“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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“Perv: The Sexual Deviant In All of Us”, Jesse Bering on Atheists Talk

Writer. Psychologist. Promiscuous Mind.”

The tagline on his website summarizes this week’s guest, Jesse Bering, in a more succinct manner than we could ever hope to do, but we can certainly build on it: PhD, notable contributor to Scientific American, Slate, The New York Times, The Guardian and Discover Magazine, and author of the books Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? and The Belief Instinct. We are pleased to welcome Jesse Bering back to Atheists Talk to discuss his newest book Perv: The Sexual Deviant In All of Us. From his website:

“You are a sexual deviant. A pervert, through and through.” We may not want to admit it, but as the award-winning columnist and psychologist Jesse Bering reveals in Perv, there is a spectrum of perversion along which we all sit. Whether it’s voyeurism, exhibitionism, or your run-of-the-mill foot fetish, we all possess a suite of sexual tastes as unique as our fingerprints—and as secret as the rest of the skeletons we’ve hidden in our closets.

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“Deliverance at Hand”, James Zimmerman on Atheists Talk

When a Jehovah’s Witness has doubts about the faith or how the doctrine of their faith fits in with a fact that they have learned about the natural world, a fact that seems to contradict the doctrine of their society, they are encouraged to do “research.” For them, research is a matter of poring over the literature of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society in order to find a way to reconcile the natural world with the teachings of the Society. When a Circuit Overseer suggested that James and Jennifer Zimmerman carry out research on a subject in order to help rebuild their enthusiasm for Jehovah and The Truth, they agreed that digging into the “facts” of Noah’s Ark and the Flood would be a good project for both of them to work on together.

This turned out to be a mistake by the church, because James and Jennifer carried out their research a bit too enthusiastically. They discovered that the flood could not have been global, but more importantly, their research led to an agnosticism and a realization that the people who have “The Truth” did not, in fact, have the truth.

Deliverance at Hand!: The Redemption of a Devout Jehovah’s Witness is James Zimmerman’s new book on his experiences in the Jehovah’s Witnesses and leaving them behind. This book is just out and available for purchase through Amazon and Barnes and Noble as either e-book or in paperback. However, if you purchase the book in hardcopy through Minnesota Atheists a portion of the sale will benefit our organization.

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“A Diverse Nation”, Grant Steves on Atheists Talk

This program, “The Founding of a Diverse Nation and Ensuing Struggles”, will cover the diversity of our Founders. It will also discuss Colonial citizens as a religiously diverse group with multiple competing interests who came together to form a secular Constitutional Republic. Our European past and Colonial history was one of religious persecution and conflict that had a major influence in separating government from religion. As our country evolves and both becomes more religiously diverse and sees its nonreligious population grow, our nation’s Founders wisdom of secular governess becomes more essential to reduce religious strife and conflict.  This program will explore this history with interviewer George Kane, host Brianne Bilyeu, and guest Grant Steves.

Grant Steves has been active in Minnesota Atheists and has hosted the Atheists Talk Television program, as well as been a host and guest on the Atheists Talk radio program, a cofounder of the Secular Bible Study, newsletter contributor, and a retired public school teacher. He has a Doctorate degree in Theology.

Steves recommends the following books:

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“Brave Genius”, Sean B. Carroll on Atheists Talk

If ever a book seemed to design to merge the “two cultures” of science and the humanities, it would be molecular biologist Sean B. Carroll’s newest work, Brave Genius: A Scientist, a Philosopher, and Their Daring Adventures from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize. Nominally the story of the friendship between biologist Jacques Monod and philosopher Albert Camus, the book is also a history of World War II from the French perspective, as well as an exploration of the work and ideas of both men who were so profoundly affected by the war. Coming out of one of the most dismal periods in living memory, the humanism that both of these men embodied pushed them both to accomplishments deemed to be among the highest of our species.

This Sunday, Carroll will join us on Atheists Talk to tell us about the book and what prompted him to spend the years required to research and write a book of this scope.

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“Skeptic’s Annotated Bible”, Steve Wells on Atheists Talk

The Skeptic’s Annotate Bible (SAB) is a website dedicated to spreading the Good Word…and the bad word, the violent word, the misogynistic word, the unjust word and the contradictory word. These are a few of the categories that the SAB has created to capture the messages that can be found in the King James Version of the bible. The individual books of the bible are able to be easily searched, and the creator (that’s a lowercase “c”) offers handy notes which distill and summarize the key messages of each section.

The goal of the SAB is to encourage believers to examine more closely this book that so many of them claim as the cornerstone of their faith and worldview. As the SAB FAQs state: “I’d like people to look carefully at the Bible and decide if it is worthy of their belief. When, if ever, people stop believing in the Bible, I’ll take my site down.”

This Sunday Steve Wells, the creator of the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible joins Atheists Talk to discuss his research and the website. Since its inception, the SAB has expanded to cover the Quran and the Book of Mormon. Steve Wells is also the author of the nonfiction book Drunk With Blood: God’s killings in the Bible.

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“Fifth Report of the IPCC”, Greg Laden on Atheists Talk

The fifth report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just come out, and Greg Laden joins us this Sunday to tell us what it means. What do over 800 representatives of 85 countries have to say about the state of consensus in scientific literature? More importantly, what do we need to do about it?

Additionally, various memes denying the science of climate change have popped up again in anticipation of this report. What might you have been hearing about climate change recently, and why is it wrong?

We’ll talk about it all Sunday morning.

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“My Own Church” Tom Mates on Atheists Talk

This Sunday author Tom Mates joins Atheists Talk to discuss his new book, My Own Church: A Nonbeliever Looks At Post-Christian America. Instead of trying to answer the question of whether gods exist or arguing for the elimination of religion, Dr. Mates urges believers to recognize that religion is too personal to be applied as a source of moral absolutes.

Dr. Mates is a proponent of respectful, non-adversarial conversation that considers the entire spectrum of belief. In My Own Church, he explores the roles that fundamentalism and anti-theism have had in bringing us to the current state of the discourse on religion and belief, and he urges us to do better.

Dr. Mates is an analytical chemist and the author of the 2011 book A Judeo-Islamic Nation: The Evolution of America’s Political Theology.

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Skepchick Network: Rebecca Watson on Atheists Talk

When you identify a group that is underrepresented in skepticism, what do you do? You could try blaming that group for not being interested in your work, but how appealing is that going to look to the people you want to attract? Alternately, you could try to meet people where they are, to show them how skepticism applies to them and their interests.

That second approach is what led Rebecca Watson to found Skepchick, a skeptical site aimed at women who want their skepticism to sometimes hit a little closer to home than fake moon landings. Starting with the main site, aimed at women, the Skepchick network now covers four languages and six topical areas. Additionally, Skepchick runs a track of science and skepticism programming at CONvergence, a large science fiction and fantasy convention held in the Twin Cities over the Fourth of July weekend.

Join us this Sunday as we talk about reaching audiences that organized skepticism sometimes otherwise forgets.

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“Why Are You Atheists So Angry?” Greta Christina on Atheists Talk

In early 2012, Greta Christina published a book that instantly connected with its target audience. In this book, Greta provides an answer to a question that so many of us nonbelievers have been asked: “Why are you so angry?” Actually, she provides 99 answers.

In Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless, author and atheist activist Greta Christina doesn’t waste time trying to explain that we’re not angry, that many of us live happy and fulfilled lives without having to believe in supernatural beings. Okay, she does say that. But she also embraces the anger; she unapologetically and categorically states that gods and religions do make many of us angry, and for extremely good reasons. We hope you can join us this Sunday when Greta Christina shares with Atheists Talk why she’s angry, and to explain why you should be too.

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