Recent criticism has been launched my way by blogger/podcaster Tyler Vela; I respond to his arguments and attempt to show that they are mostly misguided.
About the Author
I grew up in a typical non-denominational Christian home in Illinois and now live in Philadelphia with my three-legged puggle, Darwin. Around my mid-teens, for innumerable reasons, I began to question many of the things that I had taken for granted, including “God.” I soon became interested in philosophy and religion and went on to graduate from Bradley University with a B.S.in Philosophy and Religious Studies. Currently I’m a co-host for a new podcast (“Hinge”) that’s in development about an atheist (me!) and a pastor exploring the life and teachings of the historical figure, Jesus of Nazareth. I also regularly participate in debates about, and give lectures on, issues pertaining to moral philosophy and the philosophy of religion.
In a debate between the evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins, and the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowland Williams, a particularly eye-opening moment occurs.
There’s a giant elephant in the room, one whose presence we can no longer ignore; the elephant is the role of religion in our debate on gay marriage.
For believers, a short corporeal life precedes an eternity in a better incorporeal afterlife. For atheists, this life is all we have.
Near-death experiences are frequently reported from individuals around the world. Is there any substantiation?