Lessons in outfoxing religious wolves. We seek to reform religious education so everyone can be spiritually bold, free of manipulation and filled with deep peace.
After 20+ years of professional work in religious education and educational nonprofits, hosts Jeff Mallinson (D.Phil. Oxford, philosophy and religion professor, author and speaker) and Stacie Mallinson (former nonprofit development professional, and now certified yoga instructor) realized that how we do religious education leads to a susceptibility to abusive behaviors. This is not a show that will focus on abuse, but rather the ways in which rethinking religious education and involvement with churches, sects, and gurus requires training in critical thinking and personal empowerment.
The Liberal Arts as Medicine for Our Ailing Times
A keynote lecture Jeff gave to the TriCampus Undergraduate Conference, a collaborative effort of Concordia U., Irvine, Fresno Pacific U., and Pepperdine U. It took place on Saturday, 2/27. Jeff explains how a college education, properly done, can be a helpful tool in pushing back against the crisis of truth and the global gaslighting the powers that be have been using against us all for ages.
CW: There is brief mention made of Tara Reid’s allegations of sexual assault against Joe Biden.
One Two Three Ten Thousand (Tao Te Ching 42)
I affirm what a wise man once said:
“A violent man will meet an untimely death.”
I consider this the foundation for all my teaching.
Informal Fallacies in the Popular Defense of Ravi Zacharias
Following up on last' week’s interview with Steve Baughman, we use comments on Steve Baughman’s video about Ravi Zacharias’ scandalous behavior to illustrate ten informal fallacies. This is not a rehashing of the scandal itself but a closer look at the lack of critical thinking among religious supporters, which enables dangerous behaviors to go unchecked. We also read and discuss Kyle Howard’s tweets about abusive and toxic culture within American Evangelicalism.
The Secret Chord (Tao Te Ching 41)
When the wise learn of the Tao,
they surf it throughout their lives.
When most of us learn of the Tao,
we sometimes surf it,
sometimes wipe out.
When fools learn of the Tao,
they laugh at it.
And of course they do!
If they didn’t, it wouldn’t be the Tao.
Lessons from The Ravi Zacharias Scandal with Steve Boughman
Ravi Zacharias International Ministries Canada shut down this week, in the wake of startling public reports about the heinous deeds of their late founder Ravi Zacharias, world famous apologist (and owner of massage joints). We chat with immigration lawyer, and banjo master Steve Baughman who wrote Coverup in the Kingdom: Phone Sex, Lies, and God’s Great Apologist Ravi Zacharias. He's been on the trail of this religious wolf for quite some time.
Breathe (How To Surf the Tao 10)
Whether you are an atheist or a believer, into Eastern or Western traditions, a physical practice is perhaps the best way to actually experience and realize what it is to surf the Tao. You don’t need to get into some spiritual zone or commune with celestial beings; rather, we’re inviting you time to wake up to reality, allow space for awareness & notice what you are thinking and feeling without judgment. This leads to clarity as we seek to find peace & outfox religious and ideological wolves.
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Such good content .
So thankful for this conversation. I find Jeff and Stacie have been able to give gentle rebuke with out causing irreversible offense . Opening doors for healing , hope and repentance in the church. Giving voice to the hurt and awareness to those whom may not understand how that hurt has effected others . And a path of repentance for those who may have caused harm . Like Shazam said to the little girl and her dad at the Carnival as the seven sins pressed in “ Everything is going to be ok.”
As a kid who is a product of American Evangelicalism and a plethora of good and bad theology I appreciate this podcast. There is a lot of hurt out there and we need this podcast to teach critical thinking and discernment.
Jeff and Stacy bring a unique perspective and focus that is invaluable for the church. There aren’t many w/in the church who think like this and talk like this, but those who have been burned by the church know exactly what they’re talking about. These are conversations and issues that we need to talk about and listen to. Even if you don’t always agree, it’s always worth your time and attention.