The History of Atheism: A Lecture

Peter Boghossian, a philosophy professor at Portland State University, recently invited Steve Goldman (also a philosophy professor) to give a lecture on the History of Atheism. That lecture was recorded and begins at the 8:00 mark in the video below:

As always, if any portions stand out to you, please leave the timestamp and summary in the comments!

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Jake Kramer


  • chicago dyke, Blonde

    the Kurgans had nothing to do with the Sumerians. i’ve no idea why he’s trying to connect them, but it’s clear he knows nothing about ancient Sumer. which esp in the early periods, was anything but a “sky culture patriarchy.” 

  • rupi capra

     Jainism begins at 52:20.

  • guest

    7:05 Steve Goldman publishes under the name “Steven Brutus”

  • Darwinshousecat

    It was a wave of Kurgan expansion that was responsible for the conquering of the Sumerians.  Do a basic google search for Kurgan and Sumeria and you’ll get a dozen hits.

  • Sutra Stevens

    Is it just me or is the Kaba not carved out of a meteorite? Isn’t it just some black stone at the edge of some temple wall inside that big black silk-covered cube?