Sam, Devin, Larissa and Scott discuss Exit Advice – advice to our younger selves on leaving the church.
Sam reads an essay on Shame, and the peculiar cycle that perpetrates through fundamentalist religion, and particularly relates it to the report from Mama Dragons about LGBT suicides since the November policy release.
Bumper Music: “Surrender” by Angels & Airwaves.
Background Music by Sandeep Bhandari
This week we talk about the Holy Grail of Mormon Apostasy – Alcohol. Make sure you’re hydrated for this one!
Sam’s gut reaction to the news tonight, that a militiaman was shot and Ammon Bundy arrested in Oregon.
Devin, Larissa, and Scott are back to discuss ExMormon Pharisees – those self-righteous, “I left the church before it was cool” morality hipsters. Don’t let them ruin heathenism for the rest of us!
Because she is always willing to help someone in need, Sam’s wife did this interview to offer her perspective on what it’s like to love someone who is going through a faith crisis.
Sam talks about the marriage scare that sometimes comes with a faith crisis, and about his own experiences considering divorce.
Book: Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay by Mira Kirshenbaum
Sam talks about some of the Mental Health issues he has struggled with, and what he has learned in the process – before and after his faith crisis.
During our first recording session, Sam, Larissa, and Devin sat down to discuss some of the growing up we have to do after leaving a fundamentalist religion. From small decisions like what to wear, or what movies to watch, to the big-picture of morality, we talk about some of what is required to normalize after striking out on your own.
in·fan·til·ize (ĭn′fən-tl-īz′, ĭn-făn′-)
1. To treat or condescend to as if still a young child: “The Victorian physician infantilized his patient” (Judith Moore).
2. To reduce to an infantile state or condition: “It creates a crisis that infantilizes them—causes grown men to squabble like kids about trivial things” (New Yorker).
In Part 1, Devin and Sam discuss “Storytelling and Santa”, the mini faith crisis of Santa, and its similarities to a religious faith crisis.
In Part 2, Larissa and Scott join the discussion and talk about some of the valuable bits of Christmas tradition that we still get enjoyment out of today.
- Tim Minchun’s “White Wine in the Sun”.