Episode 155: Happy Holidays & Religious Discussions

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne discuss religion and spirituality in the Black community. After catching up on life (00:30), they begin the conversation by discussing their own experiences in the Black church (9:50) and the history of the church as an institution for Black liberation (25:38). Next, they explore the current role of the Black church in leading progressive conversations (31:25), racial trends related to religious practice in the United States (37:15), spirituality and mental health (42:42), and atheism and agnosticism in the Black community and abroad (45:15). They close the episode by discussing the relationship between politics and religion (52:28) and whether the Black church—as an institution— should be changed or abolished (59:15).


  • The History of the Black Church - https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/godinamerica-black-church/

  • 5 facts about the religious lives of African Americans - https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/02/07/5-facts-about-the-religious-lives-of-african-americans/

  • Religious composition of blacks - https://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/racial-and-ethnic-composition/

  • Three Decades Ago, America Lost Its Religion. Why? - https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/09/atheism-fastest-growing-religion-us/598843/

  • Religion in Everyday Life - https://www.pewforum.org/2016/04/12/religion-in-everyday-life/

  • Religiously unaffiliated people more likely than those with a religion to lean left, accept homosexuality - https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/09/28/religiously-unaffiliated-people-more-likely-than-those-with-a-religion-to-lean-left-accept-homosexuality/

  • What the 2020 electorate looks like by party, race and ethnicity, age, education and religion - https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/10/26/what-the-2020-electorate-looks-like-by-party-race-and-ethnicity-age-education-and-religion/

  • Racial and ethnic composition by religious group - https://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/racial-and-ethnic-composition/

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