First of all, Congratulations to Hemant Mehta for being the first Atheist on the Fundamental Escape Podcast! It’s an important part of the podcast mission to include guests that cover the full spectrum of religious and spiritual beliefs. Hemant is a former high school teacher turned author, blogger, and Atheist activist. He blogs and runs his own podcast under the name ‘The Friendly Atheist’.
Hemant does tend to make some assumptions and generalizations that many would find bothersome, often lumping “all Christians” in categories that may not be totally fair. Furthermore, Hemant makes a statement in the podcast that still has me scratching my head as I write this, “don’t put stock in something that can’t be challenged”.
On the flip side, Hemant makes a very powerful point about trusting the “leaders” of your belief system. Richard Dawkins is probably the most well-known Atheist activist on the planet, and author of the New York Times best-seller The God Delusion. Hemant states that “everything Richard Dawkins says is not necessarily true just because he’s a leader”, and that he’d like to see more of that perception from Christians towards the leaders of the megachurches.
Other well-known figures mentioned in the podcast debate include Bill Maher, Ann Coulter, Peter Rollins, Ricky Gervais, Josh Duggar, Mark Driscoll, and Ray Comfort.