Interview with David Smalley

April 1st, 2017

On this episode I have a very…. Well let’s just call it interesting conversation with David Smalley, the infamous host of Dogma Debate.... It started on the topic of if Atheism is a belief or a worldview then spirals from there. Have your popcorn handy for this one!

 

Toward the end of the discussion we start discussion Peter Boghossian and whether or not he said theism/Christianity should be classified as a mental illness in the DSM.

The quote in question was: "There is perhaps no greater contribution one could make to contain and perhaps even cure faith than removing the exemption that prohibits classifying religious delusions as mental illness. The removal of religious exemptions from the DSM would enable academicians and clinicians to bring considerable resources to bear on the problem of treating faith, as well as on the ethical issues surrounding faith-based interventions. In the long term, once these treatments and this body of research is refined, results could then be used to inform public health policies designed to contain and ultimately eradicate faith.” Peter Boghossian A Manual for Creating Atheists (Kindle Locations 3551-3555).

You'll here how that goes... but look, even Jerry Coyne read it how pretty much EVERYONE read it... oh and see the comments on this blog and you'll see all the atheists saying exactly what David claims to never see... 

https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/the-bible-of-psychiatric-diagnosis-exempts-religion-from-delusions-even-though-it-is-one/

 

For a previous article I wrote on on David's views, visit http://freedthinkerpodcast.blogspot.com/2014/06/a-response-to-david-smalleys-top-10_9.html

 

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Discussion with Benjamin Watkins on Naturalism

November 7th, 2016

In this rather LONG discussion with atheist and naturalist Benjamin Watkins we explore his defense of philosophical naturalism. This one gets philosophical and somewhat heated. We loved chatting though. Strap in and hold on... this is going to get philosophical! 

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The Oreo Session - Part 1

June 25th, 2016

In this episode there is a discussion between two black sheep and one as white as snow... ;) And yes that was the title recommended by one of the atheists! Listen in to this wonderful lively discussion between myself and two atheists, Cory Markum and Alex Starr. 

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I Will Cite My Sources When You Agree With Me - A Foray Into the Mind of a Mythicist

May 2nd, 2016

In this somewhat impromptu episode, I reflect on a bizarre conversation I had with a Jesus Mythicist. It was just delightful. 

You'll see. 

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Sources:

The thread is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/unbelievablejb/permalink/862034720563712/?comment_id=862457950521389&notif_t=group_comment_follow&notif_id=1462116244926186

http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Plutarch/Lives/Romulus*.html

http://www.ancient.eu/Romulus_and_Remus/

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Calvinism as an Apologetic

January 31st, 2016

In this episode we wrap up our discussion of the Doctrines of Grace by showing how Calvinism is relevant in the discipline of apologetics and why Calvinism is a more helpful response to the problem of evil and the problem of divine hiddenness than that of typical responses to those arguments.

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Weapons of Mass Disambiguation

September 20th, 2015

In this episode I discuss the philosophical concept of disambiguation and the need to be able to disambiguate important concepts when engaging with a different worldview or belief than our own. When atheistic fundamentalists compare God to a Flying Spaghetti Monster, have they made a valid point or are they showing an inability to disambiguate? We will see in this episode of the Freed Thinker Podcast!

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Interview with Albert McIlhenny

August 9th, 2015

In this episode I interview Albert McIlhenny of labarum.net on the issue of Jesus Mythicism. We discuss everything from Zeitgeist to Richard Carrier.

I do want to apologize for the sound quality on this episode. For some reason the call recorder for Skype recorded it really choppy. But I think you will get a kick out of it anyway!

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Bible Atrocities - Slavery Part 3

July 10th, 2015

In this episode we continue our series on the supposed atrocities that are found within the Bible. We have looked at slavery in the past two episodes dealing with the Ancient Near Eastern cultural context and the casuistic laws found in the Old Testament. In this episode we move into the 1st century and explore how Jesus and Paul interacted with the topic of slavery.

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Bible Atrocities - Slavery part 2

June 26th, 2015

In this episode, we continue our look at the Old Testament laws regarding slavery and respond to critical views that say that the Bible condones slavery and the abuse of slaves.

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Books Are Dogs Now

June 7th, 2015

In this episode, I review some recent interactions on various Facebook threads in which the rise and intensification of Atheistic Fundamentalism and Anti-Intellectualism were demonstrably observed.

Here are the links to various lectures and articles referenced in the episode:

Links to the lectures on the history of Science and Religion:

Lawrence Principe - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XFVARio4pAk

Ronald Numbers - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BliF1xcToPk

Allan Chapman – https://vimeo.com/22188636

David Lindberg – https://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/videos/florentine-heretic-galileo-church-and-cosmos

Edward Davis – https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/center-for-research-in-science/id421902830?mt=10

(That is the link to the iTunes section. I have in mind his lecture “Why History Matters.” I haven’t listened to all or most of the lectures there so I cannot vouch for the quality of the lectures as a whole.)

 

Link to the Faraday lectures:

https://www.faraday.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/Lectures_old.php

Links to Polemics in the Old Testament:

Currid’s book on polemics in the OT - http://www.amazon.com/Against-Gods-Polemical-Theology-Testament/dp/1433531836

Excepts from Currid’s book - http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/sdg/polemic.html

An interview with Currid - http://reformedforum.org/ctc281/

Currid’s lectures on iTunes U - https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/crass-plagiarism/id378879778?mt=10

Other Lectures that I have posted in the thread which they refused to listen to because they are by “creationists”:

Science and Secularization, A discussion between Lawrence Princepe, Ronald Numbers and John Brooke:  https://vimeo.com/54400918

Philosophical Breakfast Club and the Invention of the Scientist – A lecture by Laura Snyder: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HY27DpJUF8A

Scientism and the Humanities – A lecture by Roger Scruton: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zF5X9amkH2s

Philosophy and Scientism – A lecture by Peter M.S. Hacker: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jjAFqo67yuU

Science, Scientism and the Public Good – A lecture by Daniel Robinson: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zkWHZfOGpn8

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