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In Good Faith is a podcast where two friends talk about society and culture through a Christian lens and in good faith. We seek to approach everything with charity and curiosity, and aim to help our listeners do the same. Presented by Chong Shao and Daniel Shih.

In Good Faith Chong Shao, Daniel Shih

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In Good Faith is a podcast where two friends talk about society and culture through a Christian lens and in good faith. We seek to approach everything with charity and curiosity, and aim to help our listeners do the same. Presented by Chong Shao and Daniel Shih.

    20: Time to Build

    20: Time to Build

    On today’s show, Chong and Dan begin by reflecting on the one year anniversary of In Good Faith. We share things we’ve learned, our favourite episodes, and give a heartfelt thanks to our excellent listeners. From there we launch into the topic of building things (not to build up our resume, but to build for others and our society). What are the barriers to building, what does the Bible have to say about building, and what are own experiences with building? We conclude with an exhortation to our listeners - what are you building, or helping other people to build?

    NOTE: We are conducting a short survey to better understand and serve our listeners. Please access the survey here: http://tinyurl.com/IGFsurvey2021 Thanks very much for your help!

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    Show notes

    Reflecting on one year of IGF (1:55)
    What have we learnedOur favourite episodes - it has to be the Trump ones
    A call to build (10:01)
    Marc Andreessen’s “It’s Time to Build”Poetry and narrative on the importance of buildingWhat building looks like - vocation, recreation, procreationGreek proverb - “A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they shall never sit”

    The challenge today (19:51)
    Barriers to building: consumption culture, busyness, therapeutic mindset, lack of respect for the past, precautionary principle, decadence
    Building in the Bible (31:44)
    We build because it was God’s first and most enduring command to humankind - Genesis 1:28We build because God created the world for us to build - Genesis 1:31We build to mitigate the effects of the FallWe build to serve othersWe build to pass on the faith down through the generations - Deuteronomy 6:4-9
    How we have benefited from building (42:11)
    Family and faithCivilisation and cultureWork and business
    How we are building (52:57)
    Procreation - raising up our childrenRecreation - IGF podcastVocation - church and ministry
    Conclusion (1:02:10)
    Chong’s exhortation - let’s get going, let’s be patient and persevereDan’s summary - history began in a garden but ends in a city

    • 1 hr 11 min
    19: The Wisdom Pyramid

    19: The Wisdom Pyramid

    On today’s show, Chong and Dan continue discussing the book “The Wisdom Pyramid” by Christian author Brett McCracken. We begin by distinguishing information (which we covered in the previous episode) from wisdom, and note how the latter is about the practical - doing, applying, discerning and living well. We then examine each layer of Brett’s pyramid, starting from the foundational aspect (the Bible) and working our way up. Along the way we share our personal experiences and failings, and present some challenges and exhortations for our listeners.

    Note: we experienced some technical difficulties that reduced the quality of our recording, apologies in advance!

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    Show notes

    What is wisdom? (5:02)
    There is a practical aspect to wisdom - it’s not just about knowing, it’s knowing and doing “Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad” - Brian O’DriscollThe Wisdom Pyramid (13:34)
    Summary - the Bible, church, nature & beauty, books, the Internet, social mediaConnection to time - from timeless to ephemeralThe Bible (16:32)
    A foundational worldview is essential for wisdomChallenge for listeners of all backgrounds - ask yourself, “Why do I do what I do?”The church (community) (28:58)
    Being in a community can be painful, but the pain is the point - “Iron sharpens iron”, Proverbs 27:17We are embodied and embedded, committing to a community brings wisdomNature and beauty (41:07)
    Nature and beauty as windows to the divine and transcendentThey take us out of the immediate and out of ourselvesThe rest (54:02)
    Books can provide a timeless perspectiveInternal and social media - one is useful, almost indispensable (but use with caution); the other is pure dessertConclusion (1:03:13)
    Dan’s recommendation - read one quality fictional book this yearChong’s recommendation - read the gospels of Jesus (start with the Gospel of John)

    • 1 hr 8 min
    18: Information Overload

    18: Information Overload

    On today’s show, Chong and Dan begin a two-parter on the book “The Wisdom Pyramid” by Christian author Brett McCracken. In the first episode, we set the scene by discussing a particularly modern sickness: information obesity. As with the abundance of food, so today there is an abundance of information. We explore why this is a problem, and share three information habits from our personal lives that make us “sick”. In the next episode, we will unpack the sources of truth that lead to a life of wisdom.

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    Show notes

    A public health epidemic of the soul (2:09)
    Obesity - a modern epidemic caused by too much food“Infobesity” - an even more modern epidemic caused by too much informationWhy is this a problem? (16:00)
    Anxiety and stress; disorientation and fragmentation; impotence; decision and commitment paralysis; confirmation biasIGF 6: Rage in the Machine

    Three habits that make us sick (40:54)
    Eating too much; eating too fast; eating only what tastes good to meConclusion (58:13)
    How you consume information is a moral matterDo a stocktake; get to know your habits; consider taking an information retreat!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    17: Uncovering Culture

    17: Uncovering Culture

    On today’s show, Chong and Dan temporarily get into sports (American football). We use this as a launching point to talk about organisational culture. What is it, how is it created and sustained, and how can we affect it? Culture is a powerful and invisible force driving the behaviour of every collective human endeavour. We look at examples from the real world, including Dan’s personal and professional observations of how a culture of outward righteousness and inward spiritual emptiness can be perpetuated within the church 🔥🔥

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    Show notes

    A story about sports (2:14)

    Super Bowl LI: A loss that made grown men cry

    What is (organisational) culture? (9:22)
    Culture is to a group what personality is to an individualGuides behaviour; based on shared norms; below the surface; powerful impactThe Curse of Culture

    How is culture created and sustained? (18:36)
    Repeated success in implementing group beliefs and valuesExamples: Australian Parliament and Apple Inc.Inside the Toxic Sexist Culture of Australia’s Political Bubble

    Bad church culture: the “dutiful Christian” (32:20)
    “As long as I show up to church and serve every now and then, then I’m OK with God”However, this does not help people know and enjoy God; it does the oppositeHow do we affect culture? (43:48)
    Strategy; stories and symbols; habits; operating model; rewards and consequences; leadershipConclusion (1:04:22)
    Culture is all around us; we can’t avoid it, but we can be aware of it and try to understand it

    • 1 hr 8 min
    16: Mo Morals Mo Problems

    16: Mo Morals Mo Problems

    On today’s show, Chong and Dan start by explaining our absence (there’s a good reason!) and sharing our resolutions for 2021. We then get into the realm of philosophy by exploring how one can resolve moral dilemmas. After a quick visit to the Enlightenment, we explore two well-known approaches to moral thinking, utilitarianism and deontological ethics. Finally, we apply them to a case study involving COVID-19 vaccines. How do they help us to think through the issues, what are their weaknesses, and what does Christianity have to say about moral dilemmas?

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    Show notes

    2021 resolutions (02:10)

    The Wisdom Pyramid

    Flossing

    Morality and the Da Vinci Problem (5:55)
    Da Vinci the Renaissance man… and grave robberConcept of moral distanceMoral dilemmas (10:09)
    A situation when two or more moral principles are (seemingly) at oddsExamples: “Does my butt look big in this?”, the Trolley problem, Twitter and Facebook banning TrumpTrolley problem - Wikipedia

    Dan presents: The Enlightenment (19:59)
    Enlightenment TL;DR - reason and scienceObserving and classifying the natural world, bringing this to the moral worldUtilitarianism (aka consequentialism) (28:33)
    Whatever action that will maximise human happiness is the ethical oneExamples and problems - The Organ DonorConsequentialism

    Deontological ethics (40:06)
    Whatever you do, only live by the rules which can be expanded to become universal lawsExamples and problems - The Nazi at the DoorDeontological Ethics

    Case study: COVID-19 vaccines (46:15)
    Leading vaccines were made with the assistance of cell lines original obtained from aborted human foetusesWhat moral principles should guide our attitude and actions?The Covid Vaccine And Abortion Pt1 - When Good And Evil Intertwine

    The Covid Vaccine And Abortion Pt 2 - Guiding Attitudes And Defining The Problem

    The Covid Vaccine And Abortion Pt 3 - Guiding Attitudes And Defining The Problem

    The Christian perspective (57:52)
    Our world is broken, which gives rise to both moral dilemmas and imperfect solutions (Ecclesiastes 8:14, Job 14:1-2)Christians nevertheless have a positive duty to act out of costly, self-giving love (Colossians 3:17)Everything is under God’s control and the brokenness in the world will one day be redeemed and restored (Revelation 21:1-14)Conclusion (1:02:49)
    The Christian worldview is sober-minded about the challenge of moral dilemmasNevertheless, we must wrestle with moral dilemmas and live as best we can under God’s rule

    • 1 hr 9 min
    15: American Idols

    15: American Idols

    On today’s show, Chong and Dan give thanks for a challenging but fulfilling year. We then get into a juicy topic to finish the year: the relationship between religion and politics. Why is it “complicated”? And what are the dangers when Christians...

    • 1 hr 8 min

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Sylvia and Matt ,

Favourite podcast

My husband and I try to listen to an episode of this podcast whenever we go for a longer drive. They're true to their tagline – all the topics covered are explored in an unbiased and charitable manner. It makes listening a pleasantly challenging and also refreshing experience. Recommending it to Christian AND non-Christian listeners. Totally palatable for all.

denisutori ,

A thoroughly enjoyable listen

Chong and Dan have an engaging and winsome way of tackling big issues. I particularly enjoy the exploration of psychological concepts and the liberal use of personal anecdotes. They are great examples of how to do cultural engagement well as Christians.

RattersOz ,

A sincere and thoughtful analysis of Trump

A sincere and thoughtful analysis of Trump. I agree Trump’s deficiencies in relation to corruption, competence and character are telling and are not simply marginal issues and should not be overlooked by anyone, least of all followers of The Way and The Truth and The Life. We are called to be truth tellers. Followers of Jesus Christ who are prepared to overlook Trump’s continual and daily demolition job on truth are doing incredible damage to our witness to a lost world. Ultimately our witness matters far more than our freedom (of religion). So I completely agree with your summing up.

My fear is many are completely lost as they are caught in the cult of Trump. They need gently leading and coaxing out as with anyone caught within a toxic cult. That does not mean embracing another worldly cult - including those from the ‘progressive left’. All will be found wanting. It is time for our better angels to prevail (as Joe Biden has said) and for us each individually to be salt and light within what remains as a broken and imperfect world full of imperfect and broken people. We are called to draw people by our words and witness to the One who is still able to do far more than we ask or imagine and is still able to mend broken people and release them to serve with selflessness and love, within governments, within corporations, within our educational establishments and in our clubs and sporting groups. I think Joe Biden is far better able and equipped to draw out our better angels than Trump whose instincts and demonstrated practice are the exact opposite. God help America, God help us all.

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