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Which Atheists Would You Like to See Interviewed?

This summer, we've been working on some new plans for Strange Notions, and one of the ideas is to launch a new series of interviews with leading atheists.

We've interviewed a handful of skeptics in the past, including Bob Seidensticker, Chana Messinger, Dr. Michael Ruse, and Doug Shaver, but we'd like to hear from many more.

These interviews would be purely inquisitive. We're not looking to surreptitiously convert them through the questioning, or start a debate. They're friendly, casual, and simply provide a chance for everyone to learn more about what today's atheists believe (or don't believe.)

But we need your help to make this happen! Please let us know:

Which atheists would you like us to interview?

Leave a comment below with your recommendation(s). Also, try to be realistic: Stephen Hawking or Richard Dawkins or Neil deGrasse Tyson probably won't give us the time of day, but if you have an email address, contact info, or any connection with the person, please note that, too. It's often hard to connect with people online, especially if they have a high profile, so any leads or help you can offer would be appreciated.

Thanks so much!

Brandon Vogt

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Brandon Vogt is a bestselling author, blogger, and speaker. He's also the founder of StrangeNotions.com. Brandon has been featured by several media outlets including NPR, CBS, FoxNews, SiriusXM, and EWTN. He converted to Catholicism in 2008, and since then has released several books, including The Church and New Media (Our Sunday Visitor, 2011), Saints and Social Justice (Our Sunday Visitor, 2014), and RETURN (Numinous Books, 2015). He works as the Content Director for Bishop Robert Barron's Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. Brandon lives with his wife, Kathleen, and their five children in Central Florida. Follow him at BrandonVogt.com or connect through Twitter at @BrandonVogt.

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  • Doro

    Staks Rosch would be a great interview!

  • Most atheists at Patheos (www.patheos.com/Nonreligious-Blogs) can be contacted through their About page.

    • Michael Murray

      I recommend your good self !

  • Rob Abney

    I would like to see an interview of Michael Murray!

  • Anyone from the Secular Outpost blog

  • Jim (hillclimber)

    Great idea! Good luck with the new direction.

    For my part, I generally find the contributors at meaningoflife.tv to be pretty good. Dan Kaufmann hosts a show there, and I believe he self-identifies as an atheist. Not sure if he is within reach, but worth a try, I think. No personal connection, sorry.

  • William Scott

    Dr. Peter Boghossian would be fantastic! He's had many other Christians programs and is very respectful while remaining firm to his point.

  • George

    Matt Dillahunty.

    If he's too busy, go to the youtube channel of TheraminTrees, the creator of this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZpJ7yUPwdU Because I'd like to see him interviewed by SN.

  • David Nickol

    I would like to see an interview with Gary Gutting, who identifies as an agnostic (not an atheist) but also a Catholic. Here is a brief excerpt from an "interview" which he did with himself in the New York Times:

    G.G.: So are you what we might call a “mysterian theist”?

    g.g.: No, I’m an agnostic. I don’t find it reasonable to accept or reject a transcendent God, so I withhold judgment.

    G.G.: How can you be an agnostic and still claim to be a Catholic?

    g.g.: Because, despite my agnosticism, I still think it’s worth pursuing the
    question of whether God exists, and for me the Catholic intellectual and
    cultural tradition has great value in that pursuit.

    Gary Gutting is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame, and he published a book last year titled Talking God: Philosophers on Belief. The book info on Amazon says, in part,

    Featuring conversations with twelve skeptics, atheists, agnostics, and believers—including Alvin Plantinga, Philip Kitcher, Michael Ruse, and John Caput—Talking God offers new perspectives on religion, including the challenge to believers from evolution, cutting-edge physics and cosmology; arguments both for and against atheism; and meditations on the value of secular humanism and faith in the modern world. Experts offer insights on Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism, as well as Judaism and Christianity. Topical and illuminating, Talking God gives readers a deeper understanding of faith today and how philosophers understand it.

  • Steven Dillon

    Graham Oppy

  • I'd be happy to chat.

    http://justinvacula.com/about-justin/

    Justin Vacula hosts the Stoic Philosophy Podcast; serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and hosts monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia.

    He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events.

    Vacula received bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is pursuing a degree in Marywood University’s graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and formerly worked for the Arc of Luzerne County’s Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher’s assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    He also plays poker; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign and plays at events in the Eastern United States; and enjoys metal music.

  • Michael Murray

    Sean Carroll

    There is contact info on his webpage

    https://www.preposterousuniverse.com/contact/

  • Michael Murray

    Ryan J. Bell from "Year without God"

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryan_J._Bell

  • Michael Murray

    You haven't had a female suggestion yet. I could make a few but they have previously been banned from here ... I don't follow the atheist bloggers that closely but maybe Linda La Scola

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rationaldoubt/author/lascola/

  • neil_pogi

    i"d like individuals to be interviewed: former theists became atheists. i'd like to know how they become atheists. is it emotional? logical? or science-based?

  • Arthur Jeffries

    Daniel C. Maguire. Here's his contact info from his faculty page on Marquette University's website:

    (414) 288-5508
    daniel.maguire@marquette.edu

  • Arthur Jeffries
  • The Observer

    Please, PLEASE... stay away from the "New Atheists". They're a one note samba, having nothing new to say that they haven't already flogged until that poor horse is dead, dead, dead.

  • Arthur Jeffries

    David Johnson. I'm familiar with him through his contributions to the discussions that take place over at https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable. He posts there under the handle dandbj13.

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/dandbj13

  • VicqRuiz

    My first choice would be Susan Jacoby, for her depth of knowledge of the great atheists and agnostics of the 18th and 19th century. (many of whom could teach the "new atheists" a thing or two).

    I also second the nomination of Matt Dillahunty.

  • Kenneth Winsmann

    Shelly Kagen!

  • Well, since someone recommended me, I interviewed you, and I am probably the only atheist who has read your new book, I would certainly be open to being interviewed. You can even ask me about my impressions of your book. .
    -Staks

  • I do think it is funny that you asked me a question on Facebook and then blocked be from the Facebook page so I couldn't answer. Still, I am an atheist willing to answer questions and be interviewed by you. I treated you fairly when I interviewed you and I would expect the same fairness in return.
    -Staks
    https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/religion/article/74500-why-you-should-be-a-catholic-pw-talks-to-brandon-vogt.html

  • Any takers on an interview with a real live atheist? I'm still here.

  • Sean Carroll would be at the top of my list.

  • John Zalewski

    Bill Nye or Penn and Teller.

  • Don't know why I didn't think of this guy earlier, but he's one of my favorites: Neil Godfrey. http://vridar.org/about/

    [Edit: I noticed after posting that he's already been recommended.]

  • April Clark

    I know you said no big names...but Bill Nye! If at all possible.

  • I'm still waiting... or are you guys just interested in interviewing inexperienced atheists who you can push around with the first cause argument?

  • Okay, so what was the result of this blog post? Which atheist are you going to interview?

  • Matt Dillahunty.

  • Dana Harper

    Jen Peebles, because of her esteemed military service.