You Just Don’t Know As Much As Me

During these past few weeks, I’ve been pushing to get more people involved in my site, particularly those outside of my normal sphere of influence — Christians, Muslims, etc.  In the process of doing this, I entered into a delightful email correspondence with a particular Christian leader who was very supportive of the ideas behind this site, and offered to help promote it to several online Christian groups that he participates in.  He also offered to exchange blog posts on my site and his.

However, there was one part of our exchange that really chaffed me.  I am a member … Continue reading

“It’s Okay For Me, But Not For Them!”

One of the most frequent problems that I find in discussions on evidence for various claims is that people will often make arguments that they would never accept from others.  Allow me to give a few examples:

The atheist who says, “I understand religious beliefs, so I can explain those beliefs to my children perfectly well, there’s no need to let others explain them.”

The Christian who argues, “Homeschooling my kids is not brainwashing, it is the best way to ensure that my children are educated in the right way, and protected from harmful or incorrect … Continue reading

Himalayan Revelation

The whole idea for what eventually has become “Wrest In Peace” started in 2006 in a remote, tiny village, high in the Himalayan mountains.  I had set up a non-profit organization to work with a Chinese ethnic minority group, the Mosuo, and I was visiting them to help support some of our organization’s initiatives.

A quick divergence to explain about the Mosuo, since most of you have probably never heard of them. The Mosuo are an ethnic minority group in China who live in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, in one of the most remote and undeveloped regions, close … Continue reading

An Introduction and Welcome to “Wrest In Peace”

Wrest In Peace is the result of a passion I’ve had for many years.  Today, in many areas of public debate, most of the debate tends to be dominated by more extreme views, who rather than seeking honest debate and discussion, instead seek simply to silence all opponents and opposition.

Wrest In Peace is dedicated to a different proposition — that we can disagree with each other, and debate with each other without resorting either to violence, or to trying to shut up everyone who disagrees with us.

I’ll be honest…I love this title, “Wrest In Peace“.  First, because “Rest … Continue reading