Everyone's Agnostic Podcast
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Episode 94 Jeff Bates

Cass and Bob interview Jeffrey Bates, author of the children’s book, “The Little Bucket: A Little Story of Hope for Anyone Who Feels Empty.” Jeff believes in the power of story to change us and give people hope. Jeff goes into schools and presents the story, including a theme song and it’s even being made into a play. Jeff was a Christian minister in the Disciples of Christ early on, but the last 20+ years were largely influenced by the teachings of Joseph Campbell. Jeff is focused on helping people achieve emotional intelligence, to find their power within, and the self-awareness of whatever hole you find you have in your bucket—that emptiness can be a teaching moment. He writes, “once we become aware of the hole in our bucket we begin to sense how and IF we are a drain on the world OR, functioning out of our universe, a vital source of inspiration, reflection and consciousness.”

We taped this talk April 3rd, 2016. 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 slash ea podcast.

Credits:
"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU
Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson
The segue music on this episode is Duke’s Lullaby by Steve Gadd
Thanks for listening and be a yes-sayer to what is.

http://www.jeffreybates.net/
http://www.amazon.com/Little-Bucket-Jeffrey-Bates/dp/1457527510/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460350061&sr=8-1&keywords=the+little+bucket

 

 

Direct download: Ep94_Jeff_Bates.mp3
Category:humanism -- posted at: 7:27pm CDT
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Episode 93 April

Cass & Bob interview April. She’s not fully “out” so we don’t use her last name or photo. April’s story is about the tragic affect of a literal Hell.  A large portion of Christians read the scriptures literally. And today’s show highlights the dangers of doing so and the damage that is done by those unable or unwilling to approach the text with metaphorically. April was traumatized by the concept of a literal Hell well into her adult years. This is the appropriate reaction by genuinely empathetic people. A strong belief in Hell will eventually rob you of your soul, leaving a shell of a heartless zombie who has no choice but to subconsciously devalue lost people just to maintain the illusion that you’re a decent human being and that your God is not a monster. It has done immeasurable damage to every society it’s ever touched.

We taped this talk on March 21st, 2016. 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. 

Credits:
"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU
Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack JohnsonThe segue music on this episode is Duke’s Lullaby by Steve Gadd

Thanks for listening and be a yes-sayer to what is.

April’s blog: https://leavingcanaan.wordpress.com/

April’s paintings: https://www.etsy.com/shop/warmdecember

Direct download: ep_93_April.mp3
Category:christianity -- posted at: 6:11pm CDT
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Episode 92 Melinda & Jamin Ellis

Cass & Bob interview Melinda and Jamin Ellis. They are a married couple who originally met in church and one of them has “left the farm” so to speak. Jamin is now an atheist and Melinda remains a Christian. We talk about how that works, the challenges they face, and what they’re doing to keep their genuine love for one another from being short-circuited by religious differences. 

We taped this talk on March 13th, 2016. 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 slash ea podcast.

Credits:
"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU
Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson
The segue music on this episode is Duke’s Lullaby by Steve Gadd

 

 

 

Direct download: Ep92_Melinda__Jamin_Ellis.mp3
Category:spirituality -- posted at: 10:42pm CDT
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Episode 91 David Silverman, American Atheists

Cass and Bob interview David Silverman, the President of American Atheists, and author of his new book, “Fighting God.” David comes down hard on the name of this podcast but we work through our differences. I celebrate his firebrand atheism, he celebrates me being a Humanist Chaplain on a college campus. I appreciate David’s unyielding respect for everyone he talks to while not necessarily respecting their beliefs. His devotion to truth is unparalleled. 

We taped this talk on March 5th, 2016. 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 slash ea podcast.

Credits:
"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU
Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson
The segue music on this episode is Duke’s Lullaby by Steve Gadd
Thanks for listening and be a yes-sayer to what is.

http://reasonrally.org/

https://atheists.org/

http://www.amazon.com/Fighting-God-Atheist-Manifesto-Religious/dp/1250064848

https://atheists.org/fightinggod

 

 

 

Direct download: Ep91_David_Silverman.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 11:25am CDT
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Episode 90 Dr. David Dark

Cass & Bob interview Dr. David Dark.David is a Christian but perhaps bears witness to the best Christianity imaginable. He is the author of “The Sacredness of Questioning Everything,” “The Gospel According to America,” “Everyday Apocalypse” and the most recent and the subject of this conversation, “Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious.”

We taped this talk on Feb 27th, 2016. 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 slash ea podcast.

Credits:
"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU
Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson
The segue music on this episode is Duke’s Lullaby by Steve Gadd

David Dark’s Amazon page
Follow him on Twitter @DavidDark
David’s Facebook page
Krista Tippett’s “On Being” w/ guest Lawrence Kushner
The Scathing Atheist ep 161

 

 

Direct download: Ep90_David_Dark.mp3
Category:religion -- posted at: 1:49pm CDT
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Episode 89 Dr. David Mathis, Psychologist

Cass and Bob converse with their local friend, Dr. David Mathis. David is a licensed psychologist and provides counseling, consulting and psychotherapy services. He has a special interest in helping families who have special needs children such as autism. He is the author of the book, “Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming: Practical Steps to Overcoming Anxiety.”

David is a Church of Christ PK and was on his way to entering the ministry himself when he began a slow, incremental move away from his childhood faith in his 20s that spread over nearly two decades. Today, we experience a David so far removed from the religious baggage of his youth that having this conversation dug up flashbacks of times long forgotten.

We taped this talk on Feb 21st, 2016.

Credits:
"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU
Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson
The segue music on this episode is Duke’s Lullaby by Steve Gadd

Thanks for listening and be a yes-sayer to what is.

David’s book: “Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming: Practical Steps to Overcoming Anxiety” Kindle Edition by David C. Mathis, Ed.D. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YG6T1OU

 

 

 

 

Direct download: Ep89_David_Mathis.mp3
Category:psychology -- posted at: 7:03pm CDT
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Episode 88 Dr. Ed Cohen

Cass talks with Dr. Edmund Cohen. Bob was not able to be there, but joins in for the post-show. Ed is 73 years old. He was raised in a secular Jewish household, earn a PhD in Psychology at age 26, earned a law degree at age 35, and began a 4 year tryst with Christianity at age 36. It started with a liberal Methodist church, then Pentecostalism, the Reformed Calvinism. After a brief study at Westminster Theological Seminary he realized he was wrong and began writing his 300 page tome entitled, “The Mind of the Bible Believer.”

You are going to fall in love with Ed Cohen. Early on, Ed’s parent’s tapped Ed’s older brother as the heir to the family business and told Ed that he wasn’t college material and could work for his brother. Ed is an overcomer, and exploded out of the box his parents built to contain him. He’s really sharp and highly insightful. It’s hard to believe how wrong his parents were in their assessment of this intellectual.

Cohen wrote in an article titled “How I Walked Away,” “Devoutness had brought out some of my worst tendencies. I had grown not in righteousness, but in rigidness, not in purity, but in priggishness - not in holiness, but in ass-holiness! I had been on my way to becoming a regular little Savonarola, a regular little Calvin itching to get a Servetus burned at the stake. Show me a fundamentalist who does not become like that, and I will show you one who conveniently finesses the Bible's harder teachings! The absurdity of it all overwhelmed me. I realized that biblical Christianity is all a devious psychological rigmarole, ingeniously designed to make people compliant. No wonder that in the places and times in history when preoccupation with Christianity was at its height, mankind progressed very little. No wonder that the accomplishments of contemporary fundamentalists in the arts and Sciences are so pathetically few.” –Ed Cohen

Ed’s book “C.G. Jung and the Scientific Attitude”

Ed’s Amazon seller name: Schriftsteller43

Ed’s article, “How I Walked Away”

Ed’s Facebook page

Austin Miles’ book, “Don’t Call Me Brother”

Ed’s footage of Pat Robertson used on NBC

The ebook version of “The Mind of the Bible Believer”

We taped this talk on Feb 21st, 2016. 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 www.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
The segue music on this episode is Duke’s Lullaby by Steve Gadd

Thanks for listening and be a yes-sayer to what is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Direct download: Ep_88_Ed_Cohen.mp3
Category:psychology -- posted at: 7:22pm CDT
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Episode 87 Adam Gonnerman

Cass and Bob interview Adam Gonnerman. Adam was raised Catholic, but took a personal interest in his late teens in more aggressive and devoted versions of Christianity by way of Presbyterianism then Church of Christ and became a missionary in South America—all on his own. He had a passion for finding meaning and purpose. After earning a Bachelors in Bible at Church of Christ colleges and serving in the mission field, he took a shot at ministering in American churches and bumped into the complexity and politics of small town Christianity. They have a tendency (nationwide) to get in fights over the most banal issues like whether to stand up during the singing or not or how to landscape the front yard of the church. 

Adam Gonnerman an organizer and board member for Sunday Assembly NYC and is also an active participant in The Clergy Project. Raised Roman Catholic in rural Missouri, Adam became evangelical at age 17 and went to college to be a minister. He met and married his wife, Christiane, while doing church planting mission work in Brazil. After serving a church in New Mexico Adam quit full-time ministry and moved his family to the New York City area in 2005, eventually transitioning into IT Project Management. The last of his faith evaporated in late 2013, and he has since considered himself a Humanist.

We taped this talk on Feb 7th, 2016. 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.

Credits: 
"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU 
Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson 
The segue music on this episode is “Duke’s Lullaby” by Steve Gadd

Remember to consider joining us at the Nashville Nones Conference the afternoon of Saturday March 5th. Go to www.Nashvillenones.com for more info and to pre-register. David Silverman is our key note speaker.

Adam’s Facebook 
Adam’s Twitter @awgonnerman 
http://adamgonnerman.net/

Thanks for listening and be a yes-sayer to what is.

 

Direct download: Ep_87_Adam_Gonnerman.mp3
Category:humanism -- posted at: 3:14pm CDT
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Episode 86 John Winsor

Cass and Bob interview Dr. John Winsor, a classical music composer, computer programmer, and author of “What Your Preacher Didn’t Tell You.” He’s also one of 6 atheists featured, alongside Lawrence Kraus and Richard Carrier, in a book due out soon entitled “666: 6 atheists 6 theists 6 Topics” But he is not one with a painful journey out of religion. He was raised Lutheran, but by his early teens he’d already decided it wasn’t for him. John’s passion is music. He earned a PhD in music and has won over 30 awards as a modern "classical" composer. He joins us from Virginia Beach, VA where he has seen Pat Robertson’s limo in traffic.

We taped this talk on Feb 7th, 2016. 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. https://www.patreon.com/eapodcast?ty=h

Credits:
"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU
Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson
The segue music on this episode were written by our guest, John Winsor, and recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic.

Remember to consider joining us at the Nashville Nones Conference the afternoon of Saturday March 5th. Go to Nashvillenones.com for more info and to pre-register. David Silverman is our main speaker.

Thanks for listening and be a yes-sayer to what is.

http://johnwinsor.authorsxpress.com/2013/07/03/the-gospel-according-to-me/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3xzRjBa3mE
http://www.john-winsor.com (general info about John - mostly as a composer).
Twitter: @WinsorJohn

book's URL: http://www.no-gods.com (excerpts from "What Your Preacher Didn't Tell You").

His blog: http://johnwinsor.authorsxpress.com 

 

Direct download: Ep86_John_Winsor.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 4:34pm CDT
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Episode 85 Hunter McFarlin

Cass interviews his friend of 25 years, Hunter McFarlin.  They met in a prayer meeting at Belmont Church in Nashville around 1991. Today we witness the enormous theological cavern that can form between two people in that span of time. Cass is an atheist, but when Hunter and he met, they were both passionate Christians. Hunter still is. 

 

In this interview, you’re going to hear Hunter’s dogged faith in the Bible and everything in it being confirmed by the revelations of science, his unfazed belief that resurrections happen, his opinion that the problems of the world are due to the fact that not enough people are Christian, or at least are living out the power and inheritance that Jesus’ provides to true believers.

 

One take-away that I think some might gain from this conversation is two-fold and perhaps seemingly contradictory: If you have a perspective that all Christians must be, by default, be stupid because of the absurdity of their beliefs, Hunter would be an exception to that. He’s a highly intelligent man and has given a lot of thought over the years to the formation of his beliefs. He’s also pursued emotional health more aggressively than most Americans. That said, you may find that these facts make his beliefs and/or his self-awareness even more confounding given the audacity of his claims and imaginations. 

Also, as a warning, Hunter refers to homosexual people as sexually mis-oriented. Keep in mind that people like Hunter mean well when they think they’re being honest and even helpful by helping homosexuals get their sexual compasses corrected.

The conversation with Hunter is an hour and 12 minutes, followed by a reflection with Bob and Cass that lasts about 52 minutes and includes some audio comments by Gretta Vosper, the United Church of Canada minister who is now atheist. Then Cass reads some comments by Jaron Hudgins, who was home-schooled, raised conservative Christian,and is now an atheist practicing law in Austin Tx. Also included is an excerpt by comedian Todd Green on growing up gay and in the closet.

We taped this talk on Feb 6th, 2016. 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.

Credits:
"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU
Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson
The segue music on this episode is Duke’s Lullaby by Steve Gadd 

Thanks for listening and be a yes-sayer to what is.

Link to Hunter’s claim that “7 Nobel winning Physicists support Intelligent Design”

Roger Scruton’s quote from Gretta Vosper

Comedian Todd Glass on the Bullseye podcast

Nobel Laureates supporting ID? http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/seven-nobel-laureates-in-science-who-either-supported-intelligent-design-or-attacked-darwinian-evolution/

The fastest growing demographic in America are those unaffiliated with organized religion: http://www.pewforum.org/2015/05/12/americas-changing-religious-landscape/

 

Direct download: Episode_85_Hunter_McFarlin.mp3
Category:christianity -- posted at: 12:22am CDT
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