Becoming Christian: Faith is a Journey not a Destination

What if Christian faith is less about having all the right answers and more about learning to live as human beings? What is God’s purpose for our lives is not to have it all together, but to lean into our finite, messy, lives? Join me as we explore the heart of the Christian life as we engage important questions about God, the bible, salvation, and what it means to follow Jesus.

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7 days ago

As he sat in prison, Bonhoeffer asked important questions about what the war and its aftermath would mean for Christianity. Belief in God had provided justification for World War I, and the result was catastrophic as Christians violently tore each other apart. Sitting in prison, Bonhoeffer had no such illusions about this war. Hitler had co-opted the institutional churches in Germany, but religion was not used as justification for war in the same way. The question for Bonhoeffer: How do we talk about God after the “death of God”?

Wednesday Jun 12, 2024

How do the views of the person of Jesus Christ relate to the doctrine of the Trinity? This episode explores how early Christians made sense of the humanity and divinity of Jesus, and how this shaped the Trinitarian views in the East and West. 

Liberation Theologies

Tuesday Jun 11, 2024

Tuesday Jun 11, 2024

In the middle of the 20th century, a Peruvian priest names Gustavo Gutierrez wrote an important book A Theology of Liberation that provided a critique of Western theology. This episode explores a few of the main themes of this book and the importance of liberation theology.

Tuesday Jun 11, 2024

How do we do theology after the death of God? This episode focuses on the meaning of Nietzsche's proclamation of God's death, and how both Karl Barth and Rudolf Bultmann provide a theological perspective grounded in the 20th century.

Tuesday Jun 11, 2024

What does theology look like in a post Cartesian / post Kantian world? How do we makes sense of "liberal theology" and its "fundamentalist" response? This episode talks about the developments in theology post reformation. 

Monday Jun 10, 2024

The Anabaptist wing of the Reformation did not believe Luther and Calvin went far enough. They believed that every part of life, not just the church, should be reimagined according to the New Testament pattern. This episode will explore these ideas, as well as the Catholic response to the Reformation known as the Council of Trent.

John Calvin's Theology

Monday Jun 10, 2024

Monday Jun 10, 2024

John Calvin was a Frenchman trained in law who became a big player in the Reformation. Who was John Calvin and what did he believe? This episode explores central themes of Calvin's theology. 

Luther's Two Kingdoms

Monday Jun 10, 2024

Monday Jun 10, 2024

What did Luther mean by the "two kingdoms"? Luther challenged the philosophical foundations of the Medieval Roman Catholic Church, but also the way the church functioned in society. His "Two Kingdoms" theory focused on the place of a Christian in the broader society. This lectures explores the significance of Luther's ideas. 

Wednesday May 15, 2024

Too often Christian faith and evolutionary theory are viewed as incompatible. Fundamentalists on BOTH sides refuse to recognize the touch points between the two. This episode explores this false binary and how we can overcome it. The point isn't that people need to all think the same way, but we must be willing to understand each other. 

Saturday Apr 27, 2024

Any discussion of theology needs to start with the conditions of our belief. When we read Augustine or Aquinas, it’s very clear there are linguistic and philosophical building blocks that help us make sense of reality. Charles Taylor describes this as “social imaginary”. Making sense of social imaginary is an important first step in theology.
The sources of Christian theological reflection include the bible, tradition, and personal experience. As we explore the history of theological reflection we discover the ways individuals and communities engage with these sources. This podcast begins by asking questions about the conditions of our belief in conversation with Charles Taylor, Han Solo, and Obi Wan Kenobi.

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Becoming Christian

Soren Kierkegaard argues that faith is never something we get beyond--we're always in the process of becoming. We're always "on the way". This podcast is a place to explore what it means to have faith in the contemporary world. As more and more people move away from institutionalized religion, the response of some in Christian circles is to double down on doctrine and morality. I guess they think if they can get rid of doubt, and maintain some type of certainty, people might stick around. I'm not convinced that's what Christian faith has ever been about. Give these episodes a listen, comment, and hopefully the conversation can be helpful as we make our way through life.

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