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Life After God

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Rank #34 in Religion category

Religion & Spirituality
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Religion
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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!

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Good insight from somebody who has been there. It helps us realize we are not alone.

iTunes Ratings

103 Ratings
Average Ratings
93
3
2
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

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Rank #34 in Religion category

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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.

Rank #1: 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
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #2: 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
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #3: 007 - Interview with Catherine Dunphy

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Catherine is the author of a new book, From Apostle to Apostate: The Story of the Clergy Project, and an original member of The Clergy Project.

Buy the book | http://goo.gl/FUM6XA
Visit the website | http://www.apostletoapostate.com

Support Life After God in two ways!
Monthly contribution at www.patreon.com/lifeaftergod
One-time contribution at www.gofundme.com/lifeaftergod

Other items mentioned on this show
Islam and the Future of Tolerance, by Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz | http://goo.gl/E0PXcq

Rethinking 'Hitler's Pope:' A Q&A with Mark Riebling |
http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/rethinking-hitlers-pope
Sep 30 2015
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #4: 059 - How And Why We Believe [part 1]

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Guest host, Brian Peck, shares a fascinating conversation about HOW and WHY we believe. Not surprisingly, we humans care a great deal about WHAT we believe but we're often unaware of the underlying conditions and psychological processes that give rise to our beliefs.

On this episode, Brian talks with two of his close friends and trusted colleagues about how beliefs are formed and how they function for us individually and within relationships.

A former Catholic, an ex-Mormon, and a post-Evangelical walk into a bar...

...and geek out about psychology and the human experience.

Carolyn Golden, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist, who, in addition to her clinical practice, teaches psychology at Boise State University. Carolyn's interest in how we create and maintain beliefs resulted in her developing and teaching The Psychology of Belief.

James Connelly, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist with and an infectious curiosity about how our brains work and a fascination with WHY and HOW we believe. James is currently writing a book in which he explores the psychology of religious belief through the lens of his LDS background.

Brian Peck, LCSW is a clinical social worker who specializes in religious-based trauma in his private practice and guides individuals through their deconversions with evidence-based practices online. Brian loves discovering and adopting new and healthier ways to be human on the other side of religious belief.

You will not want to miss PART 2 of our conversation where we discuss how divergent beliefs impact relationships and offer practical things we can do to support more meaningful human connections.

TRANSCRIPT:
https://www.roomtothrive.com/blog/2018/3/24/how-and-why-we-believe

LINKS:
Room to Thrive | https://www.roomtothrive.com
Life After God website | https://www.lifeaftergod.org
Life After God Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/ourlifeaftergod/
Life After God Twitter | https://twitter.com/ourlifeaftergod
Mar 21 2018
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #5: 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
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #6: 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
1 hour
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Rank #7: 063 - Seven Types of Atheism with John Gray

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On this episode I speak with philosopher and author, John Gray, about humanism, secular utopianism, and his new book, Seven Types of Atheism.

Professor Gray is the author of numerous books, including False Dawn: The Delusions of Global Capitalism, Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals, Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia, and, most recently, Seven Types of Atheism, which is not so much a strict typology of atheism. Indeed, what would such a project entail since atheism is one thing and one thing only. Rather, it’s a fascinating, enlightening, sometimes irritating survey of the various schools of thought into which atheists have fallen in the past several centuries.

LINKS
Order "Seven Types of Atheism" | https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374261092
Book review by Terry Eagleton | https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/apr/11/seven-types-atheism-john-gray-review-atheist-believer-material-world
Book review in New Humanist by Ralph Jones | https://newhumanist.org.uk/articles/5328/book-review-seven-types-of-atheism
Book review in The Humanist by Peter C. Grosvenor | https://thehumanist.com/magazine/january-february-2019/arts_entertainment/seven-types-of-atheism

Support the Life After God podcast at www.patreon.com/lifeaftergod
Life After God website | www.lifeaftergod.org

Ryan Bell's Twitter | www.twitter.com/ryanjbell
Life After God's Twitter | www.twitter.com/ourlifeaftergod
Jan 07 2019
57 mins
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Rank #8: 011 - Interview with LeRon Shults

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This week I speak with philosopher and theologian, LeRon Shults, about why and how gods are born and borne in human cultures throughout history.

LeRon is Professor of Theology and Philosophy at the University of Agder, Norway, the author of Theology After the Birth of God: Atheist Conceptions in Cognition and Culture, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion.

Visit LeRon's website, www.leronshults.com, for more information about his work, links to his books for sale, and several papers which he has written, available for free under "Free Downloads."

Read LeRon's paper, "How to Survive the Anthropocene: Adaptive Atheism and the Evolution of Homo deiparensis," here:
http://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/6/2/724

For more about Life After God, visit www.lifeaftergod.org.

If you find this podcast helpful and enjoyable, please support us financially at www.patreon.com/lifeaftergod.
Nov 04 2015
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #9: 037 - Everyone's Agnostic with Cass Midgley

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This week I speak with my dear friend and fellow podcaster, Cass Midgley. Cass is the host of the Everyone's Agnostic podcast, along with his co-host, Bob Pondillo. After 40 years of being a Christian and nearly 20 in ministry, today Cass is an atheist and a Humanist Chaplain in Tennessee.

Check out the Everyone's Agnostic Podcast at http://everyonesagnostic.libsyn.com

For more information about Life After God, please visit our website at www.lifeaftergod.org.

If you appreciate this show, please make a monthly contribution to keep it going. Visit www.patreon.com/lifeaftergod.
May 04 2016
1 hour 22 mins
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Rank #10: 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
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #11: 064 - Ex-Files: Surviving "Christian Education" with Alexis Record

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Content Advisory: religious trauma, physical and sexual abuse

Today on The Ex-Files I speak with Alexis Record. Alexis is a former Christian, raised in a fundamentalist home. In our conversation she recounts her experiences of profound loss, her harrowing encounters with fundamentalism in Christian missions, brushes with death, extreme shaming, and misadventures in Christian education.

Today, Alexis the mother of two remarkable children, a volunteer leader at Sunday Assembly San Diego, an the author of the chapter, Women v. Indoctrination, in the book, Women v. Religion: The Case Against Faith—and for Freedom, edited by Karen Garst, and published by Pitchstone Publishing.

Elements of Alexis’ story are being told here for the very first time and may be difficult listening, especially if you have survived abuse of any kind, but especially religious abuse.

Women v. Religion, edited by Karen Garst | https://goo.gl/gcoiX6
#Exvangelical
#ExposeChristianSchools
Jan 21 2019
1 hour 32 mins
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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
1 hour 27 mins
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Rank #13: 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
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #14: 075 - Escaping from Jehovah's Witnesses with Lloyd Evans

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On this episode I speak with Lloyd Evans. Lloyd is the founder and senior editor of JWsurvey.org - a website that promotes freethought among Jehovah's Witnesses. He is also author of "The Reluctant Apostate," a book that chronicles his experiences growing up as a JW and his journey to freedom from Watchtower indoctrination. His "John Cedars" YouTube channel, which has nearly 50,000 subscribers, hosts a range of videos aimed at dissecting the various teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses, as well as new developments in the religion.

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Lloyd's YouTube channel | https://www.youtube.com/user/johncedars1929
Lloyd's books | https://www.amazon.com/Lloyd-Evans/e/B01N13QDU4?
A Secret Database of Child Abuse (The Atlantic) | https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2019/03/the-secret-jehovahs-witness-database-of-child-molesters/584311/

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May 20 2019
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #15: 060 - How And Why We Believe [part 2]

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Brian Peck, Carolyn Golden, and James Connelly explore how beliefs impact the deconversion process and create challenges for relationships.

This episode is part two of a conversation recorded on March 13, 2018. You can listen to part one here:
http://www.lifeaftergod.org/059-how-and-why-we-believe-part-1/
or read the transcript here:
https://www.roomtothrive.com/blog/2018/3/24/how-and-why-we-believe

In this episode, James talks about going through a deconversion when your partner is still a believer. Mixed-faith relationships are common and can be maintained but they often test the strongest of bonds as a couple renegotiates the essential elements of their relationship.

By focusing on HOW we believe we can more easily unite around the shared human experience of living with a believing brain. Of course, WHAT we believe will continue to be important but perhaps understanding the HOW and WHY will allow us to relax our grip a little bit on the WHAT.

In addition to discussing how divergent beliefs impact relationships, the guests offer practical things you can do to support more meaningful human connections.

Brian Peck, LCSW is a clinical social worker who specializes in religious-based trauma in his private practice and guides individuals through their deconversions with evidence-based practices online. Brian loves discovering and adopting new and healthier ways to be human on the other side of religious belief.

Carolyn Golden, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist, who, in addition to her clinical practice, teaches psychology at Boise State University. Carolyn’s interest in how we create and maintain beliefs resulted in her developing and teaching The Psychology of Belief.

James Connelly, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist with and an infectious curiosity about how our brains work and a fascination with WHY and HOW we believe. James is currently writing a book in which he explores the psychology of religious belief through the lens of his LDS background.

LINKS
Room to Thrive | https://www.roomtothrive.com

Apr 19 2018
50 mins
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Rank #16: 031 - The Story of God with Brandon Fibbs

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This week I speak with documentary film producer, science enthusiast, and friend, Brandon Fibbs. Brandon was raised in a fundamentalist Christian home but as he entered adulthood, questions haunted him.

We talk about his friendship with Neil deGrasse Tyson, his deconversion, his sense of wonder at his place in the universe and how awe replaced faith in his life. We also talk about his work on the 2014 reboot of Cosmos and the brand new 6-part series, "The Story of God with Morgan Freeman," which airs on Sunday, April 3.

Learn about "The Story of God with Morgan Freeman" at http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/the-story-of-god-with-morgan-freeman/

Visit Brandon's YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/Fibbs1701/featured

Read Brandon's article, "Carl Sagan Took My Faith — and Gave Me Awe," at http://www.faithstreet.com/onfaith/2014/03/10/carl-sagan-took-my-faith-and-gave-me-awe/31220

Learn more about Life After God at www.lifeaftergod.org
Mar 30 2016
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #17: 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
1 hour 37 mins
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Rank #18: 065 - When I Spoke in Tongues with Jessica Wilbanks

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On this episode I speak with Jessica Wilbanks, author of the new memoir, When I Spoke In Tongues: A Story of Faith and Its Loss. Jessica received her MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Houston, where she served as nonfiction editor for Gulf Coast. An active member of the literary community in Houston, Jessica frequently teaches writing workshops for Inprint, Writespace, Grackle & Grackle, Writers’ League of Texas, and Boldface, the University of Houston’s annual conference for emerging writers.

Visit Jessica's website | https://jessicawilbanks.com
Buy her book | https://www.amazon.com/When-Spoke-Tongues-Story-Faith/dp/0807092231

Become a member of Life After God today | http://www.patreon.com/lifeaftergod

Visit the Life After God website | http://www.lifeaftergod.org
Like and follow our Facebook page | https://www.facebook.com/ourlifeaftergod
Follow us on Twitter | http://www.twitter.com/ourlifeaftergod
...and Instagram | https://instagram.com/ourlifeaftergod

Also, don't forget to check out the Secular Student Alliance podcast, Secular Student Life.
Feb 04 2019
55 mins
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Rank #19: 072 - Dying Out Loud with Dave Warnock

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On this episode, Ryan speaks with Dave Warnock. Dave is the father of two daughters and a son, a former evangelical pastor in the Foursquare Church, now an atheist, and a lover of life.

About six weeks ago Dave was diagnosed with ALS—Lou Gehrigs Disease—for which there is no treatment and life expectancy is between three and five years. As a result of this heavy news, Dave has chosen to live the remainder of his life very deliberately; to die out loud, as he says.

We talk about his conversion to Christianity, his ministry in the Foursquare Church, his departure from the church and his eventual atheism and its effect on his relationships. In the second half we talk about his ALS diagnosis, what the prospect of death means to him and what he is already learning on this journey.

Special thanks to Cass Midgley for his production and post-production assistance, and to Marie D'Elephant for helping me schedule Dave and for all her support along the way.

Our executive producer is Jeff Straka.

LINKS
Dave's website | http://www.everyonesagnostic.com/dave.html
Dave's Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dwwarnock
Apr 18 2019
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #20: 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
48 mins
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