C. Derick Varn joins the show once again for another in our series about the films of Andrei Tarkovsky. This week, we discuss the Russian filmmaker's seminal Italian language film 'Nostalghia.' How does 1 plus 1 equal 1? Lots to unpack in this one.
In this episode, Danny is joined by Dr. Robert Erlewine to discuss his new collection of writings by the great 20th Century Jewish theologian Abraham Joshua Heschel, recently published by Plough Books. Learn about Heschel's contribution to how we think about God, and about how he synthesized a conservative theology with a radical, engaged politics, befriending and influencing major religious figures like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Reinhold Neibuhr. Erlewine makes a compelling case for why Heschel is fantastically relevant to our contemporary world.
This week, Danny Anderson is joined by Rachel Pieh Jones to discuss her new book from Plough Publishing, 'Pillars: How Muslim Friends Led Me Closer to Jesus.' Jones discusses her life as a Christian in the Horn of Africa and how living among followers of Islam gave her new insight into and appreciation for her own Christianity.
This week, Ross Benes joins the show to discuss his new book Rural Rebellion: How Nebraska Became a Republican Stronghold. The book explores the intensifying conservative/liberal divide in America's heartland and explores the ways that liberal political strategy and rhetoric combined with Republican focus on core value issues have led to an increasingly red state.
This week, Ed Simon joins the show to discuss the academic snobbery the insists on "minimalist" styles of writing. What is the history of this groupthink? What does it get wrong about writing? What pleasures are there in the rich textures of "purple prose?"
This week, Brannon Hollingsworth of Brainy Pixel Productions and Ivan Anaya of MercyWays Studios come on the show to discuss their new collaborative effort, the comic book "Chronicles of Faith: David." Tune in for an enlightening discussion about Christian Art, the universal appeal of King David, and the creative capacity of comic books.
This week, composer and music professor Delvyn Case joins the show to discuss how secular music does some prophetic work in ways that sacred music often does not. What do secular musicians offer Christian listeners? How might secular musicians help break up our constructions of Jesus?
This week, author and podcaster Peter Laws joins the show to discuss his journey from anti-Christian horror fan to Christian Pastor horror fan. What does horror contribute to the Christian walk? Find out more about Peter's many creative projects at https://www.peterlaws.co.uk/
Recently the world lost Texas singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker, an vital figure in the Outlaw Country movement and all-around self-made enigma. This week, Michial Farmer and his dad, Mike Farmer, join the show to discuss Jerry Jeff's seminal 'live' album Viva Terlingua and it's lasting effects on Country Music.
Danny Anderson is joined by Coyle Neal of the City of Man podcast and Chris Maverick from the Vox Popcast to discuss what exactly makes a movie a "Christmas Movie." Can the right argument make anything a Christmas movie? And why is Danny right that Children of Men is a great Christmas movie?
Andy Whitaker Smith discusses his new book 'Keeping Christmas: The Journey of Ebenezer Scrooge.' What can we learn about redemption, grace, and changing our lives by examining the life of Scrooge?
Danny Anderson returns to his wheel house. Joining the show today are David Grubbs and Jordan Poss to discuss the deep contours of the Ancient Astronaut Theory and its racist assumptions. This show was inspired by Jordan's recent blog post, which can be found here https://www.jordanmposs.com/blog/2020/11/6/im-not-saying-ancient-aliens-racist
This week, Danny Anderson interviews Charles Dickens scholar Gina Dalfonzo about her new collection from Plough Books, The Gospel in Dickens. Learn about the grand themes of sin and redemption in the work of the great Victorian novelist. A great start to the Christmas season! Thanks to Plough for publishing and providing.
For this year's entry in the Christian Humanist Halloween Crossover, Danny Anderson and Nathan Magee discuss M. Night Shyamalan's big comeback film, Split.
To get you in the mood for both Halloween and Church, this week's guest is Andy Whitaker-Smith, who discusses his book Universal Monsters and how the iconic creature of Universal Studios help us think about the Christian faith. The book can be purchased on Amazon and coincides with a small group discussion via Zoom with First United Methodist Church in Lakeland, Florida. Info can be found here: https://www.firstumc.org/adults/universal-monsters/?fbclid=IwAR022Hz5gOBWX-XnhOtaWDLgD5EqR-fGdPZ9p0X16oLEFNjLnihXfME-2lo
Writer Jon Malesic joins the show this week to discuss his recent Commonweal essay, "Drinking Alone," which explores the difficulties of living an academic life in the Rust Belt. What conflicts arise when the life of the mind meets the a working class used up by Capital?
C. Derick Varn joins the show once again to discuss a wide range of topics, beginning with a book review by Michael Clune in the LA Review of Books about Martin Hagglund's This Life (Socialist Freedom and Capitalist Freedom). We discuss the value of judgement and discipline and apply it to various topics in politics and religion.
Join Danny Anderson, Katie Grubbs, and Jay Eldred as they discuss the classic sci-fi horror comedy, Tremors!
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.