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Interview with Chet Galaska, Author of Finding Faith in a Skeptical World

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C. William "Chet" Galaska was born in 1951. He began his college career at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey and graduated from the University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. In 1979 he co-founded a company that casts stainless steel for use in corrosive industrial applications that grew into a multi-million dollar enterprise and was its president for 24 years before changing careers and becoming a real estate investor.

His credentials are defined by what he is not. He isn't a theologian, pastor, Ph.D. or a philosopher but is a typical person who was an unbeliever, influenced by the same things as other skeptics, who became a Christian after several years of investigating the faith with an open mind.

He is also the author of the book, Finding Faith in a Skeptical World. We interviewed Chet to find out more about his new book and life as a published author.

Thank you for the interview, Chet.  Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

I’ve spent most of my life as a businessman who co-founded a company that produced high alloy castings for industrial applications.  After 23 years as the president I sold my interest in the company to invest in real estate – and write.  My wife, Lisa, and I have been married for 33 years and have two grown sons.

Although I’ve always enjoyed writing it’s mainly been for business purposes.  Running the company and raising a family is time consuming and I never even thought of writing a book until I had the time to do it.

Can you tell us a little about your latest book?

I was an atheist and felt I had good reasons for being one until I really looked into Christianity.  I found that most of what I believed — which was basically gleaned from what we’re exposed to in our culture — was incorrect.  As a result I became a Christian.  If you’re like most people, the previous sentence caused you to summon up whatever preconceived notions you’ve got about Christians and applied them to me.

Whatever they are, they’re almost certainly wrong.

Finding Faith in a Skeptical World explains how problematic issues unexpectedly became reasons for faith rather than against it.  The information came from lots of varied sources and took several years to put together.  Because of the effort involved in learning,  I realized that a book like Finding Faith would’ve been hugely helpful to me.  Since none was available I wrote one to help others.

Coming to faith has made a positive difference in my life and it’s a change I’d like to share.  This is my inspiration along with a desire to make basic Christian concepts more user-friendly than they sometimes are. 

What kind of research did you have to do to write this book?

Many sources were used:  independent reading, classes, sermons, Bible study groups, and mentoring by knowledgeable Christians.  In a way, reading secular publications, watching TV, movies and seeing other forms of entertainment also served as research.  Once I understood the Christian side of things it was interesting to look at the often subtle ways the faith is misrepresented and see why skepticism is so prevalent.

Do you have a website?  Do you manage it yourself or do you have someone run it for you?

My website is at www.findingfaith.us.  It was built by a supplier but is configured so that I can run it myself.  My blog, www.triadpress.blogspot.com is also accessible through the website.

Thank you for this interview, Chet!  Do you have any final words you’d like to share with my readers?

Please think about this: suppose you found out you could live forever in peace, that the problems we face are not all that important in the grand scheme of things, and that you could have peace of mind while the world swirls around you? 

I was as skeptical as anybody and found that my finite life was frittering away day by day, my youth was disappearing and I was looking ahead to the infirmities that attend old age.  And when I eventually died… nothing.

Do yourself a favor.  Open your mind, ignore the clutter you’ve absorbed over the years and look into Christianity fairly.  You may find it answers questions that no secular source can.  It’s not easy, but you can do it. And if you find faith it’ll be the best thing that ever happened to you.

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  • http://www.thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/ Cheryl Malandrinos

    Great interview. Having read this book, I can tell you that it is an easy read with a lot of information. I’m going to encourage our pastor to pick up a few copies for the reading rack at church.