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The various manifestations of your ministry are directed toward cultivating thoughtful, intellectually rigorous Christianity. Are we losing ground, stuck in neutral, or making progress on that front?

It's a mixed picture. I see some progress. At the academic level, yes, we've made progress in the Christian universities and schools. A lot of progress. I'm less optimistic about the progress on university campuses through the Christian groups. When I was invited to do a lecture on campus, they used to ask me what kind of books I wanted on the book table. But in recent years, I've had to practically twist arms to get people to believe that those who come to these lectures might actually be interested in reading a book.

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