This time on The Tentative Apologist Podcast I’m delighted to introduce two guests, Andrew Murtagh and Adam Lee. Andrew is a Christian apologist who blogs at Soapbox Redemption on the Patheos platform. He is also the author of the 2013 book Proof of Divine.
Adam Lee is an atheist and writer living in New York. He has written articles for Alternet, Salon, Free Inquiry among other sources and he regularly blogs at Daylight Atheism also on Patheos. Adam is also the author of the 2012 book Daylight Atheism. And how’s this for an interesting factoid: one of Adam’s articles was referenced positively in Richard Dawkins bestselling book The God Delusion.
Some years ago Andrew and Adam developed an unlikely friendship which led to them coauthor a book of dialogue and debate titled Meta: On God, the Big Questions, and the Just City. Meta is a lively book which presents a conversational exchange on life’s biggest questions. But it does so while retaining a friendly, irenic spirit, one which is all too rare in this age of loud voices and hardened opinions.
There are two things I really appreciate about Andrew and Adam. The first is the above-mentioned commitment to generous and friendly conversation despite some formidable ideological differences. The second is their concern to find unity in concrete ways, particular with a commitment to joint work on social justice, specifically to end human trafficking.
If I may give a personal example, my own blog is the site of debate between atheists and Christians and we sponsor a lending team at Kiva, a micro-lending agency. And this is our slogan:
We loan because…
Debating the existence of God and the meaning of life means little if you don’t lend a helping hand to those in need. (Psst, you can join us here!)
That is a point on which Andrew, Adam, and I all surely agree. So on that note of agreement, we can turn to our wide-ranging discussion.
You can order a copy of Meta here.