The Broken Book Bible Podcast

The Broken Book Bible Podcast
Considering the Bible’s saintly reputation, it packs surprising gore, horror, and depravity. As well as beauty, wisdom, and tedium. For millennia, the Bible has held Western culture captive to its strange stories of ancient people trying to figure out ?

Blasphemy: Reciting the Apostles Creed in First Person - Episode 36
Jul 1 • 40 min
If the Spirit of Christ dwells in are hearts, and if we are supposed to be Christlike… then the Apostle’s Creed is about us.
The Realities of Social Construction: Interview by Micah Redding, Executive Director of the Christian Transhumanist Society
Nov 15, 2018 • 63 min
Joint project with the Christian Transhumanist Podcast! of interesting questions. How can we love religion when so many are hurt? How do we describe the reality of social construction? Does …
God as Living Liminality: A Queer Nonbinary Theology - Episode 34
Aug 6, 2018 • 56 min
Adriaan Dippenaar, director of the Seattle Nonbinary Coalition joins in to discuss how queer identity, queer tension, and queer magic helps them imagine God. God is absurd, and that’s okay! The divine does not fit into any clear, clean label. This is w…
Autism: Finding God on the Spectrum - Episode 33
Apr 28, 2018 • 95 min
Sam explores how being on the autism spectrum brought him into a journey towards God.
Trinity and Biblical Authority: Reclaiming Truth - Episode 32
Mar 15, 2018 • 35 min
Amanda, a Unitarian, defends the trinity; Sam, a relativist, defends Biblical’ authority and inerrancy
Creation in Bondage to Decay: When God cursed the ground after Eden - Episode 31
Mar 1, 2018 • 63 min
After Eden, God curses the world with hard child birth, patriarchy, toil, and death.
The Sentience of the Holy Spirit: How God lives into us - Episode 30
Feb 15, 2018 • 26 min
The constant evolution of religious doctrines is an argument for God’s living consciousness.
More Mailbag: Bible TV Shows, the Qur’an, and Empire - Episode 29
Feb 1, 2018 • 35 min
If you could make a TV show about the Bible, what book would you choose? - Episode 16
Forgetting the Gospel: The New Testament as Tragedy - Episode 28
Dec 31, 2017 • 52 min
Jesus Christ flips. He is the anti-emperor who becomes the symbol of empire. He resists all elements of power, and then becomes the all powerful. He is the incarnation that eventually rejects humanity. What Jesus stands for in the Bible versus what Jes…
Mailbag Episode: Propecy, Song of Songs, and What would you ask the Historical Jesus? - Episode 27
Oct 9, 2017 • 33 min
We tackle through some of our listeners’ questions, pondering neuro atypical ministry and the the sexiness of God.
Hold the Tension: There are no Good or Bad Religions - Episode 26
Jul 25, 2017 • 13 min
Have you been burned by the church? Found solace in Zen? Maybe you love your humanist discussion group. Maybe your church is the place you feel the most loved. Maybe you’re disillusioned with religion in general. How do we hold the tension between the …
How to Classify Christians: Problematic Messiness - Episode 25
Jul 16, 2017 • 17 min
Contemporary Christianity has split into hordes of different factions. And we try to find labels to identify different kinds of Christians. These labels are probably necessary in order to talk about the modern faith… but these labels are also inten…
Satan: The Lie that Rules the World - Episode 24
Jul 3, 2017 • 31 min
Satan is a powerful force of evil in Scripture. He is an independent agent who challenges God, and successfully rules the world for awhile. But Satan’s power rests in a very simple lie, based on ignorance and outdated science. Satan claims that some pe…
Blood: Menstration and Communion - Episode 23
Jun 19, 2017 • 44 min
Old Testament Law is difficult to understand, especially on the topic of blood. Blood belongs to God alone, and menstruation makes women unclean half the month. Miriam, Moses’s older sister, illustrates the disappointment and disillusionment people wit…
The Seven Principles: Unitarian Universalism from a Biblical Perspective - Episode 22
Jun 6, 2017 • 91 min
Amanda and Sam cruise all over the Bible, seeing how modern progressive ideas are ancient and Biblical. Unitarian Universalism is no longer an exclusively Christian belief network, But it is still historically linked to the Bible, and it’s seven princi…
Gospel Authors: How would they write our biographies - Episode 21
May 6, 2017 • 23 min
Question - which gospel author would you most like to write your biography? Sam discusses the strengths, and weaknesses, of Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John. He shows what elements of Jesus are captured in each narrative. And how those same themes would b…
Lamentations Chapter 3: Taking God on a Guilt Trip - Episode 20
Apr 9, 2017 • 66 min
At the center of the Book of Lamentations, there’s a long fantastic personal prayer. The author is hurt by God. The author loves God. The author tries to convince himself to trust God, but God doesn’t seem to work that way anymore. Lamentations 3 shows…
Bible Geekery: Ranking the Minor Prophets by Entertainment Value - Episode 19
Apr 3, 2017 • 32 min
It’s a weekday night. You want to sit back, chillax, and read a Minor Prophet. Which one will be the most fun!?!?!? This minisode answers that ageold question you didn’t know you were asking. How do you rank the Minor Prophets in order of Entertainment…
Lamentations: Cry Against an Abusive God - Episode 18
Mar 24, 2017 • 51 min
The Book of Lamentations captures that darkest sensation, when God becomes an enemy. Lamentations is our favorite book of the Bible. It has the darkest depiction of God seen in Scripture. And it may have the most hopeful, most empowering depiction of …
Atheism: A Progressive Christian Critique - Episode 17
Mar 16, 2017 • 24 min
Hard Atheism is the claim that there are no gods. This form of secularism is outdated, unnecessary, and accidentally hurts and silences progressive or alternative forms of religion. There is a theist/atheist binary that over simplifies the wisdom of mo…
God Continuity: Reclaiming Christian Ancestors - Episode 16
Mar 5, 2017 • 14 min
In this minisode, Amanda explores threads of continuity throughout her faith journey. The presence of God and the stories of those who have drawn on that presence for strength in difficult times have been interpreted and reinterpreted, but their power …
Refugee Narratives: The Bible written in Exile - Episode 15
Feb 13, 2017 • 38 min
Without refugee narratives, the entire essence and logic and plot of the Bible ceases to exist. Ignore them and we lose our religion. In this episode Sam looks at how being forced out of their country impacted the Biblical authors, and really created t…
Media: If the Bible were made today - Episode 14
Jan 25, 2017 • 27 min
The Bible was made up of Songs, poems, prose, letters, narratives, genealogies… all kinds of different media. So! If the Bible were made today, it certainly would not be a book! Amanda and her husband Jim go through the Bible and figure out how bes…
Reality God: Existence - Episode 13
Jan 16, 2017 • 32 min
The idea that God is control of absolutely everything is incredibly common. That is because all of the universe is bound by its own existence, and it is incredibly easy to turn existence into its own God. Unfortunately this God is insanely problematic,…
Ezekiel: The Reality Gods - Episode 12
Jan 10, 2017 • 40 min
Judah is finished. The temple is destroyed. The old God conception failed. The prophet Ezekiel tries to make sense of everything that’s happened. And he seems to go insane. And in this process, he discovers a new God conception. A deadly and sensible a…
Elijah’s Despair: The Still Small Voice - Episode 11
Jan 1, 2017 • 10 min
Amanda shares one of the great introspective legends of Deuteronomistic History. The prophet Elijah has just saved his country from drought, and scientifically proven the existence of God. But soon his victory turns on its head, and Elijah flees for hi…
God is a Shapeshifter: The Bible vs. Western Theology - Episode 10
Dec 24, 2016 • 19 min
God is a disembodied voice. God is a rock. God is a person. God is a weather phenomena. God is Lady Wisdom. God is love. God is a whole mess of different kinds of objects. But the Western Theological tradition likes to paint God as consistent, having o…
Abimelech: Gideon’s Punk Kid - Episode 9
Dec 9, 2016 • 12 min
Gideon illegitimate son tries to declare himself king. Lots of innocent people die in the process, and we get to hear a very trippy sermon about evil anthropomorphic plants. The central gist is that it’s a very very very very bad idea to have a king.Th…
Gideon: When God just wants to be Famous - Episode 8
Dec 5, 2016 • 55 min
Gideon is a rationalist skeptic douchebag. God is an ultra absurdist diva with massive jealously issues. Together, they fight Midianites, as we explore one of the craziest and funniest moments in the saddest part of the Bible.
Origin Stories: How Amanda and Sam Lost and Found Faith - Episode 7
Nov 29, 2016 • 26 min
Meet us! Amanda describes growing up having fun with a strong Christian faith. She talks about how good Christian education led her to doubt certain teachings, so she eventually became agnostic. Sam describes growing up as a kinda sloppy Christian, and…
Faith Transitions: The Veil is Thin - Episode 6
Nov 20, 2016 • 15 min
Amanda describes her faith journey from conservative Christianity to agnosticism and finally into the progressive Unitarian Universalist (UU) tradition. She describes how within conservative Christianity, she struggled with ‘small q questions,’ faith p…
Old Testament: Traditions Clash - Episode 5
Nov 17, 2016 • 52 min
Refugees return from exile in Babylon, and they try to rebuild. But religion is irrevocably changed. Books of the Bible start debating each other, and it gets intense. Some conservative books, like Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah, try to return to the ol…
Irony: The Key to the Bible? - Episode 4
Nov 11, 2016 • 19 min
Irony - Noun. The expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite. Irony is present in just about every book in the Bible. Heaven is opposite world, and the Day of the Lord is opposite Day. Things are not as they see…
Old Testament: God Falls Apart - Episode 3
Nov 5, 2016 • 44 min
The Old Testament comprises over half a million words written by dozens of authors over a thousand years. The history of its interpretation is basically the history of the West. So we’ve decided to summarize the whole thing in two podcasts. Because we’…
Great is Thy Faithfulness: Themesong - Episode 2
Nov 4, 2016 • 15 min
Howdy! Every week we’ll be releasing an extra minisode where one of us or both of us tackle a shorter topic. This week we explain our Theme Song, which combines the hymn Great is Thy Faithfulness and the text it’s based on, Lamentations 3. W…
Amos: The Bible Out of Order - Episode 1
Nov 3, 2016 • 53 min
In our pilot episode, we introduce ourselves and the Bible. Like, why do we care so much about the Bible that we’re doing a podcast about it? And hey, where does the Bible begin? Genesis, the first book of the Christian Bible, is a clear cont…