Mythicism

Richard Carrier: Discussion w/ Sargon of Akkad at Mythcon, The Dwindling Atheist Community and More

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Dr. Richard Carrier joins us in studio. We will be previewing his upcoming discussion with Sargon at Mythcon. We will also discuss the dwindling interest in the atheist community and the refusal to innovate. 

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.

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!

Dr. Richard Carrier: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

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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.

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. 

MythCon III and Price-Ehrman Debate Round-Up

More than 250 people were in Milwaukee on Friday, Oct. 21 for the Mythinformation Conference III and Buzzed Belief debate between Dr. Robert Price and Dr. Bart D. Ehrman. Others from around the world tuned in via live broadcast to hear the debate, "Did Jesus Exist?"

Missed it live? Rent the streaming version of the video for $4.99. 

 Source: Post-event survey responses from event attendees

Source: Post-event survey responses from event attendees

 

African Americans for Humanism w/ Norm Allen Jr.

Norm R. Allen Jr. was the first and only full-time African American secular humanist activist traveling the world promoting secular humanism and skepticism. Norm Allen is also the president of NP Solutions, a writing business headquartered in Buffalo, NY. In Africa, he helped establish and/or strengthen 72 humanist groups in 30 African nations.

He founded African Americans for Humanism (AAH) in 1989 and led the organization until 2010. While he was with the Center for Inquiry – the organization under which the Council for Secular Humanism, AAH and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry were based – he was an editor with Free Inquiry magazine. He also edited the AAH Examiner, the quarterly journal of African Americans for Humanism.

Allen is the editor of two groundbreaking books, African –American Humanism: An Anthology and The Black Humanist Experience: An Alternative to Religion. He has written numerous articles for magazines, newsletters, books, and encyclopedias. He has been featured in media such as C-Span, BBC Radio, National Public Radio and the O-Reilly Factor.

Allen joined the Institute for Science and Human Values, led by the late humanist pioneer Paul Kurtz, in 2010. He headed their international outreach efforts and edited their journal, The Human Prospect, until 2013.

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! 

The Eric Andre Show Experience

Mythicist Milwaukee (MM) team members have spent the past four days on the road in support of comedy TV show "The Eric André Show." MM helped the show's tour manager line up guests for their live shows in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan - putting atheist activists and mythicists in front of ranch-dressing-loving crowds of up to 1,500 and connecting them with two very well-connected actors. Activist Melissa Pugh and mythicist Dr. Richard Carrier were among the guests the MM team lined up for the show.

Now in its fourth season, The Eric Andre Show is a late night talk show on the Adult Swim network. A parody of low-budget, 1980’s public access talk shows, the series is hosted by comedian Eric André (Man Seeking Woman, 2 Broke Girls) along with comedian Hannibal Buress (30 Rock, Broad City, Neighbors), who serves as André's deadpan sidekick.

MM's president and co-founder, Sean Fracek, has been reaching out to the tour's managers to find collaboration opportunities after he learned that André was an open atheist. Penn Jillette even had a cameo on Season 4 of the show (chanting, "Magic, Magic, Atheism!"). The tour's manager took MM up on the offer - asking for support to find guests for their upcoming shows. “This event marks another major step in the continual transition of secularism into the modern mainstream and popular culture.  The Eric Andre Show is bringing to new and younger audiences a unique and creative way to collaborate with atheists with humor but without ridicule.,” says MM co-founder Fritz Blandon.

  Sean Fracek, Hannibal Buress and Fritz Blandon backstage in Milwaukee at The Eric Andre Show Live.

Sean Fracek, Hannibal Buress and Fritz Blandon backstage in Milwaukee at The Eric Andre Show Live.

 Melissa Pugh, Eric Andre, Fritz Blandon and Sean Fracek backstage in Minneapolis at The Eric Andre Show Live

Melissa Pugh, Eric Andre, Fritz Blandon and Sean Fracek backstage in Minneapolis at The Eric Andre Show Live

Melissa Pugh, grassroots and outreach coordinator for the United Coalition of Reason, was a guest on the Minneapolis show.  “It was so much fun. Eric made the point to highlight the fact that there are atheist activists out there, which brings this topic to the attention of these younger audiences who are more-often-than-not, non-religious. His antics may be whacky, but just having atheists guests on the show gives this audience proof that they are not alone in their non-belief.”

 

Dr. Richard Carrier, historian, author, atheist activist and leading scholar on the Christ Myth Theory, appeared on the Milwaukee show. “Andre's show is a parody, and as such, intentionally subverts the corporatized nature of talk shows as mutual promotion festivals. He does everything possible to prevent guests from using the show as a venue for their own promotional goals. And yet, even in that environment, a huge, young audience is nevertheless being exposed to the very idea that atheists exist as scholars and authors, can endure a roasting with aplomb, and aren't ‘above’ being entangled in the stage humor of avant-garde artists. But even more subversively, we're actually acknowledged as existing by the whole production, side by side with the same status as artists and celebrities. Notably, of all the jokes told at my expense on stage, none of them made fun of my being an atheist. I was as humanized as everyone else who ever occupies that same hot-seat.”

The Effects of Child Indoctrination w/ Dr. Bill Zingrone

Dr. Bill Zingrone joins us on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show

Dr. Bill Zingrone is a college instructor and secular activist with a PhD in developmental psychology and research interests in cognitive development and evolution, with a driving motivation to dispel outdated religious based ideas about human nature that are ingrained in the folk beliefs of our modern culture. 

He is a very active member of the secular movement in Illinois. Bill joins us to discuss his upcoming book. He also explains to us what negative effects child indoctrination can have on children and why this is not a good practice. He discusses his role as the Chair of the Secular Coalition of Illinois, and how and why people should support this initiative.  You can find out more about his work and his upcoming projects on his website.

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.

Share Your Support for Dr. Richard Carrier

Link to Dr. Carrier's blog "Apology and Going Forward

From Dr. Richard Carrier:

Many people have told me they don't find what's being said about me comports with their experience, and asked how they can tell their story, of how they've seen me behave or how I've behaved with them. I'm astonished by how unlike my actual behavior has been to what's described, too, so I definitely appreciate data on that.

Mythicist Milwaukee has agreed to help with this. If you prefer to remain anonymous, to avoid harassment or being outed, you can send what you want published by Facebook private message to their press manager, Kristyn Whitaker Hood. She will be able to verify you're a real person that way, and will publish your story, without your name attached, through the Mythicist Milwaukee website, sometime later this week.

They will protect your identity. If you want to publish openly, then please, feel free to post your story online, on Facebook or anywhere, and post or tag it to me or my wall. Kristyn will collect all those links and publish them, too.

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.