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25 Oct Wm. Paul Young: The Problem of Suffering and the Goodness of God (The Shack, Cross Roads, Eve) | The Flipside Podcast #011

 

Wm Paul Young Flipside

 

 

Why does a GOOD God allow evil and suffering?

 

In 2007, an unknown author’s book was published, and it was like a bomb exploded in the Christian world. Not only did many well-known representatives of the faith embrace the content of the book, there were many others who vehemently criticized it as well, labeling it as heresy.

 

And boy, did it create a conversation (or should I say many conversations!).

 

In this episode, I interview Wm. Paul Young. Paul was born a Canadian and raised among a stone-age tribe by his missionary parents in the highlands of Netherlands New Guinea. He is best known for his highly-praised and controversial book The Shack which has sold over 20 million copies to date. Since the success of his first publication, he has written two more books, one being Cross Roads, and most recently, Eve.

 

IN THIS EPISODE, PAUL ANSWERS THE FOLLOWING:

 

• Why did The Shack receive so much attention?
• Within Christianity, God is known as a loving Father. Why didn’t you portray God in a masculine form?
• Why is it so hard for many religious folks to accept the idea that God loves unconditionally?
• Is the God of The Shack too nice where “He” no longer matches the God of the Bible (especially the OT)?
• Why does a good God allow suffering?
• It seems like “God allows” EVERYTHING to happen. So is God even necessary?
• Does saying things like “God was with you during those horrible times” do more harm than good?
• In The Shack, what did Jesus mean when he said “I will travel any road to find you”?
• Does it matter what a person believes?
• What are some of the themes found in Eve?
• How is Eve different from your other two books? And what did you want people to take away from it?
• Why was Eve was your most difficult book to write?
• I heard The Shack is gonna be a movie. Can you tell us more about that? Who’ll be starring in it?
• Is there a book tour for Eve?

 

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LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

 

wmpaulyoung.com
Eve (FREE AUDIOBOOK w/ 30-day trial membership on Audible [type title in search])
Paul Young on Youtube
Paul Young on Facebook
Paul Young on Twitter

 

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(Image Description: Eve, The Shack, and Cross Roads book covers & Paul Young)

 

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05 Oct Peter Enns: Why Defending the Bible Does More Harm Than Good (The Bible Tells Me So) | The Flipside #010

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Has defending the Bible made us unable to read it?

 

What if the Bible isn’t meant to be protected and defended? With all the messy, troubling, and weird things found in this ancient book, what if trying to make it behave itself can become a barrier to true faith?

 

In this episode, I interview Dr. Peter Enns. He’s a biblical scholar, theologian, writer and jokester. He’s a contributor to the Huffington Post and Patheos. His books include Inspiration and Incarnation, The Evolution of Adam (where he questions the belief that Adam was a historical figure), and The Bible Tells Me So.

 

IN THIS EPISODE, PETER ANSWERS THE FOLLOWING:

 

• Where did your desire to study the Bible come from? When did it happen?
• Why is there a lot of fear among Christians to share their honest questions about the Bible?
• Some claim they became atheists because of the Bible. But if the Bible isn’t the problem, what is?
• Did your shift in thinking about the Bible affect your faith in God?
• If the Bible isn’t a step-by-step manual on how to live, then what value does it have for us today?
• Christians claim to believe in one God. But does the bible affirm that there’s only one God?
• If the Bible isn’t even clear about big issues like God (!!), should we read the Bible to know God?
• What do you say to someone who tries to justify the violence in the Bible?
• If some of the stories in the Bible aren’t historically accurate, what should our approach be to the text?
• How do you feel about Christians apologists defending the Bible? Are they not taking the Bible seriously?
• Should we be surprised by the different versions of the same story in the Bible?
• Are there any contradictions (not just apparent ones) in the four Gospels?
• Do you consider the Bible to be the “Word of God”? If so, in what way?
• Can our “sacred experiences” be added to the “Word of God”?
• If it’s not about historical accuracy, what about other religious books, such as the Koran?
• How did Jesus read his Bible? Did he follow it like a rule book?

 

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LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

 

peteenns.com
Peter Enns on Patheos
The Bible Tells Me So (FREE AUDIOBOOK download on Audible [type title in search])
Peter Enns on Facebook
Peter Enns on Twitter

 

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(Image Description: Book Cover of The Bible Tells Me So & Peter Enns)

 

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27 Sep David Hayward (Naked Pastor): Are Questions The Answer? | The Flipside Podcast #009

David Hayward

 

 

Are questions the answer?

 

Well, many who left organized religion–those who are tired of trite answers–seem to think so.

 

In this episode, I interview David Hayward (aka Naked Pastor). He is one of the most prolific cartoonists of the online world–describing himself as “a graffiti artist on the walls of religion.”

 

He’s the author of books such as Without a Vision My People Prosper, The Liberation of Sophia, and his latest one, Questions Are the Answers. He also launched an online community called The Lasting Supper where people can learn and live in spiritual independence.

 

IN THIS EPISODE, DAVID ANSWERS THE FOLLOWING:

 

• How did you end up being called “Naked Pastor”?
• When did you get into drawing?
• Is there a tension between “intellectual integrity” and “just believing”?
• What good can questions do for a person that “answers” can’t?
• What were the “3 stages of questions” you went through?
• When was your first “crisis of faith” experience?
• At one point you entered a “dark period” in life. What was going on?
• How did your encounter with a street person dramatically impact you?
• Tell us more about what your wife calls your “Gandhi phase.”
• How can theology hurt people?
• When you were pastoring, what did your services look like?
• What advice would you give to pastors who are facing a theological crisis?
• When did you realize you were finally done with it all (ministry, attending church)?
• Is it possible to criticize the church and still love it?
• You had a dream where you heard the words “It’s time!” What happened?
• What is The Lasting Supper community?

 

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LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

 

nakedpastor.com

thelastingsupper.com

David’s new book Questions Are the Answer
nakedpastor on Facebook
nakedpastor on Instagram

nakedpastor on Youtube

 

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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!

 

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Thanks again. Peace!

 

(Image Description: David Hayward striking a pose | Used with permission)

 

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

hellbound youtube

 

 

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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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!

 

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Thanks again. Peace!

 

(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

Frank Schaeffer Cover

 

 

 

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

frankschaefferart.com

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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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!)

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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.

 

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Thanks again. Peace!

 

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

 

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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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Thanks again. Peace!

 

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

 

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02 Apr You Are Creators Interviews Joshua Tongol – The Secret to Awesomness!

 

Check out my interview with the largest self-help channel on Youtube: YouAreCreators

 

This video was uploaded with the permission of YouAreCreators

 

Information about YouAreCreators:

 

We (YouAreCreators) created this channel to share one of the greatest secrets of the universe, and the secret is, we literally create our reality! (Quantum Physics now proves this) We are all governed by a set of Universal Laws, and these laws were created by GOD, to aid us in creating the life we desire. One of these laws is known as the “Law Of Attraction”, or the law of “Reaping and Sowing”. This law simply states, whatever you give out in Thought, Word, Feeling, and Action is returned to us. Whether the return is negative, or positive, failure or success, is all up to what you give out. Many authors and celebrities such as, Wayne Dyer, Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith, Jim Carrey, Steve Harvey, Rhonda Byrne, and many others have testified to this amazing Law Of Attraction. Its time you learn this wonderful secret…

 

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