3 reasons why you should read (and my favorite books of 2013)

imagesOne of the great pleasures in life is reading a good book. I love to read. I always have a book in my hand (or nearby). I’d hate to find myself with some extra time and nothing to read—I’d probably end up (horror) wasting that time flipping through Facebook on my phone—and miss out on the chance to enter the world of story or learn a thing or two about philosophy or science or theology.

Augustine’s Confessions: Some Lessons for Apologetics

Unknown-1In my last post, I shared the story of Augustine’s conversion to Christianity. It is a powerful story of the grace of God to save sinners. It is one of the first spiritual autobiography of the western world. Augustine thought of all of life in terms of wander and return. The propensity of the human heart is to wander away from God. And then, as God graciously pursues us, we find a return of the human heart to God. This is Augustine’s story. This is the story of the Bible.

Augustine’s Confessions: An Invitation to Return Home

UnknownIf you have not read Augustine’s Confessions, I highly recommend it (at least the first 9 chapters, where he details his spiritual autobiography). I find it a richly devotional book. And I find his story fascinating and encouraging. If someone as bad as Augustine can find Christ, and change then there is hope for me. If someone as broken as Augustine can become whole and live life as God intended, then there is hope for me. And there is hope for you. 

What Best Explains the Mind to World Fit?

imagesA deep fact about the nature of our universe is the remarkable conformity of our human minds to its patterning. According to John Polkinghorne, “we live in a world whose physical fabric is endowed with transparent rational beauty.”[1] From the large-scale structure of our universe described by cosmology to the small-scale processes described by quantum theory, our universe is characterized by a wonderful order that is expressible in concise and elegant mathematical terms. The Laws of Nature are breathtakingly simple—and suggestive—it is as if the universe is haunted by a Mind behind it all.

C.S. Lewis, Religion, Rocketry, and Other Worlds

UnknownIn his essay “Religion and Rocketry”—originally published in 1958 as “Will we Lose God in Outer Space?”—C.S. Lewis raises the question of alien life in a world created by God. What if life was discovered on other planets? What would such a discovering mean for Christianity? Would such a discovery be the basis for a new attack on Christianity? Or seized by the faithful as the basis for a new defense?