Episode 139: Deconversion

Monotheistic belief continues to dominate Western culture, but that dominance has diminished appreciably in the last few decades. What forces compel contemporary Christians to question their beliefs? Is the transition smooth or rough, rapid or drawn out? How does it feel to “deconvert?” This week I welcomed local writer Jon Fortenbury, who provided us a glimpse into his own personal journey from Christianity through periods of doubt, atheism, agnosticism, and beyond. Enjoy!

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Note 1: Based on listener feedback, we’ve returned to using a mono audio mix this episode. Happy listening!

Note 2: I misattributed the “First Mover” argument to St. Anselm. It was actually advanced by St. Thomas Aquinas. Anselm’s was a version of the Ontological argument.

Show Notes
JonFortenbury.com
The End of Faith, by Sam Harris
The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins
God is Not Great, by Christopher Hitchens
Cosmological argument

This Week’s Postshow Song Pimpage
“Jesus Christ” by Brand New

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2 Comments on "Episode 139: Deconversion"

  1. Squeezie
    13/09/2013 at 12:28 pm Permalink

    Tsss …
    God exist, but humans make many errors about God …
    They don’t (and they “can’t”) believe in a God who loves humans, whose don’t say “Owh, you make a f*****g error, I promise you hell !” …
    God aren’t that, God don’t punish humans who make some error in their life…
    He give me the choice to make bad or good, so why he promise me “hell” if I make something bad ?
    So ! I hope you understand me !
    But … Maybe I’m wrong ?

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