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You're Not As Crazy As I Think: Dialogue in a World of Loud Voices and Hardened Opinions Paperback – January 14, 2011
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Make no mistake, Rauser is a Christian apologist and wedded to a system of beliefs that some may consider delusional. But that's the rub - he's not delusional. He's smart, impassioned and, most importantly, he's a breath of fresh air in a world of loud voices and hardened opinions.
Chapter one is titled, "Who Needs truth When You've Got Jesus?" Rauser notes that those outside evangelicalism are at least suspicious that evangelicals have not simply "abandoned the virtuous pursuit of truth for the sake of defending their own beliefs, true or not." Rather, it suspected by those at the table that evangelicals "are really more concerned with perpetuating their own sectarian ideology" (3).Read more ›
The Christian theists, and Randal Rauser in particular, have a reasonably vigorous perspective to argue. Philosophy is stimulating and beneficial, they explain, because theism is the ultimate explanation concerning countless concepts as well as applications within human experience: reason, ethics, beauty, and purpose. And in "You're Not as Crazy As I Think" professor Randal Rauser provides an interesting volume that aims to stir-up a passion for truth as the reader learns how to engage rivals in honest dialogue concerning many of life's ultimate questions.
The current task, therefore, is, as Rauser contends, to make vital concepts and models not only consequential in people's lives--to instill comprehension and passion-but to revive civility within interpersonal communication in touching the most significant topics people should discuss. In this the good professor winsomely succeeds.
Additionally the author boldly, yet judiciously, refutes the inconsistent scholarship and erratic notions of several of the New Atheists.
Men and women in our culture, and Christians specifically, must aim to behave graciously in pluralistic modernity as we learn to listen more carefully and effectively to our interlocutors. Due to the reputation of Evangelicals and the rise of the contentious New Atheists the rational atmosphere has grown more vitriolic. Randal Rauser exemplifies the Christian thinker as pleasant, but tough-minded; analytic, yet charitable.Read more ›
In this important book Rauser comes down hard on evangelicals and atheists alike, and I agree with him quite a bit on both scores. He is mainly writing to evangelicals though. There is way too much vitriol between atheists and evangelicals, he argues. We're not as crazy as each side tends to think of the opposition. Let me highlight some of what he says.
Chapter One: Who Needs Truth When You've Got Jesus?
To evangelicals Rauser claims they are "willing to sacrifice truth for the sake of their beliefs" (p. 4). "Time and again we (evangelicals) have revealed ourselves to be more interested in defending and perpetrating our beliefs on a given issue than in discerning where the truth really lies. Often we have preferred to secure our present beliefs against challenge rather than to embrace the open risk of real dialogue." (p. 4). His goal in the book is "to challenge evangelicals, other Christians, and everybody else to develop characters of truth that are in harmony with their proclamation of truth" (p. 4). In the first part (chapters 2-6) he identifies "core assumptions and practices that tend to inhibit our pursuit of truth, as well as aid us in realizing the pursuit of truth" (p. 8). "The real person of truth," he argues, "is one who expresses a genuine willingness to listen to the other as as equal conversation partner" (p. 8). He endorses a resolution "...to engage with the other--the liberal, the Dawinist, the animal rights activist, and the atheist--as an equal partner in dialogue and so to treat each one as a person we can learn from and need to listen to" (p. 11).Read more ›