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    Musing on Gregory and Plato

    For all you philosophical-theological-Greek nerds out there, here’s something fun. As some have observed, Gregory of Nyssa’s On the Soul and the Resurrection is written in a way that mirrors Plato’s Phaedo.[1] A close reading of both show that this is correct. For example, Gregory utilizes the format so familiar to readers of Plato, namely, the dialogue. Gregory also follows Plato by musing on similar topics and themes throughout his work. It seems pretty clear that Gregory is quite familiar with Plato (as we all should be). What’s most fascinating, though, is how Gregory will take up some of Plato’s own thoughts and arguments and give them a slightly different spin. A close…

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    Of Marketing and Ministry

    Some fifteen-ish years ago, I found myself racking my brain about what degree major to declare. It was a bit of a struggle. Sitting in my academic advisor’s office, I told him I wanted to “go into a ministry of some sort.” His immediate response was that I should go into marketing. After all, he said, “that’s what churches look for in ministers.” I declined. His response was sincere. But it was also fairly indicative, I think, of the mood that exists within large segments of American evangelicalism. In this realm, the “market model” is alluring and hard to resist (especially if you want to pastor a “successful” church, they…

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    Near-Death Experiences: An Interview with Dr. Gary Habermas

    This video is part of a larger project that my colleague, Dr. Alan Bandy, and I are working on. The aim behind these interviews is to compile research on various sub-topics that relate to the paranormal genre and supernatural experiences that people claim to have had. Our goal is to help folks understand these things through a Christian perspective. In this video, we sit down with a leading Christian thinker to chat about near-death experiences (NDEs). Dr. Gary Habermas is well-known for his work on the resurrection of Jesus, as well as his research on the fascinating subject of NDEs. Are near-death experiences nothing more than the product of the…

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    Interview with Dr. Craig Keener

    The video below is part of a larger project that my colleague, Dr. Alan Bandy, and I are working on. The aim behind these interviews is to compile research on various sub-topics that relate to the paranormal genre and supernatural experiences that people claim to have had. Our goal is to help folks understand and process these experiences through a Christian perspective. In this video, I talk with Dr. Craig Keener about assorted topics that revolve around a central theme, namely, supernatural experiences. We talk about miracles, Hume’s skepticism, the credibility of eyewitness accounts of miracles/supernatural, Western bias against such accounts, demon possession, etc.