Everyone's Agnostic Podcast
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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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Episode 84 Nick Franklin

Cass and Bob interview Nick Franklin, an atheist firefighter from Franklin Tennessee. He’s our first first responder, a spontaneous loner, he’s into perler beads and his cat. It’s a fun conversation with whiplash turns and corners. Give it a listen!

We taped this talk on January 30th, 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 “The Less I Know the Better” by Tame Impala. 

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

Nick’s Bead Art: jnjfranklin.deviantart.com

Direct download: ep_84_Nick_Franklin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:57am CDT
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Episode 83 David E

Bob and Cass discuss with David his Catholic upbringing, his dabbling in Krishna Hinduism, and the eventual unraveling of his beliefs. David is a trained musician and composer. He’s a co-host on the Ehtheist Podcast. We taped this talk on January 23rd, 2016.

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 was written and performed (in 2 of the pieces) by our guest, David E

 

David’s Twitter handle: @yojoedave2002

The Ehtheist Podcast

David’s YouTube channel

Peter Boghossian – Street Epistomology YouTube

Peter Boghossian book, “A Manual for Creating Atheists”

Anthony Magnabosco YouTube “Do you have 5 minutes to talk about a deeply held belief?”  

 

 

 

Direct download: Ep_83_Dave_E.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 4:03pm CDT
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Episode 82 John Draper

Cass and Bob interview John Draper, author of “A Danger to God Himself.” John is a former evangelical who decided to write a novel from the perspective of two Mormon missionaries. One Amazon reviewer wrote, “This book is a mild reminder that questioning things is natural for people whose mind is not totally blinded by the dogmas they’re living within.” And another wrote,” John Draper has constructed a cast of fascinating characters who each have interesting story-arcs in their own right…A Danger to God Himself is funny and tragic in turns, and is an unusual twist on the Mormon missionary narrative.”

We taped this talk on January 16th, 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
All other music is by Cass Midgley

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

Amazon site for A Danger to God Himself
John Draper’s blog: http://johnfdraper.com/blog/
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/johndraperauthor/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/168081.John_Draper

 

 

Direct download: ep_82_John_Draper.mp3
Category:religion -- posted at: 2:34pm CDT
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Episode 81 Kristi Kiger

Cass and Dr. Bob converse with Kristi Kiger. Kristi is one of those that doesn’t have a book or a blog, she’s a nurse with a big heart for people broken on the wheels of life and an avid social justice worker. Kristi only left Christianity 6 months ago so the feelings are still pretty fresh. Like many good-hearted people, she found Christianity attractive as a vehicle by which she could make the world a better place. It was not shoved down her throat as a child; she chose it as a young adult through high school and college and worked 10 years for a Christian non-profit outreach in Washington DC. But people who enter religion in pursuit of love and justice will often find that pursuit hitting the wall of conditional love and justice for which the Christian church is infamous. 

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 is by Cass Midgley

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

Ryan Bell’s site: http://lifeaftergod.org/
Ryan’s podcast w/ Bart Campolo
Julia Sweeney’s “Letting Go of God.”

 

Direct download: Ep81_Kristi_Kiger.mp3
Category:humanism -- posted at: 10:16pm CDT
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Episode 80 - Cass' Kids

Episode 80 of the Everyone’s Agnostic podcast, Special Edition: ex-pastor Cass Midgley’s four children. They are all young adults now but the oldest was 13 when Cass left the town in Oklahoma where he was an evangelical pastor and began to deconstruct his faith of 39 years. Starting in 2006, he slowly became an atheist. How was the transition for these PKs? How are they fairing now? Did any of them stay Christian? 

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 
All other music is by Cass Midgley

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

 

Direct download: Episode_80_Midgley_children.mp3
Category:exchristian -- posted at: 3:02pm CDT
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Episode 79 Gayle Jordan

Cass & Dr. Bob interview Gayle Jordan. Gayle is the founder of our local Murfreesboro Freethinkers, now over 600 members strong. She’s a mover and shaker and someone to watch in the atheist movement. Raised southern Baptist, her deconversion was parallel with her own mid-life health and fitness awakening. As she turned 40 she decided to study the science of personal health, where she bumped into a lot of science which included evolution. Between this and her children’s questions about Bible assertions, her confidence in Christianity unraveled. In the meantime she earned a law degree and strengthened her body enough to complete the Iron Man Triathlon.

We taped this conversation on December 5th, 2015. 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.

http://www.meetup.com/Murfreesboro-Freethinkers/ 
http://gaylejordan.net/

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 is by Cass Midgley

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

 

Direct download: Ep79_Gayle_Jordan.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 9:51pm CDT
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