A series of conversations about faith, philosophy, history, politics, and the internet hosted by Josiah Sutton.
You Are Not the Chosen One (feat. Phil Cozzi)
Josiah is joined by Phil Cozzi (@CryptidDirector) to discuss film and chasing your dreams. While the conversation was initially going to be about film, it eventually pivoted into a more personal discussion about the feeling of giving up on your passions, and the narcissism lurking in most artistic or academic endeavors. We often think of great artists or thinkers as powerful individuals who pursued their dreams, and this notion is fed by the films and books most zoomers and millennials were raised with. Phil and Josiah try to untangle this and look at art in a more communal sense.
Iowa and the Right (feat. Gavin Aronsen)
Josiah is joined by Gavin Aronsen (@garonsen) to discuss Iowa politics, especially it’s recent right wing turn. They discuss Steve King’s connections to Viktor Orban, the rise of illiberal conservatism, and the failure of local media to report on local politics. They also reflect on the 2020 protests, Occupy Wall Street, and point toward some optimistic developments as well.
Learning from Lost Futures (feat. Phil Christman)
Josiah is joined by Phil Christman (@phil_christman) to talk about the Midwest, American evangelicalism, and the future of the left. Both the Midwest and evangelicalism are made up of lost futures—radical moral or political visions that eventually lost out to the iterations we see today. In a casual discussion, Josiah and Phil ask what we can learn from history, both the good and the bad, and how that can help in imagining the future.
VLVC REPOST: My God Has Two Arms (feat. Randy Sutton)
Hello! I was not able to record any new Fruitless this month. Instead, I'll be sharing two old Very Legal, Very Cool episodes. This is the second one featuring my Dad.
VLVC REPOST: Portraits of War Gods (feat. Jackal)
Hello! I was not able to record any new Fruitless this month. Instead, I'll be sharing two old Very Legal, Very Cool episodes. This is the first one featuring Jackal (@JackalJester)
Christ and the Queer Apocalypse (feat. Keanu Heydari)
Josiah is joined by Keanu Heydari (@WoeToChorazin) to discuss queer theory and Christian theology. While liberal Christian denominations have grown increasingly inclusive of a queer individuals in the past decade, they still struggle to make sense of sexual identity and gender. In the broader culture, anti-LGBTQ politics seems to be on the rise. Using the insight of queer theory and Christian theology, Keanu argues that an apocalyptic and deontologized view of gender and sexuality is the path forward.