Ep. 7 – How Ancient is Atheism? with Tim Whitmarsh

How long has atheism been around? In this seventh episode of the show, I talk with Tim Whitmarsh, the A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge, about atheism in ancient history. Professor Whitmarsh works on all areas of Greek literature and culture, specializing particularly in the world of Greeks under the Roman Empire. Professor Whitmarsh has published several books, including Greek Literature and the Roman Empire, Narrative and Identity in the Ancient Greek Novel, and his most recent, Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World.

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The Pagan Origins of Christmas

Break out the lights and the mistletoe – it’s the Christmas season once more! As in years passed, families are decorating trees and preparing for the holiday, retail stores are stocking the shelves with festive goods, and churches throughout the world are planning their Christmas services. Though it can be easily forgotten amidst all the Santas, trees, and candy canes, there is a religious component to the celebration...

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The God Debates: A 21st Century Guide for Atheists and Believers

Does god exist? This question, deceptively simple in its brevity, has formed the basis for countless debates both written and oral in the last few dozen decades. All too often such exchanges proceed on little to no discussion of what exactly either side means by “god.” Even narrowing down the scope to the Christian god invites the further question of whose denomination and doctrines are being assumed. Richard Dawkins and the other New Atheists became quite familiar with this problem after numerous critics drew attention to their broad generalizations about religious faith...
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Ep. 6 – What is Naturalism? with John Shook

What is naturalism? For episode six, I take up this broad topic in conversation with John Shook, a research associate in philosophy and instructor in science education for the University at Buffalo. Dr. Shook holds a Ph.D in philosophy from the University at Buffalo, served as professor of philosophy at Oklahoma State University from 2000-2006, has worked for several secular and humanist organizations – including the Center for Inquiry and the American Humanist Association – and he is the author and editor of numerous books, including The God Debates and The Future of Naturalism.

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The Unbelievers

The Unbelievers

The “Nones” are on the rise, according to a recent study published by the Pew Research Center.1 In the last 8 years, the number of Americans identifying as non-religious has gone up from 16% to 23%. Although the Nones do not consist exclusively of atheists and agnostics (many profess a belief in some sort of god or spirituality, but eschew traditional religious labels), the study does show there to be a growing number of those who claim to believe in no deity...
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Ep. 5 - How Did the Universe Begin?

Ep. 5 – How Did the Universe Begin? with Aaron Adair

For episode five, I speak with physicist Aaron Adair about the Big Bang, the origins of the universe, and the relationship of modern cosmology with religion. Adair is Assistant Professor of Physics at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, earned his Ph.D and Masters from Ohio State University, his Bachelor’s from Michigan State University, and is the author of a 2013 book, The Star of Bethlehem: A Skeptical View.

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Ep. 4 – Morality Without God? with Erik Wielenberg

In episode four, I am joined by moral philosopher Erik Wielenberg as we discuss a popular version of the moral argument for god, as well as the plausibility of a non-theistic objective morality. Dr. Wielenberg is Professor of Philosophy at DePauw University in Indiana, a fellow of the Center for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St. Andrews, and has been published in numerous philosophical journals. He has put out three excellent books, including Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe (review), God and the Reach of Reason: C.S. Lewis, David Hume, and Bertrand Russell,...

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Did a Miracle Occur at Fatima?

According to many believing Catholics, a strange and miraculous event occurred on October 13th, 1917 near the town of Fatima in Portugal.1 In the months before the purported miracle, three children named Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco had allegedly received visions of an apparition of the virgin Mary. One of three predictions made by the children was that this apparition, known as “Our Lady of Fatima,” would reveal herself through a miracle that would take place on October 13th...

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Ep. 3 – What About Science? with Massimo Pigliucci

This third episode focuses on the nature of science, broadly speaking, with Massimo Pigliucci. What is science, how does it work, and where do certain phenomena fall in relation to it? Dr. Pigliucci is both a scientist and a philosopher of science, is currently Professor of Philosophy at CUNY-City College, and co-hosts the Rationally Speaking podcast with Julia Galef. He has published numerous articles on science, skepticism, and philosophy, and authored multiple books, including Denying Evolution, Nonsense On Stilts, Answers for Aristotle, and his most recent work, Philosophy of Pseudoscience

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What’s So Great About Christianity

When it comes to our cherished beliefs and opinions, we all love to toot our own horns. Some of us could go on for days (or for a whole 304 pages) about the benefits we see in a particular viewpoint or position. In fact, this is basically what I do through this website: I present the arguments for atheism and I critique those against it. What’s So Great About Christianity is intended to be a reply to people like me, taking up the banner of the Christian religion and defending it against critics...
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