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Tue Jun 11, 2019, 10:30 AM

Been watching Matt Dillahunty on YouTube...

And I'm enjoying the tar out of it. His show " The Atheist Experience" and many of the debates that he has been part of. I never heard anything like it. But I never allowed myself to listen before. I was brought up to argue, not listen to any other point but God was real.
I'm going to have to find out if he has written any books. And speaking of books, anyone have any suggestions for books to read?

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Reply Been watching Matt Dillahunty on YouTube... (Original post)
Lady Freedom Returns Jun 2019 OP
rurallib Jun 2019 #1
Lady Freedom Returns Jun 2019 #5
SamKnause Jun 2019 #2
Lady Freedom Returns Jun 2019 #6
rurallib Jun 2019 #8
Lady Freedom Returns Jun 2019 #9
mountain grammy Jun 2019 #10
Brainstormy Jun 2019 #13
rurallib Jun 2019 #3
Farmer-Rick Jun 2019 #4
Lady Freedom Returns Jun 2019 #7
lindysalsagal Jun 2019 #11
Brainstormy Jun 2019 #12

Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 12:09 PM

1. I am a huge fan of the Dillahunty and the Atheist Community of Austin

I work out to old Atheist Experience videos that are online at youtube. I am working backward from today - I am just starting 2011.

While Dillahunty is great, my favorite current host is Tracy Harris. She is so very practical. Two of the older hosts that I really enjoyed were Jeff Dee and Martin Wagner.

I have always had a love for history. One question that has always bugged me is just how did religion evolve. There wasn't exactly anyone chronicling religion's rise and evolution, especially since it was evolving in different ways in different places.

Tracy Harris did write a very good, very short article on religious evolution from research she did on her own the old fashioned way at the library before the internet. I will add it to the end if I can find it.

You may want to go to the Atheist Community of Austin website and poke around. One of the best sections is the FAQ section https://atheist-community.org/resources/atheism-faq where they answer the usual questions religions hit us with.

Oops - just found their blog https://freethoughtblogs.com/axp/ - it is part of the forethought blogs. May want to poke around there

I know that Matt in particular often recommend Dave Dennet books - I don't remember the titles. Google should help.
The only atheist book I have read is Christopher Hitchens "God Is Not Great."

Now for that Tracy Harris research on (what I call) the evolution of religion - oops longer than I remember so here is the link:

http://atheistexperience.blogspot.com/2007/08/ugarit-and-bible.html

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Response to rurallib (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 01:10 PM

5. I like Tracy too!

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And thanks for the links!

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 12:11 PM

2. I like Matt and every one on the show.

I have been watching for quite a few years.

They have some very old episodes on YouTube.

It really shows the direction and growth of the show.

Several other Atheist shows are available on YouTube as well.

Matt is sometimes the guest on those shows.

The Atheist Experience is live streamed every Sunday.

Matt debates and gives lectures all over the world.

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Response to SamKnause (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 01:11 PM

6. Where do I find the live stream at?

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 01:18 PM

8. The live stream of Atheist Experience is on youtube at 4:30PM central time

every Sunday.
Just type Atheist Experience into the search box about that time on Sunday and that should be the first choice. There will be a little red box in the lower left corner that says 'set reminder' if it is before 4:30PM. If it is after 4:30PM that same box will say 'live now.'

Click on the box and away you go.

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Response to rurallib (Reply #8)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 01:32 PM

9. Thank you!

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Response to rurallib (Reply #8)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 09:52 PM

10. Thanks

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 18, 2019, 12:05 PM

13. I sit and watch past episodes on YouTube

Love the show!

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 12:17 PM

3. Part two of my answer

Some other videos you might enjoy:

If you enjoy history, may I suggest Richard Carrier? Most of his videos are lectures, but quite interesting. here is one I enjoyed:
about the gospels being myths.

One of Carrier's main focuses is whether Jesus ever lived.

PZ Meyers has some interesting videos also.

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Response to rurallib (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 01:00 PM

4. And if you think religion just might be nothing more than propaganda, you have to read this book:

Caesar’s Messiah a 2005 book by Joseph Atwill, which argues that the New Testament Gospels were written as wartime propaganda by scholars connected to the Roman imperial court of the Flavian emperors.

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Response to Farmer-Rick (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 01:14 PM

7. Thanks for the video and the book suggestion!

Hope the library has it.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 07:24 AM

11. The snark answer?

Read the bible. It's created more atheists than any other book.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Tue Jun 18, 2019, 12:04 PM

12. as a logician, Matt is the best

He's inspired me to return to studying logic and greatly improved my ability to argue calmly with the "faithful."

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