The Graceful Atheist Podcast-logo

The Graceful Atheist Podcast

Religion & Spirituality Podcas >

My name is David and I am trying to be the Graceful Atheist. Join me as I interview people who have experienced faith transitions from doubt, to deconstruction, to deconversion. We will talk about Secular Grace and Humanism. We will explore how to thrive as a human being on the other side of faith. And finally, we will grapple with the big questions even when easy answers are not forthcoming. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/gracefulatheist/support

My name is David and I am trying to be the Graceful Atheist. Join me as I interview people who have experienced faith transitions from doubt, to deconstruction, to deconversion. We will talk about Secular Grace and Humanism. We will explore how to thrive as a human being on the other side of faith. And finally, we will grapple with the big questions even when easy answers are not forthcoming. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/gracefulatheist/support
More Information

Location:

United States

Description:

My name is David and I am trying to be the Graceful Atheist. Join me as I interview people who have experienced faith transitions from doubt, to deconstruction, to deconversion. We will talk about Secular Grace and Humanism. We will explore how to thrive as a human being on the other side of faith. And finally, we will grapple with the big questions even when easy answers are not forthcoming. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/gracefulatheist/support

Language:

English


Episodes

Erik Carlson: Deconversion (Not So) Anonymous

6/13/2019
More
My guest today is Erik Carlson. Erik is a secular humanist and an atheist. His background in the sciences and biology led him to question his young Earth creationist and Calvinist faith tradition. Discovering his sexuality led him to question the morality of his John Piper inspired Christianity. All of which culminated in deconversion. Erik's humanism is evident in his focus on loving people over ideology. He is hopeful for his generation's ability to make positive change in the world from...

Duration:01:06:46

Lisa: Secular Sobriety

6/6/2019
More
Lisa: Secular Sobriety My guest today is Lisa. Lisa runs a YouTube channel where she shares from her life experience, recovery from substance abuse and humanistic values. Shortly after getting into recovery, Lisa also deconverted. We discuss what it was like to go through recovery and deconversion almost simultaneously. Lisa shares about secular alternatives to the 12 steps like SOS and SMART Recovery. We try to draw out the secular humanistic values that are embedded in the 12 steps while...

Duration:01:12:05

Tom: Hiding In Plain Sight

5/30/2019
More
My guest today is the producer and subject of the podcast, Hiding in Plain Sight. Tom is a non-believer living in the UK. He decided to explore the hidden things that surround him that he has so far left unexplored. He takes on the task of a search for meaning within the Christian framework. The Hiding In Plain Sight podcast is very well produced, it has its own original music and it takes an honest and sincere look at Christianity in its first series. Ultimately, the podcast is about the...

Duration:01:35:18

Sassy Atheist: Deconversion Anonymous

5/23/2019
More
Today's show is a Deconversion Anonymous episode. Sassy Atheist is on the show. Sassy has a YouTube channel where she honestly describes her deconversion and her earnest desire to help others through the process. Hear her heart breaking story of a broken relationship with a loved one because of her deconversion. Sassy's search for truth included Episcopalianism, Catholicism, Evangelicalism and eventually atheism. She also was on a search for community which she is now finding in the...

Duration:01:06:21

Jennifer Michael Hecht: Doubt A History

5/16/2019
More
My guest today is Jennifer Michael Hecht. Jennifer is a poet, an author, an award winning academic and an intellectual historian. She has written numerous books from a secular perspective. I asked Jennifer to come on the show to discuss her book Doubt: A History and its profound effect on me post-deconversion. She is one of my intellectual heroes. It is hard to express how much this book has influenced other secular writers and thinkers. This book has strongly influenced my other two...

Duration:01:23:10

Kathleen B. Shannon: Religious Trauma

5/9/2019
More
We throw around the term religious trauma but what exactly does the term actually mean? On today's show, my guest is Kathleen B. Shannon. Kathleen is a physiotherapist. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington state and a Listened Professional Counselor in North Carolina. I asked Kathleen to be on the show to talk about religious trauma from an expert's perspective. What does psychology have to say on the subject and what does she sees in her practice? We discuss Kathleen's...

Duration:01:10:07

Kimberly Stover: Losing Religion Recovery

5/2/2019
More
On today's episode my guest is Kimberly Stover. Kimberly works in the space of losing religion recovery. She describes this process as as having three phases: Reflect, Recover then Rise. Kimberly and I discuss religious trauma syndrome, the #EmptyThePews movement, how narcissism relates to Evangelicalism and rising up out of recovery. On Kimberly's site she has resources for those in the process of losing their religion. If you are in the process of losing your religion, you don't have to...

Duration:01:15:12

Amanda Holloway: Deconversion (not so) Anonymous

4/25/2019
More
Today's show is a Deconversion (not so) Anonymous episode. In these episodes, people like you who have gone through a faith transition can tell your story either anonymously or in all your glory. It is your choice. If you would like to tell your faith transition story anonymously or otherwise get in touch with me at gracefulatheist@gmail.com or @GracefulAtheist on Twitter. On today's episode, Amanda Holloway is on the show. Amanda is months into her deconversion. Things began to unravel...

Duration:00:53:53

Andrew McLeod The Practice Of Insight Meditation

4/18/2019
More
Have you noticed on this side of faith, you cannot escape references to meditation? I have to admit I am a bit of a skeptic when it comes to mediation. So I decided to have my friend and colleague, Andrew McLeod, on the podcast to help me understand what the practice of insight meditation is all about. Andrew has been practicing meditation for 20 years, he has been on multiple silent retreats and he has had the unfortunate task of trying to teach me meditation. Andrew makes compelling...

Duration:01:38:31

Jim Palmer on Humanism

4/11/2019
More
On today's episode I am finally getting the opportunity to discuss the topic I am most interested in: Humanism or what I call Secular Grace. It is ultimately about answering the question, "how do we live life well post deconversion?" Rather than looking backwards, it is looking forward to learning to thrive as a human being. My guest today is Jim Palmer. Jim is an ordained minister, receiving his Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Divinity School in Chicago. After serving several years...

Duration:01:22:46

Matt Cook: Deconversion (not so) Anonymous

4/4/2019
More
Today's show is a Deconversion (not so) Anonymous episode. In these episodes, people who have gone through deconversion or faith transitions tell their stories anonymously or otherwise. On today's episode, my guest is Matt Cook from Toronto Canada. Matt was a former evangelical missionary to Pakistan and a preacher who lost his faith about six years ago. Matt is not your typical deconvert. He calls himself religious but not spiritual. Several years after deconversion, Matt chose to live a...

Duration:01:17:07

Reverend David Hellsten Interviews the Graceful Atheist

3/28/2019
More
This is the first "A Believer Interviews the Graceful Atheist" episode. In these episodes, I will have believers on who I have grown to trust interview me. Rather than try to argue with them I’ll see if I can get them to understand why I no longer believe. The idea is to reverse the roles and have the believer in the skeptics seat asking the questions. As deconverts, we may find ourselves in the odd position of defending our former faith when believers want to suggest that we must never...

Duration:01:29:59

Susan: Deconversion Anonymous

3/21/2019
More
This is the first of the Deconversion Anonymous episodes. In these episodes, people who have gone through deconversion or faith transitions tell their stories. On this episode, Susan from Scotland tells us how she grew up Presbyterian but began to ask hard questions at a very early age. She felt empathy for those who were different from herself and recognized a lack of empathy in the church leaders. Ultimately, she deconverted in her twenties and now lives with intellectual honesty, empathy...

Duration:00:46:13

Welcome to the Graceful Atheist Podcast

3/14/2019
More
Welcome to the Graceful Atheist Podcast My name is David and I am trying to be the Graceful Atheist. I am a humanist. And I believe that human connection is the most profound experience one can have. It is this human connection that will be the focus of the podcast. There are three main themes that I want to explore: Faith Transitions, Secular Grace and Self Honesty. Faith Transitions The first theme is faith transitions from doubt to deconstruction to deconversion. If you are anything...

Duration:00:11:47