Some Need Clarifications and Annoucements.
A long time blog reader (Jerome) has called me on something and I think he is right. That is, my general attitude towards this whole discussion, which has been pretty damn bad. I’ll admit, I have been in a horrible mood this past weekend. Believe it or not, it had very little to do with the PZ discussion which, before it happend, had been sort of an afterthought to my weekend. At the end of last week, I traveled to PA, back to C-Bus, late night on Friday with puking daughter, the PZ interview, and then another late night with puking son. Then, I had very sick wife and I caught the bug myself. Thankfully, no puking, but a horrible stomach ache for about tweleve hours.
All that to say, I beg everyone’s forgiveness for my short, curt, half assed answers to many of the questions posed. All of you asked legit questions and should have been answered in a much better manner than my responses. Many of you felt that I was avoiding, and I honestly wasn’t. I just felt shitty and I didn’t feel like going indepth with many of your questions. It just took much energy that I didn’t have at the moment.
I still stand by my original position of full rights of civil union/marriage but not performing a ceremony myself. I just think my explanations were lame and incomplete. Worse, they were self righteous and full of pride, the dragons of my soul. For this, I ask your forgiveness.
Which bring me to my second point. For those of you who have been around a long time, you know I have contracted with a major agent to write about my time hanging around with atheists. For those of you who haven’t been around, this is not a “let’s bash atheist” book”, but rather an attempt (among other things) to stop Christians from bashing atheists. Even more, that atheists have legit questions about God and Christianity that ought to be discussed, something many Christians aren’t willing to accept. It’s a book that I hope will elevate the conversation between the two groups and I didn’t do a good job of representing this myself. ALthough, I’ll freely admit, after this weekend, I was attempted to throw the whole thing in the trash in disgust.
I have recovered my senses and my Irish temper has cooled. However, my agent has informed me that he would like the whole book done before he starts shopping it to publishers. Right now, I’m at 39,000 words and I need to get to around 70,000 to 75,000. So, basically, I need to get on the stick and write.
All that to say is I’m not sure how much I’m going to be able to respond to blog posts in the next few weeks. I’m going to be writing like a mad fiend to hopefully finish the rough draft of the book by the end of January.
I say this for those who have good questions and want them answered. This blog’s semi-popularity (or hatred of, depending on your point of view) has caught me by suprise. For some, a blog is their chief discussion point for these issues. It’s not for me. That happens at Ohio State with my student group and the Students for Free thought on campus. They are my first reponsiblity as for question answering. Everyone else is just going to have to wait. I realize this probably seems like avoidance or being slippery. I can’t change that possible perception, but it’s just the truth. Your questions are important to me. They are hard, but they are good. They deserve answers, I just don’t think I’ll be able to get to everyone’s questions at this point. When the book is finished, I should have more time.