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In this episode, Brian Auten and Chad Gross interview Christian Philosopher Peter S. Williams about his book Outgrowing God?: A Beginner’s Guide to Richard Dawkins and the God Debate.

Find his resources at www.peterswilliams.com

2:50 - Introduction to Peter and his various books.

5:00 - The goal for writing a book dealing with Richard Dawkins’ book, Outgrowing God.

12:20 - The characters in the book, and coming at the God debate from various angles.

16:00 - Why address Dawkins and not “the best that atheism has to offer?”

19:00 - Key things that Peter would want to challenge Dawkins on in his thinking.

22:30 - Addressing inconsistency and lack of philosophical training.

24:00 - Problems with requiring “extraordinary evidence” for “extraordinary claims.” The subjectivity of the word “extraordinary.”

30:05 - Engaging in the God debate with the best of scholarship.

34:00 - Different ways of looking at the Old Testament, and reasons to take it seriously. Accurate incidental details we see in the OT.

40:00 - Addressing the topic of slavery, how we define it, and what we see in the Bible.

44:00 - Human rights and dignity, the Biblical worldview, and the culture of the day. Moral development in culture.

48:30 - How moral values are grounded. Dawkins judging the character of Yahweh. What worldview makes the best sense of our moral experience?

52:00 - Is there any hope of grounding moral values in something other than God? Discussion of moral platonism.

58:00 - Characters in the book struggling with depression; presenting the Christian life with more realism.

63:00 - Where to find more resources for the book.

64:20 - Reflections on the interview.
In this episode, Brian Auten and Chad Gross interview Christian Philosopher Peter S. Williams about his book Outgrowing God?: A Beginner’s Guide to Richard Dawkins and the God Debate. Find his resources at www.peterswilliams.com 2:50 - Introduction to Peter and his various books. 5:00 - The goal for writing a book dealing with Richard Dawkins’ book, Outgrowing God. 12:20 - The characters in the book, and coming at the God debate from various angles. 16:00 - Why address Dawkins and not “the best that atheism has to offer?” 19:00 - Key things that Peter would want to challenge Dawkins on in his thinking. 22:30 - Addressing inconsistency and lack of philosophical training. 24:00 - Problems with requiring “extraordinary evidence” for “extraordinary claims.” The subjectivity of the word “extraordinary.” 30:05 - Engaging in the God debate with the best of scholarship. 34:00 - Different ways of looking at the Old Testament, and reasons to take it seriously. Accurate incidental details we see in the OT. 40:00 - Addressing the topic of slavery, how we define it, and what we see in the Bible. 44:00 - Human rights and dignity, the Biblical worldview, and the culture of the day. Moral development in culture. 48:30 - How moral values are grounded. Dawkins judging the character of Yahweh. What worldview makes the best sense of our moral experience? 52:00 - Is there any hope of grounding moral values in something other than God? Discussion of moral platonism. 58:00 - Characters in the book struggling with depression; presenting the Christian life with more realism. 63:00 - Where to find more resources for the book. 64:20 - Reflections on the interview. read more read less

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