All posts by Richard Tison

The Biblical Worldview of History

The great American economic historian Charles A. Beard, in his presidential address to the American Historical Society, offered this grim outlook for his discipline: “History is chaos and every attempt to interpret it otherwise is an illusion.  History moves around in a kind of cycle.  History moves in a line, straight or spiral, and in some direction.  The historian may seek to escape these issues by silence or . . . he may face them boldly, aware of the intellectual… Continue Reading ››

Why I Cannot be a Democrat (But Have to Plug My Nose to Vote Republican)

Today’s Democratic Party is apostate – not that the Republican Party is the epitome of virtue, mind you (far from it).  But as a Christian voter primarily faced with these two “evils,” I find the political options to be hypothetically similar to having to choose between voting for Lot or casting a vote for the ringleader of the Sodom/Gomorrah rape gang trying the break down his door; though I would not be thrilled with either candidate, it would certainly not… Continue Reading ››

A Follow up to ‘Why I Don’t Believe in Global Warming’

Thanks to everyone who read my recent post on anthropogenic climate change (or global warming).  Owing to the excellent feedback, I think it best to write another article rather than respond individually to each reader’s reply (yes — your comments were that good!).  A preponderant theme of this discussion was the problem of evil (suffering and death), which goes something like this (my paraphrase): If God is all powerful and all loving, then why is their suffering and death in… Continue Reading ››

Why I Don’t Believe in Man-Made Global Warming

“Let God be true though every man [and scientist] were a liar” (Romans 3:4) In the course of my teaching here at Cedarville University, students will occasionally ask me to address the issue of global warming.  Of chief concern to them, it seems, is what a Christian’s response ought to be.  Admittedly not one to conceal my personal views on important matters, I am naturally quite eager to situate this or any other contested topic within a biblical framework (worldview)… Continue Reading ››

The “Shibboleth” of Evolution in American Politics

“They said to him, ‘Then say Shibboleth,’ and he said, ‘Sibboleth,’ for he could not pronounce it right. Then they seized him and slaughtered him at the fords of the Jordan.” (Judges 12:6) Recently, Wisconsin Governor and GOP presidential contender Scott Walker was in London where the following exchange occurred during a question/answer session after his speech: Question: “Are you comfortable with the idea of evolution? Do you accept it?” Walker: “I’m going to punt on that one. That’s a question a… Continue Reading ››

Answering the Fool

“Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.” (Proverbs 26:4-5) In a recent editorial tirade published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Ivy League professor Peter Conn warned of the danger to “skeptical and unfettered inquiry” occurring at “intellectually compromised institutions” that “erect religious tests for truth” and “draw lines around what is regarded as acceptable teaching and research.”… Continue Reading ››

A Biblical Versus a Multi-Cultural Perspective on Illegal Immigration, Part 3

Part III* Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16) In a previous installment, we examined what God’s Word has to say regarding the treatment of immigrants in general, as well as the biblical prescription for government as “ministers of God.”  Now, in this final installment, we will scrutinize the pragmatic and multicultural arguments largely undergirding the evangelical case for amnesty. The State: Agent… Continue Reading ››

A Biblical Versus a Multi-Cultural Perspective on Illegal Immigration, Part 2

Part II* Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16) Having already dealt with the Matthew 25 passage in the first installment, this installment addresses other scriptural passages referenced by evangelicals in favor of amnesty for illegal immigrants.  We will also examine the biblically-defined role of the secular magistrate regarding the enforcement of laws in general, and immigration law, in particular. “I was a Stranger…” Christian… Continue Reading ››

A Biblical Versus a Multi-Cultural Perspective on Illegal Immigration

Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16)  Part 1* The people of God are called to be “salt” in order to preserve the world from decay, and “light” (Mt. 5:14; Acts 13:47) in order to focus everyone’s gaze on Him who is the “Light of the world” (Jn. 8:12) as revealed in Scripture (Ps. 119:105; Jn. 1:14).  Given the enmity that the creature… Continue Reading ››