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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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Actor Gina Carano was just dropped by Disney over her controversial Twitter posts, with many decrying "Cancel Culture." Does Cancel Culture even exist? Join us for a thoughtful discussion.
Andrew Seidel is a constitutional expert and author of "The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Unamerican." He joins Seth Andrews for a frank discussion about the state of the United States. Andrew's book: https://amzn.to/3qgSxh3 VIDEO of this discussion: https://youtu.be/z0eVo5xNS1I
Maryam Namazie is a British-Iranian human rights activist and producer of the new documentary, "Women Leaving Islam." In this show, she speaks about the film, the stories, and the lives impacted by this high-control religion.Watch the documentary: https://youtu.be/ojpGBz9OxPMVIDEO of this conversation on YouTube: https://youtu.be/awcoIfHEaiMMaryam Namazie's website: www.maryamnamazie.com
We continue our conversation with various activists about apologetics arguments (and the refutations). Joining us this week: Shannon Q, Matt Dillahunty, Margaret Downey, Hemant Mehta, Thomas Smith, Andrew Torrez, Tracie Harris, Chris Shelton, Jimmy Snow, and Muhammad Syed.LINK TO PART ONE: https://bit.ly/3691DnO
In this bonus podcast, Phil Ferguson of Polaris Financial and The Phil Ferguson Show helps us break down the whole Reddit/GameStop story.VIDEO of this discussion is here: https://youtu.be/_9Oe77zpWag
In this first of a two-part series, various atheist activists weigh in on the apologetics they're most tired of hearing. Guests this week include Aron Ra, Sci-Babe, Paulogia, Mandisa Thomas, Dr. Joshua Bowen, Godless Engineer, Dan Barker, and Gayle Jordan.Link to Part Two: https://bit.ly/3pHwbF8
Renowned paleontologist and geologist Dr. Donald Prothero talks about his new book, "The Story of Evolution in 25 Discoveries." Join us for a fascinating discussion about the cosmos, evolved eyes, our "inner fish," dinosaurs, and so much more.Get the book: https://bit.ly/392HvpG
#ILeftBecause is a Twitter hashtag popularized by Dr. Chrissy Stroop, and people worldwide are sharing the reasons they left religion. We talk to Dr. Stroop, and we share some of those stories on the show.Dr. Stroop's website: https://cstroop.comSubmissions for an upcoming book on "leaving" stories: https://bit.ly/3rHM1AS
Popular atheist activist, podcaster, and author Noah Lugeons just released a new book with commentary on our crazy world. He joins Seth Andrews for a conversation, and Seth reads a segment from the book.BOOK LINK: https://amzn.to/2WJQ9lz
Beyond the pandemic, a LOT of interesting stuff happened this year. We look back at some of the biggest non-COVID news, the most entertaining stories, the big names we lost, and as always, we'll end the broadcast with a segment featuring the weird, wild, and whacky. Happy New Year.
In this "kitchen sink" broadcast, we get philosophical about angry drivers, royalty, relationships, and...a Christmas gargoyle. Happy holidays!Link to the Crissy Stroop meme: https://twitter.com/C_Stroop/status/1335295238508724224
Let's play Santa Claus! This community donated funds and nominated specific needs. In this podcast, we call the recipients and do some godless good.
Isn't it strange that atheists often know more about the origins/symbols of Christmas than many believers? Join us as we examine the (bizarre) biblical nativity...and the fascinating history behind the holiday.
In the wake of the recent presidential election, the prophets of apocalyptic doom are losing their minds. What is happening to America? Join us for a journey down the rabbit hole of prophecy, conspiracy, and Christian dominion theology.
Many atheists LOVE Thanksgiving and Christmas, while others avoid them. In this podcast, we talk about the holidays...beyond belief.
Seth fielded questions and challenges from Christians (and a few atheists) at their November online meeting of The Atheist & Christian Book Club. This is a rebroadcast with their permission.VIDEO of the event is here: https://youtu.be/_wmAPd6HfB4WEBSITE: https://atheistchristianbookclub.com
We should embrace every opportunity to give thanks, but the American Thanksgiving holiday has a (very) dark backstory which should be acknowledged. For better and worse, this is a short history of the origins of the holiday.
Grief comes in so many forms. Grief surrounding death, the loss of a relationship, even grieving a religious culture from your past. In this show, we discuss grief and grieving beyond the coping mechanisms offered by religions and God-belief.If you're struggling with grief, please reach out to http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org
Wondery (Dr. Death, Dirty John, The Shrink Next Door) and NBC News (Dateline, The Thing About Pam, Motive for Murder) present Do No Harm.The Bright family was thrust into a medical and legal system so committed to protecting vulnerable children from abuse, it failed to protect innocent parents. From the hospital room to the courtroom, we walk in the footsteps of the Bright family as they battle to keep their children and fight against a system determined to tear them apart.Listen today at won...
Seth Andrews was a recent guest on David Metcalf's podcast at www.refreshinglyhonestchristian.com, where the two had a candid conversation about the Christian faith.
When we decide to "agree to disagree" on something, when are we constructively choosing our battles, and when are we merely surrendering on an important moral issue? We discuss this.
This Halloween-themed show gets into the things that frighten us, our evolved fear mechanisms, and - just for fun - some recommendations for scary movies.
Here's something a little extra for the Halloween holiday. Totally free (and hopefully spooky). Enjoy! Ghost Stories audiobook: https://adbl.co/3kzy6Jv
An authoritarian is defined as someone "favoring or enforcing strict obedience to authority, especially that of the government, at the expense of personal freedom." This applies to cult leaders, politicians, life partners, employers, and so many others.Psychotherapist Dr. Eric Maisel joins us to discuss. Visit his site at www.ericmaisel.com
It's our annual tradition. Lower the lights, crank up the sound, and Happy Halloween!
Jen Senko's father got hooked on radical, right-wing radio, and his transformation nearly tore his family apart. Jen joins Seth Andrews to talk about her dad...and the documentary about his brainwashing.Find out more: http://www.thebrainwashingofmydad.comVIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/MW7Go6_sShI
It's been a crazy year, and often a difficult one. This show is - hopefully - a reminder that goodness still exists in the world. Enjoy!
Grace Baldridge is a documentary filmmaker behind the documentary, "The Dark Reality of the Christian Music Industry." She joins Seth Andrews for a conversation.View the film here: https://youtu.be/IEbyzZE5nzAGrace is on Twitter at @GraceBaldridge
Lucien Greaves, co-founder of http://www.thesatanictemple.com, joins Seth Andrews for a conversation about the continuing Satanic Panic in the United States, the utility of non-theistic religions, and how the icon of Satan might approach today's evangelicals in power.VIDEO of this discussion: https://youtu.be/e-eCSJGZAEk
On the anniversary of 9/11, Seth Andrews does a stream-of-consciousness show about life, love, and goodness.VIDEO of this stream is at https://youtu.be/W-t7AL6um1c
In this free audio chapter from Seth Andrews' new book, we explore the Christian Nationalism, fearmongering, bigotry, and near-constant rage blasting daily out of American conservative radio. Get the book "Confessions of a Former Fox News Christian" today at http://www.sethandrews.com
Seth Andrews speaks about the recent dust-up involving Jerry Falwell, Jr., as well as Ken Copeland's dismissal from the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Plus plenty of listener calls.
Yoga...with cows? With the madness in the world, perhaps it's something we could try. Seth Andrews explores this little de-stresser and takes plenty of listener calls. Enjoy.
John Musgrave was horribly wounded in the jungles of Vietnam. This near-fatal experience brought him home to a nation in turmoil, and as the bullets and bombs killed his brothers and sisters in arms, John began to re-think what it meant to be a patriot. His story was featured in the PBS documentary, "The Vietnam War," and he speaks and counsels nationwide today. His website: www.johnmusgraveveteran.com
Elle (9) and Bailey (14) are young authors who are promoting Humanism and science to their generation. Seth Andrews speaks to them (and Dad) about their attitudes, their work, and their promotion of goodness without gods.http://www.ellethehumanist.comhttp://www.baileystardust.comVIDEO of this interview at: https://youtu.be/O28OCjQB96Y
Seth Andrews speaks about unfriending, unreason, and the vast ocean of conspiracy that is infecting the United States. It's random. It's ranty. It's refeshing. Enjoy.Washington Post article: https://wapo.st/3kMu3tC
Sarah Levin is Program Director for Secular Democrats of America, an organization on the front lines of state/church separation in the United States. Find out more, and register for their online convention event on August 18th 1pm Central: http://www.seculardems.orgVIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/Qa5hWMc_7ac
Jon Steingard was lead singer for the CCM band Hawk Nelson. On May 20, 2020, he posted on Instagram that he no longer believed in God, and his story went viral. Jon joins Seth Andrews for a candid conversation about his former faith, the word "atheist," the Christian Music industry, and the path forward.VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/9spE4M5qe90Jon's instagram post: https://bit.ly/2Dhi9XqEsquire article on Jon: https://bit.ly/3faEgvTHawk Nelson website: http://hawknelson.comSupp...
Australia's Channel 7 produced a 10-part series called "Scientology: Black Ops" starting Leah Remini and Paul Haggis. Strangely, they cancelled the broadcast on the day it was scheduled to air. Did Tom Cruise - the world's most famous Scientologist - use his (significant) influence to silence criticisms of his religion? We speak to Scientology expert Tony Ortega about the story.The Guardian article on "Scientology: Black Ops:" https://bit.ly/2DdE0z9Tony Ortega's article on Tom Cruise: https:/...
This is the audio from a recent online speech given by Seth Andrews, dealing with the United States, its founders, it Constitution, and the popular claim that "America is a Christian Nation."VIDEO of this presentation at: https://youtu.be/1U0MHrotTsgSupport our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth
Vi La Bianca is co-host of Secular Sexuality and Talk Heathen. Vi joins Seth Andrews for a candid conversation about Christianity, religious family, sex and gender, identity, and the culture.VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/FdbJZhlSyBUVi on Twitter: @AuthorConfusionTalk Heathen: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNo4F3mz70-UqRbKwjRmRWgSecular Sexuality: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6rMzPbGk8DZcrQMAb0cVlA
Seth Andrews gets into the QAnon conspiracies, John Pavlovitz's take on "Toxic Positivity," and those convinced that masks equal tyranny. Plus, your calls.Pavlovitz's article, "The Privilege of Positivity:" https://johnpavlovitz.com/2019/07/06/the-privilege-of-positivity/
Dr. Joshua Bowen is author of the 2020 book, "Did the Old Testament Endorse Slavery." He has a Ph.D in Assyriology and specializes in the Sumerian language, and he thinks that many counter-apologists might be missing some key points on critical Bible criticisms. Links:Did the Old Testament Endorse Slavery (Amazon): https://amzn.to/2Z1GUzuDigital Hammurabi on YouTube: www.youtube.com/digitalhammurabiDigital Hammurabi Podcast: www.digitalhammurabi.buzzsprout.comWebsite: www.digitalhammurabi.co...
Patrick and Christabella are engaged to be married. He is an atheist. She is still a Christian. In this candid conversation. Seth Andrews speaks to the couple about their relationship, their similarities and differences, their families, their philosophies, and their future.Support our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth
In this amusing and R-A-N-D-O-M podcast, Seth Andrews explores some of the not-so-big questions that have occupied his mind. Enjoy!Support our sponsors:The Great Courses Plus (free trial): http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethHarry's: http://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheist
Seth Andrews laments the United States' resistance to reason and empathy during a global pandemic.Link to pre-order for Seth's book: http://www.sethandrews.com
Tracie Harris is probably best known as former co-host of The Atheist Experience. Today, she's onto other projects, including serving as an advisor for www.truthandtransparency.org, and blogging/podcasting on her own at https://apple.co/2BkDgHaTracie joins Seth Andrews for a candid conversation about the recent unrest in the United States, society as "a product," and how we might rethink our approach(es) as humans and Humanists.VIDEO of this conversation is on YouTube: https://youtu.be/m1xXvT...
Very recently, Erin finally, fully made her break with fundamental Christianity. The road has been difficult. Family and friends are only now becoming aware of her journey. And Erin has a strong desire to talk about her escape, and to help others who are doing the same. She joins Seth Andrews for a very personal conversation about becoming an ex-Christian.Erin is on Twitter at @ExxtianErinVIDEO of this conversation is at https://youtu.be/CDrBd_ykah4Support our sponsor with your free trial of ...
Seth Andrews shares specific policies/cultures from some religious schools. Plus, plenty of listener calls.Support our sponsor: http://www.blinkist.com/seth
On May 25th, 2020, George Floyd - an unarmed black man - was suffocated to death under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, resulting in a national uprising and global protests. "8 minutes and 46 seconds" is the time Floyd was pinned to the ground by the neck.Seth Andrews speaks about race, equality, protest, and justice with Wil Jeudy, a black activist and Texas Assistant State Director for American Atheists.VIDEO of this discussion: https://youtu.be/1WUfCExjwmQ