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The Atheist Experience

Last week, Matt shared a stage in England with Richard Dawkins. The talk is worth listening to because Matt got responses from Dawkins that I hadn't heard before. He was back for this week's show, during which he and Don discussed some troubling theological questions such as the problem of evil before taking a calls. The caller that stands out most in my mind was a non-denominational Christian who simply could not follow basic logic. Good show.  (Monday Nov 28 | post #23)

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The Atheist Experience

...so if you don't watch/listen to the show, you really have no reason to write here at all.  (Saturday Nov 19 | post #17)

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The Atheist Experience

One of the more frustrating aspects of Topix is the inability of its users to stay on-topic. In this forum, every thread winds up being exactly the same as the other threads. But maybe, just maybe, this one could be the exception. Maybe people could post about the show, not just resume the same quibble that populate the rest of the forum... what can I say. I'm an optimist.  (Saturday Nov 19 | post #16)

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The Atheist Experience

Cool. I try to direct atheists to this site when I can as well.  (Thursday Nov 17 | post #9)

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The Atheist Experience

I have to agree. Why have people call in if they're not going to try to connect with them on some level. Matt and Jeff aren't deliberately unkind, but the are sort of brittle. This last show, Matt and John. They got tangled up with a couple of callers who tried my patience, one with this arcane tangent about chess existing outside of time and the other with a voice so grating that I simply couldn't listen at all. So many callers seem to think that if they can only refute some aspect of science, that atheism will evaporate and wisp away with a breeze. I like it when one of the hosts explains that, while most atheists appreciate science, it's not at the core of nonbelief. Skepticism does not have to center on science. Some atheists find value in attacking and ridiculing religion. For me, it's enough to stand up and be counted. All we have to do to take our rightful place in society is to make our true numbers known. We are part of a diverse population. Celebrating that diversity includes appreciating those who think and believe differently. Trying to make everyone think the same, no matter how right we think we are, is counterproductive.  (Wednesday Nov 16 | post #7)

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The Atheist Experience

I agree, but also think that Matt often jumps on callers too quickly and too hard, turning the conversations into debates much too quickly and dominating them too much. The callers are often a little flakier tha I can handle, making "points' so obscure that they hardly exist at all. My interest fades when the topics move into the "angels dancing on the head of a pin" territory.  (Tuesday Nov 15 | post #3)

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The Atheist Experience

Okay, yeah, I'm dipping my toes back into these often caustic waters.The reason is that I am a regular listener to The Atheist Experience and would love to read the thoughts of other listeners.  (Sunday Nov 13 | post #1)

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Atheism, for Good Reason, Fears Questions

Sexual assault is not about love: it's about power. Anyone who thinks otherwise has probably never known real love.  (Oct 13, 2016 | post #23271)

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Atheism, for Good Reason, Fears Questions

I doubt that either candidate will ever express their philosophies, attitudes, and agendas better than they did in their acceptance speeches at the national conventions. I find it hard to believe that anyone who is both compassionate and rational could listen to both and not vote for Hillary Clinton. The debates are kind fun, but they are also superfluous.  (Sep 28, 2016 | post #21924)

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Why Do Atheists Ridicule Christianity?

The Pew Religious Landscape study found only 70.6% of American adults identified as Christian in 2014. It seems unlikely that such a dramatic rebound would take place in so short a time. Since Pew publishes metadata that holds up to scrutiny and the ABC poll provides no access to its metadata, I think that the former is probably more reliable.  (Sep 28, 2016 | post #11336)

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What is of greater value for humanity: Chrisitanity or sc...

I'm on the same page. I have a few quibbles with Libertarians, but that's not one of them. If someone in the end stages of a terminal condition wants to end their life on their own terms, they should be able to ask a trusted person to help.  (Sep 25, 2016 | post #530)

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What is of greater value for humanity: Chrisitanity or sc...

Yup. When you have nothing rational to say, resort to a little off-topic and fabricated ad hom, That'll get some of your credibility back--not!  (Sep 25, 2016 | post #527)

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Atheism, for Good Reason, Fears Questions

Now as through this world I ramble I see lots of funny men some will rob you with a six gun some with a fountain pen But as through this life you ramble and as through this life you roam you will never see an outlaw drive a family from their home Woody Guthrie  (Sep 21, 2016 | post #21631)

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There are no such things as gods or fairies

It is, though, an indication that abiogenesis is a possible, perhaps even likely explanation for the origin of life on Earth.  (Sep 14, 2016 | post #164)

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