The summer offers a college professor time to pursue other aspects of her or his intellectual work. I've buckled down on the podcast (among other things).
First, in a few days, I'll be interviewing Elijah T. Siegler about his recent book on the Coen Brothers and their films engagement with religion. That will end up on the Christian Humanist Profiles podcast.
For this show, you can look for these topics (below) in the coming weeks. And this is just a sample of the topics we have in the works. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know. We are always looking for ideas from you, our listeners. What's the point if we're only producing shows you don't care about? As always, you can contact us here. If you'd like to get more social, you can always find us on Twitter and Facebook as well. There are links to those outlets at the "Contact" tab above.
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I've been busy this summer juggling a number of new episodes for the podcast, one of which is about a worldview loosely categorized as "Seven Mountain Dominion." Essentially, this ideology demands "Christian" dominion of social institutions: the family, religion, education, media, entertainment, business, and government.
Jay Eldred and I are set to record this in a couple of days (you may remember Jay from our David Barton episode).
This subject has me a little depressed about the desire in some Christians for power. The recent mass-murder at a nightclub in Orlando seems to heighten a power-lust that is perpetually immanent. In this case, a conflation of Christian institutional power with 2nd Amendment Political arguments is where this ideology will manifest. Jay and I have informally discussed a future episode about Gun Culture, but I hope to put that off for a while. The idea of using a tragedy like Orlando as exigence for a podcast turns my stomach a bit.
At any rate, if you have any questions or thoughts you'd like to see Jay and I take up in this episode, let us know. You can leave a comment here or contact us via various social media.
In the meantime, for some more detailed background about this issue, the always-great John Fea wrote about this when there was still a Republican Primary. https://thewayofimprovement.com/2016/02/04/ted-cruz-dominionist/
I really must have this man on the show sometime. He's great.
It is with much excitement and fear that I can announce that the podcast has been invited to participate in the 2016 Wild Goose Festival! Wild Goose is a wonderful event. Click the logo above for more information about it.
Along with such great shows as Homebrewed Christianity, The Liturgists Podcast, Doug Pagitt, and our network's very own Christian Feminist Podcast, I will be hosting a live show in front of an audience!
Please do two things: first, consider coming to the festival (you can use the code GooseCast2016 for a discount on the tickets page (click the logo above).
Second, this is a massive responsibility and I'd love to gather some ideas about what you'd like to see me cover, who you'd like me to interview, etc. Please either respond here, or contact the show via here to give me some ideas!
We recently published our latest, the first of a two-part series about conspiracy theories, past and present. Jordan Poss and I explore the historical and psychological forces that give rise to the paranoid style in American life.
The episode includes a lot of research, so we wanted to provide some links so the curious listener may check things out for him or herself. You can find those links below.
Also, and I love this,
I just had the pleasure of recording a new episode of the podcast with new (and hopefully frequent) contributor Jay Eldred. Jay contacted me through the Facebook page and proposed an episode about the Evangelical, self-styled historian David Barton. What came of this idea was truly fascinating for me, and I hope that you find it equally educational.
Our conversation led us in, out, and around the subjects of Seven Mountain Dominionism, Christian Nationalism, and the vast reaches of the Christian Mediasphere - among many other things. Why does a significant segment of American Christians believe the United States has divine origins? What is at stake in this ideology? And of course ethics. What are those?
The episode is now up and running and waiting for your feedback. Also, check out these links, which will give you a nice preview of the discussion:
Chris Gertz: "What it is Christian Historians Do"
John Fea: The Way of Improvement blog
Special thanks to Crazy and the Brains for allowing us to use their song "It's Alright" as our new opening. Check them out at crazyandthebrains.com.
It's as predictable as an episode of Fuller House.
Last week, SNL aired a video short that parodied God's Not Dead II, and of course Pat Boone has run to the persecuted Christian's rescue. Boon is irate at the parody's sacrilege and sees it as proof of an anti-Christian bias in satirical media.
If you missed it, the Sectarian Review Podcast recently did an episode on this type of thing, called "Against Praise Movies." Rather than rehash that here, I'll let you listen for yourself.
In short, however, I think it is problematic that Christian Culture sees an aesthetic attack on hackneyed rubbish as an attack on Christianity itself. Certainly the systems of the world have an anti-Christian bias; that is pretty much the point of Christianity, isn't it? Rather than fight for our right to artistic opiates, however, perhaps we can find ways to stand against and possibly improve those systems that are truly oppressive?
No? Okay then.
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The Sectarian Review Podcast is hosted by Danny Anderson, who is an Assistant Professor of English at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, PA.