Letters from an Atheist, Part 1

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Prof. Michael Jaworski and I posed for a photo after our public debate at UT-Pan American. He’s a cool guy. That’s Prof. Tom Pearson, moderator, behind us. At the close of my public debate with Michael Jaworski, I met Jake, an atheist. I found him to be respectful and well-spoken. I’d like to give you a peek into the email …

Conversations from Campus: USTAFOS Part 3

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About ten minutes into my conversation with USTAFOS outside the library coffee shop (see parts one and two below), I knew I was meant for this moment. She was beyond engaging. The intense back-and-forth between us unfolded in a strange atmosphere of trust (so it seemed to me) that could never be expected or predicted. Or explained. She brought up …

Conversations from Campus: USTAFOS Part 2

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With last night’s “Stump the Chump” now in the rear-view mirror, USTAFOS* was waiting for me in a booth near the library coffee shop. Our eyes met briefly as I slid in across the table. When she opened her mouth to speak her soul seemed to open as well, releasing its contents. Tornadoes came flying out.    Rick, Gandhi was a …

Conversations from Campus: USTAFOS Part 1

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I sat with my back to the fireplace in the dorm lounge, a dozen students in a semi-circle of comfy chairs and couches gathered around. Unusually Sharp TeenAger From OverSeas (USTAFOS) settled into a spot toward the front and smiled shyly. “I’m a skeptic,” she said to me privately. My kind of person. “Welcome,” I said. “I’m glad you came …

The Forbidden Subject Part 2

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Last week I related how I decided to bring up a forbidden topic with a person who, in certain circumstances, is intimidating to me. I knew going into the conversation with Jim that I’d probably mess it up somehow. Worse, however, was the idea of postponing the conversation yet again, which I’d been guilty of for a long time. So …