All posts tagged religion

Episode 133: Charlie Hebdo 

Virginia speculates as to the best response to such a horrible tragedy.

Episode 117: Atheism Part 2

Nick and Virginia are joined by Cameron Desautels, founder of The Atheists and Freethinker Society, and his friend and coworker, Aaron Lasseigne, to discuss atheism in America. In Part 2, the group discusses state laws prohibiting atheists from holding office and whether or not a just and loving god would allow suffering in hell or purgatory. Nick advocates religion as a form of social cohesion. Click here to listen!

Episode 116: Atheism Part 1

Nick and Virginia are joined by Cameron Desautels, founder of The Atheists and Freethinker Society at the University of Texas Dallas, and his friend and coworker, Aaron Lasseigne, to discuss atheism in America.  In Part 1, the group reacts to studies showing that atheists are the least trusted members of society.  The group also ponders whether or not people really understand what it means to be an atheist. Click here Read More...

Episode 62: India

Katie asks whether an event that happened to her while on a plane is divine will or simply a coincidence (the story has to do with India).  Then we talk about vacationing in India. Click here to listen!

Partial Transcript: Episode 62 (India)

Virginia: I’m not really sure what we’re talking about today. Nick: Katie’s going to ask us a question, and we’re going to try to answer it. Virginia: Do I have to close my computer? Leland: It’s like an experiment.  Yes, you have to pay attention. Katie: Your response is actually the one’s I’m most interested in. Andrew: Turn off the Reddit. Virginia: I know.  Otherwise, I won’t pay any attention. Read More...

Episode 27: Cults v Religion

In this episode of Nerd Absurd, we discuss the difference between cults and religion.  Nick talks about his love of Catholicism, Virginia talks about religion as a meme, and, Andrew tries to keep the whole thing from turning into an argument over religion. Click here to listen!

Partial Transcript: Episode 27 (Cults v Religions)

Partial Transcript: Mike: What is a cult? Virginia: You have the Wikipedia up on your tablet. Mike: The Wikipedia says that the main differentiation between a cult and a religious movement is brainwashing. Andrew: That makes sense. Virginia: I always heard that it was if your leader was dead, you were in a religion. Andrew: That seems arbitrary. Virginia: Why is that arbitrary? Nick: What about Satanic cults? Virginia: What Read More...