Michial Farmer, of the Christian Humanist Podcast, joins Danny Anderson for a discussion about U2 and REM, two titans of American music. When considering the “Alternative Music” radio format of the 1990s, what role did these two bands play in shaping an immensely popular style of music? What relationship do these groups have with the punk movement of the 1970s? What archetypes do these bands establish for the Alternative music that would follow in their footsteps? Why does U2 seem like a superhero team, while REM embraces privacy? Is one better than another? All this and much more. And bonus coverage! Stay to the end to hear about Victoria Farmer’s personal encounter with REM!
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In this episode, Danny is joined by Chris Burlingame to discuss the politics behind the adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho. The novel, which follows Wall Street serial killer Patrick Bateman, included Donald Trump as a central figure. Mary Harron's film adaptation, however, completely eliminates his presence. What motivated such a decision? Listen and find out about how the film adapts the novel in order to tackle issues of structural inequality, sexism, and white privilege. What can this film teach us about Trumpism today? Plus, NEW THEME MUSIC! Thanks to the Blind Revelators for providing us with our new theme song. Find their music here: https://theblindrevelators.bandcamp.com/
Special thanks to Andrew Burlingame for providing the cover art for this episode.
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When Marvel Studios pulled the coup that belatedly brought everyone’s favorite web-slinger into its Avengers-heavy universe, fans cheered. Danny, a life-long Spider-man fan was elated and couldn’t wait to talk about the movie for the Sectarian Review Podcast. Nathan Gilmour of the Christian Humanist Podcast rallied to join in for this podcast, which for various logistical reasons is finally being released about 6 months after it was recorded. So our show may not be timely, but have a listen anyway!
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Big Reveal! Why is the Christian Humanist Podcast called “the Flagship?”
Leaving the origin story behind. Nod to Ultimate and a recruitment story. Reworking mythologies.
Spoiler Alert!!! Sorry it’s late.
Donald Glover is also Childish Gambino, Anderson.
Salon.com goes behind a paywall (You pay with your soul)
Spider-man as a local rather than a global hero
Damage Control (an Easter egg for Gilmour)
The philosophical ramifications of withholding the “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility” origin story.
Aristotle on greatness
Tony Stark as neoliberalism with arms and legs
Michael Keaton. Stunt casting at its finest.
The Vulture gets an origin
Vulture as a parallel to Tony Stark
Tony Stark as techno wizard with no production-line
Vulture in a gritty warehouse as a quasi-revolutionary
DC as myth/Marvel as material
What motivates the Vulture?
The suburbs implicated in the Vulture’s crimes
Solving problems in the city WITHOUT DESTROYING THE CITY
Where does Homecoming rank in Spider-man films?
Oikos and Idolatry in Spider-Man: Homecoming - Christ and Pop Culture
This episode explores one of the most divisive movies in the Star Wars franchise. Upon its release, The Last Jedi has been superbly received by critics, yet reviled by certain members of the massive Star Wars fan base. What is behind these polarized opinions? Danny Anderson is joined by Nathan Magee, Director of Theater at Mount Aloysius College, and together these rebels seek answers from across the galaxy. What are the legitimate problems with this new take on the Star Wars formula? How do these reasonable complaints differ from the vitriolic reactions of “fans?” Plus, listener feedback, some astounding predictions for 2018 and our latest host-recommendations! Follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and at sectarianreviewpodcast.com
“The Last Jedi Isn’t For the Fans” by Andrew Kahn
“Sense of the Faithful Says There’s Something Amiss About ‘The Last Jedi’” by Charlie Camosy
Merry Christmas! And enjoy this funny and insightful critique of some truly Bad Christmas Songs. A super-sized panel (Jay Eldred, Jordan Poss, Carter Stepper, Megan Von Bergen, and Todd Pedlar) join Danny to discuss the following songs (and a few more):
“Wonderful Christmas Time”
“Mary, Did You Know?”
“Away in a Manger”
“Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
Our Criteria for judging bad Christmas songs:
“Mary, Did You Know: A Mere Orthodoxy Symposium”
Patton Oswalt on “Christmas Shoes” (Explicit)
The Bad Songs:
Wonderful Christmas Time
Mary Did You Know?
Away in a Manger (by the despicable Pentatonix)
Do They Know It’s Christmas?
The Good Songs:
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Original Version)
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming (English)
Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming (German)
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
A discussion about the all-time great Tarkovsky film Andrei Rublev. Learn about how Tarkovsky made a profoundly religious film in the Soviet system. How does this film reflect on the intersection between politics and religion? What special contributions to Christianity has the Orthodox tradition provided? Is Andrei Rublev the quintessential Christian Humanist film? C. Derick Varn returns for this enlightening discussion.
Has the Radical Left finished cannibalizing itself?
Protestants and Radicals (not so different).
A plug for Andrei Rublev as a Christian Humanist ideal.
Tarkovsky’s career: a religious filmmaker in the Soviet system.
The structure of Andrei Rublev the film.
A plug for Derek’s forthcoming book of poetry.
A brief history of the formation of the Russian state.
Listener question from Twitter-follower Joe McClure.
The specificities of Orthodox Christianity.
There are several versions of this film and Martin Scorsese is involved.
Tarkovsky’s philosophical ideas: Art exists within imperfection, Experience and knowledge must be gained individually, polished art inhibits personal experience, Learn to love solitude.
Andrei Rublev’s plot
The tradition of the jester in pre-Russia.
Theophanes the Greek and the passing down of religious tradition
The Passion instantiates in Russia
An encounter with pagans
The Orthodox discomfort with wrath and punishment
“Oh my God, he made this under Khrushchev!”
Using the atheist state to perpetuate the Gospel
The Last Judgement
Parallels between Andrei Rublev and Game of Thrones
The Holy Fool enters and becomes Rublev’s conscience
A Monk draws blood
Theophanes challenging theology
In the midst of art, theology through chaos
Salvation through the Holy Fool
Kiril’s broken return to God
Difference between Bergman and Tarkovsky
Bell-making as a transcendent act of faith through art
Making art as a God-given role
The return of the Holy Fool
Cut to color and the actual work of Andrei Rublev
Kierkegaard as philosophical grounding
Redemptive work of art
That balloon scene!
Humans are both divine and fallen
How do you film “faith?”
Derek’s boredom with Leftism
A show for anyone interested in education. How much should “passion” dictate the path a student takes in their studies? Is Passion really enough? What about work ethic, logic, and pragmatics? Danny Anderson of Mount Aloysius College is joined by Todd Pedlar of Luther College and Nathan Gilmour of Emmanuel College to discuss a concerning trend in student psychology. Is “passion” merely a product of the College Admissions Industrial Complex and its resulting arms-race? Are there better terms we could use? All this and more on the latest Sectarian Review Podcast.
Genesis of the subject - What is “Passion-Driven Education”
A Brief History of “Passion”
Jane Austen and the Romantics
Is College a natural fit for Passion-Driven Education
Class issues, the “Selective College Arms Race,” and Cultural Capital
“Being Radical for Jesus” at the CCCU College
Passion at a “Jock School”
Perverting our passions
Curiosity trumps Passion
The roots of the college major
The pursuit of passion as a quest for “Authenticity”
When gifting and passion don’t match
Vocation as service to others, passion as quest for self
Why we read Plato, a soliloquy by Nathan Gilmour
The Bruderhof as a form of living in community
Is Reason pragmatic and instrumental or the grounds for a vision of the transcendent?
Service as antidote to Passion
A shout-out to one of Anderson’s students!
Physics as part of the human experience
The Luther College Mission Statement
How institutions push against our ideals
Twitter Questions Part II
Am I weird if I have no passion?
Calling as a marathon, not a sprint
The difference between Passion and Vocation: called, or nuts?
Doing a podcast for free (but if you want to give me money…)
Martin Luther on marriage
Gilmour gets BLEEPED!
Teaching Malamud and Kafka
“It’s all in Plato, it’s all in Plato”
Having a multitude of callings
Quote from Werner Heisenberg that Todd left out of the show but wanted to share, "[w]hat we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning"...
Recorded live at the 2017 Mount Aloysius Charity Comic Con, Danny is joined by Wayne Wise for a discussion about the history, ethics, and thrills of children in horror. Focusing on the recent remake of Stephen King’s It and Stranger Things, the conversation covers the many ways that children have inspired and consumed horror films. How do children defy rationality? What does Capitalism have to do with this? Why the current rabid nostalgia for the 1980s? All this and much more.
Introducing Wayne Wise
History of children in horror
Children possessing special knowledge that adults don’t have
Mythology, fairy tales, and horror
Scooby-Doo and Nancy Drew, too
The horrors of the 1970’s
The 1980’s as an adventure-filled wonderland
It and the search for community
The problem of depicting violence against children
Stranger Things unexpected success
Conspiracy Theory’s hold over our imaginations
The sanitization of contemporary children’s entertainment
Wayne’s book, King of Summer
The enduring allure of King Arthur
Danny’s theory of the “pre-modern”
The moral function of violence
Questions from the audience:
Adam Walsh and America’s Most Wanted?
Stand By Me?
Taboo and subliminal fear of women?
Info about Wayne Wise and his work
Danny’s essay about Christians watching It
It’s that magical time of the year! Time for the annual Christian Humanist Radio Network Halloween Crossover. The Sectarian Review Podcast’s contribution features Katie Grubbs and Michial Farmer who join Danny to talk about the Universal classic The Wolf Man. Take a deep dive into the film’s story, background, and subtexts. Freud, Feminism, Class Struggle and more. Also, the team tackle questions about the film from listeners via Twitter. Plus, Danny makes an impassioned defense of the 2010 remake of the film.
James Isenhower of the Everything is OKpodcast joins Danny for a discussion about Christian culture’s reliance upon celebrity. What’s valuable and what’s pernicious about this practice? A quasi-sequel to our previous “Celebrity Liberalism” episode, we leave no stone (a few at the most) unturned in our exploration of Celebrity Culture’s invasion of the Christian imagination.
All about the Everything is OK podcast
Podcasting as “fluffing your own ego”
Potential problems with celebritism in xtianity
The poisonous effects of the American Dream and the elevation of the self
What kind of celebrities are we talking about?
Sports and Christianity (God wants Auburn to win)
Christian Persecution Complex
Zach Hoag on Celebrity Christianity
Celebritism in Lefty Christianity as well
Pastor as celebrity
HGTV’s Joanna Gaines and Celebrity as sign of God’s blessing
“Celebrity as an excuse to sanctify things that shouldn’t be sanctified”
Celebrity as ambassador to systemic injustice
“You want a country founded on Christianity”
Q: Are we not celebrities? A: We are podcasters!
Tony Hale as a better version of Christian celebrity
Celebrities in their cars making cell phone videos
Danny staying in the institutional church
Sharing Pharoah Dave Ramses stories (H/T Nathan Gilmour)
James destroys argument x on social media
When Celebrity Christianity Backfires
Calling Out Celebrity Christianity & Counterfeit Justice
Tony Hale talks about being a Christian in Hollywood
The Gathering Testimony: Joanna Gaines
Celebrity isn’t just harmless fun – it’s the smiling face of the corporate machine | George Monbiot
everything is ok
Before you make up your mind about “Free College,” have a listen to this episode. Danny Anderson is joined by Matthew Filipic, former VP of Business and Fiscal Affairs at Wright State University, for a detailed exploration of the context and history of an idea that Bernie Sanders’ campaign has recently thrust into the political spotlight.
Richard Shatten and Ohio’s problems with educational attainment
The historical importance of college in America: “The Rising Tide”
Income gains lessen in the 1970s
State withdraw of support for public higher education
University of California system and City College of New York as prior examples of state support
Higher education, “The Baumol Disease,” and the necessity of inefficiency
The burden of Medicaid upon individual states
Resistance to tax increases by the public
Danny’s modest proposal: Single Payer Healthcare as solution to free college
Current Free College proposals
New York Proposal
The problems for private colleges
Oregon, Tennessee, and Rhode Island versions of “free college”
Targeting money to populations that need it
The Sanders plan versus the Clinton plan
Avoiding “perverse incentives” in national funding of “free college”
Free college and student motivation
What we’ve lost as a society in neglecting higher education
Richard Shatten Bio
The Baumol Disease
New York's tuition-free college program sparks debates and defenses
New York Republicans have an alternative to Governor Cuomo's free tuition plan
Most of Oregon's free-tuition dollars aren't going to poor students
The drawbacks to New York State's free college plan (essay) | Inside Higher Ed
HOPE changes may mean fewer women, minorities at UGA
HOPE Scholarship: The cons - Atlanta Magazine
Free-Tuition Program Transforms a University
For the annual Sectarian Review “Banned Books Week” show, Danny is joined by Jay Eldred and Megan Von Bergen to discuss the Christian Impulse to boycott or ban. What drives people of faith to avoid businesses and works of art in adherence to the faith? Are there occasions when this impulse is appropriate? As always the Sectarian Review gang try to take a nuanced approach to such questions.
Teaching controversial material at Faith-Based institutions
Banning art versus boycotting companies
Trigger warnings and teaching Alan Moore
Moral Superiority and the motivation for avoiding art
Translating Calvin and Ovid at the same time
Pitching our Scandal of the Evangelical Mind episode
Evangelical separatism and Bob Jones
Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ
The Lion King
The Lego Movie
The gay Beauty and the Beast
Procter and Gamble (thanks Brett Chase!)
The trade-off between Christianity and capitalism
The poor, oppressed Christian’s best defense? Discretionary income
Avoidance of the uncomfortable
The wisdom of Milton
Danny sees your Milton and raises you a Matthew Arnold
What things are worth avoiding?
Why should Christians wrestle with Taxi Driver?
Josh “bringin’ the” Feuerstein rails against Starbucks
Paul and meat sacrificed to idols
Is there an institutional solution to this problem?
The role of unorganized fundamentalism.
Artistic Standards, doctrine, and Wonder Woman
Chris Gehrz’s The Pietist Option
Rod Dreher and idolization of the family
Cleaning the outside of a dirty cup
The Faith-Friendly Companies Christians Can ‘Buycott’ This Christmas | The Daily Signal
Some Dude Josh Feuerstein Goes Full Bonkers on CNN over Starbucks Cups
Christians Need to Stop Boycotting Stuff
Conservatives Urge Boycott of Procter & Gamble
Procter & Gamble Awarded $19.25 Million in Satanism Lawsuit
History of Comics Censorship, Part 1 | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
Beauty and the Beast and Boycotts | Think Christian
'Last Temptation' Views Still Coming In : Boycott of 'E.T.' Among Religious Reactions
The Lego Movie: One of the most anti-Christian movies ever
Matthew Arnold’s Culture and Anarchy
Alex Jones as Bon Iver
The Pietist Option, by Chris Gehrz and Mark Pattie III
In the same vein of “least Christian” movie, but on the flip side, there’s this: (H/T Christian Feminist podcast, which posted this to their FB page): http://www.marilettesanchez.com/marilettesays//wonder-woman-might-be-the-most-accurate-on-screen-depiction-of-biblical-womanhood-and-heres-why
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Join Danny and the Christian Humanist Podcast's Nathan Gilmour for a fun, angry rhetorical analysis of the internet's newest laughingstock, Verrit.com. Learn about Hillary Clinton sycophant Peter Daou, nephew of Fear of Flying author Erica Jong, and his Freshman Comp capacity for essay-writing. What's a "Daouist?" What do Kenneth Burke, Aristotle, and basic logical argumentation have to say about Verrit? Why can't Liberal rhetoric succeed outside the "serious middle?" Will Danny finally be able to enter polite society after purging his rage over the stupidity of Verrit? All this and more!
The Strange Life of Peter Daou
The Dada Engine
Hilarious Jacob Bacharach Tweet:
Danny is joined by Coyle Neal (of the City of Man Podcast) and C. Derick Varn (of every other podcast in the world) for a discussion about Mark Noll’s seminal book Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. Rather than just discussing the book on its own terms though, the trio apply its analysis and conclusions to American Liberalism as well. The result is a sprawling, detail-rich episode, filled with plenty to consider as we think about the state of the American intellect in the Twenty-First Century.
Derick in Mormon-landia
CHRN back online
The listener contest concludes!
The Scandal, sacred and secular
Atheism tasting Protestanty
Jonathan Edwards as godfather
The Scottish Enlightenment
Cultural Panic and the Nashville Statement
Activism, Biblicism, Intuition, Populism
Evangelical College vs. Evangelical University
Patterns of Thought versus Participation in American Culture
Separation of church and state and “Religious Deregulation”
Political power over religion
The Joel Osteenification of Christianity
Applying Noll’s argument to the American Left and Right
Manichaeism in Evangelicals and Liberals
Ken Ham and “Thinking Correctly” through Intuition ugh
Religion’s importance for politics
Evangelicals and the Alt-Right
The Evangelical withdraw into their own media spaces
Urbanization and the Republic
Art rejecting didacticism
Can Democracy work?
City of Man on Marxism
Do Marxists accept original sin?
The problems of Enlightenment
Scandal of the Evangelical Mind
Nathan Hatch, The Democratization of American Christianity
Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Steve Bruce, God is Dead: Secularization in the West
Danny once again welcomes Coyle Neal from the City of Man Podcast to discuss that wiggly, squishy, zany concept of “Authenticity.” Learn about Jonathan Edwards and his concept of authenticity and the use and abuse of external standards. Was Emerson “the great villain?” Can you be “spiritual but not religious?” What does Sheryl Sandberg actually believe? Have postmodernists rediscovered truth in the Age of Trump? Lionel Trilling, Sincerity and Authenticity. Authenticity as performance. Is the House Church movement suffering from Authenticity overload? Coyle authentically begs listeners to write their prayers down. Authenticity that undermines art. Danny mangles Walter Benjamin. Stephen King’s writing advice and art. Danny can’t distinguish Foucault from Barthes. Donald Trump as the perfect embodiment of Authenticity. Obama versus Hillary: writer throw-down. What is the moral cost of insincerity? The fakeness of talk radio and the American media. All this and much more!
Obama Bests Clinton At Craft of Writing - The New York Sun
America’s First Postmodern President
This fake TED Talk about nothing might be the best you've ever seen
Sheryl Sandberg: The Importance of Authentic Communication - YouTube
Jonathan Edwards: Religious Affections
David Wells: The Courage to be Protestant
Neil Cole’s ChurchPlanting
Daniel Franklin: Politics and Film
Francis Schaeffer: The God Who is There
In another episode in the "Helpers" series, Danny is joined by Dr. Elizabeth Mansley, Criminology professor at Mount Aloysius College. Dr. Mansley discusses her work in local prisons, including hosting book clubs, and "Inside/Out" classes. Learn about some of the problems with the American penal system, and how bringing a touch of humanity addresses some of those problems. What can the humanities offer someone who is incarcerated? How does having college classes inside prison change the perspectives and lives of traditional undergraduates? How can someone get involved with serving the prisoners in their own area? All this and much more.
Danny is joined by Rob Osborn and Kim Anderson for a discussion about the philosophy of Minimalism, a lifestyle of reducing one's possessions and overall footprint. Focusing on the 2015 documentary Minimalism, the trio discuss consumerism, a healthy materialism, spirituality, and class privilege. And bonus (!) listen to the first two submissions to the Sectarian Review fake ad contest. Get your submissions in by August 15!
The Art of Letting Go | The Minimalists | TEDxFargo
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Marie Kondo and the Ruthless War on Stuff
J oy points upward, according to Marie Kondo, whose name is now a verb and whose nickname is being trademarked and whose life has become a philosophy. In April…
"Minimalism, Spirituality, and Why it Matters" by Joshua Becker
Journey Church Meets Sundays @ 9 & 10:30 AM Liberty Auditorium http://ift.tt/zYaYLP video production by Jeff Cools Productions http://ift.tt/1usB3iZ
Investopedia Video: Veblen Good
Named after economist Thorstein Veblen, who introduced the term "conspicuous consumption," a Veblen good is one whose demand increases as its price increases…
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Story of Stuff (2007, OFFICIAL Version)
From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The…
Century of the Self
How Much Cotton Does it Take to Make a Shirt?
Cotton has been around for thousands of years, but it's drawing new interest these days with talk of sustainable clothing. That soft and comfy T-shirt you…
Study: Child Laborers In Bangladesh Are Working 64 Hours A Week
Babu, 8, works at a brick factory in Narayanganj, Bangladesh. KM Asad/LightRocket via Getty Images In Bangladesh, a new report finds, impoverished children are…
Danny Anderson is joined by Rob Osborn to respond to listener comments and questions. Topics covered include, Christian Dominionism, Faith-Based movies and music, authenticity, Jessica Jones, and much more.
Of what use is the "Evangelical" label in the age of Donald Trump and the Christian leaders that John Fea terms "Court Evangelicals?" Does it still maintain a theological meaning or has it devolved into, as Danny says, "Theocratic Libertarianism?" Coyle Neal, from the City of Man podcast joins Danny for a historical, philosophical, and political discussion about contemporary Evangelicalism. Is there still room for the "1910 Evangelical?"
Also, at the beginning of this episode, Danny announces the first-ever Sectarian Review listener contest! Click here for details.
Links for Curious People:
Coyle Neal's Review of The American Patriot's Bible.
"Defining 'Evangelical' by Jonathan Merritt.
"What Was Being Worshiped Yesterday at First Baptist Church in Dallas?" by John Fea
Danny Anderson, Jordan Poss, and Jay Eldred discuss the complicated, sometimes appalling legacy of Jack Chick and his "Chick Tracts." What theological tradition do these comic books participate in? Where do they go off the rails? Is there anything laudable about Jack Chick's bleak theology? Special Treat: hang around for about the 1 hour 45 minute point to hear Danny's impromptu Alex Jones imitation!
Chick Tract Evangelism on YouTube
"The Imp" Chick Tract Parody
LA Magazine Retrospective
Jack Chick 'Official' Biography from Chick.Com
"The Wiles of the Devil" by Charles Fuller
"Meet Jack Chick," by Jimmy Akin https://www.catholic.com/magazine/print-edition/meet-jack-chick
"The Death Cookie" http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0074/0074_01.asp
"Dark Dungeons" https://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0046/0046_01.asp
"Somebody Loves Me" https://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0006/0006_01.asp
MST3K style parody of "DD" https://www.fecundity.com/darkdung/darkdung.php?page=1
In addition, this episode introduces the first of an occasional new segment for the show: "Spider-Web Christianity" (provisional title). In these brief segments, we explore institutions that structure Christian Culture. What are the networks that drive Christian thought and conversation? To start us off, Danny talks about the publicity company Grace Hill Media.
Grace Hill Media website
"Disney Sells Faith Side of Mira Nair's 'Queen of Katwe' with Whispers, Not Shouts"
"Secular Hollywood Quietly Courts the Faithful"
"The Secret Christian Message in This Weekend's Highly-Anticipated Horror Film"
In this episode of the Sectarian Review Podcast, Danny Anderson is joined by Peter Mommsen and Veery Huleatt for a discussion about the Bruderhof, an Anabaptist tradition with communities throughout the world. Learn about how this faith community lives out its ideals and rejects many of the spiritual trappings of Modernity. Work without hierarchy, common ownership, and communal worship. Also, how does this expression of the Christian faith compare with Rod Dreher's Benedict Option? A fascinating look into a fascinating faith.
Links for the deep thinkers among us:
The official Bruderhof website: www.bruderhof.com/en
Bruderhof Communities Podcast
Homage to a Broken Man, by Peter Mommsen
"What Does the Bruderhof Think of the Benedict Option?" by Peter Mommsen
C-Span video of panel discussion about The Benedict Option featuring Peter Mommsen
Join Danny and C. Derrick Varn for an *in-depth* discussion of the the 1967 Soviet horror film, Viy (based on the Gogol short story). Danny and Derek talk about the cultural significance of Cossacks in Russian history, the Soviet film industry, Ideology, and Eastern Christianity. The film is freely available on YouTube if you want to watch beforehand, but this episode will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Soviet movies where witches terrorize seminary students who don't believe in God.
Link to full film (subtitled)
Four perspectives about a film about four perspectives. Pretty meta, eh?
In this episode, Danny welcomes Todd Pedlar, Carter Stepper, and Michial Farmer for a discussion about Akira Kurosawa's groundbreaking 1950 film, Rashomon. Why is this film so revered in the history of cinema? How does Kurosawa's technical mastery contribute to the existential philosophical questions Rashomon poses? How does this film's famous exploration of subjectivity speak to our current "Post-Truth" moment? All this and a new intro!
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In this episode, the Sectarians talk about Dante's Inferno, but not in a conventional way. Imagine reading a poem about Hell while engaged in war. Joining the show for this episode is Neil Gussman, who led a reading group of American soldiers who were fighting in Iraq. What is it like reading Inferno in 130 degree heat? What does Dante have to say about war? How does the experience of reading the great work of Western Canon change when it is ripped from institutional education and placed in the battlefield? Also, contest announcement!
Solidarity in the Christian Humanist Radio Network. Danny and Megan Von Bergen of the Sectarian Review Podcast join forces with Victoria Reynolds Farmer of the Christian Feminist Podcast to discuss the controversy about "Fearless Girl," a recent Wall Street craze. If you are unfamiliar with the Fearless Girl, she is statue that has been placed in direct confrontation with the famous Wall Street charging bull. To many, she has become the symbol of an emerging girl power in the boys club of American finance. There is an opposing viewpoint, however. Jillian Steinhauer, writing for Hyperallergic, labels her "Fake Corporate Feminism." This episode of Sectarian Review takes Steinhauer's article as its jumping off point. Is there something redeemable for feminism and anti-institutional resistance in Fearless Girl? Is it a corporate shell game that co-opts the language of resistance just to tame it for the PR benefit of the existing power structure?
Also in this episode, Danny announces a special contest for Sectarian Review listeners with special prizes at stake!
"Facebook Feminism, Like it or Not" by Susan Faludi
General Electric Millie Dresselhaus ad
Mayor de Blasio gives official public approval to Fearless Girl