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Two former pastors rethinking the so-called orthodoxy of the American evangelical theology they used to teach. The podcast is conversations on faith, the Bible, church, race, gender and more. (Email us: contact@almostheretical.com)

Almost Heretical Tim Ritter & Nate Hanson

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.6, 166 Ratings

Two former pastors rethinking the so-called orthodoxy of the American evangelical theology they used to teach. The podcast is conversations on faith, the Bible, church, race, gender and more. (Email us: contact@almostheretical.com)

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
166 Ratings

166 Ratings

FarmGirlMI ,

Thought provoking

This is the podcast for anyone who has asked questions at church and found themselves “outside” the circle. They will not tell you what to believe, but they will get you thinking about your faith and not feeling alone. They have very much challenged my belief on what it means to follow Christ, versus what it means to follow American Christendom.

mororrorom ,

Worth a critical listen

Bottom line: This podcast is a good way to get an exposure to various non-evangelical theological approaches, especially if you are primarily familiar with the most conservative strains of evangelical thought. The arguments around power are probably overstated but are definitely thought-provoking, and most of the arguments around gender are reasonably convincing. That said, I want to like this podcast more than I do.

My primary concern is that the podcast shows very little intellectual humility, which manifests in a couple ways:

- First, they are often *super* uncharitable to the people they don't like (evangelicals). Evangelicals deserve lots of criticism to be sure, but Nate and Tim often deride evangelical theology with arguments which have such easy responses that I have a hard time believing they don't know the responses. Comes off as dumb point-scoring. This is matched with explicitly attributing disagreement to malice and other bad motives.

- Second, they never (or hardly ever) critically examine their own current views or those of their guests. I've never been surprised by their views on an issue, but I am often surprised how quickly they gloss over obvious gaping holes in their arguments without even an acknowledgment. It's apologetics, not scholarship. It also makes me much less inclined to trust their representation of current scholarship.

Bottom line: if you're looking for a quick argument in favor of your existing progressive Christian views on an issue, this is a good place to get started. If you're an evangelical trying to think through your views, it's probably not.

Marshall Mellow ,

My new favorite podcast

I love this podcast so much. I feel like we’re finally taking a logical, truly biblical look at what we’ve been told to believe for years and it’s such a breath of fresh air. They say all the things I’m thinking and even take it deeper than I could have. I’m so so glad I found this podcast!

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