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  1. Matt Dillahunty and Jenna Belk. Viewer calls (virtually). This is our very first completely virtual episode. View the full article
  2. Matt Dillahunty with guest Shane Isgrig. Viewer calls. Shane produces Atheist Vanguard. Matt and Shane chat about COVID-19 and its impact on the world. View the full article
  3. I left my soul-sucking job!!! This is a brief update about what I'm doing now and when you can expect the next episode. I'm really excited to jump back into it! Stay safe and healthy with the COVID-19/Coronavirus going around. For those who are sick, get well soon. For the rest of us, also stuck (mostly) at home, hang in there. Talk to you soon! View the full article
  4. Matt Dillahunty and Don Baker. Gotcha Questions. Don gives some vexing questions to pose to theists. View the full article
  5. Hosts: Denis Loubet & Kevin Stein Guest Host: Johnny Angel [Video] "Trump-loving pastor attacks ‘sissy’ churches that cancel events to protect people from coronavirus" => https://www.rawstory.com/2020/03/trump-loving-pastor-attacks-sissy-churches-that-cancel-events-to-protect-people-from-coronavirus/ [Video] "Televangelist: Touch My Oily Hand Through the TV and I’ll Cure Your Coronavirus" => https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2020/03/12/televangelist-touch-my-oily-hand-through-the-tv-and-ill-cure-your-coronavirus/ [News] "Creationist: Churches Should Hoard Toilet Paper and Preach to Those Who Want It" => https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2020/03/12/creationist-churches-should-hoard-toilet-paper-and-preach-to-those-who-want-it/ (source) => https://answersingenesis.org/culture/coronavirus/ [News] "[Governor Ralph] Northam signs bill to ban gay conversion therapy on minors in Virginia" => https://www.wtvr.com/news/virginia-politics/northam-signs-bill-to-ban-gay-conversion-therapy-on-minors-in-virginia => https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/virginia-becomes-20th-state-ban-conversion-therapy-minors-n1148421 [Mail:Chuck AZ] Mormon Shunning "Is shunning necessarily a bad thing? If the family member who lost his faith happened to be the one with a job, he'd suddenly have a lot more spending money and some spare rooms in his house. And a Mormon who suddenly got rich could immediately get his clinging relatives off his back. The shunning promise seems like a selling point in favor of Mormonism." [News] "All 16 of the Museum of the Bible’s 'Dead Sea Scrolls' Fragments Are Forgeries" => https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2020/03/13/all-16-of-the-museum-of-the-bibles-dead-sea-scrolls-fragments-are-forgeries/ => https://www.christianpost.com/news/all-16-dead-sea-scroll-fragments-at-museum-of-the-bible-are-forgeries.html => https://www.timesofisrael.com/dead-sea-scroll-fragments-at-dc-museum-revealed-as-fake/ [Question] "Are you an atheist if you believe there was a god, but it died?" View the full article
  6. Matt Dillahunty and Denis Loubet. Still More Prayer Requests. Pre-call banter about the corona virus, atheist day, and prayer requests. View the full article
  7. Guest Host: Phil Ferguson Business => http://polarisfinancialplanning.com Podcast => http://polarisfinancialplanning.com/the-phil-ferguson-show ---- [News] Francis: Evangelize by Example, not Pushing Your Faith on Others => https://www.patheos.com/blogs/throughcatholiclenses/2019/12/francis-evangelize-by-example-not-pushing-your-faith-on-others/ ---- [News] Four NYC infants contract herpes from circumcision rite in past 6 months => https://www.jpost.com/OMG/4-NYC-infants-contract-herpes-from-circumcision-rite-in-past-6-months-618690 ---- [News] Delhi Riots: How A Sikh Hero Transported Dozens Of Muslim Neighbours To Safety => https://www.sikhnet.com/news/delhi-riots-how-sikh-hero-transported-dozens-muslim-neighbours-safety ---- [Mail: Griffin] The Palestine Conflict "I just want to suggest coverage on the recent events with the Palestinian conflict and our election. It's sad and scary how all of this ties in. We are voting for leaders who are funding the conflict!...The whole movement, for the Evangelicals, is just some way to fulfill prophecy? It's insane... Many of then don't even care about the Jewish state. They just care about making their Biblical prophecy come true..." ---- [Mail: Edward, NC] Why worship god? "Let's say that one day you finally receive proof of god and you now believe that some particular entity is indeed god. Would you then feel compelled to worship this god? Love him/her?... My thoughts are that I would experience awe and respect, but would have no reason to worship the 'god'. Hence, STILL no reason for religion." ---- [Mail: Chuck, AZ] God should give me belief "Why doesn't God just make me believe in him? He wants me to believe in him and I want to believe in him if he exists. I can't freely choose what I believe so he wouldn't be violating my free will. Why would an all good God not make things better for both of us when there are no drawbacks to doing so?" View the full article
  8. Jenna Belk with guest Phil Ferguson. Viewer calls. Jenna and Phil take callers. View the full article
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  10. Michael Caine in "Gold Member"— 'There's only two things I hate in this world. People who are intolerant of other people's cultures and the Dutch.'
  11. Matt Dillahunty with guest Dr. Darrel Ray. The Secular Therapist Project. After discussing Dr. Ray's books, he discusses what's new with the Secular Therapist Project. View the full article
  12. Guest Hosts: Jen Aldrich & Rachel Watson ---- [NEWS] Catholic Priest Says 'Pedophilia doesn't kill anyone' After Barring Abortion-Rights Lawmakers From Communion URL => https://www.newsweek.com/rhode-island-priest-abortion-ban-communion-1486470 Denis: "Catholic Church, fuck you!" ---- [NEWS] Trump taps new director of grants office that gave awards to Hookers for Jesus URL => https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-grants/trump-taps-new-director-of-grants-office-that-gave-awards-to-hookers-for-jesus-idUSKBN2072VV ---- [NEWS] Fishing For Love: Advice For Daughters URL => https://www.worldreligionnews.com/religion-news/fishing-love-advice-daughters ---- [NEWS] Gallup: 60% Of Americans Say They Could Vote For An Atheist President URL => https://www.richarddawkins.net/2020/02/gallup-60-of-americans-say-they-could-vote-for-an-atheist-president/ Original Poll => https://news.gallup.com/poll/254120/less-half-vote-socialist-president.aspx ---- [Denis Has A Question] If you're going to test people to see how "good or bad" they are, would you give them a test where they can choose A or B without consequences? Or would you say they would be rewarded if they choose A and punished if they choose B? Rat Park => https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat_Park What Does “Rat Park” Teach Us About Addiction? => https://www.psychiatrictimes.com/substance-use-disorder/what-does-rat-park-teach-us-about-addiction ---- [MAIL: Chuck] God's Prediction Ability "Since God is all-knowing, he must know what I'll decide to eat for supper tomorrow. But can he tell me today what that will be? I'm told that his foreknowledge doesn't limit my free will, so if he tells me what I'll choose to eat, I'm going to choose something else just to make him be wrong. So will God be wrong and is not omniscient or be unable to tell me and is not omnipotent?" ---- [MAIL: Chuck] Religion vs Atheism While atheists point out barbarity committed in the name of religion and the religious blame atheism for secular atrocities, both sides should notice what they have in common which is people in positions of excessive power. ---- [MAIL: Chuck] Genetic Fallacy Abuse "When atheists point out the origin of a religion as a reason for disbelief, the religious like to call it the 'genetic fallacy' and claim that the origin of a belief is not evidence that the belief isn't true. But that's not what's going on. The atheists are pointing out that the originators of a religion don't offer good reasons to believe it, so it's not a fallacy to withhold belief. The claim isn't that the ancient goat herders were wrong but just that there's no reason to agree with them. When scientists publish their findings, they also publish their work so that others can check it for accuracy. They do give reasons for belief." ---- [MAIL: Joe] Is atheism a kind of religion? "It has been said that atheism is a religion in the same way that not playing golf is a sport...It's also been suggested that human beings are hardwired through evolution to be religious...We all have our quasi-religions... be it a political persuasion, a cultural or ethnic identity, ...the military. .. "I would argue that atheism...actually fulfills a behavioral imperative that aligns us closer to the faithful masses of theistic religions than we might like to admit." View the full article
  13. Don Baker and Jenna Belk. Viewer calls. Don and Jenna take viewer calls. View the full article
  14. (RNS) — Three political scientists say Generation Z, broadly defined as Americans born after 1996, doesn’t look any less religious than the millennial generation that came before. The post Is the decline in religious affiliation slowing? Some scholars say maybe appeared first on Religion News Service. View the full article
  15. Matt Dillahunty and Jim Barrows. Viewer calls. Jim talks a bit about his background and some of the ACA activities. View the full article
  16. Matt Dillahunty and Jenna Belk. Postcard Prayers. Matt answers some postcard prayers from viewers. View the full article
  17. Guest host: Jim Barrows [News] Trump Spiritual Adviser Wants 'All Satanic Pregnancies To Miscarry' Article => https://www.ibtimes.com/trump-spiritual-adviser-wants-all-satanic-pregnancies-miscarry-2910372 Video => https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hvc7TDJhksA Dispensationalism(noun): "Belief in a system of historical progression, as revealed in the Bible, consisting of a series of stages in God's self-revelation and plan of salvation." [Email: Chuck from AZ] Magic for Atheists "If theists... can declare infinite magic at any time, why can't atheists do the same? The Big Bang was a supernatural bang so it didn't need a designer..." [Email: Chuck] Justice or Revenge? "...why do people seem to feel that the punishment is desirable even if no one gains from it? Isn't that just revenge? So who benefits from Hell? ..." [Email: Theodore] Death and Consciousness "I believe that our consciousness ends when our brain dies. But because there will be brains born after you've ceased to exist, it follows that one of those new brain's consciousness is what will follow..." [Email: SwampAtheist] Episode 19.02 "...the story regarding legal threats against librarians in Missouri...for [lending] certain books out to minors... How does the Library know who is or isn't a minor? Do we now have to provide ID to check out a book? ..." [News] Mike Huckabee: Trump and religious liberty -- Militant atheists have met their match with our president => https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/trump-religious-liberty-atheists-mike-huckabee [News] Supreme Court won't hear case of HS football coach fired for on-field prayer => https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/supreme-court-won-t-hear-case-hs-football-coach-fired-n961216 Hitchens' Razor: "That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence." Hanlon's Razor: "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity." (Or ignorance.) View the full article
  18. Episodes will be out intermittently for the coming weeks and months (I'm still aiming for bi-weekly). That was all I was trying to say and ended up talking about the impact deconversion had on my sense of purpose and fulfillment in life, LOL. If all you need to know is to check your podcast app every once in a while, then it's all good and I'll talk to you soon :) However, if you're interested in hearing about one of the most significant impacts deconversion had in my life (something that's impacted many of you too), then I'd feel grateful for your time and appreciate you letting me share my experience with you. I share how realizing I wasn't Christian, put me in a tailspin and led to serious depression and loss of meaning and purpose in my life. I'm still feeling the repercussions of deconversion 15 years later. Let me emphasize that I'm incredibly hopeful, motivated and excited for this next chapter of my life! I didn't thank Krissy enough in this episode, so I'll do it here. She's been with me and seen me through this entire insane journey. She is one of the most empathetic and compassionate people I've ever known. She has been so understanding and sympathetic in every way. Her love and friendship have truly meant the world to me. Let me know if you've experienced something similar in your life and how you responded. I'd love to hear it! Send me a message on Twitter @vodpodcast, Facebook or steve@vodpodcast.com View the full article
  19. Matt Dillahunty and Don Baker. CT Impeachment Editorial. Don briefs the editorial concerning the Trump impeachment by Christianity Today. View the full article
  20. The Non-Prophets 19.02 2020-01-18 with Denis Loubet, Kevin Stein, Jamie Boone, & Johnny View the full article
  21. Matt Dillahunty and Jenna Belk. Viewer calls. Matt and Jenna take callers. View the full article
  22. The Non-Prophets 19.01 2020-01-11 with Denis Loubet, Kevin Stein, & Jim Barrows Guest Host: Jim Barrows (co-host of Atheist Vanguard) [Discussion] * Gish Gallop, intellectual honesty when debating with theists. * Determinism, quantum states, clones for spare parts * prophecy and free will [News] "Some fear lawsuit against LDS Church could change how houses of worship report abuse" -> https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2020/01/10/some-fear-lawsuit-against/ [News] "Mormon church stockpiled 100 billion intended charities misled LDS members, whistleblower says" -> https://www.newsweek.com/mormon-church-stockpiled-100-billion-intended-charities-misled-lds-members-whistleblower-says-1477809 * "Mormonism is christian fan fic" [News] "Jim Bakker To Christians: You Must Love Trump To Prove You're 'Saved'" -> https://www.yahoo.com/news/jim-bakker-trump-saved-054130880.html * Non-profit status? View the full article
  23. Matt Dillahunty and Don Baker. God's Anointed Leaders. Don unpacks the claim that God chooses the leaders of the world. View the full article
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