My first episode in the new studio…
This week on the show we dealt with the perennial objective morality question, and tackled an issue about whether it makes sense to try to stop parents from indoctrinating their kids.
Ralf Buecheler’s documentary about “The Atheist Experience” that has been winning awards on the German film festival circuit is now available to watch for free online! Check it out.
(Please do not reproduce. The filmmakers are still shopping it around for US film festivals.)
Author and Film-maker Chris Johnson will be in Austin for a showing of his film version of his book “A Better Life: An Exploration of Joy & Meaning in a World Without God”. The event is free for ACA members, but there will be a $5 charge for nonmembers of ACA. It will be held June 28, 2015, from 1-3 PM, at the Trinity United Methodist Church (4001 Speedway, Austin). If you’d like to join the Facebook event page and receive updates, please feel free.
Chris’ journey began with a book. He reached out to us at The Atheist Experience while he was working on his project, and we have followed his progress ever since, with many of us supporting his efforts with participation and resources, because it’s a cause many of us felt comfortable getting behind.
As part of the effort to produce the book, Chris also videotaped the atheists who agreed to interviews. After the book’s publication, he began work on processing and editing the video footage to produce a companion film version. During the 2014 ACA Annual Bat Cruise, Chris came to Austin to be a joint “pre-cruise” speaker along with Richard Carrier. Chris presented a short trailer for the upcoming film and talked about the inspiration behind his project—to dispel the negative misconception of atheists as people without joy and meaning.
That same weekend, you may recall seeing Chris and Richard both on The Atheist Experience talking about their respective projects.
Since then we’ve been expectantly following the progress of the movie at this blog. And if you have as well, then you are aware it opened with a world premier to a sold out crowd in London earlier this year. He’s been showing it all around the globe, and we are extremely excited to have him coming back to Austin to showcase the culmination of all his hard work.
Hope you can make it!
Ryan Bell, new atheist and author of the blog Year Without God, will be my guest today on The Atheist Experience. If you’re in Austin, you can also attend his lecture before the show. It starts at 12:15 PM at the Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St. See you there!
As we slowly ease into the end of the year, Matt and Jen take calls and discuss the Christmas “Wars,” waged by petty little men who behave like spoiled children who don’t want anyone else having their birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. Comment away, gang.
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I apologize for the delay in getting this thread posted, gang. I suppose as I was co-host it was down to me, and I just flaked.
The morality question is one I have always found bizarre that Christians want to turn into tis profoundly difficult and inexplicable concept without bringing a deity into the mix. The thing is, when you back them up against the wall, you find (as I think I did in my line of questioning one caller) that they do not really, deep down, believe that it is impossible for them to understand differences between right and wrong unless they are constantly accompanied by a God, holding their hands like lost children, and telling them at each and every instance “This is right” or “This is wrong.”
And yet everything they have been taught to believe insists that they cling to that narrative. So cling to it they do, even after it has been shown to be entirely unnecessary.
I also wish they’d look up what “objective” means. If morality is based on the edicts of a deity, then it’s not objective.
Feisty show, anyway.