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The Art of Redemption Radio -Where we Investigate the link between worldview and art In this show the hosts Cody Anderson, Daniel Uptain, and Roy Uptain examine the Arts from a biblical perspective. We take on many different philosophical and theological views and line them up with The Scripture. We pull out the error and fallacy of the secular worldview that lies within all forms of The Arts. In doing this we examine how we are to view these arts as followers of Christ and how we need to engage our culture around us. These areas of The Arts include but are not limited to: movies, music, literature, paintings, drawings, digital, and graphic design.
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The Art of Redemption Radio -Where we Bring a Christian Worldview to the Arts

 

In this show the hosts Cody Anderson, Daniel Uptain, and Roy Uptain examine the Arts from a biblical perspective. We take on many different philosophical and theological views and line them up with The Scripture. We pull out the error and fallacy of the secular worldview that lies within all forms of The Arts. In doing this we examine how we are to view these arts as followers of Christ and how we need to engage our culture around us. These areas of The Arts include but are not limited to: movies, music, literature, paintings, drawings, digital, and graphic design.

 

Nov 30, 2016

In our final episode of this series and for the year we take a look at the family friendly movie Zootopia that hit the box office this year. This movie has been a part of the lives of many kiddos and families across the country this year but what is it really teaching in its philosophies, ideologies and worldview? What is it that we are letting our kids absorb without any pushback? Is tolerance tolerable or should tolerance not be tolerated? Find out today as we look at this movie and what lies underneath it.

 

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This week's Promo: Christian Devotion Speak Up

Intro Music: Akkadian Empire by Audio Machine

Ending Song: Try Everything by Shakira

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Nov 22, 2016

This week we talk about the post-modern themes hidden in the 2012 movie staring  Tom HanksHalle BerryHugh GrantCloud Atlas

We also describe a painting by David Salle titled Yellow Fellow and address its postmodern tendencies.

Relativism is the topic of the day and we talk about how it comes out in both the painting and the movie. How is it that this world-view affects us and our way of thinking?

A message titled The Challenge of Relativism by John Piper found at Desiring God really nails down some of these ideas and really sums up what we were talking about today. Listen to it and see how you feel about it.

 

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This week's Promo: Theology Mixer Radio

Intro Music: Akkadian Empire by Audio Machine

Ending Song: Shades of Gray by the Monkees

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Nov 17, 2016

This week we kick off a new series on Post-Modernism. What is post-modernism? What does it look like? How did post modernism become so popular in explaining reality? As we talk today about post-modernism we explore these questions and start to get to know what it is and why its so popular in our culture. 

We talk about the movie Fight Club staring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton and how this shows us some ways our culture sees and does things and how we should or shouldn't adapt to this frame of mind and philosophy.

Listen in as we discuss this topic and more about post-modernism. 

 

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Intro Music: Akkadian Empire by Audio Machine

Ending Song: Bird in Hand by Foreknown

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Nov 8, 2016

In this week's episode Dan and Cody chat about the time change with kids, weekend road trips and some opportunities and slight adjustments to the podcast. Then they provide a quick introductory preview of the upcoming series on Postmodernism and what to be watching in order to prepare for that series. Tune in next week to get a more meaty introduction of what postmodernism is and what Christianity has to say in response.

 

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This week's Promo: Tech Reformation

Intro Music: Akkadian Empire by Audio Machine

Ending Song: Truth Wars by Odd Thomas

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Nov 1, 2016

In this final episode of our zombie apocalypse series we interview the one and only Robert Joustra one of the authors (along with Alissa Wilkinson) of the awesome book How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith, and Politics at the End of the World.

We chat about what Robert would do in the case of a post-apocalyptic situation and how this book applies to us today. 

Listen in and think about the the topics we address and how they can really apply to our everyday lives  the art and culture we are involved in daily effects us and we needs to be wary and cautious on how those things effect us.

 

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This week's Promo: Tech Reformation

Intro Music: Akkadian Empire by Audio Machine

Ending Song: One Day by Matisyahu

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Oct 28, 2016

As we bring this series to a close in Part 4 of the Zombie Apocalypse series we want to take time and step back to think about what does all this have to do with Christianity?

Why should we watch post-apocalyptic films or read literature that falls into this vein? What good does it do for us?

As we think about those questions and answer them in this episode we also address how this genre of art speaks to the issues in our current culture. It shows us our problems and diseases and helps us better understand the world and how to address it when we are living within its bounds.

Often we want to disengage or we have this idea of soaping up and washing our hands of this kind of thinking and art. We take steps away thinking it's not good or right for us to engage in such brutal and violent things but that reveals is our lack of understanding in the deeper things and issues of the art. 

We are being taught, communicated to, molded and persuaded by the artists in these films and literature and we often don't take time to think about how that really effects us and our lives, not to mention our children and future generations in this world.

We need to take a stand against the popular thoughts and opinions and learn how to engage the culture from a right and Biblical perspective.

 

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This week's Promo: Spurgeon Audio 

Intro Music: The Walking Dead Theme

Ending Song: The Divine Use of Animosity and Ridicule

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Oct 21, 2016

In this episode we are all back together and talk about a particular episode from the Walking Dead in Season 2 where the group has apprehended a straggler from another bigger and more dangerous group. What they do with him and how they handle the decision making of that outcome is very interesting and really reflects a particular worldview.

TO apply this to our lives and current cultural situation, do Zombies apply to the election? Are there worldviews we are using that we use to show that the means will justify the end? 

This idea is what we tackle on this episode as we look into the philosophy of Instrumentalism and how that is modeled in The Walking Dead and how we can see this today in our culture and especially in the coming presidential election.

Join us as we discuss this worldview and its application to the TV series and to our lives today. If you enjoy the show please consider sharing us with your friends and giving us a rating and review or chat with us on twitter and Facebook! 

 

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This week's Promo: Spurgeon Audio 

Intro Music: The Walking Dead Theme

Ending Song: Zombie by The Cranberries

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Oct 14, 2016
 
Do you like who you are? Do you know who you are? Can you truly know who you are?
 
We live in the  “Ego Pagan Era” = We worship the self.
 
This leads to a crisis of identity because the self cannot introspectively turn in on itself and figure out what it is. The Self cannot know the Self.
 
This means that the harder we look for identity the more we realize how unknowable it is. This causes us, out of a growing sense of desperation, to search even harder for some sense of identity. 
 
So we start looking for others to validate our existence and our choices. We post status updates on Facebook which really just say, “please authenticate my existence."
 
How does all this tie into The Walking Dead?
 
In a lot of ways the zombie apocalypse strips away the social institutions that insist on everyone operating by the same moral horizons. 
 
In a world of zombies there is no government. There is no religion. People actually have the chance to take the message of individualism seriously.
 
In The Walking Dead many of them do. Shane wouldn't dare steal Rick's wife, then decide to kill Rick to get her before the zombie apocalypse. Why is he willing to do it now?
 
One of the ways we as christians combat individualism is by taking the second greatest commandment seriously. We are to love our neighbor whole-heartedly.

 

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This week's Promo: Sinners League

Intro Music: Akkadian Empire by Audio Machine

Ending Song: Me, Myself and I by G-Eazy, Bebe Rex

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Oct 7, 2016

This week we start a new series on post-apocoliptic art, mainly we will focus on the AMC raving TV series: The Walking Dead. But before we really dive into the show we start off by looking at some key ideas about zombies and post-apocoliptic art.

We read a handful of poems along with some quotes from Alissa Wilkinson and Robert Joustra's new book: How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith, and Politics at the End of the World that really tackle the essence of what we will be covering in this month's series.

Listen in as we dig deeper into what lies beneath the surface of a zombie...

Poems Sited:

Dover Beach By Matthew Arnold
Lucifer in Starlight By George Meredith

  

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This week's Promo: Refining and Reforming

Intro Music: Akkadian Empire by Audio Machine

Ending Song: All Men Amen by Odd Thomas

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Sep 30, 2016

How much poetry do you read in a given week? Do you remember the last time you read AND enjoyed a poem? In this week's episode on The Art of Redemption Roy's wife, Christy, joins us as we take a break from our bigger series and enjoy some amusing poetry. We share limericks and some poems from Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends and do a lot of laughing. 

Next week we take a more serious turn and begin our series on The Walking Dead and the role government plays in society. 

 

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This week's Promo: Ordinary Pastor

Intro Music: Akkadian Empire by Audio Machine

Ending Song: A Boy Named Sue by Johnny Cash

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Sep 23, 2016

Are you more comfortable talking about what you do believe or what you don't believe? In this week's episode we discuss the postmodern worldview as it is personified in the last Watchmen character we have to cover: The Silk Spectre.

Listen in as we talk about the difference between objective and subjective truth and the importance of distinguishing the difference. 

 

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This week's Promo: Let's Talk Dementia

Intro Music: Akkadian Empire by Audio Machine

Ending Song: Bad Reputation by Avril Levigne

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Sep 16, 2016

This week's episode brings us to a character that hits home for many people and for the guys on the cast as well, Dan Dreiberg the Night Owl.

Dan is what seems to be a normal none excitable guy. He wears sweaters and drinks tea. He's a pretty calm guy who you would stereotype as a guy who probably still lives with his parents. But all-in-all he seems like a real and genuine dude.

However, when he gets around other people he waffles, he caves, he adapts and becomes whatever the other people are or stands for what they stand for. In essence he seems to be a spineless wuss.

On the other side of the coin is his vigilante personality: the Night Owl. When he puts on this costume he becomes who he wants to be. He stands up, becomes a man, is able to perform physically and intimately. It seems as if he has this duel personality of sorts.

The issues is that Dan represents the vast majority of people and many of us do this same thing. When it comes time to stand we waffle out unless we have enough people. He isn't a person who does his own thing because of what he holds to as a worldview, that being moral conservativism. He holds to what many Christians do and that is this idea of Convenient Conservitive Christianity. When it works for my good I'll stand up for whats right but I occasionally will press pause on my Christian walk in order to do what I want to do. Dan embodies this idea in his two personalities we see as the man Dan Dreiberg and the Night Owl...

 

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This week's Promo: Hope for the Journey

Intro Music: Akkadian Empire by Audio Machine

Ending Song: I Am a Rock by Simon and Garfunkel

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Sep 9, 2016

In this weeks episode we talk about Dr. Manhattan and as a warning it is somewhat graphic just due to the fact that Dr. Manhattan is a big blue naked guy in this book and movie. 

As we dive into this episode we hit on the philosophy of materialism. This isn't the kind of materialism where you really like stuff but rather that you have an idea about the material world around us as being The Higher Power in essence. Nancy Pearcey's article on this worldview explains it pretty well in easy terms.

As we examine this idea we line it against truth and see how it is inconsistent, as any false worldview is, and how it has to borrow from a biblical worldview in order to even be feasible. 

Dr. Manhattan goes through a terrible accident but in the end learns how to put himself back together and has a different perspective on things in this world now. He sees into the future, knows more than the average man about mankind, can walk through walls, and is not limited by his physical surroundings, he is in essence God. We examine that idea of his characteristics against God's characteristics and see where Dr. Manhattan falls short. 

In the end we see the inconsistent ideas of materialism and how, as with any false worldview, it must borrow parts of God's truth revealed to us generally and specifically, in order for it to be considered.

 

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This week's Promo: Fetal Position Podcast 

Intro Music: Akkadian Empire by Audio Machine

Ending Song: Numb by Linkin Park

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Sep 2, 2016

This weeks episode takes us into one of our favorite characters from the graphic novel: Rorschach. If you've seen this word before its because this characters name is actually a phycology test called the rorschach test in which you look at a formless blot on a card and tell the administrator of the test what you see.

Here as we look into the worldview and character of the comic book character by the same name we see some interesting things, namely the worldview he holds to which is moral atheism. Moral Atheism as explained by a professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Louise M. Antony "we find moral value to be immanent in the natural world, arising from the vulnerabilities of sentient beings and from the capacities of rational beings to recognize and to respond to those vulnerabilities and capacities in others."  

The issues in this idea is what we talk about in this episode. If people are not inherently moral as determined by God we make ourselves to be God and therefore moralism can be as diverse and flexible as the personalities that people possess. What may be immoral for one may not be considered immoral for another. It leaves the door wide open for our natural human depravity to run the show, and nothing good will com of that.

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This week's Promo: Christian Devotion Speak UP!

Intro Music: Akkadian Empire by Audio Machine

Ending Song: I Will Not Bow by Breaking Benjamin

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Aug 26, 2016

 

 This weeks episode we break from the characters in the Watchmen story to introduce to you Alan Moore, the author of Watchmen.

We dive into this mans ideas and his thinking through an interview by DAVID PESCOVITZ in 2011. As we listen in on this interview we talk about some of the things he says and believes and how that not only effects his worldview and philosophies but also how  it come across in his characters in the graphic novel and movie. 

Creator of art always include within their art their presuppositions and worldview and Alan Moore in no exception. Honestly he is a fool and an evil man. When we live a life devoid of God it leads to these kinds of absurd ideas and beliefs. Without faith we cannot explain God or anything no matter how much knowledge we have "gained". 

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This week's Promo: After the Sermon

Intro Music: Akkadian Empire by Audio Machine

Ending Song: Beautiful Life by Trip Lee

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Aug 19, 2016

In this weeks episode we continue the Watchmen series with another popular worldview: Utilitarianism. This worldview takes life and decisions and puts them into a math equation (Three minute video) to try and figure out if a decision is going to be better for more or less people if it is done or not.

This idea leads to a thinking of one death is worth it if a mass number of people can avoid having headaches or be inconvenienced. This worldview takes life and in essence devalues it in comparison to a "greater good".

The idea that one man can know that his mass killings of millions will be more beneficial to the "greater good" is impossible. A person would have to be all-knowing, in all places, and be all-powerful, i.e. God. As people we are limited by our own downfalls in these areas. We cannot and will not be God, though, that is really what the utilitarian places themselves in the position of, claiming to know that the outcome is going to be for the better of all.

Except we cannot account for all things as Adrian Veldt did not account for Rorschach journal being dropped off at the newspaper office, which would lead to the exposing of Adrians plan.

Man is depraved and no matter what we think we have done to defeat it the best possibility is all we did was postpone it for a very short time. Only Christ can cure the depravity of the human heart, only The God of Creation can make all things new...

 

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This week's Promo: Theology Mixer Radio

Intro Music: Akkadian Empire by Audio Machine

Ending Song: You're So Vain by Carly Simon

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Aug 12, 2016

This week we start a new series based on the graphic novel Watchmen, by Alan Moore and David Gibbons. As we dive into this series we will be looking into 6 characters and the worldviews that they are communicating through this Novel.

This Novel is on the New York Times top 100 best novels ever. It has been awarded the Hugo award in 1988, an award for the best science fiction story. 

The story and characters in this novel are worth looking into for the reason that there are many ways that these worldviews are personified as people that are relatable and almost tangible.

What is the big idea? As we go through this series we will take apart these world views and the characters that portray them and point out the inconsistencies and mishaps that they cannot hold to.

This week we look into the Comedian and his worldview of Nihilism. Nihilism is a the rejection of all religious and moral principles, often in the belief that life is meaningless. We see this life lived out through the character known as the Comedian or Edward Blake. His early murder in the book leads to what seems a series of events that uncovers a plot to destroy a massive portion of mankind. Once this plot is found out by the Comedian he snaps and cannot handle is, therefore in essence not being consistent to his worldview. He also fails to hold to his world view in relationships. If he held to it consistently he would not have wanted a relationship with his superhero daughter. He remains consistent with the vietnamese woman when he leaves Vietnam after shooting her for cutting his face.

Nihilism cannot be held to consistently, much like any other false worldview, because it cannot hold together in the way that we as people were created by God. This goes against God and how He has designed us. Listen in to hear this episode and stay tuned for the rest of the series...

 

This week's Promo: The Emmaus Project Podcast

Intro Music: Akkadian Empire by Audio Machine

Ending Song: Bullet by Hollywood Undead

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Aug 5, 2016

As we close out this series on Mysticism we take a look into the multi-million dollar money maker series of the Star Wars franchise and talk about the underlying worldview given in these movies, but also how they can't hold true to that worldview to the end.

Also, Cody has some sort of epiphany about Star Wars he has never realized before, thanks to doing this podcast and really thinking about what it is goes into our eyes and mind.

When we look into this movie series we can see that there is the good side (light) and the bad side (dark) and they battle in these movies but the light always wins. Why is that? It is not consistent with  the ideal and worldview even adhered to by the characters in the movie. They cannot hold to this worldview because it would make bad film.

We talk about a specific idea in a conversation between Yoda and Anakin Skywalker that love leads to attachment, attachment to fear, fear to jealousy, jealousy to anger, anger to the dark side. Love is what leads Anakin to the dark side but also what draws Darth Vader back from the dark side. A confusing and inconsistent idea we hash out.

 

This week's Promo: Tech Reformation

Intro Music: Star Wars Main Title by John Williams and London Symphony Orchestra

Ending Song: Catina Band by John Williams and London Symphony Orchestra

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Jul 29, 2016

We open this episode with some talk about family worship and some of the practices that Roy and Cody do with their families. For some more info on what they talked about her are the links: New City Catechism, My First Catechism, Don Whitney Family Worship 101

In this weeks episode we take a look into what the outcome of the worldview of mysticism leads to. We talk about the life and work of Mark Rothko, an American painter of Russian Jewish decent, often identified as an abstract expressionist painter.

As we look into the chronology of his work (found here but not completely chronological) we can see that as he got deeper into Mysticism things became less and less detailed, less and less meaningful. His work ends in massive black paintings displayed in the Rothko Chapel in Houston Texas. 

In the end when we try to dismiss God from our lives it leads to despair. Mark Rothko committed suicide before he found whatever he was searching for. He was looking for meaning outside of God and did not find it, nor will anyone. All worldviews, outside of a true Christian and Biblical worldview, leads to despair.

 

This week's Promo: Spurgeon Audio

Intro Music: Akkadian Empire by Audiomachine

Ending Song: Ugly Side by Blue October

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Jul 22, 2016

This weeks episode continues in the Mysticism series as we takes a look at Jim Carry's commencement speech to MUM University graduates and the painting he made about our light shinning through.

Jim Carry has some great things to say in this speech but within the context of his speech and his worldview, that is tainted by mysticism, you are lead into a spiral of never-ending nothing. There some things that make sense in his speech but they soon devolve and end up contradicting his previous statements.

His painting expresses his worldview and his ideal and the idea that he is the light, in fact, we are all the light and we need to let it shine through for all to see in all its glory. As we line up his speech with a Christian worldview and philosophy we can very easily see that what ensues breaks down the mysticism worldview that Carry and this school holds to.

 

This week's Promo: The Sinners League

Intro Music: Akkadian Empire by Audiomachine

Ending Song: Across the Universe by The Beatles

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Jul 15, 2016

In this weeks episode we are down a man but continue in the series on Eastern Mysticism focusing on the movie Avatar, released in 2009 (a huge technological advancement in movies as being the first movie to be made specifically for 3D). 

As wee look into this movie we; reveal the inconsistent ideas of eastern mysticism, talk about the supposed balance that is the goal of "Eywa', the divine one of life in the movie, and how this worldview has to borrow from Total Truth in order to make sense of reality. 

These other ideas and worldviews, should cause us as believers to consider the greatness of God and cause us to worship and glorify Him more because what He has established and put in motion holds together and remains consistent, though our natural sinful heart tries to reject it.

 

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This week's Promo: The Ordinary Pastor Podcast

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Ending Song: The World You Want by Switchfoot

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Jul 8, 2016

 In this week's episode the guys are joined by a real artist Gloria Blinn to discuss how eastern mysticism affects the arts.

The group discusses the importance of what art really is and how it causes us to worship. The worship, if not kept in check by Total Truth, errs off into world-views that just don't work, i.e. eastern mysticism. As they go on in this discussion they really draw on the work of Vincent Van Gogh and talk about what his driving force was when painting and how his worldview came through in his work.

Worldview comes out in all the arts and we as Christians are responsible to be making reflect our creator and communicate His character in our art.

Mentioned Works:

Art Pieces: Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

  

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This week's Promo: Lets Talk Dementia 

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Ending Song: Vincent by Don McLean

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Jul 1, 2016

 In this weeks episode we start a 5 week series on Eastern Mysticism. As we dive into this topic we start with an introduction on what it is and its attempts to understand the world in which we live.

But before we get into the topic we listen to Daniel tell a story of a van that caught fire and the ensuing adventure with his dad and then Roy talks about the Brexit issue that took place this last week and how unserious we as Americans see things like this in history.

We start off the conversation with a question you might not hear very often: What do you think about orange peels? Are they real? Or simply your imagination? As we look into Eastern Mysticism we talk about a story written by J.D. Salinger (the author of The Catcher and the Rye) found in his book titled Nine Stories, called "Teddy". In this story we see a young boy who holds to a worldview deeply rooted in Eastern Mysticism and we examine how his worldview affects not only his life but those around him.

We also examine how we can approach the opportunity to talk to people looking to Eastern Mysticism for answers about The Total Truth. Christianity provides true hope and redemption in a world that is hurt and broken. 

Sited Works and Articles: 

Piece of Art: "Teddy" by J.D. Salinger, C.S. Lewis 

Articles: Pantheism, Conceptions about God 

Books: The Universe Next Door - James W. Sire; Nine Stories & The Catcher and the Rye - Salinger

 

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This weeks Promo: The Fetal Position; Hope for the Journey

Intro Music: Akkadian Empire by Audiomachine

Ending Song: The Hypostatic Union by Shai Linne

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Jun 24, 2016

This is the final episode in the Humor and Horror series and in it we discuss how we can redeem horror in the arts.

We look at the verse Philippians 4:8 that says "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." and ask if horror in the arts goes against this verse, why or why not?

Then we discuss how using negative examples can cause us to see God and honor and glorify Him even more.

 

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This weeks Promo: Christian Devotion SPEAK UP

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Ending Song: Saw Theme Song

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Jun 17, 2016

In this weeks episode we move on to the second portion of our mini series and talk about horror. As we dive into the topic we talk about what things have scared us in movies that we've seen.

We also get into how Christians can and should relate to fear in particular. Can we use it? Should we be afraid? What does it cause us to do as people? These are just some of the questions we try and answer.

Listin in next week as we finish off the series with the topic of how to redeem Horror as Christians for God's Glory...

 

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This weeks Promo: Christian Devotion SPEAK UP

Intro Music: Akkadian Empire by Audiomachine

Ending Song: It Lives! by Midnight Syndicate

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