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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Satanic – Episode 71

From time to time we are lucky enough to experience a true cultural shift.  These shifts represent changes to the old ways of acting and thinking, and they can sweep away old, outdated ideas and replace them with the NEW.

Today on the Secular Hubcast we are very proud to present an event which took place where we welcomed members from The Satanic Temple of Colorado into our midst.  These Satanists very generously shared their time and insight with the Secular Hub community in a fantastic event that helped to show how alike we all really are.  Please enjoy.

This was a Humanism at the Hub event.  Check out the next upcoming event on meetup

For the most up-to-date info on TST Colorado activities visit them on FaceBook

If email is more your thing then speak with Viktor by emailing him at media@thesatanictemplecolorado.com

GUESTS:

The Satanic Temple Colorado membership:

Virgil, Amanda Racket, Viktor LaMent, Damien Luciano

Secular Hub membership:

Tom Kellog, Jerry Gilbert, Melissa and Chris

HOST, EDITOR:  Jesse Gilbertson

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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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Atheists Who Help – Episode 62

All hail the Volunteer Queen!

Doesn’t it seem like it can be really hard to help sometimes?  Many of us have the impulse and desire to help but don’t know how to make a meaningful difference.  It’s common enough to look for a group, an organization already established to make it easier.

Monique is our guest this episode and we discuss how a group makes those volunteer opportunities available in the first place.  Monique is a long-term volunteer and Hub member, currently holding three volunteer positions including:

Check out Heart 9/11.  This organization is designed to help first responders, and it is the organization our Chili Cook Off will be benefitting.

GUEST:  Monique

HOST, EDITOR:  Jesse Gilbertson

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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 60 – Interview with a Holy Man

One great thing about the Secular Hub is that there is no religious affiliation to the group.  Just go there and you’re free from religion, dogma, indoctrination.

But that doesn’t mean we’re totally cut off and removed from all the people out there who do practice.  In fact, many of our members came out of some form of religious tradition.

What makes people stay in religion, or leave religion?  It’s a trade off with positives and negatives, so what makes one person stay in a religion and another person leave?

Today we speak with someone who stayed.  Mark Gomez is the pastor of SOLA church in Littleton, Colorado.  He’s been active in that community for years but came into studio to share a little in the atheist community we have here in Denver.

Visit the website of Sola Church here.  All their sermons are posted, like episodes in a podcast

Here’s a crazy story from NPR about how someone’s good intentions can really hurt a lot of people

If you’re on the South side of town stop in at GraceFull cafe.  They sell food like any restaurant but provide meals free of charge to those who need it

GUEST:  Pastor Mark Gomez

HOST, EDITOR:  Jesse Gilbertson

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Episode 57 – Feeding on the News 3

Once again we at the Hubcast delve into the news.  It never stops flowing and by paying attention over time we hope to learn and grow more, and possibly achieve some kind of wisdom and familiarity with the world.

First we discuss the testimony of Robert Mueller before Congress.  We also look at developments in the stories of well known pedophiles and child pornographers.  Not a pretty subject but one we shouldn’t be afraid to speak of.  Especially as we look at alleged connections between these shady figures and our own government.

HOST, EDITOR:  Jesse Gilbertson

HOST:  Paul Schilling

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