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The Rational Religion Show
The Rational Religion Show tackles big questions with a light touch. Brothers Tahir & Umar Nasser, two British doctors, have fun looking at politics and culture through the lens of Ahmadiyya Islam.
Jan 23, 2021
DARWIN'S RIVAL: Alfred Russel Wallace's Fight for INTELLIGENT Evolution | Feat. Michael Flannery
Professor Michael Flannery walks us through the rivalry between Darwin and Wallace. They both co-founded the modern theory of evolution. But soon, Wallace split with Darwin over the power of natural selection. For Wallace, evolution by natural selection was real; but its power was limited. It could not explain many aspects of the biological world, leading Wallace to believe that Divine Direction was needed to explain the course of life's evolution. Video version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2wMh8IHK38&
1 hr 10 min
Dec 16, 2020
Mindfulness: Fake Spirituality for a Capitalist World?
Tahir and Umar are joined by Dr. Damir Rafi, the author of a blistering new critique of the Mindfulness movement. We discuss his experience with it, the origins of Buddhist meditation, the scientific evidence for mindfulness, and a bit of Russell Brand for good measure too. You can watch the video of this discussion via clips of this on our YouTube channel.
1 hr 22 min
Nov 29, 2020
Neil DeGrasse Tyson Gets Religion Seriously Wrong
Tahir and Umar have a good time taking on Neil DeGrasse Tyson's criticisms of religion - that a good God would not allow suffering, and that religion is not evidence-based. You can also watch this discussion on the Rational Religion YouTube channel.
1 hr 8 min
Aug 23, 2020
Systemic Racism — What People Keep Missing | The Rational Religion Show, Ep. 2
"End Systemic Racism!" But how? Is trying to fix cultural issues enough? How do we change the economic reality for people? And what is at the spiritual root of racism? Tahir & Umar Nasser, two Ahmadi Muslims, discuss the issues brought forward by Black Lives Matters and recent events in the USA. YouTube video: https://youtu.be/PvD-dsqWiVU
1 hr 22 min
Jul 29, 2020
The Geopolitics of Jesus' Second Coming
Do Evangelical beliefs affect foreign policy? Are many Jews and Muslims alike waiting for the wrong kind of Messiah? And is there any evidence that Jesus survived the crucifixion? Find out in the debut episode of The Rational Religion Show!
1 hr 19 min