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  1. Tweet This week’s discussion features a wide-ranging conversation with ex-pastor (and now atheist) Tim Sledge, out of Texas. A former megachurch pastor in the Houston area, Tim underwent a significant change of both heart and of faith, culminating in him walking away not just from the church, but from the faith altogether. Now an atheist, Tim has chronicled his journey in his book Goodbye Jesus –and he is also is a prolific Twitter personality who regularly tweets about very thought-provoking and challenging issues around deconstructing Christianity and religion. Tim and I discuss, among other things, not only his journey, but the phenomenon of the 81% white evangelical Donald Trump supporters. Where is all of this leading? As a former pastor himself, Tim provides a unique insight into this situation of American evangelicalism today. Support independent media like MindShift Podcast on Patreon! http://patreon.com/mindshiftpodcast Tim Sledge Contact Information Follow Tim on Twitter @goodbye_jesus http://timsledge.com Goodbye Jesus on Amazon Follow me on Twitter @MindShift2018 View the full article
  2. I believe Luth's position and style of arguing may be adequately explained here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presuppositional_apologetics Sad to admit, but many years ago I would have argued alongside him.
  3. You have to hear this story! He's always wanted to help people. When he became a strong Christian, it was saving people from the lake of fire. If Hell was real, Wiley was compelled to do everything in his power to save people from it. He would stand outside ATMs on busy Friday nights preaching to people. He was attracted to an aggressive form of Christianity. Having exactly the right doctrine was very important to him. So much so, that he and his wife later struggled to find the right church. He wouldn't marry his wife unless she agreed to wear dresses and not celebrate Christmas, as it's a pagan celebration. She eventually agreed. Later Wiley hears a podcast host pose a question for Christians. The host asks if Christians could admit they might possibly be wrong. When the podcast host proclaims that Christians never will admit this, Wiley thinks "challenge accepted". His faith is tested and then his marriage. He faces questions about faith with transparency. He also decides to face OCPD (Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder) and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) in an honest, open way. He's a courageous human being and I'm so glad he shared his story with us. View the full article
  4. Matt Dillahunty and Vi La Bianca. Viewer Calls. Matt and Vi take viewer calls. View the full article
  5. The Non-Prophets 18.15 with Kevin Stein, Jamie Boone, & Derek Hawke View the full article
  6. Matt Dillahunty and Jenna Belk. Viewer calls. View the full article
  7. Tweet Is there a place for religion in the world today? History demonstrates that humanity is incurably religious…we can’t seem to separate humans from their beliefs. But it is a demonstrable fact that religion, and religionism, have done tremendous amounts of damage over the centuries–from religious wars, terrorism in the name of God, religious trauma, cults, and all sorts of religious trauma and sexual abuse. So many people need to recover from the harmful effects of religion that Dr Ray has started two organizations to help people do just that–Recovering from Religion Foundation, as well as the Secular Therapy Project. Find out more about Darrel’s work, as well as what might be in your future should you too need to recover from religion. Support Independent Media like MindShift Podcast: MindShift Patreon Page Contact Info for Dr Darrel Ray Recovering From Religion Follow me on Twitter @MindShift2018 Darrel Ray on Twitter @drdray132 View the full article
  8. Amanda is realistic about life's difficulties, but also very hopeful. She wears her heart on her sleeve and hopes her story will help others going through similar challenges. I loved her wise words about living with mental illness and how, although better off today, she still has ups and downs. She's a kindhearted person with a great sense of humor. I loved getting to chat with her. Her story is such an important one to tell. Amanda is a newly deconverted Christian that wonders where her prayers went for the 16 years she was a Christian, she describes herself as a multiracial undomesticated goddess but understands she’s a work in progress. Amanda was raised in an emotionally neglectful household and experienced sexual abuse from a family member. She committed her life to God as a way to escape abuse and to find love. Suicide was a common theme as she struggled with undiagnosed mental illnesses. She wants others to seek help with depression and anxiety when it comes up because it can be dangerous for those to go undiagnosed. During a mental health crisis last year she realized that God was not the answer and that she needed help for depression. During that time she was also diagnosed with PTSD. Since leaving Christianity she’s been freed from the guilt and shame associated with religion and now sees the world differently. This allows her to enjoy life, laugh more, and watch Game of Thrones. She is a mother to dynamic twin boys and a wife to a strong, adventurous man. She enjoys being outdoors but not exercising, she enjoys reading only for pleasure, she enjoys watching her children laugh and play but not fight, she loves game nights, good food, and rum punch drinks. She also aspires to be a comedian. She wants others to be unencumbered by the fear of what others think and to reach out when they need help. She wants to be a safe place for herself and others. View the full article
  9. Matt Dillahunty and Denis Loubet. Viewer Calls. Denis Loubet is a regular host of the Non Prophets. View the full article
  10. The Non-Prophets 18.14 with Kevin Stein, Jamie Boone, & Vi La Bianca View the full article
  11. The Non-Prophets 18.13 with Denis Loubet, Kevin Stein, & Jamie Boone View the full article
  12. Don Baker and Jenna Belk. Message to Christians. Don asks Christians why they're selling out their fellow human beings. View the full article
  13. Tweet This week’s guest is author, speaker and podcaster Natalie Hoffman, survivor of not just an emotionally abusive marriage, but also of religious trauma. Oftentimes it’s religion itself that causes in the first place–or mightily contributes to–emotionally abusive or dysfunctional marriages and relationships. In the case of Christian evangelicalism, add in the inbuilt patriarchy and misogyny of the system itself, based on literalistic readings of the Bible, and you have a recipe for disaster. Not only did Natalie escape to find freedom, she is now in a position to assist others who are working their way out of emotionally abusive relationships. Support Independent Media like MindShift Podcast on Patreon! http://patreon.com/mindshiftpodcast Contact Information for Natalie Hoffman Flying Free website Follow Natalie on Twitter @FlyFreeNatalie Follow Me on Twitter @MindShift2018 View the full article
  14. I don't think I've met anyone who was as committed a Christian at such a young age as Jeremy. He understood his faith so well as a 7 year old that his friends at daycare wanted him to debate an adult atheist! At home he was telling his father he wanted to preach. By 10 years of age he was giving altar calls. This was a child who loved the Bible and lived his faith. Things continue like this into college. One night during a church service Jeremy attended, the preacher decided to put her faith into action. She called forward a blind man for healing. Everyone expected a miracle, but after a while nothing occurred. The man was not healed. Jeremy was troubled by the experience. This was a turning point. When Jeremy eventually accepts he's an atheist, he has to tell his fiancé, father and pastor at his church. These were conversations that would test his most important relationships. He's come a long way and recently graduated from college. I had a great time talking with him and enjoyed a few laughs along the way. View the full article
  15. Matt Dillahunty with guest Seth Andrews. Thinking Atheist. Special guest Seth Andrews has a nice banter with Matt. View the full article
  16. Matt Dillahunty with guest Darrell Ray. Recovering from Religion. Darrel Ray describes an upcoming weekend conference for Recovering from Religion. View the full article
  17. Tweet This episode features a hugely informative and insightful information with two of my personal heroes, Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman out of New York City. Authors of the massively influential books Snapping and Holy Terror, Conway & Siegelman have for decades been recognized as two of the foremost experts and investigators on the world of both the cults and Christian fundamentalism. Specifically, we discuss the phenomenon of “snapping” and “information disease” and find out how Christian fundamentalism’s current bid for political power started back in the late 1970s and continues on today using, and abusing, information and communication techniques–just like the cults! Support Independent Media like MindShift Podcast on Patreon!http://patreon.com/mindshiftpodcast Contact Information for Conway & SiegelmanStill Point Press Follow Me on Twitter @MindShift2018 View the full article
  18. Dave was recently diagnosed with ALS and has been given 2 to 5 years to live. He has been going around the country and on podcasts speaking about his experience. Today Dave joins me to share what his life focus has been since the diagnosis. How Christian friends and secular friends respond to Dave's news has been very different. I found this really interesting. Dave quit his job and has been living his best life now. He is writing his own story, as he puts it. Life is a collection of moments. Life is about allowing ourselves to really capture those moments and enjoy them. He was an inspiration to talk to and you'll get so much out of this conversation. Carpe the f*cking diem! Dave loves connecting with people, feel free to reach out on social media: https://twitter.com/dwwarnock?fbclid=IwAR0jOvQE83dbYYF4uHdmvDFnGq3y8j1xd0_2GH5xTXbxV81aX46Cl6YxX9c https://www.facebook.com/DaveWarnock.DyingOutLoud/ Dave speaks at the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis on July 14, 2019. To all my Minnesota listeners, go check it out :) https://www.facebook.com/events/2105868036370343/ View the full article
  19. Matt Dillahunty and Don Baker. Lamely Rationalizing Evil. Don talks about how the religious rationalize the evil of their religions. View the full article
  20. To those concerned about BO's absence. BO was warned repeatedly over the past several years about his agitating vitriol and was even given several long-term "time-outs." His rhetoric may have been entertaining to some, but it was also very off-putting to new de-converts, and we lost many less vocal members along the way. Although his posts were prolific, they really added little to the stated purpose of this site: Encouraging ex-Christians. I don't know about everyone, but when I de-converted, I was fearful some zealot might read some of my rants, locate me in the real world and attempt to harm me, my family or my job. I know there are others on this site that feel similarly. Regularly, new members with only a post or two ask for their posts and their accounts to be scrubbed/removed in fear some family member or work associate, etc., will figure out their ID on Ex-C. Long term devotion to Christianity can really fuck with a person's perceptions, resulting in a mental world of fear. Regarding any other members who may have been less active lately, I recommend asking those individuals directly for their reasons. Only BO was forcibly removed. To reiterate what has been stated many times in the past: This site exists for one purpose only: to provide a mechanism for encouraging those in the early stages of de-converting. That may mean allowing the freedom to anonymously rant against Christianity, churches, or religious leaders and families. It may mean talking about dealing with a fundy spouse. It may mean discussing various differences in theology. It may mean discussing social issues like abortion or LGBT rights or even scientific theories like Evolution. So long as the conversations are ultimately aimed at encouraging the de-converting, it's all good. I would like to add that this is not a forum for slinging mud at conservatives or liberals, because ex-Christians comfortably reside in both camps. Strongly held political opinions ultimately have little or nothing to do with leaving the cult of Christianity. Also, bullying the newly de-converting for holding to deism or some sort of non-Christian spirituality is just plain mean and obnoxious. Ex-Christian is not synonymous with hardcore atheist. There is no requirement for ex-Christians to walk lock-step once leaving Christianity. To experience real mental freedom is part of the fun of escaping the death cult of Christianity. . Anyway, for those who disagree with the decisions and policies of this board, please refer from time to time to our posted guidelines: https://www.ex-christian.net/guidelines/. With respect, Dave
  21. Matt Dillahunty and Eric Murphy. Viewer calls. Matt and Eric take calls. View the full article
  22. Tweet After many months of anxious waiting, I finally re-connected with this week’s guest: Dassi Erlich, survivor of both sexual abuse and a very cultic, controlling Jewish fundamentalist sect in Melbourne, Australia. Not only is this amazing woman surviving, she’s leading the fight for justice–to bring her abuser to trial, to answer for her many abuses of children both in Israel and Australia. Listen in to hear Dassi’s amazing journey away from this Jewish sect, and her continuing battle for justice for her and the many victims of this abuser. Support Independent Media on Patreon! http://patreon.com/mindshiftpodcast Dassi Erlich: Beyond a Survivor on Facebook Follow me on Twitter @MindShift2018 View the full article
  23. What a great conversation! Dana brings such wonderful insight into her life experiences. It was a pleasure hearing her fascinating story. We discuss some difficult, but important topics today. Child abuse, mental illness, substance abuse, abusive relationships and the fixation on sex by male church authorities. Dana was raised in a evangelical baptist church and home in California. She was homeschooled from Kindergarten though 6th grade and survived child abuse until she left her hometown to pursue academic training for missionary work. She completed several mission trips in preparation for full time ministry before concluding she could not participate in the field. She de-converted from Christianity in her 20’s and began working to help others do the same by hosting a support group in Chicago and being outspoken about her experiences on social media and in an interview with the Chicago Tribune in 2013. Dana has a Biblical Studies degree from New Tribes Bible Institute and a B.A. in Applied Linguistics from Moody Bible Institute. She received her Masters in Special Education from University of Illinois Chicago. She is a political activist in her community and a teacher, tutor and therapist to children with diverse needs. She actively seeks to help abolish white supremacy and misogyny. She is currently writing a book on de-conversion, specifically from the view of intersectional feminism. @somestarstuff on twitter dana.m.smith85@gmail.com https://cactusblossoms.wordpress.com (my blog)View the full article
  24. Matt Dillahunty and Jenna Belk. Jenna Belk. New co-host Jenna Belk gives her deconversion story. View the full article
  25. Episode 18.12 - 06/05/2019 On the show today Denis Loubet, Kevin Stein and Jamie Boone https://religionnews.com/2019/05/31/california-lawmakers-threaten-to-break-confidentiality-of-confession-to-find-abusers/ https://religionnews.com/2019/05/29/evangelical-financial-watchdog-faces-scrutiny-over-backing-of-errant-megachurch/ https://religionnews.com/2019/05/24/southern-baptists-see-12th-year-of-declining-membership/ https://religionnews.com/2019/05/24/judge-freezes-accounts-of-florida-church-caught-up-in-alleged-ponzi-scheme/ https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2019/06/04/tn-christian-prosecutor-gay-people-dont-deserve-domestic-violence-protections/ https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/cwn/2019/june/pope-francis-officially-approves-change-to-lords-prayer View the full article
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