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An informal discussion of common religious arguments, apologetics, and topics that atheists encounter in conversation.

An informal discussion of common religious arguments, apologetics, and topics that atheists encounter in conversation.
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An informal discussion of common religious arguments, apologetics, and topics that atheists encounter in conversation.

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English


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CA63 Slavery in the Bible

10/2/2019
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Slavery, the practice of owning people as property, is never condemned in the Holy Bible. In fact, it’s endorsed by God personally in Leviticus 25. We discuss the character of Biblical slavery, and respond to seven common apologetics in defense of the slavery in the Bible. Nonstampcollector – Context [YouTube] Matt Dillahunty – Biblical Slavery … Continue reading CA63 Slavery in the Bible →

CA62 Reformed Epistemology, the Sequel

9/22/2019
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We discuss relativism, Kierkegaard’s “leap of faith,” the argument from personal experience, certainty, and how it all relates to Plantinga’s Reformed epistemology. To those of you who may be wondering why we’re covering Reformed epistemology: Alvin Plantinga is one of the most respected Christian philosophers alive. He once served as the president of the American … Continue reading CA62 Reformed Epistemology, the Sequel →

Duration:00:32:48

CA61 Reformed Epistemology

9/8/2019
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We discuss Alvin Plantinga’s reformed epistemology, and ask whether belief in god is “properly basic.” We also discuss Cartesian skepticism, the notion of a divine sense or “sensus divinitatis,” and which beliefs should be considered properly basic. We also spend some time on the age-old question of “What is the difference between god and trees?” … Continue reading CA61 Reformed Epistemology →

Duration:00:27:58

CA60 Christianity vs. Climate Change

8/31/2019
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Does Christianity, and religion generally, naturally lead to skepticism and apathy towards climate change? We discuss the apocalypticism, otherworldliness, and the just-world belief of Christianity, and their effects on our priorities and beliefs. Blinded by Eschatological Light – William Bradford Nichols [Humanist] Climate Change and Religion (Special Issue) – Journal for the Study of Religion, … Continue reading CA60 Christianity vs. Climate Change →

Duration:00:27:03

CA59 Irreducible Complexity Revisited

8/26/2019
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Having discussed the basic problems with irreducible complexity, I wanted to examine a paper published in the journal Protein Science that has been cited by the Discovery Institute as supportive of irreducible complexity and design. In reality, this paper is an incredible self-own and accomplishes the exact opposite of what the DiscoTute claims. We also … Continue reading CA59 Irreducible Complexity Revisited →

Duration:00:35:16

CA58 NDEs pt. II

8/19/2019
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Today we continue our discussion of near-death experiences. The debate over how to interpret NDEs, on some level, is an argument over substance dualism. As best we can tell, you do not have a brain — you are a brain. The way believers want to interpret these experiences hinges on a particular understanding of mind … Continue reading CA58 NDEs pt. II →

Duration:00:21:05

CA57 NDEs (Near-Death Experiences) pt. I

8/6/2019
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Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) have received much attention in recent years. Are they evidence of an afterlife or merely evidence of our fear of death? *UPDATE* A version of the out-of-body experiment I mentioned around 13:00 has been run. The results were negative. Unique photos were placed on high shelves, and not a single person was … Continue reading CA57 NDEs (Near-Death Experiences) pt. I →

Duration:00:30:38

Introducing: Walden Pod

8/6/2019
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Walden Pod [iTunes] YouTube channel for Walden and CA [YouTube] Walden Pod Patreon or give a one-time donation through Venmo (@emersongreenpodcast) You can find me on Facebook or email me at emersongreen@protonmail.com

Duration:00:03:27

CA56 The Flat Earth and Creationism

7/22/2019
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There seems to be significant overlap between the flat earth and young earth communities. One explanation for this is that those with poor judgement and critical faculties are drawn into multiple conspiracies, hoaxes, and pseudo-scientific beliefs. However, the connection between flat-eartherism and young-eartherism runs much deeper than that. The history reveals the Biblical roots of … Continue reading CA56 The Flat Earth and Creationism →

Duration:00:24:59

CA55 Separation of Church and State

7/4/2019
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We discuss secularism, liberalism, and the wall of separation between church and state. Secularism, in a political context, is the principle of separating religious institutions and government, and it’s the best way – maybe the only way – to guarantee freedom of belief. Secularism is the only serious game in town for anyone trying to … Continue reading CA55 Separation of Church and State →

Duration:00:18:00

CA54 Three Things Christians Should Stop Saying

7/3/2019
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“You were never a true Christian.” “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” “It’s not a religion, it’s a relationship.” Atheists Before Darwin [AtheistRepublic] No True Scotsman [YourLogicalFallacyIs] Michael Gungor Interview [Nomad] (I can’t find the one I heard a year or two ago, which was just Michael without his wife. You can read more about him on … Continue reading CA54 Three Things Christians Should Stop Saying →

Duration:00:22:23

CA53 Darwin Devolves (pt. II)

6/20/2019
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We continue our discussion of Michael Behe’s latest case for intelligent design. Not only does his “First Rule of Adaptive Evolution” betray his lack of understanding of natural selection, it also conflicts with empirical data. In his attempt to respond to these empirical difficulties, he creates even more problems for himself. We also discuss the … Continue reading CA53 Darwin Devolves (pt. II) →

Duration:00:33:50

CA52 Darwin Devolves: Michael Behe’s Case for Intelligent Design (pt. I)

6/13/2019
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Michael Behe recently published his latest case against naturalistic evolution and in favor of intelligent design: Darwin Devolves. Behe also authored Darwin’s Black Box, a creationist favorite, coined the term “irreducible complexity,” and was a key part of the famous Kitzmiller v. Dover trial in Pennsylvania. He’s also a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, … Continue reading CA52 Darwin Devolves: Michael Behe’s Case for Intelligent Design (pt. I) →

Duration:00:30:31

CA51 Irreducible Complexity

5/28/2019
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Irreducible complexity (IC) has become one of the most popular arguments in favor of intelligent design, if not the most popular. The biochemist and ID proponent Michael Behe coined the term in his book Darwin’s Black Box, bringing the notion of IC to prominence. Certain biological systems, the argument goes, cannot have evolved by small … Continue reading CA51 Irreducible Complexity →

Duration:00:25:32

CA50 “If there’s no god, why not rape and murder?”

5/18/2019
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We discuss the moral argument for god’s existence, religious fictionalism, anti-theism, 20th century atrocities, and being good without god. The discussion of Craig’s moral argument isn’t a comprehensive treatment, but I had to get him in there if we were going to address the question posed in the title. Craig has stated that on naturalism, … Continue reading CA50 “If there’s no god, why not rape and murder?” →

Duration:00:21:47

CA49 Science vs. the Supernatural: the Failure of NOMA and the Triumph of Naturalism

4/25/2019
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The biologist Stephen J. Gould proposed a solution to the apparent friction between religion and science: rather than being in outright conflict, science and religion each preside over distinct, non-overlapping magisteria (NOMA). Science can tell us nothing of the supernatural, and religion can only give us values, meaning, morality, and purpose. We discuss the utter … Continue reading CA49 Science vs. the Supernatural: the Failure of NOMA and the Triumph of Naturalism →

Duration:00:39:52

CA48 William Lane Craig’s Four Facts about the Resurrection

4/20/2019
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“Any responsible historian, then, who seeks to give an account of the matter, must deal with these four independently established facts.” William Lane Craig has four non-negotiable, “established facts” that we apparently need to explain as non-believers. (1) Jesus was buried by Joseph of Arimathea in the tomb. (2) On the Sunday following his crucifixion, … Continue reading CA48 William Lane Craig’s Four Facts about the Resurrection →

Duration:00:28:41

​​CA47 Ten Contradictions in the Bible

3/27/2019
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If god cannot err, and the Bible is the word of god, shouldn’t we expect the Bible to be inerrant? And yet, we can find plenty of examples of the Bible making mistakes and even contradicting itself, and this would seem to imply that the Bible is not the word of god. Apologists have answered … Continue reading ​​CA47 Ten Contradictions in the Bible →

Duration:00:22:20

CA46 Is Religion the Opium of the People? — Marx and Religion

3/17/2019
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“[Religion] is the opium of the people,” said Karl Marx. This remark has been widely quoted and often misunderstood. While religion is an illusion that provides escape from the real world, it emerges from conditions that require illusions. There’s a well-established inverse correlation between societal health and religiosity, lending some credence to Marx’s view. But … Continue reading CA46 Is Religion the Opium of the People? — Marx and Religion →

Duration:00:15:34

Evangelical Christianity — Bonus

3/5/2019
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What is Evangelical Christianity? Why is anyone surprised that Evangelicals love the president? We discuss the characteristics of Evangelical Christianity, speculate about its future, and wonder how everyone isn’t an anti-theist at this point. Eviction – Whalers [YouTube] Secular Talk – Franklin Graham [YouTube] Robert Wright Show – Sarah Posner [YouTube] Chapo Trap House [iTunes] … Continue reading Evangelical Christianity — Bonus →

Duration:00:24:10