J. Budziszewski

J. Budziszewski

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.

Who's Calling?

Apr 08, 2011|J. Budziszewski

A little advice on finding God’s will.  

Called to Singleness

Mar 11, 2011|J. Budziszewski

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.

Office Hours: The Sweet Science, Part 2

Sep 01, 2010|J. Budziszewski

All you need is love, love, love. Right?  

Office Hours: The Sweet Science, Part 1

Aug 06, 2010|J. Budziszewski

Christian love isn't about sweet feelings. But what about romantic love?  

Office Hours: Girlie Christianity, Part 2

Jul 02, 2010|J. Budziszewski

So, what can be done about these "girlie" churches?  

Office Hours: Girlie Christianity, Part 1

Jun 11, 2010|J. Budziszewski

Has the church become too effeminate? By becoming so "cute," has it become irrelevant to men?  

Office Hours: Happy Ending? Part 3

May 07, 2010|J. Budziszewski

How much does Noland really want a happy ending?  

Office Hours: Happy Ending? Part 2

Apr 09, 2010|J. Budziszewski

What can you do to improve your chances of a good marriage?  

Office Hours: Happy Ending? Part 1

Mar 05, 2010|J. Budziszewski

Afraid of getting married because you've seen so many marriages fail? You're not alone.  

Office Hours: Coming Un-Clued

Jul 03, 2009|J. Budziszewski

She tells her Uncle Theo that he's "just a friend." That's not how others see it, though.

Prayer Puzzles

May 08, 2009|J. Budziszewski

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.

Office Hours: All Those Errors in the Bible, Part 1

Aug 12, 2008|J. Budziszewski

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.

Office Hours: All Those Errors in the Bible, Part 2

Aug 12, 2008|J. Budziszewski

Ever wonder if there are mistakes in the Bible? Join in on their conversation.

Office Hours: All Those Errors in the Bible, Part 3

Aug 12, 2008|J. Budziszewski

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.

What's the Point of Sex?

Jul 15, 2008|J. Budziszewski

What's the big deal about pre-marital sex? Professor Theophilus demonstrates with a piece of duct tape in this fictional story.

The Comeback Sin, Part 1

Oct 12, 2006|J. Budziszewski

Some sins just keep coming back.

The Comeback Sin, Part 2

Oct 12, 2006|J. Budziszewski

Professor Theophilus finishes up his conversation with Peter about a sin that just won't go away.

Office Hours: Generic People, Part 2

Aug 10, 2006|J. Budziszewski

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.

Office Hours: Generic People, Part 1

Jul 20, 2006|J. Budziszewski

"Differences between the sexes start with anatomy," Professor Theophilus posited, "but do they end there?"  

The Wrong Question

Jun 08, 2006|J. Budziszewski

It's not always best to answer the questions people ask. Sometimes it's better to answer the questions they mean.

Office Hours: New, Improved and Lowered Standards

May 18, 2006|J. Budziszewski

So you're interested in "edgy" guys? Given a choice between a rusty pocket knife and a diamond-edged sword, which do you take?

The Lord Told Me

The Lord Told Me, Part 2

Mar 16, 2006|J. Budziszewski

A student finds herself in Prof. Theophilus's office, confessing her inability to hear from God.

The Lord Told Me

The Lord Told Me, Part 1

Feb 23, 2006|J. Budziszewski

If you're not hearing from the Lord, perhaps it's because you're listening wrong.

What I Wrote in the Book of Life

Jan 12, 2006|J. Budziszewski

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?

Not Enough

Dec 08, 2005|J. Budziszewski

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.

As Though There Were No God

Nov 10, 2005|J. Budziszewski

Some people consider themselves agnostics. Professor Theophilus makes it a simple matter to determine whether or not you're in fact an atheist.

Why Am I Still Being Punished?

Sep 15, 2005|J. Budziszewski

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.

Guilt Trip

Aug 11, 2005|J. Budziszewski

Could it be that Zack's most important relationship problem isn't with his guilt-tripping friends but with his girlfriend, Julie?

Scouting Around

Jul 14, 2005|J. Budziszewski

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.

Katie's Choice

Jun 16, 2005|J. Budziszewski

For some singles, the pressure to marry threatens to overwhelm what they really desire.

Updating Eternity

May 19, 2005|J. Budziszewski

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?

Confused About Everything

Feb 03, 2005|J. Budziszewski

Just months away from graduation and still without a major, Julie is at Theophilus' door, desperate for some guidance.


Dec 23, 2004|J. Budziszewski

A look at the incarnation through the eyes of Theophilus' many varied students.


Sep 23, 2004|J. Budziszewski

When Laura visits her parents' church she feels uncomfortable. Shouldn't she find a place more like her student fellowship group?

Harem Dating, Part 2

Aug 19, 2004|J. Budziszewski

Prof Theo (with a big hand from his wife) straightens out Jordan on sending mixed signals, and on what women really want.

Harem Dating, Part 1

Jul 08, 2004|J. Budziszewski

There may be more happening in a “group date” than you want to admit.

What Are You Afraid Of?

May 13, 2004|J. Budziszewski

Our thoughts can be scary, especially if we find they’re always about the wrong things.


Apr 15, 2004|J. Budziszewski

Prof Theo talks about calling, zeal and service.

So-Called Marriage

Feb 19, 2004|J. Budziszewski

Prof Theo talks about homosexuality, marriage and the law.

Unmerry Christmas

Unmerry Christmas

Dec 11, 2003|J. Budziszewski

What should you do when your family takes the focus of Christmas off Christ?

Monkey on My Back

Nov 06, 2003|J. Budziszewski

The frustrations of pesky parents and the imperfections of those they’d like us to date.

The Worship Mall

Oct 09, 2003|J. Budziszewski

Fast food, Sunday services and other consumer products.

I Feel Like, Therefore I Am

Jul 10, 2003|J. Budziszewski

Ever know anyone who can’t hear criticism without taking it personally? Meet Julie.

Not What You Think, Part 2

Apr 24, 2003|J. Budziszewski

Last time Eddie tried to explain away his drinking. This time Theo's getting to the real reasons.

Not What You Think, Part 1

Feb 20, 2003|J. Budziszewski

He never drinks too much except on weekends. Or when he’s celebrating. Or he needs cheering up. Or ... excuses, excuses.

The Big Story

Dec 19, 2002|J. Budziszewski

Sarah's professors tell her there's no such thing as absolute truth. Theophilus says even they don't really believe that.

To Judge or Not To Judge, Part 2

Nov 21, 2002|J. Budziszewski

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.

To Judge or Not To Judge, Part 1

Oct 24, 2002|J. Budziszewski

What does Jesus mean when He warns us not to “judge”? Not what most people today think He means.

Why Should I Believe My Belief?

Sep 26, 2002|J. Budziszewski

Sometimes theology can be kid stuff.

The Live One, Part 3

Aug 22, 2002|J. Budziszewski

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.

How Do Christians Reason?

Jul 25, 2002|J. Budziszewski

Christians don't have "blind faith." They know how to think; they also know Who to trust.

The Moves

Jun 27, 2002|J. Budziszewski

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.

Who's on First?

May 13, 2002|J. Budziszewski

Are you dating or "just friends"? Maybe the other person changed the rules. Then again, maybe you just haven't been paying attention.

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How to Become Educated Despite Going to College

Feb 14, 2002|J. Budziszewski

Ever feel like your classwork is keeping you from becoming the person you really want to be?

Cloud of Unbelief

Jan 10, 2002|J. Budziszewski

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.

Going All the Way

Nov 08, 2001|J. Budziszewski

It's one thing to justify your "relationship" to your friends, it's quite another when Theophilus starts calling you on the carpet.

The Live One, Part 2

Oct 12, 2001|J. Budziszewski

After a long wait, the conclusion to Richard's conversation with Theophilus about his girlfriend's abortion is here.

Ordinary Lust

Sep 13, 2001|J. Budziszewski

Theophilus says it's not as difficult to stop as you might think.

False Compassion

False Compassion

May 10, 2001|J. Budziszewski

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.

The Peter Pan Syndrome

Mar 15, 2001|J. Budziszewski

Ever feel like running from responsibility? In many ways, college is the perfect place to hide.

The Live One, Part 1

Feb 08, 2001|J. Budziszewski

Can abortion make you suicidal? What if you're a man?

College Ruined Her

Jan 04, 2001|J. Budziszewski

Sometimes, a trip home for the holidays can be a painful experience. Especially when you've changed.

Old-Church Burnout

Jan 01, 2001|J. Budziszewski

No one's perfect. So why are we surprised when churches follow suit? Once you realize the body's failings, what should you do?

Crisis of Faithlessness

Nov 01, 2000|J. Budziszewski

Why do atheists seem so confident in their disbelief? It can be downright unnerving. Don't they ever have any faith crises?


Sep 05, 2000|J. Budziszewski

After a five-day forum on the Christian voice in intellectual life, Theophilus critiques biblicists for not taking the Bible seriously enough.

Creepy Guys — Classified, Analyzed and Explained

Aug 31, 2000|J. Budziszewski

Feel like a creep magnet? Theo got an earful from readers who do. Here's what you said...

The Seeker

Jun 29, 2000|J. Budziszewski

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.

Missionary Dating

May 31, 2000|J. Budziszewski

People don't plan to change their opinions, get pregnant, lose their virginity, fall in love with the wrong guy ... or do they?

More Fallout: Premarital Sex

May 03, 2000|J. Budziszewski

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.

Homophobia: An Unfinished Story

Feb 24, 2000|J. Budziszewski

Accused of being homophobic, Theophilus goes toe-to-toe with a gay student.

If the Reformation's Over, Can We Dance?

Feb 02, 2000|J. Budziszewski

After centuries of struggles, are Protestants and Catholics really all that different? The answer could affect your love life.

Is Christ Another Cult?

Dec 02, 1999|J. Budziszewski

Prisca escaped a campus cult, only to be confronted with Christianity. Now Professor Theophilus is trying to explain the difference between the two.


Sep 23, 1999|J. Budziszewski

With headlines so full of senseless tragedy, how can you reconcile the goodness of God with the pain and suffering of this world?

Journey to the Edge of Night

Jul 08, 1999|J. Budziszewski

When Don's roommate turns on him, Don turns to Theophilus for some advice.

Theophilus Gives a Speech

Apr 01, 1999|J. Budziszewski

Brought before his doubting peers, Theophilus shows them why truth can be known and why everyone, at their core, has faith in something.

Even Without the Bible, God Speaks

Mar 04, 1999|J. Budziszewski

Last month Theophilus talked with Mary about faith and reason and homosexuality, this month they resume their conversation.

Can We Be Good Without God?

Dec 06, 1998|J. Budziszewski

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?

A Skeptical View of Christianity

Aug 24, 1998|J. Budziszewski

It may be more biblical than you realize.