JT gave one of the talks that opened Skepticon last night. It was a new version of his “Dear Christian” speech. It addressed numerous arguments that Christians have given him to try to persuade him into faith. One of the ones that resonated with me went something like, “If you admit you would feed that starving child where God does not, you admit that this world is not perfect. You admit that you are better than God.”
(I tweeted the quote above and had an answer waiting for me this morning. Someone tweeted back to me, “God delegates.” If so, he appears to have very poor judgment. Children still starve.)
Near the end of the talk, JT held out his hand literally and metaphorically to Christians with doubts an uncertainties. He said that while God has abandoned the believer, atheists have not. They are welcome to join us.
Then JT took one one more argument. “What about love?”
Behind him, a slide show started, pictures of him and Michaelyn together and happy.
JT talked about how Michaelyn made him feel attractive in the face of his anorexia. He told us that there are heavens and hells that are far more real than anything in philosophy. He told us Michaelyn gives him access to all the heaven he’s ever had.
While JT was doing this, a dozen of his friends who were seated all around the auditorium got up and each brought a single red rose to Michaelyn where she was sitting with JT’s parents. Then JT asked her to marry him.
She said yes.
There will be better pictures. A very large number of people knew what was coming, and several of them had good cameras. But I took these anyway for those of you who couldn’t be there last night.
What about love indeed.