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August Berkshire has been an atheist speaker, debater, and activist since he cofounded the modern atheist movement in Minnesota in 1984. He is a past president and newsletter editor of Minnesota Atheists and a past vice president of Atheist Alliance International. He has served on the board of directors of the Humanists of Minnesota and cofounded Camp Quest of Minnesota in 2003. He is on the speakers bureau for the national Secular Student Alliance.
August has developed a series of pamphlets that are distributed at schools, festivals, and other venues. The pamphlets cover a diversity of topics, including atheism, religion, the problem of evil, abortion, fine-tuned universe, Jesus, Biblical commandments, and humor. Skeptics Society founder Michael Shermer said August's performance in a debate in Fargo was "the best overall defense of atheism that I have ever seen."
August's essay "My Road to Atheism" appears in the anthology "Atheist Voices of Minnesota." He is the owner of the ATHEIST car license plate for Minnesota and is proud to be listed in the reference book "Who's Who in Hell." Contact us for a free set of his pamphlets.Add a comment
Love him or hate him, think he's helping movement atheism or harming it, if you're an atheist in America, you probably have an opinion about David Silverman, president of American Atheists. Whether he's inspiring Bill O'Reilly to say incomprehensible things about science (and becoming an internet meme in the process) or putting up billboards that disturb almost as high a percentage of atheists as Christians, Silverman demands our attention.
Listen this Sunday when Silverman joins us to talk about American Atheists' past, present, and future. And to tell us what it really feels like to sit there listening to Bill O'Reilly.
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Renowned particle physicist, professor, author, skeptic and atheist activist Victor Stenger joins Atheists Talk this Sunday to discuss his recently published book, God and the Atom.
Dr. Stenger has been popularizing the science of reality for decades. He has published dozens of articles for popular magazines and peer-reviewed journals. He has written at least eleven stand-alone books, and seven of those have been published within the past decade. He popularized the phrase "Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings."
In God and the Atom Dr. Stenger takes us on a historical journey of the concept of the atom, which starts much earlier than you might expect! Atomism - the theory that nature consists only of atoms and void - survived for centuries in the absence of direct evidence. Very recently technology was developed that definitively proved the atom's existence. Stenger makes the case that the total absence of empirical facts and theoretical arguments to support the existence of any component to reality other than atoms and the void can be taken as proof beyond a reasonable doubt that such a component is nowhere to be found.
Please join us this Sunday as David Pacheco interviews Victor Stenger about God and the Atom.Add a comment
The history of atheists, secular Humanists and other freethinking people is not well known. Freethought Historian, Dan Allosso is out to change that and bring to life people who have advanced society and at the same time lived outside the religious norms of their day. Allosso does this in his book about Charles Knowlton in his book: An Infidel Body-Snatcher and the Fruits of His Philosophy is the story of a freethinker. From the books description: "Charles Knowlton called himself a “free enquirer”—his enemies called him an “Infidel.” Knowlton was also a “Body-Snatcher.” As a medical student, Charles Knowlton stole corpses to dissect. Charles was caught and convicted, and served time in jail.
“The Fruits of His Philosophy” refers to a book Charles wrote in 1831. It was the first medical birth control manual in America, and Knowlton was convicted and imprisoned for that as well—this time with hard labor. Charles was an outsider for most of his life, swimming against the stream of religious and social conformity. This is a true story about why outsiders are important, and what they can achieve.
Growing up surrounded by superstition and hypocrisy, Charles developed an unswerving dedication to finding and telling the truth. If the truth he’d found was opposed by authorities in the church and government, Charles went ahead and told it anyway. This is a true story about the power of integrity.
It’s also an adventure story, full of conflict, drama, humor, and a little horror. Charles Knowlton led an unusual life; it gave him a radical outlook and led him to develop a unique personal philosophy. But it was what Charles did with this outlook and the fruits of his philosophy, that really mattered. This is a true story about how experiences become ideas, and how ideas become actions."
Please join Scott Lohman as he interviews Dan Allosso on his new book and freethought history.
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