Everyone's Agnostic Podcast (atheism)
Cass & Bob interview people you don't know about a subject no one wants to talk about--losing faith in the supernatural.
Episode 56 Skeptic Muse

On episode 56 of the Everyone’s Agnostic podcast Bob and Cass interview Charlie--a pseudonym. He writes and performs music on a Youtube channel called Skeptic Muse. This music chronicles the arguments for atheism and against theism that charted Charlie’s deconversion from Christianity. We feature 4 songs during the interview. Charlie’s a very talented musician and just a great guy. I think you’ll enjoy our talk.  

This conversation was taped on July 19th.  Our opening monologue is an excerpt from a Youtube called “Towering Mountain of Ignorance” by Hank Green. The opening music is “never know” by Jack Johnson, and The musical segues on this episode were written and performed by Skeptic Muse. 

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Direct download: Ep_56_Skeptic_Muse.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 12:10pm CDT
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Episode 55 Sarah Green & Adam House

Cass interviews Sarah Green and Adam House. Sarah is the Tennessee Regional Director of American Atheists. Adam is an ex-pastor and an Afghanistan war veteran. Both raised Baptist, both now agnostic atheists. We talk misogyny within Christianity, PTSD, the medicinal benefits of marijuana for PTSD, atheist activism, bravery, shifting social mores, and a rare sighting of theist/atheist siblings supporting each other. Who knew? Bob was on vacation at the taping of this show, which was July 11th, 2015 

Credits:

"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU

Intro music "Never Know" by Jack Johnson

All other music written and performed by Cass Midgley

Direct download: Ep_55_Sarah_Green__Adam_House3.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 11:19am CDT
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Episode 53 Drew Bekius - The Clergy Project

This week Cass is in conversation with former pastor, Drew Bekius of The Clergy Project. Drew serves on TCP's Board of Directors and as Chair of the Communications Committee. The Clergy Project’s Mission is to provide support, community, and hope to current and former religious professionals who no longer hold supernatural beliefs. Drew blogs at drewbekius.com and is working on a book tentatively titled “The Rise and Fall of Faith.” EA co-host Bob Pondillo was on vacation when this conversation was taped on June 20th, 2015 so this is just two ex-pastors in conversation. 

Credits:

"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU

Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson

All other music performed by Nikolay Gavlishin

Direct download: Ep_53_Drew_Bekius.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 10:28pm CDT
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Episode 52 - Denial of Death - Ernest Becker

One year birthday of the Everyone's Agnostic podcast! This week we feature Dr. Sheldon Solomon lecturing on Ernest Becker's Pulitzer Prize winner book, "The Denial of Death." Becker reveals how and why we humans look to constructed narratives to ease our anxiety around death. This is the crux of why we need religion and why we so easily feel threatened by those with different beliefs. If this won't change your life, nothing will.  

 

This episode was recorded on June 27th, 2015. Our opening monologue is an excerpt from a Youtube called “Towering Mountain of Ignorance” by Hank Green. The opening music is “never know” by Jack Johnson, and The musical segues on this episode were written and performed by Cass Midgley.

Direct download: Ep_52_Denial_of_Death.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 8:43pm CDT
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Episode 51 Bob & Cass on Charleston

We discuss the murders in Charleston last week and how some people refuse to talk about the true motive of the crime. I believe religion plays a role in this and many other denials of reality. And speaking of beliefs, we discuss what would happen if we shed all beliefs. As a result of this talk, Cass decides to fast from beliefs for a season to see what effect it has on his life.

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Credits:

"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU

Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson

Music written and performed by Cass Midgley

Direct download: Ep_51_Cass__Bob_on_Charleston.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 10:01pm CDT
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Episode 50: Wendy Thomas Russell

Cass Midgley and Bob Pondillo interview Wendy Thomas Russell, author of “Relax, It's Just God: How and Why to Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You're Not Religious.” Wendy is a blogger on Patheos under “Natural Wonderers” and her work has been published in Psychology Today, The Washington Post, New York Times Magazine’s Sixth Floor Blog, Time Magazine, AlterNet, Salon, and the Humanist Community Project at Harvard, and other outlets. She also writes an online parenting column for the PBS NewsHour.

This episode was recorded on June 13th, 2015. Our opening monologue is an excerpt from a Youtube called “Towering Mountain of Ignorance” by Hank Green. The opening music is “never know” by Jack Johnson, and The musical segues on this episode is classical guitar performed by friend of the show Nikolay Gavlishin

Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and most podcast platforms.  If you’re feeling grateful for our podcast, Patreon.com is like a per episode tip jar for our work. That’s patreon.com/eapodcast. 

Credits:

"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU

Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson

Music performed by Nikolay Gavlishin

 

 

Direct download: Ep50_Wendy_Thomas_Russell.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 10:39pm CDT
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Episode 49 American Atheist Convention 2015

Back on April 4th, I taped a few random interviews at the American Atheist Convention in Memphis, so today I’m posting a few selections from that experience.

 

The first is a 9 minute interview with Dave Kong. Dave was personal friends with Madalyn Murray O’Hare, the founder of American Atheists and has witnessed the movement from the beginning. He served on the board for 27 years. And for those who may have little exposure to Madalyn, I’ve posted an 11 minute excerpt from a speech she gave at the 1972 AA convention, 10 years after she founded the movement. .

 

Next is a 6 minute interview with comedian Keith Lowell Jensen who performed a stand-up routine at the conference. I tacked on a 3 minute excerpt of a bit he performed there. Keith has his own podcast called, “It’s Funny Because” available on iTunes and Facebook.

 

Lastly, I play a fascinating talk given by Dr. Jennifer Michael Hecht called Poetic Atheism. She wrote a book that changed my life called, “Stay: A History of Suicide and the Arguments Against It.” She argues that to say that there is no meaning to life, or that we have to make our own meaning seems misguided and that meaning has always been a part of community and culture, we need not invent it. She earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University in the History of Science and European Cultural History. She is the author of 3 other books, including “Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson,” and “The Happiness Myth: The Historical Antidote to What Isn't Working Today.”

 

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Credits:

"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU

Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson

Music performed by Nikolay Gavlishin

Direct download: ep_49_AA_con_2015.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 5:13pm CDT
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Episode 48 Dan Arel

Cass Midgley and Dr. Bob Pondillo interview journalist, author, blogger Dan Arel. His work is seen on AlterNet, Huff Post, and Patheos as Danthropology.  He’s written for The American Ahteist Magazine and the Richard Dawkins Foundation. Dan has written a book called, “Parenting Without God: How to Raise Moral, Ethical, and Intelligent Children, Free from Religious Dogma.”  Dan is also the blogger who gained recognition from his op ed on the Ken Ham/Bill Nye debate as well as the Creation Museum’s attempt to use Kentucky tax dollars to build Noah’s Ark. Dan is a serious mover and shaker in the secular movement. We think you’ll benefit from getting to know him. 

Credits: "Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU 

Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson

All other music by Cass Midgley

 

 

Direct download: dan_arel_edit1.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 12:02am CDT
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Today’s show is unlike anything we’ve ever or ever will do again. As you may know, Cass was an evangelical Christian the first 39 years of his life and a minister for the last 20 of that. Bob never believed. They got together because they were both fascinated with the anthropology of why humans need God. Today, they examine an artifact of Cass' theism. They are going to play a 45 minute sermon that Cass orated in late 2005 in a small charismatic church in north Texas. What is captured on tape here is the last waning year of Cass' Christian faith, This is the last sermon he ever gave, and a perceptive ear will hear, although couched in Christian language and laden with scripture references, the mental migration he was making toward humanism, naturalism, and agnosticism. It would about 6 to 7 more years before he had embraced full on atheism. and eventually anti-theism. 

Some will be unable to get through it for various reasons. It will bring back memories and emotions for some post-Christians. It might be torturous for some (as it was for Cass) and humorous for others. We just invite you to notice what you notice. Like most charismatic preachers, it gets more and more emotional in time. 

Bob and Cass do a brief intro and follow with about 15 minutes of commentary. We hope, as always, this experience stretches you as a human being.   

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Credits:

"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU

Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson

All other music by Moby and used by permission

 

 

Direct download: Episode_47_Cass_Last_Sermon_as_a_Christian_2005.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 10:17pm CDT
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Episode 46 Eli aka prplfox

Cass and Bob interview Eli, a YouTuber that goes by the name Purple Fox. Eli got saved at a Young Life camp as a teenager but by the time he was 20 was convinced it was all untrue and yet still found himself in ministry. His journey is described in detail in a YouTube series called Deconversion parts 1 thru 6.  This episode hits the bullseye of what this podcast is all about. 

The deconversion process can be very traumatic.  Christianity is an identity-forming idea and Eli conveys just how devastating it can be to emerge as a young adult and realize your identity is not real. In the mid-2000s, Eli couldn’t understand why more people weren’t talking about this, so he made the videos. 10 years later, the web is packed with ex-Christian material and as the recent Pew research shows: Christianity is shrinking and those leaving their religious affiliation is booming.  

The first hour is our talk with Eli, followed by Bob and Cass' commentary.   

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Notes: 

J. L. Schellenberg and Divine Hiddenness 

Book: “Mistakes Were Made, but Not By Me” by Carol Tavris & Elliot Aronson

Book: Jonathan Haidt - "The Righteous Mind"

The New True Charlie Woo movie by Bob Pondillo

Credits: 

"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU

Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson

All other music by Cass Midgley

 

Direct download: Episode_46_Eli_aka_prplfox.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 12:01am CDT
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