A podcast for people who were once very comfortable in their Christian faith … until the 21st century intruded and made it very hard to keep on believing.
A podcast for people who are intrigued by science, philosophy, world history, and even world religions …. and want to rationalize that with their Christian theology.
And a podcast for those people who found that’s just not possible … and yet there’s still a small part of them that … … won’t let it go.
Series 1 A brief introduction to our podcast
- #1 – This inaugural episode is the introduction to our new pod-cast, informing you about our motives, agenda, and academic credentials, as well as giving a sneak peak into the two series of episodes which will follow. The announcement is so stupendous, this single episode merits its own series!?
Series 2 Reaching into Plato’s Cave A fuller introduction to the two podcast hosts and the spiritual journeys which motivated them to collaborate in a rescue mission … reaching into the cave of Evangelicalism.
- #2 Luke’s Story – Deconstruction Luke describes the first half of his journey in which three things — science, uncomfortable morality and ethics in the Old Testament, and world religions — kept eroding his Christian faith to the point that it finally became too hard to hang on to it.
- #3 Luke’s Story – Reconstruction In the second half of his story, Luke describes why he didn’t go the whole way in becoming an atheist when his Christian faith became too uncomfortable to hang on to, but instead found a new Christian faith that was much more compatible with the 21st century.
- #4 Boyd’s story Boyd describes his journey through Christian faith, including the experiences which seriously challenged the traditional form that he grew up with, and which now motivate hm to present a faith that evolved through facing those challenges.
Series 3 The soul and the afterlife A series of episodes taken from Luke’s third book Soul-searching: The evolution of JudeoChristian thinking on the soul and the afterlife
- #5 Introduction Luke and Boyd ask a variety of people their spontaneous thoughts to “Where is the soul, and what does it do?” and then set up the next several episodes that will unpack this in greater detail.
- #6 Biblical and world history Tracing the role that global superpowers — Sumerians, Akkadians, Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, and modern science — have had on JudeoChristian thinking.
- #7 Bible also gives a human perspective Before we look at what the Bible has to say about the soul, we take a look at how the Biblical authors obtained their scientific understanding on things in general.
- #8 Bible says “yes” or “no” to immaterial soul? Tracing our way through Hebrew history as they unpack this question in response to the civilizations they encounter.
- #9 Science says “no” to immaterial soul What are the problems that scientists and philosophers have with the idea of an immaterial soul?
- #10 Scientific explanation for the soul Here, we first look at what the soul “does” for us, and then at an idea that explains all those functions using neurobiology.
- #11 Resurrection and the afterlife After exploring what resurrection can and can’t be, we look at the evolution of the Garden of Eden into Paradise and then Heaven, and the evolution of Sheol into Gehenna and then Hell.
Series 4 “The loose threads” A deeper dive into some of the questions and concepts raised in Series 3 which merit a closer look.
- #12 Evangelicalism and the gospel What is the reason behind the name of our podcast, and what are the historical roots of Evangelicalism?
- #13 Evangelicalism (part II) … this time it’s personal The stories of ten high profile Evangelicals who simply wanted to learn and find truth, but ended up losing their faith, reveals a very dark side to Evangelicalism.
- #14 Evangelicalism (part III) … four core problems that define what is so toxic within Evangelicalism: identifying these is the first step in recovery.
- #15 Chronological snobbery Is the Bible a science book? Do we understand things better today? Are we justified in dismissing their science? Their history? Their ethics?
- #16 Consciousness Scientists try to explain this fundamental aspect of human existence using neurobiology, biochemistry, and quantum physics.
- #17 Original sin – The traditional view. The numbers just don’t add up for this key tenet of Christian theology.
- #18 Original sin – What does science have to say? It tells us a great deal about human origins: a primal pair? a fall from perfection? or a steady upward trajectory?
- #19 Atonement Theology – The traditional view(s) Seven different ideas that the Christian Church has held about why Jesus had to come to earth and die.
- #20 Atonement Theology – What does science have to say? We now have a perspective on real human history that Paul, Augustine, the Church Fathers, Martin Luther, and John Calvin never had.
- #21 Intelligent Design Too much dogmatism on this might reduce the Designer to being a micromanager, incompetent, and possibly even malicious.
- #22 Fine Tuning Are the physical constants of the universe finely tuned to produce life, or is life as we know it finely tuned for existence in our universe?
- #23 Young Earth Creationism What they teach, where they come from, and three coping strategies often adopted when this worldview bumps up against 21st century science.
- #24 YECism responds to science – deny the evidence Why is it so hard to find qualified speakers to defend this widely accepted position?
- #25 YECism responds to science – reject the faith A previous YEC believer found science too much to resist, and felt his only option was to reject the YECism … along with his entire Christian faith.
- #26 My faith was threatened by YECism, not science! An interview with geneticist Dr. Joel Duff, who always found Christian faith harmonizes well with science, but was quite thrown back by an encounter with YECism.
- #27 Science Denial We first explore how this is something that all humans do, and then look at how Christians put their unique spin on it.
- #28 Covid-19 Two years ago, we met Covid-19 face-to-face, and learned where it lived. Fifteen years before that, we were shown the tools and strategies to deal with thugs like it. So why were we so unprepared six months ago?
- #29 Emergent Creationism – part 1 An interview with Dr. Chris Barrigar, who lost his faith … and later discovered the purpose of the universe … and a new Christian faith.
- #30 Emergent Creationism – part 2 Second part of our interview with Dr. Chris Barrigar, who explains his new understanding of the universe being a mechanism to produce agape-capable beings.
- #31 An ex-AiG insider tells his story An interview with David MacMillan, who grew up fully YECist, saw how the sausage is made at AiG, and found he had to get out.
- #32 Mailbag: the Bible Our responses to a number of comments/questions sent in to us from listeners over the past half year.
- #33 End of the world It seems to be a core human trait, wired in from our inner lizard brain, that gets greatly amplified by religious belief.
We’re taking a brief hiatus to review and re-position for another season of episodes. Send us your ideas for future podcast episodes/series. And thank you so much for your participation in this on-going conversation.