Postmodern Realities Podcast

Postmodern Realities Podcast
Hosted by Melanie Cogdill the Managing Editor at Christian Research Institute, Postmodern Realities is a podcast from the Christian Research Institute and the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL. Each podcast features in-depth conversations with our JOURNAL…

158 The Light Of The World Or A World Of Darkness? An Examination of Three Teachings and Practices of The Light
Jan 23 • 42 min
The Light of the World Church (TLOW), with over 15,000 temples in 58 countries, claims to be the restoration of the early church of Christ. Although official doctrinal documents are rare, we can trace their central doctrines from its hymnology and other…
157 The Reincarnation of Reincarnation
Jan 16 • 47 min
A 2015 Pew study found that 25 percent of those identifying as Christians believe in reincarnation. For some, the idea of reincarnation offers comfort and guidance. And many times, the pop-culture view of reincarnation, while popular in American circles,…
156 The Prayers Rose Like Incense: Anglican Worship and the Normative Principle
Jan 9 • 38 min
First time visitors to an Anglican Church, especially a parish of the high church tradition, are often bewildered. Worship abounds in written prayers, vestments, acolytes, a robed choir, candles, hymns accompanied by an organ. People cross themselves,…
155 The Marathon of Martyrdom: A Review of A Hidden Life
Jan 2 • 32 min
[This review contains SPOILERS for the film that tells the story of the Austrian hero Franz Jägerstätter who died during World War II.]A Hidden Life, the three-hour film by acclaimed director Terrence Malick is based on the true life story of an Austrian…
154 The Dead Won’t Stop Talking: A Review of The Rise of Skywalker
Dec 26, 2019 • 43 min
It’s been 42 years in the making, but finally The Rise of Skywalker, the final film in the nine-film epic space opera saga called Star Wars, debuted in Dec. 2019. In this podcast episode, the topics discussed include: The reasons behind fans embracing the…
153 If I Feel It, It’s True: Combating the Rise of Emotionalism
Dec 19, 2019 • 51 min
The path to emotionalism has been a process of elimination, striking down various authorities along the history of ideas.The history of ideas can be roughly summed up by three main epochs: pre-modernism, modernism, and postmodernism in the mid-late 20th…
152 The Romantic Rationalism of BBC’s Doctor Who
Dec 12, 2019 • 43 min
“Have you ever thought what it’s like to be wanderers in the Fourth Dimension? Have you? To be exiles?” So asked William Hartnell’s mysterious Doctor back in An Unearthly Child (1963), the very first episode of the long-running British, BBC produced…
151 Am I a Bad Christian for Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies?
Dec 5, 2019 • 36 min
More than 85 million people in the U.S. are avid watchers of the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas films. Complete with its own mobile App, Hallmark Christmas film fans can partake year-round in the romantic, true-love plots. Not just on the Hallmark Channel,…
150 The Eternal Importance of Being Awkwardly Earnest: A Review of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
Nov 27, 2019 • 34 min
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is being marketed primarily on the strength of the cultural similarity between Mr. Rogers, America’s most wholesome neighbor, and Tom Hanks, the lovable actor sometimes called “America’s dad.” It’s a good casting…
149 What Joker Gets Right About Human Depravity
Nov 14, 2019 • 47 min
is Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Correy Latta forthcoming online-exclusive movie review article, “What Joker Gets Right About Human Depravity”.…
148-In Defense of Pop Culture
Nov 7, 2019 • 47 min
Several Christian voices have recently been questioning the value of engaging with pop culture, and particularly the kind of entertainment gluttony encouraged by the convenience of services like Netflix or Amazon Prime. They posit that excessive…
Postmodern Realities Ep147 Review of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage and An Evaluation of 2019 Evolving Faith Conference
Nov 4, 2019 • 49 min
This episode is a conversation about the book Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage by David and Constantino Khalaf who invite the LGBTQ community to see marriage in a new enchanting light—that of an unorthodox, unbiblical, LGBTQ-affirming…
146 Recognizing and Responding to Occultism in Your Church and A Film review of Hail Satan?
Oct 30, 2019 • 69 min
The new Magnolia Pictures documentary Hail Satan?, directed by avant-garde documentarian Penny Lane, is a thought-provoking darkly comedic study of an upstart faction of Satanists known as The Satanic Temple (TST). Cofounded by Lucien Greaves and Malcom…
145 On Being an Old Apologist: Reflections on Ciceros on Old Age
Oct 28, 2019 • 55 min
The stereotype of old people as crusty, cantankerous complainers who have nothing better to do than remind young whippersnappers of how much better things used to be, tends to be supported by experiences we have with many of the elderly we meet. So its…
144 Taking the Long View: A Christian Approach to Youth Sports
Oct 23, 2019 • 44 min
Many Christians think of sports as having little to no value. They see the time, money, devotion, and energy that many put into sports as time, money, devotion, and energy that could be better used for the sake of the kingdom of God. But can we think…
143 Seeking Spiritual Solace in a Daze of Digital Distraction
Oct 3, 2019 • 33 min
Todays world is a laboratory for experimenting with all types of new media, and we are all creating our own ways of adopting technologies as they develop. It is not dramatic to say that these digital technologies and especially the ones we use on our…
142 Why Do 1 West Hebrew Israelites Call Whites Edomites And Chinese Moabites ?
Sep 26, 2019 • 37 min
Those familiar with the street preaching type of Hebrew Israelites have usually seen their 12 Tribes of Israel Chart. Hebrew Israelites are usually black, Hispanic, and Native Americans who claim they are the true biological descendants of Jacob from…
141 The Firm Foundations of the House of David: A Defense of King Davids Historicity
Sep 19, 2019 • 31 min
Despite certain elements of the accounts of King David in the Hebrew Bible appearing to be legendary, there are several intriguing sources that strongly suggest that David existed and founded a dynasty and that Davids kingdom was more than a myth. Textual…
140 The Theological Mess in the Moxie of Jen Hatmaker
Sep 12, 2019 • 31 min
Of all the public conversions from conservative evangelical too progressive, Jen Hatmakers is one of the most culturally appealing. Her trademark breezy, well timed humor penetrates to the heart of the overwhelmed American woman she gathers into her tribe…
139 - ClearSkies, Hurt Hearts, Cannot Lose: Why Spielbergs Aliens Help Make us More Human
Sep 5, 2019 • 40 min
Steven Spielbergs made five movies featuring aliens: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., A.I., The War of the Worlds, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. But the really important alien movies are Spielbergs first two: Close…
138 - Using NBCs The Good Place in Conversational Apologetics
Aug 29, 2019 • 57 min
NBCs The Good Place television series has had three hilarious yet thought provoking seasons its final and fourth season begins Sept 26 2019 which tell a riveting story while examining crucial philosophical questions such as what it means to live a good…
137 - How We Lost the Universities and How to Reclaim the Voice of Christ
Aug 22, 2019 • 50 min
Losing the American universities is truly one of the greatest tragedies of world history. But first, why does it matter? It matters because the university is the most influential institution of western civilization. From it come our journalists, artists,…
136 - Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis
Aug 15, 2019 • 40 min
In the world of Self Help, a genre to which Americans are peculiarly addicted, Rachel Hollis is suddenly ascendant her diminutive figure bolstered in 6 inch heels, her flawlessly high lighted hair extensions framing her bright, inviting smile. She is the…
135 - Questing for Divine Love Cormac McCarthys The Road
Aug 8, 2019 • 56 min
Are humans alone in the cosmos, or does some Divine Being watch over our lives? Is there a God who loves us, or are we left to ourselves? And how might human evil affect our ability to give an answer? Such questions arise from Cormac McCarthys 2006…
134 - Are Laws Restricting Abortion Forced Organ Donation? A Review of Beyond Roe
Aug 1, 2019 • 42 min
David Boonins new book Beyond Roe Why Abortion Should Be Legal Even if the Fetus Is a Person hits the shelves as the world ramps up the political wars over abortion. The Supreme Courts ideological make up may have shifted for the first time in decades as…
133 - The Disorientation of Deconversion
Jul 25, 2019 • 44 min
Watching a respected Christian walk away from his or her Christian faith the theological term is apostatize can be deeply disorienting. It leads us to ask all sorts of questions What argument against Christianity did they find so persuasive, and would I…
132 - The Artistic Pro Life Theme in Netflixs I Am Mother
Jul 18, 2019 • 40 min
A film review of I Am Mother Directed by Grant Sputore Streaming on Netflix, TV 14, 2019 Editors Note: Warning! This article contains plot spoilers for the film I Am Mother. Connoisseurs of science fiction cinema may not all agree on the core list of…
131 - Sabrina The Teenage Anti Christ
Jul 11, 2019 • 42 min
Move over, Harry Potter there is a new icon in magical fantasy entertainment, and her name is Sabrina. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina CAOS, a Netflix series now in its second season April 2019, has fast become one of the most popular shows on TV, ranked…
129 - Gods Directive or Political Adjustment? Change Made to Controversial LDS Policy for LGBTQ Members
Jun 27, 2019 • 36 min
The leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints LDS, or Mormon have reversed a Church policy that was implemented just three and a half years earlier. The original policy made on November 3, 2015, stated how a natural or adopted child of a…
128 - Summer Vacation, Kids, and Video Games: Better Alternatives to Fortnite
Jun 20, 2019 • 51 min
Hardly a day goes by without an editorial or video being published by a concerned parent lamenting their childrens obsession with Fortnite. If you are a parent yourself, as summer approaches, you are likely bracing yourself for the barrage of requests for…
127 - Addressing the Emotional Problem of Evil
Jun 13, 2019 • 43 min
Since it is a safe generalization to say that every person who has ever lived has experienced evil in some form or fashion, including pain and suffering, answering the problem of evil is a formidable task. Due to the breadth and depth of the effects of…
126 - Whats the Problem with Conversion Therapy?
Jun 6, 2019 • 44 min
Ban Conversion Therapy is the current rallying cry of the gay rights movement. Across the United States, LGBTQ activists and their allies call for the criminalization of counseling geared to helping people turn from homosexual behavior a form of counsel…
125 - The Theological Legacy of Rachel Held Evans
May 28, 2019 • 46 min
Early on the morning of May 5, 2019, Rachel Held Evans, only 37, died suddenly after a brief hospitalization. She left behind her husband, two very young children, and a theological legacy that will take years to unravel. She was immediately and intensely…
124 - Conscience, Justice, Morality and the College Admissions Scandal
May 23, 2019 • 44 min
It seems like every student copies others homework and to some students it seems as if teachers dont care if students cheat. And so, the copying proceeds without a thought or care. The assignment is turned in with the confident hope of a perfect score.…
123 - Tolkiens First Fellowship
May 16, 2019 • 38 min
Editors Note: This conversation includes plot spoilers from the film Tolkien.The new film biopic Tolkien covers the early years of the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. This podcast is a conversation about J.R.R. Tolkiens early life,…
122 - Shamelessly Wrong
May 9, 2019 • 38 min
In her new bestselling book, Shameless A Sexual Reformation, Nadia Bolz Weber, a foul mouthed, irreverent, tattoo covered pastor, posits that the traditional Christian view of sex has resulted in damaged souls who are mistreated, confused, angered, and or…
121 - Pearls Before Swine and Evangelism
May 2, 2019 • 35 min
Sometimes our evangelism efforts have been received with angry outbursts and personal insults by those rejecting God and the Bible. What should we do when those with whom we share the gospel are adverse? Sometimes Christians quote Matthew 7:6, Do not give…
120 - Emergent Christians and the New Social Justice
Apr 25, 2019 • 55 min
Christians concerns for social justice have a rich history, rooted in the Lords commands and compassion revealed in Scripture. Biblically, justice is grounded ultimately in Gods character, who is just and calls us to be just because we are made in His…
118 - Honoring Dishonorable Parents
Apr 11, 2019 • 30 min
Editors Note: This episode contains an extended discussion about emotional and physical child abuse and thus its content may not be appropriate for all listeners. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your…
119 - The Historicity of Moses
Apr 11, 2019 • 32 min
The biblical depiction of Moses as an ancient leader par excellence, albeit a somewhat reluctant one, is wholly believable despite scholarly claims to the contrary. Some recent interpretations anachronistically analyze the historicity and leadership of…
117 - Unplanned: An Imperfect but Brave Film
Apr 5, 2019 • 59 min
Trigger Warning: This episode contains graphic descriptions of various types of abortions. Therefore, this content might be disturbing and traumatizing and not suitable for some listeners. During the fall of 2018, a public and brutal Supreme Court…
116 - Why Christians Should Observe the Christian Calendar
Mar 28, 2019 • 37 min
While there are many potentially healthy shaping influences for a Christians spiritual growth, one of the greatest shaping influences neglected by many Christians today is the Christian calendar. A 2016 survey done by LifeWay Research reveals that fewer…
115 - Something to Prove Why Captain Marvel Just Doesnt Work
Mar 21, 2019 • 37 min
Editors note We realize that various interpretations and reactions to storyline elements in this film and their ramifications have been debated. We offer this review as one plausible viewpoint. Please also be aware there are spoilers in this episode, as…
114 - Why Did God Let that Child Die?
Mar 14, 2019 • 39 min
Perhaps the most difficult and emotionally charged question ever asked the pastor or apologist is why God let a particular child suffer or die. The question is rarely abstract. Ive never been asked why God lets children die. Im asked why God let six year…
113 - Is Artificial Intelligence A.I. Taking Over
Mar 7, 2019 • 32 min
The classic film 200 A Space Odyssey played on the fear that computers would soon become conscious, independent, and dangerous to humanity. A fear of computers is not just the stuff of scifi nightmares but also is shared by Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and…
112 - Necromancing the Stone: The Thrill of Dancing with the Dead
Feb 28, 2019 • 35 min
Pulse Evolution is an entertainment company that used a hologram technique several years ago to summon the ghost of slain rapper Tupac Shakur at the Coachella music festival. The necromantic language seems appropriate. This was not a music video per se,…
111 - Humanity Crucified: Hemingway and the Human Condition
Feb 21, 2019 • 52 min
Nothing is the great dread that threads Ernest Hemingways literary work. Most of his characters believe that nothing awaits them at death. Their machismo is a stance that both accepts and defies lifes collapse into nothing. For Hemingway, it is Christ…
110 - Ancient Aliens
Feb 14, 2019 • 32 min
In the beginning, ancient aliens visited planet Earth, significantly influenced human history, and possibly even engineered human life to evolve. Furthermore, as a result of ancient alien visitations, history is replete with clues regarding these alien…
109 - Morality, Therefore God: An Evangelistic Strategy
Feb 7, 2019 • 35 min
Humans may disagree on what behaviors are moral, or on the best way to make specific moral decisions. Even so, our fundamental concept of goodness has to come from somewhere. This is what the moral argument for the existence of God addresses. Put simply,…
108 - Religious Doubt
Jan 31, 2019 • 23 min
Emotional religious doubt presents an enigma. Exceptionally prevalent and sometimes excruciatingly painful, religious doubt is experienced by believers in a wide variety of ways. Distraught sentiments often appear habitually as agonized What if scenarios.…
107 - Sharing the Gospel with Those Living with Intellectual Disability
Jan 24, 2019 • 31 min
We live in a world broken by sin. One manifestation of brokenness is found in those living with disabilities. God shows great affection for the lost, including those who live with brokenness the blind, lame, crippled, etc. It behooves us to ask how we can…
106 - Internal Testimony of the Holy Spirit
Jan 17, 2019 • 38 min
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author James N. Anderson about his article The Internal Testimony of the Holy Spirit How Do You Know That the Bible Is Gods Word? Topics covered in this episode include what is meant by the…
105 - Mormon Evangelism in the Twenty-First Century
Jan 10, 2019 • 50 min
Mormon Evangelism in the Twenty First Century For many years, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mormons have practiced what they call friendshipping. This coined word describes the attitude that Mormons are told to have in their…
104 - Unpacking Animes Thematic and Spiritual Depth
Jan 2, 2019 • 34 min
Originally a niche medium, anime Japanese animation has experienced a massive explosion in popularity in recent decades. Its cultural influence is widespread, from massive conventions full of truly devoted fans to Hollywoods biggest blockbusters and…
103 - Homosexuality and Modern Ministry: Part Two
Dec 20, 2018 • 43 min
After Exodus International, the largest and most prominent ministry to address homosexuality, closed its doors in 2013, the public, both Christian and secular, became more skeptical about the possibility of homosexuals going straight. As a result, a…
102 - What Cops Can Teach Christians about the Critical Use of Language
Dec 20, 2018 • 37 min
What Cops Can Teach Christians about the Critical Use of LanguageWhy should Christians avoid Christian jargon when witnessing to non Christians? J. Warner Wallace talks about his evangelistic tips on witnessing to nonbelievers without using Christianese.…
101 - Homosexuality and Modern Ministry: Part One
Dec 13, 2018 • 38 min
Historically, people within the church who experienced homosexual feelings went unaddressed, creating a void. They recognized both the Biblical and cultural prohibitions against yielding to their temptations, but also realized the temptations remained.…
100 - A. Hitchcock Films
Dec 6, 2018 • 33 min
Alfred Hitchcock was one of the most forward thinking filmmakers of the 20th century, advancing the art form and anticipating the taste of audiences. Through his most famous films Psycho, Rear Window, and Vertigo we find a common theme anonymous watching.…
99 - Taking Jesus to Work
Nov 29, 2018 • 32 min
If the Great Commission tells us anything, it tells us that the mission to make disciples doesnt rely on ministry professionals. The very notion of a distinction between secular work and full time ministry would have been incoherent to the original…
98 - Virtual Violence Video Game Addiction and the Kingdom of God
Nov 14, 2018 • 55 min
Recently the World Health Organization added Gaming Disorder to the 11th International Classification of Diseases ICD-11 3 a tool for diagnosing diseases. Combine this with the many parents dismayed by their childrens obsession with the video game…
97 - Was Hitler a Christian?
Nov 8, 2018 • 18 min
MY FEELINGS AS A CHRISTIAN POINT ME TO MY LORD AND SAVIOR AS A FIGHTER. ADOLF HITLERIt is not difficult to find collections of quotes like this one, intended to prove that Adolf Hitler was a Christian. In many of his speeches and writings, Hitler referred…
96 - Reversing Roe Documentary Film Review
Nov 1, 2018 • 34 min
If the battleground over abortion resembles a chess board, the new Netflix documentary Reversing Roe is an offensive bombardment on the pro life movements front lines. The problem is that the film talks around abortion without ever really talking about it…
95 - Virtue, Human Nature, and the Quest for Happiness
Oct 25, 2018 • 29 min
It is evident from social observation that human beings desire happiness, not as a means to something else but as an end in itself. Many major worldviews seem to agree that one crucial ingredient of happiness is virtuous living. This idea goes back at…
94 - The Pro-Choice Argument against Aborting Children with Down Syndrome
Oct 18, 2018 • 32 min
In Choosing Down Syndrome Ethics and New Prenatal Testing Technologies, author Chris Kaposy, the associate professor of Bioethics in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University Newfoundland, argues that advancements in less invasive prenatal testing…
93 - Ghost Hunters and God: Finding Reason in the Pursuit of the Paranormal
Oct 11, 2018 • 30 min
Stories of ghosts and experiences of the paranormal have been a historical constant for as long as humans have wondered what happens after death. But as the entertainment industry has become increasingly desperate for our always divided attention, these…
92 - Literary Apologetics: Flannery O’Connor
Oct 4, 2018 • 31 min
Flannery OConnor was a Roman Catholic novelist, essayist, and short story writer whose Complete Short Stories won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1972. Her fictional work explores existential questions of grace, morality, freedom, and transcendence…
91 - Solo Sex and the Christian
Sep 27, 2018 • 47 min
Although masturbation solo sex is a nearly universal behavior, it is rarely discussed in the church. However, the increasing support in the media for solo sex as a healthy activity means the church must begin to address it. The moral legitimacy of this…
90 - Philip Dick Man in High Castle
Sep 23, 2018 • 36 min
There is little doubt that the New Testament makes several unique claims concerning Jesus. Some of these exclusive comments regard claims that Jesus Christ was deity, or that He is the sole path to salvation, or that He was raised from the dead. The…
89 - Uniqueness of Jesus Christ
Sep 14, 2018 • 37 min
There is little doubt that the New Testament makes several unique claims concerning Jesus. Some of these exclusive comments regard claims that Jesus Christ was deity, or that He is the sole path to salvation, or that He was raised from the dead. The…
88 - Training Teens in Apologetics
Sep 6, 2018 • 35 min
Generation Z the 70 million kids born between 1999 and 2015 is another testament to our cultures alarming slide into secularism. This emerging generation is twice as likely as adults to be atheists, theyre twice as likely to identify as LGBT, theyre…
87 - Westworld & A.I.
Aug 31, 2018 • 31 min
HBOs TV series Westworld is a remake and expansion of the 1973 film by writer Michael Crichton about an immersive theme park where guests can interact with artificially intelligent robots programmed to act out cowboy stories from the Old West. The film…
86 - Reaching Unchurched African American Men with the Gospel
Aug 22, 2018 • 30 min
African American men might be one of the most unreached people groups existing today. In all of the Christian churchs efforts to be obedient to the Great Commission, sharing the gospel with an African American man within our spheres of influence needs to…
85 - Mark Twain
Aug 21, 2018 • 31 min
More than 100 years after his death, Mark Twain remains one of the most colorful and well beloved American authors. Even infrequent readers know of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn who have become iconic characters in the American imagination, and Twains…
084 - Sexuality & Singles
Aug 8, 2018 • 32 min
To follow Jesus faithfully means we need to reorient our values and priorities radically. One radical value Jesus proclaimed was that single men and women had equal standing in His kingdom. Society, which up to that point was centered on marriage and…
083 - Mere Ambassadors
Aug 1, 2018 • 29 min
What do we do with the Christian spokesperson whose message seems at best tangential to the gospel, and whose megaphone is the national media? How should an everyday, street level apologist handle the backlash the Christian community receives from the…
082 - Pros and Cons of Labels
Jul 25, 2018 • 37 min
A recent trend, which gained traction with a piece released by Planned Parenthood a handful of years ago Moving Beyond ProLife vs. ProChoice Labels, Youre Not in Her Shoes, is attempting to do just that. There is a growing desire that the terms prochoice…
081 - Why People Stop Believing
Jul 18, 2018 • 34 min
There is a growing wave of Christian leaders who are rejecting Christianity and becoming some of its most ardent critics, often supported by a plethora of new organizations arising to encourage such people to cut ties to their faith. This is a new…
080 - Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Jul 11, 2018 • 21 min
For more than one year, Neil deGrasse Tysons book, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, has sat on the bestsellers list. Is it a book Christians should read? This episode gives listeners an overview of Tysons world view, an overview of the book, and…
079 - Theology of Morgan Freeman
Jul 3, 2018 • 33 min
The cable TV series The Story of God with Morgan Freeman will return for a third season in 2019 on the National Geographic Channel. Hosted by Freeman who famously played God in the 2003 movie Bruce Almighty, the show attempts to be a comparative religion…
078 - Mindfulness
Jun 27, 2018 • 31 min
We live in a climate dominated by information technology. Before the glow of our screens, we constantly are tempted to divide our attention between this reality and the digital virtual world. Of course, we cannot be both in the real world and in the…
077 - Video Gaming, Kids & Addiction
Jun 20, 2018 • 35 min
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Dr. Kevin Schut. Kevin is Professor of Media and Communication and Associate Dean of the School of the Arts, Media and Culture at Trinity Western University, a Christian university in…
076 - Street Epistemology
Jun 13, 2018 • 34 min
Christians may find themselves approached on the street being asked to consider religious faith. Sounds like Christian street witnessing, right? Well, it may be youre face to face with an atheist and often a GoPro video recorder being engaged in whats…
075 - Film Nostalgia & Heaven
Jun 6, 2018 • 29 min
It seems that most popular new movies these days are sequels, prequels, reboots, or remakes. The reason Hollywood seems unoriginal is because, when it comes to films, we prefer nostalgia to novelty. Every human has a basic desire for how things are…
074 - Authentic Community in the Age of Social Media
May 29, 2018 • 37 min
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat as the ubiquity of social media expands, we are drawn, whether unwittingly or not, into their orbit a relentless cycle demanding as much of our time, energy, and attention we choose to offer. For human beings who are…
073 - Hell and Kids
May 22, 2018 • 35 min
It is important to understand the sources of our modern distaste for the teaching of the doctrine of hell, for these are part of the strongholds characteristic of our times. By critically exploring these sources, we can best instruct children in the…
072 - Sexual Sanity for Women
May 16, 2018 • 33 min
Christians dont have a shining track record in addressing sex. It may have been presented in unhelpful and unbiblical teaching through poor teaching of the Bible or ignored altogether. Women in the church have struggled with the louder silence in regard…
071 - Why We Cheat
May 9, 2018 • 30 min
We live by a fudge factor, seeing our value in our achievements as greater than they really are. God, however, sees us as we really are sinful, irrational beings willing to cheat and lie to ourselves, exaggerating our accomplishments to others. Despite…
070 - Christian Polyamory
May 2, 2018 • 32 min
The increasing acceptance of polyamory by progressives and soon to be former evangelicals is a symptom of the state of the churchs witness to Gods normative pattern for sexuality after Obergefell the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision ruling that the…
069 - The Virtualization of Culture and the Need for an Embodied Christian Alternative
Apr 25, 2018 • 27 min
Our Internet connected devices offer an amazing world of information and connectivity, yet many feel more fragmented and disconnected than ever. Dont blame it all on Google or Facebook rather, a great deal of our angst comes from a more subtle…
068 - Something Made: The Role of Form in Apologetics
Apr 18, 2018 • 32 min
Whatever argument the Christian apologist hopes to present, he must first find, or make, its frame. There must be form, else the idea comes to nothing. As C. S. Lewis understood well, the more penetrating and memorable instances of apologetic defense are…
067 - Spielberg’s Nostalgia for Reality in Ready Player One with John McAteer
Apr 11, 2018 • 48 min
Editors note The following review contains many spoilers about the content of the film. The podcast conversation also touches on subject matter not covered in the written review. Ernest Clines 2011 science fiction novel Ready Player One tells the story of…
066 - “Comic Cons, Geek Culture, and the Mission of Christ” with Drew Dixon
Apr 4, 2018 • 35 min
Comic Cons, Geek Culture, and the Mission of Christ” with Drew DixonEvery year, millions of devoted fans travel to our nations largest cities to play unreleased video and board games, meet the stars of their favorite scifi shows, and attend panel…
065 - Love, Simon Film Review “When Hearts Are Young and Gay” with Joe Dallas
Mar 27, 2018 • 34 min
The new Greg Berlanti directed film, starring Nick Robinson, is a teen romantic comedy in the vein of its John Hughes directed predecessors from the 1980s Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink. This time, though, the teenage search for romantic love involves…
064 - “The Inescapability of God” with James N. Anderson
Mar 26, 2018 • 36 min
Although the Bible teaches that Gods existence is evident from nature, it has become commonplace in modern society for people to doubt or deny that God exists. This article contends that six aspects of our lives that all of us take for granted existence,…
063 - Black Panther Film Review with Eric Redmond
Mar 23, 2018 • 34 min
Last week, our online film review of Black Panther by Eric C. Redmond was one of the most viewed articles on our Website. Since then, Black Panther ticket sales soared to $1.1 billion and also became the first movie since Avatar to have five straight…
062 - How the Structure and Comprehensibility of the Universe Reveal a Mindful Maker
Mar 14, 2018 • 24 min
The notion that there is a mysterious resonance between the structure of the material world, the abstract world of mathematics, and the human mind what can be called Cosmic Resonance not only has major implications for the contemporary debate between…
061 - Slaughterhouse-Five as a Tool for Christian Self-Examination
Mar 7, 2018 • 37 min
Kurt Vonneguts frequently challenged novel SlaughterhouseFive 1969 still influences American culture via high schools and colleges. Truth can come from unexpected places, and a fresh look at this offensive novel reveals some thought provoking lessons…
060 - A Christian Response to the Hindu Concept of Spiritual Quest
Feb 21, 2018 • 31 min
Hindus believe that life is basically a search, or a quest. One cannot expect to find all the answers to lifes deepest questions in one lifetime in a simple, easy to digest formula. It is a long, ongoing endeavor. Hindus believe that a search of this…
059 - Kindergarteners Need Apologetics, Too
Feb 14, 2018 • 34 min
Asking when we should begin teaching apologetics assumes it is a discipleship endeavor that is separate from the rest of a childs spiritual development. For many people, the reason for that idea is an assumed definition of apologetics that is overly…
058 - A movie review of The Shape of Water
Feb 7, 2018 • 27 min
In The Shape of Water, Mexican writer director Guillermo del Toro blends a wide variety of sources from fairy tales to classic Hollywood movies to the Bible to tell an original and unusual love story about a humanoid fishlike monster and a woman who works…
057 - The Handmaid’s Tale
Jan 31, 2018 • 35 min
Fans of The Handmaids Tale, Hulus television adaptation of Margaret Atwood 1985 dystopian novel, have taken to donning the red handmaids attire to protest current cultural and political threats to reproductive freedom, specifically abortion rights. If…
056 - Spirituality in Modern Hip Hop: The Theology of Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper
Jan 24, 2018 • 36 min
Has secular hip hop gone religious? One platinum selling artist gives performances on high profile stages that resemble worship services. Another critically acclaimed rapper includes on his album interludes with expositions from Deuteronomy. This small…
055 - Malcolm X and the Christian Ethic of Violence
Jan 17, 2018 • 21 min
Malcolm X is arguably one of the most important people in African American religious and political thought. He was a man heavily influenced by his own personal experiences and the historic moment into which he was born. Along with the societal hardships…
054 - The Last Jedi: A Star Wars Movie for the Era of “the Nones”
Jan 10, 2018 • 35 min
Editors not: We realize that interpretations and reactions to storyline elements and their ramifications have been hotly debated. We offer this review as one plausible viewpoint. Theoretically, the Force in the Star Wars movies has always been religious.…
053 - Changing Attitudes toward the Resurrection of Jesus
Oct 4, 2017 • 29 min
When considering recent critical responses to the resurrection of Jesus, believers may envision the centuries old, well worn alternatives. Did Jesus disciples steal His dead body, as mentioned in Matthew? Five such counter moves are found in the gospels,…
052 - The Benedict Option
Sep 20, 2017 • 33 min
What exactly is the Benedict Option? In short, the book includes a call for Christians to consider withdrawing from some aspects of, and strategies for engaging, American culture, such as seeking change through the means of political power. The heart of…
051 - The Apologetics of Community in All Saints
Sep 13, 2017 • 32 min
In the new faith based film All Saints, in theaters Sept. 2017 newly ordained, Michael Spurlocks first assignment is to pastor All Saints, a struggling church in Tennessee with and handful of members and a mortgage beyond its means. The best option may be…
050 - O Father, Where Art Thou? The Coen Brothers and the Riddle of Existence
Sep 11, 2017 • 30 min
The Coen Brothers are among the most critically acclaimed directors of our time, yet their work presents critical challenges, as their films resist easy interpretation. Confusing on a first viewing, the meaning behind the movies is often veiled in…
049 - That “Nones” May Not Perish
Sep 6, 2017 • 32 min
The church is facing ominous times. Science, culture, and politics are conspiring to silence the gospel and render Gods bride impotent. You can see it in the numbers less than one half of 1 percent of eighteen to twenty three year olds hold to a Christian…
Postmodern Realities Special Episode - A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World
Aug 30, 2017 • 57 min
Christians need to navigate each cultural wave. We must view each issue in light of biblical truth and then engage it in our homes, churches, communities, and in the larger culture. If Christians are going to effectively engage todays culture, we must be…
048 - Not Guilty: A Biblical Case for Ministering to the Accused
Aug 23, 2017 • 21 min
There are Christians who think that Christian attorneys necessarily compromise their faith in their practice. Perhaps no issue brings this kind of thinking to the fore more than the question of whether Christian attorneys should represent the guilty.…
047 - Book Review of “American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus”
Aug 16, 2017 • 27 min
Thanks to everything from pop culture to college propaganda when students arrive on campuses today they expect with varying levels of inclination and trepidation to have a really good time. Many assume theyll encounter, as one student featured in The…
046 - “In Search of the Sacred: Evangelicals on a Quest and Why It Matters”
Aug 9, 2017 • 32 min
Young Christians hanker for mystery and meaning in a world that has become progressively disenchanted over the past five hundred years. Philosopher Charles Taylor begins his much discussed tome A Secular Age by asking this question Why was it virtually…
045 - “Alexander Solzhenitsyn Confronts the Grand Inquisitor”
Aug 2, 2017 • 36 min
This podcast episode is a conversation with author Stephen Mitchell as he answers questions about his literary apologetics article, Alexander Solzhenitsyn Confronts the Grand Inquisitor and covers topics including free will and Russian gulags
044 - “The Human Embryo: Potential Person or Person with Great Potential?”
Jul 26, 2017 • 28 min
People use the word potential in many different ways. A child can show potential when it comes to having sports or musical aptitude. If a speaker gives a presentation without being adequately prepared, there is the potential for disaster. However, in…
043 - “Understanding Our Response to LGBT Culture”
Jul 19, 2017 • 30 min
Understanding Our Response to LGBT Culture” (Volume 40 #3, 2017) with Matt HollandThis podcast episode is a conversation with author Matt Holland as he answers questions about his Postmodern Realities Column article including What motivated you to write…
042 - “When Freedom of Expression and Emotions Collide on Campus”
Jul 12, 2017 • 39 min
A battle over free speech dominates the newsfeeds of online media. The rhetoric grows harsher as two sides seek to establish competing narratives. Are our universities dominated by a privileged class that forces vulnerable minorities to study in a hostile…
041 - “The Gracious Heroism of Wonder Woman”
Jul 5, 2017 • 23 min
Wonder Woman is a movie about heroes and the power of heroic role models to inspire heroism in others. Part of the cultural significance of Wonder Woman as a character is to provide young girls with a larger than life image to which they can aspire,…
040 - “Is the Black Man God? Challenging the Central Claim of the Nation of Islam”
Jun 21, 2017 • 23 min
During the 1950s and 60s, Americans were confronted with a unique time of racial conflict. African Americans organized a movement to challenge the racial caste system in the nation. Amidst this largely Christian movement were African Americans who were…
039 - “The Gospel According to Marvel”
May 31, 2017 • 27 min
Over the past decade, there has been a revival of interest in comic book superheroes, driven in large part by the Disney owned Marvel Comics brand, publishers of such characters as Spider Man, the X Men, the Avengers, and more. Every culture has had its…
038 - “Engaging Unbelievers Philosophically”
May 24, 2017 • 22 min
It is often useful to prepare people for the gospel by asking them some key philosophical questions to help them recognize that truth is exclusive. In our postmodern culture, people think that we all create our own truth, so why would it matter what…
037 - “Choose Your Own Enchantment: Freedom and Conscience in What We Watch”
May 12, 2017 • 35 min
A conversation with author Caleb Woodbridge as he answers questions about freedom and conscience when consuming TV shows and films. Issues discussed include What are some of the pitfalls that Christians fall into when deciding what to watch? What are the…
036 - “Three Ways to Teach Your Kids Apologetics (Without Them Realizing It)”
May 3, 2017 • 34 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 036: “Three Ways to Teach Your Kids Apologetics (Without Them Realizing It)” (Volume 40 #2) with Paul Gould
035 - “All Sins Are Not the Same”
Apr 21, 2017 • 17 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 035: Viewpoint-“All Sins Are Not the Same” (Volume 40 #2) with Michael W. Austin
034 - “The Ethics of Modern Board and Card Games?”
Apr 6, 2017 • 31 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 034: “The Ethics of Modern Board and Card Games?” (Volume 40 #2) with Richard J. Poupard
033 - “The Shack Movie - Heretical or Healing?”
Mar 16, 2017 • 26 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 033: “The Shack Movie - Heretical or Healing?” with Adam Pelser
032 - “On Chimeras and What It Means to Be Human”
Mar 6, 2017 • 31 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 032: “On Chimeras and What It Means to Be Human” with Jay Watts
031 - “Love is Love, or Is It?”
Mar 3, 2017 • 27 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 031: “Love is Love, or Is It?” with Adam Tucker
030 - “Evangelizing the Cultural Christian”
Feb 27, 2017 • 31 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 030: “Evangelizing the Cultural Christian” with Clay Jones
029 - “The Hidden Faith of Silence”
Jan 27, 2017 • 26 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 029: “The Hidden Faith of Silence” with John McAteer
028 - “The Unending Bending of Gender: Helpful or Harmful?”
Dec 19, 2016 • 38 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 028: “The Unending Bending of Gender: Helpful or Harmful?” with Ellen Dykas
027 - “Evaluating the Star Wars Worldview”
Dec 15, 2016 • 23 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 027: “Evaluating the Star Wars Worldview” with Robert Velarde
026 - “Christians and Public Education: A Matter of Biblical Justice”
Dec 2, 2016 • 31 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 026: “Christians and Public Education: A Matter of Biblical Justice” with Jemar Tisby
025 - “Arrival” (film review with major spoilers)
Dec 1, 2016 • 31 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 025: “Arrival” (film review with major spoilers) with John McAteer
024 - “Dr. Strange” (film review with spoilers)
Nov 15, 2016 • 27 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 024: “Dr. Strange” (film review with spoilers) with John McAteer
022 - “Can God Fit in This Machine? Video Games and Christians”
Nov 15, 2016 • 36 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 022: “Can God Fit in This Machine? Video Games and Christians” with Kevin Schut
023 - “Hacksaw Ridge” (film review with spoilers)
Nov 15, 2016 • 19 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 023: “Hacksaw Ridge” (film review with spoilers) with John McAteer
021 - “Christians and Marijuana-Is Medical Marijuana OK?”
Oct 19, 2016 • 35 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 021: “Christians and Marijuana-Is Medical Marijuana OK? What about Voting for Marijuana Ballot Initiatives?” with Elliot Miller
020 - “Should We Continue to Use the Term Sexual Purity?”
Sep 30, 2016 • 25 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 020: “Should We Continue to Use the Term Sexual Purity?” (Issue 39 Volume #5, 2016) with Richard J. Poupard
019 - “Doubt as Virtue: How to Doubt and Have Faith without Exploding”
Sep 15, 2016 • 27 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 019: “Doubt as Virtue: How to Doubt and Have Faith without Exploding” (Issue 39 Volume #4, 2016) with Travis M. Dickinson
018 - “The Origin and Insufficiency of the Black Hebrew Israelite Movement”
Sep 8, 2016 • 28 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 018: “The Origin and Insufficiency of the Black Hebrew Israelite Movement” (Issue 39 Volume #4, 2016) with Jimmy Butts
017 - “Suicide Squad, Deadpool, and the Rise of the Comic Book Antihero”
Aug 17, 2016 • 27 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 017: “Suicide Squad, Deadpool, and the Rise of the Comic Book Antihero” (CRJ Issue 39 Volume 05, 2016) with John McAteer
016 - “Anti-Intellectualism in the Church”
Aug 16, 2016 • 23 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 016: “Anti-Intellectualism in the Church” (CRJ Issue 39 Volume 4, 2016) with Michael W. Austin
015 - “Philosophy, Politics, and the End of Liberal Arts Education”
Aug 15, 2016 • 33 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 015: “Philosophy, Politics, and the End of Liberal Arts Education” (CRJ Issue 39 Volume 4, 2016) with Adam Pelser
014 - “Finding Dory and Pixar Animation Studios”
Jun 30, 2016 • 28 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 014: “Finding Dory and Pixar Animation Studios” with Robert Velarde
013 - “Physician Assisted Suicide and the Right to Die”
Jun 16, 2016 • 32 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 013: “Physician Assisted Suicide and the Right to Die” with Jay Watts
012 - “Jesus Films”
Jun 14, 2016 • 32 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 012: “Jesus Films” with John McAteer
011 - “Why Accept the Pythagorean Theorem”
Jun 3, 2016 • 27 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 011: “Why Accept the Pythagorean Theorem” (CRJ Issue 39 Volume 03, 2016) with Paul Nelson
010 - “There’s Something About Relativism”
May 20, 2016 • 29 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 010: “There’s Something About Relativism” (CRJ Issue 39 Volume 02, 2016) with Travis M. Dickinson
009 - “The Graven Images of Social Media”
May 17, 2016 • 26 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 009: “The Graven Images of Social Media” (CRJ Issue 39 Volume 02, 2016) with Amber M. Stamper
008 - “Modesty, Objectivism, and Human Value”
May 6, 2016 • 28 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 008: “Modesty, Objectivism, and Human Value” (CRJ Issue 38 Volume 04, 2015) with Richard J. Poupard
007 - “Rape and Sexual Violence on the College Campus”
May 3, 2016 • 35 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 007: “Rape and Sexual Violence on the College Campus” (CRJ Issue 39 Volume 02, 2016) with Jay Watts
006 - “Digital Souls: What Should Christians Believe about Artificial Intelligence?”
Apr 20, 2016 • 26 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 006: “Digital Souls: What Should Christians Believe about Artificial Intelligence?” (CRJ Issue 39 Volume 02, 2016) with James Hoskins
005 - “Wealth and Stewardship: Key Biblical Principles”
Apr 15, 2016 • 27 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 005: “Wealth and Stewardship: Key Biblical Principles” (CRJ Issue 39 Volume 02, 2016) with Michael W. Austin
004 - “Agile Apologetics”
Apr 8, 2016 • 32 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 004: “Agile Apologetics” (CRJ Issue 39 Volume 02, 2016) with Douglas Groothuis
003 - “Recovering the Lost Unity of Heart and Mind”
Mar 21, 2016 • 27 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 003: “Recovering the Lost Unity of Heart and Mind” (CRJ Issue 39 Volume 01, 2016) with James Hoskins
002 - “Motherhood and the Life of the Mind”
Mar 18, 2016 • 24 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 002: “Motherhood and the Life of the Mind” (CRJ Issue 39 Volume 01, 2016) with Melissa Cain Travis
001 - “The Films of Quentin Tarantino”
Feb 2, 2016 • 25 min
Postmodern Realities Episode 001: “The Films of Quentin Tarantino” (CRJ Issue 39 Volume 01, 2016) with Phillip Tallon