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This is the official broadcast of the nonprofit organization Recovering from Religion (RfR), hosted by Emily Karp and Scott Smith, two volunteers on RfR's Hotline Project. Every aspect of leaving, questioning, or changing one's faith is explored.




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Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Show Notes:

Interview with Drew Bekius

Website/Blog: https://drewbekius.com/

Humanist Coach: http://www.humanistcoach.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abekius

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrewBekius?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

The Clergy Project

Website http://clergyproject.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theclergyproject/

The Rise and Fall of Faith:


Listener's Story #1: 

Joshua Richards

JRR Talking podcast:  www.JRRTalking.com

Houston Oasis:  www.houstonoasis.org


Upcoming Secular Events:

Imagine No Religion 7, June 2nd-4th, Toronto  


Secular Conference, July 22nd & 23rd, London, England  


Gateway to Reason, July 28-30th, St. Louis, Missouri  


Freedom from Religion Foundation’s National Conferencem September 15-17th,  Madison, Wisconsin


Listener's Story #2:

Allen Coffey

"The Gorilla Video" (Selective Attention Test) 


Why Won't God Heal Amputees?:


Mentioned In The Episode's Closing Remarks:

Secular Therapy Project: https://seculartherapy.org/

Recovering from Religion Support Groups:  http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/support-groups

Hotline Project phone number:  1-84 I DOUBT IT (1-844-368-2848)

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Recovering from Religion Blog: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/excommunications/

Blog Submissions: rita@recoveringfromreligion.org

If you have any questions or comments about the show please email us at podcast@recoveringfromreligion.org.

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New episodes of the podcast will be published every other Sunday.

Scott Smith was raised Southern Baptist and has been identifying as an atheist since 2009.  He is a retired U.S. Army intelligence analyst who served in West Germany, Fort Drum, NY, Haiti, Somalia, Hawaii, Iraq, Washington D.C., and San Antonio, TX where he also resides now.  Prior to that, he attended the University of Kentucky and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. 

He has been with the Recovering from Religion Hotline Project since September 2015. Scott is currently an agent, mentor, and supervisor with the Hotline Project as well as the co-host of the Recovering from Religion podcast. His hobbies include marathon running, bass guitar, and golf.

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Emily Karp was raised in Catholicism, and has extended family who are Jewish. She has been identifying as an atheist since 2010 and has been volunteering with the Recovering from Religion Hotline Project since it launched at at end of February 2015. She is currently an agent, mentor, and supervisor with the Hotline Project as well as the co-host of the Recovering from Religion podcast.

Emily currently resides in Maryland. She possesses a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics from Boston University, MA and works in Washington DC at the Department of Interior's Document Management Unit. Her main hobbies are fanvideo editing, writing fanfiction, and blogging about asexuality.