Principles of Biblical Reasoning

Welcome to the Research Guide for Principles of Biblical Reasoning.

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During this course, you will:

  • Develop higher level critical thinking and language skills.
  • Develop an understanding of a biblical worldview.

  • Identify and articulate a defense of a biblical view in light of current cultural trends.


On-Campus Collection


ProQuest and Academic Search Premier are general databases that are helpful. However, there are no subject specific databases suggested for this course.

Internet Resources

  • Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy provides online scholarly resources in support of a variety of philosophical research endeavors.

  • CARM - Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry providesa quick and comprehensive overview of particular non-Christian religions and cults that can be helpful if you are unfamiliar with their beliefs and practices.

  • Christian Classics Ethereal Library created by Wheaton College and now managed by Calvin College, offers access to Christian classics online.

  • ARDA, Association of Religion Data Archives, offers resources in the scientific study of ideas. It also provides statistical information on the number of adherents to specific religions in various countries.

Research Tips

  • Search by subject: Once you have located a potential source in the catalog, click on the search term within the record to find other items on the same or similar subjects.

  • Once you locate a potential source, additional valuable resources may be listed in the item's bibliography.

  • If you are unable to locate an item in the PHC collection, you may request resources through Interlibrary loan. ILL requests may be made directly in the library catalog.

  • Zotero is a free citation management system that allows you to collect, organize, and cite your resources. It will create your footnotes, end notes, in-text citations, and bibliographies. You may find that a librarian would be helpful in quickly learning the program and its functionality.

  • Citation assistance is available at OWL (Online Writing Lab) for Chicago/Turabian, MLA, and APA styling formats. 

Created: Dr. John Montgomery/Thornhill, 2011, 2013. Updated: Dr. Randy Newman/Thornhill, 2014, 2016. Reviewed: Newman/Thornhill, 2017.  Updated: 2018, 2020.

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