Welcome to Banned Books Week 2018! For the third year in a row, the show honors Banned Books Week with a show about literacy. This time, Jay Eldred and Danny discuss the wonders and joys of indie bookstores. Plus a chance for you to give some love to your favorite independent bookseller (head to the Sectarian Review Facebook page and give us some links and memories). Why are small indie bookstores so important to our society? Jay and Danny discuss community-building, the act of slowness in a world of immediacy, and these stores’ role in resisting censorship and book-banning. Also, what is so aesthetically pleasing about a little cat in a bookshop? All this and more.
Snowball Bookshop in Barberton, Ohio
Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC
Mac’s Back’s in Cleveland, Ohio
The Strand Bookstore in New York, NY
Of course we had to cover Alex Jones's banishment from social media. Over the last few weeks, the conspiratorial chickens of Alex Jones's InfoWars have come home to roost. Jones, in one swell foop was banned from Apple Podcasts, YouTube, Facebook, Stitcher, and apparently even pornography channels. Joining the show today is our resident conspiracy enthusiast, Jordan Poss, veteran of these types of Sectarian Review episodes. Jordan and Danny discuss the background of the controversy and explore why they are so uncomfortable with Jones's fate. Jordan brings a conservative perspective, while Danny relies on a leftist critique of the banishment, but both end up drawing the same conclusions: how comfortable are we letting markets decide who has a platform? All this and much more.
ACLU Warns Against Worrisome Alex Jones Ban
Facebook Can't Be 'Ministry of Truth'
Twitter Decides to Help Alex Jones Spread Lies
The requisite "Vox Explains Everything" article
When the Content Police Came for the Babylon Bee
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
In this special episode, timed to celebrate Banned Books Week 2016, Danny and Jay discuss the importance of books and culture. Why are books so precious, and why should we be vigilant about keeping them with us? What are the motivations of those who would ban and burn books? These questions and a lot more, including recommendations to help the listener celebrate this important yearly event.