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TheThinkingAtheist

651 episodes - English - Latest episode: 2 days ago - ★★★★★ - 2.7K ratings

Seth Andrews, a former Christian broadcaster and believer for 30 years, ultimately escaped the bonds of superstitious thinking to embrace the more satisfying explanations that science provides.

A professional video producer and host of one of the most popular atheist communities on the internet, Seth Andrews brings a polished format, a relaxed environment and a rage-free challenge to the religious beliefs that defined his youth.

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Episodes

A Wing and a Prayer: Religion in Rough Air (plus your calls)

May 28, 2024 10:00 - 1 hour - 94.7 MB

A quick story about the "Jesus woman" on a turbulent flight kicks off this caller-driven show. Enjoy! Subscribe to Seth's substack! Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

PRIMITIVE: Care, Cruelty, Religion, & Reason in the Human Animal (with Dr. Robert Sapolsky)

May 21, 2024 10:00 - 58 minutes - 79.9 MB

Renowned neuroscientist Dr. Robert Sapolsky joins us for an exploration of our brains, religions, good/awful behaviors, and why we don't (?) have free will. VIDEO of this conversation. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

We Come in Peace? The Religion of Alien Conspiracy Theories (with Brian Dunning)

May 14, 2024 10:00 - 42 minutes - 58.9 MB

Skeptoid podcast host Brian Dunning is here to talk about "them"...and those who believe in them. Watch the VIDEO of this conversation. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

The United States Proves God! (and other listener calls)

May 07, 2024 10:00 - 55 minutes - 75.9 MB

Lots of interesting claims and questions in this week's podcast as callers drive the conversation. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Tucker Carlson VS. Reality (with Aron Ra)

May 03, 2024 22:00 - 52 minutes - 71.7 MB

Tucker Carlson joined Joe Rogan's April 19, 2024 podcast to talk about AI, spirits, evolution, and UFOs. Science educator Aron Ra has thoughts. VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/shk7NGaiLas VIDEO Systematic Classification of LIfe PT1: https://youtu.be/AXQP_R-yiuw?si=ANWBcz7vARiS57L0 Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Remembering Daniel Dennett

April 30, 2024 10:00 - 58 minutes - 80.5 MB

Known as one of the "Four Horsemen" of "New Atheism," Daniel Dennett was a philosopher, professor, author, and speaker whose resume spans almost half a century. In the wake of his death on April 19, 2024, we take a moment to remember. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

When Religion Hurts You: with Dr. Laura E. Anderson

April 23, 2024 10:00 - 56 minutes - 77.5 MB

Dr. Anderson is a psychotherapist and religious trauma coach. She's also an exvangelical and author of the book "When Religion Hurts You." LINKS: The Center for Trauma Resolution Dr. Laura E. Anderson's website VIDEO of this conversation. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

14 Things the Misguided Religious Establishment Doesn't Want You to Know

April 19, 2024 10:00 - 13 minutes - 19.1 MB

Jim Palmer is a chaplain for the American Humanist Association and founder of The Center for Non-Religiouis Spirituality. In 2023, he posted a short article which provides plenty of food for thought. VIDEO VERSION: https://youtu.be/GwAle-_Wya8?si=l6VuEl7kDBAT_RtY Jim's original post: https://bit.ly/3xGBCx2 Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Why Can't Christians Agree on "True Christianity?"

April 16, 2024 10:00 - 52 minutes - 72.7 MB

Hardline Bible literalists say they're practicing the correct faith. Progressives say the hardliners are fake Christians. What the Hell is going on? Dr. Chrissy Stroop: https://cstroop.com/about/ Chrissy's "God & Country" review: https://bit.ly/3UiowyF Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Chaos Agents: with Shannon Q. and Paulogia

April 09, 2024 10:00 - 1 hour - 116 MB

Two popular activists bring insight, sarcasm, and suspiciously-good chemistry to the studio this week.  Shannon's channel: https://www.youtube.com/@ShannonQ Paulogia's channel: https://www.youtube.com/@Paulogia VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/sM5JilsVAFo Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

The Burrito Method: Christ Isn't Curing My Cat

April 02, 2024 10:00 - 1 hour - 83.6 MB

It's a CATastrophy at the Andrews house. Seth explains...plus your calls. THE STORY OF YOU video: https://youtu.be/iCXhOV5AIzk?si=GsAaqM9ok3jS_G5d Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

The Exvangelicals: with Sarah McCammon

March 26, 2024 10:00 - 34 minutes - 47.1 MB

Sarah McCammon is a broadcaster, investigative reporter, and author. She joins the show to talk about her journey into the world of the "exvangelical." Sarah's BIO Her BOOK VIDEO of this conversation Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

God & Horrendous Suffering

March 19, 2024 10:00 - 45 minutes - 62.1 MB

Author and activist John W. Loftus has published an article based on his 2021 book "God & Horrendous Suffering." He gave me permission to share his ideas with you. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

God & Horrendus Suffering

March 19, 2024 10:00 - 45 minutes - 62.1 MB

Author and activist John W. Loftus has published an article based on his 2021 book "God & Horrendus Suffering." He gave me permission to share his ideas with you.

Free the Nipple! Breasts, Blue Laws, & the Bible Belt

March 12, 2024 10:00 - 48 minutes - 66.1 MB

Law codes have changed quite a bit over the years, but many edicts from our puritan past remain on the books today. This is a fun and informative look at some "blue laws" designed to keep Americans "moral." Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Where Would You Hide the Body? Exploring our Dark Side

March 05, 2024 11:00 - 1 hour - 86.1 MB

Do we all have a dark side, and if so, should that frighten us (and others)? We explore the Hyde beneath the Jeckyll. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Letter to a Christian Spouse

February 27, 2024 11:00 - 28 minutes - 38.9 MB

This is a personal message for Christians struggling with confusion and concern over loved ones leaving the faith. If religious family and friends don't understand what's happening, sharing this "letter" with them may help. VIDEO: https://youtu.be/WCuok1Glxn8 Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Creature Features: an interview with FX artist Mark Shostrom

February 24, 2024 11:00 - 50 minutes - 69.8 MB

This bonus release is just an off-topic diversion for those interested in sci-fi and horror films from the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s. I was honored to speak with makeup FX artist Mark Shostrom, a 40+ year veteran with credits ranging from "Nightmare on Elm Street" to "Star Trek." If this sounds interesting, enjoy the conversation. If not, no worries. We'll see you next week. VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/SVXe13mdb0U MARK'S FX REEL: https://youtu.be/_IJM9fDqJrs?si=4NUWe2Ev...

Why Isn't the West Talking about Islam? (with Nuriyah Khan)

February 20, 2024 11:00 - 50 minutes - 70 MB

Ex-Muslim Nuriyah Khan says many in the West (including a lot of American feminists) are misguided on the subject of Islam. https://twitter.com/nuriyahk VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/bb7UYJkFwGE Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

My Whole Life is a Lie: Popular Beliefs That Are Totally Wrong

February 13, 2024 11:00 - 50 minutes - 69.6 MB

Buckle up. We're going to dispel some popular and beloved notions. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Morality, the Monarchy, and the Protests of Peter Hitchens (with Alex O'Connor)

February 06, 2024 11:00 - 1 hour - 83.2 MB

Alex O'Connor hosts the Within Reason podcast. He joins us for this week's show. The Peter Hitchens interview: https://youtu.be/VyMhZhwe3gc?si=a9yQaW957SiYFuby The Ben Shapiro discussion: https://youtu.be/yspPYcJHI3k?si=4Jt2dDU7iN-1ZTWy VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/u3rbY6y6J9c Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Poser: The Atheist & the Yoga Class

January 30, 2024 11:00 - 1 hour - 102 MB

In search of his bliss, Seth Andrews tried yoga. Here's the story, a rant, some calls, and a final word of inspiration. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Accelerated Christian Education Exposed (with Jenna Scaramanga)

January 23, 2024 11:00 - 43 minutes - 60.2 MB

ACE is a cult disguised as "education," with schools worldwide, laughably tragic workbook lessons, and a long history of abuse and bigotry. Seth Andrews and his guest Dr. Jenna Scaramanga were once ACE students, and they're blowing the whistle. Jenna's Instagram: https://bit.ly/41ukHZn ACE Exposed: https://www.facebook.com/groups/exposeace/ Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

GOD & COUNTRY: Dictators, Democracy, and the New Documentary on Christian Nationalism

January 16, 2024 11:00 - 29 minutes - 40.9 MB

Investigative reporter Katherine Stewart joins us to talk about the upcoming Rob Reiner-produced documentary on Christian nationalism titled, "God & Country." MOVIE TRAILER: https://youtu.be/cTQKmR6a9fw?si=Caam5bADdqfwB0xo VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/UebwQkjYYPc Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

The Story of You: An Audio Odyssey

January 12, 2024 11:00 - 17 minutes - 23.7 MB

This is a unique, immersive, 16-minute audio "essay" about the human connection to our vast universe. Step away from all distractions, close your eyes, and take the journey.

The Story of You (an Audio Odyssey)

January 12, 2024 11:00 - 16 minutes - 23.2 MB

This is a unique, immersive, 16-minute audio "essay" about the human connection to our vast universe. Step away from all distractions, close your eyes, and take the journey. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Wiki, Woo, and the Winchester Widow (with Adrienne Hill and Richard Saunders)

January 09, 2024 11:00 - 53 minutes - 72.9 MB

Adrienne Hill is a Guerilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoM) editor. Richard Saunders is a TV host, author, and paranormal investigator. They join us to debunk some bunk. VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/xt-GrcP-OQ0 Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Stacie (and her Mom) Have Got It Going On

January 02, 2024 11:00 - 40 minutes - 56 MB

Ex-vangelical Stacie Grahn hosts (with her mom) the Stacie's Mom Podcast. She joins us to talk about her escape from fundie Christianity. VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/s6rM2We5x6A Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

A Piece of Asteroid

December 29, 2023 16:00 - 7 minutes - 10.9 MB

Just a 7-minute crossover podcast with some cool science and an even cooler twist. http://www.truestoriespodcast.com Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Whitewash: The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy (with Dr. Robert P. Jones)

December 26, 2023 11:00 - 43 minutes - 59.2 MB

Dr. Robert P. Jones is founder and president of Public Religion Research Institute. He has a Ph.D in religion and a bachelors in computing science in mathmatics. His new book explores the long and sordid backstory of American racism, which was - and is - often cloaked in the banner of Christianity. Dr. Jones' book: https://amzn.to/3uWYw1C VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/VehbwjrXTuw Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347...

A Day-Before-The-Day-Before-Christmas-Eve BONUS SHOW!

December 22, 2023 22:30 - 1 hour - 128 MB

Just some extra stuff to listen to. Happy holidays! VIDEO of this stream: https://youtube.com/live/SRTfl8bGn7U Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

It's Beginning to Cost a Lot Like Christmas: with Forrest Valkai

December 19, 2023 11:00 - 1 hour - 91.3 MB

Science educator Forrest Valkai fields random questions on the holiday. Trust us...it ain't boring. His site: https://www.valkailabs.com VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/VKDo0BUuH6M Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

The Edge of the Sword: Exploits of a Bad (Bad!) God

December 15, 2023 11:00 - 39 minutes - 54.5 MB

In this show, we (re) cover some of the greatest/worst hits in the supposed Good Book, and it's not pretty. If you're interested in the entire book "Deconverted," it's available in print, digital print, and audiobook: https://shorturl.at/HSVX6 Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Hell for the Holidays? Dealing with Religious Families on Christmas

December 12, 2023 11:00 - 1 hour - 86.6 MB

How do you handle holidays with religious families? Or do you even bother? Callers discuss, and we speak with psychologist and religious trauma counselor Dr. Marlene Winell. Dr. Winell's website: http://www.journeyfree.org VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/0N2i47eFS4M Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Nude Fire Ninjas!

December 08, 2023 13:29 - 2 minutes - 4.05 MB

Cameo: https://www.cameo.com/sethandrewstta Dr. Hafer's book: https://adbl.co/3GtZxko Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

You Can't Get to Heaven in a Miniskirt

December 05, 2023 11:00 - 1 hour - 83.5 MB

Sarah and Jessica host the "You Can't Get to Heaven in a Miniskirt" podcast. They join us to talk about skirts, sex, purity culture, and more! PODCAST PAGE: https://www.heaveninaminiskirt.com VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/ozTVxAZfnBo Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Cold Hands, Warm Podcast

December 01, 2023 15:10 - 56 minutes - 77.7 MB

It's a bonus show! Host ramblings and your calls. Enjoy. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

On This Day in History, Sh!t Went Down: with "Sweary Historian" James Fell

November 28, 2023 11:00 - 52 minutes - 72.3 MB

James Fell is a historian and author who combines fascinating true tales with f-bombs and razor sarcasm. In other words...he's a perfect guest for this week's show. His book: https://amzn.to/4723J6v His website: http://www.jamesfell.com VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/mVBb3BAVFfc Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Markwayne Mullin wants to fight somebody!

November 21, 2023 11:00 - 57 minutes - 78.6 MB

Self-professed Christian and "family values" crusader Markwayne Mullin just tried to turn a Senate hearing into a round of Nintendo Punch-Out! What the hell is going on? Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

No Longer Atheist: an analysis of Ayaan Hirsi Ali

November 17, 2023 16:30 - 58 minutes - 79.8 MB

Longtime public atheist Ayaan Hirsi Ali just announced that she is a Christian. Her "reasons" are...interesting. We examine the life of this ex-Muslim turned ex-atheist. Ayaan's Article "Why I Am Now a Christian:" https://unherd.com/2023/11/why-i-am-now-a-christian/ Jonathan MS Pearce's response: https://onlysky.media/jpearce/ayaan-hirsi-ali-former-atheist-becomes-christian/ Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

My Casket is Not Your Soapbox

November 14, 2023 11:00 - 55 minutes - 76.2 MB

This show explores how funerals are often hijacked by sermonizers. Instead of honoring the dead, preachers (and families) turn memorials into religious crusades, often against the wishes of the deceased. Physicist eulogy text: https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4675953 Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

"Florida Man" Headlines (as Filtered Through the Bible)

November 10, 2023 18:45 - 1 hour - 86.6 MB

"Florida Man" is an internet reference which began in 2013. It refers to an alleged prevalence of Floridians doing bizarre things. In this show, we attach "Florida Man" to Christianity. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

American Idolatry: A Christian Against Christian Nationalism (with Andrew Whitehead)

November 07, 2023 11:00 - 43 minutes - 60.2 MB

Sociologist Dr. Andrew Whitehead is a Christian. He's also a strong opponent of Christian Nationalism and far-right attempts to install an American theocracy. He joins us to talk about his new book on the subject. BOOK: American Idolatry VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/hRMwnXSn4Cw Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Nanny Software: Surveilling People "Straight"

October 31, 2023 10:00 - 48 minutes - 66 MB

We dive down the rabbit hole into the dysfunctional world of "morality" web services which track online browsing and block specific content. Of course, almost all of these programs are run by the religious. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Show #700: with Drew McCoy of Genetically Modified Skeptic

October 24, 2023 10:00 - 50 minutes - 68.9 MB

Drew McCoy hosts the Genetically Modified Skeptic channel. He joins Seth to mark a milestone. VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/2pPzxnYD4Jg Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Ghost Stories 2023

October 17, 2023 10:00 - 1 hour - 108 MB

The Ghost Stories podcast is an annual tradition, a celebration of imagination, and a journey into compelling legends about the strange, the unexplained, and the creepy. Happy Halloween! Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

We of Little Faith: Why I Stopped Pretending to Believe (with Kate Cohen)

October 10, 2023 10:00 - 30 minutes - 42 MB

Today's guest Kate Cohen is a columnist for the Washington Post and author of the new book "We of Little Faith: Why I Stopped Pretending to Believe (and Maybe You Should Too)." VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/P6Mf2xVJ_g8 Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Shaken Loose: A Journey into Hell (with author Ilana DeBare)

October 06, 2023 16:25 - 20 minutes - 27.9 MB

Ilana DeBare's new novel "Shaken Loose" follows fictional characters into a biblical Hell. It's an interesting tale with plenty of subtext/criticism on the Creator of eternal torture. GET THE BOOK: VIDEO of this conversation: Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Larry and Seth Have a Request

October 05, 2023 14:33 - 8 minutes - 11 MB

Your support will help me "reset" for the rest of 2023 and will kick 2024 in with momentum. The PayPal link and Patreon link are here. (You can PayPal directly to [email protected]) https://www.thethinkingatheist.com/become-a-patron Thank you! Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

The Ghost Hunter

October 03, 2023 10:00 - 43 minutes - 59.7 MB

Kenny Biddle is an actual ghost hunter. He's also Chief Investigator at The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He's got some stories. VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/-x8OcpN4dUI Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Guests

John W. Loftus
3 Episodes
Lucien Greaves
3 Episodes
Robert M. Price
2 Episodes
Andrew Torrez
1 Episode
Bill Nye
1 Episode
Caitlin Doughty
1 Episode
Cara Santa Maria
1 Episode
Carolyn Porco
1 Episode
Elizabeth Loftus
1 Episode
Hector Garcia
1 Episode
Katherine Stewart
1 Episode
Michael Shermer
1 Episode
Monica Miller
1 Episode
Oprah Winfrey
1 Episode
Penn Jillette
1 Episode
Peter Boghossian
1 Episode
Ravi Zacharias
1 Episode
Richard Dawkins
1 Episode
Steven Hassan
1 Episode
Trevor Noah
1 Episode

Books

Behind the Curtain
1 Episode

Twitter Mentions

@skepticzone 1 Episode
@debunk_the_funk 1 Episode
@c_stroop 1 Episode
@markshostrom 1 Episode
@nuriyahk 1 Episode
@arminnavabi 1 Episode
@dwdcanada 1 Episode