The Divorcing Religion Podcast

The Divorcing Religion Podcast

The Divorcing Religion Podcast was launched by Janice Selbie of Divorcing Religion workshop to talk about the impact of Religious Trauma Syndrome. Guests include The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, The Friendly Atheist Hemant Mehta, Godless Mom, Mandisa Thomas, Darrel Ray, Marlene Winell and more.


November 28, 2022 56 min

Erin Louis: Wife, Mother, Author and Stripper
Divorced: Catholicism

Erin Louis was raised a soft Catholic and is a former stripper and author. She has written 3 nonfiction books about stripping:

Dirty Money: Memoirs of a Stripper (her memoir)

Think you want to be a Stripper? (an insider's look at the industry), and

Expose Yourself (a book about atheism, humanism, and critical thinking)...

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Today's guest is New York City native Mandisa L. Thomas, who is the founder and president of Black Nonbelievers, Inc. While Mandisa escaped religious indoctrination, today she shares candidly about overcoming other harmful forms of indoctrination and why she started Black Nonbelievers.

Contact Mandisa:
IG: @mandisa0904
T:  @mandy0904

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November 14, 2022 51 min

Bradley Onishi grew up in a nonreligious home in California before his extreme conversion to evangelicalism at age 14. By age 20 he was married and leading a 200-student youth group. After 7 years in ministry, he decided to pursue his Masters in Theology at Oxford University - where he ended up deconstructing his faith.
Today, Dr. Onishi is a social commentator, scholar, writer, teacher, coach, and co-host of the Straight White Ame...

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November 7, 2022 48 min

Divorced: Christianity

Dr. Marlene Winell is a psychologist and author of Leaving the Fold: A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving Their Religion. She is a pioneer in the field of religious trauma, having worked in religious recovery for over 30 years, and she originated the term “Religious Trauma Syndrome.” 

After I read her book and attended one of her retreats, Dr. Winell became my friend and mentor. She has spoken ...

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Shirley Fessel is a religious domestic abuse survivor advocate with Masters in both Counseling and Education from Wichita State University. Raised Catholic, Shirley married a Baptist minister who suffered from mental illness and abused Shirley and their children. Shirley was eventually able to flee with her children and begin building a safe life for herself with no help or support from her religious community. Putting her counseli...

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October 13, 2022 69 min

Trigger Warning: Suicidality

Alice Greczyn is an actress, writer, and the founder of Dare to Doubt. Midwest-raised and L.A.-based, the Eurasian performer is best known for her role as Mads Rybak on Freeform’s The Lying Game, and occasionally someone recognizes her from the Twitch-streamed all-girls Dungeons & Dragons group Girls, Guts, Glory. Alice is fascinated by the subjective experience of life which she explores through act...

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October 3, 2022 52 min

Dr. Darrel Ray

Divorced: Christianity

In addition to being a successful psychologist and author, Dr. Darrel Ray is also the beloved founder of  both Recovering from Religion and the Secular Therapy Project. Today, Dr. Ray gets personal about his own reasons for leaving religion and what gives him hope in the midst of our tumultuous times.

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Resources menti...

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September 19, 2022 53 min

Seth Andrews is a former evangelical and Christian broadcaster who now hosts The Thinking Atheist…one of the most popular online atheist communities in the world. The Thinking Atheist is not a person. It is an icon encouraging all to reject faith and pursue reason and evidence. Since its launch in 2010, The Thinking Atheist podcast has been downloaded over 50 million times.

Seth has authored five books, including his latest offering...

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