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So many of us have been given bad answers to good questions -- questions about God, suffering, prayer, fate, science, justice, and more -- often by people with pure intentions. But we needn't stop with those pat answers. You have permission to take both Christianity and the modern world very seriously, and this podcast will introduce you to people from across the Christian spectrum engaging these timeless and difficult questions in various ways.

You Have Permission Dan Koch

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 269 Ratings

So many of us have been given bad answers to good questions -- questions about God, suffering, prayer, fate, science, justice, and more -- often by people with pure intentions. But we needn't stop with those pat answers. You have permission to take both Christianity and the modern world very seriously, and this podcast will introduce you to people from across the Christian spectrum engaging these timeless and difficult questions in various ways.

    So You Want a Bible Podcast: Jared Byas & The Bible for Normal People (#91)

    So You Want a Bible Podcast: Jared Byas & The Bible for Normal People (#91)

    This is the first in a series of episodes where I interview hosts of podcasts that focus primarily on the Bible itself, since it is now clear to me that You Have Permission will never quite be one of those shows. And yet, there are many great shows that do focus on the Bible! So listen to these interviews, and see which Bible-focused podcasts resonate with you.

    SoYoureDeconstructing.com
    The Bible for Normal People — https://peteenns.com/podcast/
    Genesis for Normal People: https://www.amazon.com/Genesis-Normal-People-Controversial-Misunderstood/dp/193922103X
    The Bible Tells Me So: https://www.amazon.com/Bible-Tells-Me-Defending-Scripture/dp/0062272039

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    Edited by Josh Gilbert (joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com -- he is accepting more work!)
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    Artwork by http://sprungle.co/

    • 49 min
    The Varieties of Religious & Spiritual Abuse (#90)

    The Varieties of Religious & Spiritual Abuse (#90)

    My guest is Dr. Paula Swindle, one of the only people in the world currently doing peer-reviewed research on the topic of spiritual and religious abuse. She is also on my dissertation committee (stoked!). We break down the varieties/types/settings of this kind of abuse in detail, and it’s a fantastic conversation.

    Dr. Swindle on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drpaulaswindle/
    Sacred Intersections Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sacred-intersections/id1540524515
    S.I. on IG: https://www.instagram.com/sacredintersectionspodcast/

    Follow Dan on IG: https://www.instagram.com/dancoke/

    Edited by Josh Gilbert (joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com -- he is accepting more work!)
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    Artwork by http://sprungle.co/

    • 2 hr 1 min
    The Catholic Clergy Abuse Crisis (#89)

    The Catholic Clergy Abuse Crisis (#89)

    I chat with Karna Lozoya, host of the Crisis Podcast, chronicling the largely sexual clergy abuse scandal in the Catholic church, with a special focus on the last couple years.

    Crisis Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/crisis-clergy-abuse-in-the-catholic-church/id1526136389
    Pope Francis daily homilies: http://www.popefrancishomilies.com/

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    Edited by Josh Gilbert (joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com -- he is accepting more work!)
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    Website: youhavepermissionpod.com
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    Artwork by http://sprungle.co/

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Election Special: Persecuted Christians, Mask-less Worship Gatherings & QAnon

    Election Special: Persecuted Christians, Mask-less Worship Gatherings & QAnon

    ...in which in lieu of a new YHP episode, we feature friend of the podcast Jon Ward and his *fantastic* conversation with WORLD Magazine contributors Mindy & Emily Belz. Jon's show notes are below.

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    Mindy Belz has been with World Magazine since its founding in 1986. It’s a publication aimed at evangelical Christians, started by her brother in law, Joel Belz. Emily Belz, Mindy’s daughter, is also at World now, and has worked at the New York Daily News and The Indianapolis Star.

    Mindy has spent 20 years covering the plight of Christians in Iraq and Syria. This is a story that truly did get overlooked: before the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, there were about 1 million Christians in Iraq, living out a version of the faith with incredibly ancient roots. Many Christians in that region still speak Aramaic, the tongue that Christ himself spoke.

    But 17 years later, the Christian community in Iraq has been decimated by violence and intimidation. Only about 100,000 Christians remain there. The faith there has almost become extinct in terms of sheer population size. Mindy and I discuss a little bit how much decisions made, or not made, by the Bush administration, are responsible for that.

    Mindy’s book on this topic, “They Say We are Infidels: On the Run from from ISIS With Persecuted Christians in the Middle East,” came out in 2015. I recommend it. The suffering of this community there, and in Syria, is tough to comprehend.

    I first thought of interviewing Mindy when I saw her tweet something last May. It was in response to protests against COVID restrictions. "For 6 yrs I've reported on Christians chased from their homes & churches by ISIS, seen their testimony, steadiness, care for one another. How utterly disheartening to watch the American church come apart in a 10-wk shutdown. They shall be known by their demand for their rights,” she wrote.

    Mindy’s bigger critique of American Christians is two fold: they have no idea what real religious persecution looks like is one part of it. But she also notes the narrowness of demanding rights to do whatever one wants while disregarding the impact of not wearing masks and distancing on those who are most vulnerable — which is not just the older but also people who are poor and on the margins, those without health insurance who are going to avoid going to the doctor or ER if they get sick until it’s too late. And she contrasts this with a vision of the common good that characterizes Middle East Christians...

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    Jon also brings this into conversation with the recent spate of mask-free and non-distanced worship gatherings led most prominently by Sean Feucht.

    The Long Game Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-long-game/id1248994688

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    Artwork by http://sprungle.co/

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Secular Therapy's Religion Blind Spot (#88)

    Secular Therapy's Religion Blind Spot (#88)

    My guest is Dr. Kirk Honda, psychologist, professor, and co-host of the fantastic Psychology in Seattle Podcast. We talk about what the psychological research says about the role of faith in people’s lives, about how that is often a blindspot for non-religious therapists despite very strong evidence, and a little about his own faith story as well.

    Psychology in Seattle: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/psychology-in-seattle-podcast/id767626637

    Follow Dan on IG: https://www.instagram.com/dancoke/

    Edited by Josh Gilbert (joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com -- he is accepting more work!)
    Join the Patreon for exclusive episodes (and more) every month: patreon.com/dankoch
    Email about the "sliding scale" for the Patreon: youhavepermissionpodcast@gmail.com
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    Website: youhavepermissionpod.com
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    Artwork by http://sprungle.co/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Everybody Now: Climate Emergency & Sacred Duty (#87)

    Everybody Now: Climate Emergency & Sacred Duty (#87)

    We’ve caused a turning point in the Earth’s natural history. Everybody Now is a podcast about what it means to be human on the threshold of a global climate emergency, in a time of systemic injustice and runaway pandemics. Scientists, activists, farmers, poets, and theologians talk bravely and frankly about how our biosphere is changing, about grief and hope in an age of social collapse and mass extinction, and about taking action against all the odds.

    On 19th October 2020, Everybody Now is being released by podcasters all over the world as a collective call for awareness, grief and loving action.

    With contributions from:
    Dr. Gail Bradbrook - scientist and co-founder of Extinction Rebellion
    Prof. Kevin Anderson - Professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester
    Dámaris Albuquerque - works with agricultural communities in Nicaragua
    Dr. Rowan Williams - theologian and poet, and a former Archbishop of Canterbury
    Pádraig Ó Tuama - poet, theologian and conflict mediator
    Rachel Mander - environmental activist with Hope for the Future
    John Swales - priest and activist, and part of a community for marginalised people
    Zena Kazeme - Persian-Iraqi poet who draws on her experiences as a former refugee to create poetry that explores themes of exile, home, war and heritage
    Flo Brady - singer and theatre maker
    Hannah Malcolm - Anglican ordinand, climate writer and organiser
    Alastair McIntosh - writer, academic and land rights activist
    David Benjamin Blower - musician, poet and podcaster

    Funding and Production:
    This podcast was crowdfunded by a handful of good souls, and produced by Tim Nash and David Benjamin Blower

    Permissions:
    The song Happily by Flo Brady is used with permission.
    The song The Soil, from We Really Existed and We Really Did This by David Benjamin Blower, used with permission.
    The Poem The Tree of Knowledge by Pádraig Ó Tuama used with permission.
    The Poem Atlas by Zena Kazeme used with permission.
    The Poem What is Man? by Rowan Williams from the book The Other Mountain, used with permission from Carcanet Press.

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    Artwork by http://sprungle.co/

    • 1 hr 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
269 Ratings

269 Ratings

boshtones ,

Some of the best thinking on faith out there

Dan speaks in layman’s terms, but he can link his thinking to various theologians and other experts. He is open-minded and straightforward, but also cares and believes that something matters. His guests are interesting, and the conversations are a great sharpener for my own journey.

Wgdydgb ,

One of the best

I look forward to listening every week and have been working my way though the backlog, same with the Patreon exclusive pod. Tons of nuanced and insightful discussion. It’s been a massive help in my deconstruction/reconstruction process.
The people with low star reviews seem to be missing the entire concept of the pod, which is quite literally in the title - You Have Permission. Dan isn’t trying to force views on anyone, with each episode he lays out a different topic and has multiple perspectives on how an issue can be viewed.

lavapandabluesnake ,

Gentle and curious space for Christian reconstruction

I am so glad that I found this podcast. Past the gnarlier parts of my deconstruction, I appreciate YHP’s thoughtful explanation of and discussion of thought streams in the greater world of Christianity, as I reconstruct my faith. It is titled perfectly. So many of needed permission to explore ideas and ask questions, but weren’t given it in our faith environments. Thanks for providing a space like this, Dan!

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