An Atheism related podcast hosted by a guy and his cat. I cover news stories and read from the Biblical Apocrypha as well as fend off attacks from my cat.
Episode 0080: Who's is Bigger?

Click here for show notes  In this episode I rant about being poor, Franklin Graham quitting the GOP, Aussies being upset over a black Jebus, slave labor by followers of Warren Jeffs, and more.  This episode also has a bonus rant about which religion we should be the most worried about.  (Spoiler alert, I don't really know, but I have some guesses.)

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Category:atheism -- posted at: 9:54pm EDT
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Episode 0079:  Torture:  The Ancient Christian Secret

Show notes are here: http://tparkatheist.blogspot.com/2015/12/episode-79-torture-ancient-christian_20.html

 

This episode wraps up the chapter in Bible Myths and Their Parallels in Other Religions by TW Doane on how Christianity prospered.  Spoiler alert!  They tortured people and did other things to ensure the survival of the religion.

I don't completely agree with everything Doane says in this chapter, and there are some elements which are somewhat confusing, that won't get explained better until a future episode.  Still, there are elements of what Doane wrote which I'm sure did play a part in the spread of Christianity.

Direct download: 79_Episode_0079___Torture__The_Ancie.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 8:49pm EDT
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Episode 0078:  Trump Ain't Stumped

Show notes will be up tomorrow.  ***Trigger warning***  This episode includes discussion about abortion that might be upsetting to some.  I was uncomfortable reading the story, so be warned.  Topics covered in this episode include Jerry Falwell, Jr. calling students to arm themselves, engineer develops a kit to teach kids about science and possibly discover new antibiotics, town votes down solar farm because they're worried about it stealing all the sunlight, Trump says crazy shit and stays high in the polls and more.

Direct download: 78_Episode_0078__Trump_Aint_Stumped.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 11:22pm EDT
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Episode 0077:  Men Without Heads

Show notes can be found here: http://tparkatheist.blogspot.com/2015/12/episode-0077-men-without-heads.html  This episode is part two of the chapter "Why Christianity Prospered" from Bible Myths and Their Parallels in Other Religions by TW Doane.  In this chapter we learn about a Buddhist prophecy from 600 BCE which could be used to predict the birth of Jebus, as well as the birth of Joseph Smith!!!!  (Actually, however, you'll see that the prophecy could be used to predict any number of religious nutters, and has really no meaning at all.)  Doane lays out the case that the Essenes (who were known by a number of different names in ancient times) were Buddhists who later became Christians because they had a prophecy which "predicted" the appearance of Jebus.  Doane discusses other contenders for the throne of 1st Messiah, and then proceeds to quote various church fathers who happily admitted to lying if they thought it would help spread the gospel.  One of them St. Augustine even claimed to have preached a sermon to a race of people who had no heads!

There will be a part 3 to this chapter, if not a part 4, and I apologize for the sound quality of the episode, but as I explain in the beginning of the podcast there were some problems with setting up my new PC.

Direct download: 77_Episode_0077___Men_Without_Heads.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 8:37pm EDT
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Show notes can be found here:  http://tparkatheist.blogspot.com/2015/11/episode-76-shelley-segal-is-still.html

This is part two of my interview with singer/songwriter Shelley Segal.  Its a bit shorter than usual because once I get this thing posted, I have to tear this PC down and rebuild it.  Wish me luck.  Any way, it was a great to be able to interview Shelley, and in this half we talk more about social issues and some of her thoughts on her recent trip to America.

Direct download: 76_Episode_0076_Shelley_Segal_is_Sti.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 5:45pm EDT
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Episode 0075: Was Jesus a Buddhist Gigolo?

Show notes are here:  http://tparkatheist.blogspot.com/2015/11/episode-75-was-jesus-buddhist-gigolo.html

This episode Doane attempts to answer why was Christianity able to prosper.  This episode is part 1 of the chapter from Bible Myths, and I don't have an answer for the question in the title.  I also talk about being able to see Neil deGrasse-Tyson speak in Nashville this past week.  (It was awesome!!!)

 

Next episode will be part 2 of my interview with singer/songwriter Shelley Segal.

Direct download: 75_Episode_0075__Was_Jesus_a_Buddhis.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 11:52pm EDT
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Episode 0074:  Shelley Segal is Cooler Than You

Show notes can be found here:  http://tparkatheist.blogspot.com/2015/11/episode-0074-shelley-segal-is-cooler.html

This episode is part one of my interview with singer/song writer Shelley Segal.  I had hoped to just make the entire episode my interview with her, but with the recent events in Paris, I felt that I had to address those, as well as a few other things, and that meant I had to split this interview into two parts.  That means the interview ends kind of abruptly, but there really wasn't any other way I could do it.

I also want to apologize for some weird audio effects you'll no doubt hear in the interview.  Its a problem caused by the fact that the PC I used to record the interview was just so damned old, and there's no way to fix the recording.  I had no idea that it was going to have that kind of problems, if I had, there are a few things that I might have been able to do to fix it.  My apologies to both your ears, and to Ms. Segal.

Next episode will be a chapter from Bible Myths and Their Parallels in Other Religions, and if the chapter's short enough (don't hold your breath), the rest of my interview with Shelley.

Direct download: 74_Episode_0074__Shelley_Segal_is_Co.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 11:33pm EDT
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Episode 0073:  Christianity Rips Off Paganism Part 4

Finally!  The end of the chapter!  Show notes can be found here:  http://tparkatheist.blogspot.com/2015/11/episode-73-christianity-rips-off.html

 

Doane wraps this up by quoting from some ancient Indian texts which pre-date the Old Testament, but say nearly identical things to both the Old and the New Testaments.  The chapter finishes up at about the 30 minute mark, so I spend the rest of the episode discussing news stories which I hadn't been able to cover in previous episodes.

Direct download: 73_Episode_0073__Christianity_Rips_O.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 12:45am EDT
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Episode 0072: Ghost Hunters Gone Stupid

Show notes will be up tomorrow night.  Topics covered in this week's episode:

Scientology loses its tax exempt status in the Netherlands

How do you bury interfaith couples?

A secular Bangladeshi publisher murdered, and 3 others severely injured in hate crime attack.

A live exorcism was performed on TV.

Ken Ham thinks we should all be naked.

A dead comet passes close to the Earth

DIY 3D food printer for $600

3D printed teeth fight tooth decay

Scientists aid online piracy

Its now legal to hack the software in your car.

10,000+ year old frozen cave lion cubs found

No, your cat isn't plotting to kill you

IMF predicts the Saudis will be bankrupt by 2020

Mike Tyson backs Trump

Obamacare cuts uninsured rates everywhere but the South

Direct download: 72_Episode_0072__Ghost_Hunters_Gone.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 11:52pm EDT
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My Complication Had a Little Complication

Thanks to me borking my PC and Nimrod deciding to come home earlier than expected, this week's episode is going to be a little late.

Direct download: My_Complication_Had_a_Little_Complic.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 10:17pm EDT
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