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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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This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Elizabeth Reynolds Turnage  about her online  article, “Leaving a Practical Legacy: Understanding Medicalized Dying and Preparing for Incapacitation or Death.”https://www.equip.org/articles/leaving-a-practical-legacy-understanding-medicalized-dying-and-preparing-for-incapacitation-or-death/Other recent articles and podcasts by this author:Episode 384 An Eternal Perspective on the Losses of Aging “An Eternal Perspective on the Losses of Aging”.Episode 354 Hope for the Suffering Caregiver—Union with ChristHope for the Suffering Caregiver—Union with ChristEpisode 285 The Age of Opportunity: How the Bible Gives Hope for Aging“The Age of Opportunity: How the Bible Gives Hope for Aging” in the 45: 1/2 edition of the Christian Research Journal.Episode 256: How Unanswered Prayer Grows Faith, Hope, and LoveHow Unanswered Prayer Grows Faith, Hope, and Love
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Anne Kennedy about her online article, “How Traditional Are Tradwives: Evaluating the Social Media Movement”.  This is also part of an ongoing column entitled, “Theological Trends”. https://www.equip.org/articles/how-traditional-are-tradwives-evaluating-the-social-media-movement/Other recent articles and podcasts by this author:Episode 389: Fear, Loathing, and Deconverting from the White Evangelical Church: A Review of ‘The Exvangelicals by Sarah McCammon“Fear, Loathing, and Deconverting from the White Evangelical Church: A Review of ‘The Exvangelicals’ by Sarah McCammon”Episode 386 Can a Christian Attend a Gay Wedding? Alistair Begg and the Bad PhariseeCan a Christian Attend a Gay Wedding? Alistair Begg and the Bad PhariseeEpisode 379 Enough For What? A Review of Scot McKnight’s ‘The Bible is Not Enough’Enough For What? A Review of Scot McKnight’s ‘The Bible is Not Enough’Episode 374 Did Pope Francis Authorize Priests to Bless Same-Sex Couples?Did Pope Francis Authorize Priests to Bless Same-Sex Couples?Episode 370 Sheila Wray Gregoire, Sex and The Evangelical GirlSheila Wray Gregoire, Sex and The Evangelical Girl
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Cole Burgett  about his online review article, “‘Furiosa’, ‘Mad Max’, and the Modern Apocalyptic Myth“. [Editor’s Note: This review contains spoilers for Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.] https://www.equip.org/articles/furiosa-mad-max-and-the-modern-apocalyptic-myth/Other recent articles and podcasts by this author:Episode 392 Review of “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” and the Mythologizing of Evolutionary Humanism“Review of Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes and the Mythologizing of Evolutionary Humanism“Episode 383 ‘Dune: Part Two’ Film Review: We’re All Mad Down Here: Religious Fundamentalism in ‘Dune: Part Two’“We’re All Mad Down Here: Religious Fundamentalism in Dune: Part Two”Episode 261 Dune and the Future of the Science Fiction Epic Dune and the Future of the Science Fiction Epic on part 1 of Dune.Episode 372 Painkiller: A Movie Review of ‘The Iron Claw’Painkiller: A Movie Review of ‘The Iron Claw’Episode 371 Grief, Guilt, and Godzilla: A Review of ‘Godzilla Minus One’Grief, Guilt, and Godzilla: A Review of ‘Godzilla Minus One’
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Bob Perry  about his online article, "Marketing An “Almost” Jesus—Evaluating The “He Gets Us” Campaign." https://www.equip.org/articles/marketing-an-almost-jesus-evaluating-the-he-gets-us-campaign/Other recent articles and podcasts by this author: Episode 367 Just War 5.0 On the Evolution and Application of Just War Doctrine in the Modern World“Just War 5.0 On the Evolution and Application of Just War Doctrine in the Modern World.” Episode 162 You Say You Want A Revolution“You Say You Want a Revolution?“.Episode 99 Taking Jesus to WorkTaking Jesus to WorkEpisode 083: Mere Ambassadors Mere Ambassadors Episode 049: “That ‘Nones’ May Not Perish”That “Nones” May Not Perish 
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Doug Groothuis about his online article, “Refuting The View: Religion Is A Myth, But Science Is The Truth”   https://www.equip.org/articles/refuting-the-view-religion-is-a-myth-but-science-is-the-truth/This is  part of  ongoing column series from Doug Groothius entitled, “Cultural Critique”. Also in conjunction with our ongoing series with different authors on “Back to Basics Apologetics”.  Other recent articles and podcasts by this author: Episode 378 New Culture Critique Column: The Christian Self for Troubled Times and Meaning, Work, and the Value of PersonsThe Christian Self for Troubled Times: From Random to RedeemedMeaning, Work, and the Value of Persons: Comparing Derek Parfit and Francis SchaefferEpisode 347 Murder by Medicine in Canada and the Threat to AmericaMurder by Medicine in Canada and the Threat to AmericaEpisode 322 Apologetics Anecdotes to Inspire Christian WitnessApologetics Anecdotes to Inspire Christian WitnessEpisode 302 Defining the Meaning of Woman (Review of Matt Walsh’s Documentary Film and Book, What Is a Woman?)Defining the Meaning of Woman (Review of Matt Walsh’s Documentary Film and Book, What Is a Woman?)”And many more, Dr. Groothuis has written articles for us for over 30 years.
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Cole Burgett about his online movie review article, “Review of Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes and the Mythologizing of Evolutionary Humanism“ https://www.equip.org/articles/review-of-kingdom-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-and-the-mythologizing-of-evolutionary-humanism/.[Editor’s Note: This review contains spoilers for Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.]Other recent articles and podcast with this author:Episode 383 ‘Dune: Part Two’ Film Review: We’re All Mad Down Here: Religious Fundamentalism in ‘Dune: Part Two’“We’re All Mad Down Here: Religious Fundamentalism in Dune: Part Two”Episode 261 Dune and the Future of the Science Fiction Epic Dune and the Future of the Science Fiction Epic on part 1 of Dune.Episode 372 Painkiller: A Movie Review of ‘The Iron Claw’Painkiller: A Movie Review of ‘The Iron Claw’Episode 371 Grief, Guilt, and Godzilla: A Review of ‘Godzilla Minus One’Grief, Guilt, and Godzilla: A Review of ‘Godzilla Minus One’Episode 349: Film Review ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’It’s the Mileage: Looking Back on Forty Years with ‘Indiana Jones’-Film Review of ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destin
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Matthew M Kennedy   about his online article, “Who May Come To The Lord’s Table—Eucharistic Welcome And Warning.https://www.equip.org/articles/who-may-come-to-the-lords-table-eucharistic-welcome-and-warning/Other recent articles and podcast with this author:Episode 368 Christian Parenting and the Peril of Public School Education“Christian Parenting and the Peril of Public School Education ”Episode 355 Is Re-Baptism Biblical?“Should Christians Be Rebaptized?”Episode 306 Marriage Is about the Gospel: Clarifying the Boundaries of Christian OrthodoxyMarriage is about the Gospel: Clarifying the Boundaries of Christian OrthodoxyEpisode 260: Christ and His Bride: Why Your Pastor’s Gender MattersChrist and His Bride: Why Your Pastor’s Gender MattersEpisode 235: Does the Bible Dictate Clothing Style by Gender? Cross Dressing and the Gender BinaryDoes the Bible Dictate Clothing Style by Gender? Cross Dressing and the Gender BinaryEpisode 212 Why Do The Parents of Gay Children Change Their Theological Minds?Why Do Parents of Gay Children Change Their Theological MindsEpisode 156 The Prayers Rose Like Incense: Anglican Worship and the Normative PrincipleThe Prayers Rose Like Incense: Anglican Worship and the Normative Principle
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Lindsey Medenwaldt   about her online article, “Enhancing Your Energy the New Age Way: Understanding Auras, Chakras, and Qi”. https://www.equip.org/articles/enhancing-your-energy-the-new-age-way-understanding-auras-chakras-and-qi/Other recent articles and podcast with this author:Episode 376 Jeff and Shaleia Divine and Escaping Twin Flames UniverseT.V. Series Review-‘Escaping Twin Flames’: Why People are Falling for the Love CultEpisode 362: Edgar Cayce: The Would-Be Sleeping ProphetEdgar Cayce: The Would-Be Sleeping ProphetEpisode 346 ‘Ancient Aliens,’ Pyramids, and the Great Sphinx of Giza: Testing the Television Show’s Claims with Truth‘Ancient Aliens,’ Pyramids, and the Great Sphinx of Giza: Testing the Television Show’s Claims with TruthEpisode 328: Ancient Aliens and the Bible: What the Popular Television Series Says about Extraterrestrials in ScriptureAncient Aliens and the Bible: What the Popular Television Series Says about Extraterrestrials in ScriptureEpisode 287 Corey Goode: Time-Traveling Secret Space Program WhistleblowerCorey Goode: Time-Traveling Secret Space Program WhistleblowerEpisode 219: Humanity’s Ascension: Assessing the History Channel’s New Age, Time Travel Guru David Wilcock“Humanity’s Ascension: Assessing the History Channel’s New Age, Time Travel Guru David Wilcock.”
Sarah McCammon's The Exvangelicals: Loving, Living, and Leaving the White Evangelical Church uses relevant anecdotes from her evangelical childhood and skillfully weaves her story together with sociological data and interviews of former evangelicals. Her conclusion is definitive. American evangelicalism actually causes harm.Tragically, McCammon ends the book not only having denied the existence of Hell, and the need for the gospel, but of the resurrection of the dead. The entire contents of the Christian faith discarded, she hopes that she will be able, one day, to peacefully. As McCammon acknowledges, it is not exceptional to find people who have left the faith of their childhood. One new feature of deconstruction facing evangelicals today, however, is the preponderance of “trauma” narratives. Evangelicalism, according to McCammon, isn’t just wrong-headed or untrue. It is harmful. It is an abiding consolation we read about the disappointments and judgments of those who have walked away, that our Lord Jesus, as He stood on trial before an earthly ruler who would condemn Him to death, insisted that the Truth—He in Himself—would be the salvation of all who believe.This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Anne Kennedy  about her online article, “Fear, Loathing, and Deconverting from the White Evangelical Church: A Review of ‘The Exvangelicals’ by Sarah McCammon”  This is also part of an ongoing column entitled, “Theological Trends”. https://www.equip.org/articles/fear-loathing-and-deconverting-from-the-white-evangelical-church-a-review-of-the-exvangelicals-by-sarah-mccammon/Other recent articles and podcast with this author:Episode 386 Can a Christian Attend a Gay Wedding? Alistair Begg and the Bad PhariseeCan a Christian Attend a Gay Wedding? Alistair Begg and the Bad PhariseeEpisode 379 Enough For What? A Review of Scot McKnight’s ‘The Bible is Not Enough’Enough For What? A Review of Scot McKnight’s ‘The Bible is Not Enough’Episode 374 Did Pope Francis Authorize Priests to Bless Same-Sex Couples?Did Pope Francis Authorize Priests to Bless Same-Sex Couples?Episode 370 Sheila Wray Gregoire, Sex and The Evangelical GirlSheila Wray Gregoire, Sex and The Evangelical Girl
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Derek Cooper  about his online article, “Jainism: India’s other Religion.”  https://www.equip.org/articles/jainism-indias-other-religion/
From media to public education to social media campaigns, the American populace has been told from nearly every angle that the traditional distinction between male and female that is nearly universal in human cultural experience is mistaken. It did not take long for public conversation to move from a discussion of gender dysphoria, which refers to men experiencing confusion or distress about perceiving themselves as women and vice versa, to the contention that gender does not exist at all in any objective sense, and that, therefore, human persons can simply claim to be whatever gender they so desire. Further, it is asserted that there is a moral duty of all citizens to refer to people by their chosen pronouns, thereby affirming that gender identity is a matter of subjective social determination.An activist, professor of both comparative literature and philosophy, and a widely read-author, Butler has impacted a variety of academic fields and activist organizations. Through her many writings (both books and essays), she has touched on a variety of topics related to LGBTQ studies, geopolitical events, and American civil policy. The idea for which she is most widely known is that of gender performativity, whereby she argues that gender differences are not metaphysically essential, but socially constituted, as they consist in a series of ritual actions and roles.The writings of Butler may seem a bit esoteric for the average thinking Christian, and thus may seem to be of no significant concern. While these writings may indeed lack value in terms of academic rigor or logical coherence, the church must be ready to interact with someone who has such an impact upon the views of young people within our pews — even though most have not actually heard the name Judith Butler. What was once viewed as a radical fringe element within academia in the early 1990s became the accepted norm for social interaction within a period of thirty years. Had we been paying more attention earlier, perhaps the church could have done more to slow the tide.This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Jordan B Cooper  about his online article, “Judith Butler’s Theory of Gender Performativity: A Christian Response.” https://www.equip.org/articles/judith-butlers-theory-of-gender-performativity-a-christian-response/
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Anne Kennedy  about her online  article, “Can a Christian Attend a Gay Wedding? Alistair Begg and the Bad Pharisee”. https://www.equip.org/articles/can-a-christian-attend-a-gay-wedding-alistair-begg-and-the-bad-pharisee/This is an online  article from the Christian Research Journal. This is also part of an ongoing column entitled, “Theological Trends”.It also a Viewpoint article. Viewpoint articles address relevant contemporary issues in discernment and apologetics from a particular perspective that is usually not shared by all Christians, with the intended result that Christians’ thinking on that issue will be stimulated and enhanced (whether or not people end up agreeing with the author’s opinion).Other related articles:Should Christians Attend Same-Sex Weddings? PRO – CONOther recent articles and podcast with this author:Episode 379 Enough For What? A Review of Scot McKnight’s ‘The Bible is Not Enough’Enough For What? A Review of Scot McKnight’s ‘The Bible is Not Enough’Episode 374 Did Pope Francis Authorize Priests to Bless Same-Sex Couples?Did Pope Francis Authorize Priests to Bless Same-Sex Couples?Episode 370 Sheila Wray Gregoire, Sex and The Evangelical GirlSheila Wray Gregoire, Sex and The Evangelical Girl
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Hillary Ferrer  about her online  article, “T.V. Review: Lessons in Anger: The Global Phenomenon of Bonnie Garmus’s ‘Lessons in Chemistry'” https://www.equip.org/articles/t-v-review-lessons-in-anger-the-global-phenomenon-of-bonnie-garmuss-lessons-in-chemistry/Other recent articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this author:Episode 364 The Most Overlooked Aspect of the ‘Barbie’ MovieThe Most Overlooked Aspect of the ‘Barbie’ MovieEpisode 6 The Most Overlooked Aspect of the ‘Barbie’ Movie Audio Article Episode 153 If I Feel It, It’s True: Combating the Rise of EmotionalismIf I Feel It, It’s True: Responding to the Rise of Emotionalism
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Elizabeth Turnage  about her online  article, “An Eternal Perspective on the Losses of Aging” https://www.equip.org/articles/an-eternal-perspective-on-the-losses-of-aging/Other articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this authorEpisode 354 Hope for the Suffering Caregiver—Union with ChristHope for the Suffering Caregiver—Union with ChristEpisode 285 The Age of Opportunity: How the Bible Gives Hope for Aging“The Age of Opportunity: How the Bible Gives Hope for Aging” in the 45: 1/2 edition of the Christian Research Journal.Episode 256: How Unanswered Prayer Grows Faith, Hope, and LoveHow Unanswered Prayer Grows Faith, Hope, and Love
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Cole Burgett about his online review article, “We’re All Mad Down Here: Religious Fundamentalism in Dune: Part Two”  Note: This review contains spoilers for Dune: Part Two https://www.equip.org/articles/were-all-mad-down-here-religious-fundamentalism-in-dune-part-two/Also see our podcast Episode 261 Dune and the Future of the Science Fiction Epic and article Dune and the Future of the Science Fiction Epic on part 1 of Dune. https://www.equip.org/postmodern-realities/episode-261-dune-and-the-future-of-the-science-fiction-epic/ and https://www.equip.org/articles/dune-and-the-future-of-the-science-fiction-epic/Other recent articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this author:Episode 372 Painkiller: A Movie Review of ‘The Iron Claw’Painkiller: A Movie Review of ‘The Iron Claw’Episode 371 Grief, Guilt, and Godzilla: A Review of ‘Godzilla Minus One’Grief, Guilt, and Godzilla: A Review of ‘Godzilla Minus One’Episode 349: Film Review ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’It’s the Mileage: Looking Back on Forty Years with ‘Indiana Jones’-Film Review of ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’
Please see this encore presentation of Episode 352: Fire from the Gods How ‘Oppenheimer’ Mythologizes Twentieth Century America that we did in August 2023. In March 2024, this film won the following Oscars. Best Picture, Best Director, Actor in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, Cinematography, Original Score, and Film Editing.  This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Cole Burgett about his online article, “Fire from the Gods How Oppenheimer Mythologizes Twentieth Century America.”   **Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers for Oppenheimer **https://www.equip.org/articles/fire-from-the-gods-how-oppenheimer-mythologizes-twentieth-century-america/When you  support the Journal, you join the team of to 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 hereOther recent articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this author:Episode 349: Film Review ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’It’s the Mileage: Looking Back on Forty Years with ‘Indiana Jones’-Film Review of ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’Episode 344 Mrs. Davis and the Crisis of Storytelling in the Twenty-First CenturyMrs. Davis TV Series Review andEpisode 340 Finding Family Among the Last of UsFinding Family Among ‘The Last of Us’Episode 335 Let Faith Oust Fact: A Review of The WhaleLet Faith Oust Fact: A Review of The WhaleEpisode 330 Finding Empathy in the Trenches: A Review of Netflix’s All Quiet on the Western FrontA Review of the Oscar Winning Netflix’s All Quiet on the Western Front-Finding Empathy in the TrenchesEpisode 324 The Way of Family in Avatar: the Way of WaterThe Way of Family in Avatar: the Way of Water
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Clay Jones about his online Viewpoint article, “Is Divine Determinism Biblical?”. https://www.equip.org/articles/is-divine-determinism-biblical/Viewpoint articles address relevant contemporary issues in discernment and apologetics from a particular perspective that is usually not shared by all Christians, with the intended result that Christians’ thinking on that issue will be stimulated and enhanced (whether or not people end up agreeing with the author’s opinion).Other recent podcasts and articles Episode 341 Jesus Wasn’t Always WinsomeJesus Wasn’t Always WinsomeEpisode 333 A Question Mormons Can’t AnswerA Question Mormons Can’t AnswerEpisode 270 The Divine Hiddenness of GodFour Types of Divine Hiddenness of GodPostmodern Realities Episode 247: Is It True That There Are Good Non-Christians?Is It true That There Are Good Non-Christians?
A common question on high school and university campuses to discuss issues like abortion is, “Why should we be forced to live by Christian beliefs?” Most college students reject the Bible as authoritative, reject the central tenets of the Christian faith, and even worse, associate Christianity with concepts like oppression of women, hatred of sexual freedom, and a history of crimes against marginalized people groups. They see any efforts to argue for the equal dignity of the unborn as forcing Christianity on them. This threatens to poison the well on discussions surrounding important moral issues. The first step in getting back to the basics of engaging unbelievers is to set the table for the case that much of what Christians believe, though revealed through Scripture, can be argued for without direct appeal to our faith and is good for society. Christian ethics grounded some of the most celebrated human rights advancements in history from Thomas Clarkson and William Wilberforce’s abolitionist movement in the UK, to Harriet Tubman working to transport slaves to freedom, to Martin Luther King Jr. leading the US Civil Rights Movement. Christian men and women repeatedly rise to confront evil and improve society.This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Jay Watts about his article entitled, “Christianity is Better: What Place for the Christian in a Post-Christian Political “. The first in a new and ongoing Column series, entitled, “Back to Basics Apologetics”. https://www.equip.org/articles/christianity-is-better-what-place-for-the-christian-in-a-post-christian-political-world/Other podcasts and articles featuring this author:Episode 369 The Roots of Planned ParenthoodThe Roots of Planned ParenthoodEpisode 326 Life After Roe: A Follow UpLife After Roe: A Follow UpEpisode 296 The End of Roe V. WadeThe End of Roe and the Beginning of a New FightEpisode 288 The Leaked Draft: Is this the Fall of Roe v. Wade?The Leaked Draft: Is this the Fall of Roe v. Wade?
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL authors David and Marybeth Baggett about their article entitled, “Mere Simulation: A Review of ‘Freud’s Last Session’”. https://www.equip.org/articles/mere-simulation-a-review-of-freuds-last-session/(Editor’s Note: This review contains spoilers for Freud’s Last Session.)Other podcasts and articles featuring these authors: Moral Values and the Idea of God: The Apologetic Legacy of William Ritchie SorleyEpisode 90: Philip Dick Man in High CastleThe Man in the High Castle and the Necessity of Moral FaithEpisode 85: Mark Twain’s Tightrope Walk, Caught between Despair and HopeMark Twain’s Tightrope Walk: Caught between Despair and Hope
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Anne Kennedy her article “Enough For What? A Review of Scot McKnight’s The Bible is Not Enough” which is part of the ongoing column entitled, “Theological Trends”. https://www.equip.org/articles/enough-for-what-a-review-of-scot-mcknights-the-bible-is-not-enough/ Other recent articles and Postmodern Realities podcasts featuring this author:Episode 374 Did Pope Francis Authorize Priests to Bless Same-Sex Couples?Did Pope Francis Authorize Priests to Bless Same-Sex Couples?Episode 370 Sheila Wray Gregoire, Sex and The Evangelical GirlSheila Wray Gregoire, Sex and The Evangelical GirlEpisode 353 Women and the Genderless Jesus A Review of ‘Women and the Gender of God’ by Amy PeelerWomen and the Genderless Jesus — A Review of ‘Women and the Gender of God’ by Amy PeelerEpisode 343 A Review of Beautiful Union by Joshua Ryan ButlerThe Upside-Down Metaphor: A Hermeneutical Critique of Josh Butler’s ‘Beautiful Union’
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