150 episodes

Our goal is to bring the wisdom of the academy's ivory tower into your earbuds. Think of each episode as an audiological ingredient for your to brew your own faith. Most episodes center around an interview with a different scholar, theologian, or philosopher.

Homebrewed Christianity Podcast Dr. Tripp Fuller | Theologian, Philosopher, Minister

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.6 • 416 Ratings

Our goal is to bring the wisdom of the academy's ivory tower into your earbuds. Think of each episode as an audiological ingredient for your to brew your own faith. Most episodes center around an interview with a different scholar, theologian, or philosopher.

    Greg Farrand: Second Breath & the Advent Journey

    Greg Farrand: Second Breath & the Advent Journey

    Greg Farrand, Executive Director for Second Breath, is joining the podcast for a special episode exploring the

    spiritual journey of Advent. Homebrewed has done over 20+ online classes and one of the consistent requests from a portion of the participants is for some more devotional option. Since the classes include people from many different and no religious tradition, that always seemed a difficult request to meet. This time, with the Christmas Stories class we are going to try an optional more spiritual pathway.

    For those interested in a contemplative pathway over Advent, we are partnering with Second Breath, to provide guided meditations and spiritual conversations. Having done 20+ online classes like this, that focus on the intellectual side of things, I am excited to have such a respected partner, gifted in equipping others to go beyond an intellectual comprehension of God, faith, and love to actually experiencing them with mind, heart, and body. You will want to check out the Second Breath app, on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. It includes hundreds of spiritual practices and reflections and will feature an Advent series of encounters for the class.

    The best part of this partnership is it will not impact any of the time with Dom, but for those who have been requesting this kind of element, we can try it out.



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    • 1 hr 5 min
    John Dominic Crossan: Saving the Biblical Christmas Stories

    John Dominic Crossan: Saving the Biblical Christmas Stories

    It is almost time for our next online class and John Dominic Crossan is here to lure to join Christmas Stories🙂

    John Dominic Crossan is an Irish-American biblical scholar with two-year post-doctoral diplomas in exegesis from Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute and in archeology from Jerusalem’s École Biblique. He has been a mendicant friar and a catholic priest, a Co-Chair of the Jesus Seminar, and a President of the Society of Biblical Literature. His focus, whether scholarly or popular, whether in books, videos, or lectures, is on the historical Jesus as the norm and criterion for the entire Christian Bible. His reconstructed Jesus incarnates nonviolent resistance to the Romanization of his Jewish homeland and future hope of a transformed world and transfigured earth. Crossan’s method is to situate biblical texts within the reconstructed matrix of their own genre and purpose, their own time and place, and to hear them accurately for then before accepting or rejecting them for now.



    Previous Podcast Episodes with Dom & Tripp



    * the most important discovery for understanding Jesus

    * The Bible, Violence, & Our Future

    * Resurrecting Easter

    * on the First Christmas

    *  From Jesus’ Parables to Parables of God 

    * Render Unto Caesar

    * on God & Empire



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    • 39 min
    John Thatamanil: What we do when we do theology

    John Thatamanil: What we do when we do theology

    John Thatamanil returns to the podcast and it is one zesty conversation!! We were both in Napa, California for the Power & the God of Love conference. The event was wonderful and getting to record in person with one of my favorite theologians was a real treat.

    Dr. Thatamanil is Professor of Theology & World Religions at Union Theological Seminary in NYC.

    Check out these books by John



    * Circling the Elephant: A Comparative Theology of Religious Diversity

    * The Immanent Divine: God, Creation And the Human Predicament: God, Creation, and the Human Predicament

    * Theology Without Walls: The Transreligious Imperative 



    Previous Podcast visits from John



    * A Comparative Theology of Religious Diversity

    * Theology Without Walls

    * Non-duality, Polydoxy, and Christian Identity



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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Diana Butler Bass: Ruining Election Night Dinner

    Diana Butler Bass: Ruining Election Night Dinner

    Diana Bass is back on the podcast for a session of our ongoing series “Ruining Dinner.” We talk about religion and politics with a bunch of zest. Normally these conversations are for our community members, but we decided to share this one far and wide. To be a part of future zoom sessions and get access to past gatherings,  join Diana’s newsletter community, the Cottage &/or the Homebrewed Community.



    Previous Episodes with Diana & Tripp

    The Over-Rated Genie God

    Bad Blood, Civil War, and other Soothing Topics

    Shall the Fundies (Keep) Winning?, Abortion, and Black Holes

    Theology and Spirituality in a Time of Rupture

    White Evangelical Theopolitics, John Shelby Spong, & Jesus

    20 Years of Religious Decline

    Jesus After Religion and Beyond Fear

    Ruining Dinner with Diana Butler Bass and Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

    Evangelical Decline, the Supreme Court, and the Horizon of Possibility

    Debating, Praying, and Living with Tyrants

    Religion, Politics, & the Elephant in the Room

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    • 1 hr 51 min
    John Dominic Crossan: the most important discovery for understanding Jesus

    John Dominic Crossan: the most important discovery for understanding Jesus

    Thrilled to announce our upcoming Advent class with John Dominic Crossan. If you want to dig into the Biblical Christmas narratives with one of the most respected New Testament scholars alive, then signup.





    It will feature 4 visual lectures, live QnA, a discussion of his book ‘the First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Birth,’ & an online community of interested learners. PLUS, the class is donation based (including 0), so join the fun & get ready to nerd out with your Bibles out.





    John Dominic Crossan is an Irish-American biblical scholar with two-year post-doctoral diplomas in exegesis from Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute and in archeology from Jerusalem’s École Biblique. He has been a mendicant friar and a catholic priest, a Co-Chair of the Jesus Seminar, and a President of the Society of Biblical Literature. His focus, whether scholarly or popular, whether in books, videos, or lectures, is on the historical Jesus as the norm and criterion for the entire Christian Bible. His reconstructed Jesus incarnates nonviolent resistance to the Romanization of his Jewish homeland and the Herodian commercialization of his Galilean lake as present program and future hope of a transformed world and transfigured earth. Crossan’s method is to situate biblical texts within the reconstructed matrix of their own genre and purpose, their own time and place, and to hear them accurately for then before accepting or rejecting them for now.

    Previous Podcast Episodes with Dom & Tripp



    * The Bible, Violence, & Our Future

    * Resurrecting Easter

    * on the First Christmas

    *  From Jesus’ Parables to Parables of God 

    * Render Unto Caesar

    * on God & Empire



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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Ryan Burge: Evangelical Jews, Educated Church-Goers, & other bits of dizzying data

    Ryan Burge: Evangelical Jews, Educated Church-Goers, & other bits of dizzying data

    A couple of months ago, Ryan joined to discuss recent data on religion in America. It was a very popular episode, and members of the Homebrewed Community requested more charts! Here it is.

    Ryan P. Burge is an assistant professor of political science at Eastern Illinois University. Author of

    numerous journal articles, he is the co-founder of and a frequent contributor to Religion in Public, a forum for scholars of religion and politics to make their work accessible to a general audience. Burge is a pastor in the American Baptist Church.

    Previous Vists from Ryan Burge



    * 5 Religion Graphs w/ a side of Hot Takes

    * Myths about Religion & Politics



    The Charts We Discuss…(follow Ryan on twitter for more charts)



    Religious attendance among African-Americans.

    Never/Seldom attend in 2008 vs 2021, by age:

    18-35: 35% -> 46% (+11)

    36-44: 31% -> 45% (+14)

    45-54: 23% -> 43% (+20)

    55-64: 25% -> 48% (+23)

    65+: 24% -> 40% (+16) pic.twitter.com/jffEBD5cM2

    — Ryan Burge ? (@ryanburge) October 26, 2022





    This is empirically, undeniably false.

    This is 14 years of the Cooperative Election Study. Total sample size is 547,456.

    In no year are those with a college degree more likely to be religiously unaffiliated than those who stopped at a high school diploma. https://t.co/WPze6UCTjd pic.twitter.com/jI8tmSvGsd

    — Ryan Burge ? (@ryanburge) October 24, 2022





    60% of Republican Protestants self-identify as evangelical/born-again. It’s 44% of Democrats.

    19% of Republican Jews ID as evangelical. 6% of Democrats.

    39% vs 15% for Muslims.

    25% vs 8% for Buddhists.

    37% vs 11% for Hindus. pic.twitter.com/2SNOL4nVJw

    — Ryan Burge ? (@ryanburge) October 22, 2022





    The more white people attend religious services, the more likely they are to identify as politically conservative.

    The same is true for Black people.

    And Hispanic people.

    And Asian people.

    It’s hard to find a situation where greater attendance doesn’t lead to conservatism pic.twitter.com/VO6IuBE4Gy

    — Ryan Burge ? (@ryanburge) October 7, 2022





    These are the 20 largest seminaries in the United States based on headcount.

    One is a mainline seminary: Duke, which is affiliated with the United Methodists.

    20,172 students represented here. 97% of them being trained in evangelical seminaries. pic.twitter.com/7qLfc8vdKY

    — Ryan Burge ? (@ryanburge) October 24, 2022



     

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Reverend Mark ,

Process, brewing and eschatology

Hi Tripp! I am a recently retired university chaplain who, way back in my Vanderbilt Divinity School days (circa 1979-83), was mentored under Sallie McFague who, thankfully, introduced us to Teilhard de Chardin. This led to my interest in Process and AFN which, in turn, led me to study under Donald Sherburne. This period of my theological development completely re-oriented my worldview in countless ways! While I seldom read Process theology (that could change), I have always considered myself generically process. This is one of two things that led me to your show.

The second thing that piqued my interest was that you are a homer brewer. I began my second calling as an amateur brewer 23 years ago. I was introduced to the brewing process by a Presbyterian colleague with whom I studied in a D.Min program (Columbia Theological Seminary). Although I hate to brag, over the years I have had five of my recipes go to the Great American Beer Festival under the Pro Am category. I am also working on a memoir, “Final Gravity,” that explores my apophatic approach to God that is best described by the way yeast transforms wort into beer. If you will, beer is created by a process of subtraction. I could say more, but must segue to my question.

It seems to me that a Process orientation has God luring us via God’s primordial wisdom into a consequent outcome that is always momentary and relational, correct? If so, isn’t any hardcore eschatological projection about a pre-established future moot? As a recovering fundamentalist of 40-plus years, I believe that eschatology is a form of cosmic conspiracy thinking that, in turn, predisposes many Christians today into Q’Anon and other forms of dangerous lunacy (I have no problems with harmless lunacy!). Am I off base in discerning that Process Theology could rightly disabuse Christians from the lure of conspiracy thinking by calling into question the legitimacy, or at least the limits, of eschatology?

Shaunpee ,

The Spiritual Formation List for kids

Hey Tripp! I’m a 44-year-old dad and psychologist about 27 years into my post-evangelical life having been a religion major at Mercer University in Macon Georgia in the late 90s and reading Hartshorn and Whitehead and Tillich and Kierkegaard. Did an honors thesis on Hauerwas and Stackhouse in conversation.
You mentioned a list of spiritual formation propositions that you tell your kids (I think in the episode with Leah Robinson). I would very much love to hear a podcast if there’s a working version of that list. My family and I are still in Macon and our current school option (picking a school is so tough in a state where the public schools are being undermined by lunatic legislators!) involves more than a little neo Calvinist indoctrination that my kids are looking to counterbalance. You might be pleased to know that my child in seventh grade told her Bible teacher this week that “God has to be at least as nice as Jesus.”

Radthoughts ,

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This episode was amazing.
Sadly, as an old evangelical I hadn’t heard about deconstruction until I heard it in this episode. Yes, I’m sheltered. But this episode really set off my journey to discover other Christians that feel as I do. When did the Jesus I knew become so diabolical and judgmental? So happy to hear your perspectives. Deconstruction, here I come.

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