Yesterday, I was a guest on a Christian radio show.
Before you listen to it, understand how this even happened. I got an email from the show’s producer a couple weeks ago:
I checked out their website and got a quick sense of the type of show they put on. The host was a conservative, Christian, evolution-denier, etc. I wasn’t optimistic, but I still like to think something productive can happen if they’re willing to reach out to me. So fine, I said yes to doing the show. I just wanted to make sure I knew the nature of the conversation they wanted to have…
I thought that was a reasonable request. I’m not a science expert (and don’t claim to be) and I don’t really enjoy formal religious debates. But if you want to have a real conversation about churches and stereotypes, I’m all for it.
It seemed like that was an option:
Ok, fine. Don’t really care much for the whole Resurrection answer, but Option 1 works. We rescheduled the interview day because of some conflicts and spoke yesterday.
Somehow, the conversation about my book became a conversation about Darwinism and Eugenics and Stalin.
Am I surprised? No. I suppose I knew it would degenerate into that — it’s happened a few times before. I’m used to the Christian Bait-and-Switch by now.
But would it be so terrible for Christian media types to actually want to discuss how outsiders view their churches? I think that’d be an interesting conversation to have without having to slide into long-debunked Christian talking points.
If you get a chance to hear the interview, I’d love to hear your thoughts. I’m sure there were moments you wanted to yell at the audio…