Everyone's Agnostic Podcast
Cass & Bob interview people you don't know about a subject no one wants to talk about--God. What's not to like?
Episode 104 Angela Pancella

Cass interviews Angela Pancella, a Roman Catholic woman who approached him about her engagement with atheist/theist conversations. To her credit, she attended a Free Inquiry meet up in Cincinnati just to better understand what it’s like to be an atheist in Christian hegemonic culture. Angela is a Thomist, which means her theology is largely informed by Thomas Aquinas. If you’re going to hold to a form of Catholicism or theism in general, Thomism is not a bad approach. His attempt to be honest in his theological formation in view of emerging science and philosophy was genuine. He believed that truth is to be accepted no matter where it is found. Thomists argue that faith and reason need not be mutually exclusive. Aquinas was a realist and endorsed much of Aristotle’s philosophies and neoplatonism which purport an ineffable, non-being One (with a capital “O”) as the source and unification of all things.

Angela is a community developer and organizer through Woven Oak Initiatives--a non-profit organization based in Norwood, Ohio that provides a home for small programs focused on education and mentorship. It also serves as a connector in the community, providing opportunities for dialogue, service and relationship-building. Angela has two books published on Amazon. She is also a U2 enthusiast and is generally interested in finding liturgy in secular pop culture.  Bob was out of town for this taping, but he returns at the end for some commentary. 

We taped this episode on May 28th, 2016. If you’re liking our show, please subscribe to it, give it 5 stars, and/or leave a review on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts.  Also, you can support us monetarily through our Patreon page. That’s patreon.com/eapodcast. 

Credits:
"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU
Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson

Thanks for listening and be a yes-sayer to what is.

Email Angela your thoughts on U2 at apancella@gmail.com

Articles Angela has written for the fan website @U2

http://www.wovenoak.org/

The U2 Conference and it’s founder, Dr. Scott Calhoun

Starfire Community: An Org Angela Supports

Direct download: Ep_104_Angela_Pancella.mp3
Category:catholicism -- posted at: 2:38am CDT
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Episode 103 Jen & Sabrina

Cass and Bob interview a lesbian couple who are documentarians: Jen Sheridan & Sabrina Torres of Nashville. Sabrina is a former pastor’s wife; Jen is Canadian and raised in the United Church of Canada in a much more progressive brand of Christianity than Sabrina’s American Evangelicalism. They met because, between them, they have 4 autistic children and were both active in an organization for parents of autistic children. Jen is active in lobbying Tennessee legislators for LGBT rights and is making a documentary called “Love, Hate, Church and State.”

We taped this episode on May 23rd, 2016. If you’re liking our show, please subscribe to it, give it 5 stars, and/or leave a review on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts.  Also, you can support us monetarily through our Patreon page. That’s patreon.com/eapodcast. 

Credits:
"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU
Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson

Thanks for listening and be a yes-sayer to what is.

“Love, Hate, Church and State” documentary trailer

http://www.dosomethingfilms.com/

Documentary crowdfuning site

Write up in the Tennessean about Jen, Sabrina, and the documentary

Love Hate Church & State Facebook site

Direct download: Ep103_Jen__Sabrina.mp3
Category:exchristian -- posted at: 7:17pm CDT
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Episode 102 BJ Saylor

Cass and Bob interview another local friend, BJ Saylor. BJ’s story is interesting because in view of the two major influences on human development—nurture vs nature or environment vs genetics--he’s a product of the south, raised lower middle class by his single mother in Christian schools through high school and yet he’s a deeply intelligent thinker and observer. His story is like something out of a Flannery O’Conner novel. The BJ we witness today at age 27 is a hybrid of these tensions with the emergence of his inner-self trying to shed the old skin of his environment while remaining in it.  Perhaps his future awaits him when he can get some distance between himself and his Southern Gothic environment.  

We taped this episode on May 20th, 2016. If you’re liking our show, please subscribe to it, give it 5 stars, and/or leave a review on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts.  Also, you can support us monetarily through our Patreon page. That’s patreon.com/eapodcast. 

Credits:
"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU
Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson

Thanks for listening and be a yes-sayer to what is.

Bad Lip Reading w/ Ted Cruz

The guy who wrote Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure has an atheist book.

 

Direct download: Ep102_BJ_Saylor.mp3
Category:exchristian -- posted at: 2:55pm CDT
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Episode 101 Chris TerryNelson

Cass and Bob interview Chris TerryNelson. Chris is a former Presbyterian minister. He earned his MDiv from Princeton Theological, his undergrad in Philosophy from University of Massachusetts Amherst. He’s now finishing up a Masters in Marriage And Family Counseling/Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University here in Nashville.  He’s active in Ryan Bell’s Life After God, he’s a blogger, and just an overall super guy. I think you’re going to benefit from this conversation. 

We taped this episode on May 14th, 2016. If you’re liking the show, please subscribe to it, rate it with stars and shit, and/or leave a review on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts.  Also, you can support us monetarily through our Patreon page. That’s patreon.com/eapodcast. 

Credits:
"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU
Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson

Thanks for listening and be a yes-sayer to what is.

Chris’ blog “Cutting Your Path”

 

Direct download: Ep101_ChrisTerryNelson.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 12:37pm CDT
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Episode 100 Bart Campolo

Bob and Cass interview Bart Campolo, Humanist Chaplain at the University of Southern California. Bart is the son of reknown evangelical preacher and author, Tony Campolo. Bart’s vision for creating community and helping other’s live their best lives through loving relationships is exciting and inspiring. Although this is our first time to interview Bart, we featured an interview he did with Hemant Mehta back in episode 58.

We taped this episode on May 9th, 2016. If you’re liking the show, please subscribe to it, rate it with stars and shit, and/or leave a review on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts.  Also, you can support us monetarily through our Patreon page. That’s patreon.com/eapodcast. 

Credits:
"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU
Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson

Thanks for listening and be a yes-sayer to what is.

More about Bart Campolo: http://bartcampolo.org/

 

Direct download: Ep100_Bart_Campolo.mp3
Category:humanism -- posted at: 8:52pm CDT
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Episode 99 Rev. Brian Quincy Newcomb

Welcome everyone to episode 99 of the Everyone’s Agnostic podcast, I’m Cass Midgley. Today, I bring you a special episode where I’m going to briefly focus on music as a voice that both called me to stay Christian and called me out, and my guest today symbolizes that tension.

Some of my favorite Christian music artists were Edin-Adahl, Sweet Comfort Band, Allies, The Front, David & the Giants, Russ Taff, Charlie Peacock, the 77s, Jimmy Abegg, Mark Heard, Dave Perkins, Jon Gibson, 2nd Chapter of Acts, Switchfoot, and Adam Again.  I collected over 800 Christian music cassettes and CDs between the early 80s and late 90s. I was the music buyer at a Christian bookstore and I was a sales rep for StarSong. Early on I decided to ban secular music from my life. Part of what keeps one convinced that they’re in the right is by surrounding one’s self with music that only confirms one’s beliefs.  How could all these songs be written about something that’s not true? And yet, in the outside world, there were even more songs and musicians who felt no need to write religious songs.

One of the hats my guest today wears is that of a music critic. He wrote close to 900 articles in Christian music publications between 1982 and 1999. That’s over one articles a week for 17 years and those same years coincide with my infatuation with Christianity. And if you trace those articles chronologically, he little by little, started reviewing secular music more and more, which gave me permission to lift my ban on it and listen outside the Christian sub-culture.

The other thing I think this episode points out is that there are some smart Christians out there who, maybe in the vein of John Shelby Spong, or Marcus Borg, or Paul Tillich, have figured out a way to shape their Christian narrative into a redemptive work and practice that makes the world a better place. They have salvaged, at least for themselves and a few others, that which claimed to be salvation.  They’ve made craft beer out of barley and hops and it has enhanced the lived experience of those in their wake. 

Reverend Brian Quincy Newcomb has served as pastor in the United Church of Christ for over 30 years. We talk about the evolution of his faith from childhood to present day. I picture him as a master craftsman that started whittling away at a solid tree trunk 40+ years ago and today it is a sculpture of a giant black bear with her cub in her mouth, a fish in one hand, and crossing a roaring river. We talk about the formation of his faith, through deconstruction and reconstruction, and his struggle with kidney cancer. And at the end, some friends offer a few words about Brian’s impact on their lives. 

We taped this talk May 7th, 2016. Subscribe, rate us, and/or leave a review of our podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts.  Also, you can support through our Patreon page.

Credits:
"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU
Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson

Thanks for listening and be a yes-sayer to what is.

Link to Brian’s bio on the church website

Some of Brian’s reviews on The Fire Note

Peter Enn’s book: “The Sin of Certainty”

Seth Godin’s Amazon book page

Rene Girard interview

 

 

 

Direct download: Ep99_Brian_Q_Newcomb.mp3
Category:christianity -- posted at: 5:30pm CDT
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Episode 98 Elizabeth of England

Cass and Bob interview Elizabeth from England. She’s a young mother who played keyboards in her church’s worship team with her brother and loved it. She describes her deconversion as a sink hole that was rotting away under the surface for years until one day, it all came crumbing down…but instead of it being a bad thing, it felt right…at last. Now her life is grounded in her marriage, raising their children, and being engaged with friends and family.

We taped this talk May 1st, 2016. Subscribe, rate us, and/or leave a review of our podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts.  Also, you can support through our Patreon page.

Credits:
"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU
Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson

Thanks for listening and be a yes-sayer to what is.

Derren Brown the Illusionist’s Youtube channel

Direct download: Ep98_Elizabeth.mp3
Category:christianity -- posted at: 2:15pm CDT
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Episode 97 Neil Carter (the sequel episode)

Cass had an opportunity to converse on tape with Neil Carterwhen he came to speak at a special Secular Student Alliance eventat Vanderbilt University in April.  Neil was featured on CBSSunday Morning along with former guest on this podcast, MandisaThomas, about the Openly Secular campaign.

Neil blogs as Godless in Dixie on Patheos. He was our guest onthis podcast back in January of 2015, episode 27. That was a reallygood talk if you want to go back get some background on Neil. This is our first time to have a repeat guest.

Neil’s latest project is a blog called “Removing the Fig Leaf.” Guest writers blog aboutpost-Christian issues around sexuality. We taped this talk April16th, 2016. Subscribe, rate us, and/or leave a review of ourpodcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you listen topodcasts.  If you’re feeling grateful for our podcast,Patreon.com is like a per episode tip jar for our work.

Credits: 
"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU
Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson
The segue music on this was performed by Cass Midgley

Thanks for listening and be a yes-sayer to what is.

Removing the FigLeaf blogsite

Neil’s Godless in Dixie Blog

Neil on CBS

 

Direct download: Ep97_Neil_Carter.mp3
Category:humanism -- posted at: 2:21pm CDT
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Episode 96 Jeremy from Minnesota

Cass and Bob interview Jeremy from Minnesota. We interview people you don’t know about a subject no one wants to talk about: leaving faith. Two symbolic masks are traditionally associated with drama and they represent the ancient Greek Muses, Thalia (for comedy) and Melpomene (for tragedy). Jeremy’s story reminds us of these dual emotions. He’s a lover and a fighter, in that you’ll see his big heart and he’s a martial artist; he’s happier than ever to be out from under religious tyranny and he’s broken hearted that it’s effects still impair so many lives, including his own; and he’s an engaged homeschooling father who’s children request he sing speed metal to them before bed.

We taped this talk April 16th, 2016. Subscribe, rate us, and/or leave a review of our podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts.  If you’re feeling grateful for our podcast, Patreon.com is like a per episode tip jar for our work.

Credits:
"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU
Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson
The segue music on this episode includes excerpts from Iron Maiden and Austrian Death Machine.

Thanks for listening and be a yes-sayer to what is.

Direct download: Ep_96_Jeremy.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 11:08pm CDT
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Episode 95 Anthony Magnabosco

Cass and Bob interview Anthony Magnabosco. Anthony practices and teaches a discipline called “street epistemology.” He investigates the origin and formation of people’s god-beliefs, of those he meets on the street who are willing to talk to him about that on camera. His YouTube channel contains videos of Anthony doing Street Epistemology and has over 10,000 subscribers. He was inspired by Dr. Peter Begosian’s book, “A Manual for Creating Atheists,” which is NOT just about deconverting people, it’s about truly listening, respectfully to another human being’s strongly held beliefs, and investigating the source of their confidence. 

 

We taped this talk April 9th, 2016. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn  and most podcast platforms.  If you’re feeling grateful for our podcast, Patreon.com is like a per episode tip jar for our work.  

Credits:
"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU
Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson
The segue music on this episode is written & performed by Cass Midgley

Thanks for listening and be a yes-sayer to what is.

Anthony’s YouTube
Pete Begosian’s book, “A Manual for Creating Atheists”
Ask to join the private Facebook group here

 

Direct download: ep_95_anthony_magnabosco.mp3
Category:atheism -- posted at: 11:01pm CDT
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