Episode 79: The Historicity of Jesus

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Greg Christensen, Ian Macaulay, and Gem Newman discuss whether the character of Jesus Christ as portrayed in the Christian Bible is actually based on an historical figure, and Greg gives us a review of Bill O’Reilly’s new book along the way.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism presented by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Links: Historicity of Jesus (Wikipedia) | Christ myth theory (Wikipedia) | Carrier and Ehrman disagree on the historicity of Jesus | David Fitzgerald responds to criticism of Nailed | LUEE Episode 72: The War on Christmas (A Brief History) | Irreligiosophy: The One True Podcast (Website, iTunes) | The Bible Geek Show (Website, iTunes) | Josephus on Jesus | Tacitus on Christ | Criterion of Embarrassment | Acharya S (Wikipedia)

Books: Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard | Nailed, by David Fitzgerald | Proving History, by Richard Carrier | The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man, by Robert Price | Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth, by Bart Ehrman

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Episode 72: The War on Christmas: A Brief History

Episode 72: The War on Christmas: A Brief History

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem Newman discusses the nativity story and the way we celebrate Christmas with Richelle McCullough, Jeffrey Olsson, and Ian Leung, then hosts a rousing game of Santa Fact or Santa Fiction! Special thanks to Mat André, who helped Ian with our music this week.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism presented by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Links: Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba | Calgary Secular Church | Chris Hadfield | Discrepancies in the Nativity Accounts (Matthew 1:18–2:23, Luke 1:26–2:40, Wikipedia, Errancy.org) | Herod the Great | Census of Quirinius | Celebrating Christmas in Canada: A Public Opinion Study | Don’t Fall For the Salvation Army’s PR Spin! They’re Still Super Antigay | Focus on the Family’s 2008 Christmas-Friendly Shopping Guide | The War on Christmas (Time Magazine, Wikipedia) | Jul (Yule) | Saturnalia | Sol Invictus

Santa Fact or Santa Fiction! Sources: The Claus That Refreshes | 12 Weird Christmas Traditions | Christmas Tree Production | Spiders and Their Webs Are Not Showed the Door on Ukrainian Christmas | Switzerland’s ‘World’s Best Father Christmas’ Competition | Black Peter | El Caganer

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Episode 7: Geocentrism and Biblical Cosmology

Episode 7: Geocentrism and Biblical Cosmology

In this episode of Life, the Universe, & Everything Else, Richelle McCullough, Javier Hernandez-Melgar, and Gem Newman discuss how we know that the Earth is not stationary at the centre of the universe, and why the Bible is not a good source of knowledge about cosmology.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism presented by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Links: In Which the World Revolves Around Robert Sungenis (Part 1, Part 2) | The Scriptural Basis for a Geocentric Cosmology | What is Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation? | How Do We Understand the Coriolis Force? | Michelson-Morley Experiment (Wikipedia) | Sean Carroll’s Cosmology Primer | Sean Carroll on Geocentrism | Phil Plait on Geocentrism

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Correction: On this episode, I made an offhand reference to the fact that a 200C homeopathic dilution of Oscillococcinum is “like diluting a jug of milk in the Milky Way galaxy”. When I listened to the episode after it aired, I realised that I’d made an error. What I had described is actually much closer to the standard 30C homeopathic dilution (it’s about 33C). So what would a 200C dilution look like? Well, it’s impossible to describe a 200C dilution in these terms, because there are insufficient atoms in the universe (by about 320 orders of magnitude, I might add). This is why homeopaths need to use serial dilution to make their potions.