Render Unto Caesar seeks to dissect the connection between religion and the public sphere. This series is originally aired on 91.3 FM Community Radio in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and then transferred to podcast.
RUC 8 The Doctrine of Discovery: A conversation between Steven Newcomb and Archbishop Don Bolen
In this show I moderate a fascinating conversation about the doctrine of discovery between Indigenous scholar of law Steven Newcomb and Roman Catholic Archbishop Don Bolen. The irony of the release date of this episode is thick. In what was Columbus Day in the United States, President Joe Biden issued a historic proclamation that the second Monday of October is also to be called Indigenous Peoples’ Day. This follows a move by the Canadian Government to recognize September 30th as the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. Both of these moves signal an important shift in the conversation about the story of Turtle Island (or North America) and its inhabitants. I hope that this podcast spotlights the monumental role that the doctrine of discovery has played in that story.
RUC 7 The Doctrine of Discovery with Steven Newcomb
In this episode I talk with Shawnee-Lanape scholar of law and author Steven Newcomb. In 2008 Newcomb wrote his landmark book Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery. In this show I talk with Newcomb about this doctrine and the connections that it has to the unmarked graves being found on residential school sites.
RUC 6b Searching for a Settler Discipleship with Elaine Enns and Ched Myers
In this episode we look at what it means to be a disciple of Christ and a settler through the lens of Elaine Enns and Ched Myers newest book Healing Haunted Histories: A Settler Discipleship of Decolonization. Towards the end of the show we look at the vital role that reparations play in reconciliation, with a specific focus on the Land Back movement.
RUC 6a Searching for a First World Discipleship with Elaine Enns and Ched Myers
What does it means for a privileged person to be a disciple of Jesus? This has been a question I have been wrestling with for some time now. In the next two shows I discuss this question with activists and political theologians Elaine Enns and Ched Myers. In this first episode we discuss Ched's book Who Will Roll Away the Stone?: Discipleship Queries for First World Christians. Though this book was written in the early 90s, its message could not be more relevant than it is today.
RUC 5b The Book of Galatians Re-Imagined with Dr. Brigitte Kahl
In today’s show I ask Professor Kahl to talk about her book on Galatians, one of St. Paul’s earliest writings. Commentators up to this day read Paul’s criticism of the LAW as a condemnation of the Jewish Torah. Such a critique has likely fanned the flames of anti-Semitism throughout the centuries. But what if Paul wasn’t talking about the Jewish law whatsoever and instead was warning early Christians about compromises with Rome? Take a listen…
RUC 5a The Authentic Apostle Paul with Dr. Brigitte Kahl
Join us on Render Unto Caesar as we hear from Dr. Brigitte Kahl, a German biblical scholar who unpacks the life of the Apostle Paul. She claims that new insights into his life and writings may reveal just how much the greatest Christian missionary has been misunderstood… And here’s a spoiler: his message may have been a lot more political than we think.