Episode 254: The Reformation of Music and the Music of the Reformation

Fewer things have a more profound influence on human emotions than the combined force of music and words- but the music must serve the words if the minds and hearts of people are going to be changed and not just entertained.  And guess when there was a good bit of changin'? Yup... That thing 500 years ago we tend to talk about a bit these days.  Why? Becuase there isn't a facet of western life it hasn't touched..

Today's show is on this Reformation theme and taken from a lecture Dan gave on the eve of the Reformation a few years ago. 

 Oh, ok... so maybe I say "look at this slide".  And you are all, "I can't see with my ears, dummy". And then I am like, "they were bad slides and would have confused you more".  Problem solved.

 

 

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
Daniel van Voorhis
Ep. 248 Travel is Fatal

On this episode you get double the virtue and very little wasteland. You see, Jeff (the virtue ethicist) is flying solo while his wasteland-y pal stayed in California. But you don't get one guest in his place, but on this Labor Day, on which we celebrate mattress sales and Toyotathons, we give you TWICE the guests. And they may have lived the lives of a dozen people between the two of them.

Read More
Daniel van Voorhis
Episode 246 The Civil War and its Monuments

This isn't a show about statues or the president or anything else that might get you riled up.  But it kind of is... now stay with us here, Dan is an actual historian who brings some knowledge to drop.  And it gets tricky, and we can't make our way out of this mess with statues and interpretations of the Civil War etc... So Dan answers some basic questions, Jeff helps us puzzle through the issue of public monuments and we may or may not have a good bit of fun (hint: we do)

Read More
Daniel van Voorhis
Ep. 245 Moral Psychology and Groupthink pt. 1

There is a scene in the Life of Brian in which Brian, a supposed messianic character, tries to dispel his followers by encouraging them all to think of themselves as individuals.  As he says to them, exasperated by their herd mentality, "You are all individuals!" and in response they say in unison, "we are all individuals!". Wait a second.... here... look at this

Read More
Episode 244 Our Fractured Culture

Everything is broken. And nobody can talk with one another. And political issues tear well meaning people apart. And theory and ideology has killed any sense of true and false and instead helpful or pleasurable becomes the benchmark for success. And, well... there's got to be a way forward in our fractured society, from health to politics and religion.

Read More
Daniel van Voorhis
Episode 243 The Hip Hop (Non) Prophet

Micah is not afraid.  He is not afraid of some fans who will tell him to "stick with religious topics" or will bemoan that he is being "too political".  Micah is not afraid to pull on his personal and family history to draw out themes he has played with on his previous albums.  Micah is not afraid to make us uncomfortable.  But, he is also a lot of fun.  Listen up....

Read More
Daniel van Voorhis
Episode 242 Burning Questions Summer 2017

Sometimes the inbox fills up. Sometimes the texts and Facebook messages are bursting with wonderful messages read, but to which we have not yet responded. Enter this show.

We knock big questions down to size and answer them with a grace and aplomb not seen since the tandem figure skating duel for the Gold medal at Grenoble '68.  We make light of trivial matters with the winsomeness and puckish charm of Maynard and Johannsen's "Big Laughs at Even Bigger Maypoles" from the film of the same name. This is no hyperbole, this is....

Read More
Daniel van Voorhis
Episode 240: Heresy!

All good ideas are born out of controversy. All philosophy is born of poor the thinking. All theology comes from heresy.  So.... that makes the latter thing good? No. Don't be dumb, of course not. But... 

Read More
Daniel van Voorhis