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Unskeptical Skeptics & Evidence for Evidence (with Mitch Stokes)

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Mitch Stokes explains why skeptics should be more skeptical and why we need evidence for evidence. Dr. Stokes also talks about his involvement with the film FREE SPEECH APOCALYPSE and his books on atheism, faith, Galileo and Newton.

Special Guest: Dr. Mitch Stokes, author upcoming book, How to Be an Atheist: Why Many Skeptics Aren’t Skeptical Enough and Senior Fellow of Philosophy at New St. Andrews College

Featured Song: Questions (The Unknown God, 2013) – IV Conerly feat. shai linne

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Did Jesus Rise From the Dead? DEBATE (with atheist Joe Creason)

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Vocab and atheist Joe Creason have a full-length debate scheduled for Spring 2016. In the meantime, they give a sneak preview, in the form of a conversational debate. The topic: did Jesus rise from the dead? We even go over time to get it all in!

Special Guest: Joe Creason, Former President of The UCLA Atheist & Skeptic Club  | Debate Website

Featured Song: Vital Signs (Mind of Hollis, 2015) – Mike REAL

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Should Christians and Atheists Debate? (with atheist Joe Creason)

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A casual convo w/an atheist listener, Joe Creason. Joe shares his background, we discuss atheism and Christianity in general and the value of debate. We talk about why Christians and atheists especially should debate. We even do a mini-review of Vocab’s debate with Richard Carrier!

Special Guest: Joe Creason, Former President of The UCLA Atheist & Skeptic Club. | Debate Website

Featured Song: The 6th Sense (Mind of Hollis, 2015) – Mike REAL

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WHAT IS FAITH? An Important Question About Definitions

What is faith? Is it blind? Dumb? Irrational? What do the Scriptures say about the concept of faith?

Pop culture (and many Christians!) wrongly define the Christian concept of faith. A chief offender: atheist activist Peter Boghossian. Peter and the disciples (get it?) define faith as “pretending to know things you don’t know”. We need to ask:

  • What is their authority for this definition?
  • Have they done any basic exegetical work?
  • What is their justification for their interpretation?
  • Where do they pull their definition from – what is their source?

 
No wise student of belief systems should act as if all frameworks have an identical definition of this concept (faith). A person may not agree with the way Christian theology defines faith but shouldn’t they at least understand how Christians have historically understood the concept? If not, what are they accomplishing? Maybe what they intend – to score points.

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God as Properly Basic (with Guillaume Bignon)

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Christian philosopher and theologian Guillaume Bignon explains Alvin Plantinga’s concept of belief in God as properly basic and its relation to warranted Christian belief.

Special Guest: Guillaume Bignon, blogs at TheoloGUI

Featured Song: L’As Kind-Son Lhaïtien (from Ma Confession) – Mon Rap

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Atheist David Fitzgerald Wrong About John the Baptist

Do you meet all of the following conditions?
-under 35 years old
-an atheist
-debate Christians on the Internet
-have attended a talk put on by the Secular Student Alliance

If you answered yes to all four, chances are, you know David Fitzgerald. You might also know Dave if you are a Christian apologist who is involved with campus ministry. Apparently, William Lane Craig knows. David is the author of Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All? and promotes the Christ-Myth Theory, which claims Jesus Christ never lived.

I debated (informally) David on three different occasions in 2013. In our second conversation, he made a claim that John the Baptist was a failed Messiah. This claim came in the flow of an argument he was making about  Jesus (supposedly) not having the same amount of historical corroboration as so-called “loser Messiahs”. I asked Dave for evidence or a source for his take on J to tha B. He mentioned the Clementine Recognitions, saying it backs him up. Watch the debate here and note our dialogue between 12 and 13 minutes.

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THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE vs. HISTORICAL REVISIONISM

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HISTORY OF SCIENCE ROCKIN’ ON YOUR RADIOOO!

The pop culture consensus is generally unaware of the history of modern science and its Christian origins. To make matters worse, many internet atheists engage in historical revisionism when engaging this issue. For example, see the hard secular polemics of Richard Carrier, who is following in the footsteps of his outdated, outmoded and outlandish forebears, John William Draper and Andrew Dickson.

Dr. Jonathan Sarfati (Creation Ministries International) was on Backpack Radio (link) to discuss the Christian roots related to the rise of modern science. I was on an episode of Apologia Radio to discuss the same thing and respond to somecriticism of the claim. Apologia’s website says the show, “will hopefully cause praise to flow from your lips to God Who is the very foundation of any pursuit of scientific discovery.” My sentiments exactly. On this post, I share some thoughts on the history and development of modern science.

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Seth Andrews DEBATE #2/Old Testament iWitness [04/27/2014]

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Part two of our interview/debate with Seth Andrews, host of The Thinking Atheist podcast.

The second half of the show features artist and author Doug Powell. We talk about his new apologetics app and some choice OT questions:

  • Did Moses write the Torah?
  • What is the Apocrypha?

 

Special Guests: Seth Andrews, author of Deconverted and Doug Powell, author of Old Testament iWitness.

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The Thinking Atheist INTERVIEW & DEBATE pt. 1 [04/20/2014]

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Seth Andrews, host of the popular Thinking Atheist podcast, shares what he refers to as his “deconversion” story. Then, we ask each other questions and debate our answers. Our hope is that each “side” of the audience will better understand the other … and maybe even think about some things in a slightly different way.

Special Guest: Seth Andrews, author of Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason

*BONUS AUDIO! An lively in-depth off-air segment between Vocab, Vermon and Seth.

 

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Human Rights DEBATE [04/13/2014]

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What are human “rights”? Where do they come from? Atheist Andre Salais of Unbelievers Radio and Pastor Vocab discuss the concept of individual rights: freedom of conscience, speech, religious liberty and a brief excursus on the Canaanite judgment.

Special Guest: Andre Salais, President of The Secular Student Alliance at Arizona State University.

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