Atheism Reclaimed? Interviewing Dr Patrick O’Connor

While on some recent travels, I managed to grab a few words with Dr Patrick O’Connor about his book Atheism Reclaimed.

atheismreclaimedIn the short interview, I ask Patrick who, or what, he hopes to reclaim atheism from, and we also discuss what his form of atheism might actually consist of. You can also read a piece by Patrick, exploring these ideas in more detail at The Conversation.The article is entitled Atheism must be about more than just not believing in God.

Interview by Dr David Webster.

Interview with Alom Shaha..

While Alom Shaha, the author of The Young Atheist’s Handbook was in town to speak at the Cheltenham Science FestivalYAH-Cover, I managed to record a short audio interview just before he went off to speak.

I asked him about the book, and also about the British Humanist Association sending his book to UK secondary schools (See more HERE).

The book description gives a sense of the content:

Growing up in a strict Muslim community in south-east London, Alom Shaha learnt that religion was not to be questioned. Reciting the Qur an without understanding what it meant was simply a part of life; so, too, was obeying the imam and enduring beatings when he failed to attend the local mosque. Shaha was more drawn to science and its power to illuminate. As a teen, he lived between two worlds: the home controlled by his authoritarian father, and a school alive with books and ideas. In a charming blend of memoir, philosophy, and science, Shaha explores the questions about faith and the afterlife that we all ponder. Through a series of loose lessons , he tells his own compelling story, drawing on the theories of some of history s greatest thinkers and interrogating the fallacies that have impeded humanity for centuries. Shaha recounts how his education and formative experiences led him to question how to live without being tied to what his parents, priests, or teachers told him to believe, and offers insights so that others may do the same. This is a book for anyone who thinks about what they should believe and how they should live. It s for those who may need the facts and the ideas, as well as the courage, to break free from inherited beliefs. In this powerful narrative, Shaha shows that it is possible to live a compassionate, fulfilling, and meaningful life without God.

Buddhism and Atheism

Is Buddhism a form of Atheism?

In this video I refer to texts you can find at http://www.accesstoinsight.org/  – you may want to look at the passage where Brahma asserts he is the supreme God, but.. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.11.0.than.html#bigbrahma

Staff from the Religion, Philosophy & Ethics course at University of Gloucestershire talking about Philosophy of Religion..

FEEL FREE TO VISIT/JOIN OUR COURSE FACEBOOK GROUP.. – Current and past students talking about Philosophy,Religion, Ethics, Religious Education and more.. (and the odd cat picture..)

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