I’m definitely not hungover, if that’s what you’re thinking.

The talk went well last night.  There were plenty of Christians in the audience and they were vocal during the Q&A.  Lots of attempts to convince me that god sending his son to die showed that he loved me instead of showing how god undervalued his son.  Those were fun.

Anyway, to I set off for Kansas City and the American Atheists RAM where I’ll be running an activism workshop with Dr. Dave and Hemant Mehta.  I’ll also be moderating the gay marriage debate, which will feature one of my heroes: John Corvino.

Today is going to be another light blogging day.  I imagine I’ll mostly be posting articles I found interesting or griping about how Obama got his ass handed to him in last night’s dueling infomercials that was mislabeled as a debate.

The first article for today made me happier than a hog in slop.  It’s Dan Fincke going after another Patheos blogger, Bad Catholic.  Dan pretty much pops his rage cherry and I couldn’t be more proud.  Delight in our resident philosophy king discovering the sweet joys of justified anger.  :)

Marc at Bad Catholic thinks that since atheists seem to only dwell on the ways that Christianity involves a failure of the intellect or the persecution of gays, we must not really grasp the actual reasons someone would be a Christian. So he is going to explain what Christianity is really about. Because, you know, if there is one thing we atheists need, it’s for a Christian to finally come along and explain to us what Christianity is really about.

Yessssssss.  Let the snark flow through you.

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.

  • iknklast

    It’s funny to me how Christians present the idea that Jesus died for our sins as something that will make us suddenly see their worldview. After all, since we don’t believe that, it’s sort of irrelevant, right? It’s almost like they think we’ve never heard any of it before, either because we’re living somewhere in a bubble on the moon where we’ve been totally isolated from other Americans, because they actually believe Christian voices have been silenced, or because they believe we’ve never heard it correctly explained before (I suspect it’s the last, which is arrogant as all get out).

    • RuQu

      I think many of them don’t realize that they need to first convince me that “sin” is a real thing, then convince me that I’ve committed them, then convince me that it is important to have them redeemed, and only then are we ready to discuss the possibility that Jesus died to do me this solid.

  • Andrew EC

    JT — will there be video of your talk in Missouri?

    • http://twitter.com/zelinator ZeLinator

      I’m gonna try. No guarantees on the quality, and I definitely did not get the extended q&a.

      • Sunny Day


        To me a guy talking is just a guy talking.
        The fun begins when the Q & A does.

        • Stogoe

          I’m just the opposite – I tend to walk out of the room once the Q&A begins. I just get so ashamed on behalf of all the terrible questioners.

  • Epinephrine

    I love the arguments that hinge on the bible being true. Because, obviously, that’s something we can *all* agree on. Someone I talked to the other day explained that since these were eyewitness accounts, they must have happened. I asked what about the saints that rose up with Jesus, and walked about Jerusalem. The other three gospels fail to mention the zombie invasion, but one might think this would be newsworthy.

    • Norepinephrine

      Or maybe the “virgin birth” would be important enough to be mentioned in all 4 gospels…
      Perhaps, we just live in a boring time… It would seem that a couple thousand years ago, zombies and virgin birth were commonplace… I can see the apostles now, drafting their account of jesus; “Should we include that? Naa, it’s the third time I’ve seen it this week.”

  • JHendrix

    Really hoping that there will be a video posted of your talk.

  • Anonymous

    “Delight in our resident philosophy king discovering the sweet joys of justified anger” <— I'm ok with this idea but only when folks remember the justified part. My mother (among other folks) get off on the rush of being angry and forget that it's not a good thing to be that way all the time. The best way is to check if your reasons for anger compel anyone else to be angry (i.e. it's really hard to tell for yourself if your anger is justified).