Geeks Without God on Atheists Talk

Atheism is becoming easier to talk about; we’re meeting more people who identify as atheist, we’re forming suppport groups via social media, we’re seeing more positive representations of atheism and nonbelief in popular media. And because we’re talking about atheism more, we’re beginning to notice atheism intersecting with other areas of our culture. Geeks Without God is a podcast with one foot in the atheist community and the other firmly planed in geekdom. The weekly podcast is hosted by three local comedians – Tim Wick, Molly Glover and Nick Glover. All three take part in local science fiction/fantasy conventions, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival and various comedic and acting groups in the Twin Cities. And of course, they’re all raging atheists.

The first Geeks Without God podcast went up on iTunes on July 9th, 2012. 80 episodes later, Geeks Without God has exploded in popularity and now enjoys an international following. The podcasts regularly feature local guests, they have appeared at numerous geek and skeptical conferences to do live recordings of the podcast, and they have run fundraising campaigns to support the secular summer camp, Camp Quest. In the show’s one and a half year history, Tim, Nick and Molly have discussed comic books, leaving religion, glowing frogs, morality, Douglas Adams, Christian roleplaying games, sandwiches, separation of church and state, parenting, Pacific Rim and Ray Comfort. Among other topics.

We hope you will join us this Sunday when Tim Wick, Molly Glover and Nick Glover join Atheists Talk – live in the studio! – to discuss Geeks Without God.

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“Refusing Atheist Money”, Hemant Mehta on Atheists Talk

The end of the year is a traditional time for charitable giving and volunteering. Atheist and secular humanist groups have made great strides in the last few years on providing their members with opportunities to give both money and time as part of a community. Local community groups develop long-term relationships with community service organizations. Others choose organizations that meet specific needs at specific times. On top of that, Foundation Beyond Belief was formed in 2010 to channel and encourage humanist giving and volunteering.

However, because we are atheists, our help is not always wanted. Sometimes our checks are refused. Sometimes our helping hands are turned away. We’re not always told why, but “faith” groups find themselves welcome where we’re not.

Recently, Hemant Mehta of the Friendly Atheist blog found himself on the receiving end of two of these rejections. Funds raised by his readers were declined by a park board and library board. The library chair went so far as to call Hemant’s blog “a hate group”. Hemant is also familiar with this problem as part of the board of Foundation Beyond Belief. Join us this Sunday as Hemant talks to us about atheist giving, or at least attempted atheist giving.

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“Daylight Atheism”, Adam Lee on Atheists Talk

Adam Lee’s goal is to shine bright light into the dark crevices and shadowy doctrine of organized religions and superstitions. His blog, Daylight Atheism, is focused on giving atheists a voice in our society, as well as highlighting the role that secular humanism must play if we are to progress toward a brighter future for all of us.

Adam Lee is an award-winning writer, and his work has appeared in AlterNet, Salon, International Humanist and Ethical Union, Canadian Freethinker, Freethought Today, Free Inquiry, and Secular Future. He is the author of the fantasy novel, Dark Heart. He is on the speaker’s bureau for the Secular Student Alliance and has given talks at major secular conferences across the country.

We hope you will join us on Atheists Talk this Sunday when we speak with Adam Lee about his most recent book, Daylight Atheism, a summation of many of his views related to religion, atheism and humanism.

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Listen to AM 950 KTNF this Sunday at 9 a.m. Central to hear Atheists Talk, produced by Minnesota Atheists. Stream live online. Call in to the studio at 952-946-6205, or send an e-mail to radio@mnatheists.org during the live show. If you miss the live show, listen to the podcast later.

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“A Manual for Creating Atheists”, Peter Boghossian on Atheists Talk

This Sunday Atheists Talk will speak with Dr. Peter Boghossian. Dr. Boghossian is a philosopher, skeptic, author, and public speaker. He is currently an instructor of philosophy at Portland State University in the College of Liberal Arts and Science’s Department of Philosophy. Dr. Boghossian’s primary research areas are critical thinking and moral reasoning. He joins us to discuss his newly published book, A Manual for Creating Atheists.

From the publisher:

As an urgently needed counter to this tried-and-true tradition of religious evangelism, A Manual for Creating Atheists offers the first-ever guide not for talking people into faith–but for talking them out of it. Peter Boghossian draws on the tools he has developed and used for more than twenty years as a philosopher and educator to teach how to engage the faithful in conversations that will help them value reason and rationality, cast doubt on their religious beliefs, mistrust their faith, abandon superstition and irrationality, and ultimately embrace reason.

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“Not Home for the Holidays”, Sarah Morehead on Atheists Talk

For many of us, even as atheists, the winter holidays are a time of celebration, feasting and gifts with family. However, for some of us, leaving religion came with the cost of leaving part or all of our families behind. Some of us have been shunned. For others, strife over religion makes time with our families anything but a happy holiday.

Sarah Morehead is the Executive Director of Recovering from Religion, an organization that has helped to support countless people through and after their transition away from belief. She has experience with the challenges of losing faith as part of a strongly religious family and with helping others through the same process. She joins us this Sunday to talk about the challenges formerly religious atheists face during this time of year and some of the ways people find to cope.

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“A Better Life”, Chris Johnson on Atheists Talk

One of the main ideas that is celebrated by our atheist and humanist communities is that we can be good without god, that we as nonbelievers can live happy, fulfilled, satisfying, beautiful and good lives without having or wanting to involve supernatural beings. Chris Johnson is sharing this narrative with his new book of stories in writings and photographs of atheists from the US, Canada and UK, A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God. From his website:

I decided to travel through the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom and put together a book of photographic portraits. From the airline pilot, to the musician, I wanted to document my fellow atheists and ask them what brings meaning and joy to their lives. The goal of the book was to visually capture the diversity of non-believers and the ways they maintain a better life, not in spite of their atheism, but because of it.

Among those those who were interviewed and photographed  for the book are A.C. Grayling, Steven Novella, Daniel Dennett, Rebecca Watson, Christopher Hitchens, James Randi, Carolyn Porco, Julia Sweeney, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, James Watson, Jessica Ahlquist, Richard Dawkins and Steven Pinker.

We hope you will join us this Sunday at 9 a.m. Central time when we speak with Mr. Johnson about his journeys and what he found along the way.

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“God Bless America”, Karen Stollznow on Atheists Talk

By training, Karen Stollznow is an Australian linguist with a background in history and anthropology. In addition, she has spent years writing and talking about pseudoscience and the paranormal. All of this means that when she turns her attention to American foibles of belief, the results should be clear and devastating. This was true in her last book, Haunting America: The Truth Behind Some of America’s “Most Haunted” Places. It is just as true in her newest book, God Bless America: Strange and Unusual Religious Beliefs and Practices in the United States.

Don’t worry, this isn’t just some foreigner poking fun at those daft Yanks. Dr. Stollznow has made the U.S. her home for many years, and her fondness shows through. Though she forthrightly points her fingers at fraud and other injuries to the followers of these beliefs, she demonstrates sympathy for the believers as well. From fundamentalist, polygamous Mormons to Scientologists who believe that the universe started with an alien war, she draws parallels between these “weird” religions and religions that are fully respectable in our current society. Besides, what religious groups didn’t start small and emerge from fringe beliefs?

This Sunday, Dr. Stollnow joins us to talk about her new book and some of the American religious practices that fall well outside the mainstream.

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“Think: Why You Should Question Everything”, Guy P. Harrison on Atheists Talk

Author Guy P. Harrison, honored guest of Atheists Talk, returns once again to discuss science, skepticism and critical thinking. His recently released book, Think: Why You Should Question Everything, is an easy to read work, accessible to learners of all ages and experience. In the book he defines what skepticism is and isn’t and devotes an entire chapter to the concept of evidence. Harrison challenges readers to explore the differences between beliefs and believers, science and superstition, skepticism and intelligence, and simply, to think.

We hope you’ll join us this Sunday for the interview.

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“Abominable Science!”, Donald Prothero on Atheists Talk

It has been a while since palaeontologist Donald Prothero visited us on Atheists Talk, and he’s been busy. We have some catching up to do. Just this summer, Prothero released two books to help us sort out good information and good science from poor information and pseudoscience. In Abominable Science!, he and Daniel Loxton sort through the nature and the quality of the evidence for and against creatures like Bigfoot and Nessie. They highlight the differences between science and pseudoscience and examine the will to believe.

In Reality Check, Prothero looks at science denialism and the topics that hit closer to home. While a belief in Nessie won’t hurt most people, denial of the scientific consensus behind childhood vaccination or global warming has a much more serious effect. Prothero lays out the motives and methods of denialists.

This Sunday, he joins us to talk about both books.

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“50 Great Myths About Atheism”, Russell Blackford on Atheists Talk

Philosopher Russell Blackford and bioethicist Udo Schüklenk are back with another book on atheism, 50 Great Myths About Atheism. From the publisher’s description:

Tackling a host of myths and prejudices commonly leveled at atheism, this captivating volume bursts with sparkling, eloquent arguments on every page. The authors rebut claims that range from atheism being just another religion to the alleged atrocities committed in its name.

  • An accessible yet scholarly commentary on hot-button issues in the debate over religious belief

  • Teaches critical thinking skills through detailed, rational argument

  • Objectively considers each myth on its merits

  • Includes a history of atheism and its advocates, an appendix detailing atheist organizations, and an extensive bibliography

  • Explains the differences between atheism and related concepts such as agnosticism and naturalism

Russell Blackford joins us this Sunday to talk about the book.

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