Remember That Time We Forgot to Remember? In this episode, we continue our reading and discussion of "Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents" by Rod Dreher. What happens when we forget our familial, social, and Christian history…
222b: Dreher - Reject Doublethink and Fight for Free Speech
The Truth Is Like A Good Steak. In this episode, we continue to read and discuss Rod Dreher’s book “Live Not by Lies.” Do we hold our pastors to a specific evangelical standard for preaching and ministry? What damage is…
222a: Dreher - Choose a Life Apart from the Crowd
Lies Are Like Hotdogs. In this episode, we continue to read and discuss Rod Dreher’s “Live Not by Lies.” What harm is done to the churches by abandoning the Truth, and what about a society the lives by lies?
220: Dreher - Progressivism as Religion
We’re Not Going Anywhere Fast, So Keep Going! In this episode, we read Rod Dreher’s book on being a Christian dissident, and discuss the myth of progress. What happens when the church adopts the myth of progress and how does…
Luther versus Erasmus: Bound to Be Free (Part 6)
For Luther, Erasmus’ Christ-less, Spirit-less theological conclusions demonstrated that behind his supposed humanistic optimism lay a profound despair and pessimism.
219b: Dreher - The spirit of the therapeutic has conquered the churches
In this episode, we continue to read Rod Dreher’s book "Live Not By Lies." What happens when therapeutics captivate the church’s teaching? How do we repent of willfully rejecting the incarnation of God In the Church’s worship, and in our…
Luther versus Erasmus: Bound to Be Free (Part 5)
For Erasmus, it would be better for people in general to bear the disease of moralism and choice than to be cured of it by the preaching and teaching of God’s unconditional election of sinners in Christ.
219a: Dreher - The death of God in the West
It’s So Soft, And Squishy. In this episode, we continue to read Rod Dreher’s book on being a Christian dissident. We discuss soft totalitarianism and its effects on the church and culture. What happens when everyone has a grievance and…
218a: Dreher - The Totalitarian State Seeks to Control Your Actions, Thoughts, and Emotions
Christians Rush in Where Fools Fear to Tread. In this episode, we read Rod Dreher’s “Christian Dissidents.” What is totalitarianism? What are the consequences of soft totalitarianism? What is the Christian response to tyranny?
217: Dreher - The Unready Christians of Slovakia
Christians Get Ready, There’s a’Change That’s Coming. In this episode, we read Rod Dreher’s book, "Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents." We discuss what happens when society and the churches turn away from God’s Word and the…
216: Mullet - Spiritualizing Cowardice: The Christian Bystander Effect
Run, Rabbit, Run! In this episode, we read and discuss Spiritualizing Cowardice, by Garrett Mullet. When we read and consider the life of David, how has the popularity of psycho-therapeutic language and post-modern cultural norms in the past century influenced…
Luther versus Erasmus: Bound to be Free (Part 4)
When explaining that sinners were saved by grace alone Erasmus would not go so far as to say that the reception of God’s grace erased human responsibility.
214: Whitford - Tyranny and Resistance
Enemy at The Gates. In this episode, we read and discuss David Mark Whitford’s book, "Tyranny and Resistance." What are Christians to do when state and church unite to enforce laws that are in opposition to God’s Word and Christian…
Luther versus Erasmus: Bound to be Free (Part 3)
Erasmus laid out his argument for a theology of grace and free will in much the same way modern Protestants have done since the Enlightenment.
213b: Paulson - You must refuse the claims of the church to rule marriage and the government
Breaking Your Rules — In this episode, we continue our reading and conversation about Dr. Steven Paulson’s breakdown of Martin Luther’s explanation of the two kingdoms. Marriage, children, preaching, serving our neighbor, and standing up to evil.
213a: Paulson - Becoming a servant of all and a saint in this world
I’ve Got a Gun aka The Whole Armor of God. In this episode, we read and discuss Dr. Steven Paulson’s breakdown of Martin Luther’s explanation of the two kingdoms doctrine. Faith, family, and false idols form the backbone of our…
Luther versus Erasmus: Bound to Be Free (Part 1)
Luther’s allies and opponents also would not allow him to put off responding to Erasmus indefinitely. They badgered him constantly to write a response.
212: Tocqueville - Religion Considered as a Political Institution
In this episode, we read and discuss Alexis de Tocqueville’s apology for religion’s relevance to politics in Democracy in America. What happens when the two kingdoms are divided or collapsed into each other?
211: Tocqueville - Life is neither a pleasure nor a sorrow
Faith in What? Faith in Who? In this episode, we read Robert J. Delahunty’s article about Alex de Tocqueville’s faith. Tocqueville is a remarkable study in Enlightenment faith because he straddles the line between Christianity and the Enlightenment: Law and…
210b: Hitchens - Eschatology is inseparable from religious faith
“Religion is predicated on the idea that our time here is short and should be shorter, that our job is to bring on the end of days. This is just a veil of tears and guilt and shame. This, the…
210a: Hitchens - Religion is the first chance to explain human nature and the natural order
“We were baffled by climatic and cataclysmic events: earthquakes, tidal waves, storms, lightning. All of this was to us terrifying. Religion works as an attempt, then, to make sense of things. We are pattern-seeking mammals, after all. It’s a good…