• 01:02

    Religious Schools, Religious Rules

    in Education

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    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


     

  • 01:25

    I Was Outed!

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    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

  • 01:21

    I'm Offended!

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    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/

  • 01:56

    In the Wake of Charlie Hebdo

    in Education

    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


     

  • 01:09

    The Fear of Death

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    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

  • 01:12

    Ryan Bell: A Year Without God

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    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


     

  • 01:06

    Ghost Stories 2014

    in Entertainment

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    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

  • 01:12

    200th Episode

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    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.


     

  • 01:01

    2014- The Year in Review

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    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

  • 01:39

    The Question of Christ

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    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

  • 01:21

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

    in Education

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    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

     

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