10 Tips For Atheists + Other Conversations in Faith and Culture
Is religious faith just a personal lifestyle choice? Does Christianity have anything to say to 21st-century people and issues? The Centre for Public Christianity (CPX), founded in Sydney in 2007, thinks there's still a conversation to be had...
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Is religious faith just a personal lifestyle choice?
Does Christianity have anything to say to 21st-century people and issues?
The Centre for Public Christianity (CPX), founded in Sydney in 2007, thinks there's still a conversation to be had about faith - many conversations, in fact - and this volume brings together a few of the most stimulating, urgent, or just delightful ones they've had in the media over the years.
These include conversations with atheists, agnostics, and believers; with philosophers, economists, scientists, artists, activists, and ordinary people with far from ordinary stories. They cover everything from religious violence, JFK, refugee policy, ecological ethics, and the scandal of child abuse in the church to Halloween, modern slavery, the kingdom of God, art and beauty, neuroscience, sex, missionaries, economics, and the good life.
Whether you're a believer or a sceptic - whether you're asking "What is Christianity all about?" or "What good has it ever done?" - 10 Tips for Atheists invites you to join one of the defining conversations of our time.
With contributions from:
John Dickson, Ross Gittins, Wesley Hill, Bethany Hoang, Greg Lake, John Lennox, Hugh Mackay, Tom McLeish, Gordon Menzies, Natasha Moore, Nancey Murphy, Richard Shumack, Simon Smart, Byron Smith, Margaret Somerville, Francis Spufford, John Stackhouse, Scott Stephens, John Swinton, Helen Thomas, Justine Toh, Kevin Vanhoozer, Tim Winton, Robert Woodberry, N T Wright, Barney Zwartz
Hugh Mackay is an Australian psychologist and highly regarded social commentator. His annual the Mackay Report has been gauging the social attitude of Australians for over thirty years and he has written weekly columns for the Sydney Morning Herald, Age and West Australian. Hugh is the author of several best-selling books in the field of social psychology, including: Reinventing Australia (1993), the Good Listener (1994) and Generations (1997). He has also published four novels, the most recent of which was WINTER CLOSE (Hodder, 2002). He lives in Sydney.
Wesley Hill graduated from Wheaton College and has an MA in Theology and Religion from Durham University in the UK. He is currently working toward a PhD in New Testament at Durham and has written for Books and Culture and Ransom Fellowship's magazine Critique.
Nancey Murphy is Professor of Christian Philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary. She is an internationally known author and speaker in the field of religion and science.
N.T.(Tom) Wright (D.Phil., University of Oxford) is Reseach Professor in Christian Origins at St Mary's College in the Divinity School of St Andrew's University, Scotalnd. Formerly Bishop of Durham, he was recently named by Christianity Today as one of the top five theologians in the world. Once Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey and dean of Lichfield Cathedral, he taught New Testament studies for twenty years at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities.
Wright's full-scale works The New Testament and the People of God; Jesus and the Victory of God; and The Resurrection of the Son of God are part of a projected six-volume series entitled Christian Origins and the Question of God.
Among his many other published works are The Original Jesus; What Saint Paul Really Said and The Climax of the Covenant. He is also co-author with Marcus Borg of The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions
His commentaries include Colossians and Philemon (The Tyndale New Testament Commentary series), the 12 volume For Everyone series, Romans (New Interpreter's Bible Commentary); Galatians (The Horizons Theological Commentary) and The Letter to the Philippians (International Critical Commentary)
Most recently he has released Surprised by Hope; Small Faith--Great God; Virtue Reborn and Justification: God's Plan and Paul's Vision.
Koorong -Editorial Review.
Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Ph.D., Cambridge University) is Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, from 1990-1998 was senior lecturer in theology and religious studies at New College, University of Edinburgh, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
He has written Biblical Narrative in the Philosophy of Paul Ricoeur (Cambridge University Press), Is There a Meaning in This Text? (Zondervan), The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology (Westminster John Knox). He is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Postmodern Theology (Cambridge University Press), The Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible (Baker).
His most recent publications are First Theology: God, Scripture and Hermeneutics (Intervarsity Press), Remythologizing Theology: Divine Action, Passion, and Authorship. (Cambridge University Press) and Jeremiah (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible).
Koorong - Editorial Review.
John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics in the University of Oxford, Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science, and Pastoral Advisor at Green Templeton College, Oxford. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University and at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and is a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum. In addition, he teaches for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme at the Executive Education Centre, Said Business School, Oxford University.
John Carson Lennox was born in 1943 in Northern Ireland, the son of a shopkeeper, and grew up in Armagh. He studied at the Royal School Armagh, Northern Ireland and was Exhibitioner and Senior Scholar at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University from which he took his MA, MMath and PhD. While there, he heard lectures by C S Lewis on the poet John Donne. Lennox worked for many years in the Mathematics Institute at the University of Wales in Cardiff which awarded him a DSc for his research. He also holds an MA and DPhil from Oxford University and an MA in Bioethics from the University of Surrey. He was a Senior Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow at the Universities of Wurzburg and Freiburg in Germany. He has lectured extensively in North America, Eastern and Western Europe and Australasia on mathematics, the philosophy of science and the intellectual defence of Christianity.
Between 2007 and 2011, Lennox was involved in numerous public debates in the UK, US, and Australia, wherein he articulated an intellectually robust Christian case for the existence of God. His interlocutors have included Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens, and Peter Singer.
Lennox has written a number of books on the interface between science, philosophy and theology. These include God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? (2009), God and Stephen Hawking, a response to The Grand Design (2011), Gunning for God, on the new atheism (2011), and Seven Days that Divide the World, on the early chapters of Genesis (2011). Furthermore, in addition to over seventy published mathematical papers, he is the co-author of two research level texts in algebra in the Oxford Mathematical Monographs series.
Lennox is multilingual, fluent in Russian, French, and German. He is married to Sally, and has three children and five grandchildren.
Tim Winton was born in 1960 in Western Australia. He attended a Creative Writing Course at Curtin University in Perth, and it was there that he began his first novel, An Open Swimmer. It was entered for The Australian/Vogel Award in 1981 and won. With The Riders Winton made his first appearance on The Booker Prize shortlist in 1995. It didn't win the Booker but it did, however, win The Miles Franklin Award in 1992, to follow his first win of that award with Shallows in 1984. In addition The Riders won the best novel award in the South East Asia and South Pacific section of The Commonwealth Writers Prize in 1995. Tim Winton has also become the patron of the Tim Winton Award for Young Writers which is sponsored by the City of Subiaco in Western Australia.
John G. Stackhouse, Jr. (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology and Culture at Regent College, Vancouver. He is the author or editor of ten books, including Humble Apologetics; Can God Be Trusted?; No Other Gods before Me?; Evangelical Ecclesiology; and Evangelical Landscapes.
Natasha is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity. She has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Cambridge and is the author of Victorian Poetry and Modern Life: The Unpoetical Age and For the Love of God: How the church is better and worse than you ever imagined, as well as editor of 10 Tips for Atheists and other conversations in faith and culture. She has worked for CPX since 2014 and written for the mainstream media on topics that include books, movies, politics, food, domestic violence, Scripture in schools, war, Thanksgiving, and freedom of speech.
Francis Spufford, a former Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year (1997), has edited two acclaimed literary anthologies and a collection of essays about the history of technology. His first book, I May Be Some Time, won the Writers' Guild Award for Best Non-Fiction Book of 1996, the Banff Mountain Book Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award. His second, The Child That Books Built, gave Neil Gaiman 'the peculiar feeling that there was now a book I didn't need to write'. His third, Backroom Boys, was called 'as nearly perfect as makes no difference' by the Daily Telegraph and was shortlisted for the Aventis Prize. In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He teaches writing at Goldsmiths College and lives near Cambridge.