A New Podcast for Recent Atheists November 17, 2010

A New Podcast for Recent Atheists

Rich Lyons has a podcast (on iTunes) for people who left religion and are trying to deal with the loss of faith (and finding of reason).

It’s called Living After Faith — the episodes are under 20 minutes long, the topics are interesting and personal (e.g. “Too Fucked Up to Fuck”), and I’m sure a lot of you will have things in common with Rich and his wife Deanna Joy Lyons.

Check it out and let them know what you think 🙂


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  • Do you really see it as faith OR reason? Aren’t both atheism and theism expressions of faith? I know both atheists and theists who have reached their positions based on a very reasonable basis. I’m not sure that it’s helpful (and is perhaps disingenuous) to frame this as losing faith and finding reason. Sure, some religious people are very unreasonable, but, in my experience, many – in fact most – have made reason based choices in their embracing of belief in God.

    Aren’t we really talking about a change of faith? From faith in God to a belief that God doesn’t exist. That’s not a loss of faith and neither does it imply either way a rejection or embracing of reason. Reason can lead people to both those expressions of faith.

  • I sure could have used something like this back in 2004-2005. I went through the entire deconversion process -and its painful aftermath-with no support and no resources.
    Glad that this is out there now!

  • plublesnork

    If you’re like me and don’t own an iProduct, and thus have no interest in being forced to use iTunes to access a podcast, you might find the RSS feed handy: http://feeds.feedburner.com/LivingAfterFaith

  • Carlie

    I’ve listened to a couple – really good so far. I had a little cognitive dissonance at first, because since he spent 20 years as a pastor (and is southern) he has the exact cadence and tone of all the pastors I’ve ever heard. Kind of neat hearing that familiar sound but being all rational and stuff.

  • i’d love to leave a friendly comment, but i don’t participate in those commenting technologies and thus i can’t.

    if one is going to run a blog, always leave for “unregistered” comments. unless your blog is infested with trolls, it’s quite annoying to be asked to sign up for yet another “social networking” technology in order to make a comment. some of us really don’t want to do that, you know.

  • Liz

    Carlie, Rich is the VP of Seattle Atheists (I’m the treasurer). My husband comes from the same conservative religious background and it kind of freaks him out to hear Rich talk. 🙂

  • Carlie

    Liz – as I was listening to the most recent one, near the end it suddenly struck me: “He’s making an alter call! He’s in the alter call stage of the talk!” So odd to my brain, yet so beautifully subversive of the sermons that are still stuck in my head somewhere.

  • Deanna Joy Lyons

    Chicago Dyke, thanks for pointing that out, I didn’t realize it wasn’t allowing comments from some sources. It’s set to allow anyone to comment now.