Author Archives: Derek Gray

About Derek Gray

I had opened up the local newspaper to learn that my big multicultural city started every council meeting with a Christian prayer - and worse than that, it had gone on for over 30 years without any complaints. From that point on I couldn’t be silent and am now hooked on keeping an eye out for breakdowns in secularism. I oppose bigotry against individuals of any belief system. My views are a work in progress and always open to revision.

Street Epistemology: Watchtower not inspired by God

by | July 23, 2018

Had a great experience with a Jehovah’s Witness at the my front door on Sunday. Was a golden opportunity because the guy was alone, and young (in his 20’s). I could not believe my luck. If it is a couple of elderly people, I usually just smile and nod and send them on their way. But… Read more »

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Street Epistemology: Buddhist Truth

by | May 17, 2018

Finally sharing with you a months-long street epistemology session with a Buddhist who contacted us through Facebook. We discuss confidence, evidence, and how to determine what is objectively true. Glenn is 100% confident in an ‘energy force’…

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Street Epistemology: Jehovah’s Witness on Evidence

by | February 27, 2018

Was downtown for work early today and there were two Jehovah’s Witnesses on the street corner with copies of Watchtower and I couldn’t resist a quick chat for some SE practice. I’m paraphrasing this completely from memory, but immediately following our conversation. I found Elizabeth to be more honest than I expected.

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Street Epistemology: Friendly Questioning of Beliefs

by | January 15, 2018

An opportunity for me to practice a conversational technique called “Street Epistemology” (SE) fell into my lap a while ago via the Canadian Atheist Facebook page when someone named Dillon asked us/me a question. SE is a non-confrontational conversational technique (not a debate) to try and get your partner to evaluate the reliability of the method… Read more »

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Book review: Post Secular

by | December 24, 2017

You still have time to gift this new eBook to your loved ones (or yourself!) and, at under 10 bucks, it’s really a steal considering the amount of research that went into it. Post Secular: Science, Humanism and the Future of Faith, the debut book by Canadian author Marc Schaus gives you a whirlwind tour of the current… Read more »

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