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"Deconstructing Biblical Ethics:" Hector Avalos on Atheists Talk #124, July 17, 2011

Whether the Bible is a collection of texts that can be used for moral guidance is an unresolved question for Western society.  Bible-based religions use the book as a guide in order to shape ethics not only for their adherents, but for governance of the larger society as well.  Hector Avalos, PhD,  Professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University, has been deconstructing the monolith of respect that we are supposed to afford the Bible in several books and collections.  Avalos' method lays out a careful and critical examination of the book itself as well as the apologetics approach that believing scholars use to misrepresent the ethics of this collection of authoritative scriptures.  
 
Laying aside the verifiability of the texts collected into the Bible, which Avalos examined in his book The End of Biblical Studies, Avalos now turns to its ethics of slavery.  Apologists claims that the Bible was a key tool in the 18th and 19th century abolitionist struggles for the ending of human slavery.  In order to maintain the position that The Bible could be used to argue that God didn't want people to own other people, scholars need to misrepresent its clear teachings and Avalos shows in his forthcoming book Slavery, Abolitionism and the The Ethics of Biblical Scholarship.   Avalos not only looks at the Bible itself, but also examines civilizations in the Middle East, both preceding the time line of the Bible and concurrent to discover whether or not its teachings were an improvement over the ethics of slavery for non-adhering societies.
 
 
 
"Creationists for Genocide"  article at Talkreason.org by Hector Avalos
 
"Slavery in the Bible"  at Christianthinktank.com 
 
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"The Atheist Camel Rants Again." Bart Centre on Atheists Talk #123, July 10, 2011

Providing an oasis of reason in the desert of religious thought, Bart Centre's alter-ego, Dromedary Hump offers an atheist perspective at his blog The Atheist Camel , clarifying the muddles of theists, religion and politics, belief, God, gods, the supernatural; science, reason, reality, logic, ethics, morality and the lack thereof.  Bart has a new book out, The Atheist Camel Rides Again: More Arguments and Observations From the Atheist Front.
 
Bart is a veteran, a Foxhole Atheist as a matter of fact, who served in Vietnam.  He is the creator and co-owner of Eternal Earth-Bound Pets , a service for pets of potentially raptured person.  He will take care left-behind furry companions if you get sucked up to Heaven unexpectedly.  
 
Scott Lohman will be talking to Bart about the book, about life, about pets and more on today's show.
 
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"Pandagon;" Amanda Marcotte on Atheists Talk Radio #122, July 3, 2011

Amanda Marcotte is a feminist, atheist blogger and columnist whose views are nuanced and thoughtful but rarely careful. She recently noted that for all her work on feminism, her posts on atheism earn her the most negative attention. Tune in on Sunday, July 3, as she and Stephanie Zvan discuss the intersection between the two. Find out how feminism led Amanda to atheism and how it led to a conflict with the Catholic League over her work for John Edwards' presidential campaign. We'll also discuss the role of religion in the GOP's recently ramped-up War on Women. Expect a spirited discussion.
 
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Pandagon, Amanda's blog
 
 
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"Liars for Jesus." Chris Rodda on Atheists Talk #121 June 26, 2011

Revision of history to modify the present is an old trick on the populace.  The United States was not intended to be an officially Christian Nation by the founders, but there is a movement afoot to lie about our basic freedom to disbelieve or believe and be full citizens.  David Barton is the most prominent of the revisionists, quote-mining his way through the past to create the impression that the deists, atheists and secularists who crafted the U.S. Constitution and the republic really wanted to make sure that God smiled on our government and people.  The Liars for Jesus want us to believe that government would be crippled and ineffective without a reliance on Godly teaching and supplication.
 
Chris Rodda never intended to be a writer, but as an observer of such revisionism she decided that she could not accept what the Liars for Jesus were foisting on an American public willing to accept their distortions.  So, she started researching and writing and finding the source documents the faux historians were so deliberately mangling.  She realized that she would need a three volume book in order to dispel (with these inconvenient things called "facts") the notion that this is an officially Jesus-directed nation.  The first volume of Liars for Jesus is now out and available and Scott Lohman will be talking Rodda about what she has accomplished in her research so far.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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