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March 24 in freethought history…

March 24, 1846 - Abolitionist, suffragist, social activist and freethinker Matilda Joslyn Gage is born in Cicero, New York. As a young woman, she participated in the Underground Railroad, helping slaves escape to freedom. She was a leader in the women’s … Continue reading

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January 10 in freethought history…

January 10, 1955 – The play Inherit the Wind, written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, and inspired by the Scopes Monkey Trial, opens at Broadway’s National Theatre. It has been adapted for film numerous times, and continues to be performed … Continue reading

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October 19 in freethought history…

October 19, 1946 – Author Philip Pullman is born in Norwich, England. He is best known for His Dark Materials, the award-winning trilogy for young adults that was condemned by religionists as sacrilegious and blasphemous. He courted further controversy with his … Continue reading

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September 15 in freethought history…

September 15, 1525 – Dutch Roman Catholic priest Jan de Bakker (aka Johannes Pistorius) is burned at the stake in The Hague by order of the Inquisition. He rejected the doctrine of transubstantiation, condemned indulgences as idolatry, and protested clerical celibacy by … Continue reading

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Podcast #215 – Bill Reel (Mormon Discussion Podcast)

We interview Bill Reel, practicing Mormon, defender of the faith, and host of the Mormon Discussion Podcast. We discuss his conversion to Mormonism as a teen, and how he squares the latest scientific and historical revelations with his Mormon beliefs. … Continue reading

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Podcast #187 – Karen Stollznow (God Bless America)

We interview linguist Karen Stollznow, author of God Bless America: Strange and Unusual Religious Beliefs and Practices in the United States (available in paperback and for Kindle). Also check out her ebook Haunting America. Karen has spent two decades writing about a diverse array … Continue reading

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Podcast #161 – Could I Vote for a Mormon for President?

We interview Ryan T. Cragun, coauthor (with Rick Phillips) of Could I Vote for a Mormon for President? For the full show notes and to listen to this episode click here.

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Podcast #149 – Matthew Bowman (The Mormon People)

We interview Matthew Bowman, author of The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith. Also: David wraps up his account from the Reason Rally, and John discusses Richard Dawkins’ recent appearance in Atlanta. To read the full show notes … Continue reading

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The (Audio) Book of Mormon

If you, like me, have been curious about the Mormon beliefs in general (and the Book of Mormon specifically), you probably have also dreaded the idea of sitting down with a dry and boring book written in pseudo-King-James English. For … Continue reading

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