Joining me for today is Noelle George, Executive Director of Foundation Beyond Belief! Since the holidays have rolled around again and you’ve likely started to hear the annoying, holier than thou jangle of constant Salvation Army bells outside of every grocery store and mall, I thought it might be a good idea to talk with someone doing charity without strings attached! Noelle and I talk about her background and atheism for a bit, and then we go on to discuss the exciting and important work the foundation does!
I highly recommend donation to Foundation Beyond Belief, but whoever you donate to, listen in to today’s episode to hear how to better vet them and make sure your money is doing actual good!
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6 thoughts on “AS303: Doing Charity Better, with Foundation Beyond Belief”
I have no problem with the name Thomas, but again as a former professional website developer my problem with it is that “Serious Inquiries Only” as opposed to “Atheistically Speaking”, will never be number one, or likely even in the top ten of google search results because it’s such a common term. And as is very often the case, as it was with me with Atheistically Speaking, people will search for it when they see it mentioned, or it’s recommended to them, and they won’t find it.
I wanted to add that seriouspod would work well as a name for search purposes, and you could have Serious Inquiries Only as the internal name. Like “Welcome to Serious Inquiries Only on the SeriousPod podcast.” Anyway my two cents. 🙂
I love the name, Atheistically Speaking but about two weeks ago I was thinking how the name doesn’t really fit the show anymore. I also agree with the sentiments that I want to talk about the show to people at work but the name would put off just about everyone since they are all majorly Christian.
That said, I have a bad feeling about Apple getting the name change working on iTunes, because iTunes is a mess these days and Apple can’t even fix minor issues with their software.
How about “Thomas and Anything But the Bible?”
Stitcher all of a sudden can’t (won’t ?) play any A.S. podcasts now!
Loved the show! I’m involved with the atheist group Sunday Assembly in Brisbane (Australia) and we get involved with a variety of local charities. As a lifelong atheist, I think it’s important that we also get involved in getting involved in giving back and don’t leave it up to religious organisations. I’m very impressed with what Noelle is doing.
I wanted to make you aware of a project I’m working on – a secular documentary about the history of Jesus and early Christianity called “Inventing The Messiah”. The plan is to interview a range of scholars, some believers (for balance) and some non-believers, about what we actually know about the first hundred or so years of the church, purely from a secular historical perspective. I’m hoping it will be a useful entry for folks who have never ventured into reading books by guys like Robert M Price and Bart Ehrman. We’ll be exploring the historical evidence (or lack thereof) for Jesus and all of the different versions of Christianity that were around for the first few hundred years that had very different beliefs than what we today think of as mainstream Christianity.
I’ve spent the last few years making a living producing a few different series of history podcasts that go deep on facts but are also funny and entertaining (lifeofcaesar.com, alexanderthegreat.life, acoldwar.com, napoleonbonapartepodcast.com) and have a decent audience.
At the moment we’ve raised about half of the funding we need and we’ve just launched a Kickstarter to try to raise the balance: http://kck.st/2k7z30d
So if you’re interested, I’d love to come on your show to talk a little about the historicity of early Christianity which, speaking as a lifelong atheist and history nerd, is a fascinating story.
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