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Doth Protest Too Much is a podcast on church history and the development of Protestant theology over the past several centuries, with a special emphasis on how ‘Classical’ or ‘Reformational’ Protestantism can inform us today. It is hosted by Episcopal priest Rev. Drew Christiansen along with Stephen Burnett, Lutheran pastor Rev. Charlie Lehmann, and Episcopal priest Rev. James Rickenbaker. It also features interviews with theologians and scholars of church history. We can be listened to on S ...
 
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This is a repost of one of our earliest episodes with Dr. N. Scott Amos, a leading scholar on the 16th century figure Martin Bucer who played an important part in both the English and continental Reformations (and as we discuss in this episode, on the Book of Common Prayer.) This is a link to the book that Dr. Amos edited recently for the Reformati…
 
"With any kind of history, there's a lot of empathy that has to be involved. You have to try to understand that there are objective issues but there's also the subjective: why people get caught up in this sort of thing, and any good history tries to deal with both." This was a statement from our guest Erik Herrmann on this episode about the controv…
 
The title for the episode comes from our discussion on Charlie's hymn today. Andrew, James, and Charlie gather to go further down the list of their favorite hymns (or further up?). We did just two today as James and Andrew shared one. Stephen was unfortunately unable to join us but will be back with a double feature on the next part of this series.…
 
"an antidote to all the self-help nonsense that weighs down our bookshelves and our self-regard" -These words from Nadia Bolz-Weber are about David Zahl's new book Low Anthropology: The Unlikely Key to a Gracious View of Others (and Yourself). David Zahl joins Andrew, Stephen, and James on this episode of Doth Protest Too Much for a great discussio…
 
Notable Luther scholar and theologian Dr. Mark Mattes joins DPTM hosts Stephen Burnett and Rev. James Rickenbaker in this episode to discuss the importance of God's forgiveness and righteousness given to us by His efficacious Word. Dr. Mattes is Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa, and has served congregat…
 
Rev. Kyle Tomlin joins the podcast to discuss his longtime interests in comic books and superheroes. We discuss Spiderman, Green Lantern, Deadpool, Batman, Superman, the Watchmen, the Boys, and more. Andrew is a bit less seasoned in the comic book universe, so James and Kyle really carried the conversation today. But importantly, we explore what me…
 
River Devereux joins Andrew on this episode of 'Doth Protest' for a helpful conversation about the Reformational understanding of Scripture's authority in relation to Creeds and Councils. River's recent work in the North American Anglican has generated great conversation and some controversy surrounding this topic. River's argument is: "our entire …
 
What is heresy? Can it be understood sympathetically without condoning it? James and Stephen of 'Doth Protest' had a great discussion with Justin Holcomb on this topic. You are in for a fascinating and uplifting discussion. Justin is an Episcopal priest and has served as the Canon for Vocations in the Diocese of Central Florida since 2013. He teach…
 
We go further down the list of our favorite hymns in this second of a five part series on sacred music. We give a huge thanks and shout out to Aaron Shows, James's brother-in-law, who played segments of all of the hymns we discuss on organ or piano. Please do not kill Andrew for mispronouncing your name today! We featured Aaron's music on the episo…
 
"For a scholarly generation, students of Paul have confidently treated the sixteenth-century Reformers as Paul's 'misinterpreters-in-chief.' Now Stephen Chester's patient and learned treatment of the Reformers' Pauline exegesis exposes both their thoughtfulness and their potential as wise conversation partners in the present. This is a major contri…
 
Zac Neubauer, President of Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion-USA, joins the podcast again, this time with Andrew and James to talk about some of the leading Evangelicals from Anglicanism's recent past including Charles Simeon (pictured in episode artwork), Charles McIlvaine, and John Stott. We also catch up about EFAC-USA in recent y…
 
What does it mean for a Christian to live under both God and an earthly ruler? What are Christians supposed to do in everyday life situations that the Bible doesn't speak to or prescribe something directly for? These are just some of the questions that we explored in our latest episode. Dr. Littlejohn joins Stephen and Andrew on the podcast today t…
 
Stephen, Charlie, James, and Andrew go through their favorite hymns in this first of a five part series on sacred music. We give a huge thanks and shout out to Aaron Shows, James's brother-in-law, who played segments of all of the hymns we discuss on organ or piano. We featured these segments on the episode as we introduced each one. Aaron is a fil…
 
Rev. Andrew's friend Jacob Bouma-Sims joins the podcast to discuss the most recent EFAC-USA (Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion-USA) conference that he attended. He also shares his personal story and how God brought him out of atheism. He also talks about his own true-crime and history fusion podcast titled "Mead and Murder". Some of …
 
What an honor it was to have the esteemed historian of the Episcopal Church Robert Prichard join Drew and James for the podcast today. Dr. Prichard is a Professor Emeritus of Virginia Theological Seminary (a seminary in the Episcopal Church) where served as the Arthur Lee Kinsolving Professor of Christianity in America and Instructor in Liturgy, an…
 
Dr. Daniel Pedersen is back on the podcast to discuss his recent work on divine simplicity, divine freedom, and the "modal collapse" argument. He recently co-authored an article on this subject with Christopher Lilley out of Marquette University titled "Divine Simplicity, God's Freedom, and the Supposed Problem of Modal Collapse" for the Journal of…
 
Charlie was a bit "hipster" with the last theologian here, who is obscure for most people (unless you went to Concordia-Seward), but all four of the theologians discussed for this fourth and final installment of our Theologians Series have interesting stories, strong personalities, and thoughtful theologies. James discussed Gerhard Forde, Andrew di…
 
Dr. Ariel Hessayon joins Andrew, Charlie, and James today to talk about the books that are often considered 'Apocrypha' in the Protestant tradition. We discuss: -The difference between the Septuagint and the Hebrew Bible -The speculation on the closing of the Jewish canon by the time of Jesus -The early church father Jerome's approach to canonicity…
 
"When you make blanket statements, you end up being smothered by that blanket." What an insightful quote from our very own: Rev. James Rickenbaker. Today, two Episcopal Priests and a Lutheran pastor break down the problems they find with a meme that seems to get shared virally every time Easter comes around. A meme (pictured in the episode artwork …
 
That's right! Four fifths (about) of the Bible is the Old Testament. Joining Andrew and James on the podcast for this episode is Tremper Longman. Dr. Longman has spent his life (since his conversion as a young man) studying the Old Testament and has become an authority on it. An author of many books and articles, including widely-used textbooks on …
 
**SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT if you haven't read The Last Battle from the Narnia series. (But to be fair, it's been 60 years). Rev's Andrew, Charlie, and James go further down the favorite theologians list in the third part of our theologians series. Andrew talks about Paul Althaus, Charlie talks about Johann Gerhard, and James talks about C.S. Lewis. Yo…
 
We really wanted to name the episode something like "A God Full of Sin". But you can listen to what one of these four profound theologians says on that. Friends Rev's. Charlie Lehmann and James Rickenbaker join this episode to discuss more of their favorite theologians. Charlie talks about James Voelz and Norman Nagel (both of whom he also had as t…
 
Another Schleiermacher episode? Yes, well sort of. This time with Dr. Eugene (Gene) Schlesinger. Gene is a scholar of ecclesiology (the understanding of the church) and someone Rev. Andrew knows from his time in the Episcopal Church. Gene came on the podcast to discuss his interests in ecclesiology which led him to be one of the only scholars to ev…
 
Rev. James Rickenbaker joins Rev. Andrew for the first time today on Doth Protest. This is the first of a multi-part series of episodes we will have between James, Andrew, and Charles (who will join on the next part) going through our favorite theologians. By the end of the series, each will have gone through five. Not only are they near and dear t…
 
Dr. Daniel Pedersen joins us for a discussion on the 19th century German Reformed theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher. Schleiermacher is often called the 'Father of Modern Theology' or the 'Father of Liberal Theology'. Daniel explains what that term means and how he believes that term can mislead. Daniel takes a position that Schleiermacher is ofte…
 
Rev. Andrew's good friend Rev. Charles Lehmann, Lutheran pastor and classmate at Institute of Lutheran Theology, comes on the show for the first time to discuss the Communicatio Idiomatum; how Jesus’s human nature and divine nature are related which has been understood differently between the Lutheran and the Reformed traditions. We had a lot of fu…
 
Merry Christmas! In this episode, Stephen and Rev. Andrew each share three podcasts that they have been recently enjoying and would recommend to Doth Protest Too Much fans. These other podcasts range from topics of the paranormal to stand-up comedy to relational/emotional wellness to cancel culture to church leadership-gone-wrong to modern theology…
 
Dr. Thomas Power joins the podcast to discuss his longtime interests and work in apocalyptic thought in church history- especially in regard to the Church of Ireland in the 19th century. Tune in to learn about how multiple societal and political factors led to an apocalyptic fervor and revival of millennialist thought in the church- in ways that we…
 
(Your host enjoys using the umlaut function for this episode!) Who is Eberhard Jüngel? Dr. Dave Nelson joins the podcast to discuss a significant and interesting 20th-century German theologian who is sometimes overlooked in the 'Anglosphere'. Tune in to this episode learn more about Jüngel, his commentary on secularization, his relationship to the …
 
This is a re-upload of our second episode, Rev. Andrew Christiansen discusses natural theology and its sub-topic of natural law. We cover many years and many figures in this episode: Athanasius, Gregory of Nyssa, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Richard Hooker and more! There is no guest tonight, we just had some free time and some paid for podcast hour…
 
Evangelism starts with what Christ has done (and is doing) for you that you cannot do for yourself. This was the insight (though not original- it's biblical) that Rev. Andrew came to upon his reflection of the fantastic recent EFAC-USA conference in Dallas, TX. EFAC stands for Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion. The theme of the confe…
 
This is a replay of our very first episode. Join Rev. Andrew and Dr. Jack Kilcrease for a discussion on Thomas Aquinas' influence on Protestantism, in particular the era of theology known as "Protestant scholasticism" or "Protestant orthodoxy". Dr. Kilcrease clarifies some misconceptions about Protestant scholasticism and also offers a way that we …
 
Martin Luther? The Book of Revelation? How could this episode NOT be good? Tune in to explore not only Luther's relationship to a book that has long fascinated people, but the development of the apocalyptic tenor to Luther's thought and the shift of attitude that he had toward this book. Shownotes: *The works from Luther referred to in the episode …
 
Dr. Jack Kilcrease joins us again on Doth Protest Too Much! What a fascinating conversation we had on the theological (and Christological) differences between Reformers Martin Luther and Ulrich Zwingli, especially in regard to the Holy Eucharist. Jack also weighs in on what he liked about the Netflix series Midnight Mass. Dr. Kilcrease is a Luthera…
 
Fr. Isaac Rehberg from the podcast Miserable Offenders, a podcast on theology and culture from an Anglican perspective, joins us again on Doth Protest Too Much! This time, we had a fun discussion on recent books that we had read (not books that necessarily came out recently, but that we read recently). I won't put all the books in the show notes as…
 
What is 'liberal theology'? Is it an umbrella term? Is it something that denotes something specific? It is certainly a "charged" term that elicits different responses amongst Christian theologians and scholars.Dr. Roger E. Olson joins Rev. Andrew on this podcast to discuss what he terms as 'real' liberal theology, or, the Liberal Theological Tradit…
 
Rev. Andrew realized that he had been reading nothing but theology for the past 11 years of his life and decided it can't be unhealthy to take a break. In this episode, frequent guest Stephen Burnett, and our friend Michael Mazur joining us for the first time, sit down to talk about recent books they've read over the summer that are not related (or…
 
“There is a well-defined and generally recognized Wisconsin type of churchmanship.”- said Fr. Fayette Durlin. This episode explores that history as well as the history of the Oxford Movement, its underlying theology, and more. A few years back, Rev. Andrew spent a lot of time researching this and is presenting it on the episode of this podcast. Sho…
 
Michael Metts is a Ph.D. candidate in New Testament at the University of Aberdeen specializing in historical Jesus studies. He is joining us today on Doth Protest Too Much to discuss the history of the historical-Jesus studies and help break down the methodologies involved with how scholars of the past three centuries have tried to study Jesus of N…
 
Everyone knows the name Billy Graham, but we gain some great insights into facets of life and faith by being more familiar with his story. At least that is how Stephen and I felt after reading more about him. Stephen Burnett joins us again for an absolutely fantastic discussion on Doth Protest Too Much.Episode shownotes:The title of this episode is…
 
Louisiana historian Dr. Cheryl White joins the podcast in this episode to discuss the 19th-century Episcopal missionary bishop Leonidas Polk and the Episcopal Church during the Civil War. We also scratch the surface of some of Dr. White's other research interests (the shroud of Turin and the Yellow Fever epidemics of Louisiana). Dr. Cheryl White is…
 
Delightful episode and discussion with Stephen D. Morrison, author of the Plain English series where he brings the thought of famous theologians to beginning readers of theology. On this episode, we discuss the theological legacy of T.F. Torrance, his engagement with science, his Christ-centeredness, and his pastoral answer to the "burning question…
 
Rev. Sean Duncan joins us on this episode to discuss the great Elizabethan theologian Richard Hooker. Sean serves as the rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Marshall, TX. He is passionate about Christian education and is enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He believes in staying true to Anglicanism while adapti…
 
Jacqueline Mariña is one of our current day's leading experts on the 19th-century theological giant Friedrich Schleiermacher. Her areas of expertise include Schleiermacher, Philosophy of Religion, and also the work of Immanuel Kant. Join us for some discussion on Immanuel Kant and Friedrich Schleiermacher in this episode and their influence on phil…
 
This is a re-upload of our recent episode with Dr. Edwards. We had some audio issues with the episode. We were able to slightly improve it through an editing software a friend recommended. I will leave both versions of the episode up. Description of the episode: Whether portrayed as a martyr for the Protestant faith or as a paragon of Victorian vir…
 
There was not much of an agenda to this episode, but our exploration brought many deep insights into the nature of ministry, morality, our fallible human nature, terrible foods, ancient heresies, and more. Stephen Burnett joins us again for a great discussion on the life and ministry of Aimee Semple McPherson in the 1920's, 30's and 40's, as well a…
 
What are the metaphysical and spiritual realities going on when we receive the Communion? Dr. James Arcadi joins us to discuss the English Reformer and father of Anglican liturgy Thomas Cranmer, Cranmer's theology of the Holy Eucharist, and the spectrum of beliefs on the Eucharist across Christianity. Dr. Arcadi is the Professor of Biblical and Sys…
 
I was honored to have a great discussion with leading Reformation scholar N. Scott Amos on the sometimes overlooked 16th century Reformation figure Martin Bucer, and Bucer's influence on Anglican liturgy and the Book of Common Prayer. We primarily discuss content and background of his article "Martin Bucer and the Revision of the 1549 Prayer Book" …
 
This episode is anything but miserable! Isaac Rehberg from the Anglican podcast Miserable Offenders joins us to discuss his top 5 favorite theologians (it is a good list), and Rev. Andrew shares a couple of his as well. Episode shownotes: Andrew refers to a couple of quotations from Karl Barth that can be found at: -Theology and Church: Shorter Wri…
 
Rev. Zac Neubauer, president of Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communtion- USA joins Rev. Andrew for a discussion on the ethos and history of Evangelical-Anglicanism. The title the Word of God does the Work of God comes from Zac’s quoting of Mark Ashton’s book Christ and His People: Eight Convictions About the Local Church. Christian Focuse…
 
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