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Blog Interview: Jim Spiegel

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It could be said that Jim Spiegel has an interesting way of looking at the world.  As a professor of philosophy, that’s to be expected.  Filled with curiosity and knowledge, Spiegel is among the more interesting persons to talk to.  

So are his kids.

In Gum, Geckos, and God: A Family’s Adventure in Space, Time, and Faith, Spiegel recounts conversations with his children on the questions that most kids ask, but few parents answer with such patience and eloquence.  You know, those easy questions like, “What’s God Like?” and “Why Does God Love Us?”  Though Spiegel carries the heady weight of a professor of philosophy, his newest book answers the questions of these innocents with approachable wisdom – not to mention humor and pathos.  

So, why is a blog, otherwise dedicated to discussing matters of policy, law, and the family taking time out of its regular programming to interview Jim Spiegel?  Well, that’s more of a question for him.

Below, find our first in what we hope will be an ongoing series of blog interviews with with experts on topics that matter to the family.  

 

Q: Jim, tell us a little about yourself.  Who are you?  What do you do?  Why do you do it? 

A:  I teach philosophy at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.  And I strive to extend my teaching ministry through my publications.  More importantly, I am husband to Amy Spiegel, and together we are raising four wonderful kids, two of whom figure prominently in my latest book, Gum, Geckos, and God.  Amy and I are also colaborers on our new blog: wisdomandfollyblog.com.

Q: Why have you written Gum, Geckos, and God? 

A: To provide a primer on Christian worldview which both explains the basic doctrines of the faith and shows why they are so reasonable.  It is a worldview that can be grasped by a small child but can also tantalized the most profound minds.  My book aims to illustrate why this is so.   

Q: While we are engaged in the debate involving the policies our state and nation adopt, our work for life, marriage, and religious freedom really is rooted in a discussion of worldview.  How does Gum, Geckos, and God contribute to the development of our children’s worldview? 

A: The book will inspire parents to be more intentional about training their children to think Christianly about all things, from science to art to sports.  Today, America’s cultural inertia is not on the side of biblical convictions, so parents must engage their kids with this in mind.

Q: From the book, it appears that you and your wife Amy (who makes delicious cookies, if memory serves) appear to have a textbook answer for every question your children pose to you.  What might you say to those without a degree in philosophy?  

I’d say, what are you waiting for?  Go get a PhD!  Seriously, though, any devoted parent can engage his/her child at the level of worldview.  Its simply a matter of seizing the opportunities as they arise.  Even if readers’ kids don’t pose the same questions that our kids have, I expect that readers will still find the anedotes and stories helpful. They should also be humored by some of the ways my wife and I have been completely stumped by our kids!

Q: As we work to encourage our political leaders to make the family the first priority (and not an afterthought), are there thoughts and lessons outlined in your book that we can use to encourage our leaders to stand for life, marriage, and religious freedom? 

A: I would emphasize that the same fact should encourage us in both these political matters and in our work as parents.  This fact is that there is such a thing as absolute truth, and God is its source.  We can formulate public policies about all sorts of things, but unless they are grounded in an ultimate authority, then it is just human opinion and wanton relativism. 

Q: Where can people get a copy of your book? 

A: The book is available at Christian bookstores everywhere, as well as on-line, such as at Amazon.com.

Q: Do you have plans for GGG2: A Family’s Journey Through the Teen Years?   

A:  Hmm…  Now that’s a great idea.  I’ll keep this in mind for 2018!

Q: Are you available for speaking engagements?  If so, how can people schedule you at their church, civic club, or birthday party?

A: They can contact me directly at jmspiegel@taylor.edu.

Q: This is probably the most pivotal of all questions: If the Cubs adopted Mac the gecko as their unofficial mascot, do you think they could actually be playing baseball in October?

A: This is unquestionably the case.  Now if we can only persuade the Cubs’ management…

 

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Written by Jeremy Dys

July 25, 2008 at 11:32 am

Posted in Life, Marriage

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