Why didn’t my comment post to your WordPress?
There is one, nearly universal reason why new commenters don’t get their comments posted on my WordPress blog: your comment was gigantic. If you have enough to say that you could fill a blog post, then publish it on your own blog and post a link!
WordPress is not formatted clearly enough to handle comments more than 1,000 characters. And writing a first comment larger than 1,000 characters is kind of ridiculous anyways. That isn’t a conversation. It is a monologue. So, again, if you are going to do that, just go all the way and publish your “comment” on your own blog. Post a link if it is directly addressed to me.
In short, if your first comment is more than 1,000 characters, I am very unlikely to allow it on my blog.
I would like to engage you in a personal and/or private discussion or debate
I’m afraid I don’t have time to open a discussion with everyone who comes to my blog or facebook page requesting one. I know that from your perspective, you are just a single person exploring, hoping to engage another single person in exploring. But I receive these offers multiple times a month, sometimes multiple times a week. And I have been receiving them for years.
At first, I took people up on their challenges and invested hours of my time on personal discussions. Over time, I found that I wasn’t usually learning much from my challengers and that much of my time was wasted. They brought arguments I had already heard before and refuted, sometimes in the very video series that they had stopped watching in order to “engage me in a discussion”. I recommend that you finish the series as well before making assumptions about what you have to teach me.
I’m in the Deconversion section of the series and you have listed a lot of books. Could I get a list so I can go read them?
If you haven’t finished the series yet, you probably should before asking me for a list of books. You will find that I not only reference the books again but also explain them in detail as I finally read them myself in my own personal post-Deconversion journey.
I’m not trying to force my own opinions into your search, but I think I review the books fairly objectively and may actually save you some time.
Why do you use so many graphics to explain concepts? Do you think I’m stupid or a child?
I don’t use graphics because I think people are stupid. I use graphics to communicate information more rapidly and with less ambiguity. Graphics allow me to pack a higher density of information into a video in less time.
It is a common misconception that only children learn visually. A large percentage of our brain is devoted to visual processing and multi-modal learning has been demonstrated to increase learning speeds for anyone. We all communicate faster when explanations are accompanied by effective visual imagery, adult and child alike.
Have you read book X, which claims to provide evidence for God or refute atheist arguments?
I’ve read or read through many books that were recommended to me by Christians and subscribers which claimed to have knock-down evidence for God or rebuttals to atheists. Every single one of them contained arguments that were no better than the comments of the average YouTube Christian and were just as easily refuted.
So, in general, until a book gains enough popular notoriety, I won’t spend my time reading and refuting it.
Why do your videos have so many bells and whistles?
Every single detail in my videos serves a purpose. Every choice of music, every sound, and every graphic. I do not waste one second of time producing an element that does not in some way communicate the emotional or intellectual content of the story.
Music captures the mood. Graphics capture the concepts. Words capture the details.
Can you please make a video explaining how your parents responded to your atheism?
I understand that it is natural for people to be curious about this and I get asked this question A LOT.
Here is the inherent problem with me answering it in any kind of public way, especially with a video specifically devoted to the topic: unlike myself and most of the people I talk about in my series, my parents are not public activists. They are living, breathing, private people.
This means that, if I made a video about them, I would be publicly sharing private parts of their lives. I wouldn’t do it without their permission and I can guarantee you that they wouldn’t give me permission. Given the popularity of my channel, it is also possible that they could be confronted with the video by other Christians.
So it is unlikely that I will ever do a video about them. I know this is disappointing but it likely won’t change.
Here is what I can tell you: my parents know about this channel and my activism in the atheist community. However, I still have a fulfilling, loving relationship with them and visit them regularly. Even though they still identify as Christians themselves.