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2019

The Value of Christian Doctrine and Apologetics

Dr. Michael Gleghorn makes a case for why Christian doctrine and apologetics are important for spiritual growth and maturity.

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2016

God Space: Where Spiritual Conversations Happen Naturally

This article, based on Doug Pollock’s book by the same title, is offered simply to introduce our readers to Pollock’s book. Those who want to learn more about how to engage in spiritual conversations both naturally and effectively are encouraged to read (and apply) Pollock’s book for themselves.

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2015

Those Admirable English Puritans

Michael Gleghorn corrects a number of misunderstandings and stereotypes about the Puritans, suggesting there is much about them to admire.

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2014

The Reliability of Kings and Chronicles

I was inspired to write this article (which has been co-authored with Rodger Young) as a result of conversations with my wife, who struggled mightily with the “mysterious numbers” in Kings and Chronicles for quite some time before encountering the help provided in the book by Edwin Thiele and, more particularly, the articles of Rodger Young.

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2013

English Politics, Puritanism, & John Bunyan

This paper looks at the life and thought of John Bunyan in the context of 17th century English politics and Puritanism.

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2013

Historical Criticism and the Bible

Although many approaches to reading the Bible are practiced in universities today, historical criticism continues to demand attention because it so often threatens the faith of those who are unprepared to respond to it.This article attempts to help readers see that this method is often grounded in naturalistic assumptions—assumptions which Christians have no good reason to accept, and many good reasons to reject.

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2013

Ancient Perspectives on Happiness

This article explores what happiness is—and how it might be wisely pursued (and even attained). After examining several pagan views from the ancient world, Michael Gleghorn argues for a view set forth by the great church father, Augustine.

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2011

Song of Songs

This paper offers a summary and review of Roland Murphy's commentary on the Song of Songs.

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2011

The Judaizing Calvin

This paper offers a summary and review of G. Sujin Pak's
book, "The Judaizing Calvin: Sixteenth-Century Debates over the Messianic Psalms."

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2011

Reformation Articles

This paper offers a summary and review of three
important articles dealing with biblical interpretation in the
Reformation era.

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2011

The All-Powerful God

Michael Gleghorn examines the important doctrine of the omnipotence of God, and what it means for God to be all-powerful.

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2011

The Population of Hell: A Molinist Approach

This paper argues that a Molinist approach provides the best way of accounting for the population of hell.

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2011

Theology of Hope

This paper offers a summary and review of Jürgen Moltmann's book, "Theology of Hope".

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2011

Antichrist: Two Thousand Years
of the Human Fascination With Evil

This paper offers a summary and review of Bernard McGinn's book, "Antichrist: Two Thousand Years of the Human Fascination with Evil".

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2010

The All-Present God

Michael Gleghorn takes us deeper into an understanding of why the doctrine of God's omnipresence is comforting and important.

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2010

Modern Christian Thought:
The Twentieth Century

This essay offers a summary and review of the first half of James Livingston's volume on modern Christian thought in the twentieth century.

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2010

The Roads to Modernity: The British, French
and American Enlightenments

This essay offers a summary and review of Gertrude Himmelfarb's book, "The Roads to Modernity: The British, French, and American Enlightenments.

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2010

Inter-Religious Dialogue

This article briefly surveys the trend of inter-religious dialogue from the Reformation to the present.

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2010

A Defense of Divine Middle Knowledge
Against a Charge of Incoherence

This article offer a defense of divine middle knowledge against a particular version of the grounding objection.

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2010

A Brief Account of the Development of Doctrine

This essay offers a brief look at the development of Christian doctrine and attempts to show how we might recognize and account for it both biblically and theologically.

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2010

God, Time and Creation

This article offers an analysis and evaluation of the debate between William Lane Craig and Alan Padgett regarding the nature of God's relationship to time and creation.

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2010

Development and Diversity in the History of Doctrine

This essay examines the development of Christian doctrine and attempts to show how we might account for it both biblically and theologically.

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2010

Hume's Critique of Miracles

This article examines philosopher David Hume's famous argument against miracles, showing it to fail at its objective.

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2010

The Spirit of Eastern Christendom: Volume 2

This essay offers a summary and review of Jaroslav Pelikan's, The Spirit of Eastern Christendom (600-1700), vol. 2 of The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine

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2010

The History of Dogma: Volume 2

This essay offers a summary and review of volume two of Adolf von Harnack's The History of Dogma.

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2009

Karl Barth’s Early Hermeneutics:
A Critical Appreciation

A critical appreciation for the early hermeneutics of Karl Barth.

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2009

C. S. Lewis, the BBC, and Mere Christianity

This article explores the series of talks C.S. Lewis provided for the BBS that eventually became Book I in his bestselling work of basic theology, Mere Christianity.

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2009

Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity
in the Age of Reason

This paper offers a summary and review of Michel Foucault's book by the same title.

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2009

Historiography in the Twentieth Century:
From Scientific Objectivity to
the Postmodern Challenge

This paper offers a summary and review of Georg G. Iggers's book by the same title.

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2009

A Pilgrim's Progress: Suffering in the Life of John Bunyan

This article looks at the life, ministry, and sufferings of John Bunyan and attempts to draw some helpful lessons for our own lives.

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2009

Christ and the Human Condition

This article looks at how God has acted in Christ to address those things which ail us most: sin, suffering, death, and our broken relationship with God.

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2009

The Nature of the Resurrection Body
in the Theology of Wolfhart Pannenberg:
An Analysis and Critique

This paper offers an analysis and critique of Wolfhart Pannenberg’s view of the nature of the resurrection body.

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2009

The Dominance of Evangelicalism:
The Age of Spurgeon and Moody

This paper offers a summary and review of David Bebbington's book by the same title.

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2009

The Variety of American Evangelicalism

This paper offers a summary and review of a collection of essays edited by Donald Dayton and Robert Johnston.

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2009

The Courage to be Protestant: Truth-Lovers,
Marketers and Emergents in the Postmodern World

This paper offers a summary and review of David Wells' book by the same title.

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2009

Deconstructing Evangelicalism:
Conservative Protestantism in the Age of Billy Graham

This paper offers a summary and review of D. G. Hart's book by the same title.

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2008

Reasonable Faith

This article briefly examines some of the reasons why noted Christian philosopher William Lane Craig believes that Christianity is an eminently reasonable faith.
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2008

Pannenberg's Systematic Theology, Volume 1

This paper provides a summary of German theologian Wolfhart Pannenberg's Systematic Theology, Volume One.

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2008

Tradition and Scripture

This article explores tradition and its relationship to Scripture.

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2008

Faith, Film and Philosophy:
Big Ideas on the Big Screen - Review Essay

This paper attempts a summary and evaluation of the book by the same title edited by Douglas Geivett and James Spiegel.

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2008

The Blackwell Guide to Theology
and Popular Culture: Review Essay

This paper reviews Kelton Cobb's book by the same title.

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2008

Augustine on Popular Culture:
An Ancient Take on a Modern Problem

This article explores the relationship between Christian believers and popular culture.

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2008

Theological Method:
An Exploratory Evangelical Proposal

This paper presents an exploratory proposal for an evangelical theological method.

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2008

Paul Tillich's Theological Method:
A Summary Evaluation

This paper attempts a summary and evaluation of Tillich’s theological method.

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2008

A Brief Theology of Revelation

This paper reviews Colin Gunton's book by the same title.

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2008

There is a God

This article examines some of the arguments and evidence that led Antony Flew, the world's most notorious atheist, to change his mind about God.

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2007

Prophecies of the Messiah

This article argues that the Bible contains genuine prophecies about a coming Messiah that were accurately fulfilled in the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus.

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2007

Dealing with Doubt

Both Christians and non-Christians can wrestle with doubts about the truth of Christianity. This article explores why doubts arise and what we can do about them.

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2007

"Body Building": Edifying Thoughts
about Our Bodies

This article examines the Christian view of the body. When our ideas about the body go wrong, many other Christian beliefs can be negatively affected.

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2006

Gospel Truth or Fictitious Gossip?

Do we have good reasons to believe that the stories about Jesus were reliably preserved by his followers before being recorded in the Gospels?

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2006

Problems and Promises of Petitionary Prayer

This article examines some of the problems and promises of petitionary prayer, with special attention given to some of the Scriptural reasons why our prayer requests may sometimes be denied.

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2006

The Gospel of Judas

The Gnostic document, The Gospel of Judas, is not a trustworthy account of either Judas, nor of Jesus, and is not a threat to orthodox Christianity.

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2006

Crime and Punishment

A theological reading of Dostoevsky's penetrating study of the psychology of sin, guilt, and redemption, as found in his great novel, Crime and Punishment.

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2006

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe:
Reflections on Its Meaning

This articles offers an overview of C.S. Lewis' classic story and reflects on some of the Christian themes within its pages.

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2006

An Exploration of Religious Knowledge

Is religious knowledge possible? Can we make intelligible statements about God - or are such statements simply meaningless? Traditionally, the Christian response to such questions has been that religious knowledge, including knowledge of God, is genuinely possible. But others have argued against this position. This article will explore these issues further.

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2005

Redeeming the Da Vinci Code

An expanded version of the 2004 article critiquing of the The Da Vinci Code novel's theories about the Bible, Jesus, and the early church. Demonstrates that most of these theories are simply false.

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2005

C.S. Lewis and the Riddle of Joy

"What if nothing in this world can satisfy our desire because the object of our desire is other-worldly?"

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2005

Why We Shouldn't Hate Philosophy

Philosophy does have value in the Christian life, and Christians don't need to hate or fear it. Thinking critically about some of life's most important questions is a way for us to fulfill the biblical mandate to love God with our minds and influence the culture for Christ.

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2005

The Law of Rewards

This article explores the biblical doctrine of eternal rewards. The Bible promises believers heavenly rewards for earthly obedience.

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2005

History and the Christian Faith

Discusses the importance of history for Christianity and challenges the view of radical historical relativism.

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2004

Decoding the Da Vinci Code

Critique of the The Da Vinci Code novel's theories about the Bible, Jesus, and the early church. Demonstrates that most of these theories are simply false.

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2004

The Self-Understanding of Jesus

Examines some sayings and deeds of Jesus, accepted by many critical scholars as historically authentic to see what they imply about Jesus' self-understanding.

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2004

The Urantia Book

Offers a brief introduction and biblical critique of The Urantia Book--a book allegedly revealed by superhuman personalities from higher universes.

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2003

Communicating with the Dead

Skeptical look at the phenomenon of after-death communication from a biblical perspective.

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2003

Evaluating Miracle Claims

Explores the inequity of miracle claims. Although genuine miracles have occurred, a careful evaluation reveals that many claims are spurious.

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2003

Reiki

A brief overview and critical evaluation of Reiki energy medicine, an alternative health therapy that has grown in popularity in recent years.

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2003

UFOs and Alien Beings

Examines the subject of UFOs and alien encounters. It critiques the extraterrestrial hypothesis and argues that the interdimensional hypothesis provides a better explanation of residual UFO phenomena.

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2002

Wicca: A Biblical Critique

Explores some of the fundamental doctrines of Wicca, offers a biblical critique of those doctrines, and highlight the differences between Wicca and Christianity.

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2002

The Worldview of Edgar Cayce

Contends that the worldview of Edgar Cayce's readings is worlds apart from that of the Bible, and that Christians must carefully avoid being taken captive by this philosophy.

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2002

Yoga and Christianity: Are They Compatible?

Briefly traces the history, philosophy and practice of yoga. It demonstrates that yoga is a religious practice with a belief system that is incompatible with Christianity.

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2002

Astrology: Do the Heavens Declare
the Destiny of Man?

Critical examination the claim of astrology that the heavenly bodies somehow influence, or even determine, events on earth.

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 2001

Ancient Evidence for Jesus from
Non-Christian Sources

Explores evidence for the life and ministry of Christ from historical sources

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2001

Was Jesus Really Born of a Virgin?

Examines some of the philosophical, biblical and historical objections that have traditionally been raised against the doctrine of Jesus' virgin birth.

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2001

Probing the Shroud of Turin

Explores the evidence both for and against the claim that the Shroud of Turin is the actual burial garment of Jesus.

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2000

Putting the Brakes on Human Genetic Engineering

Argues that a biblical view of man should both inform and limit how reproductive technology and genetic engineering are applied to humanity.

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2000

Philosophical Taoism: A Christian Appraisal

The Chinese translation of John 1:1 reads, 'In the beginning was the Tao...' Are Taoism and Christianity compatible? Though there are some similarities, Christianity's uniqueness remains separate from all philosophies, including Taoism.

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2000

Taoism and Christianity

The Chinese translation of John 1:1 reads, 'In the beginning was the Tao...' Are Taoism and Christianity compatible? The author says that even though there are some similarities, Christianity's uniqueness remains separate from all philosophies, including Taoism.

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