Monday, March 1, 2010

DEBATE AT LOLITA BAR: "Is Christianity for Wimps?"

This Wednesday, March 3 (at 8pm), we will broach the weighty question of theologically-inspired wussitude with two dueling conservatives:

Richard Spencer (formerly an editor at American Conservative and TakiMag and now the founding editor of, which launches today) argues YES.

Helen Rittelmeyer (a writer/editor whose work has been used by First Things, Culture11, American Spectator, American Conservative, The Weekly Standard, and New York Post, among other venues) argues NO.

Michel Evanchik moderates and Todd Seavey hosts/organizes.

Voting on the question at the end: you, the audience — bring a whole faction if you like, spreading the good word to Christians, skeptics, and neo-pagans alike.

Free admission, cash bar. The debates, usually pitting two opponents against each other (in a civil and often humorous fashion), take place on the basement level of Lolita Bar at 266 Broome St. at the corner of Allen St. on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, one block south and three west of the Delancey St. F, J, M, Z subway stop.

One arguably non-wimpy manifestation of Christianity that I noticed in New York Times last month: churches (like a lot of other groups in the past decade, I suspect) organizing “fight clubs” (this piece was also pointed out to me by Katie Surrence).

ANNIVERSARY NOTE: This Wednesday event marks five years of the Seavey/Evanchik team overseeing these debates — and on a more personal note, for those keeping track, this period, give or take a month or two, also marks:

•Four years of me organizing the separate Manhattan Project social events for politicos

•Three years of this near-daily blog

•And a whopping eight years of me editing skeptical, pro-science material at ACSH

I think I will celebrate with a trip into an alternate universe where the rules of neither logic nor science apply — or at least, I’ll go see an advance screening of Alice in Wonderland tonight, and, starting tomorrow, I will blog about other films this week as we approach Oscar Sunday.


Gerard said...

Do the editors of the New York Times ever tire of running fake trend news stories?

Todd Seavey said...

My job has pretty much convinced me that all news stories are fake trend stories, especially the ones involving statistics.

Ali T. Kokmen said...

For the cause, Gawker on New York Times trend stories:

Todd Seavey said...

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