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MindShift Podcast is here to help you take back your life after leaving religion behind. Your host, Dr Clint Heacock, is an ex-evangelical former pastor and Bible college teacher--and is dedicated to helping people rebuild their lives, as well as warning of the dangers posed by the Christian Right and dominion theology.

MindShift Podcast Dr Clint Heacock

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 107 Ratings

MindShift Podcast is here to help you take back your life after leaving religion behind. Your host, Dr Clint Heacock, is an ex-evangelical former pastor and Bible college teacher--and is dedicated to helping people rebuild their lives, as well as warning of the dangers posed by the Christian Right and dominion theology.

    Leaving Christianity & Becoming a Materialist with Doubts (with Dean Krosecz)

    Leaving Christianity & Becoming a Materialist with Doubts (with Dean Krosecz)

    This week’s episode features returning guest and former host of “The People I Meet” podcast, Dean Krosecz.







    Dean walked away from charismatic Christianity years ago, and finally the faith altogether. In the process, in his words, he’s become “a strict materialist with doubts”–but what does that mean, and how does it relate to him rebuilding his life post-Christianity?







    In the telling of his story, we’ll discover that Dean has found peace with himself–writing poetry (which he will share), getting in tune with nature, music and photography. All of these are essential for those of us seeking to recover our authentic self post-religion.







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    Thoughts in Winter Dean’s poetry available on Amazon



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    Good Psychology, Bad Theology, & Church Victim Abuse Advocacy (with Mike Phillips)

    Good Psychology, Bad Theology, & Church Victim Abuse Advocacy (with Mike Phillips)

    This week’s guest is my friend Mike Phillips, currently a therapist in California who does a lot of work in the area of religious trauma syndrome–a subject I am not only very familiar with as a sufferer of RTS myself, but I’ve devoted a lot of time to it also.







    Like me, Mike is an ex-pastor who tells an incredible tale of not only being in church ministry for decades, but also how he transitioned out of both pastoral ministry and Christianity too. In his journey to become a therapist, he developed a speciality of supporting and representing a great number of church abuse victims also.







    If you suffer from RTS or know someone who does, then this episode will not only be of great benefit to you, Mike also provides resources and options for its treatment as well.







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    The Storm is Upon Us: Inside the QAnon Conspiracy Theory Cult (with Mike Rothschild)

    The Storm is Upon Us: Inside the QAnon Conspiracy Theory Cult (with Mike Rothschild)

    This week’s episode features a conversation with conspiracy theory expert Mike Rothschild, author of the excellent 2021 book The Storm is Upon Us: How QAnon Became a Movement, a Cult, and a Conspiracy Theory of Everything.







    We begin at the beginning: what is the appeal of conspiracy theories in general, and why are so many people attracted to them historically? Conspiracy theories are nothing new, and have been around for as long as humans can remember. QAnon, it turns out, is a rehash of a number of extant and time-tested conspiracy theories, tropes, memes and more. 







    Has it gone away, now that Trump is no longer president? Why are so many evangelicals still hooked on the movement? And finally, if you have a friend or family member who’s been sucked into the Q Universe, can you get them out? 







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    Thy Kingdom Come: Exploring Christian Internationalism (with Dr Melani McAlister)

    Thy Kingdom Come: Exploring Christian Internationalism (with Dr Melani McAlister)

    While most of us may be familiar with the concept of Christian nationalism in the United States among evangelicals, what about the idea of Christian internationalism? That’s the topic that this week’s guest, Dr Melani McAlister of George Washington University, happens to be an expert on.







    We begin by discussing the war in Ukraine and how it shone a spotlight on the widespread American evangelical support for Vladimir Putin–a development that shocked many, given that the Soviet Union was seen by many Christians as the biggest threat to Christianity during the Cold War. What has changed? She maintains it’s Christian internationalism.







    As she argues in her 2018 book, The Kingdom of God Has no Borders: A Global History of American Evangelicals, one cannot truly understand evangelicalism as a phenomenon unless looked at globally. Far from an American export, evangelicalism is not a monolith and must be examined in terms of its reach and impact nation by nation, people group by people group.







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    The Brainwashing of My Dad: The Corrosive Effects of Far-Right Media (with Jen Senko)

    The Brainwashing of My Dad: The Corrosive Effects of Far-Right Media (with Jen Senko)

    This week’s guest is documentary filmmaker and author, Jen Senko, whose brilliant work The Brainwashing of My Dad tells the story of not just how her father Frank literally became a different person due to the effects of far-right media, it also tells the story of how conservative media became such a powerhouse.







    More than likely, you have friends, family, friends or other acquaintances who have been sucked into the cult-like vortex of far-right conservative media, imbibing from a constant drip-tap of propaganda, misinformation, disinformation, outrage politics, and conspiracy theories.







    If you despair that they will ever return to their pre-cult like state of normalcy ever again, Jen’s  work offers up hope that a person who falls down that rabbit hole can actually regain their authentic self once again.







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    Power That Leads to Dominion: The Drive to Overturn Roe v Wade (with Peter Montgomery)

    Power That Leads to Dominion: The Drive to Overturn Roe v Wade (with Peter Montgomery)

    In light of the recent “leak” of the Supreme Court’s apparent ruling to overturn the 1973 Roe v Wade case, I reached out to former guest Peter Montgomery of the Right Wing Watch to bring us up to speed on what’s happening.







    Aside from the leak itself, which is unprecedented to say the least, the much larger concern of American citizens should be the slow erosion of progressive, democratic rights that have been so hard-won over the last several decades. In addition to that, as we have seen, the dominionist aim of much of the Christian Right doesn’t just stop with American politics–they are working hard to infiltrate the corridors of power in many other countries as well, pushing a far-right conservative agenda.







    This long-term agenda of the Christian Right, now allied with the Republican Party in so many ways, is not to stop at merely overturning Roe–it’s to strip away a variety of rights that most of us simply take for granted.







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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
107 Ratings

107 Ratings

Oellio ,

Insightful!!

Although I’ve deconstructed from Christianity over the last 30 years, I still find SO much insight from this podcast. Thank you for putting this out into the world.

TaxWize ,

Great Podcast

I’ve been listening for a few months. It’s one of my favorites. Always cohesive, thoughtful and informative. I’ve listened to the Great Lie and American Mythology episode three times. There is so much information packed into this one episode! Thank you Clint.

DaniPhoneHome ,

My first deconstruction podcast

I started listening to this about a month ago and have learned SO MUCH about Christian Nationalism, why I question my faith, and that I’m not alone. I’ve been introduced to other podcasts on the same subjects and I’m so grateful for this community.

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