Episode 11 – Shame Cycle

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

Episode 9 – ExMormon Pharisees

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!

Episode 8 – My Believing Spouse

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.

Episode 7 – The Marriage 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

Episode 5 – Making Adult Decisions

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).

Episode 4 – Christmas Stories

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.