Monday, September 20, 2010

Apologist Interview: Ellis Potter

Today's interview is with Ellis Potter, pastor of the Basel International English speaking church of Lausanne, Switzerland. He talks about his journey from Zen Buddhism to Christianity through his encounters with Francis Schaeffer and L'Abri, Schaeffer's presuppositional approach, apologetics as a function of love (1 Cor 13), apologetics/kategorics, "taking the roof off," a long-term mentality toward evangelism, "subjective" truth, and more.

Full Interview MP3 Audio here. (35 min)

Ellis Potter homepage and lectures.
Check out his apologetics considerations.

Enjoy.

You may also be interested in the lecture: The Real Problem with Buddhism by Ellis Potter.

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3 comments :

Joanne said...

Thank you, Brian. Awesome as always.

Ex N1hilo said...

Interesting interview. I had previously listened to "The Real Problem with Buddhism" when it was posted here (along with two other lectures by Mr. Potter). I highly recommend it.

The Trinity is at the center of his worldview. In the presentations I listened to, he relates everything explicitly to the triune God of Scripture, a refreshing difference to so many apologists who spend a large percentage of their time and effort defending generic theism.

mbabbitt said...

I also am a former Buddhist (Nyingmapa/Tibetan and Zen), albeit as a layman, and I can relate to his account. My Masters work in school was in the study of Cambodian Buddhism by French scholars. I became a Christian two years ago due to apologetics - Greg Koukl, WL Craig, Michae Brown (Jewish-Christian apologetics). This is a great interview on so many levels. I just shared it with my church on Facebook.

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