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The #1 Theology podcast on planet earth with Dr. Tripp Fuller. Each episode features an extended interview with a different scholar from a variety of perspectives. Enjoy.

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The #1 Theology podcast on planet earth with Dr. Tripp Fuller. Each episode features an extended interview with a different scholar from a variety of perspectives. Enjoy.

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How can we explain Mother Theresa’s loss of faith? Or not being able to believe?

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tripp’s a gem. good luck in scotland.

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256 Ratings
Average Ratings
204
22
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17

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By Waste of time67 - Sep 19 2019
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How can we explain Mother Theresa’s loss of faith? Or not being able to believe?

nerd out with your geek out

By processmyreality - Sep 05 2019
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tripp’s a gem. good luck in scotland.

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The #1 Theology podcast on planet earth with Dr. Tripp Fuller. Each episode features an extended interview with a different scholar from a variety of perspectives. Enjoy.

#HBC10: Theological Possibilities with Catherine Keller

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Today is the last day to get the cheapest tickets for Theology Beer Camp! Don’t let the birthday celebrations die – join us for Theology Beer Camp this August in Asheville, NC. There are only 99 spots, so get ’em while they’re hot.

JC (Just Catherine) Keller is back on the podcast to talk about her book, Intercarnations: Exercises in Theological Possibility.

Catherine and Tripp talk about:

  • The possibilities for theology today
  • What is Christ Inc. and how has christology been short-circuited from its intercarnational possibilities?
  • How does theopoetics reframe the christological quest?
  • How do we make theopoetics inviting to the non-specialist?
  • What would a process-relational liturgy look like?

Plus, hear Catherine talk about issues of exceptionalism – religious, political, racial, species – in our theology, the christological problem, liberating incarnation from corporations, the role of substance metaphysics in christology and where it falls short, and the ways unexamined interpretations impose themselves on bodies, and the secularization of right-wing Christianity, the Eucharist as hyper-gift, and anxieties surrounding our ethical responsibilities.

Mar 15 2018

1hr 12mins

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Bruce Rogers-Vaughn: the Neo-Liberal Attack on the Soul

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This episode is amazing. It is just super-duper spectacular. Oh, it is also packed with awesome sauce.

I can’t wait for all of you in helping professions to hear this and get yourself the book – Caring for Souls in a Neoliberal Age. Dr. Bruce Rogers-Vaughn is Associate Professor of the Practice of Pastoral Theology and Counseling at Vanderbilt Divinity School, an ordained minister, and practicing therapist.

Over the course of the conversation Dr. Vaughn mentions a couple articles he has kindly shared here: “Blessed Are Those Who Mourn” and “Pastoral Reflections on Debt in the Age of Trump.” These will surely inspire checking out the book

  • how Capitalism and Neo-liberalism attack the soul
  • learning from our pain
  • the quasi-religion of neo-liberalism
  • Deregulation, Liberalization, and Privatization
  • the secret perversity of meritocracy
  • the nature of soul
  • the erosion of community and public life
  • the neoliberal appropriation of identity politics
  • distinguishing between types of suffering
  • the pathology of normalcy
  • student debt-slavery

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  • reframing the nature of vocation
  • educational industrial complex
  • public outrage, trigger warnings, micro-aggressions, and virtue signaling
  • the politics of recognition
  • cultural resentment
  • cultivating communities of harm-reduction
  • human waste in the neo-liberal order
  • how social media cultivates anxiety

An amazing collection of texts Bruce mentioned

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Jun 13 2019

2hr 12mins

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Keith Ward talks about the Bible

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Keith Ward is back on the podcast to talk a little about his new book, Love Is His Meaning: Understanding The Teaching Of Jesus. In the book, Keith wrestles with the teachings of Jesus in a non-literal way, and looks to interpret the teachings of Jesus consistently throughout.

In this episode he talks about his relationship with scripture and how it’s changed over the years, his unusual route from philosophy to Christianity, which teachings of Jesus we should take seriously but not literally, the relationship between the bible as a historical text and as a sacred text, and the canonized diversity of Christianity. He also tackles:

  • * What does a reductive, materialistic, scientific account miss when talking about creation?
  • * How did the biblical prophets change biblical religion?
  • * How are we supposed to understand the Kingdom of God that Jesus teaches?
  • * What would it mean to be priests of the earth?
  • * What is scripture’s role when discussing contemporary issues of ethics and morality?
  • * How much are we bound by Jesus’ teachings and life?

Plus, the problem of evil and suffering and how science can help Christians with this, the centrality of God’s unlimited divine love and why it’s essential to the New Testament’s testimony to God.

On March 13th Homebrewed Christianity turns 10 years old! On our birthday there will be 48 hours you can score the cheapest tickets to Theology Beer Camp 2018 August 16-18 in Asheville NC. But there’s only 99 seats so signup at theologybeercamp.com to get early access to the tickets.

Mar 06 2018

1hr 1min

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Karl Barth for Evangelicals with Mark Galli

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Mark Galli, author of Karl Barth: An Introductory Biography for Evangelicals, and editor-in-chief for Christianity Today, is on the podcast to talk about Karl Barth, Evangelicalism in America, and homebrewing.

You’ll hear him discuss how he became editor-in-chief of Christianity Today, the role of Christianity Today in American religion, and the cultural, political, and religious levels of meaning for the term “Evangelical.”

Mark tells a story about his encounter with Barth in a coffee shop in Santa Cruz, and the origins of the book. Plus the themes and ideas in Barth’s work that are controversial for Evangelicals, and what Barth most has to offer Evangelicals.

This conversation goes way beyond the topics of the book and include:

  • Barth’s respect and friendship with theologians with whom he deeply disagreed
  • the polarization of American politics and religion
  • Barth’s reinterpretation of the reformed tradition and his view on the doctrine of election
  • Rob Bell and the task of preaching
  • the increased Evangelical support of Trump
  • the superiority of democratic socialism for bible believing Christians
  • whether we can (and should) separate the theology from the theologian, that is, their personal behavior and what they peach,
  • and boundary markers for Evangelicals

And don’t miss some nerdy homebrewing conversation at the end. You can learn more about Mark’s work by visiting: christianitytoday.com/gallireport

Are you ready to make Advent great again? Make Advent Great Again is a pop-up community for holiday resistance and renewal. We’ll give you daily reflections that plant potent seeds of hope to counter the weeds of that Grinch-ly other #MAGA. We’re offering a weeklycheck-in video that you can tune into live (or whenever you want) where we’ll cover:

  • Mother Mary and Us: Recovering a Radical Christmas of Renewal & Resistance
  • How to Go Home for the Holidays without Losing Your Soul
  • Grounding in the Ultimate Gift: The Advent of Us
  • We’re providing a private, safer-space discussion group where we can be totally honest about our struggles and breakthroughs. A ‘home base’ to truly Make Advent Great Again, one day at a time

The cost? Contribute whatever you can to help make this possible for everyone. The suggested donation is $20, but no one is turned down for lack of funds.

Click here to make your Advent great again and see the list of contributors.

If you are in North Carolina, you better get ready for a two back-to-back live podcasts in December. On December 7th Tripp will be in Winston-Salem talking with Bill Leonard (author of the Homebrewed Guide to Church History) and on December 8th he will be in Cary, NC.

If you really want to #MAGA, join Tripp with the folks from the Crackers and Grape Juice podcast in Washington DC on December 16th. You can get tickets and learn more here.

Nov 29 2017

1hr 37mins

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Resurrecting Easter with John Dominic Crossan

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John Dominic Crossan – the fifth guest ever on the podcast – is back for his sixth visit to talk about his new book Resurrecting Easter

Hear about the genesis of a book about the resurrection, or rather, how a curiosity about an image of Jesus turned into this book, and how Eastern Christianity’s image of Easter differs radically from the Western tradition of Easter.

Individual Resurrection vs. Universal Resurrection:

  • which of these images is in greater continuity with the New Testament?
  • and what is the meaning of it?
  • how does a universal resurrection impact understandings of God’s relationship to the person of Jesus and the world?

Hear how his approach to questions about the resurrection has changed over time – whether the resurrection was literal or metaphorical – and how that blocked questions of meaning, the difference between ascension and resurrection in Judaism, Paul’s re-reading of the resurrection of the dead, the political implications of resurrection, and why Christians should take evolution seriously.

Make sure you enter the Westar Institute Foundational Classics giveaway for your chance to win over $500 worth of books by John Dominic Crossan, Catherine Keller, Jack Caputo, and more!

Feb 27 2018

56mins

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Making Advent Great (Again) with Mike Morrell and John Pavlovitz

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Mike Morrell (co-author of The Divine Dance with Richard Rohr) and John Pavlovitz (author of A Bigger Table) sat down with Tripp to talk about making Advent great (again).

Why do they want to make Advent great again? What’s happened to make Advent not great?

Learn a little bit about the organizers behind #MAGA (not that MAGA), what inspired them to make Advent great again, and what you can expect.

Plus, they reflect on the 2016 election a year later, where they find hope, the fate of the progressive church, and personal challenges around the holidays.

Make Advent Great Again is a pop-up community for holiday resistance and renewal.

We’ve heard a lot from our friends this season – Jesus-followers and spiritual free-agents, activists and artists, ministers and moms – that you just can’t this Christmas: shopping for gifts, making plans to see family, lighting the Advent candles, awaiting the birth of the Christ-child anew. It all feels so remote.Many of us are struggling. What on earth does ‘Emmanuel’ mean when the world’s going mad?

We’ll give you daily reflections that plant potent seeds of hope to counter the weeds of that Grinch-ly other #MAGA. We’re offering a weekly check-in video that you can tune into live (or whenever you want) where we’ll cover:

  • Mother Mary and Us: Recovering a Radical Christmas of Renewal & Resistance
  • How to Go Home for the Holidays without Losing Your Soul
  • Grounding in the Ultimate Gift: The Advent of Us
  • We’re providing a private, safer-space discussion group where we can be totally honest about our struggles and breakthroughs. A ‘home base’ to truly Make Advent Great Again, one day at a time

The cost? Contribute whatever you can to help make this possible for everyone. The suggested donation is $20, but no one is turned down for lack of funds.

Click here to make your Advent great again and see the list of contributors.

Nov 16 2017

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Faith Formation in a Secular Age with Andrew Root

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Andrew Root, Associate Professor and Carrie Olson Baalson Chair of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary, is back on the podcast to talk about his new book, Faith Formation in a Secular Age. This is the first of three books engaging Charles Taylor’s work.; church’s obsession with Youthfulness

Andrew and Tripp talk about their mutual love for Charles Taylor, Andrew’s work expanding it into a new way of understanding God’s presence, ministry, and divine action, the origins of youth ministry in America, and the church’s obsession with youthfulness.

Andrew also explains the origins of the book, how Taylor’s work offers a great way to interpret what young people are going through, explains what Taylor means by the Age of Authenticity, and the politics of recognition.

Plus, they discuss Bonhoeffer and the youth movement, the church’s desire for recognition by today’s youth, secularism and the reduction of faith, the burden of belief, divine action, mystical experiences and church membership, and Andrew gives a little taste of what the second book in the series will be about…

If you want to hang out with Tripp, Andrew, and many others in Minneapolis for the Science for Youth Ministry Conference: Jesus Rode a Dinosaur: Faithful Youth Ministry in a Scientific Age, click here to get tickets and more info.

If you don’t want to wait that long and are in North Carolina, you won’t want to miss the Theology Nerd Bootcamp and Live Podast Why God Loves Science on March 2nd in Chapel Hill. Get tickets and more information here.

Feb 13 2018

1hr 17mins

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The Prophetic Life of the Spirit with Grace Ji-Sun Kim

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Grace Ji-Sun Kim is on the podcast to talk about her new book, The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to the Holy Spirit: Hand-Raisers, Han, and the Holy Ghost.

Grace and Tripp talk about why we need a book about the Holy Spirit, how it is an often neglected aspect of God, her work not just in academia, but as an activist, the need for more professors to get out of the classroom, and the role of the Spirit in activism.

Grace explains a little about the foundations of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, how the early church struggled to understand the Spirit, the presence of the Spirit in the Hebrew Bible and early Judaism, the role of the Spirit in the New Testament, the fear mainline denominations have concerning the Spirit, the experience of the Spirit in our current multicultural context, the limits of language in describing the Spirit, and embodied experiences of the Spirit.

Plus, non-eurocentric ways of understanding the Spirit, the Asian concept of qi, and indigenous ways of conceiving of the Spirit.

Jul 18 2018

1hr 7mins

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Finding God in Everyone and Everywhere w/ Philip Clayton and Andrew Davis

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The number of people with doubts, questions, and experiences that send them out from the religious tradition of their birth is growing. For many religion is left behind completely, opting for an
untraditioned spirituality, and others find the idea of God, Ultimate Reality, or any other substitute for the transcendent as intellectually incompatible with our scientific age. In Philip Clayton and Andrew Davis’ new book you get to hear a collection of personal narratives from some of the most brilliant contemporary thinkers about their return to God. In How I Found God in Everyone and Everywhere you will see a variety of starting points, twists, turns, and conundrums, but a broad network of conclusions that testify to an emerging picture of a deeper spiritual reality

In this conversation I get to talk to my dear friend and mentor, Philip Clayton, and one of his lucky current students and scholar, Andrew Davis. We tackle a host of topics from mysticism, panentheism, the viability of theism, the relationship between historic religious traditions and philosophical affirmation of the divine, and some other exciting goodies. The book itself includes chapters from Deepak Chopra, Richard Rohr, Matthew Fox, Rubert Sheldrake, Cynthia Bourgault, Ilia Delio, John Cobb, Loriliai Biernacki, Marjorie Suchocki, and Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson.

This episode is sponsored by the brand new book Keep Christianity Weird by Michael Frost. Check it out and get ready for Michael’s visit to the podcast.

Want to watch my movie The Road to EdmondThen head over HERE and signup to host a house party screening or get immediate access to the film in the VIP Access.

Aug 30 2018

1hr 34mins

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Thomas Jay Oord wants you to know “God Can’t”

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I love Tom Oord. It is rare someone as intelligent as Tom is simultaneously committed to the life of the church, sensitive to people’s lived experience, and advancing the intellectual quest in multiple areas. In this episode I talk with Tom about his newest book, God Can’t: how to believe in God and Love after Tragedy, Abuse, and other Evils.

During this conversation we both share a number of personal stories. Some of them may be a bit intense if you are listening with kids or the expectation of just nerdiness. For more academic conversations with Tom check out the previous episodes below.

Thomas Jay Oord is a theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies. Oord is an award-winning author, and he has written or edited more than twenty books. A twelve-time Faculty Award winning professor, Oord teaches at institutions around the globe. A gifted speaker, Oord is known for his contributions to research on love, open and relational theology, science and religion, and the implications of freedom and relationships for transformation.

Previous Visits of Tom to the Podcast

Open and Relational Q&A with Thomas Jay Oord
Why Go Wesleyan? with Thomas Jay Oord
Evil, Providence and the Love of God with Tom Oord
Thomas Jay Oord really loves talking about Love [Barrel Aged]

Feb 07 2019

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Can a process theologian be an Evangelical & other questions with Philip Clayton

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Get ready for a super nerdy, no holds barred podcast with Philip Clayton, Ingraham Professor of Theology at the Claremont School of Theology. This is the first time that Philip has been on since Tripp finished his PhD (Philip was his adviser), and now that the power dynamic has shifted, they can tell each other what they really think.

You’ll get to hear a little unfiltered conversation about Tripp’s dissertation, the historical, existential, and metaphysical registers of Christ and God, the things about Tripp’s dissertation that surprised himself, our cultural phobia surrounding saying the word God, Pannenberg’s existential approach to Christianity, and what verse in the bible Philip knew couldn’t be true. Plus:

  • Tillich, language, and symbols
  • the presence (or lack) of a tradition to draw upon
  • and the intersection of Whiteheadian aesthetics, embodiment, and ethics.

Can a process theologian be an Evangelical with a high christology? Does God win in the end? Do you need to have a complete eschatology to have a persuasive Christianity? Is it possible take both historical criticism and special revelation seriously? Is God personal and does God have a personality?

All of these topics are fair game in this Q&A session.

If you are in North Carolina, you better get ready for two back-to-back live podcasts in December. On December 7th Tripp will be at Wake Forest University School of Divinity talking with Bill Leonard (author of the Homebrewed Guide to Church History) and on December 8th he will be in Cary, NC.

If you really want to make your advent great, join Tripp, Diana Butler Bass, and the folks from Crackers and Grape Juice in Washington DC on December 16th. You can get tickets and learn more here.

Dec 04 2017

1hr 17mins

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Process Thought and Contemplative Christian Practice with Daniel Coleman

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What is it that makes us more likely to buy books about contemplation than to go to a silent retreat?

Today’s guest, Daniel Coleman, author of Presence and Process: A Path Towards Transformationis talking with Tripp about meditation, contemplation, and spiritual practice in a pluralistic world.

Given the spiritual trends in America – with the decline of those identifying as religious, and the rise of the mindfulness movement – how do we navigate the waters of spiritual practice?

Daniel talks about how he began to grow dissatisfied with the traditional church experience and longed for a way to live a life of transformation, he experiences with Quaker spirituality – the silent, expectant, waiting worship in a group, which led to an interest in personal contemplative practice, and the differences between his charismatic experiences of God and his contemplative experiences.

Plus, apophatic mysticism, concepts versus felt experience, the role of contemplation in the history of the church, the challenge of introducing Buddhism and Buddhist practice to a Western audience, the difference between salvation and enlightenment, the role that Process thought plays in connecting the contemplative traditions of the East and West, and tips for sticking with a new practice.

You can learn more about Daniel’s work at http://www.danielpcoleman.com/

Are you ready to end the war on Advent? Are you ready to Make Advent Great Again? Make Advent Great Again (#MAGA) is a pop-up community for holiday resistance and renewal. The cost? Contribute whatever you can to help make this possible for everyone. The suggested donation is $20, but no one is turned down for lack of funds. Each Monday-Friday you will get an email with a 5 minute Advent reflection; you will get access to a private Facebook group where you can discuss, share, and reflect; there will also be a LIVE session every Monday. Visit makeadventgreatagain.com to sign up and see who will be contributing.

On December 7 there will be a live podcast In Winston-Salem with Bill Leonard, author of The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to Church History: Flaming Heretics and Heavy Drinkers. There will also be another live podcast the following evening, December 8th, in The Triangle. On December 16, Tripp will be hosting a live podcast in Washington DC with Jason Micheli and Teer Hardy of the Crackers and Grape Juice podcast.

No (process) theology nerd will want to miss out on this huge opportunity to build a process theology and philosophy library. The Center for Process Studies and Process Century Press are giving away 5, that’s right, 5 sets of 20 zesty books. A lucky grand prize winner will get an additional 15 books. Enter to win now!

Nov 14 2017

51mins

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Jesus Rode A Dinosaur LIVE with Science Mike

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This is a live podcast from the Jesus Rode a Dinosaur: Talking to Youth about Faith in a Scientific Age conference with Science Mike.

Science Mike cuts right to the chase and asks Tripp some important questions about theology: How is theology even a thing? How does one know what is a right or good theological framework? Then they chat about the ways in which the Enlightenment ruined theology, why valuing beauty is the most appropriate place to begin doing theology, the two biggest tasks of the church today, and why atheist philosophers have begun to use Christian theology.

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Later, Astrophysicist Paul Wallace joins Science Mike and Tripp to talk about doing good science while also believing in a creator, feeling connected to a quasar, his relationship to other scientists, and why physicists are more prone to be idealists and believe in a transcendent reality, and Paul talks a little about his upcoming book about the relationship between and faith and science.

Kenda Dean also joins to talk about parenting, helps figure out what we tell our children about God (especially when we don’t know what we think about God), the new questions kids are asking, and what we can do as parents of faith to make sure that our children know they are loved.

Plus, David Hume and miracles, the industry of ministry, and a Q&A with questions about morality, mystical experiences and psychedelics, youth ministry and anxiety, depression and medication, and a lot more.

If you liked what you heard in this episode, you won’t want to miss out on The Cosmic Campfire: Re-Kindling Humanity’s Biggest Questions, a 3-day event where no big-ass questions of ultimate meaning will go un-answered. It will be a scientifically-rigorous, skeptically-persistent,
experimentally-intoxicating, and spiritually-humble pop-up community where we will roast marshmallows and talk about God. It’s a little like what would happen if Rumi, Julian of Norwich, Darwin, Lao Tzu, Socrates, and Jesus made s’mores together. You can learn more and sign up to be the first to get more details here.

Jun 26 2018

1hr 58mins

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Christian Women in the Patristic World

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On the podcast is Amy Brown Hughes, assistant professor of theology at Gordon College, and co-author withLynn Cohick, professor of New Testament at Wheaton College, of the book Christian Women in the Patristic World.

Amy wanted to understand what influence the women of this period had on the development of Christianity, and, more importantly, how can women in the church own that tradition.

  • why don’t we know more about these stories?
  • how the role and power of women shift in relation to the church’s relation to empire?
  • what are the biggest misconceptions about this period in the church and the academy?
  • how do the martyr narratives continue to shape discipleship when we’re out of that context?

Plus, theology as responsible remembrance, negotiating the history of the church in today’s context, dealing with the uncomfortable parts of the past while still receiving the tradition responsibly, and Gregory of Nyssa of the submission of Christ and 1 Corinthians 15:20-28.

You can get a copy of Athanasius’ On the Incarnation here.

Make sure to follow Amy on twitter @amybrownhughes

Thanks to all of the new Homebrewed members that have signed up to donate monthly to help support the podcast and be a part of the community. You can help support the podcast by going to homebrewedcommunity.com and join today!

Don’t miss Tripp speaking in Atlanta on February 12th at Mani’s Tavern. Did we mention it’s free? Check out the event page for more details…

Some people give something up for Lent (most of us fail at it). But why not take something on instead? How about (gasp!) actually reading the Bible?

Sure, we all know Bible verses and may have even tried to read the “whole Bible,” maybe even more than once. But it can be confusing, contradictory and – if we’re being honest – really freaking boring in places. But there’s another way to approach scripture that can actually make sense, and might even be enjoyable.

Join Homebrewed CultureCast’s Amy and Christian Piatt, and Tripp in figuring out how to “Survive the Bible” together this Lent.

Jan 30 2018

1hr 25mins

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Social Justice, Conflict, and Process Ecclesiology with Timothy Murphy

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Theologian and activist Timothy Murphy is on the podcast to talk about his new book, Counter-Imperial Churching for a Planetary Gospel. It’s part of the (Process) Theology Nerd Book Giveaway sponsored by Process Century Press and the Center for Process Studies

In this episode you’ll hear about Timothy’s interest not just in process, but in social justice and politics, the central questions driving this book, why we should not avoid conflict in the church, the challenges of addressing social justice issues with mainline Protestants, and about his work with Progressive Christians Uniting and how it influenced the direction of his work.

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  • how the cosmology he develops in the book ends up connected to ecclesiology
  • what is a planetary gospel?
  • practicing differentiated solidarity and the spiritual practice of kenosis
  • how not to be an ally
  • some of the practices faith communities can engage in that address issues of privilege

No (process) theology nerd will want to miss out on this huge opportunity to build a process theology and philosophy library. The Center for Process Studies and Process Century Press are giving away 5, that’s right, 5 sets of 20 zesty books. A lucky grand prize winner will get an additional 15 books. Enter to win now!

Are you ready to end the war on Advent? Are you ready to Make Advent Great Again? Make Advent Great Again (#MAGA) is a pop-up community for holiday resistance and renewal. The cost? Contribute whatever you can to help make this possible for everyone. The suggested donation is $20, but no one is turned down for lack of funds. Each Monday-Friday you will get an email with a 5 minute Advent reflection; you will get access to a private Facebook group where you can discuss, share, and reflect; there will also be a LIVE session every Monday. Visit makeadventgreatagain.com to sign up and see who will be contributing.

Thanks to our new Homebrewed Community members! You can join the Homebrewed Community, get a sweet ecclesiastical title, get access to all sorts of zesty bonus material, and help support the podcast. Just go to homebrewedcommunity.com and join today!

Nov 23 2017

1hr 2mins

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Justin Barrett: This is Your Brain on God – Cognitive Science and the Naturalness of Belief

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Justin L. Barrett joined the School of Psychology in 2011 as Thrive Professor of Developmental Science and served as director of the Thrive Center for Human Development from 2011 to 2014. He is currently the chief project developer for the Office for Science, Theology, and Religion Initiatives (STAR) and, from January to September 2018, also served as acting dean of the School of Psychology. An experimental psychologist, Dr. Barrett taught for five years in Oxford University’s School of Anthropology and is best known for his research on religion.

While at Oxford, Professor Barrett helped establish and became the director of the Centre for Anthropology and Mind and the Institute for Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology. Professor Barrett is regarded as one of the founders of the cognitive science of religion field; a recent project in this area extended cognitive science of religion to China, for which he was awarded a grant from the Templeton World Charity Foundation (2011–2015). Barrett’s main focus at Fuller is to develop faith and science initiatives.

In this conversation we discuss…

  • the role of methodological naturalism in science
  • how the study of developmental psychology helps us understand the development of the religion
  • contrasting between reflective and non-reflective beliefs
  • why do we believe in God… naturally?
    • minimally counter-intuitive concepts
    • HADD, agency detection device
    • meaning making, teleological reasoning about nature
  • by virtue of a natural developing mind, one tends toward coming to affirm a type of God(s) concept.
  • how to best pass on your faith to your children (according to cognitive science)
  • “what are the practices you are cultivating and how to they shape the scaffolding of belief?”
  • the nature and function of religious ritual & the Protestantism’s problem with rituals

This episode is sponsored by NavPress in celebration of the release of How to Pray: a Simple Guide for Normal People by Peter Greig.

Use code HOWTOPRAY20 at navpress.com for an extra 20-percent off. Again that’s HOWTOPRAY20 at navpress.com, good through October 31, 2019.

Oct 11 2019

1hr 40mins

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Reza Aslan: the birth of god, the problem of identity, and Pete Buttigieg

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Reza Aslan is back on the podcast with the release of God: A Human History in paperback. Reza Aslan is a best-selling author (Zealot, No god But God), commentator, professor, and producer for The Leftovers (HBO), Of Kings and Prophets (ABC), Rough Draft (Ovation), and Believer (CNN). In our conversation we discuss a bunch of topics…

  • the birth of God in human history
  • cognitive science of religion
  • evolutionary account of religion
  • Reza resists scientific reductionism
  • what comes first, myth or rituals?
  • what is going on in religion?
  • why religion is not primarily about beliefs, but identity
  • the ignorance of ignoring religion
  • a prophetic voice in a multi-traditioned culture
  • Reza’s enthusiastic endorsement of Pete Buttigieg for President
  • why Donald Trump is personified evil
  • a minister who will not stand against racism is failing
  • parenting in a multi-faith family


Here’s Reza’s previous visit to the podcast!

Reza Aslan LIVE 3D Event!

Apr 05 2019

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Open and Relational Theology Throwdown with Thomas Jay Oord

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I am super excited to share this conversation with my dear friend and brilliant scholar Tom Oord. In this episode we discuss a couple different topics from an Open and Relational perspective in the hope it lures you to join our Open and Relational Theology reading group!! That’s right. Tom and I are gonna facilitate an exploration of ORT and we would love for you to join the fun.

Did you know Tom just released a new book? It’s called “God Can’t: How to Believe in God and Love after Tragedy, Abuse, and Other Evils.” It is the single best introduction to the open and relational perspective on evil for the non-specialist. I have already recommended it to a bunch of people, so if you are asking questions about God’s power, presence, and relationship to suffering – read this book.

Thomas Jay Oord is a theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies. Oord is an award-winning author, and he has written or edited more than twenty books. A twelve-time Faculty Award winning professor, Oord teaches at institutions around the globe. A gifted speaker, Oord is known for his contributions to research on love, open and relational theology, science and religion, and the implications of freedom and relationships for transformation.

Join us for a nerdy online learning party!

Here’s Tom’s 3 Open and Relational Theology 101 books

Here’s my additional 3 texts

My 3 Favorite Tom Oord Books!

Tom’s Selections for an Open and Relational Theology 101 Reading List

Previous Visits of Tom to the Podcast

Open and Relational Q&A with Thomas Jay Oord
Why Go Wesleyan? with Thomas Jay Oord
Evil, Providence and the Love of God with Tom Oord
Thomas Jay Oord really loves talking about Love [Barrel Aged]

Jan 18 2019

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Everyone You Ever Loved Will Die, so Merry Christmas!

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The holidays are here and you know what that means?

Awkward conversations about religion and politics with family, friends, and coworkers.

Today on the podcast I am bringing you some wisdom… rules even… from two friends who work at the intersection of religion and the psychological sciences. Sarah Lane Ritchie and Kutter Callaway were part of the live podcast last week in San Diego and after hearing these ‘rules’ for the holidays, I knew I needed to share them ASAP.

The live event included a bunch of other segments that engaged an upcoming film J.E.S.U.A.  The rest of the podcast will come out near the release of the film. I moved the rules from the end of the conversation to the beginning, so after that segment you will go back in time to the beginning of my chat with Sarah and Kutter.

Here are the 7 rules.

  1. You are NOT your ideas
  2. Prioritize Sleep
  3. Make Yourself Start (or keep) Meditating (here’s the Examen app I mentioned)
  4. Be a Documentarian – talk by listening
  5. Acknowledge Their Trauma… including being in a family with you and your deconstructive path
  6. Remember Everyone You See and Love Will Die
  7. Criticism is a Form of Pursuit

This episode was sponsored by the upcoming documentary film J.E.S.U.S.A. 

J.E.S.U.S.A. is an in-depth exploration of the relationship between Christianity and American nationalism and the violence that can often emerge from it. Far from a new phenomenon, this documentary traces the co-opting of Christianity by the state all the way back to when the Christian faith became the official religion of the Roman Empire.

Through interviews with a diverse group of scholars, pastors, historians, and activists, this film shows how specific readings of the Bible have led many Christians to confuse their devotion to Jesus with their dedication to the state. The film helps viewers rediscover and restore long-held Christian beliefs regarding nonviolence, inspiring Christians to become purveyors of peace rather than enablers of conflict and violence.

The documentary will be released for general viewing on February 25, 2020, and will be available on many streaming platforms for rental or purchase.

If you wish to help organize a showing for your church or organization, please contact the production team here.

The film includes some amazing people like David Bentley Hart, Suzanne Ross, Brian Zahnd, Osheta Moore, Diana Butler Bass, Greg Boyd, and many more.

Dr. Sarah Lane Ritchie is Lecturer in Theology and Science at the University of Edinburgh. She has a PhD in Science and Religion from the University of Edinburgh, where her doctoral work focused on the question of divine action in the human mind. A Michigander by birth, Sarah also holds a BA in Philosophy and Religion from Spring Arbor University, an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, and an MSc in Science and Religion from the University of Edinburgh. Her published work focuses on questions arising from the intersection of theology, philosophy, and the various brain-related sciences. Sarah’s research interests include divine action, philosophy of mind, naturalism, cognitive science of religion, and the psychology of belief formation.

Dr. Kutter Callaway  is associate professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary and Co-Director of Reel Spirituality. He is the author of The Aesthetics of Atheism: Theology and Imagination in Contemporary Culture, Deep Focus: Film and Theology in Dialogue, Watching TV Religiously: Television and Theology in Dialogue, Scoring Transcendence: Contemporary Film Music as Religious Experience, and Breaking the Marriage Idol: Reconstructing Our Cultural and Spiritual Norms. Prior to teaching at Fuller, Callaway served in pastoral ministry for nearly a decade, focusing primarily on young and emerging adults.

He frequently hosts or participates in public conversations about religion, spirituality, and culture with artists, filmmakers, and industry leaders.

Dec 05 2019

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Christopher Southgate: Suffering, Trauma, and the Glory of God

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Dr. Christopher Southgate is a biochemist turned influential theologian…who just happens to be a well published poet.  (Read this powerful one… when it is safe to cry). Southgate is a Professor at Exeter University in the UK and part of the ‘God and the Book of Nature’ project I am working on. Since recording this interview I have had the chance to spend time with him and am enthusiastic to introduce him to many of you.

In this conversation we discuss…

    • The changing shape of the religion and science conversation
    • how has the scientific study of religion itself shaped a scientifically engaged theology from a particular tradition
    • the problem of evil and suffering in nature
    • the free will defense in the face of natural evil
    • the “lazy default in Christian thinking”
    • Irenaeus wasn’t Irenaean?
    • the Christian need to recover immanence
    • what is divine glory?
    • the Biblical protest of God and the need for its presence in worship
    • “humankind cannot bear much of reality”
    • theologizing with Charles Sanders Peirce’s semiotics
    • trauma and the community of faith

Books from Dr. Southgate you should check out.

Dec 04 2019

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Sallie McFague on Loving God and the World: in Memoriam

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Dr. Sallie McFague is a theological legend, a pioneer feminist theologian, and one of the most powerful thinkers in my own theological development. We learned that she passed away this weekend. Over the course of the podcast I have had the honor of interviewing her twice and since hearing the news of her passing I have received a bunch of messages asking for the interviews themselves. After I found them I started listening and remembering how powerful they were. I knew that if anyone was interested in hearing the voice of this powerful theologian for themselves it should be as easy as possible. That is the main reason I started HBC years ago!!

While going back through the two episodes I decided to edit them together to make access easy. The biggest surprise I found was this amazing selection in which Dr. McFague reads the end of her last text. It is was moving then, but even more so now. I knew it needed to be shared on its own, so Elgin (11 year old son) created this little video.

Dr. McFague was the Distinguished Theologian in Residence at the Vancouver School of Theology in British Columbia, Canada. Prior she taught for thirty years at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. In the podcast we cover a lot of ground, including how Sallie became a theologian (which includes a kindergarten revelation), her focus on religious language, radical love, kenosis, panentheism, and even some member submitted questions, including:

  1. How does her concept of wild spaces address privilege
  2. In the revival of radical theology recently, how do you understand the reality of God?
  3. Where should one start with feminist theology?
  4. What do you think about the increased usage of the term Anthropocene?

And don’t forget to check out Sallie’s books, Blessed Are The Consumers and Models Of GodThese two texts changed my mind in significant ways.

Nov 17 2019

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Kombucha, Meditation, Tarot, and Stink Bombs

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It is time to NERD OUT with your GEEK OUT!

In this episode I am joined by my colleague and friend Dr. Sarah lane Ritchie. She was on the podcast this past summer and since moving to Edinburgh we’ve been planning to record again, so here it is.

At the beginning of the episode Sarah answers a question a number of you sent in about the different Religion and Science degrees offered here at the University of Edinburgh. Here’s info for the online Philosophy, Science and Religion Masters, the on campus taught Masters, and research based Masters and PhD Degrees.

From there we end up discussing a number of different topics, largely based off questions I received including…

Dr. Sarah Lane Ritchie is Lecturer in Theology and Science at the University of Edinburgh. She has a PhD in Science and Religion from the University of Edinburgh, where her doctoral work focused on the question of divine action in the human mind. A Michigander by birth, Sarah also holds a BA in Philosophy and Religion from Spring Arbor University, an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, and an MSc in Science and Religion from the University of Edinburgh. Her published work focuses on questions arising from the intersection of theology, philosophy, and the various brain-related sciences. Sarah’s research interests include divine action, philosophy of mind, naturalism, cognitive science of religion, and the psychology of belief formation.

Nov 12 2019

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Philip Goff: From Panpsychism to Religious Fictionalism

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I am super pumped to have Philip Goff on the podcast and give a gigantic endorsement of his new book Galileo’s Error: foundations for a new science of consciousness – now available in print, digital, and AUDIO. Goff is a leading philosopher of mind and advocate for a panpsychist account of mind. This new book is successfully written for a wider audience and should not be missed. If you want the super dense philosophical argument check out his text Consciousness and Fundamental Reality

It was a complete blast to finally get to talk to someone I have enjoyed reading and I hope you all enjoy it half as much as I did.

In the conversation we discuss…

  • the hard problem of consciousness
  • what is a Russellian monist?
  • the failures of materialism and dualism
  • what exactly is Galileo’s error
  • here’s the article where Goff discusses religious fictionalism
  • what neuroscience can and can’t tell us about consciousness
  • the power of a panpsychist argument
  • Tripp mentions Alfred North Whitehead’s Modes of Thought and the chapters Nature Lifeless and Nature Alive.
  • what is consciousness? how is does it vary across reality?
  • why electrons DO NOT have existential angst
  • contrasting micro and macro panpsychism
  • does panpsychism move towards a religious or spiritual worldview?
  • here’s talk Goff gave about the anthropic principle Tripp brings up
  • you can tell Tripp is having fun when he decides to bring up more Process connections
  • what is religious fictionalism? Here’s the article in which Goff discusses it.
  • Goff’s symbolic affirmations that leads to his embrace of the Christian (fictional) faith – Crucifixion: 1)inversion of worldly powers & 2)inevitability of the bad guys winning / Easter: the hope against all odds, that the corrupt powers don’t ultimately get the last word.
  • what is the problem of ‘Cosmic Alienation’?
  • what would it mean to ‘make rigorous’

Make sure you check out Philip Goff’s very excellent website with tons of resources. Dr. Goff is an excellent twitter follow.

This episode is sponsored by our friends at The Pilgrim Press.

For everyone asking deep questions and chasing after God’s beauty in the world, The Pilgrim Press is a spiritual companion and resource. Those who love justice can turn to “Courageous Faith” by Emily Heath to nurture their spirits for the work of resistance. Those who love a bit of saucy biblical wisdom can learn from “Jesus and Those Bodacious Women” by the late great Linda Hollies. And those with the heartbreaking task of explaining death to children can lean on “Water Bugs and Dragonflies” by Doris Stickney, an all-time bestseller from The Pilgrim Press. These titles and many more are available through thepilgrimpress.com. The Homebrewed Christianity community can save 10% on orders by using the code HOMEBREWED at checkout.

Nov 11 2019

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Michael Welker and a Contemporary Constructive Christology

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Who is Jesus Christ for us today?  Is there a way to even attempt to answer the question with intellectual credibility?  One of Germany’s greatest theologians, Michael Welker, is on the podcast discussing his new book God the Revealed: Christology.  In the book and on the podcast we discuss the quest for the historical, theological engagement with the natural sciences, the cultural shifts in the church, atonement theories, our shared love of Whitehead, and a bunch of other nerdy bits of goodness.

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Professor Michael Welker is a Senior Professor at the University of Heidelberg (since 2013) and Director of the Research Center International and Interdisciplinary Theology (FIIT, since 2005) and an Honorary Professor at Seoul Theological University.

He is a member of the Heidelberg Academy and Corresponding Member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters and received the Medal of the University of Heidelberg. Karl-Barth-Preis award in 2016.

For lots of info on Dr. Welker check out his website HERE.

Want to check out Dr. Welker’s Gifford Lectures? Head over here and you can find the videos, audio, and written responses.

Nov 04 2019

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Called to be Prophets: Erin Law, Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, Steed Davidson, and Brian McLaren

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In this podcast Erin Law joins Tripp and Robyn to talk about her work in Somatics. They discuss…

  • Why Erin Law is awesome.
  • “Gender Trouble” as the Sermon on the Mount for humanity degrees… also Judith Butler is sometimes called J Buts.
  • the nature of gender and sexuality
  • what’s the deal with Christianity and bodies?
  • how friendship can become the place of resistance
  • the oppressive technology of separation
  • you should get Activist Theology –there is now an AUDIO version.

Then Steed Davidson and Brian McLaren join the fun as we discuss…

  • Dr. Steed Davidson is a post-colonial scholar of the Hebrew Bible at McCormick Theological Seminary.
  • Tripp takes advice from a Homebrewed Community Member and gets Brian to talk to Steed about the role of post-colonial thought for the future of the church.
  • the role of politics and empire in the Reformation translations of scripture
  • King James… of the authorized version KJV Bible translation was gay
  • the language of ‘slavery’ is used in expanding Protestantism as a spiritualized metaphor for everything but actual slavery
  • “if what you are saying is true… the next thing you are gonna tell me is that Jesus didn’t preach the Roman Road.”
  • the prophetic persona is a political persona
  • the forgotten prophetic power and possibility within the church
  • what’s up with the word ‘God’ and does it have a future?
  • God is like the world’s greatest tee-ball coach
  • the problematic nature of our culture of anxiety creation and management

If you are wise you will get inspired to check out Robyn’s new book. If you do… we got a bunch of goodies from Robyn to send you when you pre-order their new book Activist TheologyThat’s right, when you pre-order the book just forward the receipt to goactivistheology [at] gmail [dot] com and we will send you our class Theologies of Resistance and Robyn’s lecture from Theology Beer Camp. 

This episode is sponsored by the #1 selling study Bible – The New Life Application Study Bible. 

Whether you’re new to the Bible or a lifelong reader, this study Bible includes clarifications that help you understand the language, advice on how to apply the Bible’s teaching to everyday life, descriptions of the context and setting, profiles of key Bible people, guides for finding what you’re looking for and more. That’s what makes it a Bible for all times and the bestselling study Bible in the world.

Oct 26 2019

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Justin Barrett: This is Your Brain on God – Cognitive Science and the Naturalness of Belief

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Justin L. Barrett joined the School of Psychology in 2011 as Thrive Professor of Developmental Science and served as director of the Thrive Center for Human Development from 2011 to 2014. He is currently the chief project developer for the Office for Science, Theology, and Religion Initiatives (STAR) and, from January to September 2018, also served as acting dean of the School of Psychology. An experimental psychologist, Dr. Barrett taught for five years in Oxford University’s School of Anthropology and is best known for his research on religion.

While at Oxford, Professor Barrett helped establish and became the director of the Centre for Anthropology and Mind and the Institute for Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology. Professor Barrett is regarded as one of the founders of the cognitive science of religion field; a recent project in this area extended cognitive science of religion to China, for which he was awarded a grant from the Templeton World Charity Foundation (2011–2015). Barrett’s main focus at Fuller is to develop faith and science initiatives.

In this conversation we discuss…

  • the role of methodological naturalism in science
  • how the study of developmental psychology helps us understand the development of the religion
  • contrasting between reflective and non-reflective beliefs
  • why do we believe in God… naturally?
    • minimally counter-intuitive concepts
    • HADD, agency detection device
    • meaning making, teleological reasoning about nature
  • by virtue of a natural developing mind, one tends toward coming to affirm a type of God(s) concept.
  • how to best pass on your faith to your children (according to cognitive science)
  • “what are the practices you are cultivating and how to they shape the scaffolding of belief?”
  • the nature and function of religious ritual & the Protestantism’s problem with rituals

This episode is sponsored by NavPress in celebration of the release of How to Pray: a Simple Guide for Normal People by Peter Greig.

Use code HOWTOPRAY20 at navpress.com for an extra 20-percent off. Again that’s HOWTOPRAY20 at navpress.com, good through October 31, 2019.

Oct 11 2019

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Jonathan Jong: Religion, Culture, and Your Impending Death

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Dr. Jonathan Jong is a Research Fellow at Coventry University, and Deputy Director of the Brain, Belief and Behaviour group there. He is also a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford. Most of his current research is on the psychology of religion and the philosophical issues associated with the scientific study of religion. The Doctor is also a Reverend and Associate Priest at the parish church of St Mary Magdalen, Oxford and the Web Editor for the St Mary Magdalen School of Theology.

In this conversation we talked about…

  • what is the scientific study of religion?
  • what of religion is available to science?
  • the role of humility in theological speculation
  • how does cognitive science describe the origin of religion?
  • what are the two big approaches to understanding the evolutionary origin of religion?
  • how the relationship of our cognitive mechanisms and culture work together
  • the role and function of culture in shaping humanity’s religious disposition
  • the problem of assessing a Christian account of theism with cognitive science
  • how does a historically situated account of revelation impact the way you understand revelation?
  • we discuss the role of reading and ritual experience in shaping the content of faith
  • how the manner in which you engage the scripture changes the text itself
  • what does cognitive psychology teach us about passing on the faith?
  • is God real?
  • “I think the church leadership has not woken up to the fact we don’t live in the Middle Ages anymore.”
  • what are the ethical challenges raised by the cultural appropriation of mindfulness meditation?
  • what is terror management theory?
  • what is a death cafe?

Oct 04 2019

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LIVE from McAfee School of Theology: Kingdom Ethics and Moral Leadership in a Divided Age

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This is a special live podcast episode. It was recorded at Wild Heaven Brewing in Atlanta Georgia with a bunch of our friends
from McAfee School of Theology. During this zesty episode we discuss…

  • what is a ‘wet baptist’?
  • Dean Greg DeLoach gives beer style intros to Profs on the Mics
  • the nature of missionary dating and how it is absolutely not connected to the missionary posititon
  • the nature of Baptist life and American Evangelicalism
  • why David Gushee is sticking it to Stan… at least in podcasting.
  • Tripp discusses Carmen. He is sorry.
  • we meet Colin. he managed to publish a very zesty text as a student at McAfee with Dr. Gushee… Moral Leadership for a Divided Age: Fourteen People Who Dared to Change Our World
  • why Ghandi might not be included in the second edition
  • the inspiring life of Oscar Romero
  • what question would you ask a Presidential Candidate to get at their moral leadership?
  • “we are remembering faith, not an ideological faith”
  • how comic books help you learn how to read the Bible
  • what’s going on theologically in the cultural rise of the comic?
  • why everyone should read Sandman by Neil Gaiman
  • the unique shape, power, and creativity of nerd culture

Things to check out:

Dr. David P. Gushee is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University.

Dr. Gushee is the elected Past-President of both the American Academy of Religion and Society of Christian Ethics. He is the author and/or editor of 24 books and approximately 150 book chapters, journal articles, and reviews. His most notable books include: Righteous Gentiles of the HolocaustKingdom EthicsThe Sacredness of Human Life, Changing our Mind, and Moral Leadership for a Divided Age.

A devoted teacher, Professor Gushee offers courses to seminarians and college students. Over a busy 25-year career, he has written hundreds of opinion pieces, given interviews to scores of media outlets, and has led several significant social-ethical activist efforts.

David G. Garber, Jr. is the Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at McAfee. He received his B.A. in Religion from Baylor University (1995), his M.Div. and Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary (1998-99), and his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Emory University (2005). Before this position, Dr. Garber served as an adjunct professor at McAfee for three years while finishing his dissertation on “Trauma, History, and Survival in Ezekiel 1-24.” He teaches courses in Old Testament, Hebrew Exegesis, Social Justice in the Old Testament, The Theology of Ezekiel, The Bible and Popular Culture, and The Book of the Twelve.

In his research, Dr. Garber explores the usefulness of trauma theory as an interpretive lens for biblical study. He was the co-editor for a volume of Review and Expositor titled Faith Facing Trauma and contributed to the introduction and an expository article on Nahum 3 for the volume. Stemming from his work with trauma theory, Dr. Garber is currently composing an essay on “A Philology of Trauma in the Exilic Writings” to be published in a volume on the interpretation of exile ancient Israel by the Society of Biblical Literature.

Elder of the Podcast, Rev. Jason Oden is looking to take some Episcopalian and Lutheran peeps on a tour of the Holy Land... yes he’s got some scholarships for fellow HBC listeners.

Sep 26 2019

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Robert J. Russell: Cosmology, Divine Action, & Eschatology

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Robert John Russell is the current Ian G. Barbour Professor of Theology and Science at the Graduate Theological Union in
Berkeley, CA. Since 1981, Dr. Russell has served as both founding director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) and professor of theology and science at the GTU. Holding a PhD in physics and an MDiv/MA in theology, Dr. Russell embodies the motto of the Ian G. Barbour Chair: “Where religion meets science.”

In this episode we discuss…

  • his journey from physics to theology
  • the challenge of bio-ethics
  • the impact of science on Christian theology
  • creation and the fall from a scientific perspective
  • methodological naturalism
  • does God do anything?
  • the historical emergence of scientific inquiry from monotheistic traditions
  • fine tuning and the anthropic principle
  • why the debate between the many-worlds and a fine-tuned universe is metaphysical and not science
  • the divine action debate & non-interventionist objective divine action
  • moving beyond the conservative and liberal divide on divine action
  • assessing the nature of divine action in the scriptures
  • Big Bang Cosmology and a general resurrection?
  • how Easter could shape metaphysics
  • the ontological priority of the future
  • the connection between the resurrection and the plausibility of God
  • “Did Jesus witness to Chewbacca or was there a Wookie Christ figure?”
  • the cosmic horizon of the gospel
  • the incarnation as God’s self-investment
  •  if your Christology isn’t cosmic you are doing it wrong
  • prolepsis… we talk about it so you can impress your friends
  • a tear-jerking story… “is this how the Father felt when the Son died?”
  • Tripp quotes the last chapter of his next book… “God has refused to be God without us.”

Texts By Dr. Russell

Favorite Books to Teach

Sep 16 2019

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Norman Wirzba: Farm to Table Theology

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Norman Wirzba was raised on a farm in Southern Alberta, Norman went on to study history at the University of Lethbridge, theology at Yale University Divinity School, and philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. Since then he has taught at Saint Thomas More College/University of Saskatchewan, Georgetown College (KY), and Duke University Divinity School. He’s the father of four children and is married to Gretchen Ziegenhals. He likes to bake, cook and make things with wood. He also enjoys playing the guitar. He used to be a good athlete! He enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his family and friends. He tries to grow some food. His work focuses on understanding and promoting practices that can equip both rural and urban church communities to be more faithful and responsible members of creation. Current research is centered on a recovery of the doctrine of creation and a restatement of humanity in terms of its creaturely life.

We discuss…

  • how he came to be an academic within the Agrarian tradition
  • the impact of Wendell Berry
  • the growing cultural desire for freedom and autonomy
  • the predicament of recognition
  • hospitality to otherness
  • a brief discussion of Richard Kearney‘s Anatheism
  • we live in an anonymous economy of the one night stand
  • where do we begin an ecological ethics?
  • how do we begin to plan and prepare for post-collapse living?
  • here’s the book Tripp read that inspired his bear turd dream: Rethinking Nature 
  • modernity’s elimination of value and purpose from the world and the deflation of creation into a value-less, amoral realm
  • a shout out to Philip Goff’s new book, Galileo’s Error.
  • how our technology has reshaped our humanity
  • the power of returning to our own experience and body

BOOKS BY NORMAN

NORMAN’s BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Sep 05 2019

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David Wilkinson: an astrophysicist talks science & religion

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David Wilkinson is Principal of St John’s College and lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religion. He holds PhDs in both theoretical astrophysics and systematic theology. Before turning to theology his research was in theoretical astrophysics, where he studied star formation, the chemical evolution of galaxies and terrestrial mass extinctions such as the event which wiped out the dinosaurs. Dr. Wilkinson is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and have published a wide range of papers within the discipline. His current work involves the relationship of the Christian faith to contemporary culture, from science to pop culture. He also has current interests in the media, preaching, missiology and Christian communication.

He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day and travels widely to speak and broadcast on the relationship of science and faith. He is in high demand worldwide as a preacher and Bible teacher.

Over the course of our conversation we discuss…

  • the nature of awe
  • the transition from Newton’s clockwork universe [picturable and predictable] to that of the quantum world and special relativity
  • determinism and freedom
  • natural laws, divine action, and miracles
  • the power and nature of prayer
  • why “most Christians today are deists, not theists”
  • the problem of evil
  • Tripp vents about the multiverse and David helps him out
  • Paul Davies’ “Goldilocks enigma” and the fine-tuning problem
  • the search for Extra Terrestrial life
  • Simon Conway Morris and convergence in evolution
  • preference for STAR WARS over Star Trek
  • the probability of intelligent life in our universe
  • the nature of the universality of the Jesus event
  • Sir. John Polkinghorne
  • how practice shapes piety and piety shapes our plausibility
  • why are the laws of physics so beautiful, predictable, and generative?
  • discussing and sharing one’s faith in the context of science, humility, and awe.

Books by Dr. David Wilkinson

3 Books that had an impact on Dr. Wilkinson’s faith

Aug 27 2019

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Keith Ward: Religion in the Modern World

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Keith Ward is a British philosopher, theologian, priest and scholar. He is a fellow of the British Academy and a priest of the Church of England. He was a canon of Christ Church, Oxford until 2003. Comparative theology and the relationship between science and religion are two of his main topics of interest. He was Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford from 1991 to 2004.

Don’t forget to check out some amazing free lectures of Keith. Literally quality, zesty, nerdy, and free lectures.

Here’s his previous podcast visits:

We discuss…

  • the question of religious pluralism
  • the definition of religion
  • the role of Durkheim in the study of religion
  • reductive religionists and the ability to “explain away”
  • the “perennial philosophy”
  • difference across religious traditions
  • the nature of situated knowledge
  • the problem and challenge of religious syncretism
  • why we don’t have to believe the same thing to get along
  • diversity is good and Schleiermacher says so
  • the role of hermeneutics in religion
  • the curse of religion – trying to make people believe what you believe.
  • the search for meaning and the historicity of a religion
  • John Hick and religious pluralism
  • cultivating the ability to celebrate pluralism

Here’s Keith’s ‘debate’ with Daniel Dennett.

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Aug 22 2019

1hr 13mins

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From Southern Religion to Activist Theology: Stan Mitchell + Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

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This is a zesty LIVE episode, recorded live in Nashville. I am joined by two friends, Stan Mitchell and Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza. I get to ask them each 5 questions before we take questions from the people gathered for the fun.

If you are wise you will get inspired to check out Robyn’s new book. If you do… we got a bunch of goodies from Robyn to send you when you pre-order their new book Activist TheologyThat’s right, when you pre-order the book just forward the receipt to goactivistheology [at] gmail [dot] com and we will send you our class Theologies of Resistance and Robyn’s lecture from Theology Beer Camp. 

Called to be Prophets

SEPTEMBER 27-28 – Cary, NC –  Called to Be Prophets

I can’t wait for this event. It is not only going to be my last in the USA before my family’s move to the UK, but so many of my friends will be there. If you want to come to use the discount code TRIPP for 15% off.

Learn more about my family’s move to Scotland

Aug 14 2019

1hr 36mins

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!

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Guess what theology nerds?

This is a special announcement.

I have just accepted a position as Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. There I will be part of a John Templeton Foundation project, God and the Book of Nature: Building a Science-Engaged Theology of Nature. It is hard to exaggerate how excited I am about this position and the opportunity to work in theological education. On top of that I will be able to interact and connect with a host of new voices for the podcast, across the pond.

It really is a dream come true for this theology nerd.

Here’s where I would absolutely love your help.

Taking an entry level academic position at a prestigious university will open doors in the long run, so we want to take the venture as a family. The transition over seas will have a pretty significant hit in our monthly income, but being frugal isn’t the biggest concern, it is the rather daunting costs of moving over seas. That’s why we setup a GoFundMe where you can make a tax-deductible donation to the process.

For over 11 years Homebrewed Christianity has been bringing you online theological resources. With 70k regular listeners and having crossed over 3 million downloads already this year, I know many of you enjoy it almost as much as I do. Your support not only makes the podcast possible, but has enabled me to continue to pursue my dream.

I am asking for those who are able to help out. Here’s two ways you can.

Donate to the GoFundMe to help us cover the moving costs. This donation is tax-deductible because of our partnership with ReWilder.

Join the Homebrewed Community and support the podcast with a monthly donation. You will also get access to a bunch of goodies including a year-long introduction to contemporary theology.

If you’re strapped for funds, don’t worry about it. Please, keep enjoying the podcast! But if you’re able to help out, either one-time via GoFundMe or recurring via the Homebrewed Community, it would mean alot to me.

Either way, I look forward to bringing you all-new zestiness from across the pond.

Thanks for considering!

Tripp

Aug 09 2019

25mins

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Michael Reiss: Evolutionary Ethics and the role of Religion

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Michael Reiss is a British bioethicist, educator, and journalist. He is also an Anglican priest. Reiss is professor of science education at the Institute of Education, University College London, where he is assistant director, research and development. We had a fun conversation about his recent Boyle lecture (you can watch it here). We discuss a number of topics:

  • how is ethics framed and formed by our evolutionary heritage?
  • Dawkins and the genes eye view
  • the role of language and rituals in the formation of the self reflection
  • how human fictions shape our living
  • the emergence of religion within humanity and the social brain
  • how religious practice preceded ethics and belief
  • how ethics evolved among our species
  • the nature of humanity’s expanding in-group
  • a shout out to Peter Singer

You can find out more about the Religion and the Social Brian project here.

He also has a number of articles available for download here.

Jul 31 2019

47mins

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Sarah Lane Ritchie: an Integrated Physicality and the Sacred

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Get ready for a bunch of nerdy fun.

Sarah Lane Ritchie is Lecturer in Theology and Science at the University of Edinburgh. She has a PhD in Science and Religion from the University of Edinburgh, where her doctoral work focused on the question of divine action in the human mind. A Michigander by birth, Sarah also holds a BA in Philosophy and Religion from Spring Arbor University, an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, and an MSc in Science and Religion from the University of Edinburgh. Her published work focuses on questions arising from the intersection of theology, philosophy, and the various brain-related sciences. Sarah’s research interests include divine action, philosophy of mind, naturalism, cognitive science of religion, and the psychology of belief formation.

Dr. Sarah Lane Ritchie joins the podcast to discuss her upcoming book Divine Action and the Human Mind and a bunch of other topics including…

  • Her story of coming out of Southern Baptist Fundamentalism
  • spiritually integrated physicality
  • the Hard Problem of Consciousness
  • physicalists, dualists, panpsychism, and more
  • theologians should NOT be scared of scientific accounts
  • embodied cognition’s rejection of downloadable consciousness
  • why no more machine imagery, but organism!
  • the problem with the contemporary Divine Action debate
  • i proceed to offer Philip Goff’s Russellian Monism as an option
  • the combination problem and the zombie thought experiment
  • how the scientific study of religion has uncovered how natural it is
  • why Mainline Protestants are working against sharing their faith with their children
  • rethinking psychedelics for spiritual traditions (here’s the Rupert Sheldrake episode we mention)
  • i told a story of bourbon, fasting, ketosis, mindfulness, and getting consumed by a skull
  • we discuss divine action and why Sarah thinks Philip Clayton is almost right
  • the relationship of divine action, the problem of evil, and theory of mind
  • Sarah finished her Mdiv at Princeton without actually reading Karl Barth
  • the ethical quandary of sex-bots and Tripp’s high quality sanitation dodge
  • the relationship of religious traditions to spiritual practices

Jul 04 2019

1hr 51mins

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Bruce Rogers-Vaughn: the Neo-Liberal Attack on the Soul

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This episode is amazing. It is just super-duper spectacular. Oh, it is also packed with awesome sauce.

I can’t wait for all of you in helping professions to hear this and get yourself the book – Caring for Souls in a Neoliberal Age. Dr. Bruce Rogers-Vaughn is Associate Professor of the Practice of Pastoral Theology and Counseling at Vanderbilt Divinity School, an ordained minister, and practicing therapist.

Over the course of the conversation Dr. Vaughn mentions a couple articles he has kindly shared here: “Blessed Are Those Who Mourn” and “Pastoral Reflections on Debt in the Age of Trump.” These will surely inspire checking out the book

  • how Capitalism and Neo-liberalism attack the soul
  • learning from our pain
  • the quasi-religion of neo-liberalism
  • Deregulation, Liberalization, and Privatization
  • the secret perversity of meritocracy
  • the nature of soul
  • the erosion of community and public life
  • the neoliberal appropriation of identity politics
  • distinguishing between types of suffering
  • the pathology of normalcy
  • student debt-slavery

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  • reframing the nature of vocation
  • educational industrial complex
  • public outrage, trigger warnings, micro-aggressions, and virtue signaling
  • the politics of recognition
  • cultural resentment
  • cultivating communities of harm-reduction
  • human waste in the neo-liberal order
  • how social media cultivates anxiety

An amazing collection of texts Bruce mentioned

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Jun 13 2019

2hr 12mins

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Michael J. Murray: The Scientific Challenge for Faith

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Dr. Michael J. Murray is the President of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and former Arthur and Katherine Shadek Chair in Philosophy and the Humanities at Franklin & Marshall College and Senior Vice President of Programs at the John Templeton Foundation.

He received his BA from Franklin and Marshall and his MA and Ph.D from the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on two primary areas. The first is seventeenth century history of philosophy and theology, with a particular focus on the work of Gottfried Leibniz. The second is contemporary philosophy of religion. His most recent work focuses on the problem of evil and animal suffering, and cognitive and evolutionary accounts of the origin and persistence of religious belief and practice. In our wide-ranging conversation we discuss…

  • fine-tuning
  • gene-editing
  • climate change
  • the theological significance of science
  • cognitive science of religion
  • evolutionary psychology
  • cultivating vocations in science among the church
  • the origins of religion (thorough and clear description of the different options)
  • revelation’s relationship to history and religions
  • situated knowledge and contextual for religious truth
  • the historical Adam
  • the pain and suffering within nature
  • Extraterrestrial and Artificial Intelligence

Books by Dr. Murray

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Jun 10 2019

1hr 44mins

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