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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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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/Please note this article 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 Online-Exclusive Articles by clicking here. Coming soon! Check back here and at our article archive page. https://www.equip.org/early-access-to-online-exclusive-articles-faqs/We’d 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 ever growing database of over 1,500 articles, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. Another way you can support our online articles is by leaving us a tip. A tip is just a small amount, like $3, $5, or $10 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 featuring this authorThe MandalorianEpisode 217: Thinking About Religion in The MandalorianThis is the Way…Or is It?: Thinking About Religion in The MandalorianTenetEpisode 205: Time May Change Me, But I Can’t Change Time: Reversing Time to Understand Christopher Nolan’s TenetTime May Change Me, But I Can’t Change Time: Reversing Time to Understand Christopher Nolan’s TenetA Hidden LifeEpisode 155 The Marathon of Martyrdom: A Review of A Hidden LifeThe Marathon of Martyrdom: A Review of A Hidden LifeStar Wars: Rise of Skywalker Episode 154: The Dead Won’t Stop Talking: A Review of The Rise of SkywalkerThe Dead Won’t Stop Talking: A Review of The Rise of SkywalkerFred 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 HumanClear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More HumanTolkien Episode 123 Tolkien’s First FellowshipTolkien’s First Fellowship A film review of TolkienAlfred Hitchcock films:Episode 100: A. Hitchcock FilmsThe 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 ExistenceThe Films of Quentin Tarantino:Episode 001: The Films of Quentin Tarantino“Reservoir Gods: Quentin Tarantino’s Premodern TheologyRelated:Episode 173 Jesus Wake Up!Episode 200 Wisdom for College ZoomersWisdom for College Zoomers Don’t 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.
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”.Please note this article 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 Online-Exclusive Articles by clicking here. Coming soon! Check back here and at our article archive page.We’d 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 ever growing database of over 1,500 articles, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. Another way you can support our online articles is by leaving us a tip. A tip is just a small amount, like $3, $5, or $10 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 featuring this authorEpisode 216 Why Do I Call Myself Good? A Look at Virtue SignalingWhy Do I Call Myself Good? A Look at Virtue SignalingEpisode 211: There Is No Health in Us: Wellness and Self-Care in the Age of COVID-19There Is No Health in Us: Wellness and Self-Care in the Age of COVID-19Episode 209 She Who Has Eyes, Let Her See: A look at Didn’t See That Coming by Rachel HollisShe 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 EnneagramThe Road Back to Where? A Look at Self Discovery Using the EnneagramEpisode 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 HatmakerEpisode 191 Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of UntamedGods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of UntamedEpisode 181 But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené BrownBut What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené BrownEpisode 178 Worshipping TogetherEpisode 160-Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by NameNaming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by NameEpisode 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 ConferenceA Helper Like Me: A Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage by David and Constantino KhalafLosing Faith: A Look at the 2019 Evolving Faith ConferenceEpisode 140 The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen HatmakerThe Unhindered Leadership of Jen HatmakerThe Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen HatmakerEpisode 136 Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel HollisHave You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel HollisDon’t 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.
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/We’d 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 ever growing database of over 1,500 articles, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. Another way you can support our online articles is by leaving us a tip. A tip is just a small amount, like $3, $5, or $10 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: A Call from Christ: May We Be as One, with Dr. Bradley NassifHow Was Orthodoxy Established in the Ecumenical CouncilsDon’t 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.
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/Please note this article 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 Online-Exclusive Articles by clicking here. We’d also like to invite you to subscribe to the Journal. To subscribe to the Journal, please click here. https://www.equip.org/early-access-to-online-exclusive-articles-faqs/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 ever growing database of over 1,500 articles, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. Another way you can support our online articles is by leaving us a tip. A tip is just a small amount, like $3, $5, or $10 which is the cost for some of a latte, lunch out, or coffee drink. To leave a tip, click here https://www.equip.org/pmr-podcast/episode-222-deconstructionism-and-the-gospel-of-hope-in-logan/Other articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this authorEpisode 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 TimesStar Trek’s Christopher Pike: An Old- Fashioned Hero for Our Cynical Time Don’t 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.
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/Please note this article 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 Online-Exclusive Articles by clicking here. https://www.equip.org/early-access-to-online-exclusive-articles-faqs/ Coming soon! Check back here and at our article archive page. We’d 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 ever growing database of over 1,500 articles, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. Another way you can support our online articles is by leaving us a tip. A tip is just a small amount, like $3, $5, or $10 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 featuring this author: Postmodern Realities Episode 171 Why Christians Should Read the Pagan ClassicsWhy Christians Should Read the Pagan ClassicsHank Unplugged: How to Explain Hell with Louis MarkosHow Dante’s Inferno Can Help Explain Hell to Modern SeekersHank Unplugged: Atheism on Trial with Dr. Louis MarkosC. S. Lewis on HellThe Legacy of G.K. Chesterton and Dorothy SayersDon’t 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.
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/We’d 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 ever growing database of over 1,500 articles, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. Another way you can support our online articles is by leaving us a tip. A tip is just a small amount, like $3, $5, or $10 which is the cost for some of a latte, lunch out, or coffee drink. To leave a tip, click here Other articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this author: Episode 194 Autobiography as ApologeticAutobiography as ApologeticEpisode 157: The Reincarnation of ReincarnationThe Reincarnation of ReincarnationEpisode 122 Shamelessly Wrong Shamelessly Wrong: Book Review of Shameless: A Sexual Reformation Nadia Bolz-WeberEpisode 004: Agile Apologetics Developing an Agile Apologetic Channeling: Revelations Of DeceptionLearning 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 EnlightenmentJean-Paul Satre And The Resurgence Of ExistentialismFrancis Schaeffer: Pastor, Evangelist, Apologist, Prophet The Christian Apologist’s Moral Compass Steve Jobs, Jesus, and the Problem of EvilAnd many more, Dr. Groothuis has written articles for us for over 30 years.Don’t 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
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/We’d 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 ever growing database of over 1,500 articles, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. Another way you can support our online articles is by leaving us a tip. A tip is just a small amount, like $3, $5, or $10 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 featuring this authorEpisode 168: Best Selling Author and Astrologer Chani Nicholas Brings New Age Teaching to the Social Media GenerationEpisode 166 Controversial Guru Teal Swan Brings New Age Teachings to the Social Media GenerationControversial Guru Teal Swan and Astrologer Chani Nicholas Bring New Age Teachings to the Social Media Generation​Don’t 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.
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/We’d 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 ever growing database of over 1,500 articles, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast. Another way you can support our online articles is by leaving us a tip. A tip is just a small amount, like $3, $5, or $10 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 featuring this authorEpisode 214 Star Trek’s Christopher Pike: An Old Fashioned Hero For Our Cynical TimesStar Trek’s Christopher Pike: An Old- Fashioned Hero for Our Cynical Time Other related podcasts and articles: Episode 041: The Gracious Heroism of Wonder WomanThe Gracious Heroism of Wonder Woman Don’t 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.
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. We’d 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 ever growing database of over 1,500 articles, as well as our free Postmodern Realities podcast.Another way you can support our online articles is by leaving us a tip. A tip is just a small amount, like $3, $5, or $10 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 featuring this authorEpisode 205: Time May Change Me, But I Can’t Change Time: Reversing Time to Understand Christopher Nolan’s TenetTime May Change Me, But I Can’t Change Time: Reversing Time to Understand Christopher Nolan’s TenetEpisode 173 Jesus Wake Up!Episode 200 Wisdom for College ZoomersWisdom for College ZoomersA Hidden LifeEpisode 155 The Marathon of Martyrdom: A Review of A Hidden LifeThe Marathon of Martyrdom: A Review of A Hidden LifeStar Wars: Rise of Skywalker Episode 154: The Dead Won’t Stop Talking: A Review of The Rise of SkywalkerThe Dead Won’t Stop Talking: A Review of The Rise of SkywalkerFred 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 HumanClear Skies, Hurt Hearts, Can’t Lose: Why Spielberg’s Aliens Help Make us More HumanTolkien Review:Episode 123 Tolkien’s First FellowshipTolkien’s First Fellowship A film review of TolkienAlfred Hitchcock films:Episode 100: A. Hitchcock FilmsThe 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 ExistenceThe Films of Quentin Tarantino:Episode 001: The Films of Quentin Tarantino“Reservoir Gods: Quentin Tarantino’s Premodern Theology Don’t 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.
“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/We’d 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 and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this author:Episode 211: There Is No Health in Us: Wellness and Self-Care in the Age of COVID-19There Is No Health in Us: Wellness and Self-Care in the Age of COVID-19Episode 209 She Who Has Eyes, Let Her See: A look at Didn’t See That Coming by Rachel HollisShe 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 EnneagramThe Road Back to Where? A Look at Self Discovery Using the EnneagramEpisode 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 HatmakerEpisode 191 Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of UntamedGods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of UntamedEpisode 181 But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené BrownBut What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené BrownEpisode 178 Worshipping TogetherEpisode 160-Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by NameNaming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by NameEpisode 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 ConferenceA Helper Like Me: A Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage by David and Constantino KhalafLosing Faith: A Look at the 2019 Evolving Faith ConferenceEpisode 140 The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen HatmakerThe Unhindered Leadership of Jen HatmakerThe Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen HatmakerEpisode 136 Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel HollisHave You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis
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. We’d 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 Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this author: 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 DeconversionEpisode 074: Authentic Community in the Age of Social MediaCream or Sugar: Fostering Authentic Community in the Expanding Age of Social MediaRelatedEpisode 210: Bespoke Religiosity and the Rise of the Nones: a review of Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World by Tara Isabella BurtonBespoke Religiosity and the Rise of the Nones: a review of Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World by Tara Isabella BurtonEpisode 186 Gen Z. Live For the Ray not the LineEpisode 88: Training Teens in ApologeticsSpecial Episode: A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s WorldDon’t 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.
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. We’d 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.Related articles and Postmodern Realities podcastsEpisode 185 Star Trek: Picard and Transhumanism — Where No One Has Gone BeforeStar 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 WorldviewEpisode 017: Suicide Squad, Deadpool, and the Rise of the Comic Book AntiheroSuicide Squad, Deadpool, and the Rise of the Comic Book AntiheroDon’t 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.
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/We’d 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 Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this author:Episode 206: How Do We Evangelize Affluent Suburbs?How Do We Evangelize Affluent Suburbs? Other related articles:Who’s Afraid of HAL? Why Computers Will Not Become Conscious and Take over the WorldUnderstanding Social Media Don’t 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.
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/We’d 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. https://www.equip.org/product/pmr-jnl-tip/Other related articles:When Someone You Love Says, “I’m Gay”Don’t 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.
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/We’d 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/crj-subscription/Other articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this authorEpisode 209 She Who Has Eyes, Let Her See: A look at Didn’t See That Coming by Rachel HollisShe 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 EnneagramThe Road Back to Where? A Look at Self Discovery Using the EnneagramEpisode 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 HatmakerEpisode 191 Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of UntamedGods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of UntamedEpisode 181 But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené BrownBut What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené BrownEpisode 178 Worshipping TogetherEpisode 160-Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by NameNaming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by NameEpisode 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 ConferenceA Helper Like Me: A Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage by David and Constantino KhalafLosing Faith: A Look at the 2019 Evolving Faith ConferenceEpisode 140 The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen HatmakerThe Unhindered Leadership of Jen HatmakerThe Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen HatmakerEpisode 136 Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel HollisHave You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel HollisDon’t 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.
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/We’d 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 Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this author:Episode 073: Hell and Kids Is It Abusive to Teach Children about HellJourney to the Bottom of the Glass: A Review of The Works of His Hands: A Scientist’s Journey from Atheism to Faith by Sy GarteAlso related by Bob Perry That “Nones” May Not PerishDon’t 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.
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/We’d 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 Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this authorEpisode 204: The Road Back to Where? A Look at Self Discovery Using the EnneagramThe Road Back to Where? A Look at Self Discovery Using the EnneagramEpisode 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 HatmakerEpisode 191 Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of UntamedGods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of UntamedEpisode 181 But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené BrownBut What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené BrownEpisode 178 Worshipping TogetherEpisode 160-Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by NameNaming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by NameEpisode 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 ConferenceA Helper Like Me: A Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage by David and Constantino KhalafLosing Faith: A Look at the 2019 Evolving Faith ConferenceEpisode 140 The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen HatmakerThe Unhindered Leadership of Jen HatmakerThe Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen HatmakerEpisode 136 Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel HollisHave You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis Don’t 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.
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/We’d 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 Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this authorEpisode 182 Lament. Grief. Hope.Episode 161 What Do You Mean by God? Pullman’s “Straw-Man God” in His Dark MaterialsWhat Do You Mean by God? Pullman’s “Straw-Man God” in His Dark MaterialsDon’t 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.
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/We’d 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 Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this author: Episode 185 Star Trek: Picard and Transhumanism — Where No One Has Gone BeforeStar Trek: Picard and Transhumanism — Where No One Has Gone BeforeEpisode 179 Rick and Morty: Scientism, Self-Centeredness, and the Search for MeaningRick and Morty: Scientism, Self-Centeredness, and the Search for MeaningEpisode 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 MastersEpisode 014: Finding Dory and Pixar Animation StudiosFinding Dory: A Fish Tale about Perseverance and Overcoming Fear The Wisdom of PixarThe Gospel According to Lost Man of Steel Meets Son of GodThe Clockwork Despair of “The Watchmen” Breaking Bad’s Addicting Defense of Moral Realism Television as the New Literature: Understanding and Evaluating the MediumJodi Picoult’s Novel Ideas Prometheus: Finding God in Outer SpaceMore Than a Wager: Blaise Pascal and the Defense of the FaithCelebrity Death and the Meaning of Life Preparing for the Apocalypse: A Look at the Rise of Doomsday PreppersDeepak Chopra’s Cosmic Enlightenment: Eastern Ideas in a Western Culture Brave New Gadgetry: Technological Discernment and the FamilyReincarnation: 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 RevealedAlternative Medicine, Apologetics, and the Church Glimpses of the Devil: A Psychiatrist’s Personal Accounts of Possession, Exorcism, and RedemptionDon’t 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.
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.We’d 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/Don’t 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.
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