Rick Kennedy

Rick Kennedy received his BA, MA, and Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is professor of history at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, California. His books include A History of Reasonableness: Testimony and Authority in the Art of Thinking (University of Rochester Press, 2004), Aristotelian and Cartesian Logic at Harvard (Colonial Society of Massachusetts and University Press of Virginia, 1995), and Faith at State: A Handbook for Christians at Secular Universities (InterVarsity, 1995).

  • Inoculation and the Evangelical Scientific Method of Cotton Mather

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    Inoculation and the Evangelical Scientific Method of Cotton Mather | Rick Kennedy

     The story of Cotton Mather teaches that it is good for us all to keep alive the role of both divine and human communication when engaged in science. Read More >

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  • Did David Hume “Banish” Miracles?

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    Did David Hume “Banish” Miracles? | Rick Kennedy

    Many would like to ban miracles from university consideration and inquiry. Trouble is: human history is awash with credible people reporting miracles. Read More >

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  • Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: Part 14

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    Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: Part 14 | Rick Kennedy

    Darwin and Christianity agree that naturalness of selfishness and death. Christianity and evolution are both rooted in the reality of violent competition, suffering, pain, and death. ... Read More >

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  • Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: Part 13

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    Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: Part 13 | Rick Kennedy

    We didn't make it to the top of Mount Darwin. No story of triumph here, intellectual or physical. The story is one of companionship and recognition of academic strengths and weaknesse... Read More >

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  • Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: Part 12

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    Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: Part 12 | Rick Kennedy

    Christians often insist on too many things. The Bible tells us there is only one absolutely critical thing: the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus as a historical event.   Read More >

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  • Jesus, History and Mount Darwin: Part 10

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    Jesus, History and Mount Darwin: Part 10 | Rick Kennedy

    The life of Jesus is noisy. A cacophony of information reaches through two thousand years to communicate with us.  Read More >

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  • Jesus, History and Mount Darwin: Part 9

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    Jesus, History and Mount Darwin: Part 9 | Rick Kennedy

    Modern academic tradition tends to try and maintain order. For historians it behooves us professionally to avoid accounts of alleged spiritual events.   Read More >

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  • Jesus, History and Mount Darwin: Part 8

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    Jesus, History and Mount Darwin: Part 8 | Rick Kennedy

    Summiting is a mountain-top experience. Darwin assumed that “everyone must know the feeling of triumph and pride which a grand view from a height communicates to the mind.&rdquo... Read More >

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  • Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: Part 6

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    Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: Part 6 | Rick Kennedy

    “Nature is messy,” a geologist tells writer John McPhee, “Don’t expect it to be uniform or consistent.”  Read More >

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  • Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: Part 5

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    Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: Part 5 | Rick Kennedy

        Written in the genre of Henry David Thoreaus travel-thinking essays, Rick Kennedy's Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: An Academic Excursion is the story ... Read More >

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  • Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: Part 4

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    Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: Part 4 | Rick Kennedy

    Ours is one of the few academic disciplines that does not believe that the simplest answers are probably the truest. We thrive in complexity and messiness of human life.   Read More >

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  • Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: Part 3

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    Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: Part 3 | Rick Kennedy

    Evident throughout Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle is a serious young man, diligent and humble. Also evident is a young man with little interest in an active and communicating God. Read More >

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  • Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: Part 2

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    Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: Part 2 | Rick Kennedy

    There are few things more enjoyable than a serious academic discussion in which students and faculty lose themselves in strategies pursuing understanding.   Read More >

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  • Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: An Academic Excursion

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    Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: An Academic Excursion | Rick Kennedy

    This series is about the reasonableness of biblical Christianity in universities. By reasonableness, I mean the warranted credibility of Christian claims about ancient history.  ... Read More >

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