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Welcome to the Restorative Faith Podcast. The goal of this series is to recast Christianity in a new light. If you’re the type of person who questions and doubts; if you’ve strayed from the Christian faith because there’s certain things that don’t seem to add up, then this podcast is for you. The first season is about evil and its role in driving people away from the church.

Welcome to the Restorative Faith Podcast. The goal of this series is to recast Christianity in a new light. If you’re the type of person who questions and doubts; if you’ve strayed from the Christian faith because there’s certain things that don’t seem to add up, then this podcast is for you. The first season is about evil and its role in driving people away from the church.
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Welcome to the Restorative Faith Podcast. The goal of this series is to recast Christianity in a new light. If you’re the type of person who questions and doubts; if you’ve strayed from the Christian faith because there’s certain things that don’t seem to add up, then this podcast is for you. The first season is about evil and its role in driving people away from the church.

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Restorative Faith Trailer (Season 1)

7/23/2019
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Each season of Restorative Faith revolves around a specific theme that has caused people to walk away from the Christian faith. This season is about evil and its role in driving people away from the church. Each episode includes human interest stories, experts in science and psychology and biblical scholars the likes of Reza Aslan. Join me, Alex Lang, as we break down the Christian faith one piece at a time and rebuild it into something that is actually worth believing.

Duration:00:02:09

(S1E6) - Stop Talking!

7/23/2019
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In the final episode of Season 1, after exploring all the various ways that the Christian faith has fallen short when it comes to defining evil, we ask the question: does Christianity still have something to offer when it comes to our understanding of right and wrong as we enter into a future where organized religion is becoming less and less relevant? We begin by speaking with Lori Jones, a friend of my colleague Rebekah Anderson, who describes the events that compelled her to abandon the...

Duration:00:34:02

(S1E5) - Destroying Creation

7/23/2019
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In episode 5 of Season 1, we discuss the idea of corporate sin. Perhaps the greatest corporate sin in which all humans participate is climate change. We speak with Emily Alford, a member of my congregation, who tells her story of how she came to have a deep passion for promoting proper stewardship of our planet. We also interview Dr. Jenny Dunn, research professor in Chemical Engineering at Northwestern University. Dr. Dunn studies emerging technologies, their energy and environmental...

Duration:00:32:48

(S1E4) - The Evil Gene

7/23/2019
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In episode 4 of Season 1, we discuss what is perhaps the most cited reason for rejecting God and the church—the atrocity of genocide. We speak with Magda Brown, a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp. We also interview Dr. Peter Lourgos, a forensic psychiatrist who studies criminal behavior, who helps us to delve into the psychological roots of what allowed the Holocaust to transpire. Finally, we hear from Rabbi Lisa Bellows, who explores the Jewish reaction to the Holocaust via...

Duration:00:37:35

(S1E3) - Breaking the Cycle

7/23/2019
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In episode 3 of Season 1, we explore the role of generational sin (the idea that God passes a curse from one generation to the next) in how Christians account for evil in the world. We speak with Jane Treppa and Steve Drey, two people who have had to deal with the tragic repercussions of mental illness in their family of origin. We also sat down with Rabbi Rob Jury to learn about the Jewish take on the Old Testament scriptures that claim God curses our families. Finally, we interview...

Duration:00:30:35

(S1E2) - The Devil Made Me Do It

7/23/2019
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In episode 2 of Season 1, we explore the role of angels and demons in how Christians account for evil in the world. We speak with Dawn Bruce, a member of my congregation, who grew up in a very conservative church. When she unexpectedly became pregnant at the age of 14, the members of her church told her that she was carrying the Devil's child. We also interview Dr. Donald Kaasch about the historical roots of how angels and demons became intertwined in the Christian faith. Featured Guests...

Duration:00:31:16

(S1E1) - Forbidden Fruit

7/23/2019
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In our opening episode of Season 1, we explore why the story of Adam and Eve has been such an enduring explanation of the genesis of evil in our world. We speak with Francie Taylor, a member of my congregation who grew up believing that everything written in the Bible was literal, factual history. We also interview Dr. Gregory Sapp, professor of religious studies at Stetson University about the historical roots of why modern Christians are so wedded to a literal reading of the Adam and Eve...

Duration:00:28:57