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World-class philosopher J.P. Moreland and Global Scholars CEO Stan Wallace discuss how Christians can better follow the often-neglected aspect of Jesus' greatest commandment--loving God with all our minds (Luke 10:27). We also discuss how doing so results in a deepening relationship with Christ and greater influence for Christ.

Thinking Christianly Stan W. Wallace

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World-class philosopher J.P. Moreland and Global Scholars CEO Stan Wallace discuss how Christians can better follow the often-neglected aspect of Jesus' greatest commandment--loving God with all our minds (Luke 10:27). We also discuss how doing so results in a deepening relationship with Christ and greater influence for Christ.

    #17: On Dying Well Part II

    #17: On Dying Well Part II

    In this episode, J.P. and Stan continue discussing a path toward ethical clarity through the complex conversations surrounding death and dying. In this podcast we discuss: Is death a process or an event?What are the major distinctions and implications between the two views of how the body and soul are “connected”?What is the difference between having consciousness because of the soul and being alive because of the soul?How do we evaluate issues in medicine in light of J.P. and Stan’s understanding of the soul-body relationship?Can our identity be sustained until the final resurrection, even after the death of our bodies?What is the “intermediate state” and how do different views of what the soul is explain what happens to the person during that state?When we’re faced with end-of-life decisions for ourselves and others, what kind of questions should we ask?How can we move from “hoping” in a future glory to acknowledging the bodily resurrection as a reality?Why does an accurate understanding of the proper use of the body leads to flourishing? Resources mentioned during our conversation:P. Moreland and Stan Wallace, Aquinas versus Locke and Descartes on the Human Person and End-of-Life EthicsBilly Graham paraphrasing Dwight L. Moody, The Autobiography of Dwight L. MoodyStan Wallace, "Saying ‘Goodbye’ Well"________, “What are We? The Three Answers Underlying Many Spiritual, Moral, and Political Disagreements”Dallas Willard, Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with GodConnect with us!

    • 43 min
    #16: On Dying Well (Part 1)

    #16: On Dying Well (Part 1)

    In this episode, J.P. and Stan discuss a path for ethical clarity through the complex conversations surrounding death and dying.



     



    In this podcast we discuss:



    The two ways to define a person: functional and ontological

    What is life? How to gain clarity by asking the most fundamental question

    How to avoid unhelpful definitions and category fallacies when discussing death and dying

    The uniquely modern problem of distance from death

    How J.P.’s experience facing cancer encouraged him to dig deeper into a study of life after death

    Where we see the suppressed emotions and anxiety over mortality impacting our culture

    What the important difference is between “active” and “passive” euthanasia

    Is there such a thing as a life not worthy of being lived?

    Ways “thinking Christianly” about current events helps reduce the anxiety associated with overwhelming information

    Our role in nourishing a culture of life



    Resources mentioned during our conversation:



    21 grams experiment, Wikipedia

    Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

    JP Moreland, A Simple Guide to Experience Miracles: Instruction and Inspiration for Living Supernaturally in Christ

    John Burke, Imagine Heaven: Near-Death Experiences, God's Promises, and the Exhilarating Future That Awaits You

    Jeffrey Long, M.D. with Paul Perry, Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences

    Mary C. Neal, M.D., To Heaven and Back: A Doctor's Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again

    Dale C. Allison, Encountering Mystery: Religious Experience in a Secular Age

    Unbelievable Podcast, "Angels, Visions and Near-death Encounters - Dale C. Allison on Whether Skeptics can take Religious Experiences Seriously"

    Soren Kierkegaard, The Concept of Anxiety: A Simple Psychologically Oriented Deliberation in View of the Dogmatic Problem of Hereditary Sin

    Leo Alexander, M.D., "Medical Science Under Dictatorship"

    Health Canada, “Final Report of the Expert Panel on MAiD and Mental Illness”

    Associated Press News, "'Disturbing': Experts Troubled by Canada’s Euthanasia Laws"

    Stan Wallace, "Saying ‘Goodbye’ Well"

    Connect with us!

    • 49 min
    #15: Abortion: Asking The Right Questions in the Right Order

    #15: Abortion: Asking The Right Questions in the Right Order

    In this episode, J.P. and Stan discuss a path for moral clarity through the complex conversations surrounding the abortion conversation. In this podcast we discuss: What does it mean to discuss something in the morally relevant sense?What is "it" at the center of the controversy? How to gain clarity by asking the most fundamental question.How to approach complex issues when values conflict.The two ways to define a person: functional and ontological.How to parse out exceptional cases in order to get at the morality of an issue.What does Augustine and Locke’s view of ‘ownership’ have to say about the abortion conversation?Stan’s story he has lived to tellDo ideas have a gender? Resources mentioned during our conversation: Medical Definition of Abortion - (RxList and Health.Harvard.edu)Andrew Moscrop, "'Miscarriage or abortion?' Understanding the medical language of pregnancy loss in Britain; a historical perspective"Greg Koukl, Stand to Reason Blog: Street Tactics Part 3Kathryn Kost, Isaac Maddow-Zimet, and Ashley C. Little, Pregnancies and Pregnancy Desires at the State Level: Estimates for 2017 and Trends Since 2012Stan Wallace, "Four Steps To Determining the Morality of Abortion"J.P. Moreland, "In the Morally Relevant Sense, It is Not a Woman’s Body"Connect with us!

    • 49 min
    #14: The Resurrection and Post-Resurrection Appearances of Christ

    #14: The Resurrection and Post-Resurrection Appearances of Christ

    In this podcast we discuss:



    What does it mean that Christianity is “verifiable” and “falsifiable”?

    Minimal Facts Approach - What are the historical facts that are generally agreed upon by Christians and non-Christians alike?

    Are the accounts of those who saw the resurrected Jesus likely to be accurate? What are the discontinuities between the gospel accounts and mythological writing?

    What are continuities and discontinuities with Jesus’s body pre-resurrection and post-resurrection?

    What should we make of the stories of people rising to life around the time that Jesus died?

    Is it possible to present evidence that Jesus of Nazareth is Yahweh, the God who created the universe?

    How do we use historical critical methodologies wisely?



    Resources mentioned during our conversation:



    Gary R. Habermas, Risen Indeed: A Historical Investigation into the Resurrection of Jesus

    The Gospel of Peter

    JP Moreland, Scaling the Secular City: a Defense of Christianity

    Stan Wallace, “Seven Common Objections to the Real Meaning of Easter”

    N. Stanton, Jesus of Nazareth in New Testament Preaching

    The Gospel of Nicodemus or the Acts of Pilate

    Craig Keener, The Gospel of John: A Commentary

    Richard Bauckham, Jesus and the God of Israel: God Crucified and Other Studies on the New Testament’s Christology of Divine Identity

    • 49 min
    #13: Professors Who “Think Christianly”: The Mission of Global Scholars

    #13: Professors Who “Think Christianly”: The Mission of Global Scholars

    In this first podcast of our second year, Jordan takes time to learn more about our sponsor Global Scholars. She gets the backstory of how the mission of this podcast and that of Global Scholars complement one another by interviewing Stan, who serves as President and CEO. Along the way are many great stories of how God is at work today in higher education globally.



    In this podcast we discuss:



    How professors influence their students to either seek Christ or reject Christ

    How professors influence culture through what they teach their students

    The estimated percentage of professors worldwide who are Christians

    How a Christian professor helped Stan continue in the faith without even know it!

    Examples of Christian professors integrating biblical truth into their teaching and writing

    How J.P. has mentored Stan for almost 40 years now, and a similar relationship Jordan has

    Why listeners may also be interested in Stan’s College Faith Podcast

    Why Stan has hope for the university and future generations of students

    Some ways God is using professors in the lives Ukrainian and Russian students

    Other ways God is using Christian professors to share Christ and disciple students



    Resources mentioned during our conversation:



    Os Guinness, The Gravedigger Files: Papers on the Subversion of the Modern Church

    The College Faith Podcast: Conversations at the Intersection of Christian Conviction and Higher Education. Specific podcasts discussed in this episode are:



    Ken Elzinga, How Students Succeed at the Intersection of Christian Conviction and Higher Education

    Christy Craft, Thriving as a Christian at a Secular University

    Michael Kruger, Surviving Religion 101

    Mary Poplin, Is Reality Secular? A Former Secular-Progressive Professor Says “No!”





    Michael Kruger, Surviving Religion 101: Letters to a Christian Student on Keeping the Faith in College

    Mary Poplin, Is Reality Secular?: Testing the Assumptions of Four Global Worldviews

    Global Scholars website



    A Personal Message from the President video

    Why and How We Equip Christian Professors video

    Lasting Change 2023: Our Current Strategic Plan video

    • 36 min
    #12: The Problem of Nihilism

    #12: The Problem of Nihilism

    As we watch the invasion of Ukraine in horror, we wonder what could possess Putin to use force so ruthlessly and indiscriminately. At least part of the answer lies in a philosophy of life that runs back through many other despots and finds it roots in the writings on Nietzsche. In this episode, Stan and JP discuss how pervasive the philosophy of Nihilism has come to be in shaping our daily lives, from the individual to the global level.

    In this podcast we discuss:



    What is Nihilism?

    Nihilism in the trajectory of history

    How Nihilism follows from the rejection of objective values and meaning

    How Fredrick Nietzsche and his ideas impact culture

    What Ecclesiastes says about Nihilism

    How to spot Nihilism in popular culture

    The “Ubermensch” according to Nietzsche and in history

    How the collapse of the grand narrative of Christianity in the West impacts the future

    How to have a meaningful conversation with someone who accepts Nihilism

    The importance of committing to understand ideas as ambassadors in our culture



    Resources mentioned during our conversation:



    The Book of Ecclesiastes (NIV)

    More information on Hilary Putnum’s life and work

    Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra

    Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

    JP Moreland, The Recalcitrant Imago Dei: Human Persons and the Failure of Naturalism

    Romans Chapter 8 (NASB)

    George Weigel, “Europe’s Two Culture Wars”

    S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

    Randy Newman, Questioning Evangelism

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, directed by Peter Jackson (Newline Cinema, 2012)Stan's article on Nihilism

    • 49 min

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