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Life After Islam and Mormonism With J.A. Miraj

J.A. Miraj is a former Mormon and Ex- Sunni Muslim who is just finishing her first book, " A tale of two faiths" about being raised a Mormon and converting to Islam, living under Shariah law in Islamic countries, becoming an extremist, leaving with her kids and the pains and joys of deprogramming. 

She makes videos about life in and out of Islam and speaks locally at community and religious events and to share her stories, opinions and to educate about and humanize Muslims and other religious fundamentalists. Check out her "Ask and Ex-Muslim" YouTube channel here.

Lalo Dagach on Atheism, Islam, Identity Politics and Culture

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Lalo Dagach is a Chilean Palestinian that does commentary on international politics, religion and culture . He is the host of @LaloPodcast, and does weekly interviews with religious people and atheists.

We Analyze the Christian Hymns w/ Hymnalysis

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We are joined by YouTuber Hymnalysis to discuss his analysis of the Christian hymsns as well as his transition our of Christianity into atheism. On his channel Hymanysis provides critical analysis of Christian worship music and culture from an alternative perspective. We had a lot of fun in this conversation. You can checkout Hymnalysis' YouTube channel here. 

Jesus Mything in Action w/ David Fitzgerald

David Fitzgerald is a writer, public speaker and historical researcher who has been actively investigating the Historical Jesus question for over ten years. He has a degree in history and was an associate member of CSER (the former Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion). He is the author of “NAILED: Ten Christian Myths that Show Jesus Never Existed at All”, “The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion Book One: The Mormons” and "Jesus: Mything in Action, Vol. I" (The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion) (Volume 2)

David is an LGBT activist, feminist, and a voice for others to feel stronger about themselves in this harsh world we live. David Fitzgerald has been called "one of the busiest atheist activists in the Bay Area." In addition to serving on the board of San Francisco Atheists and Center For Inquiry-SF, he is also the Director/Co-Founder of both the world's first Atheist Film Festival and Evolutionpalooza!, San Francisco's oldest annual Darwin Day celebration.

Author Mike Lawrence: The Jesus of the Gospels Did Not Exist

Author Mike Lawrence is an atheist author and activist that is a proponent of the separation of church and state and opposes childhood religious indoctrination. Mike also writes and produces videos on the mythicist position arguing that the Jesus of the gospels did not exist. We discuss his work in the UK as an atheist activist as well as hes many years of research into whether or not Jesus existed. Mike has a slightly different take on the mythicist argument than we have heard from the likes of Dr. Richard Carrier, Dr. Robert Price and David Fitzgerald. Don't miss this interview!

Atheists in Kenya Continue to Fight w/ Harrison Mumia

Harrison Mumia is the President of Atheists In Kenya (AIK), the most vibrant atheists movement in Kenya.

Atheists In Kenya's mission is to promote the growth and interaction of atheists in Kenya. Harrison has debated at numerous forums in Kenya including the University of Nairobi debate, titled "Does God Exist?".

He has extensively written articles about atheism, religion and secularism both in Kenyan print and on the atheists in Kenya website, as well as google groups and blogs. He has been featured on the BBC, CNN as well as  NTV, KTN, Nation FM, QFM, Family Radio and KBC, which are all mainstream TV and Radio stations in Kenya, discussing issues revolving around secularism, atheism and religion in Kenya. 

Born in 1978, in Nairobi, Harrison Mumia completed his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 2003 at the Jomo Kenyatta University, Kenya. He is currently working with the Central Bank of Kenya as a Corporate Communications Manager. 

Through his experience as a leading atheist in Kenya, Mumia has worked together with local secular groups to push for a total separation of religion and state in Kenya. His articles have elicited public debate in the areas of religious education in public schools, preaching in public space especially in public transport vehicles and the authenticity of miracles by religious leaders. Inspired by atheists like Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens, Mumia is committed to promoting secularism in Kenya.  

Today, more than 80 percent of the 46 million residents of Kenya are Christian. The remaining 20 percent of the country is a combination of Islam, Hinduism and traditionalists. And the word “atheist” is one rarely uttered by your average Kenyan.

In Kenya, religious indoctrination and adherence to the Abrahamic faiths is deeply engrained into the culture. Children pray in public schools and orphanages, prayer takes place in the workplace, and Christian beliefs and practices are preached on all of the major Kenyan media outlets on a daily basis. One visit to the country and experiencing the culture may leave the impression that there is no hope for secularism here.

This is where Harrison Mumia and the Atheists in Kenya group come in. Mumia is pioneering the unthinkable. He is taking on the overwhelming task of challenging the religious privilege by promoting secular and humanist values. Mumia and his team are openly secular and have appeared on many of the Kenyan media outlets, including the major newspaper and morning talk shows. They are working hard to bring many of the secular "firsts" to Kenya including the first ever atheist conference, atheist billboards, debates and much more. They are a shining beacon of hope for secular ideals in a country that is grossly indoctrinated into a religion that was forced upon their country.

From Faith to Humanism with Bart Campolo

Bart Campolo joins Brian Edward and Kristyn Whitaker Hood on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show. Bart is a secular minister, speaker, and writer who currently volunteers as the Humanist Chaplain at the University of Southern California.

Born and raised in suburban Philadelphia, Bart became an evangelical Christian as a teenager and was immediately attracted to urban ministry. After graduating from Brown University and serving as an urban youth pastor in Minneapolis, he returned to Philadelphia to found Mission Year, a national service organization which recruits young adults to live and work among the poor in inner-city neighborhoods.

As he became an influential evangelical leader, however, Bart increasingly questioned his own faith. In 2005 he returned to street-level community building in inner-city Cincinnati, where he eventually completed his gradual transition from Christianity to secular humanism. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2014, Bart’s work has been focused on inspiring and equipping all kinds of people to make the most of their lives by actively pursuing loving relationships, social justice and a genuine sense of wonder.

In Bart’s new book, “Why I Left, Why I Stayed”, the Campolos reflect on their individual spiritual odysseys and how they evolved when their paths diverged. Tony, a renowned Christian teacher and pastor, recounts his experience, from the initial heartbreak of discovering Bart’s change in faith, to the subsequent healing he found in his own self-examination, to his embracing of his son’s point of view. Bart, an author and Humanist chaplain at the University of Southern California, considers his faith journey from Progressive Christianity to Humanism, revealing how it affected his outlook and transformed his relationship with his father.

As Why I Left, Why I Stayed makes clear, a painful schism between father and son that could have divided them irreparably became instead an opening that offered each an invaluable look not only at what separated them, but more importantly, what they shared.

Where Mormonism Meets Mythicism Part 1 w/ Bryce Blankenagel

Bryce Blankenagel, host of the very poplar Naked Mormonism podcast, joins us in the studio for a two part interview where we discuss the history and current state of the church as well as the traditions, beliefs and practices of Mormonism.

Bryce takes us from Joseph Smith starting Mormonism to the South Park creators writing a musical about it. We learn of the horrible murders and genocides that took place in its early days as well as how it is still destroying lives in the U.S. We discuss some of the outrageous concepts such as the “garments” or magic underwear that protect from bullets and the devil as well as Joseph Smith talking to god in a hat etc. We recorded over two hours of audio and delve into many topics. You can find part two of this interview on the Naked Mormonism podcast. Don’t miss these shows!

Bryce is an ex-Mormon and has spent years studying everything the Church tells you not to. He does not hold back when criticizing Mormonism and has the facts to back up his arguments. If you want to learn more about the actual history and state of Mormonism listen to his podcast and become a patron today

Leaving the Jehovah's Witnesses w/ Daniel Wiebe

Daniel Wiebe is a vocal ex-Jehovah’s Witness that speaks out about the church in multiple online forums. His most popular avenue is his YouTube page where he discusses his experience as an ex-Jehovah’s witness and what that means to everyday life and his relationship with his family and his friends that are still in the faith.

His criticisms of the faith are based on his experience with losing his family. They are also generated from the feedback that he receives from ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses that have reached out to him through his online forums.

Dan joins us on the podcast to discuss how his life has changed since he has left what he calls the cult of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. After hearing what he and many others have gone through it would be hard to challenge that description. Dan also takes us through some of the traditions and practices that you may not have known about the Jehovah’s Witness faith.

Don’t miss this powerful and insightful interview with Dan Wiebe. 

Did Jesus Exist? Price/Ehrman Debate- Who Won? Who's Next?

On Friday October 21, 2016, Dr. Robert Price and Dr. Bart Ehrman finally debated on whether or not Jesus existed. The Mythicist Milwaukee team held the debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at Turner Hall. After the debate many people in Milwaukee and online were already discussing who won and what the main takeaways were from the debate.

We decided to invite the experts on a podcast to get their opinion on this debate and where the mythicist position is headed. Matt Dillahunty, Dr. Richard Carrier, David Fitzgerald and Kristyn Whitaker Hood join hosts Sean Fracek and Jason Lawson to discuss the debate.

Matt Dillahunty explains why he feels at this point the mythicist position is not ready for the spotlight. But is it getting there? Also, If you are in that camp that feels Dr. Richard Carrier should be the next to debate Dr. Bart Ehrman, you will get a sneak peek of what that would like in this interview. 

Promoting Skepticism Through Comedy w/ Willie Barcena

Comedian Willie Barcena is not afraid to take on religion as a stand-up comedian. In his 2016 Netflix special “The Truth Hurts” he challenges the existence of God and the accuracy of the Bible.

Willie Barcena is a comedy veteran that never shies away from a challenge. Willie’s talent has garnered him 12 appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” more than any other Latino Comedian in the history of the Tonight Show. Jay even invited Willie to perform for the troops in Afghanistan. Barcena helped provide much-needed laughter to that part of the world. 

Willie has appeared on many TV shows including: “Moesha,” “The Wayans Brothers,” and he was chosen to be the host of the popular Si-Tv production “Latino Laugh Festival – The Show.” He’s also made multiple appearances on tours such as “Que Locos,” “Latino Laugh Festival,” “Montreal’s Just for Laughs,” and “Crown Royal Latin All Stars Comedy Explosion.” Willie had his one hour Comedy Central which was received with rave reviews.

Willie joined us to discuss his career as a comedian and how hard it has been to challenge the stereotype of a Latino comic. Willie is no stranger to adversity. In his comedy he challenges religion, race and politics. Don’t miss this very funny and insightful interview with Willie Barcena! 

High-Infidelity w/ Reginald Finley

Reginald Finley aka The Infidel Guy joins us on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show

Reginald Finley aka The Infidel Guy joins us on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show

From 1999 to 2012, The Infidel Guy, aka Reginald Finley, created orignal media featuring programs covering theology, philosophy, and science. He is currently a science popularizer, biology educator, and genetic genealogist.

Over 500 programs were conducted before the program's end. Reginald Finley now spends his time advocating for the improvement of the general public's critical thinking skills, as well as fostering the public's understanding and acceptance of science.

Batman & Jesus Movie News

Movie Production News

Holy Lincoln Memorial, Batman! For those who missed the Batman & Jesus teaser trailer on the big screen at the Reason Rally 2016 - watch it now!

The Batman & Jesus teaser trailer was filmed in April at Calvary Church in downtown Milwaukee.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the filming to be in the congregation. It's not often you have the opportunity to attend a Batman church.

Check out a behind-the-scenes clip montage from the day.

Director, Jozef K. Richards screened the trailer for the crowd gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial. One of the few presentations on the big screen, some attendees were confused to begin with while others wondered if it was all a joke.

Richards was interviewed about Batman & Jesus on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show podcast. He is also featured with Paul Provenza on the Reason Rally 2016 Roundup podcast.

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Who Was Jesus? w/ Lena Einhorn

Lena Einhorn, MD, PhD, is an acclaimed filmmaker, author, and ex–medical researcher. As an award-winning filmmaker, she has written and produced medical documentaries that have appeared on outlets such as PBS. 

She has also written and directed various award-winning dramas and documentaries, including the series From the Shadows of the Past, which explores three historical puzzles, biblical and non-biblical.

Her first book on the historical Jesus, “The Jesus Mystery”, was published in Sweden in 2006 and in the US 2007. Elements of the Time Shift hypothesis were first described in this book, and later developed and presented at various Society of Biblical Literature meetings.

Her current book, “A Shift in Time” (2016), marks the first complete presentation of the full details of the hypothesis and a discussion of its conclusions and inevitable implications.

During this interview Lena Einhorn expands on, and analyzes in detail, the Time Shift Hypothesis. She discusses historical sources written at the same time as the New Testament, that point to a number of similarities, but chronologically shifted, parallels to the story of Jesus and his disciples.

When Did Mythology Become Religion? w/ John K. Lundwall

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John K. Lundwall received his BA in English Literature from Brigham Young University, and his MA and PhD in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpenteria, California. Dr. Lundwall has presented numerous lectures at symposiums, conferences, and public classes in myth studies, and has served as an editor for several academic publications. He specializes in the connections between oral cosmology, myth, and cultus. 

His book “Mythos and Cosmos: Mind and Meaning in the Oral Age” reexamines ancient myth through the template of oral thinking and oral cosmology. Contradicting decades of assumptions about the purpose and function of ancient mythology, Lundwall defines myth as "the oral imprinting press of pre-literate peoples" and shows that myth belongs to a complex and rational method of information transmission amongst oral peoples. 

During this interview John shares his research into the ancient myths, traditions, and rituals. He explains what we know about the earliest forms or religious writings and how they still showcase their oral roots. If you ever wondered about how ancient orals religions compare to what we deem as modern day religions, don't miss this interview!