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When did everything become sexy?

Posted on 10/30/14 4 Comments

I first noticed it ten years ago at an academic conference. A young graduate student introduced a paper on Heidegger by stating that she thought the German philosopher was “sexy”. Huh? Before that I had heard Heidegger, a famously obscure pro-Nazi philosopher, referred to in many ways. But until that day, “sexy” was not one of them. […]

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Peter Enns Tells Me So: The Interview

Posted on 10/28/14 4 Comments

When I was growing up, the Bible was viewed as the Word of God, revelation from above. And you could know this by confirming the Bible’s perfect moral teaching, its fulfilled biblical prophecies, its reliable scientific descriptions, its inerrant history, and its inexplicable unity: 66 books, three languages, two testaments written over one thousand years, and […]

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Can evangelicals support active euthanasia?

Posted on 10/26/14 21 Comments

Today I received a newsletter from the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. The lead story described the EFC’s fight against active euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in Canada. This certainly is an important ethical issue. But what irked me was the assumption behind the article that evangelicals are (and/or ought to be) against active euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. […]

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Changing Christian attitudes about atheism

Posted on 10/22/14 102 Comments

These past few weeks I’ve been working to complete my book Is the Atheist My Neighbor? Rethinking Christian Attitudes toward Atheism. This is a book that I believe should be read by every Christian and every atheist. Of course you’d say that, Rauser. Heck, why not just say that  it should just be read by everybody? […]

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Women in Ministry

Posted on 10/21/14 9 Comments

In 1967 Katherine Switzer made history as the first woman ever to enter … and complete the Boston Marathon. In this iconic photo you can see race official Jock Semple (the bald man in the black blazer) attempting to pull Switzer’s numbers off and stop her from running. As I reflect on the role of women ministering […]

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Is there still a place to tremble before God?

Posted on 10/20/14 23 Comments

Christianity Today recently published a web review of Peter Enns new book The Bible Tells Me So. The reviewer, a fellow named Andrew Wilson, provides a fair-minded and balanced critique of Enns’ book, noting both its strengths while flagging its weaknesses. (That said, I find Wilson’s rating of the book at 2 1/2 stars out […]

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Do spirits have a ghost of a chance to persuade a skeptic?

Posted on 10/16/14 69 Comments

Over the years I have blogged on the topic of ghosts on several occasions, including the articles “Should Christians believe in ghosts?”, “Jesus believed in ghosts (so maybe you should too),” and “J.B. Phillips and the Ghost of C.S. Lewis.” Three years ago I even did some research and writing for a planned book on […]

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The Atheist as Neighbor

Posted on 10/14/14 36 Comments

I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I am currently working on two books. I have now contracted the second book with the Cascade imprint of Wipf and Stock. In Is the Atheist My Neighbor? Rethinking Christian Attitudes Toward Atheists I take up the discussion I started in chapter 10 of You’re not as Crazy as […]

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The Aesthetics of Design, Automotive and Religious

Posted on 10/11/14 23 Comments

The Pontiac Aztek is widely recognized to be one of the great design failures in automotive history. It represented the disastrous results when function steamrolls form and no attention is given to aesthetic appeal or organic unity. Bob Lutz, the renown automobile executive, came to work at GM after the Aztek debacle. In this recent […]

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The 59-Second Apologist: God, Santa Claus and Absurdity

Posted on 10/08/14 38 Comments

These days it is increasingly common to find belief in God being compared to any manner of fanciful entities from flying spaghetti monsters and invisible pink unicorns to such familiar denizens of the holiday season as the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus. But is there any legitimacy to the comparison? For further discussion see my article […]

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