Queen of the Sciences

Queen of the Sciences

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Conversations between a Theologian and Her Dad


The Sermon on the Mount
Oct 22 • 58 min
The Sermon on the Mount is the address by which Jesus makes us children of God, and tells us what that means for our words, bodies, and relationships… or does it? Can anyone actually live this way? Maybe it’s just for the experts and the aspirational. Or…
The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas
Oct 8 • 70 min
In this episode we revisit the early church, earlier even than Athanasius in fact, to gaze upon the martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas… only to discover Perpetua gazing right back at us, with an unbearable intensity. This early martyr story is…
What Is a Person?
Sep 24 • 71 min
Usually, when a person asks what or who makes for a person, it’s to dehumanize some person or group of persons. Our intention in this episode is to head in the opposite direction. Dad takes us on a worldwind tour of Western civilization (which, frankly,…
Slovak Theologian Samuel Stefan Osusky
Sep 10 • 57 min
Following up our last episode on “Faith to the Aid of Reason,” here we take a look at a case study of someone who did just that. Samuel Štefan Osuský was the leading theologian of the Slovak Lutheran Church in the first half of the twentieth century,…
Faith to the Aid of Reason
Aug 27 • 61 min
In this episode I give voice to my cri de coeur that argumentation, debate, and even discussion have been ruled out of court by the present cultural currents, which reduce us to disputing sources instead of drawing out implications of facts, and in which…
One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church: The Worst Thing in the Best Words
Aug 13 • 61 min
As theologian Alfred Loisy once quipped, “Jesus came proclaiming the Kingdom, and what arrived was the Church.” If nothing else gets people excited about theology, talk about the church usually does—though not always in a good way. The Nicene Creed’s…
Spirits, Holy and Otherwise
Jul 30 • 62 min
Oh, wait, there’s a third member of the Trinity! In this episode we shower a little love on the much-neglected Holy Spirit, following the story of how the Christian doctrine of the Trinity parted company from the Neoplatonic Triad, and why the issue at…
Baptism, Infant and Otherwise
Jul 16 • 63 min
Who can or should get baptized, at what age, and how? Is baptism our work or God’s work? How can you remember your baptism when you don’t remember getting baptized—or how should you think about a baptism you do remember when you’ve fallen away from the…
The First Two-Thirds of Acts
Jul 2 • 73 min
Why only two-thirds? In this episode we look at a specific aspect of the immensely complex literary work known as the Acts of the Apostles: namely, the Holy Spirit’s gathering in of all human communities that have been estranged from God. The story begins…
The Relationship between the Old and New Testaments
Jun 18 • 58 min
It’s the championship fight! Just kidding. It’s just the opposite, in fact—an exhortation to the warm embrace of both Testaments by Christians and how they mutually illuminate one another. In this episode we look at all the ways Christians have done the…
All About Prayer
Jun 4 • 57 min
In which Dad and I confess our very different kinds of struggles with prayer, explore how Jesus’ prayer can become our prayer, and then tackle a bunch of questions that arise: Does prayer change God or change us? Or both or neither? Can our prayers be…
The Book of Joshua
May 21 • 67 min
Is Joshua both the most horrifying and the most boring book in the whole biblical canon? Is it divine sanction for genocide and colonialism? Heck, did any of the events recorded therein even happen?! In this episode we sort through the enormous textual,…
Japanese Theologian Kazoh Kitamori
May 7 • 68 min
In this episode we discuss Japanese theologian Kazoh Kitamori’s book, Theology of the Pain of God. Kitamori focuses attention on God’s willing love of the unlovable and of His own enemies through Christ—an embrace that, following Jeremiah 31:20 and Isaiah…
Justification by Faith: The Best Thing in the Worst Words
Apr 23 • 67 min
Why is such a great thing trapped in such awful words? We discuss some of the problems with both “justification” and “faith” in contemporary English, then dig into the details of what this perplexing terminology actually refers to, and why Lutherans…
Athanasius Against the World
Apr 9 • 63 min
In this episode we talk about Athanasius, the great church father (c. 298–373), nicknamed Athanasius Contra Mundum, Athanasius Against the World, among other things for going into exile five times during his bishopric. Why does it matter to say, as…
Triple Predestination
Mar 26 • 59 min
Not single, not double, but triple predestination! Listen to this episode to uncover the meaning of this mysterious formulation. Also, why predestination does not necessarily have to be the worst possible doctrine, contrary to popular belief. Notes: 1.…
The Gospel of Mark, Part 2
Mar 12 • 67 min
In this episode we cover the Gospel of Mark from the Transfiguration through the curiously inconclusive conslusion. Show notes: 1. Resources for the Gospel of Mark can be found with Part 1 of this two-parter. 2. For those of you unfortunates who didn’t…
The Gospel of Mark, Part 1
Feb 26 • 65 min
Since we both love the Gospel of Mark best (even though it’s a bit ridiculous to play favorites with the Gospels) we decided to devote a whole show to working through it. We dig into the details of the theological framework and creativity of this…
Is Scripture Holy?
Feb 12 • 63 min
In today’s show we set aside the question of whether we can say the Scriptures are true, reliable, accurate, historically verifiable, false, fake, or toxic, to ask whether they are holy—whether they are in themselves, and whether (and how) they make us…
What Is Theology and Who Needs It?
Jan 29 • 62 min
Here’s the very first episode of Queen of the Sciences! In this introductory show we talk about our approach to theology and theology’s contested place in our world, but also why Christians need theology—why simply repeating what the Bible says or doing…