“I was pitched to debate Sam Harris. That didn’t come off. I’m a bit sorry that didn’t happen.”
“I’ve resisted it. But the bit [about being] behind the Iron Curtain — there’s virtually no one alive that knows about that many details.”
Nothing is more poisonous, for the young and the old alike, than the perception that the smart money is all on atheism. Of course, it’s not.
“I greatly respect other people who, sometimes at great risk, have decided that they are going to say these kinds of things in public.”
I think the hardest problem that any of us face is the problem of pain and suffering. I’ve written in great detail about that but I will say one or two things.