EPISODE 023: "Fundamental" Atheism: Part 2: Chad Mummert

Extremism is so easy. You’ve got your position, and that’s it. It doesn’t take much thought. And when you go far enough to the right you meet the same idiots coming around from the left. (Interview, Time Magazine, February 20, 2005)
— Clint Eastwood

This is part two of our time with Chad discussing fundamentalism and Chad being an atheist.  Fundamentalism is something that frustrates us both and is not solely limited to religion.  You can be a fundamentalist about anything.

relating to or advocating strict adherence to the basic principles of any subject or discipline

Maybe this isn’t so much an episode about atheism as it is a hope that we could end extremism. Although we discuss and sometimes debate the difference between creationism and Darwinism, we find ourselves very near one another in the understanding of these things.

In an information age, when we have abundant access to information we often can find it easier with this information to become fundamentalists.

It's amazing how in the end we understand each other and begin seeing closer to eye to eye on our humanity and understanding.

The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holders lack of rational conviction. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately.
— Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays

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