Friendly Atheist Contest #2: Atheist-Christian Radio Show Name September 25, 2007

Friendly Atheist Contest #2: Atheist-Christian Radio Show Name

Last week, I asked this question:

What absurd statement will Sherri “Is the world flat? I don’t know” Shepherd make next?

You all responded in droves.

Here are the Top 10 answers (with submitters)!

10| “In defense of my statement on the earth…well, damnit, why SHOULD I be expected to know science? I’m a woman. Science is left up to the men of this world. And everything else that requires thought.” (Kate)

9| “Does Human papillomavirus come from Spain?” (Brian)

8| “Men are taller than women because having one less rib leaves more calcium for the leg bones.” (Vincent)

7| “I hear all this talk about bacteria, and microbes and what ever. All I know is that Jesus heals, and if you’re sick, you need to do some more praying!” (William)

6| “Look, I found Jesus. I get to keep him. Finders keepers. That’s in the Bible. Look it up.” (Brendan)

5| “Birth control? I don’t know. Only God knows how many babies you’ll have.” (Mriana)

4| “Miss Teen South Carolina told us our education is suffering because US Americans don’t have maps. And what shape are maps? Flat! Or don’t you want to build up our future for our children?” (Gadren)

3| “I think all religions are basically true, as long as they are Christ-centered.” (Evtujo)

2| “I don’t believe the sun is a star. It’s the sun. The sun is a sun. A star is a star. The sun is not a star. It doesn’t look like other stars.” (Jedipunk)

1| “In nineteen-hundred ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Everybody knows that.” (Andrea)

Congratulations to the winners! The top three will be receiving specially-made Friendly Atheist wristbands (in the color of their choice), sent to me by blog reader Shauna and her sister Danni!


If you’d like to win your own wristband, here is the new contest:

A friend will be starting a podcast soon. It’s essentially an atheist and Christian giving their takes on current events — a perspective from both sides.

They don’t have a name yet, though…

What would you name a Christian/Atheist podcast?

Funny, creative, and usable answers will have a shot at winning.

Good luck!

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  • OK, I know the name is taken already, but seriously: CrossFire is just so good on so many levels…

  • In trying to think about a name for this podcast something stuck me. It’s not really 2 sides is it? I mean.. usually atheists believe in no gods, while christians believe in a specific god… there are tons of other religions that believe in other gods.

    Really the 2 sides are reason and faith.. not atheism and christianity. This might help in coming up with a name?

    I guess it depends on what KIND of christian the host is.

    Maybe something like:

    Faith and Reason Perspectives


    The Faith and Reason News Hour.

    The snarky bit of me wants to name it:

    “The rationalist and the other guy”

  • It doesn’t fit, but I couldn’t resist: Apostasy Now.

  • Mriana

    Wow! I came in 5th! OK so I didn’t get a wristband, but I came in 5th. Not bad. 😀

    As for the podcast… The Godless v the Fundie or if not a Fundie then The Godless v. the Christ follower. Or better yet The Infidel v the Christ follower or the Heretic and the Christ Follower. OK I’ll quit while I’m behind. 😆

  • Darfasti

    The Fish Speak Out.

    It’s a reference to the whole Jesus/Darwin fish thing.

  • To Question and To Kneel

    Bad pun, but it’s early.

  • Ben

    If they’re good friends with each other and/or a little bit feisty, call it “Conversations With An Idiot.” Then everyone in the audience gets to assign which one is which.


  • Bad

    I quite like the podcast idea: in fact that’s precisely the sort of thing I’d like to try doing either blogwise or podcastwise. A friendly back and forth between believers and non could do a lot to spread some mutual understanding.

    But no, I’m not going to give away my ideas for titles. 🙂

  • Need more info. Are they going to talk with each other, or just give the listener their own version of events? From your post it sounds like the latter idea, which, while interesting, seems a bit superfluous, as anyone can just check out independent atheist and christian news sources if they want to compare and contrast. If they’re going to discuss the news with each other that’s obviously different.

  • Vincent

    When you say current events are you saying it’s general news or specifically faith-related issues?

  • Mriana

    Reason v. Faith

  • aaron

    Polarize This!

  • Carnife

    how about something like “Reasonable Dispute”? nothing to set the tone of the program specifically as pro-Christian or pro-Atheist, but highlighting the, presumably, reasonable conversation to be had between those involved. Admittedly, it lacks somewhat in the way of identifying the religious nature of the program.

  • jedipunk

    Unfunded (Albeit, This may leave out the Christian if he is fundamentalist)

    Faith & Evidence (Too science/unsicence specific, but a nice play on Hebrews 11:1)

    Real & Grace (play on the Will & Grace TV show title)

  • How about “Intelligent Designs”?

    Or maybe “Finding Middle Ground.”

  • Heretical Sabatical

  • JBM

    Ontological Straits

  • I would call it “Apologia,” but that’s just me.

  • Keith

    Sans versus …Because common ground is more important than the fight

    Shared air …Focuses on the necessity of getting along with one another due to our shared world, as modeled by the two people sharing the podcast

  • OK, I know the name is taken already, but seriously: CrossFire is just so good on so many levels…

    How about CrossTalk?

  • Michael B.

    The Crazy Christian and the Absurd Atheist.

    I’m about the most unimaginative person you will ever meet, just wanted to make my first post.

  • How about:

    ‘Jesus Loves Me’ meets ‘This I Know (because of the evidence!)’

    OK, that’s kinda lame, but the dialog possibilities are endless:

    JLM: Thanks TIK, that’s very compelling and all, but I do feel sorry for your eternal soul rotting in hell.

    TIK: JLM, honey, are those circular arguments under your eyes?

    Cue laugh track and Rimshot!

  • Radio announcer says…Welcome to: “Heretic in the Churchyard” a show where an atheist and a christian fundamentalist debate today’s top headlines…

  • Mriana

    😆 I love it, Kyle! 🙂 Heretic in the Churchyard! That’s good. 😆

  • How about “god and magod”, semi-stolen from a blog called “blog and mablog”

  • Theresa

    I propose:
    Super and Natural – A Look at Both Views

  • Joe K.

    Here’s a brainstorm of ideas:

    Bright ‘n’ Jesus-y
    Divine Reason
    God in 0-3 Persons
    Cristo Clear
    O, the Endless Happy Discussions!
    Abbott and Christello
    Podcast in Which The Atheist is Still Under-Represented
    Jesus Saves (the Discussion Until After Dinner)
    Fight to the Death (and possibly after Death)
    (Dis)Believe Dis!
    God or Astrogod
    Just Shoot Me Now!
    Dark Mirror / Bright Mirror
    My Lack of a God Can Beat up Your God. Oh No He Can’t!
    Lord Have Mercy on my Disbelievin’ Atheist Friend Here!
    Hey Look, It’s the Deity! (Made you look!)

  • Stephen

    At Cross Purposes

    A Tale of Two Fishes

  • Joe

    Possible titles:

    Faith and Reason (I think someone already suggested this.)

    Faith and Doubt

    God: fair and balanced 🙂

  • Polly

    I thought the point of the previous contest was to actually predict Sherri’s next, real-life, science-related comment.

  • I’ve long thought that Point Blank would make a good name for a show like this. It’s direct, implies face to face debate/discussion, and isn’t confrontational like a lot of the ones that specify that the show is about.

  • How about

    “It’s ok, You’re allowed to be wrong”

  • Like the drunk with the sober
    the atheist forgoes
    a God while the other
    puts forth a small furor
    with nice facts to show our
    audience listening to our
    podcast in October!

  • Mercredi

    Atheist and A Theist (or A Theist and Atheist)

    *theist (where * is the DOS/Linux/etc wildcard for searches)

    Xtheist (where X is a variable. If it sounds too much like “ex-theist”, then Ytheist might be appriopriate.)

    On the Average, We’re Agnostic

    Superposition of States

    *theist (* being the Windows/Linux/etc wildecard for searches)

    the following regular expressions that match to both “atheist” and “theist” (at least in emacs)

  • Mercredi

    …there should be “\” preceeding the special characters (not the square brackets) in those regular expressions. For the life of me I can’t get them to display properly.

  • Vincent


    Brian Westley said,

    September 26, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    How about “god and magod”, semi-stolen from a blog called “blog and mablog”

    which is itself semi-stolen from the Biblical characters of Gog and Magog.

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