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August 21, 2009

I have just been asked by the Secular Student Alliance to be a part of their speaker’s bureau. What is that, you ask? Well, basically, I agree to waive any speaker’s fee for any of their affiliate campus groups who want me to come speak. They agree to pay the expenses, etc. So, how unusual is this? A Christian minister (a very orthodox one, no less) will be available to speak at student atheist groups around the country. I still can’t quite grasp it, but I think it’s cool. Thanks Lyz!

My bio stuff isn’t up yet, but if you want me to come to your campus and are affiliated with the SSA, go here and Lyz will hook you up.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Ms. Crazy Pants permalink
    August 21, 2009 4:22 pm

    I think a lot more atheists and secularists read the bible and find theology interesting than most people think. Also, I don’t think these groups promote blind acceptance, and that should include blind acceptance of their view. It’s good to look at all sides before coming to a conclusion. To do otherwise would suggest to me that the person doesn’t belong at a university. A university is supposed to promote learning, not indoctrination.

    Besides, most people on the planet are nice, well-meaning people. People in general prefer to save any animosity for people who are hateful, rather than just having a different point of view. (Unfortunately, hateful people are really loud and obnoxious, so they make themselves look like a bigger group of people.)


  2. AdamK permalink
    August 21, 2009 8:33 pm

    “Secular” doesn’t mean “atheist.” Nothing to wonder about.

  3. libraryatheist permalink
    August 21, 2009 9:13 pm


    It was probably about equally a matter of popular demand and Lyz’s own judgment. In my blog I put you on my shortlist of speakers I’d like to have visit. You and Ashley would be a great team for SSA groups which would like to have collaboration with their campus religious groups in terms of community service projects and discussions. I think such collaboration can only be of benefit to our groups and to the communities of which we are a part.


    100% accurate, I am so happy when people make that distinction that I cannot even express it… but in my case, secular and atheist both apply so there is something to wonder about, but I hope my post helps to answer the question of why our campus groups would be interested.

  4. August 22, 2009 1:33 am

    If I had been a member of this kind of group in college, I would appreciate hearing a speech by a minister that didn’t aim to condemn or convert me. Congrats on this; it bodes well for future dialogue.

  5. August 22, 2009 2:40 am

    So, what did they like about you?

  6. thomas2026 permalink*
    August 22, 2009 2:59 am

    Hmmm, good question Sabio. Maybe my openess and honesty? Can’t be my good looks. πŸ˜‰

  7. August 22, 2009 3:16 am

    Probably your musical ability, Jonathan

  8. Johann permalink
    August 22, 2009 3:40 am

    Whaaaat? You played for the SSA and we’ve been told nothing about this? Come on, spill. πŸ˜€

    Congratulations, Jonathan. It’s definitely a step towards a better mutual understanding between Christians and atheists. Though now you’ll have to set up a new section for your tour schedule… πŸ˜‰

  9. thomas2026 permalink*
    August 22, 2009 5:37 am


  10. Yngve permalink
    August 22, 2009 11:15 am

    Hi there!
    I’m one of these godless people from the scandinavian socialist country of Norway that stumbeled my way here via Paryngula and Hemant Mehta’s blog.
    (How’s that for a long and exposing introducion)

    I find what i’ve read here so far to be quite interresting, I think that America need more people like you that promote critical thinking and the value of a good education.
    And I think that’s what the SSA has recognized here.

    And hey, go get a copy of “Supersense” by Bruce M Hood, a great read that I think will make you go “aha” quite a few times.
    If you’ve survived Hitchens this should be a walk in the park as it’s by no means “horeseman” material.

    Have a nice day and keep up the good work.

  11. thomas2026 permalink*
    August 22, 2009 1:01 pm

    Welcome Yngve. You are our first Norwegian (that i’m aware of). That makes me wonder where everyone else is from. Hmm., I feel a blog post coming on.

  12. August 22, 2009 1:34 pm

    “Supersense” by Bruce Hood is indeed one of the many books that support a softer Atheist voice ! Many of us support that voice. Mind you, we feel our positions strongly, but we also know how important it is to stress our common hearts, minds and actions amidst our debates.

  13. Paul Bell permalink
    August 23, 2009 11:25 am

    How about this for an idea :

    St Cloud State University (Minnesota) , have a British Studies Dept., at Alnwick Castle ,(where Harry Potter was filmed), in my current home town in Northumberland.

    Could you get SSA to pay your travel expenses there , and then you can visit Yorkshire etc., as well as you said you wanted to … ? !

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