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.
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