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The Trinity: Unique, Yet Rational

Is the doctrine of the Trinity an irrational idea? Does it discredit Christianity?

Article | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | April 24, 2013

Are Jesus' Two Natures Compatible?

Are Jesus' human and divine natures compatible? Is this an impossibility that makes Christianity irrational?

Article | Philosophy | Melinda Penner | April 24, 2013

End of Life Ethics: A Primer

Would You Want to Live that Way? That’s the challenge I've heard a number of times from advocates of starving Terri Schiavo to death. It usually comes in the conversation when what they’ve offered so far in the way of justification has been refuted. It’s a rejoinder of last resort, but since it’s offered purportedly as an argument, let me take it seriously. Would you want to live that way? No. But what follows from that?

Article | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | March 26, 2013

Christianity and Naturalism

James Sire describes naturalists as monistic materialists who deny the existence of immaterial entities and their ability to act in this world.[1] Though naturalism can be characterized in broader term, which I will address briefly later in this paper, Sire's characterization is really of materialism. Ontological or metaphysical naturalism is defined in The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy as the view that everything is composed of natural entities constructed of properties as the sciences allow.

Article | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | February 28, 2013

Oprah's Religion: A Brief Evaluation of Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth

Is Oprah’s religion (ala Eckhart Tolle) compatible with Christianity and the Bible? This brief article isn't an exhaustive analysis of Eckhart Tolle's work but a brief evaluation of that question. This question has been brought to STR a number of times. Oprah claims the answer is yes. And surprisingly, more than a few Christians think the answer is yes. But even a cursory reading of Tolle makes it obvious the answer can only be no, and that he is actually teaching Hinduism, not Christianity.

Article | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | February 28, 2013

Do Extraordinary Claims Demand Extraordinary Evidence?

Hume offered this challenge in "Of Miracles" in Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion.

Article | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | February 21, 2013

Christianity as the Best Explanation

Christianity can be seen as an explanatory hypothesis to account for certain phenomena we observe in the world: the origin of the universe, the design of the universe, and the universality of morality. The explanations that Christianity provides to this empirical data provide a cumulative case for the rationality of Christianity, and in fact, the superiority of Christianity to other belief systems.

Article | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | February 19, 2013