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Author: Tim Ritter & Nate Hanson

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Two former pastors rethinking the so-called orthodoxy of the American 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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81: Contagious

81: Contagious

2019-11-1301:06:57

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 RitterMusic: jpoetic
80: Cosmic campout

80: Cosmic campout

2019-11-0601:12:31

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 RitterMusic: jpoetic
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 RitterMusic: jpoeticReferences: Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg's website (with links to all her books!)
Did you know that Adam and Eve worked as security guards in the Garden of Eden? And what does it mean to be a priest? And once again, why is there a snake in the garden? Nate and Tim discuss the role of priests and how Genesis 2 depicts Adam as a priest representing Israel. (More)Get the SECOND PART of this episode on Utterly Heretical, just for supporters of the show. You can listen to that here!Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim RitterMusic: Cale Haugen, jpoetic
77: God might kill us

77: God might kill us

2019-10-1601:00:56

Are we supposed to be afraid of God? Why did the ancient Israelites fear the Lord? What was it that scared them exactly? Nate and Tim discuss how we may have gotten this all very wrong for a long time and maybe we shouldn’t be so scared after all. (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 RitterMusic: Cale Haugen, jpoeticReferences: John Sailhamer, The Pentateuch as Narrative, A Biblical-theological Commentary
76: Distance and Separation

76: Distance and Separation

2019-10-0901:07:55

The New Testament claims Jesus is helping reconcile humanity and God, but why were they ever separated in the first place? Does God want to separate from us because we’re awful, or is there something entirely different going on? Nate and Tim discuss the biblical authors’ surprising assumptions about why God is so distant and what is actually required to bridge the gap. (More)We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. We recently talked about how we changed on the LGBTQ topic, how to parent after deconstruction, and reflected on our time in ministry in San Francisco. You can listen to those bonus episodes here!Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim RitterMusic: jpoetic, Cale HaugenReferences: 
75: Blood and Guilt

75: Blood and Guilt

2019-10-0201:19:15

What were the sacrifices for? What did blood do? What is the main problem which the tabernacle and temple and then Jesus were trying to solve? Nate and Tim introduce a new series on Leviticus, atonement, and the crazy idea of blood as a kind of cosmic insulation. In this first part, they highlight some of the big ideas soon to be discussed and reflect on why it matters. (More)We have a second podcast called Utterly Heretical just for supporters of the show. We recently talked about how we changed on the LGBTQ topic, how to parent after deconstruction, and reflected on our time in ministry in San Francisco. You can listen to those bonus episodes here!Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim RitterMusic: jpoetic, Cale HaugenReferences:The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ by Fleming RutledgeLeviticus (Continental Commentary) by Jacob Milgrom
This is an episode of Utterly Heretical, Nate and Tim’s second podcast for Patreon supporters. They have a candid conversation about the emotionally complicated topic of going to church. Listen to all of the Utterly Heretical episodes here.Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim RitterMusic: Cale Haugen, jpoetic
Did Jesus really call a Canaanite woman a dog? Was this as heartless and mean as it sounds, or is something else going on? Nate and Tim discuss this startling passage in Matthew 15 and 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 RitterMusic: Cale Haugen, jpoeticReferences:We don't recommend these articles, but just so you know we're not exaggerating:https://zondervanacademic.com/blog/the-canaanite-whttps://www.cbeinternational.org/resources/article/priscilla-papers/jesus-and-canaanite-womanhttp://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S2413-94672018000200028
If the Bible is clearly sufficient for all our needs and sufficiently clear so that we can understand it, why doesn’t it feel that way? Nate and Tim discuss the history of these ideas, the role they’ve played, and whether or not they’re still helpful today. Once again it all seems to come down to power - who has it? Or, as they ask in this episode, “Who is the pope?” (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 RitterMusic: Cale Haugen, jpoeticReferences:We don't recommend these articles, but just so you know we're not exaggerating:https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-enticing-sin-of-empathyhttps://www.9marks.org/article/journalsufficiency-scripture/Westminster Confession: https://www.pcaac.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/WCFScriptureProofs.pdf
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Harley

gee, I wonder why white countries show white Jesus. could it possibly be for the same reason black countries have black Jesus and native Americans have native American Jesus and east Asian countries have Asian Jesus? 🤔😂

Nov 13th
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Harley

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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