Matt Dillahunty

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Matt Dillahunty
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Matt Dillahunty, speaking at the University of Missouri in 2014
Born (1969-03-31) March 31, 1969 (age 45)
Kansas City, Missouri


Military career
Service/branch United States Navy seal United States Navy
Years of service 1987–1995[1]
Known for Atheism and secular activism
Spouse(s) Beth Presswood

Matt Dillahunty (born March 31, 1969) is a public speaker, debater, and internet personality. He was the president of the Atheist Community of Austin until May 2013.[2] He hosts the Austin-based webcast and cable-access television show The Atheist Experience, and formerly hosted the live internet radio show Non-Prophets Radio.[3] He is also the founder and contributor of the counter-apologetics encyclopedia Iron Chariots and its subsidiary sites.[4]

He is regularly engaged in formal debates and travels the United States speaking to local secular organizations and university groups as part of the Secular Student Alliance's Speakers Bureau.[5]


Matt was raised as a Baptist Christian and sought to become a Baptist minister.[1] His religious studies, instead of bolstering his faith as he intended, led him to no longer believe in Christianity and, eventually, all religions.[6] Matt spent many years in the US Navy, before leaving to work in the field of computer software design. In 2011, Matt married The Atheist Experience colleague Beth Presswood.


  1. ^ a b Eileen E. Flynn (March 18, 2007). "Preaching his own gospel of atheism". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ ACA Lecture Series: Matt Dillahunty — Reflections on a "lifetime" as ACA President, Atheist Community of Austin, May 12, 2013, retrieved May 17, 2013, "Matt has been the President of ACA for many years and is stepping down." 
  3. ^ Lyz (February 22, 2010). "Matt Dillahunty". Secular Student Alliance. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ Matt Dillahunty (username Sans Deity), User:Sans Deity, Iron Chariots - the counter-apologetics wiki. 
  5. ^ 2012 Conference Speakers!, Secular Student Alliance, Retrieved 2012-07-12
  6. ^ Atheist Experience: Matt Dillahunty

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