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When your faith dies, find the Life After. Cathartic conversations exploring the freedoms of loosening Christian Fundamentalism’s oppressive grip, featuring guests from diverse backgrounds and the show’s hosts, Brady Hardin (excommunicated Reformed Southern Baptist) and Chuck Parson (former theology nerd and Christian Mystic).

When your faith dies, find the Life After. Cathartic conversations exploring the freedoms of loosening Christian Fundamentalism’s oppressive grip, featuring guests from diverse backgrounds and the show’s hosts, Brady Hardin (excommunicated Reformed Southern Baptist) and Chuck Parson (former theology nerd and Christian Mystic).
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Saint Louis, MO

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When your faith dies, find the Life After. Cathartic conversations exploring the freedoms of loosening Christian Fundamentalism’s oppressive grip, featuring guests from diverse backgrounds and the show’s hosts, Brady Hardin (excommunicated Reformed Southern Baptist) and Chuck Parson (former theology nerd and Christian Mystic).

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Episodes

“The Breakfast Church” with Jessie W. (Ep. 18)

4/10/2018
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TW: This episode mentions a suicide attempt, birth trauma She started off Southern Baptist. Then she was Charismatic. And now, she’s with the Breakfast Church, a weekly group at her house of other people deconstructing their faith (their own doctrine is to eat breakfast, joke about their old lives, and drink mimosas). On this episode, Chuck and Brady talk to their new friend, Jessie W. She was the “bad girl” at her Christian college before she met her future ex-husband and started to...

Duration:01:27:18

“The Airing of Grief and Unbelief” with Derek Webb (Ep. 17)

3/23/2018
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Derek Webb was the lead vocalist for Caemond’s Call, a folk/rock band that was wildly popular within Evangelicalism in the early 2000’s, before recording solo albums. Known for pushing against the status quo of Christian culture, Derek created a large fanbase of Christians who left like they were on the fringes of their culture. But he had an affair that brought huge life changes. Washington Post, Relevant Magazine, and Huffington Post all wrote articles about his divorce. Also during this...

Duration:01:28:13

“Indoctrination” with Tim Warzel and Jamie Lee Finch (Ep. 16)

2/20/2018
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Indoctrination is one very essential topic that sort of permeates everything we talk about on this show, but so far we haven’t really addressed it directly. It is so pervasive within religious systems that its almost impossible to talk about anything on this show without it looming in the background. That makes it difficult to really define and nail down. OED defines it as “The process of teaching a person or group to accept a set of beliefs uncritically.” What you end up with is a long...

Duration:01:18:37

“Professional Help” with Ari Holtz, PhD (Ep. 15)

1/16/2018
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What makes counseling good or bad? What ethical laws are in place to protect people from harmful counselors? Are pastors and “church counselors” held to the same standard? How can you know if you’ve been treated fairly by a pastor, church counselor, or therapist? Ari Holtz, PhD is a licensed psychologist. He joined The *Life After Boyz in the studio to discuss how church counseling often works and derails. Brady and Chuck shared stories of church counseling and spiritual abuse, allowing Ari...

Duration:01:17:05

“#EmptyThePews” with Chris Stroop (Ep. 14)

1/9/2018
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Chris Stroop, PhD created the #EmptyThePews Movement to ask Evangelicals to examine the fruits of their religion and walk away from its grip. Chris joins Brady and Chuck on this episode of The Life After, focusing on the community of ex-evangelicals, bound together through the WWW. Chris discusses the history of how abortion became the foundation of religious right-wing politics, how his degree in Russian history has made him a unique expert in these unpredictable political times, and Chris...

Duration:01:16:23

“#ChurchToo” with Kyla Bauer and Jamie Lee Finch (Ep. 13)

12/1/2017
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TW: This episode contains stories of sexual, physical, and spiritual abuse (not in great detail). The episode that kept growing! What started as a mini-project to release while Chuck worked on a more complex episode kept putting itself in our view as the news of sexual predators poured out. Much of the world has a problem knowing, defining, and respecting consent. Women, who were once made to feel powerless, have proven their predators wrong by coming forward while others, for a wide...

Duration:01:04:56

“Humanism” with James Croft, Ed.D. (Ep. 12)

10/6/2017
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While most of the episodes focus on deconstruction, this episode tackles reconstruction. James Croft, Ed.D., the outreach director of The Ethical Society of Saint Louis, joins Brady and Chuck to answer the extremely important question of what to do after leaving the faith. Many people struggle with establishing a new set of morals and ethics after leaving dogmatic religion, but James shows how it can be done with logic and practical empathy. The Life After Podcast & Community, A space...

Duration:01:25:22

“Enough” with Ashley Adams (Ep. 11)

9/19/2017
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Trigger warning: Episode touches on domestic abuse (and begins with a John Piper audio clip). Ashley Adams is a strong woman. She has overcome a lot including growing up with Brady, navigating youth group with undiagnosed depression and anxiety, the loss of her mother, domestic abuse, divorce, and more. She joins hosts Brady Hardin and Chuck Parson to tell her brave story of how she had enough and fought back hard for her own happiness and fulfillment. This episode mentions domestic abuse...

Duration:01:31:17

Evangelical Emergency Mini-sode: Kirk Cameron and Irma

9/13/2017
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This week, Evangelical superstar Kirk Cameron tried his hand at speaking for God on why God “sent” Hurricane Irma. Needless to say, it didn’t go so well, and we couldn’t wait for the next episode to address it. Even many Christians agree that his tone-deaf response is a “Growing Pain” in the ass. Brady and Chuck counter his points and show why Cameron would have been better off keeping his mouth shut. The Life After Podcast & Community, A space for those leaving their faith Our podcast...

Duration:00:28:20

“Get Out of My Head” with Renée (Ep. 10)

9/7/2017
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NSFW Warning: The episode ends with two, wonderfully NSFW stories from Renée’s deconstruction story archives about her exploration of sexuality. Our hilarious, mutual friend, Renée, joins us in the studio to reflect on the indoctrination she experienced growing up as a precocious, thoughtful child. We talk about the fears we had as Christian children and how we grew as we left Church culture in the areas of sexuality, social justice, and more. We discuss the regrets we have by making...

Duration:01:33:31

“Conversion Therapy Dropout” with Curtis G. (Ep. 9)

8/24/2017
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Curtis G. joins Brady and Chuck to discuss this family’s efforts of “fixing” him by sending him to conversion therapy. He reads from his notes, followed by how he recovered, accepting who he is. This episode was recorded on the one day that major Christian leader, Eugene Peterson was thought to have come out as pro-gay marriage. The episode ends with Brady’s reflection on the aftermath of that announcement and almost immediate retraction. Please subscribe, rate, and review us on...

Duration:01:27:04

“Out of Control” with Kristen H. (Ep. 8)

8/11/2017
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Kristen retells her story of moving across the nation to join a religious community that eroded away her freedoms. After bouncing back from rock bottom, Kristen tells of how she got her life back. Also, Brady and Kristen reflect on their horrible date from over a decade ago, on which he tried (and failed) to hold her hand in a Wal-mart parking lot. Please subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes. WHO WE ARE The LIFE AFTER Podcast is hosted by Brady Hardin (excommunicated Reformed...

Duration:01:25:08

“Black and White Thinking” with Prisca Jebet Kendagor (Ep. 7)

7/21/2017
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Prisca was brought up in white, Christian suburbia. At times, her skin contrasted with the world around her. Chuck and Brady talk to Prisca about her experiences in church and how those events made the way for her exit from evangelical Christianity. The three ask this question: Why does it seem that those who claim to have Holy Spirit orchestrating their lives are historically and generally speaking often the last to accept civil rights? Also, Brady and Prisca retell how they became friends...

Duration:01:25:31

“It’s Okay Not to Believe” with Caleb Doyle (Ep. 6)

7/12/2017
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Caleb Doyle joins Brady and Chuck. Brady was Caleb’s church camp counselor as a kid. The three discuss their shift in politics after leaving church, and Caleb describes life without a father. Caleb proves that not all exits have to be traumatic to be meaningful. Also, Chuck oozes his love for end-of-time movies. Again. The Life After Podcast & Community, A space for those leaving their faith Our podcast is hosted by Chuck Parson (former theology nerd and Christian Mystic) and Brady...

Duration:01:10:02

“God’s Only Forgotten Son” with Brady Hardin (Ep. 5)

7/4/2017
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Instead of a regular guest, Chuck interviews Brady, host and founder of The Life After, about his childhood and exit from religion. Brady opens up about his difficult childhood, growing up gay in church, and the spiritual abuse that eventually led to his faith’s demise (but the birth of this podcast). The Life After Podcast & Community, A space for those leaving their faith Our podcast is hosted by Chuck Parson (former theology nerd and Christian Mystic) and Brady Hardin (previous...

Duration:01:41:45

“Unbuckling The Bible Belt” with Jamie Lee Finch (Ep. 4)

6/21/2017
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This episode includes an honest, frank conversation about sex. Brady Hardin and Chuck Parson take the show on the road to Nashville, TN to interview Jamie Lee Finch on the subjects of sexuality, the dangers of Purity Culture, and the downfalls of Patriarchy. Jamie describes how much of her journey after leaving religion involves understanding her body. She gives life-changing advice on how to become a whole person and heal from trauma. Bonus: Listen to Jamie reading her own original poems...

Duration:01:36:27

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