Brief Thoughts on My Dogma Debate Experience

So, I was on the podcast Dogma Debate, the January 16, 2019 episode, and I thought that it would be worthwhile to reflect on the event.

First, let me thank David Smalley, the host of the show, he’s a gracious, respectful, and very thoughtful person. The experience, while confrontational, was very cordial. It was very fun, and I hope that it is a conversation that we can continue to have and, my hope is, will open a door for more conversations down the road.

While David called me a “Christian Troll” in titling the episode, I don’t take that as a slight. I do “troll”, as a verb, in the sense that I like to drop into a comment section a lure in hopes of attracting some meaningful conversation. Occasionally it works, and as a result I’ve entered into some long and thoughtful conversations about meaningful concepts. I don’t try to be disparaging, but I do try to be confrontational. But, I take all things in stride.

So what’s in the episode?

We began be discussing the variety of matters that cause people to change their worldview, namely identifying the fact that most people aren’t necessarily interested in truth as they are about the affirmation of their beliefs, and I mentioned this previous post. Then we moved over to the question of the historical Adam and original sin. And of course, heaven and hell. While we chased several rabbits along the way, sometimes just having to agree to disagree, I think that it is a great demonstration of how people can disagree and still shake hands at the end of the conversation.

Be sure and show David some love on Twitter, by thanking him for being such a kind host and a good sport.

Update Note: The episode link has been updated to the Apple Podcast link.

For iHeart radio


  1. Hi, Triggerman. I listened to the podcast and noticed that you were reluctant to answer certain questions. What were your reasons for avoiding answering those questions?

    • It would depend on the nature of the question.

      The answers to some questions require a very nuanced answer that requires a lot of backgrounding for the answer to be understood.

      Then there’s some questions that might require a measure of reflection before one can even begin to formulate an answer.

      And then there’s questions that aren’t necessarily relevant to the topic under examination.

      Is there a particular question, or line of questioning that you are referring to?

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