The Atheist Experience

Reviews For The Atheist Experience

One of the best shows I’ve ever come across. The hosts are amazing and the topics are very interesting I really appreciate this podcast and highly recommend it
Thanks for putting this out there
I was really trying to find an aethiest podcast that was more humanistic. After listening to one episode, i was really excited because i am in line with the discussions against organized religion. but as i continued to listen to another episode i was turned off by the sarcasm and combative behavior towards guests and snickering behind the scenes. Hopefully you will except this as feedback because i would really like your show to evolve ,as it might appeal to more listeners.
Multiple hosts make each episode a land mine to maneuver by. Logic and skepticism are the knife and fork of each caller, topic and guest.
I have been listening for at least 7 years.
I’ve been listening to the Atheist Experience since 2010 and have listened to every show that was produced from 2005. This show is one of my top two, must listen to, weekly podcasts. The other being the Phil Ferguson Show.
This is an absolutely wonderful and thoughtful show that has played an integral role in my path to non belief. I was on the fence for years but as I educated myself my beliefs were put into question. I read the God Delusion by Richard Dawkins and the book changed my perspective, but it was the Atheist experience and it’s wonderful hosts that pushed me over the edge and forced me to deal with reality on reality’s terms and essentially changed my life for the better. Great show and keep up all the great work. Thank you so much for the show!
I really look forward to new releases of this podcast weekly, and also like having a variety of hosts. That way you get to hear slightly different viewpoints. Of course, the discussions with theists are the most entertaining calls, but sometimes atheist callers have interesting conversations as well. The intro music changeover to “Saved” was a stroke of brilliance. Please don’t ever change that! Immediately purchased the song once I heard it to support Shelley Segal.
This show can be really frustrating if Matt isn’t on because he has the most thorough arguments and is prepared to use them at all times. He doesn’t hold back from being direct, although sometimes he can be a d*ck...but he really cares about the ACA’s work and informing people about atheism. I still listen every week even when Matt isn’t on, almost always worth a listen especially for theists, and also a great way for newer atheists to learn more about the arguments. Love that a really popular atheist show is out my home state of Texas, of all places!
I've always believed in god as a default but this show showed me that the margin of proof is on the believer while making me feel comfortable in the process of loosing my religion. Thank you!
However, if you are trying to hide your head in the sand and refuse to look at your religion with a skeptical eye, then you'll most likely hate this podcase. If you cannot explain your reasons for your faith, then get ready for some honest, fair and tough questions. This is one of my favorite Sunday shows.
Matt is great, though often too dismissive of counter ideas. Many of the other hosts hold their own, but can come off as arrogant and two dimensional at times. I used to love this show, as well as a few other atheist podcasts, but I've found that even some of the most respected atheists, one's who sing the praises of skeptical thinking, are too often not skeptical of anything else outside of religion... Maybe keep the subject matter to religion and leave your medical and political nonsense out of the show!?


By GlennEm
The host of this show says "uhh" incessantly. For me, that makes the show unlistenable.
I just love this show because it's taught me to ask smart questions and think more critically. I discovered this podcast through my free-thinkers community group and I loved it instantly. I never watch it live and instead enjoy it later while I commute or do light exercise (walking/jogging) or even while I clean. Love Matt D although he can be harch by my standards sometimes - I always enjoy the hosts and what they have to say.
This show is so incredible and I never hear an episode that don't thoroughly enjoy. The conversations between Matt and friends with the theists who call in are so engaging and he treats them with as much respect as they deserve. If you're new to the community or questioning as a believer this is a great landing spot!
Each member on the show has an inhuman level of patience for the callers!
Great show.
Love the panel of weekly hosts. Keeps it fresh. The calls are mostly hilarious, but hopefully you are getting through to some of them. Keep it up.
I tried. I really did. I just started listening to podcasts about 6 months ago and first discovered and fell in love with shows like the Scathing Atheist and Cognitive Dissonance. While these shows are hilarious and often offer some insight, they are definitely not palatable to everyone and don't look at a lot of the issues in depth. The hosts of these and other shows frequently declare their intent to only appeal to atheists, and point to shows like the Atheist Experience as a more diplomatic show geared towards a broader audience. When looking for a meatier discussion, I started listening to this show. I tried to give them the benefit of the doubt because they had a few particularly troublesome callers in the first few episodes I listened to, but I've hit 5 episodes now and just can't listen to it anymore. The hosts constantly interrupt their callers and then yell at them for not being able to get to their point. They cut off callers to nit pick their every word and then insult them for getting off topic. They seriously and deliberately derail the conversations with every single caller and then blame them for it. Several episodes ago a teenager called in in the midst of having a crisis of faith and I was appalled that they interrupted him and used very harsh words with him. If people in very vulnerable positions like this are reaching out to you, they need compassion, not a lecture about how stupid they were to believe it all in the first place. This is not an example of altruistic atheism, and I'm not going to be holding these people up as an example for the atheist community. If you want people to understand humanist values and see atheists as good and kind people, that starts in your interactions with believers and non-believers alike.
I was recently introduced to the podcast and I can't get enough. A lot of the conversations that are brought up are what I hear a lot of and its nice to hear the arguments shot down by the people who brought them up.👍👍🏾
I look forward to this podcast every week for its sincerity, openness, and interesting discussions. Download and listen for yourself, then make up your own mind! That's what it's all about.
The content is great, but the quality is poor, and Matt Dillahunty is someone I can’t listen to. He is intelligent and I love his logic, but his personality just ruins it for me. I just listened to another podcast where he tells the caller to let him finish talking, but then does the same thing to the caller. The caller (who was an Atheist as well) called him on it and asked if Matt would let him finish now that he was talking, but Matt, in his classic style, hung up on him. Matt just seems jaded, which I would expect from an Apple Genius, but not from someone in his position.
Matt, not everyone is attacking your position. Laugh at yourself once in awhile. They were laughing at your response to the question about your wife loving you because it was funny in the moment. Find some help to pull the stick out. "If you don't like it don't listen." Understood.
Best podcast along with jre. Must not miss it every week
Matt is awesome. This podcast is great. I listen to every download. I am very interested in hearing more from Pakistan guest. I think he is insightful and funny. I wonder if there are safe havens for non-believing cultural Muslims.
What a disgrace. I can't believe anyone would actually listen to something that came out of an atheist's mouth. I will pray for those caught up in this nonsense, if you want something to listen to go to Kent Hovind. There's probably 100 times where someone says Kent is a terrible man that lies, not true he's a wonderful man with a scientific theory. God hope you all.
The show is simple and fair and provides believers with an open forum to make their case. The fact that the show still exists is a good indication that the case hasn't yet been made.
The Atheist Experience was challenging theists and promoting positive atheism long before it became cool (aka the most obvious and reasonable position for seekers of truth and reality) to do so. AE gives voice to the reason and critical thought of the majority of the world's atheists. If a theist thought they had a good reason to believe, it's almost certainly been challenged and destroyed on AE (probably dozens of times). If every theist listened to AE while putting their biases and wishful thinking aside, they would likely become a highly informed and more rational theist or an atheist. As can be attested by countless AE episodes, too many theists either don't care what is true or they ignore the flaws in their thinking because of Jesus/Allah/Krishna/insert random deity. Don't be a theist that believes for no good reason, listen to AE.
The ACA has some great minds. This show is amazing for so many reasons. I think everyone can learn from it. When I first discovered this show I binged on it for a few weeks and it has greatly sharpened my critical thinking skills. Matt Dillahunty also happens to be a rock star. If you like this show also check out the Non Prophets podcast which is produced by the same organization but is geared toward atheists rather than theists.


These people work hard to put on a good show.
This show is one of a kind and I will do all I can to keep it going! The hosts are the best debaters I have ever heard on any subject, but remain empathetic and righteous in the face of tremendous rudeness and indignation from some of the callers. They even have a tight soundtrack! One day I hope to come to Austin and go to El Arroyo after the show sometime so I can thank the hosts in person for what they do. This podcast and the thought it provokes ought to be the rite of passage for all teenagers, even if they are already atheists. This show changed my life and I cannot recommend highly enough. It's for anyone with a brain, regardless of age!
Thank you !!!!
Informative and entertaining!!!
The show that put me on to podcasts. I look forward to every new one that come out.
Keep up the great work!
I’ve listend to a few episodes and found the hosts to be incredibly dismissive and overly snarky towards both believers and non-believers. They do not approach callers with compassion or understanding, and that is not the way that atheists need to behave towards people who’s minds we intend to change.
I've been listening to this show on YouTube for about a year and a half now. So happy I found this podcast! Great show and it is always the best when Matt and Tracie are on!
I like the actual topics but when people call in there is too much interruption going on. The hosts ask a question and when the person starts to explain something they are cut off and asked more questions. It would be much more enjoyable to listen to if everyone would let others finish a sentence.
As a "newly converted atheist", I enjoy the style and delivery of the program. Looking at the evidence and listening to the arguments, has moved me to become more skeptical and critical about my beliefs. Keep up the great work. I'm proof that you're game changers in people's lives, for the better.
One sided discussions serve as a stage for the host's theological and philosophical prowess, which is indeed impressive. The weight of their academic superiority crushes whatever interesting conversation was going to happen with the caller. All we are left with is a know-it-all showing off, talking over everyone else and applying an academic treatment to real life issues/questions.
I love listening to this podcast! Definitely recommend it to other people. It often has fun and intelligent conversation between the hosts and the callers, and when not its funny to listen to the ignorant comments of some of the religious callers.
The Atheist Experience is the most intelligent show on the topic of religion. Matt Dillahunty and the gang are ready every Sunday to take on the best arguments Christian apologists can throw at them and to help disillusioned Christians continue their walk away from religion. Now if only William Lane Craig would agree to debate Dillahunty — one can dream!
I really enjoy this podcast. I've been a listener for a couple years. I never write reviews but I think after all this time it's well worth it to take a few minutes to say how great the team is on this podcast. This show teaches logical thinking in a world full of sweeping over generalizations. Thank you for all of the knowledge you guys have passed on to me!
Hard to avoid repeating what has been said so well in other reviews. I will just add that when you listen to all of these hosts, it is obvious that they have honed their hosting and rhetorical skills for YEARS on public access TV, before podcasting and youtubing made this accessible to anyone with a computer. Now, I am GLAD that there are outlets for ANYONE to have a voice. But tune in to these guys to see how the pros dish up critical thinking with a healthy accompaniment of humility. Keep up the good work, ACA!
Love this show. Wish they would invest in some quality sound equipment and be aware of listeners using headphones. Almost every episode someone coughs or shouts or laughs really loud. When all the mics are on different levels that can be really annoying and even painful. Love the show though, I can deal with the production issues with content like this.
Very enjoyable exploration of the atheist experience.
This is a great show for exposing yourself to new arguments for and against god, religion, etc. A pleasure to listen to.