In this episode of A Matter of Doubt, we interview ex-pastor, Dan, known as The Apostate Pastor. (@apostate_pastor)
Dan grew up in a conservative Baptist home going to church 2-3 times a week. He had some rebellious teenage years, like many do. Later in life, Dan developed an insatiable desire to know God. This led him to reading tons of theology books along with the bible, and eventually to become a pastor for 5 years. One doubt led to another, and he left the church in 2012. Dan shares with us 15 things about Christianity that he could not reconcile. And those are the reasons he is a happy atheist today.
In this episode, Steve has a chat with DJ who writes a blog called Skepticism Over Salvation. While growing up, DJ’s parents where did not take her to church. But her cousin invited her to a Pentecostal church, and although she found it scary, DJ continued to attend. She recounts for us many tales from her time as a believer. She had to console a friend who was in tears after a pastor threatened them with hell fire for masturbating. At one church DJ attended, the head pastor had a problem with the youth pastor because his WIFE was pregnant. He thought that the youth would see how happy this couple was, and then go and have sex because of it. Hear those stories and more in DJ’s de-conversion story from Pentecostal to atheist.
In this episode of A Matter of Doubt, our guest Bobby Cary, shares his de-conversion story. It is a story of many years of childhood physical abuse. Bobby struggled with the cognitive dissonance of pastors preaching about a god of love, compared with the constant beatings he received both at home, and even in church. The fear of hell was very real for Bobby, and he tells us about his long struggle to overcome that fear. Bobby’s story is a testament to the fact that life is so much better without God.
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In this episode, we ask Scott, a former monk of 14 years with Self-Realization Fellowship Monastic Order, how he deconverted from Catholicism to join an Eastern-Mystical religion. He discusses with us his daily metaphysical practices as a monk, his struggles with celibacy and ashram politics, and eventual escape out to become atheist.
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In this episode of A Matter of Doubt, we hang out with former Jehovah’s Witness, Donny Reed. He tells us tales of getting in trouble with church elders for saying fuck, and for going down on his own wife. One of the elders was spying on him with the suspicion that he might be reading apostate literature, and sharing it with other members of the church. Donny shares many of the strange beliefs held by Jehovah’s Witnesses, including the collection of several past dates they’ve predicted as the end of the world. We hear about the importance of the governing body and how they claim that Jehovah’s Witnesses are the “thinkingest people on the planet.”
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In this episode of A Matter of Doubt, we sit down with Tim Kitevski as he shares his progression of religious beliefs from Seventh-Day Adventist to atheist. Even though Tim does not come from a fundamentalist upbringing, he tells of the psychological stress a person goes through with even a mild religious background.
In this episode of A Matter of Doubt, we sit down to talk with Christopher Krzeminski, author of What Are You Without God?: How to Discredit Religious Thought and Rebuild your Identity and I Am: Marco’s Anthology. First, we talk about Christopher’s Catholic upbringing and his journey to atheism. Second, we discuss how his first book shows that rational thought is superior to religious thought. We end our discussion talking about how society has left us ill-equipped to understand our emotions, and Christopher thinks this is one reason why religion persists in modern society.
Welcome to another episode of A Matter of Doubt. In this episode we sit down with Ben Donahue, co-host of the No God Cast podcast, and Co-Executive of the Secular Coalition for Colorado. Ben is a former Catholic who left his beliefs behind to pursue his interest in secular activism. Topics of our discussion include; the crusades, the inquisition, the meaning of life, and men’s rights in regards to abortion.
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Welcome back to A Matter of Doubt. In this episode we speak with Jason about his once all-over-the-place beliefs, the turmoil they’ve helped cause, and the joy he now feels having stopped holding on to them. Be sure to stay tuned for our next episode!
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Welcome listeners to another episode of A Matter of Doubt. In this episode we sit down with Dr. Christian Anderson, a former Mormon believer and author of the following blogs, http://christiankanderson.blogspot.com/and http://swearingelders.blogspot.com/. He discusses at length his deconversion story and in the process, reveals many of the hidden ceremonies and practices of the Mormon church. Be sure to check out the links below for more in depth facts about the Mormon faith.
List of 613 Mormon Rules - http://www.afterallwecando.com/
PBS Frontline Video “The Mormons” http://video.pbs.org/video/1460817958/
Mormon Expression is weekly podcast discussion of topics dealing with Mormon faith, culture, doctrine and history. http://mormonexpression.com/