2015 SEASON


Monday
Aug102015

#1417 - A Zeal For History: Looking for Jesus with Reza Aslan [REBROADCAST]

This week we revisit our 2014 interview with best-selling author Reza Aslan. We discuss his recent book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.

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Along the way, the discussion includes the current state of academic teaching, navigating land mines on Fox News, and a pretty awesome Beatles reference. We also discuss the way in which scholars should (and should not) work with the media.

 

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Sunday
Aug022015

#1512 - The Fear of Islam: Todd Green

Our 2012 guest Todd Green returns to our show to discuss his new book, The Fear of Islam: an Introduction to Islamophobia in the West.

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Green speaks frankly about the political and religious rivalries that fuel what he and others refer to as the "Islamophobia industry." He also relates his experiences leading students to Europe to study Islam - and the fear of Islam - "on the ground," where controversies erupt every day.

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Sunday
Jul262015

#1309 - My Job is to Love: Carl McColman on Contemplative Spirituality [REBROADCAST]

This week we revisit a very popular 2013 interview with author and Christian contemplative, Carl McColman. He is the author of over a dozen books on spirituality, and is a lay Cistercian with a fascinating spiritual journey.

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McColman's most recent book (written since the interview was taped) is Befriending Silence: Discovering the Gifts of Cistercian Spirtuality, available November 2015.

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Monday
Jul062015

#1205 - The Bible Does Not Exist: Timothy K. Beal [Rebroadcast]

This week we revisit a 2012 interview with Tim Beal, author of The Rise and Fall of the Bible. When it was fist broadcast, the title of this episode got us into all kinds of trouble with our sponsors. Our host David Dault talks a bit about that during his introduction to the show.

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David and Tim talk about the ways in which the Bible has been used as a consumer object in our culture, and the ways that digital technology are shifting the experience of readers in the 21st century.

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Tuesday
Jun162015

#1216 - Vatican II at Fifty [REBROADCAST]

We dip into the archive for a conversation about Vatican II, and the effect it had on the Catholic Church.

 

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October 11, 2012, marked the 50th anniversary of the opening convocation of the Second Vatican Council.  Called by Pope John XXIII, the decisions made at the council affected every aspect of theology and worship within the Church.  In the wake of Vatican II, the Catholic Church began to worship in native languages, reaffirmed the centrality of the Bible in the life of the faithful, and began to reach out to the modern world and those of other faiths in unprecedented ways.

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