Mapping the Origins Debate: Six Models of the Beginning of Everything

imagesI’ve just started reading Gerald Rau’s book Mapping the Origins Debate: Six Models of the Beginning of Everything, and I must say, I am finding it incredibly helpful. There is a lot of heat, and less light these days in the so-called “science vs. religion” wars. Rau’s purpose (as far as I can tell 80 pages in) is simply to educate without taking a side on the various positions one may hold in explaining four separate events: the origin of the universe, life, species, and humans. The book is well organized and contains many helpful charts (these alone are worth the price of the book) at the end that set each of the models side-by-side, highlighting similarities and differences.

Top Five Blogs from 2012

UnknownThis week marks the year anniversary of the Brilliant and Beautiful Blog. One year ago I decided to add my voice to the cacophony that is the Internet, and in my first-ever blog I explained why.

Traditional Theology, Apologetics, and the Gospel: Or “Should we be traditional theologians?”

In an interesting article by the philosopher Scott Shalkowski, he asks, “How much stock should we invest in traditional theology?”[1] I think the answer to this question has interesting implications related to apologetics, the gospel, and the nature of theology.

The Antidote to Shallow and Narrow Lives: or My Favorite Books of 2012

C.S. Lewis once wrote, “If only one had time to read a little more: we either get shallow and broad or narrow and deep.”[1] In this age of video, it is easy to become either “an inch deep and a mile wide”—experts of nothing, commentators on everything—or one-dimensional sycophants, people who think only of self, imagine the history of the world to be the scope of their lives, and constantly seek the stream of experience to feed their selfishness.

Lessons from the Hobbit

With J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday tomorrow (January 3rd), I can’t help but turn to one of my favorite tales, The Hobbit, to share a few of my favorite moments in the loveable adventure of Bilbo Baggins. To “prepare” for the movie, I recently re-read the book to my 6 and 9 year-old sons, and found many rich passages to give us insight into life, and I’ll share a few highlights in this post.