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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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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
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
87: Ransom

87: Ransom

2020-01-2901:01:52

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
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
85: Did Jesus have to die?

85: Did Jesus have to die?

2020-01-1501:04:16

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
84: Holiness is the Gospel

84: Holiness is the Gospel

2020-01-0801:03:21

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
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
82: Why blood?

82: Why blood?

2019-12-0401:04:48

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)
81: Contagious

81: Contagious

2019-11-1301:07:31

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
80: Cosmic campout

80: Cosmic campout

2019-11-0601:13:10

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
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!)
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 Ritter Music: Cale Haugen, jpoetic
77: God might kill us

77: God might kill us

2019-10-1601:01:35

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 Ritter Music: Cale Haugen, jpoetic References: John Sailhamer, The Pentateuch as Narrative, A Biblical-theological Commentary
76: Distance and Separation

76: Distance and Separation

2019-10-0901:08:36

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 Ritter Music: jpoetic, Cale Haugen References:
75: Blood and Guilt

75: Blood and Guilt

2019-10-0201:19:56

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 Ritter Music: jpoetic, Cale Haugen References: The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ by Fleming Rutledge Leviticus (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 Ritter Music: 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 Ritter Music: Cale Haugen, jpoetic References: We don't recommend these articles, but just so you know we're not exaggerating: https://zondervanacademic.com/blog/the-canaanite-w https://www.cbeinternational.org/resources/article/priscilla-papers/jesus-and-canaanite-woman http://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 Ritter Music: Cale Haugen, jpoetic References: We don't recommend these articles, but just so you know we're not exaggerating: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-enticing-sin-of-empathy https://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?

2019-09-0401:17:37

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 Ritter Music: 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 Ritter Music: Cale Haugen, jpoetic
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Comments (12)

Harley

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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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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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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