TheThinkingAtheist

TheThinkingAtheist

Seth Andrews, a former Christian, tackles a variety of issues related to atheism, skepticism and religion.
TheThinkingAtheist

Description

Seth Andrews, a former Christian broadcaster and believer for 30 years, ultimately escaped the bonds of superstitious thinking to embrace the more satisfying explanations that science provides. A professional video producer and host of one of the most popular atheist communities on the internet, Seth Andrews brings a polished format, a relaxed environment and a rage-free challenge to the religious beliefs that defined his youth.

Link: www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist

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Education

Episodes

Unskeptical: Finding the Real Story in a World of Half-Truths

Dec 4, 2018 00:49:00

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What happens when we have facts, but not context or perspective. Seth Andrews explores the issue in his November 11th, 2018 speech given for the Central Florida Freethought Community. Support our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth VIDEO of this presentation is here: https://youtu.be/fGw7Umb205Q

John Chau: A Suicide Mission

Nov 26, 2018 00:51:00

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We explore the bizarre and tragic story of Christian missionary John Chau, killed by the very people he was trying to evangelize. We also explore the larger questions about missions work, boundaries, mockery, God's Will, and the senseless loss of life. Support Seth's work on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

Happy Friendsgiving!

Nov 21, 2018 01:13:00

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Seth Andrews speaks about the friends, family, religion, tradition, and Humanism in the holidays. Support Seth on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews VIDEO of this livestream at https://youtu.be/0B_-BzlvWgI  

Just Stop with the Christmas Music

Nov 14, 2018 01:04:00

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Seth Andrews on Christmas music, physics, apologists, and the "Answering Atheists" conference coming in 2019. YouTube version at  https://youtu.be/ph4FHWfSVeE  Facebook Live version at https://www.facebook.com/seth.andrews.31/videos/1952091948200543/ 

Seth Andrews on Atheist Talk 950 Minneapolis

Nov 13, 2018 01:19:00

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Seth Andrews was the featured guest on Minneapolis' KTNF AM950. This is the recording of that interview. Support Seth on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews  

Rambles, Royals, and the Red Light District

Nov 8, 2018 01:02:00

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Seth Andrews recently returned from a multi-city European trip, and he has questions. Join him for a romp through the Queen's Guard, the chocolate shops, and Amsterdam's Red Light District. Facebook video of this at https://bit.ly/2PiBiNR Support Seth on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

The Changing Face of Jesus

Nov 6, 2018 00:33:00

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Seth Andrews explores the many faces of Jesus (and other gods), and the strangely coincidental resemblance to human faces and desires. VIDEO of this presentation is here (link coming soon). Support our sponsor at http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth  

Seth Andrews: From Religion to Reason (Audience Q&A)

Oct 31, 2018 00:35:00

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This is part 2 of Seth Andrews' recent presentation in Minneapolis, featuring questions and comments from the live audience. See the speech here (video link coming soon): Support Seth on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews  

Seth Andrews: From Religion to Reason

Oct 30, 2018 01:03:00

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Seth Andrews chronicles his personal story for a live Minneapolis audience, the event sponsored by Minnesota Atheists. You can watch this speech on YouTube at https://youtu.be/qP2dOWGaNl8 Support our sponsor:http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

The Weak and The Strong

Oct 23, 2018 01:06:00

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Seth Andrews explores the notion of dominance philosophy in relation to Trump, religions, and Humanism. Plus, comments and questions from the livestream chat room. VIDEO of this livestream at https://youtu.be/gD-rQEyXZAo Support Seth on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

Ghost Stories 2018

Oct 16, 2018 01:30:00

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It's another October around the virtual campfire for our annual Halloween tradition: the telling of ghost stories! Turn down the lights, crank up the volume, grab onto a loved one, and enjoy! Support our sponsor  and get a free trial today. The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Get Seth's "Ghost Stories" audiobook on Audible (also available on iTunes):  https://adbl.co/2wDeso0

Alexa: Stop the Insanity!

Oct 4, 2018 01:29:00

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If Amazon's Alexa can answer many of life's probing questions, could she restore political and cultural sanity to the United States? Seth Andrews dreams the dream. Support our sponsor, and grab Seth Andrews' "Ghost Stories" as your free audiobook with an Audible 30-day trial via http://www.audible.com/sethandrews (or text sethandrews to 500500).

A Secular Perspective on Suicide

Oct 2, 2018 02:19:00

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Join us for a respectful and critical conversation about suicide from a secular perspective. Support our sponsor: The Great Courses Plus http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth SUICIDE-RELATED RESOURCES Crisis Text Line - text "HELLO" to 741741z National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 For friends and family National Alliance on Mental Illness suicide info -https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Related-Conditions/Risk-of-Suicide ASIST training, how to handle suicide issues at a lay-level.  https://www.livingworks.net/programs/asist/

The Kavanaugh Question: with Katherine Stewart

Sep 28, 2018 00:54:00

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Investigative journalist and author Katherine Stewart joins Seth Andrews for a look at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, his track record, and the allegations of sexual misconduct surrounding him. Follow Katherine on Twitter at @kathsstewart 

Silence, Suffering, Sex, and Stupidity

Sep 25, 2018 00:55:00

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Seth Andrews gives commentary on a celebrated religious film, unnecessary suffering, secular sexuality, and - again - the insanity of humanity. The Secular Sexuality Survey:  https://secularscience.org Support Seth on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews  

Cats, Death, and the Religion of Football

Sep 18, 2018 01:07:00

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Seth Andrews' YouTube livestream (on a loose range of topics) is this week's podcast. Watch at https://youtu.be/rJr_wpYVA_Y GET THE "GHOST STORIES AUDIOBOOK" (3 options): Free book with 30-day Audible trial via https://www.audible.com/pd/B07GL5B67Q/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-125424&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_125424_rh_us Buy on Amazon with no Audible membership: http://a.co/d/0wY833l Members use Audible credit https://adbl.co/2NdDtBb  

I Went to Facebook Jail

Sep 11, 2018 01:04:00

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Post something "offensive," and social media is likely to give you a temporary - or permanent - penalty. We talk about Facebook Jail, whether it's fair, and what to do about it. Support our sponsor: The Great Courses Plus. Get a free trial at http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

Our 400th Show!

Sep 4, 2018 01:27:00

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Another show, another milestone. Join Seth Andrews for the 400th episode of The Thinking Atheist podcast. Support our sponsor and get a free trial: The Great Courses Plus http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth GHOST STORIES audiobook free with Audible 30-day trial at https://adbl.co/2PCp2na.  To get the book without an Audible trial or membership, simply use your Amazon membership and  Add to Cart (desktop site) or Buy for $X.XX (mobile site).

It's Time to Quit the Catholic Church

Aug 26, 2018 00:51:00

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Another child abuse scandal rocks the Catholic Church. We explore the reports coming out of Pennsylvania, and the Church's long, ugly track record of abuse and coverup. Freedom From Religion Foundation's Andrew Seidel joins the conversation. Articles: CNN ARTICLE: https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/21/world/catholic-church-abuse-scandal-timeline/index.html ANDREW SEIDEL'S ARTICLE: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/freethoughtnow/pa-abuse-report FRIENDLY ATHEIST'S ARTICLE: http://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2018/08/15/here-are-the-worst-abuses-by-catholic-priests-from-the-pa-grand-jurys-report/ PENNSYLVANIA GRAND JURY REPORT: http://media-downloads.pacourts.us/InterimRedactedReportandResponses.pdf?cb=22148 FREEDOM FROM RELIGION FOUNDATION:  http://www.ffrf.org  

I'm Gregory, and I'm Afraid of Hell

Aug 21, 2018 01:19:00

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This is a candid conversation with Gregory, a man who logically rejects Christianity, but who can't shake his fears about Hell. Seth Andrews walks with Gregory through his religious conversion, his doubts, his fears of torment, and what the future might hold. Support our sponsor, and get $60 off your first three Hello Fresh boxes ($20 off each) with http://www.hellofresh.com/sethandrews60 (promo code sethandrews 60)    

Texts From My Religious Dad

Aug 15, 2018 01:12:00

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Seth Andrews shares a recent text exchange with a religious father, and speaks candidly about family, boundaries and respect...and how religions so often damage them. VIDEO version of this show at https://youtu.be/iUp3FdfYeLs

I Used To Believe Weird Things

Aug 14, 2018 01:44:00

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From the Sunlight Diet to flat-earthers to kitchen seasonings that repel demons, we explore some of the more bizarre (and entertaining) things our listeners once held as Truth. Prepare yourself for some strangely entertaining beliefs submitted by our listeners, and an exploration into why we so often embrace the irrational. Support our sponsor, and get a free trial at The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

Christianity, Crimes, and the Constitution (with Andrew Torrez)

Aug 7, 2018 02:21:00

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Andrew Torrez, an attorney and host of "Opening Arguments," joins Seth Andrews for an in-depth conversation about the law, the Constitution, the Supreme Court, church/state separation, and the Religious Right in the era of Trump.  Opening Arguments podcast: https://openargs.com Support our sponsors. Get a free trial at The Great Courses Plus with this URL: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Get $50 off select Casper mattresses http://www.casper.com/thethinkingatheist (promo code thinkingatheist at checkout)    

God, Guilt, Political Correctness, and Trevor Noah (a Seth Andrews Livestream)

Jul 26, 2018 01:07:00

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Seth Andrews fields comments and questions on a wide variety of topics, including the recent Trevor Noah controversy, religious guilt, political correctness, and (yes) the ice cream man. Support Seth on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews The longer, unedited YouTube stream is here: https://youtu.be/d0a6ObX2hrE  

Noah Was A Plonker

Jul 24, 2018 01:06:00

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From Ken Ham's Ark Encounter to Jenny McCarthy to Egyptian curses to 3D-printed handguns, Seth Andrews brushes up on the weird, wonderful world of British insults as he monologues about some of the stranger headlines of the week. Support our sponsor. $20 off your contact lens order at http://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews (promo code: sethandrews20) 

Cults Part Two: The Trouble with Totalism

Jul 17, 2018 01:36:00

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From the Moonies to Scientology to Heaven's Gate, we continue our two-part series on cults, their methods, their abuses, and the stories of some who escaped.  Chris Shelton's Scientology blog: http://mncriticalthinking.com/ A helpful resource. The International Cultic Studies Association Sansu the Cat: http://sansuthecat.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-lunacy-of-rev-moon-or-why-i-am-not.html?m=1 Support our sponsors:  The Great Courses Plushttp://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Stamps.comhttp://www.stamps.com ($20 off contact lenses with code sethandrews20)

Cults Part One: Mind-Control Ministry

Jul 10, 2018 00:48:00

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"Leon," a former cult member, speaks candidly about his own brainwashing, extreme cult tactics, his escape, and the tools for understanding - and exposing - how cults oppress and enslave.  His story was featured in the book, "Fortney Road: Life, Death, and Deception in a Christian Cult."  Other resources: "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion" by Robert Cialdini International Cultic Studies Association Support our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth     Support our sponsor The Great Courses Plushttp://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

Second Civil War Letters

Jul 6, 2018 00:22:00

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In this short holiday broadcast, Seth Andrews reads some of the best hashtag responses to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' warnings about The Second Civil War.

Civility, Speech and Stroopwafels

Jul 3, 2018 01:16:00

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Seth Andrews does an extended monologue about free speech, bad movies, friendship, and Stroopwafels. Plus answers to chat questions. Support our sponsor: http://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews (promo code sethandrews for $30 off your contact lens purchase). VIDEO of this live stream podcast: https://youtu.be/KaMj9Hwb--U The Atheist Experience link: https://youtu.be/4n6fOrL4zEY

Seth Andrews Live Stream June 2018

Jun 22, 2018 01:40:00

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This is the audio of a YouTube live stream from June 21st, 2018, where Seth Andrews responds on-the-spot to chat room comments and questions. Video version also available at https://youtu.be/YaJ5O9Uc6tY Support our sponsorSimple Contacts: http://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews (promo code sethandrews)

Scott Clifton: Secular Soap Star

Jun 19, 2018 01:12:00

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Scott Clifton is an Emmy-winning actor from "The Bold and the Beautiful." He's also an atheist activist on YouTube, nown for the popular channel Theoretical Bullshit. He joins Seth Andrews for an entertaining conversation about both. There is VIDEO of this exchange at (link coming soon). Support our sponsor, Simple Contacts: http://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews  promo code seth andrews.

This is Twitter, and You're Trash

Jun 12, 2018 01:32:00

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The show title is (obviously) somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but the struggle is real. How do we engage, defeat bad ideas, and promote good ideas online without losing our humanity in the angry noise? Seth Andrews shares his own experience as a communicator in the age of the Rage Tweet. This is a presentation given before a live audience June 2nd at the annual fundraiser for the Northeast Ohio Freethought Society. There is no video version, but the slides shown to the live audience are described in the audio. Support our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth  

The Trouble with God (with Chris Matheson)

Jun 5, 2018 01:00:00

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Author and screenwriter Chris Matheson is one of the people behind the "Bill & Ted" films, and authored the 2015 humor book, "The Story of God: a Biblical Comedy about Love and Hate."  He's back (and so is God) for a follow-up. He joins Seth Andrews for a discussion about "The Trouble with God: a Divine Comedy about Judgment (and Misjudgemnt)." Support our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth  

Jordan Peterson, Royal Confusion, and the Miracle of the Angel Moth

May 29, 2018 00:56:00

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Join Seth Andrews for a lightheated romp through a few recent headlines and his own (skeptical) observations about Jordan Peterson, the recent Royal Wedding, the miracle of the "angel moth," and more! Support our sponsor:http://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheist  

The Earthbound Parent: Raising Kids Without Religion

May 22, 2018 01:39:00

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This broadcast addresses secular parenting, education VS indoctrination, and features a conversation with author Richard A. Conn Jr. about his book, "The Earthbound Parent: How (and Why) to Raise your Little Angels without Religion." More links: David G. McAfee: https://davidgmcafee.wordpress.com Couple of Atheists:  https://coupleofatheists.com/category/secular-parenting Tiny Thinkers books:  http://tinythinkersbooks.com Parenting Beyond Belief:  https://parentingbeyondbelief.com Camp Quest: http://www.campquest.org Support our sponsor The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth  

Naked Mormonism

May 15, 2018 01:13:00

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"Secular Mormon" Bryce Blankenagel speaks with Seth Andrews about the dark and often bloody foundations of the Mormon church. VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/gy5mUiviawU Bryce's page: http://nakedmormonismpodcast.com Support our sponsorThe Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth  

Stories of the Strange

Apr 30, 2018 01:06:00

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This show departs from its usual subject matter for a romp through some weird headlines from around the world. Enjoy! Support our sponsor: http://www.stamps.com (promo code sethandrews) Seth Andrews, Cara Santa Maria, and Matt Dillahunty in Los Angeles May 15th. Info and tickets at: https://www.facebook.com/seth.andrews.31/posts/1681757418567332 https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/09005489B24E34A2?f_PPL=true&ab=efeat5787v1

Be Fruitful and Multiply: The "Sin" of Being Child-Free

Apr 24, 2018 01:34:00

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In some fundamentalist cultures, the decision to not have children is considered a violation of God's edict to "be fruitful and multiply." We discuss being child-free against the expectations of others. Support our sponsor Simple Contacts: http://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews ($30 off contact lens purchase with promo code sethandrews)  

The Not-So-Intelligent Designer (with Dr. Abby Hafer)

Apr 17, 2018 01:22:00

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Biologist, professor and author Dr. Abby Hafer gives specific examples of "Intelligent Design" that isn't intelligent at all. Dr. Hafer's Book, "The Not-So-Intelligent Designer: Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and Intelligent Design Does Not:" http://a.co/dUWs4ze Support our sponsor The Great Courses Plus:http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Los Angeles event with Matt Dillahunty, Cara Santa Maria, and Seth Andrews: https://www.facebook.com/events/2022525981403467/  

Seth Andrews Turns 50: from the 2018 American Atheists National Convention

Apr 10, 2018 01:17:00

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Seth Andrews joins a live audience to celebrate his (approaching) 50th birthday at the 2018 American Atheists National Convention. Video of this speech is here: https://youtu.be/zkOq4WiDA1U Support our sponsors The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Simple Contacts: http://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews (promo code: sethandrews)    

When Christians Are Losing The Argument

Apr 3, 2018 01:09:00

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A recent internet meme asks users to "Name something a Christian says when they're losing an argument to an atheist." We explore some all-too-familiar responses. --- Support our sponsor:Simple Contactshttp://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews (promo code: sethandrews) Brew City Benefit link:https://www.facebook.com/events/145752776069530/ Holy Koolaid's website: http://www.holykoolaid.com  

Leona Stucky: Surviving My Impotent God

Mar 30, 2018 01:06:00

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Leona Stucky suffered abuse and shame as a Mennonite teenager. This is the story of her survival, escape, and liberation. Dr. Stucky's website: http://www.leonastucky.com Book: The Fog of Faith: Surviving My Impotent God:  https://www.amazon.com/Fog-Faith-Surviving-Impotent-God/dp/099864742X Support our sponsor: http://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews (promo code: sethandrews)

Could You Forgive a Killer?

Mar 28, 2018 00:59:00

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This bonus broadcast explores the story of Malala Yousafzai, her forgiveness of a Taliban assassin, and a much larger conversation about ideologies, tribes, oppressors, victims, division, and our own humanity in this often hyper-polarized world. Support Seth Andrews on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

A Happy Show about Death

Mar 27, 2018 02:16:00

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Death is often a taboo subject. But is it subject to be avoided (and an inevitability to be feared)? Join us for a candid, real, and destigmatizing conversation about our mortal and temporary lives. We'll speak with listeners about their own perspective, and a professional mortician will take us into the inner room of the funeral home for a frank yet fascinating look at the processes which happen after we're gone. This is a show about death, but more importantly, it's a conversation about life! Let's raise (at least) $3000 for William, a caller who's had a rought few years and could benefit from our help: https://www.gofundme.com/forwilliam Support our sponsors stamps.com: http://www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews) Skeptic Magic: https://www.pangburnphilosophy.com/project-1  

The Triumph of Christianity: with Dr. Bart Ehrman

Mar 20, 2018 01:25:00

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Author and New Testament scholar Dr. Bart Ehrman joins the show to talk about his latest book, "The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World." Seth finishes the broadcast with a reading from the book. Bart Ehrman's website: https://www.bartdehrman.com Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Hello Fresh: http://www.hellofresh.com (promo code SethAndrews30) VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/uDy7TtfLggs

Ian Harris: The Skeptic Comedian

Mar 13, 2018 00:42:00

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California comedian and atheist Ian Harris joins Seth Andrews to talk about atheism, skepticism, religion, and the punchlines that come with them. Ian's website: http://www.ianharriscomedian.com VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/2prKW66Q5Is Support our sponsor The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

The God of the Gun: A "Divine Right" to an AR-15?

Mar 6, 2018 01:33:00

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In the wake of the February 2018 Parkland, Florida school shooting, many Christians again claim that the right to own an assault rifle is God-given. We take a fair, candid look at the tragedy, the political maneuvering, the law, and the future of God & Guns in America. Support our sponsor:$50 off at Casper https://casper.com/thethinkingatheist Article: "F...You, I Like Guns:" http://www.scarymommy.com/fuck-you-i-like-guns

An Atheist Insomniac: Musings of the Monkey Mind

Feb 27, 2018 01:02:00

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Seth Andrews talks about those long nights of sleep-starved contemplation, and he speaks with callers about their own musings and observations.

Alpha God: The Psychology of Religious Violence and Oppression

Feb 20, 2018 00:44:00

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Clinical psychologist Dr. Hector Garcia joins Seth Andrews for a candid (and potentially controversial) discussion about the origins and characteristics of man-made gods and the violence which so often defines them. Dr. Garcia's book "Alpha God:" https://www.amazon.com/Alpha-God-Psychology-Religious-Oppression/dp/1633880206 Dr. Garcia's website: http://www.hector-garcia.com Support our sponsor The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/DiNLUeZGOcI    

Tactics: How to Change Minds (including our own)

Feb 13, 2018 01:31:00

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Activists Matt Dillahunty, Sarah Haider, Anthony Magnabosco and Kavin Senapathy join Seth Andrews for a conversation about how to best engage religious people in discussions about God, faith, facts, knowledge and atheism. Matt Dillahunty: http://www.mattdillahunty.com Sarah Haider: http://www.exmna.org Anthony Magnabosco: http://www.streetepistemology.com Kavin Senapathy: @ksenapathy on Twitter VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/Mm7OLiiw5dQ Support our sponsors The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Stamps.com: http://www.stamps.com (click the microphone, promo code sethandrews)

The Brew City Benefit: Humanism and Healing in Milwaukee

Feb 8, 2018 00:32:00

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The Brew City Benefit happens in Milwaukee, WI April 7th, 2018, benefiting RAINN (the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), and helping to create a new Milwaukee Humanists group. DETAILS & DONATIONS: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-the-brew-city-benefit#/

Confessions of a (former) Naturopathic Doctor

Feb 6, 2018 00:40:00

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Britt Hermes once practiced "naturopathic medicine." Today, she is being sued for publicly criticizing a naturopathic doctor. Britt speaks with Seth Andrews about her background in naturopathy, her 180-degree turn toward science-based medicine, the lawsuit she now faces, and how skeptics worldwide are rallying to help. VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/aXAQRlWN0N0 Britt's blog:  https://www.naturopathicdiaries.com Dec 2016 article:  https://www.naturopathicdiaries.com/dubious-cancer-doctor-colleen-huber-cybersquatting Donate at:  https://www.skeptics.com.au  

Religious Trauma Syndrome

Jan 30, 2018 01:32:00

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Religion is often declared a positive force. This show explores the darker side of religious teaching and thinking, and the very real harm it so often causes, as Seth Andrews speaks with listeners, shares their stories, and speaks with Dr. Marlene Winell, the psychologist and author who coined the term, "Religious Trauma Syndrome." Dr. Winell's website: http://www.marlenewinell.net Journey Free:  http://journeyfree.org Dr. Winell's book, "Leaving the Fold:"  http://marlenewinell.net/leaving-fold-former Recovering From Religion:  http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org Support our sponsor Hello Fresh. $30 off your first week at http://www.hellofresh.com (promo code sethandrews30)

Humanism and the Challenge of Race: with Dr. Anthony Pinn

Jan 23, 2018 00:43:00

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Dr. Anthony Pinn is a Harvard-educated author, professor, and expert on theology and religious studies. He speaks with Seth Andrews about atheism and humanism, race in relation to (and beyond) the church, black religious history, and the challenges and opportunities of Humanism in the 21st Century. Dr. Pinn's website: https://www.anthonypinn.com Support our sponsor The Great Courses Plus, and get a free 30-day trial: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth VIDEO of this interview: (coming soon)

What Dreams May Come

Jan 20, 2018 00:33:00

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In this (extremely informal) commentary, Seth Andrews talks about weird dreams, cults and cultures, and the pitfalls of keeping others comfortable. Video of this commentary here: https://youtu.be/ntECXMJx_v8

NOprah 2020: The New Age Nonsense of Oprah Winfrey

Jan 15, 2018 00:38:00

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After her inspiring Golden Globes speech, Oprah Winfrey has been touted as presidential material. But does her track record reveal someone rooted in science, evidence, and worthy ideas? Seth Andrews explains why Oprah's admirable success story doesn't translate to the U.S. Presidency. Support our sponsor, The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Slate article:  https://slate.com/health-and-science/2018/01/oprah-winfrey-helped-create-our-irrational-pseudoscientific-american-fantasyland.html Skeptical Inquirer article: https://www.csicop.org/si/show/oprah_winfrey_bright_but_gullible_billionaire Interview with Diana Nyad:  https://youtu.be/hla3ibhUuCU  

Skeptics on Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Jan 9, 2018 00:50:00

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Seth Andrews recently invited a group of activists and listeners/viewers to talk about the (highly polarizing) latest entry in the Star Wars film series. The discussion - and disagreement - was lively. Support Seth Andrews on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

Uprising in Iran: with Armin Navabi

Jan 4, 2018 00:40:00

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A historic protest is happening in Iran, as everyday citizens are rising up against the Islamic Supreme Leader and his government. Iran-born Armin Navabi helps us understand what's happening. Armin's Twitter page: https://twitter.com/ArminNavabi Website: http://www.atheistrepublic.com Atheist Republic Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AtheistRepublic VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/tJ1HNT8Q5nU Support our sponsorhttp://www.stamps.com (enter sethandrews)

2017: The Year in Review

Jan 1, 2018 01:23:00

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Seth Andrews recaps some of the biggest, best, worst, and weirdest stories of the past year. Enjoy! Support Seth on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

Bitcoin or Bust? Skeptical Money with Phil Ferguson

Dec 22, 2017 01:02:00

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Atheist activist, podcaster and investment advisor Phil Ferguson helps us navigate the rampant hype about Bitcoin.  Phil pulls no punches, and the result is an informative (and often laugh-out-loud funny) commentary from someone who knows the ropes and knows how to talk about "skeptical money" in an engaging way. (Note: This podcast was recorded on 12/20 for an original release date of 12/26, but Bitcoin's volatility warranted an earlier release for accuracy.) Phil Ferguson's website: http://polarisfinancialplanning.com The Phil Ferguson Show podcast page: https://www.spreaker.com/show/phil-fergusons-tracks Support Seth Andrews on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews YouTube video of this interview: https://youtu.be/BrjrMXNRRzQ

Joseph: Confessions of an Almost-Invisible Man

Dec 19, 2017 00:40:00

Description:

In the biblical nativity story, how much do we really hear about the character of Joseph? And what might Joseph have been thinking about the bizarre (and often hugely uncomfortable) situation he was placed in? This is a one-man play about a "God-father" that history has largely ignored. Made possible by our supporters on Patreon. Consider becoming a patron at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews * Podcast thumbnail image by Vincent Deporter.

An Infidel Christmas with the Secular Jihadists

Dec 13, 2017 01:21:00

Description:

What's a Christian-themed holiday without...ex-Muslims???  Buckle up, as the hosts of Secular Jihadists from the Middle East join Seth Andrews to talk about Christmas, the biblical nativity story, and their own experiences with religion...all with a healthy dose of irreverence and blasphemy. Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plushttp://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Stamps.comhttp://www.stamps.com (click the microphone, and type promo code sethandrews)  

To Protect and to Serve: Religion in Law Enforcement

Dec 6, 2017 01:22:00

Description:

When taxpayer-funded police departments put "In God We Trust" decals on their vehicles, is this illegal? And what are some other demonstrations of religiosity within law enforcement? We speak to current and former police officers about this controversial topic. Support our sponsors:  The Great Courses Plus http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Harry'shttp://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheist

A Murder in San Antonio

Dec 2, 2017 01:00:00

Description:

On November 27th, a murder-suicide in San Antonio devastated loved ones and shocked all who heard the news. This is a candid discussion about that day, and an effort to raise funds for the 3 daughters of Jennifer Smith, killed by her husband, and mourned by so many. DONATE:  https://www.gofundme.com/HelpTheSmithGirls News rticle about the crime: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/crime/article/Tributes-pour-in-for-wife-slain-in-alleged-12392573.php Jennifer Smith's obituary: http://porterloring.tributes.com/obituary/read/Jennifer-Jo-Smith-105542473 Veteran's resources mentioned in the show: VA mental health hotline - 800-273-8255  (Spanish/Español 1-888-628-9454) VA non-emergency hotline - 855-948-2311 

Race, Science, and Society: with Dr. Eugenie Scott

Nov 28, 2017 00:58:00

Description:

Dr. Eugenie Scott, a former anthropology professor, is former executive director for the National Center for Science Eduation. She is a researcher, science communicator, and an outspoken critic of claims related to biblical Creationism and the broader claims of "Intelligent Design." Dr. Scott joins the show for a frank discussion with Seth Andrews about science, anti-science, race, evolution, "Intelligent Design," and more! Support our sponsors:  The Great Courses Plushttp://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Harry'shttp://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheist

I Am NOT An Atheist: Conversations about Doubt, Discovery, Good, and the Godless

Nov 21, 2017 01:48:00

Description:

This broadcast features various conversations with people who - for a variety of reasons - say they are not atheists. Some are simply averse to the label. Others declare that they are "spiritual." Still others are navigating a very personal (and very difficult) road out of religious belief.  These are candid and compelling discussions about belief, spirituality, labels, and the search for truth. Support our sponsor Simple Contacts:  http://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews ($30 off your first purchase with promo code: sethandrews)

The Satanic Panic: The Witch Hunt of the Late Twentieth Century

Nov 15, 2017 00:58:00

Description:

Host Seth Andrews spoke about The Satanic Panic in a humorous (and occasionally shocking) speech at the 2017 Florida Freethought Conference. This is the audio of that speech. YouTube video version: https://youtu.be/iW6UoIjy5F4 Support our sponsor:The Great Courses Plushttp://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

Henry, Reflexology, and Divorcing the Walking Dead

Nov 9, 2017 00:45:00

Description:

This is a totally off-topic "bonus" broadcast for those who just want to listen to a non-atheism-related stream of consciousness monologue. Enjoy! Support Seth Andrews on Patreon:  http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews Or donate directly:  http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/pages/donate  

Women Beyond Belief: Women and Secular Activism

Nov 8, 2017 01:31:00

Description:

Seth Andrews speaks with a panel of atheists, secular activists and educators about the opportunities and obstacles women face in the fight against religion. Dr. Karen Garst is author of the book, "Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life Without Religion" and host of www.faithlessfeminist.com. Dr. Abby Hafer is an educator, writer, speaker, and author of "The Not-So-Intelligent Designer - Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and Intelligent Design Does Not." Wendy Marsman is a former believer and missionary who escaped fundamentalist religion and now hosts the "Women Beyond Belief" podcast. Support our sponsors:  The Great Courses Plus http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Harry's:  http://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheist  

A Disagreement Between Friends (with David Smalley)

Nov 6, 2017 01:10:00

Description:

In the wake of the recent - and extremely controversial - Mythinformation Conference in Milwaukee, broadcasters and activists Seth Andrews and David Smalley have a public conversation about a personal disagreement, with the larger goal of demonstrating how people can disagree without becoming enemies. This is a "bonus" show on the lineup for any and all who'd like to listen in.

Is The Atheist Movement Dying?

Oct 31, 2017 01:23:00

Description:

Seth Andrews offers his perspective on "The Atheist Movement," its challenges, its opportunities, its evolution, and the warnings about its demise. It's hoped that you'll approach the show with an open mind, a respectfully critical ear, and the desire to build a world free from the bonds of superstition, dogma, and magical thinking. Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plus:  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Stamps.com:  http://www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews)  

Fears and Phobias: What Scares You?

Oct 24, 2017 01:40:00

Description:

As we approach Halloween, we again explore our (often irrational) fears, why they happen, and what we can do to overcome them. Your calls and emails, and we conclude the show with Dr. Caleb Lack, a clinical psychologist and expert on anxiety disorders. Support Seth Andrews on Patreon:  http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

Ghost Stories 2017

Oct 17, 2017 01:42:00

Description:

It's an annual tradition. Join us as we gather around the virtual campfire and share spooky stories to get into the Halloween spirit. Turn down the lights, crank up the sound, grab onto a friend, and enjoy! Support our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Support Seth on Patreon:  http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews  

Queer Disbelief: What LGBTQ and Atheist People Can Learn From Each Other

Oct 10, 2017 01:04:00

Description:

Hemant Mehta of "Friendly Atheist" and author Camille Beredjick speak about "Queer Disbelief," a book (near publication) which links the atheist movement to the LGBTQ movement, exploring the similarities and differences...and what they can learn from each other. Kickstarter Page:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/friendlyatheist/queer-disbelief-by-camille-beredjick Support our sponsor:  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

Katherine Ozment: Grace Without God

Oct 3, 2017 00:35:00

Description:

Katherine Ozment is an award-winning journalist and author, with credits that include National Geographic, The New York Times, and Salon. Katherine navigated her own journey toward secular meaning, purpose and "grace." She speaks with Seth Andrews about "Grace Without God." Katherine's website: http://katherineozment.com VIDEO of this interview: (coming soon) Support our sponsor:http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

I Am A Superhero

Sep 26, 2017 00:57:00

Description:

Seth Andrews shares some humorous anecdotes and observations in this largely off-topic show. File this one under, "Something fun to listen to." Enjoy.

Seth Andrews and Matt Dillahunty: The Ark Encounter Tour

Sep 19, 2017 00:50:00

Description:

What happens when two atheist activists tour Ken Ham's "Ark Encounter" in Williamstown, KY? They get together and talk about it. Matt Dillahunty joins Seth Andrews for a recap of their experience. Support our sponsor: http://www.stamps.com (code: sethandrews) VIDEO: Atheists at the Ark Encounter - https://youtu.be/2ln2epbcEao

Those Godless Millennials

Sep 12, 2017 01:35:00

Description:

The Millennial Generation is increasingly unaffiliated with religion. It's also a generation often described as entitled, coddled, disinterested, and lazy. We explore the label and the people beyond it. Time Magazine - "The Me Me Me Generation":  http://time.com/247/millennials-the-me-me-me-generation  USA Today - "The Malignant Myth of the Millennial": https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/05/11/millennial-myth/100982920  Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth MythCon 2017:  www.mythicistmilwaukee.com    

Salvation, Shame and Shunning - The Story of Lloyd Evans: Ex-Jehovah's Witness

Sep 5, 2017 00:54:00

Description:

Ex-Jehovah's Witness and activist Lloyd Evans tells his compelling story about his introduction to - and escape from - the JWs. Lloyd's website: www.JWsurvey.org Lloyd's book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0995669104  Lloyd's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/johncedars1929 YOUTUBE Video of this interview (coming soon). SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

Rage and Funyuns!

Aug 29, 2017 00:41:00

Description:

Seth Andrews mixes frustration and food in this (unscripted) broadcast about life, religion, activism, faith, and yes...Funyuns. Enjoy! Support Seth on Patreon:  http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

The Myth of New Atheism

Aug 22, 2017 00:54:00

Description:

Commentary abounds on "New Atheism" and "New Atheists." But what, exactly, is "New Atheism?"  Seth Andrews counters the claims that 21st century critics and criticisms of religion are a new or unique phenomenon. the National Review article "What Ever Happened to the New Atheists?":  http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449931/new-atheists-american-left-wing-schism-islam-organized-religion Support Seth Andrews on Patreon:  http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

The Science of the Soul: with Dr. Julien Musolino

Aug 15, 2017 00:59:00

Description:

If humans possessed a soul, could that soul somehow be observed and measured scientifically?  Can science properly speak for/against the claim that supernatural forces influence our minds, actions and behaviors? Is there a "Science of the Soul?" Join us for a conversation with Dr. Julien Musolino, a cognitive scientist who holds a dual appointment in the Psychology Department and the Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers University. Musolino is author of the book, "The Soul Fallacy," which dissects the "soul beyond science" claims so often promoted by religion and religious apologists. Video of this interview: (link coming soon) Dr. Musolino's website:  http://www.julienmusolino.com Support our sponsor: The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

Atheists Believe in Nothing (and other misconceptions)!

Aug 8, 2017 01:31:00

Description:

Do atheists believe in nothing? Are they really without a moral framework? Are they all angry and spiteful?  This show explores many (often ill-informed) claims about the non-believers in gods. Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Stamps.com:  www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews) Michael Sherlock's article "The Atheist Atrocities Fallacy"  https://michaelsherlockauthor.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/the-atheist-atrocities-fallacy-hitler-stalin-pol-pot-in-memory-of-christopher-hitchens/

I Am Christ: a Conversation with Michael Sherlock

Aug 1, 2017 00:55:00

Description:

Spend an hour with Michael Sherlock: an Australian activist and author whose controversially-titled book "I Am Christ" reverses the religious narrative that God created us. Sherlock speaks candidly about biblical "truth," Islam VS Feminism, toxicity within the political Left, violent speech, and the myth of the "New Atheist." Support Seth Andrews on Patreon:  http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews Support Michael Sherlock on Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/MichaelASherlock  

God Loves Gluten (and other observations)

Jul 25, 2017 01:00:00

Description:

Seth Andrews does a (largely spontaneous) commentary about Cardinal George Pell, gluten-free communion wafers, the Flat Earth Society, and...guacamole! Support Seth on Patreon:  http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

Seth Andrews Teaches Sunday School

Jul 18, 2017 01:24:00

Description:

No...these aren't the stories you're used to hearing at Sunday Sermon. These are stories that are often skipped over, ignored, or excused, lest they send Christians into a fit of head-scratching, guffaws and gasps. Let us explore The Good Book. (And if you can, share this episode with your Christian family and friends. They'll love it!) Support our sponsor:  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

"Praying" on the Disabled

Jul 11, 2017 01:17:00

Description:

How do those with disabilities feel when religious people declare them sinners, a life lesson, or a miracle just waiting to happen?  We explore this subject, and the stories of various listeners who have been labeled, named, claimed, prayed over, and in some cases, ignored. Link to Washington Post editorial: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/04/24/a-powerful-reddit-thread-reveals-what-its-like-to-be-disabled/?utm_term=.fbf5514598d5 Blog "What Christians Have Taught Me About My Disability: https://profoundmetamorphosis.wordpress.com/2017/02/01/what-christians-have-taught-me-about-my-disability Support our sponsor:  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

"Sara"

Jul 4, 2017 00:41:00

Description:

What's it like to emerge from a religious belief, and to navigate the complex, difficult and wonderous world beyond?  Seth Andrews has a candid conversation with a young apostate who is currently walking this path. Her name is Sara.  Her story is challenging, occasionally heartbreaking, and ultimately inspiring. Support Seth Andrews on patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

The Pensacola Cross and Trinity Lutheran: The Church and the State

Jun 30, 2017 00:41:00

Description:

Seth Andrews speaks with two secular legal experts about several recent court decisions that reflect (or betray) the United States Constitution's Establishment Clause.  Andrew Seidel is a Constitutional attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and Monica Miller is Senior legal Counsel for the American Humanist Association. Video of the Monica Miller interview: https://youtu.be/7kIjDPGOgiA Hemant Mehta's article on the Pensacola backlash against Monica Miller: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/06/21/christians-are-harassing-the-atheist-lawyer-who-won-the-pensacola-cross-case/ Support Seth Andrews on Patreon:  http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews  

What is "Radical Islam?"

Jun 27, 2017 01:47:00

Description:

Is Islam the most dangerous religion on the planet today? Is "Islamophobia" legitimate? What's an Atheist Muslim? How do we address the challenges that come with the world's fastest growing religion? Lots of contributors to this show, including: Ali Rizvi: author of "The Atheist Muslim" Muhammad Syed & Sarah Haider: Ex-Muslims of North America Armin Navabi: Founder of AtheistRepublic Yasmine Mohammed: Founder of "Confessions of an Ex-Muslim" Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar: Founder of "Global Secular Humanist Movement" Support our sponsor:  www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews)  

Seth Andrews: Christianity Made Me Talk Like an Idiot!

Jun 20, 2017 00:42:00

Description:

Seth Andrews gave this speech June 3, 2017 in Toronto at the Imagine 7 conference.  It's a humorous (and perhaps therapeutic) romp through Seth's religious past...and the often bizarre words and attitudes that reflected his Christian faith. VIDEO of this presentation: https://youtu.be/URr0O9aHW38 Support Seth Andrews on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

Educational Neglect: When Superstition Shackles the Mind

Jun 13, 2017 01:25:00

Description:

Religious cultures are often distrustful of science and scientists. They're also often bound to debunked mythologies and bad information. We explore mis-education and the celebration of ignorance in the name of God. Support Our Sponsor:http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Links to Jonny Scaramanga's articles on ACE: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/leavingfundamentalism/2014/09/01/revelations-from-a-former-ace-insider http://www.patheos.com/blogs/leavingfundamentalism/2016/09/13/out-among-the-stars-defeating-the-legacy-of-religious-indoctrination http://www.patheos.com/blogs/leavingfundamentalism/2014/08/18/a-readymade-toolkit-for-institutionalised-oppression

The House of the Devil

Jun 10, 2017 00:34:00

Description:

Seth Andrews (apparently) lives in a house infected with dark, demonic power.  In this 30-minute broadcast, the host explains how he came to reside in the Devil's Domain.

The Greatest Story Ever Told (So Far) - with Dr. Lawrence Krauss

Jun 6, 2017 00:35:00

Description:

Theoretical physicist Dr. Lawrence Krauss has written a new book about "The Greatest Story Ever Told...So Far," which examines and celebrates the human exploration of our universe. He discusses his book, and his perspective on the religious ideas of a "Greatest Story," with Seth Andrews in this short conversation. SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Dr. Krauss' book is available at http://a.co/9GQP0SH VIDEO of this interview:  https://youtu.be/rTtf1mzjOW8      

Letter to a Christian Spouse

Jun 1, 2017 00:37:00

Description:

A former Christian informs his wife that he's now an atheist. She threatens to divorce him. Seth Andrews has a short message for her, and for anyone who finds himself or herself "unequally yoked" with a non-believer. VIDEO "Letter to a Christian Spouse:" https://youtu.be/FQUA9Rh2MCY

The Devil You Don't Know (with Andrea Garatshun)

May 23, 2017 00:43:00

Description:

Andrea Garatshun is a former Christian fundamentalist.  Now an atheist, she has spent the past decade as a Bible researcher, with a focus on biblical Hebrew, and understanding the gods of the Old Testament – the Tanakh. Garatshun asserts that Christian tradition’s archetypes of Satan are completely missing from the Old Testament, and that an exploration into the Hebrew reveals how Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub and Devil have been completely misinterpreted and misunderstood by cultural Christianity. This is a conversation about “The Devil You Don’t Know.” VIDEO of this conversation is on YouTube:  (coming soon) SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

When to Punch a Nazi: a Conversation about Free Speech (PART 2 OF 2)

May 17, 2017 01:31:00

Description:

On this 2nd part of a two-part podcast, we discuss the controversial subject of physical violence as a response to hate speech.   Support our sponsor:  Stamps.com http://www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews) Part 1 of this discussion can be heard here:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2017/05/16/when-to-punch-a-nazi-a-conversation-about-free-speech-part-1-of-2

When to Punch a Nazi: a Conversation about Free Speech (PART 1 OF 2)

May 16, 2017 01:22:00

Description:

Recent headlines have seen violent responses toward the culture's more distasteful voices. White supremacist Richard Spencer is punched during an interview. Milo Yiannopoulos' Berkley speech prompts riots.  Ann Coulter cancels her own Berkley appearance over security concerns.  Justifiable outrage against outrageous people and ideas seems to spill over into fists, fires, calamity and chaos.   But are these responses appropriate and/or helpful?  Is it ever appropriate to respond to words and ideas with a physical blow? On this two-part episode, we discuss this controversial subject.  Your calls and emails: podcast@thethinkingatheist.com Support our sponsor:  The Great Courses Plus http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Part 2 of this discussion releases May 17th, 2017 at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2017/05/17/when-to-punch-a-nazi-a-conversation-about-free-speech-part-2-of-2  

You Pick The Topic - May 2017

May 12, 2017 01:06:00

Description:

It's an impromptu show where our listeners pick the topics.  Dial in and sound off!

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias

May 9, 2017 00:38:00

Description:

Apologist Ravi Zacharias claims links to Oxford and Cambridge and education in quantum physics. But activist Steve Baughman (also known as the Friendly Banjo Atheist on YouTube) feels that there are good reasons to doubt RZ's claims. We discuss. LINKS: Ravi on the Run:  https://youtu.be/x9GdG8i7xEI Ravi on Free Will:  https://youtu.be/D64MiGLQ30w Ravi and Quantum Physics:  https://youtu.be/zV75_f_zEbU RaviWatch website:http://www.raviwatch.com VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/ncrIBxj1OGI

Noah Lugeons: The Scathing Atheist

May 2, 2017 00:55:00

Description:

Noah Lugeons is an activist, author, and host of "The Scathing Atheist" podcast. Noah joins Seth Andrews for a conversation about religion, atheism, "God Awful Movies," and more. Noah's Book: https://www.amazon.com/Diatribes-Essays-Scathing-Atheist-Presents-ebook/dp/B06XQTJT4R Scathing Atheist: https://audioboom.com/channel/scathing-atheist God Awful Movies: https://audioboom.com/channel/god-awful-movies SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.evolvefish.com

Does Religion Poison Everything?

Apr 25, 2017 01:18:00

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Christopher Hitchens is known for his famous book subtitle, "How Religion Poisons Everything."  Is this a fair statement?  Is religion always toxic?  We discuss.    

The Most Hated Woman in America

Apr 18, 2017 01:23:00

Description:

Netflix has a new film profiling Madalyn Murray O'Hair, founder of American Atheists and once called "The Most Hated Woman in America." But is the film fair and factual, and does the dramatized story of O'Hair bear any resemblance to the real-life story? In this podcast, we profile this atheist icon, and we discuss the film with Frank Zindler, former interim president of AA and someone who knew Madalyn Murray O'Hair personally. This broadcast will discuss specific plot points, so understand that there might be some spoilers.  If that's a concern, we encourage you to see the film before listening to the show. Support our sponsor: The Great Courses Plus http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth  

Addiction Recovery: 12 Steps and Beyond

Apr 11, 2017 02:15:00

Description:

Alcoholics Anonymous and other recovery programs often invoke (or require) a "Higher Power." How effective is this, and are there better alternatives for beating addiction and overcoming ?  We explore 12-step programs, the often religious language they use, and some secular alternatives. Support Our Sponsor: The Great Courses Plus:  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Jon Stewart’s blog: “Leaving AA, Staying Sober” https://jonsleeper.wordpress.com Jon Stewart’s article in The Guardian:  https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/nov/29/alcoholics-anonymous-saved-my-life-but-i-lost-my-faith Recovery resources suggested on the show: https://www.seculartherapy.org/ http://lifering.org/ https://www.the-sinclair-method.com/ http://www.sossobriety.org/ http://www.smartrecovery.org/ http://www.refugerecovery.org/  

Jesus: Mything in Action (with David Fitzgerald)

Apr 4, 2017 01:00:00

Description:

More and more every day, the claims of a literal, historical Jesus are coming into question. Many atheists still think the Jesus-as-God story traces back to a literal person, but author Historical researcher David Fitzgerald is among a growing number of mythicists who think that that Jesus never existed in any human form.  David joins Seth Andrews for a discussion about Jesus, the claims, the evidence (and lack of), and David's new book on the subject, "Jesus: Mything in Action Volume 1." Support our sponsor:  The Great Courses Plushttp://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Kindness campaign for Doug Clark:  https://www.youcaring.com/dougclarke-731585    

Satanic: a Conversation with Lucien Greaves

Mar 28, 2017 01:12:00

Description:

Lucien Greaves is co-founder of The Satanic Temple, an organization which has gained global attention with its attempts to have its Baphomet monument displayed next to Christian monuments (like the Ten Commandments) on taxpayer-funded property.  It also distributes children's books at various public schools as counters to the distribution of Gideon bibles and Christian literature. We speak to Lucien about his activism, his perspective on the supernatural and the Devil, and the mission and goals of one of the most controversial Satanist organizations in the United States.  Support our sponsor:  http://www.hellofresh.com (promo code: sethandrews)

Jesus on a Fish Stick (and other "miracles")

Mar 21, 2017 01:23:00

Description:

From the Jesus fish stick, to weeping Mary statues, to the staged "cures" sold by self-acclaimed faith healers, this lighthearted show explores some of the bizarre (and often hysterically funny) miracle claims from around the world. SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: The Great Courses Plus:  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Stamps.com:  http://www.stamps.com (promo code sethandrews)

Let's Talk About Something Else

Mar 19, 2017 01:13:00

Description:

This is a previously unscheduled, totally off-topic, "bonus" show.  Because sometimes, we just need to take a break and hang out. Of course, this broadcast won't be for everyone, but if you're just looking for something to listen to, crank it up and enjoy.

Ron Miscavige: Scientology and my Son

Mar 14, 2017 01:10:00

Description:

Ron Miscavige is father of David Miscavige, leader of the Church of Scientology.  Ron tells the story of his son, Scientology, and his escape from the church's controlling grasp. Ron's book, "Ruthless:"  https://www.amazon.com/Ruthless-Scientology-Son-David-Miscavige/dp/1250096936/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487075049&sr=8-1&keywords=ron+miscavige SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: The Great Courses Plus:  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth      

Faking Your Memories (with Dr. Elizabeth Loftus)

Mar 8, 2017 00:41:00

Description:

How reliable is our memory? Can fake memories be planted through suggestion? Cognitive psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Loftus is an expert on memory who has served as an expert witness or consultant in hundreds of memory-related cases, including the famous McMartin preschool trial, the Rodney King trial, litigation involving Michael Jackson, Martha Stewart and others.  She joins Seth Andrews for an exploration of memory and the human brain. Dr. Loftus' TED Talk: https://youtu.be/PB2OegI6wvI Dr. Loftus' page at the University of California, Irvine:  http://www.law.uci.edu/faculty/full-time/loftus/ SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews)

Seth Andrews: A Secular State of the Union Address

Mar 1, 2017 00:51:00

Description:

On the date which would traditionally see the U.S. President's annual State of the Union speech, Seth Andrews gives his own secular State of the Union address...a look at America through the eyes of a private citizen, and an examination of patriotism, protest, the presidency, and the world stage on which this nation stands. Transcript of the speech:  http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/blog/123/A-Secular-State-of-the-Union-Address Support our sponsor: The Great Courses Plus:  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth    

Donald Trump's America

Feb 28, 2017 01:11:00

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Apologist Ken Ham and others have declared Donald Trump's presidency a divine appointment.  But is Trump a true representative of the divine, or of the (secular) U.S. Constitution? This broadcast is the first of a two-part series relating to Trump's America.  Today's show features: Steven Newton: geologist and rep for the National Center for Science Education Larry Decker:  Executive Director - Secular Coalition for America Andrew Seidel: attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation Andrew Torrez: attorney and co-host of the Opening Arguments podcast Support our sponsor / Stamps.com http://www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews)  (Part two - A Secular State of the Union Address - airs 2/28 at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2017/02/28/seth-andrews-a-secular-state-of-the-union-address)  

Bart Campolo: A Life Beyond Belief

Feb 22, 2017 01:19:00

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Bart Campolo is son of famous Christian evangelist Tony Campolo.  Bart is the humanist chaplain at the University of Southern California, a community builder, and host of the bi-weekly podcast "Humanize Me." In this candid conversation with Seth Andrews, Bart discusses his former faith, his father, religion, humanism, and his post-Christian "Life Beyond Belief." BART'S WEBSITE:  http://bartcampolo.org BART'S PODCAST:  http://bartcampolo.org/humanizeme SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: The Great Courses Plus  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Naturebox   http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist

Religious Family / Conditional Love

Feb 15, 2017 01:23:00

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This broadcast is about atheists and skeptics, and how they deal with the often conditional love on a religious family tree. SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: The Great Courses Plus:  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Stamps.com:  http://www.stamps.com (code sethandrews)

Never Cry Wolfe: The Popular Pseudoscience of David "Avocado" Wolfe

Feb 8, 2017 00:59:00

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David "Avocado" Wolfe is a wellness celebrity with a huge following.  But do his claims pass the science test?  What explains his rising popularity?  And what damage might result from the tips, tricks, advise and "wisdom" Wolfe is spreading to the eager masses? Yvette d'Entremont, the SciBabe, is a former analytical chemist, science blogger and activist.  She joins Seth Andrews for a spirited (and strange) journey into the world of David Wolfe. Forbes article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kavinsenapathy/2016/01/01/a-new-years-resolution-for-science-advocates-dont-cry-wolfe/#29857f2129dd A Science Enthusiast article:  http://ascienceenthusiast.com/the-david-avocado-wolfe-effect SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.harrys.com (coupon code: sethandrews)

God, Guns & Glory: Religion and the Military

Feb 1, 2017 01:24:00

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How often is the military colored by religious language and superstitious thinking?  And is a taxpayer-funded military supposed to be promoting God?  This show explores the issue with the perspectives of many listeners, and an interview with Michael L. "Mikey" Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: NatureBoxhttp://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Stamps.comhttp://www.stamps.com (promo code sethandrews)

Religion Screwed Up My Sex Life

Jan 25, 2017 01:53:00

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How do religious teachings damage our ideas about sexuality, intimacy, worth, shame, partnership and pleasure?  This show explores the dark side of religious sex education. SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: The Great Courses Plus  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Stamps.com  http://www.stamps.com (promo code sethandrews)

My Date With Google (2017)

Jan 18, 2017 01:20:00

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Why do our eyes get puffy when we're sleepy?  Does premium gasoline actually give us better gas mileage?  Why do dogs stink after a bath?  Why are alcoholic beverages called "spirits?"  Why does it hurt so bad to get kicked in the testicles? Once again, Seth Andrews uses Google (and other resources), seeking answers to the common - and uncommon - questions that so often vex us.   SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: The Great Courses Plus  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Stamps.com  http://www.stamps.com (promo code sethandrews)

Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces

Jan 11, 2017 01:56:00

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Are trigger warnings a helpful tool for avoiding potentially harmful distress, or the enabling of hypersensitivity and a victim culture?  We discuss trigger warnings and "safe spaces" in this (inevitably controversial) broadcast.  Guests include a few activists in the freethought movement, and psychologists Dr. Caleb Lack and Dr. Valerie Tarico. SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: The Great Courses Plus  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Naturebox   http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist

Christian Radio Cell 53 Interviews Seth Andrews

Jan 4, 2017 02:02:00

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Maine-based Christian podcast Cell 53 Radio asked Seth Andrews to join them on-air for a discussion about atheism, God, Christianity, belief, and Truth.  This is the audio of that exchange. SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: Hello Freshhttp://www.hellofresh.com (promo code sethandrews) Stamps.comhttp://www.stamps.com (promo code sethandrews)

2016: The Year in Review

Dec 28, 2016 01:27:00

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Join Seth Andrews as he recaps the best (and worst) of 2016...from the election to entertainment to sports to pop culture, it's the Year in Review.  Enjoy. SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews)  

Heathen Holidays

Dec 21, 2016 01:21:00

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How do atheists handle religious holidays (and religious families) every year, and how do many atheists mark an occasion with Christ in the title?  This show features the perspectives of our listeners, advice on how skeptics can (if they choose) enjoy the holiday season and navigate the often turbulent waters stirred by fundamentalist families, and a few holiday anecdotes. SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews)

Christmas Music by Secular Artists

Dec 14, 2016 01:19:00

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It's surprising to many, but a lot of atheists and non-Christians enjoy Christmas music...even the tunes that talk about angels singing and the Bethlehem star.  We speak about this (supposed) contradiction, and several special guests join host Seth Andrews for a casual round of holiday songs around the hearth.  This show is glad to welcome: The Fab Four (The Beatles Tribute Band) http://ww.thefabfour.com Jonny Miller  http://www.jonnymiller.org Shelley Segal  http://www.shelleysegal.com James Covenant: Captain Picard “Make It So  https://youtu.be/oiSn2JuDQSc Trev Fury https://www.facebook.com/TrevFuryOfficial Heather Henderson http://hhenderson.com/ HP Lovecraft Historical Society  https://store.hplhs.org/products/a-very-scary-solstice Tim Minchin “White Wine in the Sun” https://www.amazon.com/White-Wine-in-the-Sun/dp/B00AHI77UG/ SUPPORT OUR SHOW SPONSOR:  http://www.thegreatcourses.com/seth

One Nation: Divisible

Dec 7, 2016 02:02:00

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The original U.S. Pledge of Allegiance calls the USA, "one nation...indivisible."  Yet it remains a nation splintered and divided, with many of those divisions fueled by religious ideas.  This broadcast welcomes several special guests to talk about America, the rise of secularism, the influence of the Religious Right, and the future of a country that seems unable to agree about anything. Our guests appearing throughout the broadcast: Amanda Knief: National Legal and Public Policy Director for American Atheists, and author of "The Citizen Lobbyist: A How-to Manual for Making Your Voice Heard in Government." Matthew De Dora: Director of Office of Public Policy for the Center For Inquiry Matthew Bulger: American Humanist Association Justin Scott: Director of Eastern Iowa Atheists Rebecca Markert: Managing Staff Attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation Larry Decker: Executive Director for the Secular Coalition for America Herb Silverman: President of the Secular Coalition for America Sarah Levin:  Senior Legislative Representative for the Secular Coalition for America SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: The Great Courses Plus:  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Stamps.com  http://www.stamps.com (promo code sethandrews)  

Movie Review: The Atheist Delusion

Nov 30, 2016 01:22:00

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The hosts of God Awful Movies join Seth Andrews for a review of Ray Comfort's new film, "The Atheist Delusion."  They watched the movie...so you don't have to.  Enjoy! God Awful Movies:  https://www.patreon.com/GodAwful VIDEO of this podcast:  https://youtu.be/a62l6jGHAiU          

Our 300th Show!

Nov 24, 2016 02:03:00

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This very special 300th broadcast was recorded in Dallas, Texas on November 19th in front of a live audience at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dallas-Richardson.  Special guests include: Matt Dillahunty:  https://www.youtube.com/user/SansDeity Sarah Haider of Ex-Muslims of North America:  http://www.exmna.org David Smalley of Dogma Debate: http://dogmadebate.com Aron Ra:  https://www.youtube.com/user/AronRa Recording artist Shelley Segal:  http://www.shelleysegal.com VIDEO of this broadcast here: https://youtu.be/U6ViKFHOC-I

The Mystery Letter

Nov 9, 2016 00:57:00

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In the spring of 2016, Seth Andrews received a strange letter in the mail...a letter which has roots dating back over three decades.  In September of 2016, he told his entertaining story about "The Mystery Letter" to a live audience in Riverside, California.  This is the audio of that presentation. VIDEO of the speech:  https://youtu.be/xWovupLjz7w SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.casper.com/sethandrews (promo code: sethandrews)

The Kafir Project

Nov 1, 2016 01:22:00

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If you enjoy audiobooks, and if you enjoy didactic fiction, you'll like this show. Author Lee Burvine speaks with host Seth Andrews about his sci-fi novel with religious (some would say sacreligious) themes, and Seth plays the first five chapters of the audiobook - read by Seth Andrews in their entirety - on this broadcast. THE KAFIR PROJECT WEBSITE:  http://www.kafirproject.com/ Amazon/Audible link for purchase:  http://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/The-Kafir-Project-Audiobook/B01M7SRX8D/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1478011395&sr=1-1

Ghost Stories 2016

Oct 18, 2016 01:40:00

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It's an annual Halloween tradition, as we gather around the virtual campfire, suspend our disbelief in ghosts and spirits, and enjoy some delightful frights together.  Seth Andrews shares various ghost stories, and once again, he finishes the broadcast with an original production that will (hopefully) provide some October thrills and chills. Enjoy! SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free!   http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethandrews Ed Suominen's blog:  http://blog.edsuom.com/ Written version of "This is my Body:"  http://tellectual.com/TBT-This-is-my-Body.html  

Health, Woo-trition, and The Food Babe

Oct 11, 2016 01:37:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free!   http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethandrews How do we separate "nutrition" from "woo-trition?"  This show is about the science (and pseudoscience) of food.   We also spend time on nutrition celebrity "The Food Babe," Vani Hari, a best-selling author and activist named by Time Magazine as one of the 30 most influential people on the internet, despite the fact that she has no degree or expertise in the field of health and nutrition. Joining our discussion are actual health and science educators: Yvette d'Entremont (also known as SciBabe), with a B.S. in chemistry and an MSc in forensic science.  Yvette is a public critic of Vani Hari and a science educator.  http://www.scibabe.comMelissa Dobbins MS, CDE, RDN (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist).  www.SoundBitesRD.comLeah McGrath RDN  @LeahMcGrathRDDr. Steven Novella, clinical neurologist and assistant professor at Yale University School of Medicine.  Dr. Novella is a proponent of scientific skepticism and a vocal critic of pseudoscientific health claims and claimants. http://theness.com/neurologicablog  

Buddhism

Oct 5, 2016 01:31:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free!   http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethandrews Is Buddhism a religion?  A philosophy?  Both?  Something else?  Many Buddhist organizations - physical and online - promote it as a way of "finding peace within oneself.   What about atheists who are Buddhists?  Is this a spiritual journey, or a method for framing a physical one? LINKS: David G. McAfee on Buddhism:  https://davidgmcafee.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/buddhisms-lived-and-portrayed-traditions Stephen Batchelor:  http://www.stephenbatchelor.org No Religion Required podcast:   https://noreligionrequired.com

Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism (with Aron Ra)

Sep 27, 2016 00:54:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.casper.com/sethandrews  ($50 off any mattress purchase with promo code seth andrews) Aron Ra has a new book based on his popular YouTube video series, "Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism."  We talk to Aron about these falsehoods, and the new book. VIDEO of this discussion:  https://youtu.be/9bToIwtUQCA Amazon link for FFoC book:  https://www.amazon.com/Foundational-Falsehoods-Creationism-Aron-Ra/dp/1634310780 The YouTube video series:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnJX68ELbAY&list=PL126AFB53A6F002CC

The Superstition Summer Camp Solution

Sep 20, 2016 01:33:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free!   http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethandrews Summer has come and gone, but for many of us, our memories of summer camp remain fresh in our minds, partially because those camps were more interested in Christ than they were in campfires, swimming holes, nature hikes, team sports, friendships and fun. In this broadcast, we share some stories from our listeners, highlighting their own "Jesus Camp"-esque experiences, and we highlight Camp Quest, a secular summer camp which is providing a welcoming, woo-free alternative to the church-run (and church-funded) religious camps that sell camp...but deliver church. Help us support a secular solution:  Camp Quest.  Our goal is $15,000 raised by October 15, 2016.  Donate at http://www.campquest.org/donate

The Illusion of God's Presence

Sep 13, 2016 00:47:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free!   http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethandrews John C. Wathey is a computational biologist whose research interests include evolutionary algorithms, protein folding, and the biology of nervous systems. From 1991 to 1995, he was a senior applications scientist at Biosym Technologies (now named Biovia), a company that develops molecular modeling software for the pharmaceutical industry. In 1996, he founded his own business, Wathey Research, and since that time, most of his scientific research has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health.  John (who goes by "Jack") has written a new book titled, "The Illusion of God's Presence: The Biological Origins of Spiritual Longing."  In this broadcast, Seth andrews speaks with the author about humankind's (evolved?) tendency to seek the supernatural in a natural world. John Wathey's website:  http://www.watheyresearch.com

An Unholy Union: Interfaith Relationships

Sep 6, 2016 01:24:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free!   http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethandrews What happens when people with conflicting views about God, religion and spirituality fall in love and decide to share life together?   This broadcast features the stories of those who are either married or life partners, and who have differing faith traditions and beliefs (or none).  Their successes and failures.  The challenges of being divided on a critical (or not so critical?) issue.  And the meeting of two very different viewpoints within the same - and very small -space. Does love conquer all?  We discuss.  Plus, Dale McGowan, author of "In Faith and in Doubt," joins us to cap the show with some notes about his research on interfaith couples

Jesus, Batman, and Bart Ehrman

Sep 1, 2016 00:19:00

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This isn't a podcast, per se.  It's a short bonus clip highlighting a couple of interesting things happening in the freethought movement:  a film in production which links Batman to Jesus, and an October 2016 debate between Jesus historicist Bart Ehrman and Jesus mythicist Robert M. Price. Seth Andrews takes a few minutes to speak with Jozef Richards and Rob Moore about the projects. LINKS: The Ehrman/Price debate:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mythinformation-conference-iii-feat-bart-d-ehrmandr-robert-price-debate-tickets-19701931006 Mythicist Milwaukee:  http://www.mythicistmilwaukee.com Batman & Jesus website: http://www.spadeheartclub.com/batmanjesus Batman & Jesus trailer:  https://youtu.be/cnS8FjMQx0k  

God, the Burkini, and the Comments Sections

Aug 30, 2016 01:11:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://polarisfinancialplanning.com/polaris-blog/the-phil-ferguson-show-podcast/ National Public Radio has declared that it is nixing the comments sections on its website.  This decision has resulted in a lot of discussion about the merits of comments sections, the nature of online discourse, and NPR's responsibility to the public.  We discuss. We also speak with Sarah Haider of Ex-Mulims of North America regarding France's (now suspended) Burkini ban, and we finish the show with a reading from Chris Matheson's humor book, "The Story of God." _____ NPR article on its comments section decision:  http://www.npr.org/sections/ombudsman/2016/08/17/489516952/npr-website-to-get-rid-of-comments Sarah Haider's Heat Street article "Repressive Burkini Bans Will Do More Harm Than Good:"  https://heatst.com/culture-wars/repressive-burkini-bans-will-do-more-harm-than-good David Smalley "What's Killing the Atheist Movement:"  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/dogmadebate/2016/08/whats-killing-the-atheist-movement Chris Matheson's "The Story of God:"  https://www.amazon.com/Story-God-Biblical-Comedy-about/dp/1634310241/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1472478175&sr=8-2&keywords=the+story+of+god

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money!

Aug 25, 2016 00:19:00

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An Oklahoma children's home happily accepted a $100 donation (given by Matt Wilbourne, a Muskogee resident), until it realized that the money was given in the name of the Muskogee Atheist Community.  The Murrow Indian Children's Home is managed and funded by the American Baptist Churches Association, and they apparently don't wish to associate with an atheist financial gift.  So they attempted to return the gift.   In a strange turn of events, this story has made national news, brought many atheists and Christians together, and propelled a GoFundMe page into the $10,000+ range. In this short bonus podcast, Seth Andrews speaks with Matt Wilbourne about the gift, the children, the money, and what happens next. DONATIONS VIA GOFUNDME AT:  https://www.gofundme.com/2zc57tpg

Falsely Flagged: The Bible Reloaded Lawsuit

Aug 23, 2016 00:43:00

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Jake and Hugo host the weekly podcast, "The Bible Reloaded," an irreverent show (hosted by atheists) which examines the Bible, lampoons Bible-based propaganda produced by companies like Chick Tracts, and reviews various religious films (like "God's Not Dead"). Last week, the TBR hosts announced that they were suing a Christian film company owned by the Christiano Brothers (Christianfilms.com) over the filing of false DMCA claims in regard to TBR's reviews of some of their movies.   If you're unsure what any of this means, don't worry.  Jake and Hugo join Seth Andrews to talk about the lawsuit, the players, and the very real phenomenon where organizations use bogus copyright claims to silence the voices of (and potentially shut down the pages of) their critics. If you wish to support the lawsuit, click:  https://www.gofundme.com/tbrdefensefund

Jesus Loves the Olympics!

Aug 17, 2016 00:41:00

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This broadcast is about the 2016 Olympic Games, but it's also a series of observations (ok, rants) by Seth Andrews on athletic God-speak, genuflection, glory, and the notion that Jesus cares who wins the gold medal.

Atheos: Street Epistemology from your Smartphone

Aug 9, 2016 00:34:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.lootcrate.com/sethandrews (promo code: sethandrews) Atheos is a new smartphone app, developed from the template outlined in Dr. Peter Boghossian's book, "A Manual for Creating Atheists."   In this interview, Seth Andrews interviews 2 key players in the development of Atheos, Christine Vigeant and Sarah Paquette, and he walks through a quick demo of the app for the viewers. LINKS:  http://www.atheos-app.com Twitter: @Atheos Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/atheosapp VIDEO of this discussion is at https://youtu.be/x0gT4aT_KaM

David G. McAfee: The Book of Gods

Aug 2, 2016 00:42:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.lootcrate.com/sethandrews (promo code: sethandrews) David G. McAfee is an atheist activist and author.  His first book, "Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings," brought him national attention, and three other books followed.   David has written for American Atheist Magazine, the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, and other sites and publications. Seth Andrews spoke with David about his work (much of it geared towards encouraging critical thinking in children). WEBSITE:  http://www.davidgmcafee.com FACEBOOK:  www.facebook.com/AuthorDavidGMcAfee TWITTER:  @DavidGMcAfee VIDEO of this interview:  https://youtu.be/WkD5081JuYE  

Pokemon, the Devil, and Donald Trump

Jul 29, 2016 01:18:00

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This show is a random romp through recent pop culture phenomenons (and whatever else pops into the host's mind).  Plus some listener calls.  Enjoy! New Yorker Article: "Donald Trump Ghostwriter Tells All" - http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/07/25/donald-trumps-ghostwriter-tells-all

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening

Jul 19, 2016 00:46:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.warbyparker.com/thethinkingatheist Ken Ham's "Ark Encounter" has been hyped - by some - as a tour de force of biblical truth, adventure, and potential tourism dollars.  It officially opened on July 7th. Our four (atheist) panel guests were there for the occasion: David Silverman, Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent and Aron Ra.  They give us the report from the field.   VIDEO of this interview:  https://youtu.be/ZL2_q3sbdB4

Spare The Rod: Corporal Punishment in the Name of God (PART 2 OF 2)

Jul 12, 2016 00:56:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.harrys.com (promo code: thinkingatheist) Proverbs 13:24 says, "Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them."  Is this a healthy approach to child-rearing and the discipline of children? This is the second part of our 2-part broadcast on (often religiously-motivated) corporal discipline for children, where we hear more of our listeners' perspectives, examine more of the data supporting or refuting the effectiveness of spanking, and we speak with Janet Heimlich, author of the book "Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment."   An Open Letter to Roy Lessin:  http://cdugan0.tripod.com/RoyLessinOpenLetter.html Hemant Mehta's article:  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/05/18/this-christian-is-selling-child-beating-sticks-but-he-doesnt-want-the-internet-to-find-out/ Phil Ferguson's podcast (show 168): http://philfergusonshow.secularmediagroup.com/category/pfs/

Spare The Rod: Corporal Punishment in the Name of God (PART 1 OF 2)

Jul 6, 2016 01:17:00

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SUPPORT THIS SHOW on Patreon:  http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews Proverbs 13:24 says, "Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them."  Is this a healthy approach to child-rearing and the discipline of children? We explore many religious rules for parenting, and we share the perspectives of listeners who have firsthand experience with strict (and not-so-strict) homes, physical punishments, and the often lasting consequences. This is part one of a 2-part series.  The second half airs next week. 

The God of Cancer

Jun 28, 2016 00:54:00

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The Bible says in John 14:13-14, "And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it."  Mark 11:24 assures the faithful, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." Christians (and those of other religions) worldwide pray fervently for the cures to cancer, disease, and all manner of malady and misfortune.  Are those prayers activating the healing hand of God as promised in scripture?  This is a difficult and often unpopular conversation, but a necessary one.  And amid the global avalanche of human suffering, we must address and understand what prayer is, why we do it, what results it does (or doesn't) bring, and the nature of the god who receives our desperate pleas.  We must also reevaluate our models for compassion, help and healing...and the agents of rescue and goodness who are so often, tragically, ignored. This presentation by Seth Andrews, given at the "Shift to Reason" conference in Regina, Saskatchewan on April 30, 2016, is far from a complete examination of the subject, but it explores some important, key questions regarding faith, divine protection, suffering, prayer and healing intervention.  The video of this speech can be seen HERE:  https://youtu.be/Qht73MF6C84  

John W. Loftus: The Outsider Test for Faith

Jun 21, 2016 00:43:00

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John W. Loftus is a former Church of Christ minister. Today, he's an atheist, author and activist. He joins Seth Andrews to talk about his journey. Video of this interview: https://youtu.be/C794qlswPzI

A Tragedy in Orlando

Jun 17, 2016 00:28:00

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In this short, unscheduled broadcast, Seth Andrews addresses the recent mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, as well as the responses peppering social media, the connection to radical Islam, the indoctrination of bigotry and hate, and a few reasons to remain vigilant and hold onto hope. Kaveh Mousavi's article "Orlando Shooter: The Sinful Executioner:"  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/marginoferr/author/kmousavi/

God Awful Movies

Jun 14, 2016 01:12:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.casper.com/sethandrews  Eli Bosnick, Heath Enwright, and Noah Lugeons are hosts of a podcast called "God Awful Movies," which skewers the hideously bad (and unintentionally funny) religious films produced by God's public relations department here on earth. Seth Andrews joins the GAM team to examine - and skewer - three specific religious movies: 1)  A Matter of Faith 2)  If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do? 3)  International Guerrillas There is VIDEO of this podcast (complete with many actual film clips):  https://youtu.be/4r-GT4OgblA GOD AWFUL MOVIES LINKS: podcast page:  http://godawfulmovies.libsyn.com Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/GodAwfulMovies The Scathing Atheist YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/user/NoahLugeons    

Stones of Tribulation: a short story by Ed Suominen

Jun 7, 2016 00:56:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.harrys.com (promo code: thinkingatheist) Ed Suominen is an engineer, inventor, recovering fundamentalist Christian, and author.  His books include, "An Examination of the Pearl," and "Evolving out of Eden," which Ed co-wrote with Dr. Robert M. Price.   Ed also writes "Ed Suominen's Shitty Little Blog," which can be found at http://blog.edsuom.com, and one year ago, his retelling of the biblical story of Abraham was read by Seth Andrews in a podcast titled, "Abraham's Excellent Adventure."  (LISTEN HERE:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2015/06/23/abrahams-excellent-adventure) In a story written and produced specifically for this broadcast (and again performed by Seth Andrews), Ed explores the implications of Yahweh's commands in Deuteronomy 22, prompting the listener to (hopefully) review and re-examine the goodness of the Bible...the supposedly Good Book. Written version with footnotes:  http://tellectual.com/TBT-Stones-of-Tribulation.html

The Order of Elijah: No Longer a Christian Band

May 31, 2016 00:43:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.lootcrate.com/sethandrews (promo code sethandrews)  "The Order of Elijah" is a metalcore band from Joplin, Missouri.  Since their debut album "Accession" released in 2012, they have been identified as a Christian band.  Yet lead singer Shannon Low recently declared that he - and the band - no longer held to the Christian faith.  Low is an atheist, and he is being very public about it. Shannon Low joins Seth Andrews for a candid discussion about Christianity, the business of Christian music, his apostasy, the backlash, and the future of a "formerly Christian" band. VIDEO OF THIS INTERVIEW:  https://youtu.be/NdA2IWwiZXo The Order of Elijah pages: FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/theorderofelijah LUXOR RECORDS:  http://www.luxor-records.com/#!the-order-of-elijah/c1igh Hemant Mehta's article:  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/05/22/the-lead-singer-of-a-christian-metal-band-just-came-out-as-an-atheist

God is Messed Up: A Conversation with Tracie Harris

May 24, 2016 01:15:00

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Sponsored by The Phil Ferguson Show:  http://polarisfinancialplanning.com/polaris-blog/the-phil-ferguson-show-podcast Tracie Harris is one of the co-hosts of the Austin-based television show, "The Atheist Experience."  She joins Seth Andrews for a conversation about religion, atheism, God, family, boundaries, and the reasons that someone who dislikes debate would host a debate broadcast. Plus, viewer comments and questions. The Atheist Experience website:  http://www.atheist-experience.com WATCH the video of this conversation on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/z4fBE-9O_pw

The Liberal Redneck

May 22, 2016 00:39:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.lootcrate.com/sethandrews Watch this conversation on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/A_URlDunFD8 Trae Crowder is a Tennessee comedian (and definitely not a southern conservative).  His recent video on transgender bathrooms went viral, and his redneck rants on social issues have made international news. Trae joined Seth Andrews for a brief yet entertaining conversation about his recent internet fame, the south, God, and the trials and joys of being a "Liberal Redneck. ON TWITTER:  @traecrowder ON YOUTUBE:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTHsQd-vRXK1bp4vpifl6yA COMEDY WEBSITE:  http://wellredcomedy.com

Monster On Sunday

May 17, 2016 00:52:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.lootcrate.com/sethandrews In 2012, Steve and Tally Cass founded the atheist band, "Monster on Sunday."  MoS's 2015 debut album (titled "Baby Eater") is an in-your-face wall of anti-religion rock, and a labor of love by this husband/wife team based in San Diego.   In this departure from our usual "talk radio" format, Seth introduces the players and highlights some of the music.   No doubt, this particular flavor of loud, firebrand activism won't be for everyone, but if you're interested in grass-roots, guitars and godlessness, Monster on Sunday just might be your ticket. VIDEO of this conversation on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/CHzEyuhXv8Q Monster on Sunday's website:  http://www.monsteronsunday.com  

John de Lancie: a Rally for Reason

May 10, 2016 00:41:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.lootcrate.com/sethandrews Veteran actor John de Lancie is a featured speaker at the 2016 Reason Rally.  He joins Seth Andrews to discuss his own views on reason, religion, the 2016 rally in Washington DC, and of course, his decades as film and television icon. John de Lancie's website:  http://delancie.com

Alix Jules: Religion & Race in the Year of Donald Trump

May 3, 2016 01:05:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.evolvefish.com Alix Jules is a secular activist, writer, and President of Black Nonbelievers of Dallas, Texas.  He chairs the Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason's Diversity Council, is a founding member of the Fellowship of Freethought, and is an advisor to the Council for Secular Humanism's Africal Americans for Humanism Initiative. His atheism and activism have gained national attention. In this one-hour conversation with Seth Andrews (recorded in Dallas on April 9th, 2016), Alix speaks candidly about religion, race, politics, equality, and the rise of black secularism throughout the United States. VIDEO of this conversation is here:  https://youtu.be/OkP0eCMn1XQ Alix Jules' blog on Patheos:  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thegraffitiwall  

Religion: The Mind Virus

Apr 26, 2016 01:07:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:   http://www.casper.com/sethandrews (promo code: sethandrews) Is religion a virus of the mind?  Three mental health experts join us. Dr. Andy Thomson is a psychiatrist, a trustee for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, on staff with the University of Virginia, and author of "Why We Believe in God(s): a Concise Guide to the Science of Faith." Dr. Valerie Tarico is a psychologist, columnnist for AlterNet, and author of "Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light." Dr. Darrel Ray is a psychologist, co-founder of Recovering From Religion, author of "Sex & God" and "The God Virus," and host of the Secular Secuality podcast.

The Dogma Debate Tandem Show: Seth Andrews & David Smalley

Apr 19, 2016 02:02:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.hellofresh.com (promo code thinkingatheist) Seth Andrews joins Dogma Debate host David Smalley in the DD studio for two hours of candid discussion about their shows, the guests, the fans and critics, and some of the opportunities, challenges and quirks of producing "heathen" radio. Obviously, they had no trouble finding things to talk about.  Enjoy! DOGMA DEBATE:  www.dogmadebate.com

Skeptical Money (with Phil Ferguson)

Apr 15, 2016 00:50:00

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Phil Ferguson is a financial advisor and host of "The Phil Ferguson Show."  In this bonus podcast, Phil speaks with Seth Andrews about the application of critical thinking to areas of our lives beyond religion, including the decisions we make with our money. With (occasionally thick) financial jargon relating to things like stocks, mutual funds, college savings, retirement planning, etc, this show won't be for everyone.  But it may provide some useful information to those interested in investment-related material. Phil's website:  http://polarisfinancialplanning.com/polaris-blog/the-phil-ferguson-show-podcast/  

Homeschool Cults (Part 2 of 2)

Apr 12, 2016 01:07:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.lootcrate.com/sethandrews The U.S. Department of Education says that over 1.7 million children in the United States are homeschooled.  But what happens when homeschooling stops being about education, and instead becomes insulation?  Isolation?  Inodctrination? This broadcast isn't a referendum on the concept of homeschooling.  It's an exploration into some of the more extreme religious homeschool environments, and into the lives and personal stories of those who experienced them. This is part 2 of a two-part broadcast.  Homeschoolers Anonymous:  https://homeschoolersanonymous.org Vyckie Garrison "No Longer Quivering:"  https://youtu.be/EGiv_o6YGKU

Homeschool Cults (Part 1 of 2)

Apr 5, 2016 01:12:00

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The U.S. Department of Education says that over 1.7 million children in the United States are homeschooled.  But what happens when homeschooling stops being about education, and instead becomes insulation?  Isolation?  Inodctrination? This broadcast isn't a referendum on the concept of homeschooling.  It's an exploration into some of the more extreme religious homeschool environments, and into the lives and personal stories of those who experienced them. This is part 1 of a two-part broadcast.   

God's Not Dead: The Christian Persecution Complex

Apr 3, 2016 00:29:00

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"God's Not Dead" is a film produced by PureFlix which released in 2014.  With a budget of only $2 million, GnD grossed over $60 million.  It's not hard to see why a sequel film has just been introduced to theaters. The premises of both films are essentially the same.  Christianity is under attack in the United States, and brave God Warriors must stand up against the evil atheists to defend their faith and their savior.   Are these movies rooted in any shade of reality?  And how do they speak to another, larger phenemenon within many religious cultures: the manufacturing of martyrdom? Seth Andrews shares a recent article by (former Christian) Neil Carter, as we examine the Christian Persecution Complex. YOUTUBE VIDEO "Gods Not Dead (Again!): https://youtu.be/hwffbQiUwLc Neil Carter's article, "Persecute Me, Please: God's Not Dead 2 and the Evangelical Lust for Victimhood:"  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/godlessindixie/2016/04/01/persecute-me-please/

Skeptical Youth

Mar 29, 2016 00:59:00

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A November 2015 Pew Research Center survey revealed that the United States is becoming less religious overall, and "especially the youngest Millennials, who have entered adulthood since the first Landscape Study was conducted {a few months earlier} - are far less religious than their elders." Admittedly, these "nones" aren't necessarily atheists, and many may consider themselves "spiritual" on some level.  But what's driving this exodus from the formal structures of religion, and what do these young people think and say about the often hugely religious climate they see all around them. This show focuses on youth, how they view the world, and how their exit from the church is impacting the United States and the world. Secular Student Alliance:  https://secularstudents.org

Billboards, Brainwashing, Justice and Jared Fogle

Mar 23, 2016 01:15:00

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Watch the video of this podcast HERE:  https://youtu.be/YxRdJGqTeXA Callers submit their own comments and questions for this show.  We highlight the proposed "Genocide & Incest" counter-billboard to The Ark Encounter's grand opening.  And we spend more than half of the show discussing the recent prison beating of convicted sex offender Jared Fogle and the proper response(s) to the violence carried out against him.  An interview with Sarah Morehead caps the broadcast. Funraising page for Tri-State Thinkers "Genocide & Incest" billboard campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/genocide-incest-park#/ Sarah Morehead's blog:  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/03/17/sex-offenders-can-be-nice-guys-how-making-jared-fogle-a-monster-encourages-abusers/

Evil Western Medicine

Mar 16, 2016 01:05:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:   http://www.hellofresh.com (promo code thinkingatheist) It's a topic we've addressed in various forms, but this is an entire show dedicated to medicine.  Science-based medicine.  Alternative medicine.  The names and claims of many so-called "natural" cures.  And the charge that medical science should be distrusted in favor of unlicensed "healers" who operate outside the checks and balances of regulatory agencies, and who - in so many cases - are making a pretty penny. Joining us for the show are Dr. Harriet Hall (the "SkepDoc") of Science Based Medicine: https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org, and Dr. Stephen Barrett of QuackWatch.com. Dr. Hall's 10-course lecture series:  http://web.randi.org/educational-modules.html BOOK:  "Inside Chiropractic:"  http://www.amazon.com/Inside-Chiropractic-Patients-Consumer-Library/dp/1573926981/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1458131680&sr=8-1&keywords=inside+chiropractic

You Pick the Topic - March 2016

Mar 8, 2016 01:15:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist No theme or topic.  Just a full show of listener comments and questions.  Enjoy.

Matt Dillahunty: We're Just Talking

Mar 2, 2016 01:28:00

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Sponsored by The Phil Ferguson Show:  http://polarisfinancialplanning.com/polaris-blog/the-phil-ferguson-show-podcast/ Matt Dillahunty is one of the hosts of The Atheist Experience television show, he is a frequent speaker and debater, and he hosts the Atheist Debates YouTube channel. Matt and Seth Andrews are friends who often enjoy long conversations on the freethought convention circuit.  This time, they decided to record the conversation for the podcast audience, touching on topics ranging from religion to atheism to Star Wars. THE ATHEIST EXPERIENCE:  http://www.atheist-experience.com/ ATHEIST DEBATES:  https://www.youtube.com/user/SansDeity

Astronomy Saves the World!

Feb 24, 2016 00:59:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.evolvefish.com Science has proven the Big Bang.  So why is it so difficult for the everyperson to communicate the how/why of that event?  Perhaps, it's because the universe is a mind-bogglingly huge thing for us to grasp.  Overwhelmed, we sometimes check out of necessary conversations about cosmology, our origins, and the observable, natural world. Dr. Dan Batcheldor has a Ph.D in astrophysics and is Head of Physics and Space Science at the Florida Institute of Technology.  He's a user of NASA's Hubble telescope, and he studies heavy subjects like supermassive black holes.   He is also eager to provide resources to the rest of us that can be understood and explained, making us better educated, and making us more effective in our discussions with creationists and pseudoscientists who claim that our universe bears the mark of a Divine Hand. There's a video of this exchange on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/Z5-AdCAVgE4 Support Dan's book via his website:  http://www.danielbatcheldor.com

God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction (with Dan Barker)

Feb 17, 2016 01:06:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Dan Barker's new book (titled after the famous Richard Dawkins quote) doesn't exactly cast a flattering eye at the biblical god.  Truth be told, the Bible itself doesn't flatter God, either.  Not-so-hidden inside the pages of scripture is the profile of a deity so ugly, brutish, bloodthirsty and petty, he would be condemned by the faithful as a monster in another context. Join us, as we speak with Dan Barker about his own personal story, and we examine The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction. VIDEO VERSION:  https://youtu.be/comqy3lQNVM Dan's book on Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/god-daniel-barker/1122409434 On Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/God-Most-Unpleasant-Character-Fiction/dp/1454918322/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1455027296&sr=8-1&keywords=the+most+unpleasant+character+in+all+fiction

Noah's Lark: The Ark Encounter

Feb 10, 2016 00:45:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: The Phil Ferguson Show http://polarisfinancialplanning.com/polaris-blog/the-phil-ferguson-show-podcast/ Ken Ham (of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum) prepares to unleash his "Ark Encounter" upon the public.  The road toward completion has been a rocky one, with controversies about tax incentives and discriminatory hiring practices often leading the heated discussions for and against its existence. In this broadcast, we speak with several people who have followed the story closely: Mikel and Ed Hensley of the Kentucky Secular Society, and author Dan Arel. Video version of the podcast interview: https://youtu.be/SLNsKOxbxns Tracey Moody's article "What Ken Ham Isn't Telling You About Ark Encounter Funding:"  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/11/11/what-ken-ham-isnt-telling-you-about-ark-encounter-funding/ Noah's Ark: God, Giraffes & Genocide: https://youtu.be/CccaGaKOlSI NCSE: The Impossible Voyage of Noah's Ark:  http://ncse.com/cej/4/1/impossible-voyage-noahs-ark

Medical Neglect in the Name of God - PART 2 OF 2 (with Dr. Paul Offit)

Feb 3, 2016 00:51:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Dr. Paul Offit is Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology, and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perleman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  He has received awards for his work from the University of Maryland, the Infectious Disease Society of America, the National Institutes of Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and more, and he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2011.   An author of over 150 scientific papers, Dr. Offit is the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, "Rotateq," and he released the book, "Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine," which was selected as an Editor's Choice by the New York Times in 2015. In this 2nd half of our "Medical Neglect" show, Dr. Offit speaks with Seth Andrews about faith, medicine, belief, and faith-based ideas which often harm those who embrace them.

Medical Neglect in the Name of God - PART 1 OF 2 (with Rita Swan)

Jan 27, 2016 00:53:00

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There are two words that, too often, mean the difference between life and death:  Religious.  Exemption.  Individuals and families who reject necessary medical care in favor of prayer and adherence to strict church restrictions often pay with their lives, or the lives of their children.   Rita Swan is the director of CHILD, INC, and she has firsthand experience with this.  Rita has since dedicated her life to child advocacy and the fight to protect children from (often well-meaning) parents who keep them far from hospital care, and far from the health solutions they desperately need. It's a difficult subject, but a necessary discussion about faith, parental responsibility, and the need for real-world solutions to real-world problems. This is part one of a two-part show on this subject.  Part two features Dr. Paul Offit, author of the book, "Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine," which airs February 2, 2016. CHILD, INC LINKS: http://www.childrenshealthcare.org http://www.idahochildren.org

Why Smart People Believe Stupid Things (with Dr. Michael Shermer)

Jan 20, 2016 01:23:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com Dr. Michael Shermer is the founding publisher of Skeptic Magazine and author of several books, including "The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice and Freedom," and "Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition and Other Confusions of our Time."   In this conversation with Seth Andrews, Dr. Shermer addresses some of the recent (and alarming) statements made by educated and (it would seem) very intelligent public figures, and we explore the relationship between the intelligent and the irrational brain. Video of the interview with Michael Shermer:  https://youtu.be/jLEQCipy6NM

My Date With Google

Jan 6, 2016 01:23:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist This podcast is a digression from our usual subject matter...a romp through the interesting explanations of random sayings, occurrences, facts and traditions.  What makes a cat purr?  Why do weddings have a "best man?"  Why do tennis scores use "love" instead of "zero?"  Why do people choose chopsticks over the fork?  Why is it "soccer" in America and "football" in Europe?  Can a human live for any length of time exposed in space?  Etc. We won't change the world with this show, but as seekers of knowledge (even trivial knowledge), we'll learn some interesting stuff, and we'll have some fun together.  Enjoy OATMEAL article "Who VS Whom:"  http://theoatmeal.com/comics/who_vs_whom  

2015: The Year in Review

Dec 29, 2015 01:07:00

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Another year closes its doors, and we look forward to 2016.  In advance of the New Year holiday, we take a look back at many of the people and events that defined the past twelve months. 

David Silverman: Fighting God

Dec 19, 2015 00:44:00

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David Silverman is a self-proclaimed "atheist billboard" and "firebrand atheist."  As President of American Atheists, he has been at the point position on many controversial issues (and the occasional lawsuit), and he has just released a new book called, "Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World." David spoke with Seth Andrews about the book, the lightning rod of David's particular brand of activism, and the rise of non-belief in America.   This conversation can also be seen on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/9aSyjQjC2yo

The Krampus (and other unusual Christmas traditions)

Dec 10, 2015 00:57:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.harrys.com (promo code: thinkingatheist) This will be the last radio podcast until the Christmas holiday.  It's a romp around the globe, as we explore some Christmas traditions beyond Santa, Frosty the Snowman, holiday ham, and the baby Jesus.  Get ready for Christmas witches, fried chicken feasts, Festivus ("for the rest of us"), the Spanish pooper, and of course, the Krampus. Seth writes about the Krampus (and many other things) in his book, "Sacred Cows: a Lighthearted Look at Belief and Tradition Around the World."

Steve Shives: Activism, Apologists, and the F-Word

Dec 9, 2015 00:37:00

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This is a 30-minute conversation between Seth Andrews and YouTube activist Steve Shives, recorded recently at the Pennsylvania Atheist/Humanist Conference in Harrisburg, PA.   Video of this conversation can be seen here:  https://youtu.be/2Q4Yv3rgv-0

The War On Christmas

Dec 2, 2015 01:24:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.evolvefish.com "War On Christmas" has been used so much in the media, it has become a parody of itself.  And yet many still hold to the belief that the baby Jesus is under attack by atheists and secular humanists, and the protests sound at full volume every December. In this broadcast, we talk about some of the noise out there, and we speak to Andrew Seidel of the Freedom From Religion Foundation about the holiday, church/state separation, lawsuits over nativity scenes, atheist holiday celebrations and more. Andrew Siedel on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Andrew-L-Seidel-750945458347916/?fref=ts Twitter:  @AndrewLSeidel CHRISTMAS: BEHIND THE CURTAIN: YouTube:  https://youtu.be/kenbgMjRvlY Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seth.andrews.31/videos/vb.100001992705053/931270510282697/?type=2&theater

Open Mic Night

Nov 24, 2015 01:08:00

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From time to time, we do an unscripted broadcast where the listeners provide the theme and content.  This is one of those shows.  Lots of random stuff in here.  Enjoy.

The Insanity of Humanity

Nov 18, 2015 00:50:00

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This podcast features the audio from Seth Andrews' presentation at FreeFlo 2015, the Freethought Florida Conference in Orlando.  The speech is an often lighthearted (but occasionally alarming) exploration of "sacred" ideas and practices in the 21st century, and it explores the merits of retiring damaging rituals in favor of better ones. SPEECH VIDEO:  https://youtu.be/biBULlkmBFE VIDEO WITH NATHAN PHELPS "Something Beautiful":  https://youtu.be/L6IPFyHEv3o  

Programming

Nov 11, 2015 01:08:00

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Religious parents and institutions know the importance of a child's developmental years, and how difficult it is to tell/sell supernatural claims once the child reaches his or her teen years.   In this podcast, Seth Andrews explores the "programming" of young minds, and explores the difference between education and indoctrination.  Capping the show is the personal story of a young woman named Kaitlyn, whose apostasy prompted her devout Mormon parents to kick her out of her home. The Tiny Thinkers project:  https://www.gofundme.com/tinythinkers

Secular Stand-Ups

Nov 6, 2015 01:22:00

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Steve Hill, Maryellen Hooper and Keith Lowell Jensen are professional comedians.  They are also atheists. In this roundtable discussion, Seth Andrews asks them about life on the road (and the stage), how their non-belief in the supernatural influences their material, facing the hecklers, and their desires to make people laugh while, perhaps, also making them think. Steve Hill:   http://www.stevehillcomic.com Maryellen Hooper:  http://www.maryellenhooper.com Keith Lowell Jensen:  http://www.rockass.net Video link to "Evolution: What the Fossils Say" from Seth's monologue:  https://youtu.be/DjFgcOId-ZY

Can I Talk You Out of Your Faith

Oct 28, 2015 01:27:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.harrys.com (promo code: thinkingatheist) Is it possible to "talk someone out of their faith?"  Is it even appropriate or worthwhile to make an attempt?  If so, how might atheists best approach those with deep-seated (and often lifelong) religious convictions to foster real discourse and encourage critical thinking? Dr. Peter Boghossian is author of the book, "A Manual for Creating Atheists."  Anthony Magnabosco is a YouTube activist and advocate of "street epistemology."  Both men join Seth Andrews for this interesting discussion. Miguel Video  https://youtu.be/D8LYTy4DmEs Jamil Video  https://youtu.be/_99dy6doEqs Makayla Video  http://youtu.be/F_3ys05tReU

Ghost Stories 2015

Oct 21, 2015 01:39:00

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Halloween is almost upon us, which means it's time again to turn down the lights, crank up the podcast, and share some ghost stories. Yes, skeptics can enjoy ghost stories, and this annual tradition has become hugely popular with the TTA audience.  So prepare to enter a world of ghosts, ghouls, footsteps in the dark, whispers from under the bed, and things that go bump in the night. Happy Halloween!

The Science of Fear

Oct 14, 2015 01:23:00

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Why do we become afraid?  Is it rational or irrational to fear the dark, spiders, the boogeyman, the things that go bump in the night? It's October, the month of frights. So, a week in advance of our Ghost Stories episode, we expore the concept of fear, and we talk about the things that keep us awake in the still of the night (or in the light of the day).  Special thanks to our special guest: Dr. Carolyn Rodriguez of Stanford University.    

Christianity: Mystery Faith

Oct 7, 2015 01:08:00

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Christianity.  Where did it come from?  Who wrote the books of the Bible?  Is there any evidence for a god or man named Jesus?  Why has Christianity remained so popular over the ages?   This podcast features two interviews, conducted by Seth Andrews, with historians and researchers who speak about the origins the New Testament Gospels, the ever-changing face of Christianity, history versus myth, and the Jesus story In separate interviews, David Fitzgerald and Dr. Robert Carrier each tackle the Bible and its deity.   VIDEO VERSIONS ON YouTube: DR. CARRIER:  https://youtu.be/WXou9IcH2BE   FITZGERALD:  https://youtu.be/DgPrKHsRpJ8    

Reaching Out to Ex-Muslims

Sep 30, 2015 01:13:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: http://www.audiblepodcast.com/thinkingatheist Muhammad Syed is the executive director and Sarah Haider is director of development of Ex-Muslims of North America.  Both are former Muslims.  Armin Navabi is a former Muslim from Iran and the founder of Atheist Republic. In this broadcast, the panel speaks with Seth Andrews about Islam, radical Islamism, cultural Muslims, "The Religion of Peace," the widely conflicting perspectives on Islam, and the difficult and often dangerous road faced by the apostate. Ex-Muslims of North America:  http://www.exmna.org Atheist Republic:  http://www.atheistrepublic.com

The Story of God: a Biblical Comedy about Love (and Hate)

Sep 16, 2015 00:48:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Chris Matheson was co-screenwriter on the 1989 comedy film, "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure."  Chris' most recent adventure is an exploration of the Christian holy book, rewriting the "sacred" texts and releasing his synopsis of scripture as the new book, "The Story of God: a Biblical Comedy about Love (and Hate). In this broadcast, Seth speaks with Chris about his sarcastic (yet accurate) take on the Bible, and he finishes the show by reading an excerpt from the book.  Enjoy. CHRIS' BOOK ON AMAZON:  http://www.amazon.com/Story-God-Biblical-Comedy-about/dp/1634310241/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1442329908&sr=8-1&keywords=the+story+of+god

A Letter to the Editor

Sep 11, 2015 01:35:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  audiblepodcast.com/thinkingatheist A listener on the TTA Facebook page recently asked Seth Andrews to respond to a "Letter to the Editor" posted in Seth's hometown paper, the Tulsa World.  Usually, as skeptics, we let these kinds of posts slide, because they often don't accomplish much and/or they generate more trouble that they're worth. But in this case, Seth responded, and this show chronicles the exchange, the fallout, and the curious tactics of the indignant commenters who couldn't prove the god they were defending. Yes...it's a rant.  (Gonna be one of those shows.)  Enjoy. Sam Harris: An Atheist Manifesto:  http://www.truthdig.com/dig/item/200512_an_atheist_manifesto

Gretta Vosper: Atheist Minister Under Fire

Sep 9, 2015 00:54:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Gretta Vosper has been an atheist for many years, and she preaches/teaches from the perspective of a Bible skeptic, a rationalist, a humanist, and a non-believer in a literal god.   Now, the United Church of Canada is considering her removal from church leadership because of her atheism.  In this broadcast, we talk with Gretta personally and ask: Why does an atheist minister belong in a church?  

A Conversation with Penn Jillette

Sep 2, 2015 00:48:00

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Support our sponsor:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Penn Jillette is half of the hugely popular duo, "Penn & Teller."  Over the decades, he's done appearances on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Letterman, The Simpsons, The West Wing, Babylon 5, Fear Factor and a host of other shows.  Penn & Teller's Showtime series "Bullshit" ran for 8 seasons, and they're the feature show at Las Vegas' Rio casino.  Penn, like his on-stage partner, is a fearless critic of the Bible and claims of the supernatural. In advance of his appearance at Apostacon in Dallas on September 18, 2015, Penn Jillette joined Seth Andrews for a casual conversation about God, atheism, magic and much more. Penn & Teller website:  http://pennandteller.net Penn's Sunday School:  http://pennsundayschool.com Apostacon:  http://www.apostacon.orghttp://www.apostacon.org VIDEO of this interview:  https://youtu.be/2lbBtUcJ1y0

The Butterfly Effect

Aug 26, 2015 01:24:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.harrys.com (coupon code: thinkingatheist) Relating to Chaos Theory, the term "butterfly effect" relates to the tiniest of influences leading to large differences in deterministic nonlinear systems.  One incarnation of the saying suggests that one flap of a single butterfly's wings in Beijing might change the weather in New York.  (Perhaps you remember Jurassic Park's Ian Malcolm waxing about Chaos Theory in advance of the park's inevitable meltdown.) We're not spending much time on the hard science of Chaos Theory.  This show is more interested in the stories - the human stories - about the small intersections of life, the tiny changes, the unexpected encounters which changed the trajectory of people's lives. What was a moment or encounter which seemed inconsequential at the moment, but ultimately came to re-frame and re-define you?   Share your stories and perspective at podcast@thethinkingatheist.com

The Transgender Question

Aug 19, 2015 01:44:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist What is "transgender?"  How is sexual identity determined?  What are the challenges and opportunites facing those who don't fit into established cultural definitions of gender?  What is this all about? In this broadcast, we get an education and have some frank and positive discussion on the issue.  Joining us is Stephanie Guttormson of the Richard Dawkins Foundation and Thinking Stephtically, YouTube activist Zinnia Jones, Callie Wright of the Gaytheist Manifesto podcast, and activist Danielle Muscato...all transgender individuals. GoFundMe page for the 19-year-old ex-cult member:  http://www.gofundme.com/7c23etf3

Fine. You Host The Show!

Aug 12, 2015 01:34:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist What's on your mind?  Well...this is your chance to sound off.  Call the broadcast to speak with Seth Andrews, or send an email to podcast@thethinkingatheist.com  

The Loose Screws: Apologetics Gone Wild

Aug 5, 2015 01:31:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist This show is dedicated to the more unusual, bizarre, weird, wild, and often jaw-droppingly offensive apologetics defenses of religious beliefs.  What's most surprising is that many making these claims aren't actually deviating very far from the edicts of their various religions and holy texts.   Steve Shives' YouTube page:  https://www.youtube.com/user/stevelikes2curse Steve and Stuffy Burn In Hell:  https://youtu.be/_wYzh7WGxCA God of Evolution article: "Theory of Evolution Disproven by Video Posted on Facebook"  http://www.godofevolution.com/theory-of-evolution-disproven-by-video-posted-on-facebook/

The Myth of Sex Addiction (with Dr. Darrel Ray)

Jul 29, 2015 01:35:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.evolvefish.com SHOP THE TTA STORE:  http://www.evolvefish.com/The-Thinking-Atheist-s/1840.htm Wait.  Sex addiction is a myth?   This podcast features two major parts: 1)  The June 20th, 2015 presentation by Dr. Darrel Ray at FreeOK on this very subject.  VIDEO HERE:  https://youtu.be/zzmQsjeqOyk 2)  A follow-up radio conversation between Seth Andrews with Dr. Ray to explore some of these issues in more detail. Darrel is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Recovering From Religion. Dr. Ray has been a psychologist for over thirty years and is the author of four books: two on organizational teamwork as well as “The God Virus-How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture” and “Sex and God-How Religion Distorts Sexuality”.  He has been a student of religion most of his life and holds a Masters Degree in religion as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/Anthropology with a Doctorate in psychology. He is also the director of the Recovering From Religion program called The Secular Therapy Project; a groundbreaking effort to anonymously match interested clients with therapists who adhere to evidence based, secular therapeutic practices in their mental health treatment approach. In short...we're talking about sex.  Get ready for an interesting (and frank) discussion.  

Selective Science

Jul 21, 2015 01:24:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Three special guests join us for tonight's broadcast.  Joshua Roseneau is an evolutionary biologist and serves as Programs and Policy Director for the National Center for Science Education (NCSE).  Dr. Barbara Forrest is a professor of philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University and author of "Creationism's Trojan Horse: the Wedge of Intelligent Design."  And Dr. Donald Prothero is a paleontologist, geologist, educator and author of over 30 books, including "Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future" and "Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why it Matters." Our panel discusses how Creationism's champions either distort or misuse "science" in an attempt to co-opt the public into believing Intelligent Design.  

The Mother of Bad Ideas

Jul 14, 2015 00:56:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist In his June 20, 2015 speech at the Oklahoma Freethought Convention, Seth Andrews explored how easily we, as human beings, become infatuated with ideas over facts, often leading to incorrect and even damaging assumptions that keep us in the dark. What happens when we'd rather believe than know?  This presentation explores the question in a compelling and entertaining way. SPEECH VIDEO:  https://youtu.be/tZiYgZ3Hvag

Shelley Segal: Strange Feeling

Jul 7, 2015 01:30:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Beat Magazine calls Shelley's voice an "enchanting, knowing croon...with brilliant pop melodies."  Raised in a traditional Jewish culture, Shelley Segal ultimately found herself an atheist with a new zest for life and a message of encouragement for others to do the same.  Her music can often be heard at freethought conventions, and her new album, "Strange Feeling" just released. Shelley Segal joins Seth Andrews for some conversation.  And...she's bringing her guitar.   Shelley Segal's website:  http://www.shelleysegal.com Patreon supporters can watch the video version of this broadcast.  Thanks for your support.  http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews  

Abraham's Excellent Adventure

Jun 24, 2015 00:52:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.harrys.com (promo code: thinkingatheist) Today's show is, simply, a reading of the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac.  However, author Ed Suominen has fleshed out the story in alarming detail...and he has added a bizarre twist to the tale. How do most people feel about Abraham's deed (or "almost deed")?  His faith?  His character?  And after they hear this version of the Old Testament account, will they feel any differently? No calls.  No headlines.  Nothing but the text, the storyteller, and a fresh journey into one of the Bible's most popular books. Ed Suominen's blog:  http://blog.edsuom.com

I'm a Preacher's Kid

Jun 17, 2015 01:11:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist They're often known as PKs.  Preacher's kids.  Children of clergy who often grow up either embracing or condemning the often strict church cultures imposed upon them.  They've seen the "ministry" from behind closed doors, and their stories are enlightening. In this broadcast, we explore the life of a Preacher's Kid.

Jediism and the Religions of Film

Jun 10, 2015 01:30:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist This is a fun one.  Seth Andrews explores some religions borne or (or influenced by) iconic films.  In this episode, he interviews a representative of The Temple of the Jedi Order (Star Wars), and a Dudeist Priest from The Church of the Latter Day Dude (The Big Lebowski). These are likely not the churches you'd see on a neighborhood street corner, but they're out there, and we're going to take this opportunity to find out more.    

Blame

Jun 3, 2015 01:03:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist In last week's episode, Seth Andrews mentioned that his laptop was stolen from a parked car.  This scenario sparked an intense debate about criminals, victims, responsibility, society, poverty and privilege.  The opportunity was too good to pass up, so we're continuing the discussion on this broadcast. Featuring Dr. Jerry Coyne, and Dr. Bo Bennett, plus your calls and emails.    

Change

May 26, 2015 00:53:00

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Sponsored by the Freethought Florida Convention.  Tickets and details at http://www.free-flo.org Change.  It's the universal constant.  Seth Andrews spends a candid evening speaking about the unexpected, difficult, scary and often exhilarating idea of change, and some interesting changes in his own life. Also support TTA content at:  http://www.thethinkingatheist.com (CONTRIBUTE tab)

The Show That Wasn't There

May 20, 2015 01:10:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Seth's original show topic fell through this week.  So, this podcast ISN'T the show he'd planned, but it will be an enjoyable potpourri of emails, calls, topics and ideas.  Sometimes, the unplanned parties are the best ones.  Come join us.   David Thorne "The Permission Slip":  http://27bslash6.com/easter.html

Openly Secular with Todd Stiefel and John Davidson

May 13, 2015 00:57:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Two special guests share their perspective on tonight's show: Todd Stiefel is a graduate of Duke University and spent 12 years as a key player at Stiefel Laboratories.  Now a full-time activist, Todd is one of the driving forces behind the Openly Secular site and campaign.  He also involves himself with secular humanist causes and charity work. John Davidson has spent much of the last half-century as a popular television personality, hosting television shows like "That's Incredible," "Hollywood Squares," "The Tonight Show" and more.  Recently, John lent his voice and face to the Openly Secular cause, and he has been kind enough to speak with Seth about his (non) religious views on the broadcast. Openly Secular website:  http://www.openlysecular.org John Davidson's video:  https://youtu.be/Y_MlSaTTy14

The Weirdest Websites in the World

May 6, 2015 01:18:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist This one's just for fun.  Our listeners submit links to the weirdest, wildest and wackiest websites they've encountered.  They can be religious sites, non-religious sites, whatever. Your humble host will browse the content and read from these online gems for your listening pleasure. Submit your weird website to: podcast@thethinkingatheist.com

My Family Thinks I'm Going To Hell

Apr 29, 2015 01:27:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.harrys.com (promo code: thinkingatheist) Are you an atheist (or perhaps an adherent to a religion apart from that of your parents, siblings, children or distant relatives), and your loved ones are terrified that you're sliding the slipper slope toward damnation? This podcast is about the fears of the faithful, the damage done by religious concepts of Hell and torment, and the liberation that comes in living without fear. Neil Carter's blog, "You're (Not) Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone?"  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/godlessindixie/2015/04/27/youre-not-gonna-miss-me-when-im-gone

Unholy Trinity Down Under - Q & A (Sydney, Australia)

Apr 22, 2015 01:24:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist In March of 2015, the Atheist Foundation of Australia hosted atheist activists Matt Dillahunty, Aron Ra and Seth Andrews (under the tongue-in-cheek tour title, "The Unholy Trinity Down Under").  This is the hour-long Q&A session from Sydney. The speakers' presentations from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne are posted on AFA's tour website: http://www.unholytrinitydownunder.com Special thanks to the AFA:  http://atheistfoundation.org.au

Unholy Trinity Down Under - Seth Andrews "The Good Old Days"

Apr 20, 2015 00:35:00

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In March of 2015, the Atheist Foundation of Australia hosted atheist activists Matt Dillahunty, Aron Ra and Seth Andrews (under the tongue-in-cheek tour title, "The Unholy Trinity Down Under").  T The speakers' presentations from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne are posted on AFA's tour website: http://www.unholytrinitydownunder.com Special thanks to the AFA:  http://atheistfoundation.org.au

Unholy Trinity Down Under - Aron Ra "Biblical Absurdity"

Apr 19, 2015 00:35:00

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SPONSORED BY:  http://www.evolvefish.com In March of 2015, the Atheist Foundation of Australia hosted atheist activists Matt Dillahunty, Aron Ra and Seth Andrews (under the tongue-in-cheek tour title, "The Unholy Trinity Down Under").  The speakers' presentations from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne are posted on AFA's tour website: http://www.unholytrinitydownunder.com Special thanks to the AFA:  http://atheistfoundation.org.au

Unholy Trinity Down Under - Matt Dillahunty "Why Won't You Love Me?"

Apr 18, 2015 00:43:00

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SPONSORED BY:  http://www.evolvefish.com In March of 2015, the Atheist Foundation of Australia hosted atheist activists Matt Dillahunty, Aron Ra and Seth Andrews (under the tongue-in-cheek tour title, "The Unholy Trinity Down Under").   The speakers' presentations from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne are posted on AFA's tour website: http://www.unholytrinitydownunder.com Special thanks to the AFA:  http://atheistfoundation.org.au        

Random Reason 2015 (You Pick the Topic)

Apr 15, 2015 01:02:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Tonight's show is a casual conversation about...whatever.  Is a certain issue on your mind?  Have a perspective, story, opinion or rant you want to share?  What "random reason" would you like to bring to the show? Tonight's your night to sound off.  Your calls and emails:  podcast@thethinkingatheist.com

Christian Music: Behind the Curtain

Apr 8, 2015 01:30:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist George Perdikis was one of the founding members of the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) group, the Newsboys.  In January 2015, he came out as an atheist.  In this broadcast, George speaks about his experience as a Christian artist/minister and his apostasy, and we also hear from others who once played to packed houses on the CCM stage. How much of CCM is ministry?  And how much is money?  We ask those questions (and more) tonight.

Coexist?

Mar 29, 2015 00:46:00

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What happens when ire meets insomina?  Join your humble host for a late-night (and impromptu) rant about religion, reason, "proofs" for the supernatural and the often-claimed charge that everybody should simply hold hands, celebrate their differences and "coexist."

A Night of Cognitive Dissonance

Mar 18, 2015 01:20:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Cecil and Tom are hosts of the irreverent radio podcast, Cognitive Dissonance, which addresses current events from the atheist and skeptical perspective.  They join Seth Andrews for an entertaining (and random) hour of conversation.   Cognitive Dissonance podcasts can be heard at http://www.dissonancepod.com Seth's guest appearance on CD 2-9-15:  http://ec.libsyn.com/p/f/c/8/fc88cd6c56430443/cd206.mp3?d13a76d516d9dec20c3d276ce028ed5089ab1ce3dae902ea1d06ca8334d7ce58ec8b&c_id=8329027

For Goodness' Sake

Mar 10, 2015 01:12:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Many claim that good and moral acts cannot exist outside of the concept of God.  Many also believe that humanity has become increasingly turbulent, violent, sinful and wicked, and they yearn for the simple, moral days of old. In this broadcast, we speak with three special guests about "goodness:"   1)  John Figdor, Humanist Chaplain at Stanford University and co-author of the book, "Atheist Mind / Humanist Heart" http://www.atheistmindhumanistheart.com 2)  Dale McGowan, educator on secular parenting and Executive Director of the Foundation Beyond Belief   http://dalemcgowan.com 3)  Michael Shermer, founding publisher of Skeptic Magazine and author of the new book, "The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom.  http://www.amazon.com/The-Moral-Arc-Science-Humanity/dp/0805096914    

The Unitarians

Mar 4, 2015 01:22:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Unitarian churches are essentially promoted as houses without walls, places were diverse opinions and cultures can converge in safety and without judgment.  But how can churches not have doctrines, specific holy books and/or dogmas?  Does the Unitarian church have merit as a place of respectful discussion on topics relating to belief, purpose and truth?   What are the colors, cultures, branches, sects and flavors of Universalist churches out there?   Michael Werner's book "Regaining Balance: the Evolution of the UUA"  http://huumanists.org/store/regaining-balance-evolution-uua  

Religious Schools, Religious Rules

Feb 25, 2015 01:04:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist There are few experiences like attending a religious elementary school, high school or university.  Some religious institutions of "learning" are mild, moderate and relatively benign.  Others operate like puritan prisons.  And the strict (and often bizarre) rules imposed by these schools can be interesting, entertaining, and often alarming. This show features the experiences and stories of those raised in religious school environments.  Have something you want to share?  Email podcast@thethinkingatheist.com  

The Debunkers

Feb 18, 2015 01:14:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.harrys.com (promo code thethinkingatheist) Faith healers!  Crystals!  Power bracelets!  Kinoki pads!  Applied kinesiology!  Chakras, Chi and Positive Vibrations! There's a lot of bunk out there.  In this podcast, a panel of three "debunking" experts join Seth Andrews for a lively (and often hysterical) conversation about science, scams and our weird world of woo. ON THE PANEL: Dr. Harriet Hall (the SkepDoc) is an MD, a retired family physician and former Air Force flight surgeon.  She's a columnist for Skeptic and Skeptical Inquirer, and she's one of the founders of the Science-Based Medicine website. Dr. Hall recently co-authored the textbook, "Consumer Health: a Guide to Intelligent Decisions.  Her websites:  http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org and http://www.skepdoc.info James Underdown has been the Executive Director of the Center for Inquiry Los Angeles since 1999.  He has written for Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry magazine, and he is founder and chairman of the Independent Investigations Group in Hollywood, California.  The IIG offers a $100,000 prize to anyone who can prove paranormal activity under scientific testing conditions.  Websites: centerforinquiry.net and iighq.org Yvette Guinevere is an analytical chemist with a background in forensics and toxicology.  She runs the website http://www.scibabe.com

I Was Outed!

Feb 11, 2015 01:27:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist It's one thing to "come out" as an atheist (or even someone with doubts) to associates, friends and family.  It's another thing to be "outed" by someone else, often against your knowledge or wishes.   This podcast talks about the challenges, both personal and professional, of those who've had their non-belief exposed on someone else's terms. Seth's "letter" of encouragement:  http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/blog/86/A-Letter-of-Encouragement

Sacred Cows

Feb 5, 2015 00:39:00

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In this podcast, Seth Andrews explores the notion of "sacred cows" (ideas, icons and customs supposedly sacred and immune from criticism), and he reads a full chapter from his new book of the same name.   If you'd like to pre-order an autographed copy of the book (shipping in April and May 2015), check out the website:  http://www.sacredcowsbook.com  

The Fear of Death

Feb 4, 2015 01:11:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Believers in Heaven look forward to an afterlife.  But does their belief in posthumous existence alleviate their fears about death and dying?  How does the atheist approach the reality that, one day, the curtain will close on his/her life? Join us for an intriguing exploration of the subject of death.  Your calls and emails:  podcast@thethinkingatheist.com Carol Fiore's book "Flight Through Fire" - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0989700402/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_1?pf_rd_p=1944687602&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=0989700429&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1HKP5XK3JJJ866XQ16PN   AFTERLIFE VIDEO:  http://youtu.be/eeMoOJpvUlU

Google Chat: The Unholy Trinity Goes to Australia

Feb 2, 2015 00:42:00

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The Atheist Foundation of Australia is hosting a "Down Under" tour with Matt Dillahunty, AronRa and Seth Andrews in March 2015.  Join them for a casual chat about the "trinity," the trip, and whatever else comes up in conversation. TOUR DETAILS:  http://www.unholytrinitydownunder.com VIDEO OF THIS CONVERSATION ON YOUTUBE:  http://youtu.be/NLndXednlT4  

I'm Offended!

Jan 28, 2015 01:23:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Often in conversations regarding religion, one party (or both) will declare that they're offended by a statement, belief, position or action.  But what does it mean to take offense, and should we be concerned about what others might consider offensive? We explore the issue.  Your calls and emails:  podcast@thethinkingatheist.com Dan Arel's article: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/danthropology/2015/01/charlie-hebdo-has-a-right-to-offend-you-and-it-is-not-a-double-standard/

In the Wake of Charlie Hebdo

Jan 23, 2015 01:58:00

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On January 7, 2015, two masked gunmen killed 12 people, 11 of whom worked for the French satirical newspaper, "Charlie Hebdo," a publication with a reputation for lampooning Islam and its prophet. Terror alerts remain high, and in the wake of the killings, Charlie Hebdo remained defiant, publishing a caricature of Muhammad on its very next issue.  Millions of copies immediately sold. Soon after, Pope Francis declared his condemnation of the attack and hi support for free speech, but also declared that "you cannot insult people's faith." The debate rages on.  Did these attackers truly represent the religion of Islam?  Should the attack have been expected because it was provoked?  Should satire expect protection in all of its forms, or are there limits?  And what should responsible media outlets do in regard to religion, free speech and the safety of its employees. Guests include Brian Dalton (Mr. Deity), Ali A. Rizvi, Faisal Saeed Al Mutar and others.  Plus your calls and emails (podcast@thethinkingatheist.com)f The Way of the Mister:  Fuck the Pope:  http://youtu.be/6xDnxv6eFNg Ali A. Rizvi's blog archive:  www.huffingtonpost.com/ali-a-rizvi Faisal Saeed Al Mutar's website:  www.faisalalmutar.com  

Ryan Bell: A Year Without God

Jan 21, 2015 01:14:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Ryan Bell, a former Seventh-day Adventist pastor, lived as an atheist for the entire year of 2014, chronicling the journey on his blog, http://www.patheos.com/blogs/yearwithoutgod. In December of 2014, Bell announced in an NPR interview that he no longer believes in God.  Both Christians and atheists have rallied around this declaration, for good and for ill.  In this very special broadcast, we speak personally with Ryan Bell about his faith, his year without God, and about the circumstances which led to his desire to take such an unusual (and drastic) step. Charisma News article featuring Ryan:  http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/watchman-on-the-wall/46618-why-are-so-many-christians-turning-into-atheists Seth's response video to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry:  http://youtu.be/m1ugVyuRUv0  

200th Episode

Jan 14, 2015 01:14:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Seth Andrews joins a live audience for this very special 200th episode.  Kick off the New Year with this celebration of the big 2-0-0.  

2014- The Year in Review

Dec 31, 2014 01:03:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist It's our annual wrap-up of the best (and worst) of 2014.  What are the things that made the headlines?  Scientific breakthroughs?  Best films?  The most iconic figures?  The biggest successes and failures of the year? Join us for the final broadcast of the year.   Salon Article:  http://www.salon.com/2014/12/20/were_putting_an_end_to_religion_richard_dawkins_bill_maher_and_the_exploding_new_american_secularism

The Question of Christ

Dec 23, 2014 01:41:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Is there any evidence for a real Jesus?  Was Jesus' story borrowed from earlier religions and cultures?  Is Jesus really the reason for the Christmas season, which is being celebrated globally this week? In this podcast, Seth Andrews speaks to three historians who have dedicated much of their lives and writings to the subject of Christ and Christianity: Dr. Richard Carrier, David Fitzgerald and Dr. Robert M. Price.  Join us for a compelling panel and an enlightening show.   RICHARD CARRIER:  http://www.richardcarrier.info DAVID FITZGERALD:  http://www.amazon.com/David-Fitzgerald/e/B004ASD9M4 ROBERT M. PRICE:  http://www.robertmprice.mindvendor.com

What You Don't Know About Religion (but should) with Dr. Ryan Cragun

Dec 17, 2014 01:23:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Dr. Ryan Cragun is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Tampa, and he specializes in the sociology of religion.  A former Mormon (now atheist), Cragun has released his new book for which this show is titled.  Join us as we talk about religion around the world, its claims versus reality, and the stuff about religion which isn't known (or being taught), but should be. Link to Dr. Cragun's book:  http://www.amazon.com/What-Dont-About-Religion-Should/dp/0985281537 Dr. Cragun's website:  http://www.ryantcragun.com Christmas: Behind the Curtain:  http://youtu.be/kenbgMjRvlY  

Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria

Dec 10, 2014 01:13:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.harrys.com (coupon code: thinkingatheist) Cara Santa Maria has dedicated her life to improving science literacy by communicating scientific principles across media platforms. A North Texas native, she currently lives in Los Angeles. Prior to moving to the west coast, Cara taught biology and psychology courses to university undergraduates and high school students in Texas and New York. Her published research has spanned various topics, including clinical psychological assessment, the neuropsychology of blindness, neuronal cell culture techniques, and computational neurophysiology.  Cara previously worked as a co-host and producer on the Pivot TV nightly live television show, "TakePart Live." Before that, she was the senior science correspondent for The Huffington Post and co-starred in "Hacking The Planet" and "The Truth About Twisters" on The Weather Channel.   She has made appearances on CNN, Fox News, TLC, Current TV, BBC America, G4, SundanceTV, Travel Channel, and Nat Geo WILD.  Cara currently hosts a weekly science podcast called "Talk Nerdy." She joins Seth Andrews for tonight's podcast.  Call the show with comments and/or questions, or email podcast@thethinkingatheist.com. Cara's website:  http://carasantamaria.com

If The World Ended Tomorrow

Dec 3, 2014 01:01:00

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SUPPORT OUR (NEW) SPONSOR:  http://www.harrys.com (use promo code: thinkingatheist to get $5 off your purchase) Imagine this.  You receive the news that today will be your last day on earth.  Your last day anywhere.  How would you populate the final hours of your life?  What people would you see?  What foods would you eat?  What things would you do?  Would you react with fear and panic, or would you bask in the warm glow of inevitability? This show allows us to think about what we might do if we realized that our finite lives were approaching the final ticks of the clock. What would you do if the world ended tomorrow? Christmas video "Christmas: Behind the Curtain:  http://youtu.be/kenbgMjRvlY

Please Read This on the Air

Nov 26, 2014 01:18:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.evolvefish.com It's a holiday week.  In this relaxed show, listeners submit various things for Seth to read on the air.  No real rules on this one, so if you have something interesting for the host to lend voice to, send it in for consideration:  podcast@thethinkingatheist.com ROBERT GREEN INGERSOLL "What I Want For Christmas:"  http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/What_I_Want_for_Christmas THE ONION ARTICLE:  http://www.theonion.com/articles/horribly-awkward-first-sexual-encounter-worth-the,1614 Seth's Patreon page:  http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

No Longer Quivering

Nov 19, 2014 01:18:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist The Quiverfull Movement is a lifestyle among fundamentalist Christians which believes that an abundance of children is in compliance with God's perfect will.  Contraception equals abortion, a heinous sin against God, so the only "family planning" that's done is a prayer to the sky that His will be done.  The Quiverfull Movement is highly patriarchal and often has a dark side in relation to the rights of women and children. In this episode, we explore The Quiverfull Movement, we speak with Kathryn Joyce, author of the book: "Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement," and we speak to some who once experienced this culture inside its walls, including Vykie Garrison, who hosts the online community, "No Longer Quivering." Kathryn Joyce's book:  http://www.amazon.com/Quiverfull-Inside-Christian-Patriarchy-Movement/dp/0807010707/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233348792&sr=8-1 Link to "The Onion" article:  http://www.theonion.com/articles/no-one-should-have-the-right-to-die-until-god-is-d,37418/

Testing 1 2 3

Nov 15, 2014 01:15:00

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Killing some time.  Testing some new gear.  Talking about whatever.  It's a casual evening among friends, and a very loose "unscheduled" radio podcast for the TTA audience.

The Tipping Point

Nov 12, 2014 01:24:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist For many who have escaped from religious beliefs and cultures, there was a single event (or series of events) which ultimately tipped them over the edge.  In this podcast, we hear the personal stories of apostates, and the "tipping points" which ultimately caused them to call themselves non-believers. Share your story at podcast@thethinkingatheist.com  

Should We Mock Religion?

Nov 5, 2014 01:28:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist The late Christopher Hitchens once said that "Mockery of religion is one of the most essential things...one of the beginnings of the human emancipation is the ability to laugh at authority.  It's indispensable."   But does the mockery of religious belief close minds (and doors) as skeptics attempt to promote rationalism and disabuse superstitious people of their faiths (and is that even a goal)?  Should the ridiculous be ridiculed, or should we find other methods for exposing the cracks in religious foundations? Greta Christina's Blog "Is It OK to Mock Religion?" http://freethoughtblogs.com/greta/2009/05/28/is-it-okay-to-mock-religion/

Unoriginal Faith (with AronRa)

Oct 29, 2014 01:27:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Our original podcast guest had to postpone, so AronRa jumps into the mix for a casual (and random) conversation with Seth Andrews about God, Satan, the shattered Ten Commandments monument, Governor Rick Perry, a host of pre-Christian deities and some details about the Australia leg of the Unholy Trinity Tour in 2015. Sit back, relax and enjoy this conversation among friends. ARON'S SKEPTOKON SPEECH:  http://www.patreon.com/creation?hid=1142790 RA-MEN PODCAST:  http://www.thera-men.com

Ghost Stories 2014

Oct 23, 2014 01:08:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.evolvefish.com It's an annual tradition.  Each October, in advance of Halloween, we gather around the virtual campfire to share our favorite ghost stories.  (Yes, atheists often love tales of the supernatural, as we enjoy all manner of fiction and storytelling.)  So dim the lights, place a candle in the jack-o-lantern, and join us for some spooky tales of things that go bump in the night. History of Halloween podcast:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2011/10/14/halloween-history-and-the-church

It Scares Me!

Oct 15, 2014 01:26:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist It's October, the season of Halloween and a time when we fright and delight each other with spooks, scares and things that go bump in the night.  In advance of next week's "Ghost Stories" podcast (a yearly tradition), we spend this episode talking about the things that scare us.  Rational fears.  Irrational fears.  The things that make us shudder.  The things that make us scream. Your calls and emails welcome.  Scared of something?  Email podcast@thethinkingatheist.com

Bob Ripley: a Preacher's Deconversion

Oct 7, 2014 01:00:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Reverend Bob Ripley was a minister for over 30 years, with 15 of those years as Senior Minister at Metropolitan United Church, one of the most prominent churches of the United Church of Canada.  He wrote a syndicated column discussing religion for 25 years. In his September 26, 2014 column on LFPress, he announced to the world that he no longer believed in God.  He's releasing a book which chronicles his journey, titled "Life Beyond Belief: a Preacher's Deconversion." Bob joins Seth Andrews for a candid discussion about his life, his beliefs, his doubts, and the transition from Christian minister to skeptic/humanist. BOB'S WEBSITE:  www.lifebeyondbelief.ca BOB'S COLUMN:  http://www.lfpress.com/2014/09/26/ripley-how-my-mind-has-changed ARONRA:  Theism is Irrational http://www.patreon.com/creation?hid=1042266&u=198656

I'm an Angry Atheist

Oct 1, 2014 01:40:00

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Support our sponsor:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Quite often, religious people declare that all atheists are "angry atheists."  Is this an accurate statement, and what place does anger have in the battle against superstition?  What are the stories behind those who have been genuinely hurt by religion, and how does anger help and/or harm our ability to persuade others to embrace an evidence-based, dogma-free life? This podcast is about the angry atheist.   Seth's Patreon page:  http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

Scientology Unmasked

Sep 24, 2014 01:35:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Created by the late science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology is a religion/cult which teaches that humans are actually immortal beings who, having forgotten their true nature, require intensive (and expensive) "auditing" techniques to rediscover their true, immortal selves. Reports and allegations have been made, by journalists, courts, and governmental bodies of several countries, that the Church of Scientology is an unscrupulous commercial enterprise that harasses its critics and brutally exploits its members. In this compelling episode, we explore Scientology's practices, and we hear from those who escaped its shadow.  Tony Ortega "The Underground Bunker:"  http://tonyortega.org Tory Christman's YouTube page:  https://www.youtube.com/user/ToryMagoo44 Mark Bunker's Knowledge Report: http://www.knowledgereport-themovie.com Scientific American article "The Real Science Behind Scientology": http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-real-science-behind-scientology/  

Bedtime Bible Stories (that will terrify your kids)

Sep 17, 2014 01:25:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://absenceofclothing.com Children raised in Christian homes are almost always surrounded by beautiful and inspiring tales hand-picked by parents for bedtime.  They're inspired by Jesus' miracles.  They learn about Zacchaeus and the sycamore tree.  They sing about Joshua and the walls of Jericho.  They read the joyous tale of Noah's Ark and the boat filled with (often colorfully-drawn) animals. In this podcast, we talk with Joey Kirkman, co-author of "Bedtime Bible Stories," about the darker tales of scripture and his recent book (complete with parental advisory label), and we take your calls and emails on the bible tales that might just keep Christian children wide awake with terror when the lights go out. Bedtime Bible Stories website:  http://www.bedtimebiblestories.com Ed Suominen: Jehu's Jihad  http://blog.edsuom.com/p/jehus-jihad.html

I Used To Believe Strange Things

Sep 10, 2014 01:13:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Many skeptics and rationalists come from religions, cultures and behaviors that stand far apart from their current relationships with reality.  This show takes an entertaining look at the strange beliefs many atheists once held and explores how otherwise rational minds can entertain the irrational, the unusual and the bizarre. Want to tell your story?  Email podcast@thethinkingatheist.com

Freestyle

Sep 3, 2014 01:15:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist We had to move some shows around at the last minute, so tonight is a "freestyle" podcast, where you talk about whatever's on your mind.   WEDDING GIFT BEYOND BELIEF (charity drive):  http://www.razoo.com/story/A-Wedding-Gift-Beyond-Belief Seth's Patreon page:  http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

Can Atheists Be Republicans (with CJ Werleman)

Aug 27, 2014 01:06:00

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  Sponsored by FREE-FLO 2014 – Freethought Florida Orlando, October 10th- 12.    http://www.free-flo.org Author, columnist, public speaker and proud atheist CJ Werleman has just released a book titled, "Atheists Can't Be Republicans."  (http://www.cjwerleman.com/my-books/atheists-cant-be-republicans.html) We were curious as to Werleman's claim, so tonight he joins us for a podcast that will undoubtedly be a spirited conversation about religion, politics, big money and the Grand Old Party.  Want to weigh in?  Email: podcast@thethinkingatheist.com SHARK WEEK link:  http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/8/25/6065531/shark-week-scientists-david-shiffman-megalodon-submarine-shark Seth's Patreon page:  http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

Skepticism and Mental Health

Aug 21, 2014 01:27:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist GIVE A WEDDING GIFT:  http://www.razoo.com/story/A-Wedding-Gift-Beyond-Belief SECULAR THERAPIST BLOG ARTICLE:  http://freethoughtblogs.com/greta/2014/08/20/secular-therapist-project/ JERRY COYNE'S ARTICLE ON ROBIN WILLIAMS (with Stephen Fry letter): http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/robin-williams-depression-and-stephen-fry In recent weeks, we've been dealing with the human mind and its ability to accept irrational things.  This week, we're dealing directly with the complex issue of mental health, specifically things like depression, anxiety, grief, addiction, mood disorders and more.   Blogger, speaker and activist JT Eberhard has revealed publicly his own battles with depression, giving a talk at Skepticon 4 titled, "Mental Illness and Why The Skeptic Community Should Give a Shit."  (LINK: http://youtu.be/UI-YvrHZVvk) Michaelyn Eberhard has a bachelors degree in neuroscience and is a freethought activist.  Jeremiah Beene studies Ph.D Clinical Psychology at the University of Mississippi.  And Dr. Darrel Ray is a clinical psychologist, author and expert on mental health.  They join us for the show, plus your calls and emails.    

A Wedding Gift Beyond Belief

Aug 15, 2014 01:02:00

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In this "bonus" podcast, your humble host shares some (often humorous) stories from his recent Alaska wedding, and then he asks the radio audience for a wedding gift.  That gift...is probably not what you're expecting. VISIT THIS LINK TO GIVE YOUR WEDDING GIFT (and thanks!):  http://www.razoo.com/story/A-Wedding-Gift-Beyond-Belief

Parenting Without God

Aug 14, 2014 01:13:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist It's a topic we cover occasionally, partially because the issue of secular parenting is such a relevant issue, and partially because the subject is often as complex and unique as the families navigating through it. How does a godless parent approach the teaching of a child as opposed to the indoctrination of a child?  What are some successful methods for raising a genuine freethinker?  What are some of the potential problems?   In this episode, we share your perspectives and stories, and we also speak with Dan Arel, blogger, journalist and author of the new book, "Parenting Without God."  (http://www.parentingwithoutgod.com) Email the show: podcast@thethinkingatheist.com

The Unholy Trinity Tour Part Three: AronRa

Aug 8, 2014 00:30:00

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In the spring of 2014, atheists AronRa, Seth Andrews and Matt Dillahunty teamed up for a 3-city tour bearing the tongue-in-cheek-titled name, "The Unholy Trinity."   This podcast features the audio from AronRa's San Antonio presentation, and it's part three of a 3-part podcast series from this tour.  Enjoy.   VIDEO of Aron's presentation is on YouTube:  http://youtu.be/bXHsFlizTbs

The Unholy Trinity Tour Part Two: Seth Andrews

Aug 7, 2014 00:37:00

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In the spring of 2014, atheists AronRa, Seth Andrews and Matt Dillahunty teamed up for a 3-city tour bearing the tongue-in-cheek-titled name, "The Unholy Trinity."   Seth's speech video on YouTube:  http://youtu.be/8tVBtyDqD90 This podcast features the audio from Seth Andrews' Albuquerque presentation, and it's part two of a 3-part podcast series from this tour.  Enjoy.  

The Unholy Trinity Tour Part One: Matt Dillahunty

Aug 6, 2014 00:39:00

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In the spring of 2014, atheists AronRa, Seth Andrews and Matt Dillahunty teamed up for a 3-city tour bearing the tongue-in-cheek-titled name, "The Unholy Trinity."   This podcast features the audio from Matt Dillahunty's Amarillo presentation, and it's part one of a 3-part podcast series from this tour. Video of Matt's speech is here:  http://youtu.be/SBwv79WFqAc? 

The Psychology of Belief

Jul 30, 2014 01:17:00

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How does the human brain accept rationality AND irrationality?  What are the mechanisms at play when it comes to the acceptance of religious beliefs and claims?  Are some people more predisposed to superstitious thinking than others?  What are the best approaches to help promote science, reason, rationality and evidence-based thinking? Joining us for this show will be Dr. Caleb Lack (http://www.caleblack.com) a clinical psychologist and educator on psychology, critical thinking and science VS pseudoscience.  He writes the "Great Plains Skeptic" column on the Skeptic Ink Network (http://www.skepticink.com) BOOK:  13 Reasons to Doubt:  http://www.amazon.com/13-Reasons-Doubt-writers-Skeptic-ebook/dp/B00LRFK548/

Dying with Dignity (with Wanda Morris)

Jul 23, 2014 01:13:00

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Support our sponsor:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist This week's special guest is Wanda Morris, CEO of the organization, "Dying with Dignity."  Wanda has been on the front lines of the Right to Die Movement in Canada for many years, educating the public, challenging government officials and fighting for patients' rights regarding end-of-life choices. In this podcast, we explore death, the fear of death, and the question of how humanity should approach life, death, suffering, compassion and dignity. LINKS: http://www.dyingwithdignity.ca/ https://www.facebook.com/DWDCanada https://twitter.com/DWDCanada http://www.worldrtd.net/ Speech at IMAGINE NO RELIGION 4:  http://youtu.be/M3-6BIMkjRA

Questions and Suggestions

Jul 17, 2014 01:38:00

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Support our sponsor:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist This week's show is a casual conversation where listeners submit questions and comments about the show, about activism in general, about their own lives and circumstances, and about whatever else might be on their minds.

Seth Andrews: The Ultimate Question

Jul 9, 2014 01:11:00

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On April 12th, 2014, Seth Andrews spoke in San Diego, California to a standing-room-only crowd at the VisionPulse Creative Event & Meeting Center.  His presentation, titled "The Ultimate Question," dealt with religion, indoctrination, curiosity, fear and the liberation from superstitious chains.  This is the audio of that presentation. VIDEO VERSION OF THE SPEECH:  http://youtu.be/csxLnEUNNS8 THE LETTER:  http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/blog/86/A-Letter-of-Encouragement Special thanks to: The Humanist Fellowship of San Diego http://www.hfsd.info http://www.meetup.com/humanistfellowship The San Diego Coalition of Reason http://unitedcor.org/san-diego/page/home http://www.SDCoR.org

Counter-Apologetics: Part 2

Jul 2, 2014 01:22:00

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Merriam Webster defines the word apologetics as: 1)  systematic argumentative discourse in defense (as of a doctrine) 2)  a branch of theology devoted to the defense of the divine origin and authority of Christianity And apologists are everywhere, using lofty language and theological acrobatics to defend belief systems which can't otherwise be defended. This two-part podcast talks about many prominent apologists and their arguments, addressing many of the most commonly heard apologetic claims and examining those claims logically, rationally, morally and against the evidence. Last week's episode featured specific information about apologist arguments and tactics.  This show is exclusively dedicated to listener calls with comments/questions.   THE ATHEIST EXPERIENCE:  http://www.atheist-experience.com JT EBERHARD:  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wwjtd ARONRA:  http://www.aronra.com    

Counter-Apologetics: Part 1

Jun 25, 2014 01:26:00

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Merriam Webster defines the word apologetics as: 1)  systematic argumentative discourse in defense (as of a doctrine) 2)  a branch of theology devoted to the defense of the divine origin and authority of Christianity And apologists are everywhere, using lofty language and theological acrobatics to defend belief systems which can't otherwise be defended.   This two-part podcast talks about many prominent apologists and their arguments, addressing many of the most commonly heard apologetic claims and examining those claims logically, rationally, morally and against the evidence. This episode is a discussion between several experience debaters: Matt Dillahunty, Tracie Harris and AronRa.  Next week's show will be fully dedicated to listener calls with comments and questions (podcast@thethinkingatheist.com) FRANKEN-KAT PHOTO:  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=672053969537687&set=a.474510282625391.1073741825.100001992705053&type=1&theater

The Human Journey with Dr. Carolyn Porco

Jun 19, 2014 00:58:00

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Dr. Carolyn C. Porco is an American planetary scientist known for her work on the Voyager missions to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune in the 1980s.  She leads the imaging scientist team on the Cassini mission currently in orbit around Saturn.  She’s also involved with the New Horizons mission launched to Pluto.  She has authored more than 100 scientific papers.  She has given two popular Ted Talks lectures.  She has won numerous awards, including the Carl Sagan Medal presented by the American Astronomical Society for Excellence in the Communication of Science to the Public, she was named one of the 25 most influential people in space by Time magazine in 2012, and she was recently elected to be a laureate of the International Academy of Humanism. On this podcast, we talk with Dr. Porco about her work, about the exploration of our solar system and beyond, about science versus anti-science, and about this new age of discovery that has opened windows into the vast reaches of space. CAROLYN PORCO WEBSITE:  http://carolynporco.com Twitter: @carolynporco Facebook: carolynporco  CICLOPS WEBSITE:  http://www.ciclops.org THE DAY THE EARTH SMILED:  http://www.thedaytheearthsmiled.com  

The Refining Reason Debate: Sye Ten Bruggencate VS Matt Dillahunty

Jun 11, 2014 02:06:00

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On Saturday, May 31st at the Marriot East in Memphis, TN, atheist Matt Dillahunty and presuppositional apologist Sye Ten Bruggencate took the stage before a live audience to debate the topic, "Is It Reasonable To Believe God Exists?" This is the audio of that exchange. The video version of this debate can be seen on The Thinking Atheist YouTube channel at:  http://youtu.be/OL8LREmbDi0  

What The Fossils Say (with Dr. Donald Prothero)

Jun 4, 2014 01:14:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Organizations like the Institute for Creation Research declare that fossils prove a young earth and in no way contradict the creation account of Genesis.  In fact, religious "scientists" and apologists worldwide declare that secular science isn't just incorrect about dinosaurs, fossils and the age of the planet, but that it might be a puppet of Satan himself, working to mislead a generation into accepting what creationists call "The Religion of Evolution." In this show, we welcome special guest Dr. Donald Prothero, professor of geology at Occidental College, expert in physical and historical geology, sedimentary geology and paleontology, and author of several books, including "Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why it Matters" and "Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future." So...what do the fossils say?  Let's talk to a legitimate scientist and find out. SkepticBlog Website:  http://www.skepticblog.org Talk Origins Website:  http://www.talkorigins.org VIDEO:  Conspiracy road trip: http://youtu.be/Oju_lpqa6Ug VIDEO:  Evolution: Why it Happened & Why it Matters:  http://youtu.be/efpjE_wg_1M Dr. Donald Prothero’s books on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Donald-R.-Prothero/e/B001IGO7HM

Letters

May 28, 2014 01:06:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist This podcast is all abour your email.  Share a story.  Vent about a topic important to you.  Ask a question.  Share a humorous anecdote.  Whatever. Email your letters to podcast@thethinkingatheist.com

God and the Constitution

May 21, 2014 01:14:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist "The United States is a Christian nation!" We hear this charge quite often, usually accompanied by references to the Ten Commandments in government courthouses, references to God in the pledge of allegiance and on American currency, and most recently, in the ruling by the Supreme Court that government meetings can open with Christian prayers. In this podcast, we speak with David Niose, author of "Nonbeliever Nation," Amanda Knief, constitutional expert and author of "The Citizen Lobbyist,"  and Kelly Damerow, director of federal and state affairs at the Secular Coalition for America.   LINKS: Religion Clause:  http://religionclause.blogspot.com Religion Law:  http://religionlaw.blogspot.com  

Faith-Healer Fail

May 14, 2014 01:22:00

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SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Throughout history, pastors, preachers, healers and holy rollers have claimed to directly channel God in the performance of miracles.  The sick and afflicted stand in long lines to be touched and cured by these (supposed) conduits of divine healing power.   But how effective are these healers?  What types of miracles are claimed and received?  What about those who received no actual healing benefit?  Who profits from healing services and crusades?  What are the tricks of the charlatans and fakes?  And are they all fakes? This podcast expores the side of "faith healing" that you won't hear about during Sunday morning prayer. PODCAST #45:  Faith Healers (with James Randi)  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2012/02/16/faith-healers--with-special-guest-james-randi PODCAST #128: Religion & the Placebo Effect (with Dr. Andy Thomson)  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2013/09/24/religion-and-the-placebo-effect-with-dr-andy-thomson

Coming Out Atheist

May 8, 2014 01:00:00

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SPONSORED BY:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist It's one thing to reject a belief in gods.  It's another thing to actually broadcast that information to religious family, friends, employers, neighbors and even total strangers. In many instances, the consequences can be significant.  Families divide.  Friends disappear.  Voices are raised.  Accusations are made.  In certain regions and cultures, the word "atheist" can get you hurt or killed. So what are some of the best tactics for "coming out" as a non-believer?  In this show, we explore the subject, take your calls, and speak with Greta Christina about her new book, "Coming Out Atheist: How to Do it, How to Help Each Other, and Why?"  http://freethoughtblogs.com/greta/2014/03/07/coming-out-atheist-ordering-info/ Email podcast@thethinkingatheist.com

Evolving Out of Eden (with Ed Suominen and Robert M. Price)

Apr 30, 2014 01:14:00

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This podcast is titled after the new book by Suominen and Price, available here:   http://evolvingoutofeden.com Evolution has been proven beyond legitimate scientific dispute.  We are evolved creatures, a process of random mutation and DNA crossover, genetic drift, horizontal gene transfer and natural selection.  We are not the descendants of Adam. This is troubling to the believer in the Genesis account of Creation. In this podcast. Ed Suominen and Dr. Robert M. Price speak about the hostile territory outside of Eden…a place where dogma dissipates under the white-hot light of the evidence. Salon article featuring Ed Suominen:  http://www.salon.com/2013/09/09/i_was_a_fundamentalist_until_science_changed_my_mind_partner/ Dr. Price's "Bible Geek" podcast:  http://www.robertmprice.mindvendor.com/biblegeek.php

I Raised a Religious Child

Apr 23, 2014 01:21:00

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What happens when you reject religion AFTER you've already raised your children to believe in God? How does a parent approach children to inform them that the years of church services, mealtime prayers, bible verses and godspeak were actually a mistake, and what are the potential repercussions and responses?  Anger?  Denial?  Relief?  Joy? This show talks about parents who, for whatever reason, raised children under religious teachings and rules and now find themselves in disagreement with doctrine they once held as Truth. Have an opinion or perspective?  Email podcast@thethinkingatheist.com

Holy Hollywood!

Apr 16, 2014 01:11:00

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Hollywood isn't generally known for popping out religious films, but in recent months (and periodically throughout the decades), they've become big box office and big business. In this lighthearted show, we look at religious films from the past century, from Cecil B. Demile fare to the recent "Son of God" and various non-Hollywood movies that have "blessed" theater screens with tales of divinity, tragedy and (almost inevitably) large amounts of cheese. If you've seen "The Ten Commandments," "The Passion of the Christ," or the recent (and some would say sacreligious) Aronofsky interpreation of the "Noah" story, bring your reviews and join us for an entertaining podcast. VIDEO:  Nicolas Cage (mentioned in this show)  - http://youtu.be/kOCF0BLf-BM

The Rise of Black Secularism

Apr 9, 2014 01:24:00

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In his presentation “Breaking the Taboo of Atheism in Black Communities,” Leo Igwe said that “If there are people who should be religious and theistic today, it is not black people.” Yet black people are reputed to be the most religious people on earth, and the social stigma for the black atheist can be significant and often severe. As skeptics, how do we approach the issue of color in relation to non-belief?  Should we strive to be “colorblind,” ignoring labels like black, white, etc?  Or should color be acknowledged, embraced and even celebrated by those who accept the evolutionary explanation of our origins (aka: we are all Africans)? Tonight features a panel of very special guests:  Jamila Bey: Director of Commnications for the Secular Student Alliance, Alix Jules, President of Black Nonbelievers of Dallas, and Bridgette Gaudette, Executive Director of the Florida Humanist Association.  The show will respectfully approach a subject that is controversial, even considered taboo, and will hopefully provide education and resources for atheists of all colors and cultures. LINKS: DFW Coalition of Reason: http://www.dfwcor.org Black Nonbelievers Inc:  http://blacknonbelievers.wordpress.com The Gospel of Doubt:  http://gospelofdoubt.net Secular Student Alliance:  http://www.secularstudents.org Florida Humanist Association:  http://www.floridahumanist.org

Believers VS Non-Believers interviews Seth Andrews

Apr 2, 2014 01:26:00

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"Personal Relationship With Reality" t-shirt (and more):  https://garmentdeli.com/thethinkingatheist On March 1st, 2014, The PalTalk chat room "Believers VS Non-Believers" asked Seth Andrews, host of The Thinking Atheist, to join the group for a lively discussion between atheists and advocates of religion/spiritualism.   This podcast is a presentation of audio from that conversation, slightly abridged for time. Original YouTube link:  http://youtu.be/9jlQEiLgH04

Nathan Phelps: The Death of My Father

Mar 21, 2014 00:44:00

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Fred Phelps, reviled (and excommunicated) pastor of Westboro Baptist Church, built his life upon a foundation of hatred: the protests of military funerals, the condemnation of homosexuals, professed gratitude to God for terrorist attacks, and much more. Recent news reports of Fred Phelps' death have again brought his name and face to worldwide attention, prompted by a public statement from his own son, Nathan, who escaped Wesboro and has become a champion of human rights in the face of his father's hatred. In this podcast, we talk to Nathen Phelps.  About his father.  About his father's death.  About the celebratory public response.  About the Westboro legacy.  And about the often conflicted feelings of a father's son at a time when he is denied access, or should he choose it, the opportunity to say "goodbye." Join us for a compelling discussion.      

Debunking Christianity (with John W. Loftus)

Mar 19, 2014 00:57:00

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CAMP QUEST DONATION LINK:  http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/2014-cqok-fundraising-drive/145726 It's the most popular religion on earth.  But are its claims easily refuted, dismantled and debunked?   In this episode, we talk to John W. Loftus, a former minister and Christian educator.  A prolific speaker, author and blogger, Loftus speaks about his own journey out of faith and what he feels are effective ways to debunk Christianity. BLOG: Debunking Christianity: http://debunkingchristianity.blogspot.com BOOKS "Why I Became an Atheist: a Former Preacher Rejects Christianity" http://www.amazon.com/Why-Became-Atheist-Preacher-Christianity/dp/1616145773/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394131968&sr=1-2 "The End of Christianity" http://www.amazon.com/End-Christianity-John-W-Loftus/dp/1616144130/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394131968&sr=1-3  

Satanic Panic

Mar 12, 2014 01:15:00

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Podcast sponsored by http://ComputerLearningZone.net In the 70s, 80s and early 90s, a phenomenon known today as The Satanic Panic swept the United States, as the evangelical Christian community charged that a vast underground network of Satanists were controlling large parts of society.   Believers were warned about products subsidized by Satan, including over-the-counter items like detergent and toothpaste, and there was a huge focus on toys, games and cartoons infected with demons.   In this show, we talk about the Satanic Panic of the past, and we look at modern-day charges of Satanic media, products and influences in our culture. GERALDO TELEVISION SPECIAL:  http://youtu.be/uMSf4CAEVLU TURMOIL IN THE TOYBOX:  http://youtu.be/3jrMoVWl5KA TURMOIL CLIPS (EDITED): http://io9.com/seven-insane-minutes-of-people-explaining-how-80s-toys-1456419789 PODCAST on "The Church of Satan" http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2012/10/16/the-church-of-satan    

Atheism: Just Another Religion?

Mar 6, 2014 01:09:00

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Is atheism a replacement for religion?  Or is atheism simply another religion? As non-theists and freethought groups organize, gather and even sometimes attend things like the "Sunday assembly," the charge is often heard that the godless are acting religious, that their adherence to science is "faith," and that their gatherings are just anothe form of church. In this show, we explore the question.  And we hear from David Silverman, President of one of the largest atheist (religious???) organizations in the world.

I Am an Ex-Muslim

Feb 26, 2014 01:14:00

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Leaving any faith can be difficult...even traumatic.  In some faiths and in some cultures, it can be dangerous. This show features the voices and stories of several ex-Muslims.  We attempt to gain a better understanding of Islam and Muslim traditions, the reasons for their apostasy, and the potential consequences. Join us for a fascinating look at the life of an ex-Muslim. Imad Iddine Habib:  https://www.facebook.com/ZokTooR BenBaz Aziz:  https://www.facebook.com/benbaz.aziz Rabab “Ruby” Khaja:  http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=30434 Muhammad Syed - Ex-Muslims of North America www.exmna.org Global Secular Humanist Movement:  https://www.facebook.com/GSHMP Report-  Political and Legal Status of Apostates in Islam: http://ex-muslim.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Apostasy_Report_Web1.pdf

Divine Protection

Feb 21, 2014 01:01:00

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Romans 8:28 declares, "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." Luke 12 says that the very hairs on our heads are numbered, and that even the sparrows are not forgotten by God.  To the believer, God says "Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." But are the faithful truly insulated from calamity, pain and death? In this podcast, we take a rational look at Divine Protection. Your calls and emails:  podcast@thethinkingatheist.com

Why Evolution is True (with Dr. Jerry Coyne)

Feb 13, 2014 01:06:00

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Sponsored by Audible.  Get a free audiobook and 30-day trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/thethinkingatheist Is evolution a theory or fact?  Or both?  Is evolution "true?" Dr. Jerry Coyne has a Ph.D in evolutionary biology from Harvard, and he serves as professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago.  He is a member of both the Committee on Genetics and the Committee of Evolutionary Biology, and he is author of the books: "Speciation"  http://www.amazon.com/Speciation-Jerry-A-Coyne/dp/0878930892" and "Why Evolution is True"  http://www.amazon.com/Why-Evolution-True-Jerry-Coyne/dp/0143116649/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391013997&sr=1-1&keywords=why+evolution+is+true   Podcast on Secular Parenting:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2013/07/23/secular-parenting-with-dale-mcgowan Matt Dillahunty and Ray Comfort debate:  http://salem-kkmsam.media.streamtheworld.com/audio/on_the_way_102596481.mp3

Atheism Around the World

Feb 4, 2014 01:06:00

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As The Thinking Atheist radio podcast originates in the United States (and because its host often speaks to his former faith, Christianity), the show often focuses on American culture, American politics, and American issues regarding religion and atheism. This week, we travel beyond the borders of the 50 states to explore Atheism Around the World.  

Religion and Shame (with Dr. Darrel Ray)

Jan 30, 2014 01:04:00

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Does religion cheat people out of contentment and comfort with their views, their self-worth, their sexuality, etc? Dr. Darrel Ray is author of the book, "The God Virus: How Religion Affects Our Lives and Culture," and "Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality." In his writings and presentations, Darrel reveals the subtle (and not so subtle) ways that religion uses shame as a weapon against those who might dare to fall outside its narrow boundaries.   Join us for a fascinating look at Religion & Shame.  

Bill Nye and the Creationist Guy

Jan 22, 2014 01:28:00

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On February 4th, 2014, Bill Nye ("The Science Guy") has agreed to debate Ken Ham, president of Answers In Genesis and The Creation Museum.  The debate will take place on Ham's home turf, at The Creation Museum, and the 800 available tickets sold out almost immediately. This event raises the larger question:  Should scientists agree to these types of debates? Some (like Richard Dawkins) say "no," as it would be akin to an obstetrician debating a proponent of the "stork theory" of reproduction.  Others insist that the debate is not only appropriate, but necessary. Joining us in this discussion are Matt Dillahunty, Dr. Richard Carrier, Greta Christina, David Silverman, Ed Hensley and AronRa.   Articles: RDFRS:  Why Bill Nye Shouldn't Debate Ken Ham http://www.richarddawkins.net/foundation_articles/2014/1/16/why-bill-nye-shouldn-t-debate-ken-ham AHA:  WHY THE BILL NYE-KEN HAM DEBATE IS A GOOD THING http://americanhumanist.org/HNN/details/2014-01-why-the-bill-nye-ken-ham-debate-is-a-good-thing AHA:  BILL NYE SHARING THE STAGE WITH KEN HAM IS A MISTAKE http://americanhumanist.org/HNN/details/2014-01-bill-nye-sharing-the-stage-with-ken-ham-is-a-mistake  

The Skeptic's Annotated Bible (with Steve Wells)

Jan 15, 2014 00:37:00

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Sponsored by Audible.com.  Get your free audio book and a 30-day trial at www.audibletrial.com/thethinkingatheist Steve Wells spent years researching the Bible (as well as the Qur'an and the Book of Mormon) to produce a website and hardcover book called "The Skeptic's Annotated Bible." In this episode, we talk with Steve about his history, his research, and the sides of scripture that most haven't heard in Sunday morning sermons. Steve's book "Drunk With Blood:  God's Killings in the Bible:  http://www.amazon.com/Drunk-Blood-Gods-Killings-Bible/dp/0988245116/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389754059&sr=8-1&keywords=drunk+with+blood DEVIL BABY VIDEO:  http://youtu.be/PUKMUZ4tlJg

Random Acts of Kindness

Jan 8, 2014 00:59:00

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Kindness, gentleness, empathy, compassion, love, goodness, morality.  These attributes are often called the property of religion, and beautiful acts of kindness between people actually reflect a moral code given to humanity by the Great Eye in the Sky. Of course, this is nonsense. We've covered the subject of "Morality" in a previous episode (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2013/04/09/morality).  But the source and nature of morality isn't what tonight's particular show is about. Tonight is merely a chance to share stories about helping others, with each example providing encouragement and a reminder that even the smallest gestures can transform someone's world. These gestures didn't come about because we were directed to by a "voice" or ancient holy book (in fact, we're glad our morality isn't derived from the bible, Qur'an, etc).  They happened because we sought to provide a human solution to a human problem, and in doing so, we felt the satisfaction and joy of knowing we made a difference. Tell us about your random act of kindness (and the reaction that followed).  Email: podcast@thethinkingatheist.com

Does Religion Poison Everything?

Jan 3, 2014 01:17:00

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In his 2007 book, "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything," the late Christopher Hitchens asserted, without apology, that there is nothing that has been or can be improved by religion.  In fact, religion is a toxin which damages or destroys everything it touches. Is this assertion accurate and fair?  Is there nothing positive that religion has brought to humanity? We discuss the issue.  Your calls and emails (send to podcast@thethinkingatheist.com)  

The Best And Worst of 2013

Dec 19, 2013 01:25:00

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In this end-of-year episode, we look back at religion, politics, science and pop culture to talk about the highlights (and lowlights): The Best And Worst of 2013. We'll look at the breakthroughs of science, the good work of humanitarians, the celebrities and public figures who helped the cause of secularism, and the facepalm-worthy words and actions of religion in this crazy world.  (Yes, Sarah Palin is on the list.) If you have a person or story you'd like to nominate, send your email (and the reasons for your pick) to podcast@thethinkingatheist.com

A Universe From Nothing (with Lawrence Krauss)

Dec 18, 2013 00:50:00

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Professor Lawrence Krauss is a theoretical physicist and cosmologist, Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, director of its Origins Project, bestselling author, and he shares the screen with Richard Dawkins in the new documentary, "The Unbelievers." Krauss' most recent book is called, "A Universe From Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing."  In this podcast, Dr. Krauss joins Seth Andrews for a discussion about science, religion, apologists, and a universe from nothing. Opening speech at Brisbane event, "Has Science Buried God?":  http://youtu.be/-b8t70_c8eE?t=24m  

Mail Call

Dec 11, 2013 01:18:00

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Santa's not the only one getting letters this holiday season.  This podcast highlights letters you've sent into the show (and we'll take a few calls, too).  Got something you'd like to ask or comment on?  Email: podcast@thethinkingatheist.com  

Holiday Heathens 2013

Dec 4, 2013 01:13:00

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It's the holiday season, and once again we gather a few of our favorite infidels around the fireplace to talk about whatever comes to mind.  Sure, we'll address atheism, activism and the usual stuff, but we'll also shift gears and enjoy a more personal side.  So grab some hot cider and join Matt Dillahunty, Jamila Bey, AronRa and Seth Andrews for a fireside chat. Email the show:  podcast@thethinkingatheist.com

Black Friday

Dec 1, 2013 00:45:00

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In this impromptu podcast, we explore the phenomenon of Black Friday, and we chat about whatever comes to mind.  No rules, just some relaxed, holiday conversation.

Who Invented Jesus? (with Robert M. Price)

Nov 27, 2013 01:20:00

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Robert M. Price's website:  http://www.robertmprice.mindvendor.com Recent headlines have again prompted rabid debate over the origins of the Jesus story, the latest asserting that Christ was an invention of Rome. In this podcast, and in advance of the holiday that celebrates Jesus' supposed birthday, we speak with Robert M. Price, a former Baptist minister (turned skeptic), professor of religion, and author of a number of books, including "Deconstructing Jesus," "Jesus is Dead," "The Case Against the Cast for Christ," and "The Amazing Colossal Apostle: The Search for the Hi

Psychoanalyzing God: with Dr. Valerie Tarico

Nov 20, 2013 01:06:00

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Valerie Tarico's website:  awaypoint.wordpress.com The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word "psychoanalyze" as:   to treat the mental and emotional problems of (a patient) by having the patient talk about dreams, feelings, memories, etc. : to treat (someone) by means of psychoanalysis In this podcast, we attempt to psychoanalyze God himself (actually, we'll deal with several deities claiming the One True God" title), and we'll talk to Dr. Valerie Tarico, psychologist and author of the book "Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light." http://www.amazon.com/Trusting-Doubt-Former-Evangelical-Beliefs/dp/0977392937 Dr. Tarico has tackled the psychoanalysis of God on her YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/TrustingDoubt, and she lectures across the country.  She joins us for the show and takes your calls. Podcast with Dr. Andy Thomson: "Religion and the Placebo Effect" http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2013/09/24/religion-and-the-placebo-effect-with-dr-andy-thomson

I'm An Atheist, But I'm Not "Out"

Nov 13, 2013 01:32:00

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Surveys from Pew and other organizations show non-belief as the fastest growing "religious group" (for lack of a better term) in the United States. Some are simply unconcerned about religious.  But many are self-professed atheists.   However, many of these atheists have only professed their non-belief to a select few, and some haven't told anyone at all. This show deals with atheists who aren't "out."  What are the reasons for remaining silent?  What are the consequences of going public?  And how is the culture shifting to perhaps make it easier for the non-theist to step out of the shadows. We Are Atheism Article "10 Tips For Coming Out As An Atheist"  http://www.weareatheism.com/resources/10-5-tips-for-coming-out/   Podcast:  "World Full of Woo":  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2012/08/21/a-world-full-of-woo Podcast:  "You're Not Alone & You're Not Crazy" http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2013/09/03/youre-not-alone-and-youre-not-crazy

A Manual For Creating Atheists (with Dr. Peter Boghossian)

Nov 6, 2013 01:20:00

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Is there a method or manual for creating atheists?  Is that even a proper way to phrase our goal(s) as proponents of science and reason?  What is the Faith Virus? In this show, we speak with Dr. Peter Boghossian, Instructor of Philosophy at Portland State University and author of the book, "A Manual For Creating Atheists," BOOK:  http://www.amazon.com/Manual-Creating-Atheists-Peter-Boghossian/dp/1939578094/ref=zg_bs_12764_5   Peter's TAM talk: http://www.richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2013/10/26/peter-boghossian-authenticity-tam-2013-youtube   Peter Boghossian's Conversation with Richard Dawkins: http://www.richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2013/10/24/richard-dawkins-in-conversation-with-peter-boghossian Plus, your calls and emails (podcast@thethinkingatheist.com)  

Rational People, Irrational Fears

Oct 30, 2013 01:08:00

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We are skeptics.  We are proponents of science.  But we are also human, susceptible to the odd phobia and irrational fear. Perhaps it's a shadow in the corner of the bedroom.  Spiders, snakes or other slithery creatures.  Certain sounds, people or places. In this Halloween-themed show, we explore some of the interesting irrational fears and phobias that plague us. Email yours to podcast@thethinkingatheist.com

Ghost Stories 2013

Oct 23, 2013 01:08:00

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It's the Halloween season, and it's time for another fun, frivolous evening of ghost stories and spooky tales about things that go bump in the night. Happy Halloween.

The Richard Dawkins Interview

Oct 16, 2013 01:13:00

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This podcast sponsored by http://www.evolvefish.com INTERVIEW VIDEO:  http://youtu.be/aS0sjzUmIEk On September 24th, Richard Dawkins' new book, "An Appetite For Wonder: the Making of a Scientist" released worldwide.  Four days later in Washington DC, Dawkins sat down for a one-hour conversation with Seth Andrews to talk about a variety of subjects...including childhood, music, evolution, apologist "fleas," Christopher Hitchens and the memoir itself. This is the audio of that conversation. Time Zone Converter:  http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc

A Secular America

Oct 9, 2013 01:47:00

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"One Nation Under God." Those words are in the United States pledge of allegiance, but do they represent the wishes of this nations' founders?  In this show, we speak with Sean Faircloth about his "Ten Point Vision for a Secular America," CJ Werleman talks about his book, "Crucifying America," and David Niose weighs in on the fight to protect the rights of non-theists in the courts. Website for CJ Werleman:  http://www.cjwerleman.com Sean Faircloth “Attack of the Theocrats! How the Religious Right Harms Us All – and What We Can Do About it.”  http://www.amazon.com/Attack-Theocrats-Religious-Right-Harms/dp/0984493255/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381275217&sr=8-1&keywords=sean+faircloth+attack+of+the+theocrats   Sean’s email for those interested in supporting the Iowa secular event:  sfaircloth@gwi.net David Niose “Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans”  http://www.amazon.com/Nonbeliever-Nation-Rise-Secular-Americans/dp/B00DVPMOSW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381275279&sr=8-1&keywords=david+niose   VIDEO: “A Christian Nation”  http://youtu.be/QQrD1ty-yzs

The Dogma Debate (with David Smalley)

Oct 2, 2013 01:24:00

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David Smalley is founder and president of Dogma Debate, a popular radio podcast which deals with topics related to religion, civil rights, politics, science and more. David is a former Christian and author of "Baptized Atheist."  He currently serves on the National Speakers Bureau for the Secular Student Alliance and is a sought-after presenter across the nation. In this show, it's a meeting of radio hosts, and whatever else it might be, it won't be boring. Your calls and emails:  podcast@thethinkingatheist.com MORALITY PODCAST:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2013/04/09/morality

Religion and the Placebo Effect (with Dr. Andy Thomson)

Sep 25, 2013 01:07:00

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Dr. Andy Thomson, MD, is a staff psychiatrist for Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Virginia Student Health Center, as well as the University of Virginis Institute for Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy. He joins us for a fascinating look at the human brain as it relates to belief, and he'll share a perspective on The Placebo Effect that might not be what you expect. LINKS: Book: "Why We Believe in God(s) by Dr. Andy Thomson  Dr. Andy Thomson Speech: “Morality: From the Heavens or from Nature” “The Moral Life of Babies” “The Moral Instinct" by Steven Pinker   "Science in Hollywood" - Carolyn Porco

The Jehovah's Witnesses

Sep 18, 2013 01:40:00

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Sponsored by Audible.com.  Get a FREE audiobook and 30-day trial today by signing up at www.audiblepodcast.com/thinkingatheist It's is one of the most unusual and mysterious churches (cults?) in the world.   But what, exactly, is a Jehovah's Witness?  What do JWs believe?   Do they truly believe that only 144,000 will achieve God's Kingdom, and what does that mean?  (And is it true that a Jehovah's Witness is forbidden to buy Girl Scout Cookies?) Our special guests include: John Hoyle, a former Jehovah's Witnesses who is now behind the websites www.aawa.co, Ex-JW.com, watchtowerwatch.com and insidethewatchtower.com.     James Zimmerman, author of the upcoming book, Deliverance at Hand!: The Redemption of a Devout Jehovah's Witness Plus your calls and emails: podcast@thethinkingatheist.com  

Atheists Who Changed The World

Sep 11, 2013 01:19:00

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Many of the people who have made the greatest impact on our lives - through literature, art, nnovation, technology and scientific discovery - did so without any belief in gods. Some of the stories we'll share are familiar.  Some will take you by surprise. Join us as we take a look at Atheists Who Changed The World. Links Halloween History and the Church: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2011/10/14/halloween-history-and-the-church Pale Blue Dot:  http://youtu.be/KMjEVG2rrFQ  

You're Not Alone (and You're Not Crazy)

Sep 4, 2013 01:07:00

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Many who reject religion are told by family, friends and cultures that they're the ones with the problem. "You're not thinking correctly."  "You're going through a phase."  "You're deceived."  "You're the only one who doesn't believe in God." This show is an encouragement to anyone and everyone who has ever felt frustrated and/or alone in their deity-free lives. Your calls and emails:  podcast@thethinkingatheist.com Time Zone Converter:  http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc

Sex, Money and the Ministry

Aug 29, 2013 01:29:00

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The millionaire mega-pastor.  The evangelist with the Gulfstream jet.  The charismatic minister receiving "favors" from an adoring member of the flock.  The houses.  The toys.  The tax-exempt paychecks.  These are touted as God's blessings from on high. But would a just god truly advocate the lavish lives of religious rock stars swimming in money, clothes, cars, adoration and power?  And why do so many mega-ministers wind up in a torrent of controversy and scandal? Are opportunists merely cashing in on the public's need to believe? We look at the phenomenon of the millionare minister, and the (literal) business of selling God to the masses. Your calls and emails 

Sex, Money and the Ministry

Aug 28, 2013 01:29:00

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The millionaire mega-pastor.  The evangelist with the Gulfstream jet.  The charismatic minister receiving "favors" from an adoring member of the flock.  The houses.  The toys.  The tax-exempt paychecks.  These are touted as God's blessings from on high. But would a just god truly advocate the lavish lives of religious rock stars swimming in money, clothes, cars, adoration and power?  And why do so many mega-ministers wind up in a torrent of controversy and scandal? Are opportunists merely cashing in on the public's need to believe? We look at the phenomenon of the millionare minister, and the (literal) business of selling God to the masses. Your calls and emails (podcast@thethinkingatheist.com) Time Zone Converter:  http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc

Strange Superstitions

Aug 21, 2013 01:07:00

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Sponsored by Audible.com:  www.audiblepodcast.com/thinkingathiest Knock on wood. Tragedies always come in threes. Make a wish on the wishbone. Stay home on Friday the 13th. You found a penny?  Prepare for good luck. This show explores the often fun and sometimes alarming superstitions that actually affect how many people live their lives.  They fear the black cat.  They dread the broken mirror.  And they're convinced that a dropped wedding band at the ceremony predicts a doomed marriage. Join us as we  take a fascinating and often humorous look at Strange Superstitions. Your calls and emails (email: podcast@thethinkingatheist.com)  

Random Reason

Aug 14, 2013 01:01:00

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No rules for this one.  Just a potpourri of calls and emails from our listeners.  (email: podcast@thethinkingatheist.com) Time Zone Converter:  http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc

The Broken Record

Aug 8, 2013 01:28:00

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Science gives us something new to talk about every single day. Religion continues to rehash assertions and arguments from thousands of years ago. In this podcast, we explore the "broken record" of theist claims and look at many of the debate points we encounter over and over and over. Your calls and emails:  podcast@thethinkingatheist.com Time Zone Converter:  http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc

Hope After Faith with Jerry DeWitt

Jul 31, 2013 01:09:00

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Born and bred in the church, Jerry Dewitt was a Pentecostal preacher in the town of DeRidder, Louisiana before he came to doubt his faith and, ultimately, reject it outright. The first graduate of The Clergy Project, Jerry DeWitt now travels the country promoting secularism (and a love for people both religious and non-religious).   He is author of the book, "Hope After Faith: An Ex-Pastor's Journey From Belief To Atheism." He joins Seth Andrews for a deeply personal discussion about his former faith and the road from pastor to apostate. Time Zone Converter:  http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc

Secular Parenting with Dale McGowan

Jul 24, 2013 01:21:00

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"I want to raise my child to be skeptical and rational, but I don't want to indoctrinate my child into atheism.  What do I do?" This question is a common one for secular parents.  They're eager to raise freethinkers and protect their children from the damage done by religion, but they don't want to fall into the same traps that many religious parents do: raising parrots instead of people. Our guest, Dale McGowan is co-author of the books, Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers.  He writes the secular parenting blog, The Meming of Life, and in 2008 was named Harvard Humanist of the Year.   LINKS:   BOOK: PARENTING BEYOND BELIEF BOOK: RAISING FREETHINKERS BOOK: ATHEISM FOR DUMMIES SPEECH: Dale McGowan at the 2013 Oklahoma Freethought Convention: "Raising (Actual) Freethinkers" BLOG:  The Meming of Life  

Clash From The Past

Jul 17, 2013 02:17:00

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From 1990-1999, Seth Andrews was a radio host on the Christian station, KXOJ 100.9FM.  That station was (and continues to be managed) by David Stephens, a Christ-follower and host of the Christian online community, Beliefchangers. In this podcast, Seth and David reconnect after more than a decade to have a respectful-yet-direct, person-to-person conversation about atheism, faith, scripture, Jesus and whatever topic/question our callers bring to the table. It's a meeting of minds, and it should prove to be an entertaining and compelling exchange. Your calls and emails:  (podcast@thethinkingatheist.com) Time Zone Converter:  

Getting Older

Jul 10, 2013 01:34:00

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It's seems like only a short while ago when we felt the invincibility that so often comes with youth.  We knew we were taking the beginning steps on the journey, the future an almost eternal road before us. And then one day, we look into the mirror, and our reflection seems a different person.  And the changes aren't just physical, as our ideas, our perceptions of the world, our priorities, our goals have transformed as well. In this introspective podcast, we talk about getting older.  The ups.  The downs.  And how the decades have affected us from without and within. SETH'S BOOK: DECONVERTED: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1478716568 MORALITY PODCAST http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2013/04/09/morality THE BLOODY BIBLE PODCAST http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2012/10/30/the-bloody-bible

How Atheism Changed Me

Jul 3, 2013 01:08:00

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When you move from religion to non-religion, from belief to skepticism, from theism to atheism, how does that transition affect how we see the world? How have your viewpoints changed (if, indeed, they have) on the many important issues we face every day? Sexuality.  Politics and government.  Medicine.  Scientific research.  Parenting.  How we choose our careers, our friends, our life goals.  Etc. How has atheism informed and/or changed your own worldview?  Your calls and emails (send to podcast@thethinkingatheist.com) Time Zone Converter:  http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc

Your Argument Is Invalid - with JT Eberhard

Jun 26, 2013 01:41:00

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Time and again, we put religious claims under the white hot light of science, reason and the evidence, and almost invariably, those claims dissolve in the face of the facts. Yet they persist.  They continue.  They are everywhere. JT Eberhard is host of the popular blog, "What Would JT Do (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wwjtd)."  An atheist, advocate for LGBT rights, co-founder of Skepticon and sought-after public speaker.  In this podcast, JT weighs in with his perspective on the worst (and most frustrating) arguments that skeptics encounter in the debate arena. Outside of his work as an activist, JT Eberhard is a veteran of the Springfield Regional Opera's Young Artist Program. A baritone, JT has a handful of professional roles to his credit with various companies including work under the directorship of two-time Grammy-winner James Billings. JT EBERHARD SPEECHES:  Skepticon 3 "Dear Christian" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGjZHgArDq8&list=PLB56E2DA22222A1AD Skepticon 4 "Mental Illness and Why The Skeptic Community Should Give a Shit"  http://youtu.be/UI-YvrHZVvk  

I Live With A Believer

Jun 19, 2013 01:34:00

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On many fronts, believers and non-believers find themselves occupying the same space.  Some are married.  Some are siblings.  Some are friends.  And many have found themselves tested by the differences between them. In this podcast, we talk to listeners who cohabitate with those of a disagreeing opinion on the issue of God, examining how (or if) those disagreements can be abided and/or overcome. Your calls and emails (send to podcast@thethinkingatheist.com) VIDEO:  Derren Brown: Fear And Faith:  http://youtu.be/hfDlfhHVvTY   Time Zone Converter:  http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc

I Saw a White Light

Jun 12, 2013 01:21:00

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A man on his death bed feels the sensation of floating over his own body.  A woman dies in a freak accident and, before she is revived by physicians, visits Heaven.  A teenager barely escapes being killed in a car crash, and the experience changes his perception of life and death. What do we make of these near-death and after-death accounts?  What, exactly, is the "white light" that apparently welcomes us as our heart stops beating?  Is there any evidence to support the claims that those who have walked the membrane between life and death have seen into a spiritual plane? We explore the issue.  Plus your calls and emails.     SAM HARRIS:  “Science on the Brink of Death”  http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/science-on-the-brink-of-death DISCOVERY:  “Brain Waves Surge Moments Before Death” http://news.discovery.com/human/health/near-death-brain.htm CNN:  “Afterlife ‘Feels’ Even More Real Than Real” http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/09/health/belgium-near-death-experiencesf HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS PROJECT: http://www.horizonresearch.org/main_page.php?cat_id=38  

The Mormons - with guest David Fitzgerald

Jun 5, 2013 01:42:00

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This episode explores the beliefs and practices of a church with over 14 million members.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (The Mormons) is, according to the National Council of Churches, the fourth largest Christian denomination in the United States. It also finds itself constantly in the headlines over things like secret handshakes, magic underwear (temple garments), polygamy, racism, child abuse, a billion-dollar tax-free bank account and a planet called Kolob. Our special guest is David Fitzgerald, author of the new book in the series, The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion, "The Mormons."  (Book available now on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Heretics-Guide-Western-Religion/dp/1482773341)   Plus your calls and emails.   VIDEOS Magic Mormon Underwear http://youtu.be/6cbfgmorIGE Endowment Ceremony Footage http://youtu.be/b8sbYtFOnxk  

Everything Happens For A Reason

May 29, 2013 01:25:00

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An event takes place, and many look up and see it as designed, foretold, or at the very least, part of a larger Plan. There are no accidents.  There are no coincidences.  Nothing happens by chance. In this podcast, we explore the assertion that "Everything Happens For A Reason."   ARTICLES Austin Cline / About.com "Everything Happens For A Reason" http://atheism.about.com/b/2013/05/28/everything-happens-for-a-reason.htm The Humanist / Ronald Aronson "The Reason Everything Happens For A Reason"  http://www.thehumanist.org/humanist/09_may_jun/Aronson.html Psychology Today Paul Thagard "Does Everything Happen For A Reason?"  http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/hot-thought/201002/does-everything-happen-reason-0  

The Christian Radio Days

May 23, 2013 01:58:00

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From 1990-2000, Seth Andrews worked for Tulsa's KXOJ 100.9FM, a Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) radio station, with 8 of those years as morning show host.   Seth also hosted another Christian morning show at Clear Channel's LIVE 101.5FM in 2001, and his voice was heard on secular pop/rock/country radio in various capacities in the years after.   This podcast centers around Seth's personal experiences as a Christian broadcaster, his perspectives on the CCM industry, a look at some popular Christian recording artists, and classic audio clips from Seth's old radio days. Get ready to go back in time... Your calls and emails (email: podcast@thethinkingatheist.com) Time Zone Converter:  

Blue Laws

May 15, 2013 01:28:00

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They are known by a variety of names — blue laws, Sunday blue laws, Sunday-closing laws, Sunday statutes. They affect a variety of activities on Sundays, ranging from liquor sales to hunting to car-buying. Many blue laws are county and city ordinances, though some are statewide statutes. In this episode, prepare the facepalms as we examine "blue laws" and other laws and edicts that were once implemented for religious and "moral" reasons and remain on the books today. Your calls and emails (email: podcast@thethinkingatheist.com) Time Zone Converter:  http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc  

Anything Goes: You Pick The Topic

May 8, 2013 01:24:00

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It's another "Anything Goes" show, where we skip the themed format and instead make the podcast a buffet of whatever the host and listeners bring to the table. Hemant's Blog: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/05/01/memo-to-scott-stantis-tim-tebow-is-no-jason-collins/) EvolveFish.com TTA lapel pin:  http://www.evolvefish.com/fish/product5755.html

Science is just Awesome

May 1, 2013 01:15:00

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This show is a celebration of science.  We talk about (arguably) the best discoveries and inventions of the Information Age.  We honor the work of humankind's greatest scientific minds.  And we raise our glasses to those who have given us a greater lens through which we can view our origins, our planet and the universe. It's an amazing time to be alive.  Indeed, science is just awesome. Your calls and emails Phil Hellenes "Science Saved My Soul" video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6w2M50_Xdk Article: "Science is More Beautiful than Art" http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2012/sep/19/science-more-beautiful-than-art Video "The Center of all Things"  http://youtu.be/pzKZb3qHyXk  

Grief Beyond Belief

Apr 24, 2013 01:45:00

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The subject of grief in regards to personal loss has been covered before in one of our most popular shows, but as the topic resonates with so many, we felt it warranted another show. When a loved one dies, there is no promise of a heavenly reunion for the non-believer.  The pulpit pastors preach of pearly gates, mansions and angel song, yet the atheist finds no comfort in such fantasies. In this episode, we talk about "Grief Beyond Belief," the show title named after an organization providing support for the grieving (https://www.facebook.com/faithfreegriefsupport).  We speak to the founder of Grief Beyond Belief, Rebecca Hensler about healthy recovery from the worst of times. Plus your calls and emails.   AFTERLIFE video:  http://youtu.be/eeMoOJpvUlU  GRIEF WITHOUT GOD podcast:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2011/02/19/grief-without-god  OVERCOMING WITHOUT RELIGION podcast:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2012/06/19/overcoming-without-religion  

Podcast on the Road: Springfield, MO

Apr 18, 2013 01:12:00

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Our St. Louis on-location podcast was such a hit, we recorded an extra show the followng evening in Springfield, Missouri.  It's a dynamic format, with the audience providing the topics for discussion.  Many thanks to Springfield Freethinkers for sponsoring the evening. Time Zone Converter:  http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc

Podcast on the Road: St. Louis

Apr 17, 2013 01:01:00

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For the first time ever, The Thinking Atheist Podcast is being recorded with a studio audience in The Crown Room at Schafley Bottleworks in St. Louis, Missouri, sponsored by The St. Louis Atheists.   No set topic.  No theme.  No rules.  Just questions and comments from a live audience, and a free-for-all that should make for a very entertaining broadcast. The event will record Monday April 15th for playback on Tuesday April 16th.  (Because the show falls during a series of evening Missouri tour stops, this episode will post early in the day.  The Thinking Atheist Radio Podcast will return to it's regular "live" show slot of 6pm U.S. Central the following week.) Time Zone Converter:  http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc

Special Guest: Greta Christina

Apr 12, 2013 00:52:00

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Greta Christina has been writing professionaly since 1989 on topics including atheism, sexuality, LGBT issues, politics, culture and much more.  Her writings have appeared in publications varying from the Chicago Sun-Times to Skeptical Inquirer to Ms. Penthouse.  She is also author of the popular book, "Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off The Godless." Greta's Skepticon Speech "Why Are You So Angry?"  http://youtu.be/mDnfnM7fiKc    

Morality

Apr 10, 2013 01:31:00

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If you don't believe in God, where do your morals come from? Non-believers hear this question constantly.  In this episode, we talk about morality as it pertains to scripture and to our everyday lives.  We'll also present to the listeners and callers a series of ethical  dilemmas that will test their wits and, hopefully, reveal humankind's innate desire to be good and moral creatures. Your calls and emails (podcast@thethinkingatheist.com)   ARTICLES Louise M. Antony "Good Minus God" http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/18/good-minus-god/ Sam Harris "The Myth of Secular Moral Chaos" http://www.samharris.org/site/full_text/the-myth-of-secular-moral-chaos Sam Harris TED Talk: Science Can Answer Moral Questions http://youtu.be/Hj9oB4zpHww

Did Jesus Exist? (with Dr. Richard Carrier)

Mar 27, 2013 01:00:00

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Richard Carrier received a PhD in ancient history from Columbia University in 2008.  He is author of the books "Sense and Goodness without God," "Proving History" and "Not the Impossible Faith," as well as numerous print and online articles.   In this episode, Carrier lends his expertise as we tackle the question, did the Jesus of the bible exist? Time Zone Converter at 

Our 100th Episode

Mar 20, 2013 01:35:00

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This show marks our 100th podcast! Join us as we take a look back at the origins of the TTA podcast, review some highlights from some of our most memorable shows and mark the triple-digit milestone of The Thinking Atheist Radio Podcast. Guests: AronRa: https://www.youtube.com/user/AronRa Teresa MacBain: http://floridahumanist.org Steve from Tennessee and more! Link to Seth's blog "Letter to a Christian Mother" http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/blog/51/A-Letter-to-a-Christian-Mother Time Zone Converter:  http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc

A Special Message to our Listeners

Mar 15, 2013 00:18:00

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A 20-minute message from Seth Andrews, host of The Thinking Atheist Radio podcast. The Thinking Atheist main website:  http://www.thethinkingatheist.com

Special Guest: Hemant Mehta

Mar 13, 2013 01:29:00

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Hemant Mehta is host of the blog, "Friendly Atheist," former Chair of the Secular Student Alliance Board of Directors, current Chair of the Foundation Beyond Belief and author of the book, "I Sold My Soul On Ebay: Viewing Faith through an Atheist's Eyes." He is also an educator. Hemant joins us to talk about his blog, his perspectives on the most effective ways to draw attention to church/state issues, and on the importance of students in the fight against superstitious thinking. Plus your calls and emails.  (Email: podcast@thethinkingatheist.com) Time Zone Converter at http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc    

Islam and Women

Mar 6, 2013 01:26:00

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  What does the Qur'an say about women?  Why do we so often see news reports of females oppressed by Islamic regimes, and are those stories representative of the Muslim religion?  What is the reality for the woman born and raised in a devoutly Islamic culture? Special guest Maryam Namazie is the spokesperson for Equal Rights Now, One Law for All, a campaign against Sharia Law in Britain.  She founded Iran Solidarity and works closely with the International Committee Against Stoning.  She was also selected one of the top 45 women of the year by Elle Magazine Quebec 2007, "Iranian of the Year" by Iranian.com in 1997-98 and received the Julie B. Friedman Humanitarian Award in 1987.   In this compelling discussion, Maryam and others lend their perspectives on the subject of Islam and Women. VIDEO LINKS:   Christopher Hitchens on Q&A:  http://www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/txt/s2695716.htm?clip=rtmp://cp44823.edgefcs.net/ondemand/flash/tv/streams/qanda/qanda_2009_ep27.flv   Christopher Hitchens/John Lennox:  http://youtu.be/yNd1zTcvlC0   WAFA SULTAN:  WOMEN IN Islam:  CFI’s Women in Secularism Conference 2012  http://youtu.be/nOK-F79aRBo    

Coffee with a Methodist Minister

Feb 27, 2013 01:42:00

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Bob, a minister in the Methodist Church, agreed to join Seth Andrews for an hour of friendly yet direct conversation on the issues of God, spirituality, scripture and the supernatural.   This casual "over coffee" exchange won't be a shouting match between adversaries, nor should it be.  This is a civil, friendly dialogue between two people standing on opposite sides of the God argument in an attempt to better understand each other and (hopefully) to reveal some satisfactory answers on a controversial issue. Plus your calls and emails (podcast@thethinkingatheist.com)( Time Zone Converter at http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc    

A Conversation with Matt Dillahunty

Feb 20, 2013 01:34:00

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NOTE:  Due to technical issues, we experienced portions of slight audio distortion in portions of the show.  Thanks for your patience.  The issue is being resolved. Matt Dillahunty is a former Christian and host of the popular TV show, "The Atheist Experience."  He speaks across the United States for the cause of rationalism, and he joins Seth Andrews to discuss his apostasy, his work with TAE and more.  Plus your calls and emails. (email to podcast@thethinkingatheist.com) Time Zone Converter at http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc

Get Them While They're Young

Feb 13, 2013 01:42:00

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Religion is unapologetic in its targeting of children, seeking to capture the minds of our youngest and most impressionable and mold them into their own theological cookie cutters.  Seth Andrews' video of the same name addresses this issue briefly. In this show, we explore many of the tactics used by Christianity and other religions to attract children, to indoctrinate them and to brand them with specific worldviews. We also speak with Edwin Kagin, National Legal Director for American Atheists and founder of Camp Quest, a secular camp that provides a superstition-free alternative for kids and their parents. LINKS:   Sophia Investigates the Good News Club http://youtu.be/aISnyA6k5Io Camp Quest http://www.campquest.org Time Zone Converter at http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc

Seth Andrews: Deconverted

Feb 6, 2013 01:40:00

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  Did you become DeConverted?  How did it happen?  How did you feel?  Would you ever go back to religion?   Seth Andrews shares parts of his own story, and he also shares the stories and perspectives of others who have traveled the path from religion to reason.   It's a show about losing faith...and gaining so much more. Your calls and emails (email to podcast@thethinkingatheist.com) Time Zone Converter at http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc

A Producer's Workshop

Jan 30, 2013 01:17:00

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Many aspiring podcasters and producers have asked for discussion on tips, tricks and guidelines for creating polished radio shows and videos. This workshop is really a conversation between the host and callers about how to sharpen content, avoid traps and be effective in the vast media ocean. Granted, it's a niche show, but it should prove entertaining and enlightening even to the non-producer, with a glance behind the scenes at how radio and video is done.  Your calls and emails (podcast@thethinkingatheist.com) Time Zone Converter at http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc

Seize The Day

Jan 23, 2013 01:16:00

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The 1956 Saul Bellow novel, "Seize The Day," brought this catchy line into the public consciousness, and its message can be seen today in all manner of literature, film and pop culture. But what does it mean?  How should the non-believer (or any human being) approach each day?  Is "Seize The Day" merely a romantic yet impractical charge more suited to fiction, or is it something that can be embraced as a philosophy for living? In this (reflective and undoubtedly sentimental) show about birth, death and the moments in-between, we share your stories and philosophies for seizing the days. Your calls and emails (email to podcast@thethinkingatheist.com) Time Zone Converter at http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc    

A Conversation with David Silverman

Jan 22, 2013 00:33:00

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In the wake of 2012's wildly successful Reason Rally, and in advance of the 50-year anniversary of American Atheists, we spend 30 minutes with AA President David Silverman. Time Zone Converter at http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc  

Atheism and Sexuality

Jan 16, 2013 01:43:00

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Do atheists have better sex?  In this episode, we talk about the models of sexuality outside of religion, and we explore some obstacles to healthy sexual expression in religious (and not so religious) cultures. Guests for this show include: Dr. Darrel Ray is President of Recovering From Religion and author of the book, "Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality"Zinnia Jones is an atheist activist, writer, and video blogger focusing on the impact of religious belief, political follies, and LGBTQ rights. Greta Christina is a prominent atheist blogger, speaker and author whose recent book is titled, "Why Are You Atheists So Angry: 99 Things that Piss Off the Godless" Plus your calls and emails (send to: podcast@thethinkingatheist.com) Time Zone Converter at http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc

Un-skeptical Atheists

Jan 9, 2013 01:51:00

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What happens when professed critical thinkers don't direct that same skeptical eye toward non-religion related issues? If someone is a rationalist on the issue of the supernatural, does that automatically qualify them on the other hot topics that confront us in this world. We talk with Michael Shermer of Skeptic Magazine about a number of issues that invoke strong beliefs and opinions, including global warming, gun control, Area 51, the Zeitgeist films and more.  Plus your calls and emails (email to podcast@thethinkingatheist.com) Time Zone Converter at http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc

The End of the World

Jan 3, 2013 01:27:00

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We survived the Mayan apocalypse.  (Whew!)  But this most recent prediction of the end of days draws a big circle around the other recent doomsday predictions, as well as the near obsession many have with Armageddon-like prophecies. In this show, we look at some of the most memorable End-Of-The-World warnings and the people behind them, and we discuss the obsession so many have about their rendezvous with total destruction. Your calls and emails (email to podcast@thethinkingatheist.com) Time Zone Converter at http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc  

Totally Off The Subject

Dec 19, 2012 01:24:00

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For the first time ever, we're dedicating an entire show to non-atheism-related conversation.  Any and all topics outside of Atheism are welcome.  Tell a favorite story.  Rant about a pet peeve.  Give an opinion on a recent headline.  Talk about pop culture: films, television, magazines, fashion, gadgets, trends, etc. This show isn't for everyone, but for those interested in capping off 2012 with a brief detour from the issues of atheism and activism, it should prove an interesting conversation. Your calls and emails (send to podcast@thethinkingatheist.com) Time Zone Converter at http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc

Holiday Heathens

Dec 12, 2012 00:59:00

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Some of your favorite YouTube atheists hang out for a year-end wrap up.  Tentatively scheduled:  AronRa, DPR Jones and Thunderf00t. Time Zone Converter at http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc