You Have Permission

By Dan Koch

Listen to a podcast, please open Podcast Republic app. Available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Image by Dan Koch

Category: Religion & Spirituality

Open in Apple Podcasts


Open RSS feed


Open Website


Rate for this podcast

Subscribers: 258
Reviews: 0
Episodes: 296

Description

So many of us have been given bad answers to good questions -- questions about God, suffering, prayer, fate, science, justice, and more -- often by people with pure intentions. But we needn't stop with those pat answers. You have permission to take both Christianity and the modern world very seriously, and this podcast will introduce you to people from across the Christian spectrum engaging these timeless and difficult questions in various ways.

Episode Date
How to Leave Religion (#276)
Jul 15, 2024
Matt & Max from Milkless 2.0 (#275)
Jul 11, 2024
Gay Ex-Mormon Comedian Ryan Erwin (#274)
Jul 08, 2024
The Holy Spirit? Or "Just the Drums"? (Sarah Lane Ritchie & The New Evangelicals) (#273)
Jul 01, 2024
Is Dan Being Trolled By AI? (with Tyson Motsenbocker) (#272)
Jun 27, 2024
I Don’t Believe In That God: Matt Naylor & Max Valverde (Milkless Podcast) (#271)
Jun 24, 2024
John Mark McMillan: Faith & Doubt (#270)
Jun 17, 2024
We Watched The Chosen So You Don't Have To: Season 1, Episodes 2 & 3 (#269)
Jun 13, 2024
Who Are the Exvangelicals? (#268)
Jun 10, 2024
GGCH: Israel, Rome and Christianity as a Story (#267)
Jun 06, 2024
A Difficult Relationship with Christianity (#266)
Jun 03, 2024
Using Movies in Therapy (#265)
May 30, 2024
Why Are We Obsessed with the End Times? (#264)
May 28, 2024
Should We Care About Harrison Butker's Speech? (#263)
May 23, 2024
Why Are Some Christians So Certain? Q&A w/Kristen (#262)
May 20, 2024
We Watched The Chosen So You Don't Have To: Season 1, Episode 1 (#261)
May 16, 2024
What Does Subtle Religious Trauma Look Like? (#260)
May 13, 2024
GGCH: Post-Christian Churches, the New Sober, and Debriefing the Emerged Podcast (#259)
May 09, 2024
The Christian Dating Scene is BLEAK (#258)
May 06, 2024
How Can Deconstructing Parents Talk About God? (#257)
Apr 29, 2024
How to Write a Post-Evangelical Novel (#256)
Apr 25, 2024
I Don’t Like Worship Music, But It Works (#255)
Apr 22, 2024
A New Queer-Affirming Book & Its Fallout (with The New Evangelicals) (#254)
Apr 18, 2024
Still Christian & Way Humble About It! (#253)
Apr 15, 2024
GGCH: Richard Hays’ Gay Affirmation, Huberman, and More (#252)
Apr 11, 2024
How Do Violent & Unhealthy Men Change? (#251)
Apr 08, 2024
Trump 2024 Anxiety, Part 2 (#250)
Apr 04, 2024
A Pastor Walks Out of The Church and Into The Woods (#249)
Apr 01, 2024
Rapid-Fire Mailbag: Pluralism, Eucharist, Oppenheimer vs. Dune, Books & Podcasts (#248)
Mar 28, 2024
Responding to: Finding Meaning in Difficult Bible Passages (#247)
Mar 25, 2024
Finding Meaning in Difficult Bible Passages (#246)
Mar 25, 2024
“There Are Many Ways to Be Nonviolent” (#245)
Mar 21, 2024
Still Christian & Spiritual: Brian Hall (#244)
Mar 18, 2024
GGCH: Kid Birthdays & Autonomy vs. Commitment (#243)
Mar 14, 2024
Barbie, Taylor Swift & Gen Z Gender Polarization (#242)
Mar 11, 2024
Trump’s Evangelical Cult of Personality (#241)
Mar 04, 2024
The Moral Language of Churches on the Left and Right (#240)
Feb 29, 2024
Do We Need the Resurrection, the Creeds, or Miracles? (#239)
Feb 26, 2024
People Are Different And That Makes Us Anxious (#238)
Feb 19, 2024
Masculinity: Protecting the Vulnerable? (#237)
Feb 12, 2024
Dan's Favorite Films & TV of 2023 (#236)
Feb 05, 2024
GGCH: Under The Christmas Tree (#235)
Feb 02, 2024
Still Christian: Tyson Motsenbocker & John Van Deusen (#234)
Jan 29, 2024
Looking for Meaning in "I Think You Should Leave" (#233)
Jan 25, 2024
Horror, Exorcisms & the Fear of God (#232)
Jan 22, 2024
Trump 2024 Anxiety (#231)
Jan 15, 2024
I Don't Believe in That God: Joy Vetterlein (#230)
Jan 08, 2024
When Religion Hurts You (#229)
Jan 02, 2024
The Quagmire of Modern Missions (#70) (Re-broadcast)
Dec 26, 2023
Good News! The Bible Disagrees With Itself (#228)
Dec 18, 2023
Deconstruction for Baby Boomers (#227)
Dec 14, 2023
Has Self-Care Replaced Taking Up Your Cross? Part 2 (#226)
Dec 12, 2023
Has Self-Care Replaced Taking Up Your Cross? (#225) Part 1
Dec 11, 2023
Hell is a Psychological Construct (#224)
Dec 04, 2023
I Don't Believe in That God - Kathleen Tarrant (#223)
Nov 27, 2023
Taylor Swift, Fame, and Panic Attacks: Q + A w/Kristen (#222)
Nov 20, 2023
Being a "Female Christian Writer" (#221)
Nov 13, 2023
GGCH: Is there a Masculinity Crisis? (Patreon Preview)
Nov 09, 2023
Worries About "Humanistic" Christianity (#220)
Nov 06, 2023
Israel & "End Times": A Full Treatment (#219)
Oct 30, 2023
What Even is Existentialism? (#218)
Oct 26, 2023
End Times Popularity: Part 2 (#78) (Re-broadcast)
Oct 24, 2023
End Times Popularity: Part 1 (#77) (Re-broadcast)
Oct 23, 2023
Rediscovering Spirituality in Sobriety (#217)
Oct 16, 2023
The Israel-Palestine Conflict Is Not End Times Evidence (#216)
Oct 10, 2023
Is it Deconstruction, or Running Away? (#215)
Oct 09, 2023
The Psychology of Christian Nationalism (#214) (Excerpt)
Oct 05, 2023
An Existential Road Trip with Tripp Fuller (#213)
Oct 03, 2023
I Don't Believe in That God - Satanist Stephen Long (#212)
Sep 26, 2023
After Universalism, Why Does Religion Matter? (#211)
Sep 21, 2023
Is Christianity Inherently Toxic? (#210)
Sep 18, 2023
What Does a Healthy Spiritual Leader Even Look Like? (#209)
Sep 11, 2023
Why Are People Leaving The Church? (Patreon Preview)
Sep 07, 2023
Theology and the Trans Experience (#208)
Sep 05, 2023
Christianity & Conspiracy Theories (#207)
Aug 28, 2023
The Role of Music in End-Times Culture (#206)
Aug 21, 2023
To Be Gay Affirming (Deluxe Edition) (#205)
Aug 14, 2023
Is "Shiny Happy People" Anti-Religion? (#204)
Aug 10, 2023
Is Anxiety Always Bad? (#203)
Aug 07, 2023
Shiny Happy People: Was Bill Gothard A Cult Leader? (#202)
Aug 03, 2023
What Should "Spiritual Exiles" Do Now? Q&A with Kristen (#201)
Jul 31, 2023
Shiny Happy People: Are Children Born Evil? (#200)
Jul 27, 2023
Are All Religions Weird About Science? (#199)
Jul 24, 2023
Shiny Happy People: Did Bill Gothard Create Pedophiles? (#198)
Jul 17, 2023
Un-Shaming Each Part of Ourselves (#197)
Jul 10, 2023
Re-Engaging a Problematic Faith (#196)
Jul 03, 2023
You Are Not Your Beliefs (#195)
Jun 26, 2023
Worries About Progressive Christianity - Andy Squyres (#194)
Jun 20, 2023
Hellish Religious Trauma & Its Treatment (#193)
Jun 12, 2023
How Should We Think About Spiritual Experiences? (#192)
Jun 05, 2023
All About Ritual (#191)
May 30, 2023
Growing Up Among "Sweaty Pentecostals" (#190)
May 23, 2023
LIVE: Is Christianity Worth Passing On? (#189)
May 15, 2023
Is Radical Conversion God's Back-Up Plan? (#188)
May 08, 2023
Walk Me Through: Jesus Movement Music ’67-’79 (Part 2) (#187)
May 02, 2023
Walk Me Through: Jesus Movement Music ’67-’79 (Part 1) (#187)
May 01, 2023
LIVE: Spiritual Technologies & Toxic Theologies (#186)
Apr 24, 2023
Between the Church & the World (#185)
Apr 17, 2023
Intellectual Humility (#184)
Apr 10, 2023
Mini Conference Debrief
Apr 03, 2023
I Don't Believe in that God: Joey Holman (Man on Man) (Re-broadcast)
Mar 27, 2023
The Importance of Curiosity (#183)
Mar 20, 2023
"Loving the Hell Out of Ourselves" (#182)
Mar 13, 2023
Worries About Deconstruction - Josh Porter (Showbread) (#181)
Mar 06, 2023
Working Out Trauma Through Music (#180)
Feb 27, 2023
Empty Altars: American Saints in a Cynical Age (#179)
Feb 20, 2023
Rapture Culture & Mainline Futures (#178)
Feb 13, 2023
The Good of Religion Without the Bad? (#177)
Feb 06, 2023
All About Bible Canonization (#176)
Jan 30, 2023
Orphaned by Evangelicalism (#175)
Jan 23, 2023
Helping Kids Know God in Healthy Ways (#174)
Jan 16, 2023
Conscientious Objectors to the Culture Wars (#173)
Jan 09, 2023
What Post-Evangelical Leaders Think (#172)
Jan 02, 2023
Habit, Virtue, Prayer & Science (Re-broadcast)
Dec 26, 2022
Grief & Christian Grief Rituals (#171)
Dec 19, 2022
Brian McLaren (#170)
Dec 12, 2022
Why I Am (Still) a Christian (Re-broadcast)
Dec 05, 2022
The Religious Rhetoric of Politicians (#169)
Nov 28, 2022
Womanhood Beyond Motherhood (#168)
Nov 14, 2022
My New Music Podcast: Pretty Good Vibrations
Nov 08, 2022
Our Substantial Knowledge Crisis (#167)
Oct 31, 2022
Love & Perfectionism in Raising Kids (#166)
Oct 17, 2022
When Theology Needs Psychology (#165)
Oct 03, 2022
Leaving "Biblical Womanhood" Behind (#164)
Sep 19, 2022
Apocalyptic Expectations, the Resurrection & More (#163)
Sep 14, 2022
[Patreon Preview] Q&A Episode
Sep 12, 2022
Betrayal Trauma in Religious Contexts (#162)
Aug 22, 2022
The Enneagram Doesn't Hold Up (#161)
Aug 08, 2022
“Christian Music”: Peter Hilliard (#160)
Jul 25, 2022
"God Concept" (#159)
Jul 18, 2022
Baby Boomer Deconstruction (#158)
Jul 05, 2022
Myths about Religion and Politics in America (#157)
Jun 27, 2022
What is Spiritual Bypassing? (#156)
Jun 13, 2022
The SBC Report & “Easy Knowledge” (#155)
May 30, 2022
All About Human Depravity (#154)
May 23, 2022
Abuse & Institutional "Impression Management" (#153)
May 16, 2022
Black vs. White Church Deconstruction (#152)
May 09, 2022
Six Types of "Spiritual Struggle" (#151)
May 02, 2022
Contemplative Practice in a Time of Crisis (#150)
Apr 25, 2022
Worries about Progressive Christianity - Raymond Gregory (#149)
Apr 18, 2022
Christianity Today Staffers Katelyn Beaty and Roxanne Stone (#148)
Apr 04, 2022
New Scandals: Bruxy Cavey, Christianity Today & Hillsong (#147)
Mar 21, 2022
Doubt, Intellectual Humility & Uncertainty Tolerance (#146)
Mar 07, 2022
Mike Cosper of "The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill" (#145)
Feb 21, 2022
Denying & Embracing Emotions (#144)
Feb 07, 2022
Patreon Teaser: Gospel of Matthew with Trans Regret Snoopy
Jan 31, 2022
The Church of the Future? (#143)
Jan 24, 2022
A Theology of Mental Illness (#142)
Jan 10, 2022
Evangelicalism is Deconstructing Itself (#141)
Dec 27, 2021
The Virgin Birth (#140)
Dec 13, 2021
Christian Heavy Music: Theology, Attachment, Power (#139)
Nov 29, 2021
Reading Christian Fiction (#138)
Nov 15, 2021
Anger & Forgiveness (#137)
Nov 01, 2021
What Can We Learn from Kierkegaard? (#136)
Oct 18, 2021
Worries About Progressive Christianity - O. Alan Noble (#135)
Oct 11, 2021
What is Theopoetics? (#134)
Sep 27, 2021
Joshua Harris, Celebrity & "Gurus" (#133)
Sep 13, 2021
Integrating Theology & Psychology; Christian Existentialism (#132)
Aug 30, 2021
How Free Is Our Will? (#131)
Aug 16, 2021
Responding to "The Rise & Fall of Mars Hill" (#130)
Aug 09, 2021
Religion, Virtue & Human Thriving (#129)
Aug 02, 2021
"Christian Music": Jon Guerra (#128)
Jul 26, 2021
I Don't Believe in That God: Luke Barnett (#127)
Jul 19, 2021
Celibate Gay Christian Bridget Eileen Rivera (#126)
Jul 12, 2021
From Conservative Presbyterian to Episcopal Priest (#125)
Jul 05, 2021
Abortion & Polyamory (#124)
Jun 28, 2021
"Bible Truths," "Sanctified Common Sense," & "Evangelical Insta-Trust" (#123)
Jun 21, 2021
Authoritative vs. Nurturant Religion (#122)
Jun 14, 2021
A Closer Look at the Black Church (#121)
Jun 07, 2021
A Massive Evangelical Sex Survey (#120)
May 31, 2021
Church Is Good For You (#119)
May 24, 2021
I Don't Believe in that God: Joey Holman (Man on Man) (#118)
May 17, 2021
The Most & Least Plausible Christian Claims (#117)
May 10, 2021
All About Homeschooling (#116)
May 03, 2021
The Opposite of Spiritual Abuse (#115)
Apr 26, 2021
Worries About Progressive Christianity: Brad Jones (#114)
Apr 19, 2021
A Trans Christian & Her Bible (Podcast) (#113)
Apr 12, 2021
When I Almost Became Catholic (#112)
Apr 05, 2021
Global Violence Against Women (#111)
Mar 29, 2021
"Christian Music": The Civil Wars' Joy Williams (#110)
Mar 22, 2021
Republican Christianity & a Data-Fueled Center-Left Lovefest (#109)
Mar 15, 2021
Certainty with Pete Enns (#108)
Mar 08, 2021
Ravi Zacharias, Religious Abuser (#107)
Mar 01, 2021
A Compassionate Progressive Response to Alisa Childers (#106)
Feb 26, 2021
Deep Magic & Death Anxiety (#105)
Feb 22, 2021
Christian Nationalism: Diagnosis & Treatment (#104)
Feb 15, 2021
Religious Disorientation & Growth (#103)
Feb 08, 2021
Two Feminists & their Bible (and Saints) (#102)
Feb 01, 2021
Is the Enneagram Real? (#101)
Jan 25, 2021
A History of Conspiracy Theories & Evangelicals (#100)
Jan 18, 2021
I Don't Believe in that God: Natalie Schepman (Joseph) (#99)
Jan 11, 2021
Emergency Pod: Processing the Capitol Insurrection with John Van Deusen
Jan 08, 2021
How Do Autistic Christians Relate to God? (#98)
Jan 04, 2021
From Addict to Addictions Counselor (#97)
Dec 29, 2020
Spiritual Trauma & Scriptural Metaphors (#96)
Dec 21, 2020
The Surprising Value of Megachurches (#95)
Dec 17, 2020
"Christian Music": John Van Deusen (#94)
Dec 14, 2020
So, You're Deconstructing... (Dot Com) (#93)
Dec 07, 2020
Church Failure, Church Future (#92)
Nov 30, 2020
So You Want a Bible Podcast: Jared Byas & The Bible for Normal People (#91)
Nov 23, 2020
The Varieties of Religious & Spiritual Abuse (#90)
Nov 16, 2020
The Catholic Clergy Abuse Crisis (#89)
Nov 09, 2020
Election Special: Persecuted Christians, Mask-less Worship Gatherings & QAnon
Nov 02, 2020
Secular Therapy's Religion Blind Spot (#88)
Oct 26, 2020
Everybody Now: Climate Emergency & Sacred Duty (#87)
Oct 19, 2020
The Christian Movie Industry (#86)
Oct 12, 2020
Infertility, Babies & a Fresh Experience of God (#85)
Oct 05, 2020
Hell & Universalism in a Global Context (#84)
Sep 28, 2020
Habit, Virtue, Prayer & Science (#83)
Sep 21, 2020
Who Are the "Spiritual But Not Religious"? (#82)
Sep 14, 2020
Pastors, Therapist Referrals & Mental Health in the Church (#81)
Sep 07, 2020
Myron is a Demon Skeptic (#80)
Aug 31, 2020
Short-term Missions & Amy Peterson's Story (#79)
Aug 24, 2020
End Times Popularity: Part 2 (#78)
Aug 17, 2020
End Times Popularity: Part 1 (#77)
Aug 10, 2020
When Spiritual Heroes are Sexual Predators (Jean Vanier) (#76)
Aug 03, 2020
I Don't Believe in that God: Hawk Nelson's Jon Steingard (#75)
Jul 27, 2020
Conspiracy Theories, Evangelicals, Media & More (#74)
Jul 20, 2020
Testimonies (#73)
Jul 13, 2020
Miroslav Volf: Flourishing, Theology & Psychology (#72)
Jul 06, 2020
LGBTQ, Hell, Science & Scripture in Youth Work (#71)
Jun 29, 2020
The Quagmire of Modern Missions (#70)
Jun 22, 2020
What Comes After a Racial Awakening? (#69)
Jun 15, 2020
Listening (#68)
Jun 08, 2020
Bonus: "I Am Not Your Negro" Film Response (Re-broadcast)
Jun 04, 2020
Sexual Shame (#67)
Jun 01, 2020
Young Americans’ Views on Science & Faith (#66)
May 25, 2020
The Hell Anxiety Scale (#64)
May 11, 2020
Islam: Truth Over Fear (#63)
May 04, 2020
Exvangelical or Post-Evangelical? (#62)
Apr 27, 2020
Fine-Tuning & the Multiverse (#61)
Apr 20, 2020
Why I Am (Still) a Christian (#60)
Apr 13, 2020
Coronavirus & The Problem of Evil (#59)
Apr 06, 2020
The Cosmic / Universal Christ (#58)
Mar 23, 2020
We Are Italy: Coronavirus & Science-Informed Faith
Mar 17, 2020
Wrapping Our Faith in Doubt (#57)
Mar 09, 2020
Liberal Christianity's Origin Story (#56)
Feb 24, 2020
I Don't Believe In That God (Patron Exclusive) (#55)
Feb 17, 2020
Evil, Hell, & Evidence for God at a Christian College (#54)
Feb 10, 2020
End Times Anxiety: Part 4 (#53)
Feb 03, 2020
Emergency Pod: The Good Place Finale
Feb 02, 2020
End Times Anxiety: Part 3 (#52)
Jan 27, 2020
End Times Anxiety: Part 2 (#51)
Jan 20, 2020
End Times Anxiety: Part 1 (#50)
Jan 13, 2020
Do Muslims, Jews & Christians Worship the Same God? (#49)
Jan 06, 2020
The Psychology of Religious Fundamentalism (Re-broadcast)
Dec 30, 2019
Is Everything Within God? (Re-broadcast)
Dec 23, 2019
The Cave: A Gift That Keeps On Giving (#48)
Dec 16, 2019
Who’s Afraid of Evolutionary Psychology? (#47)
Dec 09, 2019
Looking for God in the Future, Not the Past (#46)
Nov 25, 2019
"Toxic Christianity" & Its Damaging Claims (#45)
Nov 18, 2019
Christian Naturalism / Physicalism (#44)
Nov 11, 2019
The Argument for Universal Salvation (#43)
Nov 04, 2019
Is the “Supernatural” Actually Just Natural? (#42)
Oct 28, 2019
Cognitive Science & Religious Belief (For Beginners) (#41)
Oct 21, 2019
Faith Changes & Marriage, Family, Kids, Divorce and Dating (#40)
Oct 14, 2019
Psychedelics & Other "Spiritual Technologies" (#39)
Oct 07, 2019
To Trust Your Experience (Dustin Kensrue) (#38)
Sep 30, 2019
What Comes After Purity Culture? (#37)
Sep 23, 2019
Evolution Myths & Long Lifespans in Genesis (#36)
Sep 16, 2019
Trump, Evangelicals & Faith in Politics (#35)
Sep 09, 2019
The Psychology of Religious Fundamentalism (#34)
Sep 03, 2019
To Deny a Historical Adam & Eve (#33)
Aug 26, 2019
To Give Reformed Theology a Fair Hearing (#32)
Aug 19, 2019
What Counts as Prayer? (#31)
Aug 05, 2019
To Question the Canaanite Conquest & Divine Violence (#30)
Jul 22, 2019
To Be Egalitarian / Ordain Women (#29)
Jul 08, 2019
To Trust Science (#28)
Jul 01, 2019
To Embrace Uncertainty (#27)
Jun 24, 2019
To Acknowledge Your Feelings Around Race (#26)
Jun 17, 2019
To Stay In Your Church/Denomination (#25)
Jun 10, 2019
To Go To Therapy (#24)
Jun 03, 2019
To Be a Postmodern Christian (#23)
May 27, 2019
To Critique Purity Culture (#22)
May 20, 2019
To Consider Inerrancy, Infallibility & Inspiration (#21)
May 13, 2019
Why "Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin" Is Psychologically Impossible (#20)
May 06, 2019
To Cut Your “Technological Umbilical Cord” (#19)
Apr 29, 2019
To Seek Christ through Buddhist Meditation (#18)
Apr 22, 2019
To Embrace the Four Divergent Jesuses of the Gospels (#17)
Apr 15, 2019
To Escape "Culture War Christianity" (#16)
Apr 08, 2019
To Believe in a God Who Suffers (#15)
Apr 01, 2019
To Acknowledge Evangelicalism's Racial Blindspot (#14)
Mar 25, 2019
To Change Your Mind: Christlikeness (Reese Roper) (#13)
Mar 18, 2019
To Consider Quakerism & Panentheism (God = Universe + Something) (#12)
Mar 11, 2019
To Resist the Mob (on the Left and Right) (#11)
Mar 04, 2019
To Be Gay Affirming (#10)
Feb 25, 2019
To Think Seriously About (Biblical) Patriarchy (#9)
Feb 18, 2019
To Be Theologically Progressive (#8)
Feb 11, 2019
To Change Your Mind: Healing Prayer (Thomas Jay Oord) (#7)
Feb 04, 2019
To Consider *ALL* the Atonement Theories (#6)
Jan 28, 2019
To Wonder If "Unreached Peoples" Should Be Reached (the John Chau Incident) (#5)
Jan 21, 2019
To Reject Predestination (An Alternative to TULIP) (#4)
Jan 14, 2019
To Think Theologically About Aliens (Seriously) (#3)
Jan 14, 2019
To Accept Theistic Evolution (#2)
Jan 14, 2019
To Believe Some Non-Christians Are Saved (#1)
Jan 14, 2019
Introducing "You Have Permission"
Dec 28, 2018