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Maryam Namazie Vs. Sam Harris

Reading Time: 5 minutes Since I believe it’s important to resist anti-Muslim prejudice in the secular community, I was pleased to hear that Maryam Namazie, the ex-Muslim atheist and international human rights campaigner, was on Sam Harris’ podcast. While I agree with Harris on some things, I’ve often criticized his views on Islam – especially his indefensible beliefs about […]

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The Cognitive Dissonance of Pro-LGBT Christians

Reading Time: 6 minutes My post last week asking LGBT people and allies why they still consider themselves Christian touched off a firestorm. Both in the comments here and on Twitter, I got a flood of responses from liberal Christians – some polite and friendly, others extraordinarily hostile and aggressive. There were several objections that came up repeatedly. I […]

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Answering Questions from #IndyTOT

Reading Time: 4 minutes This past week, I was in Indianapolis for two live Q&A events with my Christian pal Andrew Murtagh. One was at Theology on Tap, a Catholic young-adult outreach program; the other was at Crosspoint, a non-denominational evangelical church. Both had excellent turnout, probably around 150 people at each. Speaking before two overwhelmingly Christian audiences felt […]

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Debate in Indianapolis This Week!

Reading Time: < 1 minute Reminder: This coming week, I’ll be in Indianapolis for two live events as part of my ongoing conversation with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. The audience at both is likely to be mostly Catholic, so if you’re in the area, come out and help balance the scales! First: WHAT: Indianapolis Theology on Tap WHEN: Wednesday, July […]

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A Christian vs. an Atheist: On God and Government, Part 5

Reading Time: 3 minutes This is part 5 of my “Think! Of God and Government” debate series with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. Read my latest post and Andrew’s reply. Andrew, Thanks again for making the trip out to my neck of the woods the other week. I thought the turnout for our second live debate was excellent! I was […]

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Reminder: NY Debate This Weekend!

Reading Time: < 1 minute Last December, I debated Andrew Murtagh at the Midtown Scholar in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I’m pleased to announce that this weekend we’re holding a part 2, this time on Long Island, New York. If you’re in the area, come out and see us! The sparks will fly (in a friendly way, of course) as we go […]

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A Christian vs. an Atheist: On God and Government, Part 4

Reading Time: 4 minutes This is part 4 of my “Think! Of God and Government” debate series with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. Read my latest post and Andrew’s reply. Hi Andrew, It’s been a while, but it’s good to hear from you again. Of course, I’m looking forward to our next in-person matchup on Memorial Day weekend. This time […]

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Upcoming NY Debate and Free Short Stories!

Reading Time: 2 minutes Last December, I debated Andrew Murtagh at the Midtown Scholar in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I’m pleased to announce that next month we’re holding a part 2, this time on Long Island, New York. If you’re in the area, come out and see us! The sparks will fly (in a friendly way, of course) as we go […]

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What Is #UpForDebate in the Secular Community?

Reading Time: 3 minutes As I mentioned in an earlier post, David Silverman of American Atheists incited a firestorm when he said at CPAC this year that there was a secular argument against abortion rights. He’s not the only one: Disappointingly, my Patheos colleague Friendly Atheist gave a platform to an anti-choice atheist earlier this month and then declined […]

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