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"Fortney Road," Jeff Stevenson on Atheists Talk #321, July 12, 2015

So, what really happened at Fortney Road?  In the late 1960's and during the 1970's, Christianity was adding a large new movement of former hippies and drug users and other young adults.  They referred to themselves as "Jesus Freaks."  It was a movement of communes and music, of revolutionary ideas that brought The Word to people who were bored with and couldn't relate to conventional evangelical christianity.  Larry Hill was the charismatic preacher and leader of one such church based from a farm on Fortney Road. 

Our guest, Jeff Stevenson, spent seven years researching the goings on of a cult whose members were run through an ordeal that few can understand.  They lived through sleep deprivation, corporal punishment and sexual abuse at the hands of Hill.  Things looked great from the outside, and sounded great, too.  The church sponsored a musical group that has produced some of the most unusual blues/rock Christian music ever heard and featured the talented guitarist Glenn Schwartz, who had come through The James Gang and Pacific Gas And Electric before joining Hill's church and helping to form the All Saved Freak Band. 

Freethought House has published Stevenson's book and we welcome the author to the show.

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Atheists Talk radio and podcast is a communications service of Minnesota Atheists.  Our volunteer producers, hosts, interviewers, and contributors are committed to presenting topics of interest to atheists and humanists. Topics include, but are not limited to, general atheism and humanism, separation of church and state, science, religion, gender, race, culture, and the arts.

"Stay", Jennifer Michael Hecht on Atheists Talk #320, July 5, 2015

After losing two friends to suicide just over a year apart, atheist Jennifer Michael Hecht was looking for answers. As she usually does, she turned to philosophy, but she found herself dissatisfied with the reactive individualism of Enlightenment and modern secular philosophy. Out of that dissatisfaction came Stay: A History of Suicide and the Arguments Against It. Stay chronicles the history of Western reasons for committing suicide and the religious and secular reasons philosophers have given for people to hang on through bleakness and despair.

Hecht joins us this Sunday to talk about the book and to talk about why would should be grateful to those who chose to remain with us.

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"From Eternity to Here," Bruce Gerencser on Atheists Talk #319, June 28, 2015

Independent Baptist Preachers can be feisty types.  They even maintain their 'tude after they become atheists.  Bruce Gerencser started over eight churches, pastored at eight and was a preacher for over twenty five years.  Now Bruce is a humanist and agnostic blogger.  Join us as we find out about his life as a preacher and how he left religion.  Bruce blogs at "The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser; One Man's Journey from Eternity to Here."

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Atheists Talk radio and podcast is a communications service of Minnesota Atheists.  Our volunteer producers, hosts, interviewers, and contributors are committed to presenting topics of interest to atheists and humanists. Topics include, but are not limited to, general atheism and humanism, separation of church and state, science, religion, gender, race, culture, and the arts.

"Humanism in Lobbying," Matthew Bulger on Atheists Talk #318, June 21, 2015

The American Humanist Association has been holding hearings for Congress on international religious rights as well as other topics important to Atheists, Humanists and Freethinkers.  Join us as Scott Lohman interviews Matthew Bulger, legislative associate for the AHA.

Matthew advocates for church-state separation and humanist values in public policy to public officials.  He also serves as the editor of the American Humanist Association's quarterly membership publication Free Mind and is a regular contributor at TheHumanist.com.  Matthew graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the American University in Washington, DC and is the co-founder and former president of the American University Rationalists and Atheists.

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Atheists Talk radio and podcast is a communications service of Minnesota Atheists.  Our volunteer producers, hosts, interviewers, and contributors are committed to presenting topics of interest to atheists and humanists. Topics include, but are not limited to, general atheism and humanism, separation of church and state, science, religion, gender, race, culture, and the arts.

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