Theologians Dodge Tough Questions, Rationalize Atrocities

September 6, 2013
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A provocative headline in the July/August online issue of Christianity Today magazine asks, without a trace of irony, Can We Trust the God of Genocide? The question introduces a trio of odd articles attempting to justify biblical atrocities, vile behavior and cruel laws condoned and commanded by the god of…

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Atomic Theory’s Progress Refutes God, Supernatural

August 28, 2013
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Physicist Victor Stenger

Physicist Victor Stenger

Physicist Vic Stenger Traces Atomism From Past to Present

Whenever physicist Vic Stenger writes a book, it’s usually at the expense of god, the supernatural and scientific woo-woo. He spoke to me recently about his current book, God and the Atom, From Democritus to the Higgs Boson: The Story of a Triumphant Idea. Stenger is a retired elementary particle physicist and has written many critically well-received popular books that interface between physics, cosmology, philosophy, religion, and pseudo-science. The success of the atomic model of our universe, with the overwhelming amount of scientific observation and data to support it, renders other explanations of our cosmos obsolete and unnecessary, says Stenger. God and the supernatural, as Stenger has argued for some time now, are failed ideas. Atomism is the concept that reality consists of small, irreducible objects moving through space – particles and the void, as it were – and this idea has been with us for millennia. Stenger chronicles Atomism’s progress from its ancient roots to its present status as found in the standard model of particle physics and the modern search for the Higgs Boson.

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To more about the Scanning Tunneling Microscope, click hereClick here to see a list of Vic Stenger’s books • Listen to my previous podcast with Stenger here • You can find my interview with physicist Sean Carroll here • Watch Jim Holt interview Carroll here

Aron Ra Reveals the Tricks and Tropes of Professional Creationists

July 31, 2013
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Aron Ra

Aron Ra

‘YouTube Atheist’ Battles Irrationality in Politics and the Classroom

Aron Ra discusses politics, the Bible and abortion before addressing the misdeeds of creationists. Ra labors to educate others on the correct rules and mechanisms of evolution. His video series, the ‘Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism,’ and his subsequent series, ‘Falsifying Phylogeny’ (including the Phylogeny Challenge) have been mirrored, featured, referenced, and recommended by many professional scientists, secularists, and educators, and has attracted more than 60,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel, according to his biography on his blog, The Ace of Clades. Ra’s videos are intelligent and succinct, and powerfully refute the outlandish quackery by creationists such as Ray Comfort and Ken Ham.

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To View Aron Ra’s Blog click here • To View Ra’s YouTube Channel click hereTo Read About Chromosome 2 click hereTo Hear Ken Miller’s Speech on the Defeat of Intelligent Design click hereTo Listen to Ra Debate Ray Comfort – aka “The Banana Man” – click here

Miracle Claims Investigator Talks 44 Years of Skepticism, Passion

July 10, 2013
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Joe Nickell

Joe Nickell

Believers in Miracles & the Paranormal Are Fooled by the ‘Argument From Ignorance’

Joe Nickell, senior research fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) – an international scientific organization – and investigative columnist for Skeptical Inquirer magazine, discusses his new book, The Science of Miracles: Investigating the Incredible, published earlier this year by Prometheus. Nickell has been investigating the paranormal since 1969, and is a prominent investigator of myths, mysteries, frauds, forgeries, and hoaxes. He has been called “the modern Sherlock Holmes,” “the original ghost buster,” and “the real-life Scully” from The X-Files. He has investigated scores of haunted-house cases, including the Amityville Horror, as well as healers, statues, visions and demons. Nickell was an inspiration for Hilary Swank’s role as a miracle investigator in The Reaping (2007).

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A Path From Faith to Reason: ‘A Manual For Creating Atheists’

June 12, 2013
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Philosopher Peter Boghossian

Philosopher Peter Boghossian

Philosopher Pete Boghossian Slams Contemporary Academic Leftism as a Hurdle to Progress

Portland State University Philosophy Professor Peter Boghossian and I discuss his new book, A Manual for Creating Atheists, in which he provides conversational strategies and tactics designed to lead religious believers from faith to reason. Throughout his book Boghossian offers diagnostic methods, provides practical examples, and supports his project with evidence. He also criticizes a disturbing trend in modern liberalism that helps fuzzy reasoning flourish. A Manual for Creating Atheists will be published in November 2013 by Pitchstone Publishing. Boghossian will be appearing at The Amazing Meeting, also known as TAM, July 11-14, 2013, in Las Vegas.

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Pre-order A Manual For Creating Atheists (with forward by Micheal Shermer) by clicking here • See the video “Islam Supporters Bully College Republicans Out Of Their Own Event,” and read about it here • Follow Pete on twitter @peterboghossian

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