Religion, politics, and conversation in polite company? It's as perilous as it is rewarding when accomplished with virtue. As the conventions heat up, and issues of religion and politics are overlapping once again in the news you may also find yourselves at a summer beer and brat party. Bring your virtue into the beauty of our cultural wasteland this summer.
It is that time of year again- either to stress out about vacation, to count down the days until vacation, or to bemoan the fact that you can't take a vacation. But is vacation more than just a diversion from daily life, or is it a necessity? Part of our vocation? While we realize that everyone is in different situations at different points in their lives (Dan only started taking vacations a few years ago), we wonder about the need to get outside, get away, and how this rest might be necessary for continuing our service to friends, family, and neighbors
A while ago we talked with young adults about their trepidation on the eve of adult lives with careers and families. For this show, we sit down with David Atkinson, a civil engineer we like to say "is the guy who built Orange County." He talks about vocation and what it takes to do well as an employee, how older business folks should mentor younger folks, and the interesting demographic changes in America.
You can hear his older interview here.
sIt’s Summer! Well, depending on where you live, it may or may not feel like it. But, the power that be say that after Memorial day it IS summer. Although, the Summer Solstice isn’t until June 20… damn. This is tricky.
BUT, that wont keep us from rocking our third annual “Summer Reading List” show. As we might get a little time in the car (audible.com!) or on a beach, in the woods etc… we might be able to pick something up to read. So, should you get whatever they are selling at the airport? Sure. But if you dig the show and want to read some of the stuff that we have found to have had a really deep impact on us, our students and others, you might want to check out these texts. They are all relatively easy (at least, they are not academic tomes). Some have to do with our upcoming books Sexy by Jeff and Monsters by Dan (so, plenty of Sex and Addiction- but on the virtuous tip). I also tell you for the 500th time to read East of Eden.
Here is the list. And enjoy the show!
Anzari, Aziz, Modern Romance
Frykholm, Amy, See Me Naked
Grant, Jonathan, Divine Sex
Gottman, John, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
Bengt Hoffman, Theology of the Heart: The Role of Mysticism in the Theology of Martin Luther
Kierkegaard, Søren, Works of Love
Meilaender, Gilbert, Faith and Faithfulness
Zahl, Paul, Grace in Practice
Steinbeck East of Eden
Jamison An Unquiet Mind
Hornby How to Be Good, High Fidelity
Eggers A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, You Shall Know Our Velocity
Sheffield Love is a Mixtape, Turn Around Bright Eyes
Chuck Klosterman Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, IV
I think there were a few more. Post them (and links if you want!) below or on our Facebook page. Also, feel free to add your own!
Dan and Jeff are both dads. They both have dads. Both Jeff and Dan are boys/men and have boys/men as sons. THAT is the extent of their expertise. This is not a theological reflection or lecture from Mt. Pious. Rather, Dan finally saw Terrence Malick's Tree of Life and really dug it. We stay on our Kierkegaard trip (just a little), Jeff tells a story or two, Dan talks about the best dads in popular culture and we conclude with a few things we've learned and are still learning as we try and figure out how to raise, and live in, a family today. Also, this show is completely free. Also, you can donate to the show at 1517legacy.com- make sure you put somewhere (even in your name box) that you support our little expedition. ALSO, you can rate us on iTunes. ALSO, you can buy one of our limited edition "Everything is Going to Be OK" shirts at 1517legacy.com
Enjoy the Show.
Well, we weren't sure if this was a show we would do. Our podcast has always tended towards looking at culture for its own sake and discussing it in light of the good , true and beautiful. we haven't shied away from theology- but we know there are others who make this their thing and want to carve out our own niche. Well, if this show (almost 3 years old now!) is about everything- it would be inevitable that we would touch upon Christianity in a straightforward way at some point.
The context for this show is the end of a semester, the end of the class you can hear about on ep. 175 and some level of exasperation and exhaustion. We are not talking about any specific "brand" of Christianity (although we are Lutheran gentlemen) and we might hit some touchy points (quoting Kierkegaard and Bonhoeffer favorably can do that amongst some). All this to say- this is a peculiar show. This was a cathartic show that we are still processing and would love to dig deeper into with online or offline conversations. As one new listener wrote "after 8 minutes of them not getting to the point, I gave up." Welcome to ViW! This is a long form conversation- we dance around, tell stories and go free form. Enjoy the show and let us know what you are thinking and if any of this resonates.
During the spring 2016 semester, Dan and Jeff team taught an upper division course on several themes from our show, including TS Eliot's "The Wasteland," Zizek, Living in the End Times, Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling, short stories, Bonhoeffer's ethics, C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man, the Tao Te Ching etc.
We then selected two excellent students to discuss and reflect back on the semester.
Sam Leanza's family makes Jeff's favorite incense, which you too can buy here:
Jeremy told us all to listen to Trevor Hall- you can find him here
Timothy and Jay Winterstein brothers talk about lastweek's Newport Beach Film Festival, some up and coming filmmakers and new movies, and the post-apocalyptic genre. What do new films say about our cultural landscape? How does one set out to make a film without putting one's finances in jeopardy? Are there ways to be part of the world of film without being a famous director?
After listening, you may want to plan and attend next year's festival.
The twenty dollar bill. Holocaust memorials. The confederate flag. How do symbols become important to us as we try to remember and not forget past cultural mistakes?
David Schulz is an expert in communication theory and is currently chair and professor of Communication at Trinity Lutheran College. He formerly served as an assistant professor at California State University, where he taught persuasion and rhetoric courses. He has also taught at Penn State, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Columbia College. He has published a book, book chapters, several peer reviewed journal articles, and a number of book reviews. He has presented research both nationally and internationally at academic conferences.
He holds a B.A. in Communications from Western Washington University and an M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He earned a Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in Speech Communication.
David lives on a little lake in Marysville with his wife and two sons.
On today's episode we talk with Raleigh Sadler, from the Let My People Go project. Raleigh is a national speaker on the issue of Human Trafficking and talks with us about the hidden nature of the second most profitable industry in America next to illegal drug smuggling. Raleigh talks about his own life and project and then we delve into this issue and similar social ills and how we might think about them.
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Virtue in the Wasteland is a show that seeks and promotes goodness, truth & beauty in our complex culture. We approach a variety of subjects from the perspectives of history, ethics, religion, and a desire to bring healing to the world.