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I’m Offended!

I’m Offended!

January 27, 2015

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Often in conversations regarding religion, one party (or both) will declare that they're offended by a statement, belief, position or action. But what does it mean to take offense, and should we be concerned about what others might consider offensive? We explore the issue. Your calls and emails: podcast@thethinkingatheist.com Dan Arel's article: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/danthropology/2015/01/charlie-hebdo-has-a-right-to-offend-you-and-it-is-not-a-double-standard/ [MORE]

In the Wake of Charlie Hebdo

January 22, 2015

On January 7, 2015, two masked gunmen killed 12 people, 11 of whom worked for the French satirical newspaper, "Charlie Hebdo," a publication with a reputation for lampooning Islam and its prophet. Terror alerts remain high, and in the wake of the killings, Charlie Hebdo remained defiant, publishing a caricature of Muhammad on its very next issue. Millions of copies immediately sold. Soon after, Pope Francis declared his condemnation of the attack and hi support for free speech, but also declared that "you cannot insult people's faith." The debate rages on. Did these attackers truly represent the religion of Islam? Should the attack have been expected because it was provoked? Should satire expect protection in all of its forms, or are there limits? And what should responsible media outlets do in regard to religion, free speech and the safety of its employees. Guests include Brian Dalton (Mr. Deity), Ali A. Rizvi, Faisal Saeed Al Mutar and others. Plus your calls and emails (podcast@thethinkingatheist.com)f The Way of the Mister: Fuck the Pope: http://youtu.be/6xDnxv6eFNg Ali A. Rizvi's blog archive: www.huffingtonpost.com/ali-a-rizvi Faisal Saeed Al Mutar's website: www.faisalalmutar.com [MORE]

Ryan Bell: A Year Without God

January 20, 2015

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Ryan Bell, a former Seventh-day Adventist pastor, lived as an atheist for the entire year of 2014, chronicling the journey on his blog, http://www.patheos.com/blogs/yearwithoutgod. In December of 2014, Bell announced in an NPR interview that he no longer believes in God. Both Christians and atheists have rallied around this declaration, for good and for ill. In this very special broadcast, we speak personally with Ryan Bell about his faith, his year without God, and about the circumstances which led to his desire to take such an unusual (and drastic) step. Charisma News article featuring Ryan: http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/watchman-on-the-wall/46618-why-are-so-many-christians-turning-into-atheists Seth's response video to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry: http://youtu.be/m1ugVyuRUv0 [MORE]

200th Episode

January 13, 2015

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Seth Andrews joins a live audience for this very special 200th episode. Kick off the New Year with this celebration of the big 2-0-0. [MORE]

2014- The Year in Review

December 30, 2014

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist It's our annual wrap-up of the best (and worst) of 2014. What are the things that made the headlines? Scientific breakthroughs? Best films? The most iconic figures? The biggest successes and failures of the year? Join us for the final broadcast of the year. Salon Article: http://www.salon.com/2014/12/20/were_putting_an_end_to_religion_richard_dawkins_bill_maher_and_the_exploding_new_american_secularism [MORE]

Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria

December 9, 2014

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: http://www.harrys.com (coupon code: thinkingatheist) Cara Santa Maria has dedicated her life to improving science literacy by communicating scientific principles across media platforms. A North Texas native, she currently lives in Los Angeles. Prior to moving to the west coast, Cara taught biology and psychology courses to university undergraduates and high school students in Texas and New York. Her published research has spanned various topics, including clinical psychological assessment, the neuropsychology of blindness, neuronal cell culture techniques, and computational neurophysiology. Cara previously worked as a co-host and producer on the Pivot TV nightly live television show, "TakePart Live." Before that, she was the senior science correspondent for The Huffington Post and co-starred in "Hacking The Planet" and "The Truth About Twisters" on The Weather Channel. She has made appearances on CNN, Fox News, TLC, Current TV, BBC America, G4, SundanceTV, Travel Channel, and Nat Geo WILD. Cara currently hosts a weekly science podcast called "Talk Nerdy." She joins Seth Andrews for tonight's podcast. Call the show with comments and/or questions, or email podcast@thethinkingatheist.com. Cara's website: http://carasantamaria.com [MORE]
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