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About Tom Gilson
He's a senior editor at the highly respected Christian news and commentary website The Stream (stream.org). Since 2004 he's also run the widely praised Thinking Christian blog at thinkingchristian.net, where he developed a reputation for consistent strength combined with grace in his many interactions with people from all over the spiritual spectrum, and from all over the world.
Tom has served as Vice President for Strategic Services at the campus apologetics ministry Ratio Christi. Prior to that he was on staff with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) for 34 years, serving in HR leadership and internal strategic consulting, as well as a two-year stint on loan with the (Chuck) Colson Center for Christian Worldview, writing and working on strategies.
He holds an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and a B.Mus. in Music Education from Michigan State University.
Tom lives near Dayton, Ohio where he enjoys canoeing, walking in the woods, and playing his trombones. His wife, Sara, and he have two grown, both married, one living nearby and the other married to an Army captain and living where they're assigned.
Find out more about Tom's speaking and writing at thinkingchristian.net.
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Christian parents need to be prepared to answer the myriad challenges teens might hear in today's increasingly pro homosexual culture. "Why shouldn't gays get married?" “Who says gay sex is wrong?" "Does the Bible actually say there's anything wrong with homosexuality?" "Don't you care that kids are being bullied just for being themselves?"
To start the discussion, Gilson provides a brief history of the issues beginning with the sexual revolution of the 1960s. He explains how and why cultural attitudes have reversed on this subject in such a short timespan, leaving Christians scrambling for answers.
This is perhaps the most complicated and contentious issue Christians face in today's culture. Most churches are poorly equipped to handle it; parents are even less prepared. The good news is that parents need not have pat answers ready before they dive into conversations with their teens and preteens on this difficult topic. Learning together—parents struggling through these issues alongside their kids and leading them to biblical answers— has relational benefits.
Answers are important, though, so manageable, nontechnical answers to common questions surrounding this issue are provided, as well as a guide to further resources.
"True Reason," edited by Tom Gilson and Carson Weitnauer, brings together a compendium of writers--philosophers, apologists, ethicists, theologians, historians--who look carefully at the best arguments atheism has and evaluate their validity, logic, assumptions, and naturalist conclusions.
Authors include noted philosopher William Lane Craig and popular apologist Sean McDowell, along with Gilson, Weitnauer, John DePoe, Chuck Edwards, Matthew Flannagan, Peter Grice, Randy Hardman, David Marshall, Glenn Sunshine, David Wood, and Samuel Youngs. Each chapter tackles a different atheist argument and brings reason fully into the discussion.
Which is more reasonable: atheism or Christianity? Read "True Reason" and think for yourself.
“‘People of faith are biased,’ we are told. This critique is tossed so often at those who express faith in a personal God that we forget that those who express faith in atheism and secularism are themselves guilty of bias. There is no evidence to support Dawkins’ or Harris’ loud proclamations that they have secured their belief via reason. In fact, the evidence shows the opposite. Their loud diatribes and definitive conclusions show a lack of reason, and True Reason points this out. Reasonable people will take this content seriously.” -- John Stonestreet, Speaker, Radio Host, Author — The Point Radio, BreakPoint, and Summit Ministries
“One of the key talking points of the New Atheists is that theirs is the side of reason and evidence. It is a powerful rhetorical device; after all, who would want to be on the side of irrationality and ignorance? But the contributors to this wide-ranging volume call their bluff, inverting the charge and arguing that it is not atheism but Christian theism that has reason and evidence on its side. Anyone who engages with these arguments thoughtfully will discover that it is surprisingly difficult to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.” -- Timothy McGrew, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, Western Michigan University
“A splendid and timely book…. I thought all the chapters were first rate and that each contributed to the overall defense of the rationality of the Christian faith and the poverty of resources in Naturalism for accounting for the possibility of reason and science.” -- Dr. Larry Lacy, (retired) Chair of the Philosophy Department, Rhodes College
Tom Gilson has a way of uncovering questions others haven't noticed, leading toward answers that will open your eyes to new insights about life and truth in Jesus Christ.
* What does it mean when John the Baptist, famous in Scripture for his humility, says something that doesn't sound the least bit "humble" at all?
* Who else but Jesus ever had any kind of unusual power, yet never used his power for his own benefit? What can we learn from his unique place in all history — and even in all literature?
* Have you ever noticed the Bible never says Jesus had faith? Why doesn't it?
* Does Jesus really want to relate with us? Of course. Even while we're tempted, though, or even sinning?
* People who want to be very inclusive in their religious views treat the Cross of Christ as one of many ways to salvation. Why should it be obvious even to them that's not possible?
* Jesus was willing to leave many, many questions unanswered in his teaching. Should we be willing to do that, too?
* Genesis 1:1 is totally unique among all stories of creation. God's "I AM" statements in Exodus are, too. What does that tell us about our faith?
* Skeptics say "there's no evidence for faith." What's the true understanding of the word "faith" that makes that accusation true, in ways they never expected, without undermining true faith at all?
* What if I "identify" as a perfectly tolerant person? (Some humor in this one.)
* "Tolerance," the way the world understands it these days is a weak, wimpy substitute for a virtue. What does the real thing look like?
* Religious liberals shout that "Jesus never excluded anyone." What do they get right in that, and where are they tragically wrong?
In an age of increasing challenges against the faith, Tom Gilson's thoughts on life and truth in Jesus Christ will lead you, too, to develop your Christian mind.
How would Jesus blog? Specifically, how would Jesus interact with atheists, skeptics, and other opponents of Christianity -- the ones who like to go on the attack, and like to stay there? Most Christians think his example is to stay patiently involved in the debate for as long as it takes. Surprisingly, though, the model Jesus sets with his own antagonists should lead us to follow a different -- though still loving -- path.
Jesus had his disciples, there were crowds following him, and he had encounters with interested individuals. He had different ways of interacting with each of them. He had his antagonists, too, and he had a different way of communicating with them. A surprising way, if you haven't looked into it before. A way that you and I can learn from, and apply in our online debates. And no, it's not the same with our antagonists, either, as it is with people who have a genuine interest.
Jesus' way of "blogging" can free you up from the endless rounds of debate. It will allow you to maintain a position of appropriate strength. It will help you see how to confront discourtesy, persistent illogic, and worse, and do it without even requiring them to agree with your beliefs or standards.
If enough people practice it, it could upgrade the whole online Christian/atheist debate scene. Wouldn't you love to be a part of that, too?
Other than his rhetorical and strategic skills, there's very little in him for Christians to fear. He takes direct aim at the concept of religious faith—and he misses. He wants to re-define faith as "belief without evidence," and "pretending to know what one doesn't know." When it comes to Christian faith, though, he has no real evidence to support his definitions, and his arguments against the faith are almost laughably weak.
They are weak, that is, for those who are equipped with real, solid answers—a dangerously small proportion of believers. Those who lack such equipping are really quite vulnerable. This book provides the necessary answers, along with an overall assessment of Boghossian's position and what Christians must do to be ready to respond.