Special Guests

  • Carla Collins — TV Host, Comedian, Actor, Writer
    Canadians would know Carla from her TV hosting gigs on CFTO's Eye On Toronto or CTV's Entertainment Now or The Weather Network. You might even remember her from an appearance on the hit TV show Degrassi: The Next Generation or from her time as a radio personality on Toronto's Mix 99.9! Americans might have seen her standup performances at the Hollywood Improv and The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Carla currently lives in Malibu with her actor husband Tyrone Power - son of the great leading actor of the same name who played the lead in The Mark Of Zorro. Canada's "Tina Fey" is fitting right into the LA scene. Carla practices yoga, Kabbalah and consults with a psychic colon therapist. She is now officially one stint in rehab away from becoming a complete Hollywood cliché. A few weeks ago, Drew and Carla were both guests on the Humble & Fred Show here in Toronto. As usual, the discussion turned to God. After the show, knowing that Carla's views on God were interesting, hilarious, and sacrilegious, Drew decided to ask her to share her “spiritual story” on our show. Heck, she's written a book called Angels, Vampires & Douche Bags so she must be an expert!

  • Dr. John Schellenberg
    Dr. Schellenberg is presently Professor of Philosophy at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. He earned his DPhil in Philosophy from Oxford in 1990, and in 1993 Cornell University Press published the book for which he's best known for: Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason. There's been lots of discussion of the 'hiddenness argument' for atheism developed in that book. He's also developed some other new arguments for atheism, including new versions of the argument from evil. But for the last ten years or so he's been thinking about matters of faith more generally, noticing and developing the possibility of a skeptical form of religion, which remains a live possibility even for an atheist -- at least for one who is willing to look “forward” when thinking about evolution and not just into the past. A philosophical trilogy emerged from this thinking, also published by Cornell: Prolegomena to a Philosophy of Religion (2005), The Wisdom to Doubt: A Justification of Religious Skepticism (2007), and The Will to Imagine: A Justification of Skeptical Religion (2009). The new perspective developed in these books is starting to get some serious attention in philosophy, with symposia devoted to his work at various conferences and a special issue of the Cambridge journal Religious Studies devoted to Dr. Schellenberg's work scheduled for 2013.

  • Tarek Fatah — Author, Broadcaster, Founder of The Muslim Canadian Congress
    Tarek joins us today to discuss the now infamous Shafia murders, which took place here in Southern Ontario. Earlier this week, Mohammad Shafia, his wife Tooba, and his 21 year old son, were found guilty of first degree murder in the deaths of the family's three daughters, aged 19, 17 & 13 and Mohammad's other wife. (Polygamist marriage.) The four women were found dead inside a car which had been dumped into the Rideau Canal. Their crime? Trying to fit into the culture in which they lived. Apparently too much to take for the patriarch of the family, who's “honour” was at stake.
    *Tarek describes himself as an Indian born in Pakistan; a Punjabi born in Islam; an immigrant in Canada with a Muslim consciousness, grounded in a Marxist youth. A journalist by profession, Tarek and his family moved to Canada in 1987 where he has been the public face of progressive, liberal and secular Muslims. In December 2001, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, he founded the Muslim Canadian Congress to provide a voice for Muslims who wanted to stand up to the threat of Islamic extremism.

  • Kerri Pomarolli — Comedian, Actress, Author
    That's right folks! It's time for our monthly visit with our favourite (and only) Hollywood Correspondent!

God Blogger

  • David Hayward Graffiti artist on the walls of religion
    David Hayward was baptized Anglican as a baby, came to faith in a Baptist church when he was a teenager, changed to Pentecostal in his late teens, married another Pentecostal named Lisa, was ordained Presbyterian, pastored a Vineyard church, and planted others. He has a Masters in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as well as a Masters in Religious Studies and Ministry from McGill University in Montreal. But in 2010 David left the professional paid clergy. He is still passionate about how people can find and follow their own spiritual path with courage and joy, as well as how people can freely gather and form community in healthy ways. David started a blog called nakedpastor in 2006, and initiated his public analysis of religion, religious community and spirituality through his writings, art and cartoons. Thousands of people are challenged and entertained by nakedpastor every day. His art, cartoons, writings and book have found their way all around the world.


  • Catherine Serez
    We've all heard about people experiencing miracles, but not many of us have been healed of Cancer! “Two weeks after my daughter was born, a strange lump popped up on my left shoulder. I hadn't been feeling well throughout my pregnancy. My appetite had dropped severely. It was difficult to swallow. As a vocal instructor, I found it impossible to teach a lesson without coughing. What I saw in the x-ray shocked me, relieved me, and scared me all at the same time. My trachea, which should have gone in a straight vertical line, was pushed over toward my shoulder on a 35-degree angle. I knew then that the symptoms I had been having were more than pregnancy related. The diagnosis was that I had a 'super-rare' form on Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma called Lenert's Lymphoma. My oncologist told me that in his career he's seen over 25,000 patients and never once seen a case of Lenert's. The tumor had grown to be over half the size of a football. Fast forward – after being surrounded by prayer, I finally decided to ask for a follow up x-ray. I could hardly wait to hear the results so I phoned the doctor myself and asked him to look at the x-ray for me. As he looked he said, 'Hmmm, I don’t seem to see anything.' 'What do you mean?' I asked. 'There is nothing here.' He replied. 'Do you mean there is NO tumour?' I ventured. 'Nope, only scar tissue from what I can tell…' 'Well, is that good?' I asked. 'It’s tremendous…' he said, incredulously, '…I don’t know how to explain this.'”

Talkback, etc.

  • The Counsel Of Many!
    Need Help or Advice On An Issue In Your Life?
    Tell us your situation and Drew will ask the listeners of TDMS!

    This week on The Counsel Of Many: A young man wants to know what he must do to get to heaven.

    I've been listening to this station for a while now, mainly because it's the only radio station my parents will allow to play in our house. I enjoy a lot of the music and have tried to listen to some of the preachers. Most of them just annoy me. They sound the same and talk about the same stuff that my pastor talks about. Most of which goes right over my head. So here's the thing. Even though I go to church with my family and live in a Christian family, I'm still not really sure what I have to do to get to Heaven after I die. I'm not even sure if I believe in God & Heaven. I'm not sure I believe all this Christian stuff, but I think it would help me if I finally understood what I need to do to get to Heaven. I have heard so many different answers to this question and you'd think that there would be a simple answer. So what is it? And please keep it simple!

  • God & Stuff
    Join Drew & Tim The Tool as they catch up on current events and the week's happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults – Oh My! Religion & Faith & Cults - Oh my! (Feel free to call in and join the discussion.)
    Today's God & Stuff guest: Kevin Eckstrom - Editor-in-Chief of Religion News Service