92 episodes

Two former pastors rethinking the so-called orthodoxy of the reformed 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

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    • 4.6, 374 Ratings

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

    92: Unequally yoked

    92: Unequally yoked

    What does it even mean to be unequally yoked? And does any part of the New Testament actually forbid Christians getting married to people who aren’t Christian? And if so, why? (More)
    We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here!
    Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter
    Music: jpoetic

    • 58 min
    91: The Disappointment of the Spirit

    91: The Disappointment of the Spirit

    God’s spirit living inside of our bodies. That is the central, climactic idea of the New Testament. But what if this grand climax also turned out to be a little disappointing? And what if much of the New Testament actually seems to acknowledge and deal with that disappointment? (More)
    We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here!
    Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter
    Music: jpoetic

    • 1 hr 9 min
    90: Sacrifice after Jesus

    90: Sacrifice after Jesus

    How did the early church think about the Levitical system and sacrifices after Jesus? Nate and Tim discuss this common and problematic question while seeking to avoid antisemitic supersessionism and find a more sensible understanding of things. (More)
    We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here!
    Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter
    Music: jpoetic

    • 58 min
    89: Shower first, spirit second

    89: Shower first, spirit second

    Is baptism really just a bath? Does God really only forgive ignorant people? What is the order of operations related to atonement? Nate and Tim respond to a few more listener questions. (More)
    We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here!
    Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter
    Music: jpoetic

    • 54 min
    88: Atonement must be Universal

    88: Atonement must be Universal

    Nate and Tim respond to a few listener questions, discussing how forgiveness itself is tied to liberation as well as why universal atonement isn’t just a possibility but a necessity. (More)
    We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here!
    Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter
    Music: jpoetic

    • 1 hr 6 min
    87: Ransom

    87: Ransom

    What does holiness and chemical atonement have to do with liberation and ransom? Did Jesus pay a ransom price, and if so, to who? And how might we better synthesize these various ways of describing what Jesus accomplished? (We even get into The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe and how C.S. Lewis portrays the ransom theory in Narnia.) (More)
    We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here!
    Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter
    Music: jpoetic

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
374 Ratings

374 Ratings

TylerCampBell ,

Thanks guys!

I love and appreciate the work y’all are putting in to clarifying what the Bible is saying and what the writers believed. I started my deconstruction a couple years and I believe between Richard Rohr, a bunch of old Christian mystics, y’all and the in dwelling Holy Spirt of course, that I am on a path of reconstruction. It has been a beautiful and LIBERATING path. Woulda thunk it!? I know the question is posed seemingly every episode about “what do we do with all this and what does it matter and how would we explain this to anyone?” From my side of things I think that while this is all complicated, nuanced and not what we’re used to, it ultimately makes more sense. And with time I think it won’t seem so complicated just like any other thing that you study and spend time with. Just like y’all/I/we were raised in an evangelical frame and learned what was the contents of the picture from that frame, we can also learn a new frame and dare I say a better one! Thanks again guys! I’m listening and relistening and sharing as much as possible. Keep it up!

Miscellaneous Atheist ,

A fresh look

I’m about 10 episodes in. I do appreciate Tim and Nate’s journey of re-examining the Bible to see what Christians have missed or misread. I did learn some things that I hadn’t seen before.

That said, I think in some spots Tim reads too much into the text. His hypothesis that the flood was meant to cleanse the human race of the blood of the elohim (who had sex with humans) is frankly not justified by the text. I think Tim is committing the same mistake that he’s trying to rectify, that of people misreading the text.

However, I’ll still give the guys four stars. I think their attempt to really read the Bible honestly (even with some stumbles along the way) is commendable.

Spardda ,

Validating

Finally, people are talking about all of the things I’ve struggled with throughout my entire Christian faith! It’s been extremely validating as well as eye opening to listen to these conversations and hear their perspectives. Worth a listen!

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