A Brief Update

A Brief Update July 23, 2016

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It’s been six months since I’ve posted here, but I haven’t just been sitting around, I assure you! Most of my online activity now happens over at Life After God, including the podcast. Here are one or two highlights if you haven’t heard the podcast yet.

I’m going to be dusting off this blog a little bit and doing a little blogging during the remainder of the summer and then see where we go from there. But before I say more about that, here are a couple of things I’ll be doing in the next few weeks.

Gateway to Reason

I’ll be speaking at the second Gateway to Reason Conference in St. Louis (August 13-14). All the information and tickets can be found at the website, www.gatewaytoreason.com. I hope to see many of you there.

Unbelievable? Live

In February 2014 I was invited to be on Justin Brierley’s UK radio show, Unbelievable? It is a wildly popular show among Christian and atheist listeners alike. Justin is known for his fair treatment of those he differs with and a desire to get to the truth. A month or so ago Justin reached out to me to say he was coming to Los Angeles and was staging a live version of his radio show and wanted me to be a part of it. So, on August 27, I will doing a live conversation with Christian apologist, Sean McDowell, moderated by Justin Brierley. It will take place at a church in Northridge, California, called Church Everyday. It is free to attend but you need to get a ticket. Please click here to get your ticket. You can also use this Facebook Event to spread the word, if you wish.

You can listen to my first appearance on Unbelievable? here. Just keep in mind I was all of one month into my Year Without God and not entirely versed in the arguments I was faced with by the apologist I was in “conversation” with.

Sunday Assembly San Diego

I’ll be speaking for the second time at Sunday Assembly in San Diego on August 28. For over a year now I’ve been fascinated as I’ve watched both atheists and Christians jockey for the “good news.” Steven Pinker reminds us that humanity is getting les violent while daily we read, hear and watch acts of violence and listen to the likes of Donald Trump spout hatred and incite violence. The current rhetoric has made even the most circumspect claim that our democracy is in peril.

Here is the official blurb for my talk. If you’re in or around San Diego at the end of August I’d love to see you.

“Living in an Uncertain World” with Ryan Bell

Over the course of history, humans have become more peaceful, and science and technology has extended the human lifespan and made many aspects of life easier. In spite of these advances, life remains unpredictable and complicated, and threats to humanity’s flourishing abound. How can we better manage our expectations and emotions to live a more joyful, fulfilling, and realistic life?

Writer, speaker, and consultant on the topic of religion, irreligion, and humanism in America, Ryan Bell is returning to Sunday Assembly San Diego for the August Assembly.


I’m participating with some friends of mine in blogging through the relatively new book by theologian Miroslav Volf entitled, Flourishing. The subtitle is rather bold: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World. In my Christian theological formation, Volf was an enormous influence on me. He is one who has spent the last several decades trying to reconcile the conflict between the exclusive claims of Christian theology and the obvious value of pluralism in our society. He will no doubt be remembered as one of the most important Christian theologians of this generation and yet, over the past three years, I have come to disagree with him rather significantly.

I have chosen chapter 4, “Religious Exclusivism and Political Pluralism,” but I will also be responding to the other bloggers’ here on Year Without God. I will start that in the next couple of days.

Meanwhile, I hope you will check out the work I’m doing at Life After God.

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