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Exploring subjects related to religion and non-belief through interview discussions with a variety of scholarly and thoughtful voices.

Armchair Atheism Taylor Carr

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Exploring subjects related to religion and non-belief through interview discussions with a variety of scholarly and thoughtful voices.

    AA016 – The Ebony Exodus Project, with Candace Gorham

    AA016 – The Ebony Exodus Project, with Candace Gorham

    In this episode, I speak with Candace Gorham about her book The Ebony Exodus Project: Why Some Black Women Are Walking Out on Religion – and Others Should Too. Candace is a licensed professional mental health counselor, a former ordained minister turned atheist activist, as well as a researcher and writer on issues relating to religion and the African-American community. She is a member of the African American Humanist advisory board, The Secular Therapy Project, The Clergy Project, and the Secular Student Alliance Speaker’s Bureau.

    Armchair Atheism is the official podcast of GodlessHaven.com, exploring subjects related to religion and non-belief through interview discussions with a variety of scholarly and thoughtful voices.



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    The Ebony Exodus Project at Amazon

    Ebony Exodus on Facebook

    Black Nonbelievers

    The Secular Therapy Project

    The Clergy Project

    Secular Student Alliance

     

    • 51 min
    AA015 – Atheism, #MeToo, and Men’s Rights, with Caroline Matas

    AA015 – Atheism, #MeToo, and Men’s Rights, with Caroline Matas

    For this episode, I speak with Caroline Matas about a handful of subjects revolving around New Atheism, the #MeToo movement, and Men’s Rights Activism. Caroline is currently a doctoral student in the Religion in the Americas subfield at Princeton University. She is also the news editor and social media manager at the Harvard Religious Literacy Project. She is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, where her work focused on contemporary American religious groups’ media use.

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    Featured article: How Men’s Rights Activists are Finding Unlikely Allies in New Atheism…

    Caroline’s page at the Religious Literacy Project

    Follow her on Twitter

     

    Some of what we discuss:

    Here’s the truth about false accusations of sexual violence, The Conversation

    Stephanie Zvan’s article on the demographics of MRAs

    The Warlock Hunt by Claire Berlinski

    BuzzFeed’s story on Lawrence Krauss

    Statement by American Atheists regarding Dave Silverman

     

    • 49 min
    AA014 – Can Humanists Have a Savior Complex? with Rajani Gudlavalleti

    AA014 – Can Humanists Have a Savior Complex? with Rajani Gudlavalleti

    Rajani Gudlavalleti is a community organizer, consultant, and writer. For over a decade, she has worked at the intersections of social justice, public health, and the legal system. Rajani has conducted this work through the Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore City Health Department, and Open Society Foundations. Currently, her primary passion is as community organizer for Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition, coordinating BRIDGES, Baltimore’s grassroots movement for safer consumption spaces. In 2011, Rajani received her master’s in public policy from Hopkins, focusing on gender-specific and racially equitable approaches to criminalized issues such as drug use and sex work. Rajani is also a trainer with Baltimore Racial Justice Action, co-organizer of Baltimore Asian Resistance in Solidarity, and board member of Foundation Beyond Belief.

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    Rajani’s page at The Humanist

    Her blog: Charmingly Hyphenated

    Secular Social Justice Conference 2018

    Also check out her past appearance on the Bi Any Means Podcast

    • 37 min
    AA013 – What is a God? with Jaco Gericke

    AA013 – What is a God? with Jaco Gericke

    What was a god assumed to be, according to Hebrew scripture? How do our cultural contexts and philosophical assumptions impact the way we conceive of ancient religious concepts today? Can philosophy help us to understand how these issues have served to shape the very question of what a god is down through history? In this episode of the podcast, I speak with Jaco Gericke about these topics and others that raise important issues with much of our contemporary discourse about God. Dr. Gericke is Professor of Biblical Studies at North-West University, South Africa. He has doctorates in Semitic Languages and Old Testament Studies, and did post-graduate work in theology and philosophy. His work has been published in journals such as Old Testament Essays and the Journal for Semitics, as well as in various books, the most recent of which is What is a God?, released in 2017 by T&T Clark.

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    Jaco Gericke at Academia.edu

    Gericke on philosophy of ancient Israelite religion at Common Sense Atheism

     

    Dr. Gericke’s Books:

    What is a God? Philosophical Perspectives on Divine Essence in the Hebrew Bible

    The Hebrew Bible and Philosophy of Religion

     

    Mentioned in the show:

    History of ancient Israel and Judah at Wikipedia

    Elohim at Wikipedia

    The Origins of Biblical Monotheism by Mark S. Smith

    Concepts of God at Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

    Perfect being theology at Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

    Jacques Derrida at Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (see Section 2 in particular)

     

    • 1 hr
    AA012 – What is Religion? with Kevin Schilbrack

    AA012 – What is Religion? with Kevin Schilbrack

    How should we understand the concept of religion? How does our understanding of it impact the way we see different traditions, communities, and practices? What are the ways religion has been understood in the past and in the academy? For this episode of the podcast, I speak with Kevin Schilbrack about his contribution to the long-running debate over defining religion. Dr. Schilbrack teaches in the Philosophy and Religion Department at Appalachian State University, he is a graduate of Chicago Divinity School, and has published widely on the conceptual and philosophical issues arising in the cross-cultural study of religions. He is the contributing editor of books such as Thinking Through Myths and Thinking Through Rituals, and his most recent work, Philosophy and the Study of Religions: A Manifesto (which forms the centerpiece of this interview), was published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2014.

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    Dr. Schilbrack’s university page: appstate.academia.edu/KevinSchilbrack



    Critical Realism and the Academic Study of Religion (YouTube)

    Kevin Schilbrack on What is Philosophy of Religion?

     

    Books:

    Philosophy and the Study of Religions: A Manifesto

    Thinking Through Rituals: Philosophical Perspectives

    Thinking Through Myths: Philosophical Perspectives

     

    Further reading:

    Pew Research Center’s Religious Landscape Survey

    Gallup, Five Key Findings on Religion in the US

    Some definitions of religion, Joseph Adler

    Sociology of Religion Resources

     

    • 58 min
    AA011 – Evolution: Only a Theory? with Ken Miller

    AA011 – Evolution: Only a Theory? with Ken Miller

    Is evolution just a theory? Why is creationism unscientific? In this episode of the podcast, we look at some of the common questions and problems in the creation-evolution debate. Ken Miller is the Professor of Biology and Royce Family Professor for Teaching Excellence at Brown University. He was the lead expert witness for the plaintiff in the Kitzmiller v. Dover case of 2005 that challenged the teaching of intelligent design in schools. Dr. Miller has debated several proponents of intelligent design, published a variety of scholarly articles in scientific journals, and co-authored a mainstream Biology textbook with Joseph Levine that has seen multiple reprint and revised editions. One of his popular level books, Finding Darwin’s God, looks at evolution in light of religious belief, while his 2008 book, Only a Theory, discusses the arguments of the creation-evolution debate in the United States.

    Armchair Atheism is the official podcast of GodlessHaven.com, exploring subjects related to religion and non-belief through interview discussions with a variety of scholarly and thoughtful voices.

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    Dr. Miller’s page at Brown University: vivo.brown.edu/display/kemiller

    Kitzmiller v. Dover at the National Center for Science Education

    The Flagellum Unspun – Dr. Miller’s critique of irreducible complexity

    Books on Amazon:

    Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul

    Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution

    For more on evolution:

    Lines of evidence: The science of evolution at Berkeley.edu

    TalkOrigins’ Index of Creationist Claims

    NCSE’s article on Intelligent Design Creationism

    Evolution articles at Scientific American

    • 1 hr 8 min

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