156 episodes

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

Exvangelical Blake Chastain

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 356 Ratings

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

    Meghan O'Gieblyn, author of "God, Human, Animal, Machine"

    Meghan O'Gieblyn, author of "God, Human, Animal, Machine"

    On 9/9/21, I spoke with Meghan O'Gieblyn, author of the new book God, Human, Animal, Machine: Technology, Metaphor, and the Search for Meaning. We talked about her time at Moody Bible Institute, experiencing 9/11 on a Christian campus, the similarities between Christian prophecy & secular transhumanism, and all sorts of other great things.
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    • 59 min
    Peterson Toscano On Activism, Trauma, and Curiosity

    Peterson Toscano On Activism, Trauma, and Curiosity

    Recorded on 9/1/2021, I spoke with Peterson Toscano all the way in South Africa. Peterson is podcaster, performer, climate activist, and biblical scholar. In this conversation, Peterson talks about activism, trauma, and recognizing when to move on to other projects. We also talk about curiosity, the role of relationships in activism & He-Man!
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    • 36 min
    Christian Nationalist Political Tactics with Katherine Stewart (Re-Release)

    Christian Nationalist Political Tactics with Katherine Stewart (Re-Release)

    In light of the TX SB8 law going into effect, and SCOTUS' refusal to strike it down, I am re-releasing this episode I recorded with Katherine Stewart, author of The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism. This book is extremely helpful in detailing the strategies and tactics employed by Christian nationalist politicians and their allies.
    This interview part of Season 1 of Powers & Principalities. Listen to that season here.
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    In Conversation with Jamie Lee Finch

    In Conversation with Jamie Lee Finch

    Jamie Lee Finch, author of You Are Your Own, returns to the show!
    We had been planning to talk this month for quite some time, but our conversation has a different tenor than we anticipated. This is one conversation among many about issues surrounding exvangelical/deconstruction spaces--and this has happened before. Listen to the show for further context, but we’re still going to try and talk about why things like these moments of drama happen, and why these cycles of commentary occur: what is general to the types of conversations we have now, and what is particular to post-evangelical spaces and the sorts of traumas that are activated.
    I've been talking about this in various ways on other shows recently, including these conversations with Your Favorite Aunts & Activist Theology.
    We also talk about Jamie's upcoming course, Your Body Is a Person. Registration closes on 8/31/2021, so act fast!
    One production note: the wrong mic recorded my audio, so it's of lower quality.
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    • 1 hr 44 min
    Tucker in Hungary in Context (Sarah Posner Re-Release)

    Tucker in Hungary in Context (Sarah Posner Re-Release)

    Earlier this month, Tucker Carlson broadcast from Hungary. This was not an accident, as many figures in the Christian Right and far-right have cozied up to European autocrats like Hungary's leader, Viktor Orban. There's always a lot of simultaneous crises happening (the climate crisis, Afghanistan, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and more), but I think it might be beneficial to loop back to this story and learn what we can from Sarah Posner, author of Unholy: How White Christian Nationalists Powered the Trump Presidency, and What They Left Behind. I spoke with Sarah Posner last year on Powers & Principalities.
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    • 59 min
    Your Favorite Aunts, Kevin Garcia & Rev. Sarah Heath

    Your Favorite Aunts, Kevin Garcia & Rev. Sarah Heath

    This week, I spoke with Kevin Garcia & Rev. Sarah Heath (aka YFA, or Your Favorite Aunts). This is part 2 of our conversation, and you can hear part 1 over on Your Favorite Aunts!
    This conversation has a chill vibe. It's the type of quiet conversation you have in the corner at a party. I don't know about you, but that's not something I've experienced in well over a year, so this conversation ended up meaning a lot. We talk about how the pandemic affects caretakers, how it affects community, what the future of spiritual care and community might be, and whether math involves gnomes.
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    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
356 Ratings

356 Ratings

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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Educational

Easy to listen to and incite full

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