SkepSun #89 (05_04_2014)

On Freethought Radio we’ll hear the Oxford University debate about the existence of God, where Dan Barker and Peter Hitchens, brother of the late Christopher Hitchens, go head-to-head. Dan Barker, flying solo this week, tells us how FFRF stopped a West Virginia high-school wrestling team from using a bible verse as their motto and celebrates the birthday of the freethinking composer Johannes Brahms. Then, given that most people believe in the reality of a god or god and polls show those people really don’t like atheists, how do you explain the half billion of us across the world, those who reject God belief? Why do atheists exist? Ara Naranzayan of the University of British Colombia has some answers from his research on human psychology that he discusses with Chris Mooney on the Inquiring Minds podcast. Finally, if you’re one of those atheists who does somehow exist, should you “come out” to family and friends as one?  What would be the short and long-term consequences?  What are the similarities and differences between coming out as an atheist and coming out as gay or bisexual? Author and blogger Greta Christina (who has experience coming out of several different closets) attempts to answer some of these questions in her most recent book, Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other and Why, a no nonsense guide to leveling with everyone in your life about your non-belief. Lindsey Beyerstein interviews Greta Christina on the Point of Inquiry podcast.

Why are there atheists?

Why are there atheists?

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