The Sensibly Speaking Podcast is a weekly show, posting a new episode each Saturday, covering current events and topics from a skeptical, humanist and critical thinking approach. Join Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large, as he goes over varied topics from critical thinking to science to talking in detail about hot topics in the news . Tired of just hearing the mainstream media's interpretation of events? Want some sensible talk? Then join me here each Saturday!
Deconstructing Christian Apologetics with Steven Tiger
This week I am joined again by Steven Tiger, author and speaker on the subject of the Bible and Christian apologetics, to discuss more about this topic and the illogical and even irrational ways that many Christians engage with their faith and the justifications for it. This is not an indictment of belief or even religion in general, but is a commentary on the more extreme versions of religious belief and how this informs abusive and even destructive actions.
Steven’s book on Amazon
310. Scientology is Always at War ft. Ciprian Ivanof
This week I am joined again by Ciprian Ivanof to plumb the depths of Scientology’s organizational madness and anxiety-inducing culture, this week going into more detail about some of the irrational policies and anxiety-inducing practices which occur to this day in the Sea Org.
A Hard Look at Christian Apologetics with Steven Tiger
This week I am joined by author Steven Tiger to discuss his book and ideas concerning Christian apologetics and how trying to find logical and even scientific reasons to have faith is a bit of a fool’s errand, as well as what the point of apologetics is in the first place, which is not to convince unbelievers. We had a far-ranging discussion and I hope you enjoy it.
Steven’s Book on Amazon
The Origins of QAnon
This week I welcome Gavin Fox to help explain more about the origins of QAnon on 4chan/8chan and the jump to mainstream social media. We have a wide ranging discussion about this and hope it helps bring some more clarity to what is a very unclear and bizarre movement. Enjoy!
Sensibly Speaking Podcast #307: Jon Atack is Opening Our Minds
This week I welcome back channel favorite Jon Atack to discuss more aspects of Hubbard and Scientology as well as get an overview of Jon’s new book, Opening Our Minds and some thoughts on predators and critical thinking. Enjoy!
Jon’s book on Amazon
Sensibly Speaking Podcast #306: The Cult of QAnon
This week I’m giving a sort of QAnon 101 for my viewers. It may be that we’ll do more episodes about QAnon depending on the feedback to this one. Here I talk about QAnon’s origin story, the fascinating mechanics behind how it evolved and some of the more obvious cultic aspects of how it is organized and how its followers have become extremists. I cover a lot of territory. Enjoy!
Washington Post article
I’ve been watching and listening for a number of years now. ❤️
This podcast is excellent. Not only in its coverage of Scientology, but the deep critical analysis and nuance surrounding belief systems in general. Thanks for all the hard work you do!
A deep dive on what makes cults so enduring
I always look foward to hearing Chris and his merry band of critical thinkers. Some of his guests can be a little self-absorbed, but that only makes Chris' clear-headed commentary that much more enjoyable.