Is Belief in God Good, Bad or Irrelevant?: a Professor and a Punk Rocker Discuss Science, Religion, Naturalism & Christianity

Is Belief in God Good, Bad or Irrelevant?: a Professor and a Punk Rocker Discuss Science, Religion, Naturalism & Christianity


Edited by Preston Jones

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  • Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press,US
  • Format: Microfilm | 164 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 206mm x 15mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Illinois
  • ISBN 10: 0830833773
  • ISBN 13: 9780830833771
  • Sales rank: 157,931

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Greg Graffin is frontman, singer and songwriter for the punk band Bad Religion. He also happens to have a Ph.D. in zoology and wrote his dissertation on evolution, atheism and naturalism. Preston Jones is a history professor at a Christian college and a fan of Bad Religion's music. One day, on a whim, Preston sent Greg an appreciative e-mail. That was the start of an extraordinary correspondence. For several months, Preston and Greg sent e-mails back and forth on big topics like God, religion, knowledge, evil, evolution, biology, destiny and the nature of reality. Preston believes in God; Greg sees insufficient evidence for God's existence. Over the course of their friendly debate, they tackle such cosmic questions as: Is religion rational or irrational? Does morality require belief in God? Do people only believe in God because they are genetically predisposed toward religion? How do you make sense of suffering in the world? Is this universe all there is? And what does it all matter? In this engaging book, Preston and Greg's actual e-mail correspondence is reproduced, along with bonus materials that provide additional background and context. Each makes his case for why he thinks his worldview is more compelling and explanatory. While they find some places to agree, neither one convinces the other. They can't both be right. So which worldview is more plausible? You decide.

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"A good spirited conversation can be very educational. It gives people the freedom to draw their own conclusions, which is usually more powerful than forcing one down the reader's throat. Preston Jones has 'authored' a great read simply by keeping the conversation true to what was 'said' via his e-mails with Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin. This collection of back-and-forth debate concerning the worldviews of a naturalist and a Christian is fascinating and as compelling as a suspense novel, as educational as a college course and as relational as a blog. Anyone young enough to love rock and roll and smart enough to know that the Christian faith needn't back down from any philosophy will appreciate the frankness found inside this book."--Doug Van Pelt, editor of HM Magazine, and author of Rock Stars on God