Neil Newton and Phil Thompson have been talking about religion, philosophy, politics, music, sports, and pretty much anything they felt like talking about every since they became friends while working together at the University of Pittsburgh in the 20-teens. Though Neil is an Atheist and Phil is a Christian, they found that they agreed on more things than not, especially the evils of instant replay! ACAAAWIAB will explore topics like debt, heaven and hell, the Biblical Jubilee, philanthrocapitalism, and many others. Neil and Phil enjoy these conversations, so they figured there's a chance you will too. Original theme music written, performed, and produced by Neil Newton and Phil Thompson. firstname.lastname@example.org
A Christian and an Atheist Christmas Special
In this bonus episode, Neil and Phil compare the story of Hannah in the book of I Samuel to the story of Mary in the gospel of Luke and draw out some themes that turn out to be important throughout the Bible. In the course of the conversation, they discover that the Old and New Testaments have surprising parallels to the Peter Green and Buckingham/Nicks eras of Fleetwood Mac. And speaking of music, as an homage to Vince Guaraldi’s classic music for A Charlie Brown Christmas they’ve composed a jazzy, Christmas Special theme featuring Phil on electric guitar and drums and Neil on mandolin and electric bass.
Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to everyone!
Recent Supreme Court Rulings and the White Power Movement
We said Episode 10 was the season finale, but then SCOTUS unleashed a series of really stupid and damaging rulings and we needed to talk about it. One of the questions we keep hearing is, "Why do guns have more rights than women?" It seems like an obvious logical contradiction, but historian Kathleen Belew has shown that within the white power movement lots of guns and complete opposition to abortion form a twisted sort of coherence.
In this episode
we spend a lot of time talking about Belew's book, Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America (in fact you should probably just turn off this podcast and go get a copy right now), Phil digs into Psalm 139 and explains why it can't possibly mean what the pro-life movement thinks it means, and Neil makes his first foray into biblical exegesis by examining how Exodus 21 gives us some context for understanding the Bible in relation to arguments about abortion.
Season Finale: Aliens!
Our Season I Finale was delayed by supply chain issues, but it's finally here! In episode 10, Phil and Neil discuss whether aliens exist, why they may or may not believe in aliens, and how belief in aliens may have more in common with belief in a deity than we thought.
In the triumphant return of "Should I Really Care About This?" Neil and Phil squeeze in a convo about Wordle just in time for the full Wordle backlash to begin.
What we're drinking: Hitchhiker Brewing Company's "Clouded Distraction" Imperial Smoked Coffee Stout
In this episode we get down into the weeds discussing the philosophical problem of dualisms touching on the work of Hermann Dooyeweerd (Dutch Neo-Calvinism), Graham Harman (Object Oriented Ontology), and Emmannuel Levinas. But hang in there! We also delve into some very concrete expressions of dualism as found in Terry Gilliam and Tool, and it may even help us understand why the internet is so frequently awful! On a more serious note, understanding and dismantling dualism can give us tools to help confront white supremacism.
Beer appearing in this episode: Cinderlands Spirit Clean Triple IPA
Should I Really Care About This? We recorded a segment of SIRCAT discussing whether protective gear in American football can in fact, make the game more dangerous. We concluded that it does but talking about CTE just wasn’t as lighthearted as these segments usually are. So, should I really care about how protective gear in football can make the game more dangerous? Yes, for sure. We’ll be back with a new SIRCAT in the Episode 10.
Philanthrocapitalism: Why You Should Distrust It
In this episode of ACAAAWIAB, Neil and Phil discuss how plutocrats use philanthropy for image laundering as well as to protect their power, an emerging movement of entrepreneurs who have embraced the idea that treating your workers well is both the right thing to do and good business, and how to move toward a just society so that we need less philanthropy.
This isntallment features a lot of essential reading (but don't let that stop you from downloading):
Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas
Philanthropy from Aristotle to Zuckerberg by Paul Vallely
Worth It by Dan Price
In "Should I Really Care About This," your hosts tackle the perplexing question of how many streaming services one person should have.
Beers appearing in this episode:
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout
Hitchhiker Brewing, Point of Confusion (also a stout)
Holy Forking Shirt! Neil and Phil Discuss the Afterlife!
In Episode 7, Neil and Phil take a deep dive into Bart D. Ehrman's Heaven and Hell: a History of the Afterlife. They'll talk about how dualism effects both ideas of heaven and of hell, Biblical concepts of embodiment, pan-psychic notions of consciousness, and more or less spoil the final season of The Good Place (you've been warned!).
In "Should I Really Care About This?" they discuss the nagging question of whether we need courses in composting.
Beers appearing in this episode:
Chameleon New England IPA, Grist House Brewery
Pranqster Belgian Style Golden Ale, North Coast Brewing Company