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Welcome to Banned Books, where we read and converse with the rebel children, the holy mischief-makers of God, who fight against the kind of useless religious, spiritual, and moral methods of life improvement that seeks to smother the glory of God in Jesus Christ. We want to introduce you to those who forgot everything except Jesus Christ and him crucified. We all struggle with fear of being last, lost, least, littlest, and dead, and so we are here to encourage, challenge, provoke, and maybe even offend you by introducing you to theologians who at one time or another were banned by their church, declared dangerous, or simply vilified for daring to confess that Christ alone is the way, truth, and life. Welcome rebel children, holy mischief makers, and fools for Christ. This podcast is for you.

Banned Books 1517 Podcasts

    • Christianity
    • 4.9, 100 Ratings

Welcome to Banned Books, where we read and converse with the rebel children, the holy mischief-makers of God, who fight against the kind of useless religious, spiritual, and moral methods of life improvement that seeks to smother the glory of God in Jesus Christ. We want to introduce you to those who forgot everything except Jesus Christ and him crucified. We all struggle with fear of being last, lost, least, littlest, and dead, and so we are here to encourage, challenge, provoke, and maybe even offend you by introducing you to theologians who at one time or another were banned by their church, declared dangerous, or simply vilified for daring to confess that Christ alone is the way, truth, and life. Welcome rebel children, holy mischief makers, and fools for Christ. This podcast is for you.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
100 Ratings

100 Ratings

Omphaloskeptic-avoidant ,

Makes me feel knowledgable without having to read the books themselves!

I am a big fan of As Lutheran As It Gets, so Banned Books is a treat. Every episode delves into a part of an author's work, to look at how they present the Gospel and whether Jesus is even present in their text. I really enjoyed the one on The Idiot by Dostoyevsky; it remined me of college literature classes - in a good way. The pastors' approach to criticism is pointed, direct, but never personal - demonstrating that you can disagree with someone without demonizing them. Every episode is worth the time. Particularly the one on The Idiot... but I'm biased.

lnewland ,

Lutheranism at its best!

I wait every week for the next episode of Banned Books. It’s intelligent, remarkably Lutheran, and will get you hooked. Pastors Gillespie & Riley bring the goods every week and never disappoint. Stay strong fellas!

Museikguy ,

One of the best theological Podcasts

This is one of the best and clearest theological podcasts out. For those burnt on American religion, Riley and Gillespie never waver from the main thing, Jesus crucified FOR YOU. In a landscape of introspection and subjectivity, this podcast isn’t afraid to be honest about our need for something (someone) to come and rescue us from our own depravity. They do so in an easy to listen to format, throwing out the occasional comedic zinger while never departing from real hope for us all.

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