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"Living the Secular Life", Phil Zuckerman on Atheists Talk #293, December 14, 2014

When we talk about how nonreligious people negotiate ethics and morality, we often speak theoretically--in terms of the sources of morality--or anecdotally--about people we know who provide examples to counter stereotypes of both believers and nonbelievers. Why do we do this? Much of the reason is that we haven't had good data to work with. Until recently, very few people studied nonbelievers.

Phil Zuckerman helped to change this when he founded the country's first Department of Secular Studies at Pitzer College. He has continued to change the discussion around nonbelievers with his recent book, Living the Secular Live: New Answers to Old Questions. From the publisher's description:

Drawing on innovative sociological research, Living the Secular Life illuminates this demographic shift with the moral convictions that govern secular individuals, offering crucial information for religious and nonreligious alike. Living the Secular Life reveals that, despite opinions to the contrary, nonreligious Americans possess a unique moral code that allows them to effectively navigate the complexities of modern life. Spiritual self-reliance, clear-eyed pragmatism, and an abiding faith in the Golden Rule to adjudicate moral decisions, such common principles—among others—are shared across secular society. Living the Secular Life demonstrates these principles in action and points to their usage throughout daily life.

Phil joins us this Sunday to talk about the book and the ethical lives of nonbelievers.

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"Salvation Army Alternatives", Dale McGowan on Atheists Talk #292, December 6, 2014

Red kettles and bells. They're ubiquitous right now. It's nearly impossible to shop right now without seeing and hearing Salvation Army bell ringers. It isn't just holiday shopping either. The bell ringers are down at the grocery store right now. Not even being a grinch will save you from having to eat.

Seeing all those kettles, hearing all those bells, watching people drop their change, listening to children begging for the chance, it's hard to do anything but come away with the idea that donating to the Salvation Army is just what we do this time of year. Don't. Not only does the Salvation Army have a long history of religion-based discrimintation in its programs, it's also supported and lobbied for legal discrimination. Put that money where it will do good without doing harm.

This Sunday, Dale McGowan, Executive Director of the Foundation Beyond Belief, will join us to talk about better ways to spend your charitable donations.

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"Ex-Muslims of North America", Heina Dadabhoy on Atheists Talk #291, November 30, 2014

 

As the Muslim population of the U.S. and Canada have grown, so necessarily has the population of ex-Muslim non-believers. Ex-Muslims are still a minority within a minority here, however, and they don't always find what they need in a mainstream atheist movement geared predominantly toward former Christians. Last year, Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA) was formed to bring ex-Muslims together into communities that meet their unique needs.

This Sunday, we'll speak with Heina Dadabhoy, a speaker affiliated with EXMNA and one of the most prominent voices in the U.S. on navigating life as an ex-Muslim, about why an organization like EXMNA is needed.

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"Sins of Our Fathers", Shawn Lawrence Otto on Atheists Talk #290, November 23, 2014

 

Shawn Lawrence Otto is a local writer who adapted the screenplay for the Oscar-nominated movie The House of Sand and Fog. Otto is also a co-founder of "ScienceDebate," the effort to include science in the debates and discussions of pre-election politics, and has written a non-fiction book on the topic of using science to drive public policy, Fool Me Twice. Otto recently published a novel on the subject of relationships between the Native American and white cultures in Minnesota. He will be in our studios to talk about this new book, Sins of Our Fathers, a tale of race, money and the American Dream.

While this is not an atheist novel, atheists may relate to the themes of alienation and exclusion from public life. Greg Laden and Mike Haubrich will be in the studio with Shawn.

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