Doug Erlandson Author Interview
an interview by Peter Silas.
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How long have you been writing, and how many books have you written?
I’ve been writing for almost as long as I can remember. I’ve kept a journal for more than 50 years. My first major writing project was my doctoral dissertation during the time I was a graduate student in philosophy at Johns Hopkins. During my eight years teaching philosophy at the University of Nebraska I mainly wrote articles for academic journals. After leaving teaching I began writing popular articles, mostly for Christian magazines.
|I was born and reared in the Chicago area and went to Wheaton College as an undergraduate. After receiving my doctorate from Johns Hopkins I moved to Lincoln, Nebraska to teach philosophy. After eight years I gave up teaching to study for the pastorate. When I left the pastorate after six years I began writing articles for Christian magazines as a way of generating income in addition to what I was making as an adjunct instructor at our local community college in Lincoln. Over a period of time I wrote several book-length manuscripts, which, when I figured out how to do it, I turned into e-books. As I gradually cut back on my teaching load and eventually retired completely (approximately two years ago) I was able to devote more time to writing.
Do you have any books in the works?
Yes. I have a book on how to make decisions in everyday life, which is currently in its final edit. Long term I’d like to write a semi-popular book on Christian apologetics.
If any one thing, what do you hope to achieve as a result of your message(s)?
No matter what I write I want to do it to God’s glory and as a way of furthering his kingdom on this earth.
What are your hobbies, writing aside?
I probably have too many of them, but here are the ones to which I devote the most time: Walking, baking, making wine and beer, bird watching, tending our apple trees, trains, writing Amazon reviews of books and products.
Favorite book you have read?
The Bible is the one book that I regard as my favorite. Although I’ve enjoyed reading numerous books on many different subjects, I seek to measure them all by the extent to which they conform to what is revealed in the Word.
What is the greatest quote or saying you have come across?
Romans 9:20: “But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why have you made me like this?’” This is the passage that most directly led to my return to Christian theism after more than a decade of unbelief and skepticism. (The story of my conversion is told in my book, Faith Reborn.)
How much do you write per day?
It varies. However, I try to spend a minimum of a couple hours per day five days a week writing. When I’m deeply involved in a project it will be much more than this.