More Video: Stanford Multi-Faith Seminar 2010

Two events in which your servant was involved are now available for video (and audio) consumption.

The first is a threefold presentation of Islam (of a very generic sort), Hinduism (of the Advaita Vedanta sort), and Christianity (of the Orthodox, Orthoprax, and Entirely Proper sort, needless to say) with some Q&A with the audience. The second is my own presentation on the grounds for believing Christianity to be true.

I have found it worked best to save the video to my computer (which takes a while) and then run it.

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  1. Wesley

    Proff. Stackhouse –
    saw the blog Todd did on you in the Vancouver Sun re: the Armageddon book, found your blog and then this entry with this audio. I remember meeting you when i used to attend 10th Avenue Alliance church years ago and I know you know my sister and brother-in-law (Randy and Hannah Hamm) to maybe put my face to the name.
    I listened to the audio from the interfaith dialogue and i have to say we need more of this kind of dialogue a: to explain the historical reliability of our faith and refute erroneous teachings about it and b: to show that our love for God and the Bible is not some unintelligible, ‘backwoods’, religion for weak-minded people but a living, reliable, historically and practically reasonable, pursuit of and worship of the God who first pursued us. I think you did both of these things and i found your presentation and Q&A to be both winsome and humble.
    I had a few points of clarification i wondered if you’d indulge me with if time permits.
    Firstly, you made a comment about God “placing” good in other religions around minute 47 of the audio. Do you mean this in the sense of God’s absolute truth being picked up on and celebrated in other religions even if the Author of that truth is not the One glorified for it? The wording of it just sounded as though you were perhaps saying you felt God sovereignly “placed” a bit of Himself in false religions to … well i can’t imagine why He’d do that as one would think it would have more of an inoculating effect than a drawing effect on darkened hearts and minds.
    Secondly, can you explain more from Scripture why you land at an anihilationist perspective? Where do you see the saints rejoicing in “people’s torment”, like some sadistic, bloodlust and not rather rejoicing and glorifying God for His Justice as well as His mercy towards us? I’m honestly interested to learn why you land there.
    Finally – and i say all of this with humility b/c only God knows the heart – when describing why you were a Christian you say, “Why do i prefer this one? Because it makes the most sense to me, it seems the best of those available, and because i think i have actually come to know Jesus.” I just don’t get that. You say in your talk that it’s God’s Spirit that turns the light on for us: what does “preference” or “sense” look like to the darkened mind? Speaking of Christianity as the “best option of those available” sounds more like an oncologist describing why chemotherapy is needed to treat the cancer. I guess it all just seemed to lack in humility and thankfulness from a sinner saved by grace alone, and i’m wondering where you were trying to go with that. I feel i have grossly missed it.
    Looking forward to dialoging (blogging) with you should time and interest permit. I’m thankful to God for the international platform He has given you to show off His glory to the world.
    underneath mercy –
    Wesley Parker.

  2. John Stackhouse

    These are all good questions, Brother Wesley, and proper answers would require more space than I have available here.

    1. Religions, like any other form of culture, form in some combination of God’s blessings, the devil’s interference, and our cultural work, both for better and for worse. That’s really the core of what I’m affirming in what you heard. There are true and helpful things to be found in many other religions, with more in some than others, of course.

    Why would God bestow blessings of a religious sort on everyone? Well, partly it’s a function of God’s generosity to all humanity. Partly it’s what the earlier centuries of the Church called the “praeparatio evangelicum,” preparation for the gospel.

    2. It was a staple of certain medieval and post-Reformation scholastic theologies that God was glorified in all things to do with the Last Judgment, including (therefore) the suffering of the damned. And since God, the angels, and the saints rejoice in the glory of God, they rejoice in the suffering of the damned.

    My main objection to the idea of “eternal conscious torment,” however, is much more narrowly Biblical (I don’t think it is taught anywhere) and theological (it makes more sense of the Biblical testimony to see God punishing the unsaved in exact proportion to their deserts, not forever and ever).

    3. When one speaks to an audience, one has the audience’s outlook in mind and a particular point one wants to make to that audience also in mind. What I think I’m describing here is PART of what it means to choose to be a Christian rather than some other worldview, and that part is PART of what it means for a human being to respond to the message of the gospel. What I’m NOT doing is offering a full anatomy of conversion–which I do more of in my book, “Humble Apologetics” (in fact, a whole chapter on conversion).

    I’m sorry I can’t say more now, but perhaps this will help.

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