“The Opposite of Kicking People In the Shins” and more from my Crossroads talk

I had a great time visiting the Crossroads Cultural Center last night to talk about my conversion and the witness my friends offered me.  And now they've got the video of the talk up!Part 1:Part 2: And they've got the Q&A up too!Part 1:Part 2: … [Read more...]

Offering Magpie Prayers to God at First Things

When Arriving at Amen, my book on learning to pray, came out, I gave a talk on some of the unexpected ways I found to reach out to God (Fermat's Little Theorem, people mummified in honey, etc).  First Things has just made the video available, if you'd like to check it out![The video isn't embeddable, but if you click, it will open in a new tab]And this seems like a good time to share one of the recent reader reviews of Arriving at Amen that I really enjoyed receiving: Leah Libresco i … [Read more...]

Read Like Me, Pray (Badly) Like Peter

Turing test results continue tomorrow, and, in the meantime, I've got links if you want to read like me or screw up like Peter.Ethika Politika has a summer reading recommendations feature running, and I've contributed the five books I'd recommend from my reading so far this year.  Includes theology, data visualization, autopsies and this: Helen MacDonald. H is for Hawk. Training a goshawk is the strangest approach to grief I’ve ever encountered. I kept reading excerpts from this memoir to my … [Read more...]

Help Pick Questions for my Ideological Turing Test Talk

I've got two speaking engagements coming up this week, and I could use your crowdsourced  help for one of them.  How to Have Better Fights About Religion Wednesday, March 18, 7p Shotel Dubin Auditorium, Penn Hillel 215 S. 39th St. Philadelphia, PA 19104    A Night of Intra-Christian Dialogue Thursday, March 19, 7:30p George Mason School of Law 3301 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, Virginia 22201  At the Intra-Christian Dialogue event, I'll be part of an ecumenical … [Read more...]

Love Applied to Charity and Fighting in New Haven

I'm making speaking appearances in New Haven today and tomorrow, so here's a heads up for students in the area.  Effective Altruism and Caritas Yale Effective AltruistsMonday, Feb 16, 5pmJE Dining HallWhen looking for high-impact opportunities to give, how should we weight the effect that different ways of giving have on the giver?  If you get the most bang for your charity buck abroad, how will you stay engaged with the needs of the people around you and avoid becoming de … [Read more...]

I’m speaking on “Openness to Truth” in San Fran, Feb 2nd

I'm pleased to announce that, on Monday, February 2nd at 7:30pm, I'll be speaking at the very beautiful St. Dominic's Church in San Francisco.I'll be tackling the topic "Cultivating Openness to Truth" and discussing ways to make it easier for an opponent (or you!) to have the chance to notice that s/he is in error.  (And I'll be giving some examples from my own life and conversion story).The talk plus Q&A (heavy on the latter) will take place in St. Dominic's Parish Hall (2390 Bush S … [Read more...]

Discussing Continuing Conversion & Prayer with Mark Shea

Last week I joined Mark Shea on his radio show to chat about my conversion, and my forthcoming book on prayer, including what I described as "probably a non-heretical approach to lectio divina," which was originally inspired by the advice my vocal teacher gave me when I kept messing up Sondheim's "Good Thing Going."  She'd tell me, "You're singing the note you want to sing, and Sondheim's going to give it to  you, but not yet."You can hear us talk about how I adapted that advice to scripture … [Read more...]