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20 Sep Kevin Miller: Hellbound? (Does Hell Exist? If So, Who Ends Up There, And Why?) | The Flipside Podcast #008

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Does hell exist?

 

If so, how can a loving God allow millions of people to suffer in a place of eternal conscious torment?

 

In this episode, I interview award-winning screenwriter, director and producer, Kevin Miller. And we discuss his provocative, critically acclaimed documentary Hellbound? which, in Kevin’s words, “seeks to discover why we are so bound to the idea of hell and what our views on hell reveal about how we perceive God, justice, the Bible and, ultimately, ourselves.”

 

IN THIS EPISODE, KEVIN ANSWERS THE FOLLOWING:

 

• Why do so many loving Christians still believe in hell?

• When did you start questioning hell?

• I once heard you say that the “belief in hell creates hell.” What did you mean?

• Where does the imagery of hell (fire, darkness, torture) come from?

• If someone believes in the Christian God, does he or she have to believe in hell, too?

• Is hell part of the Christian message?

• What did the early church believe about hell?

• It’s often said that Jesus spoke more about hell than heaven. Is that true?

• Why are so many people afraid to question hell?

• Does it makes sense for God to give Hitler a free pass into heaven without any punishment?

• Is eternal conscious torment the only view of the afterlife for Christians to hold to?

• If there’s no eternal hell, then why the need for a savior?

• How did the writers of Scripture know with certainty what happens after we die?

• If there were no Bible, would people still believe in hell?

• If people really believe in hell, then why aren’t they sharing their faith 24/7 to save people from it?

• If we’re all trying to make sense of the world, does the idea of hell really make a good story?

• As you toured the film and did Q&A’s, what were some of the responses?

 

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LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

 

hellboundthemovie.com

Her Gates Will Never Be Shut by Brad Jersak

Kevin’s Patheos Blog
Hellbound? Facebook Page
Hellbound? on Twitter

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(Image Description: Hellbound? movie cover | Used with permission)

 

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13 Sep Frank Schaeffer: Why I Am An Atheist Who Believes In God | The Flipside Podcast #007

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Is it possible to be an atheist and believe in God?

 

Well, Frank Schaeffer seems to thinks so.

 

And the description of his new book, Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God, gives us a glimpse into this seemingly contradictory reality:

 

Caught between the beauty of his grandchildren and grief over a friend’s death, Frank Schaeffer finds himself simultaneously believing and not believing in God—an atheist who prays. Schaeffer wrestles with faith and disbelief, sharing his innermost thoughts with a lyricism that only great writers of literary nonfiction achieve. Schaeffer writes as an imperfect son, husband and grandfather whose love for his family, art and life trumps the ugly theologies of an angry God and the atheist vision of a cold, meaningless universe. Schaeffer writes that only when we abandon our hunt for certainty do we become free to create beauty, give love and find peace.

 

In this candid interview, Frank pulls no punches and points out what many of us sometimes think and feel–whether we wanna acknowledge it or not.

 

So give yourself a break from trying to believe all the “right” things for a moment, and think about whether or not your beliefs now inspire you to give love, create beauty and find peace.

 

Enjoy the show!

 

IN THIS EPISODE, FRANK ANSWERED THE FOLLOWING:

 

• Isn’t calling yourself an “atheist who believes in God” a contradiction?
• How has embracing paradox and uncertainty brought healing into your life?
• Doesn’t certainty give people hope?
• Do you pray to a God on some days and live as an atheist on other days?
• You feel connected to something bigger than yourself whenever you paint. Would you call that God?
• Where do you find meaning? Is meaning something we create ourselves, or something we discover?
• Why did you join the Greek Orthodox Church? Do you still go to church?
• You talk a lot about your wife. What’s her reaction to your theological evolution?

 

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LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

 

frankschaeffer.com

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Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God

Frank’s Facebook Page

Frank’s Youtube Channel

Frank’s Twitter

Frank’s Google Talk

FREE AUDIOBOOK download when you try Audible for 30 days

Order Signed Copies of So You Thought You Knew: Letting Go of Religion

Please Support This Podcast by Making a Donation (any amount helps!)

 

Thanks for Listening!

 

Thanks for chillin’ with me again this week. Have a question or some feedback you’d like to share? Or you wanna just show some love? Leave a comment below!

 

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

 

Also, I’d really appreciate it if you can leave me a REVIEW and RATING on iTunes by clicking here. It helps the podcast a lot and allows more people to discover it as well!

 

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Thanks again. Peace!

 

(Image: Frank Schaeffer  | Used with permission)

 

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09 Sep We’re Moving Overseas! So Get Your Signed Copy Today! (Only For Those In The US)

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As many of you know, my wife and I are moving back to the Philippines in a few months. (Time’s flying!) I repeat. Not visiting. Moving. And so, we’re taking everything with us … including my books that I usually sell at my speaking engagements.

 

But for a limited time, from now till December, I wanna give you an opportunity to order a SIGNED COPY (or copies) of my first book So You Thought You Knew: Letting Go of Religion directly from me. I’ll even personalize it for you with your name inside the cover.

 

And if you’re part of a church or home group, and would like to order 30 copies or more, I’ll even take 10% off the original total. We just wanna get this book into the hands of as many people as possible before we take our work overseas.

 

(IMPORTANT: ONLY FOR THOSE WITHIN THE U.S.A.)

 

So if you’d like to receive 1 or more personalized copies of this life-changing book for you or a friend, then click on the link below and follow these simple instructions:

 

Order Signed Copy of So You Thought You Knew

(I REPEAT: ONLY FOR THOSE WITHIN THE U.S.A.)

 

Anyway, I hope you all had an awesome Labor Day weekend!

 

And don’t forget, a new episode of The Flipside Podcast will be coming out soon! So don’t miss it by subscribing!

 

Much love,

Josh

 

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06 Sep Darrel Ray: Sex and God – How Religion Distorts Sexuality | The Flipside Podcast #006

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What is the impact of religion on human sexuality?

 

You see, growing up in the church, I was told all the dos and don’ts of sexuality for “Bible-believing” Christians. Yet, ironically, some of the preachers I’d listen to would contradict one another when it came to “how far” one can go sexually, both before and after marriage. And some would even commit the very “sins” they’d passionately condemn at the pulpit.

 

Why was there so much hypocrisy going on in the church?

And why were so many of my [natural] sexual desires considered “sinful” in the eyes of God?

 

In this episode, I have an honest chat with psychologist and author, Dr. Darrel Ray. And let me tell ya, we don’t shy away from any topics here.

 

So put your kids to sleep (if you have any) … and let’s talk about sex, baby.

 

IN THIS EPISODE, DARREL ANSWERED THE FOLLOWING:

 

• Why are so many people afraid to talk about sex?
• How has religion shaped our culture and sexual development?
• How is religion often an excuse for bad behavior?
• What’s the difference between guilt and shame?
• Why do even non-religious people struggle with guilt and shame when it comes to sexuality?
• Talk about masturbation for a bit. Are there any benefits to it?
• What are some ways parents can address the topic of sex to their kids?
• What have you discovered in your research about porn and porn addiction?
• What would you tell someone who’s struggling with shame right now?

 

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LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

 

Recoveringfromreligion.org

Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality (FREE when you try Audible for 30 days)

The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture

Darrel’s Talk on “The Myth of Sex Addiction”

Sex Education For All Ages Interview With Dr. Melanie Davis

Kindle Countdown Promo for The Secret to Awesomeness (only for a limited time!)

Become a Patron and help support this podcast to keep it going (any amount helps!)

 

Thanks for Listening!

 

Thanks for chillin’ with me again this week. Have a question or some feedback you’d like to share? Or you wanna just show some love? Leave a comment below!

 

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

 

Also, I’d really appreciate it if you can leave me a REVIEW and RATING on iTunes by clicking here. It helps the podcast a lot and allows more people to discover it as well!

 

Then follow these steps:

 

1. Click “view in iTunes” button

2. Go to Ratings and Review.

 

Finally, don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast on iTunes to get automatic updates so you’ll never miss a show!

 

Thanks again. Peace!

 

(Image Description: Darrel Ray speaking at Steven Allen Theater (2012) | Used with permission)

 

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05 Sep Limited Time Offer: The Secret to Awesomeness Is Only 99 Cents (US & UK)

I have some awesome news.

 

For a LIMITED TIME, the kindle version of The Secret to Awesomeness is on sale for only 99 cents!!

 

Starting from September 5 (US & UK) the kindle book will be priced at only $0.99.

 

Then the countdown begins.

 

After a few days the book will go back to its original price of $8.62.

 

So if you want to take advantage of this great deal, you need to act fast! Remember, it’s only for a few days.

 

Now, if you already have the kindle version of the book, why not buy it for someone else? If you know someone whom you think might need (or want) it, Amazon gives you the option to give it as a gift (it’s near the purchasing button).

 

So there you go! Please help us get this book into the hands of as many people as possible during the next few days. Just SHARE, TWEET, LIKE, and all that other shhhtuff to help get the word out.

 

Also, let us know how the book has touched your life in any way by writing a review on Amazon. It only takes a few minutes. My wife and I love to hear your stories! Oh, it brings us joy!

 

And last, but not least, don’t forget that the book is now in 3 formats:

 

Paperback

Kindle

Audio

 

Much love to you all.

-Josh and Remy

 

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01 Sep Ryan Bell: A Year Without God | What Does He Believe Now?

 

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A Year Without God?

 

Yup, at the end of 2013, former pastor Ryan Bell announced he was gonna “try on” atheism for a year. And boy, it didn’t take too long for the media to take notice.

 

So what made a life-long Christian, who pastored for nearly 20 years, do such a thing?

 

Well, it’s been over a year since his experiment began, and I had the opportunity to chat with him at his home in Pasadena, California.

 

So get ready … this episode is sure to get you thinking.

 

IN THIS EPISODE, RYAN ANSWERED THE FOLLOWING:

 

• What events led to your  “Year Without God”?
• What difference does God make?
• How do you respond to skeptics?
• Did you ever “pray” during your atheist experiment?
• Why not “A Year Without Christianity?” instead of God?
• Why atheism? Why not deism? Pantheism?
• How would you define the God you reject?
• How did your “year without God” affect your family?
• How did the atheist community influence your journey?
• Do you ever miss the old notion of God you used to have? (e.g., a loving father, provider)
• Do you ever feel like your religious years were all a waste?
• What would it take for you to believe in God again?

 

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LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

 

Ryan’s Bell Blog “A Year Without God”

Ryan’s Facebook

(FREE Audiobook Download) God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything 

Become a Patron and help support this podcast to keep it going (any amount helps!)

 

Thanks for Listening!

 

Thanks for chillin’ with me again this week. Have a question or some feedback you’d like to share? Or you wanna just show some love? Leave a comment below!

 

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

 

Also, I’d really appreciate it if you can leave me a REVIEW and RATING on iTunes by clicking here. It helps the podcast a lot and allows more people to discover it as well!

 

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2. Go to Ratings and Review.

 

Finally, don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast on iTunes to get automatic updates so you’ll never miss a show!

 

Thanks again. Peace!

 

(Image Description: Ryan Bell speaking at Oklahoma Freethought Convention 2015 | Author: FreeOK)

 

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26 Aug The Real Reasons Why We Believe | The Flipside Podcast #004

 

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What do you believe?

 

Wait a minute, let me ask that question again. What do you really believe?

 

In other words, have you ever claimed to “believe” in a particular idea or creed, yet in your heart, you really didn’t believe?

 

Or have you ever tried to believe in something because you were supposed to believe in it, yet in your mind, it didn’t make any sense to you at all?

 

IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL HEAR:

 

• The senior project on “Christianity” that changed my life
• Some possible reasons why we believe
• Whether or not we choose our beliefs
• How to recognize our blind spots
• How our environment influences our beliefs?
• Two powerful factors that impact a person’s belief
• Is a God who demands you to “believe or burn” being unfair?

 

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LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

 

FREE audiobook download + 30 day free trial at Audible.com (any book of your choice!)

 • Become a Patron and help support this podcast to keep it going (any amount helps!)

 

Thanks for Listening!

 

Thanks for chillin’ with me again this week. Have a question or some feedback you’d like to share? Or you wanna just show some love? Leave a comment below!

 

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

 

Also, I’d really appreciate it if you can leave me a REVIEW and RATING on iTunes by clicking here. It helps the podcast a lot and allows more people to discover it as well!

 

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1. Click “view in iTunes” button

2. Go to Ratings and Review.

 

Finally, don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast on iTunes to get automatic updates so you’ll never miss a show!

 

Thanks again. Peace!

 

(Image Description: Pope Francis among the people at St. Peter’s Square | Author: Edgar Jimenez)

 

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19 Aug The Hidden Message Behind Religion | The Flipside Podcast #003

 

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What is behind every message you hear?

 

In other words, what drives a person to share what they wanna share?

 

And once a person responds to a certain message, what motivates him or her to do what they do?

 

IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL HEAR:

 

• The sad (yet funny) story of when I was “left behind”
• How much of organized religion is running things
• The problem with the “good news”
• Why the so-called “unconditional” love of God is really conditional
• The different motivations for belief
• Why the “Christian” God is schizophrenic

 

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Thanks for Listening!

 

Thanks for chillin’ with me again this week. Have a question or some feedback you’d like to share? Or you wanna just show some love? Leave a comment below!

 

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

 

And if you believe in what I do and would like to support this podcast financially, consider becoming a patron today by going here: https://www.patreon.com/JoshuaTongol
 

Also, I’d really appreciate it if you can leave me a REVIEW and RATING on iTunes by clicking here. It helps the podcast a lot and allows more people to discover it as well!

 

Then follow these steps:

 

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2. Go to Ratings and Review.

 

Finally, don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast on iTunes to get automatic updates so you’ll never miss a show!

 

Thanks again. Peace!

 

(Image Description: Mark Driscoll preaching at Mars Hill Church, set against a large backdrop that reads “Ten Commandments: set free to live free” | Author: Ruthanne Reid)

 

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07 Aug So You Thought You Knew Is On Sale! (Time Is Running Out!)

Hey everyone, it’s that time again.

 

For a LIMITED TIME, the kindle version of So You Thought You Knew (US & UK) will be discounted at 89% OFF the original price!! In other words, it’s only 99¢.

 

But this promotion won’t last long. In fact, you only have from now till Saturday morning at midnight (on the dot!) to get this special offer!

 

Then the book will go back to its original price of $8.62.

 

So if you want to take advantage of this great deal, you need to act fast! Remember, there’s not much time left.

 

Now, if you already have the kindle version of the book, why not buy it for someone else? If you know someone whom you think might need (or want) it, Amazon gives you the option to give it as a gift (it’s near the purchasing button).

 

So there you go! Please help us get this book into the hands of as many people as possible during the next few days. Just SHARE, TWEET, LIKE, and all that other shhhtuff to help get the word out.

 

Also, let us know how the book has touched your life in any way by writing a review on Amazon. It only takes a few minutes. My wife and I love to hear your stories! Oh, it brings us joy!

 

And last, but not least, don’t forget that the book is now in 3 formats:

 

Paperback

Kindle

Audio

 

Much love to you all.

-Josh and Remy

 

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06 Aug Religious Passion Without ComPassion | The Flipside Podcast #002

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Religion.

 

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear that word?

 

God?
Love?
Faith?

 

Have you ever had someone share their “religion” with you? If so, how was their approach?

 

Have you ever shared your ideas with someone else? If so, how was your approach?

 

Does a person’s approach even matter? Or is it all about a person’s content?

 

IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL HEAR:

 

• The incident of the two passionate men to who tried converting me
• A discussion about passion, truth, and sincerity
• Examples of ineffective approaches to conversations
• Whether it’s “right” or “wrong” to make judgments
• If tolerance is always the answer to disagreements

 

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LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

 

Brendon James’ Artwork

Russell Brand Interviews Westboro Baptist Church

 

Thanks for Listening!

 

Thanks for chillin’ with me again this week. Have a question or some feedback you’d like to share? Or you wanna just show some love? Leave a comment below!

 

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

 

Also, I’d really appreciate it if you can leave me a REVIEW and RATING on iTunes by clicking here. It helps the podcast a lot and allows more people to discover it as well!

 

Then follow these steps:

 

1. Click “view in iTunes” button

2. Go to Ratings and Review.

 

And finally, don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast on iTunes to get automatic updates so you’ll never miss a show!

 

Thanks again. Peace!

 

(Image Description: Members of the Westboro Baptist Church demonstrate at the Virginia Holocaust Museum on March 2, 2010 | Author: JCWilmore)

 

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