Christians in the Public Square

Christians in the Public Square

anchor.fm/cpsquare
Dr. Cole Bennett and Dr. J. Scott Self discuss topics and issues related to Christianity, citizenship, and brotherhood.


29 - News is a Cat Video
May 22 • 62 min
Cheryl Bacon returns to talk about vetting sources and choosing to carefully curate what news she shares on social media. Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self’s Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
28 - Enemy of the People
May 8 • 58 min
Bobby Ross, editor in chief at The Christian Chronicle, joins Scott and Cole to talk about the intersection of faith, journalism, and citizenship. Links: Bobby Ross, Editor-in-Chief at The Christian Chronicle “COVID-19: The Gap Between The News Media And…
27: The Tyranny of Easy Answers
Apr 24 • 54 min
Scott and Cole discuss the Christian response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with special attention to Christian discourse during periods of crisis. Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self’s Website: jscottself.com Privacy…
26: Don’t Kill Betty White
Apr 10 • 54 min
Wake up - Season 2 starts with new intro music and a couple of fellas who are suspicious of each others’ coughs. Scott and Cole discuss the 2 trillion dollar Covid-19 stimulus package, and Scott tries to convince Cole that this is not socialism; it’s…
25 - Against “Against Empathy”
Mar 20 • 63 min
Scott and Cole discuss Bloom’s work “Against Empathy” which asserts that empathy is ruining the world. Scott is getting upset. This is the end of Season 1, so we’ll take a short break (just a couple of weeks) and resume the podcast in the middle of April…
24: Human Rights and Human Dignity
Mar 6 • 59 min
Scott and Cole are joined by Darryl Tippens to discuss the historical Christian roots of human rights and human dignity. Darryl ultimately makes the point that Judeo-Christian traditions have shaped how we understand them. References: Our assigned reading…
23: Waffle House Prayer Breakfast
Feb 21 • 49 min
Scott and Cole discuss an article in the New York Times by Timothy Keller. Keller’s thesis was: “While believers can register under a party affiliation and be active in politics, they should not identify the Christian church or faith with a political…
22: Listener Feedback
Feb 7 • 51 min
Scott and Cole planned to respond to feedback from several listeners but only got to one. The question was, “What makes a statesman (which is the kind of leader we can probably all agree we want) different from a mere politician?” Contact Us: Email:…
21: The Airing of Grievances
Jan 24 • 48 min
Cole and Scott challenge each other on some things they have let slide so far in the podcast. Cole defends his explanation of the relationship between his faith and his politics, and Scott defends fleecing the rich. Contact Us: Email:…
20: We’ve Got a Lot of Problems - Part 2
Jan 10 • 51 min
Cole and Scott are joined by F. LaGard Smith. This interview was edited into two parts in post-production. In Part 2, we discuss the relationship between law and morality, and the cultural influences on the church’s interpretation of God’s will. Links:…
19: We’ve Got a Lot of Problems - Part 1
Dec 27, 2019 • 60 min
Cole and Scott are joined by F. LaGard Smith. This interview was edited into two parts in post-production. In Part 1, we discuss The First Amendment and Natural Law. Links: LaGard Smith’s Website Smith, F. L. (2019). The broad reach of in-de-ductive…
18: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Dec 13, 2019 • 54 min
Scott and Cole talk about whether we expect leaders to be honest (or have other virtues). Links: “‘I have no obligation to be honest to the media,’ former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski says,” by Kevin Breuninger Contact Us: Email:…
17: Is Diversity a Virtue?
Nov 29, 2019 • 68 min
Scott and Cole are joined by guest Bart Herridge. We discuss some of the arguments of whether ‘diversity” is a virtue, and the challenges of thinking about issues of diversity in the workplace, the political space, or the education space. We referenced…
16: Friday Morning Live
Nov 15, 2019 • 44 min
Scott and Cole record their podcast live in Dr. Jon Camp’s “Civil Discourse” class at Abilene Christian University, where they discuss Kling’s model for “The Three Languages of Politics.” Kling’s “Three Languages of Politics” Contact Us: Email:…
15: Release the McCracken
Nov 1, 2019 • 65 min
Scott and Cole interview Dr. Vic McCracken, author of “Christian Faith and Social Justice: Five Views.” Christian Faith and Social Justice: Five Views, edited by Vic McCracken Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self’s…
14: It’s Complicated
Oct 18, 2019 • 62 min
Scott and Cole are joined by Dr. Paul Fabrizio, a professor of political science at McMurray University, to discuss the Constitution, and how the rights enumerated there relate to Christianity. Dr. Paul Fabrizio hosted a podcast called “The Constitution…
13: Listener Feedback
Oct 4, 2019 • 54 min
Scott and Cole respond to listener feedback. We love hearing from our listeners; email your feedback to . Also, Scott and Cole discuss whether Scott may be talking out of two sides of his mouth. Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Show Links: Ananias and…
12: Bros B4 Politicos
Sep 20, 2019 • 59 min
Scott lost a friend for flying his flag. Scott and Cole talk about “bros before politicos” works in their relationship, and how relationships can and should supersede our political views. Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square…
11: Redlining
Sep 6, 2019 • 63 min
Logan Owens joins Scott and Cole to discuss social and racial injustice, and the long-term effects of American apartheid. We discuss whether there is such a thing as collective guilt/responsibility. Also, we get to show off how crazy-smart our graduates…
10: You Are Traffic
Aug 23, 2019 • 47 min
Special guest Albert Acosta talks with Scott and Cole about living radically and self-sacrificially in the public square. Albert challenges allegiance to the state, and instead offers a challenging perspective on living for God’s kingdom in a broken…
9: A Criticism of Cynicism
Aug 9, 2019 • 50 min
Scott and Cole talk about the difference between the intellectual virtue of skepticism and the vice of cynicism. Scott asserts that there are Christians operating in the public square who echo the lazy cynicism of Pilate’s question, “What is truth?” Show…
8: Wise as Serpents, Gentle as Doves
Jul 26, 2019 • 57 min
Scott and Cole are joined by Dr. Cheryl Bacon, Professor Emerita of Journalism and Mass Communications. Cheryl helps us think about how discourse happens in the public square, how we select what conversations we participate in, and how we think about what…
7: Jesus Wants Your Cash Part Deux
Jul 12, 2019 • 44 min
Cole is worried that the previous episode made him sound like a jerk. Scott and Cole discuss more about the needs of the poor, the role of the state, and the role of Christians. Scott gets cranky about the theology of charis. Show Links: FYI: These are…
6: Jesus Wants Your Cash
Jun 28, 2019 • 55 min
Scott and Cole have fundamental differences about how to think about social welfare. We fly our flags proudly in this episode, and argue about the ways in which our faith intersects with our view of welfare programs. Show Links: FYI: These are not…
5: You Say You Want a Revolution?
Jun 14, 2019 • 59 min
Scott and Cole are joined by Dan McGregor to discuss whether Christians should have participated in the American Revolution, and the challenges of pacifism. Dan shares a critique of some modern “art” and its depiction of the ways in which Christian themes…
4: The Context is the Context
May 31, 2019 • 43 min
Scott and Cole discuss Romans 13. Cole rehearses four options in interpreting the idea that leaders are chosen by God. Scott suggests that Romans 13 should be interpreted in the larger context of Romans. Some sacred cows most definitely get barbecued in…
3: Should Christians Vote?
May 17, 2019 • 43 min
Scott and Cole pick up from Episode 2. They discuss whether and how Christians should have any voice in the public square. Some assert that Christians shouldn’t even vote. Scott and Cole think about the challenges of different answers to the question.…
2: You’re Asking the Wrong Question
May 3, 2019 • 48 min
Scott and Cole discuss what it means to “render unto Caesar,” and whether we’re even asking the right questions about the relationship between church and state. The rise of Imperial Christianity and the relationship of Christianity to power are explored.…
1: Getting to Know You
Apr 19, 2019 • 47 min
Scott and Cole explore the differences in their political perspectives, and identify what unites them in Christian brotherhood. Scott’s love for all things Pink Floyd are also discussed. Show Links: Libertarian Socialism explained by Noam Chomsky Free…