Category Archives: Interviews

‘After Lewis and Tolkien’ (Comes Me?)

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Jon Dykstra of Reformed Perspective Magazine did a fine job of welding several of my blog posts, and my answers to his questions, into an article about Christian fantasy.

After Lewis and Tolkien

I was especially gratified when he told me how his children loved Bell Mountain as he read it to them. They called it simply “Jack and Ellayne.” I think they were five or six years old at the time–way under the age of the target audience. But I’ve heard this a lot, over the years–mostly from adults.

Anyway, it’s an interesting article and I was very pleasantly surprised to find it available online.


An Exclusive Interview with Byron the Quokka

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(Editor’s Note: The following interview was done by Ernest and Giulio Gallo for Not Those Gallos Brothers! Magazine. These are excerpts.)

E&G: Have you settled into your job as contest manager for this blog?

BTQ: Yes.

E&G: We understand this is only the second interview you’ve ever granted.

BTQ: That’s true. The first one, the guy told me he was Col. Mustard from the Clue game and I believed him because he looked like Col. Mustard, and then he turned out to be some patzer named Henderson and all the other quokkas laughed at me for a week and went around calling themselves Miss Scarlet or Professor Plum, etc. I have to admit–it left scars. But I granted this interview because my Uncle Cedric thought it was the Gallo Brothers who make that wine he likes so much, and I just couldn’t disappoint him.

E&G: Who do you try to pattern yourself after?

BTQ: (thinking it over for a good five minutes) I guess the Sons of Hercules.

E&G: what do you like best about working for this blog?

BTQ: The hours are flexible, the pay is fantastic, I get to see all the cat and hamster videos I want, and I love the readers, they are cool! Also I get to go to New Jersey now and then and ride on the handlebars of Lee’s bike.

E&G: Do you think Australia will ever have a quokka as prime minster?

BTQ: (dives into burrow. Won’t come out. Faint noise of him blowing a raspberry at the interviewers).

 


My Interview with the President of the Biblical Archaeological Society (2005)

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Hershel Shanks at work

When I interviewed him in 2005, Hershel Shanks was president of the Biblical Archaeological Society, which he helped to found, and editor-in-chief of its print magazine, “Biblical Archaeology Review.”

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/biblical-archaeology-an-interview-with-hershel-shanks

I’ve been a BAR subscriber for many years, and it was a kick for me to interview the man who launched it and served as editor until his retirement last year. BAR has been notable for its coverage of all the liveliest controversies in the field of Biblical archaeology–most of which spilled over into the “Letters” column.

Two of the controversies covered in this interview were “Biblical minimalism” (he didn’t support it) and the purportedly ancient ossuary (bone box) that bore the inscription “James, brother of Jesus”–which the Israeli authorities had branded a modern forgery, but which Mr. Shanks felt ought to be studied further, and more deeply, by an international team of experts.

There is, unfortunately, a great deal of material in BAR by “reputable Bible scholars” who don’t believe a single word of Scripture. Readers have to learn to ignore them.

One thing Mr. Shanks did as editor, though–he kept things lively. I haven’t seen that, so far, from his successor.


My Interview with Lee Strobel (2005)

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Lee Strobel

I thought you might enjoy my 2005 interview with Lee Strobel–lawyer, former legal affairs editor and reporter for the Chicago Tribune, former atheist… and now, for many years, a servant of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/case-for-a-creator-author-makes-prediction-belief-in-god-will-prevail-over-darwinism

Mr. Strobel was about to go skiing when I phoned him, and he said he could give me 15 minutes. But we hit it off, and wound up talking for an hour and a half.

In this interview, shortly after the publication of his book, The Case for a Creator, Mr. Strobel predicted that science itself would help lead us to belief in God and away from Darwinism. But unlike some Intelligent Design proponents, he doesn’t stop there. Science may teach us that there is an intelligent design that governs the universe, but we need the Bible, and faith, to tell us of the Designer.


‘Author Interview with Lee Duigon'(2015)

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(Is anybody reading this?)

“Dragon Queen” did a very thorough job of this interview, a few years ago. No one’s interviewed me lately. Rush Limbaugh wants to, but he doesn’t know it.

https://leeduigon.com/2015/02/23/author-interview-with-lee-duigon/

Actually, I’ve done a lot of interviews–but hardly any with anyone who’s read my books. Oh, well…


Have You Been Censored? Banned?

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C’mon, guys, help me out!

Have you been censored in the social media? Banned, shadow-banned, or temporarily suspended? De-monetized?

I know some of you have, because you’ve said so. I’ve been assigned to write an article on this subject, and I need your first-hand experiences. I will protect your identities–I just need to know what happened and what it was like.

I can’t keep making this request without becoming tiresome, so this is my last call. If no one comes forward, I’ll have to write the article without this information; and it won’t be as good as it should have been.

One thing I am sure of. If we want to put a stop to this, first we have to get the rest of the country talking about it.


So Listen to the Webinar, Why Dontcha

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My wife has just listened to my 2016 “webinar” with Andrea Schwartz and pronounced it very interesting. She’s never wrong about things like that, so it’ll probably interest you, too, if you give it a chance. I posted it on this blog earlier this morning, so you can easily find it on the home page. If you’re reading this, you’re probably on the home page now. Funny how that works out.

I hope nobody minds if I don’t report on politics this weekend–which I will do, of course, if I think I have to. But only if I have to. I’m feeling just a bit used-up. I think I’d be the better for a nice cigar, followed by a movie. It’s raining, so I’ll need my umbrella.

I do enjoy doing interviews, but no one’s asked me to do one lately.


‘Here’s the Webinar! “Thoughts on Being a Writer”‘ (2016)

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I did this webinar with Andrea Schwartz for Chalcedon, so if you can stand the sound of my voice for 50 minutes, well, here you are!

https://leeduigon.com/2016/10/26/heres-the-webinar-thoughts-on-being-a-writer/

I’ve done a lot of interviews about my books, but this was the first time I’d ever talked with anyone who’d actually read them. That made it more fun.

Anyway, here I am. Enjoy the conversation.


‘Humanist Doomsday Myth Scares Children’ (2009)

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See? They’ve been doing it for years–scaring children (and adults) with their global warming gloom and doom. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t invent it.

In 2009 a poll found “one in three children” aged six to eleven “fear the demise of the planet.” I interviewed the head honcho of “Habitat Heroes,” who tried very hard to distance himself from the scare merchants. Judge for yourselves whether he succeeded.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/humanist-doomsday-myth-scares-children

What we have with the Climate Change scam is a humanist, no-God-involved, End Times scenario. And if there’s any God in it at all, it’s a weak, pitiful God who can only wring His hands as we destroy His creation by driving cars, having air conditioners, and using toilet paper.

It’s ten years later and they’re still at it. Shame on us for allowing them to scare us with it.


Europe: Mock Muhammad, Go to Jail

I’d be very disappointed in myself if the best Glorious Cause I could come up with was the “right” to blasphemy. But in Europe an Austrian woman has been found guilty of the new criminal offense of mocking Muhammad (details in video, above).

Europeans, though, still have the “right” to mock Christians and Christianity with impunity. Does this strike you as, like, a double standard?

I’d also be very disappointed in myself if the best thing I could think of doing with my freedom was to mock someone else’s religion. True, I frequently mock the Far Left’s pseudo-religion of secular humanism. Just can’t seem to resist it.

The fact that I’m a Christian really sort of indicates that I don’t believe in Islam and don’t accept its teachings as true. I couldn’t be a Christian, otherwise. But I don’t see how that gives me any warrant to insult Muslims, Hindus, or any others who sincerely believe in their respective religions and try to live in peace. I can pray for their conversion. I can try to answer their questions, respectfully and honestly, when they have questions for me. I can try to live in such a way that it won’t inspire them to despise Christianity because they despise me. I don’t always do all of these things well, but I can try.

Besides which, Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and His apostles, set an example which I am obliged to follow as best as I can. Did Peter or Paul ever mock Greeks and Romans for being pagans? Not in any Bible I’ve ever read.

Yes, I know Elijah mocked the priests and so-called prophets of Baal. But who of us has Elijah’s authority?

When the Lord commanded us to do unto others as we would have them do unto us, He didn’t add, “But only if they’re Christians.”


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