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Principles of Biblical Reasoning

Welcome to the Research Guide for Principles of Biblical Reasoning.

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The suggested databases are accessible from this page and from the Electronic Resources section of the library home page. Print resources are available in the PHC on-campus collection or by mail to distance learning members of the PHC community. You may check out the location and availability of an item in the on-campus collection through the online catalog, Voyager, accessed through the library home page.

A significant portion of the course is devoted to individual research projects for which a librarian's assistance may prove invaluable. Professional library assistance is available on campus, by phone at 540-441-8400, or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu.

During this course, you will:

  • Develop higher level critical thinking and language skills,

  • Understand the principles of a theocentric worldview and how it compares and contrasts with other worldviews,

  • Articulate a reasoned defense of a Biblical worldview,

  • Appreciate the defenses of the faith across the centuries, and

  • Integrate a Biblical worldview into the study of liberal arts and sciences.


In the PHC Collection 

  • New dictionary of Christian apologetics, edited by Campbell and McGrath - BT1103 .N48 2006

  • Christian apologetics : a comprehensive case for biblical faith by Douglas Groothuis - BT1103 .G76 2011

  • Christian apologetics by Alan Richardson - BT1101 .R44 1948

  • Christian apologetics past and present : a primary source reader, edited by William and Oliphint - BT1109 .C57 2009



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 not able to find what you need on campus or online, you may also request an item through Interlibrary loan. Instructions for obtaining an Interlibrary loan are available in the Library Services section of the library website.

  • 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.


All citations must be in Turabian format. Information for proper Turabian citation can be found in the library. Additional Turabian citation help can be accessed online at OWL (Online Writing Lab).

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

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