Seth Andrews, a former Christian broadcaster and believer for 30 years, ultimately escaped the bonds of superstitious thinking to embrace the more satisfying explanations that science provides. A professional video producer and host of one of the most popular atheist communities on the internet, Seth Andrews brings a polished format, a relaxed environment and a rage-free challenge to the religious beliefs that defined his youth.


Ghost Stories 2016  

It's an annual Halloween tradition, as we gather around the virtual campfire, suspend our disbelief in ghosts and spirits, and enjoy some delightful frights together.  Seth Andrews shares various ghost stories, and once again, he finishes the broadcast with an original production that will (hopefully) provide some October thrills and chills. Enjoy! SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free! Ed Suominen's blog: Written version of "This is my Body:"  

Health, Woo-trition, and The Food Babe  

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free! How do we separate "nutrition" from "woo-trition?"  This show is about the science (and pseudoscience) of food.   We also spend time on nutrition celebrity "The Food Babe," Vani Hari, a best-selling author and activist named by Time Magazine as one of the 30 most influential people on the internet, despite the fact that she has no degree or expertise in the field of health and nutrition. Joining our discussion are actual health and science educators: Yvette d'Entremont (also known as SciBabe), with a B.S. in chemistry and an MSc in forensic science.  Yvette is a public critic of Vani Hari and a science educator.  http://www.scibabe.comMelissa Dobbins MS, CDE, RDN (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist).  www.SoundBitesRD.comLeah McGrath RDN  @LeahMcGrathRDDr. Steven Novella, clinical neurologist and assistant professor at Yale University School of Medicine.  Dr. Novella is a proponent of scientific skepticism and a vocal critic of pseudoscientific health claims and claimants.  


SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free! Is Buddhism a religion?  A philosophy?  Both?  Something else?  Many Buddhist organizations - physical and online - promote it as a way of "finding peace within oneself.   What about atheists who are Buddhists?  Is this a spiritual journey, or a method for framing a physical one? LINKS: David G. McAfee on Buddhism: Stephen Batchelor: No Religion Required podcast:


SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free! Is Buddhism a religion?  A philosophy?  Both?  Something else?  Many Buddhist organizations - physical and online - promote it as a way of "finding peace within oneself.   What about atheists who are Buddhists?  Is this a spiritual journey, or a method for framing a physical one? LINKS: David G. McAfee on Buddhism: Stephen Batchelor: No Religion Required podcast:

Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism (with Aron Ra)  

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  ($50 off any mattress purchase with promo code seth andrews) Aron Ra has a new book based on his popular YouTube video series, "Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism."  We talk to Aron about these falsehoods, and the new book. VIDEO of this discussion: Amazon link for FFoC book: The YouTube video series:

The Superstition Summer Camp Solution  

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free! Summer has come and gone, but for many of us, our memories of summer camp remain fresh in our minds, partially because those camps were more interested in Christ than they were in campfires, swimming holes, nature hikes, team sports, friendships and fun. In this broadcast, we share some stories from our listeners, highlighting their own "Jesus Camp"-esque experiences, and we highlight Camp Quest, a secular summer camp which is providing a welcoming, woo-free alternative to the church-run (and church-funded) religious camps that sell camp...but deliver church. Help us support a secular solution:  Camp Quest.  Our goal is $15,000 raised by October 15, 2016.  Donate at

The Illusion of God's Presence  

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free! John C. Wathey is a computational biologist whose research interests include evolutionary algorithms, protein folding, and the biology of nervous systems. From 1991 to 1995, he was a senior applications scientist at Biosym Technologies (now named Biovia), a company that develops molecular modeling software for the pharmaceutical industry. In 1996, he founded his own business, Wathey Research, and since that time, most of his scientific research has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health.  John (who goes by "Jack") has written a new book titled, "The Illusion of God's Presence: The Biological Origins of Spiritual Longing."  In this broadcast, Seth andrews speaks with the author about humankind's (evolved?) tendency to seek the supernatural in a natural world. John Wathey's website:

An Unholy Union: Interfaith Relationships  

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free! What happens when people with conflicting views about God, religion and spirituality fall in love and decide to share life together?   This broadcast features the stories of those who are either married or life partners, and who have differing faith traditions and beliefs (or none).  Their successes and failures.  The challenges of being divided on a critical (or not so critical?) issue.  And the meeting of two very different viewpoints within the same - and very small -space. Does love conquer all?  We discuss.  Plus, Dale McGowan, author of "In Faith and in Doubt," joins us to cap the show with some notes about his research on interfaith couples

Jesus, Batman, and Bart Ehrman  

This isn't a podcast, per se.  It's a short bonus clip highlighting a couple of interesting things happening in the freethought movement:  a film in production which links Batman to Jesus, and an October 2016 debate between Jesus historicist Bart Ehrman and Jesus mythicist Robert M. Price. Seth Andrews takes a few minutes to speak with Jozef Richards and Rob Moore about the projects. LINKS: The Ehrman/Price debate: Mythicist Milwaukee: Batman & Jesus website: Batman & Jesus trailer:  

God, the Burkini, and the Comments Sections  

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: National Public Radio has declared that it is nixing the comments sections on its website.  This decision has resulted in a lot of discussion about the merits of comments sections, the nature of online discourse, and NPR's responsibility to the public.  We discuss. We also speak with Sarah Haider of Ex-Mulims of North America regarding France's (now suspended) Burkini ban, and we finish the show with a reading from Chris Matheson's humor book, "The Story of God." _____ NPR article on its comments section decision: Sarah Haider's Heat Street article "Repressive Burkini Bans Will Do More Harm Than Good:" David Smalley "What's Killing the Atheist Movement:" Chris Matheson's "The Story of God:"

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money!  

An Oklahoma children's home happily accepted a $100 donation (given by Matt Wilbourne, a Muskogee resident), until it realized that the money was given in the name of the Muskogee Atheist Community.  The Murrow Indian Children's Home is managed and funded by the American Baptist Churches Association, and they apparently don't wish to associate with an atheist financial gift.  So they attempted to return the gift.   In a strange turn of events, this story has made national news, brought many atheists and Christians together, and propelled a GoFundMe page into the $10,000+ range. In this short bonus podcast, Seth Andrews speaks with Matt Wilbourne about the gift, the children, the money, and what happens next. DONATIONS VIA GOFUNDME AT:

Falsely Flagged: The Bible Reloaded Lawsuit  

Jake and Hugo host the weekly podcast, "The Bible Reloaded," an irreverent show (hosted by atheists) which examines the Bible, lampoons Bible-based propaganda produced by companies like Chick Tracts, and reviews various religious films (like "God's Not Dead"). Last week, the TBR hosts announced that they were suing a Christian film company owned by the Christiano Brothers ( over the filing of false DMCA claims in regard to TBR's reviews of some of their movies.   If you're unsure what any of this means, don't worry.  Jake and Hugo join Seth Andrews to talk about the lawsuit, the players, and the very real phenomenon where organizations use bogus copyright claims to silence the voices of (and potentially shut down the pages of) their critics. If you wish to support the lawsuit, click:

Jesus Loves the Olympics!  

This broadcast is about the 2016 Olympic Games, but it's also a series of observations (ok, rants) by Seth Andrews on athletic God-speak, genuflection, glory, and the notion that Jesus cares who wins the gold medal.

Atheos: Street Epistemology from your Smartphone  

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: (promo code: sethandrews) Atheos is a new smartphone app, developed from the template outlined in Dr. Peter Boghossian's book, "A Manual for Creating Atheists."   In this interview, Seth Andrews interviews 2 key players in the development of Atheos, Christine Vigeant and Sarah Paquette, and he walks through a quick demo of the app for the viewers. LINKS: Twitter: @Atheos Facebook: VIDEO of this discussion is at

David G. McAfee: The Book of Gods  

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: (promo code: sethandrews) David G. McAfee is an atheist activist and author.  His first book, "Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings," brought him national attention, and three other books followed.   David has written for American Atheist Magazine, the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, and other sites and publications. Seth Andrews spoke with David about his work (much of it geared towards encouraging critical thinking in children). WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: TWITTER:  @DavidGMcAfee VIDEO of this interview:  

Pokemon, the Devil, and Donald Trump  

This show is a random romp through recent pop culture phenomenons (and whatever else pops into the host's mind).  Plus some listener calls.  Enjoy! New Yorker Article: "Donald Trump Ghostwriter Tells All" -

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening  

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: Ken Ham's "Ark Encounter" has been hyped - by some - as a tour de force of biblical truth, adventure, and potential tourism dollars.  It officially opened on July 7th. Our four (atheist) panel guests were there for the occasion: David Silverman, Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent and Aron Ra.  They give us the report from the field.   VIDEO of this interview:

Spare The Rod: Corporal Punishment in the Name of God (PART 2  OF 2)  

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: (promo code: thinkingatheist) Proverbs 13:24 says, "Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them."  Is this a healthy approach to child-rearing and the discipline of children? This is the second part of our 2-part broadcast on (often religiously-motivated) corporal discipline for children, where we hear more of our listeners' perspectives, examine more of the data supporting or refuting the effectiveness of spanking, and we speak with Janet Heimlich, author of the book "Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment."   An Open Letter to Roy Lessin: Hemant Mehta's article: Phil Ferguson's podcast (show 168):

Spare The Rod: Corporal Punishment in the Name of God (PART 1 OF 2)  

SUPPORT THIS SHOW on Patreon: Proverbs 13:24 says, "Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them."  Is this a healthy approach to child-rearing and the discipline of children? We explore many religious rules for parenting, and we share the perspectives of listeners who have firsthand experience with strict (and not-so-strict) homes, physical punishments, and the often lasting consequences. This is part one of a 2-part series.  The second half airs next week. 

The God of Cancer  

The Bible says in John 14:13-14, "And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it."  Mark 11:24 assures the faithful, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." Christians (and those of other religions) worldwide pray fervently for the cures to cancer, disease, and all manner of malady and misfortune.  Are those prayers activating the healing hand of God as promised in scripture?  This is a difficult and often unpopular conversation, but a necessary one.  And amid the global avalanche of human suffering, we must address and understand what prayer is, why we do it, what results it does (or doesn't) bring, and the nature of the god who receives our desperate pleas.  We must also reevaluate our models for compassion, help and healing...and the agents of rescue and goodness who are so often, tragically, ignored. This presentation by Seth Andrews, given at the "Shift to Reason" conference in Regina, Saskatchewan on April 30, 2016, is far from a complete examination of the subject, but it explores some important, key questions regarding faith, divine protection, suffering, prayer and healing intervention.  The video of this speech can be seen HERE:  

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