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  1. Tweet This week’s interview features ex-Scientologist and author, Jon Atack. Jon is the world’s foremost expert on the history of both Scientology as well as its founder, L. Ron Hubbard. His bestselling book, Let’s Sell These People a Piece of Blue Sky, re-released just a few years ago, is considered the best-researched factual history of Scientology. More importantly for our purposes, perhaps, is Jon’s more recent focus on helping people to recover from their cultic experiences–a topic that we get into toward the end of this insightful and wide-ranging discussion. Help Support Independent Media on Patreon http://patreon.com/mindshiftpodcast Jon Atack Contact Information Open Minds Foundation Follow me on Twitter @MindShift2018 View the full article
  2. URGENT: If you live in Wisconsin please contact your state representative to express support for the Clergy Mandatory Reporter Act & the Child Victims Act. These bills are being considered right now. If your representative is Republican, it's even more important. Republican support is low for these bills, but is critical. Anything you can do is very much appreciated. Now, to introduce today's guest... Debbie McNulty is a lifelong resident of Wisconsin. She attended a United Pentecostal church from about age 7 to 17. She was exposed to sexual abuse and ideas which caused serious religious trauma. Now she works to help others cope with their trauma and raise awareness about the organization she grew up in. Her story is such an important story to tell. Debbie is an amazing person and ends the conversation with such a hopeful message! Debbie's Blog: https://survivingchurchandchildhood.wordpress.com/about/ Cap Times article: https://madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/lawmakers-push-bills-to-end-statute-of-limitations-on-lawsuits/article_25165c22-1475-5752-84ce-bef5a81153d2.html View the full article
  3. Matt Dillahunty with guest Gayle Jordan. Recovering from Religion. Gayle Jordan discusses Recovering from Religion. View the full article
  4. https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/september/benny-hinn-renounces-prosperity-gospel.html https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/tony-norman/2019/09/13/Benny-Hinn-gospel-faith-healer-repent/stories/201909130069
  5. Matt Dillahunty and Don Baker. Do No Harm Act. Don discusses how the Do No Harm Act is necessary and an indication that harm is the intent of some Christians. View the full article
  6. Premise one: The Non-Prophets broadcasts on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month. Derek is releasing a short story. 05:39 - Fox News: Society has been broken by atheists. Pastor decries atheist who claim to be good without god. Unravalling moral fabric of America. Christians scared that atheists can be good without god. A carrot of heaven and a stick of hell. https://news.yahoo.com/democrats-target-non-religious-voters-101559338.html Derek's mom is not important enough for god to blow up a star for. Democrats anti-god? https://news.yahoo.com/democrats-target-non-religious-voters-101559338.html 35:56 - Federal Appeals court rules that theists have more rights than atheists and greenlights descrimination against non-believers. https://www.au.org/blogs/pennsylvania-legislative-prayer 46:00 - Listener mail: Chuck in Arizona - If I order god to do something, and it is done, does that mean that god can be commanded? 50:11 - Listener mail: Chuck in Arizona - Does god have maximal contentment? 53:01 - Listener mail: Chuck again - No government monuments. Only those who want a monument should build it privately. 57:31 - Tennessee school removes Harry Potter books because they think spells are real. Oh, the children! Derek tries to cast spells, but fails. Are atheist invocations magic? https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/world/harry-potter-books-removed-from-school-library-because-they-contain-real-curses-and-spells/ar-AAGHaOO 01:16:00 - Shit Internet Apologists Saaaaaaay - On the Jim Bakker show, Hank Kunneman channels god who is apparently upset people want to impeach Trump. https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/hank-kunneman-prophetic-thumb-drive/ View the full article
  7. LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Two roommates are starting Fordham University’s first Secular Student Alliance chapter — one of 10 new chapters that have been started recently at religiously affiliated schools. The post Secular Student Alliance has seen growth at religiously affiliated colleges appeared first on Religion News Service. View the full article
  8. Tweet This week’s episode of MindShift podcast features a conversation with ex-Mormon Claudine Gallacher. Not only has she deconstructed her own Mormon faith and left the religion far behind, she currently helps those who have left the religion, as the founder of the Post-Mormon Mental Health organization. In this helpful chat, we’ll move beyond simply hearing Claudine’s own backstory within the cult and her subsequent departure, we get into issues of her current situation–including coping with adult children who are still very much involved in the religion. Beyond that, we get into a “mini-counseling session” as we discuss what triggering is all about. Help support MindShift Podcast on Patreon! http://patreon.com/mindshiftpodcast Contact Information for Claudine Gallacher Post-Mormon Mental Health Website Social Media Contacts Follow me on Twitter @MindShift2018 Instagram @mindshiftpodcast MindShift Podcast Facebook Page View the full article
  9. Don Baker and Jenna Belk. Prayer and Shootings. Don explains how useless prayer is, especially in the face of mass shootings. View the full article
  10. Tweet According to Jeff Sharlet’s 2008 book The Family: the Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of America’s Power, as well as the recent Netflix documentary series entitled The Family, there is a secretive organization at the heart of not just American political power, but one that has a global reach too: The Family, or The Fellowship (as they refer to themselves). Begun in 1935 by one Dr Abraham Vereide in Seattle, Washington, the organization has grown in both scope and scale since then. The only public event The Family hosts is the National Prayer Breakfast, held in Washington DC every February, an event that every single President since Eisenhower has attended. But what is The Family all about? And more importantly, are there links to what is referred to as “dominion theology?” In this special bonus episode, I’ll explore both the history of The Family as well as begin to unpack what dominion theology is all about. Patreon Support Follow me on Twitter @MindShift2018 View the full article
  11. a priori (1) a self-evident truth that does not need to be proved. (2) knowledge that is independent of sensory impression. (3) proceeding by deduction from cause to effect. (4) a presupposition. presupposition (1) A belief held prior to investigation. (2) An assumption or criterion that precedes examination of a subject that conditions one's interpretation of that subject. Example: A Christian presupposes that miracles occur before he examines the historical evidence for Christ's resurrection. An atheist presupposes that miracles do not occur before he examines the historical evidence for Christ's resurrection. presppositionalism An approach to apologetics that begins with the a priori claim that all men intuitively know that God exists even before they are presented with evidence, and due to the noetic effects of sin, there is insufficient common ground shared by believers and unbelievers to have a neutral evidence-based discussion of Christianity. Presuppositionalists argue that the apologist must simply assume the existence of the biblical God as the only legitimate ground for all thinking. http://classicalmonotheisticchristianapologetics.com/apologists-know/apologetic-terms/
  12. What an amazing story! Rebecca grew up in a cult-like Christian church called the World Wide Church of God. Her particular congregation was quite small and at one point only consisted of around 20 people. They celebrated Jewish holy days, but adopted their own meaning. They kept a version of Kosher as well. They had very peculiar beliefs about becoming gods one day and having to slay sinners when the resurrection occurred. In such a small church there weren't many children her age. Rebecca became very close to her friend Linda and Linda's family. She even referred to Linda's mom as Aunt Kathy. In a sudden and tragic way, Rebecca loses her friend Linda and Linda's parents. Tragedy sends Rebecca running toward God. She embraces her faith wholeheartedly. She decides not to curse, minimizes the media she consumes and dives into purity culture. She was as devout as it gets for a teenager. When she goes to college, the demands of piety become too much. Personal research and a class at her Catholic college begin to change what has always been a fundamental part of Rebecca's life. View the full article
  13. Matt Dillahunty with guest Andrew Seidel. Christian Nationalism. Andrew Seidel from the FFRF talks about his new book, The Founding Myth. View the full article
  14. Jenna Belk and Vi La Bianca. Viewer Calls. View the full article
  15. Tweet This week’s episode features a strong woman with a truly unbelievable story to tell–Briell Decker Blanchart, who grew up in the FLDS (Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints) cult, led by “prophet” Warren Jeffs. Now in prison for life on multiple charges of child abuse, Jeffs was the undisputed leader of the cult during the time Briell was born and raised in the cult. Her story of life in the cult, how she came to be his 65th wife, and her unbelievable escape, are truly nothing short of amazing. Now she makes it her life’s goal to help those who have escaped the cult and integrate into the real world. Find out more of Briell’s inspirational story in this episode! Support MindShift Podcast on Patreon! http://patreon.com/mindshiftpodcast Contact Information Briell Decker’s Blog Follow Me on Twitter @MindShift2018 View the full article
  16. Matt Dillahunty and Don Baker. Miracles, Again. Don talks about "miracles" being little more than unconfirmed stories for the sake of marketing. View the full article
  17. The Non-Prophets 18.16 with Jamie Boone, Denis Loubet, Kevin Stein, & Derek Hawke View the full article
  18. Matt Dillahunty with guest David Warnock. Dying out loud. Guest David Warnock talks about confronting death as an atheist. View the full article
  19. Tweet This week’s discussion features a wide-ranging conversation with ex-pastor (and now atheist) Tim Sledge, out of Texas. A former megachurch pastor in the Houston area, Tim underwent a significant change of both heart and of faith, culminating in him walking away not just from the church, but from the faith altogether. Now an atheist, Tim has chronicled his journey in his book Goodbye Jesus –and he is also is a prolific Twitter personality who regularly tweets about very thought-provoking and challenging issues around deconstructing Christianity and religion. Tim and I discuss, among other things, not only his journey, but the phenomenon of the 81% white evangelical Donald Trump supporters. Where is all of this leading? As a former pastor himself, Tim provides a unique insight into this situation of American evangelicalism today. Support independent media like MindShift Podcast on Patreon! http://patreon.com/mindshiftpodcast Tim Sledge Contact Information Follow Tim on Twitter @goodbye_jesus http://timsledge.com Goodbye Jesus on Amazon Follow me on Twitter @MindShift2018 View the full article
  20. I believe Luth's position and style of arguing may be adequately explained here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presuppositional_apologetics Sad to admit, but many years ago I would have argued alongside him.
  21. You have to hear this story! He's always wanted to help people. When he became a strong Christian, it was saving people from the lake of fire. If Hell was real, Wiley was compelled to do everything in his power to save people from it. He would stand outside ATMs on busy Friday nights preaching to people. He was attracted to an aggressive form of Christianity. Having exactly the right doctrine was very important to him. So much so, that he and his wife later struggled to find the right church. He wouldn't marry his wife unless she agreed to wear dresses and not celebrate Christmas, as it's a pagan celebration. She eventually agreed. Later Wiley hears a podcast host pose a question for Christians. The host asks if Christians could admit they might possibly be wrong. When the podcast host proclaims that Christians never will admit this, Wiley thinks "challenge accepted". His faith is tested and then his marriage. He faces questions about faith with transparency. He also decides to face OCPD (Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder) and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) in an honest, open way. He's a courageous human being and I'm so glad he shared his story with us. View the full article
  22. Matt Dillahunty and Vi La Bianca. Viewer Calls. Matt and Vi take viewer calls. View the full article
  23. The Non-Prophets 18.15 with Kevin Stein, Jamie Boone, & Derek Hawke View the full article
  24. Matt Dillahunty and Jenna Belk. Viewer calls. View the full article
  25. Tweet Is there a place for religion in the world today? History demonstrates that humanity is incurably religious…we can’t seem to separate humans from their beliefs. But it is a demonstrable fact that religion, and religionism, have done tremendous amounts of damage over the centuries–from religious wars, terrorism in the name of God, religious trauma, cults, and all sorts of religious trauma and sexual abuse. So many people need to recover from the harmful effects of religion that Dr Ray has started two organizations to help people do just that–Recovering from Religion Foundation, as well as the Secular Therapy Project. Find out more about Darrel’s work, as well as what might be in your future should you too need to recover from religion. Support Independent Media like MindShift Podcast: MindShift Patreon Page Contact Info for Dr Darrel Ray Recovering From Religion Follow me on Twitter @MindShift2018 Darrel Ray on Twitter @drdray132 View the full article
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