Easter Sunday Special w/ Dr. Bruce Waller
The believed resurrection of Jesus Christ celebrated on Easter Day is the climax of a bizarre moral narrative in which an innocent victim endures great suffering until death, for the purpose of absolving the sins of everyone else; and all of it, arranged and supervised by the Christian god.
The problems with deriving any meaningful message about morality from this very strange story are numerous. Yet despite all of the contradiction and irony in their founding narrative, for most of the past two thousand years Christians have generally managed to believe that each of us must choose of our own free will to let Christ into our hearts and be saved so that after we’ve died we may join him and perhaps our loved ones in a heavenly paradise.. or else we can except to suffer for all of eternity in Hell. According to the bible the choice is ours, to make of our own free will.
The belief that with our ‘free will’ we are free to choose to be who ever and what ever we want to make ourselves is the primary rationale for assigning moral responsibility. But today we understand that we are all the result of factors we do not choose. We do not, and can not choose to be any way other than what our genes and our environmental experiences make possible. At a time when we know this to be true, can holding people morally responsible still make sense? And is it fair?
To help us examine the question of moral responsibility we will feature an interview with Dr. Bruce Waller, professor of religion and philosophy at Youngstown State University and author of the recently published book, “Against Moral Responsibility.” And following our interview with Dr. Waller we will be pleased to again feature the complete recording of the last known mediated debate between Jesus Christ and the Easter Bunny.
Easter Day Special w/ Hector Avalos and “Normal” Bob Smith
John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The gruesome, protracted, torture, and killing, of god’s son is expected to be taken by all as a sign of god’s love for humankind. This might seem as if it would be an unlikely premise on which to base a religion, yet despite its contradictions Christianity is the most popular religion on Earth.
Of course to up the ante a bit, just in case the child sacrifice wasn’t inspiring enough, John 3:18 warns:
“Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
And if god can treat his innocent son as he did, we can just imagine what a condemned person should expect.
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One-Hour Easter Special w/ Aubrey De Grey
This Easter Sunday we will consider the question of eternal life from a naturalistic vantage point. The biblical verse John 3:16 is considered to be a summary of the most central doctrine of traditional Christianity – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Yet despite this claim, and a vast number of others suggesting that the key to eternal life is belief in Jesus Christ, there is not a shred of evidence to support such a view. In reality no one can guarantee “eternal life;” however, in the decades ahead, people experiencing a lifespan many times the length of our current lifespan may become a reality.
Joining us to discuss the most realistic hopes that humans have for a radically extended life span will be the man who has made the controversial claim that the first person who will live to live to be one thousand years old is most likely alive today: author of “Ending Aging” and Chief Science Officer of the SENS Foundation (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence), Dr. Aubrey de Grey.
We’ll also feature the classic debate between the Easter Bunny and Jesus (guess who our money is on).
One-Hour Easter Day Special w/Arnell Dowret
This Easter our basket truly overflowith as we examine…
Naturalistic Christianity, or “Everybody Else Does It So Why Can’t We?”
Is it possible that there can be completely naturalistic approach to being a Christian? This Easter we’ll be taking your calls to hear your views on this question.
We’ll also be featuring a special rebroadcast of what, to date, is the last known public debate between Jesus Christ and the Easter Bunny – recorded just months before the Bunny tragically contracted Type-2 Genital Herpes, and loath to pass it on, voluntarily went into seclusion 🙁
The story of the events of Easter Day in combination with the events leading up to it is a narrative so loaded with dysfunctional, anti-humanistic, and delusional content, it has served as a virtually inexhaustible wellspring of toxicity for two thousand years, providing support for most of the very worst ideas in our society which are still with us today.Belief in universal sin, belief that universal sin could somehow be relieved through someone’s torture, and belief in an immortal soul that rises up after we die, are just some of the problematic lessons of Christ’s Passion.
A major example of an inhumane institution which derives legitimacy from beliefs which can be traced back to the Easter narrative can be found in our American system of criminal justice. Joining us to facilitate our examination of our modern prison system will be author of “American Furies,” Sasha Abramsky, and Dr. Philip Zimbardo, author of “The Lucifer Effect,” and Chief Researcher and designer of the famous “Stanford Prison Experiment.”
And we’ll also be replaying the now classic confrontation between Jesus and the Easter Bunny, first played on this program, in which we’re given the best argument to date for why we should jettison all the suffering, blood and gore and instead celebrate the Spring for the natural “miracle” it is.
One-Hour Easter Special: “Questioning Judeo-Christian Morality”
Are Easter and Passover the basis for morality or for violence?
This week most people commemorate the foundational narratives of the Jewish and Christian religions, both widely regarded as the main source of ethical inspiration and social stability for the Western world, yet there are sound reasons to believe that it’s our Judeo-Christian tradition that might actually be responsible for a great deal of violence.
At this moment in our nation’s history when we continue to have the largest prison population in the Western world – when we’re being told that the only solution to a disastrous unwinnable military adventure is to send more troops – and when our leaders have seen fit to pass the Military Commissions Act of 2006 which denies detainees the right of Habeas Corpus and the protections against torture afforded by the Geneva Convention – Equal Time for Freethought will take a critical look at how our Judeo-Christian traditions not only fail to curb such institutionalized brutality, but actually make such policies appear as if they are morally acceptable.
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