Christians in the Public Square

Christians in the Public Square

By Scott Self & Cole Bennett
Dr. Cole Bennett and Dr. J. Scott Self discuss topics and issues related to Christianity, citizenship, and brotherhood.
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Episode 34 - AKA Norma McCorvey
Scott and Cole discuss the film "AKA Jane Roe," and react to the issues raised in the film about abortion, the right to life movement, and Christianity. Links: Trailer for "AKA Jane Roe" Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
58:15
July 31, 2020
Episode 33 - SC: The Heart of Markets: A Defense of Capitalism
Cole's essay defines capitalism as a pure and simple exchange of mutual self-interest.  Links: Nohria, Nitin, Thomas R. Piper, and Bridget Gurtler. "Malden Mills (A)." Harvard Business School Case 404-072, December 2003. (Revised August 2006.) Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
16:04
July 17, 2020
Episode 32 - Right to Living
Scott and Cole discuss health care, the implications of COVID-19 on the discussion, and Scott's believe that there is a "right to life and living." Links: "Citizens who lost health coverage in past 7 weeks due to economic collapse" by Qasim Rashid "Fact check: Did 3.5 million Americans lose health coverage in the last two weeks?" by Madeline Heim Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
1:00:59
July 3, 2020
Episode 31 - SC:Thus Have We Made the World
This is the first of a new feature on CP-Square called "The Speaker's Corner." These episodes are short audio essays. Cole and I will be sharing these from time to time, and we would be willing to consider essays from listeners as well. Pitch us your idea for an audio essay!  In this essay, Scott is forced to rethink his own darker view of the world, and why he wants to notice more and confess less. Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
13:13
June 19, 2020
Episode 30 - The Lamestream Media
Scott and Cole unpack the last couple of episodes. Scott is a little worried that Cole has taken a lickin' - Cole keeps on tickin'. Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
1:04:12
June 5, 2020
Episode 29 - News is a Cat Video
Cheryl Bacon returns to talk about vetting sources and choosing to carefully curate what news she shares on social media. Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
1:02:17
May 22, 2020
Episode 28 - Enemy of the People
Bobby Ross, editor in chief at The Christian Chronicle, joins Scott and Cole to talk about the intersection of faith, journalism, and citizenship. Links: Bobby Ross, Editor-in-Chief at The Christian Chronicle "COVID-19: The Gap Between The News Media And People Of Faith" by Bobby Ross, Jr. "Trump Embraces 'Enemy of the People,' a Phrase With a Fought History" by Andrew Higgins Donald Trump's Tweet about Lamestream media hoping to harm his reelection "The Cult of the Individual" by Nikita Krushchev, 1956 Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
58:10
May 8, 2020
Episode 27: The Tyranny of Easy Answers
Scott and Cole discuss the Christian response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with special attention to Christian discourse during periods of crisis. Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
54:40
April 24, 2020
Episode 26: Don't Kill Betty White
Wake up - Season 2 starts with new intro music and a couple of fellas who are suspicious of each others' coughs.  Scott and Cole discuss the 2 trillion dollar Covid-19 stimulus package, and Scott tries to convince Cole that this is not socialism; it's something else. Links: "After Considering $1 Billion Price Tag for Ventilators, White House Has Second Thoughts" by David E. Sanger, Maggie Haberman and Zolan Kanno-Youngs "The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism" by F. A. Hayek "Golden girl" by Fiddling Werewolves Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
54:16
April 10, 2020
Episode 25 - Against "Against Empathy"
Scott and Cole discuss Bloom's work "Against Empathy" which asserts that empathy is ruining the world. Scott is getting upset. This is the end of Season 1, so we'll take a short break (just a couple of weeks) and resume the podcast in the middle of April with Season 2! Links: "Against Empathy" by Paul Bloom "When Helping Hurts" by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
1:03:45
March 20, 2020
Episode 24: Human Rights and Human Dignity
Scott and Cole are joined by Darryl Tippens to discuss the historical Christian roots of human rights and human dignity. Darryl ultimately makes the point that Judeo-Christian traditions have shaped how we understand them.  References: Our assigned reading was ...  Moyn, R. (2014). The secret history of constitutional dignity. Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, 17(1), 38-68.  Additional readings...  Moyn, R. (2014). Christian human rights. University of Pennsylvania Press.  Moyn, R. (2018). Not enough: Human rights in an unequal world. Harvard University Press. Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
59:36
March 6, 2020
Episode 23: Waffle House Prayer Breakfast
Scott and Cole discuss an article in the New York Times by Timothy Keller. Keller's thesis was: "While believers can register under a party affiliation and be active in politics, they should not identify the Christian church or faith with a political party as the only Christian one." Links: "How Do Christians Fit Into the Two-Party System? They Don’t" by Timothy Keller Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
49:00
February 21, 2020
Episode 22: Listener Feedback
Scott and Cole planned to respond to feedback from several listeners but only got to one. The question was, "What makes a statesman (which is the kind of leader we can probably all agree we want) different from a mere politician?" Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
51:28
February 7, 2020
Episode 21: The Airing of Grievances
Cole and Scott challenge each other on some things they have let slide so far in the podcast. Cole defends his explanation of the relationship between his faith and his politics, and Scott defends fleecing the rich. Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
48:24
January 24, 2020
Episode 20: We've Got a Lot of Problems - Part 2
Cole and Scott are joined by F. LaGard Smith. This interview was edited into two parts in post-production. In Part 2, we discuss the relationship between law and morality, and the cultural influences on the church's interpretation of God's will. Links: LaGard Smith's Website Smith, F. L. (2019).  The broad reach of in-de-ductive reasoning.  Journal of Christian Legal Thought 9(1), 7-21. The Cultural Church by F. LaGard Smith Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
51:47
January 10, 2020
Episode 19: We've Got a Lot of Problems - Part 1
Cole and Scott are joined by F. LaGard Smith. This interview was edited into two parts in post-production. In Part 1, we discuss The First Amendment and Natural Law. Links: LaGard Smith's Website Smith, F. L. (2019).  The broad reach of in-de-ductive reasoning.  Journal of Christian Legal Thought 9(1), 7-21. The Natural Law Tradition in Ethics at Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
1:00:28
December 27, 2019
Episode 18: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Scott and Cole talk about whether we expect leaders to be honest (or have other virtues). Links: "‘I have no obligation to be honest to the media,’ former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski says," by Kevin Breuninger Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
54:15
December 13, 2019
Episode 17: Is Diversity a Virtue?
Scott and Cole are joined by guest Bart Herridge. We discuss some of the arguments of whether 'diversity" is a virtue, and the challenges of thinking about issues of diversity in the workplace, the political space, or the education space. We referenced several articles in this episode. Scott incorrectly referred to Chrobot-Mason & Aramovich's (2013) study at one point, when he should have referenced Ely & Thomas' (2001) article.  Chrobot-Mason, D., & Aramovich, N. P. (2013). The psychological benefits of creating an affirming climate for workplace diversity. Group & Organization Management, 38(6), 659-689.  Ely, R. J., & Thomas, D. A. (2001). Cultural diversity at work: The effects of diversity perspectives on work group processes and outcomes. Administrative Science Quarterly, 46(2), 229–273. https://doi.org/10.2307/2667087  Page, S. E. (2007). Making the difference: Applying a logic of diversity. Academy of Management Perspectives, 21(4), 6–20. https://doi.org/10.5465/AMP.2007.27895335  Roberge, M. E., & van Dick, R. (2010). Recognizing the benefits of diversity: When and how does diversity increase group performance? Human Resource Management Review, 20(4), 295–308. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrmr.2009.09.002 Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
1:08:44
November 29, 2019
Episode 16: Friday Morning Live
Scott and Cole record their podcast live in Dr. Jon Camp's "Civil Discourse" class at Abilene Christian University, where they discuss Kling's model for "The Three Languages of Politics." Kling's "Three Languages of Politics" Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
44:12
November 15, 2019
Episode 15: Release the McCracken
Scott and Cole interview Dr. Vic McCracken, author of "Christian Faith and Social Justice: Five Views." Christian Faith and Social Justice: Five Views, edited by Vic McCracken Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
1:05:25
November 1, 2019
Episode 14: It's Complicated
Scott and Cole are joined by Dr. Paul Fabrizio, a professor of political science at McMurray University, to discuss the Constitution, and how the rights enumerated there relate to Christianity. Dr. Paul Fabrizio hosted a podcast called "The Constitution Line by Line, which you can fine HERE Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
1:02:13
October 18, 2019
Episode 13: Listener Feedback
Scott and Cole respond to listener feedback. We love hearing from our listeners; email your feedback to . Also, Scott and Cole discuss whether Scott may be talking out of two sides of his mouth. Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Show Links: Ananias and Sapphire, Acts 5:1-11 "The Origins of the Religious Right" by Randall Balmer Wikipedia Article - Hobbes' Leviathan Lou Dobbs: Guard who drove into ICE protestors was 'within his rights'" by Marisa Iati and Tim Elfrink Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
54:29
October 4, 2019
Episode 12: Bros B4 Politicos
Scott lost a friend for flying his flag. Scott and Cole talk about "bros before politicos" works in their relationship, and how relationships can and should supersede our political views. Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
59:58
September 20, 2019
Episode 11: Redlining
Logan Owens joins Scott and Cole to discuss social and racial injustice, and the long-term effects of American apartheid. We discuss whether there is such a thing as collective guilt/responsibility. Also, we get to show off how crazy-smart our graduates are. This is a long one, but it's a good one :-) Show Links: "The Case for Reparations" by Ta-Nehisi Coates Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates "Ta-Nehisi Coates is the Neoliberal Face of the black Freedom Struggle" by Cornell West Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
1:03:19
September 6, 2019
Episode 10: You Are Traffic
Special guest Albert Acosta talks with Scott and Cole about living radically and self-sacrificially in the public square. Albert challenges allegiance to the state, and instead offers a challenging perspective on living for God's kingdom in a broken world. Show Links: Minter Lane Church of Christ, where Albert preaches Natural Law "History of Racism against Mexican-Americans Clouds Texas Immigration Law" by Suzanne Gamboa Hernandez v. Texas Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
47:48
August 23, 2019
Episode 9: A Criticism of Cynicism
Scott and Cole talk about the difference between the intellectual virtue of skepticism and the vice of cynicism.  Scott asserts that there are Christians operating in the public square who echo the lazy cynicism of Pilate's question, "What is truth?" Show Links: "Why Did We Go to War?" PBS Frontline "Lie of the Year: 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it'" by Angie Drobnic Holan CliftonStrengths (Formerly StrengthsQuest or StrengthsFinders 2.0) "What are Intellectual Virtues?" Educating for Intellectual Virtues John 18:38; "What is truth?" "Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs" Wikipedia "The Apology of Timothy" Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com Privacy Policy: Privacy Policy
50:22
August 9, 2019
Episode 8: Wise as Serpents, Gentle as Doves
Scott and Cole are joined by Dr. Cheryl Bacon, Professor Emerita of Journalism and Mass Communications. Cheryl helps us think about how discourse happens in the public square, how we select what conversations we participate in, and how we think about what we hear in the media. Show Links: "A Note about our Coverage of Donald Trump's 'Campaign'" by Ryan Grim and Danny Shea "A Note on Trump: We Are No Longer Entertained" by Arianna Huffington "Understanding Editorial Decisions" by Kat Sommers Dialogic Learning Westboro Baptist Church Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com
57:16
July 26, 2019
Episode 7: Jesus Wants Your Cash Part Deux
Cole is worried that the previous episode made him sound like a jerk. Scott and Cole discuss more about the needs of the poor, the role of the state, and the role of Christians. Scott gets cranky about the theology of charis. Show Links: FYI: These are not affiliate links; we receive no remuneration for these references. Hudson, K. & Coukos, A. (2005). The dark side of the protestant ethic: A comparative analysis of welfare reform. Sociological Theory, 23(1), 1-25. "Carter-Era Housing Policies Helped Spark Sub-Prime Crisis, Expert Says" by Josiah Ryan Gambling with Other People's Money by Russ Roberts Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com
44:45
July 12, 2019
Episode 6: Jesus Wants Your Cash
Scott and Cole have fundamental differences about how to think about social welfare. We fly our flags proudly in this episode, and argue about the ways in which our faith intersects with our view of welfare programs. Show Links: FYI: These are not affiliate links; we receive no remuneration for these references. Definition of Classical Liberalism "Witness the violence inherent in the system!" Monty Python - Holy Grail Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand Amos Chapter 1 Walden by H. David Thoreau Here are a list of definitions for some of the terms we threw around in this episode... Deontological Ethics Consequentialist (Ontological) Ethics Virtue Ethics Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com
55:42
June 28, 2019
Episode 5: You Say You Want a Revolution?
Scott and Cole are joined by Dan McGregor to discuss whether Christians should have participated in the American Revolution, and the challenges of pacifism. Dan shares a critique of some modern "art" and its depiction of the ways in which Christian themes are syncretized with political imagery. Show Links: FYI: These are not affiliate links; we receive no remuneration for these references. "One Nation Under God (McNaughton, Jon) "You Are Not Forgotten" (McNaughton, Jon) "City Upon a Hill (Winthrop, John) "The Peaceable Kingdom (Hicks, Edward) "The Oxbow" (Cole, Thomas) Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World (Hannan, Daniel) An Election Sermon (West, Samuel: 1762) Ethics (Bonhoeffer, Dietrich) Gilbert Stuart (Wikipedia) Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com
59:35
June 14, 2019
Episode 4: The Context is the Context
Scott and Cole discuss Romans 13. Cole rehearses four options in interpreting the idea that leaders are chosen by God. Scott suggests that Romans 13 should be interpreted in the larger context of Romans. Some sacred cows most definitely get barbecued in this episode - and they are deLISH! Show Links: FYI: These are not affiliate links; we receive no remuneration for these references. Preface to the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans (Luther, Martin) Sergeant Alvin York (Wikipedia) Ethics (Bonhoeffer, Dietrich) Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com
43:08
May 31, 2019
Episode 3: Should Christians Vote?
Scott and Cole pick up from Episode 2. They discuss whether and how Christians should have any voice in the public square. Some assert that Christians shouldn't even vote. Scott and Cole think about the challenges of different answers to the question. Show Links: FYI: These are not affiliate links; we receive no remuneration for these references. A Brief History of Citizenship (Heater, Derek) Aristotle's Definition of Flourishing Man's Search for Meaning (Frankl, Viktor) Civil Government: Its Origin, Mission, and Destiny, and the Christian's Relation to It (Lipscomb, David) Franklin Graham: God Put Trump in Office (onenewsnow.com) Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com
43:34
May 17, 2019
Episode 2: You're Asking the Wrong Question
Scott and Cole discuss what it means to "render unto Caesar," and whether we're even asking the right questions about the relationship between church and state.  The rise of Imperial Christianity and the relationship of Christianity to power are explored. Show Links: The Battle of Milvian Bridge (Wikipedia) Battle of Milvian Bridge and Rise of Christianity (Cavendish, Richard) Edict of Milan Edict of Thessalonica Moral Man, Immoral Society (Niebuhr, Reinhold) Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com
48:42
May 3, 2019
Episode 1: Getting to Know You
Scott and Cole explore the differences in their political perspectives, and identify what unites them in Christian brotherhood.  Scott's love for all things Pink Floyd are also discussed. Show Links: Libertarian Socialism explained by Noam Chomsky Free Market Libertarianism On the Turning Away - YouTube On the Turning Away - Lyrics Contact Us: Email: cpsquarepodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @cp_square Dr. Self's Website: jscottself.com
47:41
April 19, 2019