I have been engaging in public (to an extent) debate with Atheists via the Facebook page of Ehrlich Educational, private emails, comments on blog posts here on Word press and I intend to call in to a radio show in Austin, Texas next week Monday 6:30 am my time (I missed it this week but honestly appreciate further time to prepare and arrange my thoughts). The show is called Atheist Experience https://www.axp.show/ hosted by the Atheist community of Austin, Texas and a man called Matt Dillahunty, that Peter refers to in his discussions with me. I have also been engaging in discussion with ‘Vel’ of clubschadenfreude (also here on WordPress): https://clubschadenfreude.com/
I want to address her posts on her ‘about me’ section ‘the boss’s office’ and especially, her comments in the Atheist testimony she published. She is fearless in publishing her views and experiences publicly and I thank her for taking that leap of faith, I want to commiserate with her on the small mindedness and foolishness of small town rural Christians she experienced growing up (though I acknowledge too that there are multiple perspectives on history and her version is biased by her own perceptions and limitations of understanding). I too have personally experienced less than ideal versions of Christian people who are disappointing and even a ’cause of scandal’ see here: https://catholicleader.com.au/analysis/what-is-scandal basically where someone lets you down, demonstrating less than ideal/exemplary personal standards or hypocrisy and especially in cases where they are ignorant of such or wilfully hold others to higher standards than they do themselves.
I am grateful for the opportunity the internet affords for genuine human connections between people of disparate places, times, experiences and beliefs.
If you too, stumble upon my pages and want to open discourse, feel free – I aim to generate a relatively ‘safe’ space where I promise to be civil in my own discourse and respectful of intellectual traditions such as refraining from ‘ad hominem’ and utilising logic and rationality as the basis for dialogue.