Tuesday, 16 December 2014

TTA Podcast 197: What You Don't Know About Religion (but should) - with Dr. Ryan Cragun


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.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

TAM 2014 - Bill Nye - Keynote talk


Bill Nye (The Science Guy) gives the Keynote talk and lets us in on his preparation for the "Ham on Nye" Creation Museum debate that took place in February 2014 in Kentucky.


Tuesday, 29 July 2014

5 Common Myths About Evolution | Mashable


There have been plenty of misconceptions on the web regarding evolution. To clear the confusion, Mashable have debunked five of the most common myths.

Friday, 25 July 2014

What in God's name are they doing to the children?


Evangelical Christians around the globe are increasingly holding large children's revivals where they practice a disturbing ritual called "anointing by the holy spirit," "being slain by the holy spirit," "catching the holy ghost," or "falling out."

It is intimidating, physically coercive, deeply stressful, and emotionally manipulative. Children are under tremendous pressure to cooperate, to mimic the adults' bizarre behaviors, and to avoid being judged unworthy, disappointing, or worse, under satan's spell.

The older children and teens are under great peer pressure to fit in. The youngest simply don't understand they're supposed to fall over. Their purity and honesty shines through.

Most are acting, consciously or subconsciously, feeling anxiety and guilt long afterward for not having the "genuine" experience they imagine the rest are surely having. Others are infected by the contagion of mass hysteria, a temporary insanity driven by the shouting, the music, and the cacophony of adults "speaking in tongues" (glossolalia) -- meaningless babbling with the same origin as the toppling over.

The preachers, of course, are paid for results.

What kind of belief system must force itself on children, long before they are able to understand and decide for themselves?

It is child abuse and should not be permitted.

This video was created by me using all footage uploaded by the various churches to public YouTube or Facebook sites to promote these rituals.

Copyright Bo Gardiner 2014
http://www.youtube.com/user/RememberTheTime99

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Dear Believer: Why Do You Believe?

"Dear Believer, have you ever stopped to consider why you believe what you believe? Have you ever thought about why you chose the religion you chose? Have you ever considered that Pascal's Wager is a double edged sword, just as likely to cut the person wielding it?"

Friday, 14 March 2014

Bill Maher Trashes the Bible Noah Story and Psychotic Mass Murderer God


March 14, 2014 - On Friday evening, Bill Maher's "New Rules" segment concluded with a lengthy tirade against the arbitrary rules and customs set forth in the Bible, as well as some of the more unbelievable details religious folks still believe to be literally true. Maher began the monologue by declaring that America is "stupid" because 60 percent of the country reportedly believes the tale of Noah's ark is literally true. He went on to slam the film Noah as "floating giraffe crap," but said it "must be doing something right" since it's been condemned by both Muslims and Christians. And the fact that it might lose a lot of studio money, he joked, "may put it in hot water with the Jews too."

That gave way to a rant on how the world is now four centuries removed from the scientific revolution, and yet we still find the Noah's ark story to be entirely true, despite some of the more... unbelievable... details. Christians are mad about the blockbuster film, he noted, because it doesn't take the Bible literally enough. "They're mad that this made-up story doesn't stay true to their made-up story," he quipped.

But, really, Maher said, Noah's tale is an "immoral" one because it's about a "psychotic mass murderer who gets away with it and his name is God." The Earth's creator became so irate that he had created mankind so flawed, as Maher related, that he sent a flood to kill everyone, including babies.

"What kind of tyrant kills everyone just to get back at the few he's mad at? I mean, besides Chris Christie," he jabbed.

"Isn't life hard enough without making shit up out of thin air to fuck with yourself?" he later asked of religion's arbitrary rules about food, clothing, and other material goods.


Sunday, 2 February 2014

The Case Against the Resurrection - Dr. Arif Ahmed


Dr. Arif Ahmed of Cambridge University is a philosophy professor and atheist. Here he debates Gary Habermas of Liberty University over the validity of Jesus rising from the dead.

Ahmed's first argument undercuts basically every argument for the probability that the resurrection happened on the basis of historical "facts" Christians often bring up. Even without questioning those facts or going into the contradictions and other problems with the texts, arguing in terms of probability ensures that the resurrection proponent will never be able to establish that real magic occurred, rather than an unlikely (but natural) explanation.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014