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The Thinking Atheist
458 episodes
Seth Andrews, a former Christian broadcaster and believer for 30 years, ultimately escaped the bonds of superstitious thinking to embrace the more satisfying explanations that science provides.

A professional video producer and host of one of the most popular atheist communities on the internet, Seth Andrews brings a polished format, a relaxed environment and a rage-free challenge to the religious beliefs that defined his youth.

Disclaimer: the content and artwork of this podcast are the property of its owner and are not affiliated with nor endorsed by Audiotrails.

For Small Creatures Such As We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in our Unlikely World (with Sasha Sagan)

Sasha Sagan is the daughter of the late (and legendary) cosmologist, Carl Sagan. A producer and author of the new book, "For Small Creatures Such As We," Sasha explores and explains how/why rituals can be so important for making the most of the human experience. Sasha's book (autographed for you): …

Attacked From Within: The Assault on State/Church Separation

Rachel Laser, attorney, human rights activist, and President of , speaks with Seth Andrews about the critical fight(s) to protect the United States from fundamentalism and unamerican Christian Nationalism. VIDEO of this conversation:

Hype: A Doctor's Guide to Medical Myths, Exaggerated Claims, and Bad Advice (with Dr. Nina Shapiro)

Dr. Nina Shapiro is a renowned physician and author of "Hype," a terrific and practical guide for separating medical fact from fiction. Get the book at

The Creepy and the Culty: "Normal" Things that Mainstream Religions Do Every Day

Often, mainstream religious practices don't seem strange to us...because we're accustomed to them. But are the mainstream faiths any less culty? We think not, and this show provides examples.

The Satan Shoes: A Conversation About the Controversy (with Lucien Greaves)

Lucien Greaves, co-founder of , weighs in on the recent moral panic regarding Lil Nas X's recent video and The Satan Shoes. VIDEO of this conversation: Lucien's blog on Lil Nas X: Sa…

Accidents of Birth (with the hosts of Cognitive Dissonance)

In this lively show, hosts Tom and Cecil of join us for a conversation about life in this random, weird (post-truth?) world. VIDEO of this interview on YouTube:

Always an Atheist: Stories of Lifelong Nonbelievers

For all of the "apostate" shows we've done, many have requested that we dedicate a podcast to the lifelong non-believer. So for our never-bought-it listeners, here's an entire broadcast featuring your calls and your stories.

The Catholic Divide: A Church in Conflict over Money and Power (with Katherine Stewart)

The Catholic Church is at war with itself. Big Money players have weaponized the church for Christian Nationalism, while others are resisting religious overreach to install a theocracy and discriminate against others. Author/Journalist Katherine Stewart joins us to talk about her New Republic artic…

Wayward: Spiritual Warfare & Sexual Purity (with author Alice Greczyn)

Actress and author Alice Greczyn escaped a high-control version of Christianity. She speaks about her book "Wayward" and her escape from the blame and shame of religion, and Seth Andrews reads from Chapter 17 in the last portion of the show. VIDEO of this conversation:…

Is Cheese Powder Actual Cheese? (And more answers to life's burning questions)

Here's another fun distraction from the usual topics, and a great chance to think about some of the things we do and say every day. Why do they call a ship's command center a "bridge?" What's up with useless human arm hair? What is an Epsom Salt? Why do we immediately forget someone's name? And of …

Can You Reason with Unreasonable People?

Many of us have encountered the "brick wall" believers in superstition, woo, conspiracy, and really bad ideas. Are they still worth our time and energy? And are there ways to break through? We discuss the complex issue(s) regarding deep-seated beliefs and opinions. The Oatmeal illustrated story: h…

Is Cancel Culture Real?

Actor Gina Carano was just dropped by Disney over her controversial Twitter posts, with many decrying "Cancel Culture." Does Cancel Culture even exist? Join us for a thoughtful discussion.

Insurrection and Christian Nationalism (with constitutional attorney Andrew Seidel)

Andrew Seidel is a constitutional expert and author of "The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Unamerican." He joins Seth Andrews for a frank discussion about the state of the United States. Andrew's book: VIDEO of this discussion:

Women Leaving Islam: Stories of Courage and Change (with Maryam Namazie)

Maryam Namazie is a British-Iranian human rights activist and producer of the new documentary, "Women Leaving Islam." In this show, she speaks about the film, the stories, and the lives impacted by this high-control religion. Watch the documentary: VIDEO of this conver…

Bad Apologetics: The Arguments We're Most Weary Of (PART TWO)

We continue our conversation with various activists about apologetics arguments (and the refutations). Joining us this week: Shannon Q, Matt Dillahunty, Margaret Downey, Hemant Mehta, Thomas Smith, Andrew Torrez, Tracie Harris, Chris Shelton, Jimmy Snow, and Muhammad Syed. LINK TO PART ONE: https:…

A Skeptic's Guide to GameStop (with Phil Ferguson)

In this bonus podcast, Phil Ferguson of Polaris Financial and The Phil Ferguson Show helps us break down the whole Reddit/GameStop story. VIDEO of this discussion is here:

Bad Apologetics: The Arguments We're Most Weary Of (PART ONE)

In this first of a two-part series, various atheist activists weigh in on the apologetics they're most tired of hearing. Guests this week include Aron Ra, Sci-Babe, Paulogia, Mandisa Thomas, Godless Engineer, Dan Barker, and Gayle Jordan.

The Story of Evolution in 25 Discoveries (with Dr. Donald Prothero)

Renowned paleontologist and geologist Dr. Donald Prothero talks about his new book, "The Story of Evolution in 25 Discoveries." Join us for a fascinating discussion about the cosmos, evolved eyes, our "inner fish," dinosaurs, and so much more. Get the book:

I Left Because

#ILeftBecause is a Twitter hashtag popularized by Dr. Crissy Stroop, and people worldwide are sharing the reasons they left religion. We talk to Dr. Stroop, and we share some of those stories on the show. Dr. Stoop's website: Submissions for an upcoming book on "leaving" storie…

Outbreak: A Crisis of Faith (with Noah Lugeons)

Popular atheist activist, podcaster, and author Noah Lugeons just released a new book with commentary on our crazy world. He joins Seth Andrews for a conversation, and Seth reads a segment from the book. BOOK LINK:

2020: The (mostly COVID-free) Year In Review

Beyond the pandemic, a LOT of interesting stuff happened this year. We look back at some of the biggest non-COVID news, the most entertaining stories, the big names we lost, and as always, we'll end the broadcast with a segment featuring the weird, wild, and whacky. Happy New Year.

Road Rage, the Crown, a Karen, and a Christmas Gargoyle

In this "kitchen sink" broadcast, we get philosophical about angry drivers, royalty, relationships, and...a Christmas gargoyle. Happy holidays! Link to the Crissy Stroop meme:

For Goodness' Sake: Surprise Calls and Gifts to Those in Need

Let's play Santa Claus! This community donated funds and nominated specific needs. In this podcast, we call the recipients and do some godless good.

What Christians (Probably) Don't Know About Christmas

Isn't it strange that atheists often know more about the origins/symbols of Christmas than many believers? Join us as we examine the (bizarre) biblical nativity...and the fascinating history behind the holiday.

Weaponized Stupidity & Monetized Myth: The Randy Quaid-ing of America

In the wake of the recent presidential election, the prophets of apocalyptic doom are losing their minds. What is happening to America? Join us for a journey down the rabbit hole of prophecy, conspiracy, and Christian dominion theology.

Holidays Beyond Belief: Coping and Celebrating without Religion

Many atheists LOVE Thanksgiving and Christmas, while others avoid them. In this podcast, we talk about the holidays...beyond belief.

Seth Andrews on The Atheist & Christian Book Club

Seth fielded questions and challenges from Christians (and a few atheists) at their November online meeting of The Atheist & Christian Book Club. This is a rebroadcast with their permission. VIDEO of the event is here: WEBSITE:

Thanksgiving: The Dark History of a Beloved American Holiday

We should embrace every opportunity to give thanks, but the American Thanksgiving holiday has a (very) dark backstory which should be acknowledged. For better and worse, this is a short history of the origins of the holiday.

Grieving without a god

Grief comes in so many forms. Grief surrounding death, the loss of a relationship, even grieving a religious culture from your past. In this show, we discuss grief and grieving beyond the coping mechanisms offered by religions and God-belief. If you're struggling with grief, please reach out to ht…

Introducing: Do No Harm

Wondery (Dr. Death, Dirty John, The Shrink Next Door) and NBC News (Dateline, The Thing About Pam, Motive for Murder) present Do No Harm. The Bright family was thrust into a medical and legal system so committed to protecting vulnerable children from abuse, it failed to protect innocent parents. Fr…