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The Theology Pugcast is three over-educated Reformed guys grumbling about what bugs them, and sometimes even barking about what they like. The show usually is recorded in a pub--that's why there is some background noise on occasion. The topics can vary widely seeing as the Pugsters have different spheres of knowledge and interest, but common themes which appear regularly include the transcendence of God and the meaningfulness of His creation.

The Theology Pugcast The Theology Pugcast

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 271 Ratings

The Theology Pugcast is three over-educated Reformed guys grumbling about what bugs them, and sometimes even barking about what they like. The show usually is recorded in a pub--that's why there is some background noise on occasion. The topics can vary widely seeing as the Pugsters have different spheres of knowledge and interest, but common themes which appear regularly include the transcendence of God and the meaningfulness of His creation.

    What if Christians Had Their Own Version of NPR? (We Do.)

    What if Christians Had Their Own Version of NPR? (We Do.)

    Today the Pugcast is joined by Ken Myers, the man behind Mars Hill Audio. Mars Hill Audio was founded by Ken in 1993 after working for National Public Radio and serving as editor of Eternity Magazine. Among conservative Christian intellectuals Mars Hill Audio is an important resource for keeping up with the intersection of Christian thought and cultural trends in the western world. Ken is a long time friend of Chris, but all the Pugsters are big supporters of Ken's work. By the time the interview is over you'll probably want to download the Mars Hill Audio app to your phone. Unfortunately there were some technical glitches during the recording of the interview--but we think this is a pretty great episode nonetheless. We hope you enjoy it!

    Visit https://marshillaudio.org/ to find Ken’s work with Mars Hill Audio.

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    • 53 min
    Christ All in All: Christology and Reality

    Christ All in All: Christology and Reality

    On today’s show Tom unpacks insights from Rhys Laverty's article: A Theory of Everything: Christology as a Hope for Evangelical Metaphysical Revival. The guys delve into fascinating topics of how the early theologians of the Church redefined the philosophical as they put its tools and insights into the service of unpacking the Biblical doctrines of Trinity and Christology. The guys look into the question of how Christology in particular gave a set of categories which can help us today in clarifying the biblical understanding of human nature and ethics by supplying it with resources to spell out these core claims in fuller and richer ways, helping us engage the philosophical and metaphysical claims of today's pagan alternatives with a robust Christian vision of completeness in Christ.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Technology and the Return of the Old Gods

    Technology and the Return of the Old Gods

    Today’s show returns to the subject of the disenchantment and reenchantment of the world. The Pugsters discuss an article arguing that technology in the form of the bots and algorithms that control so much of online life function today much like the angels and demons of the premodern world, with the tech gurus who are behind it all functioning like priest-kings with data analysts as their prophets. A lively conversation around techno-paganism, techno-gnosticism, and the implications of online life in general follows.

    Article: https://thesymbolicworld.com/articles/technology-and-the-return-of-the-old-gods/

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Where Totalitarians Come From

    Where Totalitarians Come From

    There is something new under the sun—totalitarianism. Often confused with authoritarianism or tyranny, totalitarianism is a modern phenomenon, only possible in modernity. It is also uniquely deadly in its implications. So, what is it about modernity that makes totalitarianism feasible, and what makes it different from earlier forms of political oppression? The pugsters explore the modern character of totalitarianism on today’s Pugcast.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    All Things G. K. Chesterton—Especially Distributism

    All Things G. K. Chesterton—Especially Distributism

    Today the Pugcast welcomes Dr. David Deavel on to the show to discuss G. K. Chesterton in all of his enormity. Perhaps best known among evangelicals for his book Orthodoxy, Chesterton also wrote detective fiction about a priest named, Father Brown, as well as longer works of fiction such as the remarkable, The Man Who Was Thursday, biographies about Francis of Assisi and Thomas Aquinas. He’s also known for a “Third Way” economic theory known as Distributism. Today’s show ranges over all the large legacy of this larger than life man. Enjoy!

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    After the Virus: Tyranny Rising

    After the Virus: Tyranny Rising

    On today’s show Tom unpacks Hans Boersma’s short article: Viral Submission: on the Emerging Totalitarianism of the New Biopolitics. The guys define and engage biopolitics and how the recent pandemic exposed how it’s encroachment into the sacred territories of our life, health, work, and community relationships are becoming claimed by governing and global political agendas at fundamental odds with true human flourishing and our higher spiritual ends.

    Article (Available to Touchstone Subscribers) : https://www.touchstonemag.com/archives/article.php?id=35-03-021-v

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    Our recording platform has been dealing with some bugs lately, so please excuse the bit of glitchiness at points.

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
271 Ratings

271 Ratings

1689 Theologian ,

A Gem of a Podcast

This is currently my favorite podcast! I have learned so much from these three gifted gentleman. They have incredible insight into philosophy, theology, history, and culture from a classical Christian perspective. There is a wealth of profound content to be found here on a variety of topics. I really appreciate these men and hope that they will continue to produce podcasts, books, and articles for years to come. This is truly a podcast gem. Keep up the good work Pugcast!

Erek & Candice ,

Best podcast hands down!

I have learned something new from every podcast! Incredible dialogue that is well worth your time!

DiscipulaVeritatis ,

Insightful

As a busy high school student, I don’t have time to listen to every episode, but I am always glad when I catch one. The episode “Sophistry Past and Present” inspired my senior thesis, which I just defended today. Several episodes since then have approached the same theme of language and reality from different angles. They motivated me to keep going with my thesis while keeping me humble about my own knowledge and eloquence. :)
Every topic is worthwhile, every discussion is deeply rooted in the Great Conversation, and every episode I’ve heard encourages me to pursue truth and the Source of all truth. Thank you!

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