30 episodes

Welcome to “Strange New World,” a show about understanding the Bible, the world’s most influential, misunderstood book - a podcast tailor-made for skeptics, believers, and everybody in between.

Hosted by SALT’s own Matthew Myer Boulton, who’s spent twenty years teaching the Bible and theology to students at Harvard Divinity School and seminaries in New England and the Midwest, “Strange New World” will take a fresh look at the world’s bestselling book of all time, the ancient community library we call “the Bible.”

The show’s title, “Strange New World,” is borrowed from an essay written by a Swiss theologian a hundred years ago, in which he wrote of “the strange new world within the Bible,” a world so ancient, so different, so familiar, so strange that it presses us to think new thoughts from new points of view, “to dare and to reach,” and ultimately “to grow out beyond ourselves.”

Strange New World Matthew Myer Boulton - SALT Project

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 108 Ratings

Welcome to “Strange New World,” a show about understanding the Bible, the world’s most influential, misunderstood book - a podcast tailor-made for skeptics, believers, and everybody in between.

Hosted by SALT’s own Matthew Myer Boulton, who’s spent twenty years teaching the Bible and theology to students at Harvard Divinity School and seminaries in New England and the Midwest, “Strange New World” will take a fresh look at the world’s bestselling book of all time, the ancient community library we call “the Bible.”

The show’s title, “Strange New World,” is borrowed from an essay written by a Swiss theologian a hundred years ago, in which he wrote of “the strange new world within the Bible,” a world so ancient, so different, so familiar, so strange that it presses us to think new thoughts from new points of view, “to dare and to reach,” and ultimately “to grow out beyond ourselves.”

    The Gospel According to Vincent - Part Seven: "Wheatfields with Crows"

    The Gospel According to Vincent - Part Seven: "Wheatfields with Crows"

    “Wheatfields with Crows” is Vincent’s last major painting, and as it turns out, it’s a brilliant portrait of the tensions at the heart of Easter morning: sadness and loneliness, restoration and grace. Drop us a line at community@saltproject.org.

    • 20 min
    The Gospel According to Vincent - Part Six: "Starry Night"

    The Gospel According to Vincent - Part Six: "Starry Night"

    The story of Van Gogh's beloved "Starry Night," and how it can help us see the story of Palm Sunday - and the Bible generally - with new eyes. Drop us a line at community@saltproject.org.

    • 20 min
    The Gospel According to Vincent - Part Five: "Shoes"

    The Gospel According to Vincent - Part Five: "Shoes"

    In this episode, we dive into one of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings, a still life of an ordinary, worn-out pair of shoes. And the link between that painting and Mary’s anointing of Jesus’ feet gets to the heart of what life is all about: in a word, tenderness. Drop us a line at community@saltproject.org.

    • 17 min
    The Gospel According to Vincent - Part Four: "The Sower"

    The Gospel According to Vincent - Part Four: "The Sower"

    In this episode, we turn to Vincent’s version of “The Sower” he painted in November of 1888, a springboard for exploring two of Jesus’ most famous (and misunderstood) teachings: “The Parable of the Sower,” and “The Prodigal Son.”

    • 23 min
    The Gospel According to Vincent - Part Three: "Almond Blossom"

    The Gospel According to Vincent - Part Three: "Almond Blossom"

    In this episode, we explore Vincent’s “Almond Blossom” painting, setting his vision of an almond tree alongside Jesus’ parable of a fig tree. Two trees, two parables, each shedding light on the other… Drop us a line at community@saltproject.org.

    • 19 min
    The Gospel According to Vincent - Part Two: "Sunflowers"

    The Gospel According to Vincent - Part Two: "Sunflowers"

    In this episode, we dive into Vincent's famous "Sunflowers" paintings, and discover connections to Icelandic fisherman, a woman at a cradle, and Jesus' image of himself as a mother hen. Drop us a line at community@saltproject.org.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

U.A. V.J. Pixeltwister ,

A Beautifully Crafted Lenten/Easter Series !

I work as a chaplain at the Brooksby Village Continuing Care Retirement Community, and the SALT Project’s series of curated Van Gogh artworks, meditations, and spiritual practices have added such a meaningful dimension to the weekly worship services we provide for residents of the assisted living and skilled nursing neighborhoods.

My background before becoming a minister has been as a painter and illustrator, and this series has brought me an even deeper appreciation of Vincent’s life and the gospel stories seen in a new light.

Thank you; Merci; Gracias !!

Mennonite pastor fan ,

Strange new world

One of my favorites. A must listen every week. Boltons ideas are fresh, creative and thought provoking

Margaret B-C ,

Uplifting and Meaningful

This is just what I needed this Lent. I appreciate learning more about Van Gogh’s art and spirituality but more importantly feel encouraged to dive deeper into my own. Pacing is great. I’m hooked!

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