Podcast S1E9: From Catholic to Atheist & Beyond: Let’s talk spirituality

The other day I decided I was going to have one of those conversations everyone tells you never to have. Everyone says you should never talk about religion or politics in polite company. And when I’m around people I don’t know, I agree! If you invite me to your house for coffee or Thanksgiving dinner, I would never bring this stuff up!

But when I’m around people I do know and enjoy talking to, I love talking about this stuff. I don’t find it distasteful or controversial because as long as we can keep it open and non-judgmental even when we disagree, I think it’s good to talk about these things. 

So today’s letter is actually in the form of a podcast because I want it to be a conversation. You can listen in all the usual places: iTunes, Google Play, Spotify (!!!), Podbean, & Overcast. Just search “Bad Yogi Podcast” in any of those locations and you’ll be able to download & listen for FREE.

Over to you! What’s your take on all of this? Did you have any similar experiences? What was the most influential part of your spiritual journey so far (whether you consider your self a believer of any kind or not at all)?

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    March 9, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Hi Erin,
    Thank you for sharing your journey in getting to know God. I have been walking with the Lord for many years and during those years have attempted to read through the Bible. Time, boredom or not understanding the Old Testament would get in the way and I wouldn’t complete this goal. A friend told me about Daily Audio Bible and it has changed my understanding of God’s word. It’s a free app and Brian reads from the Old and New Testaments, Psalms and Proverbs with a little summery at the end.
    Also, after reading one of the Wednesday talks, I am now taking a probiotic , making my bed every am and attempting to exercise daily. Even us older folks can learn new habits. ;u)

    Blessings and hugs,

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    March 9, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Great thoughts, the best of which (IMHO) were: 1) that God exists (there’s more than just “us” out there) 2) “…you can have soulless science and mindless religion and both are harmful. But each can inform and compliment the other, if we just leave room for both.” and finally 3) everyone should be open-mindedly searching. (I believe God created us with a desire to know God and expects us to search). Simply accepting a “hand-me-down” belief system that one gets from one’s parents or teachers or others robs us of “ownership” and “investment” in our relationship with our Creator. We wouldn’t let someone else choose our career or set our life-goals for us, we know we need to take the time to discover them for ourselves. How much more important that we take the time to discover God. P.S. Loved the “warning” up front and the analogy to the college student returning from Paris – LOL!

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    Christin Slyngman

    March 9, 2018 at 10:28 am

    This was a beautiful podcast, Erin. Taking time to respectfully explore your beliefs and discuss them with others is SO IMPORTANT! I was raised non-denominational Christian, and ultimately that is what I still am, but I no longer take my beliefs for granted. I had to explore outside of my parents’ beliefs and find what I truly believed, through a little trial, error, conversations, and questions. Beliefs should not be taken for granted, and one should be able to defend their beliefs and discuss them respectfully, no matter what they are.

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    Sarah Crowe

    March 9, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Hi Erin
    Great podcast and I think it’s really important that anybody should be able to discuss there beliefs and spirituality in a non-judgemental way. Of course on the other side it should be talked about without feeling like your being preached to; always accept that who you are talking to might have differing opinions that are equally valid. I was brought up Roman Catholic and found it very hard to accept the black and white views on life, especially on women’s (lack of) rights of their bodies. I turned very quickly against organised religion in my student days but could also never sit comfortably as an atheist. Having a science background, even I came across things I felt couldn’t be explained by facts and figures; some aspects of life I didn’t want too. Yoga and following Buddhism has helped me find a happy balance between spirituality and science. Exploring the ancient Indian spiritual texts during my YTT showed me, I didn’t have to belong to any religion to be spiritual that I just had to keep a free mind and be open to what the universe throws at you, without having to reason it all.

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    Crystal Murphy

    March 9, 2018 at 5:57 pm


    I loved what you said. You might be surprised to hear this, but a lot of what you said sounded very Catholic. Great advice to keep searching, ask questions, figure out what you believe and why. God is closer to us that we often realize. I sent you an email. Namaste.

    Crystal Murphy

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    Jenn Kropf

    March 9, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Beautifully delivered Erin <3 Thanks for sharing yet another piece of your journey with us!!

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    March 9, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Amazing episode! I have had a similar experience of being raised Catholic with 9 years of Catholic school but never truly having anything resonate with me. Still do not have a specific “religion” that I identify with but do believe in some type of higher power. I love being able to talk with others in an open minded way about this topic without any judgement or negativity. I think it is important for people to have questions and doubts when it comes to faith rather than just blindly following a certain religion you were introduced to when you were growing up. Would love to continue to see topics like this on the Bad Yogi podcast and blog to continue the conversation 🙂

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    March 10, 2018 at 5:21 am

    Hi Erin! I’m an atheist and I always enjoy discussing this topic with others since I’m really curious. Like you said, if everyone is respectful and open, I don’t think the topic should be a problem. I love that you do things like this! Cheers 🙂

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    Liz Fox

    April 24, 2018 at 10:01 am

    That was beautiful; thanks so much. I would like to add one thing. Science is NO OTHER than god. God is everything, and we are all one, all god, not just connected, but part of the whole that is called ‘god.’ So, science is us, science is god. No other. Or, science is god’s creation. Just as we do not reject even our dark sides, but accept and contain, science cannot be rejected, as that is a rejection of god, which is no other than ourselves.

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