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In another recent posting, O’Neill tackles the oft-echoed claim that Christianity destroyed ancient classical learning wholesale, as wildly claimed in the recent book by a Catherine Nexey,  The Darkening Age (the strapline:  “A gripping account of how the early Christians annihilated the art and teachings of the Classical world from a brilliant young historian”).  With impressive patience and industriousness, O’Neill produced a detailed examination of the evidence of the library of Photios of Constantinople (ca. 810-893 CE) here .  The results:  Photios’ library include many, many non-Christian, Classical texts as well as Christian ones.  And noting those that survived and those lost, O’Neill shows that the rough percentage of loss was the same for Christian as for non-Christian (Classical) texts.  That is, learned Christians such as Photios continued to read and hold Classical texts; and the chances of Classical texts surviving seems to have been on average about the same as the chances of Christian texts surviving the varied effects of history.

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Top 17 Books of 2017: The Best New Christian Nonfiction

The Protestant Reformation reclaimed a lot of things — including the beauty and value of marriage. The Luthers enjoyed a sweet marriage in many ways, but it was not without challenges. Katharina, the runaway nun, carried incredible domestic responsibilities, but was not meek, and often displayed a very strong will. Martin, the renegade monk, respected women, but made disparaging comments about them too, at times, even once making it clear that his ideal wife would be chiseled from stone as a quiet and obedient woman (cringe). Needless to say, marriage did not come naturally to either of them, but in the end, “Luther found the best possible partner in Katharina, a woman who deeply loved and respected him, yet also managed his volatile moods and his difficult personality and offered him intellectual stimulation and companionship. Luther undoubtedly understood how challenging and difficult he was. Feisty and strong, courageous and smart, industrious and utterly devoted, Katharina was, in fact, the perfect match for Martin Luther, and he knew it” (212). They do complement one another in a beautiful way.

David Limbaugh: Apologetics was a necessary step

We all know [that] embracing Christianity’s truth claims intellectually isn’t all there is to it, but in my case it was a necessary step before I could trust Christ for the remission of my sins and for eternal life. So “belief” in Christ requires more than intellectual assent – but apologetics played a pivotal role in my eventual intellectual assent.

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Is Christianity at War with Science?

Personally I think there is no reason for a war between science and Christian faith. The current argument going in this direction – and I completely agree with it – goes back to medieval scholastic philosophy. On the one hand, it seems plausible that God as the Creator of everything allows humans to understand His Creation, at least to some extent. On the other hand, science is the attempt – nothing more but an attempt; most modern scientists agree with this point – to understand our world, in turn just to some extent and step by step. So, in principle, there is no dichotomy between Christian faith and science. There still are other arguments, perhaps more specific with regard to the alleged opposition between Christian faith and science. Contrarily to other religions, Christianity does not ask a literal reading of the Sacred Scripture. Far from being an arbitrary expression of some modernism, this point is anchored in the Old Testament Itself. In the Exodus, Moses, after having met God on Mount Sinai, comes back to his people which, meanwhile had fallen back into polytheism. Overwhelmed by anger, he breaks the Law Tables he had received by God.

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Is the Museum of the Bible Worth Visiting? Yes!

We reserved our tickets online (which are free to the public) and then spent about 1 hour and 45 minutes walking through the six-story, 400,000 square foot Museum. Since my son is 13, he was ready to go after about an hour and a half. But he rated it as 4 out of 5 stars, and during our visit he was constantly saying, “Dad, check this out!” I could have easily spent 2-3 more hours slowly perusing the 40,000+ ancient artifacts and facsimiles.

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As human beings, we are created with desires. We all long for meaningful relationships, lives that reflect goodness, engagements with beauty, and the freedom to pursue our lives with integrity. But where can our restless hearts find fulfillment for these universal longings? Philosopher and apologist Greg Ganssle argues that our widely shared human aspirations are best understood and explained in the light of the Christian story. With grace and insight, Ganssle explains how the good news of Jesus Christ makes sense of―and fulfills―our deepest desires. It is only in the particular claims of the Christian faith, he argues, that our universal human aspirations can find fulfillment and our restless hearts will be at peace.

Are You Waiting for Your Wedding Day?

That day not only guarantees a happily-ever-after future, but also transforms how you live today, in marriage or in singleness. If you are a Christian, God calls you to live like the best is yet to come — because it is.

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Ever Wondered What the Most—and Least—Charitable States in America Are?

Even though it was produced by a financial site, the report isn’t only concerned with charitable giving; time spent on “volunteering and service” also factored into the overall numbers which were compiled by looking at data from a collection of sources including Gallup, the Census Bureau, Department of Housing and Urban Development, the IRS and the organization Feeding America.

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1 Corinthians 6:19–20: Your Body Is a Temple

In this lab, Pastor John reminds us that not only are the people of God the dwelling place of God, but that he cares how clean his house is.

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Why Religious Freedom Should Matter to Absolutely Everyone

Why should religious freedom matter to everyone? Because the value we put on religious liberty shows how much we really care about freedom. If you’re going to be able to work for the common good—with people from all sorts of backgrounds—the law has got to protect your freedom to live by your convictions.

Renewing Your Mind | One Person, Two Natures: Ask. R.C. | Nov 28, 2017

Since Jesus is God, why did He have to learn things? Today on this special Ask R.C. edition of Renewing Your Mind, R.C. Sproul answers your questions about the person of Christ, images of Christ, and prayer.

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How Your Faith Can Withstand Intellectual Assault

How Your Faith Can Withstand Intellectual Assault By Timothy W. Massaro Living in a secular age means living with our faith being contested. We are surrounded by people who believe and act differently from us. Our faith feels intellectually vulnerable. We must not take for granted the faith handed down by our parents. In fact, statistics show that those who merely have a faith that is passed down to them end up losing it if they never come to accept the faith’s claims for themselves. We need to think critically about how our hearts and minds are being shaped by the world around us, not only intellectually but in what we believe is good and beautiful. This takes virtue and wisdom. In his classic work, Mere Christianity , C.S. Lewis wrote that Christ “told us to be not only ‘as harmless as doves,’ but also ‘as wise as serpents.’” Jesus really wants “a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head.” We need the wisdom of a serpent and the virtue of a dove. This is true for all of us. We need to be more discerning in our day and to know our faith better. Here are three reasons apologetics can help us withstand intellectual assaults upon our faith in our secular age along with some resources to get you started: 1.

Kingdom of David and Solomon Supported by Growing Evidence

In Haaretz , an Israeli news site, you can watch Bible stories rise from the dust. For decades, liberals critics have said that Biblical kings David and Solomon were mythical heroes invented by later Bible writers. It’s hard to say that any more. Philippe Bohstrom has done a service to those who prefer to trust the Bible over man’s changing opinions, pulling together in one place the latest findings that support the great kings of the united monarchy.

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Free Webinar Tomorrow — Stephen Meyer on "Seeing the Signature in the Cell" | Evolution News

It’s the next best thing to being there: Join Stephen Meyer for a live, free webinar, tomorrow from 10 AM to 12 PM, Pacific time, sponsored by the Forum of Christian Leaders (FOCL). It’s “ The Case for Intelligent Design — Seeing the Signature in the Cell .”

What If God Takes It All Away? Trusting Him Through Financial Struggles

In a two-year period, we went from debating how to redesign and remodel our kitchen to wrestling with how we would feed our family of six on food stamps. Both seasons have presented different challenges. In comfort, it was a constant temptation to put our confidence and joy in the false security that wealth gave us. While we desired to honor Christ with all that we had, if I’m honest, it was far too easy to be distracted by the excess.

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BP Podcast: Keith Getty – Getty Sing!

On this episode of the BreakPoint Podcast, Warren Cole Smith interviews composer and hymn writer Keith Getty about Keith’s passion—and what he calls a biblical command—for congregational singing.

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Your financial support is vital to this ministry, especially as we approach the end of the year. I hope you will please consider chipping in $5 right now via my donation page to help keep us going—or better yet, please consider becoming a monthly financial partner . Running TPE, along with my additional responsibilities as a member of the Ratio Christi National Staff , is a full time job and your support is vital to keep us going and growing; providing daily resources and articles to help equip you to commend and defend the faith in a world that is ever increasing in hostility toward Christianity. Blessings to all of you and yours as we approach the celebration of the birth of Jesus this Christmas Season! —Greg West (founder/editor of The Poached Egg)

Did Public Controversy over the Nashville Statement Hurt the Cause?

We now get over 1,200 emails a month from listeners. Thank you — please keep them coming in. And of course we got a few emails relating to the Nashville Statement , which was a public document you signed, Pastor John, on human sexuality. But we actually only got ten emails about the statement in total, and most of those emails were sympathetic. By far, the most articulate pushback came from a listener named Amy in this email. “Hello, Pastor John, thank you for this podcast! I’m sure you’re aware of the criticisms surrounding the Nashville Statement, released back in August from outside the church but also from within the evangelical world, too. It created quite a stir. I know of faithful, orthodox, reformed church planters and pastors working in larger metropolitan contexts who find this statement unhelpful, even as the document contains affirmations and denials that are completely true, biblical, and agreeable to them. It seems to be a matter of two related questions: (1) Is hot-topic orthodoxy, announced and affirmed in the wide-open public realm, appropriate in a ‘casting pearls before swine’ kind of way? and (2) Is it helpful or harmful for outreach to draw public lines in the sand over ideology, which, at worst, is seen as politically motivated by the world, or is at least something that adds a new wall of separation between the Christians in a local church from the liberal, unbelieving neighbors they are trying to reach within a neighborhood, first through relationship building? I hope this makes sense.

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Pursuing God intellectually: Being honest about our questions

Jesus identified the greatest commandment as loving God with our all of who we are, and Jesus specifically included loving God with our minds. But what does this mean? I suggested that we understand this as pursuing God intellectually in a way that is consonant with other relational pursuits. When we love someone, we want to know things. We are intellectually curious about what makes them tick.

What the New Midlife Crisis Means for Christian Women

Another friend of mine knows firsthand what a difference this promise makes. On top of juggling a family business and kids with complicated schedules, her mom has been in hospice care for the past few months. “How are you doing?” I asked, wondering if she was feeling as overwhelmed and exhausted as the women I’d just been reading about. “It’s hard, but I’m okay,” she said. “God has put a lot of people in my life, and it helps. We are going to be okay.”

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One final element is the key to persevering with the zeal required in this search. You and your family should feel a sense of persistent unease knowing that you are not in covenant fellowship with a local church and are not under the authority of undershepherds caring for your souls. The freedom and absence of accountability many experience in the search for a new church can cause a sinful complacency.

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How to Find Joy in Your Work

God never works just to get a paycheck. God never works to prove himself out of some kind of internal insecurity. He never works to get something he needs, for he provides everything for his creation out of his abundance (Acts 17:25). God’s work is always the overflow of his joy in being the triune God. And as Jonathan Edwards said, “It is no argument of the emptiness or deficiency of a fountain that it is inclined to overflow” ( God’s Passion for His Glory , 165).

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Here’s Where Evangelicals Are Giving the Most and Least

“We are encouraged to see donations to our member organizations continuing to increase each year,” stated Dan Busby, ECFA president and CEO. “Members of ECFA are doing wonderful work to serve people in need in myriad ways, and donations made to these ministries are being used to make the world a better place.”

The Challenges of Going to Church Alone as a Christian Married to a Non-Believer

First, we must grapple with the societal norms of coupledom. Ahem, that's not a small challenge! Our western society is significantly "couple" focused. Gathering up the nerve to participate in anything within a group takes a ton of courage and prayer. At least it did for me and I'm usually a courageous person. But after remaining a floundering believer at home for too many years, there came a day when my need for connection and community outweighed my fears. I stepped timidly across the threshold of my local church.

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MCALLISTER: A Response To Ben Shapiro: Christians Shouldn't Feel Guilty About Voting For Roy Moore

As with any debate, it helps first to explain terminology. When I describe a candidate as “morally questionable,” I am not talking about established criminality, abuses, or moral failings that would outright disqualify a candidate from office or put the public at risk. I am talking about personal sins and past immoral actions that taint one’s character. I am not talking about an evil or wicked man, or a Hitleresque individual who promises economic prosperity while committing genocide.

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'Pocahontas' Isn't a Punchline

I watched the movie, sang the songs. It was a cherished part of my childhood. But the reality is (like most of what I was taught in history books) it was a lie. The true story of Pocahontas, or Matoaka, is not what the movie portrays,  and is far more gruesome–far more true to the reality many indigenous women have faced throughout history.

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