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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

6-Word Memoir

Our 6-word memoir for 2010

Loving others gives life beauty, meaning.

Share with us your 6-word memoir for 2010!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

No Longer Witnessing for Jehovah - Episode 11

In this episode we talk with Chad, a life-long Jehovah's Witness who left the church and became an atheist.

I've spent more time editing this episode that I imagined, because I had to balance my friendshp with Chad and my desire to protect him from saying too much, and my respect for my listeners, which requires me to tell his story.

I hope you are as moved by his story as I am.

Now, let's LAF with Chad!

Friday, December 24, 2010

We are now Officially Official!

Living after faith is now the official podcast of Recovering Religionists, a group founded by Dr. Darrel Ray, author of "The God Virus." We will be partnering with Darrel to bring more resources and hope to people leaving the faith.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Interviewed by KUOW

Watch this space for Rich's interview with Jeremy Richards (who is fantastic, by the way) in about two weeks. With any luck, it'll help more people find out they're not alone. There are lots of us out here in the wide world LAFing!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The God Virus - Episode 10 with Dr. Darrel Ray

Dr. Darrel Ray joins us on Living After Faith to help us better understand how we are infected with the "God Virus." Like any virus, it's important to remember that there is no guilt for catching it. The focus is to recover from it.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

PTSD Flashback (By Request) - Episode 9

We've had lots of requests and questions about PTSD, so this episode focuses more closely on what it is and how to recognize it.

We also have resources for you: PTSD symptoms list (a little more extensive than the Mayo Clinic's list):

Atheist Experience:  (show info)   (blog)

Dr. Darrell Ray:

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

On the Atheist Experience!

This last Sunday, I was on The Atheist Experience! It was Episode #686: Religion and Sex with Dr. Darrel Ray, author of The God Virus. I got into contact with Darrel because of the show, and we'll be working on some projects together in the near future. Watch this space for exciting news soon!

You can watch it here: or listen to the podcast, available through iTunes.

Come LAF with us Thursday night!

Some good friends of ours host the Ask an Atheist show here in the Seattle area.  Recent news is that because of a funding cut to the public access facilities they use, they will be moving the show to a local radio station. Ask an Atheist needs to get some funds together to start up the show so they are hosting a  benefit at the Tacoma Comedy Club this Thursday night (Dec 9th) at 8pm and we will be there. If you're in the area, please come down and LAF with us! We would love to see and meet you. If you're not in the area, and would like to help out, you can make a donation using the Paypal button on their site, below.

Details here:

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Opening the Email Bag - Episode 8

Hate mail and LAF letters.

Our responses to the things that YOU commented on.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Atheists Giving Thanks - Episode 7

What do atheists have to be thankful for? Listen and find out. This one is light-hearted, unedited and totally off the cuff fun. No serious stuff, but fun and gives you a look at who we are. Enjoy!

Links to things we talked about:
Daniel Dennet's article "Thank Goodness"

The big power outage at our radio station last year (with audio!):

Rat City Roller Girls:

Monday, November 22, 2010

I didn't fall from grace...

Early when I was leaving the faith, while the faithful were still leaving me, I wrote this as an explanation and apology for my actions.

I've come a long way since that time, but it has a burn to it that I don't feel anymore. I'm glad it isn't burning anymore.

From the past....

I didn't fall from grace. I did a 10.0 triple back-flip off the high dive. 

Becoming an Atheist was the most difficult and painful thing I've ever done in my life. I didn't get pissed off one day and tell god to go to hell. It was years of using a jagged pruning saw to rip away bits of my heart ... becoming the worst thing a human can be, and realizing that is me, an Atheist. 

An atheist who never raped a boy (or girl for that matter) like priests routinely do. 

An Atheist who's truly not arrogant, who realizes he doesn't know anything about anything, so unlike his former christian self, he doesn't have the message to save the world. 

An Atheist who won't say with a beyond-haughty smirk that he has a direct line (I was a prophet, you know, told people things I couldn't know, healed cancers, yeah, that WAS me.) to some spirit that knows all and has all power and IS love itself, yet cares more about a white American's nasal irritation than he does about millions of nonbelieving Africans dying of AIDS. 

An Atheist who's an awful father but still a better father than The Father. You see, I never tortured my daughter one minute. But "god is love" created a world knowing (all knowing!) he would get to torture billions of souls - his children - for EVER. So I live a few thousand miles from my daughter and we speak occasionally, so yeah, I'm a piss-poor dad and a son-of-a-bitch. 

But I won't burn a single soul in hell forever. 

And I promise I won't kill my only begotten daughter to help me get over the fact that someone ate an apple from my tree. But if I did brutally murder a child because someone ate my apple, how would a jury take that? Would they call me a good father? But that's what your book says your father did to his only begotten son. 

No, I'm not the least bit interested in talking with religious "connected" gurus who think that father is good. That father's only excuse is that he doesn't exist. 

I know this sounds bitter. I'm really not.

I've had some ugly things happen in my life, some my fault, some beyond my control, but my life is beautiful. I love life. when I turn on a fan or light, I realize someone had an idea, worked hard to invent it, got it into production and sold it to me to make life better. 

I too, owe my best to make life better for others. 

When buy a homeless guy a room for the night, give him a meal and laundry money, I feel good. I feel bad when I can't help. 

I'm an Atheist. 

But maybe I'm not such a horrible human after all. Because I'm not waiting for god to fix it, or take us out on doomsday, I'm more active in making the world a better place, in an insignificant way, certainly... but I'm just getting started. 

Please don't be offended. Real friends can have differing views, and remain friends. If not, I understand. My wife, her whole family, two "soul mates" and a heavenly host of others have chosen to forget me because I dove into forbidden waters. 

But the water is cool, still and peaceful.

And I can swim alone if I need to.



Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Come LAF with us LIVE in Seattle!

We're gonna watch this live at the Lyons' Den at 6:40am local time. 

RSVP in comments and come LAF with us. 

Beers and brekky and an old-fashioned Hitch-Slappin' with the Lyons!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Pushing through PTSD - Episode 6

These podcasts have stirred up some old symptoms. You can hear them in this podcast. I didn't want to publish this one, but Deanna says it's important. PTSD is ugly. This podcast is ugly, but you can hear PTSD first hand. And maybe you can see enough to realize you or someone you love needs help.

Here is a list of symptoms of PTSD from the Mayo Clinic.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

Too Fucked up to Fuck - Episode 4

Christianity left Rich Too Fucked up to Fuck. The story of how a man experienced sexual abuse, and with the loving help of another, recovered.

If you have sexual issues stemming from religion, this is NOT an episode to miss.

Mentioned in this episode:
Dan Savage:
and his podcast:

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Living After Faith Podcast - Episode 3

Unfaithfully Yours

Rich Lyons has told you about some of the lows he has experienced in life, now he is joined by his wonderful wife Deanna Joy Lyons to describe their wonderful life together. A life without faith.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Living After Faith Podcast - Episode 2

People have asked how I went from UPCI pastor, ultra-right-wing Bible-thumping young-earth christian to atheist. This episode answers that question.

WARNING: If you still consider yourself one of the faithful, this would be the one to skip, because it will ask questions that may cause your house of cards to crumble.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Living After Faith Podcast - Episode 1

An introduction to Living After Faith. (15 min)

Click the above title to listen to the first episode, or you can right click to save the file on your computer.

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