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Heretic!

An Lgbtq-Affirming, Divine Violence-Denying, Christian Universalist's Responses to Some of Evangelical Christianity's Most Pressing Concerns
Narrated by: Sean Duregger
Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
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Contrary to what some may say, this audiobook, rather than being the product of a demonic lie, is an open and honest set of answers to the questions wrestled with by countless Christians the world over. And while nothing in Heretic! is completely unique - that is, much of the theology contained herein goes as far back as Christianity itself - Distefano creatively puts his unique perspective and humor with care. Refreshing and liberating, this is a must listen for any who dare question their inherited doctrines.

©2018 Matthew J. Distefano (P)2019 Matthew J. Distefano

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This is a.good audio book i give it 8 out of 10 will try some of his over book

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  • David DeMille
  • 04-07-19

calm , thoughtful, non accusatory, and sensible

I can wait to hear it again as well probe deeper into all It's meaning.

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  • Adam Tyler McBroon
  • 02-07-19

Got big faith questions? Get this book!

For someone who calls himself a non-scholar, Matthew Distefano covers weighty religious matters in this book with a great deal of intelligence, wit, and grace. Heretic gives a place to explore deep and pressing questions of Christian faith and consider answers that mainstream Western Christianity prefers not to discuss. Matthew makes amazing, sensible, and compelling cases for hot button topics such as LGBTQ inclusion and affirmation in the church, deeper conversations and consideration about salvation, hell, and the "wrath" of God; and facing matters of Old Testament violence, the trouble with biblical inerrancy, and problematic end times views head on. This book is intelligent, thoughtful, brave, thought provoking, and all-around wonderful.

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  • Courtney Odor
  • 21-05-19

Love is love, and I LOVED this.

First, I have to start off by stating that I got this book free of charge in exchange for a review, but as I always state, this does not in any way impact my review. My reviews are always honest and my own.

As an LGBTQ person myself, I loved this. Beautiful and amazing.

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  • Ruth Burnett
  • 03-05-19

Thought provoking book, well narrated

This audiobook was a brief but fascinating listen, covering several hot-button issues such as universalism, homosexuality and OT violence. Distefano has clearly done his research, demonstrating that positions often rejected as heresy in the modern church can actually be traced back to the earliest believers. I would recommend to anyone who is deconstructing.

The narration was well done, the narrator captured the conversational tone of the book.

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  • M Goldman
  • 02-12-19

Amazingly well done for the average person

Matt did an amazing job communicating his positions on today’s pressing concerns in evangelical Christianity. This is a book that exposes the heart of God and will help shape the future of the Christian faith for the better. Very thankful to have this as a resource.

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  • Brad Grout
  • 28-11-19

Surprised!

Not what I expected! DiStefano provides a deep analysis of many issues that plague the modern church. Dare I say a modern Charles Spurgeon...? Brutally heartfelt and honestly brutal. Sean Duregger's narration adds appropriate life and depth to a complex text.

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  • Janalyn
  • 05-09-19

I thought I wouldn’t like this book… I do!

As a Christian and a member of the church whose preacher says we are all sinners and no one should be denied the kingdom of God. I was still skeptical when reading the summary of this book. I thought this was another agnostic writing about how the Bible contradicts itself and blah blah blah. There is a little of that but he explains it so well I almost agreed with him and did agree with him on a lot of things. Like the author says the biggest commandment is that we should love God and love our neighbor as we do our self. This is written by someone who clearly knows the Bible back and forth and the thing I like most is he is condemning no one at all he doesn’t put but in his sentences. Instead he uses because, they are four and then he has explanations and scriptures. For the most part he is not extending his version of with the Bible with Yacs is explaining in black-and-white what the Bible says. I love this book I was so excited to see that Sean Dregger was the narrator as I find myself reading a lot of books narrated by him so much so I started looking for his name when looking for a book. He is one of the best narrators audible has. This was a great book.

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  • Travis Lov
  • 02-09-19

Likely a polarizing book, but I definitely enjoyed

Though some religious people may be offended by the language, and perhaps angered by the content that challenges some deeply held beliefs in evangelical circles, I found this book to be insightful, enjoyable, thoughtful, and an excellent resource for my own spiritual journey. Thanks for writing this book!

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  • Bruce Fowler
  • 16-08-19

Brings it all to light!

Matthew discusses topics that many don’t want to dig deep into but pass over because they are difficult or are too engrained in our teachings from earlier days. I appreciate his honesty and thoughtfulness in his writings in this book.

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  • michael miller
  • 09-08-19

Matthew's best book yet.

Agree or disagree, Matthew supports his claims, yet doesn't bore the reader with stuffy academic language. He writes in a way that most can understand, yet the amount of homework he put in is evident.

His arguments against PSA are a highlight. Many who would read this book already have their minds made up about the other topics, but PSA is one that gets less fanfare.

As usual, Matthew spends time familiarizing his audience with Rene Girard's mimetic theory, and Matthew ties this theory in where appropriate.

I was hesitant to read this book, but I'm very glad I did.

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