First Principles Part Seven: A New Life

AS BELIEVERS AND TRUE followers of Christ, we enter into a new life. We begin to build a Christian worldview. Jesus said, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:31-32). He also said, "I am the light …

The Christian Worldview, Modern Culture, and Addiction

"The problem of leading a Christian life in a non-Christian society is now very present to us... And as for the Christian who is not conscious of his dilemma—and he is in the majority—he is becoming more and more de-Christianized by all sorts of unconscious pressure: paganism holds all the most valuable advertising space." —T.S. …

More on Scientism

Written by Steven Barto, B.S., Psych. Dan Egeler writes in the Forward to J.P. Moreland's book Scientism and Secularism: Learning to Respond to a Dangerous Ideology, “As the ideas that constitute scientism have become more pervasive in our culture, the Western world has turned increasingly secular and the centers of culture (the universities, the media …

The Basis for True Science

WHAT IS SCIENCE? How do we determine if it leads to truth? Whose truth does it represent? Stripped down, science essentially means "the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment." Is true science an elitist or Gnostic pursuit? In …

Let’s Go to Theology Class: Effective Study of Scripture

The following is a summary of my most recent class in pursuit of my Master's in Theology at Colorado Christian University. Written by Steven Barto, B.S. Psy. AS WE FOCUS ON the lessons covered to date in my initial theology class, we become familiar with how to understand faith as an object onto itself and …

For This Very Reason

"For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective …

Let’s Go to Theology Class: Understanding Religious Faith

The following is a summary of my most recent class in pursuit of my Master's in Theology at Colorado Christian University. Written by Steven Barto, B.S. Psy. WE HAVE LEARNED SO far that theology is an attempt by faith to understand itself, its object, and its place in today's world. Trevor Hart (1995) calls this …

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