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. 

#3.15 – Dr. Joshua Bowen Hard to Believe – A Podcast About Belief

For the first episode of 2023, John spoke to Dr. Joshua Bowen. He’s an expert in the ancient near east and a regular on YouTube and podcasts, as well as the author of The Atheist Handbook to the Old Testament, which guides curious people with no personal faith investment through what the Old Testament actually says and how to understand it in context and as an historical artifact. Here Dr. Josh talk about his former life as a fundamentalist, how research and critical thinking moved took him out of that belief system, and what often stands in the way of a real understanding of the Bible and who wrote it. You can learn more about the work he does alongside his wife, Megan Lewis and how to support them and their work here: Digital Hammurabi Dr. Josh's book, The Atheist Handbook to the Old Testament, is available here in physical and digital form. He is on Twitter @DJHammurabi1
  1. #3.15 – Dr. Joshua Bowen
  2. #3.14 – #FreeCasey – with Jenn Tisdale
  3. #3.13 – Shannon Foley Martinez
  4. #3.12 – The Monster That Made Bram Stoker
  5. #3.11 – The Heathen Queen

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