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Conversations w/Great Minds P1: Dr. Reza Aslan - What Do Atheism & Islam Have in Common?

A special hour with Dr. Reza Aslan, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam / Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth joins Thom Hartmann for a special one hour Conversations w/Great Minds.


stripey7 4 years 20 weeks ago

Great interview. But I must pick a bone with you where you insist that atheism is a belief system. The truth is put well here: https://m.facebook.com/eric.hamell#!/photo.php?fbid=725361407558666&id=100002544416468&set=a.182869355141210.43006.100002544416468&source=57

We're all born atheists. Some of us never change, except for learning a name for what we already were.

Also, while I'm not an antitheist and generally agree with Dr. Aslan's criticism of that position, contra his statement I haven't heard any of them advocate "forcible" eradication of belief.

If you're interested in the possibility of mystical experience without theism or metaphysics of any kind, you should look into the writings of Susan Blackmore. She's my favorite rationalist because she has a very engaged, sympathetic interest in anomalous experience even while rejecting naïve interpretations thereof. You'll get a sense of why if you look at her intellectual biography.