Let’s start off with the interviews
In the last few weeks I did a couple radio interviews on The Swedish Atheist. One of them, with The Drew Marshall Show in Toronto, is available to listen to on my home page. To be honest, it wasn’t a great interview as I flubbed a couple questions, perhaps due to the time pressure of a bare sixteen minutes. But so it goes.
The second interview was with Dan Hutchins of God321.net. The Hutchins interview was much more relaxed as it extended out close to an hour … with no commercial interruptions! What a relief that was. I haven’t uploaded the Hutchins interview yet, but you can hear it in their archives (November 21) here.
And now to the book reviews
Two blog book reviews have been published in the last week on Swedish Atheist. Both of them are positive, engaging, and written by people who seem really interesting (with good looking websites too).
The first was posted at Josh Barkey’s website. I don’t know Josh Barkey but I can tell we’d get along famously. He introduces the review by noting his own tepidity with conventional apologetics which he believed was “a sort of Weaponized Evangelism” (great line!). Needless to say, he found himself much more sympathetic with the approach I advocate, viz. the rigorous pursuit of truth in conversation. You can read Barkey’s review here.
The second review is by Jr. Forasteros, a pastor, blogger, and storyteller. You can check out his website here. Jr. opens his review like this:
Something you may not know about me: when I was growing up, I was the Apologetics Kid. Apologetics, by the way, is the fancy word for a “systematic argumentative discourse” which is the fancy way to say “defending Christianity”. I was really into Apologetics. As in I argued with my science teachers and my atheist friends. Loudly and repeatedly.
Well that was me too! In high school the biggest target was “Darwin”. I remember giving my grade 11 science teacher a book called It’s a Young World After all! I still wince at that one. In university my friends and I spent more than a few Friday nights eating pizza, drinking beer, and watching William Lane Craig debate videos we got out from the library! So Swedish Atheist is definitely steeped in personal biography.
Jr. kindly commends Swedish Atheist as a “wonderful book” (the diver on the cover is blushing at that one) and, even better, he says in his review that I look like Matt Damon. Not too bad! Well since we’re playing movie-star-match-up, Jr. has echoes of Zach Galifianakis. Check out his review here and tell me it ain’t so.
Finally, the three banners
You can see them at the top of my website where they have replaced the old (and long out of date) Christian Post banner. Thanks to my friend and graphic artist Darryl (who also designed this website) for putting them together. His business is Steady Graphics in Vancouver. As you can see, I want to be a bit more intentional about promoting the “Tentative Apologist Brand”. If things go well the merchandise store should be online by January. (Just kidding.)