I am an English teacher, and I was taught my methods in the ‘age of the argument’ (the 90s English department) so I hope I can be forgiven a small indulgence. Still, I think this is a great example of an argument.
It’s funny, and it clearly has a point of view, but it is also interested in a kind of critical engagement with a range of issues related to atheism. He’s doing much more than simply ranting against anti-atheist bias. He has four of these video-arguments so far, all of which you can watch at CoffeeGhost.net.
I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. I grew up in Houston, as a part of what we only half-jokingly call the Cajun Diaspora. At a certain point during the Regan administration, I had to leave, so I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines, from 1987-89. I didn't want to return to the United States just yet, so I moved to Paris, France, where I lived for three years or so.
I then moved back to Austin, Texas, where I had received my Masters Degree, and (eventually) began a Ph.D., which I completed in 1999. I spent a year at Temple University and then accepted a position at Eastern Illinois University where I worked until May of 2006. I now work exclusively on line (although that may change) for Johns Hopkins, the Art Institute Online, and Smarthinking.com.
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