THROWING SHANE TO THE LIONS
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THROWING SHANE TO THE LIONS

THROWING SHANE TO THE LIONS!

or BEARDING THE LION IN HIS DEN!

ONE OF THE NATION'S LEADING ATHEISTS HEMANT MEHTA HAS AGREED TO POST AN EXCERPT FROM MY CHAPTER ONE ON HIS POPULAR BLOG "THE FRIENDLY ATHEIST." (My book THE END OF UNBELIEF is, in part, a pro-faith response to the God-Is-Dead arguments made by the New Atheists in their books The End of Faith, The God Delusion, etc.) Hemant and his many agnostic and atheist readers will, of course, try to tear it apart. I will be able to respond individually to their comments or post a general response. Chapter 1, by the way, is titled "An Agnostic Argues for Faith."

Hemant recently made news by trumpeting the theme on his website "God Is an Abusive Boyfriend (and You Should Break Off with Him)." The Washington Post reported that this offended many of his followers -- abused women who don't think abuse is a laughing matter. Hemant smilingly retracted, saying he had had great fun with the theme but would drop it. (His critics had no problem with ridiculing religious faith, as long as it's done in a politically correct way.)

My publisher, a Christian university press, was open-minded enough to not only agree to this unusual exchange of views on a hostile blog, but even to offer a few free copies of my book to blog responders, if Hemant thought that would stimulate interest. He said he would post my chapter soon. Generating discussion of the book is vital to its success -- and I must reach skeptics as well as believers. It's written to engage agnostics and atheists in a uniquely effective way. Stay tuned.

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Andrew EC on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 11:47 AM
Are you going to respond to any of the comments over at Friendly Atheist? For whatever it's worth, there wasn't an effort to "tear [your book] apart." There was honest reaction to your claim that you're trying to reach out to skeptics and atheists in a new way. Not all of it is kind. But if you're sincere about actually engaging with atheists, I think you should make good on your promise to do so.
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Shane Hayes on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 12:42 PM
Andrew EC: Your comment is much appreciated and perfectly timed. I got Hemant's okay yesterday to write a response, which he will review and post. I'm going to start writing it this afternoon. I'm heartened to find that at least one of the Friendly Atheist commenters wants to hear my reply to the many sharp critiques, which I'm eager to make. Thanks for your kind encouragement. Best, Shane


Andrew EC on Saturday, September 20, 2014 7:51 PM
Good job actually responding on Friendly Atheist. Question: If I tell you that I'm considerably happier as an atheist -- in every aspect of the word 'happiness -- than I ever was as a theist, do your argument have a response?
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Andrew EC on Saturday, September 20, 2014 7:52 PM
Also: it's REALLY bad form to have moderated comments on a blog with (prior to me) zero comments. If you want to talk to us, let us actually *speak*.
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Shane Hayes on Sunday, September 21, 2014 3:52 PM
Andrew, The problem is that I receive almost no comments on this blog, or elsewhere on my website. I have thousands of visitors on my website each month, but they almost never comment, though I have a comment form after each page. The only ones I don't allow are incoherent or crank comments. That's almost the only kind I get. Wish I knew how to elicit more. Invite your atheist friends to visit. I'll welcome their comments, and yours.


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