A podcast for people who were once very comfortable in their Christian faith … until the 21st century intruded and made it very hard to keep on believing.
And for those who are intrigued by science, philosophy, world history, and even world religions …. and want to rationalize that with their Christian theology.
And for those who found that’s just not possible … and yet there’s still a small part of them that … … won’t let it go.
#49 – End of season 2
In this season finale, we take a look back at our journey with you. Boyd and I had planned to take it in one direction, but as all great conversations go, this one went in a direction we completely did not expect! It really took on a life of its own. A couple episodes that […]
#48 – Jesus and John Wayne
Over the last two weeks, we’ve looked at how the Gospel of Jesus was changed from being a message of love, forgiveness and liberation into one of fear, guilt, shame, and unworthiness. This distortion was reinforced in the home, the Sunday Schools, Youth groups, and from the pulpit. And in the eyes and minds of […]
#47 – Religious trauma (pt 2)
In this second half of our look at religious trauma, we talk to Dr. Marlene Winell (PhD, Psychology), who literally wrote the book on this topic … Leaving the fold: A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving Their Religion … and is now the director of a large counseling service for those dealing with […]
#46 – Religious trauma (pt 1)
In the past few episodes, we’ve learned about the important role that other people play in one’s spiritual experience: we see, feel, and hear from God in part through our encounters with other people. This makes sense if the church is “the body of Christ.” Unfortunately, there’s a dark side to this fact: many people […]
#45 – Neurobiology of spiritual experience – part 3
The neurobiology of the spiritual relationship is such a big topic, we thought it would be good to hear from a second scholar who comes at this from a completely different angle. Dr. Sarah Lane Ritchie obtained her graduate degree in Theology and Science studying consciousness, neuroplasticity and religious belief … we couldn’t have found a […]
#44 – Neurobiology of spiritual experience – part 2
Having described the neurobiological mechanisms behind our relationships with other people, Dr. Smith then addressed our original question: “how do we humans relate to God?” Her answer: “in exactly the same way.” Some might be surprised that I even had to ask. They might shrug their shoulders or flip their hands and say: “Of course […]
Breath of fresh air!
I was trained at a large nondenominational seminary and received a MDIV in 1980. I struggled throughout seminary with the theological and biblical framework that was presented as “truth”, the proverbial fish swimming against the current. Your podcasts are a refreshing breath of fresh air, placing new emphasis on proper interpretation, critical thinking and faith. Thank you!
thoughtful and reasonable
As someone who has considered himself as a fundamentalist evangelical in recovery for some time, I thought the discussion and points raised were really thought provoking. Many times I mmm'd in agreement as the two hosts put my own thoughts into words. There are also many times I disagreed or questioned Luke's grand unified theories of science and theology, which I consider a mark of good podcast (If I recall correctly, there was a discussion of the thermodynamic principle of entropy being linked to atonement theology). Like I said, thought provoking and well worth a listen.
Two smart guys having some great conversations about science and faith. The episodes of Luke and Boyd deconstructing and reconstructing their faiths are must-listens. Give it a shot!