029: Voices from the Ex-Evangelical World (with Daniel Hobbs) Part 2

In the second half of my conversation with Twitter personality and ex-evangelical Daniel Hobbs, we get into the future of the ex-evangelical, or exvangelical, movement...whatever it actually is.

What's his vision for this movement? Is it merely a reactionary thing that is upset and angry at being hurt by forces within evangelicalism? Where is it going, what's the point, and what does he see for the movement in the future?

Coming from a very well-reasoned and well-thought-through place, Daniel shares his insights, thoughts and comments as to where it's all headed...and what his part is in it all.

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028: Voices from the Ex-Evangelical World (with Daniel Hobbs) Part 1

Part 1 of my conversation with ex-evangelical Daniel Hobbs gets into his background in evangelicalism. We'll talk about how he grew up evangelical, attended church and Bible college, then later became a youth pastor in a more liberal Presbyterian Church--with a supposed value standing for social justice and community involvement.

So what started his deconstruction process? 

Seeing the hypocrisy and inconsistencies within the church, as well as reading certain progressive Christian authors, started him off...and once on that journey, he's never looked back--and he's now a leading voice in the ex-evangelical community, particularly on Twitter.

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027: One Man's Journey of Deconstructing Evangelical Christianity (with Brian Staples) Part 2

In Part 2 of my conversation with ex-evangelical Brian Staples, we'll dive further into our views of God, experiences of fundamentalist Christianity, and talk about the impact evangelicalism is having on American politics today.

Brian will also offer up advice for those who have left the church behind, but aren't sure where to go next...or maybe those who are still within the church, but are questioning everything. 

Where do you go from there? Listen in to find out!

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026: One Man's Journey of Deconstructing Evangelical Christianity (with Brian Staples) Part 1

While on a recent trip to the States from the UK, I met up with an old Bible College buddy, Brian Staples. We had a great conversation about his own journey of deconstruction and discovery of his former Christian faith.

In Part 1, we'll delve into Brian's backstory: raised in a narrowly fundamentalist church by a father who subscribed to white supremacist "Christian" views, how did Brian escape that world, and somehow not hold the exact same point of view?

Find out in Part 1!

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025: Escaping Fundamentalism, Embracing Inclusion (with Steve Stone Sr.) Part 2

In Part 2 of my chat with Steve Stone Sr., the "Starbucks Pastor," we get into the motivations behind Steve's often provocative and (to some for sure), irritating Facebook posts.

Steve regularly posts strong statements about Christianity...religion...politics in America...the evangelical support for Donald Trump...and for the inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community within the Christian church.

To say that these posts are controversial, for a retired pastor of more than 20 years, would be an understatement. Just reading the responses to his posts runs the gamut: all the way from outraged fundamentalists, to those who support him wholeheartedly.

Find out why Steve puts himself on the firing line in Part 2!

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024: Escaping Fundamentalism, Embracing Inclusion (with Steve Stone Sr.) Part 1

In Part 1 with Steve Stone Sr., also known as "the Starbucks Pastor," Steve shares his backstory: growing up in a fundamentalist church in the South...yet at the same time experiencing life in the real world that did not match the narrow message they preached.

Find out how Steve's journey took him away from fundamentalism, into a life of sex, drugs and rock n' roll, and then later discovering the ethic of love--as he believes the simple message of Jesus to be, as portrayed within the Gospels.

What is this "ethic of love" and how does it relate to his vision of spirituality and loving inclusion of "the other"?

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023: Christianity: Is There Anything Worth Salvaging After Deconstruction? (with Sam Morse) Part 2

In Part 2 of my conversation with Canadian Sam Morse from the Out of Eden podcast, we delve further into the question of how (or indeed, why) a person might be able to retain various aspects of his or her Christianity--post-deconstruction.

This involves, of necessity, a re-examination of one's views on both God and the Bible--how you approach the text (hermeneutics, or lens through which we read Scripture) will of necessity change your views of God and Jesus.

This strikes at the very heart of the issue: change your views on God and the Bible, and your former Christian faith (if you have any left) will never be the same again.

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022: Christianity: Is There Anything Worth Salvaging After Deconstruction? (with Sam Morse) Part 1

If you've deconstructed your former Christian faith, do you believe there's anything worth salvaging?

This week's guest, Sam Morse (host of the Out of Eden podcast) and I discuss this very question: can you retain a view of God once you begin to question the whole construct of Christianity?

For Sam, the answer is Yes--albeit with a very radically deconstructed and different view of both God and the Bible. 

Find out where he is on the journey in Part 1.

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021: When Evangelicalism No Longer Works for You (with Josh deKeyzer) Part 2

What might Martin Luther's "theology of the cross" have to say to a modern-day post-evangelical Christian?

This is even more the case when that theology has been filtered through radical theology and the work of Deitrich Boenhoffer.

In Part 2 of our conversation, Dutch theologian Josh deKeyzer and I discuss how he came to this position--although sometimes he admits he can be an "angry theist" too.

Not all of the kinks have been ironed out, but he does retain a view of God--albeit a radically different version than his former fundamentalist views of God!

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020: When Evangelicalism No Longer Works for You (with Josh deKeyzer) Part 1

What do you do when evangelicalism no longer works for you?

This involves your views of God...the Bible...and Christianity in general. Are you deconstructing your former faith? If so, where are you on this spiritual journey?

This question I've been asking over the last few weeks continues with Dr Josh deKeyzer from The Netherlands. While in seminary in the USA, he began deconstructing his former very narrow evangelical faith.

In this episode Josh tells his story and how he began to view everything differently...and what that did to his entire belief system.

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019: Finding Rest on Your Spiritual Journey (with Stacie Rae) Part 2

Deconstruction of the Christian faith looks different for everyone. 

Some have become angry atheists; angry theists; or agnostic. Some, like Stacie Rae "The Resting Traveller," have not only deconstructed--they've reconstructed their former views of God.

In this episode Stacie and I discuss how she overcame crippling anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide to do just that--combined with a new understanding of the Bible, too.

We also get into how she wrote her new book--by accident!

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018: Finding Rest on Your Spiritual Journey (with Stacie Rae) Part 1

Where are you along the path of this thing we call "the spiritual journey"?

If you're deconstructing your former Christian faith, have you been able to retain a view of God? How do you read the Bible now, if you still do?

These are all questions Stacie Rae "The Resting Traveller" and I tackle in this week's episode. Despite a very traumatic upbringing in the church, and questioning her very identity, Stacie has been able to retain a view of God and of the Bible--but not without experiencing major loneliness, anxiety, and depression first.

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017: Burning Down Patriarchy (with Sarah E. Smith)

Why burn down patriarchy in religion?

Sarah Smith, the host of Theosophia podcast, is passionate about promoting women's voices in theology and in religion. She is passionate about bringing out this perspective, since historically patriarchal religions have long silence, oppressed and marginalized women.

Sarah opens up about her backstory--yet through all the pain of growing up in a toxic evangelical background, she has somehow retained her beliefs in God and the Bible.

But how?

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016: Women v. Religion (with Karen Garst)

There is no question: religion is incredibly important to humanity.

It has permeated every single aspect of human life: music, language, politics, literature, our communities and more. Yet what has been the effect of religion on women? It turns out that religion has not exactly been kind to women, both historically and presently.

Karen Garst, "the faithless feminist" and I discuss this issue related to her upcoming new book Women v. Religion: The Case Against Faith...and For Freedom. In the book, multiple women contributed chapters, and discuss both the historical and current effects of all 3 Abrahamic religions on women--Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

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015: Black Women & Christianity in the United States (with Deanna Adams) Part 2

How does the African-American civil rights movement impact upon the state of black churches in America today? And should it be important to understand the legacy of African-American atheists and free thinkers? 

Today's conversation features the continuation of last week's discussion related to the history of African-American peoples and how that has affected black churches (and treatment of African-American women specifically).

Deanna Adams is an atheist, womanist and author who brings a fascinating perspective to the table, as an African-American woman. 

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014: Black Women & Christianity in the United States (with Valerie Wade) Part 1

How did the transatlantic slave trade and the resulting cultural violence affect Africans? Add to this the introduction of "white Christianity" into the mix and what results helps to explain much of the current situation within many African-American churches today.

This week's episode features a fascinating conversation with Valerie Wade: author, historian, and "cultural Christian." As a contributor to Karen Garst's upcoming book Women v. Religion, Valerie shares a particular fascination not just with history, but specifically focuses upon the treatment of African-American women in black churches currently.

Even though African-American women make up a large majority of black churches in terms of attendance and finance, they have historically not been allowed to have leadership roles, or to able to preach. Valerie offers up some fascinating historical and cultural insights on this issue.

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013: Coming Out In A Hostile World (with Dana Stinson) Part 2

In this second episode we pick up Dana's story from last week: coming out as a transgender woman and having to formulate a plan to do so--without her entire world falling apart.

Part 2 continues that story and also develops what happened when she and her spouse decided to talk to the pastor of their church, where they were both heavily involved in leadership.

Would either end well? And where is Dana now, in terms of her own faith journey, as well as her transition?

Listen in to find out!

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012: Coming Out In A Hostile World (with Dana Stinson) Part 1

What's it like to grow up in the evangelical church culture, with parents who were pastors, but all the while struggle with your own gender identity? 

What do you do when you're married with a family, involved in church leadership, yet have the feeling inside that you're not being honest with yourself about your own gender?

How does God factor into all of this also?

This week we're going to hear exactly what it's like from my friend, Dana Stinson.

Making it all the more difficult for Dana was the cognitive dissonance--the conflicted thinking--of trying to balance what the church taught about gender identity and her own feelings. Was she being honest with herself?

f you don't know a trans person at all, well...now you do! Listening to another person's experiences and points of view--with an open mind--is one of the best ways to enter into their world and see things from their perspective.

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011: Surfin' With the Atheist (with Tim Malins)

What's it like to attend a Christian school? And what happens if you've never had any experience of Christianity or the Bible?

This week's guest, Tim Malins, is an old friend from way back--he moved up from Southern California to Washington State at the tender age of just 12 or 13. We met at the Christian fundamentalist school I and several other church friends attended.

This is Tim's story: how fundamentalism affected his mental health; introduced conflicted thinking via the concepts of "secularism;" scared him with end-times prophecy  creationism, and more.

He's since become an atheist...

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010: Did Jesus Exist? Or...Was He A Myth (with David Fitzgerald) Part 2

If Jesus of Nazareth did not exist--as the Gospels surely indicate he did--then what are the implications for Christianity?

Find out more in Part 2 of my conversation with mythicist and atheist David Fitzgerald, author of Nailed: 10 Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All and Jesus: Mything in Action.

We explore the implications for Christianity, society, culture, and as a planet. Christianity is losing its best and brightest, most thoughtful and compassionate people--so who will be left to carry the torch?

Find out in the second half of our conversation!

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