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AK47 S1E38: Author & Screenwriter Brian Godawa

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AK47 S1E40: All About Video Games
The AK boys decide to start a tradition: the monthly BS episode. No theology, no philosophy, just two incel neck beards being neck beardy and such. Enjoy. Or Don't. It's BS after all!
December 12, 2018
AK47 S1E39: The Godawa Part II
Brian Godawa came back (I know...we're just as baffled by our repeat guests as everyone else is, but bafflement and gratitude are not only not mutually exclusive but complementary) and we talk about eschatology, dispensationalism, the awesomeness of the Bible, but most importantly for present purposes his latest series of books! The Chronicles of the Apocalypse tells a tale of epic proportions concerning the destruction of the temple in AD 70, the monstrous Nero, the persecution of the fledgling Christ followers, and the true battles going on in the heavenly realms that effect our world to this day. Go buy these books as Christmas presents and maybe Godawa will return (or strike back) on our humble pod some day! But seriously go buy his stuff. He's a good dude who writes good stuff: We're getting pretty desperate to find ways to meet our last 8 episodes so after this one the quality will be going down significantly (merry Christmas). Aaron may even do a couple episodes where he just reads old articles and does some commentary on them. This will be a sad attempt to straighten out some of the more complicated ideas for his alleged book project (cough, everybody needs dreams, cough).
December 7, 2018
AK47 S1E38: Author & Screenwriter Brian Godawa
Aaron interviews bestselling author Brian Godawa and they discuss the weird stuff in the Bible. Brian has written several series of "Theological Novels" (Aaron, in his characteristically pretentious style describes them as "Didactic Christian Myth") which explore the more bizarre (but scholarly accurate) aspects of the Old Testament. We discuss the book of Enoch, Giants, Angels, Demons, and other aspects of what Dr. Michael Heiser calls the Deuteronomy 32 worldview. Even the Epic of Gilgamesh comes up at one point. Godawa's first series is entitled The Chronicles of the Nephilim. His latest series, The Chronicles of the Apocalypse, is a kind of antidote to the Left Behind craze by focusing on distinctly preterist eschatology which teaches that John's Apocalypse mostly concerns events in the later 1st century AD. But eschatology (one of Aaron's favorite subjects, yet one Kyle remains willfully and lazily ignorant of) will concern our next episode with Godawa. Kyle is absent from this episode and the next one. Aaron put him in a box to repent of his eschatological ignorance. He won't be allowed back until he's completed all of Jurgen Moltmann's books, and he has to read them in the original Klingon. Check out Brian Godawa's stuff on Amazon ( We mention Michael Heiser quite a bit. Check him out at And for those of you who are counting down we only have about 30 days left to get out 9 episodes!
November 28, 2018
AK47 S1E37: Singleness in the Church
Kyle interviews Raymond Blaine Stewart, a Ph.D candidate in philosophy at the University of Oklahoma, on the topic of singleness in the church. What is the "gift of singleness?" What are the mistakes the Evangelical church makes in its view of singleness and how to minister to singles? Does 1 Corinthians 7 teach that singleness is a gift? How should the church help singles?
November 4, 2018
AK47 S1E36: White Fragility Test
Do Aaron and Kyle exhibit "white fragility?" Aaron and Kyle answer a series of 16 questions from Ally Henny, a writer and speaker on race, to see exactly how fragile they are. They talk about the concepts of white fragility, race, and how to approach the situations mentioned in the test. They also try to make jokes.
November 3, 2018
AK47 S1E35: Ancient Concepts of Poverty
Aaron and Kyle give a brief update on their lives and some informative books that they're reading, then Aaron talks about some interesting things that he has learned about the concept of poverty and homelessness in the ancient world and what that means for today.
November 3, 2018
AK47 S1E34: Woke Christianity
Aaron and Kyle talk about "Woke" Christianity, social justice, critical theory, intersectionality, and their compatibility with the Christian worldview. They get into politics, culture, the Gospel, and more.
October 20, 2018
AK47 S1E33: Kavanaugh, Memory, and Testimony
Aaron and Kyle discuss some logical, apologetic, and epistemological issues that are brought up by the Kavanaugh case. The reliability of eyewitness testimony and memory, how that applies to the Gospels, thoughts on "believe all women," and more are discussed.
October 4, 2018
Mic Test and Addressing Constructive Criticism
Kyle tests out his new mic and responds to some constructive critiques.
September 23, 2018
AK47 S1E32: Controversy Surrounding Ravi Zacharias
Aaron and Kyle talk about the recent controversies about the academic credentials and experiences of the famous preacher and apologist, Ravi Zacharias.
September 22, 2018
AK47 S1E31: The Ethics of Immigration
Timothy Hsiao returns to talk about the ethics of immigration. Do people have the right to immigrate? What about refugees or compassion? What are the arguments for and against more immigration restrictions?
September 20, 2018
AK47 S1E30: Socialism, Capitalism, and Venezuela
Kyle interviews Daniel Vargas on socialism and Venezuela. What was Venezuela like when he grew up there? What is it it like now and how is Socialism connected to that? Is Capitalism any better? What should Christians think about political theories like Socialism or Capitalism?
August 30, 2018
AK47 S1E29: California's Assembly Bill 2943 and Orientation Change Therapy
Kyle interviews Neal Hardin on a controversial bill in California called AB 2943, which seeks to make it illegal to sell and pay for sexual orientation change therapy. We talk about what the bill says, how the bill will affect certain freedoms, and describe the nuances of orientation change therapy.
August 24, 2018
AK47 S1E28: Catholic Church Scandals and the Problem of Suffering
Aaron and Kyle are back together. They start out by giving some thoughts on the recent scandal in the Catholic church, then they go on to bear their souls. They talk about the pain in their lives and what they are dealing with.
August 17, 2018
AK47 S1E27: From Catholicism to Protestantism- Anthony Costello's Story
Kyle interviews Anthony Costello on his journey from Catholicism and nominal religiosity to Evangelical Protestantism. We go over what events in his life lead to his current beliefs and what criticisms he has of the Catholic church.
August 13, 2018
AK47 S1E26: The Moral Right to Gun Ownership
Timothy Hsiao returns. This time, Kyle interviews him on gun rights. Tim argues for more permissive gun rights for people and responds to arguments for more gun restrictions.
August 8, 2018
AK47 S1E25: Natural Law Theory
Kyle interviews Timothy Hsiao on Natural Law Theory. What is a natural law theory of ethics? What are some arguments for it and against it? What are its ethical entailments when it comes to things like sex, lying, drug use, and other things? How does natural law theory connect to God? Find out here.
August 3, 2018
AK47 S1E24: Undesigned Coincidences in the Bible
Kyle interviews Dr. Lydia McGrew on undesigned coincidences and how they provide evidence of the Bible's historical reliability. She also talks about a concerning trend in New Testament studies and gives an analysis and response to it.
August 2, 2018
AK47 S1E23: Feminist Philosophy
Adrian Urias returns in this episode to talk about a feminist philosophy class that he took in college. What is feminism? What are the presuppositions of feminism? How should we engage with feminists? What parts of feminism are compatible with Christianity? All that and more here.
July 30, 2018
AK47 S1E22: Transgenderism
Aaron and Kyle talk about transgenderism and philosophy of mind in response to an article on Quillette. This is part 1. Part 2 will get more into the metaphysics of mind.
July 26, 2018
AK47 S1E21: The Metaphysics of Beauty
Kyle interviews Dennis Bray, a Ph.D candidate in analytic theology at the University of St. Andrews, on the metaphysics of beauty. Is beauty objective? Why think that it is? How does the topic of beauty connect to the topic of goodness and morality? How does God's existence connect to the objectivity of beauty? What is an argument for God's existence from beauty? All that and more here.
July 22, 2018
AK47 S1E20: Fostering a Pluralistic Society
Aaron and Kyle talk about a dialogue that happened between Pastor Timothy Keller and Dr. Jonathan Haidt on living in and fostering a pluralistic society. Aaron and Kyle talk about being civil when living around and talking with different people, Keller's strengths as a speaker and representative of Christ, and the problems with identity politics.
July 19, 2018
AK47 S1E19: Influential Books in Our Lives
Aaron and I discuss the most influential books in our lives. This brings up discussions on Christian's responsibility in changing culture, dealing with suffering and being authentic with God, and apologetics.
July 18, 2018
AK47 S1E18: Fittingness Arguments for God's Existence
Kyle interviews Dr. Greg Ganssle on fittingness arguments for the existence of God and God of the Gaps arguments.
July 17, 2018
AK47 S1E17: Abortion, Sexual Responsibility, and Getting Christians on Joe Rogan's Podcast
Aaron and Kyle talk about abortion and sexual responsibility. They also talk about Joe Rogan's podcast and which Christians they would like to see Rogan interview for the purposes of opening him and his audience up to the intellectual viability of Christianity.
July 15, 2018
AK47 S1E16: Adultery and Leadership
Aaron and Kyle discuss whether or not sin like adultery automatically disqualifies someone as a leader, why they named their podcast AK47, and some updates on later interviews.
July 14, 2018
AK47 S1E15: A Journey from Homosexuality to Christ- Becket Cook's Story
Kyle interviews Becket Cook on his journey from a lifestyle of gay relationships and Hollywood glamour to a disciple of Christ. He also gives his thoughts on the biblical exegesis of Matthew Vines and how to minister to gay people.
July 13, 2018
AK47 S1E14: Religious Epistemology
Kyle interviews Dr. Chris Gadsden on religious epistemology and the rationality of theism and Christianity.
July 12, 2018
AK47 S1E13: Sports
Aaron and Kyle talk about sports, why they love or hate sports, what defines a sport, the ethics involved in sports, and they just mess around.
July 11, 2018
AK47 S1E12: Cultural Marxism and Christianity
Aaron and Kyle discuss economic and cultural Marxism and whether it is compatible with Christianity. Kyle also says "um" a lot and appears uneducated.
July 10, 2018
AK47 S1E11: Arguments for the Pro-Life Position
Aaron and Kyle interview Clinton Wilcox on the topic of abortion. What are the arguments for the pro-life position? Why should we listen to a man's opinion? Are unborn humans people? Do laws affect abortion rates? Find out here.
July 9, 2018
AK47 S1E10: From Protestantism to Eastern Orthodoxy- Basil Polivka's Story
In this episode, Kyle interviews Basil Polivka on what led him to Eastern Orthodoxy, where Eastern Orthodoxy came from, and some of the beliefs and practices of Eastern Orthodoxy.
July 9, 2018
AK47 S1E9: Graduate School and Studying Philosophy
Aaron and I are back together to talk about our experiences studying philosophy in university and graduate school. What was it like? What is Talbot like? What are the benefits and negatives of studying philosophy? Should you study philosophy formally? Will Christian students at secular universities encounter hostile professors if they take a philosophy class? Will Talbot make you cry? Enjoy.
July 7, 2018
AK47 S1E8: From Protestantism to Catholicism- Adrian Urias's Story
Kyle interviews Adrian Urias on his journey through atheism, Protestant Christianity, and Catholicism, and his responses to basic Protestant objections to Catholicism.
July 7, 2018
AK47 S1E7: Science and Christianity
In this episode, Kyle interviews Dr. Neil Shenvi on the apparent conflicts and possible intersection of Christianity and science.
July 6, 2018
AK47 S1E6: Analyzing Christian Debates and Dialogues
Debates vs dialogues
July 4, 2018
Ak47 S1E4: Who is to Blame for all of the Violence?
James Gunn, Trump, Violence, and a return to civility
July 1, 2018
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