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Changing Christian attitudes about atheism

Posted on 10/22/14 78 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 63 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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Peter Enns is coming to Edmonton. Or should I say Ennsmonton?

Posted on 10/07/14 3 Comments

Peter Enns is the author of many popular books including Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament and The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins. He’s also a popular blogger at “Rethinking Biblical Christianity.” And he’s even had the honor of being interviewed on The Tentative Apologist […]

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Why debates on the existence of God tend to do more harm than good

Posted on 10/04/14 33 Comments

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a skeptical group inviting me to an internet debate on the existence of God with Australian atheist-apologist Raphael Lataster, author of There Was No Jesus, There is No God. I admit to being put off by the prospect of a Skype debate. In the past I’ve done a […]

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On God and Comedy: Trading jokes with comedian and pastor Dan Taylor

Posted on 10/01/14 16 Comments

I suspect God has a sense of humor. But do Christians? In this episode of The Tentative Apologist Podcast I sit down with Dan Taylor to explore that very question (and a few others).  By day, Dan is the lead pastor of Disciples Church in Edmonton, Alberta and by night he is one of Edmonton’s top […]

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