September 30, 2009

Richard Dawkins to Appear on Colbert Report Tonight

Posted in Atheism, humor, Interviews tagged , , , at 3:45 pm by Andrew

Click here for the promo from Colbert.

If you can’t wait until 11:30 pm EST tonight, here’s a clip from the last time Dawkins was on the show, in 2006.

Personally, I find the interviews on Colbert kind of frustrating if it’s a subject I’d actually like to see interviewed. (On the other hand, Colbert’s interviews with sitting members of Congress, in “Better Know A District,” are hilarious.) Dawkins was pretty charitable about it last time, noting that–

I had a good time in New York. The Colbert show was fun, notwithstanding my misgivings before (which I have removed, because they now seem misplaced). While I was waiting, he came in to see me as himself, introduced himself and made sure that I understood his act: “You know I play a complete idiot?” I must say, when he is in character, he does it extremely well. The real Colbert is obviously highly intelligent and a very nice man. Aficionados seem divided about 50/50 over whether the real Colbert is religious. He is obviously too intelligent to be religious in any simple conventional sense. I suspect either that it amuses him to blur the distinction between his ‘character’ and the real Colbert. Or perhaps he is religious in the Einsteinian sense that all of us are, and goes to church because, like Martin Rees, he ‘believes in belief’ (Dan Dennett’s happy phrase).

April 14, 2009

Cameron Reilly’s Interview with Dr. Robert M. Price

Posted in Atheism, Interviews, Podcasts tagged , , , , , , , at 10:44 am by Andrew

…can be found here, in .mp3 format.

Dr. Price is one of the most prominent scholars in the Jesus-mythicist camp, which is to say that he concludes that we do not know anything reliable about the life of a real Jesus with historical certainty. To my Christian readers: if your only exposure to mythicism is from the likes of the Rational Response Squad, you owe it to yourself to give Dr. Price a try. You may not be convinced, but you’ll certainly be surprised (and most likely, impressed).

April 10, 2009

Hitchens v. Strobel, Craig, et al.

Posted in Answering Apologists, Atheism, Debates, Interviews, Science tagged , , , , , , , at 3:19 pm by Andrew

Courtesy of the Christian Booksellers’ Association, and it’s a fair summary of the common apologetic arguments and the way in which they fall on atheistic ears.

I continue to be stumped — even angry — when the supposed “leading lights” of the Christian apologetics movements (Strobel, Craig) can repeat obvious scientific falsehoods with a straight face. Make whatever argument you want, but when you stand in front of several hundred people and affirm that “information in DNA requires an intelligent source,” you are spouting nonsense at best and outright lies at worst. I’m shocked more Christians don’t disavow these sorts of tactics.