Interview with Atheist Ireland, Talk at The Irish Catholic tonight

dublin talk

Tonight, I'll be out in Donnybrook to give a talk, hosted by The Irish Catholic on "Having Better Fights about Religion."  If you don't have time to make it to Dublin, it looks like the talk is going to be livestreamed through iCatholic (7pm in Dublin), and I'll post a link to the video (presuming it exists) after the fact. Earlier this week, I also sat down with Michael Nugent of Atheist Ireland for a casual chat (which turned out to run about an hour and a half).  I've embedded the … [Read more...]

Staging Better Fights (in Ireland!)

Irish Catholic

This Wednesday, I'll be giving a talk under the aegis of The Irish Catholic on techniques for having better fights about religion.  (Appropriately enough, the venue is in the 'Donnybrook' neighborhood of Dublin). Here's the event link and the full details (Wednesday, July 2 at 7pm in St Mary’s, Bloomfield Ave, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. To book a place contact Geraldine on 01-6874095 or email  geraldine@irishcatholic.ie). If you'd like me to speak in your neck of the woods, you can always … [Read more...]

Discussing Conversion with Rebecca Cherico

radio maria

This past Friday, I had the pleasure of being a guest on Rebecca Cherico's radio program "Conversion Keeps Happening" on Radio Maria.  Rebecca is the editor of Atheist to Catholic: 11 Stories of Conversion, so you can probably guess the topic of our interview.   You can listen to the conversation here.   The focus is on my conversion story, but, as most of you can probably guess, we manage to take a number of semi-on-topic excursions to discuss the Yale Political Union, … [Read more...]

Speaking at the CIC on March 19th

ambition

I'll be joining two other writers from Fare Forward at the DC Catholic Information Center for a panel discussion on ambition and vocation.  My fellow speakers are: ANDREW C. QUINN: a Washington, D.C.-based writer, researcher, and musician. He studies public policy and human happiness at the American Enterprise Institute and is a regular contributor to AEI Ideas and The Federalist. His commentary on politics and policy has been featured in RealClearPolitics, RealClearPolicy, and The Transom. … [Read more...]

Merry Old Christmas Day + Reflections on Modern Christmases

in the arena screenshot

Merry Christmas to any readers who may belong to Orthodox churches whose liturgy follows the Julian calendar!  My friends and I in DC are taking advantage of the occasion by getting to celebrate a little with each other (since we're all scattered back with our families on the Christmas day that our church follows). And, in the meantime, I figured I'd post the video from a Christmas radio appearance I did on In the Arena with Monsignor Harrington.  We talked about the parallel, secular … [Read more...]

Come Pick a Useful Fight with me in NYC

Oh, were we speaking of piercing rhetorical armor?  My mistake

This weekend, I'm in New York City for the alumni debate of my college group, and while I'm in town, I'll be giving a talk on productive ways to have arguments this Saturday (August 10th)  at an event cohosted by the NYC Less Wrong meetup group and Ergo (a rationalist group). Now, if by productive arguments, you mean quick and dirty ways to win, I think you may be a bit more interested in Words that Work or The Strategy of Conflict.  But when there's a difference of opinion, at least … [Read more...]

Watch me discuss the Ideological Turing Test at Chicago Ideas Week!

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In October, I was one of the religion panelists at the Chicago Ideas Week conference. My co-panelists included Eboo Patel (interfaith activist), Lauren Drain (fled the Westboro Baptist Church), Theodore Ross (his family hid their Judaism) and Julia Sweeney (atheist and comic). Since we were a diverse group of people, my talk was on having better arguments about religious disagreements, instead of just agreeing to disagree.  My talk was based on some of the principles of curious, charitable … [Read more...]


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