Episode 71 – Growing up Without God

This week, we are joined by Tim’s son Alex.  Alex is 14 years old and has been an atheist since he was nine.  Or earlier.  He doesn’t really remember.  We talked to Alex about why he doesn’t believe in god and what impact that has on his day to day life.  He also had some very good thoughts on why religion doesn’t work for him. We also got into some geeky topics like The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy because he’s his father’s son.

Show notes below the fold:

If you aren’t aware of the requirements in the Cub Scout Bear program, here’s the manual.  Page 26 is where you want to look.

Want a copy of the Skeptics Annotated Bible?  Here’s where you can get one!

Here’s a link to Hey Ash, Whatcha Playing?

Want to see a picture of the Jesus Butt dog?  Sure you do!

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One Response to Episode 71 – Growing up Without God

  1. Tim, your son is awesome! We need more kids, like Alex, not afraid to figure things out on their own and come to their own conclusions. :) This podcast also got me thinking, so pardon the ramblings below:

    I’ve decided not to like the question, “What would it take for you to believe in God?” When talked about by other atheists, it’s a good mental exercise. However, when a religious person asks it, it feels like what they’re really asking is, “What would it take for you to become religious? More importantly, what would it take for you to believe in MY religion and behave accordingly?” Even if it were proven that a supreme being exists and this being had, in fact, created us, then I would only want to know more about It. I would want to quantify It, study It, see how this new information lines up with our other scientific theories. The only power It would have over me is the afterlife. Maybe if there was a Heaven and a Hell, I MIGHT start being religious if that’s what the supreme being Itself said to do, but I feel like, somehow, churches and praying and the like just aren’t that important to It.