By Emerson Green
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An informal discussion of common religious arguments, apologetics, and topics that atheists encounter in conversation.
||CleanCA23 The New Testament is Better||Once we get past the bloody and bizarre Old Testament, it’s all “Love thy neighbor” and “Help the poor” from there, isn’t it? We’re expected to accept that Jesus was a wise moral teacher and that the New Testament is a valuable document of||3/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCA22 The Byproduct Theory of Religion: Why We Believe in Gods||If naturalism is true, why do so many people believe in god? What is it about human psychology that has made belief in god, in one form or another, the default position for the overwhelming majority of human beings that have ever lived?||2/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCA21 Divine Hiddenness||Why would God hide? If God wants us to know he exists, he’s not off to a great start. Being invisible, silent, and undetectable in every way isn’t exactly what one would expect from a god who wants you to know the truth. The Bible says, “Seek,||2/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCA20 Pascal’s Wager||What if you’re wrong? Aren’t you afraid of going to hell? Many Christians claim that their belief is the safe bet — they have nothing to lose and everything to gain. We examine Pascal’s Wager and decide if one of the most popular arguments in fa||1/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCA19 The Euthyphro Dilemma||Are good actions commanded by God because they are good? Or are good actions good because God commands them? We discuss Euthyphro’s Dilemma, the apologists’ favored “third horn” solution, and revisit the Problem of Holiness.||1/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCA18 Moral Luck and Responsibility (Free Will pt. II)||If humans have no free will, can we assign praise or blame? Is it reasonable to condemn someone as immoral in a deterministic universe? We explore the concept of moral responsibility in a naturalistic world and distinguish between causal and moral resp.||12/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCA17 Free Will and Determinism (pt. I)||Do we really have free will, or are we determined to think and behave as we do? Most Christian worldviews take it on as an assumption, but their conception of free will can’t be justified. CA Facebook and Twitter CA Patreon emersongreen@protonmail.||12/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCA16 Is Religion Child Abuse?||There seems to be genuine disagreement within the atheist community over religion and child abuse. We’ll explore the nuances and examine the instances where religion appears to be responsible for child abuse.||12/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCA15 Faith||We discuss whether faith is a reliable foundation for belief. When arguments fail, believers often say that we just need to have faith. But is faith a valid way of knowing something? CA Facebook and Twitter CA Patreon emersongreen@protonmail.||11/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCA14 Creationism’s Greatest Hits — Defending Evolution||We address 20 common objections to evolution, give some evidence supporting the theory, and try to figure out why some Christians have a problem with evolution in the first place. CA Facebook and Twitter CA Patreon emersongreen@protonmail.||11/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCA13 Prayer Studies||Nothing fails like prayer! We examine prayer studies, try to figure out how prayer is supposed to work, and wonder why God is so shy now that everyone has video cameras in their pockets. CA Facebook and Twitter CA Patreon emersongreen@protonmail.||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCA12 Argument From Miracles||Believers often point to miracle claims as validations of their religious beliefs. This argument is the basis for other popular apologetics regarding the resurrection of Jesus, the power of prayer, and famous anecdotes of miraculous events,||11/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Satanic Panic – CA Halloween Special||Get your pentagrams ready, because today we’re talking about the Satanic Panic, recovered memory, and the spirited debate in the Christian community over whether Jesus approves of Halloween. CA Facebook and Twitter CA Patreon emersongreen@protonmail.||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCA11 Satan||We discuss the Christian concept of Satan and wonder why he exists in the first place. Why would God make a perfect plan and then create someone whose primary purpose is ruining it? His ways are indeed inscrutable. Hail Satan!||10/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCA10 The Old Testament Doesn’t Count||Christians expend significant energy trying to distance themselves from the horrors of the Old Testament. Apologists often try to justify their diminishing or dismissing of the Old Testament’s authority by employing Covenant theology.||10/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCA09 Darwinism, Eugenics, and Hitler||Does atheism inevitably lead to social Darwinism? Are atheists implicated in Nazi eugenics? We continue our discussion from last week’s episode into the territory of Darwinism, eugenics, Hitler, and whether atheists are able to morally condemn the eve||10/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCA08 Atheism and 20th Century Atrocities||Hitler! Stalin! Mao! Any lengthy debate with a Christian apologist seems to lead to those names. The idea, either stated explicitly or implicitly, is that atheism inevitably leads to war, genocide, and the crumbling of society.||10/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCA07 Mother Teresa||Christians of all stripes love to bring up Mother Teresa. Even atheists will grant her as a moral beacon. Her humanitarian work was undeniable, wasn’t it? Actually, her work greatly increased the amount of poverty and suffering in the world and her re||9/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCA06 Problem of Holiness||What does it mean when we say that God is holy or morally good? Does it mean anything at all? We take a look at Jeremy Beahan’s Problem of Holiness and consider the possibility that God’s goodness may actually be meaningless.||9/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCA05 Biblical Prophecies||Many believers argue that Biblical prophecies have been fulfilled and that this needs to be accounted for. But how persuasive are these Biblical prophecies? And what would a prophecy look like if it was made by God?||9/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCA04 Hell||According to Pew data, 82% of America’s Evangelicals believe in Hell. However, the traditional conception of Hell falls apart under any amount of scrutiny and reveals the haphazard, man-made nature of the idea.||9/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCA03 Problem of Evil||The Problem of Evil! I discuss the most common defense, free will. Also, is heaven is full of lobotomized robots? I also discuss hell, animal suffering, eye burrowing insects, and why the logical POE maybe isn’t so bad after all.||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCA02 Abortion and the Afterlife||Do aborted fetuses go to heaven? If the answer is yes, then abortion might be the only guaranteed path to Heaven. Since the path to Heaven is straight and narrow, and most won’t make it, abortion may not be the evil that many Christians believe it is||8/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCA01 The Fine-Tuning Argument||The Fine Tuning Argument is considered by many to be the best argument apologists have to offer. So in the spirit of attacking theism at its best, here are a few reasons why I don’t accept the Fine Tuning Argument, or Teleological Argument,||8/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCA00 Statement Of Purpose||Why create a skeptical podcast that counters religious apologetics? CA Facebook and Twitter CA Patreon firstname.lastname@example.org Emerson’s Blog Rate the show on iTunes! Magic Tricks by Whalers||8/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Easily The Best Podcast in History
Well I guess I wouldn't spend time writing, recording, and producing this show every week if I didn't think it was worthwhile. At any rate, I hope you listen no matter what your religious inclination. If the religious are right, we should get with the program as soon as possible. If atheists and agnostics are right, we should get rid of religion as soon as possible. Either way, open conversation will get us there and that's what this show is all about.
Bite Sized Counter Apologetics
I've been looking for something to take the place of Reasonable Doubts since they ended and it looks like I've finally found it. Thanks!
It's great to find a podcast focused on arguments that I hear all the time, whether formally from Christian apologists or concerned religious family members.
As an ex-Christian in a Christian nation, I'm always on the lookout for resources to help me polish my objections. I appreciate the format; the episodes are concise and informative! Keep it coming, Emerson!