The Atheist Experience

Sinopse

The Atheist Experience is a weekly show in Austin, Texas geared at a non-atheist and atheist audience. The Atheist Experience is produced by the Atheist Community of Austin.The Atheist Community of Austin is organized as a nonprofit educational corporation to develop and support the atheist community, to provide opportunities for socializing and friendship, to promote secular viewpoints, to encourage positive atheist culture, to defend the first amendment principle of state-church separation, to oppose discrimination against atheists and to work with other organizations in pursuit of common goals.We define atheism as the lack of belief in gods. This definition also encompasses what most people call agnosticism.

Episódios

  • Atheist Experience 24.24 2020-06-14 with Matt Dillahunty  Lloyd Evans

    Atheist Experience 24.24 2020-06-14 with Matt Dillahunty & Lloyd Evans

    15/06/2020 Duração: 01h43min

    In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, Matt Dillahunty is joined by Lloyd Evans. Welcome back to the co-host chair Lloyd, I quite enjoyed your last appearance on the show and have since added ‘an onslaught of nutters’ to my lexicon.Let’s get to calls. The first caller is Dave in Austria. He would like to invite us to question slavery in a different way, one that shifts the question. Matt has OPINIONS about this. Next up, Sawyer from Australia would like to talk about becoming an atheist activist after leaving Jehovah’s Witnesses. Lloyd has a fantastic perspective and whether this is the right path for him.Kevin in Arizona claims Matt has a flaw in reasoning on whether it was rational to believe in god. He also says essentially god exists beyond our reality. “I have a cognitive bias and I don’t care if it’s flawed or an argument for personal experience.” Sigh.Douglas in Georgia is up next wanting to prove the existence of a soul. He talks about the argument for the existence of a soul and that a soul is

  • Atheist Experience 24.23 2020-06-07 with Matt Dillahunty  Phil Ferguson

    Atheist Experience 24.23 2020-06-07 with Matt Dillahunty & Phil Ferguson

    08/06/2020 Duração: 01h44min

    In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, Matt Dillahunty is joined by Phil Ferguson. Phil has been a long time and recurring co-host on the show. Welcome back to the co-host chair Phil! Also happy birthday Phil!Let’s get to calls. The first caller is David from Georgia. He claims that 100,000 years ago, the magnetic field was decaying and caused the Earth to… all of the what? I am not following this caller at all. Phil puts it succinctly: “Wow, that was… profound.”Next up, a different David, this time from New York would like to talk about prostitution and has reasons for believing it is morally wrong. He provides these reasons and doesn’t provide evidence or provide justification for these reasons: 1. Self value (“selling oneself”) 2. Harmful/damaging to one’s self/spiritually/psyche. It sounds more like he has a personal problem with it and seems to be projecting. Paul wants to know why atheism is a better default position than theism. It’s real simple, Paul. We have no evidence for the existence of a

  • Atheist Experience 24.22 2020-05-31 with Matt Dillahunty  Don Baker

    Atheist Experience 24.22 2020-05-31 with Matt Dillahunty & Don Baker

    01/06/2020 Duração: 01h51min

    In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, Matt Dillahunty is joined by the wonderfully amazing Don Baker. Before we get to calls, we have a topic to discuss from Don: ‘Are Christians Lazy?’Let’s get to calls. Andrew from California wants to discuss something that has never EVER been discussed on the show… Are you ready for it? Julian from Canada would like to break down (in a nonreligious way) that a god or deity or higher power exists. Are we ready to get dizzy? When pressed on the definition of god, he responds with “god created himself and creation.”Keyon from Utah is wondering how we had the first babies and how they came about. Ummm… they came from their moms? He also tries to argue against evolution, talk about divine human intervention through “visions” at church, and we are just denying god. Wait. what!? O.oCaller Dave is next wanting to talk about Christian laziness with Don. This will be great! Don asks for examples he would like to talk about and Dave claims it’s the atheists’ burden to bring t

  • Atheist Experience 24.21 2020-05-24 with Matt Dillahunty  Johnny

    Atheist Experience 24.21 2020-05-24 with Matt Dillahunty & Johnny

    25/05/2020 Duração: 01h47min

    In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, Matt Dillahunty is joined by Johnny Angel. Welcome back to the co-host chair Johnny! We loved having you on with us a couple weeks back, glad to see you again!Let’s get to calls. The first caller in the queue is a returning caller, Javier from Florida. He would like to discuss how he had a street discussion with a preacher against theism and it had him in a bit of a fluster. It sounds like he is almost on his way out and clinging to religion it seems. Good luck to you Javier!Next up, Dormand from New Jersey claims that he can prove a god and this god is all powerful. He’s called before and we’ve gone over this before with him. But this time he claims he can prove it with mathematics and philosophy! Show your work then, I’m waiting for the equations and eventual fallacies. Nathan is up next, claiming he has good reasons to believe in god, and it’s FAITH. It’s our problem we don’t believe because we are atheists, man. C’mon dude, give us something to work with here

  • Atheist Experience 24.20 2020-05-17 with Jenna Belk  Anthony Magnabosco

    Atheist Experience 24.20 2020-05-17 with Jenna Belk & Anthony Magnabosco

    18/05/2020 Duração: 01h34min

    In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, Jenna Belk is joined by Anthony Magnabosco. Here’s his channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/magnabosco210/ and here is his website: https://streetepistemologyinternational.org/ Ready for round two Anthony? We are so glad you are here. It should be a good show!Let’s get to calls. The first caller is Trudy from Texas. She is all over the place on this call and super difficult to follow; babies are miracles, she has an Atheist best friend, she experienced an NDE. Listen in and challenge yourself to figuring out what her point is because I’m totally lost.Next up, Debbie in New England is calling in with her son Eric who was on a mission trip in Australia and is now home. He was encouraged to call in with his mom as an update from their last call. He talks about his reconversion and his experience within the LDS church. He was convinced of these two things: The LDS church and their message/teachings made sense and was appealing to him. Ooooh boy.Adam calls in saying h

  • Atheist Experience 24.19 2020-05-10 with Matt Dillahunty  Shane Isgrig

    Atheist Experience 24.19 2020-05-10 with Matt Dillahunty & Shane Isgrig

    11/05/2020 Duração: 01h43min

    Welcome back to The Atheist Experience! Today’s show is hosted by Matt Dillahunty & Shane Isgrig. We have a little pre-show chatter, but most important is we have Secular Survey results! https://www.secularsurvey.org/executive-summaryCharles is curious whether our hosts accept any sort of supernatural phenomenon, then explains that God is as clear as the cause of a scraped knee!David wants to talk about Aristotle’s reason for believing in God, assuming we care specifically about Aristotle’s opinion.Andre has an argument from quantum mechanics. The call ends quickly and Matt and Shane discuss these odd “proofs for God” from quantum mechanics. What an interesting follow up from quantum gods. Michael says God exists, doesn’t exist, is mathematics, and is reality. Uh...what?!Brian believes Matt’s position on how likely a god is to exist changed, and Matt clarifies this misunderstanding of his own positions.Glenn says the whole show is pointless, because God doesn’t exist and no one will ever call in with evid

  • Atheist Experience 24.18 2020-05-03 with Matt Dillahunty  Dave Warnock

    Atheist Experience 24.18 2020-05-03 with Matt Dillahunty & Dave Warnock

    04/05/2020 Duração: 01h33min

    Welcome back to The Atheist Experience! Today’s show is hosted by Matt Dillahunty with guest Dave Warnock. Dave is an ex-pastor turned atheist who was recently diagnosed with ALS, a terminal illness. He now travels the world talking to interested groups about dying as an atheist, embracing life’s “moments,” all wrapped up in one statement: Dying Out Loud. (https://www.daveoutloud.com/) Dave also advocates death with dignity, which allows those with conditions like his to choose when they’re ready to go, when they have had enough pain.Javier wants to know what Dave and Matt think about the concept that religious leaders often are the catalysts of religious followers losing their faith.Marcus claims to have a syllogism that proves theists and atheists are just as rational as one another. He then explains that a bad argument isn’t necessarily one that leads to a wrong answer, as if we didn’t already know and say that on this show...constantly.David calls in to ask Dave a specialised question: What should I do to

  • Atheist Experience 24.17 2020-04-26 with Matt Dillahunty  Jenna Belk

    Atheist Experience 24.17 2020-04-26 with Matt Dillahunty & Jenna Belk

    27/04/2020 Duração: 01h31min

    Greetings folks! Today’s episode of the Atheist Experience is brought to you by, I can’t think of anything clever to say, so it’s brought to you by virtual hugs. Virtual Hugs to all! Today’s episode of the Atheist Experience is, Matt Dillahunty and Jenna Belk. It’s going to be a great show!Let’s get to calls. Our first caller is Bug from Texas. He wants to discuss how he is convinced there is no deity helping us make our decisions. He also rambles a bit and it was difficult to really follow what the topic was, but he seems very sincere. Good luck to you Bug!Next up, Phillip from Florida would like to speak about “the Absence of God Paradox”, claiming if there are no divine laws, God doesn’t exist, and religion is wrong. That’s not a paradox though? The following caller is Javier from Florida. What is going on in Florida?… don’t answer that! He posits that the foundation for morality is subjective. Matt then says “There is no objective reason to care about well-being, nor what you think your God wants.” Pretty

  • Atheist Experience 24.16 2020-04-19 with Matt Dillahunty  Jim Barrows

    Atheist Experience 24.16 2020-04-19 with Matt Dillahunty & Jim Barrows

    20/04/2020 Duração: 01h46min

    Welcome back to The Atheist Experience! Today’s show is hosted by Matt Dillahunty and Jim Barrows! We start the show with a little more COVID-19 talk, as has become an unfortunate tradition in recent days. Jim addresses an earlier comment he made about suicide as a sin in the Catholic church.Our first caller, Tony in South Africa, thinks that atheists (he uses the strong definition of believing there is no god) and theists can both be correct about God. There is a god, but also...there isn’t. Maybe.Aligaz in San Antonio claims to have undeniable scientific proof of god, but things get squirrely when Matt asks for a definition of god. We get to all-powerful, and Aligaz’s response to whether or not God can create a rock so big he can’t lift it is surprising.In what immediately sounds like a strange re-definition of “god,” Tony in Illinois (who claims to be neither atheist nor theist) says that men are gods, but have to earn the title. Turns out he means people will figure out how to overcome the end of the eart

  • Atheist Experience 24.15 2020-04-12 with Matt Dillahunty, Nick Fish,  Debbie Goddard

    Atheist Experience 24.15 2020-04-12 with Matt Dillahunty, Nick Fish, & Debbie Goddard

    13/04/2020 Duração: 01h21min

    In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, Matt Dillahunty is joined by two very distinguished guests and friends of the ACA, Nick Fish and Debbie Goddard of American Atheists. They definitely have some experience being atheists and we are happy to have them join us today! Also, happy zombie day to all, keep your brain safe by staying inside and away from everyone. Let’s get to calls. The first caller is Guardy from Canada. He believes that some people need God because they also need defined rules given to them. And he’s an atheist? This is interesting and may potentially melt your mind. Good for zombie day I guess?And we are done, we have our Sundays back folks. Dewitt has historical proof of Jesus. Though, his name was Yeshua, and oh he probably didn’t exist... nevermind. hmmm… how historic is this claim because I have serious doubts? I’ve noticed lately that we get this kind of call quite a bit. But because we get this sort of argument frequently doesn’t make it true. Even though we are done here and ha

  • Atheist Experience 24.14 2020-04-05 with Matt Dillahunty  Dragnauct

    Atheist Experience 24.14 2020-04-05 with Matt Dillahunty & Dragnauct

    06/04/2020 Duração: 01h45min

    Welcome back to The Atheist Experience! Today’s show is hosted by Matt Dillahunty and friend of the show Dragnauct Sylvas. We start the show with discussion about the coronavirus and its effects on daily life, from isolation depression to grocery store gross-outs. Then, we get to caller numero uno!Dragnauct picks an interesting topic from Gavin, who says he wants to check in on his own rationale. Gavin says he believes in a soul, or at least something like it, based on some experiences he’s had in life, but he’s pretty sure something about that rationale is faulty. Is he right?Brian in Washington, DC calls in to convert Matt by asking, “What’s wrong with being a saint?” and using a version of Pascal’s Wager. When Matt and Dragnauct bring up the fact of Catholic cover-ups of child molestation, Brian starts to get a little squirrely.We have a few frequent callers, and one is coming back: Kamal in Alabama was brought into a Facebook intervention by his family, who tried to bring him back to Jesus. We’ve all had

  • Atheist Experience 24.13 2020-03-29 with Matt Dillahunty  Jenna Belk

    Atheist Experience 24.13 2020-03-29 with Matt Dillahunty & Jenna Belk

    30/03/2020 Duração: 01h53min

    SUMMARYWe look funny today, but it’s because our awesome crew figured out a way for us to continue the show from individual hosts’ and crew members’ homes! Thanks, guys! We start off with a bang: What do we do about church gatherings that could spread the corona virus more? If God isn’t real, why is religion influential? Can you even test science, and do the same forces that “created” the universe still exist? Isn’t there something “higher” that’s apparent? Why is Matt inconsistent with standards of evidence for others’ beliefs vs. his own? Ending the night with a beautiful summary of so much of this show’s history: Why don’t we believe in Jesus and his resurrection? But then technical issues cause us not to end the night, so we talk to Lana about her family’s gross treatment of her transgender daughter. And that ends our show.SHOW NOTESToday’s show looks different, because we’re all at home right now! Hosts, crew, all of us! Even me, writing these notes (although that’s no technical feat). Thank you to our w

  • Atheist Experience 24.12 2020-03-22 with Matt Dillahunty  Shane Isgrig

    Atheist Experience 24.12 2020-03-22 with Matt Dillahunty & Shane Isgrig

    23/03/2020 Duração: 01h32min

    SHOW SUMMARYWelcome to the Atheist Experience where we experience life as atheists. Today’s episode we have our wonderful host Matt Dillahunty being joined by Shane Isgrig. Welcome to the show Shane! We begin the show with Dean claiming ancient oral tradition like the Dead Sea Scrolls are more accurate than modern human communication. Brent the pantheist calls in saying the universe is conscious and alive. We have an update call, Traci calls to update us on how she’s doing. Damon “thinks” he can prove reincarnation due to the universe expansion and contraction (LOL ok.) Anna Marie is seeking to understand coincidences and un-explainable events. And lastly Brian doesn’t think it’s fair that atheists can cherry pick the bible (sounds like projection!)CALL NOTESIn today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, Matt Dillahunty is joined by Shane Isgrig. Shane is a host on Atheist Vanguard and he is Welcome to the co-host chair Shane!Let’s get to calls. The first caller is Dean from North Carolina. Why are the transmi

  • Atheist Experience 24.11 2020-03-15 with Matt Dillahunty  Don Baker

    Atheist Experience 24.11 2020-03-15 with Matt Dillahunty & Don Baker

    16/03/2020 Duração: 01h33min

    The Atheist Experience 24.11 2020-03-15 with Matt Dillahunty & Don BakerSHOW TIME-STAMPS00:01:33 Announcements Regarding Coronavirus & the ACA00:08:58 The Coronavirus & the People Taking Advantage of It for Money00:12:11 Failures of Christianity: Why Won't God Just TALK?00:29:08 Tom - MO - Struggling Out of My Lutheran Faith (Doubting God)00:53:01 CJ - NC - How Are You Feeling About Debating David Wood?00:06:15 Hassan - CA - God is to the Universe as Zero is to Math01:16:12 Luke - AZ - Why Aren't You Nihilists?00:00:00 Caller - PL: Topic00:00:00 Caller - PL: TopicSUMMARYIn today’s show, Matt takes us through the steps the ACA is taking to prevent the spread of coronavirus locally, Don and Matt chat about coronavirus charlatans, and Don has a new Failure of Christianity! We have questioning believers from Matt’s old stomping grounds (near his old church, even!), discussion of debate tactics, God being analogous to zero somehow, and Matt turning an empty truck of gotcha around with a whole trailer f

  • Atheist Experience 24.10 2020-03-08 with Matt Dillahunty  Denis Loubet

    Atheist Experience 24.10 2020-03-08 with Matt Dillahunty & Denis Loubet

    09/03/2020 Duração: 01h30min

    SHOW NOTESIn today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, Matt Dillahunty is joined by Denis Loubet. We are borrowing Denis from the long standing Non-Prophets show also produced by the ACA. Glad to have you Denis, welcome to the co-host chair!Let’s get to calls. The first caller is Sam from the UK. Oooooh boy, he wants to talk about why there is slavery in the Bible and why it’s misunderstood. Ready for some fireworks? Here we go!Next up, Minh from California would like to talk about when you deconvert from religion, what do you replace it with? (and Denis’ reply, “when you cure cancer what you replace it with… um health”) The following caller is Christopher from Pennsylvania is concerned about how to help mend a relationship with his family after avoiding them after deconverting. He is struggling with how to proceed. Christopher, you may find some solace in contacting the folks at Recovering from Religion. https://www.recoveringfromreligion.orgJames in Canada is next, calling in about having discussions with

  • Atheist Experience 24.09 2020-03-01 with Jenna Belk  Phil Ferguson

    Atheist Experience 24.09 2020-03-01 with Jenna Belk & Phil Ferguson

    02/03/2020 Duração: 01h31min

    TIME-STAMPS00:03:21 Arthur - (CA): Seeing My Family For First Time Since Coming Out Atheist00:17:06 Thomas - GA: Evidence Jesus Exists (I Know Too Much, I HAVE to Tell You)00:28:04 Mark - ME: What's the Point of Looking at the Bad Parts of Holy Books?00:45:44 Arturo - TX: Let's Build a Strawman Ep. 666: SATANISTS!01:01:11 Akeem - PA: I Have Scientific Proof Homosexuality is Wrong! (He Doesn't)01:10:44 Hallie - CA: Hallie - CA - I'm a Questioning Fundamentalist Christian, I Have Questions01:21:21 Danny - UK: What Caused God? Why Can't We See Him?01:26:15 Jason - SC: I'm a Theist That Leans Atheist (Moral Argument for God)SUMMARYToday’s episode is hosted by Jenna Belk, with guest host Phil Ferguson of The Phil Ferguson Show! How do you deal with seeing your religious family after coming out as an atheist...in a different COUNTRY?! A guy who knows Jesus exists, a guy who doesn’t understand why we’re just so darn hard on the worst part of “holy” books, a guy who has actually encountered baby-eating Satanists (sup

  • Atheist Experience 24.08 2020-02-23 with Matt Dillahunty  Darrel Ray

    Atheist Experience 24.08 2020-02-23 with Matt Dillahunty & Darrel Ray

    24/02/2020 Duração: 01h41min

    SHOW TIME-STAMPS00:00:00 Introduction (to Darrel Ray & Recovering From Religion)00:21:21 Mary - MN: My Relatives Fear Me Going to Hell (Atheist w/ Pancreatic Cancer)00:32:32 David - MEX: Demons & Sinful Behavior Cause Paranormal Events00:38:12 Rami - FR: The Scientific Method Proves God (Over-Simplifying Science)00:43:40 Alex - MD: I Know What Unites All Religions/Ideologies00:54:58 Shannon Q - NS: How do we combat "Christian counseling?"01:05:47 Matt Dillahunty Answers Prayers Again!01:12:03 Tom - (CA): Can you explain Our Lady of Guadalupe? (Real Miracles! ...not)01:22:00 Mike - VT: Rude Caller Hung Up On (Bible & Masturbation)01:24:56 David - LA: Fictional Science Diabetics Book...and other word salad.01:32:51 Alex - AUS: How Do I Get My Wife to Raise My Kids Secular?01:39:50 David - AZ: Disproving God Via Math...not so much.SHOW NOTESDr. Darrel Ray is back on the show to talk to us about the mission of Recovering From Religion (1-84-I-DOUBT-IT, 1-844-368-2848, https://www.recoveringfromreligio

  • Atheist Experience 24.07 2020-02-16 with Don Baker  Jenna Belk

    Atheist Experience 24.07 2020-02-16 with Don Baker & Jenna Belk

    17/02/2020 Duração: 01h36min

    SHOW TIME-STAMPS00:00:00 Introduction00:03:03 Daniel - MN: I Want to Believe in An Afterlife, but I'm an Atheist00:10:40 Alex - CO: A Rational Person Can Use Faith, & Faith Can Be Rational00:24:09 Mark - ME: The Koran/Quran is More Accurate than the Bible00:35:47 Dalton - NJ - Used to Be Christian, Now Hindu but Doubting...What Do I Do? 00:44:35 Joshua - NY: How Do I Come Out as an Atheist to My Family?00:54:37 Joseph - NY: People Misunderstand the Zodiac Signs (Astrology is Real)01:01:05 Shattered - OR: Personal Experiences Are Reliable for Personal Beliefs01:10:43 Samuel - GM: Star Wars is a Religion01:19:53 Mark - FL: What is the ATHEIST AGENDA? (Guy tells US what WE believe.)01:33:05 Julian - WA - Are Atheists Willing to Abandon Christian Morality?01:47:17 OutroSHOW NOTESToday we’re hosted by Don Baker & Jenna Belk, who spare no time in getting straight to calls!Our first caller, Daniel, is an atheist who wants to believe in an afterlife. He describes his discovery of Carlin as his first steps tow

  • Atheist Experience 24.06 2020-02-09 with Matt Dillahunty  Jim Barrows

    Atheist Experience 24.06 2020-02-09 with Matt Dillahunty & Jim Barrows

    10/02/2020 Duração: 01h24min

    SHOW TIME-STAMPS00:00:00 Matt - TX - Epic postcard reading by Matt00:16:55 Jonathan - KY - Is there a moral question about slavery?00:27:07 Walter - MI - Proof of God because of a NDE00:38:07 Jonathyn - AZ - Can believe in something and not know it/be aware of it.00:50:58 Jonathan - AL - How to create a secular community when in a hostile area.01:05:39 Kevin - TN - Agnostic theist, believes in emanation01:25:03 Keith - OK - People in prison are better off with religious belief.01:27:20 John - TX - Evolution points to theismSHOW NOTESWoooot! Your normal notes writer is back in the writer’s chair. Just kidding, there is no writer’s chair, it doesn’t exist. In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, Matt Dillahunty is joined by Jim Barrows. Does Matt have more postcards to read? (Oh yes he does and it is EPIC!) Who is this Jim Barrows character? Does God exist? Stay tuned to find out all this and more!Let’s get to calls. The first caller is Jonathan from Kentucky. He is wondering if there has always been a mo

  • Atheist Experience 24.05 2020-02-02 with Matt Dillahunty  Jenna Belk

    Atheist Experience 24.05 2020-02-02 with Matt Dillahunty & Jenna Belk

    03/02/2020 Duração: 01h23min

    SHOW TIME-STAMPS00:00:00 Introduction00:07:50 Hermer-NY: The Bible Supports Science00:18:01 Yoel-NY: I Can Convert Everyone!00:43:39 Brant-CA: Native American Church Member’s Peyote Path to God01:00:34 William-NE: Deductive Proof of NO God01:12:36 End of Show AnnouncementsSHOW NOTESMatt and Jenna are back to experience being atheists, and we’re starting off today with some shenanigans! Matt Dillahunty answers prayers sent in on postcards, including a miracle healing of a hen! Jenna has some Christian music looping in her brain today, and has a thought about why this music is such an effective indoctrination tool.Hermer calls us from a cavern deep inside the Earth, approximately 5 meters from its core, and explains to us how the Bible says, “Avoid opposition to science.” He somehow completely misses the fact that the Bible is loaded with scientific inaccuracies. He proceeds to justify Lot’s wife turning into salt because sweat tastes like salt. (“I Tasted Lot’s Wife and It Tastes Like Sweat | Hermer - NY | Tal

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