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Armchair Atheism

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Armchair Atheism

Armchair Atheism

Taylor Carr

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Armchair Atheism is the official podcast of GodlessHaven.com, exploring subjects related to religion and non-belief through interview discussions with a variety of scholarly and thoughtful voices.

Latest Episodes

AA016 – The Ebony Exodus Project, with Candace Gorham

In this episode, I speak with Candace Gorham about her book The Ebony Exodus Project: Why Some Black Women Are Walking Out on Religion – and Others Should Too. Candace is a licensed professional mental health counselor, a former ordained minister turned atheist activist, as well as a researcher and writer on issues relating to religion and the African-American community. She is a member of the African American Humanist advisory board, The Secular Therapy Project, The Clergy Project, and the Secular Student Alliance Speaker’s Bureau. Armchair Atheism is the official podcast of GodlessHaven.com, exploring subjects related to religion and non-belief through interview discussions with a variety of scholarly and thoughtful voices. To download the episode, right-click the link and select “Save As.” Follow the Armchair Atheism podcast feed. The Ebony Exodus Project at Amazon Ebony Exodus on Facebook Black Nonbelievers The Secular Therapy Project The Clergy Project Secular Student Alliance

51 min2018 OCT 23
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AA016 – The Ebony Exodus Project, with Candace Gorham

AA015 – Atheism, #MeToo, and Men’s Rights, with Caroline Matas

For this episode, I speak with Caroline Matas about a handful of subjects revolving around New Atheism, the #MeToo movement, and Men’s Rights Activism. Caroline is currently a doctoral student in the Religion in the Americas subfield at Princeton University. She is also the news editor and social media manager at the Harvard Religious Literacy Project. She is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, where her work focused on contemporary American religious groups’ media use. Armchair Atheism is the official podcast of GodlessHaven.com, exploring subjects related to religion and non-belief through interview discussions with a variety of scholarly and thoughtful voices. To download the episode, right-click the link and select “Save As.” Follow the Armchair Atheism podcast feed. Featured article: How Men’s Rights Activists are Finding Unlikely Allies in New Atheism… Caroline’s page at the Religious Literacy Project Follow her on Twitter Some of what we discuss: Here’s the truth a...

49 min2018 MAY 4
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AA015 – Atheism, #MeToo, and Men’s Rights, with Caroline Matas

AA014 – Can Humanists Have a Savior Complex? with Rajani Gudlavalleti

Rajani Gudlavalleti is a community organizer, consultant, and writer. For over a decade, she has worked at the intersections of social justice, public health, and the legal system. Rajani has conducted this work through the Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore City Health Department, and Open Society Foundations. Currently, her primary passion is as community organizer forBaltimore Harm Reduction Coalition, coordinatingBRIDGES, Baltimore’s grassroots movement for safer consumption spaces. In 2011, Rajani received her master’s in public policy from Hopkins, focusing on gender-specific and racially equitable approaches to criminalized issues such as drug use and sex work. Rajani is also a trainer withBaltimore Racial Justice Action, co-organizer ofBaltimore Asian Resistance in Solidarity, and board member ofFoundation Beyond Belief. Armchair Atheism is the official podcast of GodlessHaven.com, exploring subjects related to religion and non-belief through interview di...

37 min2018 MAR 8
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AA014 – Can Humanists Have a Savior Complex? with Rajani Gudlavalleti

AA013 – What is a God? with Jaco Gericke

What was a god assumed to be, according to Hebrew scripture? How do our cultural contexts and philosophical assumptions impact the way we conceive of ancient religious concepts today? Can philosophy help us to understand how these issues have served to shape the very question of what a god is down through history? In this episode of the podcast, I speak with Jaco Gericke about these topics and others that raise important issues with much of our contemporary discourse about God. Dr. Gericke is Professor of Biblical Studies at North-West University, South Africa. He has doctorates in Semitic Languages and Old Testament Studies, and did post-graduate work in theology and philosophy. His work has been published in journals such as Old Testament Essays and the Journal for Semitics, as well as in various books, the most recent of which is What is a God?, released in 2017 by T&T Clark. Armchair Atheism is the official podcast of GodlessHaven.com, exploring subjects related to religion and ...

60 min2018 FEB 22
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AA013 – What is a God? with Jaco Gericke

AA012 – What is Religion? with Kevin Schilbrack

How should we understand the concept of religion? How does our understanding of it impact the way we see different traditions, communities, and practices? What are the ways religion has been understood in the past and in the academy? For this episode of the podcast, I speak with Kevin Schilbrack about his contribution to the long-running debate over defining religion. Dr. Schilbrack teaches in the Philosophy and Religion Department at Appalachian State University, he is a graduate of Chicago Divinity School, and has published widely on the conceptual and philosophical issues arising in the cross-cultural study of religions. He is the contributing editor of books such as Thinking Through Myths and Thinking Through Rituals, and his most recent work, Philosophy and the Study of Religions: A Manifesto (which forms the centerpiece of this interview), was published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2014. Armchair Atheism is the official podcast of GodlessHaven.com, exploring subjects related to relig...

58 min2017 AUG 25
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AA012 – What is Religion? with Kevin Schilbrack

AA011 – Evolution: Only a Theory? with Ken Miller

Is evolution just a theory? Why is creationism unscientific? In this episode of the podcast, we look at some of the common questions and problems in the creation-evolution debate. Ken Miller is the Professor of Biology and Royce Family Professor for Teaching Excellence at Brown University. He was the lead expert witness for the plaintiff in the Kitzmiller v. Dover case of 2005 that challenged the teaching of intelligent design in schools. Dr. Miller has debated several proponents of intelligent design, published a variety of scholarly articles in scientific journals, and co-authored a mainstream Biology textbook with Joseph Levine that has seen multiple reprint and revised editions. One of his popular level books, Finding Darwin’s God, looks at evolution in light of religious belief, while his 2008 book, Only a Theory, discusses the arguments of the creation-evolution debate in the United States. Armchair Atheism is the official podcast of GodlessHaven.com, exploring subjects relat...

68 min2017 JUN 27
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AA011 – Evolution: Only a Theory? with Ken Miller

AA010 – Life After Religion? with Gayle Jordan

Leaving religion behind can have real life consequences for many people, some of them frustrating or even traumatic in nature. When one first walks away from a religious tradition, or stands up to the dominant tradition within their own community, a variety of challenges and questions may present themselves. Where do we turn to for emotional or social support when we are no longer able to talk to friends, family, and the fellow believers we once knew? What do we do when we have doubts? When we just need to vent to someone without feeling judged? In this episode of the podcast, I discuss some of these issues with Gayle Jordan, the Executive Director of Recovering from Religion. Gail is an attorney and a former personal trainer who blogs about secularism, life on her farm in Tennessee, and endurance event training at her website, “Happy. Healthy. Heathen.” Armchair Atheism is the official podcast of GodlessHaven.com, exploring subjects related to religion and non-belief through inte...

37 min2017 FEB 16
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AA010 – Life After Religion? with Gayle Jordan

AA009 – Is There an Afterlife? with Keith Augustine

Is there evidence of life of death? What should we make of claims about near-death experiences, apparitions, and psychic encounters? For this episode of the show, I talk with Keith Augustine about these questions and more. Mr. Augustine is the Executive Director and Scholarly Paper Editor at Internet Infidels. He holds a Master’s in Philosophy from the University of Maryland, and recently co-edited a book with Michael Martin entitled The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case Against Life After Death. Keith has published articles in the Journal of Near Death Studies, Skeptic magazine, and at infidels.org. Armchair Atheism is the official podcast of GodlessHaven.com, exploring subjects related to religion and non-belief through interview discussions with a variety of scholarly and thoughtful voices. To download the episode, right-click the download link and select “Save As.” Follow the Armchair Atheism podcast feed. Keith’s page at the Secular Web: https://infidels.org/library/modern/kei...

64 min2017 JAN 31
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AA009 – Is There an Afterlife? with Keith Augustine

AA008 – What is Faith? with John Bishop

For some religious believers, faith is one of the most important things a person can have in their life. But what is faith? Common theistic definitions say that faith is belief or trust, while a number of atheists argue that faith is an irrational claim to knowledge. In this episode of the show, I talk with Professor John Bishop about some of these issues, as well as the different models of faith. Dr. Bishop is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He has a BA from the Australian National University and a PhD from Cambridge. His interests center around philosophy of religion and philosophy of action, he has written books on each of these subjects, published a number of scholarly articles in academic journals, and has authored the entry on “Faith” for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Links are available below. Armchair Atheism is the official podcast of GodlessHaven.com, exploring subjects related to religion and non-belief through interview ...

82 min2017 JAN 24
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AA008 – What is Faith? with John Bishop

AA007 – How Ancient is Atheism? with Tim Whitmarsh

How long has atheism been around? In this seventh episode of the show, I talk with Tim Whitmarsh, the A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge, about atheism in ancient history. Professor Whitmarsh works on all areas of Greek literature and culture, specializing particularly in the world of Greeks under the Roman Empire. Professor Whitmarsh has published several books, including Greek Literature and the Roman Empire, Narrative and Identity in the Ancient Greek Novel, and his most recent, Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World. Armchair Atheism is the official podcast of GodlessHaven.com, exploring subjects related to religion and non-belief through interview discussions with a variety of scholarly and thoughtful voices. To download the episode, right-click the download link and select “Save As.” Follow the Armchair Atheism podcast feed. Tim’s website: http://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/directory/professor-tim-whitmarsh Twitter: @Twhittermarsh Ba...

38 min2016 FEB 13
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AA007 – How Ancient is Atheism? with Tim Whitmarsh

Latest Episodes

AA016 – The Ebony Exodus Project, with Candace Gorham

In this episode, I speak with Candace Gorham about her book The Ebony Exodus Project: Why Some Black Women Are Walking Out on Religion – and Others Should Too. Candace is a licensed professional mental health counselor, a former ordained minister turned atheist activist, as well as a researcher and writer on issues relating to religion and the African-American community. She is a member of the African American Humanist advisory board, The Secular Therapy Project, The Clergy Project, and the Secular Student Alliance Speaker’s Bureau. Armchair Atheism is the official podcast of GodlessHaven.com, exploring subjects related to religion and non-belief through interview discussions with a variety of scholarly and thoughtful voices. To download the episode, right-click the link and select “Save As.” Follow the Armchair Atheism podcast feed. The Ebony Exodus Project at Amazon Ebony Exodus on Facebook Black Nonbelievers The Secular Therapy Project The Clergy Project Secular Student Alliance

51 min2018 OCT 23
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AA016 – The Ebony Exodus Project, with Candace Gorham

AA015 – Atheism, #MeToo, and Men’s Rights, with Caroline Matas

For this episode, I speak with Caroline Matas about a handful of subjects revolving around New Atheism, the #MeToo movement, and Men’s Rights Activism. Caroline is currently a doctoral student in the Religion in the Americas subfield at Princeton University. She is also the news editor and social media manager at the Harvard Religious Literacy Project. She is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, where her work focused on contemporary American religious groups’ media use. Armchair Atheism is the official podcast of GodlessHaven.com, exploring subjects related to religion and non-belief through interview discussions with a variety of scholarly and thoughtful voices. To download the episode, right-click the link and select “Save As.” Follow the Armchair Atheism podcast feed. Featured article: How Men’s Rights Activists are Finding Unlikely Allies in New Atheism… Caroline’s page at the Religious Literacy Project Follow her on Twitter Some of what we discuss: Here’s the truth a...

49 min2018 MAY 4
Comments
AA015 – Atheism, #MeToo, and Men’s Rights, with Caroline Matas

AA014 – Can Humanists Have a Savior Complex? with Rajani Gudlavalleti

Rajani Gudlavalleti is a community organizer, consultant, and writer. For over a decade, she has worked at the intersections of social justice, public health, and the legal system. Rajani has conducted this work through the Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore City Health Department, and Open Society Foundations. Currently, her primary passion is as community organizer forBaltimore Harm Reduction Coalition, coordinatingBRIDGES, Baltimore’s grassroots movement for safer consumption spaces. In 2011, Rajani received her master’s in public policy from Hopkins, focusing on gender-specific and racially equitable approaches to criminalized issues such as drug use and sex work. Rajani is also a trainer withBaltimore Racial Justice Action, co-organizer ofBaltimore Asian Resistance in Solidarity, and board member ofFoundation Beyond Belief. Armchair Atheism is the official podcast of GodlessHaven.com, exploring subjects related to religion and non-belief through interview di...

37 min2018 MAR 8
Comments
AA014 – Can Humanists Have a Savior Complex? with Rajani Gudlavalleti

AA013 – What is a God? with Jaco Gericke

What was a god assumed to be, according to Hebrew scripture? How do our cultural contexts and philosophical assumptions impact the way we conceive of ancient religious concepts today? Can philosophy help us to understand how these issues have served to shape the very question of what a god is down through history? In this episode of the podcast, I speak with Jaco Gericke about these topics and others that raise important issues with much of our contemporary discourse about God. Dr. Gericke is Professor of Biblical Studies at North-West University, South Africa. He has doctorates in Semitic Languages and Old Testament Studies, and did post-graduate work in theology and philosophy. His work has been published in journals such as Old Testament Essays and the Journal for Semitics, as well as in various books, the most recent of which is What is a God?, released in 2017 by T&T Clark. Armchair Atheism is the official podcast of GodlessHaven.com, exploring subjects related to religion and ...

60 min2018 FEB 22
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AA013 – What is a God? with Jaco Gericke

AA012 – What is Religion? with Kevin Schilbrack

How should we understand the concept of religion? How does our understanding of it impact the way we see different traditions, communities, and practices? What are the ways religion has been understood in the past and in the academy? For this episode of the podcast, I speak with Kevin Schilbrack about his contribution to the long-running debate over defining religion. Dr. Schilbrack teaches in the Philosophy and Religion Department at Appalachian State University, he is a graduate of Chicago Divinity School, and has published widely on the conceptual and philosophical issues arising in the cross-cultural study of religions. He is the contributing editor of books such as Thinking Through Myths and Thinking Through Rituals, and his most recent work, Philosophy and the Study of Religions: A Manifesto (which forms the centerpiece of this interview), was published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2014. Armchair Atheism is the official podcast of GodlessHaven.com, exploring subjects related to relig...

58 min2017 AUG 25
Comments
AA012 – What is Religion? with Kevin Schilbrack

AA011 – Evolution: Only a Theory? with Ken Miller

Is evolution just a theory? Why is creationism unscientific? In this episode of the podcast, we look at some of the common questions and problems in the creation-evolution debate. Ken Miller is the Professor of Biology and Royce Family Professor for Teaching Excellence at Brown University. He was the lead expert witness for the plaintiff in the Kitzmiller v. Dover case of 2005 that challenged the teaching of intelligent design in schools. Dr. Miller has debated several proponents of intelligent design, published a variety of scholarly articles in scientific journals, and co-authored a mainstream Biology textbook with Joseph Levine that has seen multiple reprint and revised editions. One of his popular level books, Finding Darwin’s God, looks at evolution in light of religious belief, while his 2008 book, Only a Theory, discusses the arguments of the creation-evolution debate in the United States. Armchair Atheism is the official podcast of GodlessHaven.com, exploring subjects relat...

68 min2017 JUN 27
Comments
AA011 – Evolution: Only a Theory? with Ken Miller

AA010 – Life After Religion? with Gayle Jordan

Leaving religion behind can have real life consequences for many people, some of them frustrating or even traumatic in nature. When one first walks away from a religious tradition, or stands up to the dominant tradition within their own community, a variety of challenges and questions may present themselves. Where do we turn to for emotional or social support when we are no longer able to talk to friends, family, and the fellow believers we once knew? What do we do when we have doubts? When we just need to vent to someone without feeling judged? In this episode of the podcast, I discuss some of these issues with Gayle Jordan, the Executive Director of Recovering from Religion. Gail is an attorney and a former personal trainer who blogs about secularism, life on her farm in Tennessee, and endurance event training at her website, “Happy. Healthy. Heathen.” Armchair Atheism is the official podcast of GodlessHaven.com, exploring subjects related to religion and non-belief through inte...

37 min2017 FEB 16
Comments
AA010 – Life After Religion? with Gayle Jordan

AA009 – Is There an Afterlife? with Keith Augustine

Is there evidence of life of death? What should we make of claims about near-death experiences, apparitions, and psychic encounters? For this episode of the show, I talk with Keith Augustine about these questions and more. Mr. Augustine is the Executive Director and Scholarly Paper Editor at Internet Infidels. He holds a Master’s in Philosophy from the University of Maryland, and recently co-edited a book with Michael Martin entitled The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case Against Life After Death. Keith has published articles in the Journal of Near Death Studies, Skeptic magazine, and at infidels.org. Armchair Atheism is the official podcast of GodlessHaven.com, exploring subjects related to religion and non-belief through interview discussions with a variety of scholarly and thoughtful voices. To download the episode, right-click the download link and select “Save As.” Follow the Armchair Atheism podcast feed. Keith’s page at the Secular Web: https://infidels.org/library/modern/kei...

64 min2017 JAN 31
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AA009 – Is There an Afterlife? with Keith Augustine

AA008 – What is Faith? with John Bishop

For some religious believers, faith is one of the most important things a person can have in their life. But what is faith? Common theistic definitions say that faith is belief or trust, while a number of atheists argue that faith is an irrational claim to knowledge. In this episode of the show, I talk with Professor John Bishop about some of these issues, as well as the different models of faith. Dr. Bishop is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He has a BA from the Australian National University and a PhD from Cambridge. His interests center around philosophy of religion and philosophy of action, he has written books on each of these subjects, published a number of scholarly articles in academic journals, and has authored the entry on “Faith” for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Links are available below. Armchair Atheism is the official podcast of GodlessHaven.com, exploring subjects related to religion and non-belief through interview ...

82 min2017 JAN 24
Comments
AA008 – What is Faith? with John Bishop

AA007 – How Ancient is Atheism? with Tim Whitmarsh

How long has atheism been around? In this seventh episode of the show, I talk with Tim Whitmarsh, the A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge, about atheism in ancient history. Professor Whitmarsh works on all areas of Greek literature and culture, specializing particularly in the world of Greeks under the Roman Empire. Professor Whitmarsh has published several books, including Greek Literature and the Roman Empire, Narrative and Identity in the Ancient Greek Novel, and his most recent, Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World. Armchair Atheism is the official podcast of GodlessHaven.com, exploring subjects related to religion and non-belief through interview discussions with a variety of scholarly and thoughtful voices. To download the episode, right-click the download link and select “Save As.” Follow the Armchair Atheism podcast feed. Tim’s website: http://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/directory/professor-tim-whitmarsh Twitter: @Twhittermarsh Ba...

38 min2016 FEB 13
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AA007 – How Ancient is Atheism? with Tim Whitmarsh
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