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  1. Hello all you atheists (and theists) out there! Today Matt Dillahunty is joined by DB Ramsey, author of “Speaking of God We Don't Know Sh*t”. Mr. Ramsey’s book takes a look at religious practices and god beliefs, learn more at https://www.dbramsey.com/ Our first caller, Michael in CO is engaged to a Christian who wants to baptize his daughter and make him go to classes about it first. No one should be forced to participate in religion. Making you go to classes seems more like she is trying to change you. Decide what you are comfortable with and have those discussions with your wife. Paul in En
  2. Since my pathetic attempt at subtlety failed miserably, I will attempt to be more straightforward. None of the strongly held opinions expressed here regarding US (or any country) politics makes a bit of difference to changing the world. Except, possibly, to potentilally alienate newly deconverting people who are finding their way here. There is no shortage of political discussion forums these days, but still not all that many for discussing an escape from Christianity. So, I am politely requesting that each of you who may be inclined to carry on with these emotionally
  3. Hmm. Hit a nerve or something? Thanks for confirming that China, Russia, the entire Middle East and the rest of the planet are irrelevant to history, compared to the USA. Just saying...
  4. Cool. Anyone here interested in discussing Canadian politics? If so, here's an opportunity!
  5. Anyone interested in discussing Canadian or New Zealand politics? Reason I ask is that my brother-in-law is Belgian, and he also loves to discuss US politics (mostly negative and strong opinions), yet Belgian politics is almost never tolerated as a discussion topic. In fact no other country's politics ever seems to attract his attention. Just an observation that has intrigued me for several decades now.
  6. Hello all you atheists (and theists) out there! The hosts of Atheist Experience today are Matt Dillahunty and Jim Barrows. Yay, another Jim week! Our first caller, Enoch in PA wants to know why man would evolve and think up a god concept? We imagine beings with more capabilities to one with maximal capabilities, it's a natural progression. Enoch fails to prove god using his hypothetical scenarios. It’s no surprise that man made up the god concept. Charles in TX starts out spouting bible verses, even on hold. We aim to have a conversation, not just be preached at. Matt addressed some verses af
  7. Hello all you atheists (and theists) out there! The hosts of Atheist Experience today are Matt Dillahunty and Shannon Q! Glad to have you back Shannon. Our first caller, Bonnie in WI read some horrible passages in bible and that is what sparked her journey to non-belief, specifically child sacrifice and slavery. We agree the bible is whacky and full of horribleness. Alvin in NC argues for his 100 patterns in Genesis 1:1. Matt sits back on this one while Shannon breaks down the math for statistical analysis. If you can’t answer Shannon’s questions, you need to take your claim to mathematicians
  8. Hello all you atheists (and theists) out there! The hosts of Atheist Experience today are our very own Matt Dillahunty and Jenna Belk. Tune in to see Jenna’s big announcement!! Our first caller, Eddie in Canada objects to Matt’s use of a moral/slavery argument. Matt’s position is slavery in the bible is immoral but Eddie thinks if a god commands it, it is moral. How can you tell the difference between someone thinking god told them versus god actually commanding it? Ulrich in Mexico says that phrases akin to “oh my god” proves god’s existence. We are not calling on a literal god, just using
  9. Hello all you atheists (and theists) out there! The hosts of Atheist Experience today are our very own Matt Dillahunty and Johnny Angel. Not only is Johnny a co-host but he co-produces the Non-Prophets reboot! Nice hats Johnny, very clever. Our first caller, Heath in TX asks how you can tell if a claim is extraordinary or not? Does it comport to our human experiences? All claims warrant as much evidence as is needed to believe that claim. You need different levels of evidence for the sky is blue versus there is a god. Adam in Romania asks advice on how to deal with an irrational fear of death
  10. Hello all you atheists (and theists) out there! The hosts of Atheist Experience today are our very own Matt Dillahunty and Jim Barrows. Glad to have you have on Jim! Our first caller, Kel in UT asks for advice on talking to his brother about going on a mission trip, after regretting his own. Have a sit down talk with him about how you felt on your mission and leaving the religion. Let him know you are someone that cares but also respect his boundaries. Al in Poland easily left the faith and wonders why it is difficult for others and thinks AXP is helpful for leaving one’s faith. It can be diff
  11. LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Black nonbelievers have for years been working to redefine what it means to be atheist, a word too often linked to white spaces mostly concerned with creationism and the separation of church and state. The post Black skeptics find meaning in uplifting their community through social justice appeared first on Religion News Service. View the full article
  12. Hello all you atheists (and theists) out there! The hosts of today’s Atheist Experience are Matt Dillahunty and Paulogia! Paulogia is a recent atheist and has a popular YouTube channel addressing Christianity. Our first caller, Jelmer in The Netherlands argues that god exists and god doesn't exist is a false dilemma. Matt explains it is a direct logical negation and the laws of logic holds up, even in a black hole. Jelmer confuses laws of science and logic. Marius in AL argues that Matt’s interpretation on Exodus 21, great another slavery argument. The bible explicitly endorses owning a hum
  13. Hello all you atheists (and theists) out there! The hosts of today’s Atheist Experience are Matt Dillahunty and our own Jenna Belk. Our first caller, Hunter asks our experience coming out to religious family members now that he is embracing atheism. It went badly but not the worst thing in the world, don’t make it a huge sit down event. Also look into resources like books, forums, recovering from religion, etc. Nat in Mexico thinks there is no way to justify an ethical point of view as an atheist and argues theism provides grounding to ethics. There is no objection to secular morals by appe
  14. Hello all you atheists (and theists) out there! The hosts of today’s Atheist Experience are Matt Dillahunty and ObjectivelyDan. Dan joins us from ACA’s own Truth Wanted (airs every Friday), and we're glad to see him on AXP! Our first caller, Jake in CA shares his beliefs with us. For instance, the devil is walking around and only has power through god. How could you know that? … oh the bible, of course. Jose in GA feels Matt is dismissive of peoples stories about experiences with the holy spirit. How can we tell if someone had a genuine experience with the holy spirit? We don’t just shut pe
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    You may want to read Viktor Frankl's book, Man's Search for Meaning: https://exploringyourmind.com/the-meaning-of-life-according-to-viktor-frankl/
  16. Hello all you atheists (and theists) out there! The hosts of today’s Atheist Experience are Matt Dillahunty and Dr. Hector Garcia! Hector is an author, podcaster, and youtuber. Heh has been spending his Covid time making a new YouTube channel, shout out to Genetically Modified Skeptic. Our first caller, Jonathan in the UK wants to know how to help his believer wife without challenging her beliefs. Tough request Jonathan. Is the belief of a punishing god damaging to begin with? Be honest, come at with concern and let her know this is you and you are not taking away her beliefs. Reach out to Re
  17. Hello all you atheists (and theists) out there! The hosts of today’s Atheist Experience are Matt Dillahunty and Jim Barrows, welcome back Jim! Our first caller, Isaac in OH thinks differences in DMT experience is evidence that one could be transported to another dimension. The hosts talk hypotheticals and testing methodologies with safeguards using DMT. We would need evidence to be on board here. Alexander in Norway defines spirituality as wise thoughts that deepen the understanding of existence. Wouldn’t that then make philosophy spiritual? This is just giving spirituality a new definition
  18. Perhaps then the challenge is a universally agreed upon definition of "better" followed by a universally agreed upon path toward achieving that "better?" Theoretical philosphy is conceptually interesting but a bit nebulous without any clear definitions and specifically deliniated practical actions for implementation and goal achievement. Let me insert a disclaimer here. I consider my opinions as nothing more than my opinions. I have changed and reversed my opinions on so many things in my life, and I agree that "the struggle never ends .... no end to the tunnel" But, I
  19. I find comparing what we do here for former Christians worth quickly exploring. Twenty years ago I left Christianity. I was lonely, confused, disappointed, angry and wanted to connect with other former Christians. I was not aware of any venues available for me to find connection so I taught myself HTML and started this website. In other words, I made the effort to help myself and as a result recieved encouragement from others who had lived through similar experiences. However, I have been simultaneously condemned and criticized by hundreds of Christians and non-Christ
  20. The link I posted above is to an essay written over 100 years ago by Booker T. Washington. His perspective on this topic may be of surprisingly contemporary interest. Here it is again: https://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/the-intellectuals-and-the-boston-mob/
  21. For any interested: https://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/the-intellectuals-and-the-boston-mob/
  22. A level playing field sounds intriguing. Has their ever once been a "level playing field" in human history? Does the ability to make life 100% fair for all people exist? I wonder what that would even look like.
  23. Couldn't agree with you more, @Geezer. However, your logic does not fit in with the current media-driven narrative. Hopefully the supposedly well-meaning foolishness will eventually fade.
  24. If your perspective in this area is indeed a universal truth, I would posit that no disabused people group or their decendents will ever be capable of success without help from some "privileged" savior. I should certainly be counted guilty and held accountable for my individual misbehavior. However, I stand with Viktor Frankl when it comes to generational guilt. I have never treated any people like animals. I do not accept any guilt or resposibility for any crimes which may have been committed by my parents, grandparents, or ancestors. In other words, I do not count myself a membe
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