Critical Thinking

O mighty Caesar! dost thou lie so low?
— Julius Caesar, Act 3. Scene I.

iStock_000004684904SmallThe murder of Julius Caesar on March 15, 44 BCE, is one of the most famous assassinations in history. It resulted from a conspiracy of 60 Roman senators, led by Gaius Cassius Longinus and Marcus Junius Brutus, in an effort to prevent Caesar from turning the Roman republic into a tyranny.

John Wilkes Booth’s assassination of President Abraham Lincoln was also determined to be the result of a conspiracy. (more…)


One Christmastime, Dad surprised the family with a new Nativity scene. The set featured a stylized cherry-wood stable and a host of beautiful porcelain figurines. There was the angel with golden wings and a trumpet held aloft, Mary clad in lavender and blue as she kneeled over Baby Jesus, surrounded by animals galore. (more…)

What’s an average Christian to do when trying to study the Bible for all its worth? RTB theologians Kenneth Samples and Krista Bontrager, along with RTB physicist Dave Rogstad, provide a tutorial in biblical interpretation techniques in a recent, five-part series on Ken’s podcast, Straight Thinking. Entitled “Top 10 (or So) Misunderstood Bible Verses,” this podcast series illustrates how sound hermeneutics and exegesis help believers avoid faulty interpretations. (more…)

It was one of those moments I’ll never forget. A respected professional told a room full of believers how she went from hating the establishment to loving Jesus in one fell swoop. As she shared her story she showed a picture of a guy with tattoos, facial piercings, and a green Mohawk. These words slid like molasses out of her unpierced lips: People who dress like this are angry and don’t want you to talk to them.

Gulp. I half-expected people to turn toward the back of the room and throw Ash Brown hair dye at me. (more…)

There is something in staying close to men and women and looking on them –Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

If you’re part of the blogosphere or are on a social networking site, chances are you’ve seen (or been “tagged” with) the “page 123” meme. Though it’s been around for a while, it resurfaces now and again and it goes something like this:

Pick up the book nearest to you.

Open it to page 123.

Find (then post) the fifth sentence. (more…)

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“The unexamined life is not worth living for a human being.” —Socrates

Taking a page from the doomed Greek philosopher’s book, RTB’s own philosophy expert, Kenneth Samples, asserts that “the unexamined worldview is not worth believing or living out.” (more…)

Cotton candy. Perhaps the eighth wonder of the world. It’s neither food nor drink. It’s voluminous yet dissolves on contact. It offers a jolt of energy but nothing to really chew on. Though I’m more of a purist when it comes to sweets, enough people fancy the wispy concoction to make a market for it.

Perhaps the same could be said for snarky quips in debates. (more…)