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Hosted by Melanie Cogdill the Managing Editor at Christian Research Institute, Postmodern Realities is a podcast from the Christian Research Institute and the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL. Each podcast features in-depth conversations with our JOURNAL authors.

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Hosted by Melanie Cogdill the Managing Editor at Christian Research Institute, Postmodern Realities is a podcast from the Christian Research Institute and the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL. Each podcast features in-depth conversations with our JOURNAL authors.

    Postmodern Realities Episode 190 Assessing the Confession of Norma McCorvey in AKA Jane Roe

    Postmodern Realities Episode 190 Assessing the Confession of Norma McCorvey in AKA Jane Roe

    In May 2020 FX and Hulu released the documentary AKA Jane Roe promoting the deathbed confession of Norma McCorvey, the woman publicly known as the Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 legal decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court ruled that the Constitution of the United States allows abortion to be legal. McCorvey allegedly confided to documentarian Nick Sweeney that her pro-life work, spanning more than two decades, was a lie. In her own words, “I took their money, and they put me out in front of the cameras and told me what to say, and that’s what I’d say.” The story as reported casts a pall over her much-celebrated conversion to the pro-life community while affirming cynical views held by abortion supporters concerning the character of those who fight legal abortion. As far as the ethics of abortion, does McCorvey’s judgment on abortion really matter?

    This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Jay Watts about his online-exclusive article, “Assessing the Confession of Norma McCorvey in AKA Jane Roe”. https://www.equip.org/article/assessing-the-confession-of-norma-mccorvey-in-aka-jane-roe/

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    Episode 163 Merely Human: The Problem of Recognizing Chimpanzees as Persons

    Merely Human: The Problem of Recognizing Chimpanzees as Persons

    Episode 134 Are Laws Restricting Abortion Forced Organ Donation? A Review of Beyond Roe

    Are Laws Restricting Abortion Forced Organ Donation? A Review of Beyond Roe

    Episode 117-Unplanned: An Imperfect but Brave Film

    Unplanned: An Imperfect but Brave Film

    Episode 042: When Freedom of Expression and Emotions Collide on Campus

    When Freedom of Expression and Emotions Collide on Campus

    Episode 032: On Chimeras and What It Means to Be Human

    On Chimeras and What It Means to Be Human

    Episode 013: Death with Dignity and the Imago Dei

    Death with Dignity and the Imago Dei

    Episode 007: Rape and Sexual Violence on the College Campus

    Rape and Sexual Violence on Campus

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    Postmodern Realities Episode 189 Second-Rate Musician:Vocation and Performance in T. S. Eliot’s The Confidential Clerk

    Postmodern Realities Episode 189 Second-Rate Musician:Vocation and Performance in T. S. Eliot’s The Confidential Clerk

    A meritocracy insists that a person’s sense of identity and value is grounded in his or her own performance or action. For Christians, however, being is a divine gift. Thus, identity and value are determined by divine action, not by personal effort. If we rest in this divine action, we can withdraw from competing identities and from the perpetual and exhausting demands of ambition. But meritocratic values And their attendant anxiety have spread, in part, because the notion of vocation has all but disappeared from public consciousness. How might we recapture a sense of vocation? T. S. Eliot offers a case in point. His play, The Confidential Clerk, depicts a young man who must choose one of two paths: meritocratic success or vocation. God’s calling on our lives may not align with what society tells us is successful. However, we are responsible to be only what God has called us to be, whether that is a person leading a large business or a musician playing at a local nursing home. Our vocation should lead us to a deeper relationship with our Creator. If we are in Him, we will never be second-rate.

    This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Stephen Mitchell about his article in the 43:1 Journal “Second-Rate Musician:Vocation and Performance in T. S. Eliot’s The Confidential Clerk “. https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/the-word-crisis-that-threatens-to-undo-western-civilization/

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    Episode 135-Questing for Divine Love-Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

    Questing for Divine Love-Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

    Episode 111 Humanity Crucified: Hemingway and the Human Condition

    Humanity Crucified: Hemingway and the Human Condition

    Episode 092 Literary Apologetics: Flannery O’Connor

    Episode 045: Alexander Solzhenitsyn Confronts the Grand Inquisitor

    Alexander Solzhenitsyn Confronts the Grand Inquisitor

    Rejoicing over Owls: Thoreau and the Gift of Being

    The Sting of Death: Albert Camus and the Fight for Life

    Reading My Favorite Atheists: Ivan, Raskolnikov, and Kirilov

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    Postmodern Realities Episode 188 OK, Boomer: Time to Declare a Truce in the Generational Wars

    Postmodern Realities Episode 188 OK, Boomer: Time to Declare a Truce in the Generational Wars

    Having burst into popularity on the millennial and younger social media platform TikTok, the phrase “OK Boomer,” whose true origins are lost in the murk of the back pages of the internet, is used by many millennials (those born between about 1981 and 1996) to dismiss their parents’ generation of baby boomers (those born between about 1946 and 1964) as out of touch and self-centered. And, in a sign that its use has expanded beyond mere internet meme-dom and into the public sphere, one New Zealand member of Parliament responded to another member’s heckling with a dismissive “OK, Boomer.” In 2020 in our particular historical moment, when we find ourselves confronted by a global pandemic from a virus that has proven especially dangerous for the sick and elderly, questions about intergenerational conflict have special weight. Discussion about what sort of containment measures are sufficient and whether it is ethical to risk the lives of the elderly for the sake of the economy have become issues of public debate. However, the Bible calls us to reject this conflict and calls Christians to a beautiful vision of an intergenerational, interdependent, remembering community.
    This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Kyle Keating about his article in the 43:1 Journal, entitled, “OK, Boomer: Time to Declare a Truce in the Generational Wars.”
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    Episode 133 The Disorientation of Deconversion
    Am I Just Not Chosen? The Disorientation of Deconversion
    Episode 074: Authentic Community in the Age of Social Media
    Cream or Sugar? Fostering Authentic Community in the Expanding Age of Social Media

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    Postmodern Realities Episode 187 Five Ways to Disciple Your Family During the Pandemic

    Postmodern Realities Episode 187 Five Ways to Disciple Your Family During the Pandemic

    COVID-19 has been incredibly costly — it has cost millions of people their jobs, thousands of people their lives, and has changed the shape of our lives in countless ways. In the midst of all the anxiety and uncertainty, it can be difficult to stay hopeful. However, if Christians really believe that God works all things together for good for those who love Him (Rom. 8:28), we should expect God to provide us opportunities to grow in our relationship to Him. One of the clearest good things that has arisen out of COVID-19 is the amount of time families spend together. Time, however, is beneficial only when put to good use. This episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Drew Dixon about five ways Christians can promote spiritual health and disciple in their family during this pandemic.

    This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Drew Dixon about his online-exclusive article, “Five Ways to Disciple Your Family During the Pandemic.”https://www.equip.org/article/five-ways-to-disciple-your-family-during-the-quarantine/

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    Episode 128 Summer Vacation, Kids, and Video Games: Better Alternatives to Fortnite

    Summer Vacation, Kids, and Video Games: Better Alternatives to Fortnite

    Episode 098 Virtual Violence, Video Game Addiction, and the Kingdom of God

    Virtual Violence, Video Game Addiction, and the Kingdom of God

    Episode 066: Comic Cons, Geek Culture, and the Mission of Christ

    Comic Cons, Geek Culture and the Mission of Christ



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    Postmodern Realities Episode 186 Gen Z. Live For the Ray not the Line

    Postmodern Realities Episode 186 Gen Z. Live For the Ray not the Line

    In this short podblast episode of the Postmodern Realities Podcast 2020 COVID-19 shelter-in-place series, JOURNAL Author J. Warner Wallace gives a word of encouragement to Christian students in Gen Z and their parents about how to think biblically about their new normal as students and their grief and lament over missed milestones in their academic and social lives.

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    Hank Unplugged: Cold-Case Christianity with J. Warner Wallace

    Postmodern Realities: Episode 102 What Cops Can Teach Christians about the Critical Use of Language

    What Cops Can Teach Christians about the Critical Use of Language

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    Postmodern Realities Episode 185 Star Trek: Picard and Transhumanism — Where No One Has Gone Before

    Postmodern Realities Episode 185 Star Trek: Picard and Transhumanism — Where No One Has Gone Before

    More than 50 years ago, Star Trek began its journey when it premiered as a television program in 1966. Since then it has spawned several motion pictures, most recently Star Trek Beyond (2016), as well as a number of television series. Star Trek as a franchise became a cultural phenomenon, making its way into popular culture with phrases such as “beam me up”, conventions for fans, and recognizable characters such as Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. Created by Gene Roddenberry (1921–1991), the longevity of Star Trek speaks not only to its popularity but its willingness to address controversial topics. The series Star Trek: The Next Generation featured Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard, a captain of the starship Enterprise, and that cast was featured in four motion pictures released from 1994–2002. Eighteen years after their final film, CBS All Access premiered a 10-part, streaming series in 2020 titled Star Trek: Picard.

    This podcast contains **SPOILERS**

    This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Robert Velarde about his online-exclusive TV review, “Star Trek: Picard and Transhumanism — Where No One Has Gone Before“. https://www.equip.org/article/star-trek-picard-and-transhumanism-where-no-one-has-gone-before/

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    Episode 179 Rick and Morty: Scientism, Self-Centeredness, and the Search for Meaning

    Rick and Morty: Scientism, Self-Centeredness, and the Search for Meaning

    Episode 148-In Defense of Pop Culture

    Ditching Netflix? Engaging Pop Culture in the Age of Binge-Watching

    Episode 149 What Joker Gets Right About Human Depravity

    Getting What We Deserve: What Joker Gets Right about Human Depravity: A Film Review of Joker (2019) starring Joaquin Phoenix

    Episode 037: Choose Your Own Enchantment: Freedom and Conscience in What We Watch

    Choose Your Own Enchantment: Freedom and Conscience in What We Watch

    Episode 075: Film Nostalgia & Heaven

    Looking for Heaven at the Movies: What our Fondness for Nostalgic Films Says about Us.”

    The Wisdom of Pixar

    Television as the New Literature: Understanding and Evaluating the Medium

    Prometheus: Finding God in Outer Space

    Episode 87: Westworld & A.I.

    “HBO’s Westworld and the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence.”

    The Gospel According to Lost

    Breaking Bad’s Addicting Defense of Moral Realism

    Episode 039: The Gospel According to Marvel

    The Gospel According to Marvel

    Episode 024: Dr. Strange (film review with spoilers)

    Fighting Scientism with the Occult in Doctor Strange

    Episode 017: Suicide Squad, Deadpool, and the Rise of the Comic Book Antihero

    Suicide Squad, Deadpool, and the Rise of the Comic Book...

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