Humanize Me Podcast 2018-08-06T15:38:40+00:00

Humanize Me
Podcast

with Bart Campolo

More content:

Patreon

Subscribe:

iTunes
Google Play
Spreaker
Spotify
Stitcher

Q Line:

What does it mean to flourish? How can I make the absolute best of my one and only life? If love really is the most excellent way, well… how does it work? Every week, humanist community builder Bart Campolo and his incredible array of guests are all over those questions and more. If you want to pursue better relationships and a better world, join the party, for goodness’ sake!

Have a question you’d like us to answer on a future episode? Call the Humanize Me ‘Q Line’ at .

Humanize Me is a production of Jux Media.

1212, 2018

337: An old friend and a worldview challenged

December 12th, 2018|

Bart Campolo’s oldest and closest friend, Matthew Rodreick, is this week’s guest on the podcast. Matthew’s life has been shaped by his son Gabe’s spinal cord injury, sustained around a decade ago when Gabe was 16.

The conversation in this episode begins by exploring the relationship between father and son and the multiple roles one must play in that event, and validating Matthew’s own experience as Gabe’s father as a valid and important one.

It finishes entirely differently: with a moment of revisionist history for Bart as he is reminded that he did not support Matthew’s choice to reconnect with his birth father at the beginning, and the two friends playfully mull over Bart’s old advice, what he got wrong and why.

Matthew’s organization, Unite 2 Fight Paralysis, can be found at u2pf.org.

Included in the outro of this episode is a 5-minute excerpt from a longer philosophical debate between Bart and Roman Campolo. Check out the full bonus episode (link) over on Patreon! Not a supporter yet? Join up at Patreon.com/HumanizeMe and get this episode and lots of other extra content for it!

Follow this podcast on Twitter or Instagram to stay up-to-date:

Twitter: @HumanizeMePod
Instagram: @HumanizeMePodcast

You can also join our Facebook Group.

Got a question for Bart to answer in a future show? Call the ‘Q Line’ at (424) 291-2092.

Humanize Me is hosted by Bart Campolo and is produced by JuxMedia.com.

412, 2018

336: Is there a truly selfless act?

December 4th, 2018|

Today’s caller was in line at a drive-through coffee place, and decided to pay for the people behind her in line. But she realized that, in the course of doing so, the rewarding feeling she got from the act may have been the reason she did it in the first place. And that led to her question for Bart Campolo:

“Is there actually an unselfish act? And if there isn’t, are we doing it for the right reasons? Can there even be an unselfish act and if there is, would that be good?”

Takeaways: The feeling of reward for good deeds is grounded in evolution, the idea that only truly selfless acts are pure or good is probably a holdover from faith-based ethics, virtue is its own reward, take pride in and enjoy being a good person, how you act is what makes the difference in the world, self-interest – properly understood – actually mandates altruism, and excessive selfishness in the name of pursuing happiness is misinformed.

Join us this Thursday night over at Patreon.com/HumanizeMe for a live Jam Session at 9pm Eastern (available to $20+ subscribers, audio will be available to $5+ subscribers later). Be in on our live production meeting about the podcast with our team: Bart, John Wright, Bob Cleary and Scott Watkins.

Follow this podcast on Twitter or Instagram to stay up-to-date:

Twitter: @HumanizeMePod
Instagram: @HumanizeMePodcast

You can also join our Facebook Group. Not a supporter on Patreon yet? Join up at Patreon.com/HumanizeMe and get extra content for it!

Got a question for Bart to answer in a future show? Call the ‘Q Line’ at (424) 291-2092.

Humanize Me is hosted by Bart Campolo and is produced by JuxMedia.com.

2811, 2018

335: Is spiritual language disappearing? with Jonathan Merritt

November 28th, 2018|

Language really shapes how we think about things. After Jonathan Merritt moved from the South to New York City, he discovered that the words he had always used to describe spiritual life didn’t resonate anymore! The more pluralistic and postmodern the society, he observed, the less language people seem to have for spiritual experience.

Jonathan is so sure that this is a problem, he wrote a book about it – Learning to Speak God from Scratch – which he and Bart Campolo chat about in this episode.

They talk about the resurgence of the religious right and the desire of many Christians to separate themselves from it, the importance of language to describe good and kind forms of spirituality, Jonathan’s own beliefs, the importance of good questions and our comfort level talking about our spiritual lives.

Jonathan is one of America’s premier religion writers whose work can be found at The Atlantic, The New York Times and many other publications, and whose website can be found at JonathanMerritt.com. His recent article about his latest book can be found HERE. His 2014 article about Bart’s ‘coming out’ to his parents as a humanist can be found HERE.

Leave us a review in iTunes! Take a screenshot of your review and send it to humanizemepodcast@gmail.com to enter our drawing for a copy of Jonathan’s book! The publisher has agreed to part with three of them, and we had 18 entries last time, so you stand a good chance of winning! Entries accepted until 11:59pm EST on Sunday, December 2nd.

Follow this podcast on Twitter or Instagram to stay up-to-date:

Twitter: @HumanizeMePod
Instagram: @HumanizeMePodcast

You can also join our Facebook Group. Not a supporter on Patreon yet? Join up at Patreon.com/HumanizeMe and get extra content for it!

Got a question for Bart to answer in a future show? Call the ‘Q Line’ at (424) 291-2092.

Humanize Me is hosted by Bart Campolo and is produced by JuxMedia.com.

2111, 2018

334: Should we avoid talking politics over Thanksgiving?

November 21st, 2018|

Let’s be honest: Spending time cooped up with family and friends on holidays like Thanksgiving can present some interesting conversational challenges for many of us. With that in mind, podcast producer John Wright asks this question of Bart Campolo in this episode:

“Bill Maher thinks we should stop talking politics with each other in the context of our personal lives and let it be more of a private thing. As someone who had a very serious conversation over Thanksgiving with your parents several years ago about leaving the faith, what do you think of this idea, and how should we conduct conversations with family and friends over Thanksgiving and the holidays? Do you have any advice about topics which are good for these kinds of occasions and topics which are not?”

Takeaways: Set a goal beyond just hanging out, plan for different kinds of conversations, ask questions that allow others to be heard and seen, don’t try to change anybody’s mind, if you’re worried about having a difficult time tell someone you trust who can be rooting for you going in, have some good, safe topics on hand, and maybe break out the movie Elf.

Never heard Bart’s story of ‘coming out’ as an unbeliever to his parents on Thanksgiving? Watch the documentary (which has new pricing and rental options)! For info: CampoloFilm.com. Good reading material on the topic can be found in the recent NYT article, ‘How to Talk to People, According to Terry Gross.’

Also: Congrats to JC Murphy, Ben Ernsberger and Lexi Powers, who’ll each be sent a copy of Jessica Wilbanks‘ book, ‘When I Spoke in Tongues’, after winning our contest last week!

Follow this podcast on Twitter or Instagram to stay up-to-date:

Twitter: @HumanizeMePod
Instagram: @HumanizeMePodcast

You can also join our Facebook Group. Not a supporter on Patreon yet? Join up at Patreon.com/HumanizeMe and get extra content for it!

Got a question for Bart to answer in a future show? Call the ‘Q Line’ at (424) 291-2092.

Humanize Me is hosted by Bart Campolo and is produced by JuxMedia.com.

1311, 2018

333: When I Spoke in Tongues, with Jessica Wilbanks

November 13th, 2018|

Jessica Wilbanks grew up in a fundamentalist Pentecostal church on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, and then, at 16, walked away from the church. Ever since, she’s been haunted by the world she left behind and wrote a book about it, just released: When I Spoke in Tongues.

In this conversation with Bart Campolo, Jessica talks about growing up in her family, the “loss of an assumptive world” with her loss of faith, having a nervous breakdown in college, transcendent experiences and the Holy Spirit, the early days of Pentecostalism, her mother defending her from an angry pastor, her bisexuality and more.

We’re giving away 3 copies of Jessica’s book! Just leave a public review of this podcast on iTunes (link here), take a screenshot of your review and then send it to . Good luck!

Jessica’s website is JessicaWilbanks.com.

Follow this podcast on Twitter or Instagram to stay up-to-date:

Twitter: @HumanizeMePod
Instagram: @HumanizeMePodcast

You can also join our Facebook Group. Not a supporter on Patreon yet? Join up at Patreon.com/HumanizeMe and get extra content for it!

Got a question for Bart to answer in a future show? Call the ‘Q Line’ at (424) 291-2092.

Humanize Me is hosted by Bart Campolo and is produced by JuxMedia.com.

611, 2018

332: Can’t pray… now what?

November 6th, 2018|

Sometimes, in the face of big problems in the world, doing everything we can do feels inadequate.

Consider this episode’s question, asked by Lexi in the Humanize Me Facebook Group:

“Today I find myself missing prayer. I just finished watching Last Week Tonight and it was about family separation. They played a clip of a child recently reunited with his mother and he was crying and saying she didn’t love him. It was absolutely heart wrenching. My helplessness weighs heavy on me tonight. I can give money and protest and vote but my it feels small. I used to spend moments like these in prayer and I would leave feeling as though I had somehow actually done something. It was a way for me to feel like I could shut the door on that grief and move through life like normal. But as I’m typing this I think that maybe that was my problem. I shouldn’t move on from this grief. I should feel it fully and find more actionable steps to prompt change.”

Bart Campolo begins a multi-faceted answer, but partway through begins to doubt his own wisdom on this. After some reassurance, we see it through to the conclusion: we should do whatever we can, and give ourselves a break about what we can’t.

We’ve got some new social media goin’ on! Follow this podcast to stay up-to-date:

Twitter: @HumanizeMePod
Instagram: @HumanizeMePodcast

You can also join our Facebook Group – from where this week’s question came! – to hang out with other listeners.

Not a supporter on Patreon yet? Join up at Patreon.com/HumanizeMe and get extra content for it!

Please review this podcast on iTunes if nothing else; it’ll only take a minute.

Got a question for Bart to answer in a future show? Call the ‘Q Line’ at (424) 291-2092.

Humanize Me is hosted by Bart Campolo and is produced by JuxMedia.com.

Load More Posts

Support Humanize Me and get exclusive content on: