51: Journey to Healing (with Jeff & Karin Green)

1 Dec

How would you react if you were told by your doctor: “You have cancer.” What would you do? What would you think? Many people all over the world have indeed heard that prognosis. For Jeff and Karin Green, those words … Read More »

50: Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life Without Religion (with Karen Garst) Part 2

24 Nov

Part 2 of my wide-ranging and though-prvoking conversation with Karen Garst, “The Faithless Feminist,” continues in this episode. For those undergoing a process of discovery and deconstruction of their inherited belief systems–particularly coming out of a fundamentalist or conservative religious … Read More »

49: Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion (with Karen Garst) Part 1

17 Nov

“Religion contributes to–or directly causes–gender inequality.” Particularly in the case of women, this statement is certainly true–both historically, and even now in terms of religions. Women have been marginalized, oppressed, shunned, vilified, and more by a variety of religions, and … Read More »

48: Measuring the Metrics for Success (with Shawn Manley) Part 2

10 Nov

What standard do you use to measure success? In our money- and achievement-driven Western world, where success is measured in very quantifiable ways by our current society, this becomes a very important issue. You could, for example, be considered a … Read More »

46: The Legacy of Puritanism, Jonathan Edwards, & “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”

27 Oct

What is the legacy of one, single sermon? Even though Jonathan Edwards, the famous American theologian, preacher, missionary and pastor, is well-known in academic circles for his volumes of work, most people know him only from one sermon he preached … Read More »

45: Surviving a Fundamentalist Upbringing (with Valerie Cunningham)

20 Oct

What’s it like to grow up in a strict Christian, fundamentalist home?  The effects of growing up being “sheltered from the evil world” can linger with people, long after they’ve grown up, left home, and are raising families of their … Read More »

44: The Bad Jesus & New Atheism (with Dr Hector Avalos) Part 2

13 Oct

Did Jesus ever say or do anything wrong? This is the major question explored by Dr Hector Avalos in his book, The Bad Jesus: The Ethics of New Testament Ethics, and this forms the basis of the discussion in Part 2 … Read More »