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24 minutes | Aug 17, 2022
Ep. 67 The Weekly: Views on America
On today’s installment of The Weekly, Ryan analyzes two opposing contemporary views on America: A traditional patriotic and idealistic perspective, on one hand, and a modern (or post-modern) unpatriotic and critical perspective, on the other. Just how does this relate to the popular debate between New York-style and Chicago-style pizza? Listen to the episode to find out!
33 minutes | Aug 10, 2022
Ep. 66 The Weekly: Transcendental Experience
In today's installment of the The Weekly, Ryan proposes the idea that all human experience is transcendental experience, asserting that all of us experience God "in the everyday," and that each of us encounter the transcendent in our mere existence. To live—to exist—is to be in the presence of one's creator.
53 minutes | Aug 2, 2022
Ep. 65 The Weekly: The Journey Here
On today's Weekly episode, Ryan shares his story and explains how Thinker Sensitive is the culmination of his personal journey, a journey that is still unfolding.
34 minutes | Jul 28, 2022
Ep. 64 The Weekly: Humans & Animals II
On today’s Weekly episode, which is the second part of a two-part podcast on humans and animals, Ryan begins to develop his philosophy and theology of human nature, unpacking the key differences between a human being and other developed primates, and establishing in what ways the human might be said to be made in the image of God.
16 minutes | Jul 20, 2022
Ep. 63 The Weekly: Humans & Animals
Do animals have souls? What are the essential differences between a human being and a dolphin or an ape? Are human beings really special amongst all other animals? What makes a human a human? On today’s Weekly episode, which is the first part of a two-part podcast, Ryan sets the table for an in-depth discussion on the nature of humans and animals.
37 minutes | Jul 13, 2022
Ep. 62 Randy Hardman: Evolving Faith II
This week’s episode is a continuation of our interview with Randy Hardman, owner of the Drinklings Coffee House and creator of the Thinklings Podcast. On the second half of this two-part interview, we talk about suffering in human experience, the distinction between the philosophical problem of evil and the existential problem of evil, the presence of God in the midst of pain, the importance of wrestling with God, the significance of authenticity, the difference between faith in ideas and faith in a Living Being, the values of imagination and fellowship, and the importance of having a faithful presence in one’s own sphere of influence.
34 minutes | Jun 30, 2022
Ep. 61 Randy Hardman: Evolving Faith
On today’s Weekly episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing my friend from seminary, Randy Hardman, owner of the Drinklings Coffee House and one of the original founders of Ratio Christi. Randy has an amazing story (including how he unfortunately passed up the opportunity to watch Appalachian State upset Michigan in the Big House while a student in Boone, NC). On the first half of this two-part interview, we talk about his experience growing up in church as an outsider, his crisis of faith at the age of 15, his introduction to apologetics, his decision to attend a secular university and study philosophy, his contribution to the formation of Ratio Christi, his discovery of some of the pitfalls of Christian apologetics, his process of integrating classical faith with modern ideas, the evolution of his beliefs, and the uniqueness of seminary life.
34 minutes | Jun 21, 2022
Ep. 60 Wade Bearden: Letter to a Prodigal (Part II)
In today’s Weekly episode, Ryan continues his interview with his friend from college, Wade Bearden, author of To My Friend Who Left the Faith: A Letter to a Prodigal from a Prodigal. In the second half of their conversation, they talk about the relationship between faith and certainty, hypocrisy in the church, the problem of pain, the role of suffering in the Christian life, and Wade’s goals for his book. Listen to the pod to ponder these important topics with Ryan and Wade. Purchase Wade’s book today: https://www.amazon.com/My-Friend-Who-Left-Faith/dp/0578391597/
37 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
Ep. 59 Wade Bearden: Letter to a Prodigal
In today’s Weekly episode, Ryan sits down with Wade Bearden, author of To My Friend Who Left the Faith: A Letter to a Prodigal from a Prodigal. “Wade and his friend met and grew up at church. After high school, they parted ways. Wade’s friend left the faith. Wade stayed—only to wrestle with his own questions about Christianity.” In the first half of our conversation, we talk about “emotionalism,” doubt, personal bias, the role of desire in faith, deconstruction, reconstruction, and self-criticism. Purchase Wade’s book today: https://www.amazon.com/My-Friend-Who-Left-Faith/dp/0578391597/
25 minutes | Jun 9, 2022
Ep. 58 The Weekly: Awe & Wonder
On today's Weekly episode, Ryan discusses the importance of having a sense of awe and wonder in life and for the world around us, attempting to inspire people to transcend modern disillusionment and contemporary disenchantment. Life is full of beauty and majesty, and it's important to be mindful of this.
19 minutes | Jun 2, 2022
Ep. 57 The Weekly: The Pragmatism of Faith
On this week's episode, Ryan unpacks the practical benefits of belief in God, looking at the relevant data and research from contemporary studies.
15 minutes | May 25, 2022
Ep. 56 The Weekly: True Kindness
On this week's episode, Ryan offers a constructive critique of the selective kindness of the world and tries to explain why universal kindness and unconditional love are far greater.
27 minutes | May 18, 2022
Ep. 55 The Weekly: Deconstruction Pt. 2
In the second part of our two part podcast on the current deconstruction movement, Ryan looks at the reasons why so many people are deconstructing Christianity today, closing with a brief appraisal and a brief critique of contemporary deconstruction.
16 minutes | May 11, 2022
Ep. 54 The Weekly: Deconstruction
If you are on Instagram or TikTok, you are probably familiar with the deconstruction hashtag. This hashtag is often associated with other hashtags, like: #exevangelical, #exfundie, #exholiness, and even #exchristian. As a type of deconstructionist himself, in the opening installment of this two part podcast, Ryan sets out to deconstruct the deconstruction movement in a constructive manner, setting the table for more in-depth analysis in the second episode.
19 minutes | Apr 29, 2022
Ep. 53 Cancel Culture & Public Education: Ethical Teaching Pt. 2
In the final episode of our new mini-series, Ryan brings his discussion of ethical education to a close, laying down some guidelines and ending with a concrete application.
27 minutes | Apr 29, 2022
Ep. 52 Cancel Culture & Public Education: Ethical Teaching Pt. 1
In the second installment of our new mini-series, Ryan sets the table for his ethic of education—defining terms, making key distinctions, and establishing the ideal of neutrality (which is an "impossible possibility") in the public sphere.
36 minutes | Apr 29, 2022
Ep. 51 Cancel Culture & Public Education: Cancel Culture
In the first episode of our new mini-series, Ryan evaluates cancel culture from a philosophical and ethical perspective—looking at various pros & cons and presenting a way forward.
24 minutes | Apr 20, 2022
Ep. 50 The Weekly: Self-Worth in a Digital Age
In this installment of the Weekly, Ryan diagnoses the pitfalls of defining success by and basing self-worth on contemporary standards, providing practical recommendations and giving encouragement to those who may be struggling with insecurity and a lack of self esteem in a digital age.
2 minutes | Apr 12, 2022
Thinker Sensitive Trailer 2.0
Ryan releases an updated trailer that succinctly sums up the nature, character, vision, and goal of Thinker Sensitive.
23 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
Ep. 48 The Weekly: People of Faith
On this week's episode, Ryan explains why all people—regardless of whether one is religious or not—are people of faith.
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