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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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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
71: Who is the Bible?

71: Who is the Bible?

2019-09-0401:17:08

When we say, “The Bible says,” what do we really mean? Who exactly are we talking about? Nate and Tim try to answer that question and more as they discuss the relationship between the people who wrote the Bible and our own modern ethics. (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, jpoetic
What if many of the texts are written in order to place us at a crossroads between two valid interpretations? And how does understanding the Bible as a mosaic of texts help us deal with troubling passages in the OT? Nate and Tim reflect on why reading the Bible is more complicated than taking it “literally” or not. LISTEN TO THE PARENTING EPISODES HERE. (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, jpoetic
Does the Bible condone rape? What some of the texts condemn reveals some disturbing insight into what they seem to condone. So, what do we do? Nate and Tim continue their conversation on the topic of rape in the Bible. LISTEN TO TIM'S LIST HERE. (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:Reading "Rape" in the Hebrew Bible: A Consideration of Language by Sandie GravettRape in the Syntax of 2 Samuel 11:4 by Jennifer Andruska
Is there any evidence that David raped Bathsheba? Let's look a bit closer. This is the first part of a conversation about rape in the Bible. Nate and Tim discuss the role of rape stories in the Hebrew Bible, the issue of power, reading in context, 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:Reading "Rape" in the Hebrew Bible: A Consideration of Language by Sandie GravettRape in the Syntax of 2 Samuel 11:4 by Jennifer Andruska
At some point we have to ask ourselves do I really want to be free? Freedom is no longer caring whether we’re crossing the lines that other people are creating for us.Nate and Tim sit down with renowned scholar Dr. Christena Cleveland. They discuss getting free from toxic Christianity, finding sustenance for a life of activism, what the gospel really is and much more. Dr. Cleveland also shares what she believes the gospel is for black trans women. It’s brilliant and beautiful! (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: Dr. Cleveland's websiteSupport her on Patreon!Center for Justice and Renewal
Did God really define marriage? Or is it just something people have often done? And what did Jesus really say about men and women? Nate and Tim continue the conversation about whether the Bible ever asserts a divine ideal for marriage. (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: "Therefore a Man Leaves His Father and His Mother and Clings to His Wife": Marriage and Intermarriage in Genesis 2:24 by Megan Warner
Is the Bible even about a return to original ideals? Or is the idea that of a forward march through history where humans partner with God to usher in new and unknown territory? Nate and Tim begin a discussion on sexuality and gender, asking whether the so-called divine ideal for marriage is really a good argument in defense of traditional views. (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, jpoetic
We ask Rob Bell what it felt like to hear "Farewell Rob Bell" by John Piper and what he wants to be remembered as when he's gone. Plus, we get to lots of our Patron's questions, like what does Rob think the word "Christian" means? (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, jpoetic
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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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