I think y'all will like what I am in the process of doing and it will be a useful resource.
My side bars are getting a bit cluttered so I have decided to add another page to my blog. Currently I am going through some old and new non-theistic sites I visit daily/weekly. As I get them organized I will add them here.
These sites all have good and bad points just as any other site and my inclusion doesn't necessarily mean I endorse each one. I include them because of their strengths and the varying viewpoints they offer.
Irreligiosophy means “the wisdom of irreligion” — it is about questioning dogmas handed down uncritically to us and researching into the history, practice, and theology of various religions. It’s about scrutinizing religious claims with a skeptical eye and placing them in historical perspective. But ultimately, Irreligiosophy 2.0 is really about arming atheists to wage the culture war with arguments and reason. We focus on Christianity because that is the religion that we are most confronted by in our daily lives, but we see all religion and all irrationality as threats to the continued advancement of knowledge, progress, and social justice.__________
Atheist On Air
Comparable to boys of Cognitive Dissonance, Cash is well Cash. He comes of gruff, as an angry atheist but underneath that exterior is a man with a heart of gold who wants to save the world. The premise behind AOA, "Examining the daily harms of religion through news, debate and commentary." You have just got to listen to understand. This cast is explicit.
There are many ways to listen but the two I prefer:
Justin Vacula: Atheism, Separation of Church and State, Philosophy
Justin Vacula — writer for justinvacula.com — is a public speaker, debater, outspoken atheist activist, and an activist for the separation of religion and government who serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the NEPA Freethought Society.
He has appeared on and hosted various radio show and podcast episodes; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events.
Debunking Christianity by John W. Loftus
- My Education, My Goals, and the Value of Philosophy
- BOOKS: 1] Why I Became An Atheist 2] Personal Reflections & Arguments 3] The Christian Delusion 4] The End of Christianity
Friendly Atheist-site is filled with many news articles from around the country; some international too. A hefty comments section filled with more tidbits of insight.
- Church/State separation appears to be a big issue especially within education. Strong supporter of Secular Student Alliance (SSA)
- Ask Richard--advise column for non-theists,,,some good insights, especially for the younger generation
Most of what Matt writes is, well, over my head. I am not a philosophy major nor have I studied it extensively, tho I am trying to learn as it fascinates me on some level. I find what he writes thought provoking and in need of further personal understanding.
I have just begun to peruse his site and have found many articles of interest (which I may post on at a later time). So for those of you that have brains better geared towards the philosophical, this site may do the trick.
- Atheism: Proving The Negative: Disbelieving the Believers
- Vetting Supernatural Claims
- Know Your Godless Heathens
- Philosophical Atheism Bibliography
- Facing Facts
- A Paradox for Christianity: Natural and Supernatural Religions
- Historical Double Standards
- You don't Really Expect Us To Believe That, Do You?
- God is Not a Watchmaker
Chariots of Iron. Like Atheist News above, "Chariots of Iron is a weekly podcast featuring news and topical discussions on atheism, humanism, skepticism, science, religious history, scriptural criticism and (of course) wacky religious antics." Mp3 subscribe option available.
Unreasonable Faith is Daniel Florien's piece of the blogosphere. ",,,[A]n evangelical Christian for over a decade, completely convinced that God was real and Jesus was alive today. I attended Bible college and worked at a Christian organization for many years. I have “led people to Christ.” I have left tracts in bathrooms. I have knocked on hundreds of doors asking people to repent and believe in Jesus,,,I was wrong,,,I no longer believe in a personal God or that Jesus was born of a virgin, worked miracles, and rose from the dead. I don’t believe in heaven or hell, angels or demons, holy books or prophecy. I don’t believe the earth was created 6,000 years ago, or that God intelligently designed every species,,,I now consider myself an atheist and a skeptic."
American Freethought is a "news" slash current events site by Johnn C. Snider and David Driscoll.
This publication casts a wide net. In addition to perennial concerns like reason vs. religion and separation of church and state, it will also cover topics that any thoughtful reader should find interesting: science, politics, philosophy, the arts, and social issues.Their podcasts are awesome and offer a differing tact than the previous 2 mentioned above. Some great listening.
- Essential Freethought Library--this is a nice list of books
An American Atheist "is a radio show and blog highlighting news and topics relevant to atheists and religious criticism. We encourage free thought and enjoy inviting our listeners onto the program to have their say." Overall a pretty decent podcast and blog that has improved with each episode. I enjoy getting differing perspective on news items specially from the left coast. Podcast available through iTunes or their blog.
Cognitive Dissonance is, well,,,uhm,,,I have no clue how to describe. Opinionated?? Yup. Willing to speak their minds?? Damn straight. Funny, irreverent and any other word you can think of. Filled with news items, science, and debunkings but most of all it will have you laughing. Available through iTunes or their website.
Conversations from the Pale Blue Dot. One of two podcasts by Luke Muehlhauser aimed at philosophy and the philosophy of religion. This kid (Luke is now 25) is smart, well read and an extraordinary interviewer. Altho I do not completely understand some of the topics, I find myself listening to learn more. I am currently working my way through his archive and can see myself re-listening to gain more insight. I hope that he decides to continue with his podcasts as it appears to be on hiatus at the moment; regardless it is still worth the time to listen. Need to explore his site(s) a bit more to see what he has been up to as it looks like there are some changes in the works. Available via iTunes and direct download from blog; sound quality not the greatest on some casts (makes it difficult to listen to if you are in a loud environment.)
The Critical Eye Podcast is, well, their site says it best "your source for whatever the hell we want to talk about with an atheist and skeptical slant, with your hosts Blair Scott and Tom Hand,,,The emphasis of The Critical Eye Podcast is entertainment with a bent toward skepticism and atheism. Blair and Tom are both atheists and skeptics. They are unabashed and to the point. They do not beat around the bush and they do not coddle the views or opinions of anyone: even themselves." I especially like their roundtable discussions. Available via iTunes or by direct download from site.
The Partially Examined Life is a new cast for me. I just started listening recently (9/1/2011) and like what I hear so far. This cast is straight up philosophy in a roundtable format featuring three former philosophy graduate students. Each cast features a short reading that introduces at least one “big” philosophical question, concern or idea.
What I enjoy about this cast is the attempts to bring the "big philosophical question" into our "real" world. Both their blog and facebook page are interactive giving us simple folks a chance to discuss the topics covered. Also they appear to have a wide range of philosophers, some of whom I have yet to be exposed to, so am looking forward to listening. Available via iTunes and direct download.
History of Philosophy without any gaps is a wonderful podcast by Peter Adamson, Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at King's College London.
What I am enjoying most about his cast is he keeps them short, to the point, but covers a lot of stuff. For those of us who haven't studied philosophy (or in my case didn't pay much attention 20+ years ago whilst in college), it is a great primer and one that can be referred to for "future" reference.
I am finding that as I continue my explorations that many philosophical ideas come into play. So understanding the basics is important to me. I want my arguments and criticisms to be sound. This cast will cover those basics I missed so many years ago. Available via iTunes and direct download.