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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/
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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/
  7. For any interested: https://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/the-intellectuals-and-the-boston-mob/
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. And my point was that opportunity is not necessarily accompanied by comprehensive training on how to best maximize the opportunity. Besides, I wonder, how many generations must live and die before I should just stop relying on wrongs committed in the remote past as an excuse for my current behavior? The line between enabling and assiting is thin.
  12. Life isn't fair for anyone in any time period in any country. Unless a person is dedicated and determined to take full responsibility for his or her own individual succees (however we might define success), no amount of outside assistance will provide long-term relief. Just my opinion...
  13. Hello all you atheists (and theists) out there! The hosts of today’s Atheist Experience are Matt Dillahunty and Jenna Belk! Happy Birthday to our audio engineer Vern, the Lord of Levels! Our first caller, John in FL, asks if christianity negatively affects people? We don’t even know if it's actually true. Is it good for people to believe something that isn't true? John holds onto belief because of Pascal's Wager and may call Recovering From Religion. Good idea John! Ralph in FL asks what makes values valuable? The person making the assessment imbues it with value, morality is rooted in well
  14. I think the currently popular narrative which assigns blame for people's behavior who are living today on events occuring four or five generations before they were even born perpetuates a victim mentality that is not particularly helpful to anyone. True empowerement comes from taking responsibility for one's own sucess in life, regardless of ancestral heritage. And, in my opinion, comparing freed slaves in any way to 6-year-olds could be interpreted as feeding into the narrative of racial inferiority. Anyway, 155 years after the end of the Civil War, and 52 years after the end th
  15. In my opinion, the blame for any violence being carried out belongs entirely to -- and only to -- the person(s) committing the violence. Attributing my responses to the stimuli of what other people do doesn't fly anywhere. I am always in control of and held accountable for my responses to stimuli. In other words I am always responsible for my own actions, regardless of the actions of others.
  16. I'm guessing if he cleaned up his act and sucked up to and started walking lockstep with the good, humanitarian, dedicated-to-the-betterment-of-society, carreer politicians of either party... that action would likely have a profoundly negative affect on his support. P.S.: I'm voting for none-of-the-above.
  17. John F Kennedy, a Democrat, was Roman Catholic -- the first ever Catholic president. It made quite a stir at the time. Many traditional Catholics still vote Democratic, if you accept the findings of Pew Research as shown in the chart above.
  18. When I was a kid, Catholics were staunchly Democrat as were most mainline Protestants. Evangelicals were mostly peitistic and non-poilitical. Legalized abortion was an initial impetus to motivate Christians of all ilks to leave the Democratic party. Here's an interesting synopsis regarding the development of political feelings within Catholicism. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Church_and_politics_in_the_United_States#:~:text=Catholics now comprise 25% to,the 80–90% level. Here is where various types of Christians supposedly fall today, according t
  19. Hello all you atheists (and theists) out there! The hosts of today’s Atheist Experience are Matt Dillahunty and Shannon Q, so happy to have Shannon Q on today! Our first caller, Jack in Canada, says that he thinks religious groups “walk on eggshells” more than atheist groups. The bible does not preach religious tolerance and we oppose beliefs not religious people. Matt points out Deuteronomy 13 commands you to kill other believers. Ryan in NY asks what proof there is of atheism. What is your definition of a god? Atheism just means disbelief in god/s, the burden of proof is on the claimant. Ry
  20. Hmm. I am white. I have considerable personal freedom. However, I am not rich, especially if compared to the pay and benefits recieved by even the most junior of our nationally elected representatives. Seems to me that the more time we spend arguing team loyalties with each other, the less we notice how both of these corrupted parties are basically nothing more than two sides of the same coin ($).
  21. IMO, the current two party system is a good example of a false dichotomy. I think many thoughtful people see it the same way.
  22. Hello all you atheists (and theists) out there! The hosts of today’s Atheist Experience are Matt Dillahunty and David McRaney. David is an author and got into podcasting as a way to promote his book. You can check out his work at https://www.youarenotsosmart.com and the You Are Not So Smart podcast! Let’s get to calls! Our first caller, Jacob in IL, tells a story of a man who went into a coma and saw many-eyed animals next to god and that made Jacob think it was true. Just because people have an experience regarding a religion, doesn’t mean we should leap to believe the experience or the relig
  23. Hello all you atheists (and theists) out there! The hosts of today’s Atheist Experience are Matt Dillahunty and Jim Barrows! Glad to see Jim back! As an update, our show will remain remote throughout the year and into next year. Let’s get to calls! The first caller, Rick in CA, has a quick question on the efficacy of prayer. Who knows how many times our hosts prayed and nothing happens. The hosts don’t see any evidence that prayer works. Aaron in WI calls to talk about morality as it pertains to atheists vs theists for an argument for god. Neither theism nor atheism takes a position on morali
  24. Hello all you atheists (and theists) out there! In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, Matt Dillahunty is joined by Jenna Belk, who we’re all happy to see return! Welcome back to the co-host chair, Jenna! This episode (and all episodes hereafter) is dedicated to Ed Breyton. Ed has been an integral part of the ACA over the years and while he isn’t as active as he once was, he will always be remembered. Thank you, Ed! Let’s get to calls. The first caller is Dennis in New York. He was in the hospital for a time (due to illness) and his Christian friends say his condition improved due to G
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