60 episodes

Faith Angle brings together top scholars and leading journalists for smart conversations around some of the most profound questions in the public square. Rather than a current-events debrief, our goal is a substantive conversation one notch beneath the surface, drawing out how religious convictions manifest themselves in American culture and public life.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 57 Ratings

Faith Angle brings together top scholars and leading journalists for smart conversations around some of the most profound questions in the public square. Rather than a current-events debrief, our goal is a substantive conversation one notch beneath the surface, drawing out how religious convictions manifest themselves in American culture and public life.

    Kristin Kobes Du Mez and Walter Kim: Jesus and John Wayne in the Evangelical Church

    Kristin Kobes Du Mez and Walter Kim: Jesus and John Wayne in the Evangelical Church

    This episode explores how “masculinity” has shaped elements of white evangelicalism in America. As evangelicals frequently make headlines for their voting patterns and outsized political influence, this discussion will peel back the layers and go deeper—especially on issues of gender equality, racial justice, historic Christian orthodoxy, global expressions of evangelicalism, and the possibilities and limits for evangelical renewal. American evangelicalism is today navigating an important moment of reorientation and reexamination of its identity, and as our speakers highlight, it has much to learn from the history and witness of its global counterparts.

     

    Guests

    Kristin Kobes Du Mez

    Walter Kim

     

    Additional Resources 

    Jesus and John Wayne: How Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation, by Kristin Kobes Du Mez 

    National Association of Evangelicals 

    • 59 min
    Christine Emba and Kimberly June Miller: On ”Rethinking Sex”

    Christine Emba and Kimberly June Miller: On ”Rethinking Sex”

    On this episode, we are joined by Christine Emba, opinion columnist for The Washington Post, and Kimberly June Miller, a licensed marriage and family therapist. Christine has just written a fascinating new book called, Rethinking Sex: A Provocation, which opens with this moral quote: “It is only by asserting one’s humanness every time, in all situations, that one becomes someone rather than something. That, after all, is the core of our struggle.”

    In this provocative book, Christine raises profound questions about meaning and connection, sexuality and even spirituality, as she traces shifting generational views of sex and sexual practices in America.

     

    Guests

    Christine Emba 

    Kimberly June Miller 

     

    Additional Reading 

    Rethinking Sex: A Provocation, by Christine Emba 

    Boundaries for Your Soul, by Kimberly June Miller and Alison Cook

    • 49 min
    Kori Schake and Chris Seiple: Russia and the Role of Religion in Ukraine

    Kori Schake and Chris Seiple: Russia and the Role of Religion in Ukraine

    How much of a role does religion play in the war Vladimir Putin launched in Ukraine? It's a complicated question, but the answer may very well be: more than most Western experts think. Our guests on this episode of the Faith Angle podcast bring decades of military, foreign policy, and peacemaking expertise to help us make sense of the horrible war now unfolding in Ukraine. Dr. Kori Schake is Director of Foreign and Defense Policy at the American Enterprise Institute, and Dr. Chris Seiple is Founder of the The Sagestone Group, as well as principal advisor to the Templeton Religion Trust. The picture in Ukraine is complex, and today's guests help us see more clearly. 


     


    Guests


    Kori Schake 


    Chris Seiple


     


    Additional Resources


    "Putin Accidentally Revitalized the West's Liberal Order," by Kori Schake


    The Routledge Handbook of Religious Literacy, Pluralism, and Global Engagement, by Chris Seiple 


     


    Twitter Links 


    Julia Ioffe 


    Lawrence Freedman


    Michael Kofman 


    Rob Lee 


    Shashank Joshi

    • 48 min
    Sarah Coakley and Eliza Griswold: Theology, Desire, and Vocation in Today’s World

    Sarah Coakley and Eliza Griswold: Theology, Desire, and Vocation in Today’s World

    In this episode, we are joined by a world-class Anglican theologian, Dr. Sarah Coakley, and a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist for The New Yorker, Eliza Griswold. Dr. Coakley's scholarship looks at the Trinity, "New Asceticism," Christology, power, sexuality, and the distinction of the self. Today, she is continuing her trilogy in systematics, aiming in a forthcoming volume at a robust theological examination of race. In this episode, Dr. Coakley and Eliza connect the wisdom of historic Christian thinkers with the urgent issues of a world that is today perhaps more in need of justice than ever. 


     


    Guests


    Sarah Coakley


    Eliza Griswold 


     


    Additional Resources 


    God, Sexuality, and the Self: An Essay "On the Trinity," by Sarah Coakley 


    Powers and Submissions: Spirituality, Philosophy, and Gender, by Sarah Coakley


    Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America, by Eliza Griswold 


    "The Unmaking of Biblical Womanhood" by Eliza Griswold 


     

    • 48 min
    Francis Collins and Deborah Haarsma: On Faith & Science in an Age of Polarization

    Francis Collins and Deborah Haarsma: On Faith & Science in an Age of Polarization

    On February 2, EPPC’s Faith Angle Forum had the privilege of hosting a fascinating online conversation with Dr. Francis Collins, the country’s first Presidentially appointed Director of the National Institutes of Health to have served for more than one administration in that role.


    Alongside BioLogos president Dr. Deb Haarsma and EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner, who contributes regularly to The Atlantic and New York Times, Dr. Collins joined 11 journalists in conversation that included a firsthand window into the development of the mRNA vaccine, and as well as the spread of vaccine resistance among many Americans. The conversation moves swiftly and covers a lot of ground, from sociology to political religion, evolution to creation-science, choices about singing in church to assessing American institutions.


     


    Guests


    Dr. Francis Collins


    Deborah Haarsma


    Pete Wehner


     


    Additional Resources 


    Integrate: A Faith and Science Curriculum


     


     

    • 41 min
    John Azumah and Kelefa Sanneh: Building Christian-Muslim Understanding in Memory of Lamin Sanneh

    John Azumah and Kelefa Sanneh: Building Christian-Muslim Understanding in Memory of Lamin Sanneh

    In this episode, Kelefa Sanneh, staff writer for The New Yorker, is joined by John Azumah, Founding Executive Director of the Sanneh Institute, to discuss the legacy and witness of Kelefa's father Lamin Sanneh, a leading expert in Christian theology and missions as well as Christian-Muslim dialogue. Lamin's legacy continues on through the work of the Sanneh Institute, which seeks to educate and equip religious leaders, scholars, academic institutions, and the broader public on Christian and Muslim history, theology, and possibilities for interfaith partnership. 


     


    Guests


    Kelefa Sanneh


    John Azumah


     


    Learn More 


    The African Christian and Islam by John Azumah 


    My Neighbor's Faith: Islam Explained for Christians by John Azumah


    Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres by Kelefa Sanneh 


    "The Plan to Build a Capital for Black Capitalism" by Kelefa Sanneh

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

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Excellent

Consistently thought-provoking. A diverse group of interviewees. Worth your time!

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Magnificent

Josh Good and the Faith Angle Forum have created something extraordinary: nuanced conversations about religion. GetReligion’s Terry Mattingly has been shouting from the rooftops about the religion angle in journalism for years and now, someone is helping him fill in that gap.

Good allows journalists, academics, policy makers, and ethicists to converse on their topics of choice. When the two guests get to talking, something magical happens. An honest talk about the issues and fascinations about belief and faith. The guest list includes an astounding number of notable names like Emma Green, Daniel Krauthammer, and David Brooks. This is a podcast that is vital for a functioning society.

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Genuine and insightful

Religion in the public square can be contentious with sides dug in on either side of issues. Journalists are often ill equipped to get the depth of concern of faith communities and faith leaders are not always great at illuminating their interests to the general public. With a friendly, conversational, inquisitive and engaged tone these podcasts strike the balance of being faithful to the needs of religionists who are put to answer relevant questions of public concern. Hence they reveal the overlap, as if on a Venn diagram, the humanity transcending and sometimes uniting the interests of people of different faiths and different political (conservative to progressive) persuasions

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