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I’m an Ancient Christian

As I continue to read and learn about the Emerging Church, there’s a question that keeps running through my mind:  Why do I have to reject classical Christianity to embrace more significant worship, a more authentic Christian life, and a deeper relationship with God? The church has practiced these things for 2000  years.

Article | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | March 22, 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

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

Guide to Exploring the New Website

A distinct quality of STR’s website is the amount of free content available to you. With hundreds of articles, hundreds of videos and podcasts, and thousands of blog posts, we’ve covered a wide variety of topics relevant to evangelism and making a defense for Christian belief and values.  You can navigate all of the content in the Explore section.

Article | Miscellaneous | Melinda Penner | April 29, 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

The Doctrine of the Trinity at Nicaea and Chalcedon

An in-depth look on how the early church took both the Bible and rationality seriously and used the Bible as the authority and source of doctrine in working out the details of the doctrines of the Trinity.  Introduction

Article | Theology | Melinda Penner | April 5, 2013

Philosophical Theology: Christology

What are a nature and a person? Is it possible for one person to have more than one nature? How can three persons of the Trinity be individuated in one substance? Can the divine and the human co-exist in one individual?

Article | Theology | Melinda Penner | April 5, 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

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

Indiscriminate Tolerance

The BBC has had a policy for some time not to use the word “terrorist” except when quoting someone.  Briefly in the aftermath of the bombings in London a year ago, the BBC did use the word but now they've reverted to calling those who perpetrated the attacks on London more neutrally as “bombers.” 

Article | Ethics | Melinda Penner | February 26, 2013