95 episodes

Brian and Troy used to be loyal Christian megachurch leaders. They’re not anymore. This podcast explores life after fundamentalism.

I was a Teenage Fundamentalist. An Exvangelical podcast‪.‬ Brian McDowell & Troy Waller

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 114 Ratings

Brian and Troy used to be loyal Christian megachurch leaders. They’re not anymore. This podcast explores life after fundamentalism.

    093 -What About the Podcast?

    093 -What About the Podcast?

    We're back for Season 5! In this episode we review the highlights of Season 4, let you know about the changes we've made and where the podcast is heading in 2024.
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    Transcript of the episode is here.
    Podcast links: https://linktr.ee/iwatf 
    Doubting your beliefs? Have questions about changing or leaving your faith? You are not alone and Recovering from Religion is here to help. Please visit: https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/

    • 51 min
    Trailer: I was a Teenage Fundamentalist. Season 5

    Trailer: I was a Teenage Fundamentalist. Season 5

    Brian and Troy used to be loyal Christian megachurch leaders. They’re not anymore. This new season explores life after Fundamentalism.
    Shortlisted for the 2022 Australian Podcast Awards.
    Find out more at iwasateenagefundamentalist.com/ and https://linktr.ee/iwatf 
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    Doubting your beliefs? Have questions about changing or leaving your faith? You are not alone and Recovering from Religion is here to help. Please visit: https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/ 

    • 1 min
    092 - Hitchhiking with Drunken Nuns with Emily John Garces

    092 - Hitchhiking with Drunken Nuns with Emily John Garces

    Emily John Garcés is an artist, poet, ex-missionary with YWAM, all-round creative enthusiast, and author of the memoir, Hitchhiking with Drunken Nuns. In this final episode of Season 4, we speak with Emily about her life as a YWAM missionary in Argentina and the Netherlands, and her unique perspective on the world we share. Despite her fundamentalist past, Emily has a positive view of the world and describes her use of art as a way of 'bridging what cannot be seen with the visible world'. 
    Emily's links:
    Emily on Facebook
    Hitchhiking with Drunken Nuns
    The Quiet Woman
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    Transcript of the episode is here.
    Podcast links: https://linktr.ee/iwatf 
    Doubting your beliefs? Have questions about changing or leaving your faith? You are not alone and Recovering from Religion is here to help. Please visit: https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/ 

    • 1 hr 24 min
    091 - Sin Bravely with Maggie Rowe

    091 - Sin Bravely with Maggie Rowe

    Maggie Rowe is an author, writer, director, & producer. Her memoir, Sin Bravely: A Memoir of Spiritual Disobedience, was named to NPR's Best Books of 2017. In this episode, we speak to Maggie about her childhood where she describes being tormented by the fear of Hell and not being truly saved. At 19 years old she admitted herself to an 'evangelical psychiatric institution' where she found an unlikely ally who encouraged her to break free of the fears that held her back, and to go forth and 'sin bravely'.
     
    Maggie's links:
    Maggie Rowe's website
    Sin Bravely: A Memoir of Spiritual Disobedience
    Easy Street: A Story of Redemption from Myself
     
    If this episode raised issues or concerns for you or someone near to you, please contact Lifeline Australia - 13 11 14 - Crisis Support.
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    Transcript of the episode is here.
    Podcast links: https://linktr.ee/iwatf 
    Doubting your beliefs? Have questions about changing or leaving your faith? You are not alone and Recovering from Religion is here to help. Please visit: https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/ 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    090 - Qanon and On with Van Badham

    090 - Qanon and On with Van Badham

    Van Badham is an Australian playwright, novelist, journalist and activist who writes regularly for the Guardian. In this episode we speak with Van about her 2021 book QAnon and On: A Short and Shocking History of Internet Conspiracy Cults in which she investigates who is behind the internet cult and how it often intertwines with the world of Evangelical/Fundamentalist Christianity. She also tells about her year 'undercover' at Hillsong in Sydney.
    Van's links:
    Van Badham - Wikipedia
    QAnon and On
    QAnon | The Guardian
    The ‘prosperity doctrine’ and neoliberal Jesusing | The Guardian
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    Transcript of the episode is here.
    Podcast links: https://linktr.ee/iwatf 
    Doubting your beliefs? Have questions about changing or leaving your faith? You are not alone and Recovering from Religion is here to help. Please visit: https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/ 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    089 - Divorcing Religion with Janice Selbie

    089 - Divorcing Religion with Janice Selbie

    We talk with Janice Selbie, a former fundamentalist Evangelical Christian of over 40 years and now a counsellor and specialist in the area of religious trauma. Janice shares her own story and the work she does with others in helping heal the pain caused by religious trauma. This is the first of a two-part episode we did with Janice. You can find part two on Janice's The Divorcing Religion Podcast.
    In this episode, Janice referenced Steven Hassan's BITE Model of Authoritarian Control.
    You can connect with Janice via these links:
    Religious Trauma Syndrome Therapy | DivorcingReligion
    The Divorcing Religion Podcast
    Conference on Religious Trauma (CORT)
    Janice on YouTube
    Janice on Instagram
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    Transcript of the episode is here.
    Podcast links: https://linktr.ee/iwatf 
    Doubting your beliefs? Have questions about changing or leaving your faith? You are not alone and Recovering from Religion is here to help. Please visit: https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/ 

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
114 Ratings

114 Ratings

ajsnook ,

I was too

I was too and this podcast is a great place to explore and unpack what we were.

MezzyT ,

Great connection for ex-fundies

I like that the tone is (mostly) not judgy and angry, but allows a full exploration of people’s experiences. The Geoff Bullock interview was particularly fascinating, as that’s our vintage.

metijo ,

Great podcast!

This podcast is the best for those of us who are looking towards new pathways after deconstruction and dealing with religious trauma. Brian and Troy are vulnerable in sharing their own stories, but do so with humour and warmth. I’m enjoying all the guest speakers and have totally binged the back catalogue and am relistening! Thanks Troy and Brian.

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