Ideas Digest

Ideas Digest

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Humanising controversial ideas by learning about where we found them and how they change us. Whether they be religious, political, taboo or politically incorrect.


Christians Don’t Listen
May 31 • 66 min
In this episode we speak with christian youtuber & podcaster Justin Khoe about the journey he took to becoming a “christian who listens”. We discuss evangelism, its limits, and how relationships change when there is no “agenda of conversion” attached to…
How I Became A Heretic
May 24 • 80 min
This episode we speak with ex ‘mega church’ pastor Liz, we talk about her journey going from Pastor to Heretic, what forced this transition and what has changed about her ‘beliefs’ as she went through some very difficult personal times that was…
Donald Trump and Conservative Christians - A Fatal Attraction.
May 17 • 90 min
Many conservative Christians support Donald Trump. In a controversial article Dr Timothy Jennings outlines why he, as a Christian, is not overly concerned by Trump presidency. Dr Professor Jason Hines shares some of his thoughts around, Trump, racism,…
Show Feedback: “This Podcast Doesn’t Stand For Truth”
May 10 • 88 min
This episode we practice what we preach, we speak to Gemma, a “conservative-ish” christian who shares with us why she and her friends have un-followed the show, and why more conservative Christian’s won’t listen and take part of the practice. Gemma’s…
Graffiti Christianity (& Religion) - The Naked Pastor
May 3 • 83 min
We sit down with former pastor turned controversial Cartoonist, David Hayward and discuss his journey out of being a pastor in a formal church setting into his current work of “helping people deconstruct”. We explore some of his most controversial…
Porn Stars Are Our Priests - Seth Alan Taylor
Apr 26 • 81 min
Seth Alan Taylor is a writer, speaker and life coach and in this episode Seth explains what he believes is behind the 90% of Christians and 50% of priests regularly using porn. Is porn good? bad? useful? or unhelpful. Seth shares his own person journey…
I’m Not a Christian, but I’m not an Atheist… or an Agnostic
Apr 19 • 73 min
Josh used to be a Pentecostal Christian, he no longer feels like that label describes his ‘beliefs’ best, but Atheist doesnt quote cover it either. That just leaves Agnostic right? Wrong again. What does it look like when someone doesn’t fit into any of…
I’m an Atheist because I seek Truth
Apr 12 • 67 min
In this episode we speak with Hannah about her world view and her “lack of belief in a god”. Its often Christians who claim a monopoly on seeking “truth” but turns out other people seek it as well, they just might have drawn different conclusions. We…
Doubt is the Gateway Drug to Salvation - Peter Rollins
Apr 5 • 78 min
In this Episode we speak to Dr Peter Rollins about his personal journey from Evangelicalism to his current work he is doing now. We discuss how his initial questioning of the ‘nature of reality’ was the gateway drug that lead him both in and than through…
Afraid of the Mirror - Australian Christian Lobby
Mar 20 • 42 min
We attempt to understand someone who Identifies as ‘pro-life’ and spends their Saturdays door knocking in ‘key electorates’ for the Australian Christian Lobby … However no one want’s to talk? In this episode we get asked to leave a ‘pro-life’ meet up, and…
I Enjoy Killing Animals
Mar 14 • 44 min
Matt enjoys hunting deer in Australia and overseas. May people have strong assumptions and heavy judgements about people who hunt animals for sport and recreation. We chat and find out what is so appealing about hunting does he actually enjoy killing…
Your Bible Has Nothing To Do With God
Mar 6 • 67 min
In this episode we sit down with ex-pastor, Mike, who no longer believes that the Bible is the “in-errant word of God”. We explore what this means, and how he sees and uses the bible now. We explore how and why Mike has made such a drastic shift in his…
Don’t Think For Yourself…Because You’re an Idiot
Feb 23 • 44 min
In this episode Cam and Konrad discuss the methods we personally use to try and navigate our way through an ever increasing confusing landscape of mis-information and fake news. We discuss Donald Trump, Anti-Vaxers, pseudo science, Pokemon and why Konrad…
Vaccines Cause Autism
Feb 14 • 62 min
In this episode I speak with Jono who sees himself more closely aligned with the position of “vax reformer”. In this conversation we try to side step the debate over whether vaccines cause autism or death (although this is discussed) , and move toward…
Christianity is Morally Bankrupt (Politically)
Feb 6 • 44 min
When it comes to politics, why is it that Christianity seems to lack empathy? Jesus came to show love to the widow, orphan, prostitute, tax collector, the outsider, the marginalised and oppressed… Why cant I see any of these values in any of the policies…
Buddhism Explains Everything
Jun 10, 2019 • 50 min
In this episode we speak with an Australian Buddhist about how accepting the principle of “conditional arising” and how it explains… everything and ultimately leads to ‘enlightenment’. Siladasa grew up christian but was drawn to Buddhism at a young age as…
I’m a Communist
Jun 4, 2019 • 34 min
I speak with a communist… but what does that even mean? I find out, what kind of communist he is, what made him a communist and why being a communist is a good thing. Connect with us Email: Ideasdigest@gmail.com Instagram: @ideasdigest intro music: Lawson…
Blessed Be the Transgenders
May 27, 2019 • 52 min
I speak with Arden about her journey to becoming a Transgender woman and why she thinks she is blessed. We ask some questions many people are afraid to ask and get to know a bit more about the world view of a transgender woman who still identifies as a…
Inside the Mind of a Liberal (LNP) Voter
May 15, 2019 • 42 min
What are Liberal Voters thinking? Why would they vote for this Morrison Government after all the leadership changing chaos. In this episode I speak with a life long Liberal/Nationals supporter who says he probably would never vote any other way? Find out…
Inside the Mind of a Greens Voter
May 13, 2019 • 47 min
Talking politics with Greens voter Cam. Cam is a excavator operator from Melbourne, who is a life long greens voter and apparently never had dreadlocks. In this episode I talk to cam about the environment, money in politics and why tax is good. He…
Inside the Mind of a Fraser Anning Conservative National Voter
May 5, 2019 • 52 min
Martin is a Queensland factory worker who cast his first vote for the Greens and has ended up being an avid supporter of Fraser Anning and his newly established conservative party. In this episode we discuss immigration, guns and all the controversy…
Inside the Mind of a Labor Voter
Apr 28, 2019 • 40 min
Before the upcoming election, we talk Politics. Chris is a nearly retired medical scientist, who used to vote for the LNP and in his later years now changed his vote in favor of the Labor party. In this episode I talk to Chris about why he changed his…
Racism and the Great White LIE
Apr 22, 2019 • 53 min
In this episode we speak with Eddie Hypolite about Racism in Australia, his experience and perspective. Does racism exist in Australia? Is it possible for white people so see it and understand that? Recommended reading from Eddie Tim Wise Ta-Nehisi Coates…
Masturbation Saved My Sex Life
Apr 15, 2019 • 46 min
We speak with Jasmin a woman from a christian background who has fundamentally changed how she views masturbation. We talk about how her new perspective has been helpful to her in moving forward in her relationship with herself and her marriage. Resources…
Australian Election 2019 - Who Will YOU Vote For?
Apr 12, 2019 • 3 min
Special announcement about my upcoming 4 part mini series leading up to the Australian Election in 2019. Do you Vote Liberal? Labor? Greens? One Nation? or Someone else? I would love to talk to you more about why! If you like to talk about politics, know…
There’s Nothing Wrong With a 1 Night Stand
Apr 1, 2019 • 31 min
Beware the misleading click-bait title! Although we do briefly touch on the topic of one night stands, we mostly delve deep into the topic of relationships and the impact that ‘time’ has on how meaningfulness a relationship becomes in our lives. We also…
Seduction as a Spiritual Practice
Mar 25, 2019 • 39 min
In this episode we speak with Morgan Day Cecil about the shame that often surrounds female sexuality and we explore the idea of Seduction as a Spiritual practice. Connect with Morgan! Instagram @morgandaycecil http://morgandaycecil.com/…
Homosexuality & the Christian World
Mar 19, 2019 • 32 min
Dr Tim Jennings is a psychiatrist, master psychopharmacologist, spending much of his time researching the cross over between biblical principals and modern brain science. In this episode we discuss the idea of homosexuality and how a “wrong” reading and…
You Have No Free Will
Mar 19, 2019 • 29 min
“You have no free will” Brooke speaks with Konrad discussing the idea of Free Will how the acknowledgment of limited free will has unlocked empowered Konrad to a position of great empathy for those around him. Recorded live in Hubro Cafe Newcastle Go…
What is Ideas Digest?
Mar 11, 2019 • 12 min
Ideas digest is a podcast community that records its episodes live at Hubro in Newcastle Australia. We engage with challenging ideas on the ground level, breaking through the controversy to find our collective humanity. In this episode we introduce the…