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...]

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...]

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...]

My Interview on Atheists Talk

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Earlier today I was interviewed on Atheists Talk, the radio show of Minnesota Atheists, and you can download the podcast. Brianne Bilyeu and I talked about my book, about secular morality, atheism versus humanism, and how the atheist movement is doing at political organization and at creating a safe and welcoming community for everyone.Here's the download link. Check it out!Image credit: Shutterstock … [Read more...]

My Debate at the Midtown Scholar

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This past weekend, I was at the Midtown Scholar in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for my first ever in-person debate, part of the "Think! Of God and Government" debate series I'm having with Christian author Andrew Murtagh.The Midtown Scholar is a huge, gorgeous independent bookstore - I'm told it used to be a movie theater - with a cafe and reading area surrounded by tall bookshelves and murals, and a second-floor viewing gallery that overlooks the rest of the space. I got there just a short time … [Read more...]

Upcoming Debate at the Midtown Scholar

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If you're in or near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on December 14, come out and see me! I'm going to be appearing at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore for a debate with the Christian author Andrew Murtagh. (This is my first public debate! You'll only have one chance to see that.)We'll be discussing the existence or nonexistence of God, the proper role of government, and whatever else people in the audience want to ask. I expect we'll have these questions all resolved within an hour or two, so if you … [Read more...]

Speaking at NYC Atheists

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As I previously mentioned, I'm going to be speaking at the upcoming monthly meeting of NYC Atheists on Thursday, October 31. Yes, on Halloween! I'll be giving my very spooky talk on how it's possible to be good without gods (well, the idea seems to frighten some people).I'm told you can come in costume if you wish, and that there's a gathering afterwards in Greenwich Village, which I may attend as my schedule permits.LOCATION: New York City, NY; 15 W 39th Street, 3rd floor DATE: … [Read more...]

Upcoming Events for Fall 2013

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Here's what I'm doing with my time over the next few months:• First of all, from October 4 to 13, I'm going to be on vacation in Belgium. As I've always said, if I had to make a list of the best things that religion has contributed to the world, Trappist beer would have to be near the top. (Chimay? Oh yes indeed.)I expect things will be quiet on the blog, but I'll schedule some posts to go up while I'm gone, and I'll check in and approve comments as I have the time and internet … [Read more...]

Midweek Miscellany

• On Monday, I was on episode 3 of Ashley Miller's web show/podcast, along with her FTB co-blogger Kate Donovan, to discuss sterilization of prisoners in California, The Lone Ranger, and mental illness. Here's the YouTube link - check it out. (Yes, I know, I was harder to hear than everyone else. I need to fix my microphone settings for next time.)• We have two new atheist bloggers here on Patheos! Go say hello to Creative Atheist and Rock Beyond Belief.• And if you'd … [Read more...]

April Speaking Recap

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Thanks to everyone in the Secular Student Alliance affiliates at Ripon and Oshkosh, who hosted my trip this past week to the great state of Wiscons(in). Aside from a minor air travel-related mishap on the way out (and I only blame US Airways for that), it went very well! I toured the rural wilds of Wisconsin, tried some of the local microbrew - I enjoyed Spotted Cow - and spent an afternoon in picturesque downtown Ripon, which has a kind of Norman Rockwell charm. I also spoke closer to home, at … [Read more...]


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