Friday, August 17, 2018
The Dialogue

The Dialogue

A Catholic (Tim Haines), an Atheist (Cal Kane), a Dialogue.  The Dialogue shows how a Catholic and a classical Atheist can have a civilized conversation, even in areas where they disagree—and boy do they disagree!  The Dialogue features discussions on secular news topics, science, and social issues, as well as conversations about issues where Tim and Cal take opposing sides, soft debate, and sometimes not-so-soft debate.


The Dialogue’s 50th Episode Celebration!

It's our 50th episode, and we're celebrating four years of friendship, and "friendly dialogue, and soft debate" with a few drinks and a look back on some past, early episodes of The Dialogue.

Morality — Episode 15

Discussing morality from top to bottom. Can an atheist be moral without God? Are animals moral, and does morality just come from nature? What makes a thing moral, and how can we know that it's right or wrong?

Let’s Talk About Sex – Episode 36

Even an Atheist can change his thinking, even if he can't change his mind. We revisit a couple of early episodes to square off on some old feuds, as Cal refutes an old argument of his own, regarding morality, and Tim brings peace to a "tornado".

Exceptionalism of Man – Episode 31

Is mankind exceptional in creation, or are we just really smart animals, special in some ways, but inferior in many others? In discussing the question, we also get into Artificial Intelligence and the image of God, inherent in the human person.

Scorched Earth Policy – Episode #72

We're burning down Western Civilization, leaving nothing left for the civilized and the rational. The Scorched Earth Policy was a military strategy where a retreating army would destroy or...

Discrimination or Choice? — Episode 6

Discussing news stories that touch on discrimination....or is it actually about choice and selection??? Not everything that is a selection is necessarily discriminatory.

It’s Alive….ALIVE! – The Dialogue #70

Fake meat from a lab, and a human-pig hybrid. Is there a consequence—spiritual, physical, cultural, or otherwise—to turing the living into the synthetic? A Catholic and an Atheist chime in. Go to for the Pre-show and after-show

Debating the God Debate — Episode #43

Deconstructing and responding to the most common—and most annoying—arguments that Tim gets from atheists, and Cal gets from theists. It’s a different, and less boring spin on the usual “does God exist” debate but there’s no compromise of reason and fury as we get down and dirty in this verbal fist-fight.

Solutions – Episode #78

What are some solutions to the social illnesses we see in the culture?

Bullying – Episode #51

Bullying has been part of the experience of human adolescence since the caves. But how we handle it today is contrary to the human constitution. We perpetuate the “victim state” and don’t teach young people confidence, or how to rise above adversity.