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TheThinkingAtheist

The Thinking Atheist

Society & Culture, Science, Education

4.82.8K Ratings

Overview

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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649 Episodes

The Scam of School Vouchers (with Nick Fish of American Atheists)

Supporters say they're about "choice," but school voucher programs are a weapon against education. Nick Fish, president of American Atheists, weighs in. LINKS: http://www.atheists.org/signup http://www.au.org Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Transcribed - Published: 21 June 2024

Hard Knocks: Who Are the Jehovah's Witnesses? (with Owen Morgan)

Ex-JW Owen Morgan pulls back the curtain on this mysterious cult. https://owenmorgan.com VIDEO of this conversation Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Transcribed - Published: 18 June 2024

Beliefs, the Bible, & Brain Freeze: with Matt Dillahunty (and Kat)

Activist Matt Dillahunty joins us to talk about everything from Alex Jones to the Red Letter Bible to Transhumanism. Atheist Debates Matt's Patreon VIDEO of this conversation Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Transcribed - Published: 11 June 2024

"Crimes Against Humanity"? A Defense of Dr. Anthony Fauci

In the minds of many, immunologist and public health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci has become an enemy of the people. Who is this man, and what is driving public hatred toward him? Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Transcribed - Published: 7 June 2024

"Aliens Built the Pyramids" is Rooted in Racism (with archaeologist Dr. Andrew White)

Believe it or not, many of the "ancient aliens" conspiracy theories have racist roots. Dr. Andrew White explains. LINKS: Dr. White's YouTube channel Fraudulent Archaeology Wall of Shame VIDEO of this conversation Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Transcribed - Published: 4 June 2024

A Wing and a Prayer: Religion in Rough Air (plus your calls)

A quick story about the "Jesus woman" on a turbulent flight kicks off this caller-driven show. Enjoy! Subscribe to Seth's substack! Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Transcribed - Published: 28 May 2024

PRIMITIVE: Care, Cruelty, Religion, & Reason in the Human Animal (with Dr. Robert Sapolsky)

Renowned neuroscientist Dr. Robert Sapolsky joins us for an exploration of our brains, religions, good/awful behaviors, and why we don't (?) have free will. VIDEO of this conversation. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Transcribed - Published: 21 May 2024

We Come in Peace? The Religion of Alien Conspiracy Theories (with Brian Dunning)

Skeptoid podcast host Brian Dunning is here to talk about "them"...and those who believe in them. Watch the VIDEO of this conversation. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Transcribed - Published: 14 May 2024

The United States Proves God! (and other listener calls)

Lots of interesting claims and questions in this week's podcast as callers drive the conversation. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Transcribed - Published: 7 May 2024

Tucker Carlson VS. Reality (with Aron Ra)

Tucker Carlson joined Joe Rogan's April 19, 2024 podcast to talk about AI, spirits, evolution, and UFOs. Science educator Aron Ra has thoughts. VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/shk7NGaiLas Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Transcribed - Published: 3 May 2024

Remembering Daniel Dennett

Known as one of the "Four Horsemen" of "New Atheism," Daniel Dennett was a philosopher, professor, author, and speaker whose resume spans almost half a century. In the wake of his death on April 19, 2024, we take a moment to remember. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Transcribed - Published: 30 April 2024

When Religion Hurts You: with Dr. Laura E. Anderson

Dr. Anderson is a psychotherapist and religious trauma coach. She's also an exvangelical and author of the book "When Religion Hurts You." LINKS: The Center for Trauma Resolution Dr. Laura E. Anderson's website VIDEO of this conversation. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Transcribed - Published: 23 April 2024

14 Things the Misguided Religious Establishment Doesn't Want You to Know

Jim Palmer is a chaplain for the American Humanist Association and founder of The Center for Non-Religiouis Spirituality. In 2023, he posted a short article which provides plenty of food for thought. VIDEO VERSION: https://youtu.be/GwAle-_Wya8?si=l6VuEl7kDBAT_RtY Jim's original post: https://bit.ly/3xGBCx2 Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/thethinkingatheist--3270347/support.

Transcribed - Published: 19 April 2024

Why Can't Christians Agree on "True Christianity?"

Hardline Bible literalists say they're practicing the correct faith. Progressives say the hardliners are fake Christians. What the Hell is going on? Dr. Chrissy Stroop: https://cstroop.com/about/ Chrissy's "God & Country" review: https://bit.ly/3UiowyF

Transcribed - Published: 16 April 2024

Chaos Agents: with Shannon Q. and Paulogia

Two popular activists bring insight, sarcasm, and suspiciously-good chemistry to the studio this week. Shannon's channel: https://www.youtube.com/@ShannonQ Paulogia's channel: https://www.youtube.com/@Paulogia VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/sM5JilsVAFo

Transcribed - Published: 9 April 2024

The Burrito Method: Christ Isn't Curing My Cat

It's a CATastrophy at the Andrews house. Seth explains...plus your calls. THE STORY OF YOU video: https://youtu.be/iCXhOV5AIzk?si=GsAaqM9ok3jS_G5d

Transcribed - Published: 2 April 2024

The Exvangelicals: with Sarah McCammon

Sarah McCammon is a broadcaster, investigative reporter, and author. She joins the show to talk about her journey into the world of the "exvangelical." Sarah's BIO Her BOOK VIDEO of this conversation

Transcribed - Published: 26 March 2024

God & Horrendous Suffering

Author and activist John W. Loftus has published an article based on his 2021 book "God & Horrendous Suffering." He gave me permission to share his ideas with you.

Transcribed - Published: 19 March 2024

God & Horrendus Suffering

Author and activist John W. Loftus has published an article based on his 2021 book "God & Horrendus Suffering." He gave me permission to share his ideas with you.

Transcribed - Published: 19 March 2024

Free the Nipple! Breasts, Blue Laws, & the Bible Belt

Law codes have changed quite a bit over the years, but many edicts from our puritan past remain on the books today. This is a fun and informative look at some "blue laws" designed to keep Americans "moral."

Transcribed - Published: 12 March 2024

Where Would You Hide the Body? Exploring our Dark Side

Do we all have a dark side, and if so, should that frighten us (and others)? We explore the Hyde beneath the Jeckyll.

Transcribed - Published: 5 March 2024

Creature Features: an interview with FX artist Mark Shostrom

This bonus release is just an off-topic diversion for those interested in sci-fi and horror films from the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s. I was honored to speak with makeup FX artist Mark Shostrom, a 40+ year veteran with credits ranging from "Nightmare on Elm Street" to "Star Trek." If this sounds interesting, enjoy the conversation. If not, no worries. We'll see you next week. VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/SVXe13mdb0U MARK'S FX REEL: https://youtu.be/_IJM9fDqJrs?si=4NUWe2EvwxHuCpJy

Transcribed - Published: 24 February 2024

Why Isn't the West Talking about Islam? (with Nuriyah Khan)

Ex-Muslim Nuriyah Khan says many in the West (including a lot of American feminists) are misguided on the subject of Islam. https://twitter.com/nuriyahk VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/bb7UYJkFwGE

Transcribed - Published: 20 February 2024

My Whole Life is a Lie: Popular Beliefs That Are Totally Wrong

Buckle up. We're going to dispel some popular and beloved notions.

Transcribed - Published: 13 February 2024

Morality, the Monarchy, and the Protests of Peter Hitchens (with Alex O'Connor)

Alex O'Connor hosts the Within Reason podcast. He joins us for this week's show. The Peter Hitchens interview: https://youtu.be/VyMhZhwe3gc?si=a9yQaW957SiYFuby The Ben Shapiro discussion: https://youtu.be/yspPYcJHI3k?si=4Jt2dDU7iN-1ZTWy VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/u3rbY6y6J9c

Transcribed - Published: 6 February 2024

Poser: The Atheist & the Yoga Class

In search of his bliss, Seth Andrews tried yoga. Here's the story, a rant, some calls, and a final word of inspiration.

Transcribed - Published: 30 January 2024

Accelerated Christian Education Exposed (with Jenna Scaramanga)

ACE is a cult disguised as "education," with schools worldwide, laughably tragic workbook lessons, and a long history of abuse and bigotry. Seth Andrews and his guest Dr. Jenna Scaramanga were once ACE students, and they're blowing the whistle. Jenna's Instagram: https://bit.ly/41ukHZn ACE Exposed: https://www.facebook.com/groups/exposeace/

Transcribed - Published: 23 January 2024

GOD & COUNTRY: Dictators, Democracy, and the New Documentary on Christian Nationalism

Investigative reporter Katherine Stewart joins us to talk about the upcoming Rob Reiner-produced documentary on Christian nationalism titled, "God & Country." MOVIE TRAILER: https://youtu.be/cTQKmR6a9fw?si=Caam5bADdqfwB0xo VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/UebwQkjYYPc

Transcribed - Published: 16 January 2024

The Story of You (an Audio Odyssey)

This is a unique, immersive, 16-minute audio "essay" about the human connection to our vast universe. Step away from all distractions, close your eyes, and take the journey.

Transcribed - Published: 12 January 2024

Wiki, Woo, and the Winchester Widow (with Adrienne Hill and Richard Saunders)

Adrienne Hill is a Guerilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoM) editor. Richard Saunders is a TV host, author, and paranormal investigator. They join us to debunk some bunk. VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/xt-GrcP-OQ0 This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3270347/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 9 January 2024

Stacie (and her Mom) Have Got It Going On

Ex-vangelical Stacie Grahn hosts (with her mom) the Stacie's Mom Podcast. She joins us to talk about her escape from fundie Christianity. VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/s6rM2We5x6A This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3270347/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 2 January 2024

A Piece of Asteroid

Just a 7-minute crossover podcast with some cool science and an even cooler twist. http://www.truestoriespodcast.com This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3270347/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 29 December 2023

Whitewash: The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy (with Dr. Robert P. Jones)

Dr. Robert P. Jones is founder and president of Public Religion Research Institute. He has a Ph.D in religion and a bachelors in computing science in mathmatics. His new book explores the long and sordid backstory of American racism, which was - and is - often cloaked in the banner of Christianity. Dr. Jones' book: https://amzn.to/3uWYw1C VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/VehbwjrXTuw This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3270347/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 26 December 2023

A Day-Before-The-Day-Before-Christmas-Eve BONUS SHOW!

Just some extra stuff to listen to. Happy holidays! VIDEO of this stream: https://youtube.com/live/SRTfl8bGn7U This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3270347/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 22 December 2023

It's Beginning to Cost a Lot Like Christmas: with Forrest Valkai

Science educator Forrest Valkai fields random questions on the holiday. Trust us...it ain't boring. His site: https://www.valkailabs.com VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/VKDo0BUuH6M This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3270347/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 19 December 2023

The Edge of the Sword: Exploits of a Bad (Bad!) God

In this show, we (re) cover some of the greatest/worst hits in the supposed Good Book, and it's not pretty. If you're interested in the entire book "Deconverted," it's available in print, digital print, and audiobook: https://shorturl.at/HSVX6 This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3270347/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 15 December 2023

Hell for the Holidays? Dealing with Religious Families on Christmas

How do you handle holidays with religious families? Or do you even bother? Callers discuss, and we speak with psychologist and religious trauma counselor Dr. Marlene Winell. Dr. Winell's website: http://www.journeyfree.org VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/0N2i47eFS4M This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3270347/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 12 December 2023

Nude Fire Ninjas!

Cameo: https://www.cameo.com/sethandrewstta Dr. Hafer's book: https://adbl.co/3GtZxko This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3270347/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 8 December 2023

You Can't Get to Heaven in a Miniskirt

Sarah and Jessica host the "You Can't Get to Heaven in a Miniskirt" podcast. They join us to talk about skirts, sex, purity culture, and more! PODCAST PAGE: https://www.heaveninaminiskirt.com VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/ozTVxAZfnBo This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3270347/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 5 December 2023

Cold Hands, Warm Podcast

It's a bonus show! Host ramblings and your calls. Enjoy. This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3270347/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 1 December 2023

On This Day in History, Sh!t Went Down: with "Sweary Historian" James Fell

James Fell is a historian and author who combines fascinating true tales with f-bombs and razor sarcasm. In other words...he's a perfect guest for this week's show. His book: https://amzn.to/4723J6v His website: http://www.jamesfell.com VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/mVBb3BAVFfc This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3270347/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 28 November 2023

Markwayne Mullin wants to fight somebody!

Self-professed Christian and "family values" crusader Markwayne Mullin just tried to turn a Senate hearing into a round of Nintendo Punch-Out! What the hell is going on? This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3270347/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 21 November 2023

No Longer Atheist: an analysis of Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Longtime public atheist Ayaan Hirsi Ali just announced that she is a Christian. Her "reasons" are...interesting. We examine the life of this ex-Muslim turned ex-atheist. Ayaan's Article "Why I Am Now a Christian:" https://unherd.com/2023/11/why-i-am-now-a-christian/ Jonathan MS Pearce's response: https://onlysky.media/jpearce/ayaan-hirsi-ali-former-atheist-becomes-christian/ This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3270347/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 17 November 2023

My Casket is Not Your Soapbox

This show explores how funerals are often hijacked by sermonizers. Instead of honoring the dead, preachers (and families) turn memorials into religious crusades, often against the wishes of the deceased. Physicist eulogy text: https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4675953 This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3270347/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 14 November 2023

"Florida Man" Headlines (as Filtered Through the Bible)

"Florida Man" is an internet reference which began in 2013. It refers to an alleged prevalence of Floridians doing bizarre things. In this show, we attach "Florida Man" to Christianity. This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3270347/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 10 November 2023

American Idolatry: A Christian Against Christian Nationalism (with Andrew Whitehead)

Sociologist Dr. Andrew Whitehead is a Christian. He's also a strong opponent of Christian Nationalism and far-right attempts to install an American theocracy. He joins us to talk about his new book on the subject. BOOK: American Idolatry VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/hRMwnXSn4Cw This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3270347/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 7 November 2023

Nanny Software: Surveilling People "Straight"

We dive down the rabbit hole into the dysfunctional world of "morality" web services which track online browsing and block specific content. Of course, almost all of these programs are run by the religious. This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3270347/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2023

Show #700: with Drew McCoy of Genetically Modified Skeptic

Drew McCoy hosts the Genetically Modified Skeptic channel. He joins Seth to mark a milestone. VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/2pPzxnYD4Jg This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3270347/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 24 October 2023

Ghost Stories 2023

The Ghost Stories podcast is an annual tradition, a celebration of imagination, and a journey into compelling legends about the strange, the unexplained, and the creepy. Happy Halloween! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3270347/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 17 October 2023

We of Little Faith: Why I Stopped Pretending to Believe (with Kate Cohen)

Today's guest Kate Cohen is a columnist for the Washington Post and author of the new book "We of Little Faith: Why I Stopped Pretending to Believe (and Maybe You Should Too)." VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/P6Mf2xVJ_g8 This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3270347/advertisement

Transcribed - Published: 10 October 2023

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