Ep 438 – The Religious Influence on my Life

Interview

Posted January 30th, 2018

Tom sits down with his oldest daughter who wrote an essay for a college class titled, “The Religious Influence on my Life.” She talks and writes about the shift her life took when her father came out to her as an unbeliever.

Tom

  • ndw-1

    Touching discussion. Count me among the people who find it hard to believe that this young lady is just 17. His daughter conveys the very real, very traumatic experience many of us have had whenever we approach those familiar meetinghouse doors. I haven’t heard many adults tap into the fear and emotion she felt after being confronted at church by her young women leader.
    Tom really knows how to tap in to what is the most real, the most important. Most touching of all is the absolutely stunning relationship between this dad and his precious child. Love it.

  • Jed Brewer

    This is what IOT should be doing. Escape and evolve as you want but the group you established has a knack for reaching a certain population . Deal with it or stop podcasting. PS. This is not John Larsen.

  • disqus_Hy0GkAytTx

    I really enjoyed this one. I loved the daughter’s perspective. I felt many of the feelings she felt with doubt and anxiety growing up, but I pushed the doubts aside causing increasing anxiety and shame. I wasn’t ever able to figure it all out until I was older. She is lucky she has the relationship she does with her dad where they can discuss religion openly without fear that she will not be accepted.

  • CocoaCoveredHeretic

    Tom, you should be incredibly proud of your daughter. She is one smart cookie. Very thoughtful and well spoken. You’ve done something right with that one! I have 3 daughters, and I hope that they all turn out as well as yours has.

    This was really fascinating for me to listen to as a father of daughters that are approaching the same age as your daughter was when these things happened to her. Thanks for modeling what an open and honest relationship can look like. It gives me hope!