Matthew Blake and Karyn Thurston are creating a podcast for people leaving bad religion.
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Apostasy is hard, but, for many of us, necessary.

One of the scariest parts about challenging or abandoning the faiths that raised us is knowing that if and when we decide to defect, for every harmful layer we peel off, we're also losing some of the things that have given us immense joy over the years.

We may have struggled to fit in. But at some level, church was a place to belong. An extension of our family—and, for many, a condition of staying connected to our actual family.

For most of us who grew up in church, there are strings attached. When we choose to sever those strings, we're saying goodbye to both the bad and the good. It's often scary and lonely to be true to your own heart at the expense of losing connections to so many people you care about.

That's why we started Heathen. To be a rallying point for people who want to leave, are leaving, or have left a toxic and damaging belief system. We're largely former evangelicals, but there is room here for anyone who hopes to find a new kind of spiritual community. A place to feel less alone and more alive.

If you've found a home here at Heathen, we'd love to have your monthly support. We want to be solid ground for people when they take that first step away from harmful religion. By chipping in, you can help create a safe space for anyone who needs to jump ship and have a solid place to land.

Thank you so much for helping folks who are breaking up with bad religion.
Tiers
The Trinity
$3 or more per month
Just like the foundational doctrine about the nature of God, supporters at this tier provide a solid base on which to build the Heathen community.  You'll get early access to episodes of the podcast and occasional bonus content.
The Creationist
$7 or more per month
Creating a podcast universe is hard work. Every seven days, we make a whole new episode, and with your seven dollars a month, you can support this literal seven-day creation process. To say thanks, we'll offer premium bonus content, plus everything at The Trinity level.
The Apostle
$12 or more per month
Jesus always welcomed heathens, from Peter the denier to Judas the betrayer to Thomas the doubter. As an apostle in this motley crew, you will really help spread the good news that Heathen is for all people. To thank you, we'll offer a live web chat with Karyn and Matthew once a month, plus everything at the lower levels.
Apostasy is hard, but, for many of us, necessary.

One of the scariest parts about challenging or abandoning the faiths that raised us is knowing that if and when we decide to defect, for every harmful layer we peel off, we're also losing some of the things that have given us immense joy over the years.

We may have struggled to fit in. But at some level, church was a place to belong. An extension of our family—and, for many, a condition of staying connected to our actual family.

For most of us who grew up in church, there are strings attached. When we choose to sever those strings, we're saying goodbye to both the bad and the good. It's often scary and lonely to be true to your own heart at the expense of losing connections to so many people you care about.

That's why we started Heathen. To be a rallying point for people who want to leave, are leaving, or have left a toxic and damaging belief system. We're largely former evangelicals, but there is room here for anyone who hopes to find a new kind of spiritual community. A place to feel less alone and more alive.

If you've found a home here at Heathen, we'd love to have your monthly support. We want to be solid ground for people when they take that first step away from harmful religion. By chipping in, you can help create a safe space for anyone who needs to jump ship and have a solid place to land.

Thank you so much for helping folks who are breaking up with bad religion.

Recent posts by Matthew Blake and Karyn Thurston

Tiers
The Trinity
$3 or more per month
Just like the foundational doctrine about the nature of God, supporters at this tier provide a solid base on which to build the Heathen community.  You'll get early access to episodes of the podcast and occasional bonus content.
The Creationist
$7 or more per month
Creating a podcast universe is hard work. Every seven days, we make a whole new episode, and with your seven dollars a month, you can support this literal seven-day creation process. To say thanks, we'll offer premium bonus content, plus everything at The Trinity level.
The Apostle
$12 or more per month
Jesus always welcomed heathens, from Peter the denier to Judas the betrayer to Thomas the doubter. As an apostle in this motley crew, you will really help spread the good news that Heathen is for all people. To thank you, we'll offer a live web chat with Karyn and Matthew once a month, plus everything at the lower levels.