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A podcast that aims to change how life and the world look to people and how people look to themselves. Exploring various topics near and dear to what it is to be human, the idea is to pose questions and let the mind wander, seeing where the questions take us. ”Without fighting with anybody and without speaking about myself, I said much of what needs to be said, but movingly, mildly, and upliftingly.” -Soren Kierkegaard
 
So many of us have been given bad answers to good questions -- questions about God, suffering, prayer, fate, science, justice, and more -- often by people with pure intentions. But we needn't stop with those pat answers. You have permission to take both Christianity and the modern world very seriously, and this podcast will introduce you to people from across the Christian spectrum engaging these timeless and difficult questions in various ways.
 
In Faith and Economics, economics professors Dr. Russ McCullough and Dr. Peter Jacobsen and philosophy professor Dr. Justin Clarke discuss big issues that impact economic freedom and human flourishing from a Christian perspective. This podcast is an initiative of the Gwartney Institute at Ottawa University. For more information, contact us at gwartney.institute@gmail.com
 
Rabbi Shmuel Braun is a teacher, mentor and lecturer, especially known for his ability to take the loftiest concepts in Jewish mysticism and connect them to everyday life in a way that students from any background and level of knowledge can appreciate. Rabbi Braun sends out "Today's Heavenward Gaze", a daily WhatsApp message, fusing the profound thought of Kabbalah, Chassidism, Philosophy, Literature, Poetry and even Pop Culture in order to elevate the lives of hundreds of listeners with mea ...
 
This podcast investigates the link between Jungian psychology and religion. Through dialogues with Jungian analysts and scholars, this podcast addresses fundamental questions Carl Gustav Jung asked, and tried to give answers to, throughout his lifetime which forms the foundation of his psychology. Specific emphasis is put on faith versus religious experience, and on Jung’s tireless wrestling with Christianity—and why it remains important for us today. The show is hosted by Jungian analyst Ja ...
 
The podcast where we mix a sometimes weird but always delicious cocktail of theology, philosophy, and spirituality. We're a pastor and a philosopher who have discovered that sometimes pastors need philosophy, and sometimes philosophers need pastors. We tackle topics and interview guests that straddle the divide between our interests. Who we are: Randy Knie (Co-Host) - Randy is the founding and Lead Pastor of Brew City Church in Milwaukee, WI. Randy loves his family, the Church, cooking, and ...
 
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Today my guest J. Aaron Simmons joins me to discuss Danish philosopher and theologian, Soren Kierkegaard. Dr. Simmons is an author, Professor of Philosophy at Furman University, and the current president of the Soren Kierkegaard Society (USA). Aaron says “Faith is risk with a direction” and summarizes Kierkegaard with a current application: “You’re…
 
Aaron Simmons is back on the podcast to preview our upcoming reading group – Walking with Kierkegaard. In this conversation we give 5 reasons the church needs Kierkegaard today. We hope you enjoy it and check out the class and giveaway below. 5 Reasons the Church needs Kierkegaard today 1. Kierkegaard reminds us that faith is about lived commitment…
 
Paul Axton Preaches - In comparing the story of Nicodemus and the Samaritan Woman it is seen that the role of the erotic and physical is not an obstacle to quenching desire but a medium and means of recognizing the love and desire of God. Become a Patron! If you enjoyed this podcast, please consider donating to support our work.…
 
Is Equality Natural? Do We Have a Natural Impulse Towards Equality? This is a philosophical tour of how philosophers have answered the equality question, and how hunter-gatherers, tribesman, and homo sapiens for 95% of their history, have been egalitarian. Based on Christopher Boehm's book, Heirarchy in the Forest: The Evolution of Egalitarian Beha…
 
Danté Stewart's book Shoutin' in the Fire: An American Epistle is one of the most stirring and powerfully written that we've encountered on the podcast. This conversation with him is comparable. He's engaging, funny, and erudite all at once, and he has critical things to teach the white church if we'll listen. He's also super well-read, and he want…
 
Are you ready for some New Testament hype? My friend and colleague Dr. Matt Novenson is on the podcast. We have a bunch of fun. Matthew Novenson is Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Christian Origins at the University of Edinburgh, where he is also director of the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins. Check out his books: The Grammar of Mes…
 
Are you ready for some New Testament hype? My friend and colleague Dr. Matt Novenson is on the podcast. We have a bunch of fun. Matthew Novenson is Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Christian Origins at the University of Edinburgh, where he is also director of the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins. Check out his books: The Grammar of Mes…
 
What makes you modern? We know that modernity means technology, industry, cities. But is there a modern attitude? A modern psychology?What sets apart from pre-moderns? Can we even imagine what a traditional attitude might feel like?Traditional life was circular. We were tied to the land day after day, month after month – the idea of improvement, or…
 
Paul Axton preaches - There is an inadvertent tendency to subordinate the role of the Holy Spirit but Romans 8 opens the depth of the Trinity on the basis of a prayerful experience in which the reality of God's self-hood completes human self-hood in a triadic unity of experience. Join us for our class on the Holy Spirit starting October 18th by reg…
 
Rachel Wilhelm is a songwriter and church music leader who has recently released her new album and work Requiem, which draws from ancient and modern texts and musical styles to offer us a meditation on death, grief, and our hope in the resurrection. Our conversation, along with these set of songs, offers us a chance to slow down and contemplate wha…
 
"What does it mean for Jung to be a Christian? Those symbols of the Christian church continued to matter for him deeply. The crucifixion remained a central image for his thinking, and the idea of resurrection, well, he reframed it in terms of winning through to a resurrected body when one is still alive. But that is the kind of language he would no…
 
Aaron Simmons is back on the podcast to preview our upcoming reading group – Walking with Kierkegaard. In this conversation we give 5 reasons the church needs Kierkegaard today. We hope you enjoy it and check out the class and giveaway below. 5 Reasons the Church needs Kierkegaard today 1. Kierkegaard reminds us that faith is about lived commitment…
 
In the second installment of the series “Worries About Progressive Christianity”, I speak with author and professor O. Alan Noble. Both insightful and humorous, we hit the topics of suffering & theodicy, church life, and grace as the essence of human existence.Alan's Author Page: https://www.oalannoble.com/Alan's Twitter: @TheAlanNobleDan's new mus…
 
The Gwartney team wants to welcome Chris Coyne to the show this week! This week the team talks to Chris about his book, Manufacturing Militarism. Christopher J. Coyne and Abigail R. Hall detail how military propaganda has targeted Americans since 9/11. From the darkened cinema to the football field to the airport screening line, the U.S. government…
 
In this discussion with Brian J. McVeigh, who is the premiere student of Julian Jaynes and also a scholar of Asia who specializes in Japanese pop art, education, politics, and history, Paul and Brian discuss the formation and manipulation of Japaneseness through psychology. Become a Patron! If you enjoyed this podcast, please consider donating to s…
 
Check out the upcoming class My buddy Dustin Kensrue is back on the podcast. We discuss his band Thrice‘s newest album – horizons/east. On top of being a rock star, Dustin is a member of the #ProcessParty and in our conversation, we discuss how his views of faith, politics, and more have changed and are expressed in the album. Enjoy This episode is…
 
Check out the upcoming class My buddy Dustin Kensrue is back on the podcast. We discuss his band Thrice‘s newest album – horizons/east. On top of being a rock star, Dustin is a member of the #ProcessParty and in our conversation, we discuss how his views of faith, politics, and more have changed and are expressed in the album. Enjoy This episode is…
 
Heavy. Weighty. Decentering. In this episode we discuss the afterlife. What happens when we die? Kyle takes us on a journey through historic philosophical thinking about afterlife and why we just don't know what happens when we die. Randy mixes in some pastoral and spiritual insights here and some possible heresy there...delicious. Content Warning:…
 
This week the Gwartney team talks about two different thought experiments brought up by Dr. Justin Clarke on Abortion. These thought experiments run through the first and second half of the show. The team then analyzes each of the arguments brought up by the experiment to see which one is better in comparison. The first thought experiment is Judith…
 
In this episode, Brian McLaren joins the pod and we tackle some excellent questions. Here you will get a glimpse of what a QnA session sounds like in our current online learning group Oh God What Now: Christianity 20 years after 9/11. The class itself is 6-weeks and features a weekly session with Diana Butler Bass and Brian, along with occasional Q…
 
In this episode, Brian McLaren joins the pod and we tackle some excellent questions. Here you will get a glimpse of what a QnA session sounds like in our current online learning group Oh God What Now: Christianity 20 years after 9/11. The class itself is 6-weeks and features a weekly session with Diana Butler Bass and Brian, along with occasional Q…
 
Dr. Myron Penner is a professor of philosophy at Trinity Western University and director of the Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre for Faith and Learning. On top of being a stellar scholar, he is a dear friend and the coolest Mennonite Canadian philosopher on planet earth Since we are friends, Myron managed to turn almost every question around back at me …
 
Dr. Myron Penner is a professor of philosophy at Trinity Western University and director of the Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre for Faith and Learning. On top of being a stellar scholar, he is a dear friend and the coolest Mennonite Canadian philosopher on planet earth Since we are friends, Myron managed to turn almost every question around back at me …
 
In this episode, the Gwartney team takes a look at some Classical Liberal priors. This article by Donald J. Boudreaux discusses his personal 20 priors that play a significant role in discussions of society and economics. The team goes through the second 10 in this episode discussing how we feel about each one. If you would like to read each prior a…
 
This week, I spoke with author Callid Keefe-Perry on the concept of Theopoetics. Along with his book “Way to Water: A Theopoetics Primer”, we discuss the issue of justice, following Jesus and living out Keefe-Perry’s Quaker practice. Callid speaks about how being grounded in creativity is intrinsic to humanity—we are all “crafters” and “makers” of …
 
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