New Book Published by Taylor Prof
Dr. Randal Rauser, Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Taylor Seminary, is celebrating the publication of his newest book. The Swedish Atheist, the Scuba Diver and Other Rabbit Trails was published by Intervarsity, and is now available at bookstores and at online retailers.
The book consists solely of a fictional coffee shop conversation between an atheist and the author, intended to give the reader a unique introduction to apologetics. Dr. Rauser says the book is intended to model a new style of apologetics, one that is winsome and respectful. In an early review at Amazon.com, Rutgers philosophy professor Dean Zimmerman called it "a model of candid, winsome, thought-provoking apologetics."
The Intervarsity Press Catalogue summarizes the book this way:
"This imaginative narrative is a model of the rigorous pursuit of truth in conversation. Apologetics is not just about winning arguments; it is a transformative apprenticeship where eternity touches down in everyday life. It's about the discovery of truth through winding, weaving, honest, aimless, pointless and completely purposeful conversations between people who desperately want to know the way really things are."
Dr. Rauser is a prolific author, with several books in the books at the moment; he is also highly engaged with audiences online, especially through his blog at http://randalrauser.com/.
Taylor Considers Joining ACTS Consortium
At their recent meetings, trustees of Taylor were presented with an RFD ("Request for Decision") regarding a proposal that could see the seminary becoming an official member of a consortium of western Canadian seminaries. The RFD asked trustees to formally approve detailed negotiations with ACTS regarding joining the consortium. A preliminary report on the possibility of becoming the 6th member seminary of ACTS was developed over the summer and fall, and was discussed at great length at the fall meetings of the Taylor Board of Trustees.
Trustees voted in favor of the RFD, meaning that the process has advanced to the next stage. More details talks with ACTS and its member seminaries will take place over the winter, with a view to be ready to consider a final proposal at the March 2013 meetings.
The ACTS consortium is headquartered at the Graduate School of Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. The consortium is configured so that each member retains its independence, but shares institutional resources to gain operational and educational effectiveness and to better serve students.
Taylor trustees were encouraged by discussions to this date and by the preliminary report; all of us at Taylor will continue to appreciate your prayers for God's wisdom as we consider this significant new partnership, one that will help us be more effective and efficient in our mission.
A final proposal could be ready for the board's consideration at the next meeting of the trustees in March.
Global Mission Course to Zambia Announced
Taylor Seminary offers students an opportunity to study abroad each year. MI 546 is a three-credit immersion study/service course normally conducted outside of Canada. It is designed to expose students to diverse expressions of Christianity and/or other world religions, and has become an important learning opportunity for Taylor students who want to gain a global perspective on issues during the course of their studies.
In 2013, a small group of students led by Dr. Allan Effa will travel to Zambia where they will explore issues of justice and social concern, including spending time with AIDS orphans and their care-givers. The group will spend time learning about African Christianity and international development.
This will be an intensive learning experience, but time will be set provided for a short sight-seeing tour to beautiful Victoria Falls, and for a safari in neighbouring Botswana.
For more information or to begin the registration process, call Enrolment Services.
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You can view the course brochure for MI 546 by clicking here (pdf).
Medicine Hat Apologetics Course
Popular author, speaker and Taylor professor Dr. Randal Rauser will be sharing insights in the area of Christian apologetics this fall. Taylor Seminary is offering a hybrid version of TH 634 Christian Apologetics (a 3 credit course), with two weekends of classes being offered in Medicine Hat and the balance of the course being offered online.
The course offers an introduction to the rational defense of the Christian faith. It includes the identification of evidence for Christian belief, but also explores the evidence against non-Christian beliefs. There are various models of apologetics, which will be discussed, and the class will also look carefully as some of the specific apologetic challenges of our day that emerge from modernism and postmodernism.
Don't wait to express your interest in this course! Contact us today to begin the process of applying and registering, or to ask how you can audit this course.
ABOUT DR. RANDAL RAUSER
Dr. Rauser is Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Taylor Seminary. He has written several books including the bestseller Finding God in the Shack (Biblica, 2009) and The Swedish Atheist, the Scuba Diver and Other Apologetic Rabbit Trails (InterVarsity, 2012). Randal has also published many articles in leading academic journals like Philosophia Christi and Christian Scholar's Review. He blogs at randalrauser.com and lectures widely on Christian worldview and apologetics.