Earlier this morning I taped an interview for the UK Christian radio show, Unbelievable?. It was a cool experience, really. I’ve been a longtime fan of the show, and listen to its podcast nearly every week (I call it my atheist “guilty pleasure”). The show is about opening up dialogue/debate between Christians and nonbelievers, and I’ve always appreciated the fair hearing (for the most part) that the show gives to the atheistic side of the arguments.
I contacted the host, Justin Brierley, a few weeks ago and proposed a show where they could discuss Christian apostacy, and in particular, how believers should treat the apostates they may encounter in their lives (be it family or friends who reject their faith). I wasn’t necessarily looking to be on the show, but when he offered, of course I couldn’t resist! 🙂
I’ve spent the last few days thinking about what I wanted to say on the show, and now that it’s all said and done, I’m now spending time thinking about what I was able to say, and what I wished I could have said. Overall, I’m pretty happy with how the interview/conversation went. I was in dialogue with the show’s host, Justin, and also with the Australian Christian broadcaster, Sheridan Voysey. (and yes, it is intimidating having your first-ever long radio interview be with 2 experienced broadcasters!)
The first part of the show was discussion about some of my personal history — I talked about growing up as a believer, being an active part of the church, and later coming to reject my Christian beliefs. The rest of the show touched on several other topics: such as the notion of cosmic justice and ultimate morality, the basis for morality, Jesus as a moral example (and my issues with the Jesus of the gospels), humanity as divine creation vs. natural collection of matter/atoms/impulses, assumptions believers have about atheists, and ideas for encouraging conversation between people of differing ideologies/belief systems.
I have a feeling I’m going to dedicate a couple posts to my experience on the podcast — if only to help clarify my thoughts of how it went, and to hopefully give some insight for others about who I am.