Purpose: Thoughtful Christianity is a site fully devoted to Christian philosophy, theology, and apologetics whose threefold mission is to help others in becoming more thoughtfully engaged in both exploring, sharing, and defending the truth of Christianity.
Content: As for the content itself, Thoughtful Christianity seeks to engage culture by conveying information in a variety of different ways, including:
For all the fellow readers who have a little extra time on their hands, these go a bit deeper and cover a variety of topics in theology, philosophy, and apologetics by a variety of different authors.
For the media junkies. Featuring both lectures, interviews, and entire courses, keep yourself engaged with an every growing collection of stimulating audio/video resources.
For those with the desire to pursue further reading on the subject.
Essential to any thoughtful pursuit is balancing the playing field. Great for those who like to hear both sides of the issue.
Keep current on the latest news relating to apologetics, philosophy, theology, and other areas within the Christian worldview.
- PEOPLE TO KNOW
Take a quick look into the lives of the greatest thinkers of the past and present.
Occasional quizzes to test your knowledge and stimulate further study.
Sweet and simple, quotes are a great way of gaining a snapshot into the thoughts of some of the greatest minds on various issues.
- TERMS TO KNOW
A vital aspect to understanding anything is clarity. Ideal for those who wish expand their vocabulary by learning the essential terminology in theology, philosophy, and apologetics.
- BRYAN’S THOUGHTS
Catch a glimpse of what Thoughtful Christainity‘s creator has to say on the issues.
Have questions or an itching nag for thoughtful discussion or argumentation? Unleash your thoughts in a safe, thoughtful, and interactive environment.
Shop and explore an extensive book collection spanning multiple disciplines on the subject.
For all the socialites. Keep yourself engaged with thoughtful questions and dialogue with others throughout the day.
Reach: The primary focus of Thoughtful Christianity is the website, which attracts several thousand visits each month from around the world. However, extensions of the site can be found elsewhere on the internet including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and recently in the form of an app for both the iPhone and Android markets.
Origins: The site was initially created by Bryan Smith as a personal blog in April 2009 and has been evolving ever since. Bryan, who although he was raised in a Christian home by Christian parents and attended church regularly, felt that he often times had to check his mind at the church doors, so to speak, only to pick it back up on his way out; and that, while the church did a great job of meeting the felt needs of the heart, it was dangerously lagging behind in doing likewise for the mind. Not being able to address the intellectual skepticism within it’s own ranks, Bryan not only had trouble dealing with his own skepticism at times, but saw many others struggle as well, some eventually abandoning the faith because of it.
As such, Bryan felt he needed to deal with his skepticism on his own, reading and studying into the ground anything and everything he could get his hands on. After only a few months of rigorous study and introspection (and perserverant prayer), he not only finally found the intellectual satisfaction he was looking for, but was pleasantly amazed and taken aback by the shear amount of literature on the subject. Christianity, he once believed, was to be taken on the basis of “blind faith” alone. Faith and reason were in total opposition to one another, he had thought. And never having even seen or heard of a Christian intellectual before, the concept was essentially an oxymoron to him. Indeed, he had never known that the field of Christian apologetics even existed. Needless to say, the discovery literally changed his life.
Firstly, his passion grew even stronger through further study as he continually realized the depth and breadth of work in this area and, having finally been able to deal with his own inward skepticism, he now turned his passion outward and began wondering how many others might be desperately searching for answers as he once was. Finally convinced both existentially and now rationally of the truth of Christianity, he felt he could do nothing less than to share that truth with anyone who was willing to listen.
And secondly, having seen the lack of intellectual engagement among fellow Christians and non-Christians alike, he sought to find a way to help others become more thoughtfully involved in matters of faith. And so it is this very passion that was, and continues to be, the ultimate driving force behind Thoughtful Christianity – to provide intellectual support for those who might be struggling while at least stimulating thoughtful interaction for everyone, struggling or not.
Name: Bryan Smith
City: Houston, TX
Education: B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University ’08
Personal Interests: Christ, family, friends, music, movies, thinking, reading, learning, studying, blogging, apologetics, philosophy, theology, church history, comparative religion, and the list goes on and on…
Apologetic Interests: Primarily philosophical apologetics, scientific apologetics, and comparative religion apologetics.
Specific areas of interest are: The Existence of God, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics and Epistemology, Ethics and Morality, Big Bang Cosmology, the Creationism/ID/Evolution Debate, the Resurrection of Jesus, among others.
Organizations: Evangelical Philosophical Society (EPS), Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), Christian Apologetics Alliance (CAA)
- Reasonable Faith by William Lane Craig
- Love Your God With All Your Mind by J.P. Moreland
- Christian Apologetics by Norman Geisler
- Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview by J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig
- Systematic Theology by Norman Geisler
- I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
- Tactics by Greg Koukl
- Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
- When Skeptics Ask by Norman Geisler
Favorite Quote: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” ~ C.S. Lewis