Ask an Atheist with Sam Mulvey

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Podcast 4: "Why Do Atheists Have a Show?"

In this episode, Mike and Sam discuss the necessity of a show covering this topic. We cover news, upcoming events for the local atheist community, receive phone call and answer emails.

There’s also more negotiation to challenge to the Atheist Experience guys in Austin to a game of a Street Fighter variant.

This podcast is an archived episode that ran on June 27th, 2010, and was our fourth episode. When Ask an Atheist has the week off, as it did this last week, we’ll be distributing our pre-podcast episodes on the feed, starting with the fourth episode and counting down. There’s a quick announcement about it at the beginning of the show.

About the Author: Sam Mulvey

Sam Mulvey is a producer and the technical brain behind Ask an Atheist. He is a collector of vinegar varieties, vintage computers, antique radios, and propaganda.

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Scott Y.

How do you explain the below quotes? Are all these people unscientific superstitious simpletons?: “I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon. I want to know his thoughts; the rest are details.” –Albert Einstein . “It may seem bizarre, but in my opinion science offers a surer path to God than religion.” –Physicist Paul Davies in his book God and the New Physics. Davies is the winner of the 2001 Kelvin Medal issued by the Institute of Physics and the winner of the 2002 Faraday Prize issued by the Royal… Read more »




“I believe in Spinoza’s God, who reveals himself in the lawful harmony of all that exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and the doings of mankind.” – Einstein

“The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.” – Einstein


“Reason tells me of the extreme difficulty or rather impossibility of conceiving this immense and wonderful universe, including man with his capability of looking far backwards and far into futurity, as the result of blind chance or necessity. When thus reflecting I feel compelled to look to a First Cause having an intelligent mind in some degree analogous to that of man; and I deserve to be called a Theist.” –Charles Darwin, as quoted in Antony Flew’s book There Is A God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind.


EINSTEIN “I am not an atheist, and I don’t think I can call myself a pantheist. We are like a little child in a huge library filled with books in many languages. I knows someone must have written those books but don’t know how nor understands the language. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn’t know what it is.” “That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.


It seems like doubts about our beliefs are common even for the greatest minds who’ve ever lived: Darwin, Einstein, Anthony Flew, CS Lewis, Mother Teresa & even Jesus as he died on the cross.


Just because great thinkers of the past couldn’t conceptualize the world as being one without a creator, that doesn’t add any weight to the idea that he world or universe or whatever was in fact created. A hundred years ago if you had explained the internet to someone, I’m sure they wouldn’t have been able to conceptualize it working without some kind of magical force either. Also, I wouldn’t consider Mother Teresa a “great” mind, I consider her more shrewd and possibly sadistic. Certainly not someone to to look toward for guidance in anything beyond how to capitalize off of… Read more »

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