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Conversations with Courageous People Deconstructing Christian Beliefs | Brady Hardin interviews guests about their faith deconstruction, unraveling religious indoctrination, spiritual abuse experiences, religious trauma, the rebuilding of a personal community after leaving Christian Fundamentalism, and much more.

The Life After Podcast The Life After Podcast, Brady Hardin

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 372 Ratings

Conversations with Courageous People Deconstructing Christian Beliefs | Brady Hardin interviews guests about their faith deconstruction, unraveling religious indoctrination, spiritual abuse experiences, religious trauma, the rebuilding of a personal community after leaving Christian Fundamentalism, and much more.

    Don’t Dis My Ability (Differently-Abled x Trans) with Dustin VanDyke (HBO’s We’re Here)

    Don’t Dis My Ability (Differently-Abled x Trans) with Dustin VanDyke (HBO’s We’re Here)

    CW: Spiritual, emotional, and physical abuse toward someone who is differently-abled and mention of suicide attempt

    Dustin VanDyke (featured on HBO's We're Here Season Two finale) is differently-abled and trans. Dustin was restricted from being themselves while in an abusive home, but now they are free to be who they are while inspiring others who lack representation.

     

    Follow Dustin's YouTube and Facebook.

     

    Bookended with music by Nightlightr (CDBaby, iTunes, and Spotify) | Find links for The Life After Community (our secret Facebook group), subscribing, rating, and/or reviewing on iTunes here: linkin.bio/thelifeafterorg

    • 1 hr 56 min
    Unbuckling The Bible Belt (Classic Episode Re-Release) with Jamie Lee Finch

    Unbuckling The Bible Belt (Classic Episode Re-Release) with Jamie Lee Finch

    With one more new episode left in 2021, here's a classic episode with Jamie Lee Finch and my former co-host Chuck Parson. Before the new episode, if you're able, check out the Season Two finale of We're Here on HBO. My next guest is Dustin VanDyke and was featured in that episode. You won't want to miss this!

     

    Unbuckling The Bible Belt: Brady Hardin and Chuck Parson takes the show on the road to Nashville, TN to interview Jamie Lee Finch on the subjects of sexuality, the dangers of Purity Culture, and the downfalls of Patriarchy. Jamie describes how much of her journey after leaving religion involves understanding her body. She gives life-changing advice on how to become a whole person and heal from trauma.

    Bonus: Listen to Jamie reading her own original poems throughout the episode.

    To learn more about Jamie’s work, follow her on Twitter, @jamieleefinch or visit her website: jamieleefinch.com

     

    Find links for The Life After Community (our secret Facebook group), subscribing, rating, and/or reviewing on iTunes here: linkin.bio/thelifeafterorg

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Focus on Our Chosen Family (Coming Out x Coparenting) with my ex-wife, Jessi McCracken

    Focus on Our Chosen Family (Coming Out x Coparenting) with my ex-wife, Jessi McCracken

    For this very special Thanksgiving episode, my ex-wife Jessi McCracken joins the show to deconstruct her high-pressure charismatic upbringing, the saga of our marriage and divorce, how Purity Culture sets unhealthy relationship expectations, coming out as queer, the life-altering power of therapy, co-parenting while deconstructing, and how chosen families become so important as we evolve into who we truly are.

     

    Our 9-year-old son, Helo, stops by to say hello during the introduction and is my guest spotlighted in this episode's Special Intermission Interview!

     

    Bookended with music by Nightlightr (CDBaby, iTunes, and Spotify) | Find links for The Life After Community (our secret Facebook group), subscribing, rating, and/or reviewing on iTunes here: linkin.bio/thelifeafterorg

    • 1 hr 45 min
    Know Better (Reason x Mental Health) with Vi La Bianca

    Know Better (Reason x Mental Health) with Vi La Bianca

    Vi La Bianca (Skeptic Generation co-host) joins Brady to deconstruct reason's relationship with mental health, rapture anxiety, being neurodiverse, and how to set boundaries with people AND beliefs.


    With Special Intermission Interview Guest, Sherman the Dog from Adventures in Odyssey.

     

    Find Vi's work with Skeptic Generation at SkepticGeneration.com | Follow Vi on Twitter on @AuthorConfusion

     

    Bookended with music by Nightlightr (CDBaby, iTunes, and Spotify) | Find links for The Life After Community (our secret Facebook group), subscribing, rating, and/or reviewing on iTunes here: linkin.bio/thelifeafterorg

    • 1 hr 20 min
    What Can Be (Queer Theology x Sci-Fi) with Taj M. Smith

    What Can Be (Queer Theology x Sci-Fi) with Taj M. Smith

    Spiritual and leadership coach Taj M. Smith joins Brady to deconstruct Queer Theology, transitioning, and how his love for sci-fi shapes his outlook of the future. They also discuss the Star Trek Next Generation episode, Darmok.

     

    With Special Intermission Interview Guest, "Angel" from Netflix's Midnight Mass

     

    Find Taj's work here at tajmsmith.com

     

    Bookended with music by Nightlightr (CDBaby, iTunes, and Spotify) | Find links for The Life After Community (our secret Facebook group), subscribing, rating, and/or reviewing on iTunes here: linkin.bio/thelifeafterorg

    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Wrong Kind of Woman (Outsider x Spiritual Abuse) with Julianne King

    The Wrong Kind of Woman (Outsider x Spiritual Abuse) with Julianne King

    Julianne King (Poet and old friend of Brady) deconstructs her LIFE AFTER spiritual abuse with intensely manipulative church leaders. A major event occurred while in the youth group and another afterward. Also, Julianne shares her theory about how the musical Cats represents Evangelicalism.

     

    Find Julianne's book of poetry, Bible Belt Revolution, on Amazon

     

    Bookended with music by Nightlightr (CDBaby, iTunes, and Spotify) | Find links for The Life After Community (our secret Facebook group), subscribing, rating, and/or reviewing on iTunes here: linkin.bio/thelifeafterorg

     

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
372 Ratings

372 Ratings

SingaNewSong ,

A Safe Space to Share and Heal

This podcast helped me immensely on my deconstruction journey. Through Brady’s thoughtful, gentle, and humor-infused interviews, I was able to hear stories from others that helped me process my own experiences. I became a part of a community that I didn’t know existed and desperately needed. A must listen for those deconstructing from evangelical christianity.

MichaelDMorris ,

You Are Not Alone!

Brady puts his heart and soul into this podcast and the result is the support we all need as we deconstruct! Knowing we aren’t alone in the trauma we have all experienced, as well as learning ways to deal with said trauma is invaluable! If you grew up in a toxic religious environment, regardless of how similar it may or may not be, this podcast will help you in your grasp for reality and help bring you peace! Thank you, Brady, for all you do!

PodcastreviewK ,

Brady is racist

Brady likes to attack racial minorities and double down on his white supremacist behavior. He claims to have deconstructed from Evangelicalism but it is clear that he has not deconstructed from the white supremacy, sexism, lack of compassion and accountability that go with it.

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