Articles by Scott Ventureyra
April 2, 2018
It is 50 years ago this week since Martin Luther King Jr. was struck down by an assassin’s bullet. Surveying the half-century since that heinous act, Convivium contributor Scott Ventureyra finds a world that has radically broken faith with MLK’s Christian vision of faith in common life.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character… And when this happens and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” The Western world has been brought to its knees by political correctness, identity politics and the suppression of free speech As for identity politics, it leads to one being judged by the colour of one’s skin rather than the content of one’s character, shattering the appeal of King to transcend groupthink and tribalism, silencing his call to see the intrinsic worth of every human
September 26, 2017
Last week’s death of a multi-talented young Christian apologist underscores the necessity of following the truth no matter the cost, Convivium contributor Scott Ventureyra writes in this obituary for Nabeel Qureshi.
August 1, 2015
Through years of loving conversation, Scott Ventureyra accompanies his 94-year-old godfather back to the Christian faith he lost in his student days
Over the years, I bought my godfather some important books, including There Is a God by the late atheist philosopher Antony Flew, who, on the evidence of modern science, changed his mind about God's existence before his death The influence of this man weakened my faith, but I remained a Christian ag...
February 1, 2015
Convivium reviewer Scott Ventureyra discovers a powerful reminder that our hearts turn on God's will in an account of conversion to Christianity
Qureshi devotes an entire chapter to the numerous divisions within Islam, showing how they contradict the claims of unity put forth by many Muslims in their dealings with non-Muslims From his parents' teaching, as well as from sermons at the mosque that were supposedly based on the sirah (the tradit...
October 1, 2014
Reviewer Scott Ventureyra on Alvin Plantinga's book Where the Conflict Really Lies
Plantinga, in the same section, argues for a deep concord between science and religion, going so far as to note that the whole success of the scientific enterprise would never have been possible without belief in the existence of a rational God It is unclear why Plantinga admits there is even a supe...
June 1, 2014
Scott Ventureyra reviews William Craig’s A Reasonable Response
Even the "New Atheist" Sam Harris has said of Craig that he is the "one Christian apologist who seems to have put the fear of God into many of my fellow atheists Craig drives this idea forcefully when he states: "When believers in China and various Islamic countries are being imprisoned, tortured an...