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