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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.