In this big episode, Danny is joined by Michial Farmer of the Christian Humanist Podcast and Ben Crosby to discuss the recent New York Times article by Tara Isabella Burton, "Christianity Gets Weird," featuring Ben himself! Learn all about the ins and outs of an emerging practice of liturgical Christianity and how it differs from Rod Dreher's Benedict Option.
Travis Harris, AKA "Hood Scholar" joins the show for a scintillating discussion about Hip Hop and Christianity, Race in America, and how White Supremacy is built into institutions such as the Church, Policing, and Higher Education. This is one you will not want to miss.
In this episode Danny has a cohost! Will Rose of God Loves Geeks joins to interview Dr. Gregory Stevenson, editor of a new collection of essays called Theology and the Marvel Universe. Learn about the many theological conversations you can have by watching the MCU!
Chase Tibbs, organizer and host of the Faith and Capital podcast joins the show this week to discuss the intersections between Christianity and Left politics.
C. Derick Varn joins the show to discuss the curiously relevant Cynthia Ozick story, "The Pagan Rabbi." Part of the Coronavirus "Bunker Recording" series.
On this week's show, Danny Anderson is joined by Melissa Stough and Sara Klooster (of the Christian Feminist Podcast) for a discussion about the grooming charges against YouTube star Onision. How does celebrity and YouTube lead down a dark path?
Joshua Wise joins the show to discuss the Universalist-ish theology of George MacDonald and how that vision of God's love affects various apocalyptic pop culture narratives.
Description:In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic situation, C. Derick Varn joins the show (at his request!) to discuss not only political failures but also cultural ones as well. What is the source of our failed imaginations?
A special episode. Todd Pedlar of the Book of Nature Podcast and Professor of Physics at Luther College joins the show to discuss the Coronavirus epidemic and its effects, long-term and short-term, on higher education.
Michael Osterholm on Joe Rogan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZFhjMQrVts&fbclid=IwAR2eWwCzRrTkqpva2n2xcezf2k2W7oUvBtpJ6kf6EmeIhZ7dbGD6HK782tU
CDC report per Vox https://www.vox.com/2020/3/10/21171481/coronavirus-us-cases-quarantine-cancellation
Danny is joined once again by Adam Ray Adkins, also known as Dirt: Son of Earth, for a discussion about apocalyptic visions of artificial intelligence.
Adam’s links: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PRdcZSuCpNo
Theorywave Nights: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVj4V3FHHXFh2vPg0pKgBNA
Danny’s Article on Child’s Play
Danny Anderson is joined once again by C. Derick Varn for another discussion about a Tarkovsky film. Previously we covered Andrei Rublev and Stalker, and this week we discuss Tarkovsky's great 1972 sci-fi masterpiece, Solaris, the story of a sentient planet presents many philosophical problems and maybe even a Lenten meditative practice! Tune in for the fun.
Iowa resident and former Caucus participant, Todd Pedlar, joins the show to discuss the mechanics, the positives, and the negatives of the dreaded Iowa Caucus. (Cover image designed by Melissa Stough!)
Recorded on September 26, 2019 at St. Francis University. Danny Anderson joins a panel discussion with Dr. Arthur Remillard, Dr. Lauri Chose, and Dr. Mark Buckwalter to discuss whether Batman should kill the Joker. Moderated by Kent Tonkin.
Danny Anderson is joined by two of his star students and The Book of Nature's Todd Pedlar to discuss Philip Roth's seminal 2004 novel, The Plot Against America and its relevance to the age of Trump.
Danny Anderson interviews Dr. Jason Carney about his new book 'Weird Tales of Modernity,' which places writers like H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard into a larger discussion about literary modernism.
Live from Charity Con 2019, Danny Anderson welcomes Chris Maverick and Wayne Wise of the Vox Popcast, as well as Chris Buckley and Andy Walsh to discuss how the multiverse contains multitudes of ethical dimensions. Just in time for the DC crossover event on CW.
C. Derick Varn joins the show again to discuss the classic Coen Brothers 2009 film 'A Serious Man.' What does this quirky comedy have to say about religion, Jewish Culture, and why mystery might just be more important to "facts and logic."
Just in time for November 2019 (when the events of Blade Runner were set), Danny and Nathan Gilmour discuss the classic 1982 film and its incredible sequel, Blade Runner 2049. Danny and Nathan discuss, among other things, postmodernism, epistemology, theology, feminism, and much much more.
The comic book writer Alan Moore is kind of a natural subject for this show, since his work engages pretty strongly with each of those categories. On a previous episode, we looked at his Miracle Man comic and today we’ll be looking at V For Vendetta.
Joining me once again today is Angelo Letizia, who you might remember from a previous episode about using Batman to train future Social Studies teachers. Today, he’s got an interesting religious reading of this book and I’m very excited to welcome him back
Danny Anderson is joined by Kristin Filipic and Todd Pedlar to discuss Stephen King's classic horror novel, Pet Sematary. All part of the 2019 Christian Humanist Radio Network Halloween Crossover!
We like Halloween here and today’s episode is about Ghosts and Hauntings. That subject was the winner of a Twitter poll a bit back and we love our listeners to we went with your will. Questions: I think it would be fun to punctuate this show with some good ghost stories every so often. Let’s start. What’s a favorite of yours? What about ghost movies? What role do ghost stories play in our lives? Why do we love them? Ghost stories play big roles in certain aspects of our social lives. Christmas Civil War Ghosts seem to have something to do with cultural memory right? Is there something about ruins here that is important to factor in? Can a place without memory be haunted? Alt-explanations for supernatural phenomenon.
A very special episode recorded live at the 2019 TheoCon held at Messia College. Danny Anderson is joined by Chris Maverick of the Vox Popcast for an in depth discussion of Jordan Peele's films 'Get Out' and 'Us.'
Intro: Hello everyone and welcome to another episode of the Sectarian Review Podcast. Today’s episode is going to focus on a mini-controversy from early July, when Mere Orthodoxy published an essay by Brad East called “Against Pop Culture.” In the essay, East argues (or at least seems to) that Christians should not partake of pop culture as an essential part of their Christian practice. The piece was heavily commented upon in social media, including by Yours Truly, and became one of those “internet things” for a couple of days. The next day, East tagged me and others in a Twitter post that linked to a clarification he wrote and between the two essays, I think that there is a lot to talk about here at the Sectarian Review.
Joining me today to do so is Coyle Neal!
Q1: Before we get into the weeds of philosophy, theology, and pop culture, can we summarize the main points of East’s original article? (Try as much as we can to keep his follow-up out of our heads).
Q2: In the follow-up, East tries to clarify that he was not Against Pop culture per se, but rather against a movement within Christians that supposedly pressures people into consuming more pop culture. What do you make of this idea? It was rather surprising to me as that has not been my experience at all.
Q3: So let’s focus on the original piece, and try to be fair to his full intention. One main point he makes that has some legs for me is the seeming endlessness of binge-watching. Can we talk about how the technology of pop culture delivery might shape us. Medium is message etc…
Q4: What do you make of his generational claim about attention spans and what not? Does pop culture have a corrosive impact on us, making it harder to sit through more difficult,but gratifying material.
Q5: As educators, how much should we push against pop culture and toward the “classics?”
Q6: I want to talk a bit about content here before we go. I am fairly liberal with regard to watching things like horror etc, but there is a debate among Christians about such matters. Where do you fall on the whole “be careful little eyes…” argument?
Danny Anderson is joined by Popular Culture and Theology's Matthew Brake to discuss season 1 of Titans just in time for Season 2. Is there an ethical issue with taking a teenager-based comic and making it VERY ADULT? How does the show engage with questions of theology and community? What makes Batman's work so morally draining for Robin? All this and much more. In addition, learn about an upcoming conference, TheoCon, about popular culture and theology. PLUS, head over and subscribe on Patreon for some bonus conversation about copyright and much more.
In this special episode, Danny interviews J.G. Michael of Parallax Views about Victor Salva, writer director of the Jeepers Creepers horror film franchise. The film has long been a favorite of Danny's but then recently he learned that Salva had been convicted in the late 1980s of sexually abusing a child on the set of his film Clown House. His victim, Nathan Forrest Winters, was the star of that film and is now working on a documentary about his experience. In this show, Danny and J.G. discuss the Jeepers Creepers films in light of Salva's crimes. Seen from this angle, Jeepers Creepers can be seen as a not-so-coded exploration of Salva's own pedophilia.
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