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Religious Faith and the Public Square
37 minutes | May 10, 2018
Retrospect on all 27 episodes
Conclusion of the Book of Revelation. Overview of The Relevance of Scripture to Religious Faith and the Public Square. Knowledge comes in a variety of forms which on the surface may seem to be incompatible, but which in reality are snapshots from different perspectives. They are all needed to fill out the whole picture. The current obsession with Science and Technology has led some to conclude that anything which does not conform to the standards and norms of science is outdated and irrelevant. Such a reductionist view of knowledge impoverishes the human spirit. As the old saying goes, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Just because different people find beauty in different places does not mean that there is no such thing as beauty, and life without it is impoverished indeed.
55 minutes | May 3, 2018
Book of Revelation
Continuing exploration of the symbolism used by John. This gives us a snapshot of what the earliest Church was having to contend with during the first 300 years of its existence. While ostensibly an analysis of seven church communities, it also functions as an epistle to all the Churches. The spiritual difficulties these churches are encountering are not confined just to them, for they also give us insight into the problems of today.
57 minutes | Apr 26, 2018
Decifering the Book of Revelation
The last book in the New Testament is bewildering and confusing for many. I will attempt to clarify its message and show how it can have relevance and meaning for us today.
55 minutes | Apr 19, 2018
The Church Becoming an Institution
With the passage of time without a Second Coming of Christ, it became necessary for the Church to develop mechanisms for preserving the Gospel as handed down by the Apostles. It became necessary to deal with heresies and set standards for what writings should be considered authoritative. This led to the establishment of the Magisterium, which is not a committee of theologians but includes all the bishops throughout history. They are the successors of the Apostles. Much of this development can be traced in the New Testament itself. We wrestle with many of the same issues today. There really is nothing new under the sun where human is concerned.
55 minutes | Apr 12, 2018
Paul and the Church in the World
We will finish up with covering St. Paul's take on the Christian faith, with particular attention to his views on justification by faith (in Romans). Then we begin putting the preceding discussions including Paul in a more general perspective by considering the relationship between the Church and the (Roman) world and its implications for us today. Finally, we will be considering why and how the Church became an institution. This will not just be history per se, but an analysis of how we got where we are and what it means for contemporary concerns.
56 minutes | Apr 5, 2018
Religious Faith and the Public Square - 04/05/18
54 minutes | Mar 29, 2018
Gospel of Matthew
Matthew's Gospel makes the point that ethics is NOT a matter of mere conformity to a legal code, but a way of life that conforms to God's will as revealed by Jesus. It is not confined to an individual's behavior: it involves the fulfillment of God's purposes in the Kingdom of God at the end of time. Thus, there is a corporate dimension as well. The whole community is responsible for the welfare of the little ones. Works of kindness are not to be done for reward, bit solely on the basis of human need. Still, we cannot wait until Judgment Day to settle matters of good & evil. There must be some system of adjudicating disputes and some structure of authority. His famous depiction for Peter's confession of Jesus' true identity as the Messiah emphasizes Peter's role as regulating the inner life of the community rather than administrator. From this seed sprouts the idea of Magisterium[from the Latin word 'magister' = 'Teacher'], or the teaching office of the church.
53 minutes | Mar 22, 2018
New Testament- Gospel of Mark
Last week we finished with the Old Testament, so this week we begin with the New. It starts with historical developments and a description of the players such as Pharisees, etc. to provide a framework for understanding the dynamics at work to help us better appreciate what the issues were. After that brief sketch, we turn to the first of the Gospels, that of Mark.
54 minutes | Mar 15, 2018
Religious Faith and the Public Square March 15th 2018
56 minutes | Mar 8, 2018
The Babylonian Exile
The Babylonian armies attacked and captured Jerusalem twice: 597 and 587 B.C. But nationalism flourished nevertheless, and they attempted independence again 10 years later. This time the Babylonians reduced the city of Jerusalem to ruins and carted off yet more of the population, leaving a devastated Judah behind. It would be some 70 years before Cyrus the Persian would defeat the Babylonians and allow captive populations to return to their homelands. Needless to say, this was a very traumatic experience in their history and it would produce some of the most profound spirituality in the Old Testament. Trauma is an effective tool for forcing us to reflect on who we are and where we are going with our lives. It is not surprising that in this material there is much that can benefit us too.
54 minutes | Mar 1, 2018
Religious Faith and the Public Square - 03/01/18
54 minutes | Feb 22, 2018
Religious Faith and the Public Square - 02/22/18
55 minutes | Feb 15, 2018
Early Prophets speak to us.
Early Prophets such as Elijah and Elishah: by putting them into their context, to show what they had to say about their own time and any implications for us today.
51 minutes | Feb 8, 2018
The Monarchy and Early Prophets
This will be the final show of the Pilot Program. It will deal with David, the rise of the monarchy in Israel, and early. I will also give some introductory remarks concerning the new show which will be entitled The Relevance of Scripture to Modern Concerns.
55 minutes | Feb 1, 2018
Religious Faith and the Public Square - 02/01/2018
51 minutes | Jan 18, 2018
Relevance of Scripture
Last week, I mentioned that many today view Scripture as dated in the past and therefore not relevant to our highly mechanized world dominated by science and technology. I made the point that Scripture deals with human nature (which has not changed) and its relationship with the divine. Today I will be discussing some specific passages from the Book of Genesis to justify that assertion using the findings of contemporary Scripture scholars.
50 minutes | Jan 11, 2018
Social Suicide III
Finishing up R. R. Reno's book Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society + some observations of my own.
53 minutes | Jan 4, 2018
Social Suicide II
A continuation of last week's topic. After a quick review of last week's show, I go on to outline why the author of the book Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society believes that Christianity not only has a legitimate role to play in the Public Square, it has a vital contribution to make. The current 'cult of Freedom' is based on a serious flaw which can be redeemed if Christians have the courage to speak up. By Christian Society he does not mean domination, but a leaven in the loaf, as it were.
53 minutes | Dec 28, 2017
Christian Society - What is it? Is it desireable?
Early in his Presidency, Obama made the claim The U.S. in no longer a Christian country. One problem in evaluating this statement is to be clear what one means by Christian. With the extensive number of denominations, beliefs, theologies, it might be daunting to answer this. Is it good or bad for a nation to be identified with idea of a Christian Society? Such questions will be the starting point for this week's show.
53 minutes | Dec 21, 2017
Doctrine Unites, Prejudice Divides
Modern sensibility tells us that not only is the holding of dogmatic/doctrinal beliefs about the world somewhat presumptuous, but that it also causes the rigidity and inflexibility that prevents rational public discourse on important topics. In a chapter of his book What's wrong with the world and in a typical Chestertonian flourish, the great Catholic writer turns this modern proposition on its head. We'll discuss Chesterton's claims and how they explain so much of the increasing polarlization and futility that characterizes modern conversation.
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