What is a utopia? Why do we love to create and read literature about them? And why do they always seem to turn out--when we seek to actually create them--such horrific experiments? We start with a story that Jeff thought worth censoring in a few spots to maintain anonymity. (Image: Albrecht Dürer, Adam and Eve in the Garden, 1504).
On this show we share Yelp criticisms of things we love, historical bad movie reviews from movies that became classics and of course, we discuss how to criticize, the nature of the good and how to find glimpses of it.
Is there an ultimate sublime reality outside of our own opinions, emotions, and sentiments? We think so, but it isn't always easy to identify and like the good. Sometimes we are misguided intellectually, sometimes our hearts are in the right place. Such is life in the wasteland. The medicine is virtue.
Dudes that Know (DTK), Zizek's Living in the End Times, C.S. Lewis' Abolition of Man, aesthetics, virtue theory, Aristotle, the ethics of belief, ethical habituation, elitism, Yelp, and the democratization of cultural criticism online and through social media.
Can we really study war no more? Or is war inevitable, a natural and irremovable aspect of our human nature? We don't come to a final answer, but we explore the tough elements of the question with Dr. Caleb Karges, who specializes in military history and war in the eighteenth century. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of St. Andrews. We also chat for a bit about the theories of Mark Juergensmeyer on cosmic violence, and René Girard on mimetic violence.
We share our reflections, review, and theories, regarding Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Joining us via Skype (sorry the audio gets weird once again because of connections) is Ted Giese, who writes thoughtful film reviews, when he isn't serving in his role as pastor (or maybe, that's part of the role). Spoilers abound, as you might expect from the title.
The first half is Jeff and Dan, the second half is Jeff and Ted.
Rev. Giese is associate pastor of Mount Olive Lutheran Church. Born in Edmonton, he grew up just outside the city in Stony Plain Alberta were he attended St. Matthew Lutheran Church and School. In his travels he has lived in Prince George, British Columbia and Halifax, Nova Scotia. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art from NSCAD in Halifax, a Masters of Theological Studies Degree (2000) and a Masters of Divinity Degree (2007) from Concordia Lutheran Seminary Edmonton. For eight years (1998 - 2006) he worked at Andy's Valleyview IGA in Edmonton, five of those years as a manager. From 2004 to 2006 he also worked as the night manager at Ronald McDonald House in Edmonton.
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What stories really mattered in 2015? What can we expect in 2016 in culture and politics? This is our New Year's transition show. We discuss the political cycle, terrorism, the economy, real estate trends, and a bunch of things that aren't our primary vocation. Thanks for being a part of our expedition. Join us as we huddle to review what's happened and where we are going. Seek the good the true and the beautiful with us as we scan the horizon. Click here for a direct download.
What do we do once Christmas is over? How can we fight post-holiday melancholy? That's what we're after on this show, which includes discussion of Yalda, Boxing Day, and It's A Wonderful Life. We also share stories about our holiday time with family and friends.
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On this episode we welcome back the founder of the League of Faithful Masks, Dr. Uwe Siemon-Netto to discuss ISIS and international terrorism with an emphasis on: The obligations of virtuous citizens, with respect to the Syrian refugee situation, Trump, Angela Merkel, journalism, and American self-imposed ignorance. Enjoy the show!
All this fun Christmas talk and now THIS? Yes. From Santa to ISIS, call us rangy.
A number of you asked for our take on ISIS and the Refugee crisis and we sheepishly backed off. And then France. And the San Bernadino. And so we decided we would do a show on the issue, but only if we could bring a heavy hitter on to help us work through the issue. Dr. Adam Francisco is a favorite guest, and also has his doctoral degree in Christian/Islamic relations from Oxford University.
We discuss Donald Trump's recent comments, our responsibility towards refugees, and just being plain scared. Should we be scared? Should we welcome refugees with welcome arms?
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If you tell your kid that Santa is real, your child will never trust you when they get older and realize that you lied to them for so many years.
And thus, you will either make them hate religion or disbelieve in a proper scientific worldview because of your insistence on playing with the myth of St. Nick.
Ok, maybe it isn't that bad. But what do we do when both the left and right (sacred and secular) warn about telling stories. And practically, what DO we do with the story of Santa with our kids? And did you know how many other creepy versions there are?
This is one of our "triples" that is, when we hit a burst of energy and record three shows in a row- this is the third, "the triple", where we get a little more playful, have some fun, but ultimately tie it back to important questions and big ideas.
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Public discourse seems to have gotten out of hand these days. Is it as bad as it's ever been? Historian Dan helps answer this questions. Jeff then chimes in with a discussion of Twitter, public vitriol, shrill rhetoric, journalism, postmodern thought, the linguistic turn, speech act theory, and analytic philosophy.
Thanks for being part of the conversation, or at least our humble attempt to do so without too many "um".
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