TheThinkingAtheist show


Summary: Seth Andrews, a former Christian broadcaster and believer for 30 years, ultimately escaped the bonds of superstitious thinking to embrace the more satisfying explanations that science provides. A professional video producer and host of one of the most popular atheist communities on the internet, Seth Andrews brings a polished format, a relaxed environment and a rage-free challenge to the religious beliefs that defined his youth.

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 I'm Offended! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:21:00

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: Often in conversations regarding religion, one party (or both) will declare that they're offended by a statement, belief, position or action.  But what does it mean to take offense, and should we be concerned about what others might consider offensive? We explore the issue.  Your calls and emails: Dan Arel's article:

 In the Wake of Charlie Hebdo | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:56:00

On January 7, 2015, two masked gunmen killed 12 people, 11 of whom worked for the French satirical newspaper, "Charlie Hebdo," a publication with a reputation for lampooning Islam and its prophet. Terror alerts remain high, and in the wake of the killings, Charlie Hebdo remained defiant, publishing a caricature of Muhammad on its very next issue.  Millions of copies immediately sold. Soon after, Pope Francis declared his condemnation of the attack and hi support for free speech, but also declared that "you cannot insult people's faith." The debate rages on.  Did these attackers truly represent the religion of Islam?  Should the attack have been expected because it was provoked?  Should satire expect protection in all of its forms, or are there limits?  And what should responsible media outlets do in regard to religion, free speech and the safety of its employees. Guests include Brian Dalton (Mr. Deity), Ali A. Rizvi, Faisal Saeed Al Mutar and others.  Plus your calls and emails ( The Way of the Mister:  Fuck the Pope: Ali A. Rizvi's blog archive: Faisal Saeed Al Mutar's website:  

 Ryan Bell: A Year Without God | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:12:00

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: Ryan Bell, a former Seventh-day Adventist pastor, lived as an atheist for the entire year of 2014, chronicling the journey on his blog, In December of 2014, Bell announced in an NPR interview that he no longer believes in God.  Both Christians and atheists have rallied around this declaration, for good and for ill.  In this very special broadcast, we speak personally with Ryan Bell about his faith, his year without God, and about the circumstances which led to his desire to take such an unusual (and drastic) step. Charisma News article featuring Ryan: Seth's response video to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry:  

 200th Episode | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:12:00

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: Seth Andrews joins a live audience for this very special 200th episode.  Kick off the New Year with this celebration of the big 2-0-0.  

 2014- The Year in Review | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:00

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: It's our annual wrap-up of the best (and worst) of 2014.  What are the things that made the headlines?  Scientific breakthroughs?  Best films?  The most iconic figures?  The biggest successes and failures of the year? Join us for the final broadcast of the year.   Salon Article:

 The Question of Christ | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:39:00

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: Is there any evidence for a real Jesus?  Was Jesus' story borrowed from earlier religions and cultures?  Is Jesus really the reason for the Christmas season, which is being celebrated globally this week? In this podcast, Seth Andrews speaks to three historians who have dedicated much of their lives and writings to the subject of Christ and Christianity: Dr. Richard Carrier, David Fitzgerald and Dr. Robert M. Price.  Join us for a compelling panel and an enlightening show.   RICHARD CARRIER: DAVID FITZGERALD: ROBERT M. PRICE:

 What You Don't Know About Religion (but should) with Dr. Ryan Cragun | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:21:00

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: Dr. Ryan Cragun is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Tampa, and he specializes in the sociology of religion.  A former Mormon (now atheist), Cragun has released his new book for which this show is titled.  Join us as we talk about religion around the world, its claims versus reality, and the stuff about religion which isn't known (or being taught), but should be. Link to Dr. Cragun's book: Dr. Cragun's website: Christmas: Behind the Curtain:  

 Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:11:00

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: (coupon code: thinkingatheist) Cara Santa Maria has dedicated her life to improving science literacy by communicating scientific principles across media platforms. A North Texas native, she currently lives in Los Angeles. Prior to moving to the west coast, Cara taught biology and psychology courses to university undergraduates and high school students in Texas and New York. Her published research has spanned various topics, including clinical psychological assessment, the neuropsychology of blindness, neuronal cell culture techniques, and computational neurophysiology.  Cara previously worked as a co-host and producer on the Pivot TV nightly live television show, "TakePart Live." Before that, she was the senior science correspondent for The Huffington Post and co-starred in "Hacking The Planet" and "The Truth About Twisters" on The Weather Channel.   She has made appearances on CNN, Fox News, TLC, Current TV, BBC America, G4, SundanceTV, Travel Channel, and Nat Geo WILD.  Cara currently hosts a weekly science podcast called "Talk Nerdy." She joins Seth Andrews for tonight's podcast.  Call the show with comments and/or questions, or email Cara's website:

 If The World Ended Tomorrow | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:59:00

SUPPORT OUR (NEW) SPONSOR: (use promo code: thinkingatheist to get $5 off your purchase) Imagine this.  You receive the news that today will be your last day on earth.  Your last day anywhere.  How would you populate the final hours of your life?  What people would you see?  What foods would you eat?  What things would you do?  Would you react with fear and panic, or would you bask in the warm glow of inevitability? This show allows us to think about what we might do if we realized that our finite lives were approaching the final ticks of the clock. What would you do if the world ended tomorrow? Christmas video "Christmas: Behind the Curtain:

 Please Read This on the Air | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:16:00

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: It's a holiday week.  In this relaxed show, listeners submit various things for Seth to read on the air.  No real rules on this one, so if you have something interesting for the host to lend voice to, send it in for consideration: ROBERT GREEN INGERSOLL "What I Want For Christmas:" THE ONION ARTICLE:,1614 Seth's Patreon page:

 No Longer Quivering | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:16:00

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: The Quiverfull Movement is a lifestyle among fundamentalist Christians which believes that an abundance of children is in compliance with God's perfect will.  Contraception equals abortion, a heinous sin against God, so the only "family planning" that's done is a prayer to the sky that His will be done.  The Quiverfull Movement is highly patriarchal and often has a dark side in relation to the rights of women and children. In this episode, we explore The Quiverfull Movement, we speak with Kathryn Joyce, author of the book: "Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement," and we speak to some who once experienced this culture inside its walls, including Vykie Garrison, who hosts the online community, "No Longer Quivering." Kathryn Joyce's book: Link to "The Onion" article:,37418/

 Testing 1 2 3 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:13:00

Killing some time.  Testing some new gear.  Talking about whatever.  It's a casual evening among friends, and a very loose "unscheduled" radio podcast for the TTA audience.

 Ghost Stories 2014 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:06:00

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: It's an annual tradition.  Each October, in advance of Halloween, we gather around the virtual campfire to share our favorite ghost stories.  (Yes, atheists often love tales of the supernatural, as we enjoy all manner of fiction and storytelling.)  So dim the lights, place a candle in the jack-o-lantern, and join us for some spooky tales of things that go bump in the night. History of Halloween podcast:

 It Scares Me! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:24:00

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: It's October, the season of Halloween and a time when we fright and delight each other with spooks, scares and things that go bump in the night.  In advance of next week's "Ghost Stories" podcast (a yearly tradition), we spend this episode talking about the things that scare us.  Rational fears.  Irrational fears.  The things that make us shudder.  The things that make us scream. Your calls and emails welcome.  Scared of something?  Email

 Bob Ripley: a Preacher's Deconversion | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:58:00

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: Reverend Bob Ripley was a minister for over 30 years, with 15 of those years as Senior Minister at Metropolitan United Church, one of the most prominent churches of the United Church of Canada.  He wrote a syndicated column discussing religion for 25 years. In his September 26, 2014 column on LFPress, he announced to the world that he no longer believed in God.  He's releasing a book which chronicles his journey, titled "Life Beyond Belief: a Preacher's Deconversion." Bob joins Seth Andrews for a candid discussion about his life, his beliefs, his doubts, and the transition from Christian minister to skeptic/humanist. BOB'S WEBSITE: BOB'S COLUMN: ARONRA:  Theism is Irrational


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