Rob Smith's Fifteen Minutes of Fame

It seems that Rob Smith’s first post to this blog was quite well received. My blog stats for the weekend are usually quite low, even when I post on the weekend – my usual readers apparently having more of a life than I do.

Within the first few hours of the statistical day clicking over, Rob had around a couple of hundred hits, thanks mostly to being discovered by someone using StumbleUpon (Rob says “thanks”, K-ady.) I bet if I didn’t shamelessly promote Rob’s post over at this thread at Pharyngula, it never would’ve happened. *Grumble, grumble, teeth-grind*

I didn’t think Rob’s post was quite that good!

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My 15 minutes beats your confected envy, poor atheist…

At any rate, in the interests of traffic, I’ve secured a promise from Rob that he’ll write again for this blog. Indeed, he’s already got a topic in mind and further to that, he’s noticed that Alister McGrath’s The Twilight of Atheism (2004) has sat on my bookshelf, as yet unread.

The idea has got into his head that he could fill in as a guest book reviewer for when I’m too busy to read anything other than that which could turn out to be a waste of time. I guess that also includes Ken Ham’s The Lie: Evolution (1987), which made it onto my shelf for the princely chimney-sweeply price of ten cents.

But I digress. If Rob is or isn’t to write book reviews in the future, it’s very much up to him. What he has promised to do, in his own words, is to write a post…

“…refut[ing] the straw-men put about by New Atheists like Christopher Hitchens, on the topic of Christian positions on pre-marital sex and masturbation.”

(Rob Smith, last night.)

By “Christian positions”, one hopes that he doesn’t mean “missionary.”

Between Rob’s apparent popularity and that of the topic of sex on the Internet, I can feel my own posts being eclipsed already.

~ Bruce

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4 thoughts on “Rob Smith's Fifteen Minutes of Fame

  1. I think the best part about Rob is that he’s more like the Christians I have to deal with most of the time. None of that pitchfork-wielding proselytizing, just humble, caring patronisation and absurdity that goes to show that the average caring Christian really doesn’t have a clue what he/she is talking about. And a shaky grasp on rational thinking – not that they don’t ‘mean well’.

  2. Personally, I never thought a day would come that I’d allow a Christian youth-group leader to come onto my blog and talk about touching his pee-pee. I guess Rob’s humble, well-meaning nature allows him to pass social barriers that otherwise impede us strident atheists. 😉

  3. I can’t accept this collaborationist stance you have taken. Allowing a Christian apologist on your blog, and one that mocks our beloved leaders consider your self warned, more of this and there’ll be no fresh babies for you.

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