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Swallowing a Shot of Faith from Dr. Mitch Stokes (Anthony)

Anthony read a book called “A Shot of Faith (to the Head)” by Mitch Stokes and decided to write a review and commentary of it for a website that he contributes to called obsessivebooknerd.com. Anthony figured that you fellow secularists might be interested in what he had to say. This is just a recitation of that review. We hope you enjoy!

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Dr. Mitch Stokes’ website.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

Richard Dawkins Ruined my Family (not really) (Chad)

Chad shares a several part anecdote with us about how a trip to see Richard Dawkins lead to him “coming out” to his parents as an atheist.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

'God's Not Dead', A Response (Anthony and Matt)

One tragic March evening, Matt and Anthony paid $10 each to see “God’s Not Dead” …. this is their reaction.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

Some Background on Chad, a New Host (Chad)

Our new host, Chad, tells us some stories about growing up a Baptist, and going to Catholic mass for the first time with his fiancee.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:30am EDT

Secular Bible Study: Genesis Part II (Anthony and Matt)

If you have ever wondered how an atheist reads The Bible, this episode is for you. Anthony and Matt discuss notes they took and thoughts they had as they read Genesis. This is the second episode of the series Secular Bible Study where Anthony and Matt read through The Bible for the first time as secularists. Eventually, all 66 books will be covered. Unfortunately, Anthony and Matt had A LOT to say; so the recording is being broken up into multiple parts. You can look forward to the rest of the discussion in the coming weeks!

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Biblia – The website Matt used to break down the different versions of The Bible.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:30am EDT

If you have ever wondered how an atheist reads The Bible, this episode is for you. Anthony and Matt discuss notes they took and thoughts they had as they read the first 10 chapters of Genesis. This is the first episode of the series Secular Bible Study where Anthony and Matt read through The Bible for the first time as secularists. Eventually, all 66 books will be covered. Unfortunately, Anthony and Matt had A LOT to say; so the recording is being broken up into multiple parts. You can look forward to the rest of the discussion in the coming weeks!

 

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Biblia – The website Matt used to break down the different versions of The Bible.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

In this episode, Matt (ObsessiveViewer.com & ObsessiveBookNerd.com) discusses the recent news of Fred Phelps’ ailing health and gives his perspective on the Westboro Baptist Church and why they shouldn’t be completely swept under the rug.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:11pm EDT

Yes, You CAN Pray in School (Anthony)

Are our public schools really secular? Is it illegal to pray in school? Of course not. Listen as Anthony breaks down the silly notion that prayer and God are absent from America's public schools; and why he's okay with that.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:35pm EDT

Answering Creationist Questions (Anthony)

This episode consists of Anthony answering questions from a link that was sent to him. The link was an article from Buzzfeed.com of a series of pictures. The pictures were questions and comments that had been written down by attendants of the debate on Creationism between Bill Nye and Ken Ham on February 4th, 2014. Anthony is presenting these answers from the perspective of a layman.

This is the original article: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/messages-from-creationists-to-people-who-believe-in-evolutio

This is the YouTube video of the debate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6kgvhG3AkI


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All 22 questions:

1. “Bill Nye, are you influencing the minds of children in a positive way?”

 

2. “Are you scared of a Divine Creator?” (sic)

 

3. “Is it completely illogical that the earth was created mature? i.e. trees created with rings… Adam created as an adult…” (sic)

 

4. “Does not the second law of thermodynamics disprove Evolution?” (sic)

 

5. “How do you explain a sunset if their is no God?” (sic)

 

6. “If the Big Bang Theory is true and taught as science along with evolution, why do the laws of thermodynamics debunk said theories?” (sic)

 

7. “What about Noetics?”

 

8. “Where do you derive objective meaning in life?” (sic)

 

9. “If God did not create everything, how did the first single-celled organism originate? By chance?”

 

10. “I believe in The Big Bang Theory… God said it and BANG it happened!” (sic)

 

11. “Why do evolutionists/secularists/huminists/non – God believing people reject the idea of their being a creator God but embrace the concept of inteligent design from aliens or other extra-terrestrial sources?” (sic)

 

12. “There is no in between … the only one found has been Lucy and there are only a few pieces of the hundreds necessary for an ‘official proof’” (sic)

 

13. “Does metamorphosis help support evolution?” (sic)

 

14. “If Evolution is a Theory (like creationism or the Bible) why then is Evolution thought as fact.” (sic)

 

15. “Because science by definition is a ‘theory’ – not testable, observable, nor repeatable. why do you object to creationism or intelligent design being taught in school?” (sic)

 

16. “What mechanism has science discovered that evidences an increase of genetic information seen in any genetic mutation or evolutionary process?”

 

17. “What purpose do you think you are here for if you do not believe in salvation?”

 

18: “Why have we found only 1 ‘Lucy’, when we have found more than 1 of everything else?” (sic)

 

19. “Can you believe in ‘the big bang’ without ‘faith’?” (sic)

 

20. “How can you look at the world and not believe Someone created/thought of it? It’s Amazing!!!” (sic)

 

21. “Relating to the big bang theory … Where did the exploding star come from?” (sic)

 

22. “If we came from monkeys then why are there still monkeys?”

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:18pm EDT

Matt from ObsessiveViewer.com provides a glimpse into his secularism and what led him to turn to atheism for answers in this introduction episode. You can find him on Twitter @ObsessiveViewer. You can also listen to him on The Obsessive Viewer Podcast.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:52pm EDT