16 episodes

Holy Heretics seeks to foster honest conversations about the state of religion in the 21st century. We interview experts, spiritual seekers, scholars, and activists in our quest to examine just exactly how modern-day Christianity lost the Way of Jesus while also discovering how it can be regained through subversive thought and action.

Holy Heretics: Losing Religion and Finding Jesus The Sophia Society

    • Christianity
    • 4.9 • 32 Ratings

Holy Heretics seeks to foster honest conversations about the state of religion in the 21st century. We interview experts, spiritual seekers, scholars, and activists in our quest to examine just exactly how modern-day Christianity lost the Way of Jesus while also discovering how it can be regained through subversive thought and action.

    Learning about God from Muslim Friends with Rachel Pieh Jones

    Learning about God from Muslim Friends with Rachel Pieh Jones

    You’re either right or you’re wrong, there is no in between. At least, that’s what most versions of Christianity in the U.S. have taught for decades, saying that if a spiritual practice falls in the “fully wrong” category, we should have nothing to do with it. But what if there’s a lot to be learned from other religions and practices? What if they understand aspects of faith and God that we have lost? That’s something Rachel Pieh Jones had to confront when she moved from Minnesota to the horn of Africa and found herself the minority amongst Muslims. We talked with her about how her experience has changed how she sees others and their faith practices, as well as expanded her understanding of God.

    Follow Rachel on Instagram and Twitter (@rachelpiehjones).

    For show notes, click here or go to holyheretics.org.

    Follow us on social media! Twitter: @holyheretics | Instagram: @holyhereticspodcast | Facebook: @holyheretics

    Credits
    This episode was produced by The Sophia Society.  Music is by Faith in Foxholes, and sound engineering is by Joshua Mudge.

    • 49 min
    Moving Beyond Biblical Literalism with Father Brendan Ellis Williams

    Moving Beyond Biblical Literalism with Father Brendan Ellis Williams

    Biblical literalism—i.e. reading the Bible literally and historically—has become synonymous with the Christian faith. But what if we told you that it’s not the original (nor most faithful) interpretation of Hebrew and Christian sacred texts? It can be terrifying to even consider not reading them from that lens, since we’ve been taught for so long that any other lens is heretical. But our conversation with Father Brendan Ellis Williams invites us all into a deeper, more transformative perspective of the Bible.

    Follow Fr. Brendan on Instagram.

    For show notes, click here or go to holyheretics.org.

    Follow us on social media! Twitter: @holyheretics | Instagram: @holyhereticspodcast | Facebook: @holyheretics

    Credits
    This episode was produced by The Sophia Society.  Music is by Faith in Foxholes, and sound engineering is by Joshua Mudge.

    • 56 min
    Deconstructing Toxic Christianity One Joke at a time with Kristina Harutoonian (DTR Blog)

    Deconstructing Toxic Christianity One Joke at a time with Kristina Harutoonian (DTR Blog)

    When our journeys take us to unexpected places, sometimes all we can do is cry…and make jokes about it. For Kristina Harutoonian, the personality behind @thedtrblog, when she started deconstructing her faith because of toxic leaders and theologies, she never anticipated eventually using her sense of humor to speak out against them. But today, because of her incredible journey, she’s embraced the challenge. We chat with her about her transformation and why she’s so passionate about being a hilarious force for good.

    Follow Kristina on Instagram and Twitter and check out her blog!

    For show notes, click here or go to holyheretics.org.

    Follow us on social media! Twitter: @holyheretics | Instagram: @holyhereticspodcast | Facebook: @holyheretics

    Credits
    This episode was produced by The Sophia Society.  Music is by Faith in Foxholes, and sound engineering is by Joshua Mudge.

    • 53 min
    #ChurchToo: What's Purity Culture Got to Do with It? with Emily Joy Allison

    #ChurchToo: What's Purity Culture Got to Do with It? with Emily Joy Allison

    Is it possible that most of what our evangelical churches teach about sex and purity actually prime us for abuse? In this episode, we chat with Emily Joy Allison, author of the new book #ChurchToo: How Purity Culture Upholds Abuse and How to Find Healing, about how purity culture, complementarianism, and male headship contributed to her abuse. She also offers some risk-factors or warning signs of abusive cultures, how to share one’s one story, and how to heal.

    Content Warning: Spiritual abuse, sexual abuse, religious trauma

    Follow Emily on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook: @emilyjoypoetry.

    For show notes, click here or go to holyheretics.org.

    Follow us on social media! Twitter: @holyheretics | Instagram: @holyhereticspodcast | Facebook: @holyheretics

    Credits
    This episode was produced by The Sophia Society. Music is by Faith in Foxholes, and sound engineering is by Joshua Mudge. Emily’s photo in the episode art is by Jenny Blake.

    • 58 min
    What happened to Joshua Harris? The I Kissed Dating Goodbye author shares about purity culture and deconstructing his faith

    What happened to Joshua Harris? The I Kissed Dating Goodbye author shares about purity culture and deconstructing his faith

    Why did Joshua Harris, the original face of purity culture, eventually recant everything he once believed? What does he believe now? And what does that mean for the millions of Christians who adopted his stances? Melanie and Gary Alan sit down with the author to talk about his faith journey thus far, complete with its successes, losses, reversals, and apologies.

    Follow Josh on Instagram and Twitter.

    For show notes, click here or go to holyheretics.org.

    Follow us on social media! Twitter: @holyheretics | Instagram: @holyhereticspodcast | Facebook: @holyheretics

    Credits
    This episode was produced by The Sophia Society.  Music is by Faith in Foxholes, and sound engineering is by Joshua Mudge.

    • 39 min
    How "Christian Values" Gave Rise to Toxic Masculinity with Dr. Kristin Kobes Du Mez

    How "Christian Values" Gave Rise to Toxic Masculinity with Dr. Kristin Kobes Du Mez

    Those of us who were raised evangelical are well acquainted with the terms “family values” and “Christian values.” But do we know where they came from, what came before them, and that they’re more political than they are rooted in Christ? That’s why historian Kristin Kobes Du Mez’s seminal new book Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation is a game-changer…for anyone willing to read it and take it seriously. We delve deeper into why she wrote it, what in her research surprised her the most, and how knowing this history can uproot our faith—in a good way.

    Follow Dr. Du Mez on Twitter @kkdumez or on Facebook @kkdumez.

    For show notes, click here or go to holyheretics.org.

    Follow us on social media! Twitter: @holyheretics | Instagram: @holyhereticspodcast | Facebook: @holyheretics

    Credits
    This episode was produced by The Sophia Society.  Music is by Faith in Foxholes, and sound engineering is by Joshua Mudge.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Dadpool1 ,

Great conversations

I just discovered this podcast, and I’m loving the episodes I’ve listened to so far. It’s comforting and encouraging to know that I’m not alone in deconstructing my evangelical Christian upbringing and faith.

ggtraveler ,

Thank you!

I love these conversations! I often feel like those that belong to a church or worship in a building feel superior to those of us that find faith and worship in differing ways. These conversations are so helpful to open minds.

TeacherMollyK ,

So thankful to find my tribe

Thankful to know that I am not alone. It’s so easy to allow these deep-rooted beliefs to impact my own perspective of my faith. Thankful for the work you are doing!!!

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