What Happens After People Leave the Church?

2 Jan

Introduction Have you left the church behind? Are you a “post-Christian,” whatever that may mean? According to a 2016 Pew Research poll of 35,000 American adults, statistics indicate that the population of self-identified “Christians” has dropped significantly. The last time … 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 »

Measuring the Metrics for Success (Part 2): Deconstructing Religion

7 Nov

Introduction In Part 2 of the podcast with Shawn Manley (“Measuring the Metrics for Success” coming out this Friday, we get into the issue of the standards people use by which to measure success—hence the title. In thinking about this … Read More »

Deconstructing Systematic Theology: What’s the Point?

31 Oct

Introduction On this, the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his famous 95 theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg in 1517, I thought I’d do some reflections on theology. I’ll begin by posing a question: What is … 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 »

43: The Bad Jesus & New Atheism (with Dr Hector Avalos) Part 1

6 Oct

Are you prepared to deconstruct your faith, beliefs and presuppositions?  If so, then you won’t want to miss this episode, as I talk with Dr Hector Avalos, professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University. Dr Avalos is a “New … Read More »