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On this episode I have a very…. Well let’s just call it interesting conversation with David Smalley, the infamous host of Dogma Debate…. It started on the topic of if Atheism is a belief or a worldview then spirals from there. Have your popcorn handy for this one!
Toward the end of the discussion we start discussion Peter Boghossian and whether or not he said theism/Christianity should be classified as a mental illness in the DSM. You’ll here how that goes…
The quote in question was: “There is perhaps no greater contribution one could make to contain and perhaps even cure faith than removing the exemption that prohibits classifying religious delusions as mental illness. The removal of religious exemptions from the DSM would enable academicians and clinicians to bring considerable resources to bear on the problem of treating faith, as well as on the ethical issues surrounding faith-based interventions. In the long term, once these treatments and this body of research is refined, results could then be used to inform public health policies designed to contain and ultimately eradicate faith.” Peter Boghossian A Manual for Creating Atheists (Kindle Locations 3551-3555).
But look, even Jerry Coyne read it how pretty much EVERYONE read it… oh and see the comments on this blog and you’ll see all the atheists saying exactly what David claims to never see…
For a previous article I wrote on on David’s views, visit http://freedthinkerpodcast.blogspot.com/2014/06/a-response-to-david-smalleys-top-10_9.html
Enjoy the show!