The Theology Pugcast

The Theology Pugcast

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The Pugcast is produced by The Logos Center and features Dr. Thomas Price, Dr. Glenn Sunshine, and Pr. C. R. Wiley. The Pugcast is recorded at The Corner Pug—a well-known watering hole in tony West Hartford, Connecticut. (Hence the name, “pugcast”—also the reason there is so much background noise.) The show could be described as “3 over-educated Reformed guys riffing on philosophy, theology, and stuff that bugs them.” Each episode they invite you to take a seat in their booth and listen in on their conversation. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-theology-pugcast/support


The “Greening” of the Church (and we don’t mean for Advent).
Nov 18 • 63 min
In today’s show Tom begins an exploration of the ideology of environmentalism and the ways that the monism underlying it is infiltrating churches and theologies that wish to be seen as “relevant”. Glenn and Chris push the discussion into the works of…
Niceness: Stupid as it Ever Was
Nov 11 • 62 min
In today’s show Chris and the guys put “niceness” into the Aristotle Virtue Analyzer to see if it makes the grade. They determined that it depends on the political economy you find yourself in. If it is a consumerist global fantasy-land—well, it’s a…
Deconstructing Critical Theory
Nov 4 • 67 min
In today’s show Glenn explains how some evangelicals have managed to climb onto the critical theory bandwagon. He begins with a quick overview of the modernist-fundamentalist controversy of the late 19th and early 20th century, he then shows how this…
Intellectual Faithfulness
Oct 29 • 55 min
In today’s show Tom returns to the theme of intellectual faithfulness in a church that has lost any sense of what that means. Glenn and Chris jump in with their thoughts. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-theology-pugcast/support
An Education with Class: An Introduction to Classical Education w/ Dr. Ben Merkle
Oct 21 • 56 min
In today’s show the Pugsters interview Dr. Benjamin Merkle, President of New Saint Andrews College. The show was recorded before an enthusiastic audience and at a different venue than the venerable Corner Pug. In this show the Pugcast invades the renowned…
Leisure Suits the Basis of Culture? (An Introduction to J. Pieper)
Oct 14 • 63 min
Jokes about the uselessness of a liberal arts education are cliche—they also evidence the absence of a liberal arts education. The whole point of a liberal arts education is the study of things that are good in themselves, not good as a means to enjoying…
Disciple-Making Movements & the Contest w/ Islam in West Africa
Oct 7 • 60 min
Today we welcome to the show a friend of Glenn Sunshine: Francis Jabba, Disciple Making Coordinator for New Harvest Global Ministries in 16 African countries. Reports of the spectacular growth of Christianity in Africa are well known. What is less known…
Evangelical Humanism Vs. Humanistic Evangelicalism
Sep 30 • 63 min
In today’s episode Tom asks the rhetorical question, “Who sets the agenda for the Christian faith?” Winsome market-oriented church growth types demonstrate through their methods that they believe people should do that. But maybe people don’t actually know…
Who Is Tom Bombadil?
Sep 23 • 58 min
Perhaps the most controversial character in all of Tolkien’s writing is Tom Bombadil. People seem to either love him or hate him. But regardless how you feel about him, most people can’t figure out why he’s even in the Lord of the Rings. What’s the point…
Consumerism as Worldview
Sep 16 • 69 min
Glenn introduces consumer-choice as a kind of worldview in today’s show. Consumer choice is a fine thing when it comes to fast-food and designer clothing, but where does it end? Should we get to choose everything? Is consumer choice the apogee of freedom,…
Theology: From Queen of the Disciplines to Wallflower
Sep 9 • 60 min
In today’s show, Tom outlines the coup against theology in academe. Believe it or not, once upon a time theology ran the show. We can still see that in the pomp and circumstance at many college graduations—the theology faculty lead the way, followed by…
Are Angels Out of Work?
Sep 2 • 64 min
In some theologies it seems like God is so sovereign there is nothing left for anyone else to do. Secondary causation and creaturely agency appear to be defined right out of existence. While this leaves people wondering about their agency, it also leaves…
Plato Can Be Your Friend
Aug 26 • 58 min
Just because someone is wrong about one thing, doesn’t mean he’s wrong about everything. And just because someone is right about many things, doesn’t mean he’s right about everything. Since the days of the Church Fathers Christians have had mixed feelings…
Propaganda Fills the Void Truth Left Behind
Aug 19 • 64 min
In today’s show Tom raises the specter of propaganda—the form of communication seen in books like 1984 and totalitarian states, and increasingly the contemporary western world. It was inevitable considering the fact that our elites no longer believe in…
Productive Property: What It Is & Why It Is Essential for Liberty
Aug 12 • 65 min
In today’s show Chris introduces a subject that he’s written a lot about: productive property. Sometimes it is called “real property”—but whatever the name, we’re not talking about your tooth brush here. Where talking about what the Founding Fathers had…
Transhumanism: Frankenstein Returns
Aug 5 • 58 min
In today’s episode Glenn introduces listeners to “transhumanism”—a philosophy and engineering project concerned with transcending the given limits of human nature. Transhumanists view the body solely as a machine, and the mind is somehow both dependent…
Life After the Welfare State
Jul 29 • 62 min
In today’s episode Chris begins with a simple truth: since modern welfare states are not the Kingdom of God they will end someday. This leads to a discussion of disincentives for having children in welfare states and why that spells their demise in the…
Liberty or License: What Does it Mean to Be Free?
Jul 25 • 52 min
In today’s episode Glenn discusses an important distinction that is lost on most people today—the difference between liberty and license. The Founding Fathers of the United States understood the difference, and they did their best to structure American…
The Barmen Declaration & Saying “No!” to Cultural Accommodation
Jul 15 • 55 min
In today’s show, Tom introduces listeners to the Barmen Declaration of 1934. He then helps listeners understand what genuine resistance to the Nazis looked like at the time, and how many German churches had been coopted by cultural trends. In our…
Underground LGBT Networks in Evangelical Institutions
Jul 8 • 55 min
Today’s show begins with Chris’s memories of three LGBT networks that existed in evangelical institutions. These are not hearsay stories, the people involved remain nameless, but Chris knew them personally. Most troubling was the way these networks…
A Conversation with Aaron Renn
Jul 1 • 74 min
Chris is in Dallas, and Glenn is on the road, and Tom feels too lonely to record a show. So, we dig into Chris’s personal vault of recorded stuff this week for a conversation with Aaron Renn, publisher of the Masculinist. Chris and Aaron are joined by…
Fighting Back: Protestant Resistance Theory
Jun 24 • 57 min
In today’s show Glenn provides an introduction to Protestant Resistance Theory. You may have wondered, are Christians the doormats of human history? Do we always turn the other cheek? Do you ever run out of cheeks? Is punching back ever justified, not…
Blue Collar Intellectuals
Jun 17 • 52 min
In today’s show Chris introduces listeners to two of his favorite writers—Matthew Crawford, author of Shop Class as Soulcraft, and Eric Hoffer, author of The True Believer. Both men could be described as “blue collar intellectuals” because they actually…
Can Enchantment Come with Air-Conditioning?
Jun 11 • 59 min
In today’s show Tom returns to the theme on technology but this time with an eye toward responding to Glenn’s thoughts on enchantment. Is it possible to have the best of both—or must we choose between a world of creature comforts made possible by…
True Enchantment and the Consequences of Disenchantment
Jun 3 • 49 min
In today’s show Glenn begins with a marvelous series of word studies ranging all the way from “enchantment” to “cosmology”. His point is that our language is full of words that reflect a time when the world was full of meaning and words were spells that…
C. S. Lewis, Christian Platonist (and that’s a good thing)
May 27 • 58 min
In today’s show Chris raises the subject of C. S. Lewis and metaphysics. The evidence is overwhelming that C. S. Lewis was a Platonist—there are passages throughout his fiction in particular that demonstrate it. Tom and Glenn note that it shouldn’t…
Technology: What Are We Really Making?
May 20 • 50 min
Tom continues his reflection on the theological implications of technology. Are there any lines here? If it can be done, must it be done? What happened at Babel? And what about Cain’s sons? They’re identified in the Bible as the fathers of the arts. As…
Are Evangelicals Crypto-Secularists?
May 13 • 48 min
The best kept secrets are the ones that you are keep from yourself. In today’s show Glenn shares his thoughts on evangelical secularism—in other words, there are assumptions and biases that many evangelicals have that actually have their origins in a…
The Case for Recovering Two Classical Virtues: Pietas & Gravitas
May 6 • 52 min
In today’s show Chris introduces two virtues that he has written about elsewhere—pietas and gravitas. These virtues are at one and the same time alien to the contemporary world, yet longed for. What’s more, there is a sense of recognition when people see…
Technology: The Promise and the Peril
Apr 29 • 47 min
In today’s show Tom introduces the subject of technology and its uses and abuses. While technology is an expression of God’s image in human beings, it also can be used to deconstruct that image—or at least deface it in some way. So, do we use technology…
Meaning in a Cathedral
Apr 22 • 43 min
In this episode Glenn Sunshine shares his memories of Notre Dame from his time in Paris, as well as his thoughts on the art of interpreting the meaning embedded in the structure of a cathedral. Following the recent fire at Notre Dame there were disturbing…
C. S. Lewis, H. P. Lovecraft, and Aliens
Apr 15 • 46 min
Today the guys get into a little literary criticism as they discuss an article that Chris wrote for Touchstone Magazine years ago comparing C. S. Lewis and H. P Lovecraft. Most listeners to The Theology Pugcast are likely to be familiar with C. S. Lewis…
More On Sins of the Tongue
Apr 8 • 44 min
Tom continues his reflections on his Oxford mentor’s essay on sins of speech. Glen and Chris speak up when they have something to say, all the while hoping that they are telling the truth. —- Support this podcast:…
Sins of the Tongue
Apr 1 • 43 min
In our time of campus speech codes and hectoring for “misgendering” someone, it is tempting to downplay the fact that you really can do harm with your speech. Two of the Ten Commandments prohibit forms of speech—blasphemy and false witness. A case could…
The Image of God: Male and Female
Mar 25 • 42 min
Today Glenn shares some of his reflections on how the image of God is reflected in creation by the respective roles of men and women. Using the pattern of “forming and filling” from Genesis chapter one, Glenn notes that these correspond to the respective…
Welcome to Babel: Evangelicals and the Pragmatic De-construction of Language
Mar 17 • 39 min
In today’s show C. R Wiley raises the question, “Can Christians be Pragmatists?” Quotations from William James and Richard Rorty, two of the 20th centuries greatest pragmatists, show how pragmatism is hostile to the classical Christian understanding of…
Nature and Names—Does Anything Mean Anything?
Mar 10 • 42 min
Today Tom Price shares an article by the English theologian Oliver O’Donovan entitled, The Natural Ethic. The discussion gets into late medieval developments in philosophy—specifically voluntarism and nominalism. Glenn raises some historical…
Undressing Transgenderism
Mar 4 • 37 min
In today’s show, Glenn analyzes the phenomenon of transgenderism and its meteoric rise to cause celebre’. Using “cultural marxism” to understand the phenomenon Glenn discusses both its appeal and its use of intimidation to force normalization. Tom looks…
The End of Complementarianism? Aaron Renn and the Masculinist #30
Feb 25 • 52 min
Chris gives an overview of the newsletter The Masculinist, and its creator Aaron Renn. Then he introduces the controversial claim made in the latest edition that “Complementarianism” (the belief that men and women have different roles in the household and…
Creation from Nothing Means Something
Feb 19 • 42 min
In today’s show, Dr. Thomas Price shares an article written by his old mentor at Oxford, Dr. John Webster. The article is entitled: “Love is Also a Lover of Life: creatio ex nihilo and Creaturely Goodness.” After Tom explains the importance of…
“Cultural Marxism”: An Emerging Worldview
Feb 13 • 37 min
Dr. Glenn Sunshine speaks with Dr. Thomas Price and C. R. Wiley about his recent article at BreakPoint entitled: An Emerging Worldview.” Although none of the Theology Pugcast team like the term “Cultural Marxism,” it is useful for understanding at least…