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Apostates Anonymous

Apostates Anonymous

By Matthew J. Distefano and Keith Giles
Apostates Anonymous is the show you turn to when you can no longer call yourself an Evangelical. Join hosts Keith Giles and Matthew J. Distefano as they tip over just about every sacred cow known to man. It's sure to be a good time for any true heathen or heretic.
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Abortion, Women's Rights, and the Religious Right
In today's episode, two men talk about abortion. Which means, take everything said with a giant grain, or perhaps even an entire block, of salt. Plus, a word from our sponsor, the Brett Kavanaugh Academy of Arts & Culture. Visit them at
May 17, 2022
If God is Good, What About Suffering?
In this episode, Matthew and Keith tackle the problem of suffering and offer their thoughts on how a good God can put up with suffering. Plus, we hear from our sponsor, Into the Bible, who offers a solution to the problems our children are facing in today's modern world.
May 03, 2022
Did Jesus of Nazareth Actually Exist?
Did Jesus really exist? Or is the Christ story just another myth among other myths? Or is it both? In this week's episode, our hosts discuss the issue. Today's sponsor is brought to you by Tennessee legislator Tom Peckerwood and his anti gay marriage bill.
April 19, 2022
Going Full Heretic
In this week's episode, Keith explains what is meant by "going full heretic." Plus, the guys talk about Gnosticism, the Gnostic Gospels, and what they each get from reading outside of "approved texts." Today's sponsor is "Religious Freedom For Me," developed by Pastor Greg Masters. Check them out for exciting products and specials.
April 05, 2022
In this week's episode, Matt and Keith talk about Matt's book Heretic! Why he wrote it and who it's for. Today's sponsor is a freedom-loving doozy! You won't wanna miss it.
March 22, 2022
Tolerance and the LGBTQ+ Community?
In this week's episode, we talk about the churches who aren't openly homophobic, but who also aren't openly affirming. We don't name names, but you know of whom we speak. Our sponsor is, whose mission is to spread the Gospel of God, Guns, and a little bit of Glory. Check them out today and tell them Matt and Keith sent you.
March 08, 2022
Responding to John Cooper of Skillet
In this week's episode, your hosts respond to the latest from John Cooper of Skillet. War has been declared on "deconstructing Christians," so we fire back.  Today's sponsor comes from the Conservative Council of Coprology, who is the world's scientific leader in phallic studies. Visit them at for more.
February 22, 2022
Jesus Undefeated
In this week's episode, Matt and Keith talk about the doctrine of hell and why Keith wrote Jesus Undefeated. We cover a lot of ground in the show, from biblical considerations to philosophical ones. You'll wanna put on your thinking caps for this one! Today's sponsor is Reverend Arlo Slaughter of the Backwoods Bible Fellowship, who is offering his revolutionary new product, the Satan Detector, for only $99.99. If you call them today, he'll throw in a free copy of the only approved Word of God, the King James Bible.
February 08, 2022
A Response to Alisa Childers
In this week's episode, Keith and Matt respond to a video by Alisa Childers called "How do you determine what is true according to Progressive Christianity?" Today's sponsor is The Backslider's Coalition, who is offering 66.6% off their "Street Cred Apostate's Pack" with the promo code "streetcred."
January 25, 2022
A Relaunch, A Rebrand, and as Raunchy as Ever
I am back! And this time, I'm joined by none other than Keith Giles. In this relaunch episode, we discuss the future of the show, what we've been up to, and why we are so excited to be bringing you this show. Today's sponsor is Wet-A**-P-Word, the web's first conservative-only p**n site. Use promo code "conservativecreampie" to save 69% off your first month's subscription. #apostates #heretics #rebranding
January 11, 2022
Fare Thee Well
Today, the Apostates Anonymous podcast wraps up its final show. But fear not! Heretic Happy Hour still presses on, and The Bonfire Sessions podcast will soon be rekindled. As I talk about in the show, if you want to check out Quoir's 99 cent April Foolishness promotion, click here. To support me on Patreon, the link is #finalshow #podcast #quoir #bonfiresessions #swansong
April 05, 2021
Breaking Down the Bars: Burn It Down
In this, the penultimate episode of Apostates Anonymous, I break down the bars to the title track, Burn It Down. The mixtape is now available on iTunes. Please pick it up today. If you want to support my work, sign up at #burnitdown #breakingdownthebars #theprophessor #hiphop
March 25, 2021
Breaking Down the Bars: What U Know?
In today's episode, we again break down the bars, this time from track 4 of my upcoming mixtape, "Burn It Down." Enjoy!!! As always, to support me, sign up at #burnitdown #whatuknow #breakingdownthebars #theprophessor
March 16, 2021
Breaking Down the Bars: State of Mind
In this episode, we start our "breaking down the bars" series, where I break down the lyrics of all the songs from my forthcoming mixtape "Burn It Down." At the end of the show, you get to listen to the final version of the track. To support my work, sign up at #burnitdown #hiphop #breakingdownthebars #stateofmind
March 08, 2021
Breaking Down the Bars: 25 Years
In this episode, we start our "breaking down the bars" series, where I break down the lyrics of all the songs from my forthcoming mixtape "Burn It Down." At the end of the show, you get to listen to the final version of the track. To support my work, sign up at #burnitdown #hiphop #breakingdownthebars
March 01, 2021
More on Cancel Culture
Today's episode covers cancel culture and how I don't think it's as bad as some suggest it is. Don't get me wrong, some people take it waaaaaaay too far, but I don't think it's as far reaching as some on the Right suggest. If you want to support me and this show, please sign up at #cancelculture #tommacdonald #christiancancelculture
February 22, 2021
The Impeachment
Donald J. Trump was impeached for the second time. And he was acquitted for the second time. But that doesn't mean he was not guilty, just as Mitch McConnell admits. Find out my thoughts in this week's episode. To support my work, head over to my Patreon to sign up for exclusive content. #impeachment #donaldtrump #politics #GOP
February 15, 2021
Previewing What's to Come
I am currently moving, so didn't have time to put up a full episode. We'll be back next Monday though, so stay tuned! #preview #apostatesanonymous #podcastpreview #movingtime
February 08, 2021
What's With All The Deconstruction Stories? (w/Special Guest Keith Giles)
Today's episode is the audio version of a conversation I had with Keith Giles where we critiqued a video by Alisa Childers called "What's with all the deconstruction stories? With Sean McDowell."  To follow Keith, check out his Patheos blog. To support my work, head on over to Patreon. #deconstruction #alisachilders #youtube #keithgiles #patheos
February 01, 2021
Mimetic Theory, Girard, and White Supremacy (w/Special Guests Lindsey Paris-Lopez and Adam Ericksen)
Today's episode is a real heady and heavy one. In it, I, with the help of The Raven Foundation Crew, tackle a question about white supremacy and Girardians we got from Facebook friend J. Andre Roberts. Strap yourselves in because it's a long one, but hopefully a good one, too. To check out The Raven Review, head on over to  To support my work, please sign up at Special thanks to J. Andre Roberts for his pertinent and timely observations. #racism #whitesupremacy #girard #mimetictheory #ravenfoundation
January 25, 2021
The Church Can Go to Hell (w/Special Guest Desimber Rose)
Today's episode is straight fire. In it, I sit down with new Quoir author Desimber Rose, to discuss her book "The Church Can Go to Hell." To listen to her spoken word, check out her YouTube. Find her on Facebook and send her a request. To support this show, check out my Patreon. #thechurch #books #quoir #desimberrose #spokenword
January 18, 2021
Football Fridays: Going on Hiatus
Hey there!!! I have to admit, I am currently too busy to continue doing Football Fridays. I love talking football, especially when Tottenham win, but I'm just so busy right now, I can't keep up. I've got multiple books coming out, a rekindling of The Bonfire Sessions podcast, and me and my family are moving. So, for now, the Friday show is going night-night. But fear not! The regular Monday edition of Apostates Anonymous is here to stay!!!
January 15, 2021
God Is Grey (w/Special Guest Brenda Marie Davies)
Today, I sit down with Brenda Marie Davies of the God is Grey YouTube channel to discuss the state of Christianity, her upcoming book, and so much more. Subscribe to her channel at God is Grey. To support my work, please sign up at To pick up The Bonfire Sessions series of booklets, follow this link!!! #brendamariedavies #godisgrey #youtube #thebonfiresessions #podcasting
January 11, 2021
Masks and Freedom
Today, I'm flying solo. In the episode, I talk about how freedom relates to mask-wearing, and why we shouldn't be "free" to do whatever we want. To support the podcast, please sign up at #covid #freewill #america #masks
January 04, 2021
Football Fridays: Match Week 17 (w/Special Guest Brandon Dragan)
On today's edition of Football Fridays, I talk with Arsenal supporter Brandon Dragan. Things haven't been going well for the Gunners, but things are looking up a bit after a few wins in a row. The same can't be said for Tottenham, though we are in the semi-finals of the EFL cup. To support the show, please subscribe on #COYS #FOYG #premierleague #footballfridays
January 01, 2021
The Friendly Atheist (w/Special Guest Hemant Mehta)
Today, I chat with Hemant Mehta, aka The Friendly Atheist, about religion, why he does what he does, and how Progressive Christians and atheists aren't all that different. To check out his work, head over to The Friendly Atheist and subscribe to the newsletter. To support my work, please head over to my Patreon site to sign up. Every dollar helps. #thefriendlyatheist #patheos #christianity #religion
December 28, 2020
Christianity as The Satan
Whatever you think of the Satan, Christians are often quite quick to accuse others of all sorts of things. In this episode, I talk about how vitriolic some of the recent comments I've received on Patheos are. To support my work, please sign up at To check out my books, head over to my Amazon page #satan #christianity #patheos #theaccuser
December 21, 2020
Football Fridays: Match Week 14
Tottenham lost a heartbreaker at Anfield against LIverpool. Arsenal continue to suck. And the league is as tight as ever. Listen in as I rant and rave about the recent loss, and then preview next week's matches. To support my work, sign up at #COYS #tottenham #liverpool #premierleague
December 18, 2020
The Speakeasy (w/Special Guest Mike Morrell)
In today's episode, we talk to author and publicist Mike Morrell, coauthor of the bestselling book The Divine Dance. During our chat, we talk about how he and Fr. Richard Rohr first met, how they wrote their book, and what the process of creating content has been like for Mike. To check out this site, go to If you are a content creator or blogger and want to get involved with his Speakeasy project, click here. To support my work, please head over to my Patreon site. #mikemorrell #divinedance #speakeasy #contentcreator
December 14, 2020
Messy Spirituality (w/Special Guest Jason Elam)
Today, I talk with fellow podcaster and Patheos blogger Jason Elam to discuss the unfathomable love of God, and what it would mean to humanity if we were able to grasp it. To check out Jason's work, head on over to From there, you can link to his podcast and Patheos blog. To support my work, please head over to If you do, you'll unlock 5, count 'em 5, eBooks. #jasonelam #patheos #messyspirituality #blog #podcast.
December 07, 2020
Football Fridays: Match Week 11 (w/Special Guest Dillon Naber Cruz)
Today, I sit down with Liverpool supporter Dillon Naber Cruz to talk about the season so far. Plus, his predictions for this week's matches. To check out his book, here's his landing page. To support my work, please check out Every dollar helps!!! #COYS #premierleague #footballfridays #gogolden
December 04, 2020
The Wages of Grace (w/Special Guest Brandon Dragan)
In today's episode, I sit down with new Quoir author Brandon Dragan to discuss his debut novel The Wages of Grace. Check out the book at Book Synopsis: Thierry Laroque, war hero and retired mechanic in rural Tennessee, would like nothing more than to live out his days in peace and quiet, but a dark secret buried in the distant past continues to haunt him. When his Wall Street power-broker brother-the person he blames for the loss of his one true love-shows up destitute at his door after decades of estrangement, Thierry comes face to face with the ghosts of a life frozen in time. To support my work, head over to #Quoir #wagesofgracebook #brandondragan #grace
November 30, 2020
Football Fridays: Match Week 10
Match week 9 has come and gone, and Tottenham got another win, this time 2-0 over City. This week, they play Chelsea away. I preview the week and give my predictions. To support my work, head over to, and make sure to check out for all things Matt!!! #COYS #premierleague #footballfridays
November 27, 2020
Dropping the "Christian" Label (w/Special Guest Yosef Shum)
Whether we play music, paint pictures, or counsel others, it's best to drop the "Christian" some attach to it. In other words, be an artist, not a Christian artist. Start a band, just don't start a "Christian band." All this, plus I sit down with Yosef Shum to talk about his time in a Christian drug and alcohol detox camp. To check out Yosef's work, subscribe to his YouTube channel.  To support me on Patreon, click here. Subscribe to my Patheos blog. #christianity #patheos #christian #podcast
November 23, 2020
We All Have Biases (w/Special Guest Rafael Polendo)
We all have biases. The Left. The Right. Yours Truly. All of Us. So, what do we do about that? It starts with listening. Plus, I sit down with Quoir Publishing owner Rafael Polendo, to talk about our favorite show: The Office. To link up with Rafael, head over to, and follow on Instagram @quoir. To support me on Patreon, click HERE!!! #quoirpublishing #quoir #biases #experience #liberal #conservative
November 16, 2020
Football Fridays: Match Week 8
We are heading into the international break, but that doesn't mean we can't catch up with where the season has been, and preview matches that are coming our way on November 21.  To support my work, head over to and sign up. #premierleague #tottenhamfc #COYS #FOYG
November 13, 2020
Election 2020
Unless Trump gets his way in the courts (I don't think he will), Joe Biden will be the 46th president of the United States. In this episode, I offer my thoughts. Huge shout-out to Kamala Harris for being the first Black woman, the first Asian woman, the first woman, and the first daughter of immigrant parents to become the VP.  To support my work, head over to #election2020 #donaldjtrump #josephrbiden #election
November 09, 2020
Into the Grey (w/Special Guest Michelle Collins)
Today, I talk to Michelle Collins about her upcoming book "Into the Grey," which will be coming out soon on Quoir Publishing. Plus, since election day is coming up, make sure you vote!!! To support my work, head over to #michellecollins #intothegrey #podcast #newbooks #quoir
November 02, 2020
Football Fridays: Match Week 6
Tottenham bounced back with a 0-1 win at Burnley. Arsenal forgot how to score. And United continue to struggle. All that, plus my predictions for Match Week 7.  Support me at #thfc #premierleague #patreon #europaleague
October 30, 2020
Christian Cancel Culture
Christians tend to bemoan #cancelculture. But they've got the same thing going. Case in point: John Piper's recent denouncement of Donald Trump and the Christian backlash. Plus, I take a question from a listener about why I gravitate toward Buddhism over Christianity these days.  If you want to support my work, head over to And please pick up The Bonfire Sessions: Autumn today! #christianity #farewelljohnpiper #donaldtrump #cancelculture
October 26, 2020
Football Fridays: Match Week 5
Tottenham blew a 3-0 lead to draw, 3-3, against West Ham. Liverpool lost the best defender in Europe to a knee injury. The Premier League is getting crazier and crazier, so I sit down and chat with Liverpool supporter Dillon Naber Cruz, to discuss it all. #premierleague #spurs #tottenham #liverpool #football
October 23, 2020
Trump is Vain, But So Am I
In today's episode, I ramble on about Trump, Evangelicals, social media, and how vain I am. Plus, did you know that The Bonfire Sessions: Autumn is out on 10/20/20? Well, it is. Link to it through To support me on Patreon, click here. #donaldtrump #vanity #evangelicalism #thebonfiresessions #socialmedia
October 19, 2020
Universalism and Direct Experience (w/ Special Guest Adam Ericksen)
Why am I a Universalist? Is it because I think the Bible seyyyyyyyzzzzz? No, not BECAUSE it says, though I think it does say it. It's because of direct experience. How? Listen to the show and find out. Plus, I talk with Pastor Adam Ericksen about Trump, conservatism, and the recent debates. If you love this show and all the work I do, and you wanna see it continue, support me at Even $1 goes a long way. To follow the Raven Foundation, click here.  #universalism #tacitknowledge #epistemology #adamericksen #ravenfoundation
October 12, 2020
Football Fridays: Match Week 4
Last week's Premier League matches were beyond wild. Villa beat Liverpool 7-2. Spurs carved up United 6-1. So, I sit down with my boy Aidan Parle, a longtime United fan, to get the low down. Plus, my predictions for next week's games. To support me on Patreon, head on over to to sign up. 
October 09, 2020
The Debate, COVID, and Coexisting
The first Trump v. Biden debate was an absolute sh*tshow, so I talk about it a bit. Oh, and now Trump has COVID. Plus, I talk about how coexisting isn't some radical notion.  To support the show, check out my Patreon site. Every $1 helps!!! #trump #covid #debate #coexist 
October 05, 2020
Football Fridays: Match Week 3
Updates on Premier League, match week 3, including the horrible handball rule that needs to be changed NOW. Also, get my predictions for match week 4. #premierleague #thfc #COYS #properfootball
October 02, 2020
Trump and Jesus (w/Special Guest Dr. Rev. Katy Valentine)
What do Donald Trump and Jesus have in common? Not much. That doesn't stop Evangelicals from pledging their allegiance to both though. How does this make sense? I'm not sure, but I'll spend this episode ranting and raving about it. Plus, I talk to Katy Valentine of the Heretic Happy Hour podcast about Paul, sex, and self control. To support me on Patreon, follow the link. #Jesus #Trump #Evangelicals #makeamericagreatagainagain #MAGA #sellouts
September 28, 2020
Football Fridays: Match Week 2
Match week 2 is done and dusted. Europa League is getting into full swing, and Tottenham is I sit down with Brandon Dragan to chat about what's been going on in the League thus far. #tottenhamfc #tottenham #thfc #premierleague
September 25, 2020
Let's Talk About Gay Stuff (w/ Special Guest Kyle Butler)
Recently, I was on a podcast where I defended my LGBTQ+ affirming stance. Today, I want to talk about that and get to some things I wasn't able to get to on that show. Plus, I sit down with Kyle Butler to talk about oneness, global consciousness, and whether, in spite of the world's divisiveness, we are actually progressing as a species. As always, I ask that you take 5 minutes to sign up on so that you can become a producer of this show and all of my work. #kylebutler #lgbtq #gayaffirming #equality #oneness
September 21, 2020
Football Fridays: Match Week 1
Match week 1 is done and dusted. I cover the scores, the highs, and, if you're a Tottenham supporter like me, the lows. I also preview next week's matches.  #tottenhamfc #tottenham #thfc #premierleague
September 18, 2020
California is Burning (w/ Special Guest Derrick Day)
California is on fire. In fact, each and every summer, things only seem to get worse. Could it be due to climate change? Conservatives seem to say no. But scientists, at least 95% of them, say yes. Find out my thoughts in this week's episode. Plus, I talk to Derrick Day, co-host of the Heretic Happy Hour podcast, about his rabble-rousing on social media. To support this show and my work in general, head over to and start giving. Even $1 per month helps bigly. #derrickday #climatechange #californiafires #byefelicia
September 14, 2020
Football Fridays: 20/21 Season Preview
Welcome to the season preview of the 2020/21 English Premier League. I am joined in this bonus edition episode by three guests, Dillon Naber Cruz, Brandon Dragan, and Aidan Parle. I sit down with each for 15 to 20 minutes to talk about their clubs and to get their thoughts on the upcoming season. If you are into English football and are excited for the season, this is the episode for you. #THFC #liverpool #FOYG #arsenalfc #premierleague #englishfootball
September 11, 2020
6%-Gate (w/ Special Guest Keith Giles)
There is a lot of misunderstanding regarding the latest from the CDC regarding COVID-19 deaths. So, I set the record straight on this snark-filled cuss-fest of an episode. Plus, I sit down with Keith Giles, an author and co-host of the Heretic Happy Hour podcast, to talk about his latest book, "Jesus Unexpected." If you want to become a producer of this show and all the great content I put out, join me at For even $1 a month, you can ensure this work continues on. And make sure to check out my site, where you can pick up all my books. #CDC #COVID19 #keithgiles #jesusunexpected #allsetfree #patreon #heretichappyhour
September 07, 2020
Jerry Falwell Jr. and Kenosha (w/ Special Guest Matthew Korpman
The world around us is burning to the ground. Kenosha, Wisconsin. California Wildfires. Hurricane Laura. Covid-19 still rages on. Oh, and Jerry Falwell Jr.'s kink. We'll mention it all. Plus, we give scholar Matthew Korpman a call and talk about saying no to God. Sounds repulsive? Great. It'll be a perfect thing to talk about on today's show. If you want to become a producer of this show and all the great content I put out, join me at For even $1 a month, you can ensure this work continues on. And make sure to check out my site, where you can pick up all my books. #jerryfalwelljr #kenosha #blacklivesmatter #californiawildfires #judgenot
August 31, 2020
Creedal Statements (w/ Special Guest Michelle Collins)
In today's episode, we talk about creedalism and how I believe it leads to division and divisiveness. Plus, we talk to the one and only Michelle Collins about the psychology behind conspiracy theories like #QAnon. Check out her podcast "Book Ish" and be on the lookout for her books Into the Gray (2020) and Learning to Float (2021). To support my work, please sign up at For as little as $1 per month, you can become a producer and will unlock lots of goodies. #QAnon #learningtofloat #intothegray #michellecollins #psychology #creeds #creedalism
August 24, 2020
My Deconstruction Story
How did I go from a Christian to a heretic to an apostate? Well, I'll tell ya! We'll get into where I came from, how I started questioning the doctrines of my church, and how I eventually walked away entirely. A special shout out to all my Patreon backers, who are responsible for production of this show and pretty much everything else I do. If you want to support me, head over to to sign up. Check out my site if you are interested in all the other goodies I have, from shirts to books to essays and more. #deconstruction #faith #allsetfree #patreon #faithjourney
August 24, 2020
QAnon Is A Cult
What is #QAnon and who started it? Why is it important to talk about and why are so many people falling for this misguided conspiracy? I answer these questions and much, much more in today's episode. Follow my work at and check out my other podcasts, Heretic Happy Hour and The Bonfire Sessions.  #QAnon #conspiracytheories #Trump #Q #JFKJr #cults
August 24, 2020
In this trailer episode, I introduce the show, who I am as a writer and podcaster, and why I am launching this podcast. I talk about how much misinformation there is out there and how we are going to combat it all. While you wait for the official launch, check out my site and my other podcasts: Heretic Happy Hour and The Bonfire Sessions #apostatesanonymous #podcastersofinstagram #readmorebooks #podcastinglife #podcast #apostate #heretic #allsetfree
August 20, 2020