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Philosopher Argues Against Christianity’s Double Standard

March 11, 2014
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Philosopher Matt McCormick

Philosopher Matt McCormick

Drawing Ire From a Religious Crowd, Matt McCormick Says Case Against Jesus’ Resurrection is ‘Overdetermined’

Philosopher Matt McCormick created controversy in the small town of Manteca, California recently by delivering a speech against belief in the resurrection of Jesus. Approximately 300 religious people gathered in front of the library throughout the talk, hosted by the Stanislaus Humanists on January 15. They prayed, swayed and spoke in tongues, encircling the building at one point to shout out the Devil. McCormick joins the podcast to discuss his Manteca experience and his 2012 book, Atheism and the Case Against Christ. McCormick is a professor of philosophy at California State University–Sacramento. He argues that believing in the resurrection on historical grounds is a double standard, since believers reject analogous supernatural claims. McCormick compares the evidence for the resurrection in the Christian tradition to evidence presented during the Salem witch trials. The results are surprising and fascinating.

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Check out Matt McCormick’s blog Proving the Negative • See McCormick’s talk in Manteca here

Learn to De-Convert the Faithful With Practical New Book

October 29, 2013
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Learn to De-Convert the Faithful With Practical New Book

Dr. Peter Boghossianʼs A Manual For Creating Atheists is a Must-Read. Iʼm starting to find the equivocations, vagueness, and the unmerited claims emerging from assertions of faith to be a bit tedious. Asking a believer for a definition of faith and a description of how it works will inevitably result in a…

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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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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

Barbados Native Offers Unique View of Religion, Rastafari & Rum

May 28, 2013
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Joy Holloway-D'avilar

Joy Holloway-D’avilar

Today’s guest is Joy Holloway-D’avilar, co-host of the Freethinking Island podcast, a podcast aimed at a Caribbean audience. Joy and I discuss religion in the islands, her podcast, her religious past and how outsiders view the ultra-religious United States. She’ll also give us a brief introduction to Rastafarianism, a rather interesting belief system, to say the least. She also gives us a few drink recipes, which should make you fellow rum drinkers very pleased. Joy was born in Barbados and has been living in the NY/NJ area for more than 20 years. She currently works in the radio/television broadcasting industry. Joy is committed to spreading the virtues of reason, critical thinking and true enlightenment instead of blind and mindless faith.

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To listen to the Freethinking Island podcast, click here, or check out the book, From Mythology to Reality: Moving Beyond Rastafari, by Seon Lewis.

Here are a few island rum recipes from Joy. Fill your glass with some Mount Gay rum while listening to the Malcontent’s Gambit or Freethinking Island podcast.

Rum Cocktail
4 oz rum
1/2 cup crushed ice
3 dashes Angostura bitters
2 tsp sugar syrup
Put all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake well….max out and give your mind and mouth liberty

Bajan Smile (Bajan is slang for our nationality – Barbadian)
1 1/2 oz Mount Gay Rum
2 1/2 oz Coconut Creme
2 oz Evaporated milk
1 oz Grenadine Syrup
1/2 oz ripe bananas
Blend with ice until smooth

Faith Fails; Use Skepticism To Appraise Religion, Find Truth

May 7, 2013
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John Loftus

John Loftus

Believers Should Be Skeptical of Their Religion – And Worried, An Interview With John Loftus

Minister-turned-atheist and author John Loftus and I consider how to appraise religions skeptically and fairly. We talk about issues raised in his new book, The Outsider Test for Faith: How to Know Which Religion Is True. In the 1980s Loftus earned three masters degrees in theology and studied under the tutelage of prominent Christian apologist William Lane Craig. He spent 14 years in Christian ministry, and in the 1990s experienced a full-blown crisis of faith. In 2008 he published a book titled Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity. After my discussion with Loftus I’ll refute some arguments I recently discovered while visiting Christian apologetic websites. These claims are directly related to Loftus’ book and our conversation. That is at the end of the podcast (at the 33:15 mark).

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Here are some links mentioned in this podcast:
Faith: ‘wishful thinking’? by Steve Wilkinson at the Christian Apologetics Alliance
Common Objection #19- “Why Won’t God Heal Amputees?” by Chad at Truthbomb Apologetics
Can Science Lead to Faith? by Gary Marcus at The New Yorker


Author, Skeptic Opens Dialogue With Christians

April 15, 2013
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Author Guy P. Harrison

Author Guy P. Harrison

Guy P. Harrison Seeks Mutual Understanding and Honest Conversation With His New Book

I’m pleased to welcome author Guy P. Harrison back to the podcast to talk about his new book, 50 Simple Questions for Every Christian. I spoke to him a year ago about his previous book, 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think are True. Harrison’s writing focuses primarily on science and skepticism. He’s held numerous positions in the news industry, including editorial writer, world news editor, sports editor, photographer, page designer, and columnist. His new book is not intended to be argumentative or disrespectful, but to promote dialogue and understanding. Harrison asks questions such as, “What is the born-again experience?” “Why would God want to sacrifice his only son for the world?” “Do miracles really happen?” “How reliable is the Bible?” “What is the rapture?” and, “Why isn’t everyone a Christian?” Harrison follows each question with thoughtful analysis. Throughout the book Harrison takes care never to condescend or treat the reader poorly.

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Listen to my audio commentary titled, Islamohysteria: The Misguided Attacks on Sam Harris, at the end of this podcast starting at the 41:22 mark.

Click here to read On Islamophobia and Libels, by Sam Harris, and here to read Greenwald and Hussain on Sam Harris and Racism, by Robby Bensinger

The Demons Never Came (Conclusion)

June 22, 2012
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Deboarding the Jesus Train This is the conclusion of a multi-part series detailing my path from Christianity to non-belief. Click here to read the previous chapter, The Women-Hater’s Handbook. My previous post described the repugnance I felt while reading the Bible after more than 20 years since my devout Christian…

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The Demons Never Came (Part 3)

June 19, 2012
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The Women-Hater’s Handbook This is the third of a multi-part series detailing my path from Christianity to non-belief. Click here to read the previous chapter, From Religious Credulity to Healthy Skepticism. My previous two posts detail my Christian past, and how I eventually began to question my beliefs after the…

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Science Has No Need of the Religious Hypothesis (Part 1)

June 6, 2012
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When French mathematician and astronomer Pierre-Simon Laplace presented Napoleon with a book of his work, circa 1800, Napoleon asked him why it didn’t mention god. Laplace purportedly replied, “I had no need of that hypothesis.” Physicist Victor Stenger marks this event as the start of the modern break between science…

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