Talk from Madison Freethought Festival: why the arguments for god's existence suck


About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • invivoMark

    Hey, I remember this! You rocked! And early on a Saturday morning, too!

  • Kevin

    Excellent talk.

  • mauroquercia

    Actually,the argument of the “feeling of God” is a pretty good one.
    As a devout Italian Pastafarian, I swear I feel God every day… and it’s really delicious, too. :-)

    JT, you are great, a real inspiration for every atheist in the world!

  • Mark

    Y U NO Q&A?

  • eric

    evidence or GTFO

  • Martin

    JT, you’re such an excellent speaker. Great talk with some real substance (and funny as hell too :)

  • Brad

    Awesome, JT!

    I really, really like the “two-sentence” responses to each of those common arguments. Have you written those up for the blog yet? I love the idea of being able to respond so quickly to each point with something that can really make them stop and think, that’s a powerful tool!

    Maybe you can print up some “JT Tracks” we can leave at bus stops, and hand out with halloween candy? ;)

  • MLR

    Fast-paced and to the point. Winning indeed. And this might come in handy for me. A friend from high school recently added me on Facebook, and he’s a young-Earth creationist. Not sure what his views were back in the day since it didn’t really come up much, but I knew he was devout. Anyway, I can’t wait to use some of this ammunition on his beliefs. It’s sad because he’s a smart guy, and I hate to see his intellect wasted on all the mental gymnastics required for his belief system. So even though I want to shatter his worldview, I feel like it’s for his own good. Do you feel the same way debating the religious?

  • IslandBrewer

    Awesome, sir. I was waiting for you to put up a post like this.


  • schpounts

    Hello from Belgium,

    one mandatory thing for you JT. And if you don’t comply, I’m gonna hunt you down : Don’t stop! just.. don’t! never ever!

    you are too good.

    I would agree if you begin a career as a stand up comedian… as long as you continue to trash religion and smack some sense into those trouble minds.

    Thank you very very much