Friendly debates with atheist

Last Saturday I was interviewed on Unbelievable?, the Premier Christian Radio programme that gets Christians and non-Christians talking.

I thoroughly enjoyed the show! Paul 'Sinbad' Thompson, the atheist, was a very likable and genial man. I had a great chat with him about the north of England; my mum coming from Stockton-on-Tees and he growing up in Middlesborough. I really like Sinbad and hope we can meet again. It's really fantastic to go on radio and be interviewed by great people like Justin Brierley and have frank but cordial discussions about worldviews with lovely fellahs like Sinbad.

In all the debates we have with sundry folk let's keep it friendly, good-natured and kind-hearted.

Tom Wright has a great story about the famous 18th century wit and raconteur Samuel Johnson. Apparently Boswell, his autobiographer, was amazed at how the great man seemed to treat everybody with courtesy and respect. 'Why do you do this?' probed Boswell. Johnson famously replied – 'because I want to practise kindness'. Enough said.

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