Randal’s new book on heaven is now out!
The world is full of opinions on the afterlife. But what can we really know about heaven? In What on Earth do we Know about Heaven? theologian Randal Rauser considers twenty thought-provoking questions about the afterlife. Rauser reasons from scripture to defend the view that heaven is the earth multiplied by perfection. In other words, God’s plan is not simply to save human beings out of the world, but to save them with the world. Our future is a glorious afterlife, consisting of a perfected earth, perfected bodies, perfected human culture, and perfected relationships.
Randal’s thirty minute talk on heaven:
Randal’s interview with the radio program Amplify with Father Ron:
In this debate Randal squares off against atheist and blogger Chris Hallquist on the issue of whether belief in God is rational. Hallquist argues that the defeaters for theism (of which he notes two: the problem of evil and Stephen Law’s evil God argument) are so substantial that nobody could rationally be a theist. Randal offers the contrary view, arguing that one can believe in God as a properly basic belief (i.e. one accepted without evidence) or as a non-properly basic conclusion from evidence.
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On June 3-5 2013 Randal participated in a series of three debates with John Loftus on the existence of God in promotion of their book God or Godless. The tour took them across Alberta, Canada, to Calgary, Red Deer, and Edmonton. The final night of debating was at Greenfield Baptist Church in Edmonton, Alberta and you can watch it below:
Randal discusses whether you can prove God exists
God or Godless: A collection of twenty short debates on God’s existence
Check out these blurbs:
“In God or Godless?, Randal Rauser and John Loftus provide bite-sized discussions on a variety of topics. The discussions are very readable and provide helpful overviews. Rauser is a progressive evangelical. Although many will not always agree with the answers he proposes, such as what to make of child sacrifices and genocide in the Bible, he more often than not makes clear points I find compelling. Loftus is a worthy foe who has earned a bit of attention and respect through his publications and public debates. This book is an enjoyable and informative read that will challenge you to think about the issues discussed.”
Dr. Michael R. Licona, associate professor of theology, Houston Baptist University; author of Paul Meets Muhammad
“This is a fascinating and sometimes humorous intro to twenty common debates between atheists and theists. You’ll find countless rambling and confused versions of such debates online. But here you will find a clear, concise, well-written exchange on each. Keeping it short, they can’t include every point to be made. But they make a good show of where each side stands on these questions and why. If you want to continue these debates further, start with this.”
Dr. Richard Carrier, author of Sense and Goodness without God
“This is not a quarrel, nor one of those flame wars of the deaf that rage across cyberspace then spills angrily into print, nor even that stuffy, artificial creation, a ‘religious dialogue.” What we have here is conversation: at times witty, at times tendentious, often humorous and almost always engaged on emotional as well as intellectual levels. Rauser is master of parables with a philosophical point: Loftus makes an art form of heart-on-his-sleeve pragmatism. Both land blows, yet the book contains hardly a trace of bitterness: at best, it reaches the level of a mythical, Platonic debate in a pub. Almost no one will fully agree with either writer, nor fail to enjoy the rhetorical flow.”
Dr. David Marshall, author of The Truth Behind the New Atheism
“The argument between skeptics and Christians has existed since the beginning of Christianity. Randal Rauser and John Loftus continue that argument with gusto, conciseness, and civility. This book should be the first stop for readers shopping for dueling voices from two of the most articulate advocates for Christianity and atheism.”
Dr. Hector Avalos, Professor of Religious Studies, Iowa State University
You can order God or Godless here:
Randal was interviewed by the Apologetics 315 podcast in April, 2013.
You can listen to the discussion here:
Check out this dialogue between Randal and atheist Ralph Jones on “Unbelievable” with Justin Brierley.
Randal’s apologetics debate book
The Swedish Atheist, The Scuba Diver, and Other Apologetic Rabbit Trails
“Meet Randal Rauser, a Christian, and Sheridan, an atheist. Over the course of one caffeinated afternoon, they explore a range of honest questions and real objections to Christian faith.
Do people hold to a particular religion just because of an accident of geography?
Is believing in Jesus as arbitrary as believing in Zeus?
Why would God order the slaughter of infants or send people to hell?
“Their extended conversation unfolds with all the rabbit trails, personal baggage and distractions that inevitably come in real-world encounters. Rauser provides substantive argument-based apologetics but also highlights the importance of apologetics as a narrative journey.
“This imaginative narrative is a model of the rigorous pursuit of truth in conversation. Apologetics is not just about winning arguments; it is a transformative apprenticeship where eternity touches down in everyday life. It’s about the discovery of truth through winding, weaving, honest, aimless, pointless and completely purposeful conversations between people who desperately want to know the way really things are.” (Excerpts from the InterVarsity Press Catalogue)
“Rauser’s dialogue brings the best tools of philosophical thinking within the reach of thoughtful believers and skeptics alike. His representative in the conversation knows when to stick to his guns, and when to admit to uncertainty and fallibility. His atheist counterpart is no straw man–he knows his Dawkins, Dennett and Hitchens. Rauser has the philosophical chops to cut through a lot of rhetorical nonsense, but he also has the intellectual honesty to face up to the genuine difficulties confronting his faith. This enjoyable book is a model of candid, winsome, thought-provoking apologetics.”
(Dean Zimmerman, Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers University )
You can read about The Swedish Atheist, the Scuba Diver and Other Apologetic Rabbit Trails in the InterVarsity Press Winter Catalogue here.
You can order the book here.
Randal Rauser on Drew Marshall Canada’s most listened to spiritual talk show
Randal on”Morning Mahyem” with Tommy Briggs (YES FM)
Check out other interviews, talks, lectures and sermons here.
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