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Almost Heretical

Author: Tim Ritter & Nate Hanson

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Two former pastors rethinking the so-called orthodoxy of the reformed evangelical theology they used to teach. The podcast is conversations on faith, the Bible, church, race, gender and more. (Email us: contact@almostheretical.com)

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What does it feel like to change your beliefs? What can we teach our children when we're not sure what we believe? Nate talks to Audrey Assad who was part of creating and then leaving the evangelical culture through conservative Christian music. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why is science denialism more prominent in the Christian church? What are the consequences of suppressing scientific curiosity in the Church? How do we have conversations with friends and family who deny scientific findings and new information? Nate talks with world renowned astrophysicist Dr. Mario Livio about his new book Galileo: And the Science Deniers. (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Host: Nate Hanson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why is Mister Rogers' message to children better than Sunday school? How did Dave Ramsey make the accusation of money a christian value? How can Attachment Theory shine a light on shame-filled messages we often hear in the church? Nate sits down with his friends Danielle and Krispin Mayfield to discuss all of this and more. You can also check out Krispin's podcast Attached to the Invisible and their joint podcast The Prophetic Imagination Station. (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Host: Nate Hanson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In light of the scandal involving Ravi Zacharias, Nate talks with Julie Anne Smith about Lori Anne Thompson's survivor story and power structures in the Church that allow for both spiritual and sexual abuse. What are good comebacks to many of the common responses we hear from Christian's about sexual abuse scandals? What needs to change to break this cycle? We get into all of that. (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Host: Nate Hanson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How did a suffering servant named Jesus of Nazareth lead to Christians in America electing and defending someone so opposite in Donald Trump? When and why did voting Pro Life become the main issue in evangelicalism? For all of us that see the problems with Trumpism and evangelicalism already, where do we go from here? Nate talks with Dr. Kristin Kobes Du Mez about her book Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation. (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Host: Nate Hanson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why did we take a break from the show for almost a year? Nate and Tim share about what happened to them personally in 2020 and talk about what is coming next for the show. (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
92: Unequally yoked

92: Unequally yoked

2020-03-1857:571

What does it even mean to be unequally yoked? And does any part of the New Testament actually forbid Christians getting married to people who aren’t Christian? And if so, why? (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: jpoetic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
God’s spirit living inside of our bodies. That is the central, climactic idea of the New Testament. But what if this grand climax also turned out to be a little disappointing? And what if much of the New Testament actually seems to acknowledge and deal with that disappointment? (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: jpoetic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How did the early church think about the Levitical system and sacrifices after Jesus? Nate and Tim discuss this common and problematic question while seeking to avoid antisemitic supersessionism and find a more sensible understanding of things. (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: jpoetic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is baptism really just a bath? Does God really only forgive ignorant people? What is the order of operations related to atonement? Nate and Tim respond to a few more listener questions. (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: jpoetic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nate and Tim respond to a few listener questions, discussing how forgiveness itself is tied to liberation as well as why universal atonement isn’t just a possibility but a necessity. (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: jpoetic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
87: Ransom

87: Ransom

2020-01-2901:01:27

What does holiness and chemical atonement have to do with liberation and ransom? Did Jesus pay a ransom price, and if so, to who? And how might we better synthesize these various ways of describing what Jesus accomplished? (We even get into The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe and how C.S. Lewis portrays the ransom theory in Narnia.) (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: jpoetic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
86: Chemistry and Scapegoats

86: Chemistry and Scapegoats

2020-01-2201:02:181

What do ancient science, the “scapegoat” of Yom Kippur, and holy tree branches have to do with Jesus’ death? And what does resurrection have to do with everything? Nate and Tim continue discussing how the contagious nature of holiness undergirds much of the New Testament theology about Jesus and discover some fascinating ideas along the way. (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: jpoetic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
85: Did Jesus have to die?

85: Did Jesus have to die?

2020-01-1501:03:59

Did Jesus have to die, or is that not even how we should think about it? And why is blood both a source of holiness and defilement? Also, what do menstruation and “nocturnal emissions” have to do with each other in Leviticus? Nate and Tim discuss a few listener questions as well as some of their own. (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: jpoetic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
84: Holiness is the Gospel

84: Holiness is the Gospel

2020-01-0801:02:55

Holiness and purity were two of the central concerns of the entire Levitical system. Neither were moral categories, but rather had to do with something like chemical states. In this episode, Nate and Tim discuss the idea of holiness and how the New Testament authors believed the gospel was that Jesus had made the world holy. (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: jpoetic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Many of us are rethinking faith and leaving old beliefs behind, but how do we get healthy? Nate and Tim talk with Dr. Hillary McBride about what it actually takes to build new community, how to deal with the trauma our bodies carry, why maintaining relationships with people from our past can be so hard, and much more. (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: jpoetic References: Hillary McBride's website (with all her books and links) Hear Hillary on The Liturgists podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
82: Why blood?

82: Why blood?

2019-12-0401:04:22

Why all the blood in the Old Testament? There is actually an important bit of ancient science underlying the whole idea of sacrifice and atonement. Also, what happens if we just can’t believe that science? (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: jpoetic References: A Study in Scarlet: The Physiology and Treatment of Blood, Breath, and Fish in Ancient Israel (Paywall) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
81: Contagious

81: Contagious

2019-11-1301:07:20

Why sacrifice animals? Why send some people outside the camp? Why all the rules? Nate and Tim discuss how the threat of viral contagion is the primary principal underlying the Levitical system, and how that is why the Torah talks so much about separation and mixture. When anything comes into contact with something “unclean”, the defilement spreads. Therefore, prevention, quarantine and cleansing are the name of the game. But is it possible there’s even more going on? Is it possible something could be so holy that it cannot be defiled? And what if that is precisely how the gospels depict Jesus? (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: jpoetic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
80: Cosmic campout

80: Cosmic campout

2019-11-0601:12:49

What all is required in order to camp out with God? And what is holiness anyway? Nate and Tim discuss all this and more, including why there are so many long lists of detailed instructions in the Torah and how to read them. Also, what do the golden calf, Nadab and Abihu, and the tragedy of Uzzah and the cart all have in common? (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: jpoetic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On the 1-year anniversary of the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh, we sit down with Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg. What constitutes a good apology? How do we appreciate both forgiveness and justice at the same time? And what can we learn from the Jewish tradition about how to disagree, change our minds, and embrace both the old and the new? Also, we get into how Jesus might have actually been a Pharisee. (More) We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here! Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter Music: jpoetic References: Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg's website (with links to all her books!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (11)

Kimberly Andrea Brock

I think that taking time to give yourself perspective in dark times can also bring you back to more clarity with your content. I wish you well.

Feb 15th
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Dryad

good grief. nobody says only evangelicals go to heaven. (interesting that Catholics, Jews, etc. never get that accusation.) We go to heaven when we accept Jesus as our Lord and savior and that He is the only way to heaven. Muslims by definition do not accept Jesus. If you're implying Jesus' sacrifice was not enough and that you can get to heaven via orher means, you're lying and deliberately leading people away from Jesus. also, while I greatly enjoy the gender discussions, you guys and your guests are pretty judgmental yourselves of anyone who isn't your denomination. You seem to think your bad experiences with bad evangelicals is the norm. None I've ever attended (about 4) have ever preached what you say.

Dec 4th
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Dryad

sorry? not being Catholic because they worship people who aren't Jesus is a very, very valid reason. it had absolutely nothing to do with gender. Weirdly, the fact that Catholics idolize the male saints and angels didn't get brought up (or how staunchly patriachal Catholicism and orthodox are).

Nov 9th
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Tamar Barnousky

While I realize that this episode is specifically aimed at evangelicals with a gun fetish, I feel like saying that self-defense is NEVER acceptable under Christianity has implications that take us some ugly places. I can't--as a straight-passing white woman--say to anyone else "self-defense is bad and you should feel bad" in good conscience. It's too easy a claim to make when it isn't your life, children's lives, or property on the line.

Jul 7th
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Steff Probert

really interesting thought provoking stuff. nothing I'v heard so far scares me too much but enjoying the added insight. roll on pod 4 for me

Dec 5th
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Almost Heretical

Hey friends! So cool to have you listening along. :) If the show triggers any questions, we’d love to hear them! almostheretical.com -Nate

Aug 16th
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Brendan Acebo

I absolutely love and appreciate the thoughtful work that goes into the content presented in this podcast. These are things Christians need to be wrestling with, there's so much more beauty to the Gospel than what we thought we were allowed to believe

May 15th
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