Kent State was interesting.
I had added a lot of new material, but I thought of even more on the drive up to KSU. So I got there, hauled out my laptop, and sent to work. Then Kay, the organizer, told me she expected a good turnout of religious people. So I played a game: my goal was to preempt every argument they could possibly use. It was a lot of work, but I did it.
Then Kay and I went to get dinner and, when we returned, my laptop was dead. It was completely unresponsive to me pounding on the power button. I took out the battery and put it back in. Nothing.
So I called Dr. Dave and explained what was up. He said that all other options to fix it were roughly the equivalent of praying. So we packed up and went to campus to find that the room we were in lacked a projector. No biggie, since my laptop was dead. But then, as if by miracle, it started up! I can only conclude that god must love and support my work, and therefore that he doesn’t want anybody to believe in him. So the organizers then went to ask the building manager if we could get a projector and we did!
So I gave my talk and I felt I did well in my game.
My favorite point was during the Q&A when a Christian apologized for the actions of others on behalf of those “who were trying to really follow Jesus.” It was probably the only time I said anything truly harsh. I pointed out how annoying it was that every time a moderate Christians condemns the wickedness of other believers that it’s always couched in that language. I told him their behavior is not wrong because he is the one who really has the pipeline to god. Their actions are wrong because they’re shitty actions. Period.
Good group. Would definitely go back.