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Politics and Religion. We’re not supposed to talk about that, right? Wrong! We only say that nowadays because the loudest, most extreme voices have taken over the whole conversation. Well, we‘re taking some of that space back! If you’re dying for some dialogue instead of all the yelling; if you know it’s okay to have differences without having to hate each other; if you believe politics and religion are too important to let ”the screamers” drown out the rest of us and would love some engaging, provocative and fun conversations about this stuff, then ”Talkin‘ Politics & Religion Without Killin‘ Each Other” is for you!

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    • 4.8 • 100 Ratings

Politics and Religion. We’re not supposed to talk about that, right? Wrong! We only say that nowadays because the loudest, most extreme voices have taken over the whole conversation. Well, we‘re taking some of that space back! If you’re dying for some dialogue instead of all the yelling; if you know it’s okay to have differences without having to hate each other; if you believe politics and religion are too important to let ”the screamers” drown out the rest of us and would love some engaging, provocative and fun conversations about this stuff, then ”Talkin‘ Politics & Religion Without Killin‘ Each Other” is for you!

    Lt. Col. ALEXANDER VINDMAN understands what's happening around the world and WHY IT MATTERS

    Lt. Col. ALEXANDER VINDMAN understands what's happening around the world and WHY IT MATTERS

    Donald Trump's supposedly "perfect call" was the furthest thing from perfect. In this episode, Alexander Vindman tells us what was so dangerously wrong about it as well as WHY IT MATTERS.
     
    Alexander Vindman, retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and the director for European Affairs on the White House’s National Security Council, shares valuable perspectives on the Trump administration, Donald Trump’s unhinged lawlessness and the dangers the country faces if Trump is given another term. Dr. Vindman, having earned a Doctorate in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins, discusses international geopolitics, focusing particularly on Russian aggression and corruption. Lt. Col. Vindman offers a firsthand account of his experience in the Trump White House, the damage that’s already been done and the resilience of the U.S institutions that hold firm amidst these pervasive threats.
     
    Throughout the conversation, Alex emphasizes the central role of local communities and the effectiveness of conversation in addressing divisive socio-political issues. His candid reflections on his own experiences -  as an immigrant serving the country, in the face of profound institutional challenges and even his personal setbacks (eg. Operation Cabbage Patch) - offer a compelling narrative about American resilience and the ongoing pursuit of a 'more perfect union'. This was an in-depth primer on international affairs, national security threats and democratic values. Lt. Col. Vindman had so many valuable insights for listeners interested in understanding the complexities of today's political landscape and the role of dialogue in bridging societal divisions.
     
    WHY IT MATTERS: alexandervindman.substack.com/
     
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    Talkin' Politics & Religion Without Killin' Each Other is part of The Democracy Group, a network of podcasts that examines what’s broken in our democracy and how we can work together to fix it.
     
    Please support our sponsor Meza Wealth Management: www.mezawealth.com
     
    Be sure to check out another great podcast, Beyond Politics. They've become friends of ours and are doing really important work.
     
    You can find Corey on all the socials @coreysnathan such as www.threads.net/@coreysnathan.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    It's gonna be okay. Even if it's not okay. It'll be okay.

    It's gonna be okay. Even if it's not okay. It'll be okay.

    I know, I know! Not everything’s okay. And yeah, there’s so much we can worry about. But, seriously. It’s gonna be okay.
     
    In this episode, we take stock of a number of ways things have gone off the rails as well as what we’re looking at down the road. We get into the potentials of a second Trump term and its implications on American democracy. We outline potential threats of another Trump administration such as weaponizing the department of justice, using the military against domestic protest, and withdrawing the U.S. from NATO among others. Despite these potential challenges, there’s still reason to be hopeful. And it’s worth constantly reminding ourselves that things will be okay - one way or another.
     
    We can account for the current state of divisiveness within the country, particularly around sensitive topics like immigration and the wave of disinformation. Despite legitimate skepticism and criticism of Trump and the way things are shaping up, it’s worth maintaining some equilibrium. In other words, as one curtain said to its other half, the other curtain, “Pull yourself together!” While bad things could happen, life will still go on. We each have agency to dictate how we react to and experience what's happening around us and, ultimately, the ability to still find a sense of peacefulness in life.
     
    It would mean so much if you could leave us a review on Apple Podcasts: 
    https://bit.ly/TPandRPod
     
    Talkin' Politics & Religion Without Killin' Each Other is part of The Democracy Group, a network of podcasts that examines what’s broken in our democracy and how we can work together to fix it.
     
    Please support our sponsor Meza Wealth Management:
    www.mezawealth.com
     
    Be sure to check out another great podcast, Beyond Politics. They've become friends of ours and are doing really important work.
     
    You can find Corey on all the socials @coreysnathan such as
    www.threads.net/@coreysnathan.
     
    And here's a link to that special edition of The Atlantic, IF TRUMP WINS:
    www.theatlantic.com/if-trump-wins/

    • 43 min
    Curtis Chang, Co-founder of The After Party: Toward Better Christian Politics

    Curtis Chang, Co-founder of The After Party: Toward Better Christian Politics

    Do political conversations leave you feeling like a 'combatant', a 'cynic' or just 'exhausted'? Are you a 'disappeared one' or do you have 'disappeared ones' that were a part of your life? Curtis Chang provides a roadmap to become a 'disciple' – Hopeful and humble.
     
    In today’s episode, we welcome Curtis Chang, who's been on this program previously, to discuss The After Party, a timely, much-needed new project he launched with Dr. Russell Moore, David French and Nancy French. We dove deep into the concept of Christian politics, conspiracy theories, and the impact of societal divides on personal relationships. Curtis shared his thoughts around the need for a new approach to politics in the church, as well as a method for Christians to engage in political conversations without damaging relationships.
     
    We explored Scripture, such as the differing political identities between Matthew the Tax Collector and Simon the Zealot, and examined how they managed to come together for a greater cause. (And for what it's worth, Tax Collectors and Zealots of the 1st Century make today's Republicans and Democrats look like besties!) Curtis explained a four-quadrant model that categorized Christians in politics as Combatants, Exhausted, Cynics, or Disciples. The goal of the program they created, The After Party, he said, is to move people towards the Disciple quadrant where both hope and humility are high. Corey also opens up about some personal experiences with harsh political divides and recounted how meaningful face-to-face reconciliations had been. Curtis encouraged listeners to take The After Party course and put humane relationship and engagement back into the church’s approach to politics.
     

    It would mean so much if you could leave us a review on Apple Podcasts: 
    https://bit.ly/TPandRPod
     
    Talkin' Politics & Religion Without Killin' Each Other is part of The Democracy Group, a network of podcasts that examines what’s broken in our democracy and how we can work together to fix it.
     
    Please support our sponsor Meza Wealth Management:
    www.mezawealth.com
     
    Be sure to check out another great podcast, Beyond Politics. They've become friends of ours and are doing really important work.
     
    And you can find Corey on all the socials @coreysnathan such as
    www.threads.net/@coreysnathan.

     
    redeemingbabel.org/the-after-party/
     
    redeemingbabel.org/about/
     
    And here's Curtis's excellent podcast, Good Faith:
    redeemingbabel.org/podcast/

    • 56 min
    Beyond Politics, a Crossover with Host Matt Robison: Understanding the Intersection of Politics, Psychology, and Economics

    Beyond Politics, a Crossover with Host Matt Robison: Understanding the Intersection of Politics, Psychology, and Economics

    Did we really just ask whether voters are like "hungy baby, tired baby or poopy diaper baby?" Did we really say folks can find one of these fellas by looking for the horse's patoot? Oh yes. Yes, we did. (This is actually part 1 of a 2 part fun, informative, thought-provocative crossover episode. No, really.)In this conversation, we engage in a detailed discussion with writer, podcast host, and political analyst, Matt Robison. We delve into the intricacies of the political landscape, the role of media narratives, and the psychology and economics driving American politics. Highlighting the disconnect between what the public perceives and what the hard political and economic data shows, we conclude that voters often rely on subtle signals and cues to form their political opinions. We also discuss Biden's approval numbers and their impact on his presidency.06:04 The Importance of Civil Conversations in Politics06:17 The Current State of the Republican Party08:44 The Influence of Newt Gingrich on American Politics17:57 Matt's Journey into Politics21:59 Collaboration on a Sitcom Idea22:13 Discussion on a Newsweek Piece24:40 Critical Thinking in News Consumption25:44 Election Analysis and Voter Behavior29:01 The Impact of Media on Public Opinion37:00 The Complexity of Voter Sentiment43:01 Wrapping Up and Planning for Part Two
     
    Be sure to check out the companion conversation Matt and Corey have over on Beyond Politics:
    beyondpoliticspodcast.com
     

    It would mean so much if you could leave us a review on Apple Podcasts: 
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    Talkin' Politics & Religion Without Killin' Each Other is part of The Democracy Group, a network of podcasts that examines what’s broken in our democracy and how we can work together to fix it.
     
    Please support our wonderful sponsor Meza Wealth Management:
    www.mezawealth.com
     
    And you can find Corey on all the socials @coreysnathan such as
    www.threads.net/@coreysnathan.
     
    beyondpoliticspodcast.com/about


     

    • 48 min
    Hating the Left is neither a governing philosophy nor a winning strategy. And btw, it ain't even conservative.

    Hating the Left is neither a governing philosophy nor a winning strategy. And btw, it ain't even conservative.

    What's the defining principle of (what passes for) conservatives today? Hating the Left. In this edition, we talk about the fact that hating the left is 
    NOT a governing philosophy; 
    NOR is it a winning strategy; 
    and it's NOT even conservative. 
    First, we get into how this all came about going back to the emergence of Rush Limbaugh as an early pioneer of the anger-tainment, conflict entrepreneur business model, followed in the early 90s by Fox News and now by an entire industry of television, online, podcasts and other media.
     
    We then look at how "the Left" is being defined. Spoiler alert: It's not very precise or particularly accurate; but the broad pejorative label allows for the generalization, mischaracterization and vilification that's become the basic currency of the anger-tainment media complex. 
     
    So how can one say that hating the Left is not a governing philosophy? More specifically, it's not an effective governing philosophy. We assess how the Republican caucus in the House has responded to the opportunity to get everything they supposedly wanted to address what's happening on the Southern border. We also critique Florida governor Ron DeSantis's actual record and whether his "where woke goes to die" agenda is actually conservative. Another spoiler alert: It's not.
     
    And of course, hating the Left has proven to be a losing strategy. We look at how the Republican Party has fared over the last several cycles with this raison d'etre of hating the left. Last spoiler alert (if you haven't been paying attention): So much winning? Uh, not so much.
     
    It would mean so much if you could leave us a review on Apple Podcasts: 
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    Talkin' Politics & Religion Without Killin' Each Other is part of The Democracy Group, a network of podcasts that examines what’s broken in our democracy and how we can work together to fix it.
     
    Please support our wonderful sponsor Meza Wealth Management:
    www.mezawealth.com
     
    And you can find Corey on all the socials @coreysnathan such as
    www.threads.net/@coreysnathan.
     
    Republican Senators Reach Deal on Border - https://to.pbs.org/4825a4K
     
    time.com/6266618/ron-desantis-florida-governance-essay/
     
    www.politico.com/news/magazine/2023/05/18/donald-trump-paradox-gop-00097458
     

    • 31 min
    Dr. Francis S. Collins: Are science and faith at odds? Or two different ways of understanding God's creation?

    Dr. Francis S. Collins: Are science and faith at odds? Or two different ways of understanding God's creation?

    Are science and belief in God incompatible? Dr. Francis S. Collins, renowned for having led the Human Genome Project and the former Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), says science and faith are two different ways of understanding God's creation.
     
    We dove right in and had so much to explore!
    His father's folk music collection that is a true national treasure; 
    Connecting music with the mysteries of the universe both as a scientist and a person of faith; 
    An encounter with a heart patient that led Dr. Collins to his faith in Christ; 
    How he got the job to lead the Human Genome Project (no, it wasn't an answer to an ad on Craigslist); 
    Leading the NIH during a worldwide pandemic; 
    The ongoing harrassment and even death threats he and his colleagues at NIH have had to endure; 
    Struggling to understand the emergence of the anti-vax movement; 
    Nurturing relationships with folks who hold very different views such as the late Christopher Hitchens; 
    The BioLogos Foundation; 
    And the most interesting book club in the world!
     
    Dr. Francis Collins is the former director of the National Institutes of Health. And was the longest serving director of NIH — spanning 12 years and three (very different) presidencies. Dr. Collins is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. Dr. Collins' research laboratory has discovered a number of important genes, including those responsible for cystic fibrosis, Huntington's disease, a familial endocrine cancer syndrome and, most recently, genes for type 2 diabetes among others. Dr. Collins was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2007 and the National Medal of Science in 2009.
     
    It would mean so much if you could leave us a review on Apple Podcasts: 
    https://bit.ly/TPandRPod
     
    Talkin' Politics & Religion Without Killin' Each Other is part of The Democracy Group, a network of podcasts that examines what’s broken in our democracy and how we can work together to fix it.
     
    Please support our wonderful sponsor Meza Wealth Management:
    www.mezawealth.com
     
    And you can find Corey on all the socials @coreysnathan such as
    www.threads.net/@coreysnathan.
     
    biologos.org/

    • 1 hr 11 min

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