Sunday, September 9, 2012

A Blog that Deserves to be Looked At.

When a blog's author describes himself in such a disarming way as the following, he deserves to be read once in a while:

"Randal Rauser is a systematic and analytic theologian of evangelical persuasion. He is driven by apologetic concerns and above all by the tireless pursuit of truth. The downside is that this requires him to recognize when he is wrong (which is often) for truth is complex and it offers us no guarantees that we shall always find it. At the same time, Randal does not despair of finding truth, for he believes that in a profound sense Jesus Christ is the truth.

For Randal, being like Jesus means knowing the truth, loving the truth, and living the truth. As Randal seeks to live the truth he promotes a culture of life that is anti-militaristic and pro-family, pro-environment and anti-abortion, anti-consumerist and pro-animal. A disciple on the way … alas, he is not half as smart or as good or as right as he thinks he is.

UPDATE: Anyone who writes a book with this title deserves to have it read.

ANOTHER UPDATE: But since that book isn't available, yet, I may have to settle for this one.


JDB said...

Someone recently gave me a copy of an overview Rauser wrote of the major moves in "Reformed Epistemology" represented by Alvin Plantinga, Nicholas Wolterstorff, and William Alston. It was clearly written, informative, and accurate.

Bilbo said...

I think I'll try reading one or two of his books. Especially the one I'm about to put in the UPDATE.

JDB said...

Interesting, he co-wrote a book with well-known satirist John Loftus.

The better-titled book has a blurb from Dean Zimmerman; it's nice to see a leading academic philosopher enthusiastically endorse a book of this sort. I think there should be more overlap between academic and popular Christian philosophical writing.

Bilbo said...

I hadn't thought of Loftus as a satirist before. Yes, we need better translations of Christian philosophy and theology into popular language. Lewis is becoming a little dated, I think.