Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Alan Watts: Disproving God in 5 minutes

Alan Watts ( via Glenn Frosty; Dhr. Seven, Crystal Q. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

This is the full talk given by Alan Watts about the Christian Bible

Who in the heck is Alan Watts?
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Alan Wilson Watts (Jan. 6, 1915–Nov. 16, 1973) was a British-born
  • philosopher
  • writer
  • speaker
  • translator
  • broadcaster
in California best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Buddhism and Eastern Philosophy for a Western audience.

Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York. Pursuing a career in religion, he attended Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, where he received a Master's degree in theology.

God is watching, always watching
Self-proclaimed "Spiritual Entertainer" Alan Watts became an Episcopal priest in 1945, then left the ministry, the Anglican Church, and in 1950 and moved to California, where he joined the faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies.

Watts gained a large following in the San Francisco Bay Area while working as a volunteer programmer at, Pacifica Free Speech Radio's station in Berkeley, California.

Watts wrote more than 25 books and articles on subjects important to Eastern and Western religion, introducing the then-burgeoning youth culture to The Way of Zen (1957), one of the first bestselling books on Buddhism.

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In Psychotherapy East and West (1961), Watts proposed that Buddhism could be thought of as a form of psychotherapy and not a religion. He also explored human consciousness, in the essay "The New Alchemy" (1958), and in the book The Joyous Cosmology (1962).

Towards the end of his life, he divided his time between a houseboat in Sausalito and a cabin on Mount Tamalpais, both in the Bay Area. His legacy has been kept alive by his son, Mark Watts, and his daughters helped put together a book about his life.

Many of his recorded talks and lectures are available on the Internet and in the Pacifica Archives, principally through the work of Roy of Hollywood Tuckman in Los Angeles at Pacifica Radio's He is the only person in the world to play Watts regularly on his show "Something's Happening" and on Sunday mornings.

According to the critic Erik Davis, his "writings and recorded talks still shimmer with a profound and galvanizing lucidity."

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