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A secular humanist podcast about Secular Grace after deconstruction and deconversion. The podcast takes an honest look at stories of faith transition from a life-altering faith, to doubt and deconstruction, to deconversion, and finally, to a thriving graceful life post-deconversion. My name is David, and I am trying to be the Graceful Atheist. Join me and be graceful human beings. https://gracefulatheist.com/?gaid=gapdsc Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/gracefulatheist/support
 
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Theology on Air

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Theology on Air is a weekly podcast that explores the truth claims of Christianity, often through the eyes of non-Christians. Agnostics, atheists, skeptics, and people of other faiths discuss and debate the issues of the day and the timeless questions of the past. We'll dig deep into theology, the Bible, and current events, but we promise to do so with charity, grace, and a bit of humor. Theology on Air is brought to you by the leadership of Theology on Tap, Houston and recorded at the studi ...
 
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This week’s guest is Jose Ramos, Hannah’s husband from her episode two weeks ago. Jose’s family converted to Independent Fundamentalist Baptist and his father became a pastor. They were taught that the IFB had the “pure word of God,” and it was their purpose to evangelize and change the world. Throughout his teens, Jose’s only rebellion was, “like …
 
“Good afternoon. Good evening. And good night.” This week’s episode is a compelling discussion between David and past podcast guests Jimmy and Colin. They take a deep dive into how The Truman Show mirrors the long, painful journey of deconstruction—realizing the story you’ve been told isn’t quite what it seems, pushing back little by little, and th…
 
Live from Scotland, Christian apologist Andy Bannister joins us to talk about his new book, "Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?" In only an hour, we cover the major differences between Christian and Islam and Andy offers some new insights on just how different a prophet Jesus is, whether Islam is an Abrahamic religion, and how differen…
 
My guest this week is Hannah Ramos. Hannah grew up in an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist family, one of ten homeschooled children. Dissuaded from going to bible college, she waited for her Prince Charming. When Jose showed up to speak at her church, she knew he was “God’s choice” for her as a husband. Very early in their marriage, Jose took over…
 
My guest this week is Phil Quagliariello who blogs at Phil Q Musings. Phil grew up as a PK in Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Churches which, of course, were the one true Church. He moved around often as a kids and saw the dark side of ministry when his father was removed from a church by the board for being too “new fangled.” He went through th…
 
On this month's ATB, our headline-driven episode, we look at popular teenage witches, a "Bobos in Paradise" redux, the phrase "Let's Go Brandon," the state of politics generally, and the practice of cohabitating. The cast this week includes Patrick Hall of the Church of the Epiphany in Houston, Sarah Stone of MDPC, and Evan McClanahan of First Luth…
 
My guest this week is Jack Robertson, host of the Musings of an ADD mind podcast. He grew up with a super Evangelical Southern Baptist mother and always went to church. As a teenager he became super religious himself until a confidant let the whole youth group know he was having sex with his girlfriend. Then he stopped going to church for a while. …
 
My guest this week is Mark Landes, a former Army officer who is working toward becoming a humanist chaplain. Mark grew up in the United Methodist tradition. He went to West Point and became an officer in the Army. He wanted to become an Army chaplain. Mark’s army career is a fascinating tale in itself. He was stationed in West Berlin shortly before…
 
There is about 400 years between the last prophet of the Old Testament and the events of the New Testament. Was God silent during this time? What were the historical events that took place during this period that would help shape the New Testament? What gave rise to groups like the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes, and who were the Maccabees? We t…
 
Thao Costis of Search Homeless Ministries in Houston, Will Symmes of Lord of the Streets, and Donald Hackler, a volunteer at Lord of the Streets, joins Evan to look at homelessness. What are the root causes? How should Christians respond? Why the rise of tent cities in recent years and what are the proposals on the table to help?…
 
This week’s show is a Deconversion Anonymous episode. My guest this week is Emily. Emily grew up in an Evangelical Free Church in the rural Midwest. She was on the Cubbies-Sparks-AWANA track. Around age 10, she became a pastor’s kid when her dad switched careers and went into ministry. Her early childhood experiences of church were fairly positive,…
 
TOT hosts a controversial, but important conversation on what seems to be aa new way of talking about racism. When did the definition of "white supremacy" change? Why did it change? And what does the church have to say about the current state of race relations in America. Thanks to Juan Carlos Martinez and David Williams for offering opening remark…
 
This week’s show is a Deconversion Anonymous episode. My guest this week is Ginna. Ginna is a software developer in her 30’s. She went through deconversion in her 20’s after suffering depression during her college years. Even though there were Christians around her who were on medication for their depressions no one was public about it. The implied…
 
My guest this week is Monique. Monique grew up a cultural Christian until the family of her boyfriend “made it known they were Southern Baptists.” She married that boyfriend and had kids. He became abusive. First psychologically, then spiritually and eventually physically. He gas lit her, told her she was not worthy and that she was not following g…
 
My guests this week are Lars, Christie, Teddy, Amy and Eleanor, a whole family who deconverted around the same time. Lars felt a sense of duty to be a Christian all his life because he believed it was true. Christie felt there was “good evidence” for parts of the Bible and accepted that the rest was true. This worked until both of them came to the …
 
My returning guest this week is Jimmy. Jimmy and I review Julia Galef’s book Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t. We explore the book from two lenses: Deconversion and Secular Grace. Jimmy brings an intense focus on humility, self-honesty and truth seeking to the conversation. The perfect complement to Julia’s book. J…
 
This week’s show is a Deconversion Anonymous episode. My guest this week is Sara. Sara is “a musician from a home of musicians.” She grew up in an Assemblies of God church in a “vibrantly faithful home.” She spent her teen years in a “cool” Southern Baptist Church. She then spent some time in Acts 29 churches and Reformed theology. To round things …
 
This week’s show is a Deconversion Anonymous episode. My guest this week is Joel. Joel grew up in the WELS Lutheran church. He met his wife at a Christian group during college. They attended a few churches, one of which was Mars Hill, Mark Driscoll’s church. Joel began to question what he had been taught. He began noticing discrepancies in scriptur…
 
My guest this week is Stephanie, the host of the StephUp Podcast where she “delve[s] into different topics to learn more about the world and more about ourselves.” Stephanie had me on her podcast to delve into atheism. In this episode, Stephanie describes her journey of deconstruction of Christianity, politics and conservative culture. She is focus…
 
My guest this week is Eli Fuhrmler-Wheeler. Eli grew up going to Awanas at an Evangelical Free church. Eventually, he attended an Assemblies of God church and spoke in tongues. His parents forbade him from going to that church and “of course I felt they were keeping me from the gates of heaven and pulling me into hell.” Eli’s childhood was traumati…
 
Has science made God obsolete? Can you believe in creation while also believing the big bang theory, or that the universe is very old? Where does scientific discovery stop and faith begin, or …are they mutually exclusive? Have Christians just fallen prey to the “god of the gaps” fallacy? And…What about aliens and deep space and UFO’s?…
 
This week’s show is a Deconversion Anonymous episode. My guest this week is Jason, the son of a pastor. He grew up in the independent Christian Churches, an offshoot of the Church of Christ that allows music. He grew up doing “sword drills” and was a devout teenage believer. He participated in Bible memorization contests. He became a musician and p…
 
Why do people walk away from faith and religion? What issues and ideas have so many reconsidering Christianity or at least an American Evangelical slice of Christianity? What are the reasons people are deconstructing, and what does it actually look like to be an Exvangelical? ToA talks with "Redrawing the Bath" podcast host, Chris Harman.…
 
With so much recent talk about prominent Evangelicals walking away from faith, terms like “deconstruction” and “Exvangelical” have become par for the Christian course. But, what does it mean to deconstruct, and is this something new, or has it been happening all along? Is it a good thing? What makes deconstruction different from doubt, and after ta…
 
My guest this week is Geoffrey Wallis, author of A Voice From Inside: Notes on Religious Trauma in a Captive Organization. Geoffrey is Physically In but Mentally Out (PIMO) of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. After recognizing the religious trauma and the cognitive dissonance he was experiencing he found help through therapy. He remains within the Watchtow…
 
My guest this week is David. David is the son and grandson of pastors. He does has have good memories of growing up in the church and he credits his parents with restraint. As an adult, he became more fundamentalist. He was a Southern Baptist and went through a very strong Calvinist phase. David taught apologetics classes. He delved into apologetic…
 
My guest this week is Daniel Kelly, the new co-host of When Belief Dies. Daniel began as a Charismatic Christian, moved to an Orthodox Christian church, and eventually was at a Bible church that preached through every verse in the bible. Daniel was a dedicated Christian working in a Christian non-profit helping those with disabilities. His mother h…
 
This week’s show is a Deconversion Anonymous episode. My guest this week is Thomas. Thomas is a Missionary Kid. He was very close to his mother who passed away in her 40s when he was in middle school. Thomas went through real depression for years after losing his mother and losing his faith. We discuss the hardships of grieving a loved one without …
 
Are you afraid of death? How does our mortality or immortality affect the way we live? To what lengths will humanity go to prolong life by freezing ourselves, uploading our minds, building a lasting legacy, or simply distracting ourselves from the inevitable truth that we will all die? We talk about that and more with Clay Jones on today’s Theology…
 
My guest this week is Vanessa. She describes herself as “born into a large family of fire and brimstone preaching, bible beating, in-tongues-speaking Christians in the Pentecostal Church of God faith tradition.” Her father, her grandfather, and her great grandfather all were pastors of her home church. She began to doubt at a fairly young age and d…
 
A Methodist (Colin Bagby) and a Presbyterian (Ryan Dougan) join us to take a look at the classic questions regarding free will and predestination. Does God have exhaustive knowledge of everything? Are some saved or damned before they are ever born? What role does our free will play into our salvation? **Note - apologies for the strange audio effect…
 
My guest this week is Chris Highland. Chris is an author of over a dozen books, he was a Protestant minister for 14 years and an Interfaith (collaborative, open-minded, inclusive) chaplain for 25 years. Currently a Humanist celebrant, he has a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Seattle Pacific University and an M.Div. from San Francisco Theologic…
 
My guest this week is Travis. Travis documented his deconstruction on the blog measureoffaith.blog. There Travis has documented his journey from a questioning but dedicated Christian to a doubting agnostic. He delves into the apologetics that was supposed to give him comfort but ultimately led to the loss of faith. This is one of the more emotional…
 
Dr. Jordan Cooper of Just and Sinner joins us to a look at Lutheran distinctives. While this was recorded for another project I (Evan) am working on, we thought the TOA audience would also find it interesting. While, of course, many of our listeners are not Lutheran, you can think about your own tradition's teachings on issues like the sacraments, …
 
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