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Hosted by Melanie Cogdill the Managing Editor at the Christian Research Institute, Postmodern Realities is a podcast from the Christian Research Institute and the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL. Each podcast features in-depth conversations with our JOURNAL authors.

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Postmodern Realities Episode 245 Glimpsing the Grave: A Critical Review of The Book of Longings
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In The Book of Longings Sue Kidd Monk paints a monochromatic spiritual landscape, tediously rehearsing the contours of feminine longing. As the story unfolds, her characters near perfectly portray the values, the assumptions, the hopes, and the expectations of now. If a stranger to this place and time were to require a primer of the ideal person, I would hand her this book. Let’s look together at that cultural icon….

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Anne Kennedy about her online-exclusive article, “Glimpsing the Grave: A Critical Review of The Book of Longings: A Novel by Sue Monk Kidd”. **Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers for The Book of Longings: A Novel** https://www.equip.org/article/glimpsing-the-grave-a-critical-review-of-the-book-of-longings-a-novel-by-sue-monk-kidd/

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Other articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this author
Episode 240: Be Free! The Making of Biblical Womanhood A Summary Critique review of The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women became Gospel Truth by Beth Allison Barr

Be Free! The Making of Biblical Womanhood A summary critique review of The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women became Gospel Truth by Beth Allison Barr

Episode 224 You Only Die Once: Why It’s Okay Not to Live in the Present

You Only Die Once: Why It’s Okay Not to Live in the Present

Episode 216 Why Do I Call Myself Good? A Look at Virtue Signaling

Why Do I Call Myself Good? A Look at Virtue Signaling

Episode 211: There Is No Health in Us: Wellness and Self-Care in the Age of COVID-19

There Is No Health in Us: Wellness and Self-Care in the Age of COVID-19

Episode 209 She Who Has Eyes, Let Her See: A look at Didn’t See That Coming by Rachel Hollis

She Who Has Eyes, Let Her See: A look at Didn’t See That Coming by Rachel Hollis

Episode 204: The Road Back to Where? A Look at Self Discovery Using the Enneagram

The Road Back to Where? A Look at Self Discovery Using the Enneagram

Episode 198 Cancel Culture and the Gospel: Where Can You Go When The Whole World Is Against You?

Cancel Culture and the Gospel: Where Can You Go When The Whole World Is Against You?

Episode 193 Catching UP with Rachel Hollis, Glennon Doyle & Jen Hatmaker

Episode 191 Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed

Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed

Episode 181 But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown

But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown

Episode 178 Worshipping Together

Episode 160-Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name

Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name

Episode 151 Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?

Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?

Episode 147 Book Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage and An Evaluation of 2019 Evolving Faith Conference

A Helper Like Me: A Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage by David and Constantino Khalaf

Losing Faith: A Look at the 2019 Evolving Faith Conference

Episode 140 The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker

The Unhindered Leadership of Jen Hatmaker

The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker

Episode 136 Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis

Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis

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Jul 22, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 244 Falun Gong: How the West Was Won
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Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a new religious movement founded by Li Hongzhi in China in 1992. Based on a mix of Buddhist and New Age principles, it began as a form of qigong, a worldview that aims to strengthen a person’s vital energies through bodily movement. Adherents of Falun Gong believe their teachings and practices are the sole means of attaining Consummation — a state in which humans apprehend the real meaning of the universe and become Gods or Buddha. The primary moral tenets of the worldview are truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance. Falun Gong is not without its social and political controversies, particularly in its very public disagreements with the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party. Falun Gong was labeled an “evil sect” and banned in China in 1999. Practitioners claim that they have suffered tremendous persecution at the hands of the Chinese government, including imprisonment, torture, and non-consensual organ harvesting. But there has been a shift of Falun Gong followers from China to North America since the early 2000s. Westerners are being swayed by the Falun Gong and may not even realize it. Whether it’s through the popular conservative newspaper, the Epoch Times, or their touring dance troupe, Shen Yun, the Falun Gong have become a widespread presence on social media and in theaters worldwide. Recently, they have become more political and have promoted conspiracy theories on their various media platforms. Christians should work toward two primary tasks when it comes to Falun Gong: first, they should be aware of the new religious movement so they can respond with gentleness and respect and not fall prey to their beliefs; and second, Christians should have compassion for Falun Gong practitioners because they have been and continue to be victimized in China.


This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Lindsey Medenwaldt about her article in the current issue of the Christian Research Journal, “Falun Gong: How the West Was Won”. https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/what-scientific-materialism-fails-to-explain/ Available as your first issue (July 2021) when you subscribe, click here to find out more. https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/

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Other articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this author

Episode 168: Best Selling Author and Astrologer Chani Nicholas Brings New Age Teaching to the Social Media Generation

Episode 166 Controversial Guru Teal Swan Brings New Age Teachings to the Social Media Generation

Controversial Guru Teal Swan and Astrologer Chani Nicholas Bring New Age Teachings to the Social Media Generation​

Episode 219: Humanity’s Ascension: Assessing the History Channel’s New Age, Time Travel Guru David Wilcock

“Humanity’s Ascension: Assessing the History Channel’s New Age, Time Travel Guru David Wilcock.”

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Jul 15, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 243 The Fall of Sherlock: Investigating the Victorian Detective in a Modern Age
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There’s a shift in the characterization of modern adaptations of Sherlock Holmes that goes beyond the intensification and acceleration of contemporary storytelling. Conan Doyle’s Holmes is, despite his flaws, still admirable. Holmes is a flawed hero. Modern portrayals of Sherlock seem to lean into his flaws so strongly that there is almost nothing to admire except his brilliance. Why have our modern adaptations of Holmes become so critical? It may be, that as the most adapted literary hero in TV and film, modern storytellers have to offer a fresh spin, and the most natural spin is the rotation of water in the drain. In this regard, the darker takes on Holmes’s character have as much to do with belatedness as belittling. Something about Holmes’s quirks suggest that he’s circling self-destruction. In this sense, the later adaptations are merely picking up on features already embedded in Conan Doyle’s originals.

This is a conversation with JOURNAL contributing writer Phil Tallon about his article “The Fall of Sherlock: Investigating the Victorian Detective in a Modern Age” Coming soon! Check back here and at our article archive page.

***Note: The article and podcast discusses plot points of various Sherlock Holmes stories in book, television and movie formats which may be considered spoilers.***

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Other articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this author:

Revenge Movies:

Episode 225: Wild Justice: Why Do We Love Revenge Movies?

Wild Justice: Why Do We Love Revenge Movies?

The Mandalorian

Episode 217: Thinking About Religion in The Mandalorian

This is the Way…Or is It?: Thinking About Religion in The Mandalorian

Tenet

Episode 205: Time May Change Me, But I Can’t Change Time: Reversing Time to Understand Christopher Nolan’s Tenet

Time May Change Me, But I Can’t Change Time: Reversing Time to Understand Christopher Nolan’s Tenet

A Hidden Life

Episode 155 The Marathon of Martyrdom: A Review of A Hidden Life

The Marathon of Martyrdom: A Review of A Hidden Life

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

Episode 154: The Dead Won’t Stop Talking: A Review of The Rise of Skywalker

The Dead Won’t Stop Talking: A Review of The Rise of Skywalker

Fred Rogers and Mr. Rogers Neighborhood:

Episode 150: The Eternal Importance of Being Awkwardly Earnest: A Review of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

The Eternal Importance of Being Awkwardly Earnest: A Review of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

Steven Spielberg Movies:

Episode 139 Clear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More Human

Clear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More Human

Tolkien

Episode 123 Tolkien’s First Fellowship

Tolkien’s First Fellowship A film review of Tolkien

Alfred Hitchcock films:

Episode 100: A. Hitchcock Films

The Coen Brother’s Films:

Episode 050: O Father, Where Art Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence

“O Father, Where Are Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence

The Films of Quentin Tarantino:

Episode 001: The Films of Quentin Tarantino

“Reservoir Gods: Quentin Tarantino’s Premodern Theology

Related:

Episode 173 Jesus Wake Up!

Episode 200 Wisdom for College Zoomers

Wisdom for College Zoomers

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Jul 08, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 242 Friendship and Fatherhood in Pixar’s Luca
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Luca is a fun, eccentric film that exudes personality and leaves room for some rumination regarding friendship and fatherhood. The notion of platonic friendships is one you don’t hear too much about. That is to say, a close, intimate relationship, much like a true friendship, but one that is not sexually charged or defined by physical intimacy. Current cultural trends seem diametrically opposed to these kinds of relationships, reading subtextual emotions and attractions into both same- and other-sex relationships. Famed twentieth-century Christian writer C. S. Lewis contended that what made Friendship (with a capital “F”) so profound was the fact that it was the most unnecessary kind of relationship needed to function in society. It was not required for survival, nor to reproduce as a species. It is unique in that it is chosen. The other type of relationship that forms a crucial part of the film’s story is the relationship between fathers and their children. As Christians, we should not turn a blind eye toward the responsibilities of the father. Luca is yet another thoughtful, earnest look at the joys of childhood and the pains of growing up.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Cole Burgett about his online-exclusive, “Friendship and Fatherhood in Pixar’s Luca.” https://www.equip.org/article/friendship-and-fatherhood-in-pixars-luca/

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Other articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring discussions around Pixar movies:

Episode 228 Has Pixar Lost Its Soul ? Assessing an Animated Journey to the Afterlife and Back

Has Pixar Lost Its Soul ? Assessing an Animated Journey to the Afterlife and Back

Episode 014: Finding Dory and Pixar Animation Studios

Finding Dory: A Fish Tale about Perseverance and Overcoming Fear

Other articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring Cole Burgett:

Episode 239: No Us Without Him: The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Zack Snyder’s Justice League

No Us Without Him: The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Episode 234: Star Wars Happy and Glorious in The High Republic

Happy and Glorious in The High Republic: A Review of The High Republic Era beginning with Star Wars: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule

Episode 227 Catharsis and the Power of Release in WandaVison

Catharsis and the Power of Release in Wandavison

Episode 222 Deconstructionism and the Gospel of Hope in Logan

Deconstructionism and the Gospel of Hope in Logan

Episode 218: Wonder Woman 1984: The Truth Is Enough.

Wonder Woman 1984: The Truth Is Enough.

Episode 214 Star Trek’s Christopher Pike: An Old Fashioned Hero For Our Cynical Times

Star Trek’s Christopher Pike: An Old- Fashioned Hero for Our Cynical Time

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Jul 01, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 241 Celebrating the Fruit of the Spirit in Ted Lasso
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The best sports stories are the ones that are not really about the sport itself at all. The sporting, or coaching, or athleticism should play a supporting role to whatever else is happening in the story — so much so that the particular sport could be swapped out for practically any other related discipline, and the heart of the story would remain the same. This is the case with the Apple TV+ sitcom series Ted Lasso. On one level, it is a heartwarming comedy about Premier League Football, but on another level, it is a celebration of the life and work of a coach who embodies true kindness, love, joy, and patience amidst many storms—both serious and humorous. Ted Lasso celebrates elements of the fruit of the Spirit which is surprising for a TV-MA original streaming sports comedy that aired in the year 2020. But in a time when—in the eyes of so many—winning has become the ultimate morality, and the struggle to gain and maintain power has turned otherwise objective standards of goodness into subjective opinion, we all need more of what Ted Lasso is dishing out.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author K. B. Hoyle about her article, ““Wayward Ted”: Celebrating the Fruit of the Spirit in Ted Lasso” in the 44:1 issue of the Christian Research Journal. https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/the-genius-of-job-contents/

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Jun 24, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 240 Be Free! The Making of Biblical Womanhood A summary critique review
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“Go, be free!” concludes Beth Allison Barr in her recently released, best-selling book, The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women became Gospel Truth. In the intersection of her life in the classroom and the strictures placed on her by her local church, her beliefs about women radically shifted. Eventually, after a difficult conversation with the theologically unbending complementarian elders at her Southern Baptist Church, Barr and her husband, the youth-pastor, were asked to leave. “This book is my story,” she writes, “a white woman whose experiences as a pastor’s wife and scholar have led me to reject evangelical teachings about male headship and female submission. I am fighting against patriarchy for women.” Part medieval history, part personal narrative, and part examination of the condition of women in complementarian circles, Dr. Barr (a history professor at Baylor University) applies a feminist hermeneutic to Scripture and history, purporting to discover a malign patriarchal inclination, if not an actual conspiracy by complementarians to write women out of the Bible, out of the church, and back into their homes to their highest calling by God as wives and mothers. This a conversation with Journal contributing writer Anne Kenney about our in-depth critical review of The Making of Biblical Womanhood. https://www.equip.org/article/be-free-the-making-of-biblical-womanhood-a-summary-critique-review-of-the-making-of-biblical-womanhood-how-the-subjugation-of-women-became-gospel-truth-by-beth-allison-barr/

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Other articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this author

Episode 224 You Only Die Once: Why It’s Okay Not to Live in the Present

You Only Die Once: Why It’s Okay Not to Live in the Present

Episode 216 Why Do I Call Myself Good? A Look at Virtue Signaling

Why Do I Call Myself Good? A Look at Virtue Signaling

Episode 211: There Is No Health in Us: Wellness and Self-Care in the Age of COVID-19

There Is No Health in Us: Wellness and Self-Care in the Age of COVID-19

Episode 209 She Who Has Eyes, Let Her See: A look at Didn’t See That Coming by Rachel Hollis

She Who Has Eyes, Let Her See: A look at Didn’t See That Coming by Rachel Hollis

Episode 204: The Road Back to Where? A Look at Self Discovery Using the Enneagram

The Road Back to Where? A Look at Self Discovery Using the Enneagram

Episode 198 Cancel Culture and the Gospel: Where Can You Go When The Whole World Is Against You?

Cancel Culture and the Gospel: Where Can You Go When The Whole World Is Against You?

Episode 193 Catching UP with Rachel Hollis, Glennon Doyle & Jen Hatmaker

Episode 191 Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed

Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed

Episode 181 But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown

But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown

Episode 178 Worshipping Together

Episode 160-Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name

Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name

Episode 151 Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?

Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?

Episode 147 Book Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage and An Evaluation of 2019 Evolving Faith Conference

A Helper Like Me: A Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage by David and Constantino Khalaf

Losing Faith: A Look at the 2019 Evolving Faith Conference

Episode 140 The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker

The Unhindered Leadership of Jen Hatmaker

The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker

Episode 136 Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis

Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis

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Jun 17, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 239 No Us Without Him: The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Zack Snyder’s Justice League
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Zack Snyder’s approach to the DC material is to skin the heroes as modern mythological figures. And he does so by using blatantly obvious parallels. Superman? That’s Jesus. He literally dies sacrificially, he literally resurrects. Batman? That’s Hades. He’s grim and glum and sulks around in an underworld called Gotham. His is a Divisive approach but he has something to say. Because Zack Snyder’s Justice League pays off on all that deconstructionism. It actually takes all the little broken pieces of classic characters and rearranges them to build them anew.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Cole Burgett about the modern superhero myths and how they can point seekers to the truth of the gospel and his online-exclusive article, “No Us Without Him: The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Zack Snyder’s Justice League“. **Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers for Zack Snyder’s Justice League.**https://www.equip.org/article/no-us-without-him-the-life-death-and-resurrection-of-zack-snyders-justice-league/

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Other articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this author:

Episode 234: Star Wars Happy and Glorious in The High Republic

Happy and Glorious in The High Republic: A Review of The High Republic Era beginning with Star Wars: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule

Episode 227 Catharsis and the Power of Release in WandaVison

Catharsis and the Power of Release in Wandavison

Episode 222 Deconstructionism and the Gospel of Hope in Logan

Deconstructionism and the Gospel of Hope in Logan

Episode 218: Wonder Woman 1984: The Truth Is Enough.

Wonder Woman 1984: The Truth Is Enough.

Episode 214 Star Trek’s Christopher Pike: An Old Fashioned Hero For Our Cynical Times

Star Trek’s Christopher Pike: An Old- Fashioned Hero for Our Cynical Time

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Jun 10, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 238 Scientific Materialist Manifesto: The Pursuit of Meaning in a Godless Universe
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Since Albert Einstein rose to international fame during the first half of the 20th century, the natural sciences have only risen in prestige and cultural influence and the scientific community is now widely regarded as the ultimate authority on truth about the world. Some of its members have produced bestsellers that popularize cutting-edge scientific thought. The issue, though, is that they often step well beyond the domain of their respective specialties to make pronouncements on questions traditionally reserved for theology and philosophy, such as the existence of God, morality, free will, and life’s ultimate purpose. In an effort to champion a philosophical naturalist perspective, they imply that advancements in the natural sciences have somehow undermined the case for God and other theological doctrines, such as the existence of the human soul. According to these writers, science is well on its way to providing a comprehensive explanation of all of reality: how the universe began, how everything developed, and the eventual dissolution of it all. Thus, to be a scientifically literate person, this modern narrative suggests, is to be a materialist — to believe that the only objective reality consists of matter and energy behaving according to the laws of physics and chemistry. This podcast is a conversation with Dr. Melissa Cain Travis about how the Christian apologist counters this world view.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Melissa Cain Travis about her article, “Scientific Materialist Manifesto: The Pursuit of Meaning in a Godless Universe” https://www.equip.org/article/scientific-materialist-manifesto-the-pursuit-of-meaning-in-a-godless-universe/
from the 42:2 issue of the Christian Research Journal. https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/out-of-the-ashes-at-ground-zero/

This print article is being released early as part of our early access feature. It will be fully accessible by the public in the future, to get early access to read it now, please see our FAQ section on Early Access to Articles by clicking here. https://www.equip.org/early-access-to-online-exclusive-articles-faqs/

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Other articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this author

Episode 062: How the Structure and Comprehensibility of the Universe Reveal a Mindful Maker

A Grand Cosmic Resonance: How the Structure and Comprehensibility of the Universe Reveal a Mindful Maker

Episode 138-Using NBC’s The Good Place in Conversational Apologetics

Using NBC’s The Good Place in Conversational Apologetics

Episode 132: The Artistic Pro-Life Theme in Netflix’s I Am Mother

The Artistic Pro-Life Theme in Netflix’s I Am Mother

Episode 095 Virtue, Human Nature, and the Quest for Happiness

Virtue, Human Nature and the Quest for Happiness

Episode 002: Motherhood and the Life of the Mind

Motherhood and the Life of the Mind

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Jun 03, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 237 Faith, Fact, and Reason: Ingredients for Knowledge
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Most of the time in conversations with skeptics, they want to pit faith against fact and throw it to the vicious onslaught of reason to be torn apart and devoured by the likes of science, truth, evidence, and reality. Faith against fact — these words not only find their way into book titles and chapter headings, but they also serve as common rebuttals to Christian beliefs in ordinary conversations with skeptics. No atheistic litany would be complete without some expression of woe over Christianity’s blatant offenses to reason. Religious skeptics typically fail to define and distinguish properly between belief and truth, both of which are essential elements of knowledge. This episode offers some reflections on how Christians can respond to the faith–reason (faith–fact) dichotomy.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Jonah Haddad about his effective evangelism article, “Faith, Fact, and Reason: Ingredients for Knowledge” in the current issue of the Christian Research Journal.
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Other articles featuring this author:

Evaluating Extremism: Are Extreme Beliefs Always Dangerous?

Reanimating Apologetics with the Undead

Allah, The Trinity, and Divine Love

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Jerry’s Game-a book review of Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible by Jerry A. Coyne

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May 27, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 236 “Restoring” the Divine Name in the New World Translation? A Strategy for Dialoging with Jehovah’s Witnesses
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Debates with Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs) often prove frustrating, an endless ping-pong of futile talk, especially when the topic is the Holy Trinity. While essential Christian doctrine asserts that God subsists in three eternally distinct persons — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit — JWs craft their New World Translation (NWT) to mask the New Testament’s otherwise clear teaching that Christ is true deity equal to the Father. JWs deny the deity of the Christ and subordinate Him to the Father (e.g., Christ is the Father’s first creation).

It is not uncommon that believers leave conversations with JWs perplexed, given that JWs are often trained in challenging biblical support for the Trinity. The process often involves believers presenting JWs with a biblical passage that supports the doctrine of the Trinity, which is then followed by the JWs presenting a biblical passage that appears to question the doctrine of the Trinity. This process may be repeated over and over until one or both persons end the conversation in frustration after experiencing hitting a ’brick wall’ with no hope of making any impact. However, there is another way to present the deity of Christ to JWs, one that bypasses the typical method of interaction, and instead confronts them with a number of powerful examples of how the NWT applies a specific rule inconsistently to “restore” God’s divine name in the New Testament. The purpose of this article is to provide believers with a practical two-step approach to showing JWs how the NWT is a highly unreliable translation of biblical texts.

According to the WBTS, the divine name should be “restored” in the New Testament when a verse contains “either direct quotations from or indirect references to scriptures that use the Tetragrammaton [the four Hebrew letters signifying the divine name YHWH] in the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament.” For the sake of discussion with a JW, we accept the practice of “restoring” the divine name in the NT, but in doing so, we clarify that one must carefully apply this “restoration” rule consistently. The two-step approach is to show sets of NT verses with corresponding OT quotations — one in which the NWT applies the “restoration” rule and one in which it breaks it. The reason for this is simple — the WBTS’s theology does not allow for the rule to be applied consistently. If it were to be applied consistently, the deity of Christ would become clear. Your task is to show the inconsistency of the NWT’s application of the “restoration” rule to the JWs, as well as the implications that this has for the interpretation of the verses.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Ziggi Ivan Santini about his online-exclusive article, Restoring” the Divine Name in the New World Translation? A Strategy for Dialoging with Jehovah’s Witnesses https://www.equip.org/article/restoring-the-divine-name-in-the-new-world-translation-a-strategy-for-dialoging-with-jehovahs-witnesses/
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Related articles:

A Holy Spirit Encounter with a Jehovah’s Witness

Jehovah’s Witnesses and John 1:1: New Evidence Advances the Discussion

Discussing Deity with Jehovah’s Witnesses

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May 20, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 235 Does the Bible Dictate Clothing Style by Gender? Cross Dressing and the Gender Binary
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In Deuteronomy 22:5, perhaps the key text regarding clothing, God tells us that, “a woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD your God.” Some Christians hold to the conviction that pants are garments for men. If a woman wears pants, therefore, she violates God’s law by wearing men’s clothing. She has sinned. It is important to note, however, that the text, though written in a specific time and from within a particular cultural context, does not specify which garments belong to a man and which garments belong to a woman. The command is principal in nature and transcendent in scope, not culture-bound and specific. That is, there is a universal good to which the command appeals that is not bound to the historical community and context of the people of Israel during the Exodus. However, God does not want men setting out to dress as women or women as men. Any attempt to purposefully blur the binary distinction between male and female does violence to the Gospel, the image of God, and God’s created order. This explains why Deuteronomy 22:5 cannot be more specific than it is. The male/female binary distinction is essential to our humanity and is thus foundational to every civilization, culture, and nation but the expressions of this binary will differ from people to people, place to place, and time to time. What might be seen as masculine attire in one time and place might be considered feminine in another. This is an in-depth conversation with JOURNAL author Mathew M. Kennedy about what the Bible teaches about cross-dressing and the gender binary.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Matthew M. Kennedy about his online exclusive article, “Does the Bible Dictate Clothing Style by Gender? Cross Dressing and the Gender Binary”. https://www.equip.org/article/does-the-bible-dictate-clothing-style-by-gender-cross-dressing-and-the-gender-binary/

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May 13, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 234 Star Wars Happy and Glorious in The High Republic
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Perhaps the most interesting storytelling initiative undertaken by Disney since its acquisition of the Star Wars franchise comes in the form of The High Republic, a multi-platform publishing enterprise begun in January of 2021. Set 200 years before Lucas’s The Phantom Menace, this interconnected series of books, comic books, and future television series, looks to chart a course for the future of Star Wars by taking audiences into uncharted territory—the golden age of the Jedi. The Jedis’ connection to the Force, the pseudo-magical energy that flows through every living being in the Star Wars universe, is more pronounced here as well. The Jedi are far more open to different approaches and methods of using the Force than in the prequel films. It would be safe to say that the High Republic era is meant to channel the kind of chivalric adventures of yore; only, instead of knights-errant, the heroes are Jedi. Everything is happy and glorious in the High Republic—and the Jedi have the most progressive ideologies of the day. Why should Christians care about and interact with one of the most popular mythic series of our modern time? Christian author C.S. Lewis once wrote, “The value of the myth is that it takes all the things we know and restores to them the rich significance which has been hidden by ‘the veil of familiarity.’ The child enjoys his cold meat, otherwise dull to him, by pretending it is buffalo, just killed with his own bow and arrow. And the child is wise. The real meat comes back to him more savory for having been dipped in a story…by putting bread, gold, horse, apple, or the very roads into a myth, we do not retreat from reality: we rediscover it.” The story of Christianity is the great, true story.

This episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Cole Burgett about the Star Wars universe and how the Christian can use other myth tales to point to the truth of the gospel and his online-exclusive article, “Happy and Glorious in The High Republic: A Review of The High Republic Era beginning with Star Wars: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule https://www.equip.org/article/happy-and-glorious-in-the-high-republic-a-review-of-the-high-republic-era-beginning-with-star-wars-light-of-the-jedi-by-charles-soule/

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Other articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring Star Wars.

Episode 154: The Dead Won’t Stop Talking: A Review of The Rise of Skywalker

The Dead Won’t Stop Talking: A Review of The Rise of Skywalker

Episode 054: The Last Jedi: A Star Wars Movie for the Era of “the Nones”

The Last Jedi: A Star Wars Movie for the Era of “the Nones”

Episode 027: “Evaluating the Star Wars Worldview”

May the Force Bewitch You: Evaluating the Star Wars Worldview

Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters

Family, Faith and Father

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May 04, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 233 You Probably Aren’t Saved If…(This Is about Sex)
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Some people proclaim that they are Christians, that “my faith is very important to me,” and talk openly about Jesus, but they say these things while they are living in overt, unrepentant sexual sin. Hopefully, that’s not you. But if it is, then you probably aren’t saved, and, unless you repent, you will be lost forever. The idea that someone is probably not saved if they are living in overt, unrepentant sexual sin — is one that will baffle and/or upset many people. But the Bible is clear about this. Consider Ephesians 5:3, 5–6: “But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints….For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.” But I’ve Prayed “the Sinner’s Prayer”! Some will protest that they believe in Jesus and that they have prayed the sinner’s prayer, so that means they are saved. No, it does not. Without repentance, those are what Paul called, “empty words.” The sinner’s prayer never saved anyone, and faith that doesn’t result in a change of behavior isn’t a saving faith.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Clay Jones about his 44:1 Viewpoint article, “You Probably Aren’t Saved If…(This Is about Sex)” which you receive as your first issue for new subscribers (Spring 2021). https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/the-genius-of-job-contents/
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Other articles and podcasts featuring this author

Postmodern Realities: Episode 030: Evangelizing the Cultural Christian

Evangelizing the Cultural Christian

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Apr 29, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 232 Who Made God?
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“Yeah, but who created God?” The question can feel like an attempted gotcha moment in apologetic encounters, even to seasoned apologists. In a culture increasingly conditioned to “win” arguments with soundbite retorts, Christian apologists must not react dismissively to this common question.
This episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author R. Keith Loftin about how to seriously answer the question, “Who Made God?”, from his 41:5 article which was just released online.
https://www.equip.org/article/but-who-made-god/

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Apr 22, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 231 G. K. Chesterton and The Genius Of Job
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An irrepressible note of joy rings throughout the literary corpus of the magnificent English writer G. K. Chesterton. It is surprising, then, that Job, the book that plunges headlong into the problem of unjust suffering, was Chesterton’s favorite book of the Bible. He found “the riddles of God…more comforting than the solutions of man.”

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Rebekah Valerius about her 44:1 article, “G. K. Chesterton on the Book of Job“, https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/the-genius-of-job-contents/ which you receive as your first issue for new subscribers (April 2021). To subscribe to the Journal, please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/

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Other articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this author

Episode 210: Bespoke Religiosity and the Rise of the Nones: a review of Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World by Tara Isabella Burton

Bespoke Religiosity and the Rise of the Nones: a review of Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World by Tara Isabella Burton

Episode 073: Hell and Kids

Is It Abusive to Teach Children about Hell

Journey to the Bottom of the Glass: A Review of The Works of His Hands: A Scientist’s Journey from Atheism to Faith by Sy Garte

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Apr 15, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 230: Is it Ethical for Pro-Life Christians to Receive Covid-19 Vaccines?
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To date, nearly 2.9 million people have died worldwide in the Covid-19 pandemic. The global economy struggled while nations enacted stay-at-home orders, and our politics fractured under the weight of heated disagreements. Illness, travel restrictions, and protective hospital protocols separated loved ones in the time we needed each other the most. Reports of depression and suicide dramatically increased among the younger members of the population, and no one’s life remained untouched. This collective loss drove a massive effort by the United States government to create a program called Operation Warp Speed for the speedy development and manufacturing of vaccines for COVID-19. Within a year, Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson all developed vaccines capable of providing protection from the most severe symptoms of Covid-19, welcome news for members of communities disproportionately impacted including the elderly, those living with underlying medical conditions, and certain minority communities. As the promise of vaccines generated new hope, a concern arose. All four approved vaccines used human fetal cells acquired through induced abortion somewhere in the development process.

Can we trust the vaccines are safe given the rush to produce them? Are these vaccines safe? Did the production of the four Covid-19 vaccines include human fetal cells derived from elective abortions? Does taking the vaccine cooperate with evil? Does taking COVID vaccines appropriation rather than cooperation, enjoying the benefits from an act of moral evil while being negatively transformed through the omission of protests? This is a deep dive conversation about bioethics issues and the COIVD vaccine with writer Jay Watts.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Jay Watts about his online-exclusive viewpoint article, “Is it Ethical for Pro-Life Christians to Receive Covid-19 Vaccines?”. https://www.equip.org/article/is-it-ethical-for-pro-life-christians-to-receive-covid-19-vaccines/

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Viewpoint articles address relevant contemporary issues in discernment and apologetics from a particular perspective that is usually not shared by all Christians, with the intended result that Christians’ thinking on that issue will be stimulated and enhanced (whether or not people end up agreeing with the author’s opinion).

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Other articles and podcasts related to Covid-19:

Postmodern Realities: Episode 174 Loving Your Neighbor

Postmodern Realities: Episode 167 Faithful Living Through the Coronavirus

Faithful Living Through the Coronavirus

Postmodern Realities: Episode 172 Covid-19 Do Pro-life Principles Require A Sustained Shut Down of the Economy? Who Decides?

Covid-19 Do Pro-life Principles Require A Sustained Shut Down of the Economy? Who Decides?

Postmodern Realities:Episode 187 Five Ways to Disciple Your Family During the Pandemic

Five Ways to Disciple Your Family During the Quarantine



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Apr 08, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 229 Marriage in Mid-Life: How Disappointment Helps Us Become More Christlike
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Midlife is a season of challenge and change―professionally, relationally, physically, and spiritually. On our better days, we experience a sense of growing clarity and satisfaction about who we are in midlife. We might even come to terms with our limitations and vulnerabilities, letting go of some dreams and creating new ones. But many days, we are overwhelmed and exhausted by the intense transitions of this season, leaving us feeling off-balance and insecure. And these challenges reverberate through our marriages, making us wonder how we're going to survive. In marriages for decades, spouses can attach moral energy to our way of moving through life which often leads to judgment, pride, and conflict. Marital disappointments can often be traced back to the expectations we brought into our covenant. However, these relational disappointments we have with our spouse are opportunities for us to give thanks to God, become more engaged in our marriage, repent, and draw closer to Christ. Ultimately, these responses should soften our hearts and increase our capacity to love our spouse.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Dorothy Littell Greco about her article, “Marriage in Mid-Life: How Disappointment Helps Us Become More Christlike.” in the 44:1 issue of Christian Research Journal. https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/the-genius-of-job-contents/

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Apr 01, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 228 Has Pixar Lost Its Soul? Assessing an Animated Journey to the Afterlife and Back
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Pixar’s twenty-third film, Soul (Disney+), offers glimpses into the afterlife and the nature of the soul, not as an academic presentation on metaphysics or theology, but to tell a story about life. Nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Animated Feature Film, there’s no doubt that Soul is a fun, compelling film, beautifully scored and animated, and voiced by excellent talent (such as Jamie Foxx as Joe and Tina Fey as 22). Christian readers are sure to have had a few red flags raised, theologically speaking, leading to several questions. Joe is almost dead, but he can return to his body? The afterlife made a mistake? Souls exist before they are born? Humans can visit celestial realms via meditation? Does God exist or do anything in this fictional world? Parents may be especially alarmed, unsure of how to assess Soul, or not sure if their children should even be allowed to view it. In the end, Soul is about life and the wonderful possibilities and experiences it holds for each of us. There is more to life than achieving our dreams. And biblically Christians are to live our lives, glorifying God in what we do. Soul is not crafted to teach us the minutiae of eschatology, including what happens when we die. Instead, it focuses on the value of life and making the most of the time we have. Ultimately, Soul is a life-affirming story, celebrating the promise that life holds. For the Christian, made in God’s image, we have the potential for what we paradoxically may term ordinary greatness. Our lives may seem ordinary, but we are destined for royalty as children of God. Yes, this life can be heartbreaking and difficult, but it also holds so much more that is good and true and holy.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Robert Velarde about his online-exclusive article, “Has Pixar Lost Its Soul? :Assessing an Animated Journey to the Afterlife and Back”. https://www.equip.org/article/has-pixar-lost-its-soul-assessing-an-animated-journey-to-the-afterlife-and-back/

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Other articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this author

Episode 207 BoJack Horseman: Loneliness in a Godless Universe

BoJack Horseman: Loneliness in a Godless Universe

Episode 185 Star Trek: Picard and Transhumanism — Where No One Has Gone Before

Star Trek: Picard and Transhumanism — Where No One Has Gone Before

Episode 179 Rick and Morty: Scientism, Self-Centeredness, and the Search for Meaning

Rick and Morty: Scientism, Self-Centeredness, and the Search for Meaning

Episode 110 Ancient Aliens

Did Ancient Extraterrestrials Visit Earth?

Episode 027: “Evaluating the Star Wars Worldview”

May the Force Bewitch You: Evaluating the Star Wars Worldview

Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters

Episode 014: Finding Dory and Pixar Animation Studios

Finding Dory: A Fish Tale about Perseverance and Overcoming Fear

The Wisdom of Pixar

The Gospel According to Lost

Man of Steel Meets Son of God

The Clockwork Despair of “The Watchmen”

Breaking Bad’s Addicting Defense of Moral Realism

Television as the New Literature: Understanding and Evaluating the Medium

Jodi Picoult’s Novel Ideas

Prometheus: Finding God in Outer Space

More Than a Wager: Blaise Pascal and the Defense of the Faith

Celebrity Death and the Meaning of Life

Preparing for the Apocalypse: A Look at the Rise of Doomsday Preppers

Deepak Chopra’s Cosmic Enlightenment: Eastern Ideas in a Western Culture

Brave New Gadgetry: Technological Discernment and the Family

Reincarnation: Lifetimes for Enlightenment?

Guru Knows Best?

Personal Power or Harmful Hedonism?

One Savior, Many Paths?

Good Philosophy Must Exist

Ghosts for the Atheist

Immanuel Kant

The Secret Revealed

Alternative Medicine, Apologetics, and the Church

Glimpses of the Devil: A Psychiatrist’s Personal Accounts of Possession, Exorcism, and Redemption

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Mar 25, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 227 Catharsis and the Power of Release in WandaVison
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WandaVision is a weird television series (Disney Plus). Even by modern television standards, where hardly any project can get a greenlight from a studio unless it is “high concept” or experimental, WandaVision seems like the kind of series that would look mighty dubious even on paper. The story here could easily have been told in the usual straightforward manner—and, in some ways, this might have been the wiser decision to make—yet the show’s creators have chosen to spin their yarn in a unique way. Viewers who don’t mind taking a trip through television history and manage to slog through the first three episodes may find themselves invested in the compelling mystery that drives the series. Eventually, viewers who stick it out until the end will have witnessed a profound character study on the effects of grief and the power of catharsis.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Cole Burgett about his online-exclusive article, “Catharsis and the Power of Release in WandaVison.” **Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers for WandaVision** https://www.equip.org/article/catharsis-and-the-power-of-release-in-wandavison/

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Episode 222 Deconstructionism and the Gospel of Hope in Logan

Deconstructionism and the Gospel of Hope in Logan

Episode 218: Wonder Woman 1984: The Truth Is Enough.

Wonder Woman 1984: The Truth Is Enough.

Episode 214 Star Trek’s Christopher Pike: An Old Fashioned Hero For Our Cynical Times

Star Trek’s Christopher Pike: An Old- Fashioned Hero for Our Cynical Time

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Mar 18, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 226 A Heretic’s Christ, a False Salvation: A Review of The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change
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Richard Rohr is a prolific author and popular speaker. His biography states that he “is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition.” In 1987, Rohr founded the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has been a strong force in the contemplative prayer movement. Oprah has interviewed him twice. Richard Rohr is a heretic in the robes of a Franciscan priest. To be more specific, he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a false teacher, and a deceiver (see Matthew 7:15–19; Acts 20:29–31). Basing his teaching primarily on eastern mysticism rather than biblical Christianity, Rohr counsels us to find our “true self” instead of knowing a Savior distinct from the self, and his teaching on contemplative prayer emphasizes letting go of thoughts instead of focusing them on Christ. He also helped introduce the pagan-based and psychologically unsupported practice of the enneagram to Roman Catholics and Protestants. Yet some of his forty-five books have been bestsellers, and his influence runs deep.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Douglas Groothuis about his online-exclusive article, “A Heretic’s Christ, a False Salvation: A Review of The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope for, and Believe by Richard Rohr.” https://www.equip.org/article/a-heretics-christ-a-false-salvation-a-review-of-the-universal-christ-how-a-forgotten-reality-can-change-everything-we-see-hope-for-and-believe-richard-rohr/

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Episode 220 God and Our Ignorance

God and Our Ignorance

Episode 194 Autobiography as Apologetic

Autobiography as Apologetic

Episode 157: The Reincarnation of Reincarnation

The Reincarnation of Reincarnation

Episode 122 Shamelessly Wrong

Shamelessly Wrong: Book Review of Shameless: A Sexual Reformation Nadia Bolz-Weber

Episode 004: Agile Apologetics

Developing an Agile Apologetic

Channeling: Revelations Of Deception

Learning From an Apostle: Christianity in the Marketplace of Ideas (Acts 17:16-34)

Why Buddhism is Not True: Review of Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment

Jean-Paul Satre And The Resurgence Of Existentialism

Francis Schaeffer: Pastor, Evangelist, Apologist, Prophet

The Christian Apologist’s Moral Compass

Steve Jobs, Jesus, and the Problem of Evil

And many more, Dr. Groothuis has written articles for us for over 30 years.

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Mar 11, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 225 Wild Justice: Why Do We Love Revenge Movies?
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Many Christians may not admit it but they probably have entertained the dark fantasy of avenging a loved one in a roaring rampage of revenge. Did the hit movie Taken, with its perfectly delivered and iconic dialogue, create this fantasy? Or did it merely tap into an unspoken desire? Does Liam Neeson’s deep-voiced threat sound cool because we all have a deep-down desire for vigilante justice? Rarely do these movies wrestle with questions of ethics. Francis Bacon calls revenge “wild justice.” These films create a scenario where the hero’s quest feels just. The wrongs they revenge are so potent that we desire justice, and we want it to be ‘wild.’ It is worth thinking about the degree to which our pleasure in seeing the victim carry out vengeance is a departure from a biblical view of justice.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Philip Tallon about his online-exclusive article, “Wild Justice: Why Do We Love Revenge Movies?”https://www.equip.org/article/wild-justice-why-do-we-love-revenge-movies/

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The Mandalorian

Episode 217: Thinking About Religion in The Mandalorian

This is the Way…Or is It?: Thinking About Religion in The Mandalorian

Tenet

Episode 205: Time May Change Me, But I Can’t Change Time: Reversing Time to Understand Christopher Nolan’s Tenet

Time May Change Me, But I Can’t Change Time: Reversing Time to Understand Christopher Nolan’s Tenet

A Hidden Life

Episode 155 The Marathon of Martyrdom: A Review of A Hidden Life

The Marathon of Martyrdom: A Review of A Hidden Life

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

Episode 154: The Dead Won’t Stop Talking: A Review of The Rise of Skywalker

The Dead Won’t Stop Talking: A Review of The Rise of Skywalker

Fred Rogers and Mr. Rogers Neighborhood:

Episode 150: The Eternal Importance of Being Awkwardly Earnest: A Review of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

The Eternal Importance of Being Awkwardly Earnest: A Review of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

Steven Spielberg Movies:

Episode 139 Clear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More Human

Clear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More Human

Tolkien

Episode 123 Tolkien’s First Fellowship

Tolkien’s First Fellowship A film review of Tolkien

Alfred Hitchcock films:

Episode 100: A. Hitchcock Films

The Coen Brother’s Films:

Episode 050: O Father, Where Art Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence

“O Father, Where Are Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence

The Films of Quentin Tarantino:

Episode 001: The Films of Quentin Tarantino

“Reservoir Gods: Quentin Tarantino’s Premodern Theology

Related:

Episode 173 Jesus Wake Up!

Episode 200 Wisdom for College Zoomers

Wisdom for College Zoomers





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Mar 04, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 224 You Only Die Once: Why It’s Okay Not to Live in the Present
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The term YOLO was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 20162 but appears as early as 2011 when Drake, the Canadian singer and hip-hop artist, used it in a famous, excessively profane song.4 A fresh iteration of the ironically timeless “Carpe Diem,” YOLO is as plastic as that term, molding itself to any single person’s perception of the good life. How I employ it reveals my heart priorities, the things I most value, and the dimly apprehended reality that what I believe about tomorrow will necessarily shape how I live today. The deeper and more alarming truth, however, is not that you only live once. You actually live twice, the second time forever. It’s the death that happens once—and how you spend it is the critical factor for how you live not only for evermore, but for now.


This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Anne Kennedy about her online-exclusive article, “You Only Die Once: Why It’s Okay Not to Live in the Present”.

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Episode 216 Why Do I Call Myself Good? A Look at Virtue Signaling

Why Do I Call Myself Good? A Look at Virtue Signaling

Episode 211: There Is No Health in Us: Wellness and Self-Care in the Age of COVID-19

There Is No Health in Us: Wellness and Self-Care in the Age of COVID-19

Episode 209 She Who Has Eyes, Let Her See: A look at Didn’t See That Coming by Rachel Hollis

She Who Has Eyes, Let Her See: A look at Didn’t See That Coming by Rachel Hollis

Episode 204: The Road Back to Where? A Look at Self Discovery Using the Enneagram

The Road Back to Where? A Look at Self Discovery Using the Enneagram

Episode 198 Cancel Culture and the Gospel: Where Can You Go When The Whole World Is Against You?

Cancel Culture and the Gospel: Where Can You Go When The Whole World Is Against You?

Episode 193 Catching UP with Rachel Hollis, Glennon Doyle & Jen Hatmaker

Episode 191 Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed

Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed

Episode 181 But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown

But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown

Episode 178 Worshipping Together

Episode 160-Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name

Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name

Episode 151 Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?

Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?

Episode 147 Book Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage and An Evaluation of 2019 Evolving Faith Conference

A Helper Like Me: A Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage by David and Constantino Khalaf

Losing Faith: A Look at the 2019 Evolving Faith Conference

Episode 140 The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker

The Unhindered Leadership of Jen Hatmaker

The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker

Episode 136 Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis

Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis

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Feb 25, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 223 Athanasius A C.S. Lewis of the Early Church
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C. S. Lewis once wrote in this book Miracles that “the Central Miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation….Every other miracle prepares for this, or exhibits this, or results from this.” Important as the mysteries of the death and resurrection of Christ are, without the supreme mystery of the Incarnation, the crucifixion and resurrection would not have their saving power. The very Person of Christ is the gospel. Such is the core message of one of the greatest Fathers in all of church history: Athanasius of Alexandria (c. 296–298 to 2 May 373).

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Bradley Nassif about his article from the Volume 42, number 1 (2019) issue, “Athanasius A C.S. Lewis of the Early Church”. https://www.equip.org/article/athanasius-a-c-s-lewis-of-the-early-church/

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Other articles and podcasts featuring this author:

Hank Unplugged: A Call from Christ: May We Be as One, with Dr. Bradley Nassif

How Was Orthodoxy Established in the Ecumenical Councils

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Feb 17, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 222 Deconstructionism and the Gospel of Hope in Logan
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Few actors have become so intrinsically tied to a character they’ve played like Hugh Jackman and his portrayal of James Howlett, better known as Logan, the Wolverine. A central figure in 20th Century Fox’s long-running X-Men film series, Logan is a mutant with an accelerated healing ability and a bad temper who sprouts bony, claw-like protrusions from his hands when it comes time for some down and dirty knuckle-dusting. His mutant abilities ensure that he’s been around for a lot longer than most people, as well as put him on the military’s radar as they seek to hone him into a finely tuned killing machine through a secret project dubbed “Weapon X.” When he has a fictional metal known as “adamantium” grafted onto his bones, he becomes nigh-on indestructible—until age finally catches up to him. As his body begins to break down after nearly two centuries of trauma, Logan trudges on toward the finish line, finally ready to be done with this life in which everything and everyone he loves passes on while he remains. Logan is a film that masterfully deconstructs the superhero film genre, unmaking and profoundly humanizing its central hero. By embracing the mythic dimensions of tragic heroes, Logan subverts audience expectations at every corner to tell a seemingly new story through the rediscovery of classic mythological tropes.

It was the great conviction of author C. S. Lewis that, even as adults, the world is best seen through the eyes of a child with stories. Those stories have the potential to “baptize” the imagination, priming one to receive in faith the mythic dimensions of the biblical story, and therefore the gospel. This is a conversation about the Marvel character the Wolverine and the film Logan which can be used by the cultural apologist as a springboard to talk about the truth of Christianity.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Cole Burgett about his article, “Deconstructionism and the Gospel of Hope in Logan.” **Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers for Logan.** https://www.equip.org/article/deconstructionism-and-the-gospel-of-hope-in-logan/

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Episode 218: Wonder Woman 1984: The Truth Is Enough.

Wonder Woman 1984: The Truth Is Enough.

Episode 214 Star Trek’s Christopher Pike: An Old Fashioned Hero For Our Cynical Times

Star Trek’s Christopher Pike: An Old- Fashioned Hero for Our Cynical Time

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Feb 11, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 221 Tennyson on Theodicy: How a Victorian Poet Can Help Modern Christians Deal with the Problem of Pain
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When struggling with the loss of a loved one, it is sometimes more helpful to turn to poetry than to philosophy for answers and for consolation. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, the greatest and most representative poet of the British Victorian Age, struggled mightily with the problem of pain in an epic poem that he wrote as a way of dealing with his grief over the sudden death of his closest friend, Arthur Hallam. But his poem, In Memoriam, does more than wrestle with the loss of a friend; it wrestles with the societal loss of a traditional Christian worldview. Twenty years before Darwin’s Origin of Species, Tennyson wrestled with the theory of evolution and all that that theory implies about the nature of God, man, and the universe. Although Tennyson, unaware of the modern cosmological, paleontological, and bio-chemical challenges to Darwinism, leans toward theistic evolution, and although he comes dangerously close to endorsing a fully subjectivized faith, his raw, honest grappling with pain and suffering and his yearning for a transcendent God make him a worthy co-wrestler for the modern Christian.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Louis Markos about his online-exclusive article, “Tennyson on Theodicy: How a Victorian Poet Can Help Modern Christians Deal with the Problem of Pain.” https://www.equip.org/article/tennyson-on-theodicy-how-a-victorian-poet-can-help-modern-christians-deal-with-the-problem-of-pain/
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Postmodern Realities Episode 171 Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics

Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics

Hank Unplugged: How to Explain Hell with Louis Markos

How Dante’s Inferno Can Help Explain Hell to Modern Seekers

Hank Unplugged: Atheism on Trial with Dr. Louis Markos

C. S. Lewis on Hell

The Legacy of G.K. Chesterton and Dorothy Sayers

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Feb 04, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 220 God and Our Ignorance
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Contrary to popular thinking, Christianity is a “knowledge tradition” and calls people to knowledge of God, themselves, and the gospel. This also means, paradoxically, that we ought to know what it is that we cannot possibly know and how we should orient ourselves to our not-knowing under God.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Douglas Groothuis about his article in the 43:3 Issue of the Journal entitled “God and Our Ignorance”. https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/if-your-child-were-gay-would-you-change-your-view-on-homosexuality/

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Other articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this author:

Episode 194 Autobiography as Apologetic

Autobiography as Apologetic

Episode 157: The Reincarnation of Reincarnation

The Reincarnation of Reincarnation

Episode 122 Shamelessly Wrong

Shamelessly Wrong: Book Review of Shameless: A Sexual Reformation Nadia Bolz-Weber

Episode 004: Agile Apologetics

Developing an Agile Apologetic

Channeling: Revelations Of Deception

Learning From an Apostle: Christianity in the Marketplace of Ideas (Acts 17:16-34)

Why Buddhism is Not True: Review of Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment

Jean-Paul Satre And The Resurgence Of Existentialism

Francis Schaeffer: Pastor, Evangelist, Apologist, Prophet

The Christian Apologist’s Moral Compass

Steve Jobs, Jesus, and the Problem of Evil

And many more, Dr. Groothuis has written articles for us for over 30 years.

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Jan 28, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 219 Humanity’s Ascension: Assessing the History Channel’s New Age, Time Travel Guru David Wilcock
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New Age spiritual leader, New York Times bestselling author, and ancient alien expert on the History channel, David Wilcock subscribes to many conspiracies, from time travel to benevolent extraterrestrials on earth. Wilcock also believes he’s the reincarnation of Edgar Cayce and that he’s serving humankind by preparing us for a mass evolutionary event. How should Christians respond to his teaching?

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Lindsey Medenwaldt about her article in the 43:3 issue of the Journal entitled, “Humanity’s Ascension: Assessing the History Channel’s New Age, Time Travel Guru David Wilcock.” https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/if-your-child-were-gay-would-you-change-your-view-on-homosexuality/

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Episode 168: Best Selling Author and Astrologer Chani Nicholas Brings New Age Teaching to the Social Media Generation

Episode 166 Controversial Guru Teal Swan Brings New Age Teachings to the Social Media Generation

Controversial Guru Teal Swan and Astrologer Chani Nicholas Bring New Age Teachings to the Social Media Generation​

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Jan 21, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 218 Wonder Woman 1984: The Truth Is Enough.
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Wonder Woman 1984 is a film about longing. A major temptation when adapting comic book material is to sacrifice characters and emotionally resonant narratives for action sequences driven primarily by special effects and computer-generated images. While WW84 is not short on action, and the special effects are top-notch, the movie does not turn upon these sequences. Instead, the narrative is carried primarily by four very capable actors who turn in strong performances in a film that is fundamentally about longing and the great patience that defines suffering.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Cole Burgett about their article, “The Truth is Enough: A Review of Wonder Woman 1984“. Note: this review contains spoilers for Wonder Women (2017) and Wonder Women: 1984 (2020). https://www.equip.org/article/wonder-woman-1984-the-truth-is-enough/

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Episode 214 Star Trek’s Christopher Pike: An Old Fashioned Hero For Our Cynical Times

Star Trek’s Christopher Pike: An Old- Fashioned Hero for Our Cynical Time

Other related podcasts and articles:

Episode 041: The Gracious Heroism of Wonder Woman

The Gracious Heroism of Wonder Woman



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Jan 14, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 217 Thinking About Religion in The Mandalorian
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Woven through the political struggles of Star Wars are religious and personal conflicts. It’s possible that Star Wars is the most religiously interested of all major Hollywood franchises. While religion is almost completely absent in mainstream Hollywood cinema–except as an occasional bogeyman or mythological background–Star Wars is centered on the abstract and impersonal “Force” as a source of supernatural power and as a moral axis. The heroes’ journeys develop as they embrace and expand their connection to the force. “The Mandalorian” takes up Star Wars’ interest in religion, though with much the same postmodern wrestling that we see play out the trilogies. While the original trilogy presents the Jedi religion in a straightforward and positive light, the following films have complicated the faith in a way that fits with our questioning times.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Philip Tallon about his online-exclusive article, “This is the Way…Or is It?: Thinking About Religion in The Mandalorian“. https://www.equip.org/article/this-is-the-way-or-is-it-thinking-about-religion-in-the-mandalorian/Note this review contains spoilers for Season 1 and 2.

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Episode 205: Time May Change Me, But I Can’t Change Time: Reversing Time to Understand Christopher Nolan’s Tenet

Time May Change Me, But I Can’t Change Time: Reversing Time to Understand Christopher Nolan’s Tenet

Episode 173 Jesus Wake Up!

Episode 200 Wisdom for College Zoomers

Wisdom for College Zoomers

A Hidden Life

Episode 155 The Marathon of Martyrdom: A Review of A Hidden Life

The Marathon of Martyrdom: A Review of A Hidden Life

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

Episode 154: The Dead Won’t Stop Talking: A Review of The Rise of Skywalker

The Dead Won’t Stop Talking: A Review of The Rise of Skywalker

Fred Rogers and Mr. Rogers Neighborhood:

Episode 150: The Eternal Importance of Being Awkwardly Earnest: A Review of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

The Eternal Importance of Being Awkwardly Earnest: A Review of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

Steven Spielberg Movies:

Episode 139 Clear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More Human

Clear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More Human

Tolkien Review:

Episode 123 Tolkien’s First Fellowship

Tolkien’s First Fellowship A film review of Tolkien

Alfred Hitchcock films:

Episode 100: A. Hitchcock Films

The Coen Brother’s Films:

Episode 050: O Father, Where Art Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence

“O Father, Where Are Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence

The Films of Quentin Tarantino:

Episode 001: The Films of Quentin Tarantino

“Reservoir Gods: Quentin Tarantino’s Premodern Theology





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Jan 07, 2021
Postmodern Realities Episode 216 Why Do I Call Myself Good? A Look at Virtue Signaling
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“Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “No one is good except God alone.

Social psychologist and author Jonathan Haidt, in his book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion works through the secular psychological research that propels each person towards the defense of personal goodness. In a series of interviews with people from differently stratified class, gender, and ethnic categories, Haidt and his assistants discovered that the internalized moral compass that guides human behavior first and foremost works to justify the behavior of the individual. Both intuitive “feeling” moral judgments, and the rationalizing efforts of the mind together work overtime to preserve the virtue of the individual. But something has changed in the last couple of years. To demonstrate that change, it is necessary to stress the reality that virtue is a crucial ingredient in an ordered society, but more than that, seeing that virtue is of the essence. Signaling virtue, or goodness, is the very core of human community. The good must be sorted out from the bad. The bad must conceal their vice. This deep-rooted common grace keeps most of us trudging along in basically a good direction, trying to, in the same moment, advance our own interests and win the approval of others. This episode is a conversation about the need for both Christians and non-Christians alike to point out our virtue to others.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Anne Kennedy about her online-exclusive article, “Why Do I Call Myself Good? A Look at Virtue Signaling.” https://www.equip.org/article/why-do-i-call-myself-good-a-look-at-virtue-signaling/

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Episode 211: There Is No Health in Us: Wellness and Self-Care in the Age of COVID-19

There Is No Health in Us: Wellness and Self-Care in the Age of COVID-19

Episode 209 She Who Has Eyes, Let Her See: A look at Didn’t See That Coming by Rachel Hollis

She Who Has Eyes, Let Her See: A look at Didn’t See That Coming by Rachel Hollis

Episode 204: The Road Back to Where? A Look at Self Discovery Using the Enneagram

The Road Back to Where? A Look at Self Discovery Using the Enneagram

Episode 198 Cancel Culture and the Gospel: Where Can You Go When The Whole World Is Against You?

Cancel Culture and the Gospel: Where Can You Go When The Whole World Is Against You?

Episode 193 Catching UP with Rachel Hollis, Glennon Doyle & Jen Hatmaker

Episode 191 Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed

Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed

Episode 181 But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown

But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown

Episode 178 Worshipping Together

Episode 160-Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name

Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name

Episode 151 Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?

Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?

Episode 147 Book Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage and An Evaluation of 2019 Evolving Faith Conference

A Helper Like Me: A Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage by David and Constantino Khalaf

Losing Faith: A Look at the 2019 Evolving Faith Conference

Episode 140 The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker

The Unhindered Leadership of Jen Hatmaker

The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker

Episode 136 Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis

Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis
Dec 30, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 215 Making the Christian Story Plausible and Desirable to Generation Z
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Generation Z,” or Gen Z, the generation born after 1995 has grown up as digital natives. What can we do to reach this younger generation, which is more likely to be spiritually and biblically illiterate than any previous, and to shepherd the faith of Gen Z within the church? While it is tempting to use generational research to develop highly contextual approaches to evangelism that meet young people exactly where they are, such attempts often function as poor imitations of the very fads our culture is selling. This is how we end up with the “youth group as pop concert” or “Christian film as evangelism tract” phenomena. At best, this approach grabs the attention of young people for the short term (though it often fails even to accomplish this); at worst, it offers cheap entertainment in place of the deep roots needed for faith to survive in a post-Christian culture. In our witness to Gen Z, we must take the long view, recognizing that witnessing is more often planting seeds of faith than harvesting the fruit.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Kyle Keating about his article “Making the Christian Story Plausible and Desirable to Generation Z” in the forthcoming 43:3 issue of the Christian Research Journal.

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Episode 188 OK, Boomer: Time to Declare a Truce in the Generational Wars

OK, Boomer: Time to Declare a Truce in the Generational Wars
Episode 133 The Disorientation of Deconversion

Am I Just Not Chosen? The Disorientation of Deconversion

Episode 074: Authentic Community in the Age of Social Media

Cream or Sugar: Fostering Authentic Community in the Expanding Age of Social Media

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Episode 210: Bespoke Religiosity and the Rise of the Nones: a review of Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World by Tara Isabella Burton

Bespoke Religiosity and the Rise of the Nones: a review of Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World by Tara Isabella Burton

Episode 186 Gen Z. Live For the Ray not the Line

Episode 88: Training Teens in Apologetics

Special Episode: A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World

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Dec 23, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 214 Star Trek’s Christopher Pike: An Old Fashioned Hero For Our Cynical Times
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Christopher Pike is the original captain of the famed starship Enterprise, played first by Jeffrey Hunter in an unaired 1965 pilot (“The Cage”) and now by Anson Mount in the forthcoming CBS All Access series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. Mount’s portrayal first won over audiences and critics alike in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery (2017), which reimagined Pike as a grounded and unflappable leader, a singular and remarkably old-fashioned hero for our cynical and suspicious times. Pike understands that humanity is flawed but does not give in to despair. He does not condescend, and there is not a trace of sexism in him; he shows nothing but gratitude to the three women who rescue him early in the season and continues to treat them with respect and appreciation. Pike understands that these values of bravery and respect, while sometimes seen as traditionally masculine, are actually universal virtues, just as Christ’s model isn’t just a model for Christian men but a model for all Christians, whether Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female (Gal. 3:28). This is a conversation is a discussion about an unlikely hero in the Star Trek Discovery television series.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Cole Burgett about his Postmodern Realities article, “Star Trek’s Christopher Pike: An Old Fashioned Hero For Our Cynical Times” which is in the upcoming 43:3 issue of the Christian Research Journal.

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Star Trek: Picard and Transhumanism — Where No One Has Gone Before

Episode 054: The Last Jedi: A Star Wars Movie for the Era of “the Nones”

The Last Jedi: A Star Wars Movie for the Era of “the Nones”

Episode 027: “Evaluating the Star Wars Worldview”

May the Force Bewitch You: Evaluating the Star Wars Worldview

Episode 017: Suicide Squad, Deadpool, and the Rise of the Comic Book Antihero

Suicide Squad, Deadpool, and the Rise of the Comic Book Antihero

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Dec 17, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 213 The Social Dilemma and What it Means for Christians
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The recent Netflix documentary, “The Social Dilemma,” brings together a handful of past Silicon Valley executives to begin to question and consider how our social media practices — and even the algorithms and business models — actually detract from human freedom, connection, health, and social stability. The question for Christians is not only how has social media changed the landscape of civility and discussion, but also how it is forming us either Godward or selfward. Deeper than that, is how technology exposes the human heart.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Ashley Hales about her online-exclusive viewpoint film review , “The Social Dilemma and What it Means for Christians”. https://www.equip.org/article/the-social-dilemma-and-what-it-means-for-christians/

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Episode 206: How Do We Evangelize Affluent Suburbs?

How Do We Evangelize Affluent Suburbs?

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Dec 10, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 212 Why Do The Parents of Gay Children Change Their Theological Minds?
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Matthew Kennedy writes in his article, “It is difficult to find a professing Christian leader who has relinquished the classical Christian position on sexuality on purely exegetical grounds. The most popular voices in the less academic evangelical realm who claim to have changed their minds–Matthew Vines, Justin Lee, and Jen Hatmaker–are either gay or are very close to someone who is. The readiness with which these high-profile Christians abandon their former convictions in light of personal experiences suggests that they had, perhaps unknowingly, already adopted a worldview that undermines the classical Christian understanding of human nature and the relationship between God’s law and the human heart. During the sexuality conflict in the Episcopal Church, a common question, thought to be a piercing one by progressives, was: what if one of your children turns out to be gay? I was confused the first time someone asked me that. The revelation that a child of mine might have sinful sexual predispositions would be about as shocking to me as the discovery that my children sometimes tell lies. But when my child lies, I do not change my mind about lying. Likewise, one of my children may one day “come out” but that would not change my mind about human sexuality. For the Christian, the purpose of life is to be conformed to Christ who is the Truth.”

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Matt Kennedy about his cover article, in the forthcoming 43:3 issue of the Journal entitled, “Why Do The Parents of Gay Children Change Their Theological Minds?” If your already a current subscriber, this will be on it’s way to you once it’s printed, if not, please subscribe here. https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/

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When Someone You Love Says, “I’m Gay”

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Dec 03, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 211 There Is No Health in Us: Wellness and Self-Care in the Age of COVID-19
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The burnout rates of medical professionals in 2020 have turned our attention to the fact that those who care for others must also care for themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally if they wish to continue being effective. Although it is agreed that self-care is important, our cultural understanding of how we view and care for “self” has changed over time. Contemporary American culture assumes that self-care isn’t just a good thing but a human right that is worth pursuing no matter the time or cost involved. In pursuing the embodiment of our idealized selves, we are told to “just do you.” This modern notion of self-care contrasts sharply with the ideal of conforming into Christ’s image, which includes belief in objective truth, self-sacrifice, reliance on God, and putting others’ needs before our own. In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve embraced “self-hood” when they chose to care for themselves rather than accept God’s provision. The remedy for a commitment to “self” that ultimately separates the “self” from God forever is to let it go — to die to self — and walk in the way of the cross. This isn’t just any death; therefore, the life offered is no ordinary life. The way of the cross is to embrace and surrender to the death of Jesus, which was an efficacious death that destroyed the very power of death. In terms of wellness, this is the only true holistic cure for the emotional, social, intellectual, physical, and, most importantly, eternal needs of the person.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Anne Kennedy about her article in the 43:2 issue of the Journal, entitled, “There Is No Health in Us: Wellness and Self-Care in the Age of COVID-19.” https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/out-of-the-ashes-at-ground-zero/

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Episode 209 She Who Has Eyes, Let Her See: A look at Didn’t See That Coming by Rachel Hollis

She Who Has Eyes, Let Her See: A look at Didn’t See That Coming by Rachel Hollis

Episode 204: The Road Back to Where? A Look at Self Discovery Using the Enneagram

The Road Back to Where? A Look at Self Discovery Using the Enneagram

Episode 198 Cancel Culture and the Gospel: Where Can You Go When The Whole World Is Against You?

Cancel Culture and the Gospel: Where Can You Go When The Whole World Is Against You?

Episode 193 Catching UP with Rachel Hollis, Glennon Doyle & Jen Hatmaker

Episode 191 Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed

Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed

Episode 181 But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown

But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown

Episode 178 Worshipping Together

Episode 160-Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name

Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name

Episode 151 Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?

Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?

Episode 147 Book Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage and An Evaluation of 2019 Evolving Faith Conference

A Helper Like Me: A Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage by David and Constantino Khalaf

Losing Faith: A Look at the 2019 Evolving Faith Conference

Episode 140 The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker

The Unhindered Leadership of Jen Hatmaker

The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker

Episode 136 Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis

Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis

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Nov 23, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 210 Bespoke Religiosity and the Rise of the Nones: a review of Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World
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Today, almost twenty-five percent of American adults self-identify as religiously unaffiliated, roughly the same numbers of Evangelicals and Catholics, respectively, making them one of the fastest-growing demographics, especially amongst the young. If asked why, bestselling author and Atheist Sam Harris might respond, “Because science!” However, there is always a story behind the statistics, a narrative buried in the numbers. Sociologists have long sought the face of this group of people who check the box “none” on surveys for religiosity (called Nones)—who they are and what they believe. What is the story behind the Nones? In her book Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World, author Tara Isabella Burton explores the spiritual fluidity of the nones. Burton reveals that far from being embarrassed by religion, the Nones are extraordinarily spiritual. They “may not be traditionally religious,” she writes, “but they are not exactly secular, either.”

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Rebekah Valerius about her online-exclusive, “Bespoke Religiosity and the Rise of the Nones: a review of Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World by Tara Isabella Burton”. https://www.equip.org/article/bespoke-religiosity-and-the-rise-of-the-nones-a-review-of-strange-rites-new-religions-for-a-godless-world-by-tara-isabella-burton/

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Episode 073: Hell and Kids

Is It Abusive to Teach Children about Hell

Journey to the Bottom of the Glass: A Review of The Works of His Hands: A Scientist’s Journey from Atheism to Faith by Sy Garte

Also related by Bob Perry

That “Nones” May Not Perish

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Nov 19, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 209 She Who Has Eyes, Let Her See: A look at Didn’t See That Coming by Rachel Hollis
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During the Spring of 2020, right as the global pandemic hit, author, speaker, and women’s lifestyle guru Rachel Hollis launched a 90-day challenge to become an overall better and more functional person. Through March, April, and May, Hollis posted peppy, adorable photos of her and her husband Dave, chatted about writing a book in the middle of the chaos of COVID, and pivoted her brand at lightning speed. However, it was also during this time that Hollis told her husband she was leaving him only a day before launching her 90-day challenge. Only one year ago, she and her husband Dave were charging a $1000 registration fee for their marriage conferences. In her new book Hollis tries to make sense of her divorce for her readers including encouraging “faking it” in a marriage for the sake of the kids. This podcast is a conversation about Hollis’s new book and if her advice for challenges in marriage is biblical. She has millions of followers including many Christian women who look to her for advice for how to live their lives, but is Hollis’s advice based on Scripture?

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Anne Kennedy about her online-exclusive article, “She Who Has Eyes, Let Her See: A look at Didn’t See That Coming by Rachel Hollis”. https://www.equip.org/article/she-who-has-eyes-let-her-see-a-look-at-didnt-see-that-coming-by-rachel-hollis/

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Episode 204: The Road Back to Where? A Look at Self Discovery Using the Enneagram

The Road Back to Where? A Look at Self Discovery Using the Enneagram

Episode 198 Cancel Culture and the Gospel: Where Can You Go When The Whole World Is Against You?

Cancel Culture and the Gospel: Where Can You Go When The Whole World Is Against You?

Episode 193 Catching UP with Rachel Hollis, Glennon Doyle & Jen Hatmaker

Episode 191 Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed

Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed

Episode 181 But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown

But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown

Episode 178 Worshipping Together

Episode 160-Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name

Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name

Episode 151 Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?

Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?

Episode 147 Book Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage and An Evaluation of 2019 Evolving Faith Conference

A Helper Like Me: A Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage by David and Constantino Khalaf

Losing Faith: A Look at the 2019 Evolving Faith Conference

Episode 140 The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker

The Unhindered Leadership of Jen Hatmaker

The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker

Episode 136 Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis

Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis



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Nov 12, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode Episode 208: The Medieval Christians and Evangelism
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The word evangelism can cause many images to form in the Christian mind. Some people may think of committed missionaries who travel to the ends of the earth. Others may think of Paul, Peter, Stephen, and other martyrs of the early church who lost their lives for the sake of the gospel. Still, others might imagine a man in a suit on a street corner with a bullhorn and a gospel tract. Probably few of us think of ourselves. However, all of us who bear the name of Christ are called to evangelize and spread the good news of the gospel to those around us.

Though sometimes overlooked, the medieval Christians in early Anglo-Saxon England heeded this call remarkably well. In St. Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People, we are given a detailed historical account of the numerous ways in which the Anglo-Saxons were able to influence surrounding pagan cultures. Their persistent passion for evangelism and their use of reason and imagination, as well as natural talent and supernatural power, together constitute an excellent apologetic example for Christians today.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Nicole Howe about her article, “Medieval Christians and Evangelism” in the current 43:2 issue of the Journal. (Oct 2020). https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/out-of-the-ashes-at-ground-zero/

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What Do You Mean by God? Pullman’s “Straw-Man God” in His Dark Materials

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Nov 05, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 207 BoJack Horseman: Loneliness in a Godless Universe
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The six-season animated Netflix show BoJack Horseman has been nominated for three Emmy awards, including twice for Outstanding Animated Program. The show is largely about the titular antihero, BoJack Horseman (voiced by Will Arnett) who is an anthropomorphic horse and has-been television sitcom star from the 1980s and ‘90s who now lives a directionless life, wallowing in biting sarcasm and ongoing substance abuse problems. Although BoJack Horseman is intended for mature audiences and does include language and sexual crudity, its efforts to grapple with deep questions of life, albeit with often comic elements, provides rich grounds for discussion and analysis, especially from the perspectives of philosophy and theology. How can the Christian apologists use the themes in this hugely popular show as a springboard to discuss the truths of Christianity with those who watch it?

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Robert Velarde about his online-exclusive article, ” BoJack Horseman: Loneliness in a Godless Universe”. https://www.equip.org/article/bojack-horseman-loneliness-in-a-godless-universe/

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Episode 185 Star Trek: Picard and Transhumanism — Where No One Has Gone Before

Star Trek: Picard and Transhumanism — Where No One Has Gone Before

Episode 179 Rick and Morty: Scientism, Self-Centeredness, and the Search for Meaning

Rick and Morty: Scientism, Self-Centeredness, and the Search for Meaning

Episode 110 Ancient Aliens

Did Ancient Extraterrestrials Visit Earth?

Episode 027: “Evaluating the Star Wars Worldview”

May the Force Bewitch You: Evaluating the Star Wars Worldview

Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters

Episode 014: Finding Dory and Pixar Animation Studios

Finding Dory: A Fish Tale about Perseverance and Overcoming Fear

The Wisdom of Pixar

The Gospel According to Lost

Man of Steel Meets Son of God

The Clockwork Despair of “The Watchmen”

Breaking Bad’s Addicting Defense of Moral Realism

Television as the New Literature: Understanding and Evaluating the Medium

Jodi Picoult’s Novel Ideas

Prometheus: Finding God in Outer Space

More Than a Wager: Blaise Pascal and the Defense of the Faith

Celebrity Death and the Meaning of Life

Preparing for the Apocalypse: A Look at the Rise of Doomsday Preppers

Deepak Chopra’s Cosmic Enlightenment: Eastern Ideas in a Western Culture



Brave New Gadgetry: Technological Discernment and the Family

Reincarnation: Lifetimes for Enlightenment?

Guru Knows Best?

Personal Power or Harmful Hedonism?

One Savior, Many Paths?

Good Philosophy Must Exist

Ghosts for the Atheist

Immanuel Kant

The Secret Revealed

Alternative Medicine, Apologetics, and the Church

Glimpses of the Devil: A Psychiatrist’s Personal Accounts of Possession, Exorcism, and Redemption

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Oct 29, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 206 How Do We Evangelize Affluent Suburbs?
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Suburban life–including tract homes, strip malls, commuter culture–shapes our desires. More than half of Americans live in the suburbs. But for many Christians, however: “The suburbs are ignored (‘Your place doesn’t matter, we’re all going to heaven anyway’), denigrated and demeaned (‘You’re selfish if you live in a suburb; you only care about your own safety and advancement’), or seen as a cop-out from a faithful Christian life (‘If you really loved God, you’d move to Africa or work in an impoverished area’). In everything from books to Hollywood jokes, the suburbs aren’t supposed to be good for our souls. Suburbs reflect our good, God-given desire for a place to call home. So, what does it look like to live a full Christian life in the suburbs and share the gospel with those who live there?

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Ashley Hales about her article, “How Do We Evangelize Affluent Suburbs?” in 43:2 issue of the Christian Research Journal.

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Oct 22, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 205 Time May Change Me, But I Can’t Change Time: Reversing Time to Understand Christopher Nolan’s Tenet
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Film director Christopher Nolan’s unwritten thoughts are like sculptures and aim less at recreating life as much as creating Escher-like puzzle boxes that are utterly unlike almost anything we experience in reality. Nolan is the consummate trickster, aiming to use the full power of cinema to beguile audiences with the cleverness of his construction projects. His newest film Tenet, now in some theaters nationwide, is perhaps the knottiest of his puzzle boxes.

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A Hidden Life

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The Marathon of Martyrdom: A Review of A Hidden Life

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

Episode 154: The Dead Won’t Stop Talking: A Review of The Rise of Skywalker

The Dead Won’t Stop Talking: A Review of The Rise of Skywalker

Fred Rogers and Mr. Rogers Neighborhood:

Episode 150: The Eternal Importance of Being Awkwardly Earnest: A Review of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

The Eternal Importance of Being Awkwardly Earnest: A Review of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

Steven Spielberg Movies:

Episode 139 Clear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More Human

Clear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More Human

Tolkien Review:

Episode 123 Tolkien’s First Fellowship

Tolkien’s First Fellowship A film review of Tolkien

Alfred Hitchcock films:

Episode 100: A. Hitchcock Films

The Coen Brother’s Films:

Episode 050: O Father, Where Art Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence

“O Father, Where Are Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence

The Films of Quentin Tarantino:

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“Reservoir Gods: Quentin Tarantino’s Premodern Theology





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Oct 15, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 204 The Road Back to Where? A Look at Self Discovery Using the Enneagram
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The Enneagram, a personality system configured around a circle of nine types, promises to help the spiritual seeker break free from sin, peel back layers of dysfunctional ways of thinking, and find inside him or herself the essential, God-given gem. The nine numbers are grouped by three—those of the head, those of the heart, and those of the gut. Each number is associated with a particular sin and takes on the characteristics of the numbers on either side, the wings. New Age spiritualist Claudio Naranjo, joined the Enneagram to modern-day psychological practice, and from there, through Priest Richard Rohr, who borrows from Jungian conceptions of spirituality, it made its way into the Roman Catholic church in the 1980s. The Enneagram is now sweeping through mainstream Evangelicalism so Christians might be curious about both its origins and its view of the human person. Claiming it arose in the ancient Christian past, Richard Rohr, Ian Cron, and others have, unwittingly, adopted a gnostic view of the person, one which requires special self-knowledge. The New Age Roots and the misuses of Scripture—particularly in regards to the theological definition of sin—should give those seeking personal transformation through use of the Enneagram pause.

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Episode 191 Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed

Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed

Episode 181 But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown

But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown

Episode 178 Worshipping Together

Episode 160-Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name

Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name

Episode 151 Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?

Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?

Episode 147 Book Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage and An Evaluation of 2019 Evolving Faith Conference

A Helper Like Me: A Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage by David and Constantino Khalaf

Losing Faith: A Look at the 2019 Evolving Faith Conference

Episode 140 The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker

The Unhindered Leadership of Jen Hatmaker

The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker

Episode 136 Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis

Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis



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Oct 08, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 203 Black Lives Matter Inside the Womb and Out
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While thoughtful Christians should have many places where they disagree with the Black Lives Matter organization; the simple statement “black lives matter” should be non-controversial for Christians for it is theologically certain. God’s Word tells us that “black lives matter” when it reveals to us that all human beings are made in the image/likeness of God (see Gen 1:26-27, 9:6, Jas 3:9). While it is good for our culture to wrestle with the question “are black lives really being valued when it comes to the use of deadly force by police against black citizens,” a far greater danger against black lives is going unnoticed and often unprotested by the black community—the danger posed to black lives via abortion. The most dangerous place to be black in America is not in a car pulled over by a police officer; nor is it in the “hood” of some major American city. The most dangerous place to be black in America is inside a mother’s womb. Until black lives matter in the womb, they don’t truly matter in America.

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Episode 175 Yeezy Comes to Jesus: Considering Kayne West’s Profession and Promotion of the Christian Faith

Yeezy Comes to Jesus: Considering Kayne West’s Profession and Promotion of the Christian Faith

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Oct 01, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 202 Symbolic Immortality Projects Can’t Save You
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Cultural anthropologist Ernest Becker writes that “the idea of death, the fear of it haunts the human animal like nothing else; it is the mainspring of human activity — activity designed largely to avoid the fatality of death, to overcome it by denying in some way that it is the final destiny for man” Becker also says, “All culture, all man’s creative life-ways are in some basic part of them a fabricated protest against natural reality, a denial of the truth of the human condition, and an attempt to forget the pathetic creature that man is”. Today many philosophers, psychologists, anthropologists and sociologists agree that humans are desperately afraid of dying. Having children, writing a book, creating a work of art, building a skyscraper, or inventing a cure for cancer or COVID-19 can all serve as symbolic immortality projects. Will these efforts leave humans a legacy for generations?

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author about his article, “Symbolic Immortality Projects Can’t Save You” which is in the new issue of the Christian Research Journal (September 2020) https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/ and is based on the book Immortal which is our equipping resource this month. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2009wa/

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Why Did God Let That Child Die?

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Something Made : The Role of Form in Apologetics

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Evangelizing the Cultural Christian

Killing the Canaanites: A Response to the New Atheism’s “Divine Genocide” Claims

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Sep 24, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 201 Albert Camus and the Fight for Life
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“Why,” Camus asks, “should a human go on living if life has no meaning?” He concludes that life can be lived—even loved—despite the emptiness from which it arises and to which it returns. Such meaninglessness as Camus describes arises from his lack of religious faith. What he does accept are those things of which he feels sure: “This heart within me I can feel, and I judge that it exists. This world I can touch, and I likewise judge that it exists. There ends all my knowledge, and the rest is construction.”

Unable to penetrate beyond these two certainties, he asks what a human being should make of this existence. The answer makes Albert Camus compelling for everyone, Christians included: “I know that in order to keep alive, the absurd cannot be settled. It escapes suicide to the extent that it is simultaneously awareness and rejection of death.” By acknowledging that death destroys meaning while resisting its power to make him despair, Camus takes up the fight for life.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Stephen Mitchell about 37:6 (2014) article, “The Sting of Death: Albert Camus and the Fight for Life”. https://www.equip.org/article/sting-death-albert-camus-fight-life/

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Second-Rate Musician:Vocation and Performance in T. S. Eliot’s The Confidential Clerk

Episode 135-Questing for Divine Love-Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

Questing for Divine Love-Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

Episode 111 Humanity Crucified: Hemingway and the Human Condition

Humanity Crucified: Hemingway and the Human Condition

Episode 092 Literary Apologetics: Flannery O’Connor

Episode 045: Alexander Solzhenitsyn Confronts the Grand Inquisitor

Alexander Solzhenitsyn Confronts the Grand Inquisitor

Rejoicing over Owls: Thoreau and the Gift of Being

The Sting of Death: Albert Camus and the Fight for Life

Reading My Favorite Atheists: Ivan, Raskolnikov, and Kirilov

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Sep 17, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 200 Wisdom for College Zoomers
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Maturity in human beings is a kind of flourishing, becoming what you were made to be: socially, spiritually, and intellectually. The late theologian J. I. Packer wrote in his book A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life, “Maturity is a compound of wisdom, goodwill, resilience, and creativity.” What does that mean for Christian college students in 2020 as they face online studies and other challenges during the COVID-19 global pandemic?


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A Hidden Life

Episode 155 The Marathon of Martyrdom: A Review of A Hidden Life

The Marathon of Martyrdom: A Review of A Hidden Life

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

Episode 154: The Dead Won’t Stop Talking: A Review of The Rise of Skywalker

The Dead Won’t Stop Talking: A Review of The Rise of Skywalker

Fred Rogers and Mr. Rogers Neighborhood:

Episode 150: The Eternal Importance of Being Awkwardly Earnest: A Review of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

The Eternal Importance of Being Awkwardly Earnest: A Review of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

Steven Spielberg Movies:

Episode 139 Clear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More Human

Clear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More Human

Tolkien Review:

Episode 123 Tolkien’s First Fellowship

Tolkien’s First Fellowship A film review of Tolkien

Alfred Hitchcock films:

Episode 100: A. Hitchcock Films

The Coen Brother’s Films:

Episode 050: O Father, Where Art Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence

“O Father, Where Are Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence

The Films of Quentin Tarantino:

Episode 001: The Films of Quentin Tarantino

“Reservoir Gods: Quentin Tarantino’s Premodern Theology



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Sep 10, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 199 A Point/Counterpoint Conversation: The Meaning of the Term Pro-Life
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What is the meaning of the term pro-life? How should Christians define this term? This is a point/counterpoint discussion. Michael W. Austin defends his viewpoint from his article “The Meaning of the Term Pro-Life. A Point/Counterpoint Conversation: Pro-Life for All Human Life” (available by clicking here https://www.equip.org/article/the-meaning-of-the-term-pro-life-a-point-counterpoint-conversation-pro-life-for-all-human-life/) and Seth Gruber defends his viewpoint from his article “The Meaning of the Term Pro-Life. A Point/Counterpoint Conversation: You’re Not Really Pro-Life Unless…You Oppose Abortion. That’s It!” (available by clicking here.https://www.equip.org/article/the-meaning-of-the-term-pro-life-a-point-counterpoint-conversation-youre-not-really-pro-life-unlessyou-oppose-abortion-thats-it/)

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The 2012 Elections: Five Questions for Pro-Life Advocates

The Politics of Abortion: Should Christians Vote Straight Ticket?



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Sep 03, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 198 Cancel Culture and the Gospel: Where Can You Go When The Whole World Is Against You?
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It is almost impossible to spend any time on social media, to read any legacy media source, or opinion piece, or have a conversation with someone in real life and not come around to the question of cancelling. To be successfully cancelled, then, is to lose not only the right to participate in public discourse using social media, but to lose income, reputation, and in some cases real life friendships and community. Cancelling is an ancient and very human activity—the act of publicly shaming and then shunning someone so that others will be warned and adjust their own behavior accordingly. Cancel Culture is a mightier force, however, in that it marries the tried and true practice of shunning to the unprecedented power of Social Media. This is a conversation about cancel culture and if Christians should participate in it.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Anne Kennedy about her online-exclusive “Cancel Culture and the Gospel: Where Can You Go When The Whole World Is Against You?”. https://www.equip.org/article/cancel-culture-and-the-gospel-where-can-you-go-when-the-whole-world-is-against-you/

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Episode 193 Catching UP with Rachel Hollis, Glennon Doyle & Jen Hatmaker

Episode 191 Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed

Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed

Episode 181 But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown

But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown

Episode 178 Worshipping Together

Episode 160-Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name

Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name

Episode 151 Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?

Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?

Episode 147 Book Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage and An Evaluation of 2019 Evolving Faith Conference

A Helper Like Me: A Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage by David and Constantino Khalaf

Losing Faith: A Look at the 2019 Evolving Faith Conference

Episode 140 The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker

The Unhindered Leadership of Jen Hatmaker

The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker

Episode 136 Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis

Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis
Aug 27, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 197 Was God at Sandy Hook Elementary that Day?
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To give a Christian apologetic response to school shootings, it is important to address the problem of evil. How is it possible that a perfectly good God who is in control over all things would allow such heinous acts of violence carried out against innocent children? Of first importance is the philosophical answer to this question. However, ministering to those affected by gun violence, we are also called to a ministry of patient listening and faithful presence. We simply should not try to present fully formed analytical answers to those who are lamenting the loss of a child. What we can do is be present in the day-to-day wrestling, listening to them in their distress, and pointing them to how Jesus has already-but-not-yet accomplished the end of suffering.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Lisa Cooper about her article in the 42:2 issue, “Was God at Sandy Hook Elementary that Day?” https://www.equip.org/article/was-god-at-sandy-hook-elementary-that-day/



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Postmodern Realities Episode 127 Addressing the Emotional Problem of Evil

Addressing the Emotional Problem of Evil: Why Christians Hope

Postmodern Realities Episode 114 Why Did God Let that Child Die?

Why Did God Let That Child Die?

Hank Unplugged: Why God Permits Evil with Clay Jones

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Aug 20, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 196 Thomas Aquinas’s Five Proofs for God Revisited
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In the thirteenth century, Thomas Aquinas revitalized Christian theology by applying principles of Greek philosophy to the explanation and defense of the Christian faith. Thomism, or the philosophical application of Aquinas’s thought, has a privileged place in the Roman Catholic Church and has been embraced by a growing number of Evangelical and Protestant Thomists. Among non-Christians, Aquinas is usually encountered in first-year philosophy textbooks via excerpts of his five ways of proving the existence of God from his Summa Theologica. In addition, many atheists seeking to refute these proofs, often get wrong what Aquinas was teaching. This conversation is a discussion of each of Aquinas’s five proofs and how to answer the atheist interpretation of them.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Trent Horn about his article from the 41:2 “Thomas Aquinas’s Five Proofs for God Revisited”. https://www.equip.org/article/thomas-aquinass-five-proofs-for-god-revisited/

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Aug 13, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 195 Seduced? The Crisis of Word and the Fragmentation of Civilization
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Words have meaning, but culture can impact word meaning and connotation. In an increasingly post-truth and relativistic society, words can mean anything we feel like they should mean, with seemingly no consequence and virtual acceptance of whatever meaning we choose.

Today, caution is needed concerning how hijacking a word’s definition can marginalize others, especially faith communities, recognizing that we, as Christians, play a significant role in how words are used and perceived. Christians should evaluate post-truth terms and compare them with what those words meant in a Judeo-Christian-influenced semantic universe; use discernment; accurately discuss distortions, faithfully working toward an authentic biblical mission; use opportunities to advance biblical influence; and pray that God gives us wisdom about the true meaning and value of the Logos.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with D.K. Matthews, author of the cover article of the Volume 43, No. 1 issue of the Christian Research Journal, “Seduced? The Crisis of Word and the Fragmentation of Civilization.” https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/the-word-crisis-that-threatens-to-undo-western-civilization/

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Hank Unplugged: The Word Crisis that Threatens to Undo Western Civilization with D.K. Matthews

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Aug 06, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 194 Autobiography as Apologetic
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Long-time Christian Research Journal author Dr. Douglas Groothuis writes, “I am getting older, and I lament the recent loss of so many Christian leaders who have shaped my thinking. I also am disturbed by so many recent deconversions of well-known Christians. So, I need to write about what I have not written much. Autobiography can be an apologetic for what matters most—the Christian message and way of being. My narrative relates my conversion and intellectual development.” Join us for this conversation about Doug’s spiritual journey and accompanying article.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Doug Groothuis about his online-exclusive article, “Autobiography as Apologetic”. https://www.equip.org/article/autobiography-as-apologetic/

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Episode 157: The Reincarnation of Reincarnation

The Reincarnation of Reincarnation

Episode 122 Shamelessly Wrong

Shamelessly Wrong: Book Review of Shameless: A Sexual Reformation Nadia Bolz-Weber

Episode 004: Agile Apologetics

Developing an Agile Apologetic

Channeling: Revelations Of Deception

Learning From an Apostle: Christianity in the Marketplace of Ideas (Acts 17:16-34)

Why Buddhism is Not True: Review of Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment

Jean-Paul Satre And The Resurgence Of Existentialism

Francis Schaeffer: Pastor, Evangelist, Apologist, Prophet

The Christian Apologist’s Moral Compass

Steve Jobs, Jesus, and the Problem of Evil

And many more, Dr. Groothuis has written articles for us for over 30 years.

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Jul 30, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 193 Catching UP with Rachel Hollis, Glennon Doyle & Jen Hatmaker
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In this episode, guest Anne Kennedy author of articles for the Christian Research Journal on Rachel Hollis, Glennon Doyle and Jen Hatmaker tells listeners why they are in the news again.

Please see the following articles Anne has written, Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis, Gods, https://www.equip.org/article/have-you-considered-trying-harder-the-theology-of-rachel-hollis/
Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed by Glennon Doyle ,https://www.equip.org/article/gods-gold-and-cheetahs-the-theological-vision-of-untamed/ and

“The Theological Mess in the Moxie of Jen Hatmaker”, https://www.equip.org/article/the-theological-mess-in-the-moxie-of-jen-hatmaker/


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Other articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this author:

Episode 191 Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed

Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed

Episode 181 But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown

But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown

Episode 178 Worshipping Together

Episode 160-Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name

Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name

Episode 151 Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?

Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?

Episode 147 Book Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage and An Evaluation of 2019 Evolving Faith Conference

A Helper Like Me: A Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage by David and Constantino Khalaf

Losing Faith: A Look at the 2019 Evolving Faith Conference

Episode 140 The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker

The Unhindered Leadership of Jen Hatmaker

The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker

Episode 136 Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis

Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis
Jul 23, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 192 The Beauty of Worship: Aesthetics and Truth
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What is Christian worship? Does the substance, sufficiency, and effect of worship hinge upon the emotions of the participants? God’s presence in Christian worship does not hinge on subjective experience. God is the author of beauty and yet earthly beauty fades. The human soul yearns for eternal beauty. Ancient forms of worship, often eschewed as dead ceremonies by moderns, employ the beauty of earthly things to draw the soul to contemplate eternal verities. Scripture provides the model. The earthly temple was beautiful, and His heavenly temple is unspeakably and unfathomably so. In both instances, visible beauty bespeaks the majesty of the invisible God who gave His creatures physical senses.

Hymns, written prayers, vestments, candles, incense, stained-glass windows, architecture, pulpit, and table — these visibly display the invisible truth that when the church gathers, heaven and earth meet. The senses — smell, taste, touch, sight, hearing — are all drawn heavenward and become instruments by which the worshiper gives glory to God.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Matt Kennedy about his article in the 43:1 issue, “The Beauty of Worship: Aesthetics and Truth.” https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/the-word-crisis-that-threatens-to-undo-western-civilization/

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Episode 184 Unity in the Body of Christ

Episode 156 The Prayers Rose Like Incense: Anglican Worship and the Normative Principle

The Prayers Rose Like Incense: Anglican Worship and the Normative Principle

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Jul 16, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 191 Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed
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Glennon Doyle stepped into the spotlight in 2012, like so many, with a single post on her blog, Momastery, entitled “Don’t Carpe Diem.” In a single witty, incisive missive she wrote what every mother thinks silently to herself as she muscles a full cart of children through Target only to be interrupted by well-meaning grandmotherly types who declare, among other things, “I hope you’re enjoying every moment.” You can’t seize the day, she says, that way lies madness. Therein arises Doyle’s undeniable appeal. Tragically, as her first book Carry On, Warrior hit the market Doyle’s husband confessed to serial adultery over the whole course of their marriage. Desperate to rescue her own life, and, she admits in Untamed, her own plot line, she winched her disintegrating marriage back together, leading to her second bestseller, Love Warrior, the story of marital reconciliation no matter the cost, of dealing head on with the heartbreak of betrayal. But in the very first week of the launch of Love Warrior, Doyle saw Abby Wambach across a crowded room and fell in love. Doyle went home, broke up with her husband, and a year later she and Wambach were married. Untamed is that story—how she finally let go of all that “society” taught her to value, how she “burnt it all down” and found her true self. Many Christians have never heard of Doyle, preferring to focus their Christian discipleship within the spiritual confines of the church community rather than the internet. But in a time when Christian identity, like all identity, is up to the individual to craft and shape according to preference and desire, Doyle’s writing is ringing true for those even inside the church.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Anne Kennedy about her online-exclusive article, “Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed.” https://www.equip.org/article/gods-gold-and-cheetahs-the-theological-vision-of-untamed/

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Episode 181 But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown

But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown

Episode 178 Worshipping Together

Episode 160-Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name

Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name

Episode 151 Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?

Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?

Episode 147 Book Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage and An Evaluation of 2019 Evolving Faith Conference

A Helper Like Me: A Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage by David and Constantino Khalaf

Losing Faith: A Look at the 2019 Evolving Faith Conference

Episode 140 The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker

The Unhindered Leadership of Jen Hatmaker

The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker

Episode 136 Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis

Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis



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Jul 09, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 190 Assessing the Confession of Norma McCorvey in AKA Jane Roe
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In May 2020 FX and Hulu released the documentary AKA Jane Roe promoting the deathbed confession of Norma McCorvey, the woman publicly known as the Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 legal decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court ruled that the Constitution of the United States allows abortion to be legal. McCorvey allegedly confided to documentarian Nick Sweeney that her pro-life work, spanning more than two decades, was a lie. In her own words, “I took their money, and they put me out in front of the cameras and told me what to say, and that’s what I’d say.” The story as reported casts a pall over her much-celebrated conversion to the pro-life community while affirming cynical views held by abortion supporters concerning the character of those who fight legal abortion. As far as the ethics of abortion, does McCorvey’s judgment on abortion really matter?

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Jay Watts about his online-exclusive article, “Assessing the Confession of Norma McCorvey in AKA Jane Roe”. https://www.equip.org/article/assessing-the-confession-of-norma-mccorvey-in-aka-jane-roe/

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Episode 163 Merely Human: The Problem of Recognizing Chimpanzees as Persons

Merely Human: The Problem of Recognizing Chimpanzees as Persons

Episode 134 Are Laws Restricting Abortion Forced Organ Donation? A Review of Beyond Roe

Are Laws Restricting Abortion Forced Organ Donation? A Review of Beyond Roe

Episode 117-Unplanned: An Imperfect but Brave Film

Unplanned: An Imperfect but Brave Film

Episode 042: When Freedom of Expression and Emotions Collide on Campus

When Freedom of Expression and Emotions Collide on Campus

Episode 032: On Chimeras and What It Means to Be Human

On Chimeras and What It Means to Be Human

Episode 013: Death with Dignity and the Imago Dei

Death with Dignity and the Imago Dei

Episode 007: Rape and Sexual Violence on the College Campus

Rape and Sexual Violence on Campus
Jul 02, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 189 Second-Rate Musician:Vocation and Performance in T. S. Eliot’s The Confidential Clerk
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A meritocracy insists that a person’s sense of identity and value is grounded in his or her own performance or action. For Christians, however, being is a divine gift. Thus, identity and value are determined by divine action, not by personal effort. If we rest in this divine action, we can withdraw from competing identities and from the perpetual and exhausting demands of ambition. But meritocratic values And their attendant anxiety have spread, in part, because the notion of vocation has all but disappeared from public consciousness. How might we recapture a sense of vocation? T. S. Eliot offers a case in point. His play, The Confidential Clerk, depicts a young man who must choose one of two paths: meritocratic success or vocation. God’s calling on our lives may not align with what society tells us is successful. However, we are responsible to be only what God has called us to be, whether that is a person leading a large business or a musician playing at a local nursing home. Our vocation should lead us to a deeper relationship with our Creator. If we are in Him, we will never be second-rate.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Stephen Mitchell about his article in the 43:1 Journal “Second-Rate Musician:Vocation and Performance in T. S. Eliot’s The Confidential Clerk “. https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/the-word-crisis-that-threatens-to-undo-western-civilization/

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Episode 135-Questing for Divine Love-Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

Questing for Divine Love-Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

Episode 111 Humanity Crucified: Hemingway and the Human Condition

Humanity Crucified: Hemingway and the Human Condition

Episode 092 Literary Apologetics: Flannery O’Connor

Episode 045: Alexander Solzhenitsyn Confronts the Grand Inquisitor

Alexander Solzhenitsyn Confronts the Grand Inquisitor

Rejoicing over Owls: Thoreau and the Gift of Being

The Sting of Death: Albert Camus and the Fight for Life

Reading My Favorite Atheists: Ivan, Raskolnikov, and Kirilov

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Jun 25, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 188 OK, Boomer: Time to Declare a Truce in the Generational Wars
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Having burst into popularity on the millennial and younger social media platform TikTok, the phrase “OK Boomer,” whose true origins are lost in the murk of the back pages of the internet, is used by many millennials (those born between about 1981 and 1996) to dismiss their parents’ generation of baby boomers (those born between about 1946 and 1964) as out of touch and self-centered. And, in a sign that its use has expanded beyond mere internet meme-dom and into the public sphere, one New Zealand member of Parliament responded to another member’s heckling with a dismissive “OK, Boomer.” In 2020 in our particular historical moment, when we find ourselves confronted by a global pandemic from a virus that has proven especially dangerous for the sick and elderly, questions about intergenerational conflict have special weight. Discussion about what sort of containment measures are sufficient and whether it is ethical to risk the lives of the elderly for the sake of the economy have become issues of public debate. However, the Bible calls us to reject this conflict and calls Christians to a beautiful vision of an intergenerational, interdependent, remembering community.
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Kyle Keating about his article in the 43:1 Journal, entitled, “OK, Boomer: Time to Declare a Truce in the Generational Wars.”
https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/the-word-crisis-that-threatens-to-undo-western-civilization/

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Episode 133 The Disorientation of Deconversion
Am I Just Not Chosen? The Disorientation of Deconversion
Episode 074: Authentic Community in the Age of Social Media
Cream or Sugar? Fostering Authentic Community in the Expanding Age of Social Media
Jun 18, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 187 Five Ways to Disciple Your Family During the Pandemic
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COVID-19 has been incredibly costly — it has cost millions of people their jobs, thousands of people their lives, and has changed the shape of our lives in countless ways. In the midst of all the anxiety and uncertainty, it can be difficult to stay hopeful. However, if Christians really believe that God works all things together for good for those who love Him (Rom. 8:28), we should expect God to provide us opportunities to grow in our relationship to Him. One of the clearest good things that has arisen out of COVID-19 is the amount of time families spend together. Time, however, is beneficial only when put to good use. This episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Drew Dixon about five ways Christians can promote spiritual health and disciple in their family during this pandemic.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Drew Dixon about his online-exclusive article, “Five Ways to Disciple Your Family During the Pandemic.”https://www.equip.org/article/five-ways-to-disciple-your-family-during-the-quarantine/

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Episode 128 Summer Vacation, Kids, and Video Games: Better Alternatives to Fortnite

Summer Vacation, Kids, and Video Games: Better Alternatives to Fortnite

Episode 098 Virtual Violence, Video Game Addiction, and the Kingdom of God

Virtual Violence, Video Game Addiction, and the Kingdom of God

Episode 066: Comic Cons, Geek Culture, and the Mission of Christ

Comic Cons, Geek Culture and the Mission of Christ



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Jun 11, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 186 Gen Z. Live For the Ray not the Line
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In this short podblast episode of the Postmodern Realities Podcast 2020 COVID-19 shelter-in-place series, JOURNAL Author J. Warner Wallace gives a word of encouragement to Christian students in Gen Z and their parents about how to think biblically about their new normal as students and their grief and lament over missed milestones in their academic and social lives.

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Jun 08, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 185 Star Trek: Picard and Transhumanism — Where No One Has Gone Before
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More than 50 years ago, Star Trek began its journey when it premiered as a television program in 1966. Since then it has spawned several motion pictures, most recently Star Trek Beyond (2016), as well as a number of television series. Star Trek as a franchise became a cultural phenomenon, making its way into popular culture with phrases such as “beam me up”, conventions for fans, and recognizable characters such as Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. Created by Gene Roddenberry (1921–1991), the longevity of Star Trek speaks not only to its popularity but its willingness to address controversial topics. The series Star Trek: The Next Generation featured Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard, a captain of the starship Enterprise, and that cast was featured in four motion pictures released from 1994–2002. Eighteen years after their final film, CBS All Access premiered a 10-part, streaming series in 2020 titled Star Trek: Picard.

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This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Robert Velarde about his online-exclusive TV review, “Star Trek: Picard and Transhumanism — Where No One Has Gone Before“. https://www.equip.org/article/star-trek-picard-and-transhumanism-where-no-one-has-gone-before/

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Choose Your Own Enchantment: Freedom and Conscience in What We Watch

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Looking for Heaven at the Movies: What our Fondness for Nostalgic Films Says about Us.”

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“HBO’s Westworld and the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence.”

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Episode 139 Clear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More Human

Clear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More Human

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Episode 001: The Films of Quentin Tarantino

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Spielberg’s Nostalgia for Reality in Ready Player One.”

Episode 054: The Last Jedi: A Star Wars Movie for the Era of “the Nones”

The Last Jedi: A Star Wars Movie for the Era of “the Nones”

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The Matrix: Unloaded Revelations

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Jun 04, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 184 Unity in the Body of Christ
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In this short podblast episode of the Postmodern Realities Podcast 2020 COVID-19 shelter-in-place series, JOURNAL Author Matt Kennedy gives a word of encouragement to Christians about unity in the church when beliefs about how churches should handle worship during the pandemic are so varied and why Christians need to worship in person together.

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Jun 02, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 183 Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives Us and What We Can Do About It
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In Dr. Clay Jones’s new book, Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives Us and What We Can Do About It (Harvest House, 2020), he writes about how all people cope with the fear of their own death. In the fourth chapter of Immortal, Jones examines what he calls atheist “mortality mitigation projects.” By that, he means the ways that atheists try to turn death into something good or, at least, not so bad. This episode’s conversation examines a mortality mitigation project that has seen quite a revival of late in atheist circles—“death is nothing to us.” It is a mortality mitigating strategy that one tells oneself that death is no big deal. In fact, death is nothing. But death is indeed something.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Clay Jones about his online-exclusive article, “Epicurus, Sam Harris, and Bart Ehrman Are Wrong: Death Is Something” https://www.equip.org/article/epicurus-sam-harris-and-bart-ehrman-are-wrong-death-is-something/

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Something Made : The Role of Form in Apologetics

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May 28, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 182 Lament. Grief. Hope.
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In this short podblast episode of the Postmodern Realities Podcast 2020 COVID-19 shelter-in-place series, JOURNAL Author Nicole Howe gives a word of encouragement to Christians about what it means to lament during the quarantine lockdown.

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May 26, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 181 But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown
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“Public Shame to the Rescue” blazed the headline of a prominent website barely a week into the American version of the worldwide coronavirus shutdown. “What could be more effective than a little public shaming?” the author asked in the first paragraph, going on to try to document the rise of shame on social media as a tool for curbing undesirable behavior. If there was an ever a moment to pause and consider the use of such a powerful phenomenon as shame, this is it. Into the breach steps self-styled shame expert Brené Brown, distinguished for her academic research of that fearsome subject, counselor to today’s most prominent self-help and progressive, pop-theological female voices like Jen Hatmaker and to celebrity admirers like Oprah Winfrey and Gwyneth Paltrow. Brown’s podcast, Unlocking Us premiered right at the beginning of the 2020 quarantine.

Brené Brown is the one to whom the most prominent voices of today turn, not only for functional models for coping with shame, but for the deeper counsels of what to believe about the self, and the self in relationship to others. She is the font, the source, and the sociological justification of a self-oriented worldview increasingly adopted by so many, including Christian women. But she is celebrated in her own right, not just as a counselor to this moment’s influencers. But is her teaching on shame biblical?

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Anne Kennedy about her online-exclusive “But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown”. https://www.equip.org/article/but-what-if-it-is-me-the-work-and-worldview-of-brene-brown/

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Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis

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May 21, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 180 Developing Spiritual Disciplines
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In this short podblast episode of the Postmodern Realities Podcast 2020 COVID-19 shelter-in-place series, JOURNAL Author Michael W. Austin gives a word of encouragement to Christians about what it means to develop spiritual disciplines during the quarantine.

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Taking the Long View: A Christian Approach to Youth Sports

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All Sins Are Not the Same

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Anti-Intellectualism in the Church

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Wealth and Stewardship: Key Biblical Principles

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May 19, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 179 Rick and Morty: Scientism, Self-Centeredness, and the Search for Meaning
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In America, nothing seems to validate pop culture success and permeation more than a Super Bowl commercial. When the animated television program Rick and Morty accomplished this feat in February 2020 in a commercial for Pringles chips, it reached more than 100 million viewers. Currently, in its fourth season, Rick and Morty first aired on the Cartoon Network in 2013, and in 2019 it was renewed for 70 more episodes guaranteeing it will be on TV for years to come. It’s a fast-paced series that packs a lot of content into an average air time of 22 minutes. Although animation is often pigeonholed as entertainment for kids, Rick and Morty is decidedly adult-oriented with its R rated language and many profane bits sprinkled throughout the show. Featured on Cartoon Network’s [Adult Swim] programming block, Rick and Morty garners its most viewers in the 18-34-year-old range. Given its popularity and its nihilistic world view, Christian apologists need to understand the show, its appeal, and how to reach Millennials who are its devoted fans.


This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Robert Velarde about his online-exclusive article, “Rick and Morty: Scientism, Self-Centeredness, and the Search for Meaning

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May the Force Bewitch You: Evaluating the Star Wars Worldview

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The Gracious Heroism of Wonder Woman

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An Apologetic of Horror

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May 14, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 178 Worshipping Together
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In this short podblast episode of the Postmodern Realities Podcast 2020 COVID-19 quarantine series, JOURNAL Author ANNE KENNEDY gives a word of encouragement to Christians about what it means to worship together in person as the body of Christ.

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May 12, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 177 Veggie Tales Gone Rogue: PETA, Veganism, and the Christian Faith
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Once upon a time, Veggie Tales was an entertaining effort in animation to teach children about virtue and faith. It may have been a bit fluffy and superficial, but since the mid-1990s, a more pernicious, heretical version of Veggie Tales has sprung up. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) ran a billboard campaign in 1999, claiming that Jesus was a vegetarian. PETA imposed a vegan agenda on the Scriptures. After all, PETA’s founder Ingrid Newkirk wasn’t exactly affirming the image of God and human uniqueness when she claimed, “A rat is a pig is a boy is a dog.” In this and most other attempts to elevate animals, the result is a diminished human status. They must increase, and we must decrease.
With growing fervor and more resolute political activism, some Christians and various denominations have taken up the banner of “prescriptive Christian vegetarianism.” That is, Christians are duty-bound (“prescriptive”) to adopt a plant-based diet and avoid eating meat of any kind (“vegetarianism”). Of course, some “vegetarians” might eat fish, eggs, or dairy products. However, the stricter “veganism” rejects meat of any kind. Invoking theological reasons for veganism has become a moral and spiritual cause. These Christians seek to “respectfully encourage healthy, God-honoring plant-based nutrition.” Some also hold to the view that eating meat dishonors God since viewing humans as the “crown of creation” is to denigrate animals. This misguided vegan compassion isn’t Christian at all. It actually borrows from pagan beliefs, which often advocate reincarnation or similar views that blur the animal-human distinction. And to turn personal dietary preferences or even convictions into duties for all defies the spirit of Scripture.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Paul Copan about his online-exclusive article, “Veggie Tales Gone Rogue: PETA, Veganism, and the Christian Faith (A Summary of Themes from What Would Jesus Really Eat?)” https://www.equip.org/article/veggie-tales-gone-rogue-peta-veganism-and-the-christian-faith-a-summary-of-themes-from-what-would-jesus-really-eat

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May 07, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 176 Our Fallen World
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In this short podblast episode of the Postmodern Realities Podcast 2020 COVID-19 quarantine series, JOURNAL Author CLAY JONES gives a word of encouragement to Christians about what it means to live in a fallen world and how we are to have hope.

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Why Did God Let That Child Die?

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Something Made : The Role of Form in Apologetics

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Evangelizing the Cultural Christian

Killing the Canaanites: A Response to the New Atheism’s “Divine Genocide” Claims



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May 05, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 175 Yeezy Comes to Jesus: Considering Kayne West’s Profession and Promotion of the Christian Faith
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Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, business entrepreneur, fashion designer, and husband to reality television star, Kim Kardashian (a.k.a. Yeezy) has flirted with Christianity in the past, but in 2019 when he announced his faith in Jesus there was something different, something that at least on the surface seemed real and genuine to many in the watching world. As the months passed, the way that Kanye is publicly living out his Christian faith, has caused some Christians to celebrate and has caused others a fair bit of concern.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Aaron Turner about his online-exclusive article, “Yeezy Comes to Jesus: Considering Kayne West’s Profession and Promotion of the Christian Faith.” https://www.equip.org/article/yeezy-comes-to-jesus-considering-kayne-wests-profession-and-promotion-of-the-christian-faith/

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Postmodern Realities Episode 056: Spirituality in Modern Hip Hop: The Theology of Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper

Spirituality in Modern Hip Hop: The Theology of Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper

Christian Hip-Hop: A Generation’s Words 

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Apr 30, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 174 Loving Your Neighbor
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In this short podblast episode of the Postmodern Realities Podcast 2020 COVID-19 quarantine series, JOURNAL Author JAY WATTS gives practical encouragement to Christians about what it means to love our neighbors (Mark 12:30-31) while sheltering-in-place.

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Episode 163 Merely Human: The Problem of Recognizing Chimpanzees as Person

Merely Human: The Problem of Recognizing Chimpanzees as Persons

Episode 134 Are Laws Restricting Abortion Forced Organ Donation? A Review of Beyond Roe

Are Laws Restricting Abortion Forced Organ Donation? A Review of Beyond Roe

Episode 117-Unplanned: An Imperfect but Brave Film

Unplanned: An Imperfect but Brave Film

Episode 094 The Pro-Choice Argument against Aborting Children with Down Syndrome

“Assessing a Pro-Choice Argument against Aborting Children with Down Syndrome.”

Episode 042: When Freedom of Expression and Emotions Collide on Campus

When Freedom of Expression and Emotions Collide on Campus

Episode 032: On Chimeras and What It Means to Be Human

On Chimeras and What It Means to Be Human

Episode 013: Death with Dignity and the Imago Dei

Death with Dignity and the Imago Dei

Episode 007: Rape and Sexual Violence on the College Campus

Rape and Sexual Violence on Campus

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Apr 28, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 173 Jesus Wake Up!
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In this short podblast episode of the Postmodern Realities Podcast 2020 COVID-19 quarantine series, JOURNAL Author Dr. Philip Tallon talks about Saint Augustine’s commentary on Jesus calming the storm in the gospels.

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A Hidden Life

Episode 155 The Marathon of Martyrdom: A Review of A Hidden Life

The Marathon of Martyrdom: A Review of A Hidden Life

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

Episode 154: The Dead Won’t Stop Talking: A Review of The Rise of Skywalker

The Dead Won’t Stop Talking: A Review of The Rise of Skywalker

Fred Rogers and Mr. Rogers Neighborhood:

Episode 150: The Eternal Importance of Being Awkwardly Earnest: A Review of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

The Eternal Importance of Being Awkwardly Earnest: A Review of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

Steven Spielberg Movies:

Episode 139 Clear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More Human

Clear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More Human

Tolkien Review:

Episode 123 Tolkien’s First Fellowship

Tolkien’s First Fellowship A film review of Tolkien

Alfred Hitchcock films:

Episode 100: A. Hitchcock Films

The Coen Brother’s Films:

Episode 050: O Father, Where Art Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence

“O Father, Where Are Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence

The Films of Quentin Tarantino:

Episode 001: The Films of Quentin Tarantino

“Reservoir Gods: Quentin Tarantino’s Premodern Theology

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Apr 23, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 172 Covid-19 Do Pro-life Principles Require A Sustained Shut Down of the Economy? Who Decides?
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COVID-19 is the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, a particularly dangerous form of the coronavirus. Thus far, 30,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and it will get worse. Just how much worse remains to be seen. There are too many unknowns. Some medical experts predict millions of deaths worldwide unless we lockdown society and enforce strict social distancing for 12 to 18 months. Given these unknowns, how should pro-life Christians respond to COVID-19? Do doctors have a corner on how we structure society in light of a pandemic or do we need voices beyond the hard sciences? Are pro-life advocates who question a prolonged economic lockdown trading lives for profits, thus undermining their core principles?

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Scott Klusendorf about his viewpoint article, “Covid-19 Do Pro-life Principles Require A Sustained Shut Down of the Economy? Who Decides?“ https://www.equip.org/article/covid-19-do-pro-life-principles-require-a-sustained-shut-down-of-the-economy-who-decides/

Viewpoint articles address relevant contemporary issues in discernment and apologetics from a particular perspective that is usually not shared by all Christians, with the intended result that Christians’ thinking on that issue will be stimulated and enhanced (whether or not people end up agreeing with the author’s opinion).

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Gosnell: When Preaching to the Choir is a Good Thing: A Movie review of Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer

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What The Walking Dead Can Teach Pro-Lifers

The 2012 Elections: Five Questions for Pro-Life Advocates

Peter Singer’s Bold Defense of Infanticide

The Vanishing Pro-Life Apologist: Putting The “Life” Back Into The Abortion Debate

Exodus 21:22-25: Biblical Support for Abortion?

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Apr 20, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 171 Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics
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Tertullian, the toughest and most uncompromising of early church fathers, once asked a question that is still with us today: What has Athens to do with Jerusalem? That is to say, is there— indeed, should there be—a meeting ground between the Judeo-Christian strain that proceeds out of Jerusalem and the Greco-Roman (humanist) strain that proceeds out of Athens As far as Tertullian was concerned, the answer to his question was simple: nothing. Nevertheless, despite Tertullian’s rejection of the link between Athens and Jerusalem, Christian thinkers for the past two millennia have continued to ponder his question. Can the basic tenets and chief embodiments of both Christianity and humanism be combined in a way that will pay homage both to the glory of God and the dignity of man, the truths of Christ and the wisdom of the ancients? What business does a Christian have devoting time and energy to reading works written by pagans who lacked the light of the Christian, or even the Jewish, revelation? Are not all the really important answers to be found in the Bible and the Sacred Tradition? Have not the pagan writers of the ancient world been so superseded by Christianity as to be irrelevant as sources of wisdom in the life of the believer?

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Louis Markos on his article, “Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics”.https://www.equip.org/article/why-christians-should-read-the-pagan-classics/
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Apr 16, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 170 Biblically Faithful Sexuality
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This is the first short podblast episode in a special new Postmodern Realities Podcast 2020 COVID-19 quarantine series. On this episode, JOURNAL Author Ellen Mary Dykas talks about biblically faithful sexuality during the pandemic.

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Episode 084: Sexuality & Singles

Single in Christ and a Sexual Being

Episode 091: Masturbation and the Christian

“Solo Sex and the Christian”

Episode 047: Book Review of American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus

The (Casual) Sexual Revolution

Episode 020: Should We Continue to Use the Term Sexual Purity?

Should We Continue to Use the Term Sexual Purity?

Episode 007: Rape and Sexual Violence on the College Campus

Rape and Sexual Violence on Campus

Defending the Biblical View of Sexuality

A Reconsideration of Romantic Love

BFFs (Best Friends First): Honoring God in Dating and Romance

Sex, Lies, and Christianity: Reclaiming Biblical Sexuality

The Normalization of Premarital Sex: Satan’s Master Stroke?

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Apr 14, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 169 The Jesus of Mormonism: Differences That Make a Difference
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It is sometimes thought that while Mormonism and Christianity differ significantly, they both are Christ-centered. After all, the Mormon Church is named The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But appearances can be deceiving. Mormon leaders and teachers add to the confusion of Mormon theology with statements made in both their public dialogue and written commentary. While there may be many similarities between Christianity and Mormonism, such similarities are miniscule when analyzing the religions overall. For example, there are many theological terms in Mormonism that will be familiar to the Christian. Those terms, however, denote different meanings. The biblical Christ differs substantially from the Mormon Christ. In historic Christian theology, God is not simply that which is worshiped but that than which no greater can be conceived. In what is explained as Mormon anthropotheism, however, Mormons conflate human nature and divine nature not only in Christ but also in each of us, such that there is no distinct field of anthropology or theology to consider in Mormonism. As such, Mormon theology cripples Mormon Christology.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Corey Miller about his 41:3 article, “The Jesus of Mormonism: Differences That Make a Difference”. https://www.equip.org/article/the-jesus-of-mormonism-differences-that-make-a-difference/

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The Use and Misuse of Testimony: A Stealth Strategy for Effective Dialogue with Mormons

Episode 137 How We Lost the Universities and How to Reclaim the Voice of Christ

How We Lost the Universities and How to Reclaim the Voice of Christ

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Apr 09, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 168 Best Selling Author and Astrologer Chani Nicholas Brings New Age Teaching to the Social Media Generatio
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The New Age Movement has made a resurgence in 2020. Particularly popular for those claiming to be spiritual and not religious, we cannot write off New Age spirituality as something of the past. It is in the here and now, and even Christians are enticed by it. Astrologer Chani Nicholas is popular among the social media generation seeking spiritual enlightenment.
Nicholas, who just released her first book, You Were Born for This: Astrology for Radical Self-Acceptance, has one million monthly visitors to her website and recently appeared on the Netflix show Explained: Astrology. She is not only a voice for New Age spirituality, but as someone who emphasizes her feminism and sexuality, she connects with people from all types of backgrounds. The difficulty with Nicholas is that her mission seems to be pure, to help those who need guidance, but her ideas are dripping with New Age spirituality. Ultimately, according to Nicholas, our hope is not found in Christ, but in the stars.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Lindsey Medenwaldt about her online-exclusive article, “Controversial Guru Teal Swan and Astrologer Chani Nicholas Bring New Age Teachings to the Social Media Generation​.” ​https://www.equip.org/article/controversial-guru-teal-swan-and-astrologer-chani-nicholas-bring-new-age-teachings/

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The New Age Embraces Shamanism

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Apr 02, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 167 Faithful Living Through the Coronavirus
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“These are the times that try men’s souls,” wrote Thomas Paine in his rousing call to Americans to fight for independence. “The Crisis” was the title of Paine’s work from 1776; and now we face another crisis — not a war of man against man, but of a virus warring against all of humanity. Previous scares about Ebola, swine flu, and other viruses seem — to Americans, at least — small compared to the threat of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which is currently terrifying the globe in March 2020. How might Christians keep a warm heart and a cool head during this crisis, when what we thought was solid seems to be melting away?

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Douglas Groothuis about his online-exclusive article, “Faithful Living Through the Coronavirus“. https://www.equip.org/article/faithful-living-through-the-coronavirus/

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The Reincarnation of Reincarnation

Channeling: Revelations Of Deception

Postmodern Realities Episode 122 Shamelessly Wrong

Shamelessly Wrong: Book Review of Shameless: A Sexual Reformation Nadia Bolz-Weber

Developing an Agile Apologetic

Postmodern Realities Episode 004: Agile Apologetics

Learning From an Apostle: Christianity in the Marketplace of Ideas (Acts 17:16-34)

Why Buddhism is Not True: Review of Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment

Jean-Paul Satre And The Resurgence Of Existentialism

Francis Schaeffer: Pastor, Evangelist, Apologist, Prophet

The Christian Apologist’s Moral Compass

Steve Jobs, Jesus, and the Problem of Evil

And many more, Dr. Groothuis has written articles for us for over 30 years.



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Mar 26, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 166 Controversial Guru Teal Swan Brings New Age Teachings to the Social Media Generation
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The New Age Movement has made a resurgence in 2020. Particularly popular for those claiming to be spiritual and not religious, we cannot write off New Age spirituality as something of the past. It is in the here and now, and even Christians are enticed by it. Teal Swan is popular among those in the social media generation who are seeking spiritual enlightenment.

Swan claims to have endured horrific sexual abuse at the hands of a satanic cult as a child and she uses her platform to help others overcome their own personal trauma. Recently, Swan was immersed in controversy, not only because she has no expertise in trauma other than her own experiences, but also because two of her followers reportedly committed suicide after listening to her lessons about suicide as a safety net. Swan’s popularity doesn’t seem to be waning, though. She has more than 675,000 YouTube subscribers and almost as many Facebook followers. She’s also the author of five books about self-healing and rediscovery.

Ultimately, according to Swan, our hope is not found in Christ, but within ourselves.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Lindsey Medenwaldt about her online-exclusive article, “Controversial Guru Teal Swan and Astrologer Chani Nicholas Bring New Age Teachings to the Social Media Generation​.” Coming Soon! Check back here and our article archive page for when it’s released.

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The New Age Movement- What Is It?

The “New Age Myth”: An Outline of New Age Ideology

A Critique of New Age Ideology

The Christian, Energetic Medicine, “New Age Paranoia”

The New Age Embraces Shamanism

Discussing the Bible with New Agers (Part One)

Discussing the Bible with New Agers (Part Two)

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Mar 19, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 165 History’s Bloody Mess: Why Marxism (& Socialism) Always Fails
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Marxism, rebranded as socialism or democratic socialism today, is making a comeback. And now the makeover is complete. But Karl Marx’s theory suffers the same malady as every materialistic theory: it contradicts the existence of the theorist. How should Christians apply a Christian ethic and world view to civic government? If Christians agree that the government cannot save people or fundamentally change human hearts, how is this an apologetic issue and not a political one? Topics covered in this episode include: Why does it matter that Christians need to have a biblical world view about government? How is socialism defined today? Social scientists say that the meaning of the word socialism can mean different things to different groups. For some it refers to FDR’s vision and his new deal programs in the USA in the 1930s for recovery from the Great Depression vs. socialism as practiced in the Soviet Union in the 20th century or today in Venezuela or North Korea. Is this only a semantical difference? Why have Marx’s views enjoyed a popular renaissance in American culture? What about the word “capitalism”? Where did it come from? Was the early church in Jerusalem communist or socialist?

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Jay Richards about his article from 41:2, “History’s Bloody Mess: Why Marxism (and Socialism) Always Fails”. https://www.equip.org/article/historys-bloody-mess-why-marxism-and-socialism-always-fails/

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The Myths Christians Believe about Wealth and Poverty

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Hank Unplugged: Global Warming and Evolution and Artificial Intelligence, Oh My! (The Dangers of Groupthink) with Jay Richards

How Should Christians Think about Global Warming?

To Defend Marriage

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Mar 12, 2020
PMR Episode 164 What’s Pain Got to Do with It? Why Arguments over Fetal Pain Capability Ultimately Miss the Mark in the Abortion Debate
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The pro-life argument isn’t that it is wrong to intentionally kill fetuses because they are capable of experiencing pain. Abortion is wrong because it intentionally kills innocent human beings. Even so, unborn babies as early as 20 weeks may feel pain intensely.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Megan Almon about her volume 42, number 3/4 (2019) article, “What’s Pain Got to Do with It? Why Arguments over Fetal Pain Capability Ultimately Miss the Mark in the Abortion Debate“. Normally, we don’t release print articles from last year online so quickly but due to the significance of topic we are making an exception. https://www.equip.org/article/whats-pain-got-to-do-with-it-why-arguments-over-fetal-pain-capability-ultimately-miss-the-mark-in-the-abortion-debate/

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Episode 134 Are Laws Restricting Abortion Forced Organ Donation? A Review of Beyond Roe

Are Laws Restricting Abortion Forced Organ Donation? A Review of Beyond Roe

Unplanned: An Imperfect but Brave Film

Episode 117-Unplanned: An Imperfect but Brave Film

Episode 096 Reversing Roe Documentary Film Review

“Reversing Reason” Review of Netflix documentary, Reversing Roe

Episode 094 The Pro-Choice Argument against Aborting Children with Down Syndrome

Abortion and Rape: Answering the Arguments for Abortion Rights

Annihilating Arguments For Abortion

The Shifting Focus in the Abortion Debate: Does The Humanity of the Unborn Matter Anymore?

Abortion Rights: (Part One) Answering the Arguments for Abortion Rights

Answering the Arguments for Abortion Rights? (Part Two) : Arguments from Pity, Tolerance, and Ad Hominem

Answering the Arguments for Abortion Rights (Part Three): Is the Unborn Human Less Than Human?

Answering the Arguments for Abortion Rights (Part Four): When Does a Human Become a Person

Suffer the Violinist: Why the Pro-abortion Argument from Bodily Autonomy Fails

A Case Not Made A review of Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Pollitt

Dead Silence: Must The Bible Say Abortion Is Wrong Before We Can Know It’s Wrong?

The Vanishing Pro-Life Apologist: Putting The “Life” Back Into The Abortion Debate

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Mar 05, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 163 Merely Human: The Problem of Recognizing Chimpanzees as Persons
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Christians are not averse, in principle, to the concept of nonhuman persons. We attribute personhood to the Trinity and to angels, clearly nonhuman beings. We recognize, however, the danger that lies in attempts to elevate animals to our moral equals in the face of glaring evidence they could never operate as such. These efforts ultimately reduce us all to an undifferentiated mess.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Jay Watts about his article in volume 42, number 2 (2019), “Merely Human: The Problem of Recognizing Chimpanzees as Persons”. https://www.equip.org/article/merely-human-the-problem-of-recognizing-chimpanzees-as-persons/ Normally, we don’t release print articles from last year online so quickly but due to the significance of topic we are making an exception.

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Episode 134 Are Laws Restricting Abortion Forced Organ Donation? A Review of Beyond Roe

Are Laws Restricting Abortion Forced Organ Donation? A Review of Beyond Roe

Episode 117-Unplanned: An Imperfect but Brave Film

Unplanned: An Imperfect but Brave Film

Episode 042: When Freedom of Expression and Emotions Collide on Campus

When Freedom of Expression and Emotions Collide on Campus

Episode 032: On Chimeras and What It Means to Be Human

On Chimeras and What It Means to Be Human

Episode 013: Death with Dignity and the Imago Dei

Death with Dignity and the Imago Dei

Episode 007: Rape and Sexual Violence on the College Campus

Rape and Sexual Violence on Campus
Feb 27, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 162 You Say You Want A Revolution
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Just War Theory (JWT) has been criticized for being so flexible that it can be used to rationalize almost any motivation for initiating war and is therefore of little use in actually preventing war. Because it was originally developed as a means of evaluating the moral considerations of war between nation-states, the applicability of JWT becomes more complicated and difficult to assess when potential combatants reside within the same borders. In this special case, even what would seem to be a straightforward application of the principles used to evaluate state versus nonstate combatants is inadequate because Scripture has more to say about the unique moral imperatives involved in the case of revolution.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Bob Perry about his article, “You Say You Want a Revolution?“. https://www.equip.org/article/say-want-revolution/

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Just War Tradition





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Feb 20, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 161 What Do You Mean by God? Pullman’s “Straw-Man God” in His Dark Materials
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In apologetics, a crucial question to ask a critic of religion is, “What do you mean by God?” Author Philip Pullman gives an imaginative answer to that question in His Dark Materials, a fantasy trilogy for young adults turned television series now airing on HBO. The books originally generated backlash from Christians because of Pullman’s anti-religious bent and his negative characterization of God and the Church. However, a closer look at Pullman’s “god” reveals him to be merely a straw-man, a false god Christians would likely reject as well. Therefore, rather than rushing to defend against Pullman’s attacks on religion and the Church, a more fruitful approach might lie in challenging his assumptions about the nature of God. The imagination is powerful, evidenced by the profound influence Milton’s Paradise Lost had on Pullman and His Dark Materials. However, there are some distinct differences between the two stories, namely Pullman’s assumptions about the kind of world we live in. With Pullman’s choice to cast Dust (or consciousness) as the ultimate foundational reality, he creates a materialistic world in which God is simply another created being. His Dark Materials, with all its fantastical elements, really begins and ends with matter and leaves little room for the immaterial, eternal God of the Christian Bible. Unfortunately, this a priori commitment to an anti-supernatural worldview often results in a distorted understanding of God and Christianity.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Rebecca Howe about her online-exclusive review, “What Do You Mean by God?
Pullman’s “Straw-Man God” in His Dark Materials“. https://www.equip.org/article/what-do-you-mean-by-god-pullmans-straw-man-god-in-his-dark-materials/
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Killing God: The Propaganda of His Dark Materials

Exposing “His Dark Materials”

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Feb 13, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 160 Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice
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The internet gives Christians a virtual platform from which to survey the theological landscape and spot from a long way off the horrifying wrongness of others, and then it is a tool by which we can to correct them, by name, in a tweet, Facebook or Instagram post, or long-form blog post. But what does the Bible say? Should Christians critique others and call each other out by name for theological error or sin? Under what circumstances? In what manner? And how often?
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Anne Kennedy about her online-exclusive article, “Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name“. https://www.equip.org/article/naming-names-why-its-ok-and-necessary-to-call-out-false-teachers-and-fugitives-from-church-justice-by-name/

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Episode 140 The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker
The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker
The Unhindered Leadership of Jen Hatmaker
Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis
Episode 136 Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis
The Theological Legacy of Rachel Held Evans
Episode 125 The Theological Legacy of Rachel Held Evans
Episode 147 Book Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage and An Evaluation of 2019 Evolving Faith Conference
A Helper Like Me: A Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage by David and Constantino Khalaf
Episode 151 Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?
Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?
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Feb 06, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 159 A Cinematic Call to Change: Postmodern Reform in The Two Popes
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This film review examines the artfulness and cinematographic symbolism that makes The Two Popes spiritually uplifting, while also providing philosophical tools to assess its core message of postmodern change for the Roman Catholic Church. The 2020 Oscar nominated film portrays a friendship between Cardinals Joseph Ratzinger and Jorge Bergoglio who became the modern-day two popes–Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Jason Monroe about his online-exclusive article, “A Cinematic Call to Change: Postmodern Reform in The Two Popes.” Coming Soon! https://www.equip.org/article/a-cinematic-call-to-change-postmodern-reform-in-the-two-popes/


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Jan 30, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 158 The Light Of The World Or A World Of Darkness? An Examination of Three Teachings and Practices of The Light
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The Light of the World Church (TLOW), with over 15,000 temples in 58 countries, claims to be the restoration of the early church of Christ. Although official doctrinal documents are rare, we can trace their central doctrines from its hymnology and other sources. When we analyze three critical doctrines held by TLOW, comparing them to early Christian orthodoxy and early heresies, TLOW aligns more with ancient heresies condemned by the early church. However, rather than being discouraged by the apparent success of TLOW, we should be encouraged to train ourselves so that we may be ready to present a rational defense of the gospel with gentleness and respect.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author J. Alberto Paredes about his online-exclusive article, “The Light Of The World Or A World Of Darkness? An Examination of Three Teachings and Practices of The Light of the World Church” https://www.equip.org/article/the-light-of-the-world-or-a-world-of-darkness/ Also available in Spanish as, “¿La Luz del Mundo o Un Mundo de Tinieblas? Un Análisis de Tres Enseñanzas y Prácticas de La Luz del Mundo?”. https://www.equip.org/article/la-luz-del-mundo-o-un-mundo-de-oscuridad/

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Jan 23, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 157 The Reincarnation of Reincarnation
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A 2015 Pew study found that 25 percent of those identifying as Christians believe in reincarnation. For some, the idea of reincarnation offers comfort and guidance. And many times, the pop-culture view of reincarnation, while popular in American circles, does not fit the Hindu and Buddhist religions where the doctrine originated. According to these religions, you do not choose your next lifetime. Karma determines it. That is, the combination of your good and bad actions produces good or bad results (or karma) in this and every lifetime—until you escape the cycle and dissolve into nirvana. Any religious belief may be held on the basis of blind faith, irrespective of any evidence or reasons for that belief. Such beliefs are often called dogmas (although that is not what the word originally meant). Is it mere dogma to oppose karma? Is reincarnation compatible with Christian teaching?
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Dr. Doug Groothuis about his online-exclusive article, “The Reincarnation of Reincarnation”. https://www.equip.org/article/the-reincarnation-of-reincarnation/
Also discussed Dr. Groothuis online-exclusive article “Channeling: Revelations Of Deception” . https://www.equip.org/article/channeling-revelations-of-deception/
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Episode 122 Shamelessly Wrong
Shamelessly Wrong: Book Review of Shameless: A Sexual Reformation Nadia Bolz-Weber
Developing an Agile Apologetic
Episode 004: Agile Apologetics
Learning From an Apostle: Christianity in the Marketplace of Ideas (Acts 17:16-34)
Why Buddhism is Not True: Review of Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment
Jean-Paul Satre And The Resurgence Of Existentialism
Francis Schaeffer: Pastor, Evangelist, Apologist, Prophet
The Christian Apologist’s Moral Compass
Steve Jobs, Jesus, and the Problem of Evil
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Jan 16, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 156 The Prayers Rose Like Incense: Anglican Worship and the Normative Principle
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First time visitors to an Anglican Church, especially a parish of the high church tradition, are often bewildered. Worship abounds in written prayers, vestments, acolytes, a robed choir, candles, hymns accompanied by an organ. People cross themselves, kneel for certain prayers, stand for others. Communion wine is just that, wine served from a common cup. If it happens to be a feast day, there may be incense. To the uninitiated all these elements may feel positively arcane and certainly alien. People from non-liturgical traditions often find it difficult to categorize Anglican worship. The liturgy looks Roman Catholic, but the preaching sounds Reformed. While the early stages of the English Reformation reflected stricter liturgical proscriptions (incense, for example, would not have been used), thereby disassociating the English Church from Roman eucharistic doctrine, an ethos gradually emerged, articulated in Article 34, called the Normative Principle of Worship (NPW). The rites and ceremonies of the Church are to be “normed” or measured by the Scriptures rather than “regulated” by them. The Church is free to retain or establish whatever does not conflict with Scripture so long as it is done decently and in order.
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Matthew M. Kennedy about his online-exclusive Viewpoint article, “The Prayers Rose Like Incense: Anglican Worship and the Normative Principle”. https://www.equip.org/article/the-prayers-rose-like-incense-anglican-worship-and-the-normative-principle/
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Praying with All the Saints
Ash Wednesday, Lent, and Easter
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Jan 09, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 155 The Marathon of Martyrdom: A Review of A Hidden Life
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[This review contains SPOILERS for the film that tells the story of the Austrian hero Franz Jägerstätter who died during World War II.]

A Hidden Life, the three-hour film by acclaimed director Terrence Malick is based on the true life story of an Austrian farmer living in the final years of World War II. In it we see the main character, Franz Jägerstätter, a farmer and family man living a modest life in the mountains of Austria, knock again and again at the door of martyrdom. Malick’s latest film shows us the steep price of Franz’s devout Christian faith and his faithfulness to the end of his life taken by Hitler’s Nazi regime. The film shows Jägerstätter’s journey to martyrdom as he pays the ultimate price for his deeply held conviction that Hitler’s world view and the war was immoral and was in opposition to his Christian faith.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Philip Tallon about his online-exclusive movie review, “The Marathon of Martyrdom: A Review of A Hidden Life”. https://www.equip.org/article/the-marathon-of-martyrdom-a-review-of-a-hidden-life/

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Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

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The Dead Won’t Stop Talking: A Review of The Rise of Skywalker

Fred Rogers and Mr. Rogers Neighborhood:

Episode 150: The Eternal Importance of Being Awkwardly Earnest: A Review of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

The Eternal Importance of Being Awkwardly Earnest: A Review of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

Steven Spielberg Movies:

Episode 139 Clear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More Human

Clear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More Human

Tolkien Review:

Episode 123 Tolkien’s First Fellowship

Tolkien’s First Fellowship A film review of Tolkien

Alfred Hitchcock films:

Episode 100: A. Hitchcock Films

The Coen Brother’s Films:

Episode 050: O Father, Where Art Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence

“O Father, Where Are Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence

The Films of Quentin Tarantino:

Episode 001: The Films of Quentin Tarantino

“Reservoir Gods: Quentin Tarantino’s Premodern Theology

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Jan 02, 2020
Postmodern Realities Episode 154 The Dead Won’t Stop Talking: A Review of The Rise of Skywalker
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It’s been 42 years in the making, but finally The Rise of Skywalker, the final film in the nine-film epic space opera saga called Star Wars, debuted in Dec. 2019. In this podcast episode, the topics discussed include: The reasons behind fans embracing the film and film reviewers critiques of it. The view of God in the Star Wars films, how The Rise of Skywalker affects the theology of the series, and how the meaning of Star Wars changed over the nine films.
This spoiler-filled podcast episode is a conversation with Journal author Phil Tallon about his film review of The Rise of Skywalker directed by J.J. Abrams entitled, “The Dead Won’t Stop Talking: A Review of The Rise of Skywalker”. https://www.equip.org/article/the-dead-wont-stop-talking-a-review-of-the-rise-of-skywalker/

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Episode 054: The Last Jedi: A Star Wars Movie for the Era of “the Nones” https://www.equip.org/pmr-podcast/episode-054-last-jedi-star-wars-movie-era-nones/
The Last Jedi: A Star Wars Movie for the Era of “the Nones” https://www.equip.org/article/last-jedi-star-wars-movie-era-nones/
Episode 027: “Evaluating the Star Wars Worldview” https://www.equip.org/pmr-podcast/episode-027-evaluating-star-wars-worldview/
May the Force Bewitch You: Evaluating the Star Wars Worldview https://www.equip.org/article/may-force-bewitch-evaluating-star-wars-worldview/
Philip Tallon podcasts and articles:
Fred Rogers and Mr. Rogers Neighborhood:
Episode 150: The Eternal Importance of Being Awkwardly Earnest: A Review of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
The Eternal Importance of Being Awkwardly Earnest: A Review of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
Steven Spielberg Movies:
Episode 139 Clear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More Human
Clear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More Human
Tolkien Review:
Episode 123 Tolkien’s First Fellowship
Tolkien’s First Fellowship A film review of Tolkien
Alfred Hitchcock films:
Episode 100: A. Hitchcock Films
The Coen Brother’s Films:
Episode 050: O Father, Where Art Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence
“O Father, Where Are Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence
The Films of Quentin Tarantino:
Episode 001: The Films of Quentin Tarantino
“Reservoir Gods: Quentin Tarantino’s Premodern Theology
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Episode 037: Choose Your Own Enchantment: Freedom and Conscience in What We Watch
Choose Your Own Enchantment: Freedom and Conscience in What We Watch
Film Review: The Church without Claws? A Figurative Reading of the Film Black Panther
Episode 063: Black Panther Film Review with Eric Redmond
Episode 039: The Gospel According to Marvel
The Gospel According to Marvel
Episode 024: Dr. Strange (film review with spoilers)
Episode 067: Spielberg’s Nostalgia for Reality in Ready Player One
Spielberg’s Nostalgia for Reality in Ready Player One.”
Episode 075: Film Nostalgia & Heaven
Looking for Heaven at the Movies: What our Fondness for Nostalgic Films Says about Us.”
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Dec 26, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 153 If I Feel It, It’s True: Combating the Rise of Emotionalism
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The path to emotionalism has been a process of elimination, striking down various authorities along the history of ideas.

The history of ideas can be roughly summed up by three main epochs: pre-modernism, modernism, and postmodernism in the mid-late 20th Century. While postmodern ideas may have been commonplace in academia, they still represented a fringe-group of thought experiments. The average person still mostly acted as if there were absolute truths and knowable facts about the world and morality. Fast forward to 2016 when the Oxford Dictionary named “post-truth” word of the year. The seeds that were sown from ivory towers years ago finally tumbled down the hill and blossomed into YouTube videos, Twitter and Facebook rants. According to emotionalism, ultimate truth can be sensed by emotions and expressed in emotional language; truth claims can be gauged by the strength of one’s emotions. If the implicit belief is that the strength of one’s emotions determines the truth of a claim, then what is the logical extension of a person not only trying to convince themselves, but others? More emotions. Louder emotions. ALL CAPS EMOTIONS.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Hillary Morgan Ferrer about her online exclusive feature article , “If I Feel It, It’s True: Combating the Rise of Emotionalism.” https://www.equip.org/article/if-i-feel-it-its-true-combating-the-rise-of-emotionalism/

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Episode 042: When Freedom of Expression and Emotions Collide on Campus

When Freedom of Expression and Emotions Collide on Campus

Reasons of the Heart: Emotions in Apologetics

Communicating Truth through Humor, Ridicule, and Emotions



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Dec 19, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 152 The Romantic Rationalism of BBC’s Doctor Who
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“Have you ever thought what it’s like to be wanderers in the Fourth Dimension? Have you? To be exiles?” So asked William Hartnell’s mysterious Doctor back in An Unearthly Child (1963), the very first episode of the long-running British, BBC produced science-fiction TV series, Doctor Who. He is a Time Lord travelling the universe in the TARDIS, a bigger-on-the-inside time machine disguised as a Police Box, fighting monsters with the help of his human companions. Complete with its own convention (the Feb. 2020 convention in Los Angeles is sold out) and other events, Doctor Who has inspired devoted fans worldwide who pour over every detail of each episode (now more than 850 episodes) of the time-travelling doctor. But there’s a tension running through the show’s more than 50-year run, one that goes to the heart of the character of the Doctor. The Doctor is both scientist and messiah, a rationalist trying to grapple with the realities of evil in the universe, and romantic who brings about the fairy-tale ending of everyone living happily ever after.”

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Caleb Woodbridge about his online-exclusive television series review , “The Romantic Rationalism of BBC’s Doctor Who“. https://www.equip.org/article/the-romantic-rationalism-of-bbcs-doctor-who/

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Episode 148-In Defense of Pop Culture

Ditching Netflix? Engaging Pop Culture in the Age of Binge-Watching

Episode 149 What Joker Gets Right About Human Depravity

Getting What We Deserve: What Joker Gets Right about Human Depravity: A Film Review of Joker (2019) starring Joaquin Phoenix

Episode 037: Choose Your Own Enchantment: Freedom and Conscience in What We Watch

Choose Your Own Enchantment: Freedom and Conscience in What We Watch

Episode 075: Film Nostalgia & Heaven

Looking for Heaven at the Movies: What our Fondness for Nostalgic Films Says about Us.”

The Wisdom of Pixar

Television as the New Literature: Understanding and Evaluating the Medium

Prometheus: Finding God in Outer Space

Unpacking Anime’s Thematic and Spiritual Depth

The Artistic Pro-Life Theme in Netflix’s I Am Mother

Postmodern Realities Episode 132: The Artistic Pro-Life Theme in Netflix’s I Am Mother

Episode 87: Westworld & A.I.

“HBO’s Westworld and the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence.”

The Gospel According to Lost

Breaking Bad’s Addicting Defense of Moral Realism

Episode 039: The Gospel According to Marvel

The Gospel According to Marvel

Episode 024: Dr. Strange (film review with spoilers)

Fighting Scientism with the Occult in Doctor Strange

Episode 017: Suicide Squad, Deadpool, and the Rise of the Comic Book Antihero

Suicide Squad, Deadpool, and the Rise of the Comic Book Antihero

Episode 139 Clear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More Human

Clear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More Human

Episode 123 Tolkien’s First Fellowship

Tolkien’s First Fellowship A film review of Tolkien

Episode 100: A. Hitchcock Films

“Caught Looking: Hitchcock’s Films in the Age of Instagram.”

Episode 001: The Films of Quentin Tarantino

Episode 067: Spielberg’s Nostalgia for Reality in Ready Player One

Spielberg’s Nostalgia for Reality in Ready Player One.”

Episode 054: The Last Jedi: A Star Wars Movie for the Era of “the Nones”

The Last Jedi: A Star Wars Movie for the Era of “the Nones”

Episode 027: “Evaluating the Star Wars Worldview”

May the Force Bewitch You: Evaluating the Star Wars Worldview

Episode 041: The Gracious Heroism of Wonder Woman

The Gracious Heroism of Wonder Woman

Episode 012: Jesus Films

Jesus Films: Who Does Hollywood Say That I Am?

Episode 079: Theology of Morgan Freeman

“The Story of Morgan Freeman (Not God).”

An Apologetic of Horror

The Matrix: Unloaded Revelations

A Wrinkle in Time: Drawing Apologetic Value from a De-Christianized Film

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Dec 12, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 151 Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?
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More than 85 million people in the U.S. are avid watchers of the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas films. Complete with its own mobile App, Hallmark Christmas film fans can partake year-round in the romantic, true-love plots. Not just on the Hallmark Channel, but other on-demand viewing channels like Netflix have also gotten into the Christmas film game. All the films have the same plot, the same kiss, the same quaint small town, the same fake snow falling gently onto the shiny hair of the protagonist, the same easy “trouble” resolved in less than one scene, the cookie baking that magically cleans itself up, and the dead mother that the child remembers with fondness rather than gut-wrenching grief. What is a Christian to make of this phenomenon? And, more pressingly, should Christians themselves indulge in the occasional Hallmark movie or even a Hallmark Christmas movie binge?

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Anne Kennedy about here viewpoint article, “Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?”. https://www.equip.org/article/am-i-a-bad-christian-for-watching-hallmark-christmas-movies/

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A Helper Like Me: A Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage by David and Constantino Khalaf

Episode 140 The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker

The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker

The Unhindered Leadership of Jen Hatmaker

Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis

Episode 136 Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis

The Theological Legacy of Rachel Held Evans

Episode 125 The Theological Legacy of Rachel Held Evans

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Dec 05, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 150 The Eternal Importance of Being Awkwardly Earnest: A Review of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is being marketed primarily on the strength of the cultural similarity between Mr. Rogers, America’s most wholesome neighbor, and Tom Hanks, the lovable actor sometimes called “America’s dad.” It’s a good casting choice, but it might mislead viewers into thinking that Hanks will be as much at the center of the film as he is in Cast Away or Forrest Gump.
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Philip Tallon on his online-exclusive film review “The Eternal Importance of Being Awkwardly Earnest: A Review of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood“. https://www.equip.org/article/the-eternal-importance-of-being-awkwardly-earnest-a-review-of-a-beautiful-day-in-the-neighborhood/

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Steven Spielberg Movies:

Episode 139 Clear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More Human

Clear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More Human

Tolkien Review:

Episode 123 Tolkien’s First Fellowship

Tolkien’s First Fellowship A film review of Tolkien

Alfred Hitchcock films:

Episode 100: A. Hitchcock Films

The Coen Brother’s Films:

Episode 050: O Father, Where Art Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence

“O Father, Where Are Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence

The Films of Quentin Tarantino:

Episode 001: The Films of Quentin Tarantino

“Reservoir Gods: Quentin Tarantino’s Premodern Theology

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Episode 037: Choose Your Own Enchantment: Freedom and Conscience in What We Watch

Choose Your Own Enchantment: Freedom and Conscience in What We Watch

Film Review: The Church without Claws? A Figurative Reading of the Film Black Panther

Episode 063: Black Panther Film Review with Eric Redmond

Episode 039: The Gospel According to Marvel

The Gospel According to Marvel

Episode 024: Dr. Strange (film review with spoilers)

Episode 067: Spielberg’s Nostalgia for Reality in Ready Player One

Spielberg’s Nostalgia for Reality in Ready Player One.”

Episode 054: The Last Jedi: A Star Wars Movie for the Era of “the Nones”

The Last Jedi: A Star Wars Movie for the Era of “the Nones”

Episode 027: “Evaluating the Star Wars Worldview”

May the Force Bewitch You: Evaluating the Star Wars Worldview

Episode 075: Film Nostalgia & Heaven

Looking for Heaven at the Movies: What our Fondness for Nostalgic Films Says about Us.”

Episode 87: Westworld & A.I.

“HBO’s Westworld and the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence.”

Episode 041: The Gracious Heroism of Wonder Woman

The Gracious Heroism of Wonder Woman

Fighting Scientism with the Occult in Doctor Strange

Episode 012: Jesus Films

Jesus Films: Who Does Hollywood Say That I Am?

Episode 079: Theology of Morgan Freeman

“The Story of Morgan Freeman (Not God).”

The Artistic Pro-Life Theme in Netflix’s I Am Mother

Postmodern Realities Episode 132: The Artistic Pro-Life Theme in Netflix’s I Am Mother

An Apologetic of Horror

The Matrix: Unloaded Revelations

The Gospel According to Lost

Breaking Bad’s Addicting Defense of Moral Realism

Television as the New Literature: Understanding and Evaluating the Medium

A Wrinkle in Time: Drawing Apologetic Value from a De-Christianized Film

Sci-Fi, Free Will, and the Problem of Evil



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Nov 27, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 149 What Joker Gets Right About Human Depravity
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is Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Correy Latta forthcoming online-exclusive movie review article, “What Joker Gets Right About Human Depravity”. https://www.equip.org/article/getting-what-we-deserve-what-joker-gets-right-about-human-depravity-a-film-review-of-joker-2019-starring-joaquin-phoenix/

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Episode 075: Film Nostalgia & Heaven

Looking for Heaven at the Movies: What our Fondness for Nostalgic Films Says about Us.”

The Wisdom of Pixar

Television as the New Literature: Understanding and Evaluating the Medium

Prometheus: Finding God in Outer Space

Unpacking Anime’s Thematic and Spiritual Depth

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“HBO’s Westworld and the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence.”

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Episode 039: The Gospel According to Marvel

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Episode 024: Dr. Strange (film review with spoilers)

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Episode 017: Suicide Squad, Deadpool, and the Rise of the Comic Book Antihero

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Episode 123 Tolkien’s First Fellowship

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Episode 100: A. Hitchcock Films

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Episode 001: The Films of Quentin Tarantino

Episode 067: Spielberg’s Nostalgia for Reality in Ready Player One

Spielberg’s Nostalgia for Reality in Ready Player One.”

Episode 054: The Last Jedi: A Star Wars Movie for the Era of “the Nones”

The Last Jedi: A Star Wars Movie for the Era of “the Nones”

Episode 027: “Evaluating the Star Wars Worldview”

May the Force Bewitch You: Evaluating the Star Wars Worldview

Episode 041: The Gracious Heroism of Wonder Woman

The Gracious Heroism of Wonder Woman

Episode 012: Jesus Films

Jesus Films: Who Does Hollywood Say That I Am?

Episode 079: Theology of Morgan Freeman

“The Story of Morgan Freeman (Not God).”

An Apologetic of Horror

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Nov 14, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 148-In Defense of Pop Culture
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Several Christian voices have recently been questioning the value of engaging with pop culture, and particularly the kind of entertainment gluttony encouraged by the convenience of services like Netflix or Amazon Prime. They posit that excessive consumption of pop culture by Christians is worse for our souls, minds, and hearts. So are those Christians who believe that engaging popular culture is valuable mistaken? Are Christians who engage with pop culture distracting themselves from more spiritually important things, and from forms of rest and recreation that are qualitatively better than streaming a television series or watching a movie? In the age of binge-watching, how shall Christians then stream? Should we even stream?

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Caleb Woodbridge about his forthcoming online-exclusive viewpoint article, “Ditching Netflix? Engaging Pop Culture in the Age of Binge-Watching”.https://www.equip.org/article/ditching-netflix-engaging-pop-culture-in-the-age-of-binge-watching/ Check back for the forthcoming articles here and our article archive page.

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Episode 037: Choose Your Own Enchantment: Freedom and Conscience in What We Watch

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Episode 075: Film Nostalgia & Heaven

Looking for Heaven at the Movies: What our Fondness for Nostalgic Films Says about Us.”

The Wisdom of Pixar

Television as the New Literature: Understanding and Evaluating the Medium

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Unpacking Anime’s Thematic and Spiritual Depth

The Artistic Pro-Life Theme in Netflix’s I Am Mother

Postmodern Realities Episode 132: The Artistic Pro-Life Theme in Netflix’s I Am Mother

Episode 87: Westworld & A.I.

“HBO’s Westworld and the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence.”

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The Gospel According to Marvel

Episode 024: Dr. Strange (film review with spoilers)

Fighting Scientism with the Occult in Doctor Strange

Episode 017: Suicide Squad, Deadpool, and the Rise of the Comic Book Antihero

Suicide Squad, Deadpool, and the Rise of the Comic Book Antihero

Episode 139 Clear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More Human

Clear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More Human

Episode 123 Tolkien’s First Fellowship

Tolkien’s First Fellowship A film review of Tolkien

Episode 100: A. Hitchcock Films

“Caught Looking: Hitchcock’s Films in the Age of Instagram.”

Episode 001: The Films of Quentin Tarantino

Episode 067: Spielberg’s Nostalgia for Reality in Ready Player One

Spielberg’s Nostalgia for Reality in Ready Player One.”

Episode 054: The Last Jedi: A Star Wars Movie for the Era of “the Nones”

The Last Jedi: A Star Wars Movie for the Era of “the Nones”

Episode 027: “Evaluating the Star Wars Worldview”

May the Force Bewitch You: Evaluating the Star Wars Worldview

Episode 041: The Gracious Heroism of Wonder Woman

The Gracious Heroism of Wonder Woman

Episode 012: Jesus Films

Jesus Films: Who Does Hollywood Say That I Am?

Episode 079: Theology of Morgan Freeman

“The Story of Morgan Freeman (Not God).”

An Apologetic of Horror

The Matrix: Unloaded Revelations

A Wrinkle in Time: Drawing Apologetic Value from a De-Christianized Film

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Nov 07, 2019
Postmodern Realities Ep147 Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage and An Evaluation of 2019 Evolving Faith Conference
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This episode is a conversation about the book Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage by David and Constantino Khalaf who invite the LGBTQ community to see marriage in a new enchanting light—that of an unorthodox, unbiblical, LGBTQ-affirming “Christianity”. The book makes the case that queer “Christian” marriage is a healthy option for partnered gays and lesbians, and that, in many cases, it is a more functional version of its counterpart—heterosexual marriage. Its forward is written by the late Rachel Held Evans.

The second part of the episode is a discussion of Evans’s legacy in second annual Evolving Faith Conference which was held Oct. 2019 in Denver. It has been only a few short months since the untimely and tragic and death in May 2019 of writer Rachel Held Evans, founder and co-creator of the Evolving Faith Conference. Almost 3,000 spiritual seekers gathered in Denver for the annual conference. In Evans’s stead, Sarah Bessey and Jeff Chu guided the assembly through the continued deconstruction of this historic, orthodox Christian faith and into the initial stages of its radical reconstruction. More than 20 theologically progressive leaders spoke, sang, and led workshops. The familiar voices of Barbara Brown Taylor, Nadia Bolz-Weber, and Jen Hatmaker rang out alongside the movement’s up and coming generation—Kaitlin Curtice, transgendered author Austen Hartke, Amena Brown, Cece Jones-Davis, and many others. Woven throughout the conference were themes of wilderness and inclusion.

This Postmodern Realities episode (https://www.equip.org/pmr-podcast/) is a conversation with Journal author Anne Kennedy about her forthcoming articles, “Losing Faith: A Look at the 2019 Evolving Faith Conference” https://www.equip.org/article/losing-faith-a-look-at-the-2019-evolving-faith-conference/and “A Helper Like Me: A Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage, by David and Constantino Khalaf. https://www.equip.org/article/a-helper-like-me-a-review-of-modern-kinship-a-queer-guide-to-christian-marriage-by-david-and-constantino-khalaf/Check back for the forthcoming articles here and our article archive page. https://www.equip.org/article/

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Nov 04, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 146 Recognizing and Responding to Occultism in Your Church and A Film review of Hail Satan?
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The new Magnolia Pictures documentary Hail Satan?, directed by avant-garde documentarian Penny Lane, is a thought-provoking darkly comedic study of an upstart faction of Satanists known as The Satanic Temple (TST). Cofounded by Lucien Greaves and Malcom Jarry in 2013, TST has been a growing, mischievous, and yet whimsical presence in public life. The group has earned a reputation as diehard political activists, that takes the art of trolling to a whole new level. The discussion covers what Satanists believe, how Satanists are misunderstood, and how TST differs from other branches of Satanism.

In addition to an deep dive review of the film, there is also a discussion of occcultism as a pervasive influence marked by the pursuit of hidden knowledge or power through divination (fortune-telling), spiritism (spirit-contact), and magic. Occultism poses a special threat to the church because it doesn’t operate like mainline religion. Instead, it spreads like a fog, able to infiltrate most every cult, religion, and church. It’s a countercultural phenomenon that can reorient good ideas and faithful practices into tools of occultism. It’s too dangerous and too prevalent to ignore. But we can combat occultism first by recognizing its appeal (the promise of secret knowledge, power, and autonomy), and the signs of its influence, including wide-spread beliefs such as self-deification, depersonalization of God, and magickal thinking. Then, appreciating the different ways occultism leads practitioners astray from biblical faith and practice, we can respond with tactful discernment and devotion to God, demystifying the allure of occultism.

This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author John D. Ferrer about his online-exclusive “Infiltrated: Recognizing and Responding to Occultism in Your Church”https://www.equip.org/article/infiltrated-recognizing-and-responding-to-occultism-in-your-church/and movie review of, “Satanic Lessons on Religious Freedom: A review of Hail Satan?“.https://www.equip.org/article/satanic-lessons-on-religious-freedom/

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Episode 131 Sabrina The Teenage Anti-Christ

Sabrina The Teenage Anti-Christ, Reviews the First Two Seasons of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix.

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Modern Witchcraft: It May Not Be What You Think

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Oct 31, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 145 On Being an Old Apologist: Reflections on Ciceros on Old Age
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The stereotype of old people as crusty, cantankerous complainers who have nothing better to do than remind young whippersnappers of how much better things used to be, tends to be supported by experiences we have with many of the elderly we meet. So its surprising when an old man or woman who does not fit this stereotype. As we age, how can we can be the kind of people who bear the burdens of old age well and continue to be productive people well into his or her later years? Ciceros On Old Age is a short book with reflections on old age are not flashy or exciting and may strike some as boring similar, ironically and sadly, to the way some find reflections of the elderly generally boring. But those reflections are hard to discount, for their overall advice seems rather commonsensical, needing little defense. This episode is a conversation with Stephen Mizell about Ciceros work On Old Age. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Stephen Mizell about his online exclusive article On Being an Old Apologist: Reflections on Ciceros On Old Age. https://www.equip.org/article/on-being-an-old-apologist-reflections-on-ciceros-on-old-age/ We would also like to invite you to subscribe to the Journal. To subscribe to the Journal, please click here. When you to subscribe to the Journal, you join the team of print subscribers whose paid subscriptions help provide the resources at equip.org that minister to people worldwide. These resources include our free online exclusive articles, such as this review, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. Another way you can support keeping our resources free is by leaving us a tip. A tip is just a small amount, like $3 or $5, which is the cost for some of a latte, lunch out, or coffee drink. To leave a tip, click here. Other articles related to this topic: Other articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this author: Slaughter House Five as a Tool for Christian Self-Examination Episode 061: Slaughterhouse Five as a Tool for Christian Self Examination Do not miss an episode; please subscribe to the Postmodern Realities podcast wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Please help spread the word about Postmodern Realities by giving us a rating and review when you subscribe to the podcast. The more ratings and reviews we have, the more new listeners can discover our content. Itunes Spreaker Google Podcasts Player FM Podbean Also available on the following Smart Speakers. Ask them to play Postmodern Realities podcast. Alexa (Amazon) Google Assistant Siri (Apple)
Oct 28, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 144 Taking the Long View: A Christian Approach to Youth Sports
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Many Christians think of sports as having little to no value. They see the time, money, devotion, and energy that many put into sports as time, money, devotion, and energy that could be better used for the sake of the kingdom of God. But can we think about sports, and be involved in them, in ways that build the kingdom? Yes! To do this, however, will require that we approach sports in ways that are often countercultural. Not only can we approach sports with a kingdom mindset, we must do so. The cultural influence of sports at all levels, including elite sports, is felt across the world. Anyone interested in doing cultural apologetics would do well to consider how to think about and participate in the world of sport, as a Christian. Many cultural apologists spend considerable time and effort understanding other influential aspects of culture, including movies, television, books, and politics. But sports are also a reflection of our culture, and an influence upon it, for better and for worse. Many cultural issues arise in sports, and are discussed by well known athletes who use their platforms to do so. Whether it is equal pay for equal work, issues related to race and justice, politics, sexual ethics, abortion and many others numerous professional athletes make their views known via social media and other outlets, influencing the culture. Christians should not ignore this. There is great potential for sports to contribute to human flourishing, as Christians understand it. Sports can build good character, including specifically Christian virtues like faith, hope, love, and humility. Even those who have little interest in sports would do well to develop a Christian understanding of sports at their best, as well as a thoughtful and helpful critique of the ways in which the actual world of sports falls short of the Christian ideal. Followers of Christ can bring light into the dark corners of the sporting world, and they can celebrate the parts of that world that are already shining examples of what human beings can do as they seek to glorify God in this realm of life. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Michael W. Austin about his online exclusive article Taking the Long View: A Christian Approach to Youth Sports. We would also like to invite you to subscribe to the Journal. To subscribe to the Journal, please click here. When you to subscribe to the Journal, you join the team of print subscribers whose paid subscriptions help provide the resources at equip.org that minister to people worldwide. These resources include our free online exclusive articles, such as this review, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. Another way you can support keeping our resources free is by leaving us a tip. A tip is just a small amount, like $3 or $5, which is the cost for some of a latte, lunch out, or coffee drink. To leave a tip, click here. Other articles related to this topic: Prayers, Football, and Missions: Lessons from Tebowmania Thoughts on Jason Collins, Homosexuality, and Athletics
Oct 23, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 143 Seeking Spiritual Solace in a Daze of Digital Distraction
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Todays world is a laboratory for experimenting with all types of new media, and we are all creating our own ways of adopting technologies as they develop. It is not dramatic to say that these digital technologies and especially the ones we use on our computers, smartphones, and tablets we use every day, summed in the simple word app, are changing what it means to function as humans. Apps on our electronic devices have certainly made communication faster and access to information easier but we are bombarded by this information and notifications about more information almost every waking moment or at least every moment we look at and interact with our devices. However, the Christian walk requires stopping and asking ourselves, What does this do to my soul? Because we are still learning how these apps are changing our culture for better and worse, it is up to us to evaluate our own interactions with new technologies and examine what is leading us to be more alive and able to live our callings, or what is pulling us away from the very things that make us human. The Christian life by its very nature requires stillness, contemplation, thought, and study. A life dominated by digital interaction does not foster the pursuit of spiritual disciplines or face to face community in the local church. This episode is a conversation about technology and why Christians should consider the practice of taking digital sabbaths or intentional time away from our devices. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Rachel Ollivant about her article in the 42:2 Journal Seeking Spiritual Solace in a Daze of Digital Distraction https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/loving-god-and-others-in-the-midst-of-suffering/. Subscribe in Fall 2019 and recieve this as your first issue. https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/ When you to subscribe to the Journal, you join the team of print subscribers whose paid subscriptions help provide the resources at equip.org that minister to people worldwide. These resources include our free online exclusive articles, such as this review, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. Another way you can support keeping our resources free is by leaving us a tip. A tip is just a small amount, like $3 or $5, which is the cost for some of a latte, lunch out, or coffee drink. To leave a tip, click here.https://www.equip.org/product/pmr-jnl-tip/ Related articles and podcasts: Episode 074: Authentic Community in the Age of Social Media The Virtualization of Culture and the Need for an Embodied Christian Alternative The Graven Images of Social Media Episode 009: The Graven Images of Social Media Episode 098 Virtual Violence, Video Game Addiction, and the Kingdom of God Can God Fit in This Machine? Video Games and Christians Episode 077: Video Gaming, Kids and Addiction Episode 128 Summer Vacation, Kids, and Video Games: Better Alternatives to Fortnite Summer Vacation, Kids, and Video Games: Better Alternatives to Fortnite An Ethic of Instagram What Price Cyberspace? Understanding Social Media Is It Impossible to Redeem Electronic Media? The New Dark Ages: How Electronic Media Are Pulling Us Back to Barbarism Do not miss an episode; please subscribe to the Postmodern Realities podcast wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Please help spread the word about Postmodern Realities by giving us a rating and review when you subscribe to the podcast. The more ratings and reviews we have, the more new listeners can discover our content. Itunes Spreaker Google Podcasts Player FM Podbean Also available on the following Smart Speakers. Ask them to play Postmodern Realities podcast. Alexa (Amazon) Google Assistant Siri (Apple)
Oct 03, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 142 Why Do 1 West Hebrew Israelites Call Whites Edomites And Chinese Moabites ?
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Those familiar with the street preaching type of Hebrew Israelites have usually seen their 12 Tribes of Israel Chart. Hebrew Israelites are usually black, Hispanic, and Native Americans who claim they are the true biological descendants of Jacob from their paternal line. Hebrew Israelites of the street proselytizing variety usually trace their theological roots back to a small, New York City based school, initially called the Israelite School of Torah. The school, launched in 1969, was at one time located at 1 West 125th Street in Harlem. Christian urban apologists have dubbed adherents to this vein of Hebrew Israelism as 1 Westers. The 1 West camps (rough equivalent to denominations) have many theological distinctives. One is the aforementioned 12 Tribes Chart, and another is their 18 Nations Chart. 1 West Hebrew Israelites often carry a laminated poster of this breakdown (their word for an interpretation) with them as they proclaim their message in city centers across the United States and abroad. This 18 Nations Chart features a total of 17 non elect nations considered to be Gentile heathens who cannot be redeemed based on their ethnicity. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Vocab Malone about his online exclusive feature article Why Do 1 West Hebrew Israelites Call Whites Edomites And Chinese Moabites ? https://www.equip.org/article/why-do-1west-hebrew-israelites-call-whites-edomites-and-chinese-moabites/ When you to subscribe to the Journal, you join the team of print subscribers whose paid subscriptions help provide the resources at equip.org that minister to people worldwide. These resources include our free online exclusive articles, such as this review, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. Another way you can support keeping our resources free is by leaving us a tip. A tip is just a small amount, like $3 or $5, which is the cost for some of a latte, lunch out, or coffee drink. To leave a tip, click here.https://www.equip.org/product/pmr-jnl-tip/ Related articles and podcasts: Hank Unplugged Episode Black Hebrew Israelites with Vocab Malone The Origin and Insufficiency of the Black Hebrew Israelite Movement Postmodern Realities Episode 056: Spirituality in Modern Hip Hop: The Theology of Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper Spirituality in Modern Hip Hop: The Theology of Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper Do not miss an episode; please subscribe to the Postmodern Realities podcast wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Please help spread the word about Postmodern Realities by giving us a rating and review when you subscribe to the podcast. The more ratings and reviews we have, the more new listeners can discover our content. Itunes Spreaker Google Podcasts Player FM Podbean Also available on the following Smart Speakers. Ask them to play Postmodern Realities podcast. Alexa (Amazon) Google Assistant Siri (Apple)
Sep 26, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 141 The Firm Foundations of the House of David: A Defense of King Davids Historicity
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Despite certain elements of the accounts of King David in the Hebrew Bible appearing to be legendary, there are several intriguing sources that strongly suggest that David existed and founded a dynasty and that Davids kingdom was more than a myth. Textual sources written from the perspective of the enemies of Israel and Judah mention the house of David, a clear reference to David as a dynastic founder. While direct, physical evidence ie David was here is lacking, archaeological data from key sites points towards the activity of a king or strong central authority. Additionally, David established his kingdom precisely during a power vacuum in the ancient Near East region. Thus, the overall picture paints David as a historical figure, and biblical accounts of his kingdom are plausible. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Mark D.Janzen about his online exclusive feature article The Firm Foundations of the House of David: A Defense of King Davids Historicity. When you to subscribe to the Journal, you join the team of print subscribers whose paid subscriptions help provide the resources at equip.org that minister to people worldwide. These resources include our free online exclusive articles, such as this review, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. Another way you can support keeping our resources free is by leaving us a tip. A tip is just a small amount, like $3 or $5, which is the cost for some of a latte, lunch out, or coffee drink. To leave a tip, click here.https://www.equip.org/product/pmr-jnl-tip/ Other articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts related to this topic Making a Case for the Historicity of Moses Episode 119 The Historicity of Moses Historical Artifacts and Biblical Sources: Determining What Is True Christians and Archaeology Bible Reliability: M A P S to Guide You through Bible Reliability Biblical Archaeology: Factual Evidence to Support the Historicity of the Bible Biblical History: The Faulty Criticism of Biblical Historicity Do not miss an episode; please subscribe to the Postmodern Realities podcast wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Please help spread the word about Postmodern Realities by giving us a rating and review when you subscribe to the podcast. The more ratings and reviews we have, the more new listeners can discover our content. Itunes Spreaker Google Podcasts Player FM Podbean Also available on the following Smart Speakers. Ask them to play Postmodern Realities podcast. Alexa (Amazon) Google Assistant Siri (Apple)
Sep 19, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 140 The Theological Mess in the Moxie of Jen Hatmaker
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Of all the public conversions from conservative evangelical too progressive, Jen Hatmakers is one of the most culturally appealing. Her trademark breezy, well timed humor penetrates to the heart of the overwhelmed American woman she gathers into her tribe and admonishes to keep up the hard work, which will, by her gritty love, save the world. This is Hatmakers gospel as you model your life on Jesus and love as inclusively as He did, you will heal yourself, your family, and the world. This gospel is delivered in a package of can do, no nonsense American pragmatism. Hatmaker rose to prominence in May 2013 with a viral blog post hilariously decrying the trials of the exasperating end of the school year. This led to an HGTV home remodeling show and her New York Times bestseller For the Love Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards Thomas Nelson, 2015. She joined the conference circuit and endeared herself to mainstream feminine evangelicalism with her insightful, funny, and unobjectionable Bible teaching. She was well positioned, then, to rock the evangelical world with her apparent about face embrace of the LGBT agenda in an interview with Jonathan Merritt in 2016. After the interview, Lifeway pulled her books and social media drew up for battle. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Anne Kennedy about her Volume 42:2 feature article The Theological Mess in the Moxie of Jen Hatmaker. https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/loving-god-and-others-in-the-midst-of-suffering/ Also see a special blog post by Anne Kennedy The Unhindered Leadership of Jen Hatmaker https://www.equip.org/article/the-unhindered-leadership-of-jen-hatmaker/ Subscribe in Fall 2019 and receive this as your first issue.https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/ When you to subscribe to the Journal, you join the team of print subscribers whose paid subscriptions help provide the resources at equip.org that minister to people worldwide. These resources include our free online exclusive articles, such as this review, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. Another way you can support keeping our resources free is by leaving us a tip. A tip is just a small amount, like $3 or $5, which is the cost for some of a latte, lunch out, or coffee drink. To leave a tip, click here.https://www.equip.org/product/pmr-jnl-tip/ Other articles and podcasts featuring this author Have You Considered Trying Harder The Theology of Rachel Hollis Episode 136 Have You Considered Trying Harder The Theology of Rachel Hollis The Theological Legacy of Rachel Held Evans Episode 125 The Theological Legacy of Rachel Held Evans Do not miss an episode; please subscribe to the Postmodern Realities podcast wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Please help spread the word about Postmodern Realities by giving us a rating and review when you subscribe to the podcast. The more ratings and reviews we have, the more new listeners can discover our content. Itunes Spreaker Google Podcasts Player FM Podbean Also available on the following Smart Speakers. Ask them to play Postmodern Realities podcast. Alexa (Amazon) Google Assistant Siri (Apple)
Sep 12, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 139 - ClearSkies, Hurt Hearts, Cannot Lose: Why Spielbergs Aliens Help Make us More Human
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Steven Spielbergs made five movies featuring aliens: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., A.I., The War of the Worlds, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. But the really important alien movies are Spielbergs first two: Close Encounters and E.T. Like Spielbergs other early films, Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark, these movies refined a B movie genre into critically acclaimed gourmet popcorn. Close Encounters and E.T. raised the bar for cinematic science fiction. They also did something unusual, which few alien movies that followed, including Spielbergs own, have attempted: the early alien movies function as moral metaphors. The encounters with aliens imaginatively exercise our hearts and minds, and may help to exorcise our worldly wisdom. These movies are good for the soul and more people should watch them or rewatch them. Two of the best reasons for art criticism is to get people to watch the good stuff and to help them see why its good. This may seem a bit obvious, but the most important things in life are usually obvious. People need to be reminded more than they need to be taught. Aristotle said that all philosophy begins in wonder. American philosopher Martha Nussbaum has said that compassion is the basic social emotion. Close Encounters and E.T. remind us of the value of wonder and compassion. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Philip Talon about his online exclusive feature article ClearSkies, Hurt Hearts, Cannot Lose: Why Spielbergs Aliens Help Make us More Human. https://www.equip.org/article/clearskies-hurt-hearts-cant-lose-why-spielbergs-aliens-help-make-us-more-human/ We would also like to invite you to subscribe to the Journal. To subscribe to the Journal, please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/ When you to subscribe to the Journal, you join the team of print subscribers whose paid subscriptions help provide the resources at equip.org that minister to people worldwide. These resources include our free online exclusive articles, such as this review, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. Another way you can support keeping our resources free is by leaving us a tip. A tip is just a small amount, like $3 or $5, which is the cost for some of a latte, lunch out, or coffee drink. To leave a tip, click here.https://www.equip.org/product/pmr-jnl-tip/ Other articles and podcasts featuring this author Tolkien Review: Episode 123 Tolkiens First Fellowship Tolkiens First Fellowship A film review of Tolkien Alfred Hitchcock films: Episode 100: A. Hitchcock Films The Coen Brothers Films: Episode 050: O Father, Where Art Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence O Father, Where Are Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence The Films of Quentin Tarantino: Episode 001: The Films of Quentin Tarantino Reservoir Gods: Quentin Tarantinos Premodern Theology Do not miss an episode; please subscribe to the Postmodern Realities podcast wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Please help spread the word about Postmodern Realities by giving us a rating and review when you subscribe to the podcast. The more ratings and reviews we have, the more new listeners can discover our content. Itunes Spreaker Google Podcasts Player FM Podbean Also available on the following Smart Speakers. Ask them to play Postmodern Realities podcast. Alexa (Amazon) Google Assistant Siri (Apple)
Sep 05, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 138 - Using NBCs The Good Place in Conversational Apologetics
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NBCs The Good Place television series has had three hilarious yet thought provoking seasons its final and fourth season begins Sept 26 2019 which tell a riveting story while examining crucial philosophical questions such as what it means to live a good life and whether we have any moral obligations to our fellow man. Along the way, viewers have been exposed to the ideas of several major figures of Western philosophy such as Aristotle, Kant, Kierkegaard, Hume, Mill, and Sartre, as well as a few contemporary thinkers such as Todd May, the Clemson University philosopher who serves as one of the shows consultants. In addition to its value as a fun pedagogical tool, The Good Place has turned out to be a rich resource for apologetics many elements of the storyline and character dialogue can be used in conversations about human nature, objective morality, and why the exclusion of God results in a failure to make sense of things in an intellectually satisfying way. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Melissa Cain Travis about her online exclusive review Using NBCs The Good Place in Conversational Apologetics. https://www.equip.org/article/using-nbcs-the-good-place-in-conversational-apologetics/ We would also like to invite you to subscribe to the Journal. To subscribe to the Journal, please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/ When you to subscribe to the Journal, you join the team of print subscribers whose paid subscriptions help provide the resources at equip.org that minister to people worldwide. These resources include our free online exclusive articles, such as this review, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. Another way you can support keeping our resources free is by leaving us a tip. A tip is just a small amount, like $3 or $5, which is the cost for some of a latte, lunch out, or coffee drink. To leave a tip, click here.https://www.equip.org/product/pmr-jnl-tip/ Other articles and podcasts featuring this author Hank Unplugged Women in Apologetics with Melissa Cain-Travis The Artistic Pro-Life Theme in Netflixs I Am Mother Postmodern Realities Episode 132 The Artistic Pro Life Theme in Netflixs I Am Mother A Grand Cosmic Resonance Postmodern Realities Episode 062: How the Structure and Comprehensibility of the Universe Reveal a Mindful Maker Motherhood and the Life of the Mind Postmodern Realities Episode 002: Motherhood and the Life of the Mind Postmodern Realities Episode 095 Virtue, Human Nature, and the Quest for Happiness Virtue, Human Nature, and the Quest for Happiness What the Size of the Cosmos Does not Say about Mankind A Wrinkle in Time: Drawing Apologetic Value from a De Christianized Film Do not miss an episode; please subscribe to the Postmodern Realities podcast wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Please help spread the word about Postmodern Realities by giving us a rating and review when you subscribe to the podcast. The more ratings and reviews we have, the more new listeners can discover our content. Itunes Spreaker Google Podcasts Player FM Podbean Also available on the following Smart Speakers. Ask them to play Postmodern Realities podcast. Alexa (Amazon) Google Assistant Siri (Apple)
Aug 29, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 137 - How We Lost the Universities and How to Reclaim the Voice of Christ
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Losing the American universities is truly one of the greatest tragedies of world history. But first, why does it matter? It matters because the university is the most influential institution of western civilization. From it come our journalists, artists, doctors, lawyers, businessmen, political leaders, K 12 educators, and even future professors. As goes the university so goes the culture. Indeed, as goes the U S university, so goes the world. Ideas have consequences. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Corey Miller about his online exclusive feature article How We Lost the Universities And How to Reclaim the Voice of Christ. https://www.equip.org/article/how-we-lost-the-universities-how-to-reclaim-the-voice-of-christ// We would also like to invite you to subscribe to the Journal. To subscribe to the Journal, please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/ When you to subscribe to the Journal, you join the team of print subscribers whose paid subscriptions help provide the resources at equip.org that minister to people worldwide. These resources include our free online exclusive articles, such as this review, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. Another way you can support keeping our resources free is by leaving us a tip. A tip is just a small amount, like $3 or $5, which is the cost for some of a latte, lunch out, or coffee drink. To leave a tip, click here.https://www.equip.org/product/pmr-jnl-tip/ Related articles: The Enduring Value of a Christian Liberal Arts Education State School? Christian College? Navigating the Many Choices Out of the Nest and Off to College A Time for Exploration Do not miss an episode; please subscribe to the Postmodern Realities podcast wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Please help spread the word about Postmodern Realities by giving us a rating and review when you subscribe to the podcast. The more ratings and reviews we have, the more new listeners can discover our content. Itunes Spreaker Google Podcasts Player FM Podbean Also available on the following Smart Speakers. Ask them to play Postmodern Realities podcast. Alexa (Amazon) Google Assistant Siri (Apple)
Aug 22, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 136 - Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis
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In the world of Self Help, a genre to which Americans are peculiarly addicted, Rachel Hollis is suddenly ascendant her diminutive figure bolstered in 6 inch heels, her flawlessly high lighted hair extensions framing her bright, inviting smile. She is the with it cream at the very top of an already fulsome pitcher. Her enthusiastic Girl, You Can Do It inspires millions of women to reach deep into their pockets and plunk down their money with a restless hope. Whether they wash their faces and take their lives unapologetically into their own hands or not, her message of self actualization and self improvement is hitting the discontented, anxious, middle class suburban woman like a tuning fork just the right note and just the right moment. Unhappily though in a gospel of radical independence Hollis casts a this worldly vision, a utopia contingent upon the actions and motivations of the individual. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Anne Kennedy about her exclusive online article Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis. https://www.equip.org/article/have-you-considered-trying-harder-the-theology-of-rachel-hollis/ We would also like to invite you to subscribe to the Journal. To subscribe to the Journal, please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/ When you to subscribe to the Journal, you join the team of print subscribers whose paid subscriptions help provide the resources at equip.org that minister to people worldwide. These resources include our free online exclusive articles, such as this review, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. Another way you can support keeping our resources free is by leaving us a tip. A tip is just a small amount, like $3 or $5, which is the cost for some of a latte, lunch out, or coffee drink. To leave a tip, click here.https://www.equip.org/product/pmr-jnl-tip/ Related articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts The Theological Legacy of Rachel Held Evans https://www.equip.org/article/the-theological-legacy-of-rachel-held-evans/ Episode 125 The Theological Legacy of Rachel Held Evans https://www.equip.org/pmr-podcast/episode-125-the-theological-legacy-of-rachel-held-evans/ Do not miss an episode; please subscribe to the Postmodern Realities podcast wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Please help spread the word about Postmodern Realities by giving us a rating and review when you subscribe to the podcast. The more ratings and reviews we have, the more new listeners can discover our content. Itunes Spreaker Google Podcasts Player FM Podbean Also available on the following Smart Speakers. Ask them to play Postmodern Realities podcast. Alexa (Amazon) Google Assistant Siri (Apple)
Aug 15, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 135 - Questing for Divine Love Cormac McCarthys The Road
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Are humans alone in the cosmos, or does some Divine Being watch over our lives? Is there a God who loves us, or are we left to ourselves? And how might human evil affect our ability to give an answer? Such questions arise from Cormac McCarthys 2006 Pulizter Prize winning, postapocalyptic novel The Road, a story in which the evil that has ruined the world is entirely the fault of humans. By juxtaposing moments of faith and despair, McCarthy reveals just how potent is the human capacity to affect human faith. A world in which humans have mostly wiped each other out, a world so dead that we can hardly imagine it will ever regenerate, makes belief in God very difficult. Why should Christians read McCarthys work? What is the apologetic value of The Road? This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Stephen Mitchell about his online exclusive Christian Research Journal feature article Questing for Divine Love: Cormac McCarthys The Road.https://www.equip.org/article/questing-for-divine-love-cormac-mccarthys-the-road/ We would also like to invite you to subscribe to the Journal. To subscribe to the Journal, please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/ When you to subscribe to the Journal, you join the team of print subscribers whose paid subscriptions help provide the resources at equip.org that minister to people worldwide. These resources include our free online exclusive articles, such as this review, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. Another way you can support keeping our resources free is by leaving us a tip. A tip is just a small amount, like 3 dollars or 5 dollars, which is the cost of a latte or coffee drink. To leave a tip, click here.https://www.equip.org/product/pmr-jnl-tip/ Other articles by this author: Rejoicing over Owls Thoreau and the Gift of Being Humanity Crucified Hemingway and the Human Condition The Sting of Death Albert Camus and the Fight for Life Alexander Solzhenitsyn Confronts the Grand Inquisitor Reading My Favorite Atheists Ivan, Raskolnikov, and Kirilov Other podcasts with this author Episode 111 Humanity Crucified Hemingway and the Human Condition Episode 092 Literary Apologetics Flannery OConnor Episode 045: Alexander Solzhenitsyn Confronts the Grand Inquisitor Do not miss an episode; please subscribe to the Postmodern Realities podcast wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Please help spread the word about Postmodern Realities by giving us a rating and review when you subscribe to the podcast. The more ratings and reviews we have, the more new listeners can discover our content. Itunes Spreaker Google Podcasts Player FM Podbean Also available on the following Smart Speakers. Ask them to play Postmodern Realities podcast. Alexa (Amazon) Google Assistant Siri (Apple)
Aug 08, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 134 - Are Laws Restricting Abortion Forced Organ Donation? A Review of Beyond Roe
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David Boonins new book Beyond Roe Why Abortion Should Be Legal Even if the Fetus Is a Person hits the shelves as the world ramps up the political wars over abortion. The Supreme Courts ideological make up may have shifted for the first time in decades as a result of President Trumps appointments of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Abortion rights supporters fear that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision responsible for protecting the right to an abortion in all fifty states, may be in jeopardy. New York, Illinois, and other state legislatures rushed to amend their laws to protect abortion in the event Roe falls. States such as Georgia, Ohio, and Alabama sought to push the boundaries of the current climate to test if they can restrict access to abortion. Celebrities, business leaders, and cultural influencers threaten boycotts while the Senate calls in social media executives to answer charges of discriminating against pro lifers. This book and its arguments could not be more timely or relevant, given the current climate. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Jay Watts about his online exclusive review Are Laws Restricting Abortion Forced Organ Donation? A Review of Beyond Roe https://www.equip.org/article/are-laws-restricting-abortion-forced-organ-donation-a-review-of-beyond-roe/ We would also like to invite you to subscribe to the Journal. To subscribe to the Journal, please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/ When you to subscribe to the Journal, you join the team of print subscribers whose paid subscriptions help provide the resources at equip.org that minister to people worldwide. These resources include our free online exclusive articles, such as this review, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. To partner with us and help us to continue to create free online exclusive content, we are offering a special promotion for your gift for The Case for Life Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture click here to find our more. https://www.equip.org/product/the-case-for-life-equipping-christians-to-engage-the-culture/ Other articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring and topic: Annihilating Arguments For Abortion The Shifting Focus in the Abortion Debate: Does The Humanity of the Unborn Matter Anymore? Abortion Rights: Part One Answering the Arguments for Abortion Rights Answering the Arguments for Abortion Rights? Part Two : Arguments from Pity, Tolerance, and Ad Hominem Answering the Arguments for Abortion Rights Part Three: Is the Unborn Human Less Than Human? Answering the Arguments for Abortion Rights Part Four: When Does a Human Become a Person Suffer the Violinist: Why the Pro abortion Argument from Bodily Autonomy Fails A Case Not Made A review of Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Pollitt Dead Silence: Must The Bible Say Abortion Is Wrong Before We Can Know It is Wrong? The Vanishing Pro Life Apologist: Putting The Life Back Into The Abortion Debate Unplanned: An Imperfect but Brave Film Episode 117 Unplanned: An Imperfect but Brave Film Reversing Reason Review of Netflix documentary, Reversing Roe Episode 096 Reversing Roe Documentary Film Review Episode 094 The Pro Choice Argument against Aborting Children with Down Syndrome Abortion and Rape: Answering the Arguments for Abortion Rights Do not miss an episode; please subscribe to the Postmodern Realities podcast wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Please help spread the word about Postmodern Realities by giving us a rating and review when you subscribe to the podcast. The more ratings and reviews we have, the more new listeners can discover our content.
Aug 01, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 133 - The Disorientation of Deconversion
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Watching a respected Christian walk away from his or her Christian faith the theological term is apostatize can be deeply disorienting. It leads us to ask all sorts of questions What argument against Christianity did they find so persuasive, and would I be persuaded by that same argument? What happened to them to make them exchange the Christian worldview for one so radically different? If they were formerly a well known Christian writer, musician, pastor, or leader, what does their deconversion mean for the things we have learned from them? Was he or she even a Christian to begin with? This disorientation and the subsequent questions that arise are natural expressions of the sense of loss that we feel when a Christian who we respect and have learned from has seemingly failed us. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Kyle Keating about his Christian Research Journal online-exclusive feature article Am I Just Not Chosen? The Disorientation of Deconversion.https://www.equip.org/article/am-i-just-not-chosen-the-disorientation-of-deconversion/ We would also like to invite you to subscribe to the Journal . To subscribe to the Journal, please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/ When you to subscribe to the Journal ,you join the team of print subscribers whose paid subscriptions help provide the resources at equip.org that minister to people worldwide. These resources include our free online exclusive articles, such as this review, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. To partner with us and help us to continue to create free online exclusive content, we are offering a book discussed in the podcast. Click here to find out more about Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton with a forward by Charles Colson. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-orthodoxy-by-g-k-chesterton-forward-by-charles-colson/ Another podcast episode with this author: Authentic Community in the Age of Social Media Do not miss an episode please subscribe to the Postmodern Realities podcast wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Please help spread the word about Postmodern Realities by giving us a rating and review when you subscribe to the podcast. The more ratings and reviews we have, the more new listeners can discover our content
Jul 25, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 132 - The Artistic Pro Life Theme in Netflixs I Am Mother
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A film review of I Am Mother Directed by Grant Sputore Streaming on Netflix, TV 14, 2019 Editors Note: Warning! This article contains plot spoilers for the film I Am Mother. Connoisseurs of science fiction cinema may not all agree on the core list of great making properties of a film or television series, but many would acknowledge that strong philosophical themes are a key element of a compelling storyline. Usually, such themes involve the ethics that come into play with hypothetical technologies such as artificial intelligence, transhumanism, and time travel. The characters of the piece typically find themselves facing moral dilemmas that result from the intersection of advanced technologies and human life. A recent Netflix exclusive, I Am Mother, a sci fi thriller directed by Grant Sputore and written by Michael Lloyd Green, employs cinematography and scripting that raise crucial philosophical questions about humanity. Intentionally or not, the theme of the sanctity of unborn and born human life pervades I Am Mother. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Melissa Cain Travis about her Christian Research Journal film review The Artistic Pro Life Theme in Netflixs I Am Mother.https://www.equip.org/article/the-artistic-pro-life-theme-in-netflixs-i-am-mother/ We would also like to invite you to subscribe to the Journal . To subscribe to the Journal, please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/ When you to subscribe to the Journal ,you join the team of print subscribers whose paid subscriptions help provide the resources at equip.org that minister to people worldwide. These resources include our free online exclusive articles, such as this review, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. Other podcasts featuring this author: Episode 062 How the Structure and Comprehensibility of the Universe Reveal a Mindful Maker Women in Apologetics with Melissa Cain-Travis Do not miss an episode please subscribe to the Postmodern Realities podcast wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Please help spread the word about Postmodern Realities by giving us a rating and review when you subscribe to the podcast. The more ratings and reviews we have, the more new listeners can discover our content.
Jul 18, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 131 - Sabrina The Teenage Anti Christ
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Move over, Harry Potter there is a new icon in magical fantasy entertainment, and her name is Sabrina. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina CAOS, a Netflix series now in its second season April 2019, has fast become one of the most popular shows on TV, ranked second behind the recently ended HBO series Game of Thrones. Based on the Archie comics of the same name by Roberto Aguierre Sacasa, this companion series to Riverdale TV show is set in the nearby town of Greendale. These Chilling Adventures are a macabre satanic horror story subjecting audiences to a glut of most everything occultism has to offer. CAOS is loosely tied to Sabrina the Teenage Witch 1996 2003, but whereas the older series was a campy situation comedy, this show is dark. CAOS centers around the lives of explicitly Satan worshipping witches and warlocks gathering as the Church of Night, learning satanic law, casting spells, performing unholy rituals, offering animal sacrifices, and chanting blasphemies such as Hail Satan in hopes of summoning Satan himself. Are all horror films and television shows off limits for Christians? How do we exercise discernment in what we watch? Why does pop culture have a fascination with the occult? This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author John D. Ferrer about his Christian Research Journal online exclusive television series review Sabrina, the Teenage Anti Christ.https://www.equip.org/article/sabrina-the-teenage-anti-christ/ We would also like to invite you to subscribe to the Journal. To subscribe to the Journal, please click here.https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/ When you to subscribe to the Journal ,you join the team of print subscribers whose paid subscriptions help provide the resources at equip.org that minister to people worldwide. These resources include our free online exclusive articles, such as this review, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast.https://www.equip.org/pmr-podcast/ Articles related to this episode: An Apologetic of Horror Satanism: A Taste for the Dark Side Modern Witchcraft: It May Not Be What You Think Good Fantasy and Bad Fantasy Once upon a Time: The Enduring Appeal of Fairy Tales Television as the New Literature: Understanding and Evaluating the Medium Do not miss an episode; please subscribe to the Postmodern Realities podcast wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Please can help spread the word about Postmodern Realities by giving us a rating and review when you subscribe to the podcast. The more ratings and reviews we have, the more new listeners can discover our content.
Jul 11, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 129 - Gods Directive or Political Adjustment? Change Made to Controversial LDS Policy for LGBTQ Members
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The leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints LDS, or Mormon have reversed a Church policy that was implemented just three and a half years earlier. The original policy made on November 3, 2015, stated how a natural or adopted child of a parent living in a same gender relationship, whether the couple is married or cohabiting, may not receive a name and a blessing. In addition, the baptism of a child of a parent who has lived or is living in a same gender relationship was allowed only if the child was legally an adult 18 and committed to the teaching of the Church while not living with a parent who has lived or currently lives in a same gender cohabitation relationship or marriage.That decision resulted in loud protests by some members, including more than a thousand who claimed that they resigned their membership following that decision because they felt children were pawns in the Churchs stance against homosexuality. Reversing that policy, Dallin H. Oaks, the first counselor in the Churchs top leadership called the First Presidency, explained on an LDS Church website on April 4, 2019, that, effective immediately, children of parents who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender may be baptized without First Presidency approval if the custodial parents give permission for the baptism and understand both the doctrine that a baptized child will be taught and the covenants he or she will be expected to make. In addition, babies of non member parents or parents including LGBTQ parents can request their baby to receive an official blessing. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author author Eric Johnson about his Christian Research Journal online exclusive feature article Gods Directive or Political Adjustment? Change Made to Controversial LDS Policy for LGBTQ Members.https://www.equip.org/article/gods-directive-or-political-adjustment-change-made-to-controversial-lds-policy-for-lgbtq-members/ We would also like to invite you to subscribe to the JOURNAL . To subscribe to the JOURNAL, please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/ When you to subscribe to the JOURNAL ,you join the team of print subscribers whose paid subscriptions help provide the resources at equip.org that minister to people worldwide. These resources include our free online exclusive articles, such as this review, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast.
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Other articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this author
Episode 121 Pearl Before Swine and Evangelism
Episode 105 Mormon Evangelism in the Twenty First Century
Converting Them Softly with Their Words
Moving Mormons toward a Personal Awareness of Sin
The Mormon View of Salvation: A Gospel That Is Truly Impossible
The Bridge or the Beehive? Mormon Apologetics in a Postmodern Age
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Jun 27, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 128 - Summer Vacation, Kids, and Video Games: Better Alternatives to Fortnite
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Hardly a day goes by without an editorial or video being published by a concerned parent lamenting their childrens obsession with Fortnite. If you are a parent yourself, as summer approaches, you are likely bracing yourself for the barrage of requests for more screen time to play with friends. From June 2018 to March 2019, Fortnites player base grew from 125 million players to 250 million, making it one of the most popular games in the world. Depending on who you talk to, Fortnite is either a colorful game that promotes creative problem solving and teamwork, or something more akin to an illegal drug. For many parents, it can feel impossible to discern between unwarranted moral panic and reasonable loving concern. When Fortnite causes so many problems in the home, many will take that as an opportunity to be done with games altogether. This would be a mistake, particularly when there are many worthwhile games out there with redemptive themes and benefits. Since summer is a time when we have more free time than usual to devote to our families, this episode highlights some video and board games you can allow your kids to play. There are video and board games that provide healthier, less compulsive reward loops and provide kids and parents with intrinsic rewards. These are games around which you and your children can have meaningful theological conversations and are games that can help them build healthier relationships both with technology and with you. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Drew Dixon about his online-exclusive Christian Research Journal feature article Summer Vacation, Kids, and Video Games: Better Alternatives to Fortnite. https://www.equip.org/article/summer-vacation-kids-and-video-games-better-alternatives-to-fortnite/. We would also like to invite you to subscribe to the JOURNAL . To subscribe to the JOURNAL, please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/ When you to subscribe to the JOURNAL ,you join the team of print subscribers whose paid subscriptions help provide the resources at equip.org that minister to people worldwide. These resources include our free online exclusive articles, such as this review, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. To partner with us and help us to continue to create free online exclusive content, we are offering a special promotion for a book about gaming by Journal author Kevin Schut. For your gift, you can receive Of Games and God. To partner with us, click here.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-of-games-and-god-a-christian-exploration-of-video-games
Jun 20, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 127 - Addressing the Emotional Problem of Evil
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Since it is a safe generalization to say that every person who has ever lived has experienced evil in some form or fashion, including pain and suffering, answering the problem of evil is a formidable task. Due to the breadth and depth of the effects of evil, the problem of evil is not only the number one intellectual obstacle to belief in God, but also the number one emotional obstacle to belief in God. The emotional problem of evil, an aversion to a God who would allow suffering and evil, is even more difficult to answer due to the power of the emotional objection. Essentially, the answer to both the intellectual and emotional problem of evil, though sounding simplistic, is the Christian God. Whereas the intellectual problem of evil elicits a philosophical response with cold, hard facts and argumentation, the emotional problem requires a counselors response with a genuine concern for the skeptics suffering. Many times, we may hurt inside, anger with a God who would allow us or others to suffer. This problem may be one that momentarily undertakes no argumentation at all but requires a loving friend who will be a compassionate listener. However, this is also a time when apologetics and our study of the truth can make a striking impact, both for the sufferer and for the one grieving with him or her.This Postmodern Realities podcast episode is a conversation with Journal author Mary Jo Sharp about her Christian Research Journal feature article Addressing the Emotional Problem of Evil: Why Christians Hope https://www.equip.org/article/addressing-emotional-problem-evil-christians-hope/ We would also like to invite you to subscribe to the Journal and join our team of print subscribers. To subscribe to the Journal, please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/ Please partner with us and help us to continue to create free online exclusive content and this free podcast. We are offering a special promotion for two books mentioned in this episode. For your gift , you can receive either The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis or Why Does God Allow Evil by Clay Jones. To partner with us, click here.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-why-does-god-allow-evil-and-the-problem-of-pain/ Another article by this Author out our Website equip.org, Did Muhammad Believe in Womens Rights? . Other podcasts and articles about this topic:, Why Did God Let That Child Die?, Episode 114 Why Did God Let that Child Die?, Why God Permits Evil with Clay Jones, Responding to Evil Christianly, When Religious Doubt Grows Agonizing, Episode 108 Religious Doubt,Addressing the Problem of Evil,Steve Jobs, Jesus, and the Problem of Evil,How Should Christians Approach the Problem of Evil?,Sci Fi, Free Will, and the Problem of Evil.
Jun 13, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 126 - Whats the Problem with Conversion Therapy?
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Ban Conversion Therapy is the current rallying cry of the gay rights movement. Across the United States, LGBTQ activists and their allies call for the criminalization of counseling geared to helping people turn from homosexual behavior a form of counsel often labeled Conversion Therapy, and most of that counseling is provided by Christian counselors, pastors, or ministry leaders. Conversion Therapy remains poorly defined, subject to reinterpretations according to the whims of whoever criticizes it. The actual work done by counselors in this field hardly matches the definition of Conversion Therapy, yet the term, ominous and loaded with emotional baggage, helps disparage the persons to whom it is attached. The problem with Conversion Therapy, then, is the way it is presented sometimes inaccurately sometimes dishonestly and the way it is practiced. Like other forms of counseling, some of its practitioners have errored seriously, but that hardly calls for an end to the practice itself. Ultimately, the outcome of efforts to ban Conversion Therapy will have enormous ramifications for freedom of religion and the churchs ability to continue preaching and teaching the full counsel of God in Scripture. For this reason, believers should closely watch, and act on, efforts to criminalize Conversion Therapy. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Joe Dallas about Volume 42, Number 2 issue article Whats is the Problem with Conversion Therapy? We would also like to invite you to subscribe to the JOURNAL . To subscribe to the JOURNAL, please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/ When you to subscribe to the JOURNAL ,you join the team of print subscribers whose paid subscriptions help provide the resources at equip.org that minister to people worldwide. These resources include our free online exclusive articles, such as this review, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. To partner with us and help us to continue to create free online exclusive content, we are offering a special promotion for two books by Joe Dallas. For your gift of any amount, you can receive either Speaking of Homosexuality or When Homosexuality Hits Home. To partner with us, click here. https://www.equip.org/product/premium-joe-dallas-books/ Other articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this author: at equip.org Episode 103 Homosexuality and Modern Ministry: Part Two Part Two: Identity, Terminology, and the Revoice Conference Part one of this two part series: Homosexuality and Modern Ministry: Examining Old Approaches and Assessing New Ones Part One: A History of Missions and Missteps Episode 101 Homosexuality and Modern Ministry: Part One Wrestling With The Gay Christian Label The Casual Sexual Revolution Book Review of: American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus Boy Erased Movie Review When Vague Is in Vogue: A New but Not Improved Approach to Homosexuality Is Growing among Evangelicals Episode 065: Love, Simon Film Review When Hearts Are Young and Gay with Joe Dallas The Bully Pulpit: When Gay Teens Commit Suicide, Are Preachers to Blame? Is Gay Christian an Acceptable Identity? Of Bathroom Bills and Basic Beliefs The Transsexual Dilemma Hath God Said? Assessing the Churchs Change of Heart about Homosexuality When Someone You Love Says, I am Gay
Jun 06, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 125 - The Theological Legacy of Rachel Held Evans
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Early on the morning of May 5, 2019, Rachel Held Evans, only 37, died suddenly after a brief hospitalization. She left behind her husband, two very young children, and a theological legacy that will take years to unravel. She was immediately and intensely mourned on Twitter, her preferred social media platform and a Christian subcultural space she helped shape. Evans fled Bible belt evangelicalism for the comfortable doubts of The Episcopal Church, frustrated that she had not been able to carve out theological space for herself. If she could have witnessed the heartbreak upon her death, however, she would have seen that she irrevocably had altered the face of American evangelical Christianity. Rachel Held Evanss blog posts, books, and conferences provided refuge for many in the evangelical Christian church who questioned their faith and had many doubts about what the Bible taught about sexuality, hell, and creation. This podcast is a conversation about the influence of Rachel Held Evanss beliefs and is a discussion about how she interpreted Scripture, why she was popular among evangelicals, and what her popularity says about the current state of the evangelicalism. This Postmodern Realities podcast episode is a conversation with Journal author Anne Kennedy about her Christian Research Journal online exclusive feature article The Theological Legacy of Rachel Held Evans.https://www.equip.org/article/the-theological-legacy-of-rachel-held-evans/ Wed also like to invite you to subscribe to the Journal. To subscribe to the Journal, please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/
May 28, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 124 - Conscience, Justice, Morality and the College Admissions Scandal
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It seems like every student copies others homework and to some students it seems as if teachers dont care if students cheat. And so, the copying proceeds without a thought or care. The assignment is turned in with the confident hope of a perfect score. The over inflated grade point average is maintained, along with the future hope for admission into a prestigious college and, ultimately, a posh job. Given this mentality, pervasive among students and parents, the recent college admissions scandal should hardly come as a surprise. When the moral and social order is severed from the sacred order, as it is in our disenchanted age, then why not cheat and manipulate the admissions system in order to secure your childs spot in their college of choice? If happiness consists in the unfettered satisfaction of desire, as is widely thought, then why not, once in college, continue to cheat, manipulate, and pay your way through in order to graduate? Why not indeed? There are at least three problems with this behavior and the mindset that supports it. Given the outrage directed toward those rich and famous celebrities and business owners who have allegedly manipulated the system to benefit their own aims, many see at least one of the problems: the injustice of it all. When the haves steal the spots of the have nots by bribing their childs way into an elite university, others who are worthy of admittance on their own merit will be left out. This is unjust. It is wrong. It is theft over honest toil. But there are other,problems too, and in order to see them, we need a clear picture of the moral life. We need to recapture a vision of human flourishing that is actually true to the way things are. This Postmodern Realities podcast episode is a conversation with Journal author Paul Gould about his Christian Research Journal online exclusive feature article Conscience, Justice, Morality, and the College Admissions Scandal.https://www.equip.org/article/conscience-justice-morality-and-the-college-admissions-scandal/ Wed also like to invite you to subscribe to the Journal. To subscribe to the Journal, please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/ When you to subscribe to the Journal, you join the team of print subscribers whose paid subscriptions help provide the resources at equip.org that minister to people worldwide. And these resources include our free online-exclusive articles, such as this feature article, as well as our free as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. To partner with us and to help us continue to create free online exclusive articles and this podcast, we are offering a special promotion for Paul Goulds new book Cultural Apologetics: Renewing the Christian Voice, Conscience, and Imagination in a Disenchanted World. Please click here for more information. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cultural-apologetics-book-and-dvd-video-lectures/ian Voice, Conscience, and Imagination in a Disenchanted World. Please click here for more information. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cultural-apologetics-book-and-dvd-video-lectures/
May 23, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 123 - Tolkiens First Fellowship
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Editors Note: This conversation includes plot spoilers from the film Tolkien.The new film biopic Tolkien covers the early years of the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. This podcast is a conversation about J.R.R. Tolkiens early life, his Christian faith, themes in his work, his love of languages, and why his work has such staying power more than seventy five years after first being published.This Postmodern Realities podcast episode is a conversation with Journal author Philip Tallon about his Christian Research Journal online exclusive film review article Tolkiens First Fellowship.https://www.equip.org/article/tolkiens-first-fellowship-a-film-review-of-tolkien-2019/ Wed also like to invite you to subscribe to the Journal. To subscribe to the Journal,https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/ When you to subscribe to the Journal, you join the team of print subscribers whose paid subscriptions help to provide the resources that minister to people worldwide who come to get answers at equip.org. And these resources include our free online exclusive articles like this review, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. To partner with us and to help us continue to create free online exclusive content, we are offering a special promotion for two books about the work of J. R. R. Tolkien. For your gift, you will receive either The Messiah Comes to Middle Earth: Images of Christs Threefold Office in The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom that Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot. https://www.equip.org/product/the-messiah-comes-to-middle-earth-and-the-hobbit-party-the-vision-of-freedom-that-tolkien-got-and-the-west-forgot/ Other articles and podcasts featuring this author are at www.equip.org Alfred Hitchcock films: Episode 100: A. Hitchcock Films Caught Looking: Hitchcocks Films in the Age of Instagram Issue 42, 1, the most recent issue if you subscribe today. The Coen Brothers Films: Episode 050: O Father, Where Art Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence O Father, Where Are Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence The Films of Quentin Tarantino: Episode 001: The Films of Quentin Tarantino Reservoir Gods: Quentin Tarantinos Premodern Theology
May 16, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 122 - Shamelessly Wrong
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In her new bestselling book, Shameless A Sexual Reformation, Nadia Bolz Weber, a foul mouthed, irreverent, tattoo covered pastor, posits that the traditional Christian view of sex has resulted in damaged souls who are mistreated, confused, angered, and or wounded by the shaming sexual messages so prevalent in religion. Her thesis is that the Christian church for centuries has tried to control human sexuality and that a new sexual ethic is in order. This podcast discussion unpacks Bolz Webers view of sexuality, the Bible, abortion, and much more. This Postmodern Realities podcast episode is a conversation with Journal author Doug Groothuis about his Christian Research Journal online exclusive book review article Shamelessly Wrong. Wed also like to invite you to subscribe to the Journal. When you to subscribe to the Journal, you join the team of print subscribers whose paid subscriptions help to provide the resources that minister to people worldwide who come to get answers at equip.org. And these resources include our free online exclusive articles, such as this review, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. To subscribe to the Journal, please visit. https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/
May 09, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 121 - Pearls Before Swine and Evangelism
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Sometimes our evangelism efforts have been received with angry outbursts and personal insults by those rejecting God and the Bible. What should we do when those with whom we share the gospel are adverse? Sometimes Christians quote Matthew 7:6, Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you ESV to posit that there are some people who are hostile to the gospel that we should not share with. What does that verse really mean? How should we approach our evangelistic efforts who those seemed closed to talking about the gospel? This Postmodern Realities Podcast episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Eric Johnson about his Effective Evangelism article Offering Pearls to Pigs and Dogs in the Volume 42, number 1 issue of the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL.
May 02, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 120 - Emergent Christians and the New Social Justice
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Christians concerns for social justice have a rich history, rooted in the Lords commands and compassion revealed in Scripture. Biblically, justice is grounded ultimately in Gods character, who is just and calls us to be just because we are made in His image. Thus, the standard for justice is universal it is Gods communicable attribute, which is immaterial.
While Christians agree that people should be just, much depends on how we answer two major questions. First, what kind of things are justice and dignity, and even humans? Christians have offered many different views about the nature of morals yet, not every interpretive framework will preserve these biblical positions and these core morals.
Second, how do we know these things? The biblical authors seem to presuppose that we simply can know some things directly, such as that racism is unjust, even though we are finite and fallen. Yet, this presupposition has been denied by many today, both nonChristians and Christians. However, that means we cannot access Gods intended meaning itself in a given passage of Scripture we simply work with our interpretations.
Today, many, including some Christians, are advocating a new form of social justice, new in the sense that is grounded not in the universal, shared standard of Gods character and His Word but on different bases formed on answers to these questions. The question will be, Can these new bases for social justice preserve justice, human dignity, and equality? Or will they undermine them? I will identify some of the key Christians (such as Brian McLaren) who are embracing these new bases for social justice. Then, I will assess briefly these bases. I will show that moral qualities such as justice cannot be sustained on them. Finally, I will extend these findings for an implication to the gospel itself.This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author R. Scott Smith about his online exclusive feature article Emergent Christians and the New Social Justice.
Apr 25, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 118 - Honoring Dishonorable Parents
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Editors Note: This episode contains an extended discussion about emotional and physical child abuse and thus its content may not be appropriate for all listeners. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you Exod. 20:12 ESV. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord Col 3:20.Scripture commands us to honor our parents, but how do Christians do that if they were abused by their parents? This episode covers the following topics: What constitutes bad parenting as defined today? What truly rises to the level of abuse? Who is responsible for stopping parental abuse? When does the child stop trying to honor the abusive parent and begin to protect himself and confront the evil? When does abuse rise to the point where legal authorities need to be notified and involved? What is the role of the church in the prevention and mediation of child abuse? Can a parent take her or his children and leave her or his spouse in cases of child abuse? Can divorce be a legitimate biblical option in such cases? How should we respond to allegations of child abuse in our me too culture? And much more. This conversation is with author Michael F. Ross about his Volume 42 No 1 Viewpoint article Honoring Dishonorable Parents.Viewpoint articles address relevant contemporary issues in discernment and apologetics from a particular perspective that is usually not shared by all Christians, with the intended result that Christians thinking on that issue will be stimulated and enhanced whether or not people end up agreeing with the authors opinion. To read this article, please subscribe to the JOURNAL.
Apr 11, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 119 - The Historicity of Moses
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The biblical depiction of Moses as an ancient leader par excellence, albeit a somewhat reluctant one, is wholly believable despite scholarly claims to the contrary. Some recent interpretations anachronistically analyze the historicity and leadership of Moses with little concern for comparative ancient data or context. One example compares him to George Washington, as a jack of all trades leader, who is essentially too good to be true. For many scholars, Moses is a mythic figure whose life accounts are not historically reliable. They are quick to point out a perceived lack of substantiating archaeological evidence. As a result, they believe the search for the historical Moses to be futile. This demonstrates two larger problems regarding scholarly treatments of Moses: 1 the failure to seek external, independent data from the ancient Near East and 2 a misunderstanding of the capabilities of archaeological data. While the Hebrew Bible remains the primary source for Mosess life, comparisons to relevant ancient texts reveal that Moses, while extraordinary in many ways, was in fact a typical ancient leader. Close examination of the biblical accounts of Mosess life reveals parallels from both Egypt and the broader ancient Near East. Such ancient data provides the only suitable and useful comparisons. From his allegedly legendary birth to his upbringing in Pharaohs palace, Moses was well suited to the role Yahweh assigned to him. The covenant Moses helped establish between his people and Yahweh has parallels from other ancient civilizations. He was an ancient leader through and through attempts to reinvent him to fit modern conceptions reveal modern mentalities, not the historical Moses. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Mark D. Janzen about his Volume 42, No. 1 feature article, Making a Case for the Historicity of Moses. To read his article about Moses, please subscribe to the JOURNAL
Apr 11, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 117 - Unplanned: An Imperfect but Brave Film
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Trigger Warning: This episode contains graphic descriptions of various types of abortions. Therefore, this content might be disturbing and traumatizing and not suitable for some listeners. During the fall of 2018, a public and brutal Supreme Court nomination battle saw Judge Brett Kavanaugh assume the seat left vacant by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the highest courts perennial swing vote, establishing an assumed conservative majority. Those who defend abortion as a fundamental right fear that the permissive legal environment created through Roe v Wade hangs in the balance. States are declaring sides in the abortion battle with New York, Virginia, Illinois, and others shoring up permissive abortion laws similar to the national Roe environment while Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky and others seek to restrict the practice of abortion. Actress Alyssa Milano recently headed a list of celebrities threatening to boycott the state of Georgias film industry in response to their Fetal Heartbeat Bill as heated Twitter wars erupted daily. The film Unplanned was released in March 2019 in the midst of all of this division surrounding abortion with accompanying high expectations about how it could impact this landscape. The film tells the real life story of Abby Johnson the former Bryan, Texas Planned Parenthood clinic director as she goes from college student and Planned Parenthood volunteer to clinic director and finally to prolife advocate. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Jay Watts about his online exclusive CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL film review Unplanned: An Imperfect but Brave film.
Apr 05, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 116 - Why Christians Should Observe the Christian Calendar
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While there are many potentially healthy shaping influences for a Christians spiritual growth, one of the greatest shaping influences neglected by many Christians today is the Christian calendar. A 2016 survey done by LifeWay Research reveals that fewer than three in ten American evangelicals observe Lent 28 percent. Even 40 percent of Roman Catholics surveyed said they did not observe Lent. This general neglect of observing the Christian calendar is lamentable. God desires that His people be conformed to the image of Christ Rom. 8:29 and not to that of the world Rom. 12:2. How we mark and fill our time is a significant shaping influence that can aid us in this process of growth in Christlikeness. Many Christians today order their lives in basically the same way our pagan neighbors do. They work five or six days a week, take a break on Sunday maybe, plan a yearly vacation, and then observe the standard national holidays. At a glance, there is nothing notably different about this routine from the routine of our unbelieving neighbors. But as Christians, should we not mark our time differently? Should not our approach to our schedule reflect our commitment to Jesus Christ above all else? Keeping the church calendar year after year can bring the story of redemption into our time and space and can serve as another helpful means of speaking to our whole person. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Josh Moore about his online exclusive CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL Viewpoint article Why Christians Should Observe the Christian Calendar.
Mar 28, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 115 - Something to Prove Why Captain Marvel Just Doesnt Work
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Editors note We realize that various interpretations and reactions to storyline elements in this film and their ramifications have been debated. We offer this review as one plausible viewpoint. Please also be aware there are spoilers in this episode, as major plot points are discussed. A weak and problematic entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the female centric Captain Marvel is heavy handed and artless in its themes. The topic of feminism in the female empowerment sense and its relationship to heroism has been a trending topic on social media since the movies release. However, this film is a clunky sign post filled movie with badly wrought feminism rather than a feminist view that is secure with itself. This portrayal of female power clangs in desperation demanding to be heard. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Corey Latta about his online exclusive CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL film review Something to Prove Why Captain Marvel Just Doesnt Work.
Mar 21, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 114 - Why Did God Let that Child Die?
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Perhaps the most difficult and emotionally charged question ever asked the pastor or apologist is why God let a particular child suffer or die. The question is rarely abstract. Ive never been asked why God lets children die. Im asked why God let six year old Ethan get killed by a car while he was skateboarding or why God let four year old Kaylee die of leukemia. The typical Christian answer is, We wont know until we get to heaven. Of course, we will certainly know more when we get to heaven, but is that all we can answer? I suggest we know more than that. We may not know all of Gods reasons for letting a particular child die at a particular moment, but we can answer why God allows children to die. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Clay Jones about his CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL article Why Did God Let That Child Die?.
Mar 14, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 113 - Is Artificial Intelligence A.I. Taking Over
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The classic film 200 A Space Odyssey played on the fear that computers would soon become conscious, independent, and dangerous to humanity. A fear of computers is not just the stuff of scifi nightmares but also is shared by Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates. They need not worry. While Kubrick, Hawking, Musk, Gates, and the rest of us should be afraid of what some people armed with supercomputers and artificial intelligence can do to us, we have no need to fear what the computers themselves can do. A groundbreaking mathematical discovery in 1930, and its implications for computer science, can put our minds at rest. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL author Charles E. White about his philosophical apologetics article Whos Afraid of HAL? Why Computers Will Not Become Conscious and Take over the World.
Mar 07, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 112 - Necromancing the Stone: The Thrill of Dancing with the Dead
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Pulse Evolution is an entertainment company that used a hologram technique several years ago to summon the ghost of slain rapper Tupac Shakur at the Coachella music festival. The necromantic language seems appropriate. This was not a music video per se, but a live performance. Whether Ghost Dancing will become a new entertainment venue or just another passing fad remains to be seen, but it says something about the progression of celebrity culture born more than a century ago out of the Graphic Revolution. In his groundbreaking book The Image, historian Daniel Boorstin described how our culture had created a thicket of unreality which stands between us and the facts of life. Taken together, telegraphy, photography, radio, cinema, and television brought forth the pseudo-event, an occurrence staged to call attention to itself. Boorstin was not just concerned with the now-familiar photo-op or media event. He put his finger on a much larger problem. Americans not only confused the copy with the original but also actually preferred the copy to the original. News was no longer gathered; it was made. The traveler, a person who travails, had been replaced with the tourist a person who stays at American hotels in France made to look like French hotels. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Arthur W. Hunt III about his CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL cultural discernment article Necromancing the Stone: The Thrill of Dancing with the Dead.
Feb 28, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 111 - Humanity Crucified: Hemingway and the Human Condition
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Nothing is the great dread that threads Ernest Hemingways literary work. Most of his characters believe that nothing awaits them at death. Their machismo is a stance that both accepts and defies lifes collapse into nothing. For Hemingway, it is Christ crucified and not Christ resurrected that holds interest. His work demonstrates that this world leaves each human, ultimately, alone. This Postmodern Realities episode is an in-depth conversation with JOURNAL author Stephen Mitchell about his article Humanity Crucified: Hemingway and the Human Condition
Feb 21, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 110 - Ancient Aliens
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In the beginning, ancient aliens visited planet Earth, significantly influenced human history, and possibly even engineered human life to evolve. Furthermore, as a result of ancient alien visitations, history is replete with clues regarding these alien astronauts. Flying saucers and little green men may seem the stuff of 1950s B movies, yet ideas like the ones just described are gaining momentum not only in popular culture but also in some scientific circles. Such ideas have also made their way into millions of homes via the History Channel television program Ancient Aliens, currently in its 13th season in 2019. Beyond pop culture, codiscoverer of DNA Francis Crick held to the possibility of directed panspermia the belief that life on Earth did not come about on its own, as naturalism holds, but was instead seeded extraterrestrially. Atheist Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, also lends credence to this perspective. But arent ideas about ancient extraterrestrials nothing more than supermarket tabloid fodder? Isnt it just harmless fun? This conversation with author Robert Velarde about his article Did Ancient Extraterrestrials Visit Earth? covers a brief look at the historical roots of the alien astronauts fascination, explores some of the purported evidence, evaluates claims that the Bible supports UFOs, and reviews some implications for theology.
Feb 14, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 109 - Morality, Therefore God: An Evangelistic Strategy
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Humans may disagree on what behaviors are moral, or on the best way to make specific moral decisions. Even so, our fundamental concept of goodness has to come from somewhere. This is what the moral argument for the existence of God addresses. Put simply, morality exists therefore, God exists. For a culture intoxicated by naturalism, morality provides a strong reason to believe in a Creator the prerequisite for belief in the person and work of Jesus Christ. For many Christians, the moral argument can serve as an apologetic starting point for evangelization. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Sarah Geis about her CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL Effective Evangelism article Morality, Therefore God: An Evangelistic Strategy
Feb 07, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 108 - Religious Doubt
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Emotional religious doubt presents an enigma. Exceptionally prevalent and sometimes excruciatingly painful, religious doubt is experienced by believers in a wide variety of ways. Distraught sentiments often appear habitually as agonized What if scenarios. Viewed in the context of other forms of doubt, there are many differences. However, the common notions of how to progress toward healing doubt are frequently very wide of the mark, and can be counterproductive. For example, Christian evidences by themselves rarely halt the pain. This version of uncertainty generally requires some additional attention to emotive elements, which are the most disruptive feature. In Scripture, we discover many questioning believers as well as much prescriptive advice regarding how to deal with emotional hurt. Combined with some exceptionally helpful principles from contemporary Christian counseling, emotional doubt can often be lessened significantly, or even healed. Further, the resulting discipline can be helpful in other areas of the Christian life, as well. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Gary Habermas about his article When Religious Doubt Grows Agonizing.
Jan 31, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 107 - Sharing the Gospel with Those Living with Intellectual Disability
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We live in a world broken by sin. One manifestation of brokenness is found in those living with disabilities. God shows great affection for the lost, including those who live with brokenness the blind, lame, crippled, etc. It behooves us to ask how we can more effectively respond to this vast and often forgotten population. We ask, How can the church share the Good News with people whose intellectual capacities are affected by disability ? First we affirm that all people are fallen and need redemption in Christ. People who live with disability are no different. We cannot assume they are automatically accepted by God apart from faith in Christ. But we must understand that the range of intellectual disability includes some who can express faith, and others who cannot. Second, for those whose developmental disability allows them to understand, we must contextualize the Good News in ways they can grasp. If they can express faith, however simply, we must help them do so. Romans 10:9 models this simplicity. Gods people must work carefully to communicate essential aspects of faith in Christ in easily understandable terms for those with mental disability. But another difficult question arises concerning those whose intellectual capacity does not allow them to express faith in a verbal manner. Jesus teaching John 15 and Pauls 1 Corinthians 7 offer a way for including in Gods community those whose brokenness is more severe and limiting. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Michael S. Beates about his coauthored CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL article Retelling the Old, Old Story Sharing the Gospel with Those Living with Disability.
Jan 24, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 106 - Internal Testimony of the Holy Spirit
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This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author James N. Anderson about his article The Internal Testimony of the Holy Spirit How Do You Know That the Bible Is Gods Word? Topics covered in this episode include what is meant by the internal testimony of the Holy Spirit? Why is it important to know that the Bible is Gods Word, and isnt it enough to just to have faith? Is there any biblical basis for the idea of the internal testimony of the Holy Spirit? Is the internal testimony of the Holy Spirit purely subjective, and does it imply a subjectivist view of knowledge? Is the idea of the internal testimony of the Holy Spirit similar to the Mormon idea of the burning bosom, or are there are important differences? If we know the Bible is Gods Word by the internal testimony of the Holy Spirit, then it seems that arguments and evidences become redundant. Are we putting Christian apologists out of a job?
Jan 17, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 105 - Mormon Evangelism in the Twenty-First Century
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Mormon Evangelism in the Twenty First Century For many years, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mormons have practiced what they call friendshipping. This coined word describes the attitude that Mormons are told to have in their relationships with less active members or those who have no connection whatsoever to the LDS Church. By going out of their way to do kind gestures, Mormons hope to present a positive image of their church and possibly entice friends and neighbors to enter into the missionary lessons. In addition, many Christians are pressured to join the LDS Church when they become involved in romantic relationships with Mormons. While Mormons apparently can date outside their faith as long as their partners are pure and wholesome, they are not supposed to marry nonmembers. Thus, the Christian boyfriend or girlfriend is typically required to join the LDS Church before the relationship can head to the next step, which could be a Mormon temple wedding ceremony. While Christians certainly can and should have friendships with those from other religions, including Mormons, they also need to understand the potential pitfalls when others are trying to convert them to their faith. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Eric Johnson about his CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL article Converting Them Softly with Their Words: Mormon Evangelism in the Twenty-First Century.
Jan 10, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 104 - Unpacking Animes Thematic and Spiritual Depth
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Originally a niche medium, anime Japanese animation has experienced a massive explosion in popularity in recent decades. Its cultural influence is widespread, from massive conventions full of truly devoted fans to Hollywoods biggest blockbusters and family films. However, anime can be daunting to explore and understand due to both cultural differences as well as its willingness to feature more mature themes and subject matter than are usually found in American animation including sex and violence. While this is cause for concern, animes willingness to wrestle with serious themes also means that it contains numerous titles that parallel Christian theology in surprising ways, and are worth the discerning believers consideration. Studio Ghibli has become the most celebrated studio in anime history thanks to its beautifully rendered tales full of moral complexity and ambiguity. Ghost in the Shell offers a cyberpunk look at technologys challenges to our definition of what it means to be human. One mans neverending search for atonement and forgiveness is at the heart of Rurouni Kenshins samurai tale. Haibane Renmeis depiction of the wages of sin and selfrighteousness could easily have been lifted from 1 Johns opening chapter. And finally, Attack on Titan is a violent and harrowing look at what it means to live in an apparently materialistic and godless universe. Titles like these not only offer Christians some fascinating explorations of important themes but also provide a way for believers to engage with one of pop cultures most dynamic influences.This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Jason Morehead about his article Unpacking Animes Thematic and Spiritual Depth
Jan 02, 2019
Postmodern Realities Episode 102 - What Cops Can Teach Christians about the Critical Use of Language
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What Cops Can Teach Christians about the Critical Use of Language

Why should Christians avoid Christian jargon when witnessing to non Christians? J. Warner Wallace talks about his evangelistic tips on witnessing to nonbelievers without using Christianese. He answers questions like Why is it important to avoid specifically Christian language when talking with non Christians? What was difficult for you when you were a non Christian talking to Christians? What are some of the benefits of trying to avoid Christianese? Why do you think Christianese is particularly irritating to non Christians? Shouldnt we try to maintain the Christian language and biblical terms that God has given us? What are some good tips for Christians to think about when trying to avoid Christian jargon?This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author J. Warner Wallace about his evangelism article What Cops Can Teach Christians about the Critical Use of Language.
Dec 20, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 103 - Homosexuality and Modern Ministry: Part Two
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After Exodus International, the largest and most prominent ministry to address homosexuality, closed its doors in 2013, the public, both Christian and secular, became more skeptical about the possibility of homosexuals going straight. As a result, a different approach developed, one in which someone who was Christian but same sex attracted could still identify himself as gay but also hold the historic, orthodox biblical view on sexuality. This new approach began showing itself through the writings of authors and teachers Wesley Hill, Nate Collins, Eve Tushnet, Gregory Coles, and Preston Sprinkle, among others. This approach was highlighted at the July 2018 Revoice Conference in St. Louis, a conference that underscored the chasm between those viewing homosexuality as a sin and identity to be renounced, versus those viewing it as a sin to commit but an identity to embrace. Gay Christians were the targeted participants of the conference, and many within the Christian church applauded. Many voiced concerns as well, particularly about the terms the conference employed. In addition to gay Christians, it referred to homosexuals as a sexual minority, advocated spiritual friendships as ways of satisfying unmet needs for deep bonding, extolled the community gay Christians created, and pondered the prophetic voice they had when rebuking the churchs idolatrous emphasis on marriage and family. The conference was birthed by a void felt decades ago when samesex attracted believers felt they had no resource for ministry and support. While Exodus International met that need for years, its closing reintroduced the void, adding to it the question as to whether or not change is possible for Christians wrestling with homosexual temptations. Since much of the terminology used at Revoice squares poorly with Scripture, its terms should be avoided but its participants listened to as they describe a struggle the church should acknowledge. In so doing, Christians should reject the labels Revoice has proposed, while accepting the challenge to respond to their needs
Dec 20, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 101 - Homosexuality and Modern Ministry: Part One
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Historically, people within the church who experienced homosexual feelings went unaddressed, creating a void. They recognized both the Biblical and cultural prohibitions against yielding to their temptations, but also realized the temptations remained. Afraid to confess and deal with them, many fell into secret homosexual sin, while others eventually came out as openly gay. Still others remained faithful, yet felt isolated and alienated from fellow Christians. Ministry to same-sex attracted people became publicly available when Exodus International was formed in 1976, along with other lesser known networks. For over three decades, the organization heavily influenced the Christian populations view of ministry to homosexuals, but was also beset from the beginning with detractors, critics, and internal struggles. Those struggles escalated between 2005-2013, culminating in Exodus decision to close its doors in 2013. Conflicts within the organization, leading to its closure, had to do with the approach its leadership was taking on issues of grace, sin, proper ministry approaches to homosexuality, and a growing emphasis on harmony with the gay community at the expense of clarity regarding sexuality and scripture. With its Executive Director claiming most homosexuals couldnt change, and that gay Christians were in fellowship with God along with other believers, a split within the organization became inevitable. When Exodus closed, new ministries sprang up in the aftermath, and most of the ministries associated with it continue to thrive. The ensuing controversies, though, confused many people who wandered what the options were for people wanting to repent of homosexuality. That confusion, in turn, has opened the door to a new approach to ministry to samesex attracted people which is causing considerable controversy and calls for Biblical examination, and examination which will be made in the second part of this series. This Postmodern Realities episode this the first part of a two part series which is a conversation with JOURNAL author Joe Dallas about his online exclusive articles. This episode covers part one called Homosexuality and Modern Ministry Examining Old Approaches and Assessing New Ones, Part I A History of Missions and Missteps.
Dec 13, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 100 - A. Hitchcock Films
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Alfred Hitchcock was one of the most forward thinking filmmakers of the 20th century, advancing the art form and anticipating the taste of audiences. Through his most famous films Psycho, Rear Window, and Vertigo we find a common theme anonymous watching. This theme is exponentially more relevant today than in Hitchcocks own time, living as we do with the power to present our stories and peer into the lives of others. Though Hitchcocks cinema is often morally askew, gleefully implicating the viewer as just another peeping tom, his work offers a powerful lesson. Art offers us the chance to see ourselves through the screen. It draws us in through the chance to watch unseen, but then reveals to us our own motives. One of the most famous features of Hitchcocks movies his cameo shows us that the director is as aware of the audience as we are of the actors. Though we may think that we are bystanders in media, Hitchcock suggests, we are really participants. Like Norman in Psycho, we think we are anonymous watchers, but Hitchcocks cinema shows that there is no such thing. Someone is always watching us, if only the creator of the works we consume. Like Jeff in Rear Window, our idle past time of peeping grows to an obsession that will be found out, but it can offer moments of genuine insight. Like Scottie in Vertigo, however, if we unthinkingly accept the vistas we are offered, vision can easily degrade into delusion. Hitchcock, more than any other modern filmmaker, understood this and helps us to see it as well. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Philip Tallon about his upcoming 2019 feature article called Caught Looking: Hitchcocks Films in the Age of Instagram
Dec 06, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 99 - Taking Jesus to Work
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If the Great Commission tells us anything, it tells us that the mission to make disciples doesnt rely on ministry professionals. The very notion of a distinction between secular work and full time ministry would have been incoherent to the original apostles sent out ones, especially Paul, a tentmaker whose greatest recorded evangelistic success began in the Athenian agora, a sprawling marketplace for worldly goods, that he infiltrated with the power of Christian ideas. The truth is that if you call yourself a Christian, you are, by default, engaged in full time ministry, and one aspect of that identity entails a commitment to share the good news to incorporate the title of evangelist into our full time job descriptions no matter where we work. The message of the gospel is so comprehensive it can fight its way out of the arguments of an atheist and into the heart of someone who already claims to know it but has substituted his own pride and vanity for confidence in Christ. The gospel can challenge cultural assumptions, answer questions no other worldview can answer, and it reaches to the end of the Earth a place all of us should be able to see from our office window. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Bob Perry about his Christian Research Journal Effective Evangelism article Taking Jesus to Work
Nov 29, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 98 - Virtual Violence Video Game Addiction and the Kingdom of God
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Recently the World Health Organization added Gaming Disorder to the 11th International Classification of Diseases ICD-11 3 a tool for diagnosing diseases. Combine this with the many parents dismayed by their childrens obsession with the video game Fortnite, and it seems that the game industrys darkest demons are being exposed. More than two billion people play video games worldwide and in America there are 221 million Americans who play video games. This is where God calls believers to be salt and light. We cannot responsibly exercise this calling to reach all kinds of people including gamers with the truth of Christianity without honestly striving to understand gaming. As image bearers, what place do video games have in our lives? Hundreds of studies in recent years have attempted to ascertain a connection between aggression and violent video games. Despite all this effort, there is no real consensus among researchers on the impact of virtual violence on aggressive behavior. So should Christians play or allow their children to play violent video games? And if many video games, when played in moderation or played socially, can have a positive impact on our lives, how do Christians encourage responsible, age appropriate engagement so that we might capitalize on the best that games have to offer? This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Drew Dixon about his Postmodern Realities feature article in Volume 41 5 called Virtual Violence, Video Game Addiction, and the Kingdom of God
Nov 14, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 97 - Was Hitler a Christian?
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MY FEELINGS AS A CHRISTIAN POINT ME TO MY LORD AND SAVIOR AS A FIGHTER. ADOLF HITLERIt is not difficult to find collections of quotes like this one, intended to prove that Adolf Hitler was a Christian. In many of his speeches and writings, Hitler referred to God or Jesus or quoted the Bible. Consequently, it is argued, Hitler must have been a believing Christian. The matter, however, is not that simple. A Muslim may refer to God or Jesus, or allude to biblical teachings, but this does not make him or her a Christian. Hitlers religious beliefs have been the source of much misinformation. Some argue that while Hitler paid lip service to Christianity, he was actually an atheist. Others argue that Hitler was an occultist. The reality is that Hitler adhered to a system of belief that may be classified as pseudo Christian and extremely heretical. This Postmodern Realities podcast episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author J. P. Holding about his article Was Hitler a Christian?
Nov 08, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 96 - Reversing Roe Documentary Film Review
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If the battleground over abortion resembles a chess board, the new Netflix documentary Reversing Roe is an offensive bombardment on the pro life movements front lines. The problem is that the film talks around abortion without ever really talking about it at all. Its release is eerily timely its conclusion set the stage for the dramatic showdown over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. And its method is strikingly similar to coverage of the Kavanaugh debacle a postmodern feelings led approach that runs roughshod over the ins and outs of valid arguments. The documentary juxtaposes a brief history of abortion rights with recent efforts several states have made since Roes inception to limit access to abortion. From the pre Roe era of illegal abortions whether therapeutic and performed in hospital settings or done with coat hanger segments in hidden rooms to President Trumps inauguration and nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Reversing Roe spells out the purported dangers of eliminating abortion as a constitutional right for women. This Postmodern Realities podcast episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Megan Almon about her online review article Reversing Reason.
Nov 01, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 95 - Virtue, Human Nature, and the Quest for Happiness
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It is evident from social observation that human beings desire happiness, not as a means to something else but as an end in itself. Many major worldviews seem to agree that one crucial ingredient of happiness is virtuous living. This idea goes back at least as far as ancient Greek philosophy, particularly the works of Aristotle, who argued that virtue is necessary for a healthy soul, and that the soul is the part of humankind that is closest to the divine. Later, the idea was expounded by the great medieval Christian philosopher and theologian Thomas Aquinas, who wrote that God is the ultimate good, the end toward which humankind must move in order to properly flourish. In contemporary thought, virtue based happiness is endorsed in the writings of various world religions as well as secular humanism. However, unless a belief system posits the existence of God and an essential human nature that is designed to flourish under divine moral law, then the proposition that virtue, in the classical sense, is integral to happiness is incoherent. Without a transcendent good, virtuous living moral behavior has no content beyond mere subjective opinion on right and wrong, good and evil. Prominent atheist philosophers of the Western tradition, such as Nietzsche and Sartre, readily admitted this. Repelled by the notion that objective goodness does not exist, some espouse moral Platonism, but this view suffers from major shortcomings. Christianity provides the best grounds for believing that our happiness is closely linked to how we live. This Postmodern Realities podcast episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Melissa Cain Travis about her Volume 41 5 feature article Virtue, Human Nature, and the Quest for Happiness
Oct 25, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 94 - The Pro-Choice Argument against Aborting Children with Down Syndrome
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In Choosing Down Syndrome Ethics and New Prenatal Testing Technologies, author Chris Kaposy, the associate professor of Bioethics in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University Newfoundland, argues that advancements in less invasive prenatal testing will increase the use of those tests and produce a greater number of occurrences of selective abortion in cases of Down syndrome diagnosis. As the father of a son with Down syndrome, Kaposy encourages people to resist the overwhelmingly preferred option of abortion and choose to allow their children with Down syndrome to be born. Kaposy, however, argues from the perspective of an outspoken pro choice advocate who believes the human fetus is not the kind of organism that can be wronged and women should be free to choose abortion without interference of the state or community. This Postmodern Realities podcast episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Jay Watts about his Volume 41 5 book review article Assessing a Pro Choice Argument against Aborting Children with Down Syndrome
Oct 18, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 93 - Ghost Hunters and God: Finding Reason in the Pursuit of the Paranormal
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Stories of ghosts and experiences of the paranormal have been a historical constant for as long as humans have wondered what happens after death. But as the entertainment industry has become increasingly desperate for our always divided attention, these stories have been hybridized with reality TV and promoted on channels not traditionally associated with the category of the paranormal. The Travel, History, and National Geographic channels are the prime examples. In ghost hunting shows, for instance, teams travel around the world to places thought to be haunted, using various pieces of technology to test for the presence of paranormal activity. And they seem to find much to go on. From flickering lights, to temperature changes, to unexplained moving objects, these teams give producers and then viewers a great deal of excitement. But how should Christians respond? Our worldview supports the existence of the supernatural, and we also acknowledge the presence of evil. Not all of the supernatural realm is good, but in addition, not all is evil. It is therefore wise to test the spirits to see if they are of God, as we are instructed in 1 John 4:1. Moreover, perhaps understanding someones interest in paranormal activity could serve as a gateway into a conversation about other seemingly unexplained phenomena, such as angels, demons, and ultimately the nature of God. This Postmodern Realities podcast episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Sara Geis about her Volume 41 5 feature article Ghost Hunters and God Finding Reason in the Pursuit of the Paranormal.
Oct 11, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 92 - Literary Apologetics: Flannery O'Connor
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Flannery OConnor was a Roman Catholic novelist, essayist, and short story writer whose Complete Short Stories won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1972. Her fictional work explores existential questions of grace, morality, freedom, and transcendence in the lives of grotesque characters. Are humans free to determine the nature of reality or does reality both spiritual and material precede the human will and make a legitimate claim upon it? Is truth a construct erected by powerful people to sustain their own power or is it a bedrock structure of being against which humans rebel at their own peril? This Postmodern Realities podcast episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Stephen Mitchell about his Volume 41 5 feature article Flannery OConnor and the Problem of Freedom.
Oct 04, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 91 - Solo Sex and the Christian
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Although masturbation solo sex is a nearly universal behavior, it is rarely discussed in the church. However, the increasing support in the media for solo sex as a healthy activity means the church must begin to address it. The moral legitimacy of this behavior has long been debated in Christian circles. To arrive at a biblical conclusion, we need to go beyond prohibitions to consider the positive teaching on sexuality with its profound theological implications. God intends sexuality to teach us what it means to be made in His image and, more importantly, what it means to be in relationship with Him. When we understand the design of biblical sexuality, coupled with the nature of Christian discipleship, it is clear this is not a legitimate sexual activity. The central New Testament passage discussing sexuality in marriage makes clear that the focus of marital intimacy is satisfying my spouse not my personal pleasure. In this way, our sexuality should reflect the larger call of discipleship to self denial and love for others. Questions asked in this episode include in what ways does the church need to improve the approach to sexuality? Why is teaching about sexuality in the church important? Since there isnt a clear biblical prohibition against masturbation, is it a sinful behavior? Does masturbation impinge on your relationship with God? What about solo sex and singles who face unsatisfied sexual desires? Is there a place for masturbation in marriage? Teenagers have raging hormones and since they arent married, if they engage in solo sex, who is that hurting? How do parents address the subject of a masturbation and a biblical sexual ethic with their kids? This Postmodern Realities extended episode is a conversation about biblical sexuality with JOURNAL author David White about his Volume 41 5 feature article, Solo Sex and the Christian.
Sep 27, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 90 - Philip Dick Man in High Castle
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There is little doubt that the New Testament makes several unique claims concerning Jesus. Some of these exclusive comments regard claims that Jesus Christ was deity, or that He is the sole path to salvation, or that He was raised from the dead. The claims and deeds of Jesus become even more distinct when compared with the founders of other religious traditions like Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, or Zoroastrianism. Crucially, the claims and actions of other religions founders encompass highly significant historical issues. The most common problem involves the time intervals between the claimed teachings or events and their recording, with usual gaps of hundreds to well over a thousand years. In contrast, the Gospels were written within a few decades after Jesus. Another significant problem concerns identifying when some founders such as Buddha or Zoroaster actually lived, involving differences of a thousand years or more. Hinduism faces huge problems regarding the extant date of the Upanishads, whether Hindu scholars think Krishna even lived, and treating the potential millennia gap with the Bhagavad Gita. Finally, scholars have too often placed world religious claims approximately on a par while failing to look critically at the historical case for the New Testament writings and events vis a vis non Christian claims. This has led to various confusions such as viewing all religious claims as being equally true or likewise historical, or that one religious truth automatically requires the truth of others. Overly critical attitudes toward Christian beliefs while hardly posing any similarly tough questions to the almost always unevidenced, non Christian beliefs reveals a scholarly double standard. This Postmodern Realities podcast episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Benjamin Shaw about his coauthored with Gary Habermas feature article The Historical Uniqueness of Jesus Christ among the Founders of the Worlds Major Religions in the Volume 41 4 2018 issue of the JOURNAL
Sep 24, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 89 - Uniqueness of Jesus Christ
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There is little doubt that the New Testament makes several unique claims concerning Jesus. Some of these exclusive comments regard claims that Jesus Christ was deity, or that He is the sole path to salvation, or that He was raised from the dead. The claims and deeds of Jesus become even more distinct when compared with the founders of other religious traditions like Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, or Zoroastrianism. Crucially, the claims and actions of other religions founders encompass highly significant historical issues. The most common problem involves the time intervals between the claimed teachings or events and their recording, with usual gaps of hundreds to well over a thousand years. In contrast, the Gospels were written within a few decades after Jesus. Another significant problem concerns identifying when some founders such as Buddha or Zoroaster actually lived, involving differences of a thousand years or more. Hinduism faces huge problems regarding the extant date of the Upanishads, whether Hindu scholars think Krishna even lived, and treating the potential millennia gap with the Bhagavad Gita. Finally, scholars have too often placed world religious claims approximately on a par while failing to look critically at the historical case for the New Testament writings and events vis a vis non Christian claims. This has led to various confusions such as viewing all religious claims as being equally true or likewise historical, or that one religious truth automatically requires the truth of others. Overly critical attitudes toward Christian beliefs while hardly posing any similarly tough questions to the almost always unevidenced, non Christian beliefs reveals a scholarly double standard. This Postmodern Realities podcast episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Benjamin Shaw about his coauthored with Gary Habermas feature article The Historical Uniqueness of Jesus Christ among the Founders of the Worlds Major Religions in the Volume 41 4 2018 issue of the JOURNAL
Sep 14, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 88 - Training Teens in Apologetics
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Generation Z the 70 million kids born between 1999 and 2015 is another testament to our cultures alarming slide into secularism. This emerging generation is twice as likely as adults to be atheists, theyre twice as likely to identify as LGBT, theyre committed moral relativists, and only one in eleven can be considered an engaged Christian. Couple this with the fact that many sectors of American culture no longer are friendly to Christianity not merely neutral but hostile to Christian ideas and values. Clearly, Gen Z is a post Christian generation, and the church has a major uphill battle on its hands. Its time for Christian parents and leaders to wake up! Our families and churches are hemorrhaging students. We all know numerous students who spent the first eighteen years of their lives growing up in Christian homes and in the church but who have now walked away. So isnt it time to consider that much of what weve been doing to disciple our kids for last twenty to thirty years is not working? We need some major paradigm shifts in discipleship. Apologetic and worldview training for our students is no longer optional rather, its essential to their discipleship under Jesus in the twenty-first century. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Brett Kunkle about his Volume 41 4 feature article, A Practical Guide to Teaching Students Apologetics
Sep 06, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 87 - Westworld & A.I.
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HBOs TV series Westworld is a remake and expansion of the 1973 film by writer Michael Crichton about an immersive theme park where guests can interact with artificially intelligent robots programmed to act out cowboy stories from the Old West. The film follows a similar pattern as Crichtons 1990 novel Jurassic Park, but instead of genetically engineered dinosaurs, Westworld features artificially intelligent robots. The robots malfunction and eventually start to attack the parks guests. The HBO version of Westworld adds a new wrinkle to the story the robots violent turn is a result of their becoming self aware. They gradually realize they are robots and attempt to stage a revolution against their human masters in the name of freedom. Such warnings about the dangers of self aware artificial intelligence AI are familiar in science fiction films, from 2001 A Space Odyssey 1968 to The Terminator 1984 to recent standout Ex Machina 2014. Like its predecessors, the new version of Westworld is essentially a Frankenstein story in which an artificial life form turns on its human creators. But the TV series is not simply a cautionary tale about AI technology. It warns us against the uncritical optimism of scientific utopianism, but it also critiques todays culture of social media and video games, embedding these themes in an overarching philosophical and neuroscientific exploration of consciousness and free will. This Postmodern Realities podcast episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author John McAteer about his Volume 41 4 feature article, HBOs Westworld and the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
Aug 31, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 86 - Reaching Unchurched African American Men with the Gospel
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African American men might be one of the most unreached people groups existing today. In all of the Christian churchs efforts to be obedient to the Great Commission, sharing the gospel with an African American man within our spheres of influence needs to be an important part of our efforts to reach people for Christ. On this episode of the Postmodern Realities podcast, author Eric C. Redmond talks about his Volume 40 5 2017 Effective Evangelism article Reaching African American Men with the Gospel
Aug 22, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 85 - Mark Twain
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More than 100 years after his death, Mark Twain remains one of the most colorful and well beloved American authors. Even infrequent readers know of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn who have become iconic characters in the American imagination, and Twains public persona and incisive wit are the stuff of legend. Both prolific and profound, Twain managed to expose social ills and elicit a hearty dose of laughter from his readers, who themselves were often the very targets of his critique. There was a dilemma that defined Twains religious struggles hope for rectifying clear injustice required something uncorrupted by those wrongs. Twain seemed able neither to relinquish his hope for a better world nor to embrace a God of perfect goodness who alone is capable of accomplishing that redemption. This Postmodern Realities podcast episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Marybeth Baggett about her Volume 41 4 Aug. 2018 feature article, Mark Twains Tightrope Walk, Caught between Despair and Hope
Aug 21, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 084 - Sexuality & Singles
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To follow Jesus faithfully means we need to reorient our values and priorities radically. One radical value Jesus proclaimed was that single men and women had equal standing in His kingdom. Society, which up to that point was centered on marriage and family, was now to include those who were unmarried as valued and equal partners. The apostle Paul and church father John Calvin, counter to the thinking of their time, proclaimed the surprising worth of being single and celibate, echoing Jesus words. Singles are complete in Christ just as much as those who are married. But Christian singles do have a life journey that does not include the experiences of sexual expression that married couples enjoy or, to be honest, of those who choose to live outside of Gods design for our sexuality. We know this is not easy, especially as we live in a culture that often proclaims sexual pleasure as the highest of all human experiences and its counterpoint to deny oneself in this area is to live a life of great tragedy. Singles of all ages need a constant infusion of the gospel to steward their sexuality as an overflow of the beauty and power that comes from devotion to Christ. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Ellen Dykas about her 2014 feature article, Single in Christ and a Sexual Being which is available free on our website. For more articles about biblical sexuality like the feature article on solo sex masturbation and the Christian, please subscribe to the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL.
Aug 08, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 083 - Mere Ambassadors
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What do we do with the Christian spokesperson whose message seems at best tangential to the gospel, and whose megaphone is the national media? How should an everyday, street level apologist handle the backlash the Christian community receives from the very public statements of those who seem to make headlines instead of making a clearly reasoned case for the faith? When it comes to high profile proclamations like these, the gospel doesnt even seem to be in play. It gets lost in a public theater of the absurd and buried under an avalanche of disconcerting rhetoric. Then we are left to deal with the aftermath in our own little corners of the world. Instances like these certainly dont make our evangelism any easier. Unfortunately, there is always the temptation to separate ourselves from the ridiculous by engaging in our own form of ridicule. We want to assure everyone we know that what they just heard in the news is not my Christianity, so we move a little too quickly to throw the offending believer under the bus. If our goal is evangelism, we need to think beyond the immediate relief we feel at separating ourselves from the ridiculous and focus instead on the greater goal of reflecting the character and cause of Christ. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Bob Perry about his Volume 41, No. 3 Effective Evangelism article, Mere Ambassadors. To read his article, please subscribe to the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL
Aug 01, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 082 - Pros and Cons of Labels
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A recent trend, which gained traction with a piece released by Planned Parenthood a handful of years ago Moving Beyond ProLife vs. ProChoice Labels, Youre Not in Her Shoes, is attempting to do just that. There is a growing desire that the terms prochoice and prolife be abolished because they do not adequately express feelings about abortion. Most people just dont want to be labeled, proponents claim. They may very well be on to something, but theyre taking things too far. Simply put, labels come with pros and cons. Some labels are associated automatically with stereotypical meanings, which can be exacerbated further by any number of factors that influence individuals culture, education, loyalties, circumstances, media. When labels are thrown out haphazardly, they oftentimes unfairly corral others into groups according to the audiences perception.It may be that the call for abolishing the label prochoice comes from the fact that many identify themselves as personally prolife, while others label them prochoice. These individuals play the moral relativism card by reducing moral truth to mere personal preference. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Megan Almon about her 2018 Volume 41, No. 3 Viewpoint article, Whats in a Name? A Growing Trend to Abolish the Labels Prochoice and Prolife.To read her opinion piece, please subscribe to the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL
Jul 25, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 081 - Why People Stop Believing
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There is a growing wave of Christian leaders who are rejecting Christianity and becoming some of its most ardent critics, often supported by a plethora of new organizations arising to encourage such people to cut ties to their faith. This is a new challenge from a different breed of critics who are using their instant credibility and insiders knowledge of theology, the Bible, church history, even apologetics, to debunk the faith they once believed and promoted. They have taken aim at the foundations of Christianity, including God, the Scriptures, miracles and the supernatural, and Christianitys perceived inherent prohibition on free enquiry. How do Christians answer these critics? Why did they stop believing and now reject Christianity? This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Paul Chamberlain about his Volume 41 4 feature article, Why People Stop Believing. To read his review, please subscribe to our JOURNAL. To read his book on which this article is based, please partner with CRI for the month of July 2018 and receive this book as a thank you for your gift.
Jul 18, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 080 - Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
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For more than one year, Neil deGrasse Tysons book, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, has sat on the bestsellers list. Is it a book Christians should read? This episode gives listeners an overview of Tysons world view, an overview of the book, and explores what Tyson thinks of the Big Bang theory and the multiverse. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Guillermo Gonzalez about his Volume 41, No. 4 book review, Missing the Signposts. To read his review, please subscribe to our journal
Jul 11, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 079 - Theology of Morgan Freeman
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The cable TV series The Story of God with Morgan Freeman will return for a third season in 2019 on the National Geographic Channel. Hosted by Freeman who famously played God in the 2003 movie Bruce Almighty, the show attempts to be a comparative religion course translated into edutainment. Like many such courses, it espouses the claim that all religions are equally valid in their truth claims. Freeman and his writers emphasize similarities between religions in the attempt to foster mutual understanding and tolerance between religious people. But The Story of God is also honest about the differences between religions and at points seems to admit that Christianity was a genuine improvement over earlier religions. Yet the show takes an evolutionary approach to religion familiar from secular anthropology. Different religions are explained as various cultural responses to the same human instincts that are hard-wired into our brains. Thus Freeman typically concludes that a particular aspect of religion belief in God, miracles, the afterlife, the end of the world is grounded in human nature and contributes to the survival of the species by giving us comfort or helping us cope with fear and suffering. The Story of God is mostly accurate and fair but is guided by naturalistic assumptions and occasionally includes Freemans own New Age beliefs, such as the quasi pantheist doctrine that every human being is God. Freeman is no Oprah, so it is unclear how much influence his theological ideas have on average Americans, but his series does illustrate some trends already prevalent in todays culture. Indeed, it reflects an interesting combination of scientism and antiintellectualism. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author John McAteer about his Volume 41 3 feature article, The Story of Morgan Freeman Not God.
Jul 03, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 078 - Mindfulness
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We live in a climate dominated by information technology. Before the glow of our screens, we constantly are tempted to divide our attention between this reality and the digital virtual world. Of course, we cannot be both in the real world and in the digital world, so this leaves us feeling torn, conflicted, and distracted. Such a steady psychological struggle leads us to seek ways of escaping the maelstrom of exigencies. On its long journey from its Eastern religious origins in the other side of the world, mindfulness emerged in America in the late twentieth century as an easy, healthy, if not momentary, deliverance from such a life. A major reason mindfulness has been successfully mainstreamed is that we are so overstimulated and chronically busy that our minds are desperate for some sort of rest that takes as little time as possible. But like many popular activities, the mindfulness of mainstream America is not necessarily the same as the original activity from which it originated. Because mindfulness has entrenched itself in American culture, Christians need to investigate it thoroughly in order to determine whether it is friend or foe. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Sarah Geis about her Volume 41, No. 03 feature article, Thinking through Mindfulness Psychology, Religion, or Both? subscribe to the JOURNAL and your June 2018 subscription starts with the issue in which her article appears
Jun 27, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 077 - Video Gaming, Kids & Addiction
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This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Dr. Kevin Schut. Kevin is Professor of Media and Communication and Associate Dean of the School of the Arts, Media and Culture at Trinity Western University, a Christian university in Canada. He teaches about media, culture, and technology from a faith based perspective. His research focuses on video games and how they intersect with our culture and faith in a number of different ways. Dr. Schut is also the author of the book Of Games and God A Christian Exploration of Video Games. He has also written on games and history, games and masculinity, games and religion, and games and story telling. He enjoys playing strategy video games as well as playing adventure video games. The conversation covers topics like How is a particular video game constructed and why might the designers have constructed it that way? Are kids more impulsive after they play violent games? Is playing first person shooter video games morally wrong for Christians? The new video game phenomenon, Fortnite, is discussed. How parents can keep up on the latest video games to find out what they are about is also covered. In addition, there is a discussion about Christian parents can model screen behaviors to their kids and how families can determine appropriate uses of technology, gaming, and social media. For more cultural apologetics articles like this one, please subscribe to the CHRISTIANRESEARCH JOURNAL
Jun 20, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 076 - Street Epistemology
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Christians may find themselves approached on the street being asked to consider religious faith. Sounds like Christian street witnessing, right? Well, it may be youre face to face with an atheist and often a GoPro video recorder being engaged in whats come to be known as street epistemology. What is street epistemology? According to Peter Boghossian atheism advocate and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Portland State University, this is an activist approach for engaging the faithful in conversations that help them value reason and rationality, cast doubt on their beliefs, and mistrust their faith. He wants people equipped with an array of dialectical and clinical tools who actively go into the streets, the prisons, the bars, the churches, the schools, and the community into any and every place the faithful resideand help them abandon their faith and embrace reason. Street epistemology has two main goals. First, the street epistemologist aims to get religious folks to apply reason to faith. But this isnt the primary goal of street epistemology. The ultimate goal is to eradicate the virus of faith. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Travis M. Dickinson about his Volume 40, No. 6 feature article, Street Epistemology The New Atheist Evangelism
Jun 13, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 075 - Film Nostalgia & Heaven
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It seems that most popular new movies these days are sequels, prequels, reboots, or remakes. The reason Hollywood seems unoriginal is because, when it comes to films, we prefer nostalgia to novelty. Every human has a basic desire for how things are actually meant to be. Nevertheless, this ideal is perverted by sin to the extent that, more often than not, our desires themselves are wayward. The reason sequels, reboots, and remakes become mixed up in this desire is because our broken world is deficient to satisfy our hunger. Instead, we attach the desire to something more tangible, but still vague enough to provide an ineffable hope, like memories of feelings we have had during certain times in our past when things seemed just right. We are drawn to sequels and prequels because they promise to take us back to a place we remember enjoying. We are drawn to remakes because they promise to recreate encounters with characters and stories that once gave us comfort. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Jeffrey Porter about his 2017 Postmodern Realities column article, Looking for Heaven at the Movies What our Fondness for Nostalgic Films Says about Us. For more cultural apologetics articles like this one, please subscribe to the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL
Jun 06, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 074 - Authentic Community in the Age of Social Media
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Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat as the ubiquity of social media expands, we are drawn, whether unwittingly or not, into their orbit a relentless cycle demanding as much of our time, energy, and attention we choose to offer. For human beings who are created in the image of our triune creator and share His characteristic impulse toward relationship, social media provides an avenue for both knowing and being known for community. Whether its finding a niche Facebook group for a particular hobby or life experience, connecting with people otherwise unknown via Twitter, or watching distant friends raise their family on Instagram, each creates opportunities to create long lasting community. Yet a growing number of people, both Christian and non Christian alike, are increasingly wary about social medias promise of providing a meaningful community. We need the church, and the particular relationships created within, to offer true north in the midst of an increasingly transient and digital world. The community of the church provides a number of essential resources for us as we go out into the world. The church offers a place of safety and security in which its people can be truly vulnerable as they confess their individual and collective need for grace. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Kyle A. Keating about his Volume 41, No. 2 Postmodern Realities article, Cream or Sugar? Fostering Authentic Community in the Expanding Age of Social Media
May 29, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 073 - Hell and Kids
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It is important to understand the sources of our modern distaste for the teaching of the doctrine of hell, for these are part of the strongholds characteristic of our times. By critically exploring these sources, we can best instruct children in the essential biblical doctrine of hell and avoid an abuse of greater severity their being unaware of its reality. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Rebekah Valerius about her upcoming Volume 41 3 feature article, Is It Abusive to Teach Children about Hell?
May 22, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 072 - Sexual Sanity for Women
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Christians dont have a shining track record in addressing sex. It may have been presented in unhelpful and unbiblical teaching through poor teaching of the Bible or ignored altogether. Women in the church have struggled with the louder silence in regard to female sexuality. In a world spiraling into a sexual free for all, many Christian women are succumbing to the cultural insanity that says sex is all about you do what you want. On the other hand, others are smothered in shame concerning their sexual struggles, because supposedly only men struggle with sexual desires gone amok. God speaks to all of these issues and He does so without blushing, shaming, or offering cliches. Sexual sanity, which is gained through the wise, unashamed, and bold teaching of the Bible, is Gods gift for all. Freedom and the healing grace of Jesus are for all those including women who have experienced broken heartedness and the captivity of sexual addictions. Sexual sanity is a reality women can grow into as we embrace Gods design for sexuality rather than the ever increasing expressions of broken sexuality. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Ellen Dykas about her 2013 feature article, Sexual Sanity for Women in a World Gone Mad. For more articles about biblical sexuality like the forthcoming feature article on solo sex masturbation and the Christian, please subscribe to the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL.
May 16, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 071 - Why We Cheat
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We live by a fudge factor, seeing our value in our achievements as greater than they really are. God, however, sees us as we really are sinful, irrational beings willing to cheat and lie to ourselves, exaggerating our accomplishments to others. Despite our faults, God also views us as inherently valuable, based not on our flawed image but His perfect one. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Richard J. Poupard about his Volume 41, no. 2 cover feature article, Lying to Ourselves Why We Cheat
May 09, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 070 - Christian Polyamory
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The increasing acceptance of polyamory by progressives and soon to be former evangelicals is a symptom of the state of the churchs witness to Gods normative pattern for sexuality after Obergefell the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision ruling that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same sex couples. Whether pressured or free to come to terms with their accusers in the wider culture, these pastors and teachers have taken license with the biblical text to open up a path for LGBTQ and polyamorous persons into the church without confession and repentance of their sexual sin required by Jesus Christ. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author C. Daniel Motley about his Volume 41, no. 2 Postmodern Realities article, Two or More? Christian Polyamorys Problematic Theology.
May 02, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 069 - The Virtualization of Culture and the Need for an Embodied Christian Alternative
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Our Internet connected devices offer an amazing world of information and connectivity, yet many feel more fragmented and disconnected than ever. Dont blame it all on Google or Facebook rather, a great deal of our angst comes from a more subtle restructuring of human life the virtualization of culture. The church, too, is being virtualized; but it more naturally provides the solution. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author John Dyer about his feature length cultural discernment Viewpoint article in Volume 40 5 called The Virtualization of Culture and the Need for an Embodied Christian Alternative
Apr 25, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 068 - Something Made: The Role of Form in Apologetics
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Whatever argument the Christian apologist hopes to present, he must first find, or make, its frame. There must be form, else the idea comes to nothing. As C. S. Lewis understood well, the more penetrating and memorable instances of apologetic defense are those with harmony between idea and form. The apologist, like the writer, must become a rhetorical craftsman, careful about how shell say what needs saying. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Corey Latta about his feature article in Volume 41 1 2018 called Something Made The Role of Form in Apologetics. To read Coreys article, please subscribe to the JOURNAL
Apr 18, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 067 - Spielberg's Nostalgia for Reality in Ready Player One with John McAteer
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Editors note The following review contains many spoilers about the content of the film. The podcast conversation also touches on subject matter not covered in the written review. Ernest Clines 2011 science fiction novel Ready Player One tells the story of a dystopian society in the near future where people spend most of their waking hours inside a virtual reality simulation called the OASIS where they can live out any fantasy they can imagine. After the creator of the OASIS James Halliday, played by Mark Rylance dies, it is revealed that he has embedded a series of video game like puzzles within the OASIS. The first person to solve the puzzles will inherit Hallidays stock and become an instant billionaire. The trick is that the solution to the puzzles require exhaustive knowledge of 1980s nerd culture. Some of the themes discussed in this podcast episode are virtual reality, video gaming, technology, religion in a technology centered dystopian future, the themes of Spielberg films, and how to use this film as an apologetics tool. This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author John McAteer about his equip.org film review called Spielbergs Nostalgia for Reality in Ready Player One
Apr 11, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 066 - "Comic Cons, Geek Culture, and the Mission of Christ" with Drew Dixon
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Comic Cons, Geek Culture, and the Mission of Christ" with Drew Dixon

Every year, millions of devoted fans travel to our nations largest cities to play unreleased video and board games, meet the stars of their favorite scifi shows, and attend panel discussions on fantasy worlds. Last year, 150,000 people attended New York City Comic Con, 130,000 people attended San Diego Comic Con, and more than 200,000 people attended one of the three Penny Arcade Expos located in Seattle, Boston, and San Antonio. About 65 percent of American households are home to someone who plays video games regularly. Board game sales are rapidly rising, and cafes and bookstores dedicated to tabletop gaming are springing up all over. Scifi, superhero, and fantasy are among the most widely loved And yet, the churchs default reaction to geek culture in recent history has ranged somewhere between guarded skepticism and ignorance. As has been documented, evangelical preachers commonly assume that video games are at best a waste of time and at worst destructive to spiritual health. It has been documented, however, that playing video games in moderation relieves stress, improves brain function, and boosts creativity. While video games and geek culture certainly contain their share of graphic violence, sexual objectification, and addictive qualities, much good can be found in these mediums as well. So how can apologists reach this unchurched group of nerds for Christ? This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Drew Dixon about his Postmodern Realities article in Volume 40 6 called Comic Cons, Geek Culture, and the Mission of Christ.
Apr 04, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 065 - Love, Simon Film Review "When Hearts Are Young and Gay" with Joe Dallas
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The new Greg Berlanti directed film, starring Nick Robinson, is a teen romantic comedy in the vein of its John Hughes directed predecessors from the 1980s Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink. This time, though, the teenage search for romantic love involves the main characters gay identity. Will he come out of the closet? This film has been well received by movie critics and has earned an A plus rating from filmgoers. Should Christians see the film? How do parents respond if their kids ask to see the film? How do Christians engage with friends about the films world view? On this episode of the Postmodern Realities podcast, CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL contributing writer Joe Dallas gives his insights into the film. To read the written review by Joe Dallas please go to our Website
Mar 27, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 064 - "The Inescapability of God" with James N. Anderson
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Although the Bible teaches that Gods existence is evident from nature, it has become commonplace in modern society for people to doubt or deny that God exists. This article contends that six aspects of our lives that all of us take for granted existence, values, morality, reason, mind, and science can only be explained adequately on a theistic basis. 1 The existence of contingent things including humans ultimately depends on a noncontingent, selfexistent God who freely created the universe. 2 Objective value judgments about things within the universe presuppose an absolute standard of goodness that transcends the universe, by which those things can be judged good or bad. 3 Objective moral judgments about human actions presuppose transcendent moral laws that in turn require a transcendent moral lawgiver, as even many atheists concede. 4 Our rational faculties must find their ultimate origin in a rational source reason cannot come from nonreason, and naturalistic evolutionary explanations of our cognitive faculties are selfdefeating. 5 Our possession of conscious minds cannot be explained on an atheistic materialistic basis; naturalistic evolutionary accounts of the emergence of complex conscious minds assume the very thing they purport to explain. 6 Science rests on a host of foundational philosophical presuppositions, including two assumptions that cannot be justified apart from a theistic worldview the universe is orderly and rational and 2 our minds are wellfitted to comprehend that order and rationality. Insofar as atheists take these six things for granted, they have to depend on God even while they deny His existence. This Postmodern Realities Podcast episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author James N. Anderson about his feature article in Volume 40 5 called The Inescapability of God. This article is based on Andersons book Why Should I Believe Christianity?, which is available to you as one of the Equipping Essentials Resources when you join the CRI Support Team
Mar 26, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 063 - Black Panther Film Review with Eric Redmond
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Last week, our online film review of Black Panther by Eric C. Redmond was one of the most viewed articles on our Website. Since then, Black Panther ticket sales soared to $1.1 billion and also became the first movie since Avatar to have five straight weeks at the number one spot in the box office. On this episode of the Postmodern Realities podcast, author Eric C. Redmond gives his insights into the film and how it can be used as an apologetics tool. To read the written review by Eric C. Redmond please visit our Website
Mar 23, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 062 - How the Structure and Comprehensibility of the Universe Reveal a Mindful Maker
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The notion that there is a mysterious resonance between the structure of the material world, the abstract world of mathematics, and the human mind what can be called Cosmic Resonance not only has major implications for the contemporary debate between materialism and theism but also is rooted in some of the earliest thought of the Western tradition. This episode is a discussion of the rich intellectual pedigree of Cosmic Resonance and how well this great idea endured, and indeed flourished, through periods of major scientific advancement. Cosmic Resonance effectively dispels the myth that progress in the sciences has been driven by materialism and has undercut the case for design. This Postmodern Realities Podcast episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Melissa Cain Travis about her feature article in Volume 41 1. Her article is called A Grand Cosmic Resonance How the Structure and Comprehensibility of the Universe Reveal a Mindful Maker
Mar 14, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 061 - Slaughterhouse-Five as a Tool for Christian Self-Examination
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Kurt Vonneguts frequently challenged novel SlaughterhouseFive 1969 still influences American culture via high schools and colleges. Truth can come from unexpected places, and a fresh look at this offensive novel reveals some thought provoking lessons about the churchs blind spots. This Postmodern Realities Podcast episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Stephen D. Mizell about his feature article in Volume 41 1 called Slaughterhouse Five as a Tool for Christian Self Examination
Mar 07, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 060 - A Christian Response to the Hindu Concept of Spiritual Quest
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Hindus believe that life is basically a search, or a quest. One cannot expect to find all the answers to lifes deepest questions in one lifetime in a simple, easy to digest formula. It is a long, ongoing endeavor. Hindus believe that a search of this magnitude and importance takes an immense amount of time and energy and lasts likely more than one lifetime. Most Hindus struggle with the gospel presentation because it takes away the deep search of humankind, hinders spiritual progress, and impedes the evolutionary cycle of self knowledge established by nature and Hindu many gods. Christians, on the other hand, believe that one has to put his or her faith in Jesus Christ to be saved, and although Hindus do not argue with this teaching choosing rather to overlook it, they wonder about the concept of a continuing spiritual search that has been, according to their teachings, in progress for countless ages. This occurs through many lifetimes and life forms in the cycle of birth to death through reincarnation a quest for the ultimate, the final realization of Self the inner being, the eternal Atman within oneself, and which is the ultimate destiny of humankind. The final destination is becoming one with Brahman, the ultimate impersonal oneness. This Postmodern Realities Podcast episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author C. Wayne Mayhall about his Effective Evangelism article in Volume 41 1 called A Christian Response to the Hindu Concept of Spiritual Quest.
Feb 21, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 059 - Kindergarteners Need Apologetics, Too
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Asking when we should begin teaching apologetics assumes it is a discipleship endeavor that is separate from the rest of a childs spiritual development. For many people, the reason for that idea is an assumed definition of apologetics that is overly narrow and difficult to apply to young kids. With a more comprehensive understanding of what apologetics is, however, it becomes clear that there is a much wider scope of teaching opportunities available. Yes, even for kindergarteners. Most Christians who have at least some knowledge of apologetics think of it simply as defending the faith. Christian parents, aware of the fact that the world is becoming increasingly hostile to Christianity, often want their kids to learn apologetics so they are prepared to make that defense. But if a parent thinks teaching apologetics means sitting a child down with a textbook on biblical archaeology or textual criticism, that child wont be learning to defend their faith for many years. Meanwhile, young elementary kids are already hearing from classmates, friends, and popular media that God doesnt exist, that the Bible is a fairly tale, that Christians are unloving, that the most important thing in life is to be true to yourself, and much more. The bridge must be gapped, and it starts with identifying what kinds of knowledge are involved in defending the faith. This Postmodern Realities Podcast episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Natasha Crain about her Volume 41, no. 1 feature article, Kindergarteners Need Apologetics, Too.
Feb 14, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 058 - A movie review of The Shape of Water
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In The Shape of Water, Mexican writer director Guillermo del Toro blends a wide variety of sources from fairy tales to classic Hollywood movies to the Bible to tell an original and unusual love story about a humanoid fishlike monster and a woman who works as a janitor in the secret government laboratory where the fish man is being held captive. While del Toro is undeniably pushing a secular progressive agenda, he uses Christian stories and imagery. Surprisingly, he ends up getting a lot of the gospel right. This Postmodern Realities Podcast episode is a JOURNAL author conversation with John McAteer about his online film review of the Oscar nominated film The Shape of Water called How The Shape of Waters Fish Man Symbolizes Christian Grace.
Feb 07, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 057 - The Handmaid's Tale
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Fans of The Handmaids Tale, Hulus television adaptation of Margaret Atwood 1985 dystopian novel, have taken to donning the red handmaids attire to protest current cultural and political threats to reproductive freedom, specifically abortion rights. If those rights go, they surmise, then so will all of the progress feminism has achieved to this point, and America will soon resemble Atwoods imagined Gilead, where women have no rights save for those granted by corrupt men in power. Those claiming that the television adaptation created by Bruce Miller is more documentary than fiction may be closer to the truth than they realize, but the similarities between Gilead and 2017 America do not stem from Christianity. Both worlds teeter on a functional view of human value, a system brought about in todays world in large part by secular feminism, the availability of abortion on demand, and the idolization of sexual freedom. Instead of Atwoods provocative prose depicting a caste system distinguished by colored clothing, however, todays handmaids tale is told in terms of wealth, performance, and status, as well as in the language of artificial reproductive technologies that cross moral boundaries. As so called progress continues, children are continually reduced to products whether disposable or purchasable and women (as well as men) steadily are being defined out of existence. Were not hurtling toward a dystopian Gilead were already there. Ultimately, neither story can be told without glimmerings of human dignity, particularly deep longings for identity and justice. True Christianity answers both worlds and tells a far better story. This Postmodern Realities Podcast episode is a JOURNAL author conversation with Megan Almon about her Volume 41 1 cover Seeing Red The Handmaids Tale, Human Dignity, and Hope
Jan 31, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 056 - Spirituality in Modern Hip Hop: The Theology of Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper
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Has secular hip hop gone religious? One platinum selling artist gives performances on high profile stages that resemble worship services. Another critically acclaimed rapper includes on his album interludes with expositions from Deuteronomy. This small trend is a surprise. In the 90s, hip hop music was generally anti Christian see Ras Kass. Paris, Public Enemy, and X Clan advocated militant nationalism. Wu Tang, Brand Nubian, Rakim, Digable Planets, and Poor Righteous Teachers espoused Five Percent beliefs a Nation of Islam sect. Nas and Jay Z employed semiblasphemous statements and imagery. Hip hop music has often been spiritually minded, but recent times saw less spiritual content. Hedonism and nihilism permeate hip hops current stars are preoccupied with girls, gold, and a good time. Yet, there are anomalies twenty four year old Chance the Rapper and thirty year old Kendrick Lamar. This Postmodern Realities Podcast episode is a JOURNAL author conversation with Vocab Malone about his Volume 40 6 feature article film Spirituality in Modern Hip Hop The Theology of Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper
Jan 24, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 055 - Malcolm X and the Christian Ethic of Violence
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Malcolm X is arguably one of the most important people in African American religious and political thought. He was a man heavily influenced by his own personal experiences and the historic moment into which he was born. Along with the societal hardships that accompanied being Black in America when Jim Crow discrimination was enforced by law, Malcolms family endured racial violence. His life trajectory began to be characterized by his rejection of the society that had rejected him. This landed him in prison, where he was converted to the Nation of Islam. On release from prison, Malcolm rose in the ranks of the Nation of Islam and spread the message of Elijah Muhammad across America. His ministry developed in the context of the civil rights movement and was characterized as the violent alternative to the peaceful solutions that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. offered the nation. Many who have rejected Malcolms social philosophy unfairly have interpreted him as a preacher of wanton violence against White people. However, this has left them susceptible to the charge of hypocrisy because there are elements within his ethic of violence that many Christians would defend if applied to their own lives. Malcolms ethic of violence has at least three essential parts self defense, revolutionary, and retaliatory. A full theological examination of each of these exceeds the limitations of this article. However, one can conclude that Christian ethics allows for violence in the act of self defense. Contrarily, Malcolms advocacy of retaliatory violence conflicts with biblical Christianity. Rather than softening the critique of Malcolm, I believe that this strengthens the argument against his philosophy because its precision protects the apologist from condemning what God allows. Therefore, African Americans should reject Malcolms teaching on retaliation because it conflicts with biblical Christian ethics. This Postmodern Realities Podcast episode is a JOURNAL author conversation with Jimmy Butts about his Volume 40 6 feature article Malcolm X and the Christian Ethic of Violence.
Jan 17, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 054 - The Last Jedi: A Star Wars Movie for the Era of "the Nones"
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Editors not: We realize that interpretations and reactions to storyline elements and their ramifications have been hotly debated. We offer this review as one plausible viewpoint. Theoretically, the Force in the Star Wars movies has always been religious. It is referenced in terms of religion at least twice in the original 1977 Star Wars a.k.a. Episode 4 A New Hope. But in practice, there is not much religion in either the original trilogy or the prequel trilogy Episodes 1 to 3. Yes, as they train the young Luke Skywalker in the ways of the Force, the elderly Jedi masters Obi Wan Kenobi and Yoda spout some vaguely Taoist and Buddhist philosophical principles about a spiritual energy source with light and dark sides, overcoming attachments, and trusting intuition, but when we see them at the height of their powers in the prequels, the Jedi Council leaders of those who follow the light side of the Force are more political than spiritual, acting primarily as a police force for the Galactic Republic. In the two most recent Star Wars movies, however, the series has begun to foreground the more religious elements of the Force. Warning this conversation has spoilers for the Star Wars film The Last Jedi. This Postmodern Realities Podcast episode is a JOURNAL author conversation with John McAteer about online film The Last Jedi A Star Wars Movie for the Era of the Nones
Jan 10, 2018
Postmodern Realities Episode 053 - Changing Attitudes toward the Resurrection of Jesus
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When considering recent critical responses to the resurrection of Jesus, believers may envision the centuries old, well worn alternatives. Did Jesus disciples steal His dead body, as mentioned in Matthew? Five such counter moves are found in the gospels, with three of them even being proposed by believers! The most recent scholarly research has been significantly more open toward Jesus healing the sick and predicting His resurrection beforehand, His burial tomb being empty, and even His resurrection appearances. So the latest brand of criticism has often shifted gears, with critics now responding more frequently with what I term metacritiques comebacks that question the overall resurrection message instead of disputing individual items within the story. Two of these approaches are considered here 1 resurrections simply do not occur, there is insufficient evidence ever to establish them, and 2 we cannot use the New Testament writings to support the Resurrection because it is a biased or prejudiced text. More than one approach should be used in answer to the first challenge. Naturalism itself should be challenged. If this worldview is going to be utilized as the basis for questioning the Resurrection, then this critical starting point itself must be established first. Regarding the second challenge, something must be wrong with this charge from the start, because critical scholars not only allow well attested New Testament texts but employ them! This Postmodern Realities Podcast episode is a JOURNAL author conversation with Gary Habermas about his Volume 40 4 feature article Changing Attitudes toward the Resurrection of Jesus
Oct 04, 2017
Postmodern Realities Episode 052 - The Benedict Option
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What exactly is the Benedict Option? In short, the book includes a call for Christians to consider withdrawing from some aspects of, and strategies for engaging, American culture, such as seeking change through the means of political power. The heart of the book is not about escaping culture rather, it focuses on the fact that the local church should be a community of individuals who love, care for, and support one another in their daily lives. Many Christians, especially in America, have for far too long ignored the classic disciplines of spiritual growth that Dreher discusses in Chapter 3 prayer, asceticism, stability, community, and hospitality. The focus of the book that all believers should be able to agree on includes the revitalization of our churches through a focus on the classical spiritual disciplines of the church, building community among members outside of Sunday morning, equipping our children in the faith, and valuing relationships in the home and with other believers. This Postmodern Realities Podcast episode is a JOURNAL author conversation with Michael W. Austin about his Volume 40 4 book review Is the Benedict Option a Live Option? Mike answers questions including Why do you think our culture has encouraged feelings over reason? Why do you think there is a problem with anti intellectualism in the church? What is the role of knowledge in the life of the follower of Christ?
Sep 20, 2017
Postmodern Realities Episode 051 - The Apologetics of Community in All Saints
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In the new faith based film All Saints, in theaters Sept. 2017 newly ordained, Michael Spurlocks first assignment is to pastor All Saints, a struggling church in Tennessee with and handful of members and a mortgage beyond its means. The best option may be to sell the church. But when All Saints church hesitantly risks welcoming a community of Christian Karen refugees from Burma former farmers scrambling for a fresh start in America Pastor Michael feels they may be called to an improbable new mission. Michael must choose between closing the church and selling the property or listening to a still, small voice challenging the people of All Saints to risk it all and provide much needed hope to their new community. Together with the Karen refugees, they risk everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all. Importantly, this revival of a church happens when the church turns outward, looking both to help those who showed up as outsiders and also to receive help from the wider community, instead of focusing inward on maintaining self sufficiency. When the church faces a crisis toward the end of the film, even non Christians show up to help out, because they can see the good work the church is doing. It is like Matthew 5:14-16 in action. In simplest terms All Saints makes the argument that love is the best apologetic for the truth of the gospel. This Postmodern Realities Podcast episode is a conversation with John McAteer about his web film review The Apologetics of Community in All Saints
Sep 13, 2017
Postmodern Realities Episode 050 - O Father, Where Art Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence
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The Coen Brothers are among the most critically acclaimed directors of our time, yet their work presents critical challenges, as their films resist easy interpretation. Confusing on a first viewing, the meaning behind the movies is often veiled in mystery. This element offers a clue about the Coens worldview. The difficulty is part of the design. The viewer must wrestle with the meaning behind the movies, just as the main characters struggle to make sense of a chaotic and confusing universe. Given their apparent atheism, if we had to ascribe a worldview to the Coens, the viewer may be tempted to see them as nihilists. However, they seem to share The Big Lebowskis disdain for nihilisms lack of an ethos. Rather, the Coen brothers seem to share in the existentialists philosophical struggle with nihilism, encouraging human wrestling with ultimate issues, even if they think the struggle is unlikely to succeed. In this sense, the Coens might be grouped more safely with absurdists such as Albert Camus, who see the tragedy and comedy in the human striving for meaning, and our perpetual failure to find it. Given one of the brothers philosophical training, it is not a stretch to see their works as fundamentally Socratic in nature questioning all attempts at ultimate answers but encouraging the ongoing struggle to understand our place in a harsh universe. Though the filmmakers themselves are not spiritual, they are deeply interested in religious issues, returning again and again to the questions of faith and morality. This Postmodern Realities Podcast episode is a JOURNAL author conversation with Philip Tallon about his Volume 40 4 cover article O Father, Where Art Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence.
Sep 11, 2017
Postmodern Realities Episode 049 - That "Nones" May Not Perish
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The church is facing ominous times. Science, culture, and politics are conspiring to silence the gospel and render Gods bride impotent. You can see it in the numbers less than one half of 1 percent of eighteen to twenty three year olds hold to a Christian view of the world.1 More than 80 percent of young adults are spiritually disengaged by age twenty nine. In society as a whole, the number of those who profess no belief in God the nones more than doubled between 2007 and 2014. Though statistics show an overall worldwide increase in the numbers of religious believers, that phenomenon is almost solely attributable to growing numbers in places such as Africa and China. In Europe and America, the numbers of the faithful are declining as younger nones replace their more religiously affiliated elders. So how do Christians reach nones with the gospel? This Postmodern Realities Podcast episode is a JOURNAL author conversation with Bob Perry about his Volume 40 4 Effective Evangelism article That Nones May Not Perish as he answers questions including To what do you attribute the growing number of nones in our culture? Do you think the church shares any culpability in this trend? What traits can you identify that the nones hold in common? Can you suggest an overall strategy that we can employ to address the attitudes and concerns of the nones? Arent we bowing to the culture by using this kind of evangelistic method? Shouldnt we just be preaching the Gospel and letting the Holy Spirit do the work?
Sep 06, 2017
Postmodern Realities Special Episode - A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today's World
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Christians need to navigate each cultural wave. We must view each issue in light of biblical truth and then engage it in our homes, churches, communities, and in the larger culture. If Christians are going to effectively engage todays culture, we must be culturally savvy and engage both the seen and unseen elements all around us. Only then can we demolish the cultural arguments that set themselves up against the knowledge of God 2 Cor. 105 and in contrast, proclaim the truth and hope of the gospel. This special episode of the Postmodern Realities podcast is an interview with Brett Kunkle, co author of A Practical Guide to Culture Helping the Next Generation Navigate Todays World as he answers these pressing questions Because of sin, there has never been a completely Christian culture How then do we as Christians engage in culture, or as you say, where should we draw the line? What role do parents pastors have in helping youth develop a healthy worldview in an age that is increasingly digital and informative? How can parents pastors encourage kids to have a healthy relationship with entertainment? How can we make an argument for the authority of scripture and that we can accept these words as truth? How can parents pastors equip our kids to push back against the lies of culture with the truth and hope of the Gospel?
Aug 30, 2017
Postmodern Realities Episode 048 - Not Guilty: A Biblical Case for Ministering to the Accused
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There are Christians who think that Christian attorneys necessarily compromise their faith in their practice. Perhaps no issue brings this kind of thinking to the fore more than the question of whether Christian attorneys should represent the guilty. Complicating this question, in part, is American pop cultures portrayal of lawyers who represent guilty clients as villains, and lawyers who betray guilty clients as heroes The Devils Advocate, And Justice for All. So the real question is whether a Christian is ethically permitted to represent a client she knows committed the crime. We are not talking about condoning legally unethical conduct such as committing perjury or destroying evidence, only the ethical propriety of forcing the state to prove its case. We also are not talking about just any crime. No one gets too worked up over a traffic ticket, only over big ticket offenses such as murder. This Postmodern Realities Podcast episode is a JOURNAL author conversation with David Hagopian about his 2013 Viewpoint article Viewpoint addresses relevant contemporary issues in discernment and apologetics from a particular perspective thats not usually shared by all Christians. This columns aim is for readers thinking on Viewpoint issues to be stimulated and enhanced whether or not readers end up agreeing with the author. Davids article is tilted, Not Guilty A Biblical Case for Ministering to the Accused
Aug 23, 2017
Postmodern Realities Episode 047 - Book Review of "American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus"
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Thanks to everything from pop culture to college propaganda when students arrive on campuses today they expect with varying levels of inclination and trepidation to have a really good time. Many assume theyll encounter, as one student featured in The American Hookup put it apprehensively, a big four year orgy. Like most people I knew, she wrote, I believed that college was a wild, sexual party scene, and that to fit in, you had to be into alcohol, weed, and sex. Its taken for granted today that college is supposed to be fun and that sex is part of why. The best years of your life, is how another student put it. Fun takes priority over sleep and rest, she insisted, forgetting to mention studying altogether. Its an odd way to think about an institution dedicated to occupational training, if you think about. How did college become fun? And how did casual sex, of all things, become synonymous with enjoying ones higher education? American Hookup The New Culture of Sex on Campus by Lisa Wade This JOURNAL author conversation is a discussion of the book review Joe Dallas wrote about American Hookup The New Culture of Sex on Campus by Lisa Wade. Joe answers questions including What is the goal of the hook up culture specifically on the college campus? What does the author say about the hook up culture promoting rape culture on campus and a loss of intimacy? How is the hook up culture is institutionalized on the college campus according to the author? Secularists say that the Christian sexual ethic is narrow, limiting, and stifles freedom of sexual expression. How does a Christian sexual ethic differ from the hook up culture? Many Christian parents are about to send a child to college for the first time, what word of encouragement can you give them to prepare their kids to not succumb to the on campus hookup culture?
Aug 16, 2017
Postmodern Realities Episode 046 - "In Search of the Sacred: Evangelicals on a Quest and Why It Matters"
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Young Christians hanker for mystery and meaning in a world that has become progressively disenchanted over the past five hundred years. Philosopher Charles Taylor begins his much discussed tome A Secular Age by asking this question Why was it virtually impossible not to believe in God in, say, 1500 in our Western society, while in 2000 many of us find this not only easy, but even inescapable? Premodern Christians lived in a world of spirits, demons, and moral forces. Because the liberal democratic project has reduced belief in God to a personal matter, no longer allowing the Creator to play a role in public policy, the official stance on the Divine Being is now identical to that of John Lennons atheism Imagine theres no heaven No hell below us. Above us only sky. If the cultural and political environments in which we swim shape us to any extent, then we are, for practical purposes, all devoted materialists.This JOURNAL author conversation is a discussion with author Arthur W. Hunt 3rd about his article In Search of the Sacred Evangelicals on a Quest and Why It Matters
Aug 09, 2017
Postmodern Realities Episode 045 - "Alexander Solzhenitsyn Confronts the Grand Inquisitor"
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This podcast episode is a conversation with author Stephen Mitchell as he answers questions about his literary apologetics article, Alexander Solzhenitsyn Confronts the Grand Inquisitor and covers topics including free will and Russian gulags
Aug 02, 2017
Postmodern Realities Episode 044 - "The Human Embryo: Potential Person or Person with Great Potential?"
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People use the word potential in many different ways. A child can show potential when it comes to having sports or musical aptitude. If a speaker gives a presentation without being adequately prepared, there is the potential for disaster. However, in philosophy, potential is a technical term, and it is not as simple as one might expect. An oak sapling has the potential to become a mature oak tree, and it has the potential to become a house. But each of these senses of the word potential is different and has real world application to debates in bioethics. Some prochoice advocates try to argue that human embryos are not persons but are potential persons. In this view, embryos are biological members of the human species, but they have not yet reached the developmental milestone necessary for grounding their identity as persons. However, calling the human embryo a potential person is misguided. A common idea is that living things are constructed piece by piece from the outside, when, in fact, they develop from within themselves. To say that a human embryo is a potential person is misguided because it fails to take into account the fact that the reason the embryo eventually will become an adult is because she is a human being with a human nature, and it is this nature that directs her development as a human being. As she has a rational, volitional nature, she will develop all of the present capacities to perform personal activities. Human embryos are not potential persons they are actual persons with potential. This podcast episode is a conversation with author Clinton Wilcox as he answers questions about his article The Human Embryo Potential Person or Person with Great Potential?
Jul 26, 2017
Postmodern Realities Episode 043 - "Understanding Our Response to LGBT Culture"
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Understanding Our Response to LGBT Culture" (Volume 40 #3, 2017) with Matt Holland

This podcast episode is a conversation with author Matt Holland as he answers questions about his Postmodern Realities Column article including What motivated you to write this article? Can you be gay and be a Christian? Some Christians condemn homosexuality over other sins. Are they just in doing this? Are people naturally attracted to the same sex? Is this something they choose? What should happen when a gay couple becomes Christian? Do they totally abandon their old lifestyle? Do you see a battle culture war between homosexuality and the church?
Jul 19, 2017
Postmodern Realities Episode 042 - "When Freedom of Expression and Emotions Collide on Campus"
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A battle over free speech dominates the newsfeeds of online media. The rhetoric grows harsher as two sides seek to establish competing narratives. Are our universities dominated by a privileged class that forces vulnerable minorities to study in a hostile environment, or is the problem really that emotionally fragile students cannot handle dissenting opinions without experiencing emotional meltdowns? It can be difficult to establish a clear definition of safe spaces or to determine limits to the right of students to govern their participation in curriculum they find troubling. Any effort to communicate is frustrated by different sides using similar moral terminology with different meanings, one objectively grounded and the other emotionally grounded. We must recommit to understanding universities as institutions aimed at fostering open dialogue in pursuit of knowledge and truth.The Bible offers examples of countering bad speech with good speech through the examples of both Jesus and Paul. We cannot become so afraid of offending others that we cease to equip the next generation. This podcast episode is a conversation with author Jay Watts as he answers questions including What are safe spaces and trigger warnings? Does this issue transcend the normal conservative versus progressive liberal dynamic that so often plays out in cultural conflict? Does commitment to freedom of expression mean that everyone must be allowed to speak? Even Nazis?
Jul 12, 2017
Postmodern Realities Episode 041 - "The Gracious Heroism of Wonder Woman"
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Wonder Woman is a movie about heroes and the power of heroic role models to inspire heroism in others. Part of the cultural significance of Wonder Woman as a character is to provide young girls with a larger than life image to which they can aspire, parallel to the role Superman plays for young boys. This spoiler-filled podcast episode is a conversation with author John McAteer as he answers questions including what is the approach to heroes that Wonder Woman takes. Wonder Woman is a feminist icon is this movie trying to tear down biblical gender roles? What does the movie say about the origin of war and the possibility of ending war? Some Christian movie reviewers have interpreted Wonder Woman as a Christ-figure. Would you agree with that?
Jul 05, 2017
Postmodern Realities Episode 040 - "Is the Black Man God? Challenging the Central Claim of the Nation of Islam"
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During the 1950s and 60s, Americans were confronted with a unique time of racial conflict. African Americans organized a movement to challenge the racial caste system in the nation. Amidst this largely Christian movement were African Americans who were disillusioned by Christianitys complicity in their experience of racial terror. Many of these people joined the movement known as the Nation of Islam NOI. Those two decades mark the zenith of the NOIs recruitment and activity. Although presently the numbers have dwindled, there are signs of continued influence in African American communities such as the continued ministry of Minister Louis Farrakhan and the twentieth anniversary of the Million Man March held in October 2015. One of the fruits of Farrakhans ministry is Dr. Wesley Muhammad, who has defended the doctrines of the NOI using his academic training in the area of religion. In the past, the myths taught by this group were seen as fanciful and easily rejected by the intellectually minded individual. However, Muhammad seeks to legitimize the teaching that the black man is God. This defense, however, although claiming to be founded on a historic Afrocentric philosophy, departs from the majority of African thought on the nature of God. Muhammad also bases his theory of the development of anthropomorphic understandings among philosophers on his presupposition about traditional Jewish hermeneutics rather than the history of interpretation of the Bible. Finally, he seems to miss the fact that his own explanation about an ontologically immaterial being conflicts with NOI orthodoxy. This podcast episode is a conversation with author Jimmy Butts as he answers questions including: What is the historical response to the Nation of Islam that Christians need to avoid? Why would some people accept the claims of the NOI that some would describe as outlandish? Why should Christian apologists have NOI apologist Dr. Wesley Muhammad on their radar? Who is Elijah Muhammad and why does he characterize the God of Christianity as the spook god? How does the NOIs doctrine of God influence their doctrine of the devil? How can churches prepare their members to engage adherents of NOI?
Jun 21, 2017
Postmodern Realities Episode 039 - "The Gospel According to Marvel"
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Over the past decade, there has been a revival of interest in comic book superheroes, driven in large part by the Disney owned Marvel Comics brand, publishers of such characters as Spider Man, the X Men, the Avengers, and more. Every culture has had its own heroes, from Hercules to King Arthur to the Lone Ranger, but the phenomenal popularity of Marvel superheroes in recent years suggests that Marvels unique approach to envisioning heroism is, for better or worse, feeding some sort of spiritual hunger in American culture. In the 1960s, Marvel transformed the entire comic book industry by introducing heroes who were ordinary people that found themselves with unique abilities and struggled to overcome personal weaknesses to use those abilities for the benefit of those in need. Marvels attempt to ground their heroes in a more realistic world than other superheroes led to at least two questionable results. First, the Marvel universe tends to avoid genuinely supernatural phenomena, instead explaining unusual events in science fiction terms. Second, as popular culture has coarsened in the decades since the 1960s, Marvels flawed heroes have h