The AxPx Podcast 9: The New Atheists

The New Atheism Movement is on Joey’s mind this week. We discuss the “new-ish” movement, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and even Kirk Cameron with special guest Rob Hunter. Music by Tin Horn Prayer and Undesirable People.

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Show Notes

Intro

Sponsors: None

Co-host: Joey Avalos

 

TOPIC – “New Atheism”

 

Introduce Guest – Rob Hunter

 

Introduce Topic:

 

New Atheism is the name given to the ideas promoted by a collection of modern atheist writers who have advocated the view that “religion should not simply be tolerated but should be countered, criticized, and exposed by rational argument wherever its influence arises.”[1]

The term is commonly associated with individuals such as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens (together called “the Four Horsemen of New Atheism” in a 2007 debate they held on their criticisms of religion, a name that has stuck),[2] along with Victor J. Stenger,[3] A.C. Grayling,[4] and P.Z. Myers.[5] Several best-selling books by these authors, published between 2004 and 2007, form the basis for much of the discussion of New Atheism.[6]

 

Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities.[1][2] In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities.[3][4][5] Most inclusively, atheism is simply the absence of belief that any deities exist.[4][5][6][7] Atheism is contrasted with theism,[8][9] which in its most general form is the belief that at least one deity exists.[9][10]

 

Top New Atheist activists

 

Christopher Hitchens- God is not great.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Hitchens

Sam Harris- The End of faith. A letter to a Christian Nation

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Harris_(author)

Richard Dawkins- The God Delusion

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Dawkins

Daniel Dennett- Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Dennett

 

 

Music Break 1:

From Denver, Colorado – Tin Horn Prayer, “1939” from the album “Get Busy Dyeing” on Bermuda Mohawk Productions. OUT NOW. Go to http://tinhornprayer.bandcamp.com

 

 

1.     What is Atheism?

2.     What is “New Atheism?”

3.     What is driving this so-called New Atheism?

4.     Is the “New Atheist” Movement here to stay? What does the future look like for America? Will it one day become just like Europe?

5.     Atheism Plus. What’s this all about?

 

The Opposition: Defending Religion/ Christianity

 

Top Apologists

Dinesh D’ Souza

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinesh_D’Souza

William Lane Craig

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Lane_Craig

Mike Licona

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_R._Licona

Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Comfort

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirk_Cameron

Frank Turek

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Turek

 

Rallies and Atheist conventions

Skepticon

Atheist Alliance International (AAI)

American Atheists National Convention

Global Atheist Convention

Reason Rally

Freedom from Religion

The Clergy Project

Project Reason

 

 

Music Break 2:

From St Clair Shores, Michigan – Undesirable People, “Eugenics” from the album Eugenics. OUT NOW. Go to http://undesirablepeople.bandcamp.com/

 

 

End Show

 

Recommended Reading by Rob Hunter – Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal – http://www.amazon.com/Lamb-Gospel-According-Christs-Childhood/dp/0380813815

 

Today’s featured music was brought to you by Tin Horn Prayer, “1939” from the album “Get Busy Dyeing” on Bermuda Mohawk Productions. OUT NOW. Go to http://tinhornprayer.bandcamp.com and Undesirable People, “Eugenics” from the album Eugenics. OUT NOW. Go to http://undesirablepeople.bandcamp.com/

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