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The Skeptic's Annotate Bible (SAB) is a website dedicated to spreading the Good Word...and the bad word, the violent word, the misogynistic word, the unjust word and the contradictory word. These are a few of the categories that the SAB has created to capture the messages that can be found in the King James Version of the bible. The individual books of the bible are able to be easily searched, and the creator (that's a lowercase "c") offers handy notes which distill and summarize the key messages of each section.
The goal of the SAB is to encourage believers to examine more closely this book that so many of them claim as the cornerstone of their faith and worldview. As the SAB FAQs state: "I'd like people to look carefully at the Bible and decide if it is worthy of their belief. When, if ever, people stop believing in the Bible, I'll take my site down."
This Sunday Steve Wells, the creator of the Skeptic's Annotated Bible joins Atheists Talk to discuss his research and the website. Since its inception, the SAB has expanded to cover the Quran and the Book of Mormon. Steve Wells is also the author of the nonfiction book Drunk With Blood: God's killings in the Bible.
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The fifth report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just come out, and Greg Laden joins us this Sunday to tell us what it means. What do over 800 representatives of 85 countries have to say about the state of consensus in scientific literature? More importantly, what do we need to do about it?
Additionally, various memes denying the science of climate change have popped up again in anticipation of this report. What might you have been hearing about climate change recently, and why is it wrong?
We'll talk about it all Sunday morning.
This Sunday author Tom Mates joins Atheists Talk to discuss his new book, My Own Church: A Nonbeliever Looks At Post-Christian America. Instead of trying to answer the question of whether gods exist or arguing for the elimination of religion, Dr. Mates urges believers to recognize that religion is too personal to be applied as a source of moral absolutes.
Dr. Mates is a proponent of respectful, non-adversarial conversation that considers the entire spectrum of belief. In My Own Church, he explores the roles that fundamentalism and anti-theism have had in bringing us to the current state of the discourse on religion and belief, and he urges us to do better.
Dr. Mates is an analytical chemist and the author of the 2011 book A Judeo-Islamic Nation: The Evolution of America's Political Theology.
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When you identify a group that is underrepresented in skepticism, what do you do? You could try blaming that group for not being interested in your work, but how appealing is that going to look to the people you want to attract? Alternately, you could try to meet people where they are, to show them how skepticism applies to them and their interests.
That second approach is what led Rebecca Watson to found Skepchick, a skeptical site aimed at women who want their skepticism to sometimes hit a little closer to home than fake moon landings. Starting with the main site, aimed at women, the Skepchick network now covers four languages and six topical areas. Additionally, Skepchick runs a track of science and skepticism programming at CONvergence, a large science fiction and fantasy convention held in the Twin Cities over the Fourth of July weekend.
Join us this Sunday as we talk about reaching audiences that organized skepticism sometimes otherwise forgets.
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