The Cognitive Dissonance of Pro-LGBT Christians

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My post last week asking LGBT people and allies why they still consider themselves Christian touched off a firestorm. Both in the comments here and on Twitter, I got a flood of responses from liberal Christians - some polite and friendly, others extraordinarily hostile and aggressive.There were several objections that came up repeatedly. I want to gather these common objections so I can respond to them in one place:There are LGBT-friendly and inclusive Christian churches. This was a … [Read more...]

Answering Questions from #IndyTOT

This past week, I was in Indianapolis for two live Q&A events with my Christian pal Andrew Murtagh. One was at Theology on Tap, a Catholic young-adult outreach program; the other was at Crosspoint, a non-denominational evangelical church. Both had excellent turnout, probably around 150 people at each. Speaking before two overwhelmingly Christian audiences felt a little like going into the lion's den, but they were unfailingly fair and polite - and besides, what better place to defend atheism … [Read more...]

Debate in Indianapolis This Week!

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Reminder: This coming week, I'll be in Indianapolis for two live events as part of my ongoing conversation with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. The audience at both is likely to be mostly Catholic, so if you're in the area, come out and help balance the scales!First:WHAT: Indianapolis Theology on Tap WHEN: Wednesday, July 1, 7 PM WHERE: Tow Yard Brewing Company, 501 S. Madison Street, Indianapolis, INAnd second:WHAT: Faith vs. Doubt Night (requires ticket, but they're … [Read more...]

A Christian vs. an Atheist: On God and Government, Part 5

This is part 5 of my "Think! Of God and Government" debate series with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. Read my latest post and Andrew's reply.Andrew,Thanks again for making the trip out to my neck of the woods the other week. I thought the turnout for our second live debate was excellent! I was surprised by how many people told us we should do this again, so maybe that's something to consider for the future.Personally, I could go on about the roots of morality forever. But since I … [Read more...]

Reminder: NY Debate This Weekend!

Last December, I debated Andrew Murtagh at the Midtown Scholar in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I'm pleased to announce that this weekend we're holding a part 2, this time on Long Island, New York. If you're in the area, come out and see us! The sparks will fly (in a friendly way, of course) as we go head-to-head about the existence of God, the proper role for government in our lives, and all that other fun stuff. (Also, Andrew now has his own blog on Patheos.)Here are the … [Read more...]

A Christian vs. an Atheist: On God and Government, Part 4

This is part 4 of my "Think! Of God and Government" debate series with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. Read my latest post and Andrew's reply.Hi Andrew,It's been a while, but it's good to hear from you again. Of course, I'm looking forward to our next in-person matchup on Memorial Day weekend. This time I'll be the one with home-court advantage!Just as we agree that morality is a real phenomenon with both rational and empirical components, I think there are moral skeptics among … [Read more...]

Upcoming NY Debate and Free Short Stories!

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Last December, I debated Andrew Murtagh at the Midtown Scholar in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I'm pleased to announce that next month we're holding a part 2, this time on Long Island, New York. If you're in the area, come out and see us! The sparks will fly (in a friendly way, of course) as we go head-to-head about the existence of God, the proper role for government in our lives, and all that other fun stuff. (Also, Andrew now has his own blog on Patheos. Check that out too.)Here are the … [Read more...]

What Is #UpForDebate in the Secular Community?

As I mentioned in an earlier post, David Silverman of American Atheists incited a firestorm when he said at CPAC this year that there was a secular argument against abortion rights. He's not the only one: Disappointingly, my Patheos colleague Friendly Atheist gave a platform to an anti-choice atheist earlier this month and then declined to post a rebuttal by the group Secular Woman. In response, SW started a hashtag, #UpForDebate, sarcastically asking what else we should consider negotiable … [Read more...]

A Christian vs. an Atheist: On God and Government, Part 3

This is part 3 of my "Think! Of God and Government" debate series with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. Read my latest post and Andrew's reply.Andrew,Thanks again for inviting me to take part in our radio debate last month. It was fun, even if I sometimes felt like I was arguing with the host more than I was arguing with you! I've always found that thinking on my feet is tricky, but I welcome the chance to get more practice.On the subject of how people acquire religious belief, I … [Read more...]

Interview on the Nick Givas Radio Show

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Tomorrow night, January 23rd, I'll be appearing on the Nick Givas Radio Show out of Fairfield University, together with my friend/debate partner Andrew Murtagh, to debate God's existence, politics and all that other fun stuff.This is a followup to our debate at the Midtown Scholar last month, so if you wanted to come to that and couldn't, here's your second chance. The host, Nick Givas, is the chairman of the Connecticut Union of College Republicans (and has been described as "conservative … [Read more...]


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