Episode 17 – Mandisa Thomas – Founder of Black Nonbelievers

Mandisa Thomas is the founder of Black Nonbelievers – a nonprofit that connects Black Americans and their allies who are living free of religion and might otherwise be shunned by family and friends in a caring, friendly, and informative environment. The group now has chapters in 14 major cities across the country. 

Mandisa serves on the board of directors for the American Humanist Association, and has been recognized as the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association’s 2018 Person of the Year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Freethought Heroine for 2019, and the Secular Student Alliance’s 2019 Backbone Award winner.

She talked to John about why she believes Christianity can’t be unlinked from white supremacy, why she took on the role of helping other Black atheists come out of the closet, and the importance of putting people first and keeping the momentum of this moment alive. 

Why the End is Always Near – with Dr. Lisa Vox Hard to Believe

Western history is marked by two curious truths – one is that people continue to insist the end of the world is imminent for whatever reason, and two that they are invariably wrong. Whether it's Y2K or the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse, whether it's The Walking Dead or Left Behind, we can't seem to shake our obsession with the end of the world. Why? And how have both the specifics and the stakes of the end times narrative shifted in a world driven by science, technology, and reason? Dr. Lisa Vox is the author of Existential Threats: American Apocalyptic Beliefs in the Technological Era. She joins John to share her expertise on the subject. Vox teaches both History and Environmental History with a focus on race-related issues, and she presents online lectures for Lesley University, the University of Massachusetts–Boston, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and at the University of Boston–Lowell. She also acts as an adjunct instructor of History for Young Harris College. Dr. Vox is on Twitter @Lisa_Vox
  1. Why the End is Always Near – with Dr. Lisa Vox
  2. Speak of the Devil – with Joseph Laycock
  3. Hard to Believe – A Very Special Episode: QANON
  4. The Life of Aleister Crowley, with author Richard Kaczynski
  5. HTB Flashback: Prof. Kris Lane on Christopher Columbus, Washington Irving, and the Toppling of Outdated Statues

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