Podcast Ep. 90: Chris Shelton, Former Scientologist

Our latest podcast guest is Chris Shelton, a man who spent 27 years in the Church of Scientology. Shelton attained those high levels you only hear about in HBO documentaries, but he got out about three years ago and is now a vocal critic of the Church.

He just published a book called Scientology: A to Xenu: An Insider’s Guide to What Scientology is All About.

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We spoke with Chris about what tipped him off to the Church’s deceptions, what he was taught about Xenu, and what he believes would be the single biggest blow to the Church’s existence.

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Former Pastor Ryan Bell Reflects on Life Without God, a Year After Coming Out

It was two years ago when Ryan Bell, a professor and former pastor of a Seventh-day Adventist church, announced that he would “try on” atheism and “live as if there is no God” for 12 months. Last year, he announced that he was an atheist.

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How’s he doing now? Here’s a glimpse of how things have changed for him:

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This is Why She Left the Jehovah’s Witnesses

A young woman named Sydney made this lovely, deeply personal video about why she no longer wants to belong to the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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Podcast Ep. 87: Eric, a Former Member of the Worldwide Church of God

Our latest podcast guest is Eric, a writer currently living in Chicago. He was raised in California in the Worldwide Church of God, a Christian organization that is now known as Grace Communion International and has been considered by many to be a cult.

Jessica spoke with him about his upbringing in the church, how it affected his childhood, and how he ultimately left it all behind. (We apologize for the sound quality in this episode! The audio equipment wasn’t working properly so we had to resort to alternate means.)

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What Should Parents Do if Their Child is Now an Atheist?

A lot of teenagers who just spent a semester at college may now be coming back home for the holidays without the religious label they had when they still lived at home. What should their parents do about it?

August Brunsman of the Secular Student Alliance has some excellent advice for the ones who may not know how to deal with their newly non-religious kids.



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