Theology professors and their students talk about faith, reason, and culture. The conversation is sometimes erudite, sometimes humorous, not explicit though usually mature, always authentic. B-Side episodes give a closer look at people in the local community who give flesh to the topics discussed. *Views expressed belong solely to the speaker and, sometimes, only temporarily.
13: The Franciscan Option
The Franciscan Option/The Secret of Franciscan Poverty/Emptiness and Humility/Trivia
The Dunces welcome special guest Fr. Agustino Torres, CFR, to shed some light on what St. Francis can teach us about renewing the Church and the world today. Dr. Meinert asks about the secret to Franciscan poverty, Avera wants to know how best to empty herself so that God can fill her, and Catherine asks for tips on becoming humble. Fr. Agustino drops copious wisdom on all of us, so buckle up. At the end, the Dunces play a small game of Franciscan Trivia, which comes down to a final championship round. Humiliation is then manifested, and maybe a little humility, too.
"No Frills Salsa - Alternate", "The Descent"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
Special Guest: Fr. Agustino Torres, CFR.
12: Going on Vocation
SNES vs. N64/What is a Vocation/The Counsels and the Married Life/Advice for Discerning Vocation
The Dunces try to release some steam for those caught in the vocation discernment pressure cooker. Brady tells us the glories of his newfound married life and gets video games wrong. Catherine discerns a vocation and lives to tell about it. Elise cracks open a can of Edith Stein. Topics include the relationship between general vocations and the states of life, whether the religious life really is superior to the married life, the "Jacob" style of discernment, and practical advice for finding your vocation.
"Nowhere Land" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
11: The Scary but Not So Scary End of the World (aka the Halloween episode)
Musings on the Last Things/Saints and Martyrdom/The Halloween Candy Power Ranking
The Dunces tackle topics related to eschatology and get you ready for All Saints, All Souls, and the Candy Triduum. Daniel takes Hell seriously. Catherine has an existential crisis and wonders who or what the Anti-Christ is. Avera gets shook by the young saints God is raising up. Dr. Meinert tells us why endurance is more primary than attack. Dr. Pedraza asks if we should fear death and judgment. Then Dr. Meinert trash talks Daniel and Catherine in the ultimate Halloween Candy showdown.
10: The Election Apocalypse
The Political Landscape/Principles to Guide Our Engagement in Politics
Dr. Meinert's growing peas. Catherine's engaged. Daniel and Avera join the show. Highlights include: Catherine and Daniel lamenting political discourse in our country; Avera on the black Catholic experience of political, spiritual, and mental slavery; Dr. Meinert on the idolatrous aspects of political discourse dettached from transcendence; Dr. Pedraza on liberalism as fractured and the Church's teaching on the Common Good. Ends with a discussion on what to do when voting for candidates who support both good and evil, and the Church's teaching on cooperation.
Listen during the day. Then talk religion and politics over dinner.
9: Coming Soon (2nd Season Preview)
A preview of our first episode of the sophomore season, which will be dropping soon!
8: The Dunces Do Netflix, part 2
The Dunces on the Good Place/"Guess the Plot" Game
In the concluding half of the special double-episode, Dr. Pedraza, Dr. Meinert, Catherine, Brady, Elise, and Trey analyze the Good Place by giving out various awards including: the Atlas Award (for who carried the show), the Saul-Paul Award (best redemptive arc), and the award for the Best Theological/Philosophical Moment. The episode comes with a little nihilism (with a side of peeps and chili), and a few side orders of Kantianism and utilitarianism. The main dish is always virtue ethics. Finally, Dr. Meinert and Trey show off their movie trivia prowess in a game of "Guess the Plot" at the end. Part 2 of 2.
Music Credits: courtesy of FreePD.com
You guys all rock! I love the chemistry. Fun, funny, and insightful. I look forward to following the Dunce’s journey. 😁
Dr. Brian Pedraza was made to podcast. This is the podcast we all needed.