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Follow the Truth Wherever it Leads (with Tim Sledge)

Follow the Truth Wherever it Leads (with Tim Sledge)

August 9, 2019

This week's discussion features a wide-ranging conversation with ex-pastor (and now atheist) Tim Sledge, out of Texas. A former megachurch pastor in the Houston area, Tim underwent a significant change of both heart and of faith, culminating in him walking away not just from the church, but from the faith altogether. 

Now an atheist, Tim has chronicled his journey in his book Goodbye Jesus --and he is also is a prolific Twitter personality who regularly tweets about very thought-provoking and challenging issues around deconstructing Christianity and religion.

Tim and I discuss, among other things, not only his journey, but the phenomenon of the 81% white evangelical Donald Trump supporters. Where is all of this leading? As a former pastor himself, Tim provides a unique insight into this situation of American evangelicalism today.

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Recovering From Religion (with Dr Darrel Ray)

Recovering From Religion (with Dr Darrel Ray)

July 26, 2019

Is there a place for religion in the world today?

History demonstrates that humanity is incurably religious...we can't seem to separate humans from their beliefs. But it is a demonstrable fact that religion, and religionism, have done tremendous amounts of damage over the centuries--from religious wars, terrorism in the name of God, religious trauma, cults, and all sorts of religious trauma and sexual abuse.

So many people need to recover from the harmful effects of religion that Dr Ray has started two organizations to help people do just that--Recovering from Religion Foundation, as well as the Secular Therapy Project.

Find out more about Darrel's work, as well as what might be in your future should you too need to recover from religion.

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Escaping Emotionally Abusive Relationships (with Natalie Hoffman)

Escaping Emotionally Abusive Relationships (with Natalie Hoffman)

July 12, 2019

 

This week's guest is author and speaker and podcaster Natalie Hoffman, survivor of not just an emotionally abusive marriage, but also of religious trauma.

Oftentimes it's religion itself that causes in the first place--or mightily contributes to--emotionally abusive or dysfunctional marriages and relationships. In the case of Christian evangelicalism, add in the inbuilt patriarchy and misogyny of the system itself, based on literalistic readings of the Bible, and you have a recipe for disaster.

Not only did Natalie escape to find freedom, she is now in a position to assist others who are working their way out of emotionally abusive relationships.

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Snapping, Information Disease and Holy Terror (with Conway and Siegelman)

Snapping, Information Disease and Holy Terror (with Conway and Siegelman)

June 28, 2019
This episode features a hugely informative and insightful information with two of my personal heroes, Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman out of New York City.
 
Authors of the massively influential books Snapping and Holy Terror, Conway & Siegelman have for decades been recognized as two of the foremost experts and investigators on the world of both the cults and Christian fundamentalism. 
 
Specifically, we discuss the phenomenon of "snapping" and "information disease" and find out how Christian fundamentalism's current bid for political power started back in the late 1970s and continues on today using, and abusing, information and communication techniques--just like the cults!
 
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My Fight for Justice: Surviving a Cult and Sexual Abuse (with Dassi Erlich)

My Fight for Justice: Surviving a Cult and Sexual Abuse (with Dassi Erlich)

June 14, 2019

After many months of anxious waiting, I finally re-connected with this week's guest: Dassi Erlich, survivor of both sexual abuse and a very cultic, controlling Jewish fundamentalist sect in Melbourne, Australia.

Not only is this amazing woman surviving, she's leading the fight for justice--to bring her abuser to trial, to answer for her many abuses of children both in Israel and Australia. Listen in to hear Dassi's amazing journey away from this Jewish sect, and her continuing battle for justice for her and the many victims of this abuser.

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SexVangelical: Coping with Religious Trauma and Sexuality (with Janice Selbie)

SexVangelical: Coping with Religious Trauma and Sexuality (with Janice Selbie)

May 31, 2019

This week's episode features returning guest, Canadian therapist Janice Selbie! Fresh off a conference in San Fransisco, CA., led by Dr Marlene Winell, Janice returned home full of ideas for discussion.

This week, the guest I'd had lined up had to cancel--so Janice gracefully stepped up at the last minute as a replacement! And we had a phenomenal discussion about sex, and specifically how religion can seriously mess up people when it comes to this subject.

Join myself and Janice for this helpful and frank discussion on the topic of...sex!

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Bonus Episode: Rapture Anxiety - Deconstructing “A Thief in the Night”

Bonus Episode: Rapture Anxiety - Deconstructing “A Thief in the Night”

May 29, 2019

After publishing my article "Rapture Anxiety" on Medium several weeks ago, many who read it asked if I could do a special episode on not just the topic of the movie itself, but also critically assess its theology.

In this bonus episode, not only do I delve into the theological interpretation of its creator, I further get into various interpretative issues around biblical prophetic and apocalyptic literature--and the problems that poses for those who would portray those events in book or movie form.

If you were forced to watch these traumatic movies as a child, then this episode will help you to process through some of the trauma you may have experienced that, for many of us, lingers well into adulthood. 

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Spanking My Children Made Me an Atheist (with Bethany Carter)

Spanking My Children Made Me an Atheist (with Bethany Carter)

May 17, 2019

This week's episode features a great conversation with Bethany Carter, who became an atheist after confronting a lot of issues around the subject of...spanking her children?!

Find out how this particular issue started Bethany off on the road of deconstruction of her former evangelical beliefs, including questioning God, the Bible and its many issues, and why she no longer counts herself as a believer.

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The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid (with Ronna Russell)

The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid (with Ronna Russell)

May 3, 2019

This week's episode features a conversation with author Ronna Russell, whose book "The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher's Kid" has just recently come out.

We talk about Ronna's backstory, growing up as a preacher's kid in evangelical churches. But what happens when things don't go the way they're planned, and all the pieces don't fit into the nice "churchy puzzle?"

Ronna has worked her way through some absolutely amazing and traumatic experiences, and this episode will be helpful as much as it is empowering for those who grew up in church, and who have since walked away from it all.

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Bonus Episode: How Cults and Cult Leaders Maintain Control over Followers

Bonus Episode: How Cults and Cult Leaders Maintain Control over Followers

April 28, 2019

In this special follow-up bonus episode to the one I recently did on "The Psychology of Conversion," I move further into developing psychiatrist Dr Robert Jay Lifton's model of cult formation.

Lifton demonstrates how, in 8 different ways and methods, cults and cult leaders operate to control and manipulate their followers. This is a fascinating study for me, and has  proven to be very helpful for others who have come out of cults or groups with undue influence.

Beyond exploring his 8 characteristics of cults, I also delve a bit into the markers of cult leaders and how it is they tend to operate. Further, I relate much of it to evangelical and fundamentalist Christianity, which is my own background.

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Is Evangelicalism a Cult?

The Personality Cult of Donald Trump

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