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Talk Heathen is a non-profit call-in talk show that is apart of 'The Atheist Community Of Austin'' (ACA) situated in Austin, Texas. It is a talk-show that discusses atheism, theism, and secularism whilst also trying to reach an equal understanding.


  • As the Good Book Says...: Many callers try to quote verses from the Bible when presenting their arguments, not knowing that the hosts are typically well-read on the Bible and its contents.
  • Berserk Button: Eric can get angry when callers try to dominate the show, especially when they are being unnecessarily mean and arrogant.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Most of the hosts, such as Eric Murphy, are considerably nicer than their counterparts from The Atheist Experience, but if given the circumstance, they can swiftly become angered. One example is when a repeat caller called into the show to discuss bible codes only for Eric to become incensed when the caller attempted to claim that he had the right information, but others did not accept it due to "being afraid."
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  • Crossover: Has crossed over with The Atheist Experience a few times. Matt Dillahunty is a frequent contributor.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Hell is seen as this since, as the hosts point out, a punishment is meant to be a learning experience. Hell, however, is an eternal punishment devoid of a chance for those sent there to learn from their mistakes.
  • Easy Evangelism: Many callers try to pull this on the hosts to no avail.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Much like Atheist Experience, they are often accused of being this, though the response more often than not amounts to if a god appears to them, they would no longer be an atheist, but it would not mean that they would worship them.
  • Hell of a Heaven: In one episode, Eric asks a caller if he'd be happy in Heaven knowing that those he knew personally were suffering in Hell simply for not believing in God.
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  • Hollywood Atheist: Much like other shows in the ACA, one of Talk Heathen's objectives is to subvert the assumption that most people become atheists because of being angry at God.
  • Jerkass: Quite a few callers up to and including:
    • Hamish, who constantly tries to catch the hosts in a logical trap and deliberately speaks slowly to kill time.
    • Darth Dawkins: An irritable Know-Nothing Know-It-All who vehemently tries to bend the talk show to his whims and is dismissive of the hosts oftentimes desiring to speak uninterrupted. In one, he accuses Eric of being "rude" when he was cutting him off.
    • John from SC chastises the hosts for swearing and accuses Eric and Jamie of being gay after not understanding a joke.
    • EF, otherwise universally known as Darth Dawkins, i
    • Nindo, a supporter of the presupposition argument, is an abrasive caller, so much so, he was banned from calling into the show. Not that it stopped him from trying to call into the show with different guises.
  • Nice Guys: Another key difference between Talk Heathen and The Atheist Experience is that the hosts are more cordial with the theist callers and actively want to meet them where they were at. That doesn't mean that their patience hadn't been tested.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Nindo tries to slip past his ban by pretending to be named Levi only to expose himself and get predictably dropped.