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AK47 S1E38: Author & Screenwriter Brian Godawa

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Jesse the Jabi Bonus Episode
Aaron's friend Jesse comes on the show to correct all the misconceptions of MKs that Paul and Aaron created. Caution! The content of this episode is not appropriate for...humans
40:08
April 12, 2019
AK47 S2E17: Hello Mike3!
Aaron and his new philosophy friend from Florida chat about God's existence, mysticism, Buddhism,  reformed theology, and some other stuff. 
1:40:19
April 10, 2019
AK47 S2E16: Hollywood and the Unplanned Movie
Aaron and Kyle talk about Hollywood, whether or not we should give our money to them, the Unplanned movie about Abby Johnson's life, and abortion in general.
1:28:50
April 7, 2019
AK47 S215: The Return of the Socialist!
Aaron's friend Alex (the "Bernie Bro") is back to do some political punditry. They cover the Democratic Jungle of presidential candidates and explore issues like how Beto raised more money than Bernie.  The sound is not fantastic, due to some technical difficulties. 
1:04:56
April 1, 2019
AK47 S3E14: The Paul Rises Again Episode II
Paul Smith and Aaron continue their bizarre/epic discussion of being Missionary Kids in the Philippines! 
1:15:16
April 1, 2019
AK47 S1E5: Singleness in the Church
This was sort of a "lost episode" from back when we were going to do two separate AK47 podcasts, one long form hosted on our blog and a short form semi weekly on Anchor. Obviously we went exclusively with Anchor since our original idea was very dumb. This episode was a four conversation between Aaron, Kyle, Kyle's Eastern Orthodox friend Gregg Webb (who happens to be gay) and Aaron's friend Brian Sterling. The main subject of discussion was singleness in the church. The audio quality is quite poor, this was recorded in a completely different way than we do now. You can see how far we've come!
1:55:36
April 1, 2019
AK47 S2E13: The Paul Does Rise Again!
Old RTV episode where Paul Smith and Aaron jabber jaw about being missionary kids!
1:33:37
March 24, 2019
AK47 S2E12: Joy to the world!
This is a very special episode for me (Aaron) because our guest today is the Executive Editor of The Federalist! That's right Joy Pullman! She has been my editor, mentor, and friend for the last couple of years so finally getting to speak with her was true JOY! And besides all that Joy is a pretty big deal. The Federalist has essentially become the epicenter for opinion journalism on the American right in large part because of Joy's tireless efforts to cultivate a community of writers, mostly brilliant conservative women. She's regularly a featured guest on places like NPR and Fox news. So our humble podcast is very very honored that she agreed to speak with us.  We discuss a lot of stuff but the most important things concerned American education. Joy specializes in education journalism and has written an entire book on common core.  Links to resources: 1. Joy's Book "Education Invasion" 2. The Federalist article on "Federal School Choice" 3. Joy's ebook "Classic Books for Ages 3-7" 4. Her appearance on Tucker Carlson 5. My all time favorite episode of The Federalist Podcast where Joy interviews Charles Murray and explains why her family left the Beltway Bubble
37:55
March 11, 2019
AK47 S2E11: Becoming an Apologist Without a Degree, With Clinton Wilcox
Kyle continues his series on becoming an apologist without getting an advanced degree by interviewing Clinton Wilcox.  Clinton is a Christian, but he mostly engages in pro-life speaking and debate.  He has defended the pro-life position in both written and verbal form for years and he has done this without getting an advanced degree.  Despite this, he is very intelligent and informed on the topic.  In this interview, I ask him how he got into pro-life apologetics and how people can prepare themselves to intellectually defend the unborn without having to spend thousands of dollars and years of time getting a degree. 
56:00
March 10, 2019
AK47 S2E10: Spiderman Into the Spider-Verse and More
Aaron Gleason and Kyle Hendricks come back together for another B.S. episode.  We talk about our love for the new Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse movie, which recently won an Oscar.  We also talk about other films, T.V. shows, and anime.  We talk about why the new animated Spiderman was good, how it compares to the other Spiderman movies, superhero movies in general, how these movies and anime handle drama and humor, which movie had the better Kingpin, and more.  Despite talking about our favorite entertainment, we still couldn't help but get political in the second half.  We talk about critical theory, intersectionality, and racism. 
1:23:17
March 9, 2019
AK47 S2E9: The Paul will rise again!
This is an old episode from the ResistanceTV days where my good friend Paul Smith and I discuss our top ten board games. The intros and outros are intact from the original.
1:42:48
March 5, 2019
AK47 S2E8: Bring on the Bernie Bros!
In this episode I (Aaron) discuss Democratic Socialism with a friend of mine who happens to be a Democratic Socialist! Hooray for Civility and freedom of thought!!! Alex (my friend) and I are political polar opposites in many ways but as you'll see genuine Conservatives and some socialists have more in common than many would like to admit. The sound isn't great but I thought it was worth it to talk to Alex in person, that's always the way I prefer to record. And AK47 would like to thank him for allowing us to record at his place and for giving us his valuable time. The books I recommend during the discussion are: 1.  Alienated America and Obamanomics both by Tim Carney 2.  Tribe by Sebastian Junger (that may not come up in the episode, I may have recommended it to Alex before we started recording) 3. This is the most important one for this discussion: Lost Connections by Johann Hari
53:54
March 5, 2019
AK47 S2E7: Becoming an Apologist Without a Degree, With Cameron Bertuzzi
Cameron Bertuzzi of Capturing Christianity joins us today in the third installment of Kyle's series of interviews on how to become a competent apologist and have a good apologetics ministry without getting a formal, graduate-level education at a university.  Cameron gives advice on how to start an apologetics ministry, the importance of knowing how to market your platform, how to learn apologetics content, and how to handle the fear and anxiety that can come from discussing and debating your faith with skeptics.
1:07:00
February 23, 2019
AK47 S2E6: The Return of the Heminator
Aaron Gleason has Mark Hemingway, formerly of the Weekly Standard, back on the show.  They give their thoughts on the government shutdown, the border wall, Trump, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Green New Deal, free markets, and more. 
56:47
February 22, 2019
AK47 S2E5: Becoming an Apologist Without a Degree, With Evan Minton
 In this episode, I interview Evan Minton of Cerebral Faith.  I ask him how he became a Christian, how he became interested in the intellectual side of the Christian faith, and why he decided to start a blog on the topic.  I ask him for advice on how to become a good apologist without a formal education, how to deal with anxiety about having discussions or debates with skeptics, his more controversial theological opinions, and where we can read his stuff.  We also talk about some of our nerdy hobbies like video games and anime, with an emphasis on Pokemon and Zelda. 
1:20:42
February 17, 2019
AK47 S2E4: Becoming an Apologist Without a Degree, With Sam Harper
 In today's episode, I interview Sam Harper, who blogs at Philo Christos.  I ask him how he became a Christian, how he became interested in the intellectual side of the Christian faith, and why he decided to start a blog on the topic.  I ask him for advice on how to become a good apologist without a formal education, how to deal with anxiety about having discussions or debates with skeptics, his more controversial theological opinions, and where we can read his stuff. 
1:22:20
February 16, 2019
AK47 S2E3: From Augustine to James
I (Aaron) have on Philosophy Professor Mark Boone to discuss William James and Augustine, faith, empiricism, and some other stuff. Check out his work page for all the relevant articles. Most importantly though check out his youtube channel. And also check out ricochet.com. It's the best conservative discussion on the internet. PS: I make a comment about Sam Harris being a practicing Buddhist, that is strictly speaking not true. I'm going to do either an article or an episode discussing what is about the statement soon.
1:36:35
January 23, 2019
AK47 Season 2 Episode 2: Milo's Interview on the Eric Metaxas Show
 Aaron and I risk our careers to talk about a very controversial figure, Milo Yiannopoulos.  We are giving commentary on the recent Eric Metaxas show that Milo appeared in.  We talk about the strange disconnect between Milo's beliefs about homosexuality and his lifestyle, how hosts interact with guests on interview shows, whether or not Milo is really conservative, and a host of other issues. 
1:51:26
January 20, 2019
AK47 Season Two Episode 1: The Heminator Himself
We're starting off season two with a BANG! Mark Hemingway (formerly of the murdered Weekly Standard) graced us with his presence. Not physically of course, but Spiritually. We discuss being married to women who make more money than us, free markets, social values, and get some amazing musical recommendations. The Hemingways are notorious music snobs, which means when they recommend stuff its good.  The Music recommendations were:  S. Carey Big Red Machine Robbie Robertson, specifically his self titled album from 1987 The Blue Nile And the Portlandia article can be found here: https://www.weeklystandard.com/mark-hemingway/insufferable-portland Also Mark sent me the quotation he couldn't remember, and its pretty epic:  "One is reminded of an observation of the philosopher Rémi Brague. “Faith produces its effects only so long as it remains faith and not calculation,” Brague wrote in the 1990s. “We owe European civilization to people who believed in Christ, not to people who believed in Christianity.”" - Reflections on the Revolution in Europe by Christopher Caldwell
47:46
January 11, 2019
AK47 SIE47 The New Worlders Preview Part 4
Alan and I finally bring our long drunken conservative conversation to a close. Season 1 of AK47 is mercifully over.
58:40
January 10, 2019
AK47 S1E46 The New Worlders Preview Part 3
More Conservative Hocus Pocus!
1:05:12
January 9, 2019
AK47 S1E45 The New Worlders Preview Part 2
Okay so this is the third time that this same episode has been deleted and re uploaded due to "technical difficulties" The only new thing is that we included the intro for the New Worlders podcast at the very end of the episode. So if you've already listened to this episode just fast forward and listen to that. Sorry for the drama. The third and fourth parts should be up soon. Then Season 2 of AK47 can begin. We may design a new theme for the new season...not sure yet. We're very lazy!
1:16:30
January 8, 2019
AK47 S1 E44: The New Worlders Launch Part 1
The launch of The New Worlders Podcast, hosted by AC Gleason and Alan Wells. Part 1 of 4. The New Worlders will be a tangential discussion show about Conservatism. Real conservatism. Not Libertarianism, not right wing, not traditionalism, not reactionism. No, Gleason and Wells will be obsessing discussing genuine conservatism. A new episode should be up every time The Salisbury Review drops over in England. That's the quarterly magazine founded by Roger Scruton, the Godfather of conservatism in our era. It will also feature a different libation each episode and hopefully a paired cigar or pipe tobacco. Look for the New Worlders to launch on its own channel eventually.
1:17:11
January 5, 2019
AK47 S1E43: All About Anime
Aaron and Kyle end the year with another BS episode.  This time, we talk about anime.  We talk about what even constitutes an anime, what distinguishes anime from non-anime, what even is an "anime style," what shows got anime rolling here in America, a little bit about English dubs, and some good anime series or movies to start out with if you haven't watched anime before.  
1:20:41
December 31, 2018
AK47 S1E42: Bye Bye Bre
Short special episode about Bre Payton and death.
22:38
December 30, 2018
AK47 S1E41: Superhero Movies, Ben Shapiro's Interview with John MacArthur, and other Random Topics
Aaron and Kyle are taking it easy on the heavy topics for the end of the year.  They talk about random topics from superhero films, John MacArthur, psychology vs. spirituality, apologetics, the Gospel, and more.
1:53:16
December 23, 2018
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!
2:45:55
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: https://amzn.to/2RBxmVz 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).
1:53:22
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 (https://amzn.to/2DR339v)and godawa.com We mention Michael Heiser quite a bit. Check him out at drmsh.com And for those of you who are counting down we only have about 30 days left to get out 9 episodes!
1:28:13
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?
59:31
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.
1:12:36
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.
47:50
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.
1:33:05
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.
1:47:16
October 4, 2018
Mic Test and Addressing Constructive Criticism
Kyle tests out his new mic and responds to some constructive critiques.
05:46
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.
1:07:39
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?
41:41
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?
57:22
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.
30:59
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.
1:15:45
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.
1:05:52
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.
48:44
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.
42:30
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.
1:05:59
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.
55:46
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.
51:19
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.
1:15:44
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.
1:07:18
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.
53:42
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.
56:03
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.
1:06:30
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.
49:47
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.
55:15
July 13, 2018
AK47 S1E14: Religious Epistemology
Kyle interviews Dr. Chris Gadsden on religious epistemology and the rationality of theism and Christianity.
30:14
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.
39:04
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.
51:35
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.
50:47
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.
1:15:51
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.
59:35
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.
1:11:38
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.
44:36
July 6, 2018
AK47 S1E6: Analyzing Christian Debates and Dialogues
Debates vs dialogues
38:59
July 4, 2018
Ak47 S1E4: Who is to Blame for all of the Violence?
James Gunn, Trump, Violence, and a return to civility
38:47
July 1, 2018
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