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A podcast where fine ladies, rational minds, and the best kind of company gather to discuss all sorts of ideas and issues.

Persuasion Christ and Pop Culture

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 109 Ratings

A podcast where fine ladies, rational minds, and the best kind of company gather to discuss all sorts of ideas and issues.

    Episode 229 | What We Make of It All, with Karen Swallow Prior

    Episode 229 | What We Make of It All, with Karen Swallow Prior

    In this episode of Persuasion, Erin and Hannah end their reading of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with professor Karen Swallow Prior. The trio look back at the life of Mary Shelley and explore the context of the novel's place in literature, Mary Shelley's life and situations, and the lessons we can still glean for today.
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    • 29 min
    Episode 228 | What We Make of Destiny

    Episode 228 | What We Make of Destiny

    Destiny and fate are central to Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein, which inspired our fall Persuasion series, What We Make of Ourselves. In this episode, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the sixth and final reading (Volume III: Chapters 5–7), as Victor and his creation wrestle with fate and if they have any say whatsoever over the course of their lives. Now at the end of Victor’s story, destiny is seen as the flip side of the ambition that launched us into this tale. Christians especially wrestle like this as we try to make sense of how our actions matter in light of God’s sovereign will.
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    • 37 min
    What We Make Of Our Mistakes

    What We Make Of Our Mistakes

    Mistakes and regret are central to Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein, which is inspiring our fall Persuasion's series, What We Make of Ourselves. In this episode, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the fifth reading (Volume III: Chapters 1–4) and Victor’s ongoing struggle with his decisions and the resulting fallout thereof. His inner turmoil is on display for us, giving a snapshot of his tortured mind and soul.
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    • 39 min
    Episode 226 | What We Make of Our Stories

    Episode 226 | What We Make of Our Stories

    Stories and storytelling are central to Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein, which is shaping our fall Persuasion‘s series, What We Make of Ourselves. In this episode, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the fourth reading (Volume II: Chapters 5–9) and the stories shared by each of the characters.
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    • 40 min
    What We Make Of Others

    What We Make Of Others

    Frankenstein, which is the foundation of our fall Persuasion's series, What We Make of Ourselves. In this episode, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the third reading (Volume II: Chapters 1–4), exploring the characters’ expectations of and dependence upon others. Shelley’s novel, while falling in the goth/horror genre, spends considerable time addressing the fallout we face when our connections with others are strained or severed.
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    • 39 min
    Episode 224 | What We Make of Our Suffering

    Episode 224 | What We Make of Our Suffering

    In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the second reading of the series (Volume I: Chapters 4–7), in which the characters and their suffering take center stage. Shelley’s rich descriptions of the inner turmoil provide readers insight into how suffering can alter a person’s ability to function. Her story is raising those age-old questions about why suffering exists and what causes it.
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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 Ratings

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Sensitive, thought provoking, and challenging!

I’m so glad I found this podcast!

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True and simple

Balanced, open minded, scriptural.
3 things that often don’t go together now days woven into an easy listen that will challenge deeper thought and conversation.

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My Favorite Podcast

This is my all-time favorite podcast to listen to - the one that makes me do a little happy dance in my house when the notification comes up on my phone that a new episode is available. I love the range of topics covered, the practical wisdom along with all the good “thinking questions” that they bring up while keeping the conversation jovial. Erin’s and Hannah’s personalities couldn’t be more different, but that’s another reason this is so enjoyable - you get angles that represent almost everyone on the spectrum. (I’m more like Hannah, FYI. But I got my sister listening because of Erin. 😉) Thanks to you both for the thought and time you put into these podcasts. Don’t you ever dare stop! 😏

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