14 episodes

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.

    #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
    #11: Is New Always Better? The Temptation to be a Chronological Snob

    #11: Is New Always Better? The Temptation to be a Chronological Snob

    C.S. Lewis defined chronological snobbery as “...the uncritical acceptance of the intellectual climate of our age and the assumption that whatever has gone out of date is on that count discredited.” In this podcast, Stan and JP talk about this idea as a danger to Christians seeking to become mature in their faith, practical tips to wisely discern the value of old ideas, and how to rethink some of our modern assumptions.In this podcast we discuss: The idea of “chronological snobbery”The necessity of reading beyond our own time and placeHow our cultural chronological snobbery thwarts our search for happiness in the modern eraWhat it means to be a “dinosaur” and why we, like C.S. Lewis, should be one!A word about forgotten, pre-Enlightenment ideasHow to avoid the fallacies of appeal to novelty or traditionThe “clean sea breeze of the centuries,” and the benefit of historical understandingHow reading old books can help us become mature ChristiansResources mentioned during our conversation:More information about Owen Barfield’s life and worksC.S. Lewis, “On the Reading of Old Books,” in God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and EthicsC.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early LifeC.S. Lewis, Introduction to Athanasius' On The IncarnationC.S. Lewis, De Descriptione Temporum (Lewis’s inaugural lecture as Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University)C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of NarniaC.S. Lewis, “Men Without Chests” in The Abolition of ManMichael Ward, After Humanity: A Guide to CS Lewis's The Abolition of ManMichael Behe, Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to EvolutionFrancisco Suarez, On Efficient Causality: Metaphysical Disputations More information about Francisco Suárez’s life and worksJ.P. Moreland and Stan Wallace, “Aquinas versus Locke and Descartes on the Human Person and End-of-Life Ethics,” International Philosophical Quarterly, vol. XXXV, no. 3:319-330, 1995Aurelius Augustine, The City of God, Volume I (referenced Book 1, Argument 20)Stan Wallace, “How To Not Be A Chronological Snob”J.P. Moreland, UniversalsJ.P. Moreland and Klaus Issler, The Lost Virtue of Happiness: Discovering The Disciplines of The Good LifeThomas A. Kempis, The Imitation of Christ: A Timeless Classic for Contemporary Readers Teresa of Avila, The Way of PerfectionJohn of the Cross, The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross Os Guinness and Louise Cowan, Invitation to the Classics GK Chesterton, The Ballad of the White Horse

    • 47 min
    #10: Why Pray?

    #10: Why Pray?

    Prayer is an important part of how we engage in relationship with God. It remains, however, a mysterious practice to many Christians. In this episode, Stan and JP discuss key beliefs about the role of prayer in the life of the believer. They investigate the purpose of prayer and why so many Christians feel frustration around the discipline of prayer.In this podcast we discuss: What prayer isThe relationship of prayer to God’s foreknowledgeHow we should understand unanswered prayer and disappointment with GodWhy God doesn’t interfere with our free willPrayer pitfalls: hat untrue ideas we might have about prayerHow prayer helps us co-labor with God toward his purposesWhy we should ask many people to pray for a specific requestThe value of written prayers in our formationThe possible relationship between our personality type and prayer lifeThe role of persistence in our prayer life.Resources mentioned during our conversation:Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God (not mentioned, but also see his Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God)Dallas Willard, A Paraphrase of the Lord’s PrayerJP Moreland, A Simple Guide to Experience Miracles: Instruction and Inspiration for Living Supernaturally in Christ Thomas Aquinas, A Prayer Before StudyJames Sire, Learning to Pray Through the PsalmsJames Sire, Praying the Psalms of JesusChester P. Michael & Marie C. Norrisey, Prayer and Temperament: Different Prayer Forms for Different Personality TypesC. S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm, Chiefly on Prayer

    • 52 min
    #9: A Simple Guide to Experience Miracles

    #9: A Simple Guide to Experience Miracles

    On this episode of the Thinking Christianly podcast, we have the privilege of discussing J.P.’s newly released book, A Simple Guide to Experience Miracles. Jordan, J.P., and Stan share stories from their lives and the lives of others and evaluate whether or not the experience is a miracle or merely a coincidence. You will be encouraged and challenged by this conversation about God’s work in our day-to-day lives!In this podcast we discuss: The five types of miraclesHow to evaluate supernatural experiences with faith and reasonStories of God at workWhy we should talk with others about how God is revealing HimselfWhat it means to be “certain” and how this impacts our faithThe important distinction between “belief” and “knowledge”Resources mentioned during our conversation:JP Moreland, A Simple Guide to Experience Miracles: Instruction and Inspiration for Living Supernaturally in Christ (with free Kindle preview!)JP Moreland, Kingdom Triangle: Recover the Christian Mind, Renovate the Soul, Restore the Spirit's PowerJP Moreland, Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the SoulJP Moreland, Scaling the Secular City: A Defense of ChristianityJP Moreland and Mark Matlock, Smart Faith: Loving Your God with All Your MindJP Moreland and Klaus Issler, The Lost Virtue of Happiness: Discovering The Disciplines of The Good LifeJP Moreland, Finding Quiet: My Story of Overcoming Anxiety and the Practices that Brought PeaceJP Moreland and Gary Habermas, Beyond Death: Exploring the Evidence for ImmortalityCraig S. Keener, Miracles Today: The Supernatural Work of God in the Modern WorldLee Strobel, The Case for Heaven: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for Life After DeathJohn Burke, Imagine Heaven: Near-Death Experiences, God's Promises, and the Exhilarating Future That Awaits You

    • 56 min

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