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The Resource An atheist and a Christian walk into a bar ... : talking about God, the universe, and everything, Randal Rauser and Justin Schieber

An atheist and a Christian walk into a bar ... : talking about God, the universe, and everything, Randal Rauser and Justin Schieber

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An atheist and a Christian walk into a bar ... : talking about God, the universe, and everything
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An atheist and a Christian walk into a bar ...
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talking about God, the universe, and everything
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Randal Rauser and Justin Schieber
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eng
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  • Theology professor Rouser and YouTube personality Schieber offer complex, rigorous arguments that will challenge the thinking of believers and atheists alike. Through one long conversation presented in transcript form—complete with digressions and calls for clarification—the duo avoids the simplistic attacks or hasty reasoning found in many polemical works. Although Rauser speaks from a Christian perspective, the authors focus on a more inclusive classical theism: the notion that an omniscient, omnipotent, benevolent God exists. They argue about whether testimony is valid evidence, what the major theological disagreements between religions suggest, what the creator’s seeming hostility to the universe means, whether the neat mathematical pattern of the universe proves intentional design, and how to best explain the problem of human suffering. The dialogue format lends authenticity but can become tedious, especially when either author cracks a joke. Though at times the philosophical talk gets thick, Rouser and Schieber are generally adept at unpacking concepts for nonexpert readers. They never reach consensus, but their model of listening to and respectfully challenging each other provides a refreshing, hospitable break from heavy-handed demonization and overly simplified apologetics. (Dec.) --Staff (Reviewed 10/10/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 41, p)
  • In this 21st-century take on the long-standing tradition of philosophical dialogue, two intellectuals battle it out in the arena of ideas and witticisms.Unfortunately for readers, the resulting conversation is a rather unappealing combination of sophomoric jokes and theoretical conundrums. The work is neither insightful enough to engage those interested in the theoretical arguments behind theism and atheism, nor is it accessible enough to appeal to a broader audience. That’s not to say Rauser (Historical Theology/Taylor Seminary; Is the Atheist My Neighbor?: Rethinking Christian Attitudes Toward Atheism, 2015, etc.) and Schieber, an atheist lecturer and YouTube contributor, don’t cover weighty topics. Among those is “massive theological disagreement”—if God exists, why are ideas about his nature so thoroughly varied? Elsewhere, the question arises of why God would have created a universe that is almost entirely inhospitable toward the few sentient beings meant to worship him. Do the beauty and perfection of mathematics lead one to believe in a creating God, or is this simply a fortunate reality of existence? What does evolution teach us about the existence or nonexistence of God? Rauser and Schieber go back and forth with these and other topics but offer few conclusions. Their subject matter, however, is riddled with jokes, puns, and other attempts at humor and levity, which, if minimized, would have the desired effect of removing the loaded problem of “argument” from this age-old discussion. However, the authors take it too far. After countless lines like, “I feel sick that my slick shtick doesn’t stick,” or, “since the reader can’t see me, let the record reflect that my eyebrows are rising in incredulity,” readers will simply feel patronized. A good idea derailed for the sake of entertainment. Readers interested in this topic should turn to Gary Gutting’s Talking God: Philosophers on Belief (2016).(Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2016)
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Rauser, Randal D
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261.2/1
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non fiction
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1984-
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Schieber, Justin
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  • Christianity and atheism
  • God (Christianity)
  • God
  • Christianity and atheism
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  • God (Christianity)
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  • RELIGION / Christian Theology / Apologetics
  • RELIGION / Philosophy
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talking about God, the universe, and everything
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An atheist and a Christian walk into a bar ... : talking about God, the universe, and everything, Randal Rauser and Justin Schieber
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-217) and index
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  • Why God matters
  • God, faith, and testimony
  • The problem of massive theological disagreement
  • God and moral obligation
  • The problem of the hostility of the universe
  • God, mathematics, and reason
  • Evolution and the biological role of pain
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1792953
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23 cm
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220 pages
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9781633882430
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2016029166
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  • (Sirsi) i9781633882430
  • (OCoLC)945719291
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An atheist and a Christian walk into a bar ... : talking about God, the universe, and everything, Randal Rauser and Justin Schieber
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-217) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • Why God matters
  • God, faith, and testimony
  • The problem of massive theological disagreement
  • God and moral obligation
  • The problem of the hostility of the universe
  • God, mathematics, and reason
  • Evolution and the biological role of pain
Control code
1792953
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
220 pages
Isbn
9781633882430
Lccn
2016029166
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9781633882430
  • (OCoLC)945719291

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