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Listener questions abound on this episode, posed in real time by Humanize Me producer John Wright, featuring topics raised on the podcast’s top-secret Facebook group (which is totally easy to find HERE).
On this episode: When to come out as an unbeliever to your pastor, what Bart’s been reading lately, whether atheists can enjoy worship music, and who to thank for the pleasure of living, among other things.
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Gleb was involved in starting it. Bart signed up to it. Now, they’re both committed to it. What is the Pro-Truth Pledge? How do we separate fact from fiction? And why did a group of scientists come together at this moment in history to do this? Gleb joins Bart for this episode of the podcast to talk about it.
Bart chats with Vanessa Zoltan, a research assistant at Harvard Divinity School where she graduated who has been involved with the Humanist Hub at Harvard University and is well-known for her approach to reading books like Harry Potter as a sacred text.
Among the topics covered in this episode:
- Being an atheist for solidarity
- The power of prayer?
- Lectio Divina and Harry Potter
- On shared languages and arts
- How something like that gets started
Bart’s son Roman joins him for this chat, recorded on Father’s Day, in which they contemplate the nature of ‘fathering’ and the attributes of an ideal father figure in someone’s life. What are the factors that make someone a good mentor? How can fathers establish a reality model for the person they’re mentoring but stretch to understand their world too? Is religion based on a father complex? To what extent did Bart’s own values stick with Roman, and what does Roman think now?
(Roman jumps back on the mic later for a bonus segment on Trump and the current state of the political drama in the United States, with an exchange of views about how much people should be engaged with it or care about the intricacies of what’s going on.)
Roman is a musician and songwriter living in Los Angeles.
Like Bart, Drew Bekius is a former Christian minister who stopped believing and left the faith he held for so long. In this episode, Bart and Drew talk about their journey, the view on the other side of faith, the plight of unbelieving clergy, compassion for those in that position and what they’re both doing now that they’re no longer evangelical pastors.
Ex-Mormons. Ex-Scientologists. Ex-Jehovah Witnesses. Ex-Evangelicals. They were all there at sunset at Morris Bird’s bi-annual gathering on the beach, cooking ribs and meeting each other. Some had travelled for hours to get there, desperate for community with those like them.
On this episode, Bart chats with Morris about such communities for the benefit of any of you who may be interested in doing something like this yourselves. Email Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to get in touch. Email Bart at bartcampolo.org/contact.
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