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On this episode we continue a conversation from last week's show about group identity.  Focusing today on religious identity we bring in our pal the Rev. Dr. CJ Armstrong to help us think through the idea of religious taboos, confessions and the particular religious body of which we are members- the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.  If LCMS talk doesn't excite you, come for all of the half baked metaphors and discussion of Alasdair Macintyre, Sigmund Freud, and Culty behaviors.

 
 
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Would you rather be the most conservative guy in a room of progressives, or the most progressive guy in the room of conservatives? Recently Jeff posted a blog on a site in which he suggested something akin to the former. When does a belief turn into what Jeff suggested might be xenophobic sectarianism?  Jeff and Dan have posted the first part of a conversation about the peculiar groups we find ourselves in, why we might feel comfortable in them, and when they might become dangerous ideologies.  This continues some of our thoughts about being on the "wrong side of history".  Part two of this conversation will be released soon. Enjoy the show!

 
 
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"Careful the things you say, children will listen..." On this episode we talk about the stories we tell.  The ones we tell to ourselves, to our children and to posterity.  Dan was fresh off a trip to the East Coast where he delivered a paper to the Association of Core Texts and Courses on "To Follow Our Father's Bright Example: George Washington, Cato and the American Appropriation of Roman Republican Ideals".  It's a stuffy title, but basically, it's about the curious event in 1778 when George Washington had his troops, exhausted and underfed, watch a production of Joseph Addison's play "Cato".  Having researched and thought about why the watching of a play would be so important, we decided to talk about the various stories we tell in our various communities.  We discuss Casey Abrams, Into the Woods (the quote above is from the musical), John Milbank, Postmodernism and Postliberalism among other things. Enjoy!

 
 
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Three fathers chat about dating and adolescence. We are joined by Rev. Dr. C.J. Armstrong, Faithful Masks Fellow. This picture was the homework assignment Aidan completed for the public schools. We are experts.  We've been on dates and have offspring.

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Really? A show on what? Well, Jeff has been doing work on virtue and sexuality and we decided to do a show on one aspect of this.  What is the sin of Onan? Does this have anything to do with... you know. Maybe this show isn't for everyone (or 5% of men and 13% of women according to some studies).  Maybe this isn't the show to blast from your speakers at work, or with the kids nearby.  This might be a controversial topic, but certainly relevant. We address the history and social responses to masturbation, especially with respect to the way it has been addressed in the church.  This is the the first in a series of shows we're calling "The Wrong Side of History."

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Here is a link from an article Jeff wrote on sexuality and youth.
Here is a link from our friends at Relevant magazine

 
 
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On today's show Jeff and Dan get out into the great wide open to have a chat outside about a grab bag of topics.  We discuss some books we've read recently, and more importantly, get to a number of questions that YOU the listener have asked over the past few months.  It's an informal show- maybe not for a first time listener, but maybe it's for you,  the fan of the show (that may or may not be referenced on this episode) (See links below for some of the books we reference)

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On the 50th anniversary of the March on Montgomery from Selma Dan and good friend of the show, Dr. Kristen Koenig, and a group of students flew to Alabama and made the trek to Selma to commemorate the event and experience a bit of history.  Needless to say, it was an amazing event.  On today's show we invited Kristen, and 4 of the students that traveled to Selma to come talk about their experience.  We discuss the history of the Selma march and Civil Rights, our experience as mostly upper Middle Class Californians in the deep south commemorating something that we perhaps thought was remote from own experience.  Now, if you are of a conservative stripe (like Dan!) you might be surprised to hear our take on Obama's speech as well as what we found to be one of the most powerful moments of the weekend.  The show is released, as always, on Monday at 5pm.

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ClickHERE for the PBS documentary on Youtube

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Click HERE to order the book we reference on the show

 
 
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Shibboleth: n. A word or a way of speaking or behaving which shows that a person belongs to a particular group.  We have often talked about how we define and understand ourselves and our community.  One way this has been done is by using certain words or phrases.  A shibboleth (which has its roots in a particularly clever, but bloody, episode in the Ancient Near East) is a kind of code used to define the "other" by  exposing (or understanding) their ignorance of something.  Do we have modern shibboleths in religion, politics, and culture?  And how to we reconcile being part of an "insider" group with having an inquiring or 'open' mind?  
We begin this show talking about Dan's upcoming trip to Selma (we will delve into this on a later episode), the Civil War and then about our identities we crete for ourselves by using shibboleths. Enjoy the show!  

 
 
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Whoa! Maybe the picture here on the left is a little much.  But on today's show we talk about ISIS on today's podcast with Dr. Uwe Simon-Netto (International columnist, Faithful Mask's Founder and former Religion Editor for United Press International) and the images that have accompanied (or failed to accompany) some of the more horrific stories regarding the atrocities in the Middle East.  And even as we considered whether or not to use this picture here, we realized that this is part of the point Dr. Siemon-Netto makes on the show, has recently made in an article, and more importantly: made about the Vietnam War 40 years ago.  This podcast was recorded by a professional video recording team (we'll link to the video when it is up) because of the timeliness of the story and a crossover with the printing of the 3rd edition of Uwe's book.  You may have heard him talk about his book, about his time as a reporter in Vietnam, and if you have, you will hear a few more stories.  But we also have Uwe talk about the modern Middle East, persecution, cultural absurdity and the power of images.  It's a sobering show.  You may not want to listen to this one with young children around (as the descriptions of a few instances are a little grizzly).  Nevertheless, enjoy the show.

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On today's show we talk about Carl Jung, The Police, Introversion and Extroversion.  We sit down with Psychologist Dr. Jenny Cosgrove to discuss personality theory and its implications for understanding ourselves and others.  As usual, we careen onto various paths and somehow get into Feminism and Virginia Slims, but Dr. Cosgrove brought her material and learns us some important things about optimizing our situations in light of, and in spite of our personality types.

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