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Two former pastors rethinking the so-called orthodoxy of the reformed evangelical theology they used to teach. The podcast is conversations on faith, the Bible, church, race, gender and more. (Email us: contact@almostheretical.com)

Two former pastors rethinking the so-called orthodoxy of the reformed evangelical theology they used to teach. The podcast is conversations on faith, the Bible, church, race, gender and more. (Email us: contact@almostheretical.com)

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United States

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Two former pastors rethinking the so-called orthodoxy of the reformed evangelical theology they used to teach. The podcast is conversations on faith, the Bible, church, race, gender and more. (Email us: contact@almostheretical.com)

Language:

English


Episodes

92: Unequally yoked

3/18/2020
What does it even mean to be unequally yoked? And does any part of the New Testament actually forbid Christians getting married to people who aren’t Christian? And if so, why? (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: jpoetic

Duration:00:57:30

91: The Disappointment of the Spirit

3/11/2020
God’s spirit living inside of our bodies. That is the central, climactic idea of the New Testament. But what if this grand climax also turned out to be a little disappointing? And what if much of the New Testament actually seems to acknowledge and deal with that disappointment? (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: jpoetic

Duration:01:08:21

90: Sacrifice after Jesus

2/26/2020
How did the early church think about the Levitical system and sacrifices after Jesus? Nate and Tim discuss this common and problematic question while seeking to avoid antisemitic supersessionism and find a more sensible understanding of things. (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: jpoetic

Duration:00:59:05

89: Shower first, spirit second

2/12/2020
Is baptism really just a bath? Does God really only forgive ignorant people? What is the order of operations related to atonement? Nate and Tim respond to a few more listener questions. (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: jpoetic

Duration:00:54:25

88: Atonement must be Universal

2/5/2020
Nate and Tim respond to a few listener questions, discussing how forgiveness itself is tied to liberation as well as why universal atonement isn’t just a possibility but a necessity. (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: jpoetic

Duration:01:06:22

87: Ransom

1/29/2020
What does holiness and chemical atonement have to do with liberation and ransom? Did Jesus pay a ransom price, and if so, to who? And how might we better synthesize these various ways of describing what Jesus accomplished? (We even get into The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe and how C.S. Lewis portrays the ransom theory in Narnia.) (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music:...

Duration:01:01:59

86: Chemistry and Scapegoats

1/22/2020
What do ancient science, the “scapegoat” of Yom Kippur, and holy tree branches have to do with Jesus’ death? And what does resurrection have to do with everything? Nate and Tim continue discussing how the contagious nature of holiness undergirds much of the New Testament theology about Jesus and discover some fascinating ideas along the way. (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter...

Duration:01:02:04

85: Did Jesus have to die?

1/15/2020
Did Jesus have to die, or is that not even how we should think about it? And why is blood both a source of holiness and defilement? Also, what do menstruation and “nocturnal emissions” have to do with each other in Leviticus? Nate and Tim discuss a few listener questions as well as some of their own. (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: jpoetic

Duration:01:03:32

84: Holiness is the Gospel

1/8/2020
Holiness and purity were two of the central concerns of the entire Levitical system. Neither were moral categories, but rather had to do with something like chemical states. In this episode, Nate and Tim discuss the idea of holiness and how the New Testament authors believed the gospel was that Jesus had made the world holy. (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: jpoetic

Duration:01:02:44

83: Hillary McBride - Getting healthy

12/11/2019
Many of us are rethinking faith and leaving old beliefs behind, but how do we get healthy? Nate and Tim talk with Dr. Hillary McBride about what it actually takes to build new community, how to deal with the trauma our bodies carry, why maintaining relationships with people from our past can be so hard, and much more. (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: jpoetic...

Duration:00:56:00

82: Why blood?

12/4/2019
Why all the blood in the Old Testament? There is actually an important bit of ancient science underlying the whole idea of sacrifice and atonement. Also, what happens if we just can’t believe that science? (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: jpoetic References: A Study in Scarlet: The Physiology and Treatment of Blood, Breath, and Fish in Ancient Israel (Paywall)

Duration:01:04:09

81: Contagious

11/13/2019
Why sacrifice animals? Why send some people outside the camp? Why all the rules? Nate and Tim discuss how the threat of viral contagion is the primary principal underlying the Levitical system, and how that is why the Torah talks so much about separation and mixture. When anything comes into contact with something “unclean”, the defilement spreads. Therefore, prevention, quarantine and cleansing are the name of the game. But is it possible there’s even more going on? Is it possible something...

Duration:01:06:56

80: Cosmic campout

11/6/2019
What all is required in order to camp out with God? And what is holiness anyway? Nate and Tim discuss all this and more, including why there are so many long lists of detailed instructions in the Torah and how to read them. Also, what do the golden calf, Nadab and Abihu, and the tragedy of Uzzah and the cart all have in common? (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: jpoetic

Duration:01:12:31

79: Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg - Forgiveness and Pharisees

10/30/2019
On the 1-year anniversary of the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh, we sit down with Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg. What constitutes a good apology? How do we appreciate both forgiveness and justice at the same time? And what can we learn from the Jewish tradition about how to disagree, change our minds, and embrace both the old and the new? Also, we get into how Jesus might have actually been a Pharisee. (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of...

Duration:01:03:59

78: Priests are holy bouncers

10/23/2019
Did you know that Adam and Eve worked as security guards in the Garden of Eden? And what does it mean to be a priest? And once again, why is there a snake in the garden? Nate and Tim discuss the role of priests and how Genesis 2 depicts Adam as a priest representing Israel. (More) Get the SECOND PART of this episode on Utterly Heretical, just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: Cale Haugen, jpoetic

Duration:00:57:23

77: God might kill us

10/16/2019
Are we supposed to be afraid of God? Why did the ancient Israelites fear the Lord? What was it that scared them exactly? Nate and Tim discuss how we may have gotten this all very wrong for a long time and maybe we shouldn’t be so scared after all. (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: Cale Haugen, jpoetic References: John Sailhamer, The Pentateuch as Narrative, A...

Duration:01:00:59

76: Distance and Separation

10/9/2019
The New Testament claims Jesus is helping reconcile humanity and God, but why were they ever separated in the first place? Does God want to separate from us because we’re awful, or is there something entirely different going on? Nate and Tim discuss the biblical authors’ surprising assumptions about why God is so distant and what is actually required to bridge the gap. (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. We recently talked about how we...

Duration:01:07:57

75: Blood and Guilt

10/2/2019
What were the sacrifices for? What did blood do? What is the main problem which the tabernacle and temple and then Jesus were trying to solve? Nate and Tim introduce a new series on Leviticus, atonement, and the crazy idea of blood as a kind of cosmic insulation. In this first part, they highlight some of the big ideas soon to be discussed and reflect on why it matters. (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. We recently talked about how we...

Duration:01:19:18

74: Should you go to church? (Utterly Heretical)

9/25/2019
This is an episode of Utterly Heretical, Nate and Tim’s second podcast for Patreon supporters. They have a candid conversation about the emotionally complicated topic of going to church. Listen to all of the Utterly Heretical episodes here. Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: Cale Haugen, jpoetic

Duration:01:14:30

73: Did Jesus just call her a dog?

9/18/2019
Did Jesus really call a Canaanite woman a dog? Was this as heartless and mean as it sounds, or is something else going on? Nate and Tim discuss this startling passage in Matthew 15 and more. (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: Cale Haugen, jpoetic References: We don't recommend these articles, but just so you know we're not exaggerating:...

Duration:01:01:27