163 episodes

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

Exvangelical Blake Chastain

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 378 Ratings

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

    Powers & Principalities: The Inauspicious Anniversary of the Jan 6 Capitol Riot

    Powers & Principalities: The Inauspicious Anniversary of the Jan 6 Capitol Riot

    In this bonus episode of Powers & Principalities, I share my conversation with Chrissy Stroop on the inauspicious anniversary of the Jan 6 Capitol Riot. (One trigger/content note, we talk about Satanic Panic & child abuse in one section). We discuss the lead-up to Trump, the Trump administration, the insurrection, and the Big Lie that has taken root. We also talk about shifts in conversation around religion & Christianity in America, and look ahead at what political fights are to come.
    Powers & Principalities and Exvangelical are productions of The Post-Evangelical Post. You can support my work directly at postevangelicalpost.com, and you'll gain access to ad-free feeds, Discord, subscriber-only posts, and more to come in 2022.
    Follow Blake on Twitter @brchastain.
    Follow Chrissy Stroop on Twitter @c_stroop.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    R. Scott Okamato

    R. Scott Okamato

    In this interview I chat with R. Scott Okamoto about music, life as a Christian college professor, and much more. Scott will also be hosting the upcoming exvangelical podcast, Chapel Probation. Learn more about Scott at his website, https://www.rscottokamoto.com/, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
    Help support this show via a paid subscription to The Post-Evangelical Post at $4, $6, or $8/month. Benefits include ad-free podcast feeds, exclusive content, and Discord access. Find all this and more, including my social accounts, at https://linktr.ee/brchastain.
    Exvangelical is part of the Irreverent Media Group. Find more content at https://irreverent.fm.
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    On the Deconstruction Discourse

    On the Deconstruction Discourse

    In this mini, Blake talks about the recent spat of discussion about exvangelicals and people deconstructing that is happening.
    Parts of this script are adapted from Blake's twitter feed & newsletter.
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    • 12 min
    Jeff Sharlet (Cheery Thanksgiving Conversation Starter Re-Release)

    Jeff Sharlet (Cheery Thanksgiving Conversation Starter Re-Release)

    I spoke to author Jeff Sharlet in November 2020, just after the election was called for Biden - but Trump was already signaling that he would not concede. The Jan 6 insurrection had not yet happened, but what would become The Big Lie had already begun to take root from those early days.
    I'm re-releasing another episode of Powers & Principalities Season 1 again, because these conversations continue to be relevant. New conversations are coming soon.
    Find the entirety of Season 1 of Powers & Principalities on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts for discussions with Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Sarah Posner, Julie Ingersoll, Bradley Onishi, Katherine Stewart, Anthea Butler, Diana Butler Bass, Sam Perry & Andrew Whitehead, Jack Jenkins, and Reza Aslan.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    1 Year Since the 2020 Election, with Brad Onishi

    1 Year Since the 2020 Election, with Brad Onishi

    In this episode, I talk with fellow IMG podcaster Bradley Onishi about how things have developed in the last year since the 2020 election. In that time we've seen Trump's decisive electoral loss, the Jan 6th insurrection, the entrenchment of The Big Lie within the GOP, and vaccine hesitancy. We've also seen reasons for hope. We talk about it all. This is an unedited conversation, recorded live-to-tape on November 4th, 2021.
    Read Brad's NYT editorial about the insurrection here, and support Straight White American Jesus on Patreon.
    I'm also writing a book! Read the announcement here.
    Subscribe to my newsletter at postevangelicalpost.substack.com - 25% of net revenue goes to organizations that serve communities harmed by white evangelicalism.

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    • 52 min
    Minisode: Funding the Next Chapter of Exvangelical

    Minisode: Funding the Next Chapter of Exvangelical

    This past July marked 5 years of publishing Exvangelical. In this minisode, I describe my new funding/listener support model.
    Read the full post here.
    When you support the show via Substack, I will donate 25% of net revenue to organizations that serve populations harmed by white evangelicalism. Those organizations are: White Homework, The Religious Trauma Institute, and REAP (The Religious Exemption Accountability Project).
    Support the show at $8/month and receive access to ad-free feeds of Exvangelical and Powers & Principalities, and supporter-exclusive writing at The Post-Evangelical Post, with more perks to come in 2022.
    Learn more at The Post-Evangelical Post.
    Why this model?
    Because I think it’s the right thing to do. I am building this from the ground-up with no outside funding, and have an opportunity to build a business model that includes reparative economics from the beginning. My work focuses on the personal & social impact of white evangelicalism. By committing to donate a significant percentage of my net revenue to organizations that serve communities that have been historically harmed by white evangelicalism, I am able to quite literally put my money where my mouth is. Further, I know that I cannot (and should not) try to speak to every potential audience—but I can help to finance the work of others who are better equipped than me to do so.
    I also acknowledge that the work I do is sensitive, and as a cis white man asking for direct support, it may activate some traumas that my own potential audience of supporters has. So long as we remain a capitalist society that does not provide universal basic income nor universal health care, that will remain an unavoidable tension and reality when I seek direct payment for my output. I hope to address some of that tension through this model.
    This model isn't perfect, but it is within my capacity to start here and in this manner.
    Thanks for listening. New episodes coming soon!


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    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
378 Ratings

378 Ratings

Recycled grandma ,

Required listening

The methods of the “religious” right are thorough, anti-desegregation, pro- Biblical fundamentalism. This podcast is essential to understanding politics in our overly divided country.

plumpasta ,

Love this show

Blake is a great interviewer, plus an absolute sweetheart. I love listening to him and hearing all the guests’ stories. Such a meaningful show. It makes me feel like I’m not alone with religious trauma.

SusannaChap ,

My heart sighs in relief

I am so grateful for the array of podcasts that now discuss this topic, but “Exvangelical” is especially meaningful to me. There’s no cynicism here. Blake gives his guests generous and informed space to share their stories and I in turn feel like I can give space to my own sadness and hopes as I build a vision for my life that no longer includes the evangelical church.

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