Author, Skeptic Opens Dialogue With Christians

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Guy P. Harrison Seeks Mutual Understanding and Honest Conversation With His New Book.

 


I’m pleased to welcome author Guy P. Harrison back to the podcast to talk about his new book, 50 Simple Questions for Every Christian.I spoke to him a year ago about his previous book, 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think are True. Harrison’s writing focuses primarily on science and skepticism. He’s held numerous positions in the news industry, including editorial writer, world news editor, sports editor, photographer, page designer, and columnist. His new book is not intended to be argumentative or disrespectful, but to promote dialogue and understanding. Harrison asks questions such as, “What is the born-again experience?” “Why would God want to sacrifice his only son for the world?” “Do miracles really happen?” “How reliable is the Bible?” “What is the rapture?” and, “Why isn’t everyone a Christian?” Harrison follows each question with thoughtful analysis. Throughout the book Harrison takes care never to condescend or treat the reader poorly.

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  1. This essay reminds be of the debates we had back in the 1970s on the best approach for gay lib. My view was that we did not know what would work, so we should try many approaches. Various rival groups spent more energy fighting each other over optimal process than fighting the bigots. When someone came to me with an idea, I would put them in charge of implementing it. Nobody else would have more energy for it. I avoided spending time selling anyone that any particular project was worthwhile. I would say, “If you don’t like it, put your effort into some other project.” Doctrinaire people just scare good volunteers away.

    I propose we should tackle the problem of deprogramming Christians in a more scientific way. We should collect data about the circumstances of successes and failures. We should do some controlled experiments with for example differing degrees of candidness about contempt for Christian beliefs. We should get some measure of the effectiveness of various arguments and persuasion. There is not much point in presenting arguments that are persuasive only to atheists. Debating is emotionally satisfying. You whup the ignorant, but you don’t necessarily persuade them.

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