2015 SEASON


Monday
May112015

#1510 - Still Wrestling: Martin Marty

"Sometimes its good when things get messy," says the noted historian of religions, and University of Chicago Professor Emeritus, Martin E. Marty. He's been studying that messiness - the blurring of lines between religions, and the frictions that come between them - for more than forty years.

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In this far-ranging interview, host David Dault speaks with Professor Marty about the state of religion in America, as well as his thoughts and feelings about "wrestling with the diminished things" - the limitations that come with age. It turns out, Martin Marty delights in the challenge.

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Sunday
May032015

#1222 - Pentecostal and Postmodern: J. Aaron Simmons (Rebroadcast)

In this week's episode we revisit our 2012 interview with Furman philosophy professor, J. Aaron Simmons. Over the course of the hour he helps us understand "postmodernism." Despite the fear some Christians have about the postmodern turn, Simmons is convinced it is complementary with an honest, searching religious identity that takes scripture and tradition seriously.

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We also speak frankly about the challenges and opportunities he encounters as a person of faith in a largely secular academic field.

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Monday
Apr202015

#1509 - The New Jim Crow: Michelle Alexander

This week we take the full hour for David Dault's in-depth interview with Michelle Alexander, author of the groundbreaking 2010 book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

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Alexander will be a keynote speaker at the Chicago Theological Seminary conferennce, Selma at 50: Still Marching, April 24 and 25, 2015.

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Sunday
Apr052015

#1508 - Truth Box Tune Up: Nancy Ellen Abrams

In this wide-ranging interview, our host David Dault talks with Nancy Ellen Abrams, author of A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet, about new discoveries in cosmology and their profound effect on our understanding of the universe and religion.

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Abrams argues that new revelations in physics and cosmology overturn our traditional understandings of religion. But rather than arguing for atheism, Abrams calls for a grounding of faith in the language of science - a tune up for the "truth box" we use to describe the world.

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Sunday
Mar292015

#1401 - Emerging, Emergent, Emergence: Phyllis Tickle (Rebroadcast)

We're re-visiting our 2014 interview with Phyllis Tickle. In our conversation we explore the idea that our culture has been shaped by roughly 500-year cycles, which have helped define our major religious traditions for the past two millennia.

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According to Tickle, our present epoch - referred to by some as "The Great Emergence" - has the potential to yield a new Christianity distinct from Protestantism, Catholicism, and Orthodoxy.

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