Q&A with Steve Dawson (Part 2)

Welcome to part two of my Q&A with Steve Dawson of the St. Paul Street Evangelization project.  You can read part one here.What are some of the most common questions/responses you get?It's really not the norm that we're getting people with really tough questions. We get apologetic questions, such as "Why do you worship Mary," or all these real Protestant issues. More often, if people are presenting a challenge to us, it's about a moral issue, or some sort of scandal.People bring u … [Read more...]

Q&A with Steve Dawson (Part 1)

A little while ago, I mentioned the St. Paul Street Evangelization project on the blog.  SPSE is trying put a Catholic presence in the public square that opens the door to dialogue.  They're currently doing a fundraiser on IndieGoGo.Since apologetics and arguments are basically catnip to me, I contacted Steve Dawson to ask some questions about the project.  I've divvied the Q&A up into two parts: the first is focused on a big picture view of the project, the second has more to do the sp … [Read more...]

“Didn’t you ever break on the floor?”

debate rostrum

This post is a follow-up to a reflection on how going to rationality camp made me really grateful for my college debate experience.  "Break on the floor" is, I'm pretty sure, part of the Yale Political Union vernacular, so a definition is probably in order.  Our debates operated by Robert's Rules of order, but our parliamentary debate style bears little resemblance to the gatling-gun style of debate you may be used to from high school and college.  In some forms of competitive debate, you can … [Read more...]

The gift my weirdo debate friends gave me

gavel

Tonight is the summer alumni debate of my philosophical debating group, and I’ve had an awkward time every time someone has asked me what we’re planning to debate. You see, our topic for the night is “R: Heighten the Contradictions,” which tends to throw people for a loop if they were expecting “R: Elect Obama” “R: Repeal the Death Penalty” or something like that.By the end of rationality camp, one of the things that stuck with me was how grateful I am to have been part of this debating circl … [Read more...]

Finding the right amount of unpleasantness

There's some very helpful feedback on the recent commenting/housekeeping/debate tactics post.  I'm going to highlight and briefly respond to a few people, and then hopefully we can get back to content-y posts to practice constructively commenting on!Emily wrote: I’m really wrestling with at what point I need to walk away from even reading comments here. The tone and mix of commenters has really changed a lot recently, and frankly, I think Adam’s right. I’m glad you’re writing in a measured a … [Read more...]

Clawing out of the Cesspool

princess bride quicksand

Thanks all for the mostly good behavior on the two preceding posts on queer issues.  I know I've got a fairly diverse audience, and it can be hard to negotiate different frames of reference without misinterpreting or even just taking offense at the wrong thing (and thereby missing the insult your sparring partner spent a while crafting!).After looking at comment thread in the last post, Adam Lee was pretty put off by what he termed the "cesspool of anti-gay hate" that bubbled up.  I can g … [Read more...]

What would someone have to say to you to get you to break up your family?

freaky friday

For your own good at that.This isn't a hypothetical question.  There are plenty of examples where we think this kind of intervention is acceptable or even necessary.  In decreasing order of urgency: an abusive spouse, two people who bring out the worst in each other, a couple that's stayed together out of inertia, the person you're with at the beginning of a romantic comedy, etc.But no matter how urgent the need for this conversation, most of us would recognize that this is a really trick … [Read more...]


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