With the election of Donald Trump last November, America is more polarized than at any time in our history since the Civil War. Of course the same would be true had Hillary Clinton won the election, except that we would not have witnessed such hysterical overreactions by media, academic and Hollywood elites nor all the ensuing street riots and civil disorder for the simple reason that only the left engages in such tactics. Also, conservatives don’t have radical multi-billionaire puppet-masters such as George Soros orchestrating chaos from behind the scenes. But otherwise, America would be just as divided as it currently is. As unsettling as it may be, the unfortunate but undeniable reality is that there are essentially two incompatible cultures currently cohabitating in America.
Posted: Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
Posted: Friday, December 30th, 2016
The Protestant Reformation was one of the most significant events in Christian history as well as one of the great transitional eras in Western civilization. As the historian Rudolph Heinze has written, “The changes that occurred were so radical that a medieval Rip van Winkle who went to sleep in 1350 and woke up in 1650 would not recognize the world as the same one in which he was born.” Running concurrent with the Reformation was the emergence in Europe of powerful new nation-states along with radical new political ideas that emphasized civil liberties, religious tolerance, the separation of church and state, and the end to royal absolutism. This was also the “Age of Discovery” in which a whole new part of the world was opened up for exploration and colonization as well as the beginning of the “Scientific Revolution” that would forever alter the mindset of Western societies.
Posted: Friday, October 14th, 2016
Our bimonthly newsletter “The Areopagus Update” is now available for October 2016!
The Most Important Election of our Lifetime
In just a few weeks our nation will select a man or woman who will become the 45th president of the United States of America. Whomever we elect will take the helm of a nation that has grown increasingly hostile and intolerant of the very foundation and principles upon which it was so nobly founded – the Christian faith and Biblical values.
That’s why I believe this election is the most significant since Abraham Lincoln was chosen to guide a divided country through a bloody and protracted civil war.
Posted: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
The Upcoming Presidential Election: What’s At Stake
Only the most ignorant, naive, or hopelessly partisan Americans would consider either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton to be an ideal candidate for president of the United States. Both are seriously flawed in terms of their character and their temperament. So why support either one of them? Very simply, there are several factors to consider.
Posted: Thursday, March 10th, 2016
For the past twelve years the Areopagus website has kept people informed regarding our upcoming seminars and forums, along with our Statement of Beliefs and Mission Statement, general information on our ministry, our history and our board members, and various archived articles and newsletters.
Posted: Monday, July 27th, 2015
Why Young Adults are Leaving the Church
In an article entitled “Why College Students Are Really Leaving the Church,” Klinton Silvey, a young Christian apologist and the founder of Life-in-Progress Ministries, makes several points that should be taken seriously. You’ve probably read articles on why most Millennials drop out of church after high school, and the reasons typically range from “They were never really saved in the first place” or “They don’t understand the importance of Christian fellowship: to “We need to make church more relevant or interesting for youth” (which often means, “We need to make church more exciting and fun”).
While there may be some truth in each of these reasons, they miss the two most formidable challenges facing young Christians today: the moral climate in our universities (and in our culture in general), and the intellectual challenges they will face after high school.
Read the PDF version here
Posted: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
The Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth
A suggestion: If you’ve never read Richard Foster’s modern classic, Celebration of Discipline, or conscientiously sought to incorporate the traditional spiritual disciplines into your lifestyle, dedicate this summer to exploring the rich heritage of contemplative Christian spirituality
Read the PDF version here
Posted: Monday, March 9th, 2015
Posted: Saturday, January 3rd, 2015
Here’s the January edition of The Areopagus Update newsletter.
In this edition, Dr. Breshears introduces us to “Satan’s Bookshelf,” and then makes a few positive book and movie recommendations of his own.
Posted: Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
Who Needs Philosophy?
Our fall seminar in 2014 is a new Areopagus course, “Socrates Meets Jesus: How Philosophy Leads to Christianity.” My hope for those involved, as with all our apologetics classes, is that they will find this course to be stimulating, inspiring, relevant and practical. But realistically, I know that many Christians have a built-in resistance toward philosophy, which is why I always try to use the ‘p’ word with discretion.
Ever since the dawn of philosophy in ancient Greece in the 6th B.C. it has been used by many to serve a humanistic agenda in which “Man is the measure of all things.” In addition, from the outset philosophy has been an intellectual and a moral morass due to the noetic effects of sin on the human soul. In short, many people either cannot or will not think straight because they are morally incapacitated as a result of intentional and habitual sin to the point that they lose the ability to discern right and wrong – or else they know full well the difference but resist what is Good and True because it impinges upon their egoistic impulses and ambitions.