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Watch the CBS Religion documentary “Deconstructing My Religion” on YouTube and On-Demand

This Sunday, CBS Religion released their documentary Deconstructing My Religion featuring me, Chris Stroop, Linda Kay Klein, Emily Joy, and Julie Ingersoll, and other exvangelical voices. 

The special is available on all CBS platforms and YouTube. (It is region-locked to the US, so international viewers will need to use a VPN to watch it.)

I’m very proud to have been part of this production by Liz Kineke.

It’s a really wonderful primer on the struggles exvangelicals face while reckoning with the teachings of evangelicalism and its consequences. It’s hard to condense the complexities of this issue into a concise and representative 20 minute special, and CBS Religion did an exceptional job. 

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Ep. 86: Linda Kay Klein

This week’s guest is Linda Kay Klein, author of Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free. This book, detailing the experience & impact of purity culture on women and girls, is a must-read for any member of the exvangelical community.

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In this interview, we talk about her life, her book, and in a first-ever for the show, I ask questions that were gathered from the Exvangelical facebook group.

Linda and I will both be featured in this weekend’s upcoming CBS Religion documentary, Deconstructing My Religion, which airs December 2nd on all CBS platforms, including streaming online. You can see a teaser for this documentary on YouTube.

Learn more about Linda at lindakayklein.com.

Intro: “Night Owl” by Broke for Free.

Interlude 1/Outro: “Bright Leaves” by Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin.

Interlude 2: “Masseduction – piano version” by St. Vincent.

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Ep. 85: Jennifer Knapp

Jennifer Knapp joins the show to talk about her musical career and much more.

Jennifer is touring the Midwest this December! Check out tour dates at jenniferknapp.com

Intro: “Dive In” by Jennifer Knapp.

Interlude: “A Little More” by Jennifer Knapp.

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Ep. 84: Live at City Lit Books with Josiah Hesse & the UnApologetics Tour!

This episode features a live recording with Josiah Hesse, author of the Carnality series, as well as readings by Alessandra Ragusin & Ryan Connell.

Josiah Hesse is an author and journalist, and author of the Carnality series. The first two books in this six book series are available now from Suspect Press.

Part historical fiction, part psychological horror, Carnality: Dancing on Red Lake is the first of a six-part series chronicling the malicious mavens and pop-profiteers of America’s Evangelical movement, as remembered by a mentally ill boy who was once the biggest child star of the scene.

Alessandra Ragusin comes from a long line of Southern Assemblies of God pastors, but was raised as one of God’s “Frozen Chosen”. From 1st grade through her first semester in college she attended evangelical schools. She was a regular at youth group retreats, the 30-hour Famine, international mission trips, small groups, and taught at kids’ Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and church sports and arts camps. The proud wearer of a purity ring throughout her teen years, Alessandra has since left the faith and is an out-and-proud queer poet and essayist traveling and writing on feminism, philosophy, nature, and her favorite side-project: the Devil. Read more at: greenworldwriting.com

Ryan Connell is the homeschooled son of a Pentecostal pastor. He was a kid’s church puppeteer, a Junior Bible Quiz champion, a door-to-door evangelizer, a mission trip globetrotter, a tongues talking, spirit catching, fire and brimstone preacher of the word. He was an award-winning demon in the fear based evangelical outreach that was chronicled in the 2001 George Ratliff documentary Hell House (and had the funniest scene if he does say so himself). He is now a full-time vagabond writer, proud heretic, and burgeoning mystic. His life’s ambition is to be the bearded sage on top of a mountain that people seek out to find the meaning of life. Read more at: theholyapostate.com

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Ep. 83: (Re-Release): Peterson Toscano talks about conversion therapy & LGBTQ+ biblical narratives

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In light of the Trump administration’s recent moves to erase trans people from federal policy, I felt it was appropriate to re-release this episode with Peterson Toscano.

In this conversation, Peterson highlights biblical stories that transgress gender norms. He also tells of his harrowing, traumatic experiences in conversion therapy and his life and advocacy since then.

Peterson is a Bible scholar, actor, storyteller, and activist exploring the intersection of gay rights, human rights, and climate change.

Check out all of Peterson’s projects:

petersontoscano.com

Peterson’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/p2son

Climate Stew: climatestew.com

Peterson’s work on gender & the Bible:
petersontoscano.com/portfolio/transfigurations/