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Debate: P.Z. Myers and Greg M. Epstein

This week’s episode of Ask an Atheist is going to be a bit different.

We are joined via phone by P.Z. Myers and Greg M. Epstein in a debate around the question: “How Should the Atheist Movement Talk about Religion?”

Instead of taking your phone calls or emails, our own Sam Mulvey is going to moderate a debate on a question that’s been asked by atheists, believers and the media alike since the atheist visibility movement jumped onto the national attention almost a decade ago.

There are extensive show notes this week.   Much information after the break.

To debate the question we’re joined by a pair of special guests:

P.Z. Myers is an associate professor of biology at University of Minnesota Morris and is the author of the Pharyngula science blog. He works with in the field of evolutionary developmental biology and cultivates an interest in cephalopods. He has published numerous research papers in Nature and other notable scientific journals. He is a public critic of intelligent design and creationist movements in general.

In 2006, the journal Nature listed his blog, Pharyngula, as the top-ranked blog written by a scientist. Additionally, Dr. Myers was the recipient of the Humanist of the Year award in 2009, and the International Humanist Award in 2011.




 Greg M. Epstein serves as the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University, and is author of the New York Times Bestselling book, Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe. He sits on the executive committee of the 36-member corps Harvard Chaplains. In 2005 Greg received ordination as a Humanist Rabbi from the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, where he studied in Jerusalem and Michigan for five years.

He holds a BA (Religion and Chinese) and an MA (Judaic Studies) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Masters of Theological Studies from the Harvard Divinity School.



Please join us for discussion that you can expect to be lively, intelligent and better than anything you’ll see on the 700 Club!

The program will air on Sunday, February 26 at 3:00pm PST on KLAY 1180 AM in Tacoma, WA and streaming live at

For those of you who heard the live version, it bears mentioning that unlike most episodes of Ask an Atheist, this one has been edited in post, but all components of the debate have been left in place.

About the Author: Mike Gillis

Mike Gillis is co-creator, and co-host of Ask an Atheist. He hosts the Radio vs. the Martians! and Mike and Pól Save the Universe! podcasts. He also enjoys comic books, the Planet of the Apes, and the band Queen.

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Can’t wait to see it! I hope it’s as interesting as it sounds like it should be!!


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PZ nailed it! The debate was over 15 seconds into his first response.

“The answer is obvious, they should speak about it any way they want.”

Game, set, match.

I can not stand seeing an atheist tell other atheist’s how atheist’s should act. Nobody signed up to be in “the atheist movement” and nobody will ever agree on what it actually means.

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