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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

BONUS EPISODE! Chuck and Brady at Ethical Society Mid Rivers

11/9/2018
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Here is some bonus content to hold you over until Season 2 premieres! Chuck and Brady were recently invited to present at the Ethical Society Mid Rivers in Saint Peters, MO. They shared the history of the podcast and discussed topics commonly tackled on the show, such as indoctrination, spiritual abuse, religious trauma syndrome, and religious gaslighting. Season 2 coming soon!

Duration:00:59:42

“I Thought I was the Only One” Season One Finale with Joey Hill (Ep. 22)

7/31/2018
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Chuck and Brady interview a new friend they met purely because of the show, Joey Hill. Joey shares his story of overcoming a gauntlet of obstacles after leaving harmful religion. Determined to keep going, Joey found a unique way to shape his future… but it didn’t go as planned. Brady and Joey discuss how hard it is to bounce back from leaving religion, especially for those who built their futures around plans of being in the ministry. But over time, Joey found his footing and kept going and...

Duration:01:19:34

“Pushing Beyond” with Verdell Wright (Ep. 21)

6/14/2018
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On this episode of The Life After, we are talking with our friend, Verdell Wright. Verdell is a theology nerd in the purest sense. Boasting theology degrees from Rutgers, Howard and Wesley Theological Seminary. Verdell is also black, and gay. Put all those things together, along with a very intelligent and well conceived deconstruction and you get a powerful thinker, writer, and advocate. Verdell very recently published a piece for for the Black Youth Project about how he went from being a...

Duration:01:36:34

"Failed Missionary" with Corey Pigg (Ep. 20)

5/28/2018
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Corey Pigg, currently a project manager and producer for The Liturgists Podcast, joins Brady and Chuck to discuss his experiences as a full-time missionary with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) that made way for his exit from toxic religion. Corey has started his own podcast, which focuses on the dark underbelly of modern missions. He is joined by ex-missionaries to discuss what it means to be “called, not qualified” in an industry full of manipulation, crushed dreams, and abuses of power. Learn...

Duration:01:09:38

“Recovery” with Kendal (Ep. 19)

5/4/2018
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Have you recovered what oppressive religion took from you? When Kendal came out as a lesbian, her life never could be the same again. She was once heavily involved in her church’s youth group, but she was banned from being alone with teenagers because of prejudice against her sexuality. This rejection and feelings of purposelessness drove her to alcoholism, a common path for LGBT+ people who have to face the shame their faith communities place on them. Kendal joins Chuck and Brady in the...

Duration:01:28:29

“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 only 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 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 line of...

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

“Prey” 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. Podcast Hosts: Chuck Parson and Brady...

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. Podcast Hosts: Chuck Parson and Brady Hardin We hold space for those leaving their...

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. Podcast Hosts: Chuck Parson and Brady Hardin We...

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. Podcast Hosts: Chuck Parson and Brady Hardin We hold space for those leaving their faith. For more info on TLA, visit our website,...

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. Podcast Hosts: Chuck Parson and Brady Hardin We hold space for those leaving their faith. For more info on TLA, visit our website, thelifeafter.org. To join the Secret...

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). Podcast Hosts: Chuck Parson and Brady Hardin We hold space for those leaving their faith. For more info on TLA, visit our website, thelifeafter.org. To join the Secret Online Community...

Duration:01:41:45