Random Thoughts on Day Two of the SSA Conference.
Everyone has been extremly nice. Hey, guess what, Christians, atheists are nice people.
Good Presentation by Lyz on how to get people to come to an atheist group. I’m actually going to steal some of these.
Fantastic Presentation by John Mueller and kathleen Goodman about the need for spiritual/worldview discussions on campus. They even gave me a free copy of their book. Had a great conversation at lunch with the two of them, and six others about the need for good conversation. I’m sure they didnt agree with my view about some things, but thanks for listening anyway.
Ashley had a great presenation on our work together and other stuff she has done with the Students for Free Thought. You are my favorite atheist, girl.
Got a laugh about my opening joke on thinking about wearing a toga since I was stepping into the lions den.
Got loud applause when I said that atheists and Christians can agree that there is an absolute truth.
I plugged the CCO quite a few times. CCO coworkers, you might get an email from atheists. Be ready.
Gave away six Tim Keller books at the end. Got a very nice applause and lots of students came up at the end. I actually had quite a few conversations the whole day from this talk.
Some atheists asked me how they could get Christians to respond to their emails. I told them to send me the info and I would write on their behalf.
Shawn Faircloth of the SCA used a lot of emotionally charged logical fallcies and leaps in his talk. Plus, he needs to do a little research on faith healing and its origins. I did agree with him about medical doctors and the need for the pro-life people to be more consistent.
Loved his point about how church have become business centers, not what they should be. I will have more on this later.
Atheist billboard guy after lunch. I wonder if Christians they are giving atheists exactly what they want by reacting to those stupid things? Christians, SHUT UP about the billboards. You are only feeding the beast.
Debaptism and debaptism of the dead is stupid.
Edwin Kagan cracked me up. He is a total a-hole, but I would love to have a beer with this guy. Ed, if you ever read this, email me. I have a guy in Cincy you have to meet.
Camp Quest is a cool idea as long as they stick with teaching the kids critical thinking. I loved the making flying saucer video idea. Hilarious.
Dan Barker. Interesting story.
PZ says be bold in your position. I can go with that.
Atheists are the only ones investigating the material world? Sorry PZ, you are wrong. My six year old disproves that every day.
But, he is right. Christians need to tell the truth. Always.
“Stay true to science: it’s the core of godless values.”
Interesting PZ. I’ll comment more on this later.
Couldn’t get out of the room. Everyone wanted to talk to me. It was cool.
More coherent thoughts later.