Our guest is Keith Semple a musician originally from Northern Ireland who is hosting his own podcast The Semple Truth. We talk about his journey to atheism, how it influences his music and his love of science fiction and fantasy novels.
It isn’t everyday that a conservative wants to be a guest on a secular left podcast but it happened. Doug talks to a conservative podcast host about topics they will never agree on and there was no name calling. Slowly drive past the scene of this accident.
In this episode Doug is kind of happy that Greg Epstien is now head of the Chaplains of Harvard University but he still has trouble believing that interfaith work really includes the non-believer. Then Doug talks about a recent study that showed ending the $300 extra unemployment benefit didn’t cause a flood of lazy cheeto eating slackers to go back to work. It just one more proof that ignoring science will prolong the pandemic.
What this means is that while religious practitioners still enjoy their apparent majority in America, each new generational “cohort” has been less likely to practice religion than the previous generation. Among tenth and twelfth graders, almost all the drop-off in churchgoing happened in the years between 2000 and 2013.
A look at most of the major news headlines about Christianity often paints its followers as ultraconservative people who are against certain minority groups, such as refugees and the LGBT community. However, that’s not always the case, and a potentially powerful movement known as the Christian Left, or progressive Christianity, is also present and making impacts in faith communities and beyond.