43 episodes

Dedicated to wrestling with questions of faith, religion, and theology that arise in comic books and other pop culture media. Occasionally irreverent, rarely sacrilegious.

Dorkness to Light Podcast Professor Alan & Em

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

Dedicated to wrestling with questions of faith, religion, and theology that arise in comic books and other pop culture media. Occasionally irreverent, rarely sacrilegious.

    Podcast #043 - Chit-Chat & Feedback

    Podcast #043 - Chit-Chat & Feedback

    "Chit-Chat & Feedback" Alan and Em talk a bit about how they've been passing the time recently -- Dragon Age, Warrior Nun, theology podcasts, and the like. And then they empty out the entire bag of listener feedback.  Click on the player below to listen to the episode:   Right-click to download the episode. You may also subscribe to the podcast through Apple Podcasts or the RSS Feed. Link #1: The music of The Oh Hellos! Link #2: The music of The Gray Havens Link #3: The Sacramental Charismatic podcast Link #4: The Foreword podcast  We would love to hear from you about this topic, the podcast episode, or the podcast in general. Send e-mail feedback to dorknesstolight@gmail.com  You can follow the network on twitter @DorknessToLight or Alan @ProfessorAlan

    Podcast #042 - Blue Christmas II: Home for the Holidays

    Podcast #042 - Blue Christmas II: Home for the Holidays

    "Home for the Holidays" Alan and Em revisit the concept of Blue Christmas, which they covered last year on Episode 35. These are services that allow churches to make space for people who aren't quite ready to celebrate the season. But given the way that 2020 went, we're pretty sure that EVERYONE is dealing with loss, discouragement, and depression this year.  We give our personal updates, talk about our 2020 holiday thoughts, and then share some mostly (but not altogether) happy Christmas memories. Merry Christmas, seasons greetings, happy holidays, and we wish all out listeners a blessed and joyous 2021. Click on the player below to listen to the episode:   Right-click to download the episode. You may also subscribe to the podcast through Apple Podcasts or the RSS Feed. Link: Episode 35, last year's Blue Christmas discussion Link to Opening Song: "In Like a Lion (Always Winter)" by Relient K We would love to hear from you about this topic, the podcast episode, or the podcast in general. Send e-mail feedback to dorknesstolight@gmail.com  You can follow the network on twitter @DorknessToLight or Alan @ProfessorAlan

    Podcast #041 - Harry Whodunit #3!

    Podcast #041 - Harry Whodunit #3!

    "Harry Whodunit: The Mystery of the Nine Samsons"Enjoy your Covid lockdown with this Harry Whodunit mystery audio adventure!Back in Episode 31, we mentioned Harry Whodunit as one of our favorite little-known bits of Evangelical pop culture.  And in Episode 32, we played a digitized version of one of the two cassette sets we own. And then in Episode 36, we played a digitized version of the other set we own.    As we discussed last episode, creator Terry Scott Taylor recently put his entire audio archives up for sale, including the entire (4 adventures) Harry Whodunit collection! We were very excited to see that, and bought the collection. And here is the third adventure we've posted, although it was the first one produced. And so, we proudly present "The Mystery of the Nine Samsons!"Click on the player below to listen to the episode: Right-click to download the episode.You may also subscribe to the podcast through Apple Podcasts or the RSS Feed.We would love to hear from you about this topic, or the podcast episode. Send e-mail feedback to dorknesstolight@gmail.com You can follow the network on twitter @DorknessToLight or Alan @ProfessorAlan

    Podcast #040 - The Book of Ruth

    Podcast #040 - The Book of Ruth

    "The Book of Ruth: An Original Graphic Novel" Alan and Em discuss the original graphic novel The Book of Ruth, by Meredith Finch & Colin Dyer. The book retells the Old Testament story in the context of the Dust Bowl era. The discussion includes a deep dive into atonement theology, but somehow they manage to reference Babylon 5, Leverage ... and more! Click on the player below to listen to the episode: Right-click to download the episode. You may also subscribe to the podcast through Apple Podcasts or the RSS Feed. Link: The Book of Ruth Kickstarter Link: Meredith Finch on Twitter Link: The Harry Whodunit Collection Link: Tomato Bird's Tumblr We would love to hear from you about this topic, the podcast episode, or the podcast in general. Send e-mail feedback to dorknesstolight@gmail.com  You can follow the network on twitter @DorknessToLight or Alan @ProfessorAlan

    Podcast #039 - Quarantine Conversation

    Podcast #039 - Quarantine Conversation

    "A Quarantine Conversation" Alan and Em discuss how they are handling their isolation situations ... and they talk about their emotions, their jobs, church, games, books, music ... and more! Click on the player below to listen to the episode: Right-click to download the episode. You may also subscribe to the podcast through Apple Podcasts or the RSS Feed. Link: Hoopla Digital app Link: Libby / Overdrive Link: Sara Castro's Etsy store We would love to hear from you about this topic, the podcast episode, or the podcast in general. Send e-mail feedback to dorknesstolight@gmail.com  You can follow the network on twitter @DorknessToLight or Alan @ProfessorAlan

    Podcast #038 - Reviews, Recos and a Rant

    Podcast #038 - Reviews, Recos and a Rant

    "Reviews, Recos, and a Rant" Alan and Em discuss some pop culture items they've consumed recently ... TV shows, movies, books, music and more! Click on the player below to listen to the episode: Right-click to download the episode. You may also subscribe to the podcast through Apple Podcasts or the RSS Feed. Link: Purchase "daydreamer," by Formerly Bodies Link: The Book of Ruth graphic novel Link: Coyote Kid on YouTube Link: St. Kateri Conservation Center We would love to hear from you about this topic, the podcast episode, or the podcast in general. Send e-mail feedback to dorknesstolight@gmail.com  You can follow the network on twitter @DorknessToLight or Alan @ProfessorAlan

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

my line on a Bean ,

Please more Harry whodunit

What I said in the subject 👌🏽

FriedRaptor ,

We want more!

This podcast is worth adding to your rotation. They don’t have a regular release schedule but the content they do put out is top notch. Alan and Em have wonderful rapport that makes the conversation pleasing to listen to. The sound quality and editing is superb with no superfluous “umm’s” and “so’s” that so often plague podcasts. Overall an excellent show about faith and pop culture and they do a fantastic job of covering all sorts of fandoms. Keep it up!

Council of Geeks ,

Always Thoughtful, Never Preachy

As somebody who enjoys talking religious ideas from an academic perspective but is always cautious about how preachy folks who tend to talk religion can get, this is just wonderful listening. The Professor and Emily bring their beliefs, their minds and their analysis to a wide variety of spiritual and religious concepts, diving into them in a way that is in no way alienating to those who may not share their faith.

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