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A secular humanist podcast about Secular Grace after deconstruction and deconversion.

The podcast takes an honest look at stories of faith transition from a life-altering faith, to doubt and deconstruction, to deconversion, and finally, to a thriving graceful life post-deconversion.

My name is David, and I am trying to be the Graceful Atheist. Join me and be graceful human beings.

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Graceful Atheist Podcast Graceful Atheist

    • Religion & Spirituality
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A secular humanist podcast about Secular Grace after deconstruction and deconversion.

The podcast takes an honest look at stories of faith transition from a life-altering faith, to doubt and deconstruction, to deconversion, and finally, to a thriving graceful life post-deconversion.

My name is David, and I am trying to be the Graceful Atheist. Join me and be graceful human beings.

https://gracefulatheist.com/?gaid=gapdsc Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/gracefulatheist/support

    Brette: Deconversion Anonymous

    Brette: Deconversion Anonymous

    This week’s show is a Deconversion Anonymous episode.

    My guest this week is Brette. Brette was so serious about her Christianity in junior high her goal was martyrdom. In her young adulthood, she followed her pastor’s advice and attended Master’s Commission, similar to a discipleship training program. Her experience there was nothing short of psychological torture.

    Her faith began breaking down as did her physical and psychological health at Master’s Commission. It included deliverance sessions and enumerating her demons. It wasn’t until she saw her younger brother being treated poorly that she began to question. She and her brother left: “leaving was the BEST feeling!”

    After a brief stint in “spiritual but not religious” land, she finally admitted she no longer believed in god. She let go of “trying to make it be true.”

    Brette has since discovered naturalistic and psychological explanations of her experiences that have given her more closure and comfort.

    Interact
    Sam (When Belief Dies) GoFundMe for a laptop
    https://gofund.me/9bed67a7

    Deconversion
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/?gaid=gap72

    Secular Grace
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/?gaid=gap72

    Deconversion Anonymous
    https://gracefulatheist.com/category/podcast/deconversion-anonymous/?gaid=gap72

    Attribution
    Picture by Brette’s daughter A.

    "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats
    https://makaihbeats.net/


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    Arline: Deconversion Anonymous

    Arline: Deconversion Anonymous

    This week’s show is a Deconversion Anonymous episode.

    My guest this week is Arline. Arline became a Christian in early adulthood. She went to a Christian college where she met her now-husband. Her faith tradition was a severe version of Calvinism. She taught complementarianism. The roles allowed for women and complementarianism were not a good fit for Arline’s inquisitive personality.

    Her husband went through an emotional deconversion first. Arline did not take this as well as she would now like. Alongside this was the long slow deterioration of her mother’s health. She slowly began to deconstruct. First by exploring other versions of Christianity. Eventually exploring other faith traditions including meditation from a Buddhist perspective. In short. she was letting her curiosity and intelligence explore all the areas of interest that were previously prohibited.

    In the end, for her own personal intellectual integrity, she admitted to herself she no longer believed. She has since discovered natural human habits that have helped her far more than her faith ever had.

    Interact
    Deconversion
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/?gaid=gap71

    Secular Grace
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/?gaid=gap71

    Attribution
    "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats
    https://makaihbeats.net/


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    Bonus: Janice Selbie and Conference on Religious Trauma 2021

    Bonus: Janice Selbie and Conference on Religious Trauma 2021

    Janice Selbie on the Conference on Religious Trauma (CORT)

    The Conference on Religious Trauma
    (#CORT) online
    May 11 to 16, 2021

    Links
    Conference on Religious Trauma
    https://pheedloop.com/CORT/site/home/

    Twitter
    https://twitter.com/cometocort

    Face Book
    https://www.facebook.com/ConferenceOnReligiousTrauma

    Godless Moms Podcast
    https://www.godlessmom.com/podcast

    Friends of the podcast presenting at CORT

    Janice Selbie
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2019/11/27/janice-selbie-divorcing-religion/?gaid=cort2021

    Alice Greczyn
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2021/01/31/alice-greczyn-wayward/?gaid=cort2021

    Dave Warnock
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2019/08/08/dave-warnock-dying-out-loud/?gaid=cort2021

    Clint Heacock
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2020/04/30/dr-clint-heacock-reconstruction-after-deconstruction/?gaid=cort2021


    Interact
    Full show notes
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2021/04/29/?gaid=cort2021

    Deconversion
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/?gaid=cort2021

    Secular Grace
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/?gaid=cort2021

    Attribution
    "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats
    https://makaihbeats.net/


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    Michael Marvosh: Conversations That Matter

    Michael Marvosh: Conversations That Matter

    My guest this week is Michael Marvosh. Michael is the podcast host of Dead Man’s Forest and is working on his book Reality Knows the Truth: The Art and Artifice of Being Human. Michael and I discuss what it means to be human and the human experience of spirituality.

    Michael tells us his deconversion story that he no longer sees as deconversion. He describes his rediscovery of a rational spirituality. Michael and I hit a broad range of conversation topics including having conversations that matter, models vs reality, A.I., Death Cafes, vision quests, blind spots and podcasting.

    It was truly a conversation that mattered.

    Links
    Contact Michael
    mm@michaelmarvosh.com

    Website
    https://www.michaelmarvosh.com/projects

    Dead Man’s Forest
    https://www.deadmansforest.org/

    Reality Knows the Truth: The Art and Artifice of Being Human
    About Rational Spirituality–a way of looking at the world with a balance between ancient wisdom and modern reason.
    https://michael.ck.page/d36a3d2338

    Death Cafe
    https://deathcafe.com/

    Interact
    Secular Grace
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/?gaid=gap70

    Deconversion
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/?gaid=gap70

    Attribution
    "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats
    https://makaihbeats.net/


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    Sarah: Christian Nationalism, Complementarianism and Deconstruction

    Sarah: Christian Nationalism, Complementarianism and Deconstruction

    This week’s show is a Deconversion Anonymous episode.

    My guest this week is Sarah. Sarah says she may have one of the “longest deconstruction stories. She grew up in a fundamentalist Baptist church in an area where there were not that many Baptist churches. So she felt different from an early age. She was constantly attempting to live in the “will of God” but struggled to determine what that was. She knew from an early age that she was a doubter which equates to “backslider.”

    Sarah was never comfortable with the limited roles allowed for women in the Church. Fortunately, her mother encouraged her to do and become whatever she wanted. Sarah was smart and interested in science. Studying science and biology did not fit the Young Earth Creationism she was taught at church.

    Sarah and her husband were the one couple who were egalitarian while the young married couples group were all complementarian. Sarah was vocal about her thoughts on complemntarianism.

    Sarah spent a long time outside the United States. When she returned to the United States she was shocked by the Christian Nationalism she heard from the pulpit.

    Rachael Held Evens, Mike McHargue and David Hayward helped Sarah through her deconstruction. Today post-deconstruction she is interested in finding her “deconstructing friends” in real life.

    Interact
    Full show notes
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2021/04/18/sarah-deconstruction-anonymous/?gaid=gap69

    Deconversion
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/?gaid=gap69

    Deconversion Anonymous
    https://gracefulatheist.com/category/podcast/deconversion-anonymous/?gaid=gap69

    Secular Grace
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/?gaid=gap69

    Promotions
    Conference on Religious Trauma
    https://pheedloop.com/CORT/site/home/

    #ReligionShouldntHurt
    https://www.instagram.com/religion.shouldnt.hurt/

    Attribution
    "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats
    https://makaihbeats.net/


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    Carly: Christian Science Deconversion

    Carly: Christian Science Deconversion

    This week’s show is a Deconversion Anonymous episode.

    My guest this week is Carly. Carly shares her story with a great deal of vulnerability and emotion. Carly was a Christian Scientist. While studying philosophy and the Bible Carly was introduced to Christian Science. She was impressed with its logical arguments and internal consistency. Carly was more evangelistic than the church she attended. She wanted to use the Christian Science reading room during SXSW as an outreach. She was shot down. When she pointed out that prohibited alcohol would be consumed by renting the space out she was shot down again.

    The juxtaposition of what Christian Science promised and the reality of life led her to doubt. Carly eventually found what she was looking for in more secular matters like work, exercise and therapy.

    Interact
    Full show notes
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2021/04/11/carly-christian-science-deconversion/?gaid=gap68

    Deconversion
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/?gaid=gap68

    Secular Grace
    https://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/?gaid=gap68

    Deconversion Anonymous
    https://gracefulatheist.com/category/podcast/deconversion-anonymous/?gaid=gap68

    Attribution
    "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats
    https://makaihbeats.net/


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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Trevor92112 ,

Love the Personal Stories

No anger and hateful disrespect that you find on some other atheist podcasts. Just thoughtful regard and appreciation for the guests and their journeys, wherever they may have landed.

rachael ps ,

A gift to the deconverting community

I’ve been deconverting for the past couple of years. I’m lucky to be going through this process with so many amazing resources like this one! Thank you David!

alabamasmommy ,

Absolutely incredible!

I have listened to many atheist podcasts. I can say with certainty, this is my favorite. Refreshingly honest and genuinely graceful. If you’re looking to find a loving, humanistic and open minded podcast... look no further. So grateful to have found this podcast!! Thank you, Graceful Atheist, for bringing this much needed perspective of atheism.

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