Michael Novak’s Liberal Origins and Friendships

John ArmstrongCulture, Current Affairs, Economy/Economics, Freedom, History, Ideology, Personal, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Roman Catholicism, The Future3 Comments

Yesterday I gave an overview of Michael Novak’s superb new memoir, Writing from Left to Right: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative (Image: New York, 2013). For me, a teenage in the 1960s, this wonderful memoir seems like a political and economic account of an extraordinary life well-lived through a time of social and political turbulence, the times in which … Read More

Writing from Left to Right: An Engaging Memoir

John ArmstrongActon Institute, Culture, Current Affairs, Ethics, Free Speech, Ideology, Philosophy, Politics, Wealth13 Comments

One of the most fascinating and engaging political stories that I have read in years is the recently published book, Writing from Left to Right: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative (Image: New York, 2013). This unique memoir is written by Roman Catholic scholar Michael Novak. I found Novak’s memoir so deeply interesting, for both Christian and personal reasons, that … Read More

Has the Truth Seized Your Heart?

John ArmstrongDiscipleship, Faith, Personal, Philosophy2 Comments

Edward Adrian Wilson (“Uncle Bill”) (1872–1912) was an English physician, polar explorer, natural historian, painter and ornithologist. Until very recently I knew very little about Edward A. Wilson other than his name and his association with naturalism and polar exploration. I came across a book with the title The Faith of Edward Wilson, by George Seaver. The title intrigued me … Read More

“What Has Athens to Do with Jerusalem?” – An Old Question for Modern Christians

John ArmstrongCulture, Discipleship, Film, Philosophy, Spirituality1 Comment

Evangelical Christianity teaches people how to share the basics of simple faith and Christian living fairly well. It shows people how to read their Bible, how to pray and especially how to share the “simple” gospel with others. Now we even have a growing interest in spiritual formation, including teaching on contemplation and meditation. All of this is our strength. … Read More

God in Proof: A Book Review – Part 5

John ArmstrongApologetics, Philosophy, Uncategorized5 Comments

It is safe to say that I enjoyed Nathan Schneider’s wonderful book, God in Proof, as much as any work on apologetics I’ve ever read. If I teach the subject again the future I will require my students to read this narrative of one young man’s search for proof of God. In the final two pages Schneider writes: The idea … Read More

God in Proof: A Book Review – Part 4

John ArmstrongApologetics, Philosophy3 Comments

I think the most intriguing aspect of God in Proof, by Nathan Schneider, is his personal story. Schneider describes his early quest for proof of God as it relates to the separation of his parents. He says of this sad moment: “That night my world bifurcated” (15). Schneider kept a journal during his teen years (that is amazing enough to … Read More

God in Proof: A Book Review – Part 3

John ArmstrongApologetics, Philosophy8 Comments

Anyone who has spent any time at all reading the proofs, both for and against belief in the existence of God, knows the essential arguments. They can be enumerated, in one form or another, as follows: Cosmological Dialectical Historical Ontological Phenomenological Sociological Teleological Transcendental It proves helpful, at least for the non-academic reader, to state what these proofs are in … Read More

God in Proof: A Book Review – Part 2

John ArmstrongApologetics, Philosophy3 Comments

Books by professional philosophers, and Christian apologists who argue for God and basic faith, are legion. But Nathan Schneider’s God in Proof is neither an argument for God or against him, at least in the normal way we think about this question. This is an honest account of a young man who became a Christian under most unlikely circumstances and … Read More

God in Proof: A Book Review – Part 1

John ArmstrongApologetics, Philosophy5 Comments

Rarely do I read a book that is so odd, and yet so completely fascinating, as Nathan Schneider’s new God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013). Schneider, a very inquisitive and bright young man (b. 1984), comes from a truly millennial experience. His parents are divorced and they … Read More