Tag Archives: The Bible

Coming Soon: Leaving the Mormon Church [Clip: Christopher Hitchens]

In an upcoming podcast episode, Eric Pratt, a former member of the Mormon Church, explains his indoctrination into the religion, and his escape many years later. Eric credits the work of the late Christopher Hitchens in helping him forge a new life. This recording took place, coincidentally, on 13 April, Hitchens’ birthday. Hitchens would have been 69.

The Aidan Project Live #3: Revisiting the Covenant

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I spoke to Bernard Lamborelle on Facebook Live about the reaction to his argument presented within our previous episode and within his book, The Covenant: On the Origin of the Abrahamic Faith, by Means of Deification. We also spoke about atheism, consciousness, free will, and much more. If the video does not load below, you can watch the replay on Facebook.

[In the coming days, an edited version of the video will be released as a podcast episode]

Coming Soon: The Aidan Project Live #3

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I am excited to be talking live to Bernard Lamborelle on Friday 6 April at 16:00 UK time exclusively via Facebook Live.  We spoke before for a podcast episode called ‘Abraham’s Secular Covenant‘. Bernard will be talking about the reaction to the argument presented within our episode and within his book, The Covenant: On the Origin of the Abrahamic Faith, by Means of Deification. Bernard will also be offering further thoughts about his highly-researched thesis, and on points related to the relationship between scripture and secularism.

You watch live or view the replay. In the meantime, be sure to follow The Aidan Project on Facebook. A link to the replay will be available via this website.

Coming Soon: Dr. Richard Carrier Interview

Dr. Richard Carrier is an author, speaker, philosopher and historian.

We talked about the origins of Christianity, the historicity of Jesus, Christian apologetics, and much more. The episode will – of course – be released over the Easter weekend.

For more information on Richard, see https://www.richardcarrier.info/

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#49 – Notes on Atheism, Hitler and Nazism

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Also available: #54 – Afterword on Atheism, Hitler and Nazism: Broken Glass

The faithful are playing with reference to a different set of rules when arguing for the merits of religion based on faith alone. Faith, by definition, requires no tangible evidence. But claims from the faithful about human history can be countered by the inquisitive atheist. We all have access to a plethora of terrestrial historical accounts which were not gleaned from divine revelation. In this edition of the podcast, Aidan explores the classic argument of the faithful against atheism when discussing human history. This argument – especially prevalent whenever the issue of violence or hatred is discussed – is that Adolf Hitler was an atheist. The inferred claim is that this godlessness demonstrates the danger of turning away from the moral teachings of the church. Another aspect of the argument which is often thrown in as an addendum is a charge that the Third Reich was a secular movement. How much merit is there in these claims? Did Hitler reject God, and if he did, did this make a difference to human history? And how secular was Hitler’s Nazi regime? Aidan delves into the argument to provide grounded insight and analysis. Indeed, as with the claims of the holy books, the introduction of earthly evidence is crucial when one desires to separate fact from fiction.

Selected bibliography:

J. Cornwell, Hitler’s Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII
A. Hitler (ed. N. Baynes), The Speeches of Adolf Hitler
A. Hitler, Mein Kampf
C. Hitchens, God Is Not Great
G. Orwell, Literature and Totalitarianism

Additional Aidan Project content on related persons:

Adolf Hitler (podcast)
Christopher Hitchens (article)
George Orwell (podcast)

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