Ask Dr. Greg Ganssle (November 6-10, 2017)


(Carson Weitnauer) #1

Hi friends,

This November we will have the opportunity to engage with Dr. Greg Ganssle, the author of the new book Our Deepest Desires: How the Christian Story Fulfills Human Aspirations. You can check out his full bio below. I’ve really enjoyed my conversations with Greg - he is genuine, thoughtful, and offers a refreshingly clear perspective on life. It is an honor to feature him in RZIM Connect.

EDIT: All Q&A with Greg has been split into their own topics. You can find them below.


Greg’s bio:
Greg Ganssle has been thinking about the intersection of Christian faith and contemporary scholarship for over thirty years. He began as an undergraduate by skipping his classes and reading C.S. Lewis. After graduating from the University of Maryland in 1978, he worked in campus ministry on a variety of campuses. Hundreds of conversations with students from a wide variety of religious and philosophical perspectives drove him to a sustained self-study program. Eventually it occurred to him that he was reading philosophy. Since he had escaped college without taking a philosophy course, he decided to begin with Philosophy 101 at the age of 25. Within weeks he was hooked. Continuing to juggle his full time campus ministry responsibilities, he earned a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Rhode Island (1990). He then went full time and earned his Ph.D. from Syracuse University (1995), where his dissertation on God’s relation to time won a Syracuse University Dissertation Award. In addition to publishing nearly three dozen articles, chapters and reviews, Greg has edited two books, God and Time: Four Views (IVP, 2001) and God and Time: Essays on the Divine Nature (Oxford, 2002 – with David M. Woodruff). Greg is also the author of Thinking about God: First Steps in Philosophy (IVP, 2004) and A Reasonable God: Engaging the New Face of Atheism (Baylor University Press, 2009). Greg was part-time lecturer in the philosophy department at Yale for nine years, and a senior fellow at the Rivendell Institute at Yale. Greg’s research interests lie in contemporary Philosophy of Religion and History of Philosophy. Greg has been married to Jeanie since 1985. They have three children, none of whom are philosophers. Although happily married, Greg has a secret crush on Jane Austen.



A Reasonable God: Engaging the New Face of Atheism, Waco: Baylor University Press, 2009
Thinking About God: First Steps in Philosophy, Downers Grove: Inter Varsity Press, 2004. (Fourth
Printing, 2012).
God and Time: Essays on the Divine Nature, edited with David M. Woodruff, New York: Oxford
University Press, 2002.
God and Time: Four Views, edited. Downers Grove, IL: Inter Varsity Press, 2001. (Eleventh
printing, 2013) published in UK: Paternoster Press, 2002.


“Evan Fales and the Possibility of Divine Causation,” Sophia forthcoming.
“Fine-Tuning and the Varieties of Naturalism,” Religious Studies, Vol. 47, No. 1 (2011): 59-71.
“Dawkins’ Best Argument: the Case against God in The God Delusion,” Philosophia Christi, Series 2.
Vol 10. No. 1 (2008): 39-56.
“God and Time” The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy,
“Real problems with Irrealism: A Reply to McLeod-Harrison,” Philosophia Christi, Series 2 Vol 8, No
2. (2006): 453-458.

(Kay Kalra) #2

4 posts were split to a new topic: What is time?

(Kay Kalra) #4

2 posts were split to a new topic: How do I explain the Christian faith is the way to truth over a scientific method

(Kay Kalra) #9

2 posts were split to a new topic: What are your habits or attitudes regarding evangelism?

(Kay Kalra) #10

2 posts were split to a new topic: What does it mean, God is triune?

(Tim Ramey) #14

Dr Greg, I have a question regarding time that has plagued me. Scripture says that, when Jesus returns, the dead in Christ will rise first with those being martyred among the first. However, at every funeral we attend, we are told that so-and-so is in a better place. How can that be if Jesus has not returned yet? Some attribute this situation to Soul Sleep. I want to pass my wild thought by you. Can it be that we are set up in a time/space format, designed by the Lord. Yet, time is one eternal moment. As part of this notion is the death of Christ. He died on a certain day but wouldn’t His death have covered the sins of those who walked this earth before Him? Hebrews 11 speaks of the suffering Moses endured for Christ outweighed the treasures of Egypt. So we see everything through the lens of time, but to the Lord could it be one eternal moment?

In a separate discussion you gave the example of you eating the ice cream. When I consider predestination or you choosing freely to eat the ice cream, can’t that be explained by the fact that our sovereign Lord knows what we will choose. He doesn’t make us do it, but He knows what we will freely do? I believe it was Elijah who wept because he knew what Hazael would do although Hazael denied that he could ever do such a thing. I’m certainly not trying to oversimplify predestination/ the Lords sovereignty. As you can see, I don’t have the intelligence of others who have responded.

Sorry for the late post…

(Carson Weitnauer) #15