The recent developments in technology have welcomed a new wave of information-sharing. With this, thousands of pastors have recorded their Sunday sermons and released them as podcasts. Ed Rybarczyk, the Uncensored Unprofessor, decided to join in on the fun and has started sharing his extensive knowledge of Christianity.
For the last three years, the Uncensored Unprofessor has been releasing weekly podcasts. As ‘a podcast for deeper Christianity,’ it simplifies the understanding of the Bible humorously. This fresh take on Christianity helps individuals worldwide strengthen their faith and see the beauty of religion.
Before he launched the Uncensored Unprofessor podcast, Ed Rybarczyk had been teaching college in Southern California for twenty-five years. With a Ph.D. in the History of Theology, he published four books, one of which won a national award, and around 30 profound journal articles, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews.
During his tenure as a full professor, Ed was named ‘Teacher of the Year’ twice. The professor was a crowd-favorite for his charm and biting sense of humor. This sense of humor is precisely what he has translated into the Uncensored Unprofessor podcast, where he entwines his beliefs and knowledge with bits of humor, song-clips, and jokes.
Ed’s passion for the thought-provoking podcast is rooted in his desire to guide his fellow Christians to a stronger faith. “I’ve watched many friends and family turn away from faith, abandon Jesus, and get stuck in patterns of emptiness and meaninglessness. All that breaks my heart. It follows that I want to help people dig their foundations deeper, to plunge into truth and beauty.”
He goes on to say that while he is grateful for the faithfulness of the thousands of pastors worldwide, “so much of the Church is a plastic caricature of itself. I want to help set people free from all of that drivel. No longer enslaved to the group-think mentality of the university I am now free myself to speak truth and beauty in a phony, consistently ugly world.”
In the Uncensored Unprofessor, Ed explores his belief that Christianity is both complex and treasure-laden. In the multiple series that the podcast has released, Ed touches on dicey topics that most pastors and religious-practitioners are reticent to touch upon.
While making his listeners laugh with his quips, Ed tries to delineate topics that churches are reluctant to address. Through the Uncensored Unprofessor podcast, he has tackled: sex from a biblical perspective, Jesus of Nazareth in his historical context, the relationship between faith and reason, world religions compared to Christianity, the afterlife, the Trinity, and why the Church today is sick.
Ed firmly believes that these in-depth discussions in a casual, amusing manner help his audience build moments of peace and reflection into daily and seasonal life. “This show is not about quick ‘fixes.’ We can’t repeat the same ‘fast-remedy’ patterns that got us into difficult seasons to begin with,” he shares.
“Life is about rhythms, commitments, and habits. Thinking deeply is just one of the healthy habits we should imbibe.”
The Uncensored Unprofessor Podcast is a thinking person’s podcast that can effortlessly be weaved into a weekly routine. Listen to the podcast and join Ed in his deep and humorous probe into Christianity. Check out the Uncensored Unprofessor Podcast on its official website.