Category: writing

Another New Book Project!

academicatheism:

Yes, you read that correctly. I’ll be writing, not one, but two new books in 2017. This book will be more philosophical, but won’t focus on atheism at all. I’m entering the somewhat murky waters of bioethics to contribute to the end of the abortion debate. Really, the abortion debate is unimportant and it’s high time to put an end to it. 

My goal is to write a concise book (about 150 or so pages). It will be clear that I am pro-choice. I will openly reject the so-called pro-life position and render it false due to its lack of practical application. We’ve literally tried their way; in some countries, we are still trying their way–and women are paying the price with their lives. Potentiality, whether a fetus is a person, and all the usual points to debate will probably receive little to no mention. The pro-life view is impractical and inapplicable to real world situations. Case closed!

Despite this, after knocking down the pro-lifer from their perch, I want to extend my hand to them, dust them off and help them to their feet, recognize that their concerns are sometimes genuine, and that what they’re concerned about isn’t always nonsensical. I want to show them common ground and ask them to occupy that ground with me. I want to recognize the drawbacks of abortion, which will be my primary reason for working to reduce the high rates of abortion in this country. Of course, the pro-lifer’s reason(s) for wanting to reduce abortion will differ from mine, but differences in our motivations shouldn’t blind us to similarities in our ends. We can work together to a common end despite our disparate motives and intents.

I strongly believe I can finish this book by the Spring of next year. It will most certainly be published before the book I announced earlier. Get excited! 

Yes, I did believe I could finish the book by Spring of 2017, but life happens. There have been some unexpected turns that I won’t gloss over. Some have been negative and others very positive. The constant is that I’m far busier and a lot less invested in blogging and writing. That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to though that might have been true a couple of months ago. 

I took a long break from social media altogether. Given the political climate in the US and the state of the world in general, I dealt with a great deal of apathy. I just stopped caring about everything except the people I feel responsible for. I didn’t want to discuss religion, politics, or anything really. I even held to the belief that my voice simply didn’t matter. What’s the use in knowing facts, knowing how to debate, and knowing how to drive a point? People, especially in this country, put more value in opinions (certainly in their own) than they do in the facts – in the truth. 

But I couldn’t relegate myself to silence anymore. What I think to be my calling isn’t inherent in any of the career paths I’ve followed so far. It’s through my writing, through debating, through making a point, through conveying the facts, through guiding others to the truth, even the hard-to-swallow and ugly truths. It isn’t in punching numbers, entering data, cleaning apartments, or moving furniture. While I’m sure I’m servicing people via those paths, I don’t believe that I’m doing anything meaningful, impactful, or lasting.

So after staring at 36 pages of the book in question and then re-reading these pages, I’ve decided that it’s a worthwhile project that should be finished. I’ve also realized that it’s a more elaborate project than I initially thought; I was, in other words, naive to think I could finish this book in short order. So the status of completion isn’t known to me, especially in light of how busy my life is at the moment. I will, however, continue to steadily contribute to it, so that I can finish it as soon as possible and spread what I feel is a very important message.

I think women’s reproductive rights are extremely important and the fact that so many women around the world haven’t secured those rights is a problem worth addressing. I also think that the reasons women choose to have abortions are worth our attention. We have to do something about it, especially in countries where nothing has been done, where nothing is being done. Arguing in person or online will accomplish nothing in this case. The book will argue for what I believe is the most viable solution to this problem. Stay tuned!