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Deep Talks: Exploring Theology and Meaning-Making is a podcast dedicated to exploring the integral relationship between theology and all of our efforts to find and make meaning in the world. Fostering nuanced, non-combative dialogue about theology and culture, science, the arts and entertainment, and philosophy within a broad, historic Christian perspective.
 
REK (Free Yourself) Bookings: marie@reklive.com ReK is a diverse Brazilian DJ/Producer duo, spawned from a visit to the iconic white isle of Ibiza and a love for authentic house and techno prowess. Following an unforgettable experience in Space’s club room in 2011, R&K (Rodrigo & Kerol) found themselves entranced in electronic dance music and it soon became clear that this was a path they wanted to follow. Influenced by the likes of Luciano, Carl Cox, Masters at Work, Roger Sanchez, Simon Du ...
 
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The 19th century marked a time of significant discovery in geology and biology, but with these scientific discoveries came a picture of a much older, more violent, and less human-centric world than people previously imagined. In many ways, it was this era that marked the beginning of the "science vs. faith" debates in Western civilization that cont…
 
I'm an 80's/90's kid who grew up in the evangelical heyday of Christian subculture. "Christian" music, movies, tv, bookstores, and even our own brand of science was all part of a larger culture war movement. A lot of people my age eventually abandoned right-wing, republican Evangelicalism but simply traded it for left-wing, progressive post-evangel…
 
How should Christians in America navigate the "culture war"? Are we forced to choose between either being angry cultural combatants or being passively assimilated into ideologies & guiding stories foreign to the way of Jesus?How do narratives, especially the hero myths that fill our comic book pages and movie theater screen, invite people to explor…
 
Is the role of a pastor becoming obsolete?One thousand years ago, the role of a pastor (or priest) had a radically different value in society than the role they occupy today in Western culture. Understanding how we shifted from a worldview filled with magic and enchantment where pastors were seen as powerful wizards of white magic to modern CEO's o…
 
In my formative years when I first started getting into theology and philosophy, I used to really enjoy watching debates between Christian and atheist apologists on the question "Does God exist?"But the deeper I went on my journey the more I realized that this question, and many of my conceptions of God, were fundamentally flawed. I had misundersto…
 
Like Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Schleiermacher believed that our reasoning ability has its limits. With growing anti-religious attitudes spreading throughout Europe in the 18th century, Schleiermacher set out to make Christianity relevant to the "cultured despisers" of religion as the Enlightenment shifted into the 19th century.But did Schleiermacher…
 
In this week's episode, we'll explore how theology, philosophy, and the quest for meaning has been the spark that ignited revolutions throughout history, especially since the advent of mass communication beginning in the 15th century. Why do revolutionaries seek to change aesthetic symbols and "holy-days" on their path towards changing a culture's …
 
Our journey through history searching for insights and answers to the problem of evil has brought us to the height of the Enlightenment era where the limits of reason, especially as it relates to the problem of evil and Christian theology, were stretched and challenged.What happens if you were to only use reason and "natural" theology to determine …
 
Dr. Dwight N. Hopkins was born and raised in the segregated south, but through the support system of his loving family and the African American church community, he grew to become a renowned theologian. Hopkins is the Alexander Campbell Professor of Theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Graduating from Harvard, Hopkins went on to e…
 
The Problem of Evil series returns with part 10! In this episode, we'll review some of the reasons why theology shifted towards natural theology and rationalism during the Enlightenment and we'll see how a Christian rationalist like Gottfried Leibniz (a man who invented calculus, mechanical calculators, and artificial intelligence over 300 years ag…
 
As the old guiding stories found in traditional religious structures seem to be breaking down, why are horror films and nihilistic comedies like Rick and Morty apparently growing in popularity? What sorts of theological and philosophical ideas are embedded in these expressions of popular culture?To help unpack these ideas, we're joined by author an…
 
Nearly one year ago, we released a podcast in our Christ and Culture series called "Battle of the Gods." When it was released last year, some people struggled to see how modern people really did have these same liturgical practices of worship as people in ancient civilizations. I wanted to revisit that episode in light of the recent wave of statues…
 
This week's guest is Bonnie Kristian. Bonnie is a contributing editor at The Week and has also been featured in Christianity Today, USA Today, Time and many other publications. She also holds a Master's in Christian Thought from Bethel Seminary. Bonnie has been studying the QAnon movement and the growing conspiracy theory culture which centers arou…
 
Today's guest is Adam Russell. Adam is the Lead Pastor at Vineyard Campbellsville in Kentucky, National Director of Vineyard Worship, and host of The Ferment Podcast.In our conversation, we discuss transformative spiritual experiences and what we do as pastors when people ask us if psychedelic experimentation should be added to the list of normal C…
 
The Bible has strict prohibitions on creating & practicing idolatry but yet also sometimes seems to bless the creation of sacred, symbolic art like the ornate features found in Moses' tabernacle and Solomon's temple, so what distinguishes the use of art and symbol as being idolatrous from something blessed as a sacred? What deeper, existential impl…
 
Andy Squyres is a singer-songwriter & pastor from Charlotte, North Carolina. He's got a new record coming out. You can hear the first two singles wherever you stream music or over at andysquyres.comTo listen to Andy's first appearance on the podcast where he shared about his backstory and journey of faith you can go here:https://www.podbean.com/ew/…
 
In this week's Reconstruction Story, we'll hear from someone who grew up in fundamentalism, left to pursue New Age spiritualities and psychedelic exploration, and eventually became a holistic follower of the Way of Jesus. And yes, we have some extended conversation about psychedelic drugs because I know so many listeners who have questions on the s…
 
There's been a significant movement of "exvangelicals" over this past decade. In their process of deconstruction, they come to a point where they no longer see the Christian story they've heard as viable. Deconstruction can often turn to devastation, but is reconstruction possible?In today's episode, we'll meet Rick Guttersohn, a leadership consult…
 
Maybe as you are stuck at home during this quarantine, you find yourself binging a lot more Netflix than you normally would. Whether you are aware of it or not, you are actually binging theology. In today's episode we'll explore why "cultural texts" like movies, tv, and even memes are all works of theology, and I'll give you some tips using Kevin V…
 
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