Discussions with Skeptics

Discussion with Naturalist Matthew Ferguson Part 2

The Don Johnson Show, 4-5-13 Don compares worldviews with metaphysical naturalist blogger Matthew Ferguson, a doctoral student at UC Irvine. In this part of the conversation, Don and Matthew discuss science and miracles. Some links to go with the show:   Miracles... read more

Discussion with Naturalist Matthew Ferguson Part 1

The Don Johnson Show, 4-5-13 Don compares worldviews with metaphysical naturalist blogger Matthew Ferguson, a doctoral student at UC Irvine. In this part of the conversation, Don and Matthew discuss the "mind-body" problem faced by reductionistic materialism. Some... read more

Discussion with Wesley the Atheist Ex-Pastor, Part 2

The Don Johnson Show, 9-9-12 Don talks with atheist caller Wesley. Wesley grew up Christian and attended Dallas Baptist University and Dallas Theological Seminary, receiving a B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy. He then worked as a pastor for several years before giving up... read more

Discussion with Wesley the Atheist Ex-Pastor, Part 1

The Don Johnson Show, 9-9-12 Don talks with atheist caller Wesley. Wesley grew up Christian and attended Dallas Baptist University and Dallas Theological Seminary, receiving a B.A and M.A. in Philosophy. He then worked as a pastor for several years before giving up... read more

Discussion with Fahran the ex-Muslim Agnostic

The Don Johnson Show, 4-30-12 Don and Brandon talk with Farhan Qureshi of beliefrevision.com. Farhan is an ex-Muslim who now is part of a Unitarian Universalist congregation. He describes himself as a truth seeker, a free thinker, an agnostic theist, a relativist, a... read more

Conversation with Bill the Naturalist

The Don Johnson Show, 3-21-11 Don and Brandon talk with Bill, an atheist caller from Virginia. In a discussion that ranges from bears to objective morality, each man presents and defends some evidences for their... read more

Naturalism, Morality, and Free Will

The Don Johnson Show, 3-9-12 Scott from Oregon calls in to talk to Don and Brandon about a naturalistic framework for morality that he finds reasonable. The discussion focuses largely on free will and includes references to the new book by Sam Harris of that... read more

An Atheist’s View of Heaven

The Don Johnson Show, 11-28-11 Don and Brandon talk with Emery Wang of the A Christian and an Atheist podcast. Emery called in to talk about heaven, specifically his article about why there won't be any flowers... read more

Discussion with Jason the Ex-Christian

The Don Johnson Show, 8-1-11 Don and Brandon take a call from Jason, who abandoned a version of Christianity after 25 years of belief and ministry to become a "secular humanist." A key line from this conversation occurs at around the 1:15 mark: After Don explains what... read more

Discussion with Justin the Atheist

The Don Johnson Show, 1-31-11 Don and Brandon compare worldviews with caller Justin. They discuss, among other topics, why Don thinks Justin's understanding of Christianity is faulty and whether the accuracy of the scientific method is actually evidence for... read more

Conversation with Jeremy Beahan of Reasonable Doubts

The Don Johnson Show, 5-24-10 In response to listener requests, Jeremy Beahan of Reasonable Doubts comes on the show to address the issues we brought up in our April 19th broadcast and try to clarify his position regarding naturalism and... read more

Can One be Talked Out Of Being a Christian?

The Don Johnson Show, 2-22-10 Don and Brandon talk with caller Brian about whether it is possible to be "talked out of" being a Christian. More on the Dark Ages in which we currently live, including a reference to a NY Times piece on kids and boredom and a story about... read more

Morality and Meaning According to an Atheist

The Don Johnson Show, 11-16-09 Don and Brandon talk with caller Aaron about whether atheism or theism better accounts for the data our senses provide. Specific topics include how to explain the Fort Hood shooting and whether or not life has any ultimate... read more

Discussion with Aaron the Agnostic

The Don Johnson Show, 5-18-09 Don and Brandon talk to caller Aaron about whether or not you can approach a topic like the resurrection without some presuppositions about the nature of... read more