SkepSun #107 (10_05_2014)

Skeptical Sunday is back after a four-week hiatus and on this week’s show we consider whether theism is compatible with what we know of about the cosmos from science. We’ll hear Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor’s talk to MIT cosmologist Sean Carroll and also what may be the last interview of physicist Victor Stenger, who sadly passed away in late August.  Stenger, a stalwart of the so-called “new atheist” movement,  was a retired elementary particle physicist who wrote many critically well-received popular books that discuss the interface between physics, cosmology, philosophy, religion, and pseudoscience. His last book, which went on sale in September, is called God and the Multiverse. Stenger talked with Alan Litchfield on the Malcontent’s Gambit podcast about the current understanding of Big Bang cosmology and the merits of the multiverse hypothesis. But first, on the latest Freethought Radio, FFRF protests Pulpit Freedom Sunday, a day when pastors are encouraged to break IRS electioneering law. We’ll hear about FFRF’s victory in a Texas elementary school and more on their complaint regarding the St. Augustine, FL mayor’s invitation to the pope. Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker celebrate the birthdays of John Lennon, Guiseppe Verdi, Joe Hill, and Thelonious Monk. Then they talk with Alabama student activist Amanda Scott about her efforts to separate religion and government.

Stenger

Physicist and “New Atheist” Victor J. Stenger, 1935-2014.

 

 

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