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Monthly Archive: October 2013

Oct 29 2013

Explaining scientific understanding to a creationist

Got this email:   My biggest question for you guys is… How do you believe that we (and by we, I mean the entire earth and all of its contents) are here? Of course Christians, like myself, believe in the 7 Days of Creation. I’m watching your television show (your showdown with Ray Comfort) and …

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Oct 28 2013

The thing about presuppositional apologetics…

I’ve said this about presuppositional apologetics before. But it’s sometimes hard to keep it in mind in the middle of actually talking to a practitioner, like Seth on yesterday’s show. So I’m writing it again just to remind myself. The thing about presuppositional apologetics is that it’s not convincing to anyone who isn’t already looking …

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Oct 27 2013

Open thread on AETV 837: Russell and Tracie

Today we discussed “spirituality” in healthcare. Issues like hospitals becoming more religiously affiliated, Nursing standards including praying with patients, and Religious Trauma Syndrome’s development toward becoming a recognized issue. One surprise I had was a blindside where a Deist, Dale, called in to quote-mine something I’d posted as a comment on an unofficial fan page, …

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Oct 27 2013

We get email: And they call us censorious bullies?

For those of you who cannot read screengrabs, this says "I'm angry and stupid and my mother never gave me any hugs."

So this rando pops up and he’s all like “Waaahrgarbl!” I am intrigued by the notion of a self-styled champion of free expression telling us whom we are and are not allowed to associate with. Perhaps he can enlighten us with more rational discourse. Dude wrote back and he was all “You’re not the people …

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Oct 26 2013

“Explore God” and you’ll explore existential despair

Hey everyone, Martin here. Nice to see you all again. HT to my buddy Amy Angela on Facebook for the heads up on this. Nothing quite illustrates the hopelessness and futility that having a deeply religious mindset inculcates quite like the Explore God movement. A recent post on their Facebook page asks the basic question …

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Oct 22 2013

Lecture: How online social media is changing the face of atheism

This is the video of a lecture I gave on October 13 at the Austin History Center. The video is embedded here, and the transcript of the talk, with references, is also included below (as much as I had written down, at least). Some of my slides are also copied here.  

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Oct 16 2013

Thoughts on Mormons, the Book of Mormon, and “Book of Mormon”

Last Friday I saw the musical “Book of Mormon” at the Bass Concert Hall on the UT campus. Before I say anything about the play, let me give my clear, unambiguous opinion: If you have the opportunity to see Book of Mormon, see it!!!! If you can’t, buy the soundtrack instead. More thoughts below.

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Oct 16 2013

Open thread on AETV 835: Matt flies solo

Oct 09 2013

Don’t believe every Jesus conspiracy you read

Okay, I need to nip this in the bud. We’ve gotten a flood of email in the last 24 hours telling us we should check out this thing. http://www.covertmessiah.com/ http://uk.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11201273.htm I’m inclined to conclude that it’s rubbish. Joseph Atwill has been peddling his Jesus conspiracy theories for years. He is not a historian, he doesn’t …

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Oct 06 2013

Open thread on episode 834: Russell and Lynnea

Pre-posting this link about 15 minutes before we go live. (Ignore the schedule, which says it was Matt and Martin. Neither is available today.)

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