James W. Sire
James W. Sire (PhD, University of Missouri), formerly a senior editor at InterVarsity Press, is an active speaker and writer. Born on a ranch on the rim of the Nebraska Sandhills, Sire has been an officer in the Army; a college professor of English literature, philosophy and theology; the chief editor of InterVarsity Press (a Christian publisher of books for thoughtful readers); a lecturer at over two hundred universities in the United States, Canada, Eastern and Western Europe and Asia; and the author of twenty books on literature, philosophy and the Christian faith. Sire holds a BA in Chemistry and English from the University of Nebraska, an MA in English from Washington State College (now University) and a PhD in English from the University of Missouri. His book The Universe Next Door, published in 1976 and now in its fifth edition, has sold over 350,000 copies and has been translated into nineteen foreign languages. His other InterVarsity Press books and Bible studies include Scripture Twisting, Discipleship of the Mind, Chris Chrisman Goes to College, Why Should Anyone Believe Anything at All?, Habits of the Mind: Intellectual Life as a Christian Calling, Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept, Learning to Pray Through the Psalms, Why Good Arguments Often Fail and A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics.
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A classic performance of Bach's Double Violin Concerto played by Yehudi Menuhin & David Oistrakh
"There is the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Therefore there must be a God. You either see this or you don't."—Peter Kreeft & Ronald Tacelli
(Movement 2—"largo ma non tanto"—starts at 4.25)
Music: Chillout Me, kindly provided by Antony Raijekov, from his Jazz U compilation (CC BY-NC 2.5)