Almost Heretical
Almost Heretical
Nate Hanson & Shelby Hanson
Join Nate and Shelby Hanson, a dynamic duo consisting of a former pastor and a Bible scholar, as they take a fresh look at Scripture. Are you questioning traditional views of heaven and hell? Feeling like the foundational beliefs you held are starting to wobble? If you're not quite ready to abandon the Bible but seek a new perspective, "Almost Heretical" is the podcast for you. Engage in this transformative journey to deconstruct and reimagine Christianity, and take comfort in knowing you're not alone—hundreds are on this path with you. (Guests include: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Rob Bell, Rainn Wilson (Dwight on The Office), Rachel Held Evans, Tim Mackie (of The Bible Project), Lisa Sharon Harper, Christena Cleveland, Kristen Du Mez and more!)
Women and The Fall - Genesis 3
→ To support the show, visit patreon.com/almostheretical. Thank you for your support! (Supporters get bonus episodes, ad-free show, private Facebook group, and more!) Join us as we delve into Genesis 3 and explore its long-lasting impact on women. We'll tackle big questions like: Did God really say what we've been told? And why isn’t the serpent identified as Satan? We’ll discuss how much of what we believe comes from Paul's interpretations and how this story has shaped women’s experiences, especially around leadership. Get ready for an eye-opening chat about challenging old notions and seeing this story in a new light! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2023
38 min
Is Genesis 2 Anti-Gay?  - Genesis 2:24
→ To support the show, visit patreon.com/almostheretical. Thank you for your support! (Supporters get bonus episodes, ad-free show, private Facebook group, and more!) Notes: Is Genesis 2:24 an institution of heterosexual marriage? Does it matter? In this episode, we tackle these questions and play devil's advocate to help you respond to the pushback you may be facing. We challenge traditional views and ask: How should we use the Bible today? Tune in as we navigate the complex landscape of faith, marriage, and sexuality. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2023
38 min
Satan Wasn't In the Garden of Eden - Genesis 2:1-18
→ To support the show, visit patreon.com/almostheretical. Thank you for your support! (Supporters get bonus episodes, ad-free show, private Facebook group, and more!) Did you ever wonder why Satan is never mentioned in the Garden of Eden? Prepare to have your mind blown as we dive into the untold complexities of Genesis 2:1-18. This episode uncovers surprising interpretations, challenges common myths, and may forever change the way you look at the creation story. Don't miss out; it's time to rethink what you thought you knew about Adam, Eve, and the Garden. → Email us! contact@almostheretical.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2023
38 min
How was light created before the sun? - Genesis 1:6-31
What have we been missing in the creation story? What does the Sun being created before “Light” mean? Why do we have two different creation stories? Join us as we reexamine Genesis 1:6-31. ★ Support our work and get: 2 bonus episodes each month, a montly Zoom call with Nate, Shelby and other listeners, an ad-free version of the show, and access to the private Facebook Group with hundreds of other listeners! Find out more here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 9, 2023
59 min
Rainn Wilson: Spirituality and the Meaning of Life
We dive deep into spirituality and societal transformation with Rainn Wilson, renowned actor and author of Soul Boom. Join us as we explore the pressing need for a spiritual revolution in today's challenging world. Discover practical spiritual tools for personal and collective growth, as Rainn shares his insights on the lost essence of spirituality, the power of early Christian movement in Acts, the impact of societal movements like Black Lives Matter, and the importance of hope in an increasingly cynical world. Get ready to ponder profound questions such as, "When did the West lose spirituality?", "What is the motivation to love?", and even "What would Dwight Schrute think of Soul Boom?" ★ Support our work and get: Bonus episodes each month, a quarterly Zoom call with Nate, Shelby and other listeners, an ad-free version of the show, and access to the private Facebook Group with hundreds of other listeners! Find out more here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2023
1 hr 13 min
Neil deGrasse Tyson - Christianity and the Cosmos
Listen to a whole hour of Neil deGrasse Tyson talking about the Bible, Jesus, and Christianity in a way you've probably not heard before. Neil is the author of Starry Messenger, host of StarTalk and director of the Hayden Planetarium in NYC. We discuss: What does Neil think about being raised Catholic? Why do we always hear about radical conservative Christian ideas? Does Neil have spiritual experiences? What does he think about that term? ★ Support our work and get: 2 bonus episodes each month, a quarterly Zoom call with Nate, Shelby and other listeners, an ad-free version of the show, and access to the private Facebook Group with hundreds of other listeners! Find out more here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2023
1 hr 12 min
Many Creation Stories - Genesis 1:1-5 (Part 1)
(Listen to Part 2) – In Genesis 1:1-5, we encounter intriguing aspects that invite deeper reflection. We explore the use of the pronoun "us" in the early chapters, raising questions about its connection to the Trinity and the presence of Jesus in the garden. Additionally, we debunk the notion of strict sentence structure when reading the passage in Hebrew, uncovering its poetic nature. And we challenge the idea of a perfect heaven by considering alternative perspectives. Join us on this captivating journey as we uncover the rich layers of meaning within Genesis 1:1-5. ★ Support our work and get: 2 bonus episodes each month, a montly Zoom call with Nate, Shelby and other listeners, an ad-free version of the show, and access to the private Facebook Group with hundreds of other listeners! Find out more here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2023
52 min
Sex, Orgasm, Masturbation and Purity Culture with Sheila Gregoire
In this episode of Almost Heretical, we dive into a candid conversation about sex and purity culture with special guest Sheila Gregoire, author of "The Great Sex Rescue." Join us as we explore the harmful effects of purity culture, its impact on individuals' relationships and sexuality, and the importance of a healthy and holistic approach to sexual education. Key Topics Discussed: Understanding the origins and consequences of purity culture Examining the harmful messaging and shame surrounding sexuality Challenging the myths and misconceptions perpetuated by purity culture Exploring the long-lasting effects on individuals' sexual well-being and relationships Discussing the importance of consent, communication, and sexual education ★ Support our work and get: 2 bonus episodes each month, a montly Zoom call with Nate, Shelby and other listeners, an ad-free version of the show, and access to the private Facebook Group with hundreds of other listeners! Find out more here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2023
1 hr 16 min
Sarah Bessey - Navigating an Evolving Faith
In this episode, we speak with Sarah Bessey about the idea of evolving faith and its accompanying challenges. We dive into what it means to have faith during times of change and whether there are any limits to that change. Additionally, we explore the influence of Rachel Held Evans on Sarah's personal faith journey and what insights we might be missing from Rachel's voice in the present day. Finally, we discuss how evolving faith intersects with the idea of Christian orthodoxy and the role of community in supporting those who are wrestling with difficult questions. ★ Support our work and get: 2 bonus episodes each month, a montly Zoom call with Nate, Shelby and other listeners, an ad-free version of the show, and access to the private Facebook Group with hundreds of other listeners! Find out more here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 3, 2023
1 hr 12 min
Writing Worship Music While Deconstructing Christianity with Sam Hedrick
(Listen to the second half of this chat with Sam here.) The final episode of the Worship series, with Sam Hedrick - a worship leader at Cascade Church in Portland, Oregon and songwriter who has been going through a process of deconstruction while continuing to write music for the church. Sam shares his experience of grappling with doubts and difficult questions while also feeling a sense of responsibility to provide a space for worship and connection for others. They discuss the tension between authenticity and the expectations of the church, as well as the ways that music can help us process complex emotions and ideas. Sam also shares about his creative process and the inspiration behind some of his recent songs, which speak to the experiences of those who have left or are questioning their faith. Ultimately, this conversation offers a perspective on the ways that art and faith can intersect and how we can find meaning and community even in the midst of doubt and uncertainty. Listen to Sam's music on Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2023
1 hr 23 min
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