Building a Moral Foundation: Moral Landscaping Part 2 Episode 73

In this episode of The Secular Hubcast we welcome Chris Shelton: a podcaster (Sensibly Speaking), critical thinker, ex-Scientologist and friend of the show. Together we further develop the ideas examined in the first part of our Moral Landscaping series. During our discussion Chris provides some push back that helps to further clarify and hone the ideas behind Building a Moral Foundation. The discussion gets a little heated but ends with smiles and handshakes.

 

This series is designed to build a moral foundation that you can use in your everyday life. Its meant to provide guidance and understanding of what morality is, how we can properly engage with it and how we can avoid moral relativism and other pitfalls of moral judgement and thinking. You can measure your own moral code to the foundation built in this series to determine if your moral position should be taken seriously.

 

HOST, EDITOR:  Paul Schilling

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Building a Moral Foundation: Moral Landscaping Part 1 Episode 72

In this week’s episode your host Paul Schilling looks to set the foundation of a useful and functional moral code. In doing so he discusses the main cornerstones to a useful moral code: the subjective elements, the objective elements, the moral continuum and basic human rights. After listening to this episode you should have a clear understanding of the moral framework Paul sets out and how to use it in your life. This is the first part of a multi part series where Paul will focus on the different elements of a useful moral code. Future episodes will focus on basic human rights, modern day mythology, clarification of the moral code and deep dives where we answer moral questions. The goal of this podcast is to give the listener a solid moral foundation from which to build on and use in real world situations.

 

HOST, EDITOR:  Paul Schilling

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Episode 70: CFI Conference Interview featuring Becky and Ruth from the Hub

In this episode of the Secular Hubcast we interview two Secular Hub members to get their perspective on the recent Center for Inquiry’s conference held in Las Vegas. Becky and Ruth describe their experiences, tell us about the different speakers they saw and encourage us to attend such conferences ourselves.

 

HOST, EDITOR:  Paul Schilling

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Episode 68 – A Conversation with a Theist Part 2

In this episode of the Secular Hubcast we dive further into the theist mindset to see if it holds up to secular morality. In it we discuss empathy, morality and work through some specific examples to see which world view wins out: the scientific world view or the theistic world view. Our guest Nathan Spears shares his theist perspective with us and answers a battering of questions from this weeks host Paul Schilling.

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Episode 67 – A Conversation with a Theist

In this episode of the Secular Hubcast we take a deep dive into the mind of a theist. Our special guest Nathan Spears discusses his problems with the scientific world view and attempts to demonstrate how science falls short in its search for truth, reality and consciousness. This is the first part in a multi-part conversation where we hit on a variety of topics. In this episode we focus on the short comings of science as it pertains to our world view, human’s place in the world and morality.

HOST, EDITOR:  Paul Schilling

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Episode 62: El Paso Shooter Manifesto Part 2

In this episode of the Secular Hubcast we break down the El Paso Shooter’s manifesto fact checking its claims and critically examining its structure and conclusion to determine if they are correct. This is an exercise in critical thought and we use our tools of reason, evidence and logic to engage with the El Paso Shooter’s ideas.

 

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Episode 61 – The El Paso Shooter’s Manifesto Part 1

In this episode of the Secular Hubcast we examine the El Paso shooter’s manifesto in detail. In it, we find his concerns, motivations and personal thoughts. Perhaps surprisingly we also find hints of his humanity.

 

HOST, EDITOR:  Paul Schilling

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Could you ever believe in the rapture?

There are many Christians that believe that when the rapture occurs they will be scooped up into the arms of Christ and shuttled off onto a cloud, or some other heavenly place, where they will look down upon the misery and suffering of those being tortured in hell. They often say this with a thin smile appearing on their face. When they articulate their belief in the rapture dogma, they often describe a pilot vanishing or a driver disappearing; leaving their passengers helpless in their absence. Since all Christians believe that they will go to heaven in the rapture, and simultaneously cannot say the same for anyone else, I can only presume that they imagine their children coasting aimlessly in an otherwise empty car down the highway until the driver-less vehicle finally smashes into a wall or guard rail. Who knows? Maybe they even imagine the anguish and death of their children, perhaps burning alive in the wreckage. After all, they worship a god that stands by and watches while countless children are raped and tortured every day. Being omnipresent, apparently god even becomes entangled in these grisly acts himself. Possibly relishing in both the pain of the tortured and the pleasure of the torturer. This is a god that set the stage for his own son to be brutally tortured and killed; again, doing nothing to stop this atrocity. If a Christian puts this type of god above all else in life, and they proclaim to do just that, then it is reasonable for me to assume that they themselves consider this possibility. This is one of the major problems I see with Christianity. As a non believer, who has a firm understanding of the Christian belief system, I must assume the worst of each Christian. That is until they show themselves to be a morally well person and not a blood lusting psychopath like their beloved Yahweh/Jesus. According to the fairy tale the two are one and the same; as is the holy spirit. Whatever that might be. When a Christian tells me the rapture story or when I hear it told to others they often leave out the punchline. “God will scoop me up in his arms and take me directly to heaven; and the rest of you will go straight to hell.” This leads me to wonder if Christians realize how horrible they sound and how immoral they are. I challenge you to think of a more immoral and horrific belief than that of the rapture. This may sound like a difficult task but ironically all one needs to do is flip through the pages of any religious text to meet such a challenge. What’s even worse is that it is hard to imagine anyone but a religious person advocating and preparing for, much less looking forward to such a terrifying event. Here is another major problem I have with the religious. How can they smile thinking of such savagery? Sadly I believe that they operate under one of two very narcissistic possibilities. The first is that they never think of anyone other then themselves. They are with god, so what else matters? Secondly, they actually like the idea of a huge number of people they know suffering. Especially so, if they are able to look on. Either option illustrates the madness of the religious thinker and their abandonment of their humanity.

Episode 59 – An Interview with Annie Laurie Gaylor

The Secular Hub interviews an american hero.

Annie Laurie Gaylor is a co-founder and co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation; the largest secular organization in North America. We caught up with her at the Secular Conference in Denver, CO which was a weekend long conference for secularists. In this episode we talk about the current political climate, human rights, secular progress and make some predictions about the future of the U.S.

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Episode 56 – Guns and the 2nd Amendment: Carving a Path Through

Join us for this diverse episode featuring Jesse Gilbertson, Chris Shelton and Melissa Shelton as we walk the rocky path of guns, gun ownership and the Second Amendment. In this episode we talk straight about gun rights, the moral implications of guns and what we think are the best solutions for how to solve our nations gun issues. The conversation takes twists and turns and sometimes even goes in circles as we test out our critical thinking skills. Hopefully, by the end you’ll have a clear understanding of the issues, where you stand on the subject and where we stand. I want to thank Jesse, Chris and Mel for putting up with all my questions and thought experiments as I know they are not everyone’s favorite exercise. I hope that it was all worth going through in order to fully flush out exactly what our values are regarding guns and how we came to our final conclusions. Please come down to the Secular Hub next Sunday at 10am for coffee and community and if want to discuss it further, I’m all ears.

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