Comparative Religion

Recovering From Addiction w/ Derreck Bennett

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Derrick is both a recovering alcoholic and an independent student of comparative religion and biblical criticism--an amateur philosopher of religion, so to speak, who's dedicated over a decade of study to the field. Having extensive experience with both addiction and religious studies, he felt that he was in a unique position to share his story of secular redemption in "Addictus: A Nonbeliever's Path to Recovery."

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. 

The Myths that Surround Jesus and Christmas w/ Dr. Richard Carrier

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Brian Edward and Kristyn Whitaker Hood interview Dr. Richard Carrier on the Mythinformed podcast, where they delve into the myths that surround Jesus and the Christmas holiday. Christmas does not belong to Christianity. People have celebrated winter solstice in many areas around the world through many religions that date back to the ancient world. This is a fgantastic discussion that covers some of those celebations. 

Richard Carrier is a world-renowned author and speaker. As a professional historian, published philosopher, and prominent defender of the American freethought movement, Dr. Carrier has appeared across the U.S., Canada and the U.K., and on American television and London radio, defending sound historical methods and the ethical worldview of secular naturalism. His books and articles have received international attention. With a Ph.D. from Columbia University in ancient history, he specializes in the intellectual history of Greece and Rome, particularly ancient philosophy, religion, and science, with emphasis on the origins of Christianity and the use and progress of science under the Roman empire. He is also a published expert in the modern philosophy of naturalism as a worldview.

He is the author of On the Historicity of Jesus, Proving History, Sense and Goodness without God, Science Education in the Early Roman Empire, Not the Impossible Faith, Why I Am Not a Christian, and Hitler Homer Bible Christ, and a contributor to The Empty Tomb, The Christian Delusion, The End of Christianity, and Christianity Is Not Great, as well as copious work in history and philosophy, online and in print. He is currently working on several projects, but also teaching affordable online courses in secular philosophy, history, and methodology at The Secular Academy, and blogging and speaking about history, philosophy, feminism, and other moral causes, as well as his past in the military and his current life in polyamory. To learn more about Dr. Carrier and his work follow the links below.

Respecting Prayer as an Atheist w/ Andy C. Ngo

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Andy Ngo is a freelance writer and journalist in Portland, Ore. who writes about free speech, secularism, Islam and women’s rights.

Find him and his work on Twitter @MrAndyNgo

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!

Psychedelic Suburbia -- David Bowie and The Beckenham Arts Lab w/ Mary Finnigan

Mary Finnigan was born in Manchester, UK. She moved to London in the early 1960s to take up a career in journalism. 

She worked for national newspapers including The Daily Mirror and the Sunday Times and also spent many years in broadcast journalism -- as a correspondent, editor and documentary maker. In 1969 she met the rock star David Bowie, who introduced her to Tibetan Buddhism. 

Her practice continues to the present day. Mary has also published a range of investigative material on power, sexual and financial abuses in Tibetan Budhhism, mostly for The Guardian newspaper. 

In particular she has exposed abuse perpetrated by the lama Sogyal Lakar aka Rinpoche. Mary's book Psychedelic Suburbia -- David Bowie and The Beckenham Arts Lab was published in January 2016. It is available on Amazon.

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. 

Bart Ehrman Robert Price Debate Preview

We had a chance to speak with all of the speakers that will be present at the Mythinformation Conference III to hear what the are looking forward to at the event.

We spoke with Allie Jackson CEO of Atheist Republic, Dan Barker Co-President of FFRF, Matt Dilahunty of the Atheist Experience Show, Miguel Conner host of Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio, Thomas Smith host of the Atheistically Speaking Podcast, Kristyn Whitaker Hood social media director of Mythicist Milwaukee, and of course Bart Ehrman and Robert Price.

Listen to the podcast to get a sneak peek on what each speaker will bring to the table at the conference and what they are looking forward to during the debate. Did Jesus exist? We will finally witness the best possible arguments on both sides of this debate live in Milwaukee! If you haven't purchased tickets yest, you can get the in person tickets or live stream tickets here.

 

A Satanist Group that Doesn't Believe in Satan

Co-founder Doug Mesner and chapter head Nikki Olden Moungo join us for a discussion on the The Satanic Temple (TST). They explain the mission of the organization and how they utilize the Satan figure as a way to promote reason and secularism.

The mission of The Satanic Temple is to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will. Politically aware, Civic-minded Satanists and allies in The Satanic Temple have publicly opposed The Westboro Baptist Church, advocated on behalf of children in public school to abolish corporal punishment, applied for equal representation where religious monuments are placed on public property, provided religious exemption and legal protection against laws that unscientifically restrict women’s reproductive autonomy, exposed fraudulent harmful pseudo-scientific practitioners and claims in mental health care, and applied to hold clubs alongside other religious after school clubs in schools besieged by proselytizing organizations.

The Satanic Temple announce headquarters opening in Salem, MA The Satanic Temple will open its doors to the public on September 23rd, 2016 at its Salem, MA headquarters, which also serve as an art gallery/witch-hunt museum SALEM, MA September 14, 2016 – The Satanic Temple (TST) is announcing the opening of its international headquarters in Salem, MA on September 23rd, 2016. The headquarters resides at 64 Bridge Street in an old Victorian house built in 1882 that was once used as a funeral home.

Tibetan Buddhism 101 W/ Dr. David DiValerio

Dr. David DiValerio is an Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies program and the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His major publications include "The Holy Madmen of Tibet" and the "Life of the Madman of Ü"

His primary research interest is the history of Tibetan Buddhism, with a focus on the Kagyü sect. He is also interested in the institutional and literary histories of the other sects of Tibetan Buddhism, the tantric traditions of India, religious asceticism, and sainthood. He works mainly in classical and modern Tibetan.

He is currently working on a monograph about long-term meditative retreat in Tibet. This study focuses on individual yogins’ relationships with society, with each other, with the material world, with food, and with their own bodies, and the ways those relationships are transformed in the course of undertaking extreme ascetic trials. This study is built upon close readings of Tibetan retreat manuals, descriptions of tantric practices, religious biographies, poems relating meditative experiences, letters, and more.

David takes us through his firsthand experience with Tibetan Buddhism and his experience of living in India, Nepal, and Tibet. We discuss the difference between Buddhism in the west vs. the East. We also get a glimpse into not well known tantric practices. Don’t miss this interview! 

Local Promotion at the Newaukee Night Market

“Answer a question, win a prize! Free bubbles!”

This is not the sound of a carnie recruiting customers. It is Mythicist Milwaukee promoting Batman & Jesus and the upcoming Buzzed Belief debate. The team regularly steps out onto the streets of downtown Milwaukee to meet the community for trivia and prizes.

Newaukeeans answered questions about Batman and Jesus to win a prize from the mystery bag. Participants enjoyed the option of taking bubbles over the mystery prize. It was a tough choice, but the bubbles prevailed as the more popular choice. The team receives a lot of positive feedback from the people at the market, especially considering that they are spreading the Jesus Myth theory.

Of course, Mythos the Minotaur was in full force, dancing most of the night and taking pictures with fans. He is popular!

For everyone in the area, find us during the next Newaukee Night Market.

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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