Everyone's Agnostic Podcast
Cass & Bob interview people you don't know about a subject no one wants to talk about--losing faith in the supernatural.
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 CST
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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 CST
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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 CST
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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 CST
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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 CST
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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 CST
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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 CST
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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 CST
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Episode 94 Jeff Bates

Cass and Bob interview Jeffrey Bates, author of the children’s book, “The Little Bucket: A Little Story of Hope for Anyone Who Feels Empty.” Jeff believes in the power of story to change us and give people hope. Jeff goes into schools and presents the story, including a theme song and it’s even being made into a play. Jeff was a Christian minister in the Disciples of Christ early on, but the last 20+ years were largely influenced by the teachings of Joseph Campbell. Jeff is focused on helping people achieve emotional intelligence, to find their power within, and the self-awareness of whatever hole you find you have in your bucket—that emptiness can be a teaching moment. He writes, “once we become aware of the hole in our bucket we begin to sense how and IF we are a drain on the world OR, functioning out of our universe, a vital source of inspiration, reflection and consciousness.”

We taped this talk April 3rd, 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. That’s patreon.com slash ea podcast.

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 Duke’s Lullaby by Steve Gadd
Thanks for listening and be a yes-sayer to what is.

http://www.jeffreybates.net/
http://www.amazon.com/Little-Bucket-Jeffrey-Bates/dp/1457527510/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460350061&sr=8-1&keywords=the+little+bucket

 

 

Direct download: Ep94_Jeff_Bates.mp3
Category:humanism -- posted at: 7:27pm CST
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Episode 93 April

Cass & Bob interview April. She’s not fully “out” so we don’t use her last name or photo. April’s story is about the tragic affect of a literal Hell.  A large portion of Christians read the scriptures literally. And today’s show highlights the dangers of doing so and the damage that is done by those unable or unwilling to approach the text with metaphorically. April was traumatized by the concept of a literal Hell well into her adult years. This is the appropriate reaction by genuinely empathetic people. A strong belief in Hell will eventually rob you of your soul, leaving a shell of a heartless zombie who has no choice but to subconsciously devalue lost people just to maintain the illusion that you’re a decent human being and that your God is not a monster. It has done immeasurable damage to every society it’s ever touched.

We taped this talk on March 21st, 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 JohnsonThe segue music on this episode is Duke’s Lullaby by Steve Gadd

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

April’s blog: https://leavingcanaan.wordpress.com/

April’s paintings: https://www.etsy.com/shop/warmdecember

Direct download: ep_93_April.mp3
Category:christianity -- posted at: 6:11pm CST
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