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Ep. 8 – What is Faith? with John Bishop

For some religious believers, faith is one of the most important things a person can have in their life. But what is faith? Common theistic definitions say that faith is belief or trust, while a number of atheists argue that faith is an irrational claim to knowledge. In this episode of the show, I talk with Professor John Bishop about some of these issues, as well as the different models of faith. Dr. Bishop is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He has a BA from the Australian National University and a PhD from Cambridge...

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What is Truth?

No word is perhaps so abused in our modern world as is the word truth. Politicians bend it to suit their agendas while they pound their podiums, news columnists promise to reveal it while they trade in gossip, and religious groups praise it as their central concern while they redefine it to be synonymous with charismatic personalities and inspiring texts. Like it is to the fittingly-named Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s 1984, truth may sometimes appear as little more than a label used to give the illusion of certitude to partisan propaganda...

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A Manual for Creating Atheists

A Manual for Creating Atheists

Peter Boghossian is what every fundamentalist Christian parent fears: a university professor who is talking students out of their faith. Using his own process of intervention carefully devised from rational, empirical, and psychological tools, he engages the faithful as a therapist engages patients, guiding them through contemplative and reflective questions intended to “free” them from delusion. Students are not the only group of people he confronts, however. For years, Dr...
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