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Creationism may seem like a joke to most atheists. After all, how could the universe and everything in it be only 6000 years old, when the light from galaxies 10 billion light years away takes (you guessed it) 10 billion years to get here from there?That was the question I had initially asked when I heard that there are serious people who insist that the Biblical story of creation should be taken literally in all ways. I was using Man's Reason on which to base my beliefs that the universe is old. I wasn't going to the "true source" of all knowledge
to get the straight dope on Creation.
Creationism is no joke. Creationists consider it essential to the cause of converting people to evangelical Christianity, and they spend a lot of money promoting creationism, and a great deal of effort to oppose the teaching and understanding of "atheistic evolution."
Jessie and Casey Clausen were in Indiana on a vacation, and realized that they were close to the Creation Museum
in Petersburg, Kentucky. Who would refuse the opportunity to see a $27 million monument to biblical inerrancy? Jessie and Casey have developed an entertaining presentation based on their experience and will talk about what they learned from the museum as guests on today's show.
Atheists Talk is produced by the Minnesota Atheists. Scott Lohman is the host for today's show.
Roger Nygard is a film maker, writer, producer and director whose new film seeks to answer the questions that drive us crazy: Who are we and why are we here? What is the universe and why is it here? Is there a purpose in life and if so, who better to explain it to us than a rasslin' evangelical preacher, or a mormon science fiction writer (ignore the potential redundancies) or Richard Dawkins? Scott Lohman, President of the Minnesota Atheists, will talk to Roger about the movie, what he has found out and what you can learn by watching and listening to "little questions with big answers."
"Atheists Talk" is produced by The Minnesota Atheists. Mike Haubrich is the host for today's show..
- Statement On Naturalism -
Naturalism is the understanding that there is a single, natural world as shown by science, and that we are completely included in it. Naturalism holds that everything we are and do is connected to the rest of the world and derived from conditions that precede us and surround us. Each of us is an unfolding natural process, and every aspect of that process is caused, and is a cause itself. So we are fully caused creatures, and seeing just how we are caused gives us power and control, while encouraging compassion and humility. By understanding consciousness, choice, and even our highest capacities as materially based, naturalism re-enchants the physical world, allowing us to be at home in the universe. Naturalism shows our full connection to the world and others, it leads to an ethics of compassion, and it gives us far greater control over our circumstances.
Tom Clark's short book Encountering Naturalism: A Worldview and Its Uses
is a great introduction to naturalism. I have read it a few times, and while the concepts may seem obvious upon reflection, the implications are enlightening. Many people have difficulty understanding the concept of free will and why it doesn't exist, often confusing "Free Will" and "Free Choice." It has clear implications for the definitions and deriving of morality, and yes, a worldview. Tom will explain how naturalism can help you fit into your world more accurately and help you determine your courses of action.
Mike Haubrich is one of the hosts for the show and a director-at-large of The Minnesota Atheists.
"Atheists Talk" is produced by The Minnesota Atheists. August Berkshire is the director and Scott Lohman is the host for the show.
For over 28 years, The Humanist Institute has trained the next generation of leaders for the humanist movement, graduating over 100 students, many of whom work as Ethical Culture Leaders, Unitarian Ministers, Humanist Counselors, professional administrators in our national organizations, and as officers and other volunteers leaders in humanist fellowships, chapters, associations.
Kristen Wintermute is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Humanist Association, and the director of the Humanist Institute. She will discuss with Scott Lohman the programs of studies and the goals of the Institute as a whole.
"Atheists Talk" is produced by The Minnesota Atheists. August Berkshire is the director and Mike Haubrich is the host for the show.
"Science and Reason 2011: Future Watch" on Atheists Talk, #98, January 2, 2011
"The Amazing World of Quantum Mechanics!" James Kakalios on Atheists Talk #97, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010
"The Trouble With Christmas," Tom Flynn on Atheists Talk 96, Sunday, Dec 12, 2010
"Fossils, Genes and Art," Atheists Talk Radio #95, Sunday Dec 5, 2010
"World Population Balance." David Paxson on "Atheists Talk" #94, Sunday, November 28, 2010
"Written in Stone" Brian Switek on Atheist Talk #93, Sunday, November 21, 2010