Professor J. Budziszewski is the author of more than a dozen books, including How to Stay Christian in College, Ask Me Anything, Ask Me Anything 2, What We Can't Not Know: A Guide, and The Line Through the Heart. He teaches government and philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin.
A little advice on finding God’s will.
You asked "What does it mean to be 'called to singleness' for your life? How do you know if you're called to it?" Theo answers.
All you need is love, love, love. Right?
Christian love isn't about sweet feelings. But what about romantic love?
So, what can be done about these "girlie" churches?
Has the church become too effeminate? By becoming so "cute," has it become irrelevant to men?
How much does Noland really want a happy ending?
What can you do to improve your chances of a good marriage?
Afraid of getting married because you've seen so many marriages fail? You're not alone.
She tells her Uncle Theo that he's "just a friend." That's not how others see it, though.
Have you ever felt like you want to talk to God, but you don't know what to say, or if your prayers get through? It's not an unknowable mystery.
Ever wonder if there are mistakes in the Bible? Join in on their conversation.
Nathan and the professor finish up their conversation by discussing the best way to go about understanding things in the Bible that may seem inconsistent.
Nathan has come to chat with Professor Theophilus about numerous errors he's found in the Bible. Feel free to listen in on their conversation.
What's the big deal about pre-marital sex? Professor Theophilus demonstrates with a piece of duct tape in this fictional story.
Professor Theophilus finishes up his conversation with Peter about a sin that just won't go away.
Some sins just keep coming back.
Professor Theophilus references the very nature of God to help us better understand how men and women are, at their core, quite different from each other.
"Differences between the sexes start with anatomy," Professor Theophilus posited, "but do they end there?"
It's not always best to answer the questions people ask. Sometimes it's better to answer the questions they mean.
So you're interested in "edgy" guys? Given a choice between a rusty pocket knife and a diamond-edged sword, which do you take?
A student finds herself in Prof. Theophilus's office, confessing her inability to hear from God.
If you're not hearing from the Lord, perhaps it's because you're listening wrong.
What would it be like if people were really honest in their diaries — if they wrote in them the things that in real life they don't even admit to themselves?
A student confesses to struggle with wanting more, and the professor's response? In the spirit of Advent, perhaps he should find himself wanting even more.
Some people consider themselves agnostics. Professor Theophilus makes it a simple matter to determine whether or not you're in fact an atheist.
Sometimes our sins are easily forgiven and forgotten. Other times, the damage is too deep to quickly be undone. It's about the slow repair, says Theophilus.
Could it be that Zack's most important relationship problem isn't with his guilt-tripping friends but with his girlfriend, Julie?
Getting married in a church is about more than lovely stained glass and wood pews. It's about more than Christian vows. Listen in as Theo talks with two former, almost-engaged students.
For some singles, the pressure to marry threatens to overwhelm what they really desire.
You hear it all the time: the old beliefs aren't believable any more. But what if you've never even learned what the old beliefs are?
Just months away from graduation and still without a major, Julie is at Theophilus' door, desperate for some guidance.
A look at the incarnation through the eyes of Theophilus' many varied students.
When Laura visits her parents' church she feels uncomfortable. Shouldn't she find a place more like her student fellowship group?
Prof Theo (with a big hand from his wife) straightens out Jordan on sending mixed signals, and on what women really want.
There may be more happening in a “group date” than you want to admit.
Our thoughts can be scary, especially if we find they’re always about the wrong things.
Prof Theo talks about calling, zeal and service.
Prof Theo talks about homosexuality, marriage and the law.
What should you do when your family takes the focus of Christmas off Christ?
The frustrations of pesky parents and the imperfections of those they’d like us to date.
Fast food, Sunday services and other consumer products.
Ever know anyone who can’t hear criticism without taking it personally? Meet Julie.
Last time Eddie tried to explain away his drinking. This time Theo's getting to the real reasons.
He never drinks too much except on weekends. Or when he’s celebrating. Or he needs cheering up. Or ... excuses, excuses.
Sarah's professors tell her there's no such thing as absolute truth. Theophilus says even they don't really believe that.
There are some people we shouldn't hang out with not because we're too good for them, but because we're not good enough.
What does Jesus mean when He warns us not to “judge”? Not what most people today think He means.
Sometimes theology can be kid stuff.
You've met Richard, whose girlfriend had an abortion. Now meet his girlfriend and his brother; one's grateful to Theo, the other's boiling mad.
Christians don't have "blind faith." They know how to think; they also know Who to trust.
Should you date someone you know you wouldn't marry? What if you don't want to get married at all? Theo has some words to consider.
Are you dating or "just friends"? Maybe the other person changed the rules. Then again, maybe you just haven't been paying attention.
Ever feel like your classwork is keeping you from becoming the person you really want to be?
Ever get the feeling your faith is no longer real? You know, that sneaking suspicion you can't quite explain? Theophilus may be able to help diagnose your problem.
It's one thing to justify your "relationship" to your friends, it's quite another when Theophilus starts calling you on the carpet.
After a long wait, the conclusion to Richard's conversation with Theophilus about his girlfriend's abortion is here.
Theophilus says it's not as difficult to stop as you might think.
Why is it so easy to end up dating the wrong kind of guy? You say you attract losers? Read on. You may be confusing love with sympathy.
Ever feel like running from responsibility? In many ways, college is the perfect place to hide.
Can abortion make you suicidal? What if you're a man?
Sometimes, a trip home for the holidays can be a painful experience. Especially when you've changed.
No one's perfect. So why are we surprised when churches follow suit? Once you realize the body's failings, what should you do?
Why do atheists seem so confident in their disbelief? It can be downright unnerving. Don't they ever have any faith crises?
After a five-day forum on the Christian voice in intellectual life, Theophilus critiques biblicists for not taking the Bible seriously enough.
Feel like a creep magnet? Theo got an earful from readers who do. Here's what you said...
Last time Theophilus had a conversation with a gay student, the complaints poured in. "That couldn't be a real dialogue," you said. These events are real.
People don't plan to change their opinions, get pregnant, lose their virginity, fall in love with the wrong guy ... or do they?
In this age of tolerance, you should be able to room with anyone, regardless of their beliefs, right? Not so, says Theophilus.
I get more email from college students about heterosexuality than about anything else — except for homosexuality. If you've ever wondered why I write so often about sex, now you know.
Accused of being homophobic, Theophilus goes toe-to-toe with a gay student.
After centuries of struggles, are Protestants and Catholics really all that different? The answer could affect your love life.
Prisca escaped a campus cult, only to be confronted with Christianity. Now Professor Theophilus is trying to explain the difference between the two.
With headlines so full of senseless tragedy, how can you reconcile the goodness of God with the pain and suffering of this world?
When Don's roommate turns on him, Don turns to Theophilus for some advice.
Brought before his doubting peers, Theophilus shows them why truth can be known and why everyone, at their core, has faith in something.
Last month Theophilus talked with Mary about faith and reason and homosexuality, this month they resume their conversation.
Goodness is a state of mind says conventional wisdom. But can we really be good if left to ourselves? In other words, can we be good without God?
It may be more biblical than you realize.
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