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Andrew and Matthew chat with Sam about his early Christianity, why he abandoned that and called himself atheist for a while before going back to Christianity again. What ultimately convinced him and how is his Christianity different to that of his early years?
In this episode, Andrew and Matthew welcome returning Christian guest Dale from the Skeptics and Seekers podcast and Paul, a philosophy teacher. We talk freedom of speech, where philosophy and empirical science meet, and more. And yes, Andrew throws more punches for team mac!
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For more on Paul visit https://www.ryerson.ca/philosophy/facultystaff/bali-paul/
Matthew chats with Dave Warnock, a former pastor, who is Dying Out Loud. Diagnosed with ALS, he is hitting an enormous number of of podcasts and it was a genuine pleasure to talk to him for Ask An Atheist Anything.
During the conversation, Dave mentions the Final Exit Network. Visit http://www.finalexitnetwork.org/ to find out more about them and to support their work.
Matthew is joined by Sarah, one of the co authors of the book Still Unbelievable!, to interview Rebekah, who blogs at https://thecuriousatheist.blog/, talking about her experience of conversation at a young age, telling her family and what it is like to blog as an evolving atheist.
Divid, The Graceful Atheist, interviews Andrew about his journey out of Christianity. Like the interview with Matthew, we are only publishing half the interview. For the second half, pleas subscribe to The Graceful Atheist. We would again like to thank David, we look forward to future collaboration.
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Doug comes back to join Andrew and Matthew in discussing moral values. Doug caused some amusement during the Ask An Atheist Day Question Show Special by suggesting that moral values were in fact Objective. This episode discussing the issue further and asks what it means to have objective moral values when there is no Christian god to give them.
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The Cosmic Skeptic episode on morality that is recommended during the show can be found here: http://cosmicskeptic.libsyn.com/4-rationality-rules-is-morality-objective
Matthew and Andrew invite David from Skeptics and Seekers to talk about Polemic and its value in discussions on religion. Does comedy count as polemic and is what we say more important than how we say it?
This episode includes audio clips to demonstrate some of the points being discussed.
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In this final hour long episode, Matthew, Andrew and Doug get to the end of the questions they've been answering for the Ask An Atheist Day special. Is our existence contingent and are there questions science can't answer? Do you agree with our answers? As always, feedback, questions, comments, challenges, and to come onto the show, find us at ReasonPress.net
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Matthew and Andrew and Doug continue answering questions for Ask An Atheist Day 2019. In this second section we address the best arguments for god, is the world getting better and is morality objective. The giggles continue. This is part 2 of 3.
Matthew and Andrew are joined by Doug for a monster 4 hour session answering questions for Ask An Atheist Day 2019. In the first hour we address the fire at Notre Dame, questions on deconversion, precious beliefs and flying poop! Join us for the giggles. This is part 1 of 3.
In a fairly technical episode, Matthew and Andrew chat with Dale Glover from Skeptics and Seekers on a variety of topics having to do with the burden of proof. When we talk in a semiformal or formal setting, there are issues of burden of proof, who has the responsibility of proof, and how it changes hands. Along with this burden, we should consider what constitutes evidence, and who should provide it.
To take burden of proof seriously, we must consider the ways we establish that some bit of evidence is reliable and how we might come to think of some aspect of it as unconvincing. To do this, we talk about Bayes Theorem, Molinism, deduction, induction, and much much more.
Come along with us for a satisfying exploration of how skeptics and Christians differ and where they agree on the burden of proof and how to think about evidence.
In November 2018 Ernest Massey wrote a blog post, for UK Christian website Premier, on consciousness and how it demolished his atheism, saving his faith. Andrew and Matthew have a fabulous conversation with him on the question of can atheism explain consciousness. Ernest demonstrates his honesty and his integrity in this discussion as well as his wonderful sense of humour. This is a perfect example of the kinds of conversation we at Ask An Atheist Anything wish to promote.
Find Ernest's blog post here: https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Unbelievable-blog/How-consciousness-demolished-my-atheism-and-saved-my-faith
The 9 minute video of David Chalmers discussing consciousness, that Andrew mentions during the episode, can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5DfnIjZPGw
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Andrew and Matthew tackle a list of questions for atheists from the CARM website from apologist Matt Slick. The list of questions can be found here: https://carm.org/atheism/questions-for-atheists2
The news story that Andrew mentions in one of his answers is this story: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/01/world/european-colonization-climate-change-trnd/index.html
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Matthew and Andrew join David and Dale from Skeptics and Seekers for another Round Table. This time discussing Christmas for a comically depressing show. Is Christmas always a happy time and how does it change when people stop believing in the Christian god? There is also a surprise special guest appearance.
At the end of the episode, Andrew gives out hotline numbers for those in crisis; they are (US Suicide Hotline) 0800 273 8255, (US Secular Hotline) 844 368 2848, (UK Childline) 0800 1111, (UK Adult helpline) 0800 585858.
In this episode, Andrew and Matthew invite Dave Pegg back to continue their discussion on the beginning of the universe. This time focusing on the philosophical aspects. Andrew gives the announcements and Dave closes with a song he wrote and recorded. Listen to Dave's music here: https://g.co/kgs/4pDJe9
Matthew, Andrew, David, and Dale tackle the child birth curse, the relevance of The Shroud of Turin, baptism, whether Christian ethics can be assigned a statistical value for being likely, and much more. If you would like to ask a question or get involved, please visit: https://www.reasonpress.net
Baby Bites 1: in this first bite size short, Matthew addresses the question of being open to Christian claims being true and what it means to reach a conclusion when you've examined the available evidence.
Andrew and Matthew join David and Dale from Skeptics and Seekers to discuss Andrew and David's appearance on the Unbelievable? podcast. David, Andrew and Matthew contributed to the Still Unbelievable! book, which is a response to the Unbelievable? book by the podcast host Justin Brierley. Dale, being the Christian in the group, sets questions for the others to answer. Still Unbelievable! can be read for free at reasonpress.net, you can also use the site to submit a question to Ask An Atheist Anything.
In this episode Dave Pegg talks with Matthew and Andrew about a Christian perspective on the nature and origin of the universe. Is the universe contingent or eternal? What constitutes sufficient cause for our universe? Is ex nihilo a sufficient explanation? What role does logic and philosophy play in unraveling these mysteries? This episode pushes into the corners of Christian and atheist thinking on how our universe came to be. If you have a question for us, please contact us at www.reasonpress.net
In this Episode, Andrew answers questions about the origins of language. To begin to understand the evolution of language, we needed to look deeply into the history of language, the science of evolution, and some cultural misunderstandings. The references that follow are some of the resources we found useful, and we hope you do as well. Some history 40,000 years ago https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5525259/ The FoxP2 Gene https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5525259/ Shared DNA with Neanderthals https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5525259/ Facts about human language http://www.faculty.ucr.edu/~legneref/bronze/evolut.htm Brain structures and language https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/brocas_area_is_the_brains_scriptwriter_shaping_speech_study_finds https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4691684/ Get Involved Ask a question, read more from our staff, or participate in the show. Visit us at: https://www.reasonpress.net