Podcast

TheThinkingAtheist

Seth Andrews, a former Christian broadcaster and believer for 30 years, ultimately escaped the bonds of superstitious thinking to embrace the more satisfying explanations that science provides. A professional video producer and host of one of the most popular atheist communities on the internet, Seth Andrews brings a polished format, a relaxed environment and a rage-free challenge to the religious beliefs that defined his youth.

Episodes

  • My Religious Family is Driving Me Crazy

    May 26 2020

    Frustrated with religious family members trying to convert/save you? This show is therapy.

  • Tribes, Tantrums, SJWs, and "The Atheist Movement"

    May 19 2020

    Atheist YouTube activists Shannon Q, Jimmy Snow, and Paulogia join Seth Andrews for a candid conversation about atheism, activism, religion, social justice, and the state of the world. Shannon Q: https://bit.ly/35Vexo4Jimmy Snow: https://bit.ly/35QuMTF Paulogia: https://bit.ly/2YXPqQm VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/F65Ep_m8PJ4

  • Confessions of a Former Fox News Christian (announcement about autographed pre-orders)

    May 18 2020

    Get details and pre-order at http://www.sethandrews.com

  • Goodbye Jesus: An Evangelical Preacher's Journey Beyond Faith (with ex-pastor Tim Sledge)

    May 12 2020

    Tim Sledge was a fundamentalist Baptist pastor for decades. Today, he's a humanist activist and author who no longer believes in any god. He joins Seth Andrews to tell his story.Find Tim on Twitter: @Goodbye_JesusSupport our sponsor: http://www.blinkist.com/seth

  • Disinfect Bad Ideas

    May 05 2020

    In this fast-and-loose broadcast, Seth Andrews applies bleach to some of the world's more troubling stains. Plus listener calls!Support our sponsor and get a free trial: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

  • Christians, Conspiracy, and Just Plain Crazy: with Noah Lugeons

    Apr 28 2020

    Noah Lugeons is a popular podcaster, speaker, author, and activist, perhaps known best from The Scathing Atheist and God Awful Movies shows. He joins Seth Andrews for a lively conversation about the state of the world.Support our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

  • Dr. Nina Shapiro: Masks, Medicines, Dr. Oz, and Corona-Conspiracies

    Apr 27 2020

    Dr. Nina Shapiro is Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, science educator, and author of the book, "Hype: A Doctor's Guide to Medical Myths, Exaggerated Claims, and Bad Advice." She joins Seth Andrews for another candid conversation about COVID-19.Dr. Shapiro's website: http://drninashapiro.com/Dr. Shapiro's book: https://amzn.to/353Xjoj

  • Overcoming Isolation: Recovering From Religion

    Apr 21 2020

    Dr. Darrel Ray and Gayle Jordan from http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org join Seth Andrews to talk about the current COVID-19 crisis and how RFR can help those who feel even more isolated in their personal journeys.Dr. Ray's video "Emotional Safety:" https://youtu.be/Jg8JLab1cQM

  • Podcast #500 (with Natalie)

    Apr 12 2020

    It's a special milestone: Show number 500. For the first time, Seth's wife, Natalie, joins in for a look at their relationship, and how two very different people share life. Thanks for over a decade of support, community, and friendship!VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/QpGmM7LkDi8DAVID MANNING VIDEO: https://youtu.be/f61zsLFQWRcKENNETH COPELAND REMIX: https://youtu.be/m2s0nB2VPvs

  • The Power Worshippers: The Rise of Religious Nationalism (with Katherine Stewart)

    Apr 07 2020

    Katherine Stewart is author of the new book, "The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism." Get the book at https://amzn.to/3atDFnw

  • Keto, Paleo, and the Science of Diet (with licensed nutritionist Leah McGrath)

    Mar 31 2020

    We're directing our rational brains toward the subject of health and nutrition...with special guest and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist Leah McGrath. (@InglesDietitian)Support our sponsors:The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethHarry's: http://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheist

  • Seth Andrews Reads Your Favorite Selections (PART TWO)

    Mar 27 2020

    This bonus show includes a recipe for stroopwafels, some H.P. Lovecraft, "Corduroy," political nonfiction by Katherine Stewart, and finishes with some classic Carl Sagan.Be safe out there, and enjoy!VIDEO version of this livestream is here: https://youtu.be/amRwNeP0QFQ

  • Seth Andrews Reads Your Favorite Selections: PART ONE

    Mar 25 2020

    As a distraction in this isolated week, Seth Andrews reads - by request - selections from some of our listeners' favorite stories. Today's episode includes Dr. Seuss, some Douglas Adams, and Harlan Ellison's "Jefty is Five."

  • Are People Inherently Good?

    Mar 24 2020

    Seth Andrews shares a troubling story, followed by discussion on the human condition. Are people naturally prone to pro-social, ethical "goodness?" Are we - at our core - uncivilized? Something else? Join us for a fascinating discussion.Support our sponsor: http://www.blinkist.com/seth

  • Lets Self-Isolate...Together!

    Mar 20 2020

    Another bonus broadcast. Host rants and your calls on any subject. VIDEO of this livestream at https://youtu.be/FM5mE-8gEec

  • Stocks, Panic-Buying, and the Costs of Crisis (with Phil Ferguson)

    Mar 17 2020

    Seth Andrews speaks with "financial guy" Phil Ferguson about the weird, wild happenings in the U.S. and global economy in the wake of COVID-19. Phil's show: https://bit.ly/3b3mrNB

  • How Should a Humanist Vote?

    Mar 17 2020

    Prepare yourself. It's an election year, and we're talking religion AND politics. Special thanks to Rebecca Markert from http://www.ffrf.org for joining the 2nd segment of the broadcast. - Seth

  • Coronavirus: The Science VS the Scare (with Dr. Nina Shapiro)

    Mar 09 2020

    Panic is rising over the coronavirus COVID-19. How concerned should we be, and how should we respond? Dr. Nina Shapiro gives us some science beyond the scare.Dr. Shapiro's book "Hype" is available here: https://amzn.to/3aDIZ7JSupport our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

  • What's WRONG with people???

    Mar 03 2020

    Seth Andrews monologues about the insanity of humanity. Plus...plenty of listener calls!Video livestream of this show is on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/NjMwhwgtLaoSupport our sponsor, and get a free trial at http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

  • Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church

    Feb 25 2020

    Chrissy Stroop and Lauren O'Neal are editors of the new book, "Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church." They join Seth Andrews to talk about the book (and their own journeys), and Seth reads a chapter to finish the broadcast.Empty the Pews is at http://www.emptythepews.comSupport this show at http://www.Harrys.com/thethinkingatheist

  • The Unholy Trinity Reunion Tour 2020 (with Seth Andrews, Aron Ra, and Matt Dillahunty)

    Feb 21 2020

    Here's the audio of the Q&A from the February 15th Unholy Trinity Reunion Tour. Video of this conversation is on YouTube at https://youtu.be/6f-rK7Wlg5g

  • Yasmine Mohammed: Unveiled

    Feb 18 2020

    Yasmine Mohammed was once a properly-veiled Muslim woman. Her life journey took her through an abusive marriage to a member of Al-Qaeda, into a critical examination of Islam, and ultimately, into atheism and human rights activism.Her new book, "Unveiled," is the chronicle of that journey. She joins Seth Andrews for a conversation about it.VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/H-bBHpJ9_KIGet the book at https://amzn.to/31MTCSgDiscover more about Yasmine at http://www.yasminemohammed.comSuppor...more

  • Black Nonbelievers: A Candid Conversation about Diversity

    Feb 11 2020

    Seth Andrews tackles the subject of diversity and the atheist "movement" with a panel of five black atheist activists: Mandisa Thomas, Will Juedy, Precious Singo, Fil Session, and Tiffany Tucker.Visit the website for Black Nonbelievers at http://www.blacknonbelievers.com

  • A Secular State of the Union Address (2020)

    Feb 04 2020

    United States presidents traditionally give a synopsis of their nation's achievements and challenges in an annual speech. For this podcast, host Seth Andrews offers his own secular version of "The State of the Union."Support our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

  • Whistleblowers: The Truth & Transparency Foundation

    Jan 28 2020

    Originally founded as Mormon Leaks, http://www.truthandtransparency.org is the brainchild of Ethan Dodge and Ryan McKnight...in an attempt to empower whistleblowers and reveal problematic people and practices within religious organizations.The founders join Seth Andrews for a conversation about their work.

  • Rocks in your Vagina: The Pseudoscience of Gwyneth Paltrow and "Goop"

    Jan 21 2020

    This month, Gwyneth Paltrow (and her "wellness" brand Goop) debut a new show on Netflix, but the woo is strong, the stakes are high, and the need for science-based health information is even higher.In this broadcast, we explore many claims made by Paltrow, her organization and affiliates, and Seth Andrews speaks with professor Timothy Caulfield, author of the book "Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?"Caulfield's latest article in The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/gwyneth-palt...more

  • The Theater Is My Temple

    Jan 16 2020

    In this unscripted, unscheduled, bonus podcast, Seth Andrews monologues and takes listener calls on subjects ranging far and wide. Enjoy!YouTube video of this broadcast is at https://youtu.be/TFykoekL18c

  • Understanding Iran: with Armin Navabi

    Jan 13 2020

    Tensions between the United States and Iran remain high. Opinions span the spectrum. Yet Iran remains a mystery to a great many. This podcast features Iranian-born Armin Navabi, who provides some context and backstory to recent military events (including the killing of Qasem Soleimani).Armin is co-host of http://www.secularjihadists.comVIDEO of this conversation on YouTube at https://youtu.be/NECuXTlTRe0Support our sponsor, and get 3 months for $30 at http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

  • Looking Ahead to 2020: How Screwed Are We?

    Jan 07 2020

    What does 2020 have in store for us? Join us for a look at some interesting things coming in the New Year, plus plenty of listener calls with perspectives on their hopes/fears for the months to come!Support our sponsors:The Great Courses Plus: One Month Free Trial via http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethHarrys: http://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheist

  • 2019: The Year in Review

    Dec 29 2019

    As we approach the New Year, we take a quick look back at some of the biggest, most important, and most entertaining stories of 2019.

  • Gay Jesus, Santa, and Shelley Segal

    Dec 20 2019

    This show includes conversations and listener calls about the new Netflix "gay Jesus" show, the Hallmark Channel controversy, skepticism VS the Santa Claus myth...and we cap the show with some holiday tunes by singer/songwriter Shelley Segal.

  • The Christ-Free Christmas

    Dec 17 2019

    More and more Americans (and people around the world) are celebrating the Christmas holiday without any of the religious trappings. How do you mark the December 25th holiday?

  • Seth Andrews - Let's Not Wake Up Like This: Restoring Perspective and Humanity in the Era of Outrage

    Dec 10 2019

    On November 2nd, 2019 at http://www.free-flo.org , Seth Andrews gave this presentation as an encouragement to get the facts, understand ideological opponents, and not lose ourselves in the deafening white noise of online outrage.It's a speech given in good faith, with the hope that it will also be received in good faith. VIDEO of this presentation is at https://youtu.be/CPmOw25VtoI

  • Jehovah's Witnesses: When a Cult Comes Knocking

    Dec 03 2019

    Who/What are the Jehovah's Witnesses? It's a religion most people have heard of but know little about. In this podcast, Seth Andrews speaks with three ex-JWs about the origins, the teachings, and the organizations. Guests include:Lloyd Evans, author of "The Reluctant Apostate" @cedarsjwsurveyAmber Scorah, author of "Leaving the Witness" @amberscorahTelltale (Owen Morgan), host of TellTale Atheist @telltaleatheist

  • The Case Against Miracles: with John W. Loftus

    Nov 26 2019

    John W. Loftus is editor of the new anthology, "The Case Against Miracles." Loftus joins Seth Andrews to define "miracle," and to talk about why claims of miracles fail at every level.The book is available now at https://amzn.to/2qG7CPs

  • Vulgarity For Charity: Let's Do Some Good (for goodness' sake)

    Nov 25 2019

    The Scathing Atheist and Cognitive Dissonance crew have once again teamed up to raise money (over $100,000!) for http://www.modestneeds.org, and you can be a part of it. Details on this short podcast with Modest Needs president Keith Taylor.

  • Matt Dillahunty and Seth Andrews in Phoenix: Faith, Family, and the Future of Humanism

    Nov 23 2019

    In an event sponsored by http://www.hsgp.org, Matt Dillahunty and Seth Andrews took the stage in Phoenix on November 9, 2019 for a candid (and often very personal) conversation about atheism, humanism, religion, family, and more.YouTube VIDEO of this conversation:Part One: https://youtu.be/a5nE3GBEY5gPart Two: https://youtu.be/xHuQ-KJBZjQVIDEO LINKS:Part OnePart Two

  • Dave Warnock: Dying Out Loud

    Nov 19 2019

    In January of 2019, Dave Warnock was diagnosed with ALS and given 3-5 years to live. He refused to take the news lying down, and has traveled the world on a campaign called "Dying Out Loud."Dave has pledged to make the most of his remaining time, and he wants to encourage others to maximize their brief, precious moments on this earth. Dave speaks with Seth Andrews about death, life, and so much more.Dave's website: https://daveoutloud.com/ Dave on Twitter: @dwwarnock

  • The Cult of Trump: with Steven Hassan

    Nov 12 2019

    Steven Hassan is a mental health professional, author, and expert on cults, and he's convinced that President Donald Trump exhibits many of the same characteristics of famous cult leaders like David Koresh, Jim Jones, and Sun Myung Moon.Hassan talks about cults, their leaders and influence, and the President of the United States.BOOK: The Cult of Trump on Amazon at https://amzn.to/2ouhjQ2

  • Basic Evolution (for Creationists): with Dr. Donald Prothero

    Nov 05 2019

    Dr. Donald Prothero is a renowned paleontologist, geologist, educator, and author of over 40 books. He speaks with Seth Andrews about common misconceptions about evolution, refutations to common Creationist claims, and the best resources for legitimate science education in the Internet Age.Berkeley's website "Understanding Evolution:" https://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/home.phpDr. Prothero's website: http://www.donaldprothero.comSupport our sponsors.The Great Courses Plus http://www.the...more

  • The Devil's Chord (and other listener calls)

    Oct 29 2019

    This is a variety show of listener calls, including questions about a demon-summoning musical chord, atheist funerals, agnosticism, slavery, and more!Support our sponsor and get a free Harry's trial set at http://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheist

  • Take The Secular Survey

    Oct 22 2019

    http://www.secularsurvey.org is a scientific survey designed to help the non-religious achieve better representation in the United States. Seth Andrews talks about the survey and more!

  • What Scares You? Listener Fears & Phobias

    Oct 17 2019

    In keeping with the Halloween spirit, our listeners call in to talk about the things that give them the creeps. Enjoy the show!Support this broadcast by becoming a patron at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

  • Ghost Stories 2019

    Oct 15 2019

    It's our annual October tradition. Get in the Halloween spirit with an entire broadcast of ghost stories read by Seth Andrews.Support our sponsor, and get a free trial at The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethGet Seth's "Ghost Stories" audiobook at https://adbl.co/2wDeso0

  • Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs (with mortician Caitlin Doughty)

    Oct 08 2019

    Caitlin Doughty is a mortician, host of the "Ask a Mortician" video series, and author of the new book, "Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals about Death."Here in the Halloween season, Caitlin speaks candidly about death, rituals, funeral practices, and the frank questions often posed to her by viewers and readers.Follow Caitlin's work at http://caitlindoughty.comSupport our sponsors:The Great Courses Plus http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethBlinkist http://www.blinkis...more

  • Polyamory: When Three is Not a Crowd

    Oct 01 2019

    Polyamory is a growing phenomenon in the United States, especially among the non-religious. This show is an exploration into "ethical non-monogamy," the often religious protests against it, and how these often complex relationships operate.Support our sponsor, and get a free trial set from Harry's at http://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheist

  • Trae Crowder: A Godless Liberal Redneck

    Sep 24 2019

    Comedian Trae Crowder gained international fame in 2016 with his back-porch, cell phone, political commentaries. He's tackled everything from Trump to transgender bathrooms to the Ark Encounter.Trae joins Seth for a candid talk about commentary, comedy, and being a liberal redneck.VIDEO of this exchange is at https://youtu.be/ZQV9nNc2q3sSupport this broadcast by becoming a patron at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

  • Why Religion is Not Necessary for Living an Ethical Life (with Phil Zuckerman)

    Sep 17 2019

    Atheists hear this question constantly: How can you be moral without God (or religion)?Phil Zuckerman is a professor of sociology and secular studies, and he's author of the new book, "What it Means to be Moral: Why Religion is Not Necessary for Living an Ethical Life."Phil talks about morality far beyond the narrow religious boundaries, explaining in plain language why no religion is required or desired for humankind to be moral.

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Could It Happen Here?

    Sep 10 2019

    Margaret Atwood's famous book (and the smash HULU television series) paints a stark portrait of a dystopian future that brings the worst verses of the Old Testament - and the worst aspects of human nature - to life.The fictional story is laced with social commentary...warnings about theocratic regimes and the harm done in the name of God. But could it ever happen for real? We discuss.Support our sponsors:The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethBlinkist: http://www.blinkis...more

  • Be Your Authentic Self

    Sep 03 2019

    Seth Andrews takes several listener calls from people struggling with religion's influence on their homes, families, careers, identities...their everyday lives. These conversations are a reminder that our lives, loves, values, and goals are not the property of another. LINK to Seth's book: Deconverted - Second Edition: https://amzn.to/2MAIcwl (NOTE: There's a pricing glitch on the Hardcover. Make sure you click the $21.95 option. Working to get it fixed.)Support our sponsor, and get your fre...more

  • Rachel Oates: Makeup, Mermaids, and the Mind of Kent Hovind

    Aug 27 2019

    Rachel Oates is a Youtuber and activist whose diverse subjects range from Creationism to anti-vax to superhero makeup. She speaks about her recent online exchanges with Kent Hovind, "cancel culture," science, and the authentic self.Find Rachel online at http://www.racheloates.meVIDEO of this interview is at https://youtu.be/khRM9hB-tl0This show is made possible by your support at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

  • Blame the Games: Shooter Scapegoats in the Wake of Real-World Violence

    Aug 20 2019

    President Trump and many others are blaming violent video games for the American mass shooter phenomenon, citing the "moral decay" of our society (and often using religious language). Wal-Mart just banned violent imagery - but not guns - in its stores. And it seems that the whole planet is either desperate for a cause or scrambling for something to blame.We discuss video games and violence, with your calls and perspectives.Support our sponsor and get $80 off your first week of Hello Fresh at ht...more

  • Final Exit: My Life, My Death, My Choice

    Aug 13 2019

    In the United States, the majority of states have made it illegal for terminally ill patients enduring great suffering to end their own lives on their terms. Most of the opposition is fueled by religion. In this broadcast, we explore Death With Dignity issues, we talk about various organizations assisting those who wish to take some control over their life and death, and we finish the show with special guest Dan Diaz, husband of the late Brittany Maynard, who's story (and partnership with http:/...more

  • Unthinking Atheists: I Can't Believe I Did This When I Was Drunk!

    Aug 06 2019

    This is a lighthearted show filled with anecdotes (and cautionary tales) about alcohol-related antics. We also get a little bit into the science of inebriation, so we can better understand why those who are drunk aren't really "thunk."Support our sponsor, Blinkist, with a free 7-day trial at http://www.blinkist.com/seth

  • Brian Dalton: That's MISTER Deity to You!

    Jul 30 2019

    Brian Dalton is a producer, satirist, and performer best known for his portrayal of Mr. Deity, a bumbling "God" whose literal interpretation of the Bible gets him into terrible trouble.Brian joins Seth for an exploration into Mr Deity, The Way of the Mister video series, and Brian's often hysterical responses to the videos of Prager U. Enjoy!Support our sponsor and get a free Harry's trial set via http://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheistVIDEO of this conversation is on YouTube at https://youtu.b...more

  • Body is Tired. Brain is Wired.

    Jul 26 2019

    In this totally free, bonus podcast, Seth spends a half-hour shambling through his own sleep-deprived (and typically random) thoughts.

  • The Version of You That No Longer Exists

    Jul 23 2019

    This is a largely caller-driven show, with an especially interesting segment exploring how people change in the various chapters of their lives. Lots of good stuff in this one. Enjoy.Patreon supporters get this early, and commercial-free. Become a patron today at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

  • Classic Christian Album Covers

    Jul 16 2019

    Join former Christian broadcaster Seth Andrews for a wild romp through some of the most bizarre, tragic, and/or fascinating album covers and music clips from the archives of Contemporary Christian Music.Watch the VIDEO version of this at https://youtu.be/5yX9R-4L3WESupport our sponsors:Get a free trial at The Great Courses Plus via http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethGet a free 7-day trial at Blinkist via http://www.blinkist.com/seth

  • Sarah Haider: Extremism and Liberal Values

    Jul 09 2019

    Sarah Haider was born in Pakistan. She is a former Muslim, co-founder of http://www.exmuslims.org, and a human rights activist. She speaks candidly with Seth Andrews about Islam, the hijab, atheism, extremism, and the critical need to regain our humanity in the examination of ideas.VIDEO of this conversation is at https://youtu.be/2i2BEx2DUBsSupport our sponsor and get a shaving trial set from Harry's at http://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheist

  • The Supreme Court and The Cross: with Monica Miller

    Jul 02 2019

    The U.S. Supreme Court just handed down a sobering 7-2 decision to protect the Bladensburg, Maryland "Peace Cross," a 40-foot religious symbol erected as a memorial to the veterans of WWI.The Court's majority opinion declared that the cross' removal would constitute "hostility" to religion.Monica Miller is Senior Counsel at the American Humanist Association. She actually argued the case at the Supreme Court. She joins Seth Andrews to talk about the implications.Watch the VIDEO of our conversatio...more

  • What the Hell is ASMR? (with Heath Enwright)

    Jun 25 2019

    The phenomenon is sweeping the planet, sending some into bliss, others into rage and escape. But what is ASMR, and how scientific is it? I discuss this with friend and ASMR fan Heath Enwright (co-host of God Awful Movies).VIDEO of this exchange is on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/ySGNVMGxxqI Support Seth's work on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

  • Patriotism, Protest, and Plenty of Listener Calls

    Jun 18 2019

    Many evangelical Christians hold to an authoritarian model for patriotism. In their eyes, leaders (appointed by their God) should be followed and rarely - if ever - questioned. In this broadcast, we explore patriotism and protest, plus a potpourri of listener calls on whatever subjects they want to talk about.Support our sponsor, and get a free trial of The Great Courses Plus via http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

  • God, Incorporated: The Big Business of Religion

    Jun 11 2019

    In the New Testament, Christ tossed the money-changers out of the temple. What might that same Jesus have said about today's marketplaces for the literal selling of salvation?Support our sponsors:Get a free trial at The Great Courses Plus via http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethGet a free trial set from Harrys via http://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheist

  • A Tower That Reaches The Heavens

    Jun 04 2019

    In this short-form audio vignette, Seth Andrews explores this wondrous time of human discovery...and asks a critical question about the biblical God.

  • Apostate Prophet: Banned by Twitter for Criticizing Islam

    May 29 2019

    Ridvan (Apostate Prophet on YouTube) has been the target of a concentrated flagging of his anti-Islam videos, and Twitter has banned both of his accounts: @ExMuslimProphet and @ApostateRidvanPlease consider petitioning Twitter to reinstate these accounts. If you wish, you may paste the following into your Twitter post:To the team at @Twitter and @twittersupport, please reinstate the accounts of @ExMuslimProphet and @ApostateRidvan, which have been unfairly targeted for unpopular but legitimate c...more

  • Zara Kay: The Defense of Women in the Islamic World

    May 28 2019

    Zara Kay is an ex-Muslim activist with first-hand perspective and strong opinions about Islam. She joined me for a candid conversation about Muslims, feminism, "Islamophobia," the Left, and the important work we must do to fight the fundamentalists.Follow Zara on Twitter at @zarakayk Faithless Hijabi is at https://www.facebook.com/faithlesshijabi VIDEO of this discussion is at https://youtu.be/7Bfs-H1fx2cSupport our sponsor. Get a free trial at http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

  • Sweet Home Talibama: A Southern State Bans Abortion

    May 21 2019

    Christian theocrats in Alabama just passed an almost comprehensive abortion ban, setting up an attempt to reverse Roe VS Wade and restrict the reproductive choices of women nationwide.Seth Andrews talks about the story and speaks to our listeners, many of whom live in the South and express real concerns about Christian privilege and the overreach of religious people who seek to control the lives of others.Support our sponsor, and get a free trial of The Great Courses Plus at http://www.thegreatc...more

  • The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American (with Andrew Seidel)

    May 16 2019

    Andrew Seidel is author of the new book, The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American (https://amzn.to/2HeZNop). He speaks with Seth Andrews and takes listener calls.Support our sponsor, with your free trial set at http://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheist

  • Atheists at 39,000 Feet

    May 13 2019

    Seth Andrews share the short story of a skeptical meeting in the sky, then takes listener/viewer calls from a YouTube livestream via https://youtu.be/dVQtFx1GgZU Support our sponsor Hello Fresh with $80 off your first month. Go to http://www.hellofresh.com/sethandrews80 (promo code: sethandrews80)

  • Christian Privilege: A License to Discriminate (with Alison Gill)

    May 12 2019

    Alison Gill is an attorney and Legal and Policy Director at American Atheists, and she's on the front lines in the fight against violations of church/state separation and Christian privilege. She speaks with Seth Andrews about some important legal battles of the day, and how we can help promote Constitutional equality for all.Find our more about American Atheists at http://www.atheists.orgLink to Hemant's Pledge of Allegiance project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/friendlyatheist/a-not-so...more

  • I Escaped the Nuwaubian Cult

    May 07 2019

    Hanna was once a member of The Nuwaubian Nation, an American cult founded and led by a Dwight York, a self-anointed god figure who dominated the lives and attitudes of his followers, and who is now serving a life sentence in federal prison. Hanna speaks candidly about her years inside the cult, her liberation, and her personal journey as a (now) atheist and skeptic. Support our sponsor. Get $80 off your first month of Hello Fresh at http://www.hellofresh.com/sethandrews80 (promo code: sethandrew...more

  • Flash Gordon Loves Jesus (and other observations)

    Apr 30 2019

    Seth Andrews - a geek fan of the 1980 film "Flash Gordon" - explores the proud faith of the actor behind the hero. Plus, other musings and plenty of listener phone calls.Link to help Athena while she job-hunts: https://www.gofundme.com/yfvzr-lost-my-job-unexpectedly?fbclid=IwAR2M-A-zlVoo8bhbfbQImx-6t5KrIVevUmU6JDlDsBGxXsxGOgZETtPwMAUSupport Seth on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

  • Hail Satan (the documentary): with Lucien Greaves

    Apr 23 2019

    "Hail Satan?" is a new documentary by director Penny Lane that's getting glowing reviews across the country. Lucien Greaves, co-founder of The Satanic Temple, is featured in the film, and he joins me for a candid discussion about the film, TST, and his fight both for religious liberty and against religious privilege in the United States.FILM WEBSITE: http://www.magpicturesinternational.com/hailsatan Video profile explaining The Satanic Temple: https://youtu.be/xbxxftLiKzY

  • Can We Talk About The Sex Robots?

    Apr 16 2019

    In the year 2019, we're seeing more and more discussions about sex robots, the possibilities and implications regarding Artificial Intelligence designed for the bedroom (or dungeon, etc), and the cultural attitudes about these synthetic sexual companions.Seth Andrews takes listener calls, shares an email from an actual sex doll owner, and caps the broadcast by speaking with Dr. Marty Klein, a world-renowned expert on sexuality.Support our sponsors:The Great Courses Plus (free trial at http://www...more

  • We Found Jesus (on Pureflix!): with Hugo and Jake

    Apr 09 2019

    Hugo and Jake are probably best known for their YouTube series, "The Bible Reloaded," but they've made a global splash as activists, skeptics, comedians, and (yes) reviewers of religious movies.Hugo and Jake spend and hour with Seth Andrews to talk about religion, Christian films, Jordan Peterson, and so much more. Enjoy! Support our sponsor: Get a free trial and unlimited access to The Great Courses Plus via this link: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

  • The Nones Are Coming!

    Apr 02 2019

    Seth Andrews speaks about the recent General Social Survey revealing that the "nones" (non-religious) are now statistically tied with evangelicals and Catholics in the United States. Plus...we preview upcoming discussions about Satanism and sex robots, we explore new evidence about the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs, we tackle some Trump "hot wind," and a few of your phone calls.Support our sponsor, and get a $13 value trial set from Harry's with this link: http://www.harrys.com/thethinking...more

  • You Pick The Topic: Listener Calls & Comments (March 2019)

    Mar 26 2019

    This is a show where the listeners decide what we talk about. Lots of interesting stuff in this one, including conversations about religious summer camps, the "abuse" of indoctrination, and the difference between skepticism and anti-science self-deception. Get this show early and commercial-free by becoming a patron at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

  • Sarah Rocksdale: Women, Religion, the Hijab, & Hot Yoga

    Mar 25 2019

    This is the audio of a recent YouTube conversation between Seth Andrews and activist Sarah Rocksdale. Until recently, Sarah was known for her videos about health and lifestyle, but lately (to the chagrin of many of her original fans) she has been speaking boldly as a critic of religion and atheist.The YouTube video version of this conversation is at https://youtu.be/SZfNygMvEHc

  • What They Don’t Know Won’t Kill Me: One Man’s Secret in the Shadow of Islam

    Mar 19 2019

    Jimmy was born into a Muslim family and the Islamic faith. Jimmy also carried a secret...one that threatened to destroy him if it ever came to light.Seth Andrews tells Jimmy's true story, a difficult yet important example of how religions oppress, and why we should work together to create a future of freedom.Discover more about Jimmy at @Geemme, or https://www.freeheartsfreeminds.comSupport our sponsors:http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethhttp://www.audible.com/sethandrews

  • A Candid Conversation About Christianity: Seth Andrews & Pastor Caleb Moore

    Mar 12 2019

    Caleb Moore is a Baptist pastor who expressed interest in talking with Seth Andrews about God, Christianity, atheism, and more. Their conversation - unedited - is releasing both here and on Pastor Caleb's podcast in the hopes of furthering discussion on both platforms and providing an example of how strong disagreement doesn't have to make us enemies.Pastor Moore's website is http://www.calebmoore.tvSupport our sponsor: Get a free trial at The Great Courses Plus with this special URL. http://ww...more

  • The Righteous & The Woke: Purity Cults in the Struggles for Justice (with Dr. Valerie Tarico)

    Mar 05 2019

    In this crazy world, how often has a passionate desire for justice caused us to oversimplify complex problems, ignore details that don't validate us, and vilify all who dare to disagree? Has "Woke Culture" sometimes exhibited a dogmatic, even religious, attitude toward the worthy and the unworthy? And is it even possible to have a reasonable conversation about this in the Era Of Online Outrage?Psychologist Dr. Valerie Tarico joins Seth Andrews for just such a conversation.Dr. Tarico's article "T...more

  • Listener Calls: Mormons, Meat, & "Secular Religion"

    Feb 26 2019

    Seth Andrews takes listener calls on a variety of subjects, including horse meat, Mormon baptism, "First Stage Atheism," and "secular religion." The comments sections will have much to chew on.Support our sponsor: Postmates (Download the Postmates app and use code sethandrews for $100 delivery credit in your first seven days)

  • Street Epistemology Workshop: Challenging Beliefs Through Friendly Conversation

    Feb 19 2019

    Street Epistemology is a tool for engaging everyday people in conversations about beliefs and truth claims. In this broadcast, Seth Andrews speaks with four active street epistemologists about their methods and experiences, and he plays recordings from several SE encounters so that listeners can hear street epistemology in action.Find out more about SE at https://streetepistemology.comSupport our sponsors:The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethBlinkist: http://www.blinki...more

  • Ken Ham Quotes Seth Andrews (and it's the comedy event of the year)!

    Feb 13 2019

    Ken Ham quoted Seth Andrews in an article shilling for Ham's new book. It's gold...and Seth couldn't help but do a little monologue about it. https://answersingenesis.org/culture/where-are-coming-generations-headed/?fbclid=IwAR1s8q4URGC6ytLKRBzj2PARe4jfpOj0nk67VovL6vlhfSg33VdN8bVtYNE

  • YouTube Atheism is (NOT) Dead!

    Feb 12 2019

    Is YouTube atheism dead? Not remotely. Join Seth Andrews as he connects with six rising YouTube activists who are not only injecting fresh blood into the conversations out there, but who are committed to fostering dialogue, compassion, community, and humanity.YOUTUBE SEARCH TO FIND:Genetically Modified SkepticTelltale AtheistHoly KoolaidShannon Q.Talk HeathenMr. AtheistSupport our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethVIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/8z2QbphK6Vg

  • Tribes, Trump, & the Masculine Male (with Dr. Hector Garcia)

    Feb 05 2019

    Evolutionary psychologist and author Dr. Hector A. Garcia speaks candidly about men, masculinity, leaders, followers, attraction, and how evolution informs it all.SUPPORT OUR SPONSORSThe Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcourses.com/sethBlinkist Get a free 7-day trial at http://www.blinkist.com/sethDr. Garcia's website: https://www.hector-garcia.comVIDEO of this conversation at https://youtu.be/2TtoPPjxQT4

  • Remembering Tootsie (Rat Dog)

    Feb 04 2019

    Little Tootsie left us on February 3rd, 2019...less than three weeks after we lost Henry. For those who wish to hear the story, and to take the journey, Seth Andrews speaks about "Rat Dog" and the community that loved her.ARTICLE: "Why Losing a Dog can be Harder than Losing a Relative or Friend" https://bit.ly/2BfsT4z

  • The Silent Witness

    Jan 29 2019

    Throughout our greatest suffering, our most horrific experiences, our worst fears come true...the world's dominant religions declare that we are being watched. Seth Andrews explores this idea.

  • The Faith Healers

    Jan 22 2019

    They're the self-proclaimed agents of God's supernatural power. And...they want your money! Join Seth Andrews for a romp through the wild, weird, and often damaging world of evangelical faith healers, and learn some of the tricks they use to con the vulnerable, the hurting, and the desperate.Bob Larson exorcism: https://youtu.be/UJ_moqoE3OM (Video REMOVED by Bob Larson)John & Ryan commentary on the exorcism: https://youtu.be/bVHD9eHckeUJohn & Ryan commentary on Peter Popoff: https://youtu.be/LW...more

  • A "Thank You" from Seth & Natalie

    Jan 19 2019

    A personal word of thanks for your amazing support and love during a difficult time. https://www.gofundme.com/rememberinghenry

  • Remembering Henry

    Jan 17 2019

    We lost Henry on January 15th, 2019. Seth Andrews tells the story of his rescue, his unexpected passing, and how he and Natalie wish to memorialize him. Thank you so much for the outpouring of love and support.VIDEO of this is at https://youtu.be/1yAyqVdv0eUSUPPORT The Henry Van at https://bit.ly/2RU6J1xGoFundMe link: https://bit.ly/2RU6J1x

  • John de Lancie: The Truth & The Lie

    Jan 15 2019

    John de Lancie is a veteran actor whose credits on television, stage, and screen range from Star Trek TNG to Breaking Bad to Assassin's Creed to My Little Pony. John is also an outspoken humanist and science advocate. In this show, he speaks with Seth Andrews about life, storytelling, Trump, religion, humanism, and (hopefully) a more reasonable future.

  • Islam & The Future of Tolerance: with film director Jay Shapiro

    Jan 08 2019

    Jay Shapiro is director of the new documentary film, "Islam & The Future of Tolerance." The film stars Maajid Nawaz and Sam Harris, and it's available on Amazon, iTunes, and at http://www.islamandthefutureoftolerance.comJay speaks about the film, and we play several clips.

  • Shannon Q: The Sham of Religious "Deliverance" Ministries

    Jan 02 2019

    YouTuber and atheist advocate Shannon Q. sounds off on atheism, activism, and the disturbingly awful practices of Above & Beyond, a religious "deliverance" ministry more interested in superstition than science.Shannon's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0qhPJh8DeoR-3JhMrIvw0gYouTube video of this conversation is at https://youtu.be/bCXJJlOn2Qc

  • 2018: The Year in Review

    Dec 28 2018

    Seth Andrews counts down some of the biggest and most entertaining stories of the past year. Happy New Year, and thanks for listening!

  • A Skeptical Christmas with Seth Andrews and Matt Dillahunty

    Dec 23 2018

    Friends and activists Seth Andrews and Matt Dillahunty mark the holiday with observations about Christmas, religion, agnostics, philosophy, politics, and Mormon porn. Enjoy!VIDEO of this conversation is at https://youtu.be/KCIIJr2wC84Support Seth on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

  • Phone Calls to Strangers: a Secular Christmas Surprise

    Dec 16 2018

    Seth Andrews calls various people in need with gifts, help, and charity made possible by his audience. The show is releasing a few days early, so that recipients can get their gifts sooner.Help Kristy get back home after an electrical fire. Fundraising link is https://www.facebook.com/donate/739257256410808/1991613807581690/Sponsored by Casper. Get $50 off select mattresses at http://www.casper.com/thinkingatheist (promo code: thinkingatheist)

  • A Merry PAGAN Christmas! (with Aron Ra)

    Dec 11 2018

    Seth Andrews and Aron Ra talk about Christmas, paganism, the gods, tradition, religion, and much more!Video of this conversation is on YouTube at:  https://youtu.be/xkvAkljb3p0Aron Ra is at https://www.patreon.com/aronraSupport our sponsor:http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

  • Unskeptical: Finding the Real Story in a World of Half-Truths

    Dec 04 2018

    What happens when we have facts, but not context or perspective. Seth Andrews explores the issue in his November 11th, 2018 speech given for the Central Florida Freethought Community.Support our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethVIDEO of this presentation is here: https://youtu.be/fGw7Umb205Q

  • John Chau: A Suicide Mission

    Nov 26 2018

    We explore the bizarre and tragic story of Christian missionary John Chau, killed by the very people he was trying to evangelize. We also explore the larger questions about missions work, boundaries, mockery, God's Will, and the senseless loss of life.Support Seth's work on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

  • Happy Friendsgiving!

    Nov 21 2018

    Seth Andrews speaks about the friends, family, religion, tradition, and Humanism in the holidays.Support Seth on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrewsVIDEO of this livestream at https://youtu.be/0B_-BzlvWgI

  • Just Stop with the Christmas Music

    Nov 14 2018

    Seth Andrews on Christmas music, physics, apologists, and the "Answering Atheists" conference coming in 2019.YouTube version at  https://youtu.be/ph4FHWfSVeE Facebook Live version at https://www.facebook.com/seth.andrews.31/videos/1952091948200543/

  • Seth Andrews on Atheist Talk 950 Minneapolis

    Nov 13 2018

    Seth Andrews was the featured guest on Minneapolis' KTNF AM950. This is the recording of that interview.Support Seth on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

  • Rambles, Royals, and the Red Light District

    Nov 08 2018

    Seth Andrews recently returned from a multi-city European trip, and he has questions. Join him for a romp through the Queen's Guard, the chocolate shops, and Amsterdam's Red Light District.Facebook video of this at https://bit.ly/2PiBiNRSupport Seth on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

  • The Changing Face of Jesus

    Nov 06 2018

    Seth Andrews explores the many faces of Jesus (and other gods), and the strangely coincidental resemblance to human faces and desires. VIDEO of this presentation is here (link coming soon).Support our sponsor at http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

  • Seth Andrews: From Religion to Reason (Audience Q&A)

    Oct 31 2018

    This is part 2 of Seth Andrews' recent presentation in Minneapolis, featuring questions and comments from the live audience. See the speech here (video link coming soon):Support Seth on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

  • Seth Andrews: From Religion to Reason

    Oct 30 2018

    Seth Andrews chronicles his personal story for a live Minneapolis audience, the event sponsored by Minnesota Atheists. You can watch this speech on YouTube at https://youtu.be/qP2dOWGaNl8Support our sponsor:http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

  • The Weak and The Strong

    Oct 23 2018

    Seth Andrews explores the notion of dominance philosophy in relation to Trump, religions, and Humanism. Plus, comments and questions from the livestream chat room. VIDEO of this livestream at https://youtu.be/gD-rQEyXZAoSupport Seth on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

  • Ghost Stories 2018

    Oct 16 2018

    It's another October around the virtual campfire for our annual Halloween tradition: the telling of ghost stories! Turn down the lights, crank up the volume, grab onto a loved one, and enjoy!Support our sponsor  and get a free trial today. The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethGet Seth's "Ghost Stories" audiobook on Audible (also available on iTunes):  https://adbl.co/2wDeso0

  • Alexa: Stop the Insanity!

    Oct 04 2018

    If Amazon's Alexa can answer many of life's probing questions, could she restore political and cultural sanity to the United States? Seth Andrews dreams the dream.Support our sponsor, and grab Seth Andrews' "Ghost Stories" as your free audiobook with an Audible 30-day trial via http://www.audible.com/sethandrews (or text sethandrews to 500500).

  • A Secular Perspective on Suicide

    Oct 02 2018

    Join us for a respectful and critical conversation about suicide from a secular perspective.Support our sponsor: The Great Courses Plus http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethSUICIDE-RELATED RESOURCESCrisis Text Line - text "HELLO" to 741741zNational Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255For friends and family National Alliance on Mental Illness suicide info -https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Related-Conditions/Risk-of-SuicideASIST training, how to handle suicide iss...more

  • The Kavanaugh Question: with Katherine Stewart

    Sep 28 2018

    Investigative journalist and author Katherine Stewart joins Seth Andrews for a look at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, his track record, and the allegations of sexual misconduct surrounding him.Follow Katherine on Twitter at @kathsstewart

  • Silence, Suffering, Sex, and Stupidity

    Sep 25 2018

    Seth Andrews gives commentary on a celebrated religious film, unnecessary suffering, secular sexuality, and - again - the insanity of humanity.The Secular Sexuality Survey:  https://secularscience.orgSupport Seth on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

  • Cats, Death, and the Religion of Football

    Sep 18 2018

    Seth Andrews' YouTube livestream (on a loose range of topics) is this week's podcast. Watch at https://youtu.be/rJr_wpYVA_YGET THE "GHOST STORIES AUDIOBOOK" (3 options):Free book with 30-day Audible trial via https://www.audible.com/pd/B07GL5B67Q/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-125424&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_125424_rh_usBuy on Amazon with no Audible membership: http://a.co/d/0wY833lMembers use Audible credit https://adbl.co/2NdDtBb

  • I Went to Facebook Jail

    Sep 11 2018

    Post something "offensive," and social media is likely to give you a temporary - or permanent - penalty. We talk about Facebook Jail, whether it's fair, and what to do about it.Support our sponsor: The Great Courses Plus. Get a free trial at http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

  • Our 400th Show!

    Sep 04 2018

    Another show, another milestone. Join Seth Andrews for the 400th episode of The Thinking Atheist podcast.Support our sponsor and get a free trial: The Great Courses Plus http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethGHOST STORIES audiobook free with Audible 30-day trial at https://adbl.co/2PCp2na.  To get the book without an Audible trial or membership, simply use your Amazon membership and  Add to Cart (desktop site) or Buy for $X.XX (mobile site).

  • It's Time to Quit the Catholic Church

    Aug 26 2018

    Another child abuse scandal rocks the Catholic Church. We explore the reports coming out of Pennsylvania, and the Church's long, ugly track record of abuse and coverup. Freedom From Religion Foundation's Andrew Seidel joins the conversation.Articles:CNN ARTICLE: https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/21/world/catholic-church-abuse-scandal-timeline/index.htmlANDREW SEIDEL'S ARTICLE: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/freethoughtnow/pa-abuse-reportFRIENDLY ATHEIST'S ARTICLE: http://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2018...more

  • I'm Gregory, and I'm Afraid of Hell

    Aug 21 2018

    This is a candid conversation with Gregory, a man who logically rejects Christianity, but who can't shake his fears about Hell. Seth Andrews walks with Gregory through his religious conversion, his doubts, his fears of torment, and what the future might hold.Support our sponsor, and get $60 off your first three Hello Fresh boxes ($20 off each) with http://www.hellofresh.com/sethandrews60 (promo code sethandrews 60) 

  • Texts From My Religious Dad

    Aug 15 2018

    Seth Andrews shares a recent text exchange with a religious father, and speaks candidly about family, boundaries and respect...and how religions so often damage them.VIDEO version of this show at https://youtu.be/iUp3FdfYeLs

  • I Used To Believe Weird Things

    Aug 14 2018

    From the Sunlight Diet to flat-earthers to kitchen seasonings that repel demons, we explore some of the more bizarre (and entertaining) things our listeners once held as Truth.Prepare yourself for some strangely entertaining beliefs submitted by our listeners, and an exploration into why we so often embrace the irrational.Support our sponsor, and get a free trial at The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

  • Christianity, Crimes, and the Constitution (with Andrew Torrez)

    Aug 07 2018

    Andrew Torrez, an attorney and host of "Opening Arguments," joins Seth Andrews for an in-depth conversation about the law, the Constitution, the Supreme Court, church/state separation, and the Religious Right in the era of Trump. Opening Arguments podcast: https://openargs.comSupport our sponsors.Get a free trial at The Great Courses Plus with this URL: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethGet $50 off select Casper mattresses http://www.casper.com/thethinkingatheist (promo code thinkingatheist...more

  • God, Guilt, Political Correctness, and Trevor Noah (a Seth Andrews Livestream)

    Jul 26 2018

    Seth Andrews fields comments and questions on a wide variety of topics, including the recent Trevor Noah controversy, religious guilt, political correctness, and (yes) the ice cream man.Support Seth on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrewsThe longer, unedited YouTube stream is here: https://youtu.be/d0a6ObX2hrE

  • Noah Was A Plonker

    Jul 24 2018

    From Ken Ham's Ark Encounter to Jenny McCarthy to Egyptian curses to 3D-printed handguns, Seth Andrews brushes up on the weird, wonderful world of British insults as he monologues about some of the stranger headlines of the week.Support our sponsor. $20 off your contact lens order at http://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews (promo code: sethandrews20)

  • Cults Part Two: The Trouble with Totalism

    Jul 17 2018

    From the Moonies to Scientology to Heaven's Gate, we continue our two-part series on cults, their methods, their abuses, and the stories of some who escaped. Chris Shelton's Scientology blog: http://mncriticalthinking.com/A helpful resource. The International Cultic Studies AssociationSansu the Cat: http://sansuthecat.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-lunacy-of-rev-moon-or-why-i-am-not.html?m=1Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plushttp://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethStamps.comhttp://www.stamps.c...more

  • Cults Part One: Mind-Control Ministry

    Jul 10 2018

    "Leon," a former cult member, speaks candidly about his own brainwashing, extreme cult tactics, his escape, and the tools for understanding - and exposing - how cults oppress and enslave. His story was featured in the book, "Fortney Road: Life, Death, and Deception in a Christian Cult." Other resources:"Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion" by Robert CialdiniInternational Cultic Studies AssociationSupport our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth  Support our sponsor The Great Cour...more

  • Second Civil War Letters

    Jul 05 2018

    In this short holiday broadcast, Seth Andrews reads some of the best hashtag responses to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' warnings about The Second Civil War.

  • Civility, Speech and Stroopwafels

    Jul 03 2018

    Seth Andrews does an extended monologue about free speech, bad movies, friendship, and Stroopwafels. Plus answers to chat questions.Support our sponsor: http://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews (promo code sethandrews for $30 off your contact lens purchase).VIDEO of this live stream podcast: https://youtu.be/KaMj9Hwb--UThe Atheist Experience link: https://youtu.be/4n6fOrL4zEY

  • Seth Andrews Live Stream June 2018

    Jun 22 2018

    This is the audio of a YouTube live stream from June 21st, 2018, where Seth Andrews responds on-the-spot to chat room comments and questions. Video version also available at https://youtu.be/YaJ5O9Uc6tYSupport our sponsorSimple Contacts: http://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews (promo code sethandrews)

  • Scott Clifton: Secular Soap Star

    Jun 19 2018

    Scott Clifton is an Emmy-winning actor from "The Bold and the Beautiful." He's also an atheist activist on YouTube, nown for the popular channel Theoretical Bullshit. He joins Seth Andrews for an entertaining conversation about both.There is VIDEO of this exchange at (link coming soon).Support our sponsor, Simple Contacts: http://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews  promo code seth andrews.

  • This is Twitter, and You're Trash

    Jun 12 2018

    The show title is (obviously) somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but the struggle is real. How do we engage, defeat bad ideas, and promote good ideas online without losing our humanity in the angry noise? Seth Andrews shares his own experience as a communicator in the age of the Rage Tweet.This is a presentation given before a live audience June 2nd at the annual fundraiser for the Northeast Ohio Freethought Society. There is no video version, but the slides shown to the live audience are described in th...more

  • The Trouble with God (with Chris Matheson)

    Jun 05 2018

    Author and screenwriter Chris Matheson is one of the people behind the "Bill & Ted" films, and authored the 2015 humor book, "The Story of God: a Biblical Comedy about Love and Hate." He's back (and so is God) for a follow-up. He joins Seth Andrews for a discussion about "The Trouble with God: a Divine Comedy about Judgment (and Misjudgemnt)."Support our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

  • Jordan Peterson, Royal Confusion, and the Miracle of the Angel Moth

    May 29 2018

    Join Seth Andrews for a lightheated romp through a few recent headlines and his own (skeptical) observations about Jordan Peterson, the recent Royal Wedding, the miracle of the "angel moth," and more!Support our sponsor:http://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheist

  • The Earthbound Parent: Raising Kids Without Religion

    May 22 2018

    This broadcast addresses secular parenting, education VS indoctrination, and features a conversation with author Richard A. Conn Jr. about his book, "The Earthbound Parent: How (and Why) to Raise your Little Angels without Religion."More links:David G. McAfee: https://davidgmcafee.wordpress.comCouple of Atheists:  https://coupleofatheists.com/category/secular-parentingTiny Thinkers books:  http://tinythinkersbooks.comParenting Beyond Belief:  https://parentingbeyondbelief.comCamp Quest: http://w...more

  • Naked Mormonism

    May 15 2018

    "Secular Mormon" Bryce Blankenagel speaks with Seth Andrews about the dark and often bloody foundations of the Mormon church.VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/gy5mUiviawUBryce's page: http://nakedmormonismpodcast.comSupport our sponsorThe Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

  • Stories of the Strange

    Apr 30 2018

    This show departs from its usual subject matter for a romp through some weird headlines from around the world. Enjoy!Support our sponsor: http://www.stamps.com (promo code sethandrews)Seth Andrews, Cara Santa Maria, and Matt Dillahunty in Los Angeles May 15th. Info and tickets at:https://www.facebook.com/seth.andrews.31/posts/1681757418567332https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/09005489B24E34A2?f_PPL=true&ab=efeat5787v1

  • Be Fruitful and Multiply: The "Sin" of Being Child-Free

    Apr 24 2018

    In some fundamentalist cultures, the decision to not have children is considered a violation of God's edict to "be fruitful and multiply." We discuss being child-free against the expectations of others.Support our sponsor Simple Contacts: http://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews ($30 off contact lens purchase with promo code sethandrews)

  • The Not-So-Intelligent Designer (with Dr. Abby Hafer)

    Apr 17 2018

    Biologist, professor and author Dr. Abby Hafer gives specific examples of "Intelligent Design" that isn't intelligent at all.Dr. Hafer's Book, "The Not-So-Intelligent Designer: Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and Intelligent Design Does Not:" http://a.co/dUWs4zeSupport our sponsor The Great Courses Plus:http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethLos Angeles event with Matt Dillahunty, Cara Santa Maria, and Seth Andrews: https://www.facebook.com/events/2022525981403467/

  • Seth Andrews Turns 50: from the 2018 American Atheists National Convention

    Apr 10 2018

    Seth Andrews joins a live audience to celebrate his (approaching) 50th birthday at the 2018 American Atheists National Convention.Video of this speech is here: https://youtu.be/zkOq4WiDA1USupport our sponsorsThe Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethSimple Contacts: http://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews (promo code: sethandrews) 

  • When Christians Are Losing The Argument

    Apr 03 2018

    A recent internet meme asks users to "Name something a Christian says when they're losing an argument to an atheist." We explore some all-too-familiar responses.---Support our sponsor:Simple Contactshttp://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews (promo code: sethandrews)Brew City Benefit link:https://www.facebook.com/events/145752776069530/Holy Koolaid's website: http://www.holykoolaid.com

  • Leona Stucky: Surviving My Impotent God

    Mar 30 2018

    Leona Stucky suffered abuse and shame as a Mennonite teenager. This is the story of her survival, escape, and liberation.Dr. Stucky's website: http://www.leonastucky.comBook: The Fog of Faith: Surviving My Impotent God:  https://www.amazon.com/Fog-Faith-Surviving-Impotent-God/dp/099864742XSupport our sponsor: http://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews (promo code: sethandrews)

  • Could You Forgive a Killer?

    Mar 28 2018

    This bonus broadcast explores the story of Malala Yousafzai, her forgiveness of a Taliban assassin, and a much larger conversation about ideologies, tribes, oppressors, victims, division, and our own humanity in this often hyper-polarized world.Support Seth Andrews on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

  • A Happy Show about Death

    Mar 27 2018

    Death is often a taboo subject. But is it subject to be avoided (and an inevitability to be feared)?Join us for a candid, real, and destigmatizing conversation about our mortal and temporary lives. We'll speak with listeners about their own perspective, and a professional mortician will take us into the inner room of the funeral home for a frank yet fascinating look at the processes which happen after we're gone.This is a show about death, but more importantly, it's a conversation about life!Let...more

  • The Triumph of Christianity: with Dr. Bart Ehrman

    Mar 20 2018

    Author and New Testament scholar Dr. Bart Ehrman joins the show to talk about his latest book, "The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World." Seth finishes the broadcast with a reading from the book.Bart Ehrman's website: https://www.bartdehrman.comSupport our sponsors:The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethHello Fresh: http://www.hellofresh.com (promo code SethAndrews30)VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/uDy7TtfLggs

  • Ian Harris: The Skeptic Comedian

    Mar 13 2018

    California comedian and atheist Ian Harris joins Seth Andrews to talk about atheism, skepticism, religion, and the punchlines that come with them.Ian's website: http://www.ianharriscomedian.comVIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/2prKW66Q5IsSupport our sponsor The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

  • The God of the Gun: A "Divine Right" to an AR-15?

    Mar 06 2018

    In the wake of the February 2018 Parkland, Florida school shooting, many Christians again claim that the right to own an assault rifle is God-given. We take a fair, candid look at the tragedy, the political maneuvering, the law, and the future of God & Guns in America.Support our sponsor:$50 off at Casper https://casper.com/thethinkingatheistArticle: "F...You, I Like Guns:" http://www.scarymommy.com/fuck-you-i-like-guns

  • An Atheist Insomniac: Musings of the Monkey Mind

    Feb 27 2018

    Seth Andrews talks about those long nights of sleep-starved contemplation, and he speaks with callers about their own musings and observations.

  • Alpha God: The Psychology of Religious Violence and Oppression

    Feb 20 2018

    Clinical psychologist Dr. Hector Garcia joins Seth Andrews for a candid (and potentially controversial) discussion about the origins and characteristics of man-made gods and the violence which so often defines them.Dr. Garcia's book "Alpha God:" https://www.amazon.com/Alpha-God-Psychology-Religious-Oppression/dp/1633880206Dr. Garcia's website: http://www.hector-garcia.comSupport our sponsor The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethVIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/D...more

  • Tactics: How to Change Minds (including our own)

    Feb 13 2018

    Activists Matt Dillahunty, Sarah Haider, Anthony Magnabosco and Kavin Senapathy join Seth Andrews for a conversation about how to best engage religious people in discussions about God, faith, facts, knowledge and atheism.Matt Dillahunty: http://www.mattdillahunty.comSarah Haider: http://www.exmna.orgAnthony Magnabosco: http://www.streetepistemology.comKavin Senapathy: @ksenapathy on TwitterVIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/Mm7OLiiw5dQSupport our sponsorsThe Great Courses Plus: http://www...more

  • The Brew City Benefit: Humanism and Healing in Milwaukee

    Feb 07 2018

    The Brew City Benefit happens in Milwaukee, WI April 7th, 2018, benefiting RAINN (the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), and helping to create a new Milwaukee Humanists group.DETAILS & DONATIONS: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-the-brew-city-benefit#/

  • Confessions of a (former) Naturopathic Doctor

    Feb 06 2018

    Britt Hermes once practiced "naturopathic medicine." Today, she is being sued for publicly criticizing a naturopathic doctor.Britt speaks with Seth Andrews about her background in naturopathy, her 180-degree turn toward science-based medicine, the lawsuit she now faces, and how skeptics worldwide are rallying to help.VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/aXAQRlWN0N0Britt's blog:  https://www.naturopathicdiaries.comDec 2016 article:  https://www.naturopathicdiaries.com/dubious-cancer-doctor-c...more

  • Religious Trauma Syndrome

    Jan 30 2018

    Religion is often declared a positive force. This show explores the darker side of religious teaching and thinking, and the very real harm it so often causes, as Seth Andrews speaks with listeners, shares their stories, and speaks with Dr. Marlene Winell, the psychologist and author who coined the term, "Religious Trauma Syndrome."Dr. Winell's website: http://www.marlenewinell.netJourney Free:  http://journeyfree.orgDr. Winell's book, "Leaving the Fold:"  http://marlenewinell.net/leaving-fold-fo...more

  • Humanism and the Challenge of Race: with Dr. Anthony Pinn

    Jan 23 2018

    Dr. Anthony Pinn is a Harvard-educated author, professor, and expert on theology and religious studies. He speaks with Seth Andrews about atheism and humanism, race in relation to (and beyond) the church, black religious history, and the challenges and opportunities of Humanism in the 21st Century.Dr. Pinn's website: https://www.anthonypinn.comSupport our sponsor The Great Courses Plus, and get a free 30-day trial: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethVIDEO of this interview: (coming soon)

  • What Dreams May Come

    Jan 19 2018

    In this (extremely informal) commentary, Seth Andrews talks about weird dreams, cults and cultures, and the pitfalls of keeping others comfortable.Video of this commentary here: https://youtu.be/ntECXMJx_v8

  • NOprah 2020: The New Age Nonsense of Oprah Winfrey

    Jan 15 2018

    After her inspiring Golden Globes speech, Oprah Winfrey has been touted as presidential material. But does her track record reveal someone rooted in science, evidence, and worthy ideas? Seth Andrews explains why Oprah's admirable success story doesn't translate to the U.S. Presidency.Support our sponsor, The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethSlate article:  https://slate.com/health-and-science/2018/01/oprah-winfrey-helped-create-our-irrational-pseudoscientific-american-f...more

  • Skeptics on Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Jan 09 2018

    Seth Andrews recently invited a group of activists and listeners/viewers to talk about the (highly polarizing) latest entry in the Star Wars film series. The discussion - and disagreement - was lively.Support Seth Andrews on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

  • Uprising in Iran: with Armin Navabi

    Jan 03 2018

    A historic protest is happening in Iran, as everyday citizens are rising up against the Islamic Supreme Leader and his government. Iran-born Armin Navabi helps us understand what's happening.Armin's Twitter page: https://twitter.com/ArminNavabiWebsite: http://www.atheistrepublic.comAtheist Republic Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AtheistRepublicVIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/tJ1HNT8Q5nUSupport our sponsorhttp://www.stamps.com (enter sethandrews)

  • 2017: The Year in Review

    Dec 31 2017

    Seth Andrews recaps some of the biggest, best, worst, and weirdest stories of the past year. Enjoy!Support Seth on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

  • Bitcoin or Bust? Skeptical Money with Phil Ferguson

    Dec 22 2017

    Atheist activist, podcaster and investment advisor Phil Ferguson helps us navigate the rampant hype about Bitcoin. Phil pulls no punches, and the result is an informative (and often laugh-out-loud funny) commentary from someone who knows the ropes and knows how to talk about "skeptical money" in an engaging way.(Note: This podcast was recorded on 12/20 for an original release date of 12/26, but Bitcoin's volatility warranted an earlier release for accuracy.)Phil Ferguson's website: http://polari...more

  • Joseph: Confessions of an Almost-Invisible Man

    Dec 19 2017

    In the biblical nativity story, how much do we really hear about the character of Joseph? And what might Joseph have been thinking about the bizarre (and often hugely uncomfortable) situation he was placed in? This is a one-man play about a "God-father" that history has largely ignored.Made possible by our supporters on Patreon. Consider becoming a patron at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews* Podcast thumbnail image by Vincent Deporter.

  • An Infidel Christmas with the Secular Jihadists

    Dec 12 2017

    What's a Christian-themed holiday without...ex-Muslims???  Buckle up, as the hosts of Secular Jihadists from the Middle East join Seth Andrews to talk about Christmas, the biblical nativity story, and their own experiences with religion...all with a healthy dose of irreverence and blasphemy.Support our sponsors:The Great Courses Plushttp://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethStamps.comhttp://www.stamps.com (click the microphone, and type promo code sethandrews)

  • To Protect and to Serve: Religion in Law Enforcement

    Dec 05 2017

    When taxpayer-funded police departments put "In God We Trust" decals on their vehicles, is this illegal? And what are some other demonstrations of religiosity within law enforcement?We speak to current and former police officers about this controversial topic.Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plus http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethHarry'shttp://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheist

  • A Murder in San Antonio

    Dec 01 2017

    On November 27th, a murder-suicide in San Antonio devastated loved ones and shocked all who heard the news. This is a candid discussion about that day, and an effort to raise funds for the 3 daughters of Jennifer Smith, killed by her husband, and mourned by so many.DONATE:  https://www.gofundme.com/HelpTheSmithGirlsNews rticle about the crime:http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/crime/article/Tributes-pour-in-for-wife-slain-in-alleged-12392573.phpJennifer Smith's obituary:http://porterloring.t...more

  • Race, Science, and Society: with Dr. Eugenie Scott

    Nov 28 2017

    Dr. Eugenie Scott, a former anthropology professor, is former executive director for the National Center for Science Eduation. She is a researcher, science communicator, and an outspoken critic of claims related to biblical Creationism and the broader claims of "Intelligent Design."Dr. Scott joins the show for a frank discussion with Seth Andrews about science, anti-science, race, evolution, "Intelligent Design," and more!Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plushttp://www.thegreatcoursesplus...more

  • I Am NOT An Atheist: Conversations about Doubt, Discovery, Good, and the Godless

    Nov 21 2017

    This broadcast features various conversations with people who - for a variety of reasons - say they are not atheists. Some are simply averse to the label. Others declare that they are "spiritual." Still others are navigating a very personal (and very difficult) road out of religious belief. These are candid and compelling discussions about belief, spirituality, labels, and the search for truth.Support our sponsor Simple Contacts:  http://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews ($30 off your first pur...more

  • The Satanic Panic: The Witch Hunt of the Late Twentieth Century

    Nov 14 2017

    Host Seth Andrews spoke about The Satanic Panic in a humorous (and occasionally shocking) speech at the 2017 Florida Freethought Conference. This is the audio of that speech.YouTube video version: https://youtu.be/iW6UoIjy5F4Support our sponsor:The Great Courses Plushttp://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

  • Henry, Reflexology, and Divorcing the Walking Dead

    Nov 08 2017

    This is a totally off-topic "bonus" broadcast for those who just want to listen to a non-atheism-related stream of consciousness monologue. Enjoy!Support Seth Andrews on Patreon:  http://www.patreon.com/sethandrewsOr donate directly:  http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/pages/donate

  • Women Beyond Belief: Women and Secular Activism

    Nov 07 2017

    Seth Andrews speaks with a panel of atheists, secular activists and educators about the opportunities and obstacles women face in the fight against religion.Dr. Karen Garst is author of the book, "Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life Without Religion" and host of www.faithlessfeminist.com.Dr. Abby Hafer is an educator, writer, speaker, and author of "The Not-So-Intelligent Designer - Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and Intelligent Design Does Not."Wendy Marsman is a former believer and mi...more

  • A Disagreement Between Friends (with David Smalley)

    Nov 05 2017

    In the wake of the recent - and extremely controversial - Mythinformation Conference in Milwaukee, broadcasters and activists Seth Andrews and David Smalley have a public conversation about a personal disagreement, with the larger goal of demonstrating how people can disagree without becoming enemies.This is a "bonus" show on the lineup for any and all who'd like to listen in.

  • Is The Atheist Movement Dying?

    Oct 31 2017

    Seth Andrews offers his perspective on "The Atheist Movement," its challenges, its opportunities, its evolution, and the warnings about its demise. It's hoped that you'll approach the show with an open mind, a respectfully critical ear, and the desire to build a world free from the bonds of superstition, dogma, and magical thinking.Support our sponsors:The Great Courses Plus:  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethStamps.com:  http://www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews)

  • Fears and Phobias: What Scares You?

    Oct 24 2017

    As we approach Halloween, we again explore our (often irrational) fears, why they happen, and what we can do to overcome them. Your calls and emails, and we conclude the show with Dr. Caleb Lack, a clinical psychologist and expert on anxiety disorders.Support Seth Andrews on Patreon:  http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

  • Ghost Stories 2017

    Oct 17 2017

    It's an annual tradition. Join us as we gather around the virtual campfire and share spooky stories to get into the Halloween spirit. Turn down the lights, crank up the sound, grab onto a friend, and enjoy!Support our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethSupport Seth on Patreon:  http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

  • Queer Disbelief: What LGBTQ and Atheist People Can Learn From Each Other

    Oct 10 2017

    Hemant Mehta of "Friendly Atheist" and author Camille Beredjick speak about "Queer Disbelief," a book (near publication) which links the atheist movement to the LGBTQ movement, exploring the similarities and differences...and what they can learn from each other.Kickstarter Page:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/friendlyatheist/queer-disbelief-by-camille-beredjickSupport our sponsor:  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

  • Katherine Ozment: Grace Without God

    Oct 03 2017

    Katherine Ozment is an award-winning journalist and author, with credits that include National Geographic, The New York Times, and Salon. Katherine navigated her own journey toward secular meaning, purpose and "grace." She speaks with Seth Andrews about "Grace Without God."Katherine's website: http://katherineozment.comVIDEO of this interview: (coming soon)Support our sponsor:http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

  • I Am A Superhero

    Sep 26 2017

    Seth Andrews shares some humorous anecdotes and observations in this largely off-topic show. File this one under, "Something fun to listen to." Enjoy.

  • Seth Andrews and Matt Dillahunty: The Ark Encounter Tour

    Sep 19 2017

    What happens when two atheist activists tour Ken Ham's "Ark Encounter" in Williamstown, KY? They get together and talk about it. Matt Dillahunty joins Seth Andrews for a recap of their experience.Support our sponsor: http://www.stamps.com (code: sethandrews)VIDEO: Atheists at the Ark Encounter - https://youtu.be/2ln2epbcEao

  • Those Godless Millennials

    Sep 12 2017

    The Millennial Generation is increasingly unaffiliated with religion. It's also a generation often described as entitled, coddled, disinterested, and lazy. We explore the label and the people beyond it.Time Magazine - "The Me Me Me Generation":  http://time.com/247/millennials-the-me-me-me-generation USA Today - "The Malignant Myth of the Millennial": https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/05/11/millennial-myth/100982920 Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatc...more

  • Salvation, Shame and Shunning - The Story of Lloyd Evans: Ex-Jehovah's Witness

    Sep 05 2017

    Ex-Jehovah's Witness and activist Lloyd Evans tells his compelling story about his introduction to - and escape from - the JWs.Lloyd's website: www.JWsurvey.orgLloyd's book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0995669104 Lloyd's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/johncedars1929YOUTUBE Video of this interview (coming soon).SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

  • Rage and Funyuns!

    Aug 29 2017

    Seth Andrews mixes frustration and food in this (unscripted) broadcast about life, religion, activism, faith, and yes...Funyuns. Enjoy!Support Seth on Patreon:  http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

  • The Myth of New Atheism

    Aug 22 2017

    Commentary abounds on "New Atheism" and "New Atheists." But what, exactly, is "New Atheism?"  Seth Andrews counters the claims that 21st century critics and criticisms of religion are a new or unique phenomenon.the National Review article "What Ever Happened to the New Atheists?":  http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449931/new-atheists-american-left-wing-schism-islam-organized-religionSupport Seth Andrews on Patreon:  http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

  • The Science of the Soul: with Dr. Julien Musolino

    Aug 15 2017

    If humans possessed a soul, could that soul somehow be observed and measured scientifically?  Can science properly speak for/against the claim that supernatural forces influence our minds, actions and behaviors? Is there a "Science of the Soul?"Join us for a conversation with Dr. Julien Musolino, a cognitive scientist who holds a dual appointment in the Psychology Department and the Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers University. Musolino is author of the book, "The Soul Fallacy," which diss...more

  • Atheists Believe in Nothing (and other misconceptions)!

    Aug 08 2017

    Do atheists believe in nothing? Are they really without a moral framework? Are they all angry and spiteful?  This show explores many (often ill-informed) claims about the non-believers in gods.Support our sponsors:The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethStamps.com:  www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews)Michael Sherlock's article "The Atheist Atrocities Fallacy"  https://michaelsherlockauthor.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/the-atheist-atrocities-fallacy-hitler-stalin-pol-pot-i...more

  • I Am Christ: a Conversation with Michael Sherlock

    Aug 01 2017

    Spend an hour with Michael Sherlock: an Australian activist and author whose controversially-titled book "I Am Christ" reverses the religious narrative that God created us. Sherlock speaks candidly about biblical "truth," Islam VS Feminism, toxicity within the political Left, violent speech, and the myth of the "New Atheist."Support Seth Andrews on Patreon:  http://www.patreon.com/sethandrewsSupport Michael Sherlock on Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/MichaelASherlock

  • God Loves Gluten (and other observations)

    Jul 25 2017

    Seth Andrews does a (largely spontaneous) commentary about Cardinal George Pell, gluten-free communion wafers, the Flat Earth Society, and...guacamole!Support Seth on Patreon:  http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

  • Seth Andrews Teaches Sunday School

    Jul 18 2017

    No...these aren't the stories you're used to hearing at Sunday Sermon. These are stories that are often skipped over, ignored, or excused, lest they send Christians into a fit of head-scratching, guffaws and gasps. Let us explore The Good Book. (And if you can, share this episode with your Christian family and friends. They'll love it!)Support our sponsor:  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth

  • "Praying" on the Disabled

    Jul 11 2017

    How do those with disabilities feel when religious people declare them sinners, a life lesson, or a miracle just waiting to happen?  We explore this subject, and the stories of various listeners who have been labeled, named, claimed, prayed over, and in some cases, ignored.Link to Washington Post editorial: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/04/24/a-powerful-reddit-thread-reveals-what-its-like-to-be-disabled/?utm_term=.fbf5514598d5Blog "What Christians Have Taught Me About My Disab...more

  • "Sara"

    Jul 04 2017

    What's it like to emerge from a religious belief, and to navigate the complex, difficult and wonderous world beyond?  Seth Andrews has a candid conversation with a young apostate who is currently walking this path. Her name is Sara.  Her story is challenging, occasionally heartbreaking, and ultimately inspiring.Support Seth Andrews on patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

  • The Pensacola Cross and Trinity Lutheran: The Church and the State

    Jun 29 2017

    Seth Andrews speaks with two secular legal experts about several recent court decisions that reflect (or betray) the United States Constitution's Establishment Clause.  Andrew Seidel is a Constitutional attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and Monica Miller is Senior legal Counsel for the American Humanist Association.Video of the Monica Miller interview: https://youtu.be/7kIjDPGOgiAHemant Mehta's article on the Pensacola backlash against Monica Miller: http://www.patheos.com/blogs...more

  • What is "Radical Islam?"

    Jun 27 2017

    Is Islam the most dangerous religion on the planet today? Is "Islamophobia" legitimate? What's an Atheist Muslim? How do we address the challenges that come with the world's fastest growing religion?Lots of contributors to this show, including:Ali Rizvi: author of "The Atheist Muslim"Muhammad Syed & Sarah Haider: Ex-Muslims of North AmericaArmin Navabi: Founder of AtheistRepublicYasmine Mohammed: Founder of "Confessions of an Ex-Muslim"Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar: Founder of "Global Secular Humanist M...more

  • Seth Andrews: Christianity Made Me Talk Like an Idiot!

    Jun 20 2017

    Seth Andrews gave this speech June 3, 2017 in Toronto at the Imagine 7 conference.  It's a humorous (and perhaps therapeutic) romp through Seth's religious past...and the often bizarre words and attitudes that reflected his Christian faith.VIDEO of this presentation: https://youtu.be/URr0O9aHW38Support Seth Andrews on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

  • Educational Neglect: When Superstition Shackles the Mind

    Jun 13 2017

    Religious cultures are often distrustful of science and scientists. They're also often bound to debunked mythologies and bad information. We explore mis-education and the celebration of ignorance in the name of God.Support Our Sponsor:http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethLinks to Jonny Scaramanga's articles on ACE:http://www.patheos.com/blogs/leavingfundamentalism/2014/09/01/revelations-from-a-former-ace-insiderhttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/leavingfundamentalism/2016/09/13/out-among-the-stars-d...more

  • The House of the Devil

    Jun 09 2017

    Seth Andrews (apparently) lives in a house infected with dark, demonic power.  In this 30-minute broadcast, the host explains how he came to reside in the Devil's Domain.

  • The Greatest Story Ever Told (So Far) - with Dr. Lawrence Krauss

    Jun 06 2017

    Theoretical physicist Dr. Lawrence Krauss has written a new book about "The Greatest Story Ever Told...So Far," which examines and celebrates the human exploration of our universe.He discusses his book, and his perspective on the religious ideas of a "Greatest Story," with Seth Andrews in this short conversation.SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethDr. Krauss' book is available at http://a.co/9GQP0SHVIDEO of this interview:  https://youtu.be/rTtf1mzjOW8  

  • Letter to a Christian Spouse

    May 31 2017

    A former Christian informs his wife that he's now an atheist. She threatens to divorce him. Seth Andrews has a short message for her, and for anyone who finds himself or herself "unequally yoked" with a non-believer.VIDEO "Letter to a Christian Spouse:" https://youtu.be/FQUA9Rh2MCY

  • The Devil You Don't Know (with Andrea Garatshun)

    May 23 2017

    Andrea Garatshun is a former Christian fundamentalist.  Now an atheist, she has spent the past decade as a Bible researcher, with a focus on biblical Hebrew, and understanding the gods of the Old Testament – the Tanakh.Garatshun asserts that Christian tradition’s archetypes of Satan are completely missing from the Old Testament, and that an exploration into the Hebrew reveals how Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub and Devil have been completely misinterpreted and misunderstood by cultural Christianity.Th...more

  • When to Punch a Nazi: a Conversation about Free Speech (PART 2 OF 2)

    May 17 2017

    On this 2nd part of a two-part podcast, we discuss the controversial subject of physical violence as a response to hate speech.  Support our sponsor:  Stamps.com http://www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews)Part 1 of this discussion can be heard here:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2017/05/16/when-to-punch-a-nazi-a-conversation-about-free-speech-part-1-of-2

  • When to Punch a Nazi: a Conversation about Free Speech (PART 1 OF 2)

    May 16 2017

    Recent headlines have seen violent responses toward the culture's more distasteful voices. White supremacist Richard Spencer is punched during an interview. Milo Yiannopoulos' Berkley speech prompts riots.  Ann Coulter cancels her own Berkley appearance over security concerns.  Justifiable outrage against outrageous people and ideas seems to spill over into fists, fires, calamity and chaos.  But are these responses appropriate and/or helpful?  Is it ever appropriate to respond to words and ideas...more

  • You Pick The Topic - May 2017

    May 12 2017

    It's an impromptu show where our listeners pick the topics.  Dial in and sound off!

  • Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias

    May 09 2017

    Apologist Ravi Zacharias claims links to Oxford and Cambridge and education in quantum physics. But activist Steve Baughman (also known as the Friendly Banjo Atheist on YouTube) feels that there are good reasons to doubt RZ's claims. We discuss.LINKS:Ravi on the Run:  https://youtu.be/x9GdG8i7xEIRavi on Free Will:  https://youtu.be/D64MiGLQ30wRavi and Quantum Physics:  https://youtu.be/zV75_f_zEbURaviWatch website:http://www.raviwatch.comVIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/ncrIBxj1OGI

  • Noah Lugeons: The Scathing Atheist

    May 02 2017

    Noah Lugeons is an activist, author, and host of "The Scathing Atheist" podcast. Noah joins Seth Andrews for a conversation about religion, atheism, "God Awful Movies," and more.Noah's Book: https://www.amazon.com/Diatribes-Essays-Scathing-Atheist-Presents-ebook/dp/B06XQTJT4RScathing Atheist: https://audioboom.com/channel/scathing-atheistGod Awful Movies: https://audioboom.com/channel/god-awful-moviesSUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.evolvefish.com

  • Does Religion Poison Everything?

    Apr 25 2017

    Christopher Hitchens is known for his famous book subtitle, "How Religion Poisons Everything."  Is this a fair statement?  Is religion always toxic?  We discuss. 

  • The Most Hated Woman in America

    Apr 18 2017

    Netflix has a new film profiling Madalyn Murray O'Hair, founder of American Atheists and once called "The Most Hated Woman in America." But is the film fair and factual, and does the dramatized story of O'Hair bear any resemblance to the real-life story?In this podcast, we profile this atheist icon, and we discuss the film with Frank Zindler, former interim president of AA and someone who knew Madalyn Murray O'Hair personally.This broadcast will discuss specific plot points, so understand that t...more

  • Addiction Recovery: 12 Steps and Beyond

    Apr 11 2017

    Alcoholics Anonymous and other recovery programs often invoke (or require) a "Higher Power." How effective is this, and are there better alternatives for beating addiction and overcoming ?  We explore 12-step programs, the often religious language they use, and some secular alternatives.Support Our Sponsor:The Great Courses Plus:  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethJon Stewart’s blog: “Leaving AA, Staying Sober” https://jonsleeper.wordpress.comJon Stewart’s article in The Guardian:  https://...more

  • Jesus: Mything in Action (with David Fitzgerald)

    Apr 04 2017

    More and more every day, the claims of a literal, historical Jesus are coming into question. Many atheists still think the Jesus-as-God story traces back to a literal person, but author Historical researcher David Fitzgerald is among a growing number of mythicists who think that that Jesus never existed in any human form. David joins Seth Andrews for a discussion about Jesus, the claims, the evidence (and lack of), and David's new book on the subject, "Jesus: Mything in Action Volume 1."Support ...more

  • Satanic: a Conversation with Lucien Greaves

    Mar 28 2017

    Lucien Greaves is co-founder of The Satanic Temple, an organization which has gained global attention with its attempts to have its Baphomet monument displayed next to Christian monuments (like the Ten Commandments) on taxpayer-funded property.  It also distributes children's books at various public schools as counters to the distribution of Gideon bibles and Christian literature.We speak to Lucien about his activism, his perspective on the supernatural and the Devil, and the mission and goals o...more

  • Jesus on a Fish Stick (and other "miracles")

    Mar 21 2017

    From the Jesus fish stick, to weeping Mary statues, to the staged "cures" sold by self-acclaimed faith healers, this lighthearted show explores some of the bizarre (and often hysterically funny) miracle claims from around the world.SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS:The Great Courses Plus:  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethStamps.com:  http://www.stamps.com (promo code sethandrews)

  • Let's Talk About Something Else

    Mar 18 2017

    This is a previously unscheduled, totally off-topic, "bonus" show.  Because sometimes, we just need to take a break and hang out.Of course, this broadcast won't be for everyone, but if you're just looking for something to listen to, crank it up and enjoy.

  • Ron Miscavige: Scientology and my Son

    Mar 14 2017

    Ron Miscavige is father of David Miscavige, leader of the Church of Scientology.  Ron tells the story of his son, Scientology, and his escape from the church's controlling grasp.Ron's book, "Ruthless:"  https://www.amazon.com/Ruthless-Scientology-Son-David-Miscavige/dp/1250096936/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487075049&sr=8-1&keywords=ron+miscavigeSUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:The Great Courses Plus:  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth  

  • Faking Your Memories (with Dr. Elizabeth Loftus)

    Mar 07 2017

    How reliable is our memory? Can fake memories be planted through suggestion? Cognitive psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Loftus is an expert on memory who has served as an expert witness or consultant in hundreds of memory-related cases, including the famous McMartin preschool trial, the Rodney King trial, litigation involving Michael Jackson, Martha Stewart and others.  She joins Seth Andrews for an exploration of memory and the human brain.Dr. Loftus' TED Talk: https://youtu.be/PB2OegI6wvIDr. Loftus'...more

  • Seth Andrews: A Secular State of the Union Address

    Feb 28 2017

    On the date which would traditionally see the U.S. President's annual State of the Union speech, Seth Andrews gives his own secular State of the Union address...a look at America through the eyes of a private citizen, and an examination of patriotism, protest, the presidency, and the world stage on which this nation stands.Transcript of the speech:  http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/blog/123/A-Secular-State-of-the-Union-AddressSupport our sponsor:The Great Courses Plus:  http://www.thegreatcours...more

  • Donald Trump's America

    Feb 27 2017

    Apologist Ken Ham and others have declared Donald Trump's presidency a divine appointment.  But is Trump a true representative of the divine, or of the (secular) U.S. Constitution?This broadcast is the first of a two-part series relating to Trump's America. Today's show features:Steven Newton: geologist and rep for the National Center for Science EducationLarry Decker:  Executive Director - Secular Coalition for AmericaAndrew Seidel: attorney for the Freedom From Religion FoundationAndrew Torrez...more

  • Bart Campolo: A Life Beyond Belief

    Feb 21 2017

    Bart Campolo is son of famous Christian evangelist Tony Campolo.  Bart is the humanist chaplain at the University of Southern California, a community builder, and host of the bi-weekly podcast "Humanize Me."In this candid conversation with Seth Andrews, Bart discusses his former faith, his father, religion, humanism, and his post-Christian "Life Beyond Belief."BART'S WEBSITE:  http://bartcampolo.orgBART'S PODCAST:  http://bartcampolo.org/humanizemeSUPPORT OUR SPONSORS:The Great Courses Plus  htt...more

  • Religious Family / Conditional Love

    Feb 14 2017

    This broadcast is about atheists and skeptics, and how they deal with the often conditional love on a religious family tree.SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS:The Great Courses Plus:  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethStamps.com:  http://www.stamps.com (code sethandrews)

  • Never Cry Wolfe: The Popular Pseudoscience of David "Avocado" Wolfe

    Feb 07 2017

    David "Avocado" Wolfe is a wellness celebrity with a huge following.  But do his claims pass the science test?  What explains his rising popularity?  And what damage might result from the tips, tricks, advise and "wisdom" Wolfe is spreading to the eager masses?Yvette d'Entremont, the SciBabe, is a former analytical chemist, science blogger and activist.  She joins Seth Andrews for a spirited (and strange) journey into the world of David Wolfe.Forbes article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kavinsena...more

  • God, Guns & Glory: Religion and the Military

    Jan 31 2017

    How often is the military colored by religious language and superstitious thinking?  And is a taxpayer-funded military supposed to be promoting God?  This show explores the issue with the perspectives of many listeners, and an interview with Michael L. "Mikey" Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS:NatureBoxhttp://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistStamps.comhttp://www.stamps.com (promo code sethandrews)

  • Religion Screwed Up My Sex Life

    Jan 24 2017

    How do religious teachings damage our ideas about sexuality, intimacy, worth, shame, partnership and pleasure?  This show explores the dark side of religious sex education.SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS:The Great Courses Plus  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethStamps.com  http://www.stamps.com (promo code sethandrews)

  • My Date With Google (2017)

    Jan 17 2017

    Why do our eyes get puffy when we're sleepy?  Does premium gasoline actually give us better gas mileage?  Why do dogs stink after a bath?  Why are alcoholic beverages called "spirits?"  Why does it hurt so bad to get kicked in the testicles?Once again, Seth Andrews uses Google (and other resources), seeking answers to the common - and uncommon - questions that so often vex us.  SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS:The Great Courses Plus  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethStamps.com  http://www.stamps.com (...more

  • Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces

    Jan 10 2017

    Are trigger warnings a helpful tool for avoiding potentially harmful distress, or the enabling of hypersensitivity and a victim culture?  We discuss trigger warnings and "safe spaces" in this (inevitably controversial) broadcast.  Guests include a few activists in the freethought movement, and psychologists Dr. Caleb Lack and Dr. Valerie Tarico.SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS:The Great Courses Plus  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethNaturebox   http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist

  • Christian Radio Cell 53 Interviews Seth Andrews

    Jan 03 2017

    Maine-based Christian podcast Cell 53 Radio asked Seth Andrews to join them on-air for a discussion about atheism, God, Christianity, belief, and Truth.  This is the audio of that exchange.SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS:Hello Freshhttp://www.hellofresh.com (promo code sethandrews)Stamps.comhttp://www.stamps.com (promo code sethandrews)

  • 2016: The Year in Review

    Dec 27 2016

    Join Seth Andrews as he recaps the best (and worst) of 2016...from the election to entertainment to sports to pop culture, it's the Year in Review.  Enjoy.SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews)

  • Heathen Holidays

    Dec 20 2016

    How do atheists handle religious holidays (and religious families) every year, and how do many atheists mark an occasion with Christ in the title?  This show features the perspectives of our listeners, advice on how skeptics can (if they choose) enjoy the holiday season and navigate the often turbulent waters stirred by fundamentalist families, and a few holiday anecdotes.SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews)

  • Christmas Music by Secular Artists

    Dec 13 2016

    It's surprising to many, but a lot of atheists and non-Christians enjoy Christmas music...even the tunes that talk about angels singing and the Bethlehem star.  We speak about this (supposed) contradiction, and several special guests join host Seth Andrews for a casual round of holiday songs around the hearth.  This show is glad to welcome:The Fab Four (The Beatles Tribute Band) http://ww.thefabfour.comJonny Miller  http://www.jonnymiller.orgShelley Segal  http://www.shelleysegal.comJames Covena...more

  • One Nation: Divisible

    Dec 06 2016

    The original U.S. Pledge of Allegiance calls the USA, "one nation...indivisible."  Yet it remains a nation splintered and divided, with many of those divisions fueled by religious ideas.  This broadcast welcomes several special guests to talk about America, the rise of secularism, the influence of the Religious Right, and the future of a country that seems unable to agree about anything.Our guests appearing throughout the broadcast:Amanda Knief: National Legal and Public Policy Director for Amer...more

  • Movie Review: The Atheist Delusion

    Nov 29 2016

    The hosts of God Awful Movies join Seth Andrews for a review of Ray Comfort's new film, "The Atheist Delusion."  They watched the movie...so you don't have to.  Enjoy!God Awful Movies:  https://www.patreon.com/GodAwfulVIDEO of this podcast:  https://youtu.be/a62l6jGHAiU    

  • Our 300th Show!

    Nov 23 2016

    This very special 300th broadcast was recorded in Dallas, Texas on November 19th in front of a live audience at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dallas-Richardson.  Special guests include:Matt Dillahunty:  https://www.youtube.com/user/SansDeitySarah Haider of Ex-Muslims of North America:  http://www.exmna.orgDavid Smalley of Dogma Debate: http://dogmadebate.comAron Ra:  https://www.youtube.com/user/AronRaRecording artist Shelley Segal:  http://www.shelleysegal.comVIDEO of this broadcast here: https://yo...more

  • The Mystery Letter

    Nov 08 2016

    In the spring of 2016, Seth Andrews received a strange letter in the mail...a letter which has roots dating back over three decades.  In September of 2016, he told his entertaining story about "The Mystery Letter" to a live audience in Riverside, California.  This is the audio of that presentation.VIDEO of the speech:  https://youtu.be/xWovupLjz7wSUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.casper.com/sethandrews (promo code: sethandrews)

  • The Kafir Project

    Nov 01 2016

    If you enjoy audiobooks, and if you enjoy didactic fiction, you'll like this show.Author Lee Burvine speaks with host Seth Andrews about his sci-fi novel with religious (some would say sacreligious) themes, and Seth plays the first five chapters of the audiobook - read by Seth Andrews in their entirety - on this broadcast.THE KAFIR PROJECT WEBSITE:  http://www.kafirproject.com/Amazon/Audible link for purchase:  http://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/The-Kafir-Project-Audiobook/B01M7SRX8D/...more

  • Ghost Stories 2016

    Oct 18 2016

    It's an annual Halloween tradition, as we gather around the virtual campfire, suspend our disbelief in ghosts and spirits, and enjoy some delightful frights together.  Seth Andrews shares various ghost stories, and once again, he finishes the broadcast with an original production that will (hopefully) provide some October thrills and chills.Enjoy!SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free!   http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethandrewsEd Suominen's blog:  http://blog.edsuom.com/Written versio...more

  • Health, Woo-trition, and The Food Babe

    Oct 11 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free!   http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethandrewsHow do we separate "nutrition" from "woo-trition?"  This show is about the science (and pseudoscience) of food.  We also spend time on nutrition celebrity "The Food Babe," Vani Hari, a best-selling author and activist named by Time Magazine as one of the 30 most influential people on the internet, despite the fact that she has no degree or expertise in the field of health and nutrition.Joining our discus...more

  • Buddhism

    Oct 04 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free!   http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethandrewsIs Buddhism a religion?  A philosophy?  Both?  Something else?  Many Buddhist organizations - physical and online - promote it as a way of "finding peace within oneself.  What about atheists who are Buddhists?  Is this a spiritual journey, or a method for framing a physical one?LINKS:David G. McAfee on Buddhism:  https://davidgmcafee.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/buddhisms-lived-and-portrayed-traditionsStephe...more

  • Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism (with Aron Ra)

    Sep 27 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.casper.com/sethandrews  ($50 off any mattress purchase with promo code seth andrews)Aron Ra has a new book based on his popular YouTube video series, "Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism."  We talk to Aron about these falsehoods, and the new book.VIDEO of this discussion:  https://youtu.be/9bToIwtUQCAAmazon link for FFoC book:  https://www.amazon.com/Foundational-Falsehoods-Creationism-Aron-Ra/dp/1634310780The YouTube video series:  https://www.youtube.com/wat...more

  • The Superstition Summer Camp Solution

    Sep 20 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free!   http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethandrewsSummer has come and gone, but for many of us, our memories of summer camp remain fresh in our minds, partially because those camps were more interested in Christ than they were in campfires, swimming holes, nature hikes, team sports, friendships and fun.In this broadcast, we share some stories from our listeners, highlighting their own "Jesus Camp"-esque experiences, and we highlight Camp Quest, a secula...more

  • The Illusion of God's Presence

    Sep 13 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free!   http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethandrewsJohn C. Wathey is a computational biologist whose research interests include evolutionary algorithms, protein folding, and the biology of nervous systems. From 1991 to 1995, he was a senior applications scientist at Biosym Technologies (now named Biovia), a company that develops molecular modeling software for the pharmaceutical industry. In 1996, he founded his own business, Wathey Research, and since t...more

  • An Unholy Union: Interfaith Relationships

    Sep 06 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free!   http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethandrewsWhat happens when people with conflicting views about God, religion and spirituality fall in love and decide to share life together?  This broadcast features the stories of those who are either married or life partners, and who have differing faith traditions and beliefs (or none).  Their successes and failures.  The challenges of being divided on a critical (or not so critical?) issue.  And the meeting ...more

  • Jesus, Batman, and Bart Ehrman

    Sep 01 2016

    This isn't a podcast, per se.  It's a short bonus clip highlighting a couple of interesting things happening in the freethought movement:  a film in production which links Batman to Jesus, and an October 2016 debate between Jesus historicist Bart Ehrman and Jesus mythicist Robert M. Price.Seth Andrews takes a few minutes to speak with Jozef Richards and Rob Moore about the projects.LINKS:The Ehrman/Price debate:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mythinformation-conference-iii-feat-bart-d-ehrmandr-ro...more

  • God, the Burkini, and the Comments Sections

    Aug 30 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://polarisfinancialplanning.com/polaris-blog/the-phil-ferguson-show-podcast/National Public Radio has declared that it is nixing the comments sections on its website.  This decision has resulted in a lot of discussion about the merits of comments sections, the nature of online discourse, and NPR's responsibility to the public.  We discuss.We also speak with Sarah Haider of Ex-Mulims of North America regarding France's (now suspended) Burkini ban, and we finish the show ...more

  • We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money!

    Aug 24 2016

    An Oklahoma children's home happily accepted a $100 donation (given by Matt Wilbourne, a Muskogee resident), until it realized that the money was given in the name of the Muskogee Atheist Community.  The Murrow Indian Children's Home is managed and funded by the American Baptist Churches Association, and they apparently don't wish to associate with an atheist financial gift.  So they attempted to return the gift.  In a strange turn of events, this story has made national news, brought many athei...more

  • Falsely Flagged: The Bible Reloaded Lawsuit

    Aug 23 2016

    Jake and Hugo host the weekly podcast, "The Bible Reloaded," an irreverent show (hosted by atheists) which examines the Bible, lampoons Bible-based propaganda produced by companies like Chick Tracts, and reviews various religious films (like "God's Not Dead").Last week, the TBR hosts announced that they were suing a Christian film company owned by the Christiano Brothers (Christianfilms.com) over the filing of false DMCA claims in regard to TBR's reviews of some of their movies.  If you're unsur...more

  • Jesus Loves the Olympics!

    Aug 16 2016

    This broadcast is about the 2016 Olympic Games, but it's also a series of observations (ok, rants) by Seth Andrews on athletic God-speak, genuflection, glory, and the notion that Jesus cares who wins the gold medal.

  • Atheos: Street Epistemology from your Smartphone

    Aug 09 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.lootcrate.com/sethandrews (promo code: sethandrews)Atheos is a new smartphone app, developed from the template outlined in Dr. Peter Boghossian's book, "A Manual for Creating Atheists."  In this interview, Seth Andrews interviews 2 key players in the development of Atheos, Christine Vigeant and Sarah Paquette, and he walks through a quick demo of the app for the viewers.LINKS: http://www.atheos-app.comTwitter: @AtheosFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/atheosappVID...more

  • David G. McAfee: The Book of Gods

    Aug 02 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.lootcrate.com/sethandrews (promo code: sethandrews)David G. McAfee is an atheist activist and author.  His first book, "Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings," brought him national attention, and three other books followed.  David has written for American Atheist Magazine, the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, and other sites and publications.Seth Andrews spoke with David about his work (much of it geared towards encouraging critical...more

  • Pokemon, the Devil, and Donald Trump

    Jul 28 2016

    This show is a random romp through recent pop culture phenomenons (and whatever else pops into the host's mind).  Plus some listener calls.  Enjoy!New Yorker Article: "Donald Trump Ghostwriter Tells All" - http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/07/25/donald-trumps-ghostwriter-tells-all

  • The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening

    Jul 19 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.warbyparker.com/thethinkingatheistKen Ham's "Ark Encounter" has been hyped - by some - as a tour de force of biblical truth, adventure, and potential tourism dollars.  It officially opened on July 7th.Our four (atheist) panel guests were there for the occasion: David Silverman, Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent and Aron Ra.  They give us the report from the field.  VIDEO of this interview:  https://youtu.be/ZL2_q3sbdB4

  • Spare The Rod: Corporal Punishment in the Name of God (PART 2 OF 2)

    Jul 12 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.harrys.com (promo code: thinkingatheist)Proverbs 13:24 says, "Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them."  Is this a healthy approach to child-rearing and the discipline of children?This is the second part of our 2-part broadcast on (often religiously-motivated) corporal discipline for children, where we hear more of our listeners' perspectives, examine more of the data supporting or refuting t...more

  • Spare The Rod: Corporal Punishment in the Name of God (PART 1 OF 2)

    Jul 05 2016

    SUPPORT THIS SHOW on Patreon:  http://www.patreon.com/sethandrewsProverbs 13:24 says, "Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them."  Is this a healthy approach to child-rearing and the discipline of children?We explore many religious rules for parenting, and we share the perspectives of listeners who have firsthand experience with strict (and not-so-strict) homes, physical punishments, and the often lasting consequences.This is...more

  • The God of Cancer

    Jun 28 2016

    The Bible says in John 14:13-14, "And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it."  Mark 11:24 assures the faithful, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."Christians (and those of other religions) worldwide pray fervently for the cures to cancer, disease, and all manner of malady and misfortune.  Are those prayers activati...more

  • John W. Loftus: The Outsider Test for Faith

    Jun 21 2016

    John W. Loftus is a former Church of Christ minister. Today, he's an atheist, author and activist. He joins Seth Andrews to talk about his journey.Video of this interview: https://youtu.be/C794qlswPzI

  • A Tragedy in Orlando

    Jun 16 2016

    In this short, unscheduled broadcast, Seth Andrews addresses the recent mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, as well as the responses peppering social media, the connection to radical Islam, the indoctrination of bigotry and hate, and a few reasons to remain vigilant and hold onto hope.Kaveh Mousavi's article "Orlando Shooter: The Sinful Executioner:"  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/marginoferr/author/kmousavi/

  • God Awful Movies

    Jun 14 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.casper.com/sethandrews Eli Bosnick, Heath Enwright, and Noah Lugeons are hosts of a podcast called "God Awful Movies," which skewers the hideously bad (and unintentionally funny) religious films produced by God's public relations department here on earth.Seth Andrews joins the GAM team to examine - and skewer - three specific religious movies:1)  A Matter of Faith2)  If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do?3)  International GuerrillasThere is VIDEO of this podca...more

  • Stones of Tribulation: a short story by Ed Suominen

    Jun 07 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.harrys.com (promo code: thinkingatheist)Ed Suominen is an engineer, inventor, recovering fundamentalist Christian, and author.  His books include, "An Examination of the Pearl," and "Evolving out of Eden," which Ed co-wrote with Dr. Robert M. Price.  Ed also writes "Ed Suominen's Shitty Little Blog," which can be found at http://blog.edsuom.com, and one year ago, his retelling of the biblical story of Abraham was read by Seth Andrews in a podcast titled, "Abraham...more

  • The Order of Elijah: No Longer a Christian Band

    May 31 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.lootcrate.com/sethandrews (promo code sethandrews) "The Order of Elijah" is a metalcore band from Joplin, Missouri.  Since their debut album "Accession" released in 2012, they have been identified as a Christian band.  Yet lead singer Shannon Low recently declared that he - and the band - no longer held to the Christian faith.  Low is an atheist, and he is being very public about it.Shannon Low joins Seth Andrews for a candid discussion about Christianity, the bu...more

  • God is Messed Up: A Conversation with Tracie Harris

    May 24 2016

    Sponsored by The Phil Ferguson Show:  http://polarisfinancialplanning.com/polaris-blog/the-phil-ferguson-show-podcastTracie Harris is one of the co-hosts of the Austin-based television show, "The Atheist Experience."  She joins Seth Andrews for a conversation about religion, atheism, God, family, boundaries, and the reasons that someone who dislikes debate would host a debate broadcast.Plus, viewer comments and questions.The Atheist Experience website:  http://www.atheist-experience.comWATCH the...more

  • The Liberal Redneck

    May 21 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.lootcrate.com/sethandrewsWatch this conversation on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/A_URlDunFD8Trae Crowder is a Tennessee comedian (and definitely not a southern conservative).  His recent video on transgender bathrooms went viral, and his redneck rants on social issues have made international news.Trae joined Seth Andrews for a brief yet entertaining conversation about his recent internet fame, the south, God, and the trials and joys of being a "Liberal Redneck.ON T...more

  • Monster On Sunday

    May 17 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.lootcrate.com/sethandrewsIn 2012, Steve and Tally Cass founded the atheist band, "Monster on Sunday."  MoS's 2015 debut album (titled "Baby Eater") is an in-your-face wall of anti-religion rock, and a labor of love by this husband/wife team based in San Diego.  In this departure from our usual "talk radio" format, Seth introduces the players and highlights some of the music.  No doubt, this particular flavor of loud, firebrand activism won't be for everyone, but ...more

  • John de Lancie: a Rally for Reason

    May 10 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.lootcrate.com/sethandrewsVeteran actor John de Lancie is a featured speaker at the 2016 Reason Rally.  He joins Seth Andrews to discuss his own views on reason, religion, the 2016 rally in Washington DC, and of course, his decades as film and television icon.John de Lancie's website:  http://delancie.com

  • Alix Jules: Religion & Race in the Year of Donald Trump

    May 03 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.evolvefish.comAlix Jules is a secular activist, writer, and President of Black Nonbelievers of Dallas, Texas.  He chairs the Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason's Diversity Council, is a founding member of the Fellowship of Freethought, and is an advisor to the Council for Secular Humanism's Africal Americans for Humanism Initiative.His atheism and activism have gained national attention.In this one-hour conversation with Seth Andrews (recorded in Dallas on Apr...more

  • Religion: The Mind Virus

    Apr 26 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:   http://www.casper.com/sethandrews (promo code: sethandrews)Is religion a virus of the mind?  Three mental health experts join us.Dr. Andy Thomson is a psychiatrist, a trustee for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, on staff with the University of Virginia, and author of "Why We Believe in God(s): a Concise Guide to the Science of Faith."Dr. Valerie Tarico is a psychologist, columnnist for AlterNet, and author of "Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Look...more

  • The Dogma Debate Tandem Show: Seth Andrews & David Smalley

    Apr 19 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.hellofresh.com (promo code thinkingatheist)Seth Andrews joins Dogma Debate host David Smalley in the DD studio for two hours of candid discussion about their shows, the guests, the fans and critics, and some of the opportunities, challenges and quirks of producing "heathen" radio.Obviously, they had no trouble finding things to talk about.  Enjoy!DOGMA DEBATE:  www.dogmadebate.com

  • Skeptical Money (with Phil Ferguson)

    Apr 15 2016

    Phil Ferguson is a financial advisor and host of "The Phil Ferguson Show."  In this bonus podcast, Phil speaks with Seth Andrews about the application of critical thinking to areas of our lives beyond religion, including the decisions we make with our money.With (occasionally thick) financial jargon relating to things like stocks, mutual funds, college savings, retirement planning, etc, this show won't be for everyone.  But it may provide some useful information to those interested in investment...more

  • Homeschool Cults (Part 2 of 2)

    Apr 12 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.lootcrate.com/sethandrewsThe U.S. Department of Education says that over 1.7 million children in the United States are homeschooled.  But what happens when homeschooling stops being about education, and instead becomes insulation?  Isolation?  Inodctrination?This broadcast isn't a referendum on the concept of homeschooling.  It's an exploration into some of the more extreme religious homeschool environments, and into the lives and personal stories of those who ex...more

  • Homeschool Cults (Part 1 of 2)

    Apr 05 2016

    The U.S. Department of Education says that over 1.7 million children in the United States are homeschooled.  But what happens when homeschooling stops being about education, and instead becomes insulation?  Isolation?  Inodctrination?This broadcast isn't a referendum on the concept of homeschooling.  It's an exploration into some of the more extreme religious homeschool environments, and into the lives and personal stories of those who experienced them.This is part 1 of a two-part broadcast. 

  • God's Not Dead: The Christian Persecution Complex

    Apr 02 2016

    "God's Not Dead" is a film produced by PureFlix which released in 2014.  With a budget of only $2 million, GnD grossed over $60 million.  It's not hard to see why a sequel film has just been introduced to theaters.The premises of both films are essentially the same.  Christianity is under attack in the United States, and brave God Warriors must stand up against the evil atheists to defend their faith and their savior.  Are these movies rooted in any shade of reality?  And how do they speak to an...more

  • Skeptical Youth

    Mar 29 2016

    A November 2015 Pew Research Center survey revealed that the United States is becoming less religious overall, and "especially the youngest Millennials, who have entered adulthood since the first Landscape Study was conducted {a few months earlier} - are far less religious than their elders."Admittedly, these "nones" aren't necessarily atheists, and many may consider themselves "spiritual" on some level.  But what's driving this exodus from the formal structures of religion, and what do these yo...more

  • Billboards, Brainwashing, Justice and Jared Fogle

    Mar 22 2016

    Watch the video of this podcast HERE:  https://youtu.be/YxRdJGqTeXACallers submit their own comments and questions for this show.  We highlight the proposed "Genocide & Incest" counter-billboard to The Ark Encounter's grand opening.  And we spend more than half of the show discussing the recent prison beating of convicted sex offender Jared Fogle and the proper response(s) to the violence carried out against him.  An interview with Sarah Morehead caps the broadcast.Funraising page for Tri-State ...more

  • Evil Western Medicine

    Mar 15 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:   http://www.hellofresh.com (promo code thinkingatheist)It's a topic we've addressed in various forms, but this is an entire show dedicated to medicine.  Science-based medicine.  Alternative medicine.  The names and claims of many so-called "natural" cures.  And the charge that medical science should be distrusted in favor of unlicensed "healers" who operate outside the checks and balances of regulatory agencies, and who - in so many cases - are making a pretty penny.Joining...more

  • You Pick the Topic - March 2016

    Mar 08 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistNo theme or topic.  Just a full show of listener comments and questions.  Enjoy.

  • Matt Dillahunty: We're Just Talking

    Mar 01 2016

    Sponsored by The Phil Ferguson Show:  http://polarisfinancialplanning.com/polaris-blog/the-phil-ferguson-show-podcast/Matt Dillahunty is one of the hosts of The Atheist Experience television show, he is a frequent speaker and debater, and he hosts the Atheist Debates YouTube channel.Matt and Seth Andrews are friends who often enjoy long conversations on the freethought convention circuit.  This time, they decided to record the conversation for the podcast audience, touching on topics ranging fro...more

  • Astronomy Saves the World!

    Feb 24 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.evolvefish.comScience has proven the Big Bang.  So why is it so difficult for the everyperson to communicate the how/why of that event?  Perhaps, it's because the universe is a mind-bogglingly huge thing for us to grasp.  Overwhelmed, we sometimes check out of necessary conversations about cosmology, our origins, and the observable, natural world.Dr. Dan Batcheldor has a Ph.D in astrophysics and is Head of Physics and Space Science at the Florida Institute of Tec...more

  • God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction (with Dan Barker)

    Feb 17 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistDan Barker's new book (titled after the famous Richard Dawkins quote) doesn't exactly cast a flattering eye at the biblical god.  Truth be told, the Bible itself doesn't flatter God, either.  Not-so-hidden inside the pages of scripture is the profile of a deity so ugly, brutish, bloodthirsty and petty, he would be condemned by the faithful as a monster in another context.Join us, as we speak with Dan Barker about his own personal stor...more

  • Noah's Lark: The Ark Encounter

    Feb 10 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: The Phil Ferguson Show http://polarisfinancialplanning.com/polaris-blog/the-phil-ferguson-show-podcast/Ken Ham (of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum) prepares to unleash his "Ark Encounter" upon the public.  The road toward completion has been a rocky one, with controversies about tax incentives and discriminatory hiring practices often leading the heated discussions for and against its existence.In this broadcast, we speak with several people who have followed the ...more

  • Medical Neglect in the Name of God - PART 2 OF 2 (with Dr. Paul Offit)

    Feb 03 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistDr. Paul Offit is Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology, and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perleman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  He has received awards for his work from the University of Maryland, the Infectious Disease Society of America, the National Institutes of Health, the American Academy of Pe...more

  • Medical Neglect in the Name of God - PART 1 OF 2 (with Rita Swan)

    Jan 27 2016

    There are two words that, too often, mean the difference between life and death:  Religious.  Exemption.  Individuals and families who reject necessary medical care in favor of prayer and adherence to strict church restrictions often pay with their lives, or the lives of their children.  Rita Swan is the director of CHILD, INC, and she has firsthand experience with this.  Rita has since dedicated her life to child advocacy and the fight to protect children from (often well-meaning) parents who k...more

  • Why Smart People Believe Stupid Things (with Dr. Michael Shermer)

    Jan 19 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.comDr. Michael Shermer is the founding publisher of Skeptic Magazine and author of several books, including "The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice and Freedom," and "Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition and Other Confusions of our Time."  In this conversation with Seth Andrews, Dr. Shermer addresses some of the recent (and alarming) statements made by educated and (it would seem) very intellige...more

  • My Date With Google

    Jan 06 2016

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistThis podcast is a digression from our usual subject matter...a romp through the interesting explanations of random sayings, occurrences, facts and traditions.  What makes a cat purr?  Why do weddings have a "best man?"  Why do tennis scores use "love" instead of "zero?"  Why do people choose chopsticks over the fork?  Why is it "soccer" in America and "football" in Europe?  Can a human live for any length of time exposed in space?  Et...more

  • 2015: The Year in Review

    Dec 28 2015

    Another year closes its doors, and we look forward to 2016.  In advance of the New Year holiday, we take a look back at many of the people and events that defined the past twelve months.

  • David Silverman: Fighting God

    Dec 18 2015

    David Silverman is a self-proclaimed "atheist billboard" and "firebrand atheist."  As President of American Atheists, he has been at the point position on many controversial issues (and the occasional lawsuit), and he has just released a new book called, "Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World."David spoke with Seth Andrews about the book, the lightning rod of David's particular brand of activism, and the rise of non-belief in America.  This conversation can also be seen on You...more

  • The Krampus (and other unusual Christmas traditions)

    Dec 10 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.harrys.com (promo code: thinkingatheist)This will be the last radio podcast until the Christmas holiday.  It's a romp around the globe, as we explore some Christmas traditions beyond Santa, Frosty the Snowman, holiday ham, and the baby Jesus. Get ready for Christmas witches, fried chicken feasts, Festivus ("for the rest of us"), the Spanish pooper, and of course, the Krampus.Seth writes about the Krampus (and many other things) in his book, "Sacred Cows: a Lighth...more

  • Steve Shives: Activism, Apologists, and the F-Word

    Dec 09 2015

    This is a 30-minute conversation between Seth Andrews and YouTube activist Steve Shives, recorded recently at the Pennsylvania Atheist/Humanist Conference in Harrisburg, PA.  Video of this conversation can be seen here:  https://youtu.be/2Q4Yv3rgv-0

  • The War On Christmas

    Dec 02 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.evolvefish.com"War On Christmas" has been used so much in the media, it has become a parody of itself.  And yet many still hold to the belief that the baby Jesus is under attack by atheists and secular humanists, and the protests sound at full volume every December.In this broadcast, we talk about some of the noise out there, and we speak to Andrew Seidel of the Freedom From Religion Foundation about the holiday, church/state separation, lawsuits over nativity sc...more

  • Open Mic Night

    Nov 23 2015

    From time to time, we do an unscripted broadcast where the listeners provide the theme and content.  This is one of those shows.  Lots of random stuff in here.  Enjoy.

  • The Insanity of Humanity

    Nov 17 2015

    This podcast features the audio from Seth Andrews' presentation at FreeFlo 2015, the Freethought Florida Conference in Orlando.  The speech is an often lighthearted (but occasionally alarming) exploration of "sacred" ideas and practices in the 21st century, and it explores the merits of retiring damaging rituals in favor of better ones.SPEECH VIDEO:  https://youtu.be/biBULlkmBFEVIDEO WITH NATHAN PHELPS "Something Beautiful":  https://youtu.be/L6IPFyHEv3o

  • Programming

    Nov 11 2015

    Religious parents and institutions know the importance of a child's developmental years, and how difficult it is to tell/sell supernatural claims once the child reaches his or her teen years.  In this podcast, Seth Andrews explores the "programming" of young minds, and explores the difference between education and indoctrination.  Capping the show is the personal story of a young woman named Kaitlyn, whose apostasy prompted her devout Mormon parents to kick her out of her home.The Tiny Thinkers ...more

  • Secular Stand-Ups

    Nov 06 2015

    Steve Hill, Maryellen Hooper and Keith Lowell Jensen are professional comedians.  They are also atheists.In this roundtable discussion, Seth Andrews asks them about life on the road (and the stage), how their non-belief in the supernatural influences their material, facing the hecklers, and their desires to make people laugh while, perhaps, also making them think.Steve Hill:   http://www.stevehillcomic.comMaryellen Hooper:  http://www.maryellenhooper.comKeith Lowell Jensen:  http://www.rockass.n...more

  • Can I Talk You Out of Your Faith

    Oct 27 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.harrys.com (promo code: thinkingatheist)Is it possible to "talk someone out of their faith?"  Is it even appropriate or worthwhile to make an attempt?  If so, how might atheists best approach those with deep-seated (and often lifelong) religious convictions to foster real discourse and encourage critical thinking?Dr. Peter Boghossian is author of the book, "A Manual for Creating Atheists."  Anthony Magnabosco is a YouTube activist and advocate of "street epistemo...more

  • Ghost Stories 2015

    Oct 20 2015

    Halloween is almost upon us, which means it's time again to turn down the lights, crank up the podcast, and share some ghost stories.Yes, skeptics can enjoy ghost stories, and this annual tradition has become hugely popular with the TTA audience.  So prepare to enter a world of ghosts, ghouls, footsteps in the dark, whispers from under the bed, and things that go bump in the night.Happy Halloween!

  • The Science of Fear

    Oct 13 2015

    Why do we become afraid?  Is it rational or irrational to fear the dark, spiders, the boogeyman, the things that go bump in the night?It's October, the month of frights. So, a week in advance of our Ghost Stories episode, we expore the concept of fear, and we talk about the things that keep us awake in the still of the night (or in the light of the day).  Special thanks to our special guest: Dr. Carolyn Rodriguez of Stanford University. 

  • Christianity: Mystery Faith

    Oct 06 2015

    Christianity.  Where did it come from?  Who wrote the books of the Bible?  Is there any evidence for a god or man named Jesus?  Why has Christianity remained so popular over the ages?  This podcast features two interviews, conducted by Seth Andrews, with historians and researchers who speak about the origins the New Testament Gospels, the ever-changing face of Christianity, history versus myth, and the Jesus storyIn separate interviews, David Fitzgerald and Dr. Robert Carrier each tackle the Bib...more

  • Reaching Out to Ex-Muslims

    Sep 29 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: http://www.audiblepodcast.com/thinkingatheistMuhammad Syed is the executive director and Sarah Haider is director of development of Ex-Muslims of North America.  Both are former Muslims.  Armin Navabi is a former Muslim from Iran and the founder of Atheist Republic.In this broadcast, the panel speaks with Seth Andrews about Islam, radical Islamism, cultural Muslims, "The Religion of Peace," the widely conflicting perspectives on Islam, and the difficult and often dangerous r...more

  • The Story of God: a Biblical Comedy about Love (and Hate)

    Sep 15 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistChris Matheson was co-screenwriter on the 1989 comedy film, "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure."  Chris' most recent adventure is an exploration of the Christian holy book, rewriting the "sacred" texts and releasing his synopsis of scripture as the new book, "The Story of God: a Biblical Comedy about Love (and Hate).In this broadcast, Seth speaks with Chris about his sarcastic (yet accurate) take on the Bible, and he finishes the show ...more

  • A Letter to the Editor

    Sep 10 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  audiblepodcast.com/thinkingatheistA listener on the TTA Facebook page recently asked Seth Andrews to respond to a "Letter to the Editor" posted in Seth's hometown paper, the Tulsa World.  Usually, as skeptics, we let these kinds of posts slide, because they often don't accomplish much and/or they generate more trouble that they're worth.But in this case, Seth responded, and this show chronicles the exchange, the fallout, and the curious tactics of the indignant commenters w...more

  • Gretta Vosper: Atheist Minister Under Fire

    Sep 08 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistGretta Vosper has been an atheist for many years, and she preaches/teaches from the perspective of a Bible skeptic, a rationalist, a humanist, and a non-believer in a literal god.  Now, the United Church of Canada is considering her removal from church leadership because of her atheism.  In this broadcast, we talk with Gretta personally and ask: Why does an atheist minister belong in a church?

  • A Conversation with Penn Jillette

    Sep 01 2015

    Support our sponsor:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistPenn Jillette is half of the hugely popular duo, "Penn & Teller."  Over the decades, he's done appearances on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Letterman, The Simpsons, The West Wing, Babylon 5, Fear Factor and a host of other shows.  Penn & Teller's Showtime series "Bullshit" ran for 8 seasons, and they're the feature show at Las Vegas' Rio casino.  Penn, like his on-stage partner, is a fearless critic of the Bible and claims of...more

  • The Butterfly Effect

    Aug 25 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.harrys.com (coupon code: thinkingatheist)Relating to Chaos Theory, the term "butterfly effect" relates to the tiniest of influences leading to large differences in deterministic nonlinear systems.  One incarnation of the saying suggests that one flap of a single butterfly's wings in Beijing might change the weather in New York.  (Perhaps you remember Jurassic Park's Ian Malcolm waxing about Chaos Theory in advance of the park's inevitable meltdown.)We're not spen...more

  • The Transgender Question

    Aug 18 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistWhat is "transgender?"  How is sexual identity determined?  What are the challenges and opportunites facing those who don't fit into established cultural definitions of gender?  What is this all about?In this broadcast, we get an education and have some frank and positive discussion on the issue.  Joining us is Stephanie Guttormson of the Richard Dawkins Foundation and Thinking Stephtically, YouTube activist Zinnia Jones, Callie Wrigh...more

  • Fine. You Host The Show!

    Aug 11 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistWhat's on your mind?  Well...this is your chance to sound off.  Call the broadcast to speak with Seth Andrews, or send an email to podcast@thethinkingatheist.com

  • The Loose Screws: Apologetics Gone Wild

    Aug 04 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistThis show is dedicated to the more unusual, bizarre, weird, wild, and often jaw-droppingly offensive apologetics defenses of religious beliefs.  What's most surprising is that many making these claims aren't actually deviating very far from the edicts of their various religions and holy texts.  Steve Shives' YouTube page:  https://www.youtube.com/user/stevelikes2curseSteve and Stuffy Burn In Hell:  https://youtu.be/_wYzh7WGxCAGod of E...more

  • The Myth of Sex Addiction (with Dr. Darrel Ray)

    Jul 28 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.evolvefish.comSHOP THE TTA STORE:  http://www.evolvefish.com/The-Thinking-Atheist-s/1840.htmWait.  Sex addiction is a myth?  This podcast features two major parts:1)  The June 20th, 2015 presentation by Dr. Darrel Ray at FreeOK on this very subject.  VIDEO HERE:  https://youtu.be/zzmQsjeqOyk2)  A follow-up radio conversation between Seth Andrews with Dr. Ray to explore some of these issues in more detail.Darrel is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Director...more

  • Selective Science

    Jul 21 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistThree special guests join us for tonight's broadcast.  Joshua Roseneau is an evolutionary biologist and serves as Programs and Policy Director for the National Center for Science Education (NCSE).  Dr. Barbara Forrest is a professor of philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University and author of "Creationism's Trojan Horse: the Wedge of Intelligent Design."  And Dr. Donald Prothero is a paleontologist, geologist, educator and author ...more

  • The Mother of Bad Ideas

    Jul 14 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistIn his June 20, 2015 speech at the Oklahoma Freethought Convention, Seth Andrews explored how easily we, as human beings, become infatuated with ideas over facts, often leading to incorrect and even damaging assumptions that keep us in the dark.What happens when we'd rather believe than know?  This presentation explores the question in a compelling and entertaining way.SPEECH VIDEO:  https://youtu.be/tZiYgZ3Hvag

  • Shelley Segal: Strange Feeling

    Jul 07 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistBeat Magazine calls Shelley's voice an "enchanting, knowing croon...with brilliant pop melodies."  Raised in a traditional Jewish culture, Shelley Segal ultimately found herself an atheist with a new zest for life and a message of encouragement for others to do the same.  Her music can often be heard at freethought conventions, and her new album, "Strange Feeling" just released.Shelley Segal joins Seth Andrews for some conversation.  ...more

  • Abraham's Excellent Adventure

    Jun 23 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.harrys.com (promo code: thinkingatheist)Today's show is, simply, a reading of the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac.  However, author Ed Suominen has fleshed out the story in alarming detail...and he has added a bizarre twist to the tale.How do most people feel about Abraham's deed (or "almost deed")?  His faith?  His character?  And after they hear this version of the Old Testament account, will they feel any differently?No calls.  No headlines.  Nothing but t...more

  • I'm a Preacher's Kid

    Jun 16 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistThey're often known as PKs.  Preacher's kids.  Children of clergy who often grow up either embracing or condemning the often strict church cultures imposed upon them.  They've seen the "ministry" from behind closed doors, and their stories are enlightening.In this broadcast, we explore the life of a Preacher's Kid.

  • Jediism and the Religions of Film

    Jun 09 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistThis is a fun one.  Seth Andrews explores some religions borne or (or influenced by) iconic films.  In this episode, he interviews a representative of The Temple of the Jedi Order (Star Wars), and a Dudeist Priest from The Church of the Latter Day Dude (The Big Lebowski).These are likely not the churches you'd see on a neighborhood street corner, but they're out there, and we're going to take this opportunity to find out more.  

  • Blame

    Jun 02 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistIn last week's episode, Seth Andrews mentioned that his laptop was stolen from a parked car.  This scenario sparked an intense debate about criminals, victims, responsibility, society, poverty and privilege.  The opportunity was too good to pass up, so we're continuing the discussion on this broadcast.Featuring Dr. Jerry Coyne, and Dr. Bo Bennett, plus your calls and emails.  

  • Change

    May 26 2015

    Sponsored by the Freethought Florida Convention.  Tickets and details at http://www.free-flo.orgChange.  It's the universal constant.  Seth Andrews spends a candid evening speaking about the unexpected, difficult, scary and often exhilarating idea of change, and some interesting changes in his own life.Also support TTA content at:  http://www.thethinkingatheist.com (CONTRIBUTE tab)

  • The Show That Wasn't There

    May 19 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistSeth's original show topic fell through this week.  So, this podcast ISN'T the show he'd planned, but it will be an enjoyable potpourri of emails, calls, topics and ideas.  Sometimes, the unplanned parties are the best ones.  Come join us.  David Thorne "The Permission Slip":  http://27bslash6.com/easter.html

  • Openly Secular with Todd Stiefel and John Davidson

    May 12 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistTwo special guests share their perspective on tonight's show:Todd Stiefel is a graduate of Duke University and spent 12 years as a key player at Stiefel Laboratories.  Now a full-time activist, Todd is one of the driving forces behind the Openly Secular site and campaign.  He also involves himself with secular humanist causes and charity work.John Davidson has spent much of the last half-century as a popular television personality, ho...more

  • The Weirdest Websites in the World

    May 05 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistThis one's just for fun.  Our listeners submit links to the weirdest, wildest and wackiest websites they've encountered.  They can be religious sites, non-religious sites, whatever.Your humble host will browse the content and read from these online gems for your listening pleasure.Submit your weird website to: podcast@thethinkingatheist.com

  • My Family Thinks I'm Going To Hell

    Apr 28 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.harrys.com (promo code: thinkingatheist)Are you an atheist (or perhaps an adherent to a religion apart from that of your parents, siblings, children or distant relatives), and your loved ones are terrified that you're sliding the slipper slope toward damnation?This podcast is about the fears of the faithful, the damage done by religious concepts of Hell and torment, and the liberation that comes in living without fear.Neil Carter's blog, "You're (Not) Gonna Miss ...more

  • Unholy Trinity Down Under - Q & A (Sydney, Australia)

    Apr 21 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistIn March of 2015, the Atheist Foundation of Australia hosted atheist activists Matt Dillahunty, Aron Ra and Seth Andrews (under the tongue-in-cheek tour title, "The Unholy Trinity Down Under").  This is the hour-long Q&A session from Sydney.The speakers' presentations from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne are posted on AFA's tour website: http://www.unholytrinitydownunder.comSpecial thanks to the AFA:  http://atheistfoundation.org.au

  • Unholy Trinity Down Under - Seth Andrews "The Good Old Days"

    Apr 20 2015

    In March of 2015, the Atheist Foundation of Australia hosted atheist activists Matt Dillahunty, Aron Ra and Seth Andrews (under the tongue-in-cheek tour title, "The Unholy Trinity Down Under").  TThe speakers' presentations from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne are posted on AFA's tour website: http://www.unholytrinitydownunder.comSpecial thanks to the AFA:  http://atheistfoundation.org.au

  • Unholy Trinity Down Under - Aron Ra "Biblical Absurdity"

    Apr 19 2015

    SPONSORED BY:  http://www.evolvefish.comIn March of 2015, the Atheist Foundation of Australia hosted atheist activists Matt Dillahunty, Aron Ra and Seth Andrews (under the tongue-in-cheek tour title, "The Unholy Trinity Down Under"). The speakers' presentations from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne are posted on AFA's tour website: http://www.unholytrinitydownunder.comSpecial thanks to the AFA:  http://atheistfoundation.org.au

  • Unholy Trinity Down Under - Matt Dillahunty "Why Won't You Love Me?"

    Apr 18 2015

    SPONSORED BY:  http://www.evolvefish.comIn March of 2015, the Atheist Foundation of Australia hosted atheist activists Matt Dillahunty, Aron Ra and Seth Andrews (under the tongue-in-cheek tour title, "The Unholy Trinity Down Under").  The speakers' presentations from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne are posted on AFA's tour website: http://www.unholytrinitydownunder.comSpecial thanks to the AFA:  http://atheistfoundation.org.au   

  • Random Reason 2015 (You Pick the Topic)

    Apr 14 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistTonight's show is a casual conversation about...whatever.  Is a certain issue on your mind?  Have a perspective, story, opinion or rant you want to share?  What "random reason" would you like to bring to the show?Tonight's your night to sound off.  Your calls and emails:  podcast@thethinkingatheist.com

  • Christian Music: Behind the Curtain

    Apr 08 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistGeorge Perdikis was one of the founding members of the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) group, the Newsboys.  In January 2015, he came out as an atheist.  In this broadcast, George speaks about his experience as a Christian artist/minister and his apostasy, and we also hear from others who once played to packed houses on the CCM stage.How much of CCM is ministry?  And how much is money?  We ask those questions (and more) tonight.

  • Coexist?

    Mar 29 2015

    What happens when ire meets insomina?  Join your humble host for a late-night (and impromptu) rant about religion, reason, "proofs" for the supernatural and the often-claimed charge that everybody should simply hold hands, celebrate their differences and "coexist."

  • A Night of Cognitive Dissonance

    Mar 17 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistCecil and Tom are hosts of the irreverent radio podcast, Cognitive Dissonance, which addresses current events from the atheist and skeptical perspective.  They join Seth Andrews for an entertaining (and random) hour of conversation.  Cognitive Dissonance podcasts can be heard at http://www.dissonancepod.comSeth's guest appearance on CD 2-9-15:  http://ec.libsyn.com/p/f/c/8/fc88cd6c56430443/cd206.mp3?d13a76d516d9dec20c3d276ce028ed5089a...more

  • For Goodness' Sake

    Mar 10 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistMany claim that good and moral acts cannot exist outside of the concept of God.  Many also believe that humanity has become increasingly turbulent, violent, sinful and wicked, and they yearn for the simple, moral days of old.In this broadcast, we speak with three special guests about "goodness:"  1)  John Figdor, Humanist Chaplain at Stanford University and co-author of the book, "Atheist Mind / Humanist Heart" http://www.atheistmindh...more

  • The Unitarians

    Mar 04 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistUnitarian churches are essentially promoted as houses without walls, places were diverse opinions and cultures can converge in safety and without judgment.  But how can churches not have doctrines, specific holy books and/or dogmas?  Does the Unitarian church have merit as a place of respectful discussion on topics relating to belief, purpose and truth?  What are the colors, cultures, branches, sects and flavors of Universalist church...more

  • Religious Schools, Religious Rules

    Feb 25 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistThere are few experiences like attending a religious elementary school, high school or university.  Some religious institutions of "learning" are mild, moderate and relatively benign.  Others operate like puritan prisons.  And the strict (and often bizarre) rules imposed by these schools can be interesting, entertaining, and often alarming.This show features the experiences and stories of those raised in religious school environments....more

  • The Debunkers

    Feb 18 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.harrys.com (promo code thethinkingatheist)Faith healers!  Crystals!  Power bracelets!  Kinoki pads!  Applied kinesiology!  Chakras, Chi and Positive Vibrations!There's a lot of bunk out there.  In this podcast, a panel of three "debunking" experts join Seth Andrews for a lively (and often hysterical) conversation about science, scams and our weird world of woo.ON THE PANEL:Dr. Harriet Hall (the SkepDoc) is an MD, a retired family physician and former Air Force fl...more

  • I Was Outed!

    Feb 11 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistIt's one thing to "come out" as an atheist (or even someone with doubts) to associates, friends and family.  It's another thing to be "outed" by someone else, often against your knowledge or wishes.  This podcast talks about the challenges, both personal and professional, of those who've had their non-belief exposed on someone else's terms.Seth's "letter" of encouragement:  http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/blog/86/A-Letter-of-Encoura...more

  • Sacred Cows

    Feb 04 2015

    In this podcast, Seth Andrews explores the notion of "sacred cows" (ideas, icons and customs supposedly sacred and immune from criticism), and he reads a full chapter from his new book of the same name.  If you'd like to pre-order an autographed copy of the book (shipping in April and May 2015), check out the website:  http://www.sacredcowsbook.com

  • The Fear of Death

    Feb 04 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistBelievers in Heaven look forward to an afterlife.  But does their belief in posthumous existence alleviate their fears about death and dying?  How does the atheist approach the reality that, one day, the curtain will close on his/her life?Join us for an intriguing exploration of the subject of death. Your calls and emails:  podcast@thethinkingatheist.comCarol Fiore's book "Flight Through Fire" - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/098970...more

  • Google Chat: The Unholy Trinity Goes to Australia

    Feb 01 2015

    The Atheist Foundation of Australia is hosting a "Down Under" tour with Matt Dillahunty, AronRa and Seth Andrews in March 2015.  Join them for a casual chat about the "trinity," the trip, and whatever else comes up in conversation.TOUR DETAILS:  http://www.unholytrinitydownunder.comVIDEO OF THIS CONVERSATION ON YOUTUBE:  http://youtu.be/NLndXednlT4

  • I'm Offended!

    Jan 28 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistOften in conversations regarding religion, one party (or both) will declare that they're offended by a statement, belief, position or action.  But what does it mean to take offense, and should we be concerned about what others might consider offensive?We explore the issue.  Your calls and emails:  podcast@thethinkingatheist.comDan Arel's article: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/danthropology/2015/01/charlie-hebdo-has-a-right-to-offend-yo...more

  • In the Wake of Charlie Hebdo

    Jan 23 2015

    On January 7, 2015, two masked gunmen killed 12 people, 11 of whom worked for the French satirical newspaper, "Charlie Hebdo," a publication with a reputation for lampooning Islam and its prophet.Terror alerts remain high, and in the wake of the killings, Charlie Hebdo remained defiant, publishing a caricature of Muhammad on its very next issue.  Millions of copies immediately sold.Soon after, Pope Francis declared his condemnation of the attack and hi support for free speech, but also declared ...more

  • Ryan Bell: A Year Without God

    Jan 21 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistRyan Bell, a former Seventh-day Adventist pastor, lived as an atheist for the entire year of 2014, chronicling the journey on his blog, http://www.patheos.com/blogs/yearwithoutgod.In December of 2014, Bell announced in an NPR interview that he no longer believes in God.  Both Christians and atheists have rallied around this declaration, for good and for ill. In this very special broadcast, we speak personally with Ryan Bell about his ...more

  • 200th Episode

    Jan 14 2015

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistSeth Andrews joins a live audience for this very special 200th episode.  Kick off the New Year with this celebration of the big 2-0-0.

  • 2014- The Year in Review

    Dec 30 2014

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistIt's our annual wrap-up of the best (and worst) of 2014.  What are the things that made the headlines?  Scientific breakthroughs?  Best films?  The most iconic figures?  The biggest successes and failures of the year?Join us for the final broadcast of the year.  Salon Article:  http://www.salon.com/2014/12/20/were_putting_an_end_to_religion_richard_dawkins_bill_maher_and_the_exploding_new_american_secularism

  • The Question of Christ

    Dec 22 2014

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistIs there any evidence for a real Jesus?  Was Jesus' story borrowed from earlier religions and cultures?  Is Jesus really the reason for the Christmas season, which is being celebrated globally this week?In this podcast, Seth Andrews speaks to three historians who have dedicated much of their lives and writings to the subject of Christ and Christianity: Dr. Richard Carrier, David Fitzgerald and Dr. Robert M. Price. Join us for a compel...more

  • What You Don't Know About Religion (but should) with Dr. Ryan Cragun

    Dec 16 2014

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistDr. Ryan Cragun is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Tampa, and he specializes in the sociology of religion.  A former Mormon (now atheist), Cragun has released his new book for which this show is titled.  Join us as we talk about religion around the world, its claims versus reality, and the stuff about religion which isn't known (or being taught), but should be.Link to Dr. Cragun's book:  http://www.amazon.com/...more

  • Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria

    Dec 10 2014

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.harrys.com (coupon code: thinkingatheist)Cara Santa Maria has dedicated her life to improving science literacy by communicating scientific principles across media platforms. A North Texas native, she currently lives in Los Angeles. Prior to moving to the west coast, Cara taught biology and psychology courses to university undergraduates and high school students in Texas and New York. Her published research has spanned various topics, including clinical psychologi...more

  • If The World Ended Tomorrow

    Dec 02 2014

    SUPPORT OUR (NEW) SPONSOR:  http://www.harrys.com (use promo code: thinkingatheist to get $5 off your purchase)Imagine this.  You receive the news that today will be your last day on earth.  Your last day anywhere.  How would you populate the final hours of your life?  What people would you see?  What foods would you eat?  What things would you do?  Would you react with fear and panic, or would you bask in the warm glow of inevitability?This show allows us to think about what we might do if we r...more

  • Please Read This on the Air

    Nov 25 2014

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.evolvefish.comIt's a holiday week.  In this relaxed show, listeners submit various things for Seth to read on the air.  No real rules on this one, so if you have something interesting for the host to lend voice to, send it in for consideration:  podcast@thethinkingatheist.comROBERT GREEN INGERSOLL "What I Want For Christmas:"  http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/What_I_Want_for_ChristmasTHE ONION ARTICLE:  http://www.theonion.com/articles/horribly-awkward-first-sexual-...more

  • No Longer Quivering

    Nov 18 2014

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistThe Quiverfull Movement is a lifestyle among fundamentalist Christians which believes that an abundance of children is in compliance with God's perfect will.  Contraception equals abortion, a heinous sin against God, so the only "family planning" that's done is a prayer to the sky that His will be done.  The Quiverfull Movement is highly patriarchal and often has a dark side in relation to the rights of women and children.In this epis...more

  • Testing 1 2 3

    Nov 15 2014

    Killing some time.  Testing some new gear.  Talking about whatever.  It's a casual evening among friends, and a very loose "unscheduled" radio podcast for the TTA audience.

  • The Tipping Point

    Nov 11 2014

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistFor many who have escaped from religious beliefs and cultures, there was a single event (or series of events) which ultimately tipped them over the edge.  In this podcast, we hear the personal stories of apostates, and the "tipping points" which ultimately caused them to call themselves non-believers.Share your story at podcast@thethinkingatheist.com

  • Should We Mock Religion?

    Nov 04 2014

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistThe late Christopher Hitchens once said that "Mockery of religion is one of the most essential things...one of the beginnings of the human emancipation is the ability to laugh at authority.  It's indispensable."  But does the mockery of religious belief close minds (and doors) as skeptics attempt to promote rationalism and disabuse superstitious people of their faiths (and is that even a goal)?  Should the ridiculous be ridiculed, or ...more

  • Unoriginal Faith (with AronRa)

    Oct 28 2014

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistOur original podcast guest had to postpone, so AronRa jumps into the mix for a casual (and random) conversation with Seth Andrews about God, Satan, the shattered Ten Commandments monument, Governor Rick Perry, a host of pre-Christian deities and some details about the Australia leg of the Unholy Trinity Tour in 2015.Sit back, relax and enjoy this conversation among friends.ARON'S SKEPTOKON SPEECH:  http://www.patreon.com/creation?hid=1...more

  • Ghost Stories 2014

    Oct 22 2014

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.evolvefish.comIt's an annual tradition.  Each October, in advance of Halloween, we gather around the virtual campfire to share our favorite ghost stories.  (Yes, atheists often love tales of the supernatural, as we enjoy all manner of fiction and storytelling.)  So dim the lights, place a candle in the jack-o-lantern, and join us for some spooky tales of things that go bump in the night.History of Halloween podcast:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheis...more

  • It Scares Me!

    Oct 14 2014

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistIt's October, the season of Halloween and a time when we fright and delight each other with spooks, scares and things that go bump in the night.  In advance of next week's "Ghost Stories" podcast (a yearly tradition), we spend this episode talking about the things that scare us.  Rational fears.  Irrational fears.  The things that make us shudder.  The things that make us scream.Your calls and emails welcome.  Scared of something?  Em...more

  • Bob Ripley: a Preacher's Deconversion

    Oct 07 2014

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistReverend Bob Ripley was a minister for over 30 years, with 15 of those years as Senior Minister at Metropolitan United Church, one of the most prominent churches of the United Church of Canada.  He wrote a syndicated column discussing religion for 25 years.In his September 26, 2014 column on LFPress, he announced to the world that he no longer believed in God.  He's releasing a book which chronicles his journey, titled "Life Beyond Be...more

  • I'm an Angry Atheist

    Sep 30 2014

    Support our sponsor:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistQuite often, religious people declare that all atheists are "angry atheists."  Is this an accurate statement, and what place does anger have in the battle against superstition?  What are the stories behind those who have been genuinely hurt by religion, and how does anger help and/or harm our ability to persuade others to embrace an evidence-based, dogma-free life?This podcast is about the angry atheist.  Seth's Patreon page:  http://...more

  • Scientology Unmasked

    Sep 23 2014

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistCreated by the late science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology is a religion/cult which teaches that humans are actually immortal beings who, having forgotten their true nature, require intensive (and expensive) "auditing" techniques to rediscover their true, immortal selves.Reports and allegations have been made, by journalists, courts, and governmental bodies of several countries, that the Church of Scientology is an unscrup...more

  • Bedtime Bible Stories (that will terrify your kids)

    Sep 16 2014

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://absenceofclothing.comChildren raised in Christian homes are almost always surrounded by beautiful and inspiring tales hand-picked by parents for bedtime.  They're inspired by Jesus' miracles.  They learn about Zacchaeus and the sycamore tree.  They sing about Joshua and the walls of Jericho.  They read the joyous tale of Noah's Ark and the boat filled with (often colorfully-drawn) animals.In this podcast, we talk with Joey Kirkman, co-author of "Bedtime Bible Stories...more

  • I Used To Believe Strange Things

    Sep 09 2014

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistMany skeptics and rationalists come from religions, cultures and behaviors that stand far apart from their current relationships with reality.  This show takes an entertaining look at the strange beliefs many atheists once held and explores how otherwise rational minds can entertain the irrational, the unusual and the bizarre.Want to tell your story?  Email podcast@thethinkingatheist.com

  • Freestyle

    Sep 02 2014

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistWe had to move some shows around at the last minute, so tonight is a "freestyle" podcast, where you talk about whatever's on your mind.  WEDDING GIFT BEYOND BELIEF (charity drive):  http://www.razoo.com/story/A-Wedding-Gift-Beyond-BeliefSeth's Patreon page:  http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews

  • Can Atheists Be Republicans (with CJ Werleman)

    Aug 26 2014

    Sponsored by FREE-FLO 2014 – Freethought Florida Orlando, October 10th- 12.    http://www.free-flo.orgAuthor, columnist, public speaker and proud atheist CJ Werleman has just released a book titled, "Atheists Can't Be Republicans."  (http://www.cjwerleman.com/my-books/atheists-cant-be-republicans.html)We were curious as to Werleman's claim, so tonight he joins us for a podcast that will undoubtedly be a spirited conversation about religion, politics, big money and the Grand Old Party. Want to we...more

  • Skepticism and Mental Health

    Aug 20 2014

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistGIVE A WEDDING GIFT:  http://www.razoo.com/story/A-Wedding-Gift-Beyond-BeliefSECULAR THERAPIST BLOG ARTICLE:  http://freethoughtblogs.com/greta/2014/08/20/secular-therapist-project/JERRY COYNE'S ARTICLE ON ROBIN WILLIAMS (with Stephen Fry letter): http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/robin-williams-depression-and-stephen-fryIn recent weeks, we've been dealing with the human mind and its ability to accept irrational thing...more

  • A Wedding Gift Beyond Belief

    Aug 14 2014

    In this "bonus" podcast, your humble host shares some (often humorous) stories from his recent Alaska wedding, and then he asks the radio audience for a wedding gift.  That gift...is probably not what you're expecting.VISIT THIS LINK TO GIVE YOUR WEDDING GIFT (and thanks!):  http://www.razoo.com/story/A-Wedding-Gift-Beyond-Belief

  • Parenting Without God

    Aug 13 2014

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistIt's a topic we cover occasionally, partially because the issue of secular parenting is such a relevant issue, and partially because the subject is often as complex and unique as the families navigating through it.How does a godless parent approach the teaching of a child as opposed to the indoctrination of a child?  What are some successful methods for raising a genuine freethinker?  What are some of the potential problems?  In this ...more

  • The Unholy Trinity Tour Part Three: AronRa

    Aug 07 2014

    In the spring of 2014, atheists AronRa, Seth Andrews and Matt Dillahunty teamed up for a 3-city tour bearing the tongue-in-cheek-titled name, "The Unholy Trinity."  This podcast features the audio from AronRa's San Antonio presentation, and it's part three of a 3-part podcast series from this tour.  Enjoy.  VIDEO of Aron's presentation is on YouTube:  http://youtu.be/bXHsFlizTbs

  • The Unholy Trinity Tour Part Two: Seth Andrews

    Aug 06 2014

    In the spring of 2014, atheists AronRa, Seth Andrews and Matt Dillahunty teamed up for a 3-city tour bearing the tongue-in-cheek-titled name, "The Unholy Trinity."  Seth's speech video on YouTube:  http://youtu.be/8tVBtyDqD90This podcast features the audio from Seth Andrews' Albuquerque presentation, and it's part two of a 3-part podcast series from this tour.  Enjoy.

  • The Unholy Trinity Tour Part One: Matt Dillahunty

    Aug 05 2014

    In the spring of 2014, atheists AronRa, Seth Andrews and Matt Dillahunty teamed up for a 3-city tour bearing the tongue-in-cheek-titled name, "The Unholy Trinity."  This podcast features the audio from Matt Dillahunty's Amarillo presentation, and it's part one of a 3-part podcast series from this tour.Video of Matt's speech is here:  http://youtu.be/SBwv79WFqAc?

  • The Psychology of Belief

    Jul 29 2014

    How does the human brain accept rationality AND irrationality?  What are the mechanisms at play when it comes to the acceptance of religious beliefs and claims?  Are some people more predisposed to superstitious thinking than others?  What are the best approaches to help promote science, reason, rationality and evidence-based thinking?Joining us for this show will be Dr. Caleb Lack (http://www.caleblack.com) a clinical psychologist and educator on psychology, critical thinking and science VS pse...more

  • Dying with Dignity (with Wanda Morris)

    Jul 22 2014

    Support our sponsor:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistThis week's special guest is Wanda Morris, CEO of the organization, "Dying with Dignity." Wanda has been on the front lines of the Right to Die Movement in Canada for many years, educating the public, challenging government officials and fighting for patients' rights regarding end-of-life choices.In this podcast, we explore death, the fear of death, and the question of how humanity should approach life, death, suffering, compassion an...more

  • Questions and Suggestions

    Jul 16 2014

    Support our sponsor:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistThis week's show is a casual conversation where listeners submit questions and comments about the show, about activism in general, about their own lives and circumstances, and about whatever else might be on their minds.

  • Seth Andrews: The Ultimate Question

    Jul 08 2014

    On April 12th, 2014, Seth Andrews spoke in San Diego, California to a standing-room-only crowd at the VisionPulse Creative Event & Meeting Center.  His presentation, titled "The Ultimate Question," dealt with religion, indoctrination, curiosity, fear and the liberation from superstitious chains.  This is the audio of that presentation.VIDEO VERSION OF THE SPEECH:  http://youtu.be/csxLnEUNNS8THE LETTER:  http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/blog/86/A-Letter-of-EncouragementSpecial thanks to:The Huma...more

  • Counter-Apologetics: Part 2

    Jul 01 2014

    Merriam Webster defines the word apologetics as:1)  systematic argumentative discourse in defense (as of a doctrine)2)  a branch of theology devoted to the defense of the divine origin and authority of ChristianityAnd apologists are everywhere, using lofty language and theological acrobatics to defend belief systems which can't otherwise be defended.This two-part podcast talks about many prominent apologists and their arguments, addressing many of the most commonly heard apologetic claims and ex...more

  • Counter-Apologetics: Part 1

    Jun 24 2014

    Merriam Webster defines the word apologetics as:1)  systematic argumentative discourse in defense (as of a doctrine)2)  a branch of theology devoted to the defense of the divine origin and authority of ChristianityAnd apologists are everywhere, using lofty language and theological acrobatics to defend belief systems which can't otherwise be defended.  This two-part podcast talks about many prominent apologists and their arguments, addressing many of the most commonly heard apologetic claims and ...more

  • The Human Journey with Dr. Carolyn Porco

    Jun 18 2014

    Dr. Carolyn C. Porco is an American planetary scientist known for her work on the Voyager missions to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune in the 1980s.  She leads the imaging scientist team on the Cassini mission currently in orbit around Saturn.  She’s also involved with the New Horizons mission launched to Pluto.  She has authored more than 100 scientific papers.  She has given two popular Ted Talks lectures.  She has won numerous awards, including the Carl Sagan Medal presented by the America...more

  • The Refining Reason Debate: Sye Ten Bruggencate VS Matt Dillahunty

    Jun 10 2014

    On Saturday, May 31st at the Marriot East in Memphis, TN, atheist Matt Dillahunty and presuppositional apologist Sye Ten Bruggencate took the stage before a live audience to debate the topic, "Is It Reasonable To Believe God Exists?"This is the audio of that exchange.The video version of this debate can be seen on The Thinking Atheist YouTube channel at:  http://youtu.be/OL8LREmbDi0

  • What The Fossils Say (with Dr. Donald Prothero)

    Jun 03 2014

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistOrganizations like the Institute for Creation Research declare that fossils prove a young earth and in no way contradict the creation account of Genesis.  In fact, religious "scientists" and apologists worldwide declare that secular science isn't just incorrect about dinosaurs, fossils and the age of the planet, but that it might be a puppet of Satan himself, working to mislead a generation into accepting what creationists call "The R...more

  • Letters

    May 27 2014

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistThis podcast is all abour your email.  Share a story.  Vent about a topic important to you.  Ask a question.  Share a humorous anecdote.  Whatever.Email your letters to podcast@thethinkingatheist.com

  • God and the Constitution

    May 20 2014

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist"The United States is a Christian nation!"We hear this charge quite often, usually accompanied by references to the Ten Commandments in government courthouses, references to God in the pledge of allegiance and on American currency, and most recently, in the ruling by the Supreme Court that government meetings can open with Christian prayers.In this podcast, we speak with David Niose, author of "Nonbeliever Nation," Amanda Knief, const...more

  • Faith-Healer Fail

    May 13 2014

    SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistThroughout history, pastors, preachers, healers and holy rollers have claimed to directly channel God in the performance of miracles.  The sick and afflicted stand in long lines to be touched and cured by these (supposed) conduits of divine healing power.  But how effective are these healers?  What types of miracles are claimed and received?  What about those who received no actual healing benefit?  Who profits from healing services a...more

  • Coming Out Atheist

    May 07 2014

    SPONSORED BY:  http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistIt's one thing to reject a belief in gods.  It's another thing to actually broadcast that information to religious family, friends, employers, neighbors and even total strangers.In many instances, the consequences can be significant.  Families divide.  Friends disappear.  Voices are raised.  Accusations are made.  In certain regions and cultures, the word "atheist" can get you hurt or killed.So what are some of the best tactics for "coming o...more

  • Evolving Out of Eden (with Ed Suominen and Robert M. Price)

    Apr 29 2014

    This podcast is titled after the new book by Suominen and Price, available here:   http://evolvingoutofeden.comEvolution has been proven beyond legitimate scientific dispute.  We are evolved creatures, a process of random mutation and DNA crossover, genetic drift, horizontal gene transfer and natural selection.  We are not the descendants of Adam.This is troubling to the believer in the Genesis account of Creation.In this podcast. Ed Suominen and Dr. Robert M. Price speak about the hostile terri...more

  • I Raised a Religious Child

    Apr 22 2014

    What happens when you reject religion AFTER you've already raised your children to believe in God?How does a parent approach children to inform them that the years of church services, mealtime prayers, bible verses and godspeak were actually a mistake, and what are the potential repercussions and responses?  Anger?  Denial?  Relief?  Joy?This show talks about parents who, for whatever reason, raised children under religious teachings and rules and now find themselves in disagreement with doctrin...more

  • Holy Hollywood!

    Apr 15 2014

    Hollywood isn't generally known for popping out religious films, but in recent months (and periodically throughout the decades), they've become big box office and big business.In this lighthearted show, we look at religious films from the past century, from Cecil B. Demile fare to the recent "Son of God" and various non-Hollywood movies that have "blessed" theater screens with tales of divinity, tragedy and (almost inevitably) large amounts of cheese.If you've seen "The Ten Commandments," "The P...more

  • The Rise of Black Secularism

    Apr 08 2014

    In his presentation “Breaking the Taboo of Atheism in Black Communities,” Leo Igwe said that “If there are people who should be religious and theistic today, it is not black people.”Yet black people are reputed to be the most religious people on earth, and the social stigma for the black atheist can be significant and often severe.As skeptics, how do we approach the issue of color in relation to non-belief?  Should we strive to be “colorblind,” ignoring labels like black, white, etc?  Or should ...more

  • Believers VS Non-Believers interviews Seth Andrews

    Apr 01 2014

    "Personal Relationship With Reality" t-shirt (and more):  https://garmentdeli.com/thethinkingatheistOn March 1st, 2014, The PalTalk chat room "Believers VS Non-Believers" asked Seth Andrews, host of The Thinking Atheist, to join the group for a lively discussion between atheists and advocates of religion/spiritualism.  This podcast is a presentation of audio from that conversation, slightly abridged for time.Original YouTube link:  http://youtu.be/9jlQEiLgH04

  • Nathan Phelps: The Death of My Father

    Mar 20 2014

    Fred Phelps, reviled (and excommunicated) pastor of Westboro Baptist Church, built his life upon a foundation of hatred: the protests of military funerals, the condemnation of homosexuals, professed gratitude to God for terrorist attacks, and much more.Recent news reports of Fred Phelps' death have again brought his name and face to worldwide attention, prompted by a public statement from his own son, Nathan, who escaped Wesboro and has become a champion of human rights in the face of his father...more

  • Debunking Christianity (with John W. Loftus)

    Mar 18 2014

    CAMP QUEST DONATION LINK:  http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/2014-cqok-fundraising-drive/145726It's the most popular religion on earth.  But are its claims easily refuted, dismantled and debunked?  In this episode, we talk to John W. Loftus, a former minister and Christian educator.  A prolific speaker, author and blogger, Loftus speaks about his own journey out of faith and what he feels are effective ways to debunk Christianity.BLOG:Debunking Christianity: http://debunkingchristianity.blogsp...more

  • Satanic Panic

    Mar 11 2014

    Podcast sponsored by http://ComputerLearningZone.netIn the 70s, 80s and early 90s, a phenomenon known today as The Satanic Panic swept the United States, as the evangelical Christian community charged that a vast underground network of Satanists were controlling large parts of society.  Believers were warned about products subsidized by Satan, including over-the-counter items like detergent and toothpaste, and there was a huge focus on toys, games and cartoons infected with demons.  In this show...more

  • Atheism: Just Another Religion?

    Mar 05 2014

    Is atheism a replacement for religion?  Or is atheism simply another religion?As non-theists and freethought groups organize, gather and even sometimes attend things like the "Sunday assembly," the charge is often heard that the godless are acting religious, that their adherence to science is "faith," and that their gatherings are just anothe form of church.In this show, we explore the question.  And we hear from David Silverman, President of one of the largest atheist (religious???) organizatio...more

  • I Am an Ex-Muslim

    Feb 26 2014

    Leaving any faith can be difficult...even traumatic.  In some faiths and in some cultures, it can be dangerous.This show features the voices and stories of several ex-Muslims.  We attempt to gain a better understanding of Islam and Muslim traditions, the reasons for their apostasy, and the potential consequences.Join us for a fascinating look at the life of an ex-Muslim.Imad Iddine Habib:  https://www.facebook.com/ZokTooRBenBaz Aziz:  https://www.facebook.com/benbaz.azizRabab “Ruby” Khaja:  http...more

  • Divine Protection

    Feb 20 2014

    Romans 8:28 declares, "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."Luke 12 says that the very hairs on our heads are numbered, and that even the sparrows are not forgotten by God.  To the believer, God says "Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."But are the faithful truly insulated from calamity, pain and death?In this podcast, we take a rational look at Divine Protection.Your calls and emails:  p...more

  • Why Evolution is True (with Dr. Jerry Coyne)

    Feb 12 2014

    Sponsored by Audible.  Get a free audiobook and 30-day trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/thethinkingatheistIs evolution a theory or fact?  Or both?  Is evolution "true?"Dr. Jerry Coyne has a Ph.D in evolutionary biology from Harvard, and he serves as professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago.  He is a member of both the Committee on Genetics and the Committee of Evolutionary Biology, and he is author of the books:"Speciation"  http://www.amazon.com/Spec...more

  • Atheism Around the World

    Feb 04 2014

    As The Thinking Atheist radio podcast originates in the United States (and because its host often speaks to his former faith, Christianity), the show often focuses on American culture, American politics, and American issues regarding religion and atheism.This week, we travel beyond the borders of the 50 states to explore Atheism Around the World.

  • Religion and Shame (with Dr. Darrel Ray)

    Jan 29 2014

    Does religion cheat people out of contentment and comfort with their views, their self-worth, their sexuality, etc?Dr. Darrel Ray is author of the book, "The God Virus: How Religion Affects Our Lives and Culture," and "Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality."In his writings and presentations, Darrel reveals the subtle (and not so subtle) ways that religion uses shame as a weapon against those who might dare to fall outside its narrow boundaries.  Join us for a fascinating look at Religion & ...more

  • Bill Nye and the Creationist Guy

    Jan 22 2014

    On February 4th, 2014, Bill Nye ("The Science Guy") has agreed to debate Ken Ham, president of Answers In Genesis and The Creation Museum.  The debate will take place on Ham's home turf, at The Creation Museum, and the 800 available tickets sold out almost immediately.This event raises the larger question:  Should scientists agree to these types of debates?Some (like Richard Dawkins) say "no," as it would be akin to an obstetrician debating a proponent of the "stork theory" of reproduction.  Oth...more

  • The Skeptic's Annotated Bible (with Steve Wells)

    Jan 15 2014

    Sponsored by Audible.com.  Get your free audio book and a 30-day trial at www.audibletrial.com/thethinkingatheistSteve Wells spent years researching the Bible (as well as the Qur'an and the Book of Mormon) to produce a website and hardcover book called "The Skeptic's Annotated Bible."In this episode, we talk with Steve about his history, his research, and the sides of scripture that most haven't heard in Sunday morning sermons.Steve's book "Drunk With Blood:  God's Killings in the Bible:  http:/...more

  • Random Acts of Kindness

    Jan 08 2014

    Kindness, gentleness, empathy, compassion, love, goodness, morality.  These attributes are often called the property of religion, and beautiful acts of kindness between people actually reflect a moral code given to humanity by the Great Eye in the Sky.Of course, this is nonsense.We've covered the subject of "Morality" in a previous episode (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2013/04/09/morality).  But the source and nature of morality isn't what tonight's particular show is about.To...more

  • Does Religion Poison Everything?

    Jan 03 2014

    In his 2007 book, "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything," the late Christopher Hitchens asserted, without apology, that there is nothing that has been or can be improved by religion.  In fact, religion is a toxin which damages or destroys everything it touches.Is this assertion accurate and fair?  Is there nothing positive that religion has brought to humanity?We discuss the issue.  Your calls and emails (send to podcast@thethinkingatheist.com)

  • The Best And Worst of 2013

    Dec 19 2013

    In this end-of-year episode, we look back at religion, politics, science and pop culture to talk about the highlights (and lowlights): The Best And Worst of 2013.We'll look at the breakthroughs of science, the good work of humanitarians, the celebrities and public figures who helped the cause of secularism, and the facepalm-worthy words and actions of religion in this crazy world.  (Yes, Sarah Palin is on the list.)If you have a person or story you'd like to nominate, send your email (and the re...more

  • A Universe From Nothing (with Lawrence Krauss)

    Dec 18 2013

    Professor Lawrence Krauss is a theoretical physicist and cosmologist, Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, director of its Origins Project, bestselling author, and he shares the screen with Richard Dawkins in the new documentary, "The Unbelievers."Krauss' most recent book is called, "A Universe From Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing." In this podcast, Dr. Krauss joins Seth Andrews for a discussion about science, religion...more

  • Mail Call

    Dec 11 2013

    Santa's not the only one getting letters this holiday season.  This podcast highlights letters you've sent into the show (and we'll take a few calls, too).  Got something you'd like to ask or comment on?  Email: podcast@thethinkingatheist.com

  • Holiday Heathens 2013

    Dec 04 2013

    It's the holiday season, and once again we gather a few of our favorite infidels around the fireplace to talk about whatever comes to mind.  Sure, we'll address atheism, activism and the usual stuff, but we'll also shift gears and enjoy a more personal side.  So grab some hot cider and join Matt Dillahunty, Jamila Bey, AronRa and Seth Andrews for a fireside chat.Email the show:  podcast@thethinkingatheist.com

  • Black Friday

    Nov 30 2013

    In this impromptu podcast, we explore the phenomenon of Black Friday, and we chat about whatever comes to mind.  No rules, just some relaxed, holiday conversation.

  • Who Invented Jesus? (with Robert M. Price)

    Nov 26 2013

    Robert M. Price's website:  http://www.robertmprice.mindvendor.comRecent headlines have again prompted rabid debate over the origins of the Jesus story, the latest asserting that Christ was an invention of Rome.In this podcast, and in advance of the holiday that celebrates Jesus' supposed birthday, we speak with Robert M. Price, a former Baptist minister (turned skeptic), professor of religion, and author of a number of books, including "Deconstructing Jesus," "Jesus is Dead," "The Case Against ...more

  • Psychoanalyzing God: with Dr. Valerie Tarico

    Nov 20 2013

    Valerie Tarico's website:  awaypoint.wordpress.comThe Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word "psychoanalyze" as:   to treat the mental and emotional problems of (a patient) by having the patient talk about dreams, feelings, memories, etc. : to treat (someone) by means of psychoanalysisIn this podcast, we attempt to psychoanalyze God himself (actually, we'll deal with several deities claiming the One True God" title), and we'll talk to Dr. Valerie Tarico, psychologist and author of the book ...more

  • I'm An Atheist, But I'm Not "Out"

    Nov 13 2013

    Surveys from Pew and other organizations show non-belief as the fastest growing "religious group" (for lack of a better term) in the United States. Some are simply unconcerned about religious.  But many are self-professed atheists.   However, many of these atheists have only professed their non-belief to a select few, and some haven't told anyone at all. This show deals with atheists who aren't "out."  What are the reasons for remaining silent?  What are the consequences of going public?  And ho...more

  • A Manual For Creating Atheists (with Dr. Peter Boghossian)

    Nov 06 2013

    Is there a method or manual for creating atheists?  Is that even a proper way to phrase our goal(s) as proponents of science and reason?  What is the Faith Virus? In this show, we speak with Dr. Peter Boghossian, Instructor of Philosophy at Portland State University and author of the book, "A Manual For Creating Atheists," BOOK:  http://www.amazon.com/Manual-Creating-Atheists-Peter-Boghossian/dp/1939578094/ref=zg_bs_12764_5   Peter's TAM talk: http://www.richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2013/...more

  • Rational People, Irrational Fears

    Oct 29 2013

    We are skeptics.  We are proponents of science.  But we are also human, susceptible to the odd phobia and irrational fear. Perhaps it's a shadow in the corner of the bedroom.  Spiders, snakes or other slithery creatures.  Certain sounds, people or places. In this Halloween-themed show, we explore some of the interesting irrational fears and phobias that plague us. Email yours to podcast@thethinkingatheist.com

  • Ghost Stories 2013

    Oct 22 2013

    It's the Halloween season, and it's time for another fun, frivolous evening of ghost stories and spooky tales about things that go bump in the night. Happy Halloween.

  • The Richard Dawkins Interview

    Oct 15 2013

    This podcast sponsored by http://www.evolvefish.comINTERVIEW VIDEO:  http://youtu.be/aS0sjzUmIEk On September 24th, Richard Dawkins' new book, "An Appetite For Wonder: the Making of a Scientist" released worldwide.  Four days later in Washington DC, Dawkins sat down for a one-hour conversation with Seth Andrews to talk about a variety of subjects...including childhood, music, evolution, apologist "fleas," Christopher Hitchens and the memoir itself. This is the audio of that conversation. Time Zo...more