Nate Hanson

  • Brian McLaren: Christianity Beyond Belief

    Brian McLaren: Christianity Beyond Belief

    Brian McLaren discusses the evolution of the conversation around faith and deconstruction over the past 20 years. They explore the rise of the deconstruction movement, the impact of Donald Trump on the faith community, and the need for change and awakening…

  • Olivia Jackson: Why Christians Deconstruct

    Olivia Jackson: Why Christians Deconstruct

    Olivia Jackson shares insights from her extensive research into faith deconstruction, which is detailed in her book (Un)Certain: A Collective Memoir of Deconstructing Faith (link). She discusses the common patterns and surprising findings among Christians who have undergone significant shifts in…

  • Tim Alberta: Reject Trump, Embrace Jesus

    Tim Alberta: Reject Trump, Embrace Jesus

    Tim Alberta (link), a political commentator and author, discusses his Christian upbringing and how it has influenced his views on politics. He emphasizes the importance of critical thinking and discernment, urging people to avoid blindly subscribing to a particular camp or…

  • Tiffany Yecke Brooks: Spiritual Anxiety & Religious Trauma

    Tiffany Yecke Brooks: Spiritual Anxiety & Religious Trauma

    Tiffany Yecke Brooks (link) shares her story of deconstruction and the cracks she started seeing in her fundamentalist evangelical upbringing. She discusses the concept of being gaslighted by God and the pressure to conform to a specific formula of faith. Tiffany…

  • Thomas Jay Oord: Open Relational Theology

    Thomas Jay Oord: Open Relational Theology

    In a compelling discussion with Thomas Jay Oord, we are introduced to the intricate concept of open relational theology, which presents a refreshing divergence from traditional views of the divine. Oord meticulously unpacks this perspective, illustrating a God who is deeply…

  • Dr. Laura Anderson: Sex, Dating, Courtship and Trauma

    Dr. Laura Anderson: Sex, Dating, Courtship and Trauma

    Dr. Laura Anderson discusses the topic of religious trauma and its impact on individuals. She explains that religious trauma is not the thing that happened, but rather the way our bodies and nervous systems respond to religious experiences. Dr. Anderson emphasizes…

  • David Fitch: Is God’s Love Coercive?

    David Fitch: Is God’s Love Coercive?

    We venture into an illuminating yet challenging dialogue with David Fitch, a seasoned pastor and professor at Northern Seminary. His latest book, Reckoning with Power: Why the Church Fails When It’s on the Wrong Side of Power, serves as the backdrop…

  • Elaine Pagels: Trump and Doubting Thomas

    Elaine Pagels: Trump and Doubting Thomas

    Listen to the renowned religious scholar Elaine Pagels (link). Known for her profound work on the Gnostic Gospels and early Christian history, Pagels brought her unique insights into the contentious dynamics of early Christian texts, particularly focusing on the potential rivalry…

  • He Gets Us – Super Bowl Ad

    He Gets Us – Super Bowl Ad

    If you’ve deconstructed your faith, what felt weird about the He Gets Us Super Bowl ad? People were washing each other’s feet. Do people even understand the significance of that anymore? Was the ad a waste of money? We answer your…

  • Peter Rollins: The Philosophy of Deconstruction

    Peter Rollins: The Philosophy of Deconstruction

    How can philosophy help those deconstructing Christianity? Explore the transformative potential of embracing uncertainty in your spiritual journey.

  • Anna Gazmarian: Religious OCD and Mental Illness

    Anna Gazmarian: Religious OCD and Mental Illness

    We delve into the complex intersection of faith, mental health, and religious OCD with Anna Gazmarian, author of Devout: A Memoir of Doubt. Anna shares her personal journey through the challenges of confronting her mental health diagnosis within the church, her…

  • Did Noah’s Ark Actually Happen?

    Did Noah’s Ark Actually Happen?

    In this thought-provoking episode of Almost Heretical, we tackle the intriguing query: “Did Noah’s Ark Actually Happen?” Join us as we navigate through the depths of biblical stories, their historical credibility, and their profound impact on contemporary faith. Our journey is…

  • Rethinking Our Beliefs and Traditions

    Rethinking Our Beliefs and Traditions

    Reevaluating deeply held traditions and beliefs is hard. From the fear of eternal damnation to questioning biblical inerrancy, we explore how new information and perspectives challenge our foundational understandings. Join us as we share personal anecdotes and insights from our community,…

  • Genesis 6:1-4: Nephilim Secrets Unveiled

    Genesis 6:1-4: Nephilim Secrets Unveiled

    Curious about the Nephilim and the “sons of God” mentioned in Genesis 6:1-4? Join Nate and Shelby as they delve into ancient texts like the Book of Enoch, exploring the implications these stories have on gender dynamics and biblical narratives.

  • Rethinking Church: The Unexpected Journey Back to Church

    Rethinking Church: The Unexpected Journey Back to Church

    Are we really going back to church? In this Utterly Heretical episode, we dive into our personal journey of returning to a traditional church setting, despite holding progressive beliefs. How do we navigate teaching our children about complex topics like hell…

  • Revelation Bible Study Brainstorm

    Revelation Bible Study Brainstorm

    How did Revelation impact you? Were you traumatized by maybe getting spit out of the mouth of God like Nate & Shelby? Listeners in the Facebook group are asking for a series on Revelation, so we brainstorm what that series could…

  • Eve and the Apple – Genesis 3

    Eve and the Apple – Genesis 3

    Join us as we delve into Genesis 3 and explore its long-lasting impact on women. We’ll tackle big questions like: Did God really say what we’ve been told? And why isn’t the serpent identified as Satan? We’ll discuss how much of…

  • Genesis 2:24 – Marriage, Gender, and Homosexuality

    Genesis 2:24 – Marriage, Gender, and Homosexuality

    Is Genesis 2:24 an institution of heterosexual marriage? Does it matter? In this episode, we tackle these questions and play devil’s advocate to help you respond to the pushback you may be facing. We challenge traditional views and ask: How should…

  • Adam and Eve: Rethinking Genesis 2:7

    Adam and Eve: Rethinking Genesis 2:7

    Did you ever wonder why Satan is never mentioned in the Garden of Eden? Prepare to have your mind blown as we dive into the untold complexities of Genesis 2:1-18. This episode uncovers surprising interpretations, challenges common myths, and may forever…

  • Hell for Those Who’ve Never Heard of Jesus?

    Hell for Those Who’ve Never Heard of Jesus?

    In this episode, Nate and Shelby unpack a young competitor’s apologetics speech from the conservative homeschool speech league featured in “Shiny Happy People.” The speaker argues that God must punish every sin to be just. Join us as we challenge this…