A Personal Update

It’s been a while since I gave a personal update, so for those who are interested, here it comes.

I continue to engage in discussion with theists, mostly on facebook in a closed group that exists for that purpose. My experience so far is that reasonable Christians who are prepared to engage with atheists who will directly challenge their beliefs are vastly outnumbered by those who prefer to throw insults and avoid addressing direct challenges. I think this is a feature of the medium being used rather than a true slice of the Christian demographic.

The interface theism and atheism continues to interest me and so I have booked myself to go to the following Christian conference in a week.


Unbelievable? is a weekly UK Christian radio show that focuses on that interface and is pretty much the only religious themed show I listen to. I download the podcast version each weekend.

I am disappointed that the conference based on the show does not have any atheist or non Christian speakers. I am looking forward to hearing what the Christian speakers have to say about atheism and atheists. I am expecting to hear them confidently state what it is that atheists think and believe and I am expecting these projections to not match my own thoughts and ideas. I am stating this up front because it is a common experience I have when Christian leaders talk on the subject. Let’s see how right I am!

I am considering tweeting my thoughts during the event, we shall see. I’m not a big twitter user, so it would likely increase my number of tweets ten fold!

Specifically, I am interested in hearing the talk by Justin Brierley; he is the host of the Unbelievable? radio show and he’s written a book titled “Why after ten years of talking with atheists I am still a Christian”. I am expecting to that I’ll be buying a copy since it’ll be launched at the event. I am also interested in hearing what John Lennox has to say about the case for god, he was on the Unbelievable? a month or so ago and his argument consisted of a list of assertions without evidence, I wonder if the talk will be any different.

Do any of those seminars pique your interest? Which, if any would you go to and what questions would you ask?

I took a big step on my facebook page over Easter last month. I got bored of seeing the same comment item from the UK’s Telegraph newspaper, I can’t find the item right now but it essentially gave a serious of arguments why we should believe the bible account of Jesus, his crucifixion and subsequent resurrection. So many of my Christian friends shared it that I put up a post linking to a counter list of arguments poking at all the holes and showing why it is valid to question the bible accounts of Jesus. It’s the first time I have been that blatant. I’m not aware that it’s lost me any friends, and I didn’t get as many bites as I expected, but there was some comment and one person in particular has said he wants to have a conversation on the subject. It’s someone I respect so we’ll see what results.

Away from religion I continue to try to write, I have a handful of fiction projects I want to work on, progress is too slow because time is hard to find. I am also looking forward to visiting the great Canadian state of Ontario later in the year. It’s been about 15 years since I saw Niagara Falls and I am looking forward to seeing them again.

8 thoughts on “A Personal Update

  1. State? πŸ˜‰ Enjoy the Falls and your visit to Ontario. πŸ™‚ Anytime I’ve gone to the Falls I’ve loved it. If I lived closer to it and didn’t have to deal with the travel time and highways I’d go more often. Hope you have good weather and that the crowds aren’t too much for you.

  2. Erp! You know I did pause after typing that and think “I should fact check this”. Serves me right for not doing so. It’s a territory, and a lovely one at that.

    It’ll be my second visit to Canada, last time round we only spent a few hours at the falls as we got a tour from Toronto. That holiday was a winter train ride on the Canadian from Toronto to Vancouver. It was fab. This time we’re RV’ing round southern Ontario and stopping at several places for a couple of nights at a time. We’ll be three nights in Niagara so will have plenty of time to explore the sights. Dinner at the Skylon is already booked. Any hints and tips will be greatly appreciated as it’s a self planned itinery. We’ll have two days in Toronto before flying home so any suggestions for the city will be welcome too. Everything needs to be young teen girl friendly.

  3. Do any of those seminars pique your interest?

    To be honest — no. They seem to be all of the old tired arguments.

    But if I were stuck at that convention, I would probably attend the Lennox talk, if only to see how bad it was.

    I was a Christian until around age 22. I never had a problem with science. And my Christianity was never at all helpful in understanding the science. If anything, it was the other way around. I used my knowledge of science to try to come up with ways of understanding Christianity that did not contradict the science.

  4. I think that’s the reason why I’ll be listen to Lennox too, I fully expect he’ll wind me up. πŸ™‚

    Looking back at the list, I think I will make an effort to attend the Jerry Johnston talk. I want to hear what he says and if any if the reasons he gives match my own. My experience so far is that when Christians report these reasons they tend to misrepresent them.

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