The Thinking Atheist Podcast
Summary: A former Christian of 30 years, I've joined countless others in breaking the bonds of fear and superstition to live a truthful, fulfilled, exciting life. As a professional video producer, I create short-form videos designed to entertain, generate discussion, ask and answer questions, and generally blow some fresh air through the cobwebs.
Video version is on YouTube at http://youtu.be/c7ZIZ-Upalk A former Christian of 30 years (including 12 years as a Christian broadcaster), Seth ultimately found the bible's answers to Life, The Universe and Everything to be profoundly lacking. He finally became skeptical of the teachings of his religious upbringing and culture to began "thinking" for himself, and he encourages others to do the same. A professional video producer and recent apostate, he now challenges the claims of his former faith through videos, podcasts and the TTA online community: (www.thethinkingatheist.com).
YouTube video of this speech is online at http://youtu.be/afm3vjn0PuQ This is the audio from the July 30th, 2011 Oklahoma Freethought Convention. Abbie Smith has a BS in Biology from Truman State and is currently finishing her Ph.D in Microbiology and Immunology at Oklahoma University. A frequent speaker at science and freethought events, Abbie's research focuses on the evolution of viruses like HIV-1, and how we can use that information to create better vaccines. Though her research focuses on retroviruses, she has a love of all things viral, and writes about them frequently on her blog, ERV (http://scienceblogs.com/erv/).
YouTube video of this speech is online at http://youtu.be/qNviRGXfwQ8 TTA users have asked for BlogTalkRadio and iTunes versions of the speeches from the 2011 Oklahoma Freethought Convention. The first speech was given by Dr. William Morgan, a member of the founding faculty at Oral Roberts University who ultimately rejected religion. He speaks candidly about his experiences at ORU and his own journey.
You were a religious person, but you ultimately came to reject superstition. You gained education. You sought information. You took your stand. Tell us your story. Your calls and emails (send to: firstname.lastname@example.org) (Time Zone Converter at http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc)
When a mealtime prayer is disrupted by an atheist who considers it insulting, has he established necessary boundaries of respect, or has he alienated himself from those he seeks to influence? When an atheist activist greets parishoners with shouts and picket signs on the front lawn of a church, is he effectively making his case against the influence of superstition, or is he branding the entire movement as disruptive and inflammatory? When a lawsuit is filed over a nativity scene on public property or a prayer at a city hall meeting, is it a beneficial fight to preserve church/state separation, or is it a distraction from more important issues? These are difficult questions, and no doubt there are many times when a confrontation is appropriate. But is militant atheism a help or a hindrance as we work to rescue our communities and culture from the influence of religion? Your calls. Your emails (email@example.com) Time Zone Converter: http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc
PhilHellenes (arguably) most popular video, "Science Saved My Soul," has created huge waves across YouTube. His home page possibly best sums up Phil's philosphy for living: "Learning and understanding are far easier than you think. All you need is curiosity. The truth is beautiful. READ." http://www.youtube.com/user/philhellenes Spend some time with us. Your calls and emails welcome (email questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org). Sunday June 19 Noon Central USA (Time Zone Converter at http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc)
They're everwhere. Politicians invoking God and their various faiths in the search for credibility, popularity and votes. Many believe faith is integral to the political system, especially in America. But are governments helped or hindered by the influence of religion and "faith?" Your calls and emails (email@example.com) Time Zone Converter here: http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzref.tzc
He is one of YouTube's most popular atheists, with over 130,000 subscribers. His videos are controversial, thought-provoking and entertaining. His fans love him. His detractors loathe him. But with over 32,000,000 video views, it's obvious that people on both sides are paying attention. Join us for a conversation with TF, plus your calls and emails. 12:00 US-CENTRAL. Time Zone Converter here: http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzref.tzc
We stray from the topic-driven format for an hour of random stuff. Whatever is on your mind, call in and stir the pot. 12:00 US-CENTRAL. Time Zone Converter here: http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzref.tzc
Mainstream religion certainly has its share of oddities and oddballs. But this show is about the more fringe elements that populate our humble planet. The bizarre cults, the crazy superstitions, the laughable and scary beliefs that HAVE TO BE a joke...but aren't. This show is about incense and chants, witches and warlocks, beads, energy bracelets, animal spirits, healing potions, dream doctors, little green men and much more! Should be a lot of fun. Your calls and emails (firstname.lastname@example.org) 12:00 US-CENTRAL. Time Zone Converter here: http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzref.tzc
Every day, free-thinking men, women and youth are accosted by their own families because they've chosen a different path than the generations before them. Atheists/agnostics in religious homes struggle to balance love and respect of family with their own pledges to live rational, truthful lives. Families divide. Voices are raised. Tears are shed. Ties are cut. Hearts are broken. And free-thinking men, women and youth are threatened with eternal damnation by their own flesh-and-blood families. How does an atheist/agnostic cope when his family believes he is going to Hell? Your calls and letters (email@example.com) 12:00 US-CENTRAL. Time Zone Converter here: http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzref.tzc
It's the ultimate mixed marriage. An atheist and a believer. Can any long-term love relationship last when worldviews are so dramatically opposed? Your opinions. Your experiences. Your calls and letters (firstname.lastname@example.org) USA 12:00 US-CENTRAL. Time Zone Converter here: http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzref.tzc
It's common for the religious to bring up their children in church, to teach them The Commandments, to establish what they call biblical morality, and to inherit the worldview of the parents. But what about families with an atheist/agnostic worldview? How are free-thinkers raising their children, and with what results? Your calls. Your emails (email@example.com)
Throughout the religious culture, there are few more respected than The Apologist. Outside of the religious culture, there are few who are more mocked and ridiculed. He scrutinizes. He extrapolates. He references and redirects. He has taken the scriptures apart and examined them as (ahem) The Enlightened Elite. He is...the Apologist Acrobat.
We spend 30 minutes with the founding publisher of Skeptic Magazine, covering everything from Deepak Chopra to 9/11 "truthers" to global warming. Support Dr. Shermer's organization at www.skeptic.com