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The Atheist Experience is a weekly show in Austin, Texas geared at a non-atheist and atheist audience. The Atheist Experience is produced by the Atheist Community of Austin.The Atheist Community of Austin is organized as a nonprofit educational corporation to develop and support the atheist community, to provide opportunities for socializing and friendship, to promote secular viewpoints, to encourage positive atheist culture, to defend the first amendment principle of state-church separation, to oppose discrimination against atheists and to work with other organizations in pursuit of common goals.We define atheism as the lack of belief in gods. This definition also encompasses what most people call agnosticism.

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The Atheist Experience is a weekly show in Austin, Texas geared at a non-atheist and atheist audience. The Atheist Experience is produced by the Atheist Community of Austin.The Atheist Community of Austin is organized as a nonprofit educational corporation to develop and support the atheist community, to provide opportunities for socializing and friendship, to promote secular viewpoints, to encourage positive atheist culture, to defend the first amendment principle of state-church separation, to oppose discrimination against atheists and to work with other organizations in pursuit of common goals.We define atheism as the lack of belief in gods. This definition also encompasses what most people call agnosticism.

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Matt is a true leader. His passion and knowledge is unparalleled.

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These people are out on the front lines, defending against the yoke of theocracy.

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Love Matt’s Way of Getting Through to People!

By iapsofkdbabaiskrnsnakajsjjed - Sep 28 2019
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Matt is a true leader. His passion and knowledge is unparalleled.

The Front Lines

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These people are out on the front lines, defending against the yoke of theocracy.

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The Atheist Experience is a weekly show in Austin, Texas geared at a non-atheist and atheist audience. The Atheist Experience is produced by the Atheist Community of Austin.The Atheist Community of Austin is organized as a nonprofit educational corporation to develop and support the atheist community, to provide opportunities for socializing and friendship, to promote secular viewpoints, to encourage positive atheist culture, to defend the first amendment principle of state-church separation, to oppose discrimination against atheists and to work with other organizations in pursuit of common goals.We define atheism as the lack of belief in gods. This definition also encompasses what most people call agnosticism.

#880: Viewer Calls

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Matt Dillahunty and Tracie Harris. Viewer Calls. Matt and Tracie take viewer calls.

Aug 25 2014

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#785: Viewer Calls

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Matt Dillahunty and Martin Wagner. Viewer Calls. Matt and Martin take viewer calls.

Oct 29 2012

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#20.27: Viewer Calls

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Matt Dillahunty and Tracie Harris. Viewer Calls. Matt and Tracie take viewer calls.

Jul 11 2016

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#20.13: Viewer Calls

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Matt Dillahunty and John Iacoletti. Viewer Calls. Matt and John take calls.

Apr 04 2016

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#914: Religion and Families

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Matt Dillahunty and Tracie Harris. Religion and Families. Tracie talks about how religions can destroy family structures and bonds.

Apr 20 2015

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#823: Viewer Calls

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Matt Dillahunty and Martin Wagner. Viewer Calls. Matt and Martin take viewer calls.

Jul 22 2013

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#933: Viewer Calls

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Matt Dillahunty and Jen Peeples. Viewer Calls. Matt and Jen take callers.

Aug 31 2015

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#22.16 with Matt Dillahunty and Jen Peeples

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Matt Dillahunty and Jen Peeples. American Atheists Firing. Matt urges patience with waiting on details of the American Atheists firing of Dave Silverman.

Apr 23 2018

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#826: Viewer Calls

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Matt Dillahunty and Jeff Dee. Viewer Calls. Matt and Jeff take callers.

Aug 12 2013

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#20.41: Humanism

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Matt Dillahunty with guest Ed Brayton. Humanism. Comedian and blogger Ed Brayton joins Matt as a guest.

Oct 17 2016

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Atheist Experience 23.45 2019-10-27 with Matt Dillahunty & Don Baker

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SHOW TIME-STAMPS

00:09:00 Jerry - MN - Questioning the end of life of a religious relative
00:19:00 Christian - Denmark - Is it immoral to have children if you believe they’ll end up in Hell?
00:36:00 Nick - OK - How to encourage a thriving atheist community in your area
00:52:00 John - GA - Could the universe really have happened by random chance?
01:07:00 Maurice - TX - Is death really and truly the end?
01:20:27 Jamie - AR - Troubled with honoring her atheist daughter’s last wishes.
01:37:22 Mike - AZ - Why did you choose Atheism over Agnosticism
01:40:12 Gman - NJ - Has proof that god exists, and no he doesn’t really.

SHOW NOTES
In this episode of the Atheist Experience, Matt Dillahunty is joined by the most fabulous Don Baker! We begin this episode with Don’s failures. This week’s topic is: Soul scams used by religions. For those following along, this is topic #68.

Afterwards, they begin taking calls. The first caller is Jerry from Minnesota. He would like to talk about how to approach a religious relative’s end of life beliefs. As someone close to death, she may be embracing religion out of fear, perhaps a gentle touch is a good idea.

The next caller, Christian from Denmark would like to discuss the idea that it is immoral to have children and believe they might end up in Hell. Listen in and find out how Matt and Don approach this idea!

The following caller named Nick from Oklahoma wants to talk about his atheist group and best practices to encouraging and revitalizing a thriving atheist community.
The next caller in the queue is John from Georgia wanting to discuss if the universe really could have happened by random chance and probability. Tune in to hear Matt’s explanation and debunking yet another ad-hoc rationalization.

Next up, Maurice in Texas is asking about using circumstantial evidence to prove the existence of the afterlife and therefore God. Tune in and find out if the evidence provided is good enough for Matt and Don!

Afterward, Jamie from Arkansas talks about how to truly honor her daughter’s wishes in death, Jamie is a Christian and her dying daughter is an atheist. This is something worth listening to as well as visiting Grief beyond Belief: http://griefbeyondbelief.org/

Subsequently, Mike in Arizona discusses why we chose atheism over agnosticism. Guess what Mike, they are not mutually exclusive nor are they absolute as you claim. One is about belief and the other is about knowledge. That was a short call.

Finally, Gman from Arizona has proof a god exists. Go ahead and prove it and don’t use circular arguments or rationalizations. We're still waiting… annnnddd.. you’re done!

Oct 28 2019

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#839: Viewer Calls

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Matt Dillahunty and Martin Wagner. Viewer Calls. Matt and Martin take viewer calls.

Nov 11 2013

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#906: Marriage Equality

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Matt Dillahunty and Jen Peeples. Marriage Equality. Jen talks about the first same-sex marriage legalized in Texas.

Feb 23 2015

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#947: Viewer Calls

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Matt Dillahunty and Martin Wagner. Viewer Calls. Matt and Martin take viewer calls.

Dec 07 2015

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#919: Is Human Nature Inherently Sinful?

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Matt Dillahunty and Tracie Harris. Is Human Nature Inherently Sinful?. Tracie talks about how some seculars have unknowingly adopted some religious attitudes.

May 25 2015

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#891: Slavery

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Matt Dillahunty and Don Baker. Slavery. Don and Matt discuss the failure of slavery.

Nov 10 2014

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#852: Viewer Calls

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Matt Dillahunty and Jen Peeples. Viewer Calls. Matt and Jenn take viewer calls.

Feb 10 2014

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#20.23: Street Epistemology

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Matt Dillahunty and Anthony Magnabosco. Street Epistemology. Matt talks about the latest shooting. Anthony Magnabosco talks about how to erode confidence in false beliefs.

Jun 13 2016

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#21.40: Church Bailouts

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Matt Dillahunty and Don Baker. Church Bailouts. Don discusses that churches asking for bailouts after hurricane Harvey is just another failure of Christianity.

Oct 16 2017

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#20.22: Talking to Kids about Death

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Matt Dillahunty and Jen Peeples. Talking to Kids about Death. Jenn discusses how to talk to your kids about death and dying without religious claptrap.

Jun 06 2016

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Atheist Experience 23.51 2019-12-08 with Matt Dillahunty & Jenna Belk

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00:14:33 Ray - MI - Struggling with family, longing for acceptance for her son
00:29:19 Charlotte - CA - Questioning their faith, is wondering if it’s difficult to not believe.
00:55:49 Danny - London, UK - Mocked for beliefs? Is persecution justified?
01:15:40 Joseph - NY - It’s story time!: Turning to God after traumatic encounter at the gym.

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Hi everyone! In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, we have the dynamic duo as host and co-host today, Matt Dillahunty and Jenna Belk. Before we get to calls, Jenna has a couple things she’d like to talk about from previous calls in previous episodes.
Let’s get to calls. The first caller is Rae from Michigan. She is struggling with family and longs for acceptance for her son. Her son is also living with Asperger’s and she is trying her best to shield him from fundamental ideologies.

Next up, Charlotte from California would like to know if it is difficult to not believe. She is also slightly fearful of accepting the ‘Atheist’ label and the consequences of doing so. Listen in to hear Jenna and Matt help her out.

The following returning caller named Danny from London, UK is concerned about being mocked and persecuted for their beliefs. Some discussion about a variety of topics occurred, including prophecies and proof of God. Sorry Danny, your word salad isn’t very palpable and is quite bitter. We’re moving on.

It’s story time! Our last caller of the live show is Joseph from New York. He has a story! He begins to tell a convoluted tale about going to the gym with his brother at the age of 22, a strange character who may have assaulted him, and then going swimming… Jenna and Matt get to the lesson/morale of this story and recommend a few resources.

Dec 09 2019

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Atheist Experience 23.50 2019-12-01 with Don Baker & Jenna Belk

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00:02:55 Vanessa - MA - Wondering about compromising with Santa.
00:06:10 Ryan - IN - Would like to talk about why atheists don’t believe.
00:25:38 Michael - TX - Has the BEST argument for the existence of God.
00:33:08 Bree - WA - Attended grandpa’s funeral and received the fire & brimstone talk.
00:39:02 Dean - NC - Using ancient documents, why can’t we use them as historical evidence.
01:02:19 Nick - NY - Has the greatest evidence that Catholicism is the truest religion.
01:13:11 Danny - London, UK - Would like to talk about Exodus
01:24:45 Levi - WA - Living as an atheist in a religious household.

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In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, Don Baker is joined by Jenna Belk. Are you all ready for Don’s laugh? I am! Let’s get to calls.

The first caller is Vanessa from Massachusetts. Wonders if it is ruining the magic of Christmas if they tell their young children about the myth of Santa Claus. Jenna and Don help her through this. It’s ok to pretend for a little while, but keep an eye on it.

Next up, Ryan from Indiana would like to talk about why atheists don’t believe in a God. Jenna explains her history and her journey from Catholicism to being an atheist. Ryan also claims atheists are miserable. Oh that’s a stretch, we are all pretty happy at the Freethought Library. Listen in to find out how Don and Jenna unpack his arguments.

The following caller named Michael from Texas has the BEST argument for the existence of God. First he defines the God he believes in, which is good, and his argument is fine-tuning and the multiverse hypothesis. Listen in to hear Don and Jenna break it all down.
The next caller in the queue is Bree from Washington wanting to talk about her experience at a very religious funeral as an out atheist. I’m sorry you experienced that Bree, you have community with us here!

Next up, Dean in North Carolina would like to propose that because the documents that make up the Bible are ancient due to when they were written, we should be able to use these documents as historical evidence. Sorry, confirming historical documents as evidence doesn’t work that way.

Afterwards we have Nick from New York. He has the greatest evidence that Roman Catholicism is the one true religion. He also wants to fix the Church’s problems by writing and visiting Pope Francis in the Vatican. Also claiming that by believing in something it makes it true. Jenna provides some great resources for him.

Wooo, after that interesting caller, we have Danny in London, UK. He would like to chat about Exodus and its historicity. What does it mean if it is true? Why should we care? He should talk to an Egyptologist about this. This one was interesting as well.

Our last caller of the day, Levi in Washington. He is questioning his family’s religiosity and how to best approach them. Listen in to hear amazing Jenna’s advice.

Dec 02 2019

1hr 27mins

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Atheist Experience 23.49 2019-11-24 with Matt Dillahunty & Jenna Belk

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00:04:26 Gohan - TX - Invited call from Talk Heathen, would like to discuss pro-life/abortion.
00:19:15 Richard - Malaysia - Would like to discuss intuition and how that figures into belief.
00:36:19 Caleb - PA - Recently deconverted, wife is religious, how to approach this with her.
00:47:35 “Canadian Catholic” - Canada - How his view on religion changed after being an atheist.
01:08:26 Richard - AZ - Makes the argument that God/Gods will exist
01:15:00 Guillermo - CA - Do you believe in faith?
01:19:20 Tony - NY - Doesn’t believe in traditional religion, but believes God communicates through Math.
SHOW NOTES
In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, Matt Dillahunty is joined by Jenna Belk. Welcome back to the co-host chair Jenna!
Let’s get to calls. The first caller is a returning caller, Gohan from Texas. He was invited to call in during Talk Heathen to discuss abortion, pro-life, and body autonomy. He uses a conjoined twins analogy that is rife with flaws and inaccuracies. If using flawed analogies doesn’t get to solutions, don’t use them!
Next up, Richard from Malaysia would like to talk about intuition and how it figures into belief. Tune in and watch Jenna and Matt walk Richard through using logic to reach conclusions.
The following caller named Caleb from Pennsylvania is concerned about his life as an atheist married to someone religious. Jenna offers some great recommendations to moving his relationship forward.
Oh, you’ll love this… The next caller in the queue is “Canadian Catholic” from Canada wanting to discuss how his view changed from “inner circle atheist” to deeply devoted Roman Catholic. He also presents a hypothesis on consciousness. He called last week, you may recognize his voice.
Next up, Richard in Arizona has an argument he’d like to share. He provides a science fiction argument that through current trends, AI will become “god-like”. Um, sure… no.
Afterwards we have Guillermo from California. He wonders about atheists and their use of the word faith. Atheists tend to use the word faith as way to describe the trust they have or the confidence they have in certain things. Faith to believers is definitely used differently. I think he learned something. Yay!
Our last caller of the day, Tony in New York would like to discuss how God communicates to humans through math. The equations in this argument and formulas are just not adding up here. (Math is not God btw.) Matt goes on to recommend watching Donald in Mathmagicland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_ZHsk0-eF0 Which ends with this quote by Galileo: “Mathematics is the alphabet/language with which “god” has written the universe.” As a metaphor, that is a beautiful concept.

Nov 25 2019

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Atheist Experience 23.48 2019-11-17 with Matt Dillahunty & Don Baker

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00:23:32 Brian - OH - Has proof god exists, it’s Tim Tebow.
00:27:04 Charles - TX - Historical events caused by Jesuits? No.
00:27:53 Joel - AL - Claims to have proof of reincarnation
00:31:23 Patrick - FL - What is sufficient evidence for the existence of god.
00:37:52 Paul - UK - Has definite proof that all the gods don’t exist
00:47:12 Jonathan - AZ - Claims to have found a false argument by Matt
00:58:46 Jeroen - Curaçao - Invited a missionary in to discuss miracles, they deconverted.
01:11:31 CC - Canada - Has evidence for god and he reconverted to Catholicism
01:21:08 Eddie - NY - Believer who has doubts, needs help with understanding.
01:32:20 Rick - Canada - Proof the Big Bang is in the bible and science is in the bible too.

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In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, Matt Dillahunty is joined by one of our favorite co-hosts, Don Baker. Don is back with his list of Christian Failures. This week,
Don continues to talk about souls for the 3rd time. He talks about where the soul goes when you die, spoiler alert: the soul doesn’t exist and it doesn’t go anywhere. If you’re following along and keeping track, this is topic #69.

Let’s get to calls!

The first caller is Brian from Ohio. He claims Tim Tebow is miraculous, it’s also a miracle that he wore 3:16, and everything lined up for a win 7 years ago. Ummmm… No. How do you determine it’s a miracle and how does it translate into proving a god.
Oooh, this one is quick. Charles from Texas lists off historical events and claims it was all caused by the Jesuits. Nope, goodbye!

The following caller named Joel from Alabama has a bald assertion that the soul is reincarnated through universal awareness. Instincts do not relate at ALL to reincarnation. There is also no evidence for this.

The next caller in the queue is Patrick from Florida wanting to discuss why atheists don’t believe that god is the universe. We aren’t trying to redefine the universe as god. What attributes or properties justify putting a god label on the universe? (Answer: it’s not worth it and makes you seem ridiculous.)

Next up, Paul in London, UK has proof that no gods exist. This assertation needs to be under the same scrutiny as the claim that there is a god. The burden of proof is on Paul here due to his claim.

Afterwards we have Jonathan from Arizona. He called in to talk about Matt’s argument that alien abduction is more plausible than god and how that argument is false. It actually is plausible and could happen because it wouldn’t be a supernatural event. You do not get to assert that it is supernatural.

Subsequently, Jeroen in Curaçao feels guilt about deconverting someone who he invited into his home where they discussed and dismantled miracles and other religious ideology.
Next up, Catholic “Clearly” Canadian in Canada definitely has evidence for god. It’s why he reconverted to Catholicism. Where and what is your evidence, eh?

Next caller, Eddie from New York is disgusted with immoral believers and is troubled by what he used to believe. He is having a really tough time, hang in there Eddie, you have community with us here. Please contact the kind folks at Recovering from Religion. They can help: https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/

Finally, we have Rick from Canada. Claims the big bang is in the bible along with scientific facts. Sorry, science doesn’t work that way.

Nov 18 2019

1hr 32mins

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Atheist Experience 23.47 2019-11-10 with Matt Dillahunty & Lloyd Evans

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00:16:35 Jim - CA - How to shield his child from JW propaganda
00:24:09 Alexander - Germany - Knowingly deceiving self into believing due to fear of death
00:37:44 Tyler - MO - Shunned by JW community for 3 years, should he fade or disassociate.
00:45:47 John - GA - Believes atheists all have faith and why we have a negative view on it.
01:05:20 Kenny - OK - Why must Christians provide extraordinary evidence for their god
01:17:00 Steve - WA - Concerned with believing science can explain everything.
01:23:49 Kevin - AK - Why is the Damascus road experience good enough for Saul but not us?
01:37:50 Anonymous - TX - God definitely definitely definitely exists and has the proof.
01:39:19 Rob - Quebec - Noah existed and so did the ark, it’s in Turkey

SHOW NOTES
Welcome to The Atheist Experience! In today’s episode, Matt Dillahunty is joined by Lloyd Evans. (Matt’s back, we missed you!) Lloyd runs a YouTube channel (John Cedars), wrote an amazing book (The Reluctant Apostate), and a website for ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses (www.jwsurvey.org) providing resources to those JWs who are seeking help getting out.

After a couple announcements and some chat about yesterday’s talk in Arizona, they begin taking calls. The first caller is Jim from California. He would like to talk about how best to approach and shield his child from JW propaganda. Lloyd explains how to best go about handling this, tune in to see his response.

The next caller, Alexander from Germany would like to discuss how he is afraid of death, and is deceiving himself into believing so he may enjoy an afterlife.
The following caller named Tyler from Missouri is an ex-JW and wants to talk about whether to fade (aka slip off the radar) or disassociate (aka be excommunicated). Lloyd has a couple recommendations and resources for him.

The next caller in the queue is John from Georgia wanting to discuss why atheists have negative views on religious faith and genuinely believes that all atheists have faith. Et Tu quoque?

Next up, Kenny in Oklahoma is wondering about extraordinary claims requiring extraordinary evidence. The fact that religion is common and people believe in a god isn’t extraordinary, it’s the claim there IS a god, that is extraordinary and requires evidence. Matt is back!

Afterward, Steve from Washington talks about how he is concerned about using science to explain things and is it credible enough. Uh oh, he doesn’t believe in outer space, whoa we might have a flat-earther. Goodbye, you’re done.

Subsequently, Kevin in Alaska would like to discuss why atheists don’t believe in god revealing himself to Saul. Matt explains how if god was wise and real, he would reveal himself to everyone. Kevin responds by saying he saw god in his cereal.

One of our super quick calls, Anonymous in Texas definitely has evidence for god. It’s the 10 commandments… Lloyd’s first hangup! Congrats Lloyd! You’re a pro now!

Finally, Rob from Quebec has proof that Noah and his ark existed and they used steel cables to construct it. It’s in Turkey. (Sure it is.)

Nov 11 2019

1hr 44mins

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Atheist Experience 23.46 2019-11-03 with Jenna Belk & ObjectivelyDan

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00:03:45 Kenny - OK - Doesn’t believe that it is an extraordinary claim that a god exists.
00:32:08 Chris - TN - Is there something greater than us that created the Universe?
00:50:45 John - TN - Losing religion was like losing a horrible part-time job.
01:04:55 Jarrod - FL - Possibility of a creator based on science.
01:09:42 Dean - NC - Accepting the Big Bang model as beginning of the known universe.

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Welcome to Truth Wanted, the show were we explore and debunk myths and try to get to the truth! In today’s episode, ObjectivelyDan talks about... No, wait. It’s Sunday, not Friday. Did the crew mix it up? VERN OR MARK, HELP, YOU’RE MY ONLY HOPE! Jenna to the rescue, it IS the Atheist Experience with Jenna Belk and ObjectivelyDan!

Let’s jump right into calls! The first caller is Kenny from Oklahoma. He would like to talk about how Christianity or a monotheistic god shouldn’t require extraordinary evidence. Tune in to see Jenna and Dan work through this ad-hoc rationalization.

After some discussion, we take the next caller, Chris from Tennessee. He would like to discuss the idea of intelligent design. Listen in and find out how Jenna and ObjectivelyDan offer a different perspective on this.

The following caller named John also from Tennessee wants to talk about how losing one’s religion is like losing a horrible part-time job. Listen in to hear ObjectivelyDan help him through this conundrum.

The next caller in the queue is Jarrod from Florida who believes we could be code within a quantum computer or mainframe. Why would he believe this? He may be a solipsist… this is an interesting call, tune in to find out what happens.

Our last caller of the day, Dean in North Carolina is asking about using the Big Bang model as a way to explain the beginning of the known universe and if it relates to a god. Tune in and find out how ObjectivelyDan and Jenna expand and unpack this question.

Be sure to check out Truth Wanted with ObjectivelyDan Fridays at 7:00pm central time

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/truthwanted

Audio Podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/show/truthwanted

Nov 04 2019

1hr 17mins

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Atheist Experience 23.45 2019-10-27 with Matt Dillahunty & Don Baker

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00:09:00 Jerry - MN - Questioning the end of life of a religious relative
00:19:00 Christian - Denmark - Is it immoral to have children if you believe they’ll end up in Hell?
00:36:00 Nick - OK - How to encourage a thriving atheist community in your area
00:52:00 John - GA - Could the universe really have happened by random chance?
01:07:00 Maurice - TX - Is death really and truly the end?
01:20:27 Jamie - AR - Troubled with honoring her atheist daughter’s last wishes.
01:37:22 Mike - AZ - Why did you choose Atheism over Agnosticism
01:40:12 Gman - NJ - Has proof that god exists, and no he doesn’t really.

SHOW NOTES
In this episode of the Atheist Experience, Matt Dillahunty is joined by the most fabulous Don Baker! We begin this episode with Don’s failures. This week’s topic is: Soul scams used by religions. For those following along, this is topic #68.

Afterwards, they begin taking calls. The first caller is Jerry from Minnesota. He would like to talk about how to approach a religious relative’s end of life beliefs. As someone close to death, she may be embracing religion out of fear, perhaps a gentle touch is a good idea.

The next caller, Christian from Denmark would like to discuss the idea that it is immoral to have children and believe they might end up in Hell. Listen in and find out how Matt and Don approach this idea!

The following caller named Nick from Oklahoma wants to talk about his atheist group and best practices to encouraging and revitalizing a thriving atheist community.
The next caller in the queue is John from Georgia wanting to discuss if the universe really could have happened by random chance and probability. Tune in to hear Matt’s explanation and debunking yet another ad-hoc rationalization.

Next up, Maurice in Texas is asking about using circumstantial evidence to prove the existence of the afterlife and therefore God. Tune in and find out if the evidence provided is good enough for Matt and Don!

Afterward, Jamie from Arkansas talks about how to truly honor her daughter’s wishes in death, Jamie is a Christian and her dying daughter is an atheist. This is something worth listening to as well as visiting Grief beyond Belief: http://griefbeyondbelief.org/

Subsequently, Mike in Arizona discusses why we chose atheism over agnosticism. Guess what Mike, they are not mutually exclusive nor are they absolute as you claim. One is about belief and the other is about knowledge. That was a short call.

Finally, Gman from Arizona has proof a god exists. Go ahead and prove it and don’t use circular arguments or rationalizations. We're still waiting… annnnddd.. you’re done!

Oct 28 2019

1hr 34mins

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Atheist Experience 23.44 2019-10-20 with Matt Dillahunty & Jenna Belk

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Oct 21 2019

1hr 32mins

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Atheist Experience 23.43 2019-10-13 with Eric Murphy & Christy Powell

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13 OCTOBER 2019 / 4:30-6:00 PM /
HOSTS: Eric Murphy, Christy Powell

SHOW ITINERARY
0:00 Announcements & Updates.
0:04 Richard from Malaysia,
0:19 Joel from Alabama,
0:24 John from NY,
0:54 James from LA,
1:14 Ian from UK,
1:22 Marcus from Germany,
1:33 Lucas from South Dakota,
1:44 Alex from Hawaii,

SHOW NOTES
In this episode of the Atheist Experience and continuing the day of Eric Murphy, we have as hosts Eric Murphy and Christy Powell. Christy is a host from Secular Sexuality and we are stoked to have him co-host AXP today. Should be a great show!
After a few announcements, the first caller of the day is Richard from Malaysia. He claims that everyone experiences god and this god can be proven to exist. We now wait for Richard to prove it… We are still waiting Richard. Can Eric and Christy finally get him to prove it?

The next caller, Joel calls in pondering about the soul/awareness and recurrent reincarnation. He claims the soul/awareness can be passed on and incorrectly asserts that evolved instincts are proof of this reincarnation. You know, badgering the hosts isn’t always a good tactic. Eric’s first hangup as host! Congrats!

The call following is John from NY. He wants to talk about uniformity in nature, the laws of logic, and using the Christian worldview as a way to determine morality, logic, and intelligence. Will Eric and Christy find the right approach in dealing with this pre-sup?
After some followup conversation because pre-sups can make your mind melt with their word salad, the next caller is James, a Catholic who wants to further the conversation about the laws of logic and how they can prove a god exists. He continues to talk about the miracle of Fátima and how this also proves god. Watch Eric and Christy debunk these assertions!

Next up we have Ian from the UK, he humorously tries show the insanity of deathbed conversions. He posits that by using Pascal’s Wager and beating someone with grandma’s bible, the atheist on their deathbed will go to heaven due to being a martyr. Is this a joke? How does Eric respond?
Afterward, Marcus from Germany calls in to talk about proving god through the Kalam cosmological argument. Can Eric and Christy unpack this to reach the truth? Tune in to find out!

Next in the queue we have Lucas from South Dakota. He’s calling about how a cult he left is threatening him for standing up to them. It sounds like he needs some support and resources outside of the show. The hotline project through Recovering from Religion (https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org) is there for him. Calling 184-I-DOUBT-IT, Freedom from Religion https://ffrf.org, and the legal team at American Atheists https://www.atheists.org/legal/ can also help.

Our last caller of the day is Alex from Hawaii wants to know our thoughts on religion in public school, forcing religious based education on children, and the legality of that. As always, if you need to, please do reach out to Freedom from Religion, American Atheists, and Recovering from Religion for help if you need them!

Oct 14 2019

1hr 43mins

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Atheist Experience 23.42 2019-10-06 with Matt Dillahunty & Don Baker

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SHOW NOTES
In this episode of the Atheist Experience, we have Matt Dillahunty and Don Baker as co-hosts. While this episode is not a milestone show like Talk Heathen’s 100th episode, this episode should prove to be just as memorable. Why? Because Don is co-hosting, we love Don! Also Happy Birthday to Matt’s dad!
Before we jump into calls, a couple announcements and Don’s list of failures. Today’s topic: Ensoulment. Ensoulment and when the soul gets a body, it is nonsensical at best says Don. Theists and Christians say the soul is intentionally imperfect and created by God. But when do they get put into a body? Does it happen at conception or at first cell division? There are a lot of problems with ensoulment at conception, one being that 50% of fertilized eggs fail or don’t implant. Other problems include but are not limited to, science, chimeras, and developing identical twins! Does one twin go to hell without a soul? Do Chimeras have two souls?
Our first caller of the show today is Sean in Nebraska. Sean wonders why we atheists don’t believe in god? Why or why not? He continues to ask about how the Bible claims to be the work of god, how do we demonstrate or prove that it is true? Interestingly he agrees at the ancient age of the Earth, but the “testimonies” of the people in the Bronze age should be accepted. Matt questions his belief in this line of thinking.

Our next caller is Chloe from Maryland, She is beginning to have doubts about her faith after coming out LGBTQ. She also questions if it is normal to be angry after being challenged on belief? She is also struggling with the idea that after death there is nothing. Matt attempts to help her understand it’s important to live the one life we all have. (Carpe Diem Chloe!) https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org May help anyone who is struggling with similar issues like Chloe.

Next in the queue we have Nate in Alabama. He asks about the laws of logic & science and how would an atheist explain their existence? Matt explains they are non-physical and descriptive. Don chimes in and says it sounds like there is a false equivalency happening due to a lack of context.
Our next caller is Greg in Colorado. Whispers they can provide evidence for the existence of god and claims that 0 theists are arguing that god is physical and non-physical. Matt counters saying: Arguing for a conceptual god doesn’t mean that a god exists and the concept of a thing is not the thing. There seems to be a major conflict though, Greg is saying they’re an atheist, but is also claiming to be able to prove a god exists. Greg may be a bit confused, Matt recommends they collecting their thoughts and call back during another show.
Next up, Vik in Indiana. Family claims to have experienced a supernatural event and he wants advice on how to approach this story when he visits them. Can Matt and Don provide best practices on how to debunk this and explore the available resources on being a skeptic?
The caller following Vik is Stevie in NY. His questions were philosophical in nature. There are things we disagree about, but if there is an observable answer that we agree on, we should all get along. It’s not the topics we agree on that are troublesome, it’s the topics we disagree on where there are potential conflicts and pitfalls. Reminder to all though, don’t tell us what we believe, we will react negatively. AT-HEIST, phooey.
Next up, William in Arizona. Has questions about intelligent design, may be approaching the blind watchmaker fallacy. Having one watchmaker make you a watch can be inferred that a watch you happen upon may have been intelligently designed and created, yes we agree on that. William continues, What happens when humans guide the evolution of things or artificial selection? Does it rule out intelligent design or a creator? Matt and Don answers: Nobody made a species in the same way we make a watch. Arguing by analogy isn’t a great way to explain things.
Ready for some fireworks? Next we had Otangelo from Brazil. Oh boy. Questions why we answer “I don’t know.” Says “I don’t know” isn’t a justified answer due to the evidence provided. If you can demonstrate the truth of theism, then we can have a conversation. When Otangelo calls in, he claims god instead of “I don’t know” and says we lie about god when we say it. If we don’t know something, then I don’t know is the right answer and we don’t lie nor are we dishonest about it.
Afterwards the next caller is Jeff in Florida. Has a 6 year old child and she mentioned her non-belief to a friend. Needs advice on how to encourage his young daughter to talk with him about her friend’s theism and negative reaction to his daughter’s exclamation of atheism. Matt responded People believe different things, and some believe so strongly they could be construed as being mean. But at no point should the desire for friendship override her happiness as a person. Dale McGowan’s book “Parenting beyond belief” may help him traverse this prickly situation.
On deck, is Anonymous in Colorado. If I don’t believe in any theology, does that make me an atheist? Does the negation of theology make me an atheist? For some reason didn’t want to hear any answer from Matt and basically didn’t listen to Don. Quite a quick call… Shortest in AXP history?
Our final caller is Nicolas in Norway. Has a question about morality. Matt explains how the rules of chess can be fairly similar objectively to the rules of morality. There are objective rules we can make in reference to morality.
EXTERNAL LINKS (If needed or discussed during the show)
https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org
https://ffrf.org
http://clergyproject.org
https://www.seculartherapy.org/

Oct 07 2019

1hr 30mins

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Atheist Experience 23.41 2019-09-29 with Matt Dillahunty & Jenna Belk

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Sep 30 2019

1hr 36mins

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Atheist Experience 23.40 2019-09-22 with Matt Dillahunty & Dave Warnock

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Sep 24 2019

1hr 37mins

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Atheist Experience 23.39 2019-09-15 with Matt Dillahunty & Gayle Jordan

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In this episode of the Atheist Experience, Matt Dillahunty has a special guest, Gayle Jordan, on the show. Gayle is an Executive Director on the Recovering From Religion. In addition, she ran two-times as a Democratic candidate for a State Senate seat in a very red part of Tennessee but did not win. Not to mention, she won the American Atheist's Atheist of the Year Award this year! At the beginning of the show, Gayle discusses what she does at Recovering From Religion and building communities for nonreligious people.

Afterwards, they begin taking calls. The first caller is John from Connecticut. He discusses the difficulty of leaving religion because he still believes in God at the back of his mind and asks Matt to help him out with that. Can Matt help him?
The next caller, Aaron from Pennsylvania discusses his difficulties with the AA and its method. Is there another method to deal with alcoholism without turning to a higher power? Listen in and find out!

The following caller named AC from Illinois claims to have a simple proof that shows that atheism is not possible by logic. Carl Sagan once said that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Let's see if AC meets this requirement.

Following a lengthy conversation, the next caller Ron from San Antonio, Texas discusses how the human body complexity is evidence for God. The classic Watchmaker Argument brought up again but debunked by Matt Dillahunty.

Next on the list, Dale in Ohio steps up to the plate to discuss his "discovery" of the Garden of Eden? Is this discovery worthy of a Nobel Prize? Tune in and find out!
Afterward, Mojo from the UK talks about how Intelligent Design is a scientific theory. Or is it? This is something worth listening to.

Subsequently, Oliver in Washington discusses the difference between belief and knowledge. Do you know something or merely suspect something? Word choice is very important.
Finally, Guillermo from California discusses if Atheists can use phrases such as OMG or Holy Cow. This is probably the shortest call you will ever see at the Atheist Experience.

Sep 16 2019

1hr 23mins

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Atheist Experience 23.38 2019-09-08 with Matt Dillahunty & Don Baker

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In this episode of the Atheist Experience with Matt Dillahunty and Don Barker, Don first discusses the Do No Harm Act. The Do No Harm Act clarifies that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is intended to protect religious freedom without allowing the infliction of harm on other people. However, how far should religious freedom go?
Afterwards, Matt and Don begin taking calls. The first caller is Michael from Maryland. Michael discusses how churches have the wrong description of Lucifer (the devil), and that he knows what the correct description is. Is Lucifer really Satan or is he actually Tom Ellis? Will the real Lucifer please stand up?
The next caller is Karen from California. She discusses if sight and feelings are the necessary and sufficient criterion for believing in something or if there are other things necessary. In addition, Matt and Karen get into a heated debate about what it means to be a professional. A clip definitely worth listening to!
The following caller is Justin from New Jersey. He claims that he knows the truth about how the universe works through observing purposes and designs. Is his argument worthy of a Nobel Prize? Listen in and find out!
The next caller, Tasha from Nevada, claims that Jehovah's Witnesses have the correct doctrine of the Bible due to revelations by them. Maybe all that door-to-door business is not in vain. Or is it?
Despite appearing exhausted at this point, Matt and Don continue the calls with Ellen from Michigan. Matt jokes at the start of call by talking about a commenter who said that the microphones were in the wrong place, because they wanted to see the hands of the hosts when they talk. Truthfully, they wanted the microphones moved down so they could see the cleavage from the female hosts. Afterwards, Ellen discusses with Matt how to plan a funeral with religious family members.
Following the previous difficult conversation, a new caller, Doug from Ohio, discusses how people make ridiculous claims made about natural disasters being the result of unrelated things such as slavery.
Another caller from Ohio, Mike brings up the Do No Harm Act that Don discussed earlier and how important it should be to protect individuals who are victims of religious exemptions such as children who are denied blood transfusions and those who are sent to conversion therapies. Afterwards, Mike discusses how Secular Charities are better than Religious Charities. One of the reasons is because religious charities don't have to reveal how much their income is whereas all other nonprofit charities have to. Scary right?
Finally, the we wrap up the calls with Michelle from California. She discusses the difficulties that she went through during her deconversion process such as anxiety, PTSD, and even an attempted suicide attempt. Afterwards, she asks Matt how to deal with leaving religion.

Sep 09 2019

1hr 29mins

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Atheist Experience 23.37 2019-09-01 with Don Baker & Jenna Belk

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Sep 02 2019

1hr 34mins

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Atheist Experience 23.36 2019-08-25 with Vi La Bianca & Jenna Belk

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Part 2 of the AxP Double Header!

Aug 26 2019

1hr 34mins

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Atheist Experience 23.35 2019-08-25 with Matt Dillahunty & Andrew Seidel

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Part 1 of the AxP Double Header!

Aug 26 2019

1hr 28mins

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Atheist Experience 23.34 2019-08-18 with Matt Dillahunty & Don Baker

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Aug 19 2019

1hr 35mins

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Atheist Experience 23.33 2019-08-11 with Matt Dillahunty & Dave Warnock

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Aug 12 2019

1hr 54mins

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Atheist Experience 23.32 2019-08-04 with Matt Dillahunty & Vi La Bianca

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Aug 05 2019

1hr 47mins

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