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Point of Inquiry is the Center for Inquiry's flagship podcast, where the brightest minds of our time sound off on all the things you're not supposed to talk about at the dinner table: science, religion, and politics. Guests have included Brian Greene, Susan Jacoby, Richard Dawkins, Ann Druyan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugenie Scott, Adam Savage, Bill Nye, and Francis Collins. Point of Inquiry is produced at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, N.Y.
 
Podcasts of Freethought Radio, a division of the Freethought Media Network. Truth-telling, revolutionary independent media hosted & produced by founder Ali Salaam. "Independent music, independent talk, independent minds." Official site: www.FreethoughtMedia.org or facebook.com/freethoughtradio Although copyright laws are bulls**t, I would rather not get sued for actions that are not my own, so unauthorized duplication of the musical content of the podcasts, whether in full or any segment of ...
 
The novel details the lives of three characters, first as children and then as adults - Waldo, Em and Lyndall - who live on a farm in the Karoo region of South Africa. The story is set in the middle- to late Nineteenth century - the First Boer War is alluded to, but not mentioned by name. The book is semi-autobiographical: in particular, the two principal protagonists (Waldo and Lyndall) display strong similarities to Schreiner's life and philosophy. The book was first published in 1883 in L ...
 
To create a positive impact on our shared world, our mission is to provide a community that values and promotes a freethinking life unencumbered by the biases of tradition, dogma, and authority and that encourages people to live a reason and evidence-based life characterized by close fellowship, ethical contemplation, critical thinking, community service, and the appreciation of scientific knowledge and understanding of the universe and our place in it.
 
To create a positive impact on our shared world, our mission is to provide a community that values and promotes a freethinking life unencumbered by the biases of tradition, dogma, and authority and that encourages people to live a reason and evidence-based life characterized by close fellowship, ethical contemplation, critical thinking, community service, and the appreciation of scientific knowledge and understanding of the universe and our place in it.
 
God is a big subject -- and many of us are tired of the dogma associated with it. We talk about the issues of the day, including separation of church and state, politics, the so-called culture wars, as well as religion and free thought. Some of our shows feature controversial guests; others focus on spirituality and our attempt to understand humankind's place in the universe.
 
Plain speaking is necessary in any discussion of religion, for if the freethinker attacks the religious dogmas with hesitation, the orthodox believer assumes that it is with regret that the freethinker would remove the crutch that supports the orthodox. And all religious beliefs are "crutches" hindering the free locomotive efforts of an advancing humanity. There are no problems related to human progress and happiness in this age which any theology can solve, and which the teachings of freeth ...
 
Can two skeptics solve the world’s issues? Scientific skepticism is the practice of seeking whether extraordinary claims are supported by extraordinary evidence. It may be helpful not to think of skepticism as the opposite of optimism, but as the opposite of unquestioning certainty.In this weekly podcast, Harrison and Jake use a combination of science, skepticism, free thought and rationality to challenge all popular and unpopular beliefs. As a general warning, if you hold views near and dea ...
 
"Believing as I do that James Thomson is, since Shelley, the most brilliant genius who has wielded a pen in the service of Freethought, I take a natural pride and pleasure in rescuing the following articles from burial in the great mausoleum of the periodical press. There will doubtless be a diversity of opinion as to their value. One critic, for instance, has called “The Story of a Famous Old Jewish Firm” a witless squib; but, on the other hand, the late Professor Clifford considered it a p ...
 
A controversial lecturer, brilliant lawyer, and arguably the most famous orator of the mid to late 1800's, Ingersoll railed against the absurdities of the Bible and cruelties of Christianity, particularly the horrific notion of "eternal damnation". He tirelessly supported the arts, education, science, women’s rights, abolition, home, family, children, and human liberty. As a leader of the Freethought movement, his creed was: “Happiness is the only good, Reason the only torch, Justice the onl ...
 
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I interview Ian Rosenberg, media lawyer, legal counsel for ABC News, and author of The Fight for Free Speech: Ten Cases that Define Our First Amendment Freedoms. For more about Ian and his book visit thefightforfreespeech.com. Plus: Donald Trump survived his second impeachment, and now the Republican Party continues the project of ejecting anyone w…
 
Dale McGowan joins Sarah Ray and Devon Graham for a conversation about secular parenting in a still highly-religious world. We talk about parenting during difficult world events and take viewer questions. Dale's Links Dale's Website: https://dalemcgowan.com/ How Music Does That Podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/show/how-music-does-that Raising Free…
 
An Atheist and a Christian Walk Into a Bar | Overcoming Differences America is as polarized as it's been in decades as our citizenry draws lines in the sand over a variety of issues. Friends and family who hold different political or religious persuasions may find it hard to impossible to hold civil conversation together. One friendship hasn't suff…
 
Our guest this week is Bryce Blankenagel, host of the Naked Mormonism and Glass Box podcasts. Bryce Blankenagel Introduction - Naked Mormonism - Glass Box Podcast Mormon Missions Designed to Fail? Mormons and the Boy Scouts - Church Divorcing from BSA - BSA Files for Bankruptcy over Sex Abuse Claims - History of Abuse in Scounting LDS Youth & Worth…
 
Christian nationalism and Roman Catholic greed are the themes for the first half of the show. We talk about Jeep's religiously divisive Super Bowl ad and the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, accused of inciting Christian Nationalists to carry out the Jan. 6 insurrection. We hear talk show host Bill Maher's takedown of the religious extremists who…
 
I interview Dr. Randall Balmer, historian and Episcopal priest, about his new book Solemn Reverence: The Separation of Church and State in American Life. To buy this book click here. Plus: Kudos to the US House of Representatives for removing Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments, as punishment for promulgating…
 
Sarah Ray and Allie Ashmead highlight two Black freethinkers with a Florida connection: Zora Neale Hurston and Butterfly McQueen. Then a quick roundup of some of the week's news. - Allie's Story - Zora Neale Hurston - Butterfly McQueen - Devon Graham's Secular Invocation before the Tallahassee Board of City Commissioners - FL Bill permitting high s…
 
We call on the Wisconsin attorney general to launch an investigation into the widespread sexual abuse of children by the Catholic Church. FFRF attorney Ryan Jayne tells us the tragic story of an abuse victim who recently committed suicide when the church abandoned him. Then we hear the humorous and irreverent "Noah" by poet and Darwin scholar Phili…
 
Sarah presents a brief "State of the ACPC" and then Sarah & Deborah discuss recent news & events. --- Freethought in Florida is a production of the Atheist Community of Polk County, Inc. (ACPC) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The opinions and views expressed on this program are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily represent the …
 
I interview Harvard economist Dr. Benjamin M. Friedman about his new book Religion and the Rise of Capitalism. To buy this book click here. Plus: Donald Trump gets impeached. Again. For inciting the riot at the US Capitol. And his impeachment trial begins in the Senate on February 9th. The Justice Department should show no mercy to the rioters who …
 
Geoffrey T. Blackwell, Esq., Litigation Counsel with American Atheists joins us to discuss lawsuits filed against the outgoing Trump Administration. SEE: https://www.atheists.org/2021/01/discrimination-religious-student-groups-lawsuit/ ALSO: https://www.atheists.org/2021/01/religious-freedom-protections-lawsuit/ --- Freethought in Florida is a prod…
 
We talk about the three "I" words in the news: insurrection, impeachment and inauguration. We hear part of Amanda Gorman's inaugural poem, "The Hill I Climb," freethinker John Legend's Inauguration-Day performance of "Feeling Good," and Sharon Jones' rendition of "This Land Is Your Land." FFRF attorney Patrick Elliott describes our newest lawsuit c…
 
Welcome 2021! (Should we skip to 2022 already?) Trump supporters riot, Kentucky preachers and White Supremists attend, 5 die. https://www.wave3.com/2021/01/07/owensboro-pastor-among-protestors-capitol-hill/ https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/09/us/capitol-hill-insurrection-extremist-flags-soh/index.html https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-protest…
 
Darrel & Dave expand on their recent article about recovering as former clergy, Dave from an experiential perspective and Darrel from a psychological/developmental perspective. They're a match made in... well, you get the idea. Read the Article: https://medium.com/excommunications/recovering-as-a-former-clergy-e8bdc3ff2f1e Find Dave Warnock @ http:…
 
Our latest guest is a great example of how diverse atheists actually are politically and philosophically. Tons of interesting stuff here! The US election, the China virus, elitism in atheism, the crumbling of the skeptic movement, manners, Canadian police state, etc! Recorded just after the November US Presidential election 2020 but still relevant.…
 
Rioters overrun the US Capitol for four hours, disrupting the formal tally of electoral votes by a joint session of Congress. Trump and his surrogates (and a long line of conservative leaders) bear direct responsibility for inciting this violence and feeding dangerous misinformation to their followers. Plus: Democrats will control both Congress and…
 
I interview Michael Arthur, writer, director, and producer of the documentary I, Pastafari: A Flying Spaghetti Monster Story. For more about the film visit ipastafaridoc.com. Plus: A COVID-19 patient in a California hospital uses an oxygen tank to murder a fellow patient--for praying. The Pope okays COVID-19 vaccines even if they were developed usi…
 
Christmas in 2020 will be unlike any other in recent history due to COVID 19. Nevertheless, Christians around the world will be finding ways to celebrate the birth of Christ. On this episode of Point of Inquiry, Jim speaks to Tom Flynn, editor of Free Inquiry magazine and author of The Trouble With Christmas. Affectionately known as the Anti-Claus,…
 
FFRF attorney Liz Cavell describes FFRF's alarming new report: "Religious Liberty Under Threat: The Christian Nationalist Capture of the Federal Judiciary." After hearing Kristin Lems' seasonal song "Solstice Time" and Dan Barker's ballad "Solstice Tribute," Michigan activist Doug Marshall tells us about the equal-time "Keep Saturn in Saturnalia" b…
 
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