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Before offering my thoughts on this DVD set, here is a brief descriptioni of the interviews.
**Richard Dawkins (Cambridge zoologist and atheist): MIller and Dawkins talk about what led Dawkins to disavow belief in God in light of the theory of evolution and why he thinks religion is a dangerous mindset.
** Daniel Dennett (American philosopher and ahtiest): Dennett ruminates on why religion should be studied as a naturalistic phenomenon, like any other belief and why the theory of evolution is simulteneously elegant and threatening.
** Colin McGinn (British philosopher and atheist): Miller and McGinn discuss why reasons for believing in God are unsatisfying and why it may be best not to believe. In this, they discuss whether morality can be rooted in natural principles.
** Denys Turner (Cambridge theologian and Christian): Miller and Turner argue over whether there is evidence for God's existence, whether anything can be said about God (if it does exist), and whether atheists are simply "dodging the quesiton" of explaining how something can come from nothing.
**Steven Weinberg (American Cosmologist and atheist): Weinberg talks about whether physics/cosmology gives good reasons for believing in God, why physcists don't seem to care much about the quesiton, and why Weinberg - a physicist - does.
**Arthur Miller (American playwright and atheist): I confess not to fully understand what the point of Miller's interview being included here was.Read more ›
The Atheism Tapes are 6 video recorded conversation with well know atheists who explain their point of view on the subject of atheism. These recording were meant to be included in some form in the documentary of "A Rough History of Disbelief" but due to time constraints they were not included.
These recorded interviews were so good, that Mr. Miller and his producers decided to make and release these interviews as, "The Atheism Tapes".
I have seen The Atheism Tapes by Jonathan Miller and they are my favorite DVD on the subject of Atheism. Jonathan Miller is a well educated man that speaks plainly, easily and clearly about the subject of Atheism. He does not believe in God but he is not preachy about the subject when he talks about it. You can tell he is thoughtful and genuinely wishes to understand how how people can believe so firmly in something that has never been show to exist.
I would highly recommend them for all people to watch. Atheists should watch it to see how others atheists think about the subject. Those that "believe" can watch it and learn what atheism is all about, not what they have been told which may be wrong.
For those with little background, these tapes are easily understandable, and whether you agree with the scientists and philosophers presented here or not-- the ideas they present make for provocative viewing. There is interesting history in these interviews; interesting philosophy; and interesting debate.
Should you still choose to believe, even after viewing Dr. Miller and his interviewees, at least you will also know the reasons why others choose not to-- and that their lack of belief does not make them immoral, selfish, and without hope. (They are often just the opposite, in fact.) There is nothing more empowering than having an open mind; and nothing more oppressive than having a closed one. Faith is ultimately a feeling, after all; but having that feeling doesn't mean you should abandon thinking as well.
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I found even after listening and seeing this once. I still have a long ways to thinking about all that these people said. I may see over an over .Published 6 months ago by matthew am
it was okay short but to the point... again I am happy that I will be but dust in the wind and can accept that with all of my self worthiness.Published 12 months ago by chil420
I think the title was based as a joke and a counter in a way to the The Screwtape Letters (which are fun read). Read morePublished 21 months ago by Meme7
I'm glad to know that there are people who think like I do. People look at you like you are crazy when you tell them you don't believe in god.Published on December 11, 2013 by Jim Quinn
Given the distinguished panel of brilliant men who are interviewed, I nearly expected to hear some extremely convincing arguments against the idea of the existence of a creator. Read morePublished on May 7, 2013 by Sinead Summer
Very scholarly presentations. Unusual. Thought-provoking. I was riveted to every word. Highly recommend it, regardless of religious views. I have watched each interview four times.Published on February 17, 2013 by jackie david corbin
Although these episodes do show clear bias to atheistic views the insights offered will benefit anybody that considers intelligence and well spoken conversation virtuous.Published on March 18, 2012 by coverdrums
This is a great bunch of conversations. And I feel like Miller in that, I don't try to be an atheist, I just am one. It is not an act of effort on my part. Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by John Gray Hunter Jr.
This was very good and I love how he talked to a variety of people. Very entertaining and enlightening. Read morePublished on November 3, 2010 by Lisa Houserman