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Talk Heathen 08.15 with Dr. Ben and Richard Gilliver

Talk Heathen 08.15 with Dr. Ben and Richard Gilliver
Apr 14, 2024 · 1h 39m 24s

00:00 Intro 44:33 James | Biblical Miracles And Magic Tricks  1:06:27 Jeff-KY | All Morality Comes From The Bible 1:19:38 Christian-FL | Struggling To Find Meaning To Life 1:43:35 Joseph-NC...

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00:00 Intro
44:33 James | Biblical Miracles And Magic Tricks 
1:06:27 Jeff-KY | All Morality Comes From The Bible
1:19:38 Christian-FL | Struggling To Find Meaning To Life
1:43:35 Joseph-NC | Religion Causing Problems At Work


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Welcome to Talk Heathen! This week we have Dr. Ben and Richard Gilliver taking your quandaries and queries of all things religion/atheism. Who knows what kind of woo they will encounter today. 
We received a voicemail this week that sparked a great conversation between Dr. Ben and Richard. The voicemail had a number of assertions, mainly they look around and see evil, near death experiences, etc. NDE’s are a great topic when we have Dr. Ben hosting! (In Miracle Max’s voice) There’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead, mostly dead is slightly alive. 

James wants advice on responding to the various miracle claims. An example of a miracle claim James has encountered is a historical figure being murdered then coming back to life only to point out their killer. Keep the burden on the person making the claim and avoid making any claims you can’t prove. Try getting more specific details about their supposed murder, not just accounts from others. Also, point out that miracles are defined as can only be explained by a higher power.

Littlewood's law shows that events with one in a million odds happen, per person, about once a month. 

Jeff from Kentucky asserts that all morality comes from the bible. He goes on to say the bible proves God’s morality, even slavery. Slavery is and always has been immoral, despite claims it was done by everyone back then. The don’t murder commandment is at odds with christian history. Biblical justice is not moral at all as it condones killing, stoning, etc. Yikes Jeff, advocating for genocide is a very bad look. Hopefully you are just a troll.

Christian in Florida is curious how non-believers can attribute meaning to life or find intrinsic right and wrong. Death and suffering are part of the natural world. We have a subjective morality based on objective facts like death and suffering. A moral system should be a work in progress and grows as we learn over time. Atheists tend to find their own meaning in life, like career goals, family, or just living and experiencing life. 

Joseph in North Carolina struggles to get a diverse workforce on the same page, sometimes due to religious beliefs. Try to remind them they need to adhere to professional standards and set beliefs aside. Advise them to avoid talking or joking about religion at work, 

Thank you for tuning in for another exciting episode of Talk Heathen! The Question of the week is: What is the sin that made God flood the entire Earth? Post your answer in the comments and the top 5 get read live on the next show!
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