Welcome friends to The How-To-Heretic podcast with uncle Mark and uncle Dan.
This is your user's guide to life on the outside.
Leaving religion is the first step into a larger, better world. But it can also be a scary world. Things work differently now...
But never fear. That's why we’re here!
We're your audio uncles, and with help from good friends and experts in all sorts of fields we're going to share the stories and seek the knowledge we all need for building a great life! After all, you only get one (that we know of), so you'd better make the most of it!
Mark spent his early years under the miserable grind of Mormonism, and at age ten began planning his escape. It wasn’t easy but in the end it was worth all the pain. Mark has long valued sharing stories of the struggles of escaping religion in order to build knowledge and community, so this podcast is a natural extension of that endeavor. In addition to being a full time heretic, Mark’s day job is being an artist, designer, and film maker based in Salt Lake City.
Unlike Mark and Dan, Doug stuck with the Mormon faith into his early 20s, even serving a Mormon mission in central America, just to be 100% sure there wasn’t any truth to it. Spoiler alert, there wasn’t. When Doug left religion, he found a richer, more beautiful and far more wondrous world on the outside and is determined to share this realization. Doug also makes his home in Salt Lake City and works in the restaurant and brewing industries.
Like Mark, Dan grew up in the vanilla oppression of Mormonism in Salt Lake City in the 70’s and 80’s. Dan believed in the message of Mormonism fervently, all the way to his late teens. Eventually, he realized the sky was as empty of god’s presence as the countless pages of Mormon cannon he had searched to find him. Now a celebrated heretic and internationally known voice for the cause as co-host of the Thank God I’m Atheist podcast, Dan also works as an actor and writer in Salt Lake City.