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We discuss the shape faithfulness to the Gospel should take in the twenty-first century. We talk a lot about theology, but may take up anything pertaining to politics, culture, or society as well.

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We discuss the shape faithfulness to the Gospel should take in the twenty-first century. We talk a lot about theology, but may take up anything pertaining to politics, culture, or society as well.

    "God and Guns in America," with Dr. Michael Austin

    "God and Guns in America," with Dr. Michael Austin

    How should Christians think and act with respect to guns and gun ownership? Dr. Michael Austin (Professor of Philosophy at Eastern Kentucky University), joins Matt, Derek, and Alastair to discuss his recent book, "God and Guns in America." Listen in to hear questions like, are assault rifles necessary, why has owning a gun become a right of passage for some, and how do we steer clear from polarization on the topic of guns?

    • 45 min
    The Bostock Ruling with Tim Schultz

    The Bostock Ruling with Tim Schultz

    Tim Schultz, the president of the 1st Amendment Partnership, a partner of the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s American Religious Freedom Program (ARFP), joins Matt, Derek, and Alastair to discuss the Bostock v. Clayton County ruling.

    • 53 min
    "Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World," with Dr. Tara Isabella Burton

    "Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World," with Dr. Tara Isabella Burton

    While formal religious adherence has decreased in the modern age, spirituality has not. To answer why intuitions seem to be replacing institutions, Dr. Tara Isabella Burton joins Matt, Derek, and Alastair to discuss her new book, Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World. Listen in to hear how millennials and GenZers are finding their religions in fan-culture, occultism, wellness and self-care, social justice activism, and the alt-right.

    • 40 min
    QAnon and The Church

    QAnon and The Church

    Matt, Derek, and Alastair sit down to discuss why people are attracted to conspiracy theories. Listen in to hear the difference between credulity and conspiracy, why fringe groups matter, and how to handle those in the church who embrace QAnon and conspiracy theories.

    • 45 min
    Lynchings, Protests, Unrest, and Racism in America with Malcolm Foley

    Lynchings, Protests, Unrest, and Racism in America with Malcolm Foley

    How have black protestant's responded to their lynchings through American history? Malcolm Foley (PhD Candidate in Religion at Baylor University)joins Matt and Derek to discuss his research on this issue and how it illumines some of the current events surrounding George Floyd, protests, unrest, and racism in America.

    • 51 min
    "Ending Overcriminalization and Mass Incarceration," with Dr. Anthony Bradley

    "Ending Overcriminalization and Mass Incarceration," with Dr. Anthony Bradley

    Justice issues are ever prevalent in modern society. Moreover, conversations around justice are often co-opted by overly simplistic solutions. Dr. Anthony Bradley joins Matt and Derek to get into the details of some of these issues and to share his insights from his book, "Ending Overcriminalization and Mass Incarceration: Hope from Civil Society." Listen in to hear questions on the flaws in the New Jim Crow thesis, what factor race plays in criminalization, and how the church should think theologically about its own task with respect to prison reform.

    • 45 min

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