Dan Barker, God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction, May 5-11

America’s leading atheist, the co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and co-host of Freethought RadioDan Barker, talks about his latest book, God the Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction (audiobook)   The roots of the book go to Richard Dawkins’ famous description of God in his book The God Delusion.

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”

Barker provides scriptural verses for each of the above attributes and then adds more that Dawkins missed.  Barker challenges Christians to pull back the veil of devotion and read what the “good book” really presents as “God.”

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Thursday, May 5th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, May 8th at 8:00 am on WPVM, 103.7.
Sunday, May 8th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, May 8th at 12:30 pm on KVGD 100.1.
Sunday, May 8th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, May 9th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, May 11th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast 11 am Pacific, Sunday May 8th.

John Loftus, How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from An Atheist, April 28 – May 4

John Loftus was an evangelical minister.  He has several degrees in Christian apologetics.  He pastored churches and taught at Christian colleges.  Then he left it all.   He has written a dozen books with titles such as Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity and The Outsider Test for Faith: How to Know Which Religion Is True.  His latest book is How to Defend the Christian Faith:  Advice from An Atheist.  He cuts through the mischaracterizations, special pleading and outright lies of Christian apologists.  He blogs at Debunking Christianity.

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**Just added: Monday, May 9th, at 11:30 am on KBOO, 90.7**

Thursday, April 28th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, May 1st at 8:00 am on WPVM, 103.7.
Sunday, May 1st at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, May 1st at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, May 2nd at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, May 4th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast 11 am Pacific, Sunday May 1st.

Terry Lindvall, God Mocks, April 21-27

What is the purpose of satire?  It is it effective?  Can it get you in trouble?  Terry Lindvall is the CS Lewis Professor of Communication and Christian Thought at Virginia Wesleyan College.  He writes about humor and in his latest book, God Mocks:  A History of Religious Satire From the Hebrew Prophets to Stephen Colberthe explores the role of religious satire throughout history.  From Elijah to Alexander Pope to Robert Ingersoll and more, Lindvall introduces us those who tickle our funny bone while calling us out.

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Thursday, April 21st at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, April 24th at 8:00 am on WPVM, 103.7.
Sunday, April 24th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, April 24th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, April 25th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, April 27th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast   1 am Pacific, Sunday April 24th.

Jim Wallis, America’s Original Sin, April 14-20

Jim Wallis, president and founder of Sojourners, is an evangelical Christian with a social conscience. He speaks and writes about ethics and public policy. His latest book is called America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to A New America. He has been engaging in town meetings around the country to discuss what it means for white people to “die to whiteness” and what we all need to do to make a bridge to a multi-cultural America.  Here is a report about the town meeting in Portland.

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Thursday, April 14th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, April 17th at 8:00 am on WPVM, 103.7.
Sunday, April 17th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, April 17th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, April 18th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, April 20th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast  11 am Pacific, Sunday April 17th.

John Shelby Spong, Biblical Literalism, April 7-13

A pioneer of the progressive Christian movement, John Shelby Spong, returns for the third time to Progressive Spirit.  We discuss his 25th book, Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy. The retired Episcopal Bishop of Newark demonstrates that the gospel writers were not writing material to be taken literally but liturgically. As Christianity moved away from Judaism it lost its ability to interpret the stories about Jesus.  The Christian faith became a matter of believing things that can’t possibly be true.   Fundamentalist Christians, says Spong, are heretics.   He charts a course for spiritual thinkers to embrace faith and the modern world. Find his weekly column at www.johnshelbyspong.com.

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Thursday, April 7th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, April 10th at 8:00 am on WPVM, 103.7.
Sunday, April 10th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, April 10th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, April 11th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, April 13th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast 11 am Pacific, Sunday April 10th.