Setting the Record Straight About Young Skeptics

On February 2nd, a Christian website, eternalplanner.com, published a video podcast called “Evangelical Christians React to Young Skeptics After School Club.”  In the video’s description, it read, “What should our stance be toward secular clubs like Young Skeptics, which teach evolution to young people?  The creators of Young Skeptics clearly have a goal to convert children to atheism.”  As a co-founder and the Communications Director for Young Skeptics, I responded to the owner of the site with this comment:

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After a brief online discussion, Rob invited me onto his show to talk about what Young Skeptics is, and most importantly, what it isn’t.  I joined Rob on his show and we talked for about 40 minutes about Young Skeptics, the Good News Club, atheism, and Christianity.  Rob posted a couple segments of the interview on the Eternal Planner youtube page, but I recorded the audio of the entire conversation and have posted it on my channel.  Below are the two videos posted on Eternal Planner, followed by the entire audio from the DividedUnderGod channel.

The beginning of our conversation:

Rob’s apology for misrepresenting the mission and purpose of Young Skeptics:

The full conversation:

I applaud Rob for having the courage to invite me on his show, and his apology is accepted.  While we don’t see eye to eye on matters of faith, I found him to be cordial and open to hearing my side of the story.  I only wish more of his peers would follow his example and listen with an open mind when disagreements arise around faith-related topics.

About Kevin Davis

Kevin Davis is the head writer and editor for SecularVoices, and the author of Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers, a book aimed at improving relationships between the religious and their atheist loved ones. Kevin is also the Executive Director of Young Skeptics, an elementary-level after-school program for kids focused on critical thinking. Guest bloggers are welcome at SecularVoices. Please email submissions to contact@secularvoices.org.