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Exploring the world inside and outside the evangelical subculture, one conversation at a time.

Exvangelical Blake Chastain

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.1 • 8 Ratings

Exploring the world inside and outside the evangelical subculture, one conversation at a time.

    Re-Release: Mark Russell on Religion, Satire, and Superheroes

    Re-Release: Mark Russell on Religion, Satire, and Superheroes

    This episode is a re-release of my first interview with Mark Russell, author of several books including Second Coming, God is Disappointed in You, Apocrypha Now!, The Flintstones, Snagglepuss, Wonder Twins, Billionaire Island, and more. Superhero movies are returning to theaters soon, and I'm resurfacing this conversation because I think of it a lot when I think of superhero narratives in general.
    Mark Russell is one of my favorite comic book writers, whose ability to provide satirical and insightful social commentary through popular characters like The Flintstones, or subvert superhero tropes in books like The Wonder Twins sets him apart from other writers on the scene.
    Of particular interest to listeners of this show, he also writes the comic book Second Coming - a story of Jesus coming back to Earth to room with a Superman-type character. The mere announcement of this book was so 'controversial' that it led to an online petition that quite literally canceled the book before it was published by DC Comics.
    I talked to Mark about that book in particular in this episode: Mark Russell, author of Second Coming. I wrote about it here.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Making of Biblical Womanhood with Beth Allison Barr

    The Making of Biblical Womanhood with Beth Allison Barr

    This week's guest is Beth Allison Barr, author of the new book The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth. I'm joined by two guest co-hosts, Emily Autenrieth and Laura Navarro.
    The theology and practice of complementarianism in conservative Christian circles has shaped the lives of millions of women. For over a century, it has oppressed women and become a requirement for involvement and belonging in conservative churches. Dr. Barr's expertise in church history illustrates that - despite the claims of complementarianism's proponents - this is a newer understanding of Christian history and scripture, and not an unchanging, millennia-long orthodox belief.
    This is a book that will spur conversation inside and outside the church. You can purchase the book here or from A Seat at the Table Books.
    Follow Dr. Barr on Twitter: @bethallisonbarr
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    This episode was produced by Jake Lewis. Thank you, Jake!
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Rev. Lenny Duncan

    Rev. Lenny Duncan

    This week's guest is Rev. Lenny Duncan. Lenny is a pastor and the author of two books: Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US, and the forthcoming United States of Grace: A Memoir of Homelessness, Addiction, Incarceration, and Hope.
    In this conversation we talk about Rev. Duncan's life, his books, Christianity in America, and America overall. Please note there were some technical difficulties with this recording.
    Follow Lenny on Twitter and visit unitedstatesofgrace.com.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Introducing the Irreverent Media Group!

    Introducing the Irreverent Media Group!

    Exvangelical is now a part of the Irreverent Media Group! Visit irreverent.fm to learn more about this new collective.
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    • 4 min
    White Evangelical Racism with Dr. Anthea Butler

    White Evangelical Racism with Dr. Anthea Butler

    Dr. Anthea Butler returns to the show (she was a guest on season one of Powers & Principalities) to discuss her new book, White Evangelical Racism. Her book is of utmost importance to helping us understand both our past and our current moment. We discuss the history of white evangelical racism, and how it played a part in the Jan 6th insurrection and the murders in Atlanta in March 2021.
    I also wrote about the book in my new series, The Good Books, published via my newsletter The Post-Evangelical Post. Help support the show directly via a paid subscription to the newsletter. (Free tiers are also available.)
    Stay tuned for more news about the show next week!
    This interview was recorded on 3/19/2021.
    Follow Dr. Butler on Twitter @AntheaButler.
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    This episode was produced and edited by Jake Lewis.
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    • 51 min
    Emily Joy Allison Wrote the Book on #ChurchToo

    Emily Joy Allison Wrote the Book on #ChurchToo

    Emily Joy Allison returns to the show to discuss her new book, #ChurchToo: How Purity Culture Upholds Abuse and How to Find Healing. Emily launched the #ChurchToo hashtag in November 2017 and it has taken on a life of its own, calling churches to account. You can follow Emily on Twitter and Instagram.
    I'm also joined by guest co-host Amy Congdon, a clinical mental health counselor in the Kansas City, MO metro area whos work focuses on providing care to clients who have experienced religious trauma and seek to find healing from these wounds. This includes concerns around sex and sexuality, gender, reproductive rights, and racial injustice.
    I wrote about #ChurchTooBook in a new series for my newsletter called The Good Books. Subscribe to my newsletter, The Post-Evangelical Post, here. There are free and paid options; Substack is currently the main source of support for this show.
    I also wrote about the role of purity culture in the shootings in Atlanta here, and included some comments made by Emily.
    Follow Blake on Twitter @brchastain. Follow the show on Instagram @exvangelicalpod.
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    • 47 min

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Diverse ideas and voices

If you are in between churches, faiths, or just starting to step away from all you thought you knew, but not quite ready to plunge into something brand new, this podcast is for you. Blake is a skilled interviewer and delves into important topics with his diverse guests on spirituality, moving away from the evangelical subculture, and reconstructing faith. There are no 'right' answers - each guest brings their own perspective and insights, which results in a diverse range of ideas and voices. This podcast is a wonderful place to spend time when you are deconstructing and will look after you through your deconstruction until you're ready to start reconstructing. Blake puts so much effort and care into each episode, and it is the first podcast on my list every week. I highly recommend it.

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