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Life After God

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Writer and speaker, Ryan Bell, of A Year Without God, shares insightful commentary on religion and irreligion in North America and engaging interviews with believers, heretics and the uncertain.

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Writer and speaker, Ryan Bell, of A Year Without God, shares insightful commentary on religion and irreligion in North America and engaging interviews with believers, heretics and the uncertain.

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Insightful podcast for all

By Jarod A. - Feb 27 2019
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Thoroughly enjoy listening to this podcast and the guests who are brought on! Thanks Ryan!

Good Stuff!

By Hillsboro Willie - Mar 09 2016
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Good insight from somebody who has been there. It helps us realize we are not alone.

iTunes Ratings

111 Ratings
Average Ratings
100
3
3
1
4

Insightful podcast for all

By Jarod A. - Feb 27 2019
Read more
Thoroughly enjoy listening to this podcast and the guests who are brought on! Thanks Ryan!

Good Stuff!

By Hillsboro Willie - Mar 09 2016
Read more
Good insight from somebody who has been there. It helps us realize we are not alone.
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Life After God

Latest release on Feb 10, 2020

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Rank #1: 049 - Talking Faith and Deconversion with Andy Stanley

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This week I speak to Andy Stanley, senior pastor of North Point Community Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Andy founded the church over 20 years ago and today it is the largest congregation in America, according to Outreach Magazine.

I talk to Andy about his experience growing up Christian, his interest in people's stories, including deconversion stories, and how Christians can be their own worst enemies. We even chat for a minute about politics and how evangelicals might be able to salvage their integrity after this election.

While we differ on many issues, we agree that serving the needs of humanity is paramount and something religious and non-religious people can engage in together.

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Personal website | www.andystanley.com
North Point Community Church | www.northpoint.org

Help me replace my computer | https://funds.gofundme.com/dashboard/help-replace-my-computer/

Life After God | www.lifeaftergod.org
Facebook | www.facebook.com/ourlifeaftergod
Instagram | www.instagram.com/ourlifeaftergod
Twitter | www.twitter.com/ourlifeaftergod

Nov 08 2016

1hr 12mins

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Rank #2: 005 - Give Me Sex Jesus

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In this episode of the Life After God podcast Ryan Bell speaks with Matt Barber and Brittany Machado about sex, masturbation, evangelical purity culture, and their new film.

Matt and Brittany are Director and Producer, respectively, of the documentary feature, Give Me Sex Jesus, which premiers in Los Angeles on Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 pm.

Give Me Sex Jesus | www.givemesexjesus.com
FREE tickets for the LA Premier | http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2259999

Please support this podcast by making a monthly contribution at my Patreon page: www.patreon.com/lifeaftergod

Web | www.lifeaftergod.org
Twitter | www.twitter.com/ourlifeaftergod
Facebook | www.facebook.com/ourlifeaftergod

Sep 16 2015

1hr 9mins

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Rank #3: 003 - Interview with David Hayward

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David Hayward is a former pastor, leader of an online community called, The Lasting Supper, and the author of a new book entitled, Questions Are the Answer.

David's new book: http://goo.gl/TrHuiM
David's website: www.nakedpastor.com
The Lasting Supper: www.thelastingsupper.com

Please support this podcast by making a donation at my Patreon page: www.patreon.com/lifeaftergod

Visit our website at www.lifeaftergod.org

Sep 02 2015

1hr 7mins

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Rank #4: 032 - Recovering from Religion with Marlene Winell

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This week I speak with Dr. Marlene Winell about the trauma many people experience in their religious experience and what it takes to heal from those wounds.

Visit Marlene's website, Journey Free, at www.journeyfree.org

Also, a teaser for the inaugural Ex-Files show and ways you can help us at at Life After God.

The transition music for the Ex-Files segment is gracious provided by Ian Gordon. The song is called, "The Truth is Out There." Learn more about Ian and his music at iangordon.bandcamp.com.

Visit the Life After God website at www.lifeaftergod.org.

Become a support of the show at www.patreon.com/lifeaftergod

Apr 07 2016

1hr

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Rank #5: 040 - Excommunicating the Church with Jeremy Runnells

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This week I speak with ex-Mormon and author of the viral CES Letter, Jeremy Runnells. In April, the leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held a heresy trial which Jeremy describes as a kangaroo court. In the end, he held a press conference and ex-communicated the church from his life.

In our conversation we talk about his upbringing in the church, the genesis of his questions and doubts, and the process by which he came to be an ex-Mormon and an atheist.

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Read the CES letter at www.cesletter.org.

FOX News coverage of Jeremy Runnells' disciplinary counsel and press conference: http://fox13now.com/2016/04/17/author-of-letter-to-a-ces-director-leaves-lds-church-after-disciplinary-council/

Jun 15 2016

1hr 37mins

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Rank #6: 030 - Jesus Before the Gospels: A Conversation with Bart Ehrman

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This week I speak with renown Biblical scholar, Bart D. Ehrman, about his new book, "Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior." We talk about his research into memory and how the stories about Jesus were passed along orally in the 6+ decades before they were written down. We also talk about the role the Bible plays in American public discourse and what can be done about it.

I also check in with Gretta Vosper and Helen Stringer about some new developments at the West Hill congregation.

*LINKS*
West Hill United Church | www.westhill.net
Oasis Network | www.peoplearemoreimportant.org
MICAH Project Recovering from Religion Conference | http://www.micahprays.org/events/conferences.htm

To learn more about Life After God, visit www.lifeaftergod.org.

Please support this show by visiting www.patreon.com/lifeaftergod

Mar 23 2016

1hr 10mins

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Rank #7: 021 - Life After Faith: The Case for Secular Humanism

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This week I speak with author and professor of Philosophy, Philip Kitcher, about his new book, Life After Faith. Professor Kitcher is the John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University where he has taught since 1998. In this conversation we discuss his religious journey, the philosophical basis of humanism and the challenges facing the development of a strong secular humanist community.

Buy Philip's book, Life After Faith >> http://amzn.to/1UaAouS

Visit the Life After God website >> www.lifeaftergod.org

Support the podcast!
www.patreon.com/lifeaftergod

Jan 20 2016

1hr 5mins

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Rank #8: 083 - Ex-Files: A conversation with Kristi Kiger Upman

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In this episode I speak with Kristi Kiger Upman. For ten years Kristi worked for the Southeast White House, a ministry associated with The Family. She tells me about how she became a Christian, her experience working in evangelical Christian ministry, and how she ultimately left her faith.

Kristi was at the Southeast White House at the same time Jeff Sharlet was at Ivanwald. In episode 81 I speak with Jeff Sharlet so be sure to check that out as well.

Please support the podcast. Visit www.patreon.com/lifeaftergod today and become a member.

Sep 30 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #9: 036 - The Ex-Files: Nate Cartel

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This week on The Ex-Files I speak with Nathan Cartel. Nathan, along with is wife, Sarah, and their five children was a pastor and church planter in their native Massachusetts before losing his faith in seminary. Nathan describes his Christian upbringing, his secular university education, and his eventual turn to Reformed evangelicalism and the Acts 29 Network founded by Mark Driscoll.

Today, Nathan is a chef who owns his own business called Haven Foods which he describes as "paleo fine dining delivered to your door."

I also check in with his wife to get her perspective on this very tumultuous time in their family's life.

To learn more about Life After God please visit the website at www.lifeaftergod.org.

If you appreciate this podcast please consider supporting our work by going to www.patreon.com/lifeaftergod.

Apr 29 2016

48mins

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Rank #10: 053 - Escaping Quiverfull with Brooke Arnold

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On this episode I speak with comedian and survivor of the Quiverfull cult, Brooke Arnold.

Mentioned in this episode:
Brooke Arnold's website || www.brookearnold.com
I could've been a Duggar wife (Salon) || https://goo.gl/dl787l
Kurt Metzger || https://www.facebook.com/KurtMetzgerComedy

Apr 27 2017

59mins

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Rank #11: 012 - Interview with Jennifer Michael Hecht

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This week I speak with author and historian of science, Jennifer Michael Hecht. She lives in Brooklyn, blocks from where her great-grandmother Jenny Belinsky lived, and is the author of four books of history and philosophy and three books of poetry, including, Doubt: A History, and Stay: A History of Suicide and the Arguments Against It. She earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University in the History of Science and European Cultural History.

Visit her website at www.jennifermichaelhecht.com, where you can find links to all her books, articles and information about her speaking appearances.

For more on Life After God, visit our website at www.lifeaftergod.org.

Support this podcast by making a monthly recurring contribution at www.patreon.com/lifeaftergod.

Nov 11 2015

1hr 35mins

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Rank #12: 019 - Interview with Bart Campolo

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This week I speak with Humanist Chaplain, Bart Campolo. I first encountered Bart in the late 1990s when he was speaking on campuses around the United States creating authentic community and spurring young people on to good works. That hasn't changed for him, though he is no longer a supernaturalist, as he calls it. He gradually left his religious faith behind and has become a secular humanist.

Today he works with students at USC in Los Angeles, helping them develop meaningful relationships and habits of goodness and justice. He is a loyal friend, loving husband and father, and all-around fantastic human being.

To learn more about Bart and his work, visit his website, bartcampolo.org.

Jan 06 2016

1hr 27mins

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Rank #13: 048 - Finding God in the Waves with Mike McHargue

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This week I speak with speaker and podcaster, Mike McHargue, about his first book, "Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science," which came out yesterday.

In both his book and this episode, Mike tells of his journey from fundamentalist Christianity to atheism to what he calls mystical Christianity. Mike is the host of two popular podcasts: Ask Science Mike and The Liturgists, which he co-hosts with musician, Michael Gungor.

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Buy Mike's book: http://amzn.to/2cs8Y6n

Visit Mike's website: www.mikemchargue.com

Ask Science Mike Podcast: http://mikemchargue.com/ask-science-mike

The Liturgists Podcast: http://www.theliturgists.com

Sep 14 2016

1hr 22mins

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Rank #14: 004 - Interview with Pat Green

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Pat Green is a former pastor, Chicago cabbie, and the author of a new book entitled, Night Moves: an Ex-Preacher's Journey to Hell in a Taxi.

Buy Pat's new book on Kindle: http://goo.gl/ibEaZ1

SPECIAL OFFER: For the first 25 people to email Ryan at ryan@lifeaftergod.org

For $30 you will receive an autographed copy of Night Moves AND a limited edition print of one of Pat's photographs of the night from the cab. Ten dollars will go to support Life After God and this podcast.

Please support this podcast by making a donation at my Patreon page: www.patreon.com/lifeaftergod

Visit our website at www.lifeaftergod.org

Sep 09 2015

1hr 1min

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Rank #15: 022 - Mormon Stories with John Dehlin

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This week I speak with psychologist and podcaster, John Dehlin. For the past 10 years John has been hosting the very popular show, Mormon Stories. In 2015 he was excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for heresy. He recently completed his Ph.D. in Clinical and Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on the intersection of religion and mental health.

Check out Mormon Stories at www.mormonstories.org

To learn more about John's research as well as his faith crisis and religious transitions coaching practice, visit www.johndehlin.com.

Watch John's TEDx talk on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MxCXjfAunk

Jan 27 2016

1hr 19mins

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Rank #16: 081 - The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy with Jeff Sharlet

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This week on the podcast I speak with Jeff Sharlet, the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power and C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy. Today, Netflix released a five-part documentary series entitled, The Family, based upon Sharlet's stellar investigative reporting.

Watch the Netflix series: https://www.netflix.com/title/80063867
Buy Jeff Sharlet's books
The Family - https://www.amazon.com/Family-Secret-Fundamentalism-Heart-American/dp/0060560053
C Street - https://www.amazon.com/Street-Fundamentalist-American-Democracy-Readers/dp/0316091065/

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Aug 09 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #17: 078 - Post-Religious Mental Health: A Conversation with Suandria Hall

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Welcome to a special edition of the Life After God podcast. I'm excited to share conversations with you from a growing number of professionals who specialize in religious trauma, deconversion, and post-religious mental health. My goal with these conversations is to offer you a diverse range of perspectives, share practical insights you can use in your daily life, and introduce you to some amazing humans who are committed to helping others thrive after leaving religion.

My name is Brian Peck, and I'm a licensed clinical social worker in Boise Idaho specializing in religious trauma and mental health challenges related to the deconversion process.

Today I'm excited to introduce you to Suandria Hall who is a licensed mental health professional in the Denver area who also specializes in religious trauma and helping people navigate life transitions including support for leaving high-demand religious groups.

I met Suandria online through her Instagram account, My Choice My Power, which is also the name of her private practice in the Denver area. I was struck by her thoughtful reflections on mental health and her keen insight into the process of exiting religion. It's been a real honor to learn from her experience and hope you find this conversation as meaningful as I did.

My goal for these episodes is to expand the conversation about post-religious mental health that includes a range of clinical voices, therapy modalities, and practices you can incorporate into your healing process.

You may be surprised to learn that there's a growing number of mental health professionals out there already doing this work. As therapists, we often work with the individual, and what's said in the room stays in the room. These episodes are an opportunity to share what we're learning and to provide some psychoeducational content to support your journey.

Note, these conversations are intended to be educational in nature and are in no way a substitute for working with your own licensed mental health professional or healthcare provider.

As with any conversation that may reactivate past trauma, please put your needs first. This particular conversation is not graphic, but the topic and content may still be challenging for some nervous systems. Healing trauma is a dynamic process, and it's perfectly okay to step back and reengage once you have more resources available to you.

SPECIAL OFFER
Join the Life After God community as a Member between now and June 21, 2019, and receive a limited edition magnet. Visit www.patreon.com/lifeaftergod and join today!

Be a part of the next LIVE panel discussion, "Facing Grief & Loss After God," on Friday, June 28 at 6:00 pm Pacific Time. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1219812888177918/

Follow Suandria Hall on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/mychoicemypowercounseling/
On the web - http://www.mychoicemypower.com/

Connect with Brian Peck on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/RoomToThrive/
On the web - https://www.roomtothrive.com/

Learn more about Life After God at our website - www.lifeaftergod.org

Jun 17 2019

1hr 11mins

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Rank #18: 028 - Where does morality come from? with Dan Fincke

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This week I speak with popular blogger and philosopher, Daniel Fincke. Daniel received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University in 2010 and currently teaches classes online to anyone who is interested in expanding their critical thinking skills as well as their knowledge of philosophy.

In this episode Dan and I talk about the origins of human ethics and morality, the question of whether a divine being is required as a basis for right and wrong, what constitutes a life well lived, and how we know. We even touch on some contemporary issues of social justice.

Check out Dan's popular blog, Camels with Hammers at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/camelswithhammers/

Dan is preparing to teach some new classes in the coming weeks. To learn more about Dan's classes and how to join them, visit http://danielfincke.com/dr-daniel-finckes-philosophy-classes-welcome-page-a/

Specific classes include:
Virtue, Value, and Meaning in Life | http://danielfincke.com/virtues-values-and-meaning-in-life-a/

Philosophy for Atheists | http://danielfincke.com/philosophy-for-atheists-a/

To learn more about Life After God visit www.lifeaftergod.org

If you find this podcast helpful in your life and you'd like to help support it, please visit www.patreon.com/lifeaftergod.

Mar 02 2016

1hr 37mins

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Rank #19: 082 - This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom with Martin Hägglund

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On this episode of the podcast I speak with Yale professor of comparative literature and humanities, Martin Hägglund, about his new book, "This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom."

Unlike any book I've ever read before, Martin weaves together a secular understanding of life that is rooted in our necessarily fragile, temporal existence, with the logical outcome of this understanding of secular life in our social and political lives. In, "This Life," Hägglund argues that the social form of our life must embrace this fragility and move on to realize deeper emancipation for all.

Buy and read the book: https://www.amazon.com/This-Life-Secular-Spiritual-Freedom/dp/1101870400/
Follow Martin Hägglund on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/martinhaegglund
Read Jedediah Purdy's review in The New Republic: https://newrepublic.com/article/153024/spiritual-case-socialism-martin-hagglund-book-review

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Aug 26 2019

1hr 11mins

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Rank #20: 041 - The Ex-Files: Rachael Gunderson

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This week on The Ex-Files I speak with Rachael Gunderson. Rachael courageously shares her harrowing experience of being ensnared in a modern-day cult and how she eventually escaped.

LINKS
Eva's Eden http://www.evaseden.org
Is There a Cult in Columbia, TN? https://www.facebook.com/IsThereACultInColumbiaTN

To learn more about Life After God please visit the website at www.lifeaftergod.org.

If you appreciate this podcast please consider supporting our work by going to www.patreon.com/lifeaftergod.

Jul 13 2016

1hr 14mins

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