Matthew O’Neil

TPPP Episode 43 : A Woman’s Choice

Another episode of The Triple Po has come upon us. I have a guest read the show intro, Lexi from Scenic City Skeptic. I hope to make this a regular feature as long as I can entice enough people to do it. On the pre-ramble, I talk about Matthew O’Neil’s articles and my opinion of the person who threw him under the bus, and my reactions to Matthew and the articles themselves. I also have the second voicemail ever from William and Jessica, both of you have been on previous episodes and who met and became friends at ReasonCon. It’s a fun and rambling message!

On the palaver, I talk to my good friend Jen from Not Another Podcast about the history of abortion, her personal experiences with the procedure, and some of the myths associated with this extremely controversial topic. Jen makes clear that she didn’t regret her decision, and that most people are of the same mind. It is an enlightening conversation, and though Jen thinks her story isn’t remarkable, I still admire her courage for being willing to speak out about it. My hope is that other people will hear her story and it will make them feel not quite so alone.

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FGS029 Chris Watson

It’s Time to Stop Advocating for Violence

Swing and a Miss

I was wrong

U.S. Abortion History

U.S. Abortion Rate Falls To Lowest Level Since Roe v. Wade

Lessons from Before Roe: Will Past be Prologue?

The abortion rate hasn’t been this low since before ‘Roe v. Wade’

Induced Abortion Worldwide

The Myth of Abortion Regret

Validation of a Decisional Conflict Scale

Scenic City Skeptic

TPPP Episode 14 : Election Depression 

This is the second ‘special edition’ of The Podunk Polymath Podcast. The pre-ramble is very brief, and I only read a new review of the show I received on iTunes.

On the palaver, I have a roundtable discussion with three guests : Former guests Jeanne Ikerd and Matthew O’Neil, as well as Canadian David Eastmond from The Wayward Atheists Podcast. We have a wide-ranging discussion about the outcome of the presidential election, and what we can do as concerned citizens to help those marginalized groups that could potentially affected by Trump’s policies. I hope this episode helps people realize that there are people out there willing to help in any way they can, and also that it’s time to stand up and do something to make sure that fear doesn’t win. Please, y’all who are scared and worried, stay safe and know that you’re not alone.

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A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support


That piece of shit known as Donald Trump won the election. But that doesn’t mean it’s fucking over.

The Troubling Reason the Electoral College Exists

Matthew O’Neil on Amazon

Matthew O’Neil’s Facebook Author Page 

Matthew O’Neil on Twitter

For God’s Sake Facebook Page

For God’s Sake on Spreaker

Wayward Atheists Podcast

TPPP Episode 11 : Rebel With A Bible 

On this episode of The Podunk Polymath Podcast, I have a guest co-host for the pre-ramble this week, my good friend Eric Parsons. We talk about the final Presidential debate and how thankful we will be when the damn election is over! 

For the palaver, I have author, student, musician, and tattooed badass Matthew O’Neil. We talk about his writing, his scholarly pursuits, and what it’s like being a humanist chaplain. It’s a very informative and occasionally hilarious interview. I hope y’all enjoy the latest awesome installment of the PoPoPo! 

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Matthew O’Neil on Amazon 

Matthew O’Neil’s Facebook Author Page 

Matthew O’Neil on Twitter 

For God’s Sake Facebook Page 

For God’s Sake on Spreaker 

This Is Not The Messiah You’re Looking For : Matthew O’Neil’s “You Say That I Am : Jesus and the Messianic Problem”

I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of “You Say That I Am : Jesus and the Messianic Problem” from the author, Matthew O’Neil. For those not familiar with Mr. O’Neil, he is an educator with a with an MA in Theology as well as graduate certification in mediation and education. In addition to this book, he is releasing another book soon named Come Lord Jesus : What The Bible Really Says (and Doesn’t Say) About Sex, which should be an interesting and intriguing read! He was also covered. an episode of our podcast in one of our atheist/skeptical author segments. I also must mention he’s a pretty damn good musician, as well as an all-around cool guy.

The subject of You Say That I Am is the question of whether Jesus of Nazareth was truly the Messiah as foretold by the Old Testament of the Holy Bible. Spoiler alert : Mr. O’Neil’s answer is a resounding no! I must disagree on one point, which is really irrelevant to the subject of the book itself, but which I feels bears mentioning. Mr. O’Neill believes Jesus of Nazareth was an actual historical figure, while I myself am a mythicist, which essentially means I believe that Jesus was invented from whole cloth, or perhaps he is an amalgamation of different prophets who were quite common at the time. Mr. O’Neill in fact addresses the issue of Jesus’ existence in his first chapter, in which he explains why he believes that a historical Jesus DID exist, and gives cogent and well-reasoned arguments why he believe this to be the case.  As I said, however, this doesn’t really pertain to the main thrust of the book, for Mr. O’Neill and I do agree that Jesus was most definitely not the Messiah as prophesied by Jewish tradition.

Mr O’Neill’s arguments in favor of his contention that Jesus was not the Messiah are backed up by plentiful evidence from the scriptures themselves. Indeed, this is where his knowledge and background in Theology really come through to great effect. He uses specific verses to clarify his points, and he also uses background on the ancient Hebrew culture to explain the context of these verses.

Lest you think that this book is overly dense and difficult to read, Mr. O’Neill’s writing is clear and concise, even when tackling the most esoteric topics. He does an excellent job in explaining the topics he covers in such as a way as to enable the reader to understand his conclusions, even though the reader may not be familiar with the subject matter. Mr. O’Neill make sure that the reader is there with him every step of the way, and that is important when trying to reach a wider audience.

In his prologue Mr. O’Neil states that the idea for this book came from a question a student of his asked him : “Why don’t Jews accept Jesus as the Messiah?” He spends this book trying to answer this question, from Jesus’ very existence; to the definition of the word “Messiah”; to other titles used in the Hebrew bible which are equivalent to Messiah; on to the attributes of the Messiah as stated in Hebrew lore; and then including the problem of miracles (did Jesus perform any?), the crucifixion, the resurrection, and the acts of the apostles. When finally he comes through all this research and exposition, he finally has an answer to give to his student :

It should not be a question of why the Jews do not accept Jesus as the Messiah, but instead, given the evidence that has been presented, one of why anyone would ever consider Jesus the Messiah.

Why would anyone indeed?