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Christianity and the Horror genre may seem to be opposites, but every week Reed and Nathan put them in dialogue together. Join us for conversations about the things that haunt us and the things that heal us, explorations at the intersection between faith and fear, where we examine what scares us, in order to find what saves us.

The Fear of God Reed Lackey & Nathan Rouse

    • Christianity
    • 4.9 • 78 Ratings

Christianity and the Horror genre may seem to be opposites, but every week Reed and Nathan put them in dialogue together. Join us for conversations about the things that haunt us and the things that heal us, explorations at the intersection between faith and fear, where we examine what scares us, in order to find what saves us.

    Episode 201 - Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Episode 201 - Something Wicked This Way Comes

    It's Halloween everybody! We hope you have a very special, delightful, safe, fun-filled and very happy Halloween this year and we celebrate this annual festivity with our concluding discussion surrounding Ray Bradbury's legendary literary classic novel, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES.

    After a brief summary of the concluding chapters of the book (and a rather detailed discussion around our dream cast and production team for a new film adaptation of it), we dive deep into the text and into our own spirits to explore the common cause that binds us all in this fearful work of goodness, and learn how to accept our place in space and time as well as ourselves as we learn how to starve the darkness.

    Something wicked may indeed be on its way, so vague and yet so immense, but whatever is coming, we will be -- as always -- about the business of being on our way rejoicing.

    Happy Halloween everybody and we hope you enjoy this week's episode!

    • 1 hr 57 min
    Episode 200 - It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

    Episode 200 - It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

    Can you believe it??!! 200 EPISODES!!!

    We wanted to go BIG! Like... most sincere podcast big. Like... "I've got a signed document" big. Like... we got a rock.

    That's right ladies and gentlemen, we celebrate our landmark 200th episode the only way we know how: by hearing from our listener community, by waxing poetic and thoughtful about a good book, and by taking what could be considered simple, mindless entertainment and exploring its metaphors for all the depth, challenges, and hopeful inspiration that can be found.

    We spend a bit of time hearing from you, the listeners, and some of your kind words about the show after 200 episodes and four years. Then, we dive into the next large section of Ray Bradbury's SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES before finally turning our sights towards the old, classic Peanuts gang for a discussion about IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN.

    What we uncover in this most sincere of pumpkin patches might surprise you, might make you think, or will hopefully encourage you. But most of all, we hope you enjoy it. Because like a dear brother or sister who wanders out at 4 AM to bring you shivering from the pumpkin patch to a nice, warm bed... we all need each other to help us live a better story.

    Thank you all for being a part of ours.




    Timestamps:

    4:43 - Business Time

    7:51 - Reflections on 200 episodes and more than 4 years of The Fear of God

    25:58 - Whatcha Watchin' / Readin' / Listenin' To?

    43:40 - Ray Bradbury's SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, Chapters 25 - 44

    1:18:55 - IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN

    • 2 hr 10 min
    Episode 199 - Monster House

    Episode 199 - Monster House

    Stay off our lawn!!!

    Just kidding, y'all come on over because we're discussing one of the most inventively fun and spooky children's Halloween movies ever made: MONSTER HOUSE!

    In this week's installment of #thisishalloween, we take our usual detour through Greentown Illinois for the next installment in Ray Bradbury's SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES before venturing into the creepy unknown as we knock on the door of ole Nebbercracker's haunted house and wind up learning quite a bit about what happens when we begin to endow lifeless things with the spirit of what we love and what it will take to finally set us free.

    It's a much heartier conversation than we were expecting, but we think you're really gonna enjoy it!




    4:56 - Business Time

    12:01 - Whatcha Watchin' / Readin' / Listenin' To

    29:36 - Ray Bradbury's SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, Chapters 13-24

    59:07 - MONSTER HOUSE

    • 2 hr 17 min
    Episode 198 - Halloween 3: Season of the Witch

    Episode 198 - Halloween 3: Season of the Witch

    First of all, it was October, a rare month for The Fear of God... as Nathan and Reed venture into a brand new mini-series of episodes simply and directly titled #thisishalloween. All month long, we'll be discussing stories not only at the intersection of faith and fear, but also at the intersection of Halloween and Childhood. We start our journey by diving into the first handful of chapters of Ray Bradbury's legendary novel SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, before an extended discussion about one of the most infamous horror films ever made - HALLOWEEN 3: SEASON OF THE WITCH. We discuss the film's merits and demerits (including and in spite of its placement as the third installment in the otherwise ongoing story of Michael Myers), but also uncover some pretty interesting ideas at its core about the mysterious combination of technology and the spell it casts over us all.

    We hope you enjoy this first session of October as we dive into #thisishalloween!




    5:36 - Business Time

    8:17 - Ray Bradbury's SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, Prologue - Chapter 12

    36:30 - HALLOWEEN 3: SEASON OF THE WITCH

    • 1 hr 35 min
    B-Sides #5 - Marvel's Avengers: Endgame

    B-Sides #5 - Marvel's Avengers: Endgame

    We began this journey called #inthemourning with a conversation about Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War. It prompted a months-long exploration about learning how to lose as we discussed each episode of HBO's The Leftovers and more than a dozen films which dealt with ghost stories, paradigm shifts, and apocalypses. Now, in this coda, we return again to the MCU for a discussion about AVENGER'S: ENDGAME. And while the expected nerd talk about favorite MCU films and moments takes place (including a listener-crafted Watchin'/Readin'/Listenin' tune that you have to hear to believe) what then emerges is a vulnerable and hope-filled declaration that perhaps even after the worst has happened, our stories have another chapter to unfold.

    "...weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning." Psalm 30:5b

    We have been and remain "in the mourning" but even as we continue to navigate these challenging times together, we have hope that even the inevitable will not have the final word. We are joined once again by our good friend Ian Olson as we assemble to discuss MARVEL'S AVENGERS: ENDGAME.

    We hope you'll join us and we hope you enjoy it. Most of all, we hope it encourages you as it did for us.

    We love you 3000.




    6:42 - A brief bit of Business Time

    9:38 - Whatcha Watchin' / Readin' Listenin' To

    23:38 - Favorite MCU Films

    50:11 - Favorite Scenes or Moments in the MCU Films

    1:06:17 - Favorite Moments in Avengers: Endgame (excluding the final battle)

    1:34:30 - Avengers... Assemble




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    • 2 hr 25 min
    Episode 197 - The Leftovers, Season 3

    Episode 197 - The Leftovers, Season 3

    In a remote part of the podcast world, over a cup of proverbial tea, Nathan and Reed sit and reflect upon learning how to lose, as #inthemourning draws to a close and they examine the series finale of HBO's THE LEFTOVERS, with all of the joys, fears, hopes, and questions that come along with it.

    Nothing is explained. Everything is explored. And then it ends.




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    • 2 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

Nickname484848 ,

Great show, Bad friends

Insightful, powerful, and incredibly stimulating podcast. I love hearing the themes they go into and these guys will often make you want to go back and give a film a second look with a fresh perspective. However, Reed and Nathan are clearly terrible friends. One of them always seems to be placing themselves in a compromising situation at the start of the episode, and the other one is way too nonchalant about their whereabouts. Luckily, Reed usually ends up being ok. Give it a listen!

nicklantern88 ,

Genuinely interesting

Love hearing the deep discussion and occasional goofiness from these guys!

Tracer Metula ,

That Ain't Wrong!

Love diggin' deep into scary films with these thoughtful fellows! The hosts are a hoot and their insights are a pleasure to hear.

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