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  • 00:41

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

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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").  

    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


     


     



     


     

  • 01:00

    Random Reason 2015 (You Pick the Topic)

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    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

  • 01:20

    The Unitarians

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    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


     

  • 01:02

    Religious Schools, Religious Rules

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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/

  • 01:06

    Ghost Stories 2014

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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

  • 01:56

    In the Wake of Charlie Hebdo

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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


     

  • 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


     

  • 01:12

    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.