S1E14: What Even is Mormonism?

Show Notes

Jon and Logan discuss how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints got its start and some of the silliness of its founder.

Jon and Logan talk to Bryce Blankenagel about the LDS Church, Joseph Smith, and being an exmo…and brownies!
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Jon and Logan break down a verse from the Book of Mormon and learn that drilling air holes in your submarine lets you breathe.

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S1E13: What Even Is Patriarchy?

Show Notes

Jon and Logan discuss how penises rule the world and make jokes nobody is going to get.

Jon and Logan talk to Stephanie Guttormson about sexism, feminism, sexual identity, and censorship.
https://www.youtube.com/user/ThinkingStephtically
https://www.facebook.com/stephanie.guttormson
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Twitter: @thematheist

Jon vents about the cruel responses and backlash against the #MeToo hashtag.

Jon and Logan break down a verse from the Bible and learn how obedient the sun and moon are when told to stand still.

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S1E12: What Even Is Apologetics?

Show Notes

Jon and Logan discuss bananas, assertions, and logical fallacies (not phalluses).

Jon and Logan talk to Matt Dillahunty about debates, magic, and stupid arguments.
https://www.mattdillahunty.com
https://www.facebook.com/matt.dillahunty
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Twitter: @Matt_Dillahunty

Jon rants about the apologetics used by 2nd Amendment nuts. “Trigger” warning?

Jon and Logan break down a verse from the Qur’an and learn that unbelievers get chained to giant penises.

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S1E11: What Even Are Miracles?

Show Notes

Jon and Logan discuss miracles and why Jesus was only the greatest magician until Penn & Teller came along.

Jon talks to Natalie Newell and Dan Broadbent from the Science Enthusiast podcast!
http://ascienceenthusiast.com
http://www.sciencemomsdoc.com
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Twitter: @aSciEnthusiast
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Twitter: @ncnewell

Jon addresses awful miracle belief in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting. Call your Congress people at (202) 224-3121!

Jon and Logan break down a verse from the Bible and learn that Christians drink poison…or something.

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S1E10: What Even Is Evangelism?

Show Notes

Jon and Logan discuss evangelists and decide Voltron is more interesting than religion.

Jon talks to Rosco Jackson, aka Brother Sam, about atheist evangelism!
https://www.samsingleton.com
https://www.amazon.com/Sam-Singleton/e/B006OE8MBK
https://www.facebook.com/atheistevangelist/
Twitter: @samsingleton

Jon talks about how the line between evangelism and proselytising is non-existent.

Jon and Logan break down a verse from the Qu’ran and learn that every religion is equally wrong.

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S1E9: What Even Is Marriage?

Show Notes

Jon and Logan discuss the non-traditional roots of traditional marriage and how they’re no yoke.

Jon talks to Marissa Alexa McCool and Ari Stillman about podcasting gender!

AKA Al Laiman


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Jon rants about how defenders of traditional marriage cannot justify their objections to same-sex marriage.

Jon and Logan break down a verse from the Bible and learn that rape apologists got their start on Moses’ watch.

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S1E5: What Even Is God?

Show Notes

Jon and Logan discuss Jehovah, the Judeo-Christian god, the idea of a trinity, and whether or not Jesus’ sacrifice was worthwhile.

Jon and his girlfriend interview her six-year-old son about his concept of god and “death god.”

Jon talks about the god conundrum and why believers can’t really resolve an inconsistent god concept.

Jon and Logan break down a verse from the New Testament!

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Dear Catholic League, Again

Charlotte Catholic High School

I’ve addressed the Catholic League in a prior post, which amounted to a disappointing lack of action from an organization that seems to be content in its role as a repository for outdated views on the world and society.  I really wish they would have contacted me.

In the absence of a good story to tell about Catholic visitors, let’s talk about the religious freedom to discriminate.  Catholic League’s Bill Donohue makes inconsistent and ignorant claims about a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a teacher against a Catholic school.  The teacher is a gay man who got married, was so happy about it he posted about it on Facebook, and promptly got fired.  You know, for being married.

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Beliefs Are Not For Voting

Believing in God

If I could summarize this post in one sentence it would be this:

Your personal beliefs are not what’s good for the country.

Let me clarify. A belief system is personal, subjective, and evolving. The things you believe aren’t necessarily the things your neighbor believes. Often, the things you believe aren’t the same as the person sitting next to you in your church, mosque, temple, or support group. You may feel strongly about a topic or issue but it would be incredibly arrogant for you to assume that everyone else does – or should. When you hold a personal belief it’s virtuous for you to live your life according to that belief but it’s evil for you to try to force others to do the same, regardless of your intentions.

Merriam-Webster defines “belief” as follows:

  • a feeling of being sure that someone or something exists or that something is true

  • a feeling that something is good, right, or valuable

  • a feeling of trust in the worth or ability of someone

Notice the word “feeling” used in all of these definitions?  Feelings are personal and cannot be objectively shared across an entire population.  Your feelings are fine when they stay inside of your personal bubble but you should not attempt to extend that bubble to other people – especially when they don’t want to be inside your bubble, no matter how safe and warm you think it is.

Your beliefs are formed by your personal experiences in life (or opinions you’ve adopted from other people with or without justification), which shape your feelings about the things you encounter. It’s easy to see that other people have lived different lives with different backgrounds, different family dynamics, and different experiences than you. Knowing that, why is it so hard to see that your beliefs don’t apply to them? It doesn’t matter that you feel your beliefs are correct and it doesn’t matter whether you think your beliefs make sense. There will always be someone out there who disagrees because they’ve formed their own (often incompatible) beliefs on their own life experiences and most likely feel that theirs are correct and make sense.

The things you believe now aren’t the same as the things you believed when you were five years old or 15 years old because you’ve matured and learned more about how the world works since then. 15 years from now it’s entirely possible that your belief system will have changed – sometimes in drastic ways.

Your vote doesn’t just affect you. Think about that when you think about voting. If your primary concern is which candidate shares more of your personal beliefs than the other, you’re using the wrong criteria for your decision. You should be worried about which of the candidate’s beliefs are going to make it into his or her policy and how that policy will affect the citizens (not just the religious ones) of this country and people around the world.

Stop being selfish with your vote.

Dispelling Egnorance

There’s a guy named Michael Egnor who has a blog he calls “Egnorance.”  I’m not making this up.  Anyway, he recently wrote a post directed at JT Eberhard asking a crapload of questions in the hopes that he’d be able to highlight how stupid he thinks the recent court decision on the Cranston High School prayer banner is.  Nevermind the guy isn’t an expert on the Constitution and nevermind he’s not a judge — he just has a really strong opinion on how wrong the experts on the matter are.  Well, because I’m bored and because it irritates me that these types of challenges sometimes go unanswered I’ll pick his post apart and address all of his questions to the best of my ability (JT already did).

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