God – ATCast – Episode 02


Scott Adams is the creator of one of the best comic strips ever and I don’t say that lightly. There are few comic strips that rise to a level of becoming iconic. Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes is one. Garry Trudeau’s Doonsbury is another. Gary Larson’s The Far Side, of course. Scott Adams created Dilbert. Dilbert is about a “cubical drone” at a technology company. It focuses on office politics, the stupididty of the bosses, and a healthy dose of satire. Scott Adams is a really funny guy. He also wrote a small book called God’s Debris. It isn’t about office work or software development or office politics. It’s a “thought experiement” that has the balls to ask the question, “What is God?” The book is short, only 132 pages and it is an easy read. It is set up as a conversation between a very old man and a fairly young man. It is not, however, an easy book. In the process of arguing about whether or not God exists, the young man says to the older, “Look, four billion people believe in some sort of God and free will. They can’t all be wrong.” The response is, “Four billion people say they believe in God, but few genuinely believe.” The old man continues

“A belief in God would demand one hundred percent obsessive devotion, influencing every waking moment of this brief life on earth. But your four billion so-called believers do not live their lives in that fashion, except for a few. The majority believe in the usefulness of their beliefs — an earthly and practical utility — but they do not believe in the underlying reality.”

How does that sit with you? When someone asks you if you “believe in God”, how do you answer? What is God, anyway?

Welcome to the Amateur Theology podcast. This is episode 2, entitled God. My name is Matt McGraw


Intro (part deux)




A Generous Orthodoxy by Brian McClaren

Class is in Session

(Guest, Danny Mercer)

Welcome to the main part of this episode where class is in session. Today we are talking about “God” and I am joined by my friend Danny Mercer from atlanta GA. Danny welcome to the a t cast.

  1. Who are you and how do we know each other and why did you want to come on the podcast?

  2. Do you believe in God? Who or what is God to you today? How has that changed over time, if at all?

community input

Well, thanks for joining me for this episode of the Amateur Theology podcast. I have enjoyed talking with you all about god today and a big thanks to my guest, Mr. Danny Mercer. I will link to Danny’s twitter feed in the shownotes @alstayshome. I would love it if you would drop me a line on twitter or on the show email address. My twitter is @amateurtheolog and the email is atcast@thestrangeland.net; i love to hear your feedback on the show topics or on anything else you’d like to say, so please reach out!


and that brings us to the end of Episode 2 of the Amateur Theology podcast. I hope you have enjoyed it. If you have made it all the way through, tweet at me with the hashtag “#atcastGod” and let me know you’ve listened.

The theme music for this show was created by me, mixing together some Creative Commons licensed works. I hope you like it. The show is hosted by the Internet Archive at archive.org. The Archive is an ambitious project seeking to catalog and preserve the content of the internet for future generations. You can find books, music, live concert recordings, podcasts like this one and podcasts which are NOTHING like this one. Go on over to the Archive and browse around. If you happen to be a Grateful Dead fan, they have a massive collection of concert recordings from the storied career of the Dead; it’s well worth your time to dig into.

Episode 2 is done. I hope it will not be another 3 months before episode 3 drops. I don’t have a topic picked for that episode, yet, but follow me on twitter and keep up to date with all the info. Grab the shownotes for this and every episode on the website www.amateurtheology.com.

Until next time, Grace and Peace through our Lord Jesus Christ. Bye, now.


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