100 thoughts on “Rhett’s Spiritual Deconstruction

  1. I don't often comment on YouTube videos, but I felt compelled to today. I feel like Rhett's brutal honesty was refreshing and brave, even though I don't have the same belief system as him. Thank you for sharing your struggle and talking about the things that I have never heard anyone talk about, and starting a conversation that we can all be a part of.

  2. Dont listen to idiots on twitter, this is my favorite ear biscuit. Its the most riveting of all and Ive watched it multiple times, including the other ones. And I can't wait for Link's

  3. Thank you for your honesty and willingness to share. I think this was an important show. I underwent a similar journey. Changing ones mind according to your concience and evidence should be celebrated.

  4. As someone who never had belief I cant imagine how hard it was for you. As a child I consumed copious amounts of media and I had the perspectives of people from around the world. I think I've just always came to terms with the fact that we only live once, and if theres more out there then great. In the mean time I want to make a mark on the world, make others who are going through something happy, even for a fleeting moment, then I'll be able to die happy. I made this realization as a child while going to church and not listening to the sermon and thinking about all of these fantasy worlds from the media that I consumed and all the reasons these protagonists continue on in the face of grim circumstances.

    This coupled with the fact that church seemed like a waste of time when I could be just living and enjoying my life and focusing on bettering my skills and goals while I can.

    Thank you for sharing Rhett my heart goes out to you and you and your family will only grow from this experience and become stronger than ever before.

    Side note: this is my first ever earbiscut because I've been on a podcast spree and i realized I never listened to this one. It's gonna be a hard one to follow up haha

  5. I understand having doubts. I do think, though, that someone who believes and finds themselves having doubts should consider that a tiny human mind is not going to be able to grasp the enormity of what God is. I don’t think we’re meant to understand everything. That’s just my personal belief, if you believe differently, that’s okay too.

  6. I love this episode. I went down a VERY similar road when it came to my decision to step away from the religion I grew up with. I really appreciate you telling your story publicly. 🤙🤙

  7. thankyou for sharing this story Rhett, I know it's not easy, but hearing this actually opens a lot of way of thinking to me, so thankyou!

  8. I appreciate the open, respectful dialogue about journeys of faith! My question for the Q and A: I’ve always felt that if I were to leave my faith, I would miss having God to pray to, especially in times of crisis. Do you feel an emptiness or loneliness not having this relationship with a higher power that was so central in your life for so long? It seems like there could be some grief, like losing a beloved parent. Do you miss God from a relationship standpoint? #earbiscuits

  9. Hey Rhett I don't know if you see this but if you do please checkout
    Digital Hammurabi about hermeneutics and Aron Ra on evolution

  10. This is the first time I sat through a whole episode of EB and it's truly fascinating… Proud of you opening up about this Rhett #BYMB

  11. Wow Rhett. Thank you for sharing your story. I found it beautifully crafted and well spoken. I found myself relating to it on many levels and you put into words many thoughts I have not yet been able to articulate. Looking forward to hearing more about your faith now and hearing Links journey next week. 👏

  12. Thank you two for doing this. There are so many people that are probably going through the same things and having the same doubts and questions and the more people they see voice those issues they will feel comfortable about having these conversations and not feel awful about themselves or "broken" . Thank you again! Cheers

  13. As someone going through a very similar story to Rhett with a very similar thought process, I'd honestly love to hear more in depth of what points, facts, and arguments convinced you on each point along the way

  14. I'm not religious and never have been, so I find these types of personal journeys both incredible and tragic. I'm not done with the video, but 1:02:00 was so powerful that I felt it was worth commenting on. I wish more people could break away from the brainwashing and ask these questions. I hope your video helps some others who are struggling with faith find their own way out of the darkness.

  15. Thanks for your bravery. It's funny; sometimes I pretend that if we knew each other, we would be friends. These past few biscuits have re-enforced my pretend state. Good for you, follow your truth.

  16. I know he tried, but there's no way to say that you have come to understand the "truth" and that the things you've come to believe are the only plausible explanations without sounding arrogant and condescending. It was surprising coming from someone who is usually so self deprecating. Obviously, we are all coming from our own bias, but what I heard was, "I can't believe in a God who doesn't do things the way I think they should be done."

  17. Maybe I live in a hole but for some reason, I've never heard of you – not until THIS story started appearing in my secular circles. Thank you so much for sharing this. Seriously, there are untold millions of people out there wrestling with issues of faith and to have your, dare I say, "testimony," is invaluable. I look forward to seeing where this conversation leads and how your story will impact the lives of others.

  18. 31:20 to 31:27. Commendable.
    31:28 to 32:40. The dangers of bad apologetics and bad scholarship. 1:13:03.
    1:02:45. I don't believe those either.

  19. I have a very similar spiritual journey as I’m sure many do. Grew up in church as a preachers daughter and began to question things until finally letting go of the constant inner battles. This was amazing and thank you for sharing such an intimate part of your life. That’s why we love you guys!

  20. I'm only 17yo but strangely enough, I relate a lot to what Rhett said and it helped me to process my thoughts. I'm naturally very curious and I always question things and it can be a real burden. For example, sometimes at school I start wondering "What is the purpose of my existence?" "Is there some kind of transcendance?" and then I just look around and I keep thinking that people of my age don't ask themselves such existential questions. And as a teenager, I don't want to be apart or left out, I don't want to be freaking out about ideas/concepts that most people I know don't care that much about, but too often it feels like some of us become mature faster than others. So going through my journey to build/find my own beliefs, Rhett's words (especially from 1:17:18 to 1:18:02 ) resonated greatly with me. Implying that maybe it's okay not to know everything because there is a middle ground between faith and atheism, being an "hopeful agnostic", is a beautiful way of approaching life and I find it very inspiring.

  21. I loved this episode ! I didn't think I'd want you to talk about your religion because I had assumptions (you grew up in the south) and I wanted to keep relating to you. Turns out you are an incredibly relatable, normal human being.

  22. Waited for the video just to see Rhett's tied up hair. Loved this one all the way through while listening last week. Thank you for you, Rhett.

  23. Would be super interesting to hear you guys talk to John Green about these topics! It would be fascinating to hear where your stories overlap and where they differ.

  24. Same here Rhett. What happens to me when I die is irrelevant. I do not even understand the question. We are here. Right now. Focus.

    Stephen Colbert: "What do you think happens when we die, Keanu Reeves?"
    Keanu Reeves: "I know that the ones who love us will miss us."

  25. So what it seems is that you were looking to the world as the authority for everything instead of looking towards God and his word as the authority.

  26. From one hopeful Agnostic to another, I really loved this. I was raised Catholic, and though I no longer consider myself one at all, I don't think I could ever be an athiest, if only because there's still so much about the universe we have yet to discover. I don't know if there is a god, or multiple gods, or no gods at all, but for the time being I'm content in staying open and curious. Much love to you both. <3

  27. Rhett I went through the same thing as a teen (the internet is a wonderful thing) and I share damn near all the same thoughts. A few weeks ago I said I was an aitheist in the first lost story episode which wasn't completely true but it's the easiest way to explain it. I'd say im more of a doubtful agnostic, I lost my faith living in the south and it was miserable. From family to friends they weren't happy about… But i guess that's how it goes. Im not going to write my whole life or anything but we agree on a lot.

  28. This is far and away the best and most interesting podcast episode (of any kind) that I've ever seen. I can't stress how much I love and support this. I can't wait for the next one.

  29. Rhett, I still love and respect you as a person. Because everyone has a right to believe what they believe. however, it does disappoint me to see another person start making it big in the world and lose there faith because they are caught up in the world and have enough money not to worry.

  30. Brother, I appreciate the path you took to get to where your faith is now. It saddens and hurts me to hear somehow, but you are still loved. I cannot imagine leading your family while this was going on… Wow.

  31. I don’t normally leave comments ever this is probably my second one ever but I have been a fan for a few years and listened to every earbiscuit I’m not a mythical beast in all honesty I don’t really tend to sign up for many groups but I really enjoyed the deconstruction of after you decided to be a hopefully agnostic. I’m 24 but I was never raised in a house of religion I chose to explore it when I was in high school for a small 3-4 year period out of curiosity but I could never fully believe in the “truth” they spoke of or truely commit. I eventually decided that was not for me and that I didn’t even know who me was I spent a brief period being angry at not knowing nor ever knowing the full truth of death and etc. but the place I’ve been for the past 3-4 years has just been I hope there is more out there. I mean our life’s are so diverse and complex and just small interactions can change a world of things there has to be something more what it is we will never fully comprehend. Point is I know Rhett and Link May never see this but all you out there sharing rhetts feelings of being lost with out religion know that there is something credible in the unknown

  32. I wish everyone was this open to change. As someone who went to a catholic school for 8 years and came to similar conclusions at a young age (while still at that school) I loved hearing this. Truly amazing to hear your experience. Can’t wait to hear links side.

  33. This is incredible.

    Seeing this side to you Rhett is refreshing. You guys usually stay clear from anything which might offend or polarize you. So hearing you talk about this in depth is great.

    Keep up the good work brother, thanks for being so vulnerable and sharing your story.

    Much love. <3

  34. thanks for sharing our story! loved this so much its so good your not alone. i have a similar story with a similar outcome. really appreciate you being so real with everyone!

  35. I really appreciate you guys. Thank you for being honest with us. It’s been really interesting hearing about your experience, especially because I come from such a similar background. I’ll be honest, this was a little hard for me to listen to, but I feel like I just got a lot closer to you guys and I respect you even more.

  36. Also, I'd like to add, that when I was a teen, I was literally kicked out of my own church for "asking too many questions." I was so confused about certain things in the book, and things didn't add up for me, and when I asked those questions, I was told, "it's not your place to question God or your faith, it's your job to just keep quiet and obey." That never set well with me, and I went on a journey of my own, and found my own being a "faith."

  37. Thank you for sharing your story. It comes down to the fact we as humans need something to believe in. It does not need to stem from religion. If you have a belief in aliens or the belief that to live you need a heart then it is perfectly fine. There is no correct way to judge. Just let people believe in what they want to but inform them of what they are believing in it is a dangerous thing. The people who do not have a belief in anything are unfortunately not on this Earth. It is impossible to have no belief.

  38. rhett and link…great show! it made me miss the times when you two just talked together. it's very entertaining. i will admit, i am kind of sick of the whole food taste test thing.

  39. Thank you for sharing, Rhett!! You encapsulated a BIG part of my man's story and mine as well – super well articulated, expressed, etc. We COMPLETELY relate. We also greatly look forward to hearing Link's story. Thank you both for taking the time to share all of this!!

  40. As someone who has was not raised in a religious environment, and only observed people raised and living in this much religion but never getting to speak to one, I always wondered what the forces were that made them stay in something that seemed picked out for them, so I appreciate the education. As someone who was always, to a degree, able to freely be a pilgrim on their own path, I feel excited and worried for you, Rhett. It feels so very good to speak to people about things that we have discovered or to people who think similarly to where we are on our path. However, I still live in a small town not far from where you two grew up, and can't really talk to anyone about most of mine. Because of my experiences, I feel compelled to say, be careful from here. You have had an awakening and other people honestly can't understand a lot of what you will think, learn, and do. You're lucky beyond lucky to have Link, some of what I want to talk about could get me into real danger here. I talk to myself and my cat now. Not trying to be funny, because most of the time it's seriously lonely. Thanks for sharing, and welcome to the not so understood side of spirituality. You're going to be ok. ♥

  41. I love watching these. I find that I can relate to a lot of what was said today, and I've went through something extremely similar. Thank you so much for sharing with us!! Yall insipre me.

  42. I dont usually comment. But thank you for being open and honest. I know that a lot of people are against this kind of thing and will judge you. But you're a person like all of us and you do good. Look at all you and your friend and everyone did. You all bring good and joy and happiness to people. Thank you for being honest and open. Thank you for making the world a little better than what you did yesterday. Thank you for everything. To all of you.

  43. Rhett, thank you for sharing something so meaningful to you and so personal – I would venture to say there's many people who have the questions you did – and maybe still do – and your admitting this can only help them see that their questions are more common than they imagine. I quite enjoyed this important, intellectual examination of something so much a part of you both.

  44. “I’m going to follow truth where ever it leads, without fear” -Rhett 2020. I seriously wish they would be more open to astrology because that one sentence in itself is the very essence of being a Libra; which Rhett is.

  45. Rhett, thank you for sharing your story so honestly! I've had a hard time opening up about deconstruction to even close friends and family. I'm sure it wasn't easy to share this publicly.

    I played this for my parents and was able to talk with them about the numerous similarities between your journey and my own. Like you, I just wanted to know the truth and followed most of the same rabbit holes in search of answers. Seeing someone else describe that process was powerful and reminder that I'm not alone.


  46. Amazing! thank you for sharing! I heard about this on a podcast (born again again) and they said we all needed to watch it, and I'm so glad we did! You spoke the words I haven't been able to express yet. Thank you!

  47. I really appreciate you guys doing this little series about the lost years and the spiritual deconstruction. Like you said/guessed, there are many of us with a similar background and it's been very refreshing to hear such an honest, vulnerable account. Tackling issues that many of us have wrestled with. Really appreciate you taking the time to unpack it. I love what you said about wanting to follow the truth in your heart, rather than trying to constantly align what you feel in your heart to be true with the belief system you have been taught. I think you can never go wrong with following the truth. Loved also, that you are now comfortable with not having to be certain about everything anymore. That's kind of the journey we have been on, also since about 2009.

  48. We respect your man bun. You have a one time man bun pass from me due to how into this series I have become. Love yalls comedy but these past few episodes opened up so much more, You guys are far more interesting than I think atleast me personally as a fan could have imagined. Not from any kind of a similar background and I can tell you its very interesting. Edit: I was a casual fan before this, I'm a lifelong fan from here on out. Thanks for telling your story.

  49. I really enjoyed this podcast. I am not religious at all. Was raised catholic. But I never found any truth in religion. But I have respect for people that do and I find it admirable. I also found this admirable to speak of tour changed and how they came to be. It gives insight on a lot.

  50. My morality is based on the idea that, being mean or hurting other people makes me feel bad, because i dont enjoy causing other people physical or emotional pain, so i don’t do that. I don’t like being hurt so why would i hurt others

  51. This was an amazing episode and I was hanging on every word from the very start. Rhett said so many things I could deeply relate to. Also, I'm glad he acknowledged that belief isn't some sort of choice. In other words; you are either convinced of something or you are not.

  52. Have felt a connection with these guys for years now, looking up to them and watching their videos for years now, and seeing them share a story that closely relates to mine makes the bond even stronger

  53. Thank you both for acknowledging what many hide- that everyone has a turning point to their religious path; doubt in faith happens, and it should be discussed rather than brushed under a rug. I believe enlightenment can be gained through openness, and wisdom lies in the sharing of thoughts and experiences.

  54. No, it is not okay to have faith in things there is no evidence for. There is as much evidence for the flying spaghetti monster as there is an omnipotent god. Surely you can see the detriments of that mindset?

  55. Thanks Rhett. A lot of what Rhett said about his experiences was similar to mine.Im from East Tennessee and its hard sometimes to find people that understand what i am going through with religion,having questions and doubts. My friends do their best to understand, but i feel alone on my ideas. Great work guys . Its refreshing to hear this.

  56. Man, I’ve always loved you guys. This story is so insanely similar to mine. In more ways than I can count. I had the same upbringing in Northeast Tennessee and the same inquisitive nature. I had questions that I was encouraged not to ask, or was told that asking the questions meant that I just wasn’t close enough to the Lord. I researched for years and searched myself as well. Rather than write a book on here, just know that you’re not alone. Thank you SO MUCH for posting this. I can’t imagine how hard it was to do this video, but I am so glad you did. I’ve always related to you both so much and now I feel it even more. Thank you again.

  57. Religion is the opiate of the masses. Everyone who follows it is weak minded, and susceptible to power of suggestion. Looking for some sort of answer to their existence. Ancient History can be rewritten to persuade people. Man makes Gods. God does not make man. Scientific evidence is real.

  58. It is really sad that this topic is such a hard one to discuss. I was in agony over the fact that I was going to have to tell my mom that I no longer believed. It was a terrible day, for both of us. It was hard for me to tell my non religious husband who would not have cared. This should not be such a hard topic to talk about. Hopefully one day it will be as simple as no longer liking the taste of a candy or something like that.

  59. I think this series about Rhett and Link's spiritual deconstruction and what their lives consisted of before coming to Youtube is absolutely profound. I find it to be super impactful that they are finally talking about their faith in depth for the first time; it's like ripping off a Band-aid in a good way. This weird but genuine combination of Youtubers and religion is something that is unexpectedly pleasant for me. Thank you both from the bottom of my heart — your testimonies have a powerful impact on us!

  60. Thank you for sharing Rhett, I don't have a religious background but I think your perspective and experiences are very interesting and I'm glad you can be honest about it. 🙂

  61. I really loved this podcast but I do admit that after hearing Rhett so logically think through how its not very likely that God exists, it was weird hearing him talk about the Enneagram test with a straight face.

  62. Sorry, Rhett, Darwinsim is one of the dumbest and most dangerous religions on earth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhCsGlky4-M

  63. I mean this is just who you are and your experience with religion and life itself, it shouldn’t matter to people what you currently believe or previously believed, this is how you got to be the person you are now. The specifics on what you went through shouldn’t offend people, it’s different for everyone and that’s what makes us all different people

  64. I would love to sit down and have a conversation with you fellas. My heart aches for you. I still love your show. You're both good men. Your perspective is interesting.

  65. I know this premiered weeks ago but I cried listening to this because, minus Los Angeles, THIS is how my story and questioning and ultimate decisions played out. I haven't hashed it out with family yet so this felt incredibly brave to me. Thank you Rhett. Watching Link's next.

  66. The Great Deconstruction has set you free, Rhett!!! The love you have for others is an indication the best is yet to come. I look forward to seeing how God is revealed in you life and other around you!

  67. I admire and appreciate that you guys take the time to talk about these subjects on the internet. It helps me understand and deconstruct my own thought process, and it gives me the chance to listen to a genuine story. All the good vibes to you guys! I shall keep listening to the series <3

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