Episode 268 Godless Criticism

On today's show the guys talk about the most compelling arguments against the church and discuss ways in which we can take these criticisms (from Marx, Freud, etc... ) and build stronger arguments for the importance of religious life today.

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Daniel van Voorhis
Ep. 265 Cleaning House with Luke

So this isn't usually our thing, looking at something explicitly religious and talking about it, but stay with us here.  We both decided to pick a book of the Bible and read it like any other book.  We stripped it of its chapters and versers by listening to audio versions and made notes on what we thought were some of the more prescient and thought provoking passages with applications for society today.  It's less "bible study" and more long form conversation on a theme.

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Daniel van Voorhis
Ep 264 Art, Money, and Life with Dr. Dan Siedell

There are few things we can't talk about with our guest, now on his 4th show, Dr. Dan Siedell.  Dr. Siedell joins us as we prepped for our Christmas show and sat down with us to discuss art, money, life and how all of these things effect us in a mercantile and transactional society.  Does that sound heavy? It isn't. Dan is one of our favorite guests and turns the conversation towards ways we can all consider the role of art and money in our daily lives (whether you think you can or not).

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Daniel van Voorhis
Ep 262 Sex and Purity Culture with Rebecca Lemke

Rebecca has written The Scarlet Virgins: When Sex Replaces Salvation.  Rebecca led us through a complicated and sometimes very difficult episode about sexual predators in the church, the role of purity culture in American evangelicalism and where we might find some hope in our preoccupation with all things sex, culture and church.

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Daniel van Voorhis
Episode 261 Feelings: A Quick Guide to Navigating Your Inner Life

Sure, Obi-Wan could tell Luke to trust his feelings as he was attempting to destroy the Death Star by directing a missile into a vent like he used to bullseye womp rats from his T-16.  But for many of us, the idea of trusting our feelings is anathema.  After all, we know our feelings.  Our feelings are jerks.  Our feelings mess everything up.  Why would we trust them?

Well, on todays episode we take an amateurs attempt at taking some new research in the field of psychiatry and happiness studies to our sometimes mundane problems.  it's an experiment! It's a show! Enjoy.

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Daniel van Voorhis
Ep. 258 Sex, Drugs, and Religion Go to the Movies

On today's episode we count down our favorite films (or most poignant films) in the categories of Sex, Drugs, and Religion.  This is part 1 of a two part series.  The second part where we count down our top songs in these categories comes out on Friday.  Check out the show page to read Dan's article on Pornography, Methamphetamines and Jesus.

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Daniel van Voorhis
Ep. 257 Sex and Magic: the Rise of the Occult

It's a brand new day here at ViW.  First, Dan is officially back on the pod for new shows and a new take on things after his recent trips to the hospital.  Thank you for the prayers, notes and concern for him while he was away.  

[That felt awkward as it is I, Dan, writing this.  The third person seemed better, but you can go back and read it in the first person or second, or whatever]

 

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Daniel van Voorhis
Ep. 253 Mental Health and the Demonic

This episode is a little shorter than usual.  We decided to take the very current and very personal events in our lives and discuss them in light of two common errors.  We discuss Dan's trip in the hospital now that he is back with us, and then played with the idea of a reductionsitic thinking which does not take spirituality into account in mental illness and the other error of making everything too spiritual and denying the vocations of drs, nurses and other health care professionals.  It's an emotional show, but we hope to drive home, in a new and deeply persoanbl way, that everything is going to be ok.

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Doug Klembara
Ep. 249 The American Dream and Pyramid Schemes

I have spent my life judging the distance between American reality and the American dream.
- Bruce Springsteen.  

Ok Bruce, we know, you are all about the guys out of work, in the darkness on the edge of town or in the Badlands.  But, the idea still makes us pause.  What is the American dream? This is harder to discern than we may think.  But how is it both a dream and a catastrophe? Well... empty promises, unchecked greed, and exploitation.  And the kind that victims tend to run towards... what?! Yeah. Check it out.

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Daniel van Voorhis