Theology on Air is a weekly radio show/podcast that explores the truth claims of Christianity, often through the eyes of non-Christians. Agnostics, atheists, skeptics, and people of other faiths discuss and debate the issues of the day and the timeless questions of the past. We'll dig deep into philosophy, science, the Bible, and current events, but we promise to do so with charity, grace, and a bit of humor. Theology on Air is brought to you by the leadership of Theology on Tap, Houston and recorded live at KPFT 90.1 FM in Houston, TX.
Do all religions lead to one God? Are all religions basically the same? Should you choose the one that is best for you? Is it possible that Wiccanism is true? We are joined by a Wiccan high priest to discuss that and much more on today's Theology on Air. After all, you didn't think that we would stop bringing you fresh content just because we are all isolated, did you??
PS At one point in the conversation, Evan says that the Christian God is "three beings." Egad! He definitely knows that the God of the Bible is one being and three persons. There is only one God and saying three "beings" communicates three gods and while he knows better, he misspoke.
With Covid-19 taking over the world, how will the church adapt? What are the theological questions that surround a pandemic? Will our use of technology now change how we see church services forever? We look at many angles of the Coronavirus pandemic from the practical to the theological to the philosophical. We could not be in the radio station this week so Broun, Sarah and Evan hung out over Zoom for this show. That will probably be the norm for a while. As always, thanks for listening!
On this episode, we tackle the first two of four basic questions anyone can have in their back pocket to talk to skeptics about God. Think of it as "Apologetics for Dummies"...but we know you're all really smart. Thanks to Taylor Neill and Ted Wright joining us in studio! You can find Taylor at www.neillology.com and Ted is at https://epicarchaeology.org.
Today, Sarah and Evan look at tricky and even disturbing passages in the Bible. How are women saved through childbirth? Does God capriciously enforce the death penalty? Can divorced people get remarried? We also try to examine the framing questions or the presuppositions that we hold when looking at these passages as well. This is the first part of a series that will be tackling passages like these.
Dr. Paul Sloan and Laurien Hook of Memorial Drive Presbyterian join us to take a look at the Atonement. As it happens, there are different theories about exactly what the God-man Jesus accomplished with his death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven. We look at those theories as well as a lot of the Old Testament history of sacrifice. It is a fascinating look at a complex topic, but Paul and Laurien do a great job explaining it all.
Was Jesus a socialist? Mark Raggett and Evan McClanahan debate and discuss the merits of Jesus being a socialist, or perhaps defending another political/economic worldview. What passages in the Bible indicate that Jesus might feel the Bern today? What passages might indicate he supports free trade economics? We'll discuss that and much more on this week's Theology on Air.
Spiritual Naturalism: What is it? Can one be committed to a naturalist worldview as well as spiritual matters? Aren't those worldviews in conflict? Daniel Strain joins Evan Friske for a conversation on Christian vs. Naturalism. Daniel Strain is the Executive Director of the Spiritual Naturalist Society. He is also a Humanist minister, speaker, and writer on the topics of ethics, spirituality, and ancient philosophy. Evan Friske is a Philosophy professor in Houston. A reminder that Theology on Tap hosts a variety of worldview conversations and what is said here does not necessarily reflect the official views of Theology on Tap.
A Transhumanism follow-up with Julie Miller, our guest at Theology on Tap this week. We will get to a lot of the questions we could not get to Tuesday night and continue our deep into a relevant and fascinating topic. We'll look at the main foci of the Transhumanism movement, the ethical lines it would be best not to cross, and how Christians can navigate the ever-changing technological landscape.
Julie Miller joins the Theology on Tap gang to look at Transhumanism. What is it? Is this a movement Christians - and even non-Christians - should be worried about? What does the future hold for human beings as a species? And what are the moral ramifications of those changes? A panel conversation follows Mrs. Miller's presentation and it includes New Testament scholar Paul Sloan, HBU Apologetics Professor and author Melissa Cain Travis, and Pastor Evan McClanahan of First Lutheran, Houston.
Sarah is in studio today to review a recent Joel Osteen sermon and look at the Word/Faith movement at-large. Are health and wealth really the purpose of Jesus' life, death and resurrection? Do Christians - or people generally - have it within themselves to achieve all that they can? Are we God's great concern or should God be our great concern? That, and much more.
We're talking to Fr. Jonathan Mitchican about his conversion to Roman Catholicism and his deep and abiding love for comic books and movies . Fr. Jonathan is the Chaplain at St. John XXIII College Preparatory in Katy, Texas. He is a Catholic priest in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Fr. Johnathan has his own podcast you might catch if you like comics as much as he does called God and Comics. You can find him at godandcomics.com. He also blogs at workingthebeads.com.
Enjoy the sequel to Taylor and Brian's conversation between a Christian and a former Christian now atheist. The focus this week is epistemology and the best evidence for the worldview they each hold. There is also "bonus" content with just Brian and Evan looking at some of the political views that atheists hold and why. The main questions are, "How do you know what you know? Does truth exist? What is your best evidence for your answer to the existence / non-existence of God?" And more!
Sarah Stone and Dan Aikins of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church stop by to talk about modern evangelism. How do you reach the next generation, especially given the worldview they have imbibed? What are some strategies that work, and what are some epic fails they can help us steer clear of? Thanks to Sarah and Dan for stopping by.
Melissa Cain Travis joins us this week to look at the questions around science and faith. Are science and faith compatible? Are they contradictory? Does science actually point to God? What do we do with those parts of the Bible that seem, well, just wrong scientifically? And do reasonable arguments alone "prove" that God exists?
Melissa serves as Assistant Professor of Christian Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, where she has been on the faculty since 2013. She is the author of "Science and the Mind of the Maker: What the Conversation Between Faith and Science Reveals About God" (2018), a contributing author for "The Story of the Cosmos: The Heavens Declare the Glory of God."
Dr. Philip Tallon of Houston Baptist University joins Theology on Air to discuss horror films and Christianity. Originally recorded on Halloween night, this slightly spooky episode examines what art can teach us about Christianity in general and what the horror genre specifically brings to the table. And yes, there is some gab about favorite horror movies and a few recommendations for can't-miss horror movies.
Is Atheism Reasonable? On today's episode, Brian Woods and Taylor Neill discuss whether atheism can substantiate a coherent and complete worldview, or whether it lacks the fundamental tools to justify how atheists see the world. Most Christian apologists see atheism as an incomplete or even impossible foundation to build a view of reality upon. Atheists argue that you don't need God or religion to build a life of meaning, morality, and even reason.
Today on Theology on Air, we ask, "What do Christians Believe about the Bible?" Is it the Word of God? Is it just cultural observations from Stone Age Palestinians? Are all of the books of the Bible of equal worth? How literally should we take it? Join Ashley Dellagiacoma and Broun Stacey on the episode today.
On our second episode, we tackle perhaps the most divisive question in the Church today: sexual ethics. We are joined by author Rozelle White and HBU New Testament professor Paul Sloan. Join us as we look at new understandings of Christian sexual ethics and what the Bible says about it all.
On today's episode, we review Tuesday's (12/10/19) Theology on Tap, Christmas Mythbusters. What are the good and the bad traditions associated with Christmas? How Christian are they? Can non-Christians celebrate Christmas? Was Jesus really born December 25th? Should Christians opt out of the commercialization of it all? Thanks to Kurt Bilanoski and Sarah Garment Stone for sharing their insights.
Our first Theology on Air episode ever! Sarah Stone and Michael Jarboe join Evan McClanahan to discuss the greatest hits and lowest lows of Theology on Tap through the years and generally introduce the show. Consider this our origin story! Many sequels to follow.