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TheThinkingAtheist

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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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Episodes

Is Cancel Culture Real?

February 23, 2021 11:00 - 1 hour - 58.4 MB

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.

Insurrection and Christian Nationalism (with constitutional attorney Andrew Seidel)

February 16, 2021 11:00 - 1 hour - 56.5 MB

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

Women Leaving Islam: Stories of Courage and Change (with Maryam Namazie)

February 09, 2021 11:00 - 51 minutes - 47.1 MB

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

Bad Apologetics: The Arguments We're Most Weary Of (PART TWO)

February 02, 2021 11:00 - 1 hour - 75.2 MB

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

A Skeptic's Guide to GameStop (with Phil Ferguson)

January 31, 2021 21:45 - 46 minutes - 42.5 MB

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

Bad Apologetics: The Arguments We're Most Weary Of (PART ONE)

January 26, 2021 11:00 - 1 hour - 58.8 MB

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

The Story of Evolution in 25 Discoveries (with Dr. Donald Prothero)

January 19, 2021 11:00 - 56 minutes - 51.8 MB

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

I Left Because

January 12, 2021 11:00 - 1 hour - 88.2 MB

#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

Outbreak: A Crisis of Faith (with Noah Lugeons)

January 05, 2021 12:00 - 1 hour - 66 MB

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

2020: The (mostly COVID-free) Year In Review

December 29, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour - 72 MB

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.

Road Rage, the Crown, a Karen, and a Christmas Gargoyle

December 22, 2020 13:00 - 1 hour - 75.3 MB

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

For Goodness' Sake: Surprise Calls and Gifts to Those in Need

December 15, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour - 58.6 MB

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.

What Christians (Probably) Don't Know About Christmas

December 08, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour - 65.1 MB

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.

Weaponized Stupidity & Monetized Myth: The Randy Quaid-ing of America

December 01, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour - 60.8 MB

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.

Holidays Beyond Belief: Coping and Celebrating without Religion

November 24, 2020 11:00 - 57 minutes - 52.5 MB

Many atheists LOVE Thanksgiving and Christmas, while others avoid them. In this podcast, we talk about the holidays...beyond belief.

Seth Andrews on The Atheist & Christian Book Club

November 21, 2020 14:00 - 2 hours - 116 MB

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

Thanksgiving: The Dark History of a Beloved American Holiday

November 17, 2020 11:00 - 57 minutes - 52.8 MB

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.

Grieving without a god

November 10, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour - 91.7 MB

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

Introducing: Do No Harm

November 10, 2020 08:30 - 4 minutes - 4.37 MB

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...

The Refreshingly Honest Christian

November 06, 2020 19:00 - 55 minutes - 50.8 MB

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.

What Does "Agree to Disagree" Mean to You?

November 03, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour - 71.7 MB

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.

Fears, Phobias, and Frightening Films!

October 27, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 67.1 MB

This Halloween-themed show gets into the things that frighten us, our evolved fear mechanisms, and - just for fun - some recommendations for scary movies.

Ghost Stories Bonus: "Clown"

October 22, 2020 16:30 - 25 minutes - 23.2 MB

Here's something a little extra for the Halloween holiday. Totally free (and hopefully spooky). Enjoy! Ghost Stories audiobook: https://adbl.co/3kzy6Jv

The Authoritarian Unveiled (with Dr. Eric Maisel)

October 20, 2020 10:00 - 42 minutes - 38.9 MB

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

Ghost Stories 2020

October 13, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 77.4 MB

It's our annual tradition. Lower the lights, crank up the sound, and Happy Halloween!

The Brainwashing of my Dad (with documentary filmmaker Jen Senko)

October 06, 2020 10:00 - 38 minutes - 35.6 MB

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

When the World Doesn't Suck: Faith in Humanity Stories

September 29, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 68.8 MB

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!

The Dark Reality of the Christian Music Industry (with documentary filmmaker Grace Baldridge)

September 22, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 68.9 MB

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

What Would Satan Do: Religion, Moral Panic, and the Devils in the Dark (with Lucien Greaves)

September 15, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 61.9 MB

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

A Little Goodness

September 11, 2020 17:45 - 1 hour - 82.9 MB

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

The Rush to Anger: Right-Wing Radio and the Angry White Male

September 08, 2020 10:00 - 57 minutes - 52.7 MB

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

Unzipped: When the Purity Police Fall from Grace

September 01, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 65.4 MB

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.

Cow Yoga!

August 28, 2020 10:00 - 56 minutes - 51.8 MB

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.

War and Protest: A Candid Conversation with Vietnam Veteran John Musgrave

August 25, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 70.7 MB

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

Young Humanists: with Elle and Bailey Harris

August 20, 2020 17:00 - 23 minutes - 22 MB

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

My Mom Unfriended Me on Facebook

August 18, 2020 10:00 - 56 minutes - 51.8 MB

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

Make America Constitutional Again (with Sarah Levin)

August 16, 2020 16:30 - 27 minutes - 25.1 MB

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

Former Christian Music Singer Jon Steingard: I No Longer Believe in God

August 11, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 67 MB

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...

Leah Remini, Tom Cruise, and the "Space Opera" of Scientology (with guest Tony Ortega)

August 04, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 56.8 MB

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:/...

America is Not a Christian Nation

July 28, 2020 10:00 - 33 minutes - 30.7 MB

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

We Don't Belong in Boxes (with Vi La Bianca)

July 21, 2020 10:00 - 57 minutes - 52.7 MB

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

QAnon, Toxic "Positivity," and the Maskholes

July 17, 2020 10:00 - 55 minutes - 51.2 MB

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/

Slavery in the Bible: Better Arguments against Biblical Atrocities (with Dr. Joshua Bowen)

July 14, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 68.6 MB

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...

We're Engaged: The Atheist & the Christian

July 07, 2020 10:00 - 45 minutes - 42 MB

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

I Have Questions: The Stuff I Should Already Know

June 30, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 68.4 MB

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

American Idiot: Superstition and Selfishness in a "Free" Nation

June 26, 2020 17:30 - 1 hour - 71.6 MB

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: Our Society is a Product

June 23, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 106 MB

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...

Meet Erin: Ex-Christian

June 16, 2020 10:00 - 55 minutes - 51.1 MB

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 ...

Shame & Sanctimony: Fear and Control in Religious Schools

June 09, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 73.8 MB

Seth Andrews shares specific policies/cultures from some religious schools. Plus, plenty of listener calls.Support our sponsor: http://www.blinkist.com/seth

8 Minutes and 46 Seconds: Outrage and Protest in a Divided Nation (with Wil Jeudy)

June 05, 2020 15:00 - 47 minutes - 43.3 MB

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

Guests

John W. Loftus
3 Episodes
Lucien Greaves
2 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
Ravi Zacharias
1 Episode
Richard Dawkins
1 Episode
Steven Hassan
1 Episode
Trevor Noah
1 Episode

Books

Behind the Curtain
1 Episode

Twitter Mentions

@c_stroop 1 Episode
@arminnavabi 1 Episode
@dwdcanada 1 Episode