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Continuing our conversation with Catholic writer and blogger Brendan Hodge on his new book "If you Can Get It" from Ignatius Press and what it means to be a 'Catholic' writer. Show Snippet: "I mean I think we find ourselves at a time right now where a lot of people are struggling with their daily routines being upended...and I think it does cause p…
 
We begin a three-part series with Catholic writer and blogger Brendan Hodge author of the new book "If you Can Get It" through Ignatius Press. We'll be discussing the book itself, what it's like publishing his first novel, and what it means to be a 'Catholic' writer. Show Snippet: "The title is "If you can get it" it's based on the title of a Georg…
 
As we wrap up our four-part series on conspiracy theory thinking we discuss a pastoral approach that places emphasis upon spiritual discernment and guidance as an essential first step. Show Snippet: "So if conspiracy theories are troubling you or troubling someone you know, the first question is "How's your prayer life?" If your prayer life has tak…
 
In this part three of four, we take a look at some of the psychological and sociological foundations within conspiracy theory thinking that allow false narratives and misleading information to take root in others and in ourselves. Show Snippet: "When there are things that are hard for us, we want to be able to make sense out of that...this is such …
 
Continuing our four-part series on conspiracy theory type thinking we deep dive into what this kind of thinking is, and how to identify content that may be engaged in this style of thought. Show Snippet: "So conspiracy theories will often give you the illusion of leaving you to your own conclusions so you feel like you've done the research, you're …
 
This week Deacon Eric and Dr. Brett Salkeld begin a four-part series to discuss conspiracy theory thinking. In this part one, we'll ask what conspiracy theory thinking is and is not, and discuss the difference between this kind of thinking and healthy skepticism. Show Snippet: "This is not just like a social problem, but it's also a Pastoral proble…
 
Join Deacon Eric and Dr. Brett as they interview Dr. Stephen Little, Acquisitions Editor of Notre Dame Press, at the University of Notre Dame as we discuss his shift in world view from Catholic Creationism to Theistic Evolution. Show Snippet - "When I was in high school I had to write a research paper and I basically had to synthesize all of the ev…
 
As Christian Churches around the world prepare for the "Season of Creation" which begins on September first, we present our Thinking Faith family with a sneak peek at a special YouTube series on Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudate Si hosted by our own Tashia Toupin. Show Snippet: "The rate of consumption that our human society is operating at...it ve…
 
In this part two of two, guest Dr. Jessica Hooten Wilson joins the show to discuss truth, goodness, and beauty in literature and examines Flannery O'Connor's approach as found in her "Mystery and Manners" collection of essays and talks. Show Snippet: "This is a modern problem where I have students come in, and you look at a college student's calend…
 
This week we are pleased to have Dr. Jessica Hooten Wilson, Louise Cowan Scholar in Residence at the University of Dallas, share her insights on a Catholic approach to literature. Show Snippet: "I can't quote C.S. Lewis enough, "In reading great literature I become a thousand people and yet remain myself..." when we delve into these perspectives in…
 
For the last four years, we have been blessed to be able to offer a new forum for conversation, dialogue, and sharing the Good News of our Catholic Faith to the Archdiocese of Regina and beyond. Join Deacon Eric, Dr. Brett, and very special guest, Archbishop Donald Bolen as we celebrate our 200th Episode and discuss our shared dreams for the future…
 
This past June saw the premiere of the very first episode of a new Youtube series produced by the Archdiocese called "The Diocese Tonight" featuring stories, voices, and prayers from all over the Archdiocese of Regina. With a new episode set to release on YouTube on August second, here's just a taste of our premier's keynote talk on Unity by Gabe D…
 
In an exciting podcast crossover event, Thinking Faith happily premiers popular guest, Fr. Parker Love's new podcast "Cold Drinks, Questions, and Christ" as he examines Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, Moses, Man of the Mountain. Show Snipette: "I could see how, for other people, it might be interesting to hear about things that they might not necessari…
 
Weeks before his ordination to the Transitional Diaconate, Deacon Eric Gurash had a chance to talk with Seminarian Chris Lindenbach about his life, his vocation, and this thing we call 'discernment'... Show Snippet: "They talk about any time you make any sort of commitment you make this big 'yes' and then that's sustained by all these little yeses.…
 
Plagues, Murder Hornets, Rivers running blood-red in Russia. Do you get the feeling that 2020 is trying to tell us something? Could this be the end of it all? Show Snippet: "You have these two groups that are contrasted and you see that going on throughout Revelation. It's asking which group are you? Are you the ones despairing because life isn't g…
 
Wrapping up our multi-part series on Creationism and our Catholic faith we apply faith and reason, those invaluable gifts from God, to what the scriptures actually say about death, original sin, and human destiny. Show Snippet: "Original sin...at the heart of it is, you need grace. No amount of do-gooding and good works is going to save you. Yes yo…
 
Deacon Eric and Dr. Brett continue their multi-part series on Creationism with special guest, Dr. Matthew Ramage of Benedictine College, Kansas, and author of "The Experiment of Faith: Pope Benedict XVI on Living the Theological Virtues in a Secular Age". Show Snippet: "Eden is a temple so you understand that it's not giving the scientific account,…
 
This week Deacon Eric, Dr. Brett, and special guest, Fr. Parker Love sit down to answer your questions for another Facebook Live event. Show Snippet: "That's what we're called to do, to do our best, to be the best version of ourself which is the most good version of ourself...the most virtuous person we are called to be, and the most just person we…
 
TF192 - Creationism and the Catholic Church - Part 3 with Dr. Matthew Ramage Deacon Eric and Dr. Brett continue their multi-part series on Creationism with special guest, Dr. Matthew Ramage author of "Dark Passages of the Bible: Engaging Scripture with Benedict XVI and St. Thomas Aquinas". Show Snippet: "I've seen so many young people confused and …
 
Talking the speed of light, what the first amoeba ate, and the conspiracy of Creationism in this part two of a multi-part series on Creationism and the Catholic Church. Show Snippet: "This is a constant argument that all Creationists use about Christian scientists who believe in evolution - they are seeking the approval of the world. So John Paul a…
 
Deacon Eric and Dr. Brett begin a multipart series on Creationism and the Catholic Church. Young earth, old earth, 6 days, billions of years. What does the Church say? Show Snippet: "Both the fundamentalist and the atheist think that Christians who read and believe the Bible, need to be Creationists...and there's a deep irony there, that the two gr…
 
Thinking Faith - Q&A Deacon Eric and Dr. Brett talk fortune cookies, dinosaurs, and suspension of Masses due to COVID-19 in this previously recorded episode of their first-ever live podcast. (Original recording date: April 27, 2020) Show Snippet: "Let's acknowledge at the front end, from a Catholic point of view, that the Eucharist is more essentia…
 
Finishing up a topic begun well before Easter, Deacon Eric and Dr. Brett discuss the final "Ecclesial Dream" of Pope Francis from his Post-Synodal Exhortation "Querida Amazonia". Show Snippet: "We have to get away from the tunnel vision that fails to see God having been at work in other cultures, in other places and at other times...recognize that …
 
Join the discussion this first week of Easter in this part two of two, as we continue wondering how Jesus' suffering and death redeemed humanity. Snippet from the Show: "That's all of us: death is coming, but you do get a choice of how to approach it...and the more practice you get, the better you get at it. It doesn't get easier, but you get bette…
 
Was the cross really necessary for our salvation and how is it that one man's death obtained salvation for humanity? As Holy Week begins, Deacon Eric and Dr. Brett discuss these questions and more. Show snip: "...also the things he said in the resurrection appearances, especially Luke 24 and the road to Emmaus when he's explaining, we're told, the …
 
Church is not suspended, faith, hope, and love are not suspended, and your weekly Thinking Faith fix is not suspended. This week, Deacon Eric and Dr. Brett talk coronavirus, judgment, and bad theology. From six-feet apart of course! Show Snippet: "God brings good out of evil and the Cross is the ultimate picture of that but not the only one. All of…
 
In this part three of four, Dr. Brett and Deacon Eric discuss the "Ecological Dream" of Querida Amazonia including the biblical roots of a redeemed creation and the spiritual effects of a lack of environmental concern. Show Snip: "The environmental question is a spiritual question. Your attitude towards all kinds of things in your life will shape y…
 
Deacon Eric brushes up on his Spanish while he and Dr. Brett dig into the first two chapters of Pope Francis' latest Apostolic Exhortation "Querida Amazonia". Snippet from the show: "This is a call for us, right at the front end of the document, to look into the faces of real persons...to see the real social needs...to hear the cry of the poor."…
 
Keep awake and stay alert. These advent themes invite us to foster and develop what is known as a Contemplative Attitude - a particular way of being within the world that is 'highly tuned' to the presence of Christ in our midst. In this part one of a two-part Advent retreat, Deacon Eric reflects on this call to keep watch and how we might foster a …
 
The National Day of Prayer In Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples which coincides with the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12) and the concerns around Indigenous statues at the Vatican is a perfect time to revisit a past show topic. In this part one of two, we'll discuss Our Lady's role in enculturating the Gospel through dress, language, a…
 
Who is St. Ignatius of Loyola and why does the story of this former soldier, and founder of the Jesuits continue to inspire the Church today? In response to a listener question, we discuss the history and the spiritual gifts of this Spanish saint as we carry on this pilgrim's journey, this week on Thinking Faith! Find out more about Ignatian Spirit…
 
As one liturgical year comes to an end and another one is set to begin, we reflect on the great Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe who rules not through political savvy and raw, authoritarian power, but from the Cross. On the cusp of Advent, we take time to reflect on what it means to follow a crucified King, in this Bonus Episode of T…
 
You ask, we answer! Listener Elaine asks for a bit of information on Sts. Thomas Aquinas and Ignatius of Loyola - two of Brett and Eric's favs. This week we discuss St. Thomas. We'll look at how Brett and "The Angelic Saint" became best buddies, a bit of history and why the Church is a better place because of this medieval Dominican saint this week…
 
In part two of our time with guest, Patrick Malone, we delve deeper into our conversation on film, literature, and faith with a look at Christ figures in popular movies. We'll take a look at James Bond in "Skyfall", Batman in the "Dark Knight" and the "Dark Knight Rises" and discuss the personification of evil as portrayed in the recent film "Joker…
 
With nearly $180 Billion spent on film and literature around the world in the past year, it's easy to see how deeply ingrained the desire for story and narrative is in the human heart. In the midst of all the conversation around the favorite films of friends and family, what might our Catholic faith have to contribute? We're talking film, literatur…
 
Election day saw every one of us cooperating with evil in one way or another. What exactly do the Church and moral theology have to say about such a situation and how does this apply in our daily lives beyond election years? Deacon Eric and Dr. Brett spend some time defining terms, discussing options, and asking that all-important question "How can…
 
With Halloween fast approaching what better time than to delve into the question of spells and magic and all things Potter? Does the Catholic Church teach that magic is real? What about other works of fiction and fantasy? What role to do parents have in making decisions about what kids read and what kinds of conversations are possible around the Po…
 
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