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  • Two Kingdoms, One God

    from Keith Mathison May 27, 2009 Category: Articles

    Without a doubt, the greatest theologian in the first thousand years of the church was Augustine of Hippo (354-430). His voluminous theological, exegetical, and devotional writings have had a lasting impact and continue to be studied to this day. One of Augustine's greatest works is The City of God, written to defend the Christian faith from its pagan attackers as the Roman Empire was collapsing. It is one of the most influential books ever written. The City of God is available in a number of English translations, but one of the clearest and most readable is the translation by Henry Bettenson in the Penguin Classics series. Keep Reading
  • Study Scripture at Home with Ligonier Academy

    from Keith Mathison May 25, 2009 Category: Ligonier Academy

    All Scripture is inspired and profitable, but Scripture does not profit us if we do not read and understand it. Many of us as Christians have been confused at times when we tried to understand the Bible. As believers, we know that Scripture is the Word of God, but what are we to make of all these histories, and genealogies, and letters, and psalms? How do these various books form a coherent whole? Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Books of 2 Peter and Jude

    from Keith Mathison May 23, 2009 Category: Articles

    The epistles of 2 Peter and Jude are among the most neglected books in the Bible. Both books are dealing with the same problem. 2 Peter and Jude were written to combat the rise of false teachers in the Christian churches. These books are, therefore, extraordinarily relevant, even today. There are a number of helpful commentaries on the books of 2 Peter and Jude, and the following are five of the best. Keep Reading
  • Study Theology at Home with Ligonier Academy

    from Keith Mathison May 18, 2009 Category: Ligonier Academy

    Every Christian is a theologian. Not all Christians are professional theologians, but we are all theologians because we are all thinking and learning about the things of God. The question is not whether we are theologians or not, but whether we are good theologians or bad theologians. Because our theology affects every aspect of our lives, from our worship to our work, it is vitally important that we be good theologians. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Haggai

    from Keith Mathison May 16, 2009 Category: Articles

    It was almost twenty years after the decree of Cyrus when the prophet Haggai was called to bring the word of God to the people of Jerusalem in 520 B.C. There are a number of helpful commentaries on the Book of Haggai, and the following are five of the best. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of 1 Peter

    from Keith Mathison May 09, 2009 Category: Articles

    It appears that the first epistle of Peter was written by the apostle from Rome sometime around A.D. 62-63, immediately before severe persecution began under Nero. The letter was written to Christians in Asia Minor (1:1) who were already suffering for their Christian faith. There are a number of helpful commentaries on the Book of 1 Peter, and the following are five of the best. Keep Reading
  • Viewing Calvin at the Bottom of a Deep Well

    from Keith Mathison May 06, 2009 Category: Articles

    The nineteenth-century Roman Catholic theologian George Tyrrell once criticized Adolf von Harnack's liberal view of Jesus in these now famous words: "The Christ that Harnack sees, looking back through nineteen centuries of Catholic darkness, is only the reflection of a Liberal Protestant face, seen at the bottom of a deep well." In other words, nineteenth-century liberals projected their own values and ideals onto Jesus and then used this man-made Jesus to support those values and ideals. Keep Reading
  • Announcing Winter 2010 D.Min. Courses

    from Keith Mathison May 04, 2009 Category: Ligonier Academy

    Ligonier Academy is pleased to announce the courses that will be offered in January 2010 as part of our Doctor of Ministry program. For more information on this new program, please visit the Ligonier Academy Doctor of Ministry website. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Zephaniah

    from Keith Mathison May 02, 2009 Category: Articles

    The book of the prophet Zephaniah indicates that he ministered during the reign of Josiah (640-609), the last of the godly kings of Judah (cf. Zeph. 1:1). There are a number of helpful commentaries on the Book of Zephaniah, and the following are five of the best. Keep Reading
  • Has Science Buried God?

    from Keith Mathison May 01, 2009 Category: Articles

    One of the most common ways of looking at the relationship between science and faith is the conflict thesis, which posits an inherent conflict between science and religion. The conflict thesis was popularized in the nineteenth century by John William Draper and by Andrew Dickson White. Despite the acknowledged poor scholarship underlying these works, the conflict thesis has persisted among both believers and unbelievers. Today, some scientists, including Peter Atkins, Daniel Dennett, and Richard Dawkins, are asserting that there should no longer be any conflict because science has shown us either that God does not exist or that God almost certainly does not exist. Keep Reading

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