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Sex, Psychology, & Humanism

Dr. Martin Shoemaker


Divorced: Evangelical Christianity

Dr. Martin Shoemaker was raised in a devout evangelical Christian home in California. While attending Fuller Seminary, his faith was fragmented by studying theology and secular psychology at the same time. He left the church and finished his PhD in clinical psychology, eventually discovering humanism through friends in Canada. For the last several years, Marty has volunteered as a humanist chaplain in British Columbia, which is where we met at a local event for atheists, skeptics, and humanists.

In this episode, Dr. Shoemaker discusses his transition out of religion and into secular life, from sports to sex to humanism.

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Fernando Silva
Fernando Silva
Mar 01, 2023

He says he was very moralistic about sex because of all his church's rules.

In my case, there was a point, still far from my deconversion, at which I accepted that it was OK for other people to date whoever they wanted because, though they saw themselves as Christians, they didn't share my restrictive beliefs.

It wasn't a sin for them, so God wouldn't punish them. It was a sin for me, so I'd better behave.

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