Well, you seemed to like the first part of this series. It isn't cheery, but we think it is important. We pick up on the general decadence of society and the creation of the wasteland from the Renaissance through WWI. We will be dropping each of the 4 part series on the first Monday through the end of the year. We won't wallow in the decadence and violence, but rather see what we have become and fearlessly dissect it. Of course, we won't leave you without hope. Darkness comes before the dawn, and we will remind you that ultimately, everything is going to be ok.
What is it to be a dad? According to Dr. Scott Keith ( a 1517 thinking fellow, Associate Dean of Students at Concordia University Irvine, Adjunct Prof. at Concordia, and author of a forthcoming book entitled On Being Dad: Father as a Picture of God's Grace) good dads avoid permissiveness but ground the family in a gracious, forgiving ethos. This is a great conversation that we think truly matters. Keith lost his father at age 2, found important father figures in his life, and has raised three children. Don't miss this one.
Listen up and discover that fatherlessness is a social epidemic, but that reclaiming fatherhood can change a person's life.
You can pre-order his book from NRP Books, which will become available on October 10.
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Transhumanism is the attempt to use technology to transcend human aging, cultivate human super-intelligence, and ensure human super-wellbeing. Sometimes simply called H+, this movement holds out hope for a purely secular eschatology. It is fraught with ethical and theological considerations. To better understand these issues, we brought back Dr. Oesch, who is the director of Concordia University, Irvine's MA Theology program, an Associate Professor of Theology, and creator of Fishing For Leviathan, which currently is in the midst of a three part series on transhumanism. He's got great insights into the movement, and argues that this is no frivolous conversation, but important for thoughtful folks to address, as we seek virtue in an increasingly complex age.
If you are not yet convinced that this is a lively movement, check out the video below, explore the work of Ray Kurtzweil, or check out what Aubrey De Gray is advocating. As we teach young people, we are finding that H+ represents a real alternative to the problem of death for our students. Come join our lively expedition through the world where some believe we might be able to upload our consciousness onto a digital platform and create something like eternal life sans religion.
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We're still talking about the Fall as both a moral-religious and a seasonal concept. But now we add the historical and cultural consideration. What happens when the fabric of a cultural era gets torn apart? What happens when civilizations fragment? In this first part, we explore these questions by looking to moments in history when things were coming undone--when things were falling--and we investigate ways in which sages of those times learned to find peace and cultivate virtue. In that sense, this is a core conversation for our podcast as a whole. Virtue, we argue, is precisely what's needed when a culture finds itself unable to talk and live coherently, when it is no longer able to appeal to a universal sense of justice and purpose.
We start with the so-called Axial Age and Taoism, then discuss virtue during the decline of Rome, Seneca and Sextus Empiricus, skepticism, the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance and Reformation. In all of this, we are looking for wisdom from the past to help provide tools for our expedition through the current cultural wasteland. Stick around for part 2.
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Well, here we go again. It's getting dark earlier and Jeff and Dan start to go a little bit dark. But don't worry! Everything is STILL going to be okay... just maybe not in the way you think. On this episode we revisit our first ever episode and some of the themes that have been a subtext for so many of our 100+ shows. We talk about darkness and evil in the abstract, and a little bit in our peculiar lives. We spent a good long time after Jeff's trip to China and a few things in Dan's life that had us wondering is everything actually going to be ok? We have a few guests lined up for shows this Fall, but we're kicking it off with a discussion that trends towards dark (with a little ViW style hope peppered in). Enjoy the show!
Every Monday you get a show. We've been serving up at least one show a week for over two years. This past summer Jeff and Dan realized that there schedules were going to be out of sync (because of travel). And so they recorded a bunch of shows back-to-back. And then, as a new academic year began, they found themselves back in the cozy confines of the ViW studio in Southern California. This is the first show recorded after nearly a month of being away from each other (their longest break from each other since the show started). Having travelled to China, Japan and elsewhere (and thanks to a fan, Patrick Ortiz asking for some traveling stories) we have cooked up a show on the delights and perils of traveling and how our thoughts might be applicable even if you never leave your hometown. You will learn that Jeff ordered a dog for dinner. Dan probably talks about places he's lived and probably waxes on about his beloved Ohio.
That's right, she's back! And so we use K's instead of C's. It's sociologist Dr. Kristen Koenig! You might remember the good doctor from such shows as "Kristmas Special", "Pilgrimage to Selma", and "Freaks and Geeks". We talk about crime statistics, why and who tend to be involved in different types of crimes, and criminal behavior as a sociological phenomenon. And, of course, because Kristen is a dear friend of the show, we tend to go on small tangents and mess around a bit. The show is about something bad, but our guest is something wonderful. Enjoy the show!
I know, it might seem something out of character for us to talk about fashion. But stick with us on this one. Dan currently writes a column for our friends at the Jagged Word on culture and fashion on what might be considered a more high minded website. The larger question at hand is: how do we present ourselves to others, and is it that important? Dan and Jeff have their usual back and forth and touch on a number of issues as well as discussing the particulars on style. This is one of the shows that we recorded during a particularly fun series of shows before Jeff left for China. Enjoy the show!
Hey there. So, this is a new show (but a little bit older). We recorded this and then hit a bunch of shows in a row and didn't upload this one- it isn't July 4th themed, but we mention it as well as the New Harper Lee book, which at the time of recording I just started reading. Nevertheless, we talk about our summer reading and then we talk about how America has been described by various foreigners over the centuries, and what their insight might help us to understand.
That's right kids, this week we are putting the "fun" back into Fundamentalism. Well, we are at least going to have a little bit of fun talking about American history and the trajectory of Christian Fundamentalism. If you've seen any of Dan's videos or lectures you know that he knows the history of this stuff like the back of his hand, and if you've heard some of Jeff's stories you know that he lived some of this stuff. But before you go thinking this is a show "sticking it to" the Fundamentalists, we are looking sympathetically, historically, and socially at this movement which has been, er... fundamental to the history of our institutions, cultural taboos and scores of social fads. Share with a friend, rate us on Facebook, or send us a note. Enjoy the show!