Updated Blog Tour Schedule for The Making of an Atheist

Coming to an apologetics blog near you . . .

Blog Name Blogger Posting Date

EPS Blog Joe Gorra February 10-12
Cloud of Witnesses Chris Reese February 14-16
Apologetics.com Rich Park February 22-24
Truthbomb Apologetics Chad Gross February 25-27
Triablogue Peter Pike March 1-3
Apologetics 315 Brian Auten March 4-6
Mike Austin’s blog Mike Austin March 8-10
The Seventh Sola Joel Griffith March 11-13
EPS Blog Steve Cowan March 15-17
Evangel and TeamPyro Frank Turk TBD
Doug Geivett’s blog Doug Geivett March 22-24
Say Hello to my Little Friend Glenn Peoples March 25-27
PleaseConvinceMe.com Jim Wallace March 29-31
Just Thinking William Dicks April 1-3
Oversight of Souls Ray Van Neste April 5-7
Constructive Curmudgeon Doug Groothuis April 8-10
A-Team Blog Roger Overton April 12-14

Philosophy Audio and Video on the Web – Updated

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Given that it’s a new year, I wanted to bring this list up to date by adding resources and streamlining what was already there.  As I find more, I’ll continue to add to the collection.

If you know of other good audio or video resources in philosophy, especially philosophy of religion, please leave a comment.

(Updated January 2010)


Courses

  • ConsciousnessMP3s here – Susan Stuart, University of Glasgow
  • DeathDownload Course – Shelly Kagan, Yale
  • Existentialism in Literature & FilmiTunesFeed – Hubert Dreyfus, UC Berkeley
  • HeideggeriTunesFeedMP3s – Hubert Dreyfus, UC Berkeley
  • Heidegger’s Being & TimeFeedMP3s – Hubert Dreyfus, UC Berkeley
  • Introduction to Practical Reasoning and Critical Analysis of Argument, iTunes – Daniel Coffeen, UC Berkeley
  • Kant’s EpistemologyiTunes – Dr Susan Stuarts, University of Glasgow.
  • Man, God and Society in Western LiteratureiTunesFeed – Hubert Dreyfus, UC Berkeley
  • The Examined LifeiTunes – Greg Reihman, Lehigh University
  • Ancient PhilosophyiTunesFeedStream – David Ebrey, UC Berkeley
  • Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?YouTube –  Michael Sandel, Harvard
  • Introduction to Political Philosophy – YouTube – iTunes – Download Course, Steven B. Smith, Yale
  • Philosophy for BeginnersiTunes – Marianne Talbot, Oxford
  • Proust & PhilosophyFeed – Johns Hopkins
  • The Examined LifeiTunes – Greg Reihman, Lehigh University

Podcasts

  • Philosophy Bites iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A British podcast featuring interviews of top philosophers that delves into some essential philosophical questions — what is the meaning of life? what is the nature of reality? what is evil?, etc.
  • Philosophers’ Cafe Feed Web Site
    • Comfortable surroundings for vibrant street level discussions on burning issues of the day. No formal philosophy training required; real life experience desired. Come early, stay late. Presented by Simon Fraser University.

(HT: Open Culture)

Philosophy of Religion and Christian Ethics

Courses

  • Paul Copan’s five-session course in philosophy of religion is available free from Reclaiming the Mind Ministries.
  • Ron Nash’s History of Philosophy and Christian Thought is available at biblicaltraining.org (which has nearly an entire seminary curriculum on mp3 available to download).
  • Ron Nash’s Christian Ethics Course is also available at biblicaltraining.org.

Interviews

  • Closer to the Truth has a great collection of video interviews with Christian and non-Christian philosophers on topics in philosophy of religion.  The interviews are streaming video and don’t appear to be available for download.

Podcasts

Talks/Lectures

  • William Lane Craig’s Reasonable Faith Podcasts (iTunes) contain Dr. Craig’s commentary on issues in philosophy and theology and his answers to questions posted on his Reasonable Faith website.
  • The Veritas Forum website contains dozens of talks and debates by Christian scholars and thinkers on topics that range across every academic discipline.  Among the notable speakers are Alvin Plantinga, Dallas Willard, William Lane Craig, and J. P. Moreland.

Apologetics

Podcasts

General Philosophy

Podcasts

  • Apologetics 315 Logical Fallacies Podcasts
  • Philosopher’s ZoneRadio interviews with philosophers covering all branches of philosophy.
  • In Our TimeThis BBC radio program focuses on the history of ideas and often includes discussion of important philosophers and topics in philosophy.
  • Oxford University Philosophy Podcasts – Links to the annual John Locke lectures, the “Interviews with Philosophers” series, and Marianne Talbot’s “Philosophy for Beginners” (also linked to above).

Talks/Lectures

  • Nietzsche on Mind and Nature – These 7 lectures were given at the international conference “Nietzsche on Mind and Nature” held at St. Peter’s College, Oxford, on 11-13 September, 2009, organized by the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford. (iTunes)

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Interviews with Christian Scholars

Matt at Broadcast Depth has a nice collection of interviews he’s done with Christian scholars, and continues to add to the list.  Among those whose interviews you can read are Richard Bauckham, Darrell Bock, David Garland, Thomas Schreiner, and Craig Keener.

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Review of The Bible Among the Myths

Christians in Context reviews John Oswalt’s book The Bible Among the Myths.

Old Testament Israelite religion, as all fair-minded, non-fundies know, was just another ancient near eastern Semitic religion. Don’t let the fact that it caught on and stuck around fool you: OT Israel borrowed her creation myth, her ritual system, her tripartite temples, and even some of her Scriptures themselves from Egypt and Canaan. This silly idea of a uniquely revealed religion is for those folks who have naively left their brains back in the days before we did real science and history. Biblical religion is myth, just like the rest of ’em.

So says most of the scholarship on the OT and the Ancient Near Eastern world from the last fifty or so years. Which makes John Oswalt wonder: since for a long time even liberal scholars agreed that Israelite religion was mostly unique (even if it was wrong about God and the world), why this recent shift? And more importantly, is this newer wave of scholarly consensus correct? Does or does not the Bible present a religion that is essentially similar to or different than other ANE religions? (Continue)

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New Series at Truthbomb Apologetics

Chad at Truthbomb Apologetics invites dialogue on the question below.

This post is the first in what I hope will become a series entitled Questions to Ponder. My hope is to get some dialogue going (via the comments) between like minded persons on apologetic topics, beliefs, and arguments that are widely used or well-known. Believers and non-believers are welcomed to comment!

Celebrity atheist Richard Dawkins is well-known for the following infamous quote (and many others!):

“An atheist before Darwin could have said, following Hume: “I have no explanation for complex biological design. All I know is that God isn’t a good explanation, so we must wait and hope that somebody comes up with a better one.” I can’t help feeling that such a position, though logically sound, would have left one feeling pretty unsatisfied, and that although atheism might have been logically tenable before Darwin, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.” [1]

So, my question is, “Was Richard Dawkins right when he said that ‘Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist?’ Or, in other words, if Darwinism was true beyond reasonable doubt, does atheism logically follow?

I look forward to your thoughts and comments!

1. Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, p. 6.

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Book Blogger Appreciation Week Interview with Laura de Leon

September 14-18 is Book Blogger Appreciation Week, a week that celebrates the work of book bloggers through a wide variety of community activities.

One fun thing participants do is interview a fellow Book Blogger.  My interview partner this year is Laura de Leon of the fiction-focused book blog I’m Booking It.  If you’re a fiction fan, Laura’s blog is a great place to find a concise, honest review of the latest and most popular titles.

Please show some love and visit Laura’s blog and leave a comment or question either here or at her site.

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Laura, it’s a pleasure to do this interview with you. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a stay at home mom of an 11 year old girl. I used to work in high tech, and am currently contemplating who I want to be when I grow up. I’ve been exploring the world by taking classes, talking to people, and checking out technologies like Twitter.

My blog is simply my reflections on what I read, hopefully in a way that makes it useful to others for deciding if they are interested in the book. I include other thoughts on book related subjects, particularly my book clubs; and some general book related chatter.

How long have you been running I’m Booking It, and what prompted you to create it?

I started I’m Booking It in April of this year. I was talking with a friend in the same life situation I’m in, and we thought that creating blogs would be an interesting way to continue our explorations. Since I run two book clubs and love to read, a book blog was a logical next step for me. I didn’t really know what I was doing, but just dove in!

What are the biggest challenges and rewards of keeping your blog?

The biggest challenge has been the actual writing. I’m a smart person and a good thinker, but writing isn’t a particular strength of mine. I think of myself as competent but not exceptional, and sometimes I have a difficult time capturing my thoughts as well as I’d like.

The biggest reward so far has been the community, and the people I’ve met through my blog. I also feel a great sense of accomplishment, since the blog is something I can look at and think “I made that”. This is a feeling that I don’t get very often as a stay at home mom. I think that is what I like most about getting books to review—thinking that someone actually might consider my voice one that other people listen to.

What are your favorite genres of fiction? Are there any you especially dislike? Do you read much nonfiction?

I like to read a wide variety of books, but in practice it is almost all fiction. I like mysteries, speculative fiction, chick lit, some literary fiction, a lot of “book club books”, some romance, some YA, even some kids books. I don’t read westerns, but I’ll give most other fiction a glance at the cover or the blurb to see if it appeals.

For non-fiction, pretty much all I read at this point are memoirs and “popular” non-fiction. I enjoyed Welcome to Biotech Nation, but that hasn’t lead me to check out more books on Biotechnology.

What are the elements, in your view, that make a great story? Which ones do you especially look for when reviewing a book?

I like character-based books, where you get to know someone, and hopefully see them grow. An interesting plot is a good bonus. In general, I like the writing itself to stay out of my way—If it is so bad that it catches my attention, this is a major turnoff, but I also don’t like beautiful writing that slows me down and makes me pay attention.

When reviewing a book, I try to give all of the areas a fair commentary, but character is almost always emphasized.

Have any of the fiction books you’ve read made an impact in your own life—maybe inspired you to do something you wouldn’t have otherwise?

I’m looking for books that speak to who I am now, or who I might be in the future, but so far I’m not finding myself in them. There are lots of books, I’ll just keep looking.

Have you thought about writing a novel yourself?

In a very wistful sort of way! I wish I had a story in me that needed to get out; I wish I felt I had the skill to be able to do it. I think that would very nicely fill the “what do I want to do when I grow up” slot, if I actually wanted to do it : ).

What advice would you give to those who want to start their own book blog?

Think about what you’re interested in, and what you’d like to read about. Then just go for it! Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Don’t do it for the audience or for the books, do it for yourself.

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The 25 Best Writing Blogs of 2009

Based on votes tallied by Editor Unleashed.  Some excellent choices here, including two of my favorites, the blogs of literary agents Nathan Bransford and Rachelle Gardner.

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