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Existential Happy Hour
70 minutes | 16 hours ago
015: #ChurchToo w/ Emily Joy Allison
In this episode I talk with Emily Joy Allison about her brand new book #ChurchToo: How Purity Culture Upholds Abuse and How to Find Healing.She tells us how the hashtag she started became part of an international conversation about abuse in the Church, why Christianity enables abusers, and how the death of the Church is probably a good thing. We also discuss seminary life, evangelical higher education, exploring Buddhism, staying in Christian-adjacent spaces, panentheism, the Grand Canyon, why poetry is better that theology papers, and the struggles of having an online brand so you can sell books. Order the Book: #ChurchToo Emily on Instagram: @emilyjoypoetryEmily on Twitter: @emilyjoypoetryHeadshot by @thejennybones-------------------------------------------------Get Existential Happy Hour merch @ ExistentialHappyHour.com Connect on Instagram @existentialhappyhour + @micahjmurray
40 minutes | 10 days ago
014: Giving Up (for Lent)
"It's Ash Wednesday. I'm here to receive ashes and deny Christ." This is what I wrote in my journal at the start of Lent, two years ago. For this special Lent episode I have woven together a collection of poems and prayers and letters and stories I have written over half a dozen years as I have tried to make sense of my relationship with Jesus and the end of my Christianity. All together they tell a story about two Ash Wednesdays and the years in between.
116 minutes | 14 days ago
013: Deconstructing Deconstruction w/ Josh the Youth Pastor
Today's conversation is with Josh Howard, pastor, podcaster, and author of "Determined to be Desperate". Josh believes that deconstruction is a wicked movement that targets people struggling with their faith, takes advantage of the broken and hurting, and leads them into darkness. And lately he's be asking around for folks in the deconstruction scene that he can interview for a book about it.So I said, “Yo, you have questions about deconstruction? Let’s talk.” This is the result.If you were ever in evangelicalism, this conversation will revisit some familiar questions and a lot of bible verses. It is painful at times, but I hope that in the end you know that you are not alone with your questions and there are better answers than what we were given.
73 minutes | a month ago
012: Everything to Me w/ Melissa Greene
I am joined by Melissa Greene (who you may know from Avalon back in the day) to talk about loving and leaving church, breaking up with Jesus, finding God after Christianity, and how to love the world. This is one of my favorite conversations I've had yet, and I think you'll love it too.
54 minutes | 2 months ago
011: Experiencing God w/ Science Mike
In this episode I talk with Mike McHargue aka Science Mike aka the Cozy Robot about God and science and brains and belief. He answers questions about religious trauma, ethical frameworks, and making meaning in the absence of belief in God. Check it out!
59 minutes | 2 months ago
010: Advent / Absence (A Christmas Special)
Pour yourself a hot mug of something delicious and join me for a very special Christmas edition of Existential Happy Hour. This one includes a discussion of Santa and belief, Jesus and Incarnation, and the significance of divinity born from the womb of a virgin.
45 minutes | 3 months ago
009: The Death of God
What does it mean to hope against hope for resurrection when you really, truly believe that God is dead and we killed Him?In this episode, we explore this question in conversation with Nietzsche, the Death of God theologians from the 1960's, feminist philosopher Mary Daly, C.S. Lewis, and Jesus Christ.Includes discussion of galaxies, faith, doubt, crucifixion, andT H E V O I D.
56 minutes | 4 months ago
008: The Sins of God
I cannot forgive God for His sins, and they are many. In the first episode of a multi-part series on God, I talk about the problem of pain, the harsh reality of nature, and the slave girl in Pharoah's court. tw: violence, including sexual violence.
58 minutes | 4 months ago
007: Surviving Deconstruction w/ Cindy Wang Brandt
In this episode, I talk with Cindy Wang Brandt about deconstruction, deconversion, how to make it through intact, and what life looks like on the other side of it all. We get into religious trauma, choosing your own story, and learning to live a life of authenticity and agency in a world devoid of inherent meaning. Links:Website: CindyWangBrandt.comBook: Parenting ForwardPodcast: Parenting ForwardFacebook Group: Raising Children UnfundamentalistTwitter: @cindywangbrandt
40 minutes | 5 months ago
006: Making Art + Meaning w/ Lucas Tunell
Me and Lucas talk about what art is and how it helps make meaning in an otherwise meaningless universe. Something about a big questionmark too. Lucas is the guy who did the art for this podcast, so we talk about that too.
55 minutes | 5 months ago
005: Am I Still a Christian? w/ Kevin Garcia
In this special cross-over episode, me and Kevin continue a conversation we began on their podcast (A Tiny Revolution.) We talk about consciously uncoupling from Jesus, leaving church, finding God, and developing spiritual practices from a place of authenticity.
49 minutes | 5 months ago
004: Magic + Mystery w/ Melissa B. Hawks
My dear friend Melissa Hawks joins me to talk about magic and mystery. Also: religious gaslighting, reclaiming agency, learning to trust ourselves, unbrainwashing, soul/body dualism, growth and transformation, rocks and sticks and witchy stuff, learning to trust our intuition, and the universe infinite in every direction. Melissa on Instagram: @melissabhawks
41 minutes | 5 months ago
003: Don't Help My Unbelief
In this episode I talk about faith and doubt and that prayer I prayed for so many years: help my unbelief. I talk about why it is is more blessed to be curious than to know. I break down Pascal's wager, and discuss my contingency plan for if I get to heaven and find a God there after all.
57 minutes | 5 months ago
002: I Didn't Lose My Faith
In this episode of Existential Happy Hour, I tell the saga of how I started out as a fundamentalist church kid and became an agnostic astronaut drifting in space -- a story in three acts.Act I: what happened to micah. fear of hell. fear of disappointing god. wrestling with doubt.Act II: the evangelism company. the internet. the church with the stained glass windows. divorce. eucharist.Act III: church dread. lent. the slave girl in pharaoh's house. leaving egypt.
17 minutes | 5 months ago
001: Welcome to the Show
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