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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Compassion Beats Faith - Episode 51 Robert Parham

Today we speak with a man whose love for his friends started a chain of events that led him away from religion, and into reason. Robert Parham has a butter-smooth southern accent, and a mellow delivery that belies the heartbreak in his story.

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  1. I'm only part-way through listening to this, but it's already touched a few points that made me think, "I can really relate to this." I'm so glad you released it.

    For me, the long process that led to deconversion began in theological seminary, where for the first time I was taught to question my beliefs. (The irony of picking up critical thinking skills in seminary is not lost on me!) It took me years to progress to the point of becoming an atheist, though. I spent a long time becoming a more and more liberal Christian before I finally reached the point where I could admit to myself that God is not real and the Bible has no value other than as a piece of historic literature.

    If you're at all interested in my background story, the posts on my old blog at are almost like a chronicle of my movement from Pentecostalism to atheism.

  2. Barry, would you be interested in being on the program? We could do it on skype.

  3. I'm in the middle of listening to this, but I'm at work at my desk trying so hard not to burst in to tears. Powerful. Maybe I should pause and wait until after work...

  4. This is one of the best interviews I've heard on your show. This is a story that needs to be heard...and would be diminished if it were shortened. Thank you both (Rich and Robert) for doing it and releasing the entire thing.

  5. I'm so glad I found this. I recently "came out" as no longer a Christian. I'm not at the atheist point. It's lonely on Facebook when you're friends and family stop *Liking* anything you post.