reading

Borrowed Beauty

*Posted by Kirk Spencer Recently I heard something about the college football championship. It wasnt anything about the game itself, but about one of the players girlfriend. Evidently a football commentator made some shockingly inappropriate and controversial statement about her during the game. He saidon national televisionthat she was pretty. And then he added insult-to-injury by suggesting that her beauty could be attractive to the opposite sex. And heres the … Continue reading