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Hosted by Melanie Cogdill the Managing Editor at the 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 the 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 195 Seduced? The Crisis of Word and the Fragmentation of Civilization

    Postmodern Realities Episode 195 Seduced? The Crisis of Word and the Fragmentation of Civilization

    Words have meaning, but culture can impact word meaning and connotation. In an increasingly post-truth and relativistic society, words can mean anything we feel like they should mean, with seemingly no consequence and virtual acceptance of whatever meaning we choose.

    Today, caution is needed concerning how hijacking a word’s definition can marginalize others, especially faith communities, recognizing that we, as Christians, play a significant role in how words are used and perceived. Christians should evaluate post-truth terms and compare them with what those words meant in a Judeo-Christian-influenced semantic universe; use discernment; accurately discuss distortions, faithfully working toward an authentic biblical mission; use opportunities to advance biblical influence; and pray that God gives us wisdom about the true meaning and value of the Logos.

    This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with D.K. Matthews, author of the cover article of the Volume 43, No. 1 issue of the Christian Research Journal, “Seduced? The Crisis of Word and the Fragmentation of Civilization.” https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/the-word-crisis-that-threatens-to-undo-western-civilization/

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    Postmodern Realities Episode 194 Autobiography as Apologetic

    Postmodern Realities Episode 194 Autobiography as Apologetic

    Long-time Christian Research Journal author Dr. Douglas Groothuis writes, “I am getting older, and I lament the recent loss of so many Christian leaders who have shaped my thinking. I also am disturbed by so many recent deconversions of well-known Christians. So, I need to write about what I have not written much. Autobiography can be an apologetic for what matters most—the Christian message and way of being. My narrative relates my conversion and intellectual development.” Join us for this conversation about Doug’s spiritual journey and accompanying article.

    This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Doug Groothuis about his online-exclusive article, “Autobiography as Apologetic”. https://www.equip.org/article/autobiography-as-apologetic/

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    Episode 157: The Reincarnation of Reincarnation

    The Reincarnation of Reincarnation

    Episode 122 Shamelessly Wrong

    Shamelessly Wrong: Book Review of Shameless: A Sexual Reformation Nadia Bolz-Weber

    Episode 004: Agile Apologetics

    Developing an Agile Apologetic

    Channeling: Revelations Of Deception

    Learning From an Apostle: Christianity in the Marketplace of Ideas (Acts 17:16-34)

    Why Buddhism is Not True: Review of Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment

    Jean-Paul Satre And The Resurgence Of Existentialism

    Francis Schaeffer: Pastor, Evangelist, Apologist, Prophet

    The Christian Apologist’s Moral Compass

    Steve Jobs, Jesus, and the Problem of Evil

    And many more, Dr. Groothuis has written articles for us for over 30 years.

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    Postmodern Realities Episode 193 Catching UP with Rachel Hollis, Glennon Doyle & Jen Hatmaker

    Postmodern Realities Episode 193 Catching UP with Rachel Hollis, Glennon Doyle & Jen Hatmaker

    In this episode, guest Anne Kennedy author of articles for the Christian Research Journal on Rachel Hollis, Glennon Doyle and Jen Hatmaker tells listeners why they are in the news again.

    Please see the following articles Anne has written, Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis, Gods, https://www.equip.org/article/have-you-considered-trying-harder-the-theology-of-rachel-hollis/
    Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed by Glennon Doyle ,https://www.equip.org/article/gods-gold-and-cheetahs-the-theological-vision-of-untamed/ and

    “The Theological Mess in the Moxie of Jen Hatmaker”, https://www.equip.org/article/the-theological-mess-in-the-moxie-of-jen-hatmaker/


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    Episode 191 Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed

    Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed

    Episode 181 But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown

    But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown

    Episode 178 Worshipping Together

    Episode 160-Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name

    Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name

    Episode 151 Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?

    Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?

    Episode 147 Book Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage and An Evaluation of 2019 Evolving Faith Conference

    A Helper Like Me: A Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage by David and Constantino Khalaf

    Losing Faith: A Look at the 2019 Evolving Faith Conference

    Episode 140 The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker

    The Unhindered Leadership of Jen Hatmaker

    The Theological “Mess” in the “Moxie” of Jen Hatmaker

    Episode 136 Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis

    Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis

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    Postmodern Realities Episode 192 The Beauty of Worship: Aesthetics and Truth

    Postmodern Realities Episode 192 The Beauty of Worship: Aesthetics and Truth

    What is Christian worship? Does the substance, sufficiency, and effect of worship hinge upon the emotions of the participants? God’s presence in Christian worship does not hinge on subjective experience. God is the author of beauty and yet earthly beauty fades. The human soul yearns for eternal beauty. Ancient forms of worship, often eschewed as dead ceremonies by moderns, employ the beauty of earthly things to draw the soul to contemplate eternal verities. Scripture provides the model. The earthly temple was beautiful, and His heavenly temple is unspeakably and unfathomably so. In both instances, visible beauty bespeaks the majesty of the invisible God who gave His creatures physical senses.

    Hymns, written prayers, vestments, candles, incense, stained-glass windows, architecture, pulpit, and table — these visibly display the invisible truth that when the church gathers, heaven and earth meet. The senses — smell, taste, touch, sight, hearing — are all drawn heavenward and become instruments by which the worshiper gives glory to God.

    This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Matt Kennedy about his article in the 43:1 issue, “The Beauty of Worship: Aesthetics and Truth.” https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/the-word-crisis-that-threatens-to-undo-western-civilization/

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    Episode 184 Unity in the Body of Christ

    Episode 156 The Prayers Rose Like Incense: Anglican Worship and the Normative Principle

    The Prayers Rose Like Incense: Anglican Worship and the Normative Principle

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    Postmodern Realities Episode 191 Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed

    Postmodern Realities Episode 191 Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed

    Glennon Doyle stepped into the spotlight in 2012, like so many, with a single post on her blog, Momastery, entitled “Don’t Carpe Diem.” In a single witty, incisive missive she wrote what every mother thinks silently to herself as she muscles a full cart of children through Target only to be interrupted by well-meaning grandmotherly types who declare, among other things, “I hope you’re enjoying every moment.” You can’t seize the day, she says, that way lies madness. Therein arises Doyle’s undeniable appeal. Tragically, as her first book Carry On, Warrior hit the market Doyle’s husband confessed to serial adultery over the whole course of their marriage. Desperate to rescue her own life, and, she admits in Untamed, her own plot line, she winched her disintegrating marriage back together, leading to her second bestseller, Love Warrior, the story of marital reconciliation no matter the cost, of dealing head on with the heartbreak of betrayal. But in the very first week of the launch of Love Warrior, Doyle saw Abby Wambach across a crowded room and fell in love. Doyle went home, broke up with her husband, and a year later she and Wambach were married. Untamed is that story—how she finally let go of all that “society” taught her to value, how she “burnt it all down” and found her true self. Many Christians have never heard of Doyle, preferring to focus their Christian discipleship within the spiritual confines of the church community rather than the internet. But in a time when Christian identity, like all identity, is up to the individual to craft and shape according to preference and desire, Doyle’s writing is ringing true for those even inside the church.

    This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Anne Kennedy about her online-exclusive article, “Gods, Gold, and Cheetahs: The Theological Vision of Untamed.” https://www.equip.org/article/gods-gold-and-cheetahs-the-theological-vision-of-untamed/

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    Episode 181 But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown

    But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown

    Episode 178 Worshipping Together

    Episode 160-Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name

    Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name

    Episode 151 Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?

    Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?

    Episode 147 Book Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage and An Evaluation of 2019 Evolving Faith Conference

    A Helper Like Me: A Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage by David and Constantino Khalaf

    Losing Faith: A Look at the 2019...

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    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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