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The Deconstructionists

By Adam Narloch & John Williamson

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A podcast about building new faith. Its all about construction, but sometimes that means you have to deconstruct a little. Questions, exploration, mystery...

Customer Reviews

I wanted to like this podcast

I am very interested in the subject matter that this podcast deals with. I am going through a complete deconstruction/reconstruction of my faith and beliefs, and I love listening to and reading about the subject. The name of this podcast caught my eye, and I was hoping that it would offer some thought provoking content. Alas, I was mistaken. The hosts just graze the surface on the topics that they cover. Many of the topics that they address have great potential, but lack the depth that I was hoping for. They jump from one thing to another while just scratching the surface on each topic. Much of the time they throw in some random "mind blowing" quote from a book they are reading, and instead of going deeper into what the author was talking about, they jump right into this, high fiving, groaning, chest bumping, bro fest about how mind blowing the quote was for them.
The most distracting part of the podcast definitely has to be how hyper and enthusiastic the hosts are. Enthusiasm is great, but they take it way to far. When someone says something that they agree with, something that resonates with them, it sounds like they are having an orgasm... I'm fine with getting excited about a topic or some quote that you like, but the extent to which they take it starts to sound like nails on a chalk board. I was excite to listen to the interviews with some of the people that they have slotted for upcoming podcast, but I can't seem to get past the hyper a.d.d. Nature of the hosts.

I want to like this podcast.

I found this podcast because they started following me on Instagram a while back. At first I was super excited, I've been going thru a re-evaluation of my faith & any material available I want to snatch up.
However, the few episodes I have listened to seem to hold a tone of "we're doing this better than the other podcasters out there." That may not be their heart but it keeps coming across as such. Along with that, my biggest criticism would be that there doesn't seem to be a ton of meaty material in the episodes. Meaning, it feels like the episodes consist of them rehashing their stories (which I'm not saying isn't valuable) & saying how this or that book completely shifted their perspective. (Again, not saying that isn't valid.) There just doesn't seem to be a ton of ideas being presented in the content.

I hope anyone reading this can hear sincerity in this. I'm not trying be a jerk. I want to like this podcast & I'm sure these are great dudes in person, but to present yourself as doing something revolutionary & discrediting those who have come before seems like a low blow to me.

More quiet, more diversity needed.

I agree with prior reviews that I often found these interviewers to be uncomfortable with silence—jumping in to interrupt or interject, sometimes even after asking the guest to "talk more about that." Conversations pause rather than grow once the topic nears its deepest and most interesting points. I might respectfully suggest they listen to a few episodes of On Being, and learn from Krista Tippett's mastery of this art form.

On another note, while a little quiet could help this podcast dive into more substance, so too could more diversity (including gender, race, marital status, and so on, yes, but also maybe people who disagree with the idea the church should be deconstructed). Perhaps it's the interviewers own affinity bias—white dudes interviewing white dudes with similar outlooks on how the American Christian church might be deconstructed. Creating a new club unintentionally in place of the old one: Eh. At one point in Ep 2 someone said if you don't agree "This isn't the place for you" then backtracked. But (for now at least) it seemed more revealing than not.

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