This is the first time that I’ve articulated my beliefs in front of such a large group of people, and naturally I was quite nervous. Thinking back over the interview, I thought I spent too much time on some of the answers, wasn’t too clear in others, and at one point I lost my train of thought (next time I will remember to bring notes!) But I think I did okay in terms of bringing the central points across.
The formal questions that were asked of me:
- You were once a Christian. Tell us about your Christian story.
- You say you are an atheist, but your position sounds agnostic. Why is this?
- What do you do about Jesus?
- What are the common theistic arguments you come across, and why don't you accept them?
There were many questions from the floor, but these are the few that I remember off-hand:
- Isn't atheism just like any other religion?
- How do you find meaning in life as an atheist?
- Do you think your current beliefs about God are influenced by the relationship you had with your own father?
- How do you make sense of evil and good?
I want to thank Roger who prepared and conducted the interview, and for Thorsten for providing the opportunity. And also I want to thank everyone in the audience who asked questions, and who spoke to me afterwards.
If you are reading this, and you attended the interview, please comment below and let me know your thoughts. What was the most interesting part of the interview for you, and was there anything that I wasn’t too clear about? And if we did something similar again, what could be improved, in terms of the way it was conducted?
The interview, as well as the resulting discussion, was recorded, so a podcast of it might appear on-line soon.