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Heretic Happy Hour is an unapologetically irreverent, crass, and sometimes profound conversation about the Christian faith. Hosts Keith Giles, Katy Valentine, Derrick Day, and Matthew Distefano pull no punches and leave no stones unturned. For some serious sacred cow-tipping, there’s nothing better than spending an hour of your time with us.
 
The Atheist Experience is a weekly show in Austin, Texas geared at a non-atheist and atheist audience. The Atheist Experience is produced by the Atheist Community of Austin. The Atheist Community of Austin is organized as a nonprofit educational corporation to develop and support the atheist community, to provide opportunities for socializing and friendship, to promote secular viewpoints, to encourage positive atheist culture, to defend the first amendment principle of state-church separatio ...
 
Light in Darkness was started to be a tool for Christians to grow in their faith. Sometimes, when a big event happens in society or our faith is attacked in any way, it can be difficult to come to a conclusion on where we stand as believers. Light in Darkness exists to help you make those decisions so that you're not tossed about by every wind of doctrine, human cunning, and deceitful scheme (Eph. 4:14). We are to be bold as Christians, and a light in a dark world. We at Light in Darkness wa ...
 
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This week, we're joined by actor, writer, and comedian Jonathan Braylock, who you may recognize from his roles on fantastic shows like Netflix's Astronomy Club and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, as well as the 2016 romantic comedy How to Be Single! He comes from a conservative Christian household, and like many of us, he has painstakingly re-evaluated …
 
Today we have a special roast of Matt Dillahunty for his 500th episode! We are joined by Viced Rhino who deals with young earth creationism and apologetics on his various platforms. Ulrich from Germany is our first caller who argues that disproving god is better than stating there is a lack of evidence. Claiming god does not exist will carry the bu…
 
I've got good news and bad news for you. The bad news is that billions of taxpayer dollars are propping up religious universities that actively discriminate against LGBTQ+ students. The good news is there's an elite team of legal professionals, activists, creators, and victims of discrimination that are leading the charge to cut government funding …
 
Welcome to The Atheist Experience! Matt is out sick today, Kenneth Leonard and Dave Warnock stepping up. All our thoughts and, no not that, goes out to Matt. We all hope you feel better. First up, Kameron in MD asks advice on finding a purpose in life after leaving her faith. We atheists have to find or make their own purpose. Atheists aren’t a mon…
 
In my experience, doing anything worthwhile means that sooner or later, you're going to lock antlers with old guard apologists - people so entrenched in tradition or ideology that they just can't seem to understand a different perspective. Sometimes it's hard to believe that you're even reading the same source material as them! Benjamin L. Corey is…
 
Welcome to The Atheist Experience! Today we have Dave Warnock and Matt Dillahunty teaming up to tackle today’s arguments. First up, Xeno in NC is back to present evidence for a deistic god, primarily using reductio ad absurdum argument. If your deistic god doesn’t interact with reality, that means it's not detectable. If we can’t detect that god, i…
 
If you spent a lot of time at youth group, chances are good that a few different Christian organizations gave a presentation about their program. Some of them were focused on the local community, some sent kids overseas for missionary work, and others were more of a Bible training program centered around the individual. They almost always had a gre…
 
Welcome to AXP! What’s that sound? Another Canadian invasion you say? Why yes it is, ShannonQ is back on tonight with Matt Dillahunty! First up, Joe in VA complains that Matt is the rudest person he has seen. If a caller refuses to ask a question, isn't that rude to the rest of the callers? Matt isn’t bullying anyone. Arnie in WA claims that claimi…
 
Alright kids, grab your Kutless tshirt and a copy of CCM Magazine, because we're finally doing a Christian music recap episode! We sat down with old friends Jesse Hoffman and Jeremiah Skinner to talk about the best and worst of 90's and 00's Christian rock, hip hop, and all the bland stuff in between. If your mom ever insisted on reading the lyrics…
 
Today, we ask the age-old question: "Does Jesus own an AR-15, or does he own ALL AR-15s?" There are an estimated 390,000,000 guns in the US - a country with a population somewhere around 328,000,000. In January alone, Americans bought over 4.1m guns, which is a 60% increase! Within five years, every man, woman, and child in the country will be able…
 
Welcome to AXP! Jenna Belk is back in the cohost chair alongside Matt Dillahunty to tackle all the calls. First up, Peter in England argues that convincing people atheism is correct is futile because books like the Bible don’t convince anyone. The Bible does convince people, even today. Some people might not change their mind, but the ACA has absol…
 
We've all heard the phrase "living well is the best revenge," but one of the most important and encouraging things I've learned over the past few years is that living well makes the most compelling case for change. If changing hearts and minds is your goal, you've got to show the other side how green the grass is where you're standing! Brad Harker …
 
Welcome to AXP! Matt Dillahunty is joined by our special guest Ian Rowland. Ian is and expert on cold reading and has written several books on the topic. First up, Joey in The UK asks about the basics “building blocks” of reason and how to argue with presuppositionalists. Reason is the tool that we use to evaluate claims and thoughts. It’s tough, P…
 
There were tons of decent people "in the ministry," as my church used to say, but there were always a few that made me raise an eyebrow. Once in a while, we would get a missionary, traveling singer, evangelist, etc. that would show up out of nowhere, give a presentation or performance, and pass the plate. Sometimes they were likable and seemed genu…
 
Welcome to The Atheist Experience. Today’s show welcomes back the man, the myth, the legend...Dave Warnock!!! Oh and Matt Dillahunty is here too, I suppose. First up, Dean in CA presents the argument that people deserving to go to hell, eternal punishment, is incoherent. We don't subscribe to an afterlife, sounds like you need to bring it up with t…
 
Not many of you knew 22-year-old me, but trust me when I tell you that that guy was an idiot... albeit a loveable idiot. I'm sure we all look back on former versions of ourselves and wince, a little. Fortunately, not many of us had a platform to promote those beliefs, but imagine if you did. How well would those ideas age? Think you'd regret some o…
 
Welcome to The Atheist Experience. For today’s show, we have Mandisa Thomas joining Matt Dillahunty to field your calls. First up, Frank in Hong Kong asks advice about lying to family about his religion, he is ex-Muslim and has a strained relationship with his family. We encourage all atheists to come out, only if they are comfortable and safe. Jed…
 
Welcome to the inaugural episode of a brand new series called Friday Fellowship! These shows will be a little less focused, and a little more light-hearted, and a chance for you to meet some of our old friends like this week's guest, Jess O'Neil! Jesse is an old friend of Sam's, a former roommate/bandmate of Casey's, and guitarist for melodic hardc…
 
Lot of us grew up with Christian rock, but how many people can say they grew up in Christian rock? Well, our guest this week certainly did! Michael Sweet Jr's dad is the lead singer of legendary faith-based hair metal band, Stryper. In the 80's, they were an enigma. They were the first overtly Christian band to gain mainstream acceptance, with one …
 
Welcome to The Atheist Experience. We had a last minute host changeup. Today we have Jenna Belk hosting and Kenneth Leonard’s first appearance on AXP! Welcome Kenneth, happy to have you as our guest! Up first, Arnie in WA asks if you want to believe something, are you choosing your beliefs? When some atheists leave their religion, they can WANT tho…
 
Back in my youth group days, terms like "atheism" and "humanism" were almost as scary as "new age" (I still don't know what that means). My understanding of atheism went back and forth between it being a luciferian coup meant to shatter the scriptural foundations of western society, and just another misguided faith perpetuated by vitriolic curmudge…
 
Welcome to The Atheist Experience. Our special guest is Andrew Seidel with Matt Dillahunty hosting. Andrew is a constitutional and civil rights attorney, activist, and author. Make sure to visit andrewlseidel.com Up first, Chris in OK speculates that large developmental leaps/inspiration might be linked to divinity. It doesn’t seem that anything hu…
 
Changing your mind is hard. Changing other people's minds seems impossible, doesn't it? I mean, I've only recently gotten Sam to concede that dinosaurs "probably existed." In a world where we are pulled in so many different directions by so many voices, finding common ground can be a challenge, but it's a critical part of maintaining relationships.…
 
Happy Zombie Jesus Day!! Welcome to The Atheist Experience. Today’s show features Jenna Belk and Jim Barrows. Sadly, we couldn’t talk Jim into a bunny costume for today... Up first, David in CA is hopeful for a time where our show is no longer needed. While the goal is to make this show unnecessary, we definitely aren’t there yet. Believers born in…
 
I think anyone who grew up Christian probably heard a sermon or two on the nation state of Israel, and its importance to the return of Christ. Maybe your family had an "I stand with Israel" bumper sticker. Maybe you even heard your parents/pastor bungle through an explanation of how the Jews are God's chosen people (because it says so in the Bible …
 
Welcome back to The Atheist Experience. Today’s show features Matt Dillahunty and ShannonQ. Both hosts are on point today!! Up first, Ivan in Croatia wants to talk about the many problems with secular humanism because it advocates using reason to solve moral problems but people aren't always rational. What other system eliminates people's irrationa…
 
It's tough to talk about religion without discussing politics... For my generation, the two subjects are kind of "joined at the hip." You had Christian church on Wednesdays and Sundays, and republican church every night of the week thanks to good ol' Fox News. In fact, I'll bet I've logged almost as many hours listening to the likes of Shawn Hannit…
 
Welcome back to The Atheist Experience. This Sunday we have Matt Dillahunty hosting with Katy Montgomerie’s debut on AXP. Check out her new show, The TransAtlantic Call-In Show hosted on The Line. Up first, Mike in the Czech Republic asks if some people are more inclined to be believers. Everyone believes for different reasons. Try working on re-ra…
 
Hey! Yeah, you. Do you know where you're going to spend eternity? If you should die before you wake, did you pray the lord your soul to take, or did you fall asleep watching The Office for the 7th time through because you can't commit to watching a new show even though people won't stop asking if you've seen "The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel," and …
 
Welcome back to The Atheist Experience. This Sunday we have Dave Warnock back with us and Jim Barrows hosting. Such a pleasure to have Mr. Warnock back, check out more at www.daveoutloud.com! Up first, Joseph from NV asks why humans can’t interbreed with humans since we share 98% DNA, given that other animals that are similar can interbreed. We rec…
 
Every night, Sam and I kneel on our MyPillows, and pray that the Lord will bless this podcast. Well, friends, He did. Joining us this week is childhood hero Jesse Leach! You might know him as the lead singer of several great metal bands like Killswitch Engage and Times of Grace, and the host of the brand new podcast "Stoke the Fire," but what you m…
 
Welcome back to The Atheist Experience. This Sunday’s show features Matt Dillahunty and Jenna Belk tackling your calls and arguments! Up first, Chris in CA asks if something willed the universe into existence or if it was just random chance. Why assume god as a default? Try starting out with “I don't know” and go from there. There doesn’t seem to b…
 
Rules, rules, rules. This one goes out to everyone who wasn't allowed to watch Captain Planet, play Pokémon, or read Harry Potter! Go ahead, nobody's looking... This week, we got to sit down with our new friend, Jada. She is a transnational adoptee from South Korea that identifies as queer, and she grew up on the fruited plains of Central Kansas in…
 
Welcome back to The Atheist Experience. Today, we have Matt Dillahunty and ShannonQ teaming to answer your questions! Up first, Michelle in UT claims she saw god in creation even before she started reading the bible. We have evidence to explain how houses were created, we have no other universes for comparison. Appealing to creation as common sense…
 
There's something... unsettling about a confessional, don't you think? Like, why is this old fuddy duddy so interested in the sordid details of your "slip-ups?" What's that rustling sound? Why does it smell like a Jimmy John's in here, all of a sudden? Did I step in gum? So many questions! Our guest, this week, is Luke Wilson, and he's on a mission…
 
Welcome back to The Atheist Experience. Today, we have Truth Wanted’s ObjectivelyDan joining Matt Dillahunty to tackle your calls! Up first, Travis in PA recounts a story of a paranormal experience of something flying around in his room. He now feels people can be justified in concluding the supernatural. Why couldn’t it just be a bat flying around…
 
Jesus was a feminist and Paul sang the praises of female church leaders. So, how did we get so f*(#@d up? Plus, meet the Holy Female Trinity of Mother, Daughter, and Spirit as we interview Sheila Wray Gregoire, Rebecca Gregoire Lindenbach, and Joanna Sawatsky, authors of The Great Sex Rescue: The Lies You've Been Taught and How to Recover What God …
 
All the girls and the boys, and people making noise, let me hear you shout, "Bring em out! Bring em out!" And by "em," I mean singer/songwriter, host of "The Wonder and the Mystery of Being," and former frontman of Christian rock band Hawk Nelson, Jon Steingard! Jon made headlines, last year, when he publicly stated that "he found himself no longer…
 
Welcome back fellow Atheist Experience lovers. Today Matt Dillahunty is Jim Barrows, such a great duo! Our first caller, Sarah in OR is an atheist but believes in reincarnation and argues that e-meters work to show past lives. There is no scientific basis behind e-meters, it’s complete BS. Sarah has no other evidence than personal experience. We do…
 
Could I ask a favor? Hit pause on your daily Dave Ramsey guided meditation, and join us for a conversation with Bonnie and Karen of Deconversion Therapy, one of the funniest religion podcasts around! In this episode, we touch on a variety of important topics, like church pageant animal ranches, vanquishing the spirit of intellectualism, and the Fal…
 
Welcome back fellow Atheist Experience lovers. Today Matt Dillahunty is joined by Dr. Josh, known as Digital Hammurabi. Check out more videos at https://www.youtube.com/c/DigitalHammurabi Our first caller, Ayham in Toronto grew up Jehovah Witness and was diagnosed with schizophrenia and asks our take on if Jehovah is god. Why would that god speak t…
 
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