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Sep 30 2013

Open Thread AE 833: Religion & Depression

On the show I discussed the study published in Psychological Medicine that examined the relationship between religious beliefs and major depression. The prevailing view has been that religious belief provided some protective and/or mitigating effect on major depression. This study puts a serious dent in that view with its conclusion that “These results do not …

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Sep 23 2013

Open thread on AETV #832: Indoctrination

Tracie and Russell discuss indoctrination and field viewer calls. [...]

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Sep 16 2013

Open thread on AETV #831: God’s mistakes

Don and Russell talk about the mistakes the god of the Bible makes.

Sep 08 2013

Open thread on AETV #830: Christian extended universe

Russell and Lynnea Glasser, together with a big old book of Irish Folklore. The old stuff is canon, yet the new stuff is relegated to forever be just fan fiction. What makes it less credible? One creationist caller was totally willing to take seriously the idea of giant snakes, faeries, and a really stupid devil …

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Sep 06 2013

Open thread: Non-Prophets 12.3

It’s up! This week on The Non-Prophets: My son Ben does his annual report on Camp Quest Texas. Pat Robertson believes that gay people are stabbing straight people with AIDS-infected poison rings. Measles outbreak is caused indirectly by anti-vaxxers. Mormonism is in trouble because of the internet. A skeptic leader in India is murdered. Some …

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Jul 29 2013

Open thread on AETV #824: The Failure of Scripture

Don Baker and Russell Glasser on The Failure of Scripture.

Jul 15 2013

Open thread on AETV #822: Polls about Non-Belief

Russell and Jen talked about the current statistics of non-believers. One Christian caller thought quantum mechanics should be seen as proof of God, and one “skeptical” atheist thought that belief in an afterlife is plausible without God.

Jul 07 2013

Show #821 Russell and Tracie — Open Thread

I was asked by a viewer if I would discuss the treatment of gays in Iraq, on today’s program. I did some research, and I’m not sure there is too much to say. “The treatment of gays in Iraq is not acceptable by any standard,” would pretty much sum it up. I plan to mention …

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Jun 23 2013

Open thread on episode #819

Mat and Don were on today. Have at it.

Jun 02 2013

Open thread on AETV 816: Russell and Jen

Russell and Jen discussed religious harassment in the military. Then we took calls from an atheist dealing with depression, an agnostic Mormon trying to decide whether the personal satisfaction of belief outweighs any potential harm, and several others.

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