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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
    • 4.7 • 410 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.

    All About Human Depravity (#154)

    All About Human Depravity (#154)

    Rejoining me today is my friend Oliver Crisp, principal of St. Mary's college and the head of the school of divinity at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Oliver helps us wade through theologically dense waters, comparing terms like original guilt and original sin. We also look at specific theologians' views like Augustine, Calvin, etc., and address the implications of these beliefs in today's context.

    Oliver’s Book - Word Enfleshed: Exploring the Person and Work of Christ: https://www.amazon.com/Word-Enfleshed-Exploring-Person-Christ/dp/0801098092

    Oliver’s YHP Episode - To Give Reformed Theology a Fair Hearing: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/you-have-permission/id1448000113?i=1000447230064

    Tom McCall’s Book - Against God and Nature: https://www.perlego.com/book/1414191/against-god-and-nature-the-doctrine-of-sin-pdf?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&campaignid=15825112969&adgroupid=132780878595&gclid=Cj0KCQjwm6KUBhC3ARIsACIwxBgXy64YJXjR-pVZBBNo4n4yx9Eu7uNiuu4SDGvxnw04fuKJSLK43L0aApzIEALw_wcB

    NP Williams Book - The Ideas of the Fall and Orignal Sin: A Historical and Critical Study: https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=31042598152&searchurl=kn%3DWilliams%252C%2BThe%2Bideas%2Bof%2Bthe%2Bfall%2Band%2Bof%2Boriginal%2Bsin%2BA%2Bhistorical%2Band%2Bcritical%2Bstudy%26sortby%3D20&cm_sp=snippet-_-srp1-_-title1

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    Faith deconstruction resources: www.soyouredeconstructing.com/

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Abuse & Institutional "Impression Management" (#153)

    Abuse & Institutional "Impression Management" (#153)

    Today I'm joined by Dr. Wade Mullen, researcher and author of Something's Not Right: Decoding the Hidden Tactics of Abuse--and Freeing Yourself from Its Power. Our conversation focuses specifically on "Impression Management," a sociology subfield that analyzes how organizations use different mechanisms to influence their public perceptions to cover up abuse scandals. We get into Mullens's different categories for Impression Management like Organizational Promotion, Opinion Conformity, Burrying, and more.

    Something’s Not Right Book: https://www.amazon.com/Somethings-Not-Right-Decoding-Abuse/dp/1496444701

    Wade’s Substack: https://substack.com/profile/40073732-wade-mullen

    Wade’s Website: https://wadetmullen.com/

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    Faith deconstruction resources: www.soyouredeconstructing.com/

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Black vs. White Church Deconstruction (#152)

    Black vs. White Church Deconstruction (#152)

    Today I'm joined by pastor Tyler Burns (Pass the Mic Podcast & President at The Witness: A Black Christian Collective). Tyler offers insight into the process of black deconstruction as experienced more communally. He also sees doubt as an inherent component of faith for black Christians in America. We cover embodiment, white nationalism, and faith expressed cerebrally vs. experientially.

    Pass the Mic Podcast:
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/pass-the-mic/id1435500798

    The Witness Website:
    https://thewitnessbcc.com/

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    Faith deconstruction resources: www.soyouredeconstructing.com/

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Six Types of "Spiritual Struggle" (#151)

    Six Types of "Spiritual Struggle" (#151)

    Today I’m joined by Kenneth I. Pargament (Professor at Bowling Green State University) and Julie J. Exline (Professor at Case Western Reserve University), two prominent researchers in psychology of religion, to talk about their research on “spiritual struggles.” Where does this research overlap with the “deconstruction” movement? With spiritual abuse and religious trauma? Are spiritual struggles part of a full and healthy life of faith? How common are they?

    Working with Spiritual Struggles in Psychotherapy Book: https://www.amazon.com/Working-Spiritual-Struggles-Psychotherapy-Research/dp/1462524311

    Kenneth's Author Page: https://www.guilford.com/author/Kenneth-I-Pargament

    Julia's Author Page: https://www.guilford.com/author/Julie-J-Exline

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Contemplative Practice in a Time of Crisis (#150)

    Contemplative Practice in a Time of Crisis (#150)

    Today I'm joined by author and writer Fred Bahnson to discuss some of his work on Christian Contemplative Practice. Fred says, "Political life has replaced inner life as the arbiter of all things." We get into Thomas Merton, emotional recognition, oneness, and the political implications of contemplative practice amidst ecological crises.

    Fred’s Articles:
    “Keeping the World in Being”: https://emergencemagazine.org/essay/keeping-the-world-in-being/
    “On The Road with Thomas Merton”: https://emergencemagazine.org/feature/on-the-road-with-thomas-merton/
    “The Gate of Heaven is Everywhere” https://harpers.org/archive/2021/01/the-gate-of-heaven-is-everywhere-contemplative-christianity/

    Books:
    “Altered Traits”: https://www.amazon.com/Altered-Traits-Science-Reveals-Meditation/dp/0399184384
    “Into the Silent Land”: https://www.amazon.com/Into-Silent-Land-Martin-Laird-audiobook/dp/B00FPUHBD4/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2UJIEHGACGR4D&keywords=into+the+silent+land&qid=1650835368&s=books&sprefix=into+the+silent+lan%2Cstripbooks%2C83&sr=1-1

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    Edited by Josh Gilbert (joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com -- he is accepting more work!)
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Worries about Progressive Christianity - Raymond Gregory (#149)

    Worries about Progressive Christianity - Raymond Gregory (#149)

    Today, I'm joined by Raymond Gregory (Calvary Chapel Church in East Anaheim) for another episode in our "Worries About Progressive Christianity" series. We cover theological topics like hell, salvation, and what he considers to be the "central vein of the Gospel". We also cover polarization, bias-motivated reasoning, and the hyper politicization of American Protestantism.

    Raymond's website: raymondgregory.com

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    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
410 Ratings

410 Ratings

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Thoroughly researched

I have listened to a large number of deconstruction/ exvangelical podcasts, and I find that this one tends to have a significant amount of research done before the dialogue, which is helpful because it means that the conversations will generally be constructive instead of simply bashing. Dan does a good job of connecting with guests that are well versed in their area of study. The criticisms of him interrupting are fair, though having been a part of this journey for a bit I can see the growth! I especially love that Dan has his own particular area of expertise with spiritual abuse, that generally always helps enhance the conversations. I am grateful for this podcast.

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Dan goes Deeeep!

These are some of the deepest probing conversations on faith, deconstruction and formation I’ve heard anywhere. Unhurried and thoughtful and as long as two hours, Dan’s background in ministry and current study in psychological bring a well-rounded perspective to each topic. The time and attention are worth it. I really respect his approach and find these conversations enriching and challenging.

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