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  1. Today I speak with Ronna Russell, author of "The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher's Kid". Ronna describes her story as "a childhood controlled by the brutal hand of a narcissistic, closeted homosexual. I believed I could leave my upbringing behind and walk away unscathed. I married a closeted homosexual man, in hopes he could keep me safe. As our sex life and bank account dwindled to nothing, fear kept me silent. In the meantime, my father died of AIDs. The pain of his death fractured my biological family, and I clung to my husband and children, creating a cocoon that became a prison.
  2. Today I speak with Ronna Russell, author of "The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher's Kid". Ronna describes her story as "a childhood controlled by the brutal hand of a narcissistic, closeted homosexual. I believed I could leave my upbringing behind and walk away unscathed. I married a closeted homosexual man, in hopes he could keep me safe. As our sex life and bank account dwindled to nothing, fear kept me silent. In the meantime, my father died of AIDs. The pain of his death fractured my biological family, and I clung to my husband and children, creating a cocoon that became a prison.
  3. Matt Dillahunty with guest Nick Fish and Debbie Good. American Atheists. Nick Fish and Debbie Goddard are from American Atheists. No convention this year. View the full article
  4. In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, Matt Dillahunty is joined by two very distinguished guests and friends of the ACA, Nick Fish and Debbie Goddard of American Atheists. They definitely have some experience being atheists and we are happy to have them join us today! Also, happy zombie day to all, keep your brain safe by staying inside and away from everyone. Let’s get to calls. The first caller is Guardy from Canada. He believes that some people need God because they also need defined rules given to them. And he’s an atheist? This is interesting and may potentially melt your mind. G
  5. In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, Matt Dillahunty is joined by two very distinguished guests and friends of the ACA, Nick Fish and Debbie Goddard of American Atheists. They definitely have some experience being atheists and we are happy to have them join us today! Also, happy zombie day to all, keep your brain safe by staying inside and away from everyone. Let’s get to calls. The first caller is Guardy from Canada. He believes that some people need God because they also need defined rules given to them. And he’s an atheist? This is interesting and may potentially melt your mind. G
  6. Welcome back to The Atheist Experience! Today’s show is hosted by Matt Dillahunty and friend of the show Dragnauct Sylvas. We start the show with discussion about the coronavirus and its effects on daily life, from isolation depression to grocery store gross-outs. Then, we get to caller numero uno! Dragnauct picks an interesting topic from Gavin, who says he wants to check in on his own rationale. Gavin says he believes in a soul, or at least something like it, based on some experiences he’s had in life, but he’s pretty sure something about that rationale is faulty. Is he right? Brian in Was
  7. Welcome back to The Atheist Experience! Today’s show is hosted by Matt Dillahunty and friend of the show Dragnauct Sylvas. We start the show with discussion about the coronavirus and its effects on daily life, from isolation depression to grocery store gross-outs. Then, we get to caller numero uno! Dragnauct picks an interesting topic from Gavin, who says he wants to check in on his own rationale. Gavin says he believes in a soul, or at least something like it, based on some experiences he’s had in life, but he’s pretty sure something about that rationale is faulty. Is he right? Brian in Was
  8. Matt Dillahunty and Dragnauct Sylvas. Viewer calls. View the full article
  9. OK, Christian. That's not how it works. As there is no compelling evidence that any of the gods people have worshiped have ever existed, therefore I do not believe in any of them. I do not claim categorically no gods exist, just that there is no evidence they exist. I also don't believe that Russel's Teapot is in orbit between Earth and Mars. However, if I could be shown evidence that such a phenomenon exists, I would likely change my position on the matter.
  10. "The idea that God is an oversized white male with a flowing beard who sits in the sky and tallies the fall of every sparrow is ludicrous. But if by God one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe, then clearly there is such a God. This God is emotionally unsatisfying... it does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity." -- Carl Sagan as quoted in "Scientists & Their Gods" in U.S. News & World Report Vol. 111 (1991)
  11. Christians say everything needs a creator, and that's the reason there is a creator, they say. I don't say that. That's silly. What you don't seem to comprehend, matey, is that saying things don't make the things true. If your god doesn't require a creator, then why would the Universe require a creator? Doesn't a natural explanation for everything make a bit more sense than leaning on make-believe supernatural mythology? You seem compelled to convince others here that your god is real just because you say so. Good luck with that, matey. .
  12. Why does it have to be any god? If you believe in some sort of god, that's fine with me. I don't see any evidence supporting the existence of gods or goddesses, but if you hold such beliefs, I don't judge you. Does it bother you that others may disbelieve in your god, whomever it might be? .
  13. Finite realm? What else is there? Please show me how you know there is such a thing as an infinite realm. I am of the opinion that the Universe has always existed in one form or another. However, no one really knows for sure the answer to the question of where everything came from. All we can know for sure is that everything is here. The correct answer to the question regarding where did everything come from is "I don't know the answer to that, yet." Not knowing the answer does not make superstitious mythology true. For example we now know that neither Zeus nor Thor nor Yahweh thr
  14. If any god exists, then according to the maxim that everything that exists requires a creator, then god requires a creator. And that creator requires a creator, ad infinitum. It's just logic.
  15. “The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.” -- Carl Sagan
  16. What the argument does is refute the Christian logical fallacy that states everything that exists requires a creator to explain its existence. If that it is true and a god exists, then the god must also have been created.
  17. I would suggest that your wiring regarding sex is the same now as when you were a Christian. You just may not have felt the freedom to indulge your natural feelings then. I happen to be a happily (faithfully) married heterosexual (35 years now). I am quite frankly the same in this respect as when I was a believer. I don't want anything else. However, what has changed is my ability to freely accept others who differ from me.
  18. Wrong. I don't do it because it's wrong and hurting others out of vengence has never been part of my personality. Here I agree with you. In short, belief in magical beings has minimal if any influence on behavior. People are people -- some good and some bad -- regardless of how they choose to self identify.
  19. I always find this kind of thinking interesting. Does anyone really think that abandoning belief in Christianity leads a person to embrace the basest type of immorality? My behavior as a former Christian is not significantly different from when I was a full-fledged believer, except of course that I no longer attend church, pray, witness or study the Bible. I love my family, pay my bills, am honest in my dealings, treat others with respect, try to live in a way that positively contributes to my fellow humans and society at large, etc., etc., etc. A question for you: What the heck
  20. I lean toward knowledge as the most likely effective cure for religious belief. Covid-19 equals Boomer Remover? Worst case senarios project US deaths to as many as 200,000 to 2.2 million people. Since the US population is over 327 million with Boomers numbering roughly 72 million, and since Covid-19 indiscriminately kills all ages (though more from the old and sick sector), I don't see much change in the mix of US society once this pandemic passes. However, this is just my opinion and it is open to changing with the aquistion of more data.
  21. I see that there is some issue with the main blog site and Firefox using the exchristian.net url. Until I get it fixed, please just type www.exchristian.net or use any of the other urls mentioned above.
  22. Working here. Should work with exchristian.net, exchristian.com, exchristian.org and new.exchristian.net,
  23. These types of vision stories -- ancient and modern -- are to my knowledge always anecdotal. There never seems to be any verifiable evidence beyond hearsay. Anyway, here's what Bart Ehrman and some commentators have to say on this issue: https://ehrmanblog.org/modern-visions-of-jesus/
  24. From the article: Kinda surprised she isn't also dosing him with essential oils. I hear patchouli is especially Covid-19-resistant (sarcasm). Sad.
  25. SUMMARY We look funny today, but it’s because our awesome crew figured out a way for us to continue the show from individual hosts’ and crew members’ homes! Thanks, guys! We start off with a bang: What do we do about church gatherings that could spread the corona virus more? If God isn’t real, why is religion influential? Can you even test science, and do the same forces that “created” the universe still exist? Isn’t there something “higher” that’s apparent? Why is Matt inconsistent with standards of evidence for others’ beliefs vs. his own? Ending the night with a beautiful summary of so muc
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