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Author Roger Olson

Roger Olson is the Foy Valentine professor of Christian theology and ethics at George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas. He is the author of numerous books, including “Counterfeit Christianity” and “The Story of Christian Theology.”

Whatever happened to the Christian mind? This has been asked numerous times and by many Christian philosophers and theologians. A relatively recent classic on the subject is Mark Noll’s “The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind.” Francis Schaeffer, especially in his early works, decried Christian anti-intellectualism. A.W. Tozer, an evangelical preacher and writer of a previous […] Read More

I visit a lot of churches, having attended (more than once or twice) numerous churches of many denominations. And I read about churches. “Church life” is one of my strongest interests. I served as consultant for two editions of Abingdon’s “Handbook of Denominations” and I will be giving lectures about denominationalism at a Christian college […] Read More

When the cardinals of the Catholic Church elected a pope to replace retiring Benedict XVI, I commented that I was uninterested and didn’t care. The reason was simple: Not that I have anything in particular against Catholics or the Catholic Church but that, as a Baptist, the pope does not speak for me. Some Protestants, […] Read More

I have for a very long time written letters to newspaper editors about the problems I see affecting the whole of society because of the gradual decline of men and boys in education, health, work places and homes. For years I was ridiculed and called “goofy” for expressing such concerns and calling for greater attention […] Read More

I was chatting recently with a Christian magazine editor and the subject of the “nones” came up. The question on everyone’s mind, of course, is how to attract “nones” back to church, or at least how to keep millennials (many of whom are perceived as abandoning church altogether) in the churches. One strategy that’s floating […] Read More

Both the political and religious left and the political and religious right do it. It’s become the strategy of choice for ideologues who want to manipulate public opinion for a cause. It’s a sure sign of demagoguery and ought to be called out. Unfortunately, it’s become so common we take it for granted and are […] Read More

Transhumanism is a movement to promote the fundamental transformation of humanity, individually or collectively, through technology. This is not merely the promotion of human physical and mental enhancement but transformation. In other words, via technology, it is hoped, the human will evolve into a new life form with abilities not afforded by biology or current […] Read More

I grew up in a church that was committed to restoring the “New Testament church” – as it was in the first century. This impulse is called “restorationism” – the belief that the church’s main task in every age is to restore the New Testament church and emulate it as much as possible in a […] Read More

I have read many newspaper columns complaining that atheists are unjustly discriminated against when they are excluded by nonchurch organizations, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and the Boy Scouts. Two specific cases come to mind. First, a few years ago a high school senior wrote a guest column about applying to join “Up with People” (UWP), […] Read More

Every once in a while, I meet someone who, while exhibiting every sign of being a true Christian, denies the traditional Christian doctrine of “creatio ex nihilo” – creation out of nothing. This belief that God is before all things, combined with the idea that God created in the beginning out of nothing is not […] Read More