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My Appearance on Fundy Radio

Well, I followed the Friendly Atheist on fundamentalist radio’s Bob Enyart Live. The first half hour was live and then we recorded probably a weeks worth of material. I will post digital recordings of the shows when Bob’s producer e-mails them to me.

All in all, I thought that the live segment was the worst. It took me awhile to learn how to cut him off from tangents and redirect the conversation back on track. Bob’s style is to introduce an overload of information (much of it distorted and colored) to those who are unfamiliar with those particular cases. One of the things that I tried to do was to focus my part of the conversation toward the audience rather than debate Bob head on. This is hard to do because of his style of conversation. He tries to engage you in rapid fire debate, cutting to tangents and changing the subject before you can finish your point. In some cases it worked and in some cases I wouldn’t let him get away with it. He tries to use linguistically tricks and to use something you said out of context against you. He did that with Hemant too.

The important thing I had to keep reminding myself of is that there is an audience listening. So whenever he would talk about some Creationist argument that I was not familiar with, I would make a point to give out some scientific websites that deal directly with creationist arguments. I also made it a point to promote a few atheist books which I thought would help an inquisitive audience.

When I started talking about the Tower of Babel, I wanted to focus on how it was built to reach God. But I never got a chance to make that point.

One avenue I wish I could have gone into more would have been the beginnings of religion. I tried to do that toward the end in the last in interview, but we ran out of time. I was able to recommend Karen Armstrong’s book, “The History of God.” Evid3nc3 on YouTube does a great job summarizing this book in his latest video.

Over all, I am disappointed in my performance. I think I could have done better. But I am that type of person who is never happy with my performance even when people tell me I did a good job. In this case, I doubt I will hear that though. So I will consider this a learning experience and evolve accordingly.

My main problem in my opinion was that I allowed Bob to suck me into the mythology when I should have focused on the general ridiculousness of the mythology itself. Please share your thoughts and suggestions for the future. There are a lot of other topics that came up in the debate that I want to go into, but I’ll save that for another day.


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  • James Thompson

    It is tough against the pros! What always amazed me about hearing Hitchens on some shows that he would just keep talking even if the radio host started on some other subject before he was finished.

    On a tangent: I’ve just started reading your blog and was skimming over a lot of your old posts. You make an amazing amount of errors with homonyms.

    decease for disease
    vial for vile

    are a couple I remember.

  • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

    Thanks for your comment, sometimes I write quickly and don’t check things over as carefully as I should. I think I have been getting better, but no body is perfect, ;-)

  • Scott

    One problem with being an atheist is that it takes a long explanation to get people to understand our viewpoints. And some Christians act like if something is complicated, then it must not be true. Thus you need willing ears to even get a point across. Sometimes, the best thing is to encourage Christians to read their own bible.

  • http://socialinjustices.net david

    Practice makes perfect. You know how long he’s been doing this? You’ll get there. The reason Christianity is so successful is because it is SIMPLE, and when you regurgitate the same crap over and over again, eventually it starts smelling good even to the one that makes the deposit. Good job.

  • Charlie Keeler

    I thought you did just fine. It was late when I listened to it last, but I seem to remember feeling that he was being pretty hypocritical when he was getting very nit picky about little details on one issue and not letting you get past it, and then moments later getting on your case that you were being precise about something. Either way, I think that you are being too hard on yourself. Good job Staks.

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  • Larry Lipit0r

    I’m sorry, but you should have just kept saying “You are changing the subject before I get a chance to properly answer!!!” Keep saying that until you get some respect or he kicks you off his horrible show. He should be a gracious host, not a fucking idiot

  • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

    That’s a fair point Larry.

  • http://www.andrewtheatheistsblog.blogspot.com/ Andrew

    I finally got a chance to listen. I have to say I’m mildly disappointed, but only because of the technical difficulties that robbed this episode of so much time. Also, I thought you picked the wrong story to challenge when you chose the tower of babel. I’d have picked noah. I’d have liked to have asked if he subcribed to the idea that noah only had to bring one “kind of animal” and then they later bacme the different species of animals we see today. Like one kind of elephant eventually became the Asian and African varieties, and how this is somehow different than evolution.

    But overall Id give you a B+. If more is to come, I look forward to it.

  • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

    Thanks Andrew, I didn’t really get to the point I was going for and I really was disappointed in how it all went. But I think it was a good learning experience for me. I’ll check and see if the rest of the 2 hour interview is available yet. I was actually disappointed in most of that too, so don’t get your hopes up.

  • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

    Well, I must have done better than I thought in the rest of the 2 hour interview because Enyart has not yet aired it or posted it. So I guess he thought he didn’t come off to well in it.