January 24, 2010

The Atheism Tapes

I have really been enjoying The Atheism Tapes. For those not familiar with them, they are a collection of 6 brief interviews, each lasting roughly 30 minutes and each conducted with a different prominent atheist intellectual. I know that "intellectual" is a bad word these days in the U.S., but that is a real shame.

It is an absolute delight to listen to what Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Collin McGinn, Denys Turner, Steven Weinberg, and Arthur Miller have to say on the subject of atheism. The interviews are further enhanced through the involvement of Jonathan Miller as the interviewer. Miller really seems to to know his stuff and was so well prepared for the interviews that he was able to tailor each to the expertise of the subject very effectively. A sharper contrast with what passes for in-depth interviews on American news programs one will not find.

The interviews were filmed in 2004 for part of the BBC series titled "Atheism: A Rough History of Disbelief." The six clips which make up this collection were cut from the series to keep the length manageable.

The Atheism Tapes is easy to recommend to anyone with an interest in atheism.

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