Whom Shall I Interview? Your Recommendations…

by Luke Muehlhauser on May 31, 2010 in Podcast

Your host, man of mystery.

Your host, man of mystery.

Many of you really enjoy the depth and variety of the interviews I do with philosophers, scientists, and historians for Conversations from the Pale Blue Dot. Here is your place to recommend future guests. Please give at least the guest’s name and interview subject. Note that I cannot get anybody I want. Some people are too busy, some people don’t like to give interviews, some people are scared away by the name of this blog, and some have other reasons. Most people I invite never reply to my email.

So, if you’re a student of anyone you’d like for me to interview, I’d be most grateful if you “prime” them: mention the podcast to them and tell them you’d love to see them interviewed.

Updated June 27th, 2010.

Here’s the list of guests you have requested, ranked by number of people requesting them (not including past guests):

  • (17) Bart Ehrman on the mainstream view of Jesus as an apocalyptic prophet.
  • (12) William Lane Craig on natural theology.
  • (10) Paul Draper on arguments from evil and intrinsic probability.
  • (10) Peter Singer on practical ethics.
  • (9) Sam Harris on morality and the dangers of Islam.
  • (7) Eliezer Yudkowsky on improving one’s rationality and cryonics and metaethics.
  • (6) Alexander Pruss on metaphysics.
  • (5) J.L. Schellenberg on divine hiddenness.
  • (5) Robin Collins on fine-tuning.
  • (5) Richard Dawkins on atheism.
  • (5) Victor Reppert on the argument from reason.
  • (5) Dean Zimmerman on substance dualism.
  • (5) Scott Atran on the evolution of religion.
  • (4) Elliott Sober on design arguments.
  • (4) Robert Fogelin on Hume’s argument on miracles.
  • (4) Richard Feldman on religious disagreement and evidentialism.
  • (4) Victor Stenger on the New Atheism.

  • (4) Alvin Plantinga on reformed epistemology and the evolutionary argument against naturalism.
  • (4) Charles Taliaferro on substance dualism.
  • (4) Michael Martin on natural theology.
  • (4) Timothy McGrew on the historicity of the resurrection.
  • (3) Shelly Kagan on morality.
  • (3) Keith DeRose on religious epistemology and theodicy.
  • (3) Thomas Nagel on naturalism and religion.
  • (3) Jordan Howard Sobel on natural theology.
  • (3) Ted Sider on theism.
  • (3) Richard Swinburne on theism and explanation.
  • (3) Andy Thompson on the evolution of morality.
  • (3) Nicholas Everitt on natural theology.
  • (3) Robin Hanson on improving one’s rationality.
  • (3) Peter van Inwagen on metaphysics.
  • (3) Stewart Goetz on substance dualism.
  • (3) Susan Haack on evidence.
  • (3) Lawrence Krauss on cosmology and God.
  • (3) Peter Kreeft on Medieval theology.
  • (3) Lydia McGrew on Christianity.
  • (2) Christopher Hitchens on politics and religion.
  • (2) Brian Davies on Thomistic philosophy of religion.
  • (2) Daniel Dennett on design arguments, evolution, consciousness.
  • (2) Peter Millican on Humeís Abject Failure.
  • (2) Marc Hauser on morality.
  • (2) Paula Fredriksen on the historical Jesus.
  • (2) Eugenie Scott on science and religion.
  • (2) Michael Inzlicht on the psychology of religious belief.
  • (2) John Foster on substance dualism.
  • (2) Pascal Boyer on the evolution of religion.
  • (2) Ophelia Benson on religious treatment of women.
  • (2) Quentin Smith on atheistic cosmology.
  • (2) Austin Dacey on ethics.
  • (2) Rebecca Goldstein on philosophy and fiction.
  • (2) Ted Drange on arguments from nonbelief and from evil.
  • (2) Mike Rea on naturalism.
  • (2) Brian Leiter on religion and toleration.
  • (2) Sean Carroll on cosmology and atheism.
  • (2) Bill Vallicella on divine simplicity and his paradigm theory of existence.
  • (2) Richard Joyce on morality.
  • (2) Matt Dillahunty on atheism.
  • (2) Trent Dougherty on naturalism.
  • (2) Steven Pinker on decline of violence and how language affects our perception.
  • (2) Paul Churchland on neurophilosophy.
  • (2) Richard Gale on atheism.
  • (2) P.Z. Myers on atheism and the religious right.
  • (2) Ed Feser on atheism and religion.
  • (2) Nick Bostrom on fine-tuning and observation-selection effects.
  • (1) Steven Wykstra on skeptical theism.
  • (1) Tyler Wunder on Plantingaís warrant-phase reformed epistemology.
  • (1) Richard Grigg on radical theology.
  • (1) Dennis MacDonald on Homer and the gospels.
  • (1) Bobby Pruitt on tough questions for Christianity.
  • (1) John Turri on Perceiving God.
  • (1) Daniel Wallace on New Testament textual criticism.
  • (1) Bradley Monton on intelligent design.
  • (1) Mano Singham on religion and physics.
  • (1) Craig Keener on the New Testament.
  • (1) Glenn Peoples on materialist Christian anthropology.
  • (1) A.C. Grayling on design arguments.
  • (1) Crispin Wright on actual infinities.
  • (1) Saul Kripke on philosophy of religion.
  • (1) Daniel Howard-Snyder on the problem of evil.
  • (1) John Spong on liberal Christianity.
  • (1) Richard Holloway on liberal Christianity.
  • (1) David Eller on the anthropology of religion.
  • (1) Pete Rollins on a/theism.
  • (1) Richard Beck on the psychology of religion.
  • (1) J.C.A. Gaskin on Hume’s philosophy of religion.
  • (1) Simon Blackburn on Hume’s philosophy of religion.
  • (1) Sahotra Sarkar on intelligent design.
  • (1) Don Cupitt on atheistic theology.
  • (1) Marlene Winell on self-help for overcoming religious fundamentalism.
  • (1) Walter Sinnott-Armstrong on morality.
  • (1) Philip Kitcher on evolution and religion.
  • (1) Luke Galen on the psychology of religion.
  • (1) R. Joseph Hoffman on biblical scholarship.
  • (1) Tim Callahan on biblical scholarship.
  • (1) Tom Reese on cultural causes of religion.
  • (1) Robert Sapolsky on neuroendrocrinology and religion.
  • (1) David Wood on Islam.
  • (1) Brian Leftow on God and eternity.
  • (1) Mark Murphy on natural law theory.
  • (1) James Kugel on the Bible.
  • (1) Richard Chappell on ethics.
  • (1) Patricia Churchland on neurophilosophy.
  • (1) Michael Huemer on ethical intuitionism.
  • (1) Yujin Nagasawa on theism.
  • (1) Marilyn McCord Adams on the problem of evil.
  • (1) Gene Witmer on presuppositionalism.
  • (1) Darrel Falk on evangelical Christianity.
  • (1) Bruce Waltke on evangelical Christianity.
  • (1) Peter Enns on evangelical Biblical criticism.
  • (1) Kenton Sparks on evangelical Biblical criticism.
  • (1) David Sloan Wilson on the evolution of religoin.
  • (1) David Deutch on physics and explanation.
  • (1) NonStampCollector on theism.
  • (1) William Hasker on theism.
  • (1) Arif Ahmend on theism.
  • (1) Stephen Fry on religion.
  • (1) Neil DeGrasse Tyson on science and religion.
  • (1) Jerry Walls on heaven and hell.
  • (1) Harry K. Jones on monism.
  • (1) Philip Jenkins on pedophile priests and Christianity in the global south.
  • (1) Martha Nussbaum on ìLiberty of Conscienceî.
  • (1) David Chalmers on non-theistic dualism.
  • (1) Jesse Thorn on atheism and the meaning of life.
  • (1) Charles Goodman on Buddhism.
  • (1) Michael Tooley on philosophy of religion.
  • (1) James Franklin on religion.
  • (1) Dale Allison on the historical Jesus.
  • (1) E.P. Sanders on the historical Jesus.
  • (1) Greg Boyd on open theism.
  • (1) Andrew Sullivan on Christianity and homosexuality.
  • (1) Keith Parsons on atheism.
  • (1) Lee Strobel on apologetics.
  • (1) Fred Clark of Slackivist on the Left Behind series.
  • (1) Michael Shermer on skepticism.
  • (1) John Frame.
  • (1) Douglas Wilson.
  • (1) J.P. Moreland.
  • (1) Earl Doherty on historical Jesus.
  • (1) Phil Zuckerman on society without God.
  • (1) Fred Phelps on his sexuality.
  • (1) Pete Stark.
  • (1) Ted Stark.
  • (1) Pope Benedict.
  • (1) Carol Howard-Merritt.
  • (1) Marlene Winnell.
  • (1) Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
  • (1) Mark Lilla on the history of religion.
  • (1) Scott Clifton.
  • (1) Robert Wright on the history of religion.
  • (1) Michael Ruse on the New Atheism.

Remember to glance over the list of past guests, as many people are recommending people I have already interviewed.

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Landon Hedrick April 11, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Oops, I just posted a link to my recommendations on the Robert Price thread. Here they are once again: http://landonhedrick.blogspot.com/2010/04/conversations-from-pale-blue-dot.html

Sorry, this is the third time I’ve posted the link on your website. I guess now that it’s in the right place I won’t need to do it again.


Scott April 11, 2010 at 8:40 pm

One of the New Atheists (esp. Dawkins) would be fun – criticize their own works’ rigor to them. He’s such the poster-boy for the “movement”, yet so philosophically bad. I’d love to watch his fans’ heads explode. I doubt it could ever happen, though.

More realistically, Peter Kreeft (Boston College) would be interesting. He’s an expert on Aquinas, and you could discuss the relevance of Medieval philosophy in the modern world. We’ve exceeded their knowledge base in every area, so why use it except in a historical context? All the good bits I enjoy from it are usually from Classical antiquity, anyway, with Jesus sprinkled on it.

Also, try to get Bobby Pruitt (the pastor from the church to whom we submitted questions). Ask what his purpose was for asking for questions, then ask ones he never answered from the list we gave here. A softball interview, but it could prove entertaining. Does he know this is the site that found the submission box?


Alex April 11, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Nick Bostrom on fine-tuning and observation selection effects?


Hjalti April 11, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Two suggestions:

Richard Carrier – the resurrection of Jesus (didn’t see a interview with him here after a quick search)

Theodore Drange – Argument from unbelief and/or PoE.


lukeprog April 11, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Nick Bostrom is awesome.


exapologist April 11, 2010 at 9:21 pm

-Neil Manson on the current state of the debate on the fine-tuning argument


exapologist April 11, 2010 at 9:45 pm

-John Turri on Alston’s Perceiving God


Alex April 11, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Shelly Kagan (of WLC debate fame), he’s apparently a hardcore rule consequentialist so it would be cool to hear him talk about that.


Alex April 11, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Why not William Lane Craig on the existence of God? If that’s too broad, the Kalam Cosmological Argument.


Mark April 11, 2010 at 10:00 pm

WLC on the moral argument would be very fun and interesting if he were pressed on it in the right way. Certainly that’s an interview I would love to conduct, myself…


lukeprog April 11, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Most of the people recommended so far are already on my list, but it is definitely helpful to hear from my listeners on who they want me to interview. Keep ‘em coming! Don’t forget to “second” the interviews already listed that you, too, want to hear most.


Chris Hallquist April 11, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Seconding: Sober, Collins, Carrier, Feldman (could also talk about evidentialism), Ehrman, Singer

Eliezer Yudkowsky would be great on improving one’s own rationality. Robin Hanson too, though all his best stuff is on questioning the reasons people give for their behavior.

Also, Peter van Inwagen on metaphysics 101 and maybe also disagreement would be good. Though if you got him on, you’d have to try to steer him away from any rants on the evils of the Enlightenment.


Mark April 11, 2010 at 10:20 pm

For a change of pace, I’d like to hear an interview on the neuroscience and/or cognitive psychology of religion. I don’t know much about the field or good representatives to track down for an interview; but I could maybe toss out Michael Inzlicht, a psychologist at the University of Toronto who had an interesting paper on the relationship between religiosity and comfort with making errors.

Also seconding Carrier, Ehrman, Feldman and Manson (the fine-tuning argument is a particular fixation of mine). Maybe also some evangelical critic of Ehrman and his like, such as Dan Wallace.


TaiChi April 11, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Looking down your list of interviews, it might be good to revisit the connection between God and physics from the atheistic perspective. Likewise, I think an interview with any of the ‘new’ atheists would be fascinating, since a conversation with someone like yourself would reveal the depth of their views (are they shallow, or do they necessarily cut corners to appeal to a popular audience? to what extent are their views thought out?). An interview with Victor Stenger would kill two birds with one stone, and better yet, he would be uniquely positioned to give a broad brush justification of his fellows, having recently written a book called “The New Atheism”.


Mark April 11, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Oh, and one last one (I promise): Bradley Monton, a philosopher of science at the University of Colorado at Boulder with some rather surprising views on intelligent design for an evolution-believing atheist (he argues that received wisdom on the topic is misguided, that ID is legitimately scientific, and he seems to think it should be taught alongside evolution in schools). He wrote a book on it, and more importantly, he also seems to be friendly to this sort of venue, having done several interviews with the Discovery Institute’s podcast (!!).


kosmofilo April 11, 2010 at 10:39 pm

You should interview Mano Singham, a physicist who writes about atheism and other subjects related to reality on his blog.


lukeprog April 11, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Cool, I had never heard of Mano Singham.


James Farrell April 11, 2010 at 11:05 pm

On Youtube I stumbled across two talks by Andy Thomson (at the AA 2009 convention) on the evolutionary basis of religious belief and moral sentiment respectively. Thomson doesn’t crop up on a search of your site, but you must know of him. He might not be philosophically sophisticated enough for your taste, but you could engage him on whatever shortcomings you detect.


josef johann April 11, 2010 at 11:09 pm

How about John Loftus? He could talk about his new book, and his Outsider Test for Faith chapter. Or if you can’t get him (or did you already and I missed it? I’m kind of surprised he wouldn’t yet be suggested), get some other contributors to The Christian Delusion.

And a second for Sam Harris.


Haecceitas April 11, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Victor Reppert on the Argument from Reason.
Paul Draper on the Problem of Evil.
Some ex-atheist/agnostic NT scholar like Craig Keener.
Richard Swinburne on Theism as an explanatory hypothesis.
Glenn Peoples on Materialist Christian Anthropology.
Charles Taliaferro, Stewart Goetz, John Foster or Dean Zimmerman on Substance Dualism.


John D April 12, 2010 at 12:21 am

To be honest, I’d like you to interview all of them at some stage. If I had to pick:

- Elliott Sober
- JL Schellenberg
- Robert Fogelin
- Paul Draper


Roman April 12, 2010 at 12:32 am

Keith DeRose on religious epistemology and/or reasons for why God might allow evil (he’s writing a book on it).

I second Victor Reppert on the Argument from Reason. It would be very interesting to hear him argue that naturalism in principle cannot explain how reason is possible and hear Luke disagree and say that either a) we have a naturalistic explanation of reason or b) we don’t have one but maybe one will turn up in the future. Or something. I am of course guessing what Luke would say.

I second Paul Draper on anything, he’s very entertaining. Maybe his recommendation of agnosticism given Divine Hiddenness.

I second J.L. Schellenberg on Divine Hiddenness.

I also second Dean Zimmerman and want to add Ted Sider. I have heard that both are theists. Both are also hugely successful and highly respected philosophers. (They teach at Rutgers and NYU, respectively.) I would be interested in hearing the reasons for why they are theists and whether they think that atheists are irrational in their belief. Actually I would also be interested in hearing what Keith DeRose has to say about this as he is also a hugely successful and highly respected philosopher. (Currently at Yale.)


Roman April 12, 2010 at 12:34 am

Oh and of course Peter Singer. What a great philosopher.
I’d like to know what he thinks is the best argument against vegetarianism and why it fails.


Hansen April 12, 2010 at 12:38 am

Eugenie Scott
PZ Myers
Sam Harris
Bart Ehrman


kt45 April 12, 2010 at 1:37 am

I’d like to see richard carrier for a different subject. I’d really would like him to talk about the goal theory of morality described in his sense and goodness without god book and maybe get his thoughts on desirism.


lewism April 12, 2010 at 2:00 am

I already asked for Stephen Law, but in connection to his Evil God paper. Otherwise even a part of the list you have already looks pretty amazing.


mattr April 12, 2010 at 2:24 am

Hi Luke:

1. daniel dennett on design arguments, esp. on stephen meyer’s and steven fuller`s arguments

2. a.c. grayling on the same topics

3. crispin wright on actual infinities

it would be nice if you went outside the community of “active combatants”. to be honest, i´m pretty sure that most prominent philosophers don´t concern themselves directly with stuff like ID, since they probably don´t take the issues that seriously to begin with (kicking dead horses is for media figures like hitchens and dawkins). i´d be very very interested to know what somebody like kripke thinks about the kalam argument, for instance… :)

cheers and thanks,



Newman April 12, 2010 at 2:40 am

Second Peter Kreeft, Brian Davies, Robin Collins and Neil Manson.
Alex Pruss on metaphysics and the PSR would also be great, just like Daniel Howard-Snyder on the problem of evil.


Qohelet April 12, 2010 at 2:55 am

+1 for Ehrman. I would also like to hear an atheist interview Bishop John Spong or Bishop Richard Holloway, very liberal Christians. Or perhaps biblioblogger James McGrath.


Rhys Wilkins April 12, 2010 at 3:03 am

Quentin Smith – Atheistic cosmology, Kalam cosmological arguments for atheism, and the tenseless/block/eternalistic theory of time.

Daniel Dennet – How Darwinism changed the way we think, and his Multiple Drafts theory of consciousness.

Sam Harris – The nature of justified and unjustified belief, and neuroscientific perspectives on religious belief.

Sean Carrol – How the study of cosmology tends to lead to atheism.

Vic Stenger – God: The Failed Hypothesis

Austin Dacey – Ethics


Flicky April 12, 2010 at 3:07 am

Definitely Bart Ehrman !!!


Ken Pulliam April 12, 2010 at 3:26 am


I would recommend David Eller, one of the contributors to the Christian Delusion. I don’t know if you have read his book Atheism Advanced but he has some excellent ideas on how Atheism needs to change in order to advance.

He also is an anthropologist and has some excellent theories on how belief in God and religion developed. He spent time doing field work among the aborigines of Australia


Jscottkill April 12, 2010 at 3:30 am

How about Ed Feser? His book The Last Superstition is a strange, Aristotelian look at the New Atheist movement, and he’s prone to polemic, so an interview might be a really spicy addition to the CFtPBD canon.


hewhocutsdown April 12, 2010 at 3:32 am

Seconding Richard Carrier on morality, Bart Ehrman on the mainstream view of Jesus as an apocalyptic prophet.)

Nominating Pete Rollins (Irish theologian, wrote Fidelity Of Betrayal, Orthodox Heretic, etc) regarding his concept of “a/theism”. Also, Richard Beck (of experimentaltheology.blogspot.com) would be a fascinating interview, on a myriad of subjects, but particularly if you discussed William James’ The Varieties of Religious Experience or the psychology of religion.


Jacopo April 12, 2010 at 3:40 am

J.C.A. Gaskin on Hume’s philosophy of religion and its relevance to the arguments of today. He’s the world authority on that area of Hume’s thought. Failing that, Simon Blackburn on a similar topic could be good.

Ophelia Benson on the question of religious treatment of women.

Would very much like to hear Jordan Howard Sobel, Michael Martin and Nicholas Everitt, all on natural theology and where they think the argument is likely to go (if anywhere) in future.

I think Dawkins or Harris would be interesting because it would go against what many arch-philosophical types think, in my opinion (I doubt anyone’s head would explode, metaphorically or otherwise. I think if you said X or Y wasn’t a great argument they may well take that on board, so long as Dawkins/Harris wasn’t made to feel he was on the defensive about atheism in general.

Oh and Susan Haack on evidence and justification of beliefs. A very underrated philosopher IMHO. She’s already done something similar to your CFTPBD on Youtube, so she’d probably agree.


Tom.R April 12, 2010 at 4:06 am

William lane craig would be awesome but unlikely.


Mike April 12, 2010 at 4:59 am

Another vote for Richard Carrier here.


matt April 12, 2010 at 5:00 am

please don`t interview sam harris! or if you do, don’t be friendly!


johemoth April 12, 2010 at 5:04 am

Ehrman would be awesome


lukeprog April 12, 2010 at 5:07 am


Yes, I enjoyed Andy Thompson’s talks.


Alex April 12, 2010 at 5:17 am

Sahotra Sarkar on intelligent design.


Bill Maher April 12, 2010 at 5:24 am

Dude, if you interview Carrier, please make the topic ancient science. His section in the Christian Delusion looks amazing.


Chris Hallquist April 12, 2010 at 5:42 am

One obvious one we’ve missed: Alonzo Fyfe.


MauricXe April 12, 2010 at 5:53 am

William Lane Craig.

If that’s not an option then Dawkins.


Silver Bullet April 12, 2010 at 6:00 am

1. Sam Harris on the “Moral Landscape” & his TED talk
2. Shelly Kagan (and pls prepare him to discuss Harris’ “Moral Landscape” ideas) on strengths and weaknesses of consequentialism, and compatibilism
3. WIlliam Lane Craig
4. Dawkins to discuss your issues about his design argument failure
5. More Stephen Maitzen!



RA April 12, 2010 at 6:01 am

I’m voting for Ehrman. He seems likely to do the show since he did that terrible interview you posted earlier from the atheist guy. That would be a major “get.”

WLC would be all-time classic considering how much time he gets on this blog.

Don Cupitt would be interesting. An Anglican priest that doesn’t believe.


MC April 12, 2010 at 6:07 am

We’ve already heard from the “popular” people like Carrier, Ehrman, Dawkins, Craig, and many others. What makes people think that they’d say anything different, or new? (Or, do people just want them to say the same things!?)

I second the following:

Paul Draper
Peter Millican
Richard Feldmen
Keith DeRose
Dean Zimmerman
Ted Sider (who, unlike Hawthorne and Zimmerman, possibly deconverted or “agnostified”)
Jordan Howard Sobel
Michael Martin
Nicholas Everitt
Susan Haack
Michael Inzlicht
Stewart Goetz
John Foster
Charles Taliaferro
Alexander Pruss
I hope that we can get some new thoughts on these matters, rather than the same old stuff from the same old people.


Potco April 12, 2010 at 6:14 am

I want to add my vote for John Loftus.


Jacopo April 12, 2010 at 6:21 am

One obvious one we’ve missed: Alonzo Fyfe.  

Already been done (twice)! :)
003 & 005



lukeprog April 12, 2010 at 6:28 am


I’m always friendly. Besides, Harris and I don’t disagree much.


lukeprog April 12, 2010 at 6:30 am


I’ve interviewed Fyfe twice for this show, but I may do it again.


Haecceitas April 12, 2010 at 6:34 am

If you get WLC, it might be a good idea to give the readers of this blog a chance to submit some questions beforehand. It would be interesting to see how he interacts with some of the more sensible objections that come from the types of people that he normally doesn’t interact with (reasonably well informed laymen on the internet). And Luke would probably have a relatively good grasp of what would be the most likely follow-ups to his answers that the typical reader of this blog might have. So this would be the closest thing to an actual debate with WLC that many of the readers of this blog will ever have. (Not that I think the whole interview should be based on these questions, as that might make it a bit more hostile than Luke’s regular interviews.)


Meatros April 12, 2010 at 6:38 am

Another request for Jordan Howard Sobel. I’d actually like to see him address the mainstream arguments for god.


lukeprog April 12, 2010 at 6:43 am


I dunno. I really don’t want this to be a podcast of conflict.


Charles April 12, 2010 at 6:44 am

Wow, so many great people already. I’ll just vote up a few.

Richard Carrier on whatever he wants to talk about
Peter Singer on meta-ethics and why thinks he’s on a firm foundation with his
Sam Harris on same as above
Stephen Law on ‘an evil god’
Eliezer Yudkowsky on why cryonics does/doesn’t make sense


Charles April 12, 2010 at 7:13 am

Someone not on the list:

Marlene Winell

She does a lot of clinical work with ex-fundamentalists trying to overcome the harmful effects of religion. She also has a self-help book on the subject.


John D April 12, 2010 at 7:17 am

if you interview Carrier, please make the topic ancient science. His section in the Christian Delusion looks amazing.

He has already done some pretty epic interviews on that topic over at polyshizmatic reprobates.



Bill Maher April 12, 2010 at 7:42 am

John, I already listened to those and there were really good. I think a new interview is necessary because his book is likely to be much further along.


Atheist.pig April 12, 2010 at 7:44 am

I never knew so many atheists cared about the “historicity of Jesus” or “Jesus as an apocalyptic prophet”. What about “Muhammad as an apocalyptic peodophile” or “is the Shroud of Turin genuine”.

No seriously though, Luke you had up a post up a couple of weeks back which mentioned Jerry Fodor’s new book “What Darwin Got Wrong”. You dismissed it out of hand, (not very common sense of you) but it has got a lot of attention around the blogs the last few weeks, especially the philosophy blogs. His argument is quite nuanced (no design argument), a philosophical critique of natural selection.

I think it would be an interesting and a more original discussion. It will put what you have learned so far to the test.


Ryan April 12, 2010 at 7:52 am

I’d love to see Richard Carrier appear on the show.


Briang April 12, 2010 at 7:55 am

I’d like to hear Alexander Pruss on Leibniz cosmological argument. I’d also like to hear him interviewed on Catholic sexual theology
(see http://bearspace.baylor.edu/Alexander_Pruss/www/papers/notlust.html ), but this may be outside the scope of your podcast.


Fraukus April 12, 2010 at 9:13 am

I’d like hear you interview Plantinga and discuss Reformed Epistemology and the Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism.

I’d also like to hear you interview Graham Oppy on the arguments (especially those of Craig) and/or Richard Joyce or Sinnott-Armstrong on morality.


matt April 12, 2010 at 9:34 am

hmm. i think sam harris is a run of the mill islamophobe, which is more (or less) than just being a militant atheist. i also think his ideas on naturalistic morality are borderline idiotic. maybe you can ask him why he`s a borderline idiotic islamophobe… ;)

on interviewing craig, some thoughts, in case you’re interested… anybody who follows this blog carefully knows all of craig’s main ideas pretty well to begin with. unless you interview him in the spirit of a debate, i can well imagine him regurgitating things he’s already said a thousand times in debates and speeches. but if you cornered him into discussing only one topic in depth–say, actual infinities or one of the premises of the kalam argument–that might be interesting. personally, i`d be interested to hear him expand on something like hume and miracles or the euthyphro argument. or get him to explain why homosexuality is evil and the death penalty is wonderful.

by the way: you weren’t particularly friendly to the fellow who defended the divine inspiration of the bible (i forgo his name), and that was one of your best interviews!


Bryan April 12, 2010 at 9:46 am

Lots of great ideas here. Enough names to last a few years! I’ll add:

Pascal Boyer, on the evolution of religion.
Scott Atran, on the evolution of religion.
Philip Kitcher, evolution and religion, future of faith
Plantinga, reformed epistemology and the evolutionary defeater of naturalism (go right to the hourse’s mouth)

The Reasonable Doubts podcast gang, particularly Luke Galen, psychology and religion

R. Jospeh Hoffman , biblical scholarship and CFI
Tim Callahan, biblical scholarship
Tom Rees (Epiphenom ), cultural causes of religion
Massimo Pigliucci, Philosphy of science, skepticism
Tom Clark, naturalism
Steven Pinker, decline of violence, how language affects our perception, etc,

Rebecca Goldstein, philosophy, Spinoza, her new novel

Robert Sapolsky, Neuroendocrinology and religion (he has a theory about Schizotypal personality disorders and shamen/priests/etc)

Add a vote to:

James Mcgrath (on biblical scholarship and also on liberal Christianity)
Richard Carrier, ancient science and early Christianity, his book Sense and Goodness… etc.
Austin Dacey
Peter Singer
Paul Draper
Ehrman (he’s great in interviews)
Andy Thompson
Victor Stenger


Haecceitas April 12, 2010 at 9:52 am

If you want a critical (Christian) perspective on Islam that is probably more informed than Harris’ in terms of the details of Islamic history and theology, I’d also recommend David Wood.

Also +1 Plantinga.


Robert Gressis April 12, 2010 at 9:56 am

Tim McGrew on the historicity of the resurrection.
William Lane Craig on the relationship between actual infinities and God’s foreknowledge (this is how Wes Morriston critiqued him–basically, “if there are no actual infinites, and God knows the future, then does it follow that there is no infinite future for anyone?” I should think that Craig would have said that we humans become timeless when we get to heaven, or something like that, but instead he answered that the future is only potentially infinite, which made no sense to me).
Mike Rea on the contradictions of naturalism or on one of the big ideas of Christian theology (e.g., the Trinity, the Incarnation, the Atonement…).
Mark Murphy on natural law theory.


Haecceitas April 12, 2010 at 10:15 am

I should think that Craig would have said that we humans become timeless when we get to heaven, or something like that, but instead he answered that the future is only potentially infinite, which made no sense to me).

He doesn’t even believe that God is timeless (except without creation), so it’s consistent of him to not think that we would be timeless in heaven (or perhaps more appropriately, the new heaven and earth). Actually, I don’t even understand how a resurrected human being with a physical body could be timeless.

Mike Rea +1


Robert Gressis April 12, 2010 at 10:30 am


I know that Craig thinks that God is timeless without creation and timeless with it.

As for humans being timeless, I admit I was thinking about Kant’s view of human beings, which is that they are noumenally timeless but phenomenally in time. That said, Kant didn’t believe in the resurrected physical body while Craig does, so you’re right, Craig can’t take Kant’s “people-are-timeless” option.


Thomas Reid April 12, 2010 at 11:36 am

Victor Reppert +1, argument from reason
Brian Leftow, time and eternity
Thomas Nagel, philosophy of mind


James the Second April 12, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Paula Fredriksen would have an interesting faith journey, and a more skeptical stance than most on the historicity of the temple incident and Jesus’s trials, and the reasons for his execution. Also why Jesus is more than Paul the founder of Christianity.

Craig would be a great catch.

Gregory Dawes would get at the fatuity and emptiness of theistic accounts of the world and us.


Alex April 12, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Richard Chappell on ethics

Paul Churchland on neurophilosophy


Rups900 April 12, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Paul Draper on his new theory of intrinsic probability as well as evil.

Michael Huemer on Ethical Intuitionism.

Yujin Nagasawa, perhaps on his ‘A New Defence of Anselmian Theism’, and ‘New Waves in Philosophy of Religion’ (I’m sure he’d love to do it considering he linked to the podcast on the Prosblogion!)

Would also love to here someone explain and defend divine simplicity, perhaps Bill Vallicella.

Also surely Swinburne would be good!


lukeprog April 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm


I probably won’t cover it. Not really of that much interest to me.


Rob April 12, 2010 at 1:50 pm

(1) Brian Leiter on his forthcoming book Why Tolerate Religion? — “examining the nature of toleration and the nature of religion to see whether there is any principled reason for singling out religion (as against other matters of conscience) for toleration” — if not also on Nietzsche:


(2) Thomas Nagel on naturalism and religion:


(3) Another vote for Robin Hanson.


nirdala April 12, 2010 at 1:56 pm

I vote for Michael Martin and Robert Fogelin, and i’d like to hear Richard Gale.


Landon Hedrick April 12, 2010 at 2:01 pm

I don’t have time to go through the list to do seconding at the moment (the list does look pretty good though), but I just want to say that an interview with William Lane Craig on natural theology would be pretty boring. We all know what he’s going to say already. I agree with a few of the previous comments that if you get Craig, you should just have a nice focused discussion about a narrow topic. Maybe one particular philosophical argument for the premise that the universe began to exist. That seems fitting for your blog, given that you are doing this big Kalam project. You could also mention Morriston’s objection that he offered in a previous episode and see how Craig responds (maybe his response will have changed from what he said at their debate last March).

Oh, and one other thing. David Marshall (who still only has one vote) has told me that he would like to do an interview, so if you count his vote for himself that makes two :) He has debated Price on the Infidel Guy and he has critiqued some of Carrier’s work.


Godless Randall April 12, 2010 at 2:24 pm

the scholarly stuff is cool but i would like to here from some celebrity atheists. how their atheism affects their career, their public persona, what types of losses they might have incurred, that sort of thing

brad pitt, rollins, howard stern



lukeprog April 12, 2010 at 2:25 pm

James, I already interviewed Dawes about that.


lukeprog April 12, 2010 at 2:31 pm

OMG how am I supposed to keep up with you people!?!?!

Just kidding; keep the recommendations coming.


J Wahler April 12, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Paul Draper


Alexander Zambrano April 12, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Alexander Pruss on the PSR and Catholicism (he’s Catholic), and Ted Sider on theism and nihilism of material objects; Ted’s recent position to solve the antinomy of constitution is nihilism rather than four dimensionilism.


Alexander Zambrano April 12, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Alexander Pruss on the PSR , Catholicism (he’s Catholic), and evolution and Christianity.

Ted Sider on theism and nihilism of material objects; Ted’s recent position to solve the antinomy of constitution is nihilism rather than four dimensionilism.


anon April 12, 2010 at 3:59 pm

I also second Dean Zimmerman and want to add Ted Sider. I have heard that both are theists. Both are also hugely successful and highly respected philosophers.

Ted Sider is a theist? I had no idea. If so we gotta hear him talk about that. Or better yet: he’s a smart guy so either way we gotta hear him talk about theism.


JMauldin April 12, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Bart Ehrman. Then get Robert Price on the phone so they can have a “scholar off.”


lukeprog April 12, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Great recs. Keep ‘em comin’.


Ryan April 12, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Ok, here’s what I recommend:

Brian Leiter on Nietzsche (maybe talk a little about both this topic and the other suggested topic)

I also believe the Paul Churchland idea is a great idea, as is probably his wife Patricia.(though one or the other and not both in all likelihood)

I would actually say that Eliezer Yudkowski would be better of a person for AI, transhumanism, and possibly also rationality as another relevant topic on the list. I think rationality alone could be boring, but AI seems fascinating, especially given how we think of ourselves, but I think he could be an interesting choice.

Robin Hanson on rationality and more importantly on signaling would be a good idea.

I agree with using John Loftus, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’d do it for you because I think he respects you.

I agree with bringing in Susan Haack on evidence/epistemology. If you could get her to talk about legal theory a little, I’d like that, but that’s really kind of off topic for this blog so it is utterly unnecessary.

I’d also have Vic Stenger talk about cosmology and quantum consciousness as well as the other topic, but I agree with the choice.

I recommend Stephen Law, you could possibly touch on the Sye TenBruggencate issue.

I’d love to listen to Richard Carrier or Bart Ehrman so those seem like great choices.

I might also recommend Gene Witmer for his encounters with presuppositional apologetics. Talking about it and its problems is really helpful/insightful for those of us who encounter internet Calvinists. (Actually, any intelligent atheist with a good background on presuppositionalism would be good)


Anthony April 12, 2010 at 6:33 pm

How about a discussion on evolution and evangelical Christianity by someone like Darrel Falk or the newly ousted Bruce Waltke?

Or maybe Peter Enns or Kenton Sparks on the topic of evangelicalism and biblical criticism.


Anthony April 12, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Gerd Ludemann or Dale Allison on the resurrection of Jesus.

Geza Vermes on the historical Jesus.

James Crossley on early Christianity.

Howard Van Till on his journey from Calvinism to freethought.

William Dever on the historical Israel.


Ari April 12, 2010 at 6:55 pm

I’d love to hear you speak with Eliezer Yudkowsky to discuss rationality and cognitive biases.


fraukus April 12, 2010 at 7:15 pm

I also like Marc Hauser’s approach to morality. It is similar to Chomsky’s approach to grammar and linguistics.

I also second Bryan’s recommendation of Scott Atran!


fraukus April 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Hear you interview Hauser that is …


Ryan April 12, 2010 at 8:16 pm

And yeah, if you could get William Lane Craig then *do* it.


Roman April 12, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Hi anon,

“Ted Sider is a theist? I had no idea.”

This is what exapologist has to say about Sider’s, Zimmerman’s and Hawthorne’s religious views:


Mark April 12, 2010 at 8:40 pm

I might also recommend Gene Witmer for his encounters with presuppositional apologetics.

Good call!


Micah April 12, 2010 at 9:45 pm


I vote for Neil Manson. A benefit is that I talked to Dr. Manson about this (he’s one of my professors), and he is interested in being interviewed.



Rhys Wilkins April 13, 2010 at 2:24 am


Get NonStampCollector on the show if you can, that would be hilarious!


Stig April 13, 2010 at 3:25 am

How about: David Sloan Wilson on the (supposed) social functions of religion

I also second:

Bart Ehrman
Paul Draper
Richard Dawkins
J.L. Schellenberg
Alvin Plantinga
Andy Thomson
Scott Atran
Marc Hauser
Ted Drange
Peter van Inwagen
Quentin Smith
Pascal Boyer


Max April 13, 2010 at 4:28 am

William Hasker


anon April 13, 2010 at 8:04 am

Hi anon,“Ted Sider is a theist? I had no idea.”This is what exapologist has to say about Sider’s, Zimmerman’s and Hawthorne’s religious views:

Thanks Roman


Chris April 13, 2010 at 11:03 am

Richard Carrier – historicity of Jesus and/or why morality should be scientific.

Scott Atran – suicide terrorism.

Arif Ahmed – anything.

Bart Ehrman – Jesus.

Steven Pinker – anything.

Stephen Fry – general religion and atheism.

Sam Harris – his new book “The Moral Landscape.”

Christopher Hitchens – anything.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson – anything.


SBell April 13, 2010 at 1:11 pm

It’s interesting that there are very few women on the suggestions lists.


Micah April 13, 2010 at 2:30 pm

It’s interesting that there are very few women on the suggestions lists.  

You could interview Lydia McGrew. She’s coauthored papers with her husband, Tim McGrew, on the design argument. (Tim McGrew would be a good interview too.)

If you could get her, Marilyn McCord Adams would be an awesome interview.


Justfinethanks April 13, 2010 at 4:26 pm

It’s interesting that there are very few women on the suggestions lists.

If it helps, I certainly second Eugenie Scott. Her resolve and patience in dealing with creationist nonsense is simply superhuman.


Landon Hedrick April 13, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Impressive list. I’m sure you can have these interviews done and ready to post within the next few months ;)

Hmmm… Keith DeRose will be at my school for a conference in a few days. Perhaps if I have an opportunity to corner him at the party and talk about religion I can mention the possibility of this sort of interview and see how he responds.

By the way, it’s a shame more people haven’t voted up Richard Grigg. I think that would be a very informative interview, as I found his book to be very good. But then again, I am sympathetic to radical theology like Bob Price is. Many atheists lump radical theology in with the rest and want to get rid of it all.

(I still recommend the dual-scholar interview/discussions, with the Carrier-Ehrman interview on myth and legend in the Gospels as my main recommendation. Of course, this might be difficult to arrange, but it would be worthwhile to hear that dialogue.)


Haecceitas April 14, 2010 at 5:46 am

Jerry Walls – The logic of heaven and hell.


Rob April 14, 2010 at 7:59 pm

I vote for Ed Feser, too. He’s an old school natural theologian.


Razma April 18, 2010 at 12:45 pm

This may seem laughable, but I recommend my intro to Phil Professor, Harry K Jones. He helped to get me further interested in Monism and his conversation could make for an interesting podcast if you can get in touch with him.

The subject may be suited to the problem of alienation and history of philosophy.



Zeb April 18, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I’m posting my recommendation of Philip Jenkins, a scholar of religious studies and expert on early and contemporary Christianity. I know that he is especially known for his writing on the pedophile priest phenomenon, the spread of Christianity in the global south, and the formation of orthodox Christian scriptures and doctrines. I studied American Catholicism under him, and he was very interesting and thoughtful. He shoots down a lot of common misconceptions about all kinds of things without coming across as a crank.

His website:


Molly April 20, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Martha Nussbaum on her latest publication, “Liberty of Conscience”, which address practical/legal issues about separation of church and state.


a Nadder May 2, 2010 at 4:48 am

Please count me as another vote for Yudkowsky on the 2 topics mentioned PLUS metaethics which he has a very useful view of that I mostly agree with.


a Nadder May 2, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Also David Chalmers on non-theistic dualism, zombies and other philosophy of mind stuff.


Zeb May 2, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Jesse Thorn would be a really interesting change of pace, for his “philosophy” on finding meaning and joy in life from an atheist belief stance. Also, if you aren’t a listener to his Jordan Jesse Go podcast, he has a nice approach to people of faith while taking strong moral stances that may differ with those people. Plus he lives in LA so maybe you could do a live interview.


lukeprog May 2, 2010 at 8:32 pm


I did a post on the New Sincerity.


Robert Gressis May 3, 2010 at 12:56 am

Hi Luke,

As per your suggestion, my suggestions are:

Charles Taliaferro on dualism
Stewart Goetz on dualism
Charles Goodman on Buddhism


lukeprog May 3, 2010 at 1:29 am



Vlastimil Vohánka May 12, 2010 at 12:36 am

Dear Luke,

Have considered to interview the most technical contemporary philosophers of religion? I mean esp. Timothy McGrew (WMU), Michael Tooley (Boulder), James Franklin (UNSW), Alexander Pruss (Baylor), Richard Swinburne (Oxford), Eric Steinhart (Wm. Paterson University). I am most interested in Tim (at least because he’s the most well-read person in anti/apologetics that I can think of).


Alex May 13, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I second Richard Joyce (and about his response to Finlay’s “The Error in the Error Theory”)


Rups900 May 31, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Trent Dougherty, especially after his recent post on the prosblogion: http://prosblogion.ektopos.com/archives/2010/05/naturalism-a-co.html


Desperately Seeking May 31, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Paula Fredriksen on the historicity of John and the events that precipitated the crucifixion; McGrath on whether he what he believes fits the description “Christian”; E.P. Sanders on Fredriksen’s views of the crucifixion–and anything else he might care to say.


Desperately Seeking May 31, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Sean Carroll on fine tuning.


Desperately Seeking May 31, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Dale Allison on why he regards himself as a Christian, and his views of Fredriksen on what led to Jesus’s execution.


juho May 31, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Hitchens on politics and religion.


Sly May 31, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Another vote for: Eliezer Yudkowsky on improving one’s rationality and cryonics and metaethics.


Corso May 31, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Greg Boyd on Open Theism
Andrew Sullivan on Homosexuality and Christianity
Keith Parsons on Atheism
Lee Strobel on apologetics
Fred Barnes (slacktivist blog) on The Left Behind series
Michael Shermer on skepticism


rvkevin May 31, 2010 at 7:35 pm

William Lane Craig, Sam Harris, Peter Singer, and Matt Dillahunty.


Corso May 31, 2010 at 7:58 pm

I meant to say Fred Clark NOT Fred Barnes


lukeprog May 31, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Matt Dillahunty would be fun; he played a role in my deconversion.


Fernando May 31, 2010 at 8:35 pm

1. Richard Carrier
2. Peter Singer
3. Sam Harris


SirKibbles May 31, 2010 at 8:35 pm

WLC on natural theology


Joost May 31, 2010 at 10:19 pm

I second Trent Dougherty, he’s a fine philosopher, and also Alex Pruss, who’s just one of the best philosophers in Phil. of religion of the new generation.


Joost May 31, 2010 at 10:47 pm

And I also second Lydia or Tim McGrew, on evidentialism, the resurrection and apologetics in general, and Dean Zimmerman on dualism and theism.


Joost May 31, 2010 at 10:49 pm

And btw, I fully agree with MC, we’ve al heard the stuff of Ehrman, Carrier and Craig, we want something refreshing and new :-)


Lee A.P. May 31, 2010 at 10:53 pm

I’ve emailed this suggestion to you before but I really think I have a gem of a suggestion here in a fella thats really sharp but that most of this blog has not heard of.

He is John J. McGraw, who wrote “Brain and Belief: An Exploration of the Human Soul”.


I know he enjoys public speaking and would be a good interview. His book was given a glowing review by none other than Michael Shermer and is an ambitious work taking on subjects spanning religion, philosophy, neurology, biology and psychopharmacology.

John recently studied the religious practices of the Tz’utujil Maya who live on the Western shores of Lake Atitlán in Guatemala.

He recently gace a lecture entitled “Everything you ever wanted to know about 2012 but were afraid to ask!”



Alexandros Marinos May 31, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Nick Bostrom on fine tuning would be awesome!

Add another vote for Eliezer Yudkowsky. Besides the other topics, you could talk about is Aumann’s agreement theorem in the context of friendly atheism, metaethics, coherent extrapolated volition (and try to pin down its difference from desirism). I say this because his views on cryonics and rationality are pretty much well known to me.

Also, for the Yudkowsky fans in the audience, Eliezer has been writing a Harry Potter fanfic that may well be the best introduction to rationality yet. It has gotten over 4000 reviews in a bit over 3 months over at fanfiction.net

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality


Rhys Wilkins June 1, 2010 at 12:46 am

Nicholas Everitt on atheology.
Michael Martin also on atheology
Bart Ehrman on the New Testament and why he doesn’t find the Christ Myth theory convincing.
Paul Draper on Hell and theodicy.
Peter Singer, preference satisfaction utilitarianism and evolutionary ethics.
William Lane Craig on Biblical criticism, Divine Commandment Theory, Holy Spirit Epistemology and Old Testament atrocities.


DoAtheistsExist? June 1, 2010 at 6:45 am

Loved your interviews so far Luke, thanks for all your hardwork setting them up and preparing them.

+1 for Victor Reppert, Plantinga, Singer, Peter Kreeft and Stephen Law on his interesting comments on an evil God. I think you should go for John Frame who is the leading presuppositionalist in the world right now, and if you can’t get him you could try Doug Wilson who is also a presuppositionalist. Wilson has a blog (http://www.dougwils.com/) and has debated Hitchens numerous times as well as Dan Barker. Also if you could find an atheist response to presuppositionalism that’d be great, as well as the argument from reason and Plantinga’s EEAN.

Another suggestion is J.P. Moreland, as there are endless things you could discuss with him as I’m sure you know.


desperately seeking June 1, 2010 at 10:25 am

Second the McGrews–wild and crazy (against the spirit of the age) and smart–and van Inwagen


Jon June 1, 2010 at 11:23 am

Very handsome pic of you, Luke.


Hermes June 1, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Scott Atran on anything.


Steven June 1, 2010 at 1:35 pm

William Vallicella on his paradigm theory of existence.


Ryan June 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Interview Earl doherty about the Christ myth theory.


Reasonist June 1, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Phil Zuckerman, author of Society Without God: What the least religious nations can tell us about contentment.


JMauldin June 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Seconding Bart Ehrman re Jesus as a Failed Apocalyptic Prophet and Lawrence Krauss re Cosmology (especially comments on the Kalam Argument).


Reasonist June 1, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Also I’d recommend Elaine Pagels for a talk concerning the gnostic gospels, the book or revlation and the origins of the concept of the devil.


Silver Bullet June 1, 2010 at 7:55 pm

I can’t recommend a specific person (except for Shelly Kagan perhaps, or Richard Carrier), but I’d really like to hear a good discussion about determinism, fee will, and most importantly, compatibilism.

I second Laurence Krauss re cosmology and Kalam.


MauricXe June 1, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Ah, I think Krauss would be awesome. I vote for him on the Kalam.


MauricXe June 1, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Krauss is easily accessible on facebook.



Alec June 2, 2010 at 6:53 am

I agree with several above commenters, I would love to see an interview with Lawrence Krauss on cosmology/the kalam.


Patrick. June 2, 2010 at 7:49 am

John Clayton. His site is http://www.doesgodexist.org. He was raised as an atheist in an academic home and became a believer in God because of his studies in science. For over 40 years he has traveled lecturing on the evidence for God; almost all the while working full-time as a science teacher. An interesting guy. Subject: Does God Exist?


Justin June 2, 2010 at 11:34 am

Fred Phelps on his sexuality.


JoeD June 2, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I am not as interested in philosophy as many people here seem to be. With that said, Luke, I have only listened to a few of your podcasts, and let me tell you that they are great..!! You have introduced me to all sorts of names and ideas that are off my radar. Best of all, you cut to the chase every time, and avoid the light banter, small talk and insider humor that makes many other podcasts maddening to listen to. Keep it up!!

Here are my guest suggestions:

Pete Stark, US Representative. Current status of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ and religious tolerance in the military.

Ted Haggard. He is starting up a new church, and he seems to have learned a few lessons in his time away from the spotlight. I would love to hear what he has to say. If you could keep him honest, I think it could be a fascinating interview.

Pope Benedict XVI. OK, if not him, some other authority on sexual abuse in the catholic church – and what can be done to stop the crimes.

Carol Howard-Merritt, pastor, author, podcaster, and hands-down my favorite Christian blogger. Interview topic would be feminism in the Church.

Matt Dillahunty on the merits and motivation for atheist evangelism (he *is* an evangelist if I have ever heard one).

I second the person who recommended Marlene Winnell.


lukeprog June 2, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Thanks, JoeD.


Katie's mom June 2, 2010 at 6:57 pm

I think Scott Clifton would make an excellent interview. He has a youtube channel called Theoretical Bullshit. His videos are clear and to the point.

Another suggestion Ayaan Hirsi Ali.


MarkD June 2, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Mark Lilla and Robert Wright on intellectual histories of religion. Rebecca Newberger Goldstein on the impact of her fictional works.


Rhys Wilkins June 3, 2010 at 8:15 pm

PZ Myers – Intelligent Design, Creationism and the Religious Right.
Michael Ruse – The New Atheism, Darwinism.


GG June 4, 2010 at 4:01 am

Something on post-modern and continental philosophy please? pretty please?

Seriously, this is worrying me more then anything else.
I could say this in the name of all Atheists and caring people that believe in philosophy.


GG June 4, 2010 at 4:02 am

OH, Ophelia Benson!!!!! Would be great!


lukeprog June 4, 2010 at 1:26 pm


I’d be happy to! Could you recommend someone?


Anthony June 12, 2010 at 12:53 am

I’d really like to listen to Dr. Shelly Kagan (on morality).


Jacob Sherman June 14, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I think Schellenberg would be fascinating but I’d make the interview less about his early work on divine hiddenness or more about his recently completed trilogy on skepticism and imagination. Plus, as far as I can tell, no one has any audio on Schellenberg yet so you’d be doing the community a service.


Haecceitas June 18, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Keith Ward on science and religion.


NagelWattage June 27, 2010 at 11:42 am

How about interviewing someone like James Park or another philosopher that supports your view of love and relationships. I do not think this topic gets enough consideration.


ernest carl August 11, 2010 at 9:14 am

JESSE BERING for a view on the cognitive psychology of religion/god, set in an evolutionary perspective. He’s so often neglected. :( For a preview, someone needs to check out “The folk psychology of souls” in the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences Volume 29, 5, 453-498.




ernest carl August 11, 2010 at 9:43 am

Jesse Bering’s ‘folk psychology of souls’ with open peer commentary and author’s reply:


His new book is to be published this year I think.


lukeprog August 11, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Nice recommendation, ernest carl.


G'DIsraeli August 31, 2010 at 1:41 pm

William Rowe, Gary Drescher, Kai Nielsen


Robert January 12, 2011 at 9:13 pm

+1 for Scott Clifton


Michael April 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Luke, will you still be doing CBPBD interviews this year?
The top 20 on that list almost all sound equally mouth watering, and it would be so great if you were able to get some of those!
Good luck with it all.


Luke Muehlhauser April 8, 2011 at 11:53 am


Yes, CPBD will return.


Michael April 8, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Luke, good stuff! Thanks for your reply.


mojo.rhythm May 11, 2011 at 2:34 am

Get Dr. Chomsky on. He will be a delightful interview. You might have to wait about 3 years to have him on the show though :(


John Smith September 26, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Some philosopher’s that I would like to see are Michael Martin, Quentin Smith, William Rowe, etc.


Mark Hunter September 27, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I agree with John. Those 3 definitely need to be at the top of your list of philosophers to interview. Out of all of them, Michael Martin should be a priority. This man is one of the most prominent contemporary atheist philosophers with fantastic works like “Atheism: A Philosophical Justification”, “The Impossibility of God”, “The Improbability of God”, “The Cambridge Companion to Atheism”, etc. He’s 79 years old. There’s a good chance he’ll die of old age soon, and it would be a shame if you didn’t get to interview him before then.


Mason Colbert December 19, 2011 at 7:39 pm

For what it is worth, here are my thoughts on the matter. Of that list, here are the top 10 interviews I would mostly wish to listen to.

10. Bart Ehrman!
9. Pascal Boyer!
8. Patricia Churchland!
7. Eugenie Scott!
6. David Chamlers!
5. Daniel Dennett!
4. Quentin Smith!!
3. Sean Carroll!!
2. Elliot Sober!!!
1. Paul Draper!!!

I would also recommend the following:
Paul Davies (Time, A Defense of the Block Universe, God)

I would suggest avoiding:
Anything on substance dualism. I mean… really? Sorry but I just can’t SD seriously, the flaws and lack of evidence (not to mention strong arguments) are enough to leave the theory dead. Please talk to Dennett, Chalmers, and Churchland- and avoid the ghosts in the machine.


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