Special Guests

  • Dr. Larycia Hawkins — Suspended Wheaton College Professor
    Evangelical debate has been fired up recently about whether the hijab-wearing Wheaton College professor, Dr. Larycia Hawkins, broke the Evangelical rules by saying that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. This debacle makes us wonder – Who is included in the evangelical Christian tent, and who decides who gets kicked out? This dispute is pitting Jesus lover against Christian at the alma mater of evangelist Billy Graham. Some Alumni suggested that this issue might be the writing on the wall for the conservative Wheaton College.

    BREAKING NEWS: Wheaton College (Evangelical Harvard) has just unanimously recommended that the administration withdraw their efforts to get rid of Dr. Larycia Hawkins. About a month ago, Dr. Hawkins expressed on her Facebook page, a solidarity with Muslims by stating that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. HOLY SHIITE!

  • Michael Bennett MD & Sarah Bennett — Authors of F*CK FEELINGS: One Shrink's Practical Advice for Managing All Life's Impossible Problems
    The only self-help book you’ll ever need, from a psychiatrist and his comedy writer daughter,who will help you put aside your unrealistic wishes, stop trying to change things you can’t change, and do the best with what you can control—the first steps to managing all of life’s impossible problems.

    Here is the cut-to-the-chase therapy session you’ve been looking for! *Need to stop screwing up? Want to become a more positive person?
    *Do you work with a jerk? Think you can rescue an addicted person?
    *Looking for closure after abuse? Have you realized that your parent is an a-hole?
    *Feel compelled to clear your name? Hope to salvage a lost love?
    *Want to get a lover to commit? Plagued by a bully?
    *Afraid of ruining your kid? Ready to vent your anger?

    In this brilliantly sensible and funny book, a Harvard-educated shrink and his comedy-writing daughter reveal that the real f-words in life are “feelings” and “fairness.” While most self-help books are about your feelings and fulfilling your wildest dreams, F*ck Feelings will show you how to find a new kind of freedom by getting your head out of your backside and yourself onto the right path toward realistic goals and feasible results. F*ck Feelings is the last self-help book you will ever need!

  • Dr. John C. Wathey — Author Of The Illusion of God’s Presence:The Biological Origins of Spiritual Longing
    An essential feature of religious experience across many cultures is the intuitive feeling of God’s presence. More than any rituals or doctrines, it is this experience that anchors religious faith, yet it has been largely ignored in the scientific literature on religion. Starting with a vivid narrative account of the life-threatening hike that triggered his own mystical experience, biologist John Wathey takes the reader on a scientific journey to find the sources of religious feeling and the illusion of God's presence. His book delves into the biological origins of this compelling feeling, attributing it to innate neural circuitry that evolved to promote the mother-child bond. Dr. Wathey, a veteran neuroscientist, argues that evolution has programmed the infant brain to expect the presence of a loving being who responds to the child’s needs. As the infant grows into adulthood, this innate feeling is eventually transferred to the realm of religion, where it is reactivated through the symbols, imagery, and rituals of worship. The author interprets our various conceptions of God in biological terms as illusory supernormal stimuli that fill an emotional and cognitive vacuum left over from infancy. These insights shed new light on some of the most vexing puzzles of religion, like the popular belief in a god who is judgmental and punishing, yet also unconditionally loving; the extraordinary tenacity of faith; the greater religiosity of women relative to men; religious obsessions with sex; the mysterious compulsion to pray; the seemingly irrepressible feminine attributes of God, even in traditionally patriarchal religions; and the strange allure of cults. Finally, Dr. Wathey considers the hypothesis that religion evolved to foster reproductive success, arguing that, in an age of potentially ruinous overpopulation, magical thinking has become a luxury we can no longer afford, one that distracts us from urgent threats to our planet. Deeply researched yet elegantly written in a jargon-free and accessible style, this book presents a compelling interpretation of the evolutionary origins of spirituality and religion.

    *John C. Wathey is a computational biologist whose research interests include evolutionary algorithms, protein folding, and the biology of nervous systems. From 1991 to 1995, he was a senior applications scientist at Biosym Technologies (now named Biovia), a company that develops molecular modeling software for the pharmaceutical industry. In 1996, he founded his own business, Wathey Research, and since that time, most of his scientific research has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health. He is currently writing a follow-up work to The Illusion of God’s Presence, which explores in detail the neurobiology of religious emotion and behavior.

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  • This Weeks Recording Artist: AHI
    AHI is an undeniable talent whose timeless Indie Soul sound has carried him over 50,000 miles, armed with nothing but an acoustic guitar and a voice described as “gravel on silk”. Along the way, AHI has recorded with leading acoustic sessions Ont’ Sofa (London), Hauskonzerte (Münich), Cardinal Sessions (Köln), Southern Souls (Toronto), SOFAR Sounds (Nashville), and Rockstone Sessions (Netherlands). Here in Canada, AHI’s Indie Soul EP made CBC Radio One’s top 10 Toronto records of the year alongside stellar releases from Cold Specks and The Wilderness of Manitoba, and continues to see local and nationwide airplay. AHI managed to reach many more when his rendition of ‘No Woman No Cry’ appeared among celebrity covers on and Bob Marley’s official social media pages, earning him thousands of new fans, hundreds of thousands of views, and a personalized note of congratulations from Mrs. Rita Marley herself, all in less than 24 hours – an unparalleled experience for an artist who cites Bob Marley as his greatest musical inspiration. 2015 saw AHI perform in Nashville, NYC, Saskatchewan, the Netherlands, and the UK; and his talent has been recognized and awarded by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) as One To Watch, F.A.C.T.O.R., SOCAN Foundation, Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. AHI recently completed a 3-month mentorship with award-winning Canadian songwriter Royal Wood, courtesy of CIMA, SiriusXM Canada and the OMDC, and he is now back in the studio recording new material with Grammy award winning producer Mark Neill (The Black Keys, ‘Brothers’), to be released early 2016. No matter where his journey takes him, AHI’s undeniable gift continues to turn heads and capture hearts.

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  •'s T.he F.aith (W.T.F?)
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Emma Green – Managing Editor at The Atlantic