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In this episode, Emily has a conversation with ex-evangelical and mental health advocate Aaron Smith. Aaron speaks candidly about living with Bipolar II unknowingly until his late 20’s, partially due to his life in ministry in charismatic evangelical churches. In addition to writing for his own website, culturalsavage.com, his work has been featured on several websites and published anthologies. Aaron is currently a religious studies major at Oregon State University—making his home in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two kids. You can find him on the web and social media at all the links below.

Links From This Episode

Aaron Smith online: culturalsavage.com and on social media: TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

Aaron’s [faith-based] book recommendations for the newly deconstructing:
Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer by Christian Wiman

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Credits: Original music (intro/outro/transitions) by R.Scott Okamoto rscottokamoto.com

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Our Commitment to Pluralism:

My own deconstruction has led all the way to agnosticism; however, I have genuine love and respect those who still believe in Christianity without harming others (i.e.: are fully affirming, actively decolonizing, anti-racist, do not proselytize, etc.).  

One of the things I’m committed to is maintaining a safe space for pluralism. Meaning, I try not to discuss Christianity in a way that insists it is the only valid or correct belief system. I believe my non-Christian listeners will feel safest around Christians who respect and honor their choice to not maintain a personal belief in Christianity, and these are the kind of Christians who I feel safe bringing on my podcast.  

I always want to make sure all my guests are comfortable with these parameters before moving forward. I would never want anyone to compromise their personal convictions, and at the same time I would never allow proselytizing on my podcast, as often times religious trauma survivors can be triggered by that.

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