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Podcast #270 – Catherine Nixey (The Darkening Age)

I interview Catherine Nixey about her new book The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World, which explores how the early Christians, once they gained power, did everything they could to eliminate the architectural, artistic and literary heritage … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: When I Spoke in Tongues

For those interested in reading along with me, I’ve just started Jessica Wilbanks’ When I Spoke in Tongues: A Story of Faith and Its Loss. I’ll likely discuss it in some detail during a future podcast, so if you want to … Continue reading

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Podcast #269 – Seven Types of Atheism

I discuss John Gray’s latest book, a critique of 21st century mainstream secularism. Gray argues that Western liberalism is just Christianity warmed over, and it’s wrong anyway. Plus: It’s Darwin Day! We celebrate the 210th birthday of Charles Darwin. Valentine’s … Continue reading

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Podcast #268 – Monica Miller on Bladensburg Cross at SCOTUS

I interview American Humanist Association Senior Counsel Monica Miller about the upcoming hearing at the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the “Peace Cross” in Bladensburg, MD. Plus: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Forrest Gump. … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: The Darkening Age

For those interested in reading along with me, I’ve just started Catherine Nixey’s The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World. I’ll likely discuss it in some detail during a future podcast, so if you want to add … Continue reading

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Podcast #267 – Dan Barker (Mere Morality)

I interview Dan Barker (co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation and co-host of the weekly show Freethought Radio) about his new book Mere Morality. What’s the minimum requirement to be considered a decent human being? Can morality be boiled … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: Seven Types of Atheism

For those interested in reading along with me, I’ve just started John Gray’s Seven Types of Atheism. I’ll likely discuss it in some detail during a future podcast, so if you want to add your thoughts here, please feel free. … Continue reading

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The Most Dangerous Branch

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been obsessed with the current struggle in the Senate over the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the US Supreme Court. (In fact, things are moving so swiftly … Continue reading

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The Triumph of Christianity

Are you an atheist wanting to up your game when debating with Christians about the inerrancy of the Bible? You need to read Bart Ehrman. Are you a devout Christian wanting to understand how anyone could NOT believe that the … Continue reading

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Books I’m Reading 2018

The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould (1980) – Gould’s first long-form book, it’s a look at the history of “biological determinism” (i.e. scientific racism, the mis-use of science in the service of preconceived biases, downright bad science, etc.). … Continue reading

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