Posts By: Sean McDowell

Do We Really Live In A “Post-Truth” World?

PHOTO CREDIT MIKE LICHT [Original Post by Sean McDowell  It’s official. The 2016 word of the year is “post-truth.” Last year it was an emoji. In 2014 the word was “vape.” And in 2013 it was “selfie.” With the truth twisting, emotional appeals, and personal attacks that characterized this past election season, Oxford Dictionaries selected… Read more »

Should Christians Be Tolerant or Intolerant? Interview with Josh McDowell

[Original post by Sean McDowell] SEAN: Dad, what is tolerance and how should it properly be defined? JOSH: A traditional definition has been to respect and honor another person’s beliefs and values without endorsing them or accepting them. In other words, tolerance involves loving someone with whom you may totally disagree. A number of years ago… Read more »

9 Important Insights about Generation Z

Move over Millennials. A new generation is here. For the past decade, there has been considerable discussion about how to understand and reach Millennials. But now there is a new generation, roughly those born between 1995 and 2010, which are the newest focus. [Original Post by Sean McDowell] While the name Generation Z seems to... Read more »

Truth is a Person—Not Simply An Idea

[Original Post by Sean McDowell] Truth matters. And in our moments of honesty, we all know this. Minimally, we all live as if truth matters. It’s unavoidable. Truth matters in religious matters too. All religions (including atheism) claim to present a true depiction of reality. And this includes Christianity. But there is a key fact… Read more »

How Did Christianity Prevail in Ancient Rome and What Can We Learn from It?

[Original Post by Sean McDowell] What was unique about Christian practices and teachings in the first three centuries of the church? And how did such a minority faith—which was considered irrelevant, extreme, and at odd with the role “religion” is supposed to play in a pagan society—ultimately prevail? In his recent book Destroyer of the gods,… Read more »

What are the Best Questions for Meaningful Spiritual Conversations?

[Original Post by Sean McDowell] I love having conversations with people about spiritual matters. If we treat people with kindness, charity, and show a genuine interest in how they see the world, most people are open to discussing religious matters. In fact, in my experience, many people are eager for such conversations. In his excellent… Read more »

A Few Thoughts on the Hatmaker Position on LGBTQ

[Post by Sean McDowell] [Article by Sean McDowell] For a variety of reasons, I [Sean] rarely respond publicly to other Christians. But in this case, I feel compelled to do so. Last week, in an effort to be compassionate and loving, popular Christian author Jen Hatmaker came out in support of LGBT relationships, referring to them… Read more »

Why Are Christians So Defensive?

PHOTO CREDIT STEPHANE LAVOIE [Original Post by Sean McDowell] In case you are wondering, this is not a post in which I am going to bash the church. Far from it. I love the church. But I am going to point out a “weakness” that we urgently need to address (see Proverbs 27:6). How can… Read more »