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Deep Talks: Exploring Theology and Meaning-Making is a podcast dedicated to exploring the integral relationship between theology and all of our efforts to find and make meaning in the world. Fostering nuanced, non-combative dialogue about theology and culture, science, the arts, entertainment, and philosophy within a broad, historic Christian perspective.

Deep Talks: Exploring Theology and Meaning Making Deep Talks: Exploring Theology and Meaning-Making

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Deep Talks: Exploring Theology and Meaning-Making is a podcast dedicated to exploring the integral relationship between theology and all of our efforts to find and make meaning in the world. Fostering nuanced, non-combative dialogue about theology and culture, science, the arts, entertainment, and philosophy within a broad, historic Christian perspective.

    Ep 77: Cosmic Spiritual Powers, Hyper-Objects, and C.S. Lewis Space Trilogy

    Ep 77: Cosmic Spiritual Powers, Hyper-Objects, and C.S. Lewis Space Trilogy

    In our dis-enchanted secular age, many of us struggle to believe in "spiritual" entities and powers. In fact, only 4 out of 10 Americans believe that "spiritual beings" exist, yet many people believe in "hyper-objects" like systemic racism, the stock market, climate change, or the "deep state." Are there any points of commonality between this relatively new philosophical concept called "hyper-objects" and the ancient, biblical notion of cosmic spiritual powers?In today's episode, we'll explore the concept of hyper-objects, cosmic spiritual powers in the writings of the Apostle Paul, and how C.S. Lewis' "Space Trilogy" might help us remain open to there being more going on in reality than we usually like to admit in our Western, post-Enlightenment culture. The discussion between Paul Vander Klay & John Vervaeke mentioned in today's episode is available to watch here:https://youtu.be/GCeHJtdQ0fg?t=5784To access the article on the Apocalyptic Paul mentioned in today's episode, become a member of the Deep Talks Patreon Community here:https://www.patreon.com/deeptalkstheologypodcast
     
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    • 49 min
    Ep 76: Paul Vander Klay- Culture War. The Jordan Peterson Moment. Faith-Killing Dinosaurs. Vervaeke, Kierkegaard, Darwin, Barth

    Ep 76: Paul Vander Klay- Culture War. The Jordan Peterson Moment. Faith-Killing Dinosaurs. Vervaeke, Kierkegaard, Darwin, Barth

    Paul Vander Klay is back on the program today to discuss a variety of topics and issues including:- The Post-COVID Church-Unplugging from the Culture War Matrix by following Jesus-The Rise and Fall of the Jordan Peterson zeitgeist and whether Peterson's theology was more Augustinian or Gnostic.-Why his church is in decline while his online influence keeps growing.- Why everyone believes in God- When dinosaurs causes a faith crisis- suffering with Christ and the problem of evil
    -the tension we experience on the narrow way-and so much more!Paul Vander Klay is a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church and a YouTuber/Podcaster who explores the intersection of theology with our cultural quests for meaning.Here's was our first discussion back in episode 18:https://www.podbean.com/eu/pb-cne6s-ae7587And here was our second discussion back in episode 36:https://www.podbean.com/eu/pb-c6irj-bea95a
    Check out Paul Vander Klay's YouTube Channel at:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGsDIP_K6J6VSTqlq-9IPlg
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    • 1 hr 51 min
    Ep 75: The Problem of Evil (Part 14)- Karl Barth | The Chaos, The Shadow, & the Hidden God

    Ep 75: The Problem of Evil (Part 14)- Karl Barth | The Chaos, The Shadow, & the Hidden God

    As we discussed in part 13, the scientific discoveries of the 19th century posed monumental theodicy challenges...especially to those trying to find God in reason and in nature. The 20th century only brought greater theodicy challenges when the two worst wars in human history unleashed unimaginable moral evils.Perhaps the problem of evil had killed God.In the midst of this, a Swiss theologian named Karl Barth claimed that God's revelation wasn't to be found in nature or reason because it was "hidden" in the suffering Christ.Barth had unique ideas about evil and suffering arguing that not all pain, suffering, or even death should be thought of as evil. In Barth's attempt to distinguish the goodness of God from the real forces of evil in the cosmos, did he go too far and fall into the ditch of hyper-dualism?
    How did he respond when his own son died in a rock-climbing accident?
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    • 46 min
    Ep 74: The Problem of Evil (Part 13)- Frankenstein, Dinosaurs, & Darwin in the 19th Century

    Ep 74: The Problem of Evil (Part 13)- Frankenstein, Dinosaurs, & Darwin in the 19th Century

    The 19th century marked a time of significant discovery in geology and biology, but with these scientific discoveries came a picture of a much older, more violent, and less human-centric world than people previously imagined. In many ways, it was this era that marked the beginning of the "science vs. faith" debates in Western civilization that continue on to this day. Can we really blame Adam and Eve's fall for the existence of disease, famine, and natural disasters when it becomes clear that these things were around for millions of years before humans?Was there an atheistic conspiracy to use this new science to do away with Christianity, or were people like Charles Darwin thrust into a crisis of faith after their scientific discoveries?Does evolution make God a moral monster, or does it make God's world filled with more mystery and wonder? Is it all just a matter of perspective?
    Plus:-Frankenstein's monster as a theological symbol of this era's quest for meaning, 
    -the discovery of dinosaurs
    -the horrific details of real parasites in creation that act like Xenomorphs in the Alien movies,
    -the historical roots of the young-earth creationism apologetics and a priest who said Darwin was right and Christians better start dealing with it.
    and so much more!If you haven't gone through the previous episodes in this extensive series, check them out at :https://deeptalkstheologypodcast.podbean.com/p/the-problem-of-evil-1572355242/
    Deep Talks is trying to reach a goal of 300 patrons on Patreon to sustain weekly, ad-free episodes. Supporters on Patreon get access to bonus Q&A Episodes, articles, and other resources. Please consider supporting free theological and philosophical education for as little as $2 a month by going to:
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    • 52 min
    Ep 73: Christ & The Culture War (don't just leave republican jesus for democrat jesus)

    Ep 73: Christ & The Culture War (don't just leave republican jesus for democrat jesus)

    I'm an 80's/90's kid who grew up in the evangelical heyday of Christian subculture. "Christian" music, movies, tv, bookstores, and even our own brand of science was all part of a larger culture war movement. A lot of people my age eventually abandoned right-wing, republican Evangelicalism but simply traded it for left-wing, progressive post-evangelicalism (if they didn't reject Christianity altogether) not realizing they were still combatants in a culture war even though they switched teams.
    How does the culture war lure people into a false sense of community?
     
    Why is cultural influence so much easier to attain if we just play the culture war game?
    How might serious reflections on historic Christology and philosophical theology on the nature of the Truth help us transcend the culture war?What possible dangers should we brace for if we attempt to leave the constant cycle of culture war? 
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    Interested in how we see theological and philosophical ideas embedded in comic book mythology? Check out Paul's latest video on YouTube exploring the deep ideas embedded in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice:
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep 72: Dr. Russell Moore - Truth Beyond Culture War & Reading Hero Myths in Exile

    Ep 72: Dr. Russell Moore - Truth Beyond Culture War & Reading Hero Myths in Exile

    How should Christians in America navigate the "culture war"? Are we forced to choose between either being angry cultural combatants or being passively assimilated into ideologies & guiding stories foreign to the way of Jesus?How do narratives, especially the hero myths that fill our comic book pages and movie theater screen, invite people to explore theology, ethics, and philosophy? Where might Christ be at work in those stories to reveal what is true, good, and beautiful?And why might you be watching entire series of The Office for the 100th time?Our guest to helps us explore these questions is Dr. Russell Moore.
    Russell Moore is president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Dr. Moore is the author of several books, including Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel and The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home. A native Mississippian, he and his wife Maria are the parents of five sons.Make sure to check out his forthcoming book Courage to Stand here:https://www.bhpublishinggroup.com/products/the-courage-to-stand-2/To find out more about Dr. Moore's work at the ERLC, visit their website at :https://erlc.com
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BEST THEOLOGY PODCAST!

I grew up with a hyper spiritual Pentecostal background that framed my understanding of the world , politics , sex , enemies , patriotism , and of course my perspective of the Bible . At age 22 I went on a journey to honestly evaluate all my preconceived notions and through that process I discovered a richer more vibrant faith . Out of all my searching and reading and asking and learning this Podcast has become one of the best resources to date in explaining and communicating deeper understandings of theology and the Bible . Paul the host is extremely generous in his views as he tackles taboo theories that are normally protected and sanctioned. He also approaches every topic with a posture of a student with humility and curiosity. It’s refreshing to learn and listen while I work or commute. If you want more beyond what your evangelical mega church pastors are feeding you. Dive in to deep talks. It’s an excercize of the mind and the heart.

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