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A highlight from Ep. 54: What Can We Learn from the Norwegian Humanists Success? Christian Lomsdalen
"Welcome to the beyond atheism podcast with me, Nathan Alexander, and my co host Tavares. This podcast moves beyond questions of God's existence to ask what's next in regardless world. If you're enjoying the show so far, remember to like and subscribe, rate and review, and consider supporting us on Patreon. Beyond atheism is produced and distributed by atheists united studios. The beyond atheism podcast has often discussed how non religious people organize and how these organizations function. Today we're talking about one that has been highly successful in both numbers and impact. With over 100,000 members, the Norwegian humanist association is one of the largest secular humanist organizations in the world. It's also large in terms of influence and shaping a more secular society. Joining us today to explain how this came to be is Christian loms down. Christian is the president of the Norwegian humanist association. He's also a PhD candidate in the study of religions at the university of Bergen, as well as a high school teacher. Christian, welcome to beyond atheism. Thank you very much for having me here. That's great. I'm glad you can join us and I hope I didn't butcher your last name too much. Absolutely. It was okay. Yeah, well, Christian, yeah, thanks so much for joining us. So you have the honor of being the first guest we've had from Norway. Can you tell us where are you in Norway and what should people know about the religious situation there in Norway? I live in Bergen, which is on the West Coast of Norway. I'm not from here, but I have been living here for the last ten or so years, but I now ask tend to say that I'm a first generation burgundian. So I'm not moving anywhere. At this point. Religious wise Norway is quite divided country, not divided in the sense that we often think about the polarized people disagreeing with each other in the way we often talk about American religious system or the American political system, but it's divided in a sense that the statistics what people report in censuses is not quite it's not the same picture. So if you look at it through the lens of the statistics and membership in organizations, Norway is a highly Christian nation, with around 75, 7 percent of the population members of church or congregation of some sort from a Christian perspective. Where we find that 65% of the population is member of the Norwegian state church. So that is the statistics. And there we also find that we have a 2% of the population as members. But at the same time, yeah, we do. So it's quite a lot of people. The number actually I got because we have a board meeting at Friday. So I got the newest numbers now and we have 129,908 members at the moment we're speaking. We need two more. No, 82 more. Oh, all right. That's important. I'm paying attention and doing that. Yeah. But if you look at how people are answering censuses, it's just about 30% of the population that will say that they believe in a God. Wow. And around 48, 50% of the population will say that their worldview is similar to or close to a humanist life stance without I believe in a God. So in a census people will answer quite differently from what their membership status is. They actually take membership in America that's not something that's really done. I don't think there is no registry of religion. Well, there is a difference between the American system with, well, intended separation of church and state and the Norwegian system where the state is having an active part in financing and being foundational for many levels for also for religious organizations and life stands organizations. So since we have a funding from the government for churches for mosques for humanistic organizations, we have to report how many members we have. Ah, I see. So you're funding is directly dependent on how many people you have. Yes, it is. Or that is the easy explanation, but yes. The state says that each member in our organization is worth this amount of money. And then they calculate how much money that is. But at the same time, this number, how they derive on this number is by taking all the money they give to the Norwegian state church. And removing some parts of this money that goes to funding renovations on really old churches. And then dividing it on how many members the Norwegian state church has. And so they find how many, how much the rest of us is worth. I say, that's pretty, that's pretty convoluted. So if they would make more money if they had fewer members.
A highlight from CA108 Psychophysical Harmony, Physicalism, & God w/ Brian Cutter
"Welcome everyone. I'm Emerson green and today I'm speaking with doctor Brian cutter of Notre-Dame, about psychophysical harmony. We skip some of the basics of the argument that we do take some time to lay down some essentials before moving into more interesting waters, we covered a few objections, some to the theistic answer to psychophysical harmony, some to the mystery of harmony generally, but we also skipped many of the bad objections to the argument like evolution solves the problem entirely or that this is just a God of the gaps argument or that it commits some other informal fallacy that fatally undermines the argument. Doctor Dustin crumb, Brian's co author was interviewed on this podcast and we had more time to cover that sort of ground and get into the weeds. And Dustin has also appeared on other channels where he does a great job providing a sort of intro to the argument, but today we're assuming some background knowledge of the topic. And we get to some new areas that I haven't seen explored in other conversations about this argument so far. We do begin where the argument often begins with the presentation that assumes epiphenomenalism before going on to say that this problem that so many people identify with epiphenomenalism is actually a problem even for those who go on to reject epiphenomenalism. We talk about physicalism and the supposed metaphysical impossibility of disharmony, their revenge problem, the path of least resistance, and objection related to divine hiddenness, the under determination of the evidence, natural teleology and spooky naturalism. So let's get to it. Welcome, everyone. I'm your host Emerson green and my guest today is doctor Brian cutter. He's the co author of a great paper called psychophysical harmony, a new argument for theism. And I interviewed your co author, Dustin crummett a while back. So doctor cutter, would you tell us a little about your background and your interests? Yeah. Well, first of all, thanks for having me on. It's great to be here. My name's Ryan Carter. I'm an associate Professor of philosophy at the university of Notre-Dame. I've been here since fall of 2016. My main areas of research are philosophy of mind and metaphysics. I guess I think a philosophy of mind is a sub branch of metaphysics, but I also do some work in metaphysics outside of the philosophy of mind. And I have a strong side interest in philosophy of religion and the paper you mentioned that I wrote with Justin crummett is in philosophy of religion. So let's start with the big picture. Do you classify this as a design argument? Yeah, I think if we want to put it in the broad box, it would qualify as a kind of teleological argument a design argument. I think we initially played around with calling this the psychophysical fine tuning argument, the thought being that just as there's the traditional cosmological fine tuning argument, this is an argument of a broadly similar flavor, but focused on the psychophysical laws suggesting that the psychophysical laws are kind of fine tuned to allow for a certain kind of valuable outcome just as the physical laws are fine tuned to allow for the outcome of life. So yeah, I think it's fair to call this a design argument focused specifically on the psychophysical laws or the relationships between physical states and phenomenal states. Cool. Now, I've always liked design arguments like even as an atheist, like that's kind of the most interesting part of natural theology to me way more than like contingency arguments or cosmological arguments.
A highlight from Are People Inherently Good?
"Our people inherently good. I know people are divided on this question. Hell, I'm divided on this question. Yes, most people are good people. No, I've totally lost faith in humanity. I felt both ways on this one, depending on the day, depending on the circumstance. I oscillate, optimism, pessimism, hope, despair, invigoration, exhaustion. Sometimes I just want to lock the door. All right, the world stays out there because I just can't cope. And I know you feel it. We've talked a lot about it. I just released my speech last week about how we might regain our humanity in an inhumane world, but will you indulge me today? This is kind of an unusual show. I'm not going to take any calls. I don't have any special guests. This is just me. Saying out loud, what I've been thinking. Maybe what you've been thinking about all of it. The whole wild, weird, occasionally exasperating, crazy mess. And I'm going to go to some dark places here at first. I'm going to go to some dark places and then I want to crawl back towards the light. And I know that my thoughts here, and this show may not be for everybody, but if you feel the darkness and you yearn for just a little bit of light, I'm going to do my best for you here, okay? I'm going to try to be thoughtful and fair and ultimately, yes. Hopeful. But it ain't easy, is it? What am I weary of? Well, I'm weary of the governors. My own governor, Kevin stitt, he just won his midterm, and then he immediately said a prayer of dedication of every square inch of Oklahoma to his specific God. Now just under half of this state has been designated Native American land. How must Oklahoma Native Americans feel about being told that they are now living in Jesus land? Same thing with Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and Sikhs, and atheists, or regardless of faith or no faith, people who believe in constitutional state church separation. How must they feel about this? Kevin stitt is using his bully pulpit to essentially call everybody who isn't part of his pet religion, a second class citizen. Same with Texas governor Greg Abbott, that guy is a nightmare. Florida, governor, Ron DeSantis, this man is almost certain to be the darling of Christian nationalists propped up for the presidency holy shit. Ron DeSantis, this man had the support of 60 percent of Florida residents, despite the fact that he's Ron DeSantis. The banner of books, the election denier, unless, of course, his party wins. The enemy of LGBT people, the enemy of reproductive choice, the man who cruelly ambushed and deceived, undocumented immigrants and then deported them to Martha's Vineyard, not telling them what was going on, not telling Martha's Vineyard. What was going on, he just did it, and then twirled his virtual mustache and ha ha ha ha. He showed them illegals. What a terrible human being. He might be president with the support of half of the United States. What? We have talked to death about Marjorie Taylor Greene. This woman is definitely like 15 French fries short of a happy meal. You know what I'm saying? Her elevator does not go all the way to the top. She is as dull as a sack of wet mice. This woman did not skate into her congressional seats for the midterm election, this time she actually got elected. I mean, last time she ran unopposed, so we thought, well, it's an anomaly. Nobody was there to oppose her. No, no. In 2022, people actually picked her. With 60 6% of the vote. This is the same woman who warned America about Nancy Pelosi running the gesta police against Republicans. Gazpacho police? She said that the Jews were flying space satellites over the state of California and secretly setting wildfires so that the libs could force through their climate legislation. It was all a big conspiracy. She railed against the equality act, the equality act that protects LGBT people. She said, no, she's against it because, of course, the Bible and she thinks that protecting non heterosexuals means in her words, the extinction of straight people. A few protect gay people, it must mean you want to wipe out straight people. This is how she thinks. Democrats and her mind are pedophiles. She believed and promoted the QAnon pizza gate myth. She once questioned that a plane even crashed into The Pentagon on 9 11, she wondered if the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, the massacre of 58 people, if he was just a liberal conspiracy for gun control, and on and on, Georgia district 14 chose this woman. They picked her. They said, I would like that. More, please. That's depressing. How does Colorado, zealot and Christian nationalist and conspiracy whack job Lauren boebert get elected? This woman who has the IQ of a crouton and her neck and neck race 50% of the vote for Colorado's district three. 50% of the vote? This is the same person who says that one of the reasons that we need guns is that, well, Venezuelans didn't have guns and now that's why they eat
A highlight from We Did Nazi That Coming #573
"Everybody. Hi, Friends. Well from chili Salt Lake City, Utah. It's thank God I'm atheist. The podcast. I'm Frank Thalmann and back from travels abroad. I'm Dan beecher. Oh, welcome back Dan. Thank you. And another big thanks to Rachel for sitting in last week. Yes. What a wonderful day. She did great. I just realized while we were talking right before the show that I didn't even introduce her last week. Sorry for the confusion, everyone. I haven't been replaced as yet. Though she did great, so maybe I should be. Oh, no, damn. No, no. No, never, never, ever. Founding member. Yeah, coming up on the show today, just everybody knows what to expect. There's this really unsettling rise of anti semitism. Going on in the world and in the United States right now. And the gay hatred and the trans hatred. Things are ratcheting up lots of hate going on. And we are going to find a way to make that funny. No, we're not. Anyway, we're going to talk about it for sure. That's what we're going to do. We'll see what happens. But first, first day on, can you believe it? We're getting to hear a lot about that, mister mister Trump, again. Yes. Oh yes. The Donald. Wow, put running, running for president again. For the third time, third time's the charm. Is that what they say? I don't think it's the third time. People say it's the third time. He ran before a little bit. He kind of floated a candidacy before 20. 16. But not for realsies. Right. Like it was clearly a publicity stunt the first time. It clearly a publicity stunt the second time. But then he accidentally won. Which ruined everything. Anyway, it's been very interesting to watch the response on the right. Since this announcement from Trump that he's going to try for it again. Because all of his former supporters are having to wrestle with the idea of supporting him again. And the political climate has obviously changed and the situation has changed. And they would have glad everyone who was supporting him lost their election. There's that. And yeah, just the poor showing for the Republicans and in the midterms and everybody questioning, are we on the right course? As a party and we all could have told you this a while back. Yeah. Absolutely not. Come to any of us. Literally, it's widely known on the left that you guys are wildly out of her. Literally terrified of you, people. Well, so some people are starting to position themselves. And a televangelist and president of the Christian life outreach international group, James Robinson, he's served as Robbie to his friends. He served as one of the spiritual advisers to Donald Trump while he was in office. That worked well. He was speaking at the meeting of the national association of Christian lawmakers. And the NaCL, which is obviously a conservative political group. And the focus heavily on social issues, they pledge to advocate for anti abortion policies and to uphold the sanctity of marriage. As a sacred union, exclusively between one man and one woman while they're still on that, we finished that one. We got over that one. No, they want to bring that one back. That's an oldie, but a goodie for them. It's a classic. You can't go wrong with the classics. Well, they need good issues to rally their people and abortion sort of they won, right? Not that. Not that it's settled at this point, but sir, they got what they wanted. And they need something else to the base feel a little too comfortable, satisfied, right? And grow complacent, they need to remind them about the gay marriage and wildly popular gay marriage, by the way. Right. But where was I going with this? Oh, Donald Trump. He was talking at this event and he spoke for a little while, just about conservative issues that were on his mind. And then he turned to the topic of Donald Trump. And danger. Danger. He said that he has the tendency to act quote like a little elementary school child. Oh. Oh, you can see that now, can you? Yeah. Oh, he noticed that. Apparently he saw that at the time, but I will get to that. If mister Trump can't stop his little petty issues, how does he expect people to stop major issues? Okay. Oh, and then he starts like he's on, he's on just going on and on and criticizing Donald Trump. Saying negative things about him, but then he sort of has to boast about himself. He says, everything you wanted him to hear. Remember he's talking to elected officials here, right? Every single little thing you ever prayed for him to hear came through these lips right straight into his face. Oh my gosh. And with the same force you've heard me talking to you, I spoke it to him. I guess he was really in a lather. And he said, sir, you act like a little elementary school child, and you should shoot yourself in the foot every morning you get up and open your mouth. The more you keep your mouth closed, the more successful you're gonna beat.
A highlight from What a Relief! #572
"Everybody. Hello. From Salt Lake City. It's thank God. I'm atheist. The podcast. I'm Frank. And I'm Rachel. And coming up on the show today. We're going to be talking on the second half about the election. The midterms and how wonderfully surprised and delighted I am. And I know just a couple of weeks ago, Dan and I were sort of bracing ourselves me maybe more so than even Dan for something awful. And I don't think awful happened. No. And so we're just going to run through a couple different aspects of the election. And yeah, like I said, that will be coming from the second half. But first, I have a little story here, Rachel. Okay. About a group of 30 people who got together in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to protest a drag queen brunch. Okay. Little theater there. Okay. It doesn't sound like it's a huge event. This was their first time attending a theater, a live theater. I imagine. Well, I mean, I'll let you be the judge. I'm showing you. It's like a biker crowd. I have a feeling they're not, I would supporters of the arts. But they definitely, I don't know what they support or don't support, but they definitely are not fans of drag. And they definitely don't like the idea. Then don't do it. The fact that this drag show was sort of an all ages event. Where. And this is kind of a thing right now. We're like, and it's a funny, I don't know. Whatever you want to do, that's great. And if you want to take your kid to a drag queen brunch or drag queen story hour at the local library, that great. That's your thing you're exposing your kid to sort of different people and fun things like when it's these all age events like the drag queens make it fun and appropriate. They know their audience. Exactly, right? But it's also such a strange line in the sand to be drawing in the culture wars. The stakes don't feel very high for me. What do you think? Well, people who are doing the drag queen brunches and story hours, all ages. They know that they're going to be drawing a negative reaction from a lot of people. Okay. Right. And like I just said, you have every right to do whatever you want to. But the people on the right who are opposing it, it feels like why the fuck do you want to control what people are doing? Why do you care? We live in a free country. You would be outraged if we told you what you could do with your kids. Absolutely. So on their side, that's a strange line to be going after because I thought the right was about personal freedom. Yeah. It turns out they're not. No. But then on the left, it's like, really, this is the hill we're going to die on. Right. Like they've clearly never met a drag queen because there's nothing more like grandmotherly and fun than drag queens. Yeah. Exactly. Anyway, here's some reaction from one of the protesters. He says, my objection is certainly very strong. They want to influence children to follow their lifestyle, their sins. My first solution would be that no one under 18 years old would be allowed at a drag queen event. Yeah, and I totally agree. If it's brunch, kids can't come. All parents need to know, no matter what the theme of the brunch, please. We need mimosas. We need wild jokes and fun. We're all hungover. We want to hear your kids. We've all been out the night before. So it's not, it's not about exposing kids. No, I want the drag queens around the kids. I just don't want kids at my brunch. Well, and I would love to just say to them, and just do a little thought experiment with them and just be like, well, so, okay, cool. Let's do that if you are fine with not letting kids into churches. I was just going to say that. No kids can agree to go to church till they're of an old enough years old. Suede and stuff. I mean, that's where I would take it. Absolutely. The protesters chanted things, including strong families, strong nation, and reclaim America, some signs were being held that said things like stop the abuse of children. None of this has anything to do with drag queens. Drag queens can be Americans. They have families. They're not abusing children. These people do not know what drag is. Get this one. Groom dogs, not children. Wow. Wow. First of all, what are you grooming this dog for? No, kidding, pervs. And so more than so on. Of course, quite the list of a very clever little things that they had to say. But I kind of drag is such a funny thing because it's such a such a big part of gay history in this country and in the world. And it plays a big part in gay culture. And at the same time, I don't know. How do you feel about drag? Is it like appropriation, gender appropriation? Something like those lines. Well, as a woman, I can speak to this. Well, I also think it's important. Did you think about this when you ask this question that I come from drag heritage? I know. Okay. Yeah. So maybe I'm a little biased, but I don't take offense to it. Because your dad. My dad is a locally famous. Was a locally famous drag artist. Yeah. Not like traditionally in the lip syncing performing at contests type thing. Right. But was well known as a female drag character. Yeah, exactly. And yeah, so no, I probably a little biased and I don't take offense because it's like, that's my dad. All drag queens might as well be my dad. Do you know those matrons of mayhem? Like they're all my dad. To me. Right. That's who they remind me of. Okay. So no, I don't take any offense to it, but I don't think it's similar to blackface or appropriation. Definitely. I've never felt like a gay man is like looking down on me because of my gender. Right. So if they want to dress like me. Right. There's a hat tip as far as I'm concerned. Well, and my thing is, like, as far as like gender appropriation goes, excuse me, what women are you actually basing on this? Yeah. These are such wild performances sometimes. They're almost not even, I wouldn't even say their gendered. I agree. Like, okay, maybe there's a wig, there's makeup. No heels. No makeup, the I've ever seen a woman walk out in public wearing, all that, I mean, I've seen some women come in a Lady Gaga concert can come pretty close. Yeah. But she's intending to be over the top. Yeah, exactly. Well, but I mean, that's just it.
A highlight from The Phantom God: What Neuroscience Reveals about the Compulsion to Believe (with Dr. John Wathey)
"They're easier to digest and then sometimes we take a deeper dive and it requires a little more concentration just a little more focus, but it's also really, really rich with information. Today is one of those shows. And that's why I'm so excited to do it. Doctor John Wolfe is someone I've had on the show. I guess it's been a couple of years, John. We were talking about your book, the illusion of God's presence, and you have a new project, a new book that just released called the phantom God, and I knew we had to talk again, welcome back, John was. It's a pleasure to be with you. Great to be with you. What neuroscience reveals about the compulsion to believe the subtitle of the book. Now I'm just going to jump in. We talked back in our previous conversation about this linking of our God belief to the animal brain. Our primate brains. And I know it's sort of all links together. But you are saying that human beings, the human primate is biologically wired to seek God, that's maybe overstating it a bit or perhaps oversimplifying a bit. What I'm really saying is that the human brain is wired at birth to seek connection with a primordial savior with another being that an infant's brain expects to be there. And of course that is the infant's mother in most cases, that's what evolution has shaped the brain of an infant to expect and it's obvious why the human infant is completely helpless when born. And it's absolutely dependent on the mother for warmth and nurturance and nutrition, everything. So that's really what the brain is expecting. But I'm also arguing that the circuitry that primes a human infant to expect this other being, this primordial savior. That circuitry persists into adulthood in a dormant state. It normally doesn't really do much. But there's something about making a hardwired image in the brain that seems to seems to make it permanent. If the brain is going to do this, if there's something innate in the brain, it just tends to be their permanently, whether we need it in adulthood or not. And in adulthood, under conditions of great stress or crisis or helplessness, a situation that evokes the feelings of infancy, then the circuitry can reactivate it. And an illusion of the existence of this primordial savior just comes into the brain from some unconscious place and can overwhelm a person and emotional crisis. And that's the thing. I argue that creates this illusion of God's presence that so many religious people describe. Yeah, I mean, I was in conversation with a God believer a few months ago and one of their questions to me. He said, why is it that in every culture all around the world, even if it's a different religion, there seems to be this yearning. This innate sort of looking up toward the heavens and expecting a God to exist and this is I mean, this is just one of those things. I hear a lot from apologists. Why would so many people sort of lean into God belief innately if there was no God? Yes, exactly. And that's what I'm trying to provide a natural explanation for. And it's not just believers in the general public who feel this way. There are some truly and distinguished scientists who have had these feelings and who have taken that step into non scientific thinking into faith and belief, one of the best examples of course is Francis Collins has written a book about it. And he says exactly what you just described. He says, in the form of a rhetorical question, why do we have a God shaped vacuum in our hearts and minds unless it is meant to be filled? And that's his main argument or his main evidence seems to me anyway. As to why God exists is this feeling of God's presence to him's feels like evidence of God's existence. But it's interesting with doctor Collins, who is a smart guy in a proponent of evolutionary science and you see apologist, whether it's William lane Craig in the Kalam cosmological, et cetera. They seem to be making the case for this sort of faceless deistic God. And then they take this big leap into the personal God with a proper name. I mean, doctor Collins doesn't believe in some God with a small G he believes in yahweh Jesus Christ, so how does that happen? Yes. You know, it's funny how the brain can the human mind can do this. You get this feeling of this amorphous savior out there and it's a very vague feeling. I've had it myself on occasion. So there's nothing specific about it. It's not a visual hallucination. You don't see Jesus appearing before you. But if you've been raised in a culture where Jesus and Christianity is the dominant religion, you have friends around you who believe in Christianity and attest to what it's meant in their lives. It's just the easiest God to plug into that God shaped vacuum. It's the one that's at hand. So you lean into it because you're sort of predisposed by your environment, like if there's a God, it would be this God. Yes, yes, exactly. And another point I'm making in the new book. I have a whole chapter on what side of the brain, the brain is symmetrical as a left and right side that are sort of mirror images of one another. So one of the questions that people who care about the neuroscience of religion have asked is what side of the brain, what hemisphere is most involved in it, which side of the brain, the religious emotions come from, or religious belief come from. And in the literature, there's really not a consistent answer. You can find evidence to argue in either direction. But what I found after trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together as best I could was that this feeling of God's presence that we've been talking about is mainly a right hemisphere thing. The right hemisphere is dominant in a new warning sent. The left hemisphere develops more matures, I should say, matures later about at age two or so one to two years old. And eventually the left hemisphere becomes the dominant hemisphere in most adults, but so left hemisphere is primed to do something very special. That's the language dominant hemisphere. And when an infant is born and starts to interact with its parents, it gets bombarded with this very complex pattern of auditory information, which of course is speech coming from adults around the kid who is trying to speak to the kid. And during the first year of life, the left hemisphere is absorbing all of this and trying to find meaning in it. This again is something hard wired in the brain. This time in the left hemisphere, to try to find meaning in complex patterns of information.
Man vs the Holy Ghost's Influence With Justin Combs
"Special guest is returning guests theologian and podcast justin combs. Welcome back to the show justin. All right thanks michael. Glad to be back round to round two exactly. How many make it this far. I last time we left off on a sad note depressing. Though we'll we'll get back to all that fun. But i we left on prayer and i wanted to touch on a few things just before we got back to the prayer shirt so more basic stuff like you know. What is the bible to you. I don't know if we tackle that last time. I didn't write it down. So what does the bible to you. I mean they got a lot of things in there that are. Yeah yeah. I mean it's so it's a lot of stuff to me. I mean i can come at it from like faith. Perspectives scholarly perspective literary perspective. And i guess like from the faith perspectives. Go like i believe. It's the inspired word of god. Now what is what. Do i mean when i got into that a little bit last time just kind of like probably maybe maybe a good way to put it like human experiences of the divine dieted sometimes more sometimes less by the holy spirit but it is human experiences Put down okay. Let's go off of that experiences. Put down human experiences interacting with this deity correct. Okay may maybe two more explicit or less explicit extent depending on which text you're looking at within the thome
More Questions Than Answers With Paul Beam
"Today. Special guests founder of man camp true north organization in the host of the true north man. Podcast paul beam. Welcome to the show. Paul that glad to be here. Michael things are happening brother. Thanks for being on. Thanks for taking the time. So tell us a little bit about your Your show your organization little just a brief history on what it is and what you do sir. Yes so turn. North man exists. To help man experience freedom of fulfillment by tapping more into their identity in their purpose Really helping them figure out what direction that is. They would like take regardless of fulfilling their purpose. Man camp is one of our bents. We hosted two weekend events and that is kind of where we just start spread in the circus if you will of really walk through a process kinda helps them Dive into vision. Identity and purpose for life As far themselves small town texas boy here in a little town called bertram in middle of central texas and the so as far as Started man cap in two thousand fifteen out here. In the middle of central texas town called weren't twelve acres and since then we have. We have moved into another small town called mullin texas where we have thirty two makers now and so we. We started with the twelfth fifteen guys. At our first event we now cap it at one hundred thirty men at each of our bits.
Separation and Harmony With Garrett Vandenberg pt3
"They special guest is returning guests. Garrett vandenburg welcome back to the show. It's could be back man. I'm happy to be chatting here again. Absolutely it's great having to back good seeing hope. Everything's been all right today. We just kind of want to start off with. Let's describe the the dvd that garrett believes it the deity that i believe. Well i mean so we. We use the word god to talk about to talk about something but i think the problem is i a lot of people. Get kind of when they think problems. A lot of people can get into when when the the atheist christian dialogue about this is that usually like i look at the conversation that sam harris or look at any of those guys in kind of the the. There's like a great four horsemen of the apocalypse. Right there was docking hitchens harris and lawrence. Krauss i think guys. It's always the case that the god that they're arguing doesn't exist doesn't exist like i usually agree with these guys when they disproved the existence of particular. God that's because they're they're quantifying a particular thing they're saying. Well you know if these are the features of our of god exactly then well that that's not real. Yeah there's there's something i mean. This this is a problem is a really philosophical problem though. Because as soon as i described the very specific features of you more me you can push that description to a limit and then you can say not see that that person you're talking about they don't really exist because you just described them wrong. That's that that there's there's a logical contradiction in what the way in thing you just described
Chasing a Feeling With Justin Combs
"First off. Thanks for joining us today tony. It's an honor to have you on the show. Yeah no problem thanks. I appreciate your time. Absolutely man thanks for joining us. So how long have you been talking with. Y'all way well. I don't know probably every two three years. We had a bit of a break a dog eighteen months ago. Heard then God soul fits resurrect me. He was he was a bit bored. So yeah it's a two and a half three years. Is the question nice. And how did it begin. Like how did he introduce himself to. It's quite a stressful situation. I was actually set to get a promotion at work and monogamous ended up getting the promotion. Remember my work. Phone was ringing in my pocket. And a look down. And it said i'll for it was from. Hr and there like congratulations to. I'm not going to say his name to sound. So he's got the promotion and all sorts. Just i was mortified. Dropped on knees and in in this car park in the funding. And i'm like why god why voice sets me. Sales figures a low and you call rights very good and the conversation continued from their earlier. Felt compelled to hold to account on a unspecified. Biweekly podcast this. About twenty minutes long. Because i think people need to know what wise thinking what why while stuff's happening is is made in created
Civil Discourse With Kyle Silva
"Right so today's special guest is kyle silva welcome to the show. Kyle thanks for coming on. Thanks for taking the time. I appreciate it man so we started connecting through twitter. I started posting stuff used responding and we kinda went forward. And i said you know what this is just way too much to respond to. Let's have a conversation and here we are. Thanks for having me on absolutely absolutely all right. So i think we're gonna talk about refresh my memory for my understanding. We're against us down wrong. God's law Specifically always law the. Yes so the bible says the law is perfect. Holy righteous and good. Is that something you agree with for sure you know. I think he's looking. Jesus said in boca mark you know. He said that. Lock was kinda summed up in love for god and love for neighbor so yes i would say it is yet so those laws as far as love. God love your neighbor. That's it or the six hundred and fourteen some laws in the old testament. I would say that all the laws fall under that. Banner all of god. They've kinda summed up and those interesting interesting so let's start with the The one in numbers where we pick up on we pick up sticks and we get stoned to death. Is that something be fine. Perfect so so. Yes i would say it is right from gad is law or if it starts over the first logged right that mentioned Forgot right so guy saying when you do this saying you're not you're not loving jesus said in the new testament if you love me you obey my commands right. The loves those about action not listen feeling and so when we do something that god commanded not to do that would be unloving of us and as a yes so advertisement is guess what he considers unloving sinful.
I Wouldn't Put That in the Bible With Jimmy Dodd
"Today. Special guest is the ceo and founder of pastor. Serve jimmy don. Welcome to the show. Jimmy thank you. Michael great to be on with you fantastic. Thanks for taking the time So tell us a little bit about this. Pastor serve why it started it. What's it about brief briefly. Yeah pastured for just about twenty years and got to pasture in chicago. Boston south carolina kansas city and I was at a church that i started in nineteen ninety-two that was going very well and You would come to the church and you would say yeah. Everything looks good and You know it's just a good front stage in good upfront. Stop and good children's ministry good youth ministry and you'd say everything looks good but michael. The reality was was that i. I was an absolute mess and the absolute mess was. I just had a huge fear and the fear was if you really knew me you know what you wouldn't like me and so just doing my power to hide and deposed and pretend and i learned very quickly that it's exhausting to go through life friendly. You just really pretending that you're better than you are and man. I was emotionally spiritually physically mentally exhausted. Because i was just pretending. Because i had that fear of man if i tell you what i struggle with if i tell you about my fantasy life if i tell you about my greed and my jealousy and envy. I'm if you knew the depth of broken us of my life you would not want to be my friend
The Last Straw With Paul Burns
"Today. Special guest is paul burns. Part to welcome back. Paul so glad to see him in about two of the trilogy all know. Maybe maybe we'll just have you come on wilson month twice a month. I don't know you're a lot of fun. Poll i do enjoy my conversations with you co so. Where did we leave off. Well actually i know where we left off. Where would you like to go this time. What specifically would you like to talk about. All what i think. Start with why. Why become artist becoming eighties. You get a little bit of a home in the background. There is their gear. Pips allen i i've got your mind on my what what if i try try. This strategy now like cope. There is much better coat. Also it's a whole new world. Thanks i appreciate that. So what was the question again. Sorry go ahead supplies. suppose why. why become white. Why become an atheist. Why become an eight pitch law on looking for us some good evidence or some sort of good profile some some good arguments or reasons to become an atheist. And that's exactly paul. I am still waiting for good evidence. Good anything that will convince argument. That will convince me that. Christianity is true that buddhism is that that that hinduism is true. That islam is true. I'm still waiting for a good argument. Something that convinces me. So i guess rate turns it right back around. Is what convinced you paul. Was it something that i can be convinced with to help me own understand. You know what. I'm i'm just waiting for For good evidence to become an atheist. Because i just don't have enough faith but unite the
If I Had Jesus Powers With Gary Thomas
"Today. Special guest is pastor speaker and author. Gary thomas welcome to the show. Gary glad to be here. Thank you thanks for taking the time. Does a little bit about what you do. I know you've been a pastor for quite a while you've written a few books Quite a long list there but give us a brief introduction to gary is and what he does. Well i've always wanted to be a writer. Michael in large part because i'm uniquely limited in my skill set are very cute things. Anybody would pay me to do And so i'm glad the writing worked out. So i'd been a self employed writer for fifteen years and then a church in houston texas. Pretty large church said we'd like you to come during the teaching team. And so i'm still writing books and travelling but then for glass decade been working in houston At a church on the teaching team so still riding. That's kind of been my life. Writing is a blast. I love book behind you there. It's my first one. I love writing out. It's it's definitely a passion for sure. So let's get into. What's your favorite book you it you wrote written. I'm that's kind of like asking. Who's your favorite child. I mean in one sense sacred marriage made it possible for me to keep riding sold over a million copies so it just it just creates a level of comfort. So you can keep doing what you wanna do. sacred pathways ditz. A lot of attention. Because it deals with the different ways that we connect with god and So it's it's really become beloved by some just because it helps blow part. The one size fits all spirituality. It we all pray the same way or relate to god in the same way
Filling in the Gaps With Elmo Jr.
"Special guest is. The host of a podcast called elmo's world no not that elmo's world welcome to the show elmo junior. Hey man i'm happy until glad to be here and Thanks for inviting me on your absolutely. Thanks for taking the time. Way out there in Were you at philippines. The philippines living in the future man. So tell us a little bit about your show why it did it. What you do who've talked to anything. Yes so maestro is titled elmo's row podcast. I decided that name for because my name is is actually elmo and People have relate you know compared me to the to the the puppet l. never heard of it. Yeah glad to hear that. Yeah but of course. I want to make a brand for myself. That would you know like sort of the against that. And so and i started this and decided to make a podcast. It's i actually watch Rogan back in june. I decided hey you know he what he does is really cold because he just off some people indicating like so many tired he kinds of people from different political spectrums religious or philosophical background. Or whatever you know. And i wanted to be able to do that. And at least get and find an excuse way but it's audited for. Yeah i started it. August and continually continuously in and Monstrously proceeded with just asking to go on my show going for our or maybe sometimes two hours of conversation
Buddhism and Atheism With Ajahn Brahmavamso
"But this evening's talk. I'm going to be talking about a subject. i hope i never thought about before. That's unlikely sings. I've been speaking here for over twenty years and it's come up in the newspapers recently and Few people have been discussing this on the email because apparently just before easter time there was an atheist conference over in sydney and that really upsets some people in the churches in sydney and because they were talking about eighty s and it affects them. Bickers is put this an atheist religion. Does it believe in god. If it doesn't why does support his position about this and so the first part of this talk no maybe just a bit of information about the stand on a garden some interesting things which many of you may not know for the most important part of this talk is That actually as far as buddhism is concerned is better reform does not believe in a supernatural being because there some very very grave consequences such a belief in your ordinary lives. I'm going to put this view and pointed point out that actually that you can become a wiser more compassionate person without such beliefs which sometimes obstruct no one's feeling of what's right and what's compassionate. Bullets go from the very beginning. Sometimes people ask is put some an atheist religion. What is a buddhist. Take on a guard but i vote is to go to the ancient scriptures twenty five hundred years ago when the border was around and of course you mentioned just the idea of god was very common at that time as far as the buddha was concerned. It wasn't just a theory but because of these great house which you can get through meditation you understand how the universe works.
Roles and Mercy With Marty Langlois
"Today. Special guest is christian. Women's health coach marty lang loy. Welcome to the show. Marty thank you. Thanks for coming on. Thanks for taking the time so tell us a little bit about yourself what you do. I am a christian woman. Health coach and i helped moms dizzy. Women lose weight through self care in the focal points. I have in my mission in mothers news or focusing on areas of food fitness and fund. Those are all important for ups love f words in their appropriate of ford family friendly mission friendly. Yeah interesting so the faith part what. How does that play. Well my Face background as an emergency of catholic. We we have this focal point of the theology of the body. Were we talk about value of that body. From genesis of god creating us in his image and life news To include even jesus himself being god in man he was a human so the value of the human person and our bodies as we can Read throw out all kinds of scripture verses about taking care of the temple and all of that Is where that comes into play hum in its starts with having that foundation increased. 'cause we see all these diet fads and all these things celebrities are doing and they have these two week plans that while you're going to get a two weeks worth of results and it's gonna last for the two weeks as opposed to something that can be more permanent
Fight or Flight With Garrett Vandenberg
"Special guest host of the this could be interesting show garrett vanderberg van vandenberg. That's how you say right right. Vandenberg invention welcome to the show here. It be him in. Thanks for coming on taking the time watch. Tell us a little bit about what you do. Well you mean with the show or in real life in the show. Yeah so this could be interesting as a project. I just started this year Kind of out of frustration with the sorts of conversations. I noticed going on. I guess i noticed. Because i was kind of pointing at other people but i started to realize okay. This is the problem in metoo. I think in general and again. I can't speak for the world but i can speak for myself and say i think i am getting worse than having conversations with people income jumping to conclusions in and i'm getting more more quickly jumping into a fighter flight mode than i should be. This is a problem i i. I don't like this behavior in me. And i don't like it and other people what what can i do about this so i mean i guess the best solution i could come up with was just a practice. So essentially the show is an opportunity a space for me to go in and talk to people specifically people who see the world differently than me and just practice getting through those moments of tension and
Back to Jesus With Kristin Ostrander
"Today's special guest is author speaker. Podcast or kristen strandard to the show. Hi thanks for having me. Thanks for coming on. Thanks for taking the time So tell us a little bit about first of all what you do. I am kristen steiner. I am the host of the amazon files. Podcast and the owner and founder of mommy income dot com. I teach people to start and grow ecommerce businesses online. That sounds like a lot of fun and a lot of work. Yeah both pretty busy How many kids you. I have three kids. One two grown in one. Still in the nasty. We've got a twenty year old one. That's graduating this year at eighteen and then the youngest is ten and a half fun man. I keep you busy. That's for sure on top of everything else you're doing. Yeah that could be a whole episode about raising grown children and what that's like right. Good nece kids in general so As far as the the the religious aspect of of kristen what are your you. Would you describe the christian beliefs. Would you call yourself a christian. Absolutely s awesome. So why would you take on that title. What what is it about the christianity that you accept. I am a follower and believer of jesus. I believe in the gospel. I believe that it's All his doing. And none of mind and i have a purpose in a plan in life to follow that calling and to spread the good news to others that there is hope and help beyond this life. Open help beyond this life and what. What does the bible to you. The bible is the word of god. The bible is a sharper than any two edged sword. I can i use it against it. Right the bible is guidebook. That guy bill bible is the answer. It is my hope and my help. It is the source of wisdom the source of all instructions for humanity.
Weekend at Bernie's With Jonathan Merritt
"Today. Special guest is author of several critically acclaimed books including learning to speak god from scratch. Jonathan merritt welcome to the show. Jonathan all my gosh. It's my pleasure to be here. Thank you so much for having me on appreciate it man. Taking the time out from your busy days and new york over there. Yeah yeah for sure so tell us a little bit about this book. Learning to speak gone from scratch. How does that work. Well you know. I started writing this book. When i moved from atlanta to new york city actually and i found that it was a lot more difficult in a new setting to have spiritual conversations to use sacred language. Sacred words That other people were unfamiliar with. And so i began to sort of wonder. I think what a lot of people wonder whether it's better to just avoid this kind of conversation In in mixed company or weather in some way These words these. These conversations were beautiful and beneficial and and worth reviving. And that's really what let's started the exploration that became this book Interesting so spiritual conversations. What do you mean by spiritual conversations. you know. it's a big. It's a big broad term What does it mean to have a spiritual or religious conversation for most people. I think they would say it's a conversation about god
The Bible Is Offensive With Andrew Fouts
"Today. Special guest is director of digital resources and church planter over art c. r. m. will explain that in a minute andrew fouts welcome to the show andrew. Thanks for having me. Thanks for taking the time so explain a little bit. About what c. R. m. is and what does he church planter do. Apparently you have an old title. Is i haven't done the church planning seen in a while. But yes r. m. c. as the association of church sports and recreation ministries We are an international para church ministry. So we are not actually associated with any churches but Go come in alongside churches to help them develop Sports recreation and fitness ministries. And what i do specifically is i'm in charge of digital resourcing. So i d this podcasting Video editing We we produce. We've got a publishing house that produces some books. We've got a video production house The i'm i kind of him. Second in command of as the associate producer where we produce training videos We produce some online courses online classes. means like that and then We just started a podcast network. Last january is when we launched it. We've been working on it for about a year now while Where i produce all of the podcasts. And i so i produced five different or four current ones one of them. I co host one of them. And then we've got two more pre-production so we wow he busy for sure. But crm yeah crm just comes on site churches and helps them. Train leaders helps them find out what facilities they already have in maximize the space that they have to do. Like basketball leagues You've got some churches that do karate taekwondo. We've got churches that we've helped with that built. discourses Things like that. So we we come alongside and train and help them. And we've got guys all across the world we met including some people. We can't even talk about for security reasons.
Your Own Personal Jesus With Onyx Keesha, Actress,
"Today. Special guest is author actress. Director and producer onyx. Kisha the show on ix. I'll and still happy to be here. Thanks for coming on appreciate your time so tell us a little bit about the work you do and why you do it. Oh for sure. Well i truly believe that my art is my activism and. I think that it's very important that we attempt to blur the lines that divide us I feel like when you can connect to the heart in the heart of someone. Then those differences are not as pronounced You know humanity connecting to one. Another is just really a beautiful thing in for me. I like to do that through art through theater through film absolutely. Yeah i totally agree. I think art can be activism hundred percent. I guess this is kind of an artful show. I guess podcast is an art form. So that's my own little forum. I guess humanity connecting one hundred percent agree that just speaks to my humanism beneficial if we all stick together by on all that love it. I love it So you've done. Most of your stuff is based off of The christian perspective correct. Well a great deal of i you know. I'll never forget how to do this. Panel on time and i will ask this question. Like how did you release a movie about church in then erotica movie on and you know i just really explain my stance that You know if you are a believer then you must know that god is there. Even when you're making love will win. We try to separate it when we try to erase. Our human experience are truly on a spiritual journey But a lot of my work is definitely based I do have a great deal of faith based work as well.
Pointless Miracles with Michael Zwaagstra
"Today we have returning guests michael's wag stra author of the naked man flees. Welcome back to the show. Michael well thank you very much. It's a pleasure to be back with you. And i'm looking forward to part two of our discussion. Not many make it to the part to man. I thank you for coming back. I appreciate it. Oh you're welcome that's I think it's good to have the types of discussions and to W- there's far too many people whatever side of the issue you're on it's so easy to stay within her own little bubbles and where it's safe and we just affirmed by people all the time we all spend more time talking to people who have different opinions and challenge ourselves absolutely totally agree. And that's why we're here today so last time we left off. Oh actually this time. We're gonna talk about a little bit more about your book. Chapter twenty four twenty five and forty. But before we get there. We left off with gideon. And i kind of wanted to touch base with that story for a minute. That's okay not a problem. So gideon tested yala with the fleece on the ground to see if it was to be wet and whatnot. Malachi tested y'all way as well romans twelve to y'all we want you to test him but that kind of contradicts matthew. Four seven deuteronomy six sixteen. Which tells you do not test do not put the lord god to the test. I see this as a contradiction. How do you see this. Well i i would see it differently. And i think it's important for us to talk about getting. We need to put his story in context and historic can be found in judges chapter six in. It actually goes on for several chapters The israelites in this case are oppressed by million. And god has directly called gideon to lead the israelites out of oppression to lead to leave to victory. god has guaranteed victory to get in. He does so explicitly early on in chapter six
Curveballs With Bob Searle
"Today. Special guest is former pastor an army chaplain and the author of journey into wholeness bob. Searle welcome to the show. Bob thank you so much michael. Thank you to privileged beyond today. So is this your first podcast bob. This is what i had I had one on last wednesday Pastor bob on a podcast so So this is this is actually my second one. Well how fun. I'm so excited to have you bob. So i kinda wanted to just briefly. Have you explain your book to us. And then we'll jump into the questions from their sound. Good very good very good. So i wrote this back in nineteen ninety eight one thousand nine hundred ninety not intending to be a book at all. i was doing a clinical education residency at university medical center and one of the things. They're after twenty years of ministry. I thought it'd be a good idea to go back and continue redefined my tools but also to reflect upon nice spiritual experiences and the various Streams of of Spirituality that had had really influenced me so spent a time And our final project. I wrap this up into a final project and wrote Journey into wholeness. At the time i didn't have that name at all and so i completed the the work and resumed my pastor ministry. I'm vhs and all of the candidate would be a and Meera cole pas who worked at the center of excellence the candidate was very interested. In chaplaincies spirituality faith and suicide idea
The Naked Man Flees With Michael Zwaagstra
"Today. Special guest is author of the naked man flees michael's wag stra welcome to the show. Michael well thank you very much mike. It's a pleasure to be with. You appreciate you being on taking the time. So let's let's hear a little bit about that book. Naked man flees naked man flees while the the full book title. Is the man. Fli es timeless truths from obscure parts of the bible and seek to do in the book is to highlight forty obscure passages passages in the bible that christians and non christians alike ten dimiss With the bible and passages the tend not to have a lot of servants preached about them and to take a closer look at what these passages say in What possible meeting they might have to today. i've taught In addition to teaching public high school. I also teach a part time basis at stop five college. Which is our our local bible college here in steinbeck manitoba and i've found that You can never assume that christians know their bibles really well But a lot. Don't and i i know that on your show. One of the things that you say at the end is that you encourage people to pick up their bibles and read them and i agree. People should pick up the bible and actually read it because otherwise you're gonna miss a lot of important stuff that's in there actually. Yeah there's a lot of stuff in there. It's pretty interesting for sure. Chapter two for instance you talk about one of my favorite will if it's my favorite but it's definitely one of the stories that are in there The the moses and y'all we meeting them at the lodging place and he's about to kill him mad. That is such a strange story. It makes a stranger because it's just kind of thrown in there you know you're you're reading the story then all of a sudden this happens and it goes right back to where left off so it's yeah it's it's a strange one and it's one that a lot of people A lot of christians miss and one of the reasons that we miss it is that it doesn't make it into any of the popular movies. It's not in charlton. Heston the ten commandments does make it into prince of egypt and the exact. Yeah go figure. I'll read the la read. The exact passage is chapter four versus twenty four to twenty six at a lodging place on the way the lord met him. That's moses and sought to put him to death then sapporo took a flint and cut off her son's foreskin. Touched moses beat with it and said surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me. So he left him alone It was then that she said a bridegroom of blood because of the circumcision.