I was a Teenage Fundamentalist

I was a Teenage Fundamentalist

We used to be members and leaders in Pentecostal megachurches. We aren't anymore. This podcast gives a rare insider's look into one of the world's fastest growing religious movements. If you want to interact with us and other listeners then find us on Facebook. You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/IWATF Grab our merch at www.redbubble.com

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October 15, 2021 38 min

Heaven was the ultimate reward that B&T looked forward to as teenage fundamentalists. In this episode, they look back and remember what they believed about this final destination. And just like Heaven, you won't want to miss this episode.

The two books recommended in this episode are:

  • Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife : Ehrman, Bart D.
  • Beyond: How Humankind Thinks About Heaven eBook : Wolff, Catherine
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    B&T remember all the hours they gave to the church as volunteers and how some in the Church didn't always handle donations of time and money in the most ethical manner. 

    Warning: This episode briefly touches on rape and sexual abuse. If you are in Australia and require support, please reach out to 1800RESPECT by phone or online at www.1800respect.org.au/ or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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    Fiona Newton, former Teenage Fundamentalist and co-author of the petition to stop Hillsong evangelising in public schools, joins B&T to tell about her own fundy past and why she thinks that Hillsong deserves no place in the public education system.

    You can sign Fiona's Change.org petition here: https://www.change.org/p/federal-minister-for-education-hillsong-church-is-trying-to-proselytise-their-religion-in-australian-scho...

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    As Pentecostals, both B&T crossed paths with sexual predators in church. This episode recalls those meetings and also some of the scandals that have plagued Pentecostalism in recent years.

    The articles mentioned in this episode are:

  • Findings released into Australian Christian Churches and affiliated Pentecostal churches
  • Royal Commission sex abuse inquiry censures Hillsong head Brian Houston
  • Assemblies of God leaders alleged to ...
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    As you might have guessed, dating and marriage within Fundamentalism wasn't often egalitarian and was usually controlled by the pastors and leaders. 

    Warning: This episode touches on issues concerning rape and domestic violence. If you are in Australia and require support, please reach out to Rape and Domestic Violence Services via: https://www.rape-dvservices.org.au/ or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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    Dr Josie McSkimming, author of Leaving Christian Fundamentalism and the Reconstruction of Identity, shares her own story as a teenage fundamentalist within Sydney Anglicanism and her ongoing clinical work with those leaving Fundamentalist Christianity. To contact Josie, please visit her website: https://mcskimming.com.au/ 

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    Did B&T ever see a real and verifiable miracle while in the Pentecostal scene? Listen in to find out.

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    B&T discuss the prevalence of narcissists and psychopaths in Pentecostalism and their experiences with these kinds of people. They also ask why the church attracts these people and if Pentecostalism helps to create them.

    Warning: This episode touches on issues concerning psychological abuse. If you are in Australia and require support, please reach out to Lifeline on 13 11 14.

    The articles mentioned in todays episodes:

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    Tara Jean Stevens, the host of the amazing Heaven Bent podcast shares her own history as a teenage fundamentalist and some of the backstories behind her two podcast seasons on the Toronto Blessing and Bethel Church.

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    We kick-off Season 2 by remembering our favourite CCM artists and a few songs. We invite you to clap along at home. The links to the songs mentioned in this episode are:

  • Living in Laodicea - https://youtu.be/g_8Pas8qoWc 
  • Asleep in the Light - https://youtu.be/7XeEL0mRBHo 
  • Creed - https://youtu.be/jy4JA5uStB0 
  • Maranooka - https://youtu.be/7f-JdFPazMo 
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    In this extended episode, B&T take questions from podcast listeners and reflect on Season 1.

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    B&T talk about how they saw the the supposed Son of God as Pentecostals, and their 'relationship' with this first-century Jew.

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    Ultimately, fundamentalist Christianity really centres around God. In this episode, B&T look back on how they saw God as good Pentecostals.

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    June 19, 2021 29 min

    B&T have ‘a word’ for you as they share their stories around the use of prophecy in their time as Pentecostals.

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    June 12, 2021 36 min

    "Take your partner by the hand, speak in tongues and understand."  - Debbie Harry

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    June 5, 2021 31 min

    It isn't enough to be a Teenage Fundamentalist yourself, Pentecostals are expected to bring others into the fold. In this episode, B&T remember their times as evangelists and short-term missionaries. 

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    B&T remember their time believing the unique claims of the Faith Movement/ prosperity gospel (Spoiler Alert: it didn’t deliver and it messed them up a bit).

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    In part three of this special three-part episode, we interview former AOG evangelist/pastor and now #GayAmbassador, Anthony Venn-Brown.  

    TRIGGER WARNING: If you find that some of the material in this episode disturbing, we encourage you to talk with a close friend who will understand or contact your local help/crisis/support telephone line. 

  • Lifeline Australia https://www.lifeline.org.au/ 
  • Beyond Blue https://www.beyondblue.org.a...
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    In part two of this special three-part episode, we interview former AOG evangelist/pastor and now #GayAmbassador, Anthony Venn-Brown.  

    TRIGGER WARNING: If you find that some of the material in this episode disturbing, we encourage you to talk with a close friend who will understand or contact your local help/crisis/support telephone line. 

  • Lifeline Australia https://www.lifeline.org.au/ 
  • Beyond Blue https://www.beyondblue.org.au/...
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    In part one of this special three-part episode, we interview former AOG evangelist/pastor and now #GayAmbassador, Anthony Venn-Brown.  

    TRIGGER WARNING: If you find that some of the material in this episode disturbing, we encourage you to talk with a close friend who will understand or contact your local help/crisis/support telephone line. 

  • Lifeline Australia https://www.lifeline.org.au/ 
  • Beyond Blue https://www.beyondblue.org.au/...
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