Hi. I’m Dr. John D. Ferrer. Welcome to my world. If you enjoy important issues, controversial topics, heady explorations, then this is your world too.
This blog is about cultivating an intelligent Christian faith. One of the greatest cultural assets in world history is the positive influence of Christianity. From abolishing infanticide and murderous gladiator fights, to innovating the liberal arts university and sponsoring modern science–Christianity has proven track record of effecting positive change across the globe. There is much to be proud of, but also, a lot that needs correcting. As you click through these posts and pages I pray that you find courage, hope, and insight to help you be a part of the solution and not another piece of the problem.
Key themes you’ll find here are: (1) Apologetics tips, a series of short comments on how to defend the Christian faith, (2) Christian comments on Current events like abortion, immigration, and the 2016 elections, (3) Philosophical insights, and (4) Theological meditations. Essentially, you get to explore in verbal form my own efforts at intelligent christian faith.
Why do I write about “Intelligent Christian Faith”?
In my brief time on this planet I’ve come to appreciate the value of good ideas. A good idea can change your mind. Changed minds change lives. And changed lives change the world. In this way, ideas shape the world. Change isn’t always good, sometimes it’s awful. That’s why I try to offer good ideas so they will create only positive change.
Why not. I’m a teacher at heart, hailing from a blue-collar family in the Southeast U.S. I gained a strong work ethic and Christian values from good God-fearing parents (Thanks Mom and Dad!). The youngest of three, I’m the baby of the family. I grew up wanting to be big enough, smart enough, and mature enough to be an equal with them. I never quite gave that up. I just shifted my ambitions from family rivalries to academics. I’ve always been too big for my britches, or, you might say, I put more on my plate than I can eat, forever attempting things bigger than I can handle. In that vein I earned a PhD in Philosophy of Religion and masters degrees in apologetics and philosophy. I’ve done several debates, have several more scheduled. I’ve published. I’ve lectured. And so on. I’ve accumulated opinions and ideas about a great many things. This blog is a faucet on that reservoir of pent up explorations. I invite your feedback and comments. I try to process my thoughts before posting, but I’m certain you will disagree with me at some point and that you’ll have some helpful correction or nuance to offer. Please share.
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