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Dr. Richard Carrier: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

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Richard Carrier is a world-renowned author and speaker. As a professional historian, published philosopher, and prominent defender of the American freethought movement, Dr. Carrier has appeared across the U.S., Canada and the U.K., and on American television and London radio, defending sound historical methods and the ethical worldview of secular naturalism. His books and articles have received international attention. With a Ph.D. from Columbia University in ancient history, he specializes in the intellectual history of Greece and Rome, particularly ancient philosophy, religion, and science, with emphasis on the origins of Christianity and the use and progress of science under the Roman empire. He is also a published expert in the modern philosophy of naturalism as a worldview.

He is the author of On the Historicity of Jesus, Proving History, Sense and Goodness without God, Science Education in the Early Roman Empire, Not the Impossible Faith, Why I Am Not a Christian, and Hitler Homer Bible Christ, and a contributor to The Empty Tomb, The Christian Delusion, The End of Christianity, and Christianity Is Not Great, as well as copious work in history and philosophy, online and in print. He is currently working on several projects, but also teaching affordable online courses in secular philosophy, history, and methodology at The Secular Academy, and blogging and speaking about history, philosophy, feminism, and other moral causes, as well as his past in the military and his current life in polyamory. To learn more about Dr. Carrier and his work follow the links below.

From Faith to Humanism with Bart Campolo

Bart Campolo joins Brian Edward and Kristyn Whitaker Hood on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show. Bart is a secular minister, speaker, and writer who currently volunteers as the Humanist Chaplain at the University of Southern California.

Born and raised in suburban Philadelphia, Bart became an evangelical Christian as a teenager and was immediately attracted to urban ministry. After graduating from Brown University and serving as an urban youth pastor in Minneapolis, he returned to Philadelphia to found Mission Year, a national service organization which recruits young adults to live and work among the poor in inner-city neighborhoods.

As he became an influential evangelical leader, however, Bart increasingly questioned his own faith. In 2005 he returned to street-level community building in inner-city Cincinnati, where he eventually completed his gradual transition from Christianity to secular humanism. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2014, Bart’s work has been focused on inspiring and equipping all kinds of people to make the most of their lives by actively pursuing loving relationships, social justice and a genuine sense of wonder.

In Bart’s new book, “Why I Left, Why I Stayed”, the Campolos reflect on their individual spiritual odysseys and how they evolved when their paths diverged. Tony, a renowned Christian teacher and pastor, recounts his experience, from the initial heartbreak of discovering Bart’s change in faith, to the subsequent healing he found in his own self-examination, to his embracing of his son’s point of view. Bart, an author and Humanist chaplain at the University of Southern California, considers his faith journey from Progressive Christianity to Humanism, revealing how it affected his outlook and transformed his relationship with his father.

As Why I Left, Why I Stayed makes clear, a painful schism between father and son that could have divided them irreparably became instead an opening that offered each an invaluable look not only at what separated them, but more importantly, what they shared.

How to Keep the Church and State Separate w/ Andrew Seidel

Andrew Seidel Joins Us on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show

Andrew Seidel joins us to discuss the current projects that the Freedom From Religion Foundation is working on. He explains how busy they have been with the new Ark , built by young Earth creationist Ken Ham in Kentucky.  He covers many successes that FFRF has had in various states including, having the Kansas Police department agree to remove “Romans 13:4” decal from their police vehicles.  

Andrew also gives us a sneak preview into his upcoming book that will focus on whether or not the U.S. was founded as a Christian nation. If you ever wondered what FFRF does and why this organization is so important please listen to this interview!

Andrew Seidel graduated cum laude from Tulane University with a B.S. in neuroscience and environmental science and magna cum laude from Tulane University Law School, where he was awarded the Haber J. McCarthy Award for excellence in environmental law. 

He studied human rights and international law at the University of Amsterdam and traveled the world on Semester at Sea. In May of 2011, Andrew completed his Master of Laws at Denver University Sturm College of Law with a 4.0 GPA and was awarded the Outstanding L.L.M. Award.

He has written a book on International Human Rights Law and his essay on the role of religion in government and the founding of our nation placed second in the FFRF's 2010 graduate student essay contest. Andrew is a former Grand Canyon tour guide and accomplished nature photographer; his work has been displayed in galleries in Colorado, Texas, Florida, Louisiana, and Maryland. He joined the FFRF staff as a constitutional consultant in November 2011.

Enter the Red Goddess Blogs

Greetings all mythicists and mythicist-curious! My name is Megan and I'm glad you're here.

I met Mythicist Milwaukee at their first conference in  April 2015. I had been out of the athiest loop since moving to town a few years ago. I was deconverted by Richard Dawkins whilst living in England. The mythicist position was unfamiliar to me, but learning about it has strengthened my feeling of godlessness. 

Luckily, my university (Mount Mary University) allowed me to intern as a new media (English) student. I write the newsletter and now you will be seeing more of my work.

Here are some shots from today's broadcast at the  the newly-renamed Milwaukee Cooperative.

P.S. I love Asherah.

 

“Son of Virginia” w/ Governor Douglas Wilder

The Honorable, former Governor of Virginia, Douglas Wilder on the “Mythicist Milwaukee Show”!

Lawrence Douglas Wilder is an American politician, who served as the first African American to be elected as governor of Virginia and first African-American governor of any state since Reconstruction. Wilder served as the 66th Governor of Virginia from 1990 to 1994. When earlier elected as Lieutenant Governor, he was the first African American elected to statewide office in Virginia. His most recent political office was Mayor of Richmond, Virginia, which he held from 2005 to 2009.

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Gov. Doug Wilder has released his first-ever autobiography, Son of Virginia: A Life in America's Political Arena which can be purchased here. He joins us live to discuss his life in politics, what he has learned throughout the years. Why he feels Hilary will not win, and where he has encountered conflicts of church and state during his political career.

Long before Barack Obama, there was Douglas Wilder, the grandson of slaves who became the first African-American elected Governor in the US. 

This is the first autobiography of Lawrence Douglas Wilder, who was sworn in as Governor of Virginia in a January 1990 ceremony that changed the political face of the United States. 

His new book "Son of Virginia", details the events of the Wilder’s life to paint a portrait of the changing face of America. It’s a story of his challenges and conflict, and the struggles of the courageous people who stood up to decades of discrimination, corruption and greed.

The Art of Secularism with Shelley Segal

Shelley Segal joins us on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show!

Shelley Segal is an up and coming singer and songwriter based out of Melbourne, Australia.


An artist, an activist and an explicit storyteller. Shelley uses her music not only to express the way she sees the world, but to create the world that she wants to see. In addition to her art Shelley is an outspoken secular advocate and is very involved in the secular community.

Shelley has performed for many large crowds including the Reason Rally in Washington DC. Shelley's newest EP "Strange Feeling" is available on her website at ShelleySegal.com

During this interview we discuss how Shelley has come to atheism as well as how it has influenced her music. She shares with us the many ways she uses art to challenge the social norms an what change she wants to see in the world.        Listen to the Interview Above

Keeping Up With Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta joins us on the "Mythicist Milwaukee Show"

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Hemant Mehta is the author of “I Sold My Soul on EBay: Viewing Faith Through an Atheist's Eyes” and “The Young Atheist's Survival Guide: Helping Secular Students Thrive”. Hemant posts daily on his blog entitled “Friendly Atheist” on Patheos.com and is a sought-after speaker at secular conferences.  

He has worked with the Center For Inquiry and the Secular Coalition for America, and also served as chair of the Secular Student Alliance. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Foundation Beyond Belief which is a secular humanist organization that demonstrates humanism at its best by supporting efforts to improve this world and this life, and to challenge humanists to embody the highest principles of humanism, including mutual care and responsibility. You can support Hemant and his work here.

Hemant will be traveling to Milwaukee on April 25th to speak at the Mythinformation Conference brought to you by Mythicist Milwaukee. Make sure to purchase your tickets today!

A Community for Atheists Worldwide

Allie Jackson PR Director blogger and designer for secular international juggernaut known as the Atheist Republic joins us on the Mythicist Milwaukee show.

The following snippet from the Atheist Republic website says a lot about their mission and vision:

We are not afraid to call ourselves what we are. We are atheists and proud of it. We will not apologize for what we do and don’t believe. We will not rename ourselves in order to hide from hatred, and we will not stay isolated out of the fear of being demonized when united. We can’t stay silent while witnessing cruelty and injustice because we are not just atheists — we are atheists who care. Atheist Republic provides valuable news, resources and a medium for atheists to freely express themselves in a variety of ways, including discussion forums, blogs and image macros of thought-provoking, funny or inspirational quotes.

Allie shares with us how she transitioned from a Southern Baptist family into atheism as well as she got into her role in the Atheist Republic. We learn how and why Atheist Republic was banned from Facebook and how their great team and community pulled together to get them reinstated. The Atheist Republic's resilience in the face of adversity is an inspiring tale for anyone that wants to promote positive change in the world. 

Who are the Omaha Atheists? What is the role of the Omaha Atheists and the Apostacon?

RJ Redden and Josiah Mannion from the Omaha Atheists join us on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show

 

The History of Omaha Atheists:

Omaha Atheists was formed in 2008 to be a positive organization for non-theists, providing a safe place to discuss secular viewpoints and issues, work toward promoting and protecting the separation of church and state, as well as make charitable contributions to society. By 2011, Articles of Incorporation were finalized and Omaha Atheists became a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit corporation. As word spread through the secular community, the group grew and developed strong relationships with other local secular organizations. Along the way there were social gatherings, service projects to benefit the entire community, such as collecting food to donate to local pantries, and many hours of hard work spent on the annual Midwest Freethought Conference.

Omaha Atheists are very active in the community. They hold "Activism in Action" events and have created the "Godless Revolution" podcast. We can't wait to hear about their work in the community and how they have become so successful in their efforts!