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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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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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We discuss three modern Christian sayings that we’ve all heard before and been annoyed by: “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 … 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

CA45 Heaven, pt. II

2/20/2019
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We discuss how we’re supposed to get to heaven in the first place, substance dualism, emergence, the population demographics of heaven, religious epistemology, and dying as a naturalist. Contact me at emersongreen@protonmail.com or on Facebook Support on Patreon Read transcripts of the podcast at the Counter Apologetics Blog Rate the show on iTunes! Listen to … Continue reading CA45 Heaven, pt. II →

Duration:00:22:14

CA44 Heaven, pt. I

2/15/2019
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We discuss the possibility of god tinkering with our natures after death, free will in heaven, Satan, and god’s bizarre sense of justice. Contact me at emersongreen@protonmail.com or on Facebook Support on Patreon Rate the show on iTunes! Listen to Magic Tricks by Whalers

Duration:00:17:19

CA43 Prophecy and the Birth of Christ

12/22/2018
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The Christmas narratives in Matthew and Luke are supposed to contain fulfilled prophecies. However, these two Gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth are not only discrepant, but conflict with our historical knowledge. Biblical prophecies are commonly invoked as compelling evidence for us to consider, so we examine the Christmas story and the prophecies believers claim were … Continue reading CA43 Prophecy and the Birth of Christ →

Duration:00:26:29

Russell Conjugation — Bonus

11/21/2018
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We examine a concept vital to the project of being a skeptic. We’re not perfectly rational beings, and we have to learn about our cognitive biases if we want to overcome them. This was originally released as Patron bonus episode #8. Russell Conjugation [Edge.org]

Duration:00:04:55

CA42 Argument From Personal Experience

11/16/2018
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One of the weakest and most common arguments encountered, the argument from personal experience comes to us in many forms. Near death experiences, “feeling that there’s something more,” feeling god in worship or prayer, “just knowing,” and dozens of other commonplace mantras from believers all employ the argument from personal experience. Recognizing this kind of reasoning in … Continue reading CA42 Argument From Personal Experience →

Duration:00:23:48

CA41 Argument From Biblical Confusion

10/28/2018
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The existence of Biblical, Koranic, or Talmudic confusion is not easy to square with an omni-god who inspired, dictated, or otherwise controlled the contents of a holy book. The Bible is long, vague, contradictory, ambiguous, and has no obvious message. There are about as many interpretations of the Bible as there are readers of the … Continue reading CA41 Argument From Biblical Confusion →

Duration:00:11:24

CA40 Speaking in Tongues / Glossolalia

9/30/2018
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Contact me at emersongreen@protonmail.com or on Facebook Support on Patreon Read transcripts of the podcast and discuss other issues at the Counter Apologetics Blog Rate the show on iTunes! Listen to Magic Tricks by Whalers . . . Glossolalia [Wiki] Glossolalia [Rational Wiki] Heather Kavan — Linguistics of Glossolalia [PDF] William Samarin — Linguistics of … Continue reading CA40 Speaking in Tongues / Glossolalia →

Duration:00:20:15

CA39 The Story of God — Conversation with Chris Matheson

9/16/2018
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Chris Matheson is a screenwriter and author whose credits include Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Rapture-palooza, The Story of God, and The Trouble with God. You can buy The Story of God here and The Trouble with God here [Amazon] Contact me at emersongreen@protonmail.com or on Facebook Support on Patreon Read transcripts of the podcast … Continue reading CA39 The Story of God — Conversation with Chris Matheson →

Duration:00:53:24