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Welcome to Banned Books, where we read and converse with the rebel children, the holy mischief-makers of God, who fight against the kind of useless religious, spiritual, and moral methods of life improvement that seeks to smother the glory of God in Jesus Christ. We want to introduce you to those who forgot everything except Jesus Christ and him crucified. We all struggle with fear of being last, lost, least, littlest, and dead, and so we are here to encourage, challenge, provoke, and maybe even offend you by introducing you to theologians who at one time or another were banned by their church, declared dangerous, or simply vilified for daring to confess that Christ alone is the way, truth, and life. Welcome rebel children, holy mischief makers, and fools for Christ. This podcast is for you.

Welcome to Banned Books, where we read and converse with the rebel children, the holy mischief-makers of God, who fight against the kind of useless religious, spiritual, and moral methods of life improvement that seeks to smother the glory of God in Jesus Christ. We want to introduce you to those who forgot everything except Jesus Christ and him crucified. We all struggle with fear of being last, lost, least, littlest, and dead, and so we are here to encourage, challenge, provoke, and maybe even offend you by introducing you to theologians who at one time or another were banned by their church, declared dangerous, or simply vilified for daring to confess that Christ alone is the way, truth, and life. Welcome rebel children, holy mischief makers, and fools for Christ. This podcast is for you.

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United States

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Welcome to Banned Books, where we read and converse with the rebel children, the holy mischief-makers of God, who fight against the kind of useless religious, spiritual, and moral methods of life improvement that seeks to smother the glory of God in Jesus Christ. We want to introduce you to those who forgot everything except Jesus Christ and him crucified. We all struggle with fear of being last, lost, least, littlest, and dead, and so we are here to encourage, challenge, provoke, and maybe even offend you by introducing you to theologians who at one time or another were banned by their church, declared dangerous, or simply vilified for daring to confess that Christ alone is the way, truth, and life. Welcome rebel children, holy mischief makers, and fools for Christ. This podcast is for you.

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English


Episodes

269: Josh McDowell - What about Science?

10/1/2022
It’s A Bittersweet, Scientific Symphony of Atheism. In this episode, we discuss Josh McDowell’s book, More Than A Carpenter, and the topic of belief, science, and atheism. Do science and faith contradict one another? Is atheism a reasonable position over-against belief in God? — SHOW NOTES: Josh McDowell - More Than a Carpenter https://amzn.to/3xQwXWy or http://www.voiceofthewatchman.org/warriorsofgod/More_Than_a_Carpenter-Josh_McDowell.pdf Robert Alter - The Hebrew Bible: A...

268: McDowell - Lord, Liar, or Lunatic?

9/24/2022
Liar, Liar, Jesus Is A Lunatic? In this episode, we read More Than A Carpenter by Josh McDowell. We discuss the cultural-historical argument that Jesus was either a good moral teacher or a prophet, or whether he was a liar, lunatic, or Lord. — SHOW NOTES: Josh McDowell - More Than a Carpenter https://amzn.to/3xQwXWy or http://www.voiceofthewatchman.org/warriorsofgod/More_Than_a_Carpenter-Josh_McDowell.pdf CFW Walther - On Masonry...

Duration:02:13:02

267: C.S. Lewis - It is no good asking for a simple religion

9/18/2022
Does God Care Whether We’re Good or Bad? We conclude our discussion of Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. If Christians live in enemy territory, as Lewis writes, how does that affect the defense of our faith? Do we have free will, and why would God give us free will if he knew we’d eat from Eden’s tree? What does conscience have to do with our relationship with God and one another? — SHOW NOTES: C.S. Lewis - Mere Christianity ...

Duration:02:33:28

266: C.S. Lewis - Christianity is a religion you could not have guessed

9/10/2022
Let’s Fight! In this episode, we read and discuss C.S. Lewis’ popular book: Mere Christianity. What do Christians believe? How do we discuss religion, good and evil, God and the devil, and why Christianity isn’t something anyone would ever think to invent? — SHOW NOTES: C.S. Lewis - Mere Christianity http://www.ntslibrary.com/PDF%20Books/Mere%20Christianity%20-%20Lewis.pdf Zombie beetles https://www.livescience.com/59493-fungus-turns-beetle-into-zombie.html Here We Still Stand 2022...

Duration:02:27:42

265: Flannery O’Connor - Revelation pt. 2

9/4/2022
Singing in Tune, But Singing The Wrong Song... In this episode, we conclude our discussion of Revelation by Flannery O’Connor. How does a theologian of the cross reveal the truth to people who don’t want to listen? Paradox, misdirection, and revelation. — SHOW NOTES: "Revelation" From "Everything That Rises Must Converge" By Flannery O’Connor https://www.ohio.k12.ky.us/userfiles/1153/Classes/7791/OConner%20Revelation.pdf The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor...

Duration:02:09:21

264: Flannery O’Connor - Revelation pt. 1

8/27/2022
A Christ-Haunted Parable... In this episode, we discuss faith, segregation, and the Christ-haunted south as described by Flannery O’Connor in her short story, Revelation. What happens to us when we discuss race, gender, class, and culture apart from Christ Jesus? What does it mean that the churches are Christ-haunted? What happens when the churches are quiet about what God’s Word says to a nation’s leaders, clergy, and people? — SHOW NOTES: "Revelation" From "Everything That Rises Must...

Duration:02:32:39

263: Dostoyevsky - The Devil—Ivan's Nightmare pt. 2

8/22/2022
You Silver-tongues Devil... We conclude our discussion of Dostoevsky’s dialogue between Ivan Karamazov and the devil from the Brothers Karamazov. — SHOW NOTES: The Brothers Karamazov - Book 11 - Chapter 9 https://www.gutenberg.org/files/28054/28054-h/28054-h.htm Reds https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082979/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 Biblia Pauperum https://amzn.to/3dECVm0 The Unseen Realm - Michael Heiser...

Duration:01:24:32

262: Dostoyevsky - The Devil—Ivan's Nightmare pt. 1

8/14/2022
Speak if The Devil… In this episode, we discuss Ivan Karamazov’s argument with the devil from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel, The Brothers Karamazov. How do we recognize the evil one when he comes to us, mainly when he portrays himself as someone who wants what’s best for us? — SHOW NOTES: The Brothers Karamazov - Book 11 - Chapter 9...

Duration:02:15:40

261: Herman Melville - Moby Dick

8/6/2022
Welcome to The Terrordome. In this episode, we read and discuss “The Sermon” from Moby Dick. What is a preacher's responsibility to his congregation in his preaching? What happens when the Gospel is talked about but never preached? What happens when Jonah is preached without Christ at the conclusion of the sermon? — SHOW NOTES: Moby Dick by Herman Melville - CHAPTER 9: THE SERMON https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/42/moby-dick/634/chapter-9-the-sermon/ Moby Dick (1956) - Father Mapple's Sermon...

Duration:02:19:53

260: Hawthorne - Young Goodman Brown pt. 2

7/30/2022
Was It Only A Dream? We conclude our reading and discussion of "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathanial Hawthorne. What happens when sin, death, and Satan are unaddressed by Christians, and especially the churches? What kind of damage does hypocrisy do to a community, congregation, and our Christian relationships? — SHOW NOTES: Young Goodman Brown https://www.owleyes.org/text/young-goodman-brown/read/young-goodman-brown Hawthorne bio...

Duration:01:44:21

259: Hawthorne - Young Goodman Brown pt. 1

7/28/2022
Good Christian People? In this episode, we read and discuss the parable of Young Goodman Brown, a short story by Nathanial Hawthorne. What happens when Christians don’t have a Gospel preacher? What happens when we carry our guilt and are tempted by the devil? How do we distinguish between God and the devil? — SHOW NOTES: Young Goodman Brown https://www.owleyes.org/text/young-goodman-brown/read/young-goodman-brown Hawthorne bio...

Duration:02:11:32

258: Dostoyevsky - The Grand Inquisitor pt. 3

7/17/2022
It’s For Your Own Good. We conclude our reading and discussion of Dostoevsky’s, The Grand Inquisitor. What are we willing to sacrifice to accept the devil’s offer of miracles, mystery, and authority? Why do we surrender to temptation, and what do we expect are the consequences? What can we learn from Jesus’ rejection of the devil’s temptations, and what does that mean for Christians today? — SHOW NOTES: The Grand Inquisitor By Fyodor Dostoyevsky ...

Duration:01:40:58

257: Dostoyevsky - The Grand Inquisitor pt. 2

7/9/2022
Happiness in Slavery. We continue to read and discuss the parable of the Grand Inquisitor in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s, The Brothers Karamazov. In this episode, the Grand Inquisitor details why Jesus’ rejection of Satan’s temptations in the wilderness doomed humanity. — SHOW NOTES: The Grand Inquisitor By Fyodor Dostoyevsky https://stephenhicks.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/DostoevskyF-Grand-Inquisitor-text.pdf The Same with Pictures and Introduction ...

Duration:02:27:56

256: Dostoyevsky - The Grand Inquisitor pt. 1

7/3/2022
Why? Why? Why? We read and discuss Dostoevsky’s parable of the Grand Inquisitor. What happens when we discuss evil and the work of the evil one apart from God’s Word, his preacher, and Christ’s cross? — SHOW NOTES: The Grand Inquisitor By Fyodor Dostoyevsky https://stephenhicks.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/DostoevskyF-Grand-Inquisitor-text.pdf The Same with Pictures and Introduction https://www2.hawaii.edu/~freeman/courses/phil100/11.%20Dostoevsky.pdf Gematria...

Duration:02:21:30

255: Parables of Kafka & Nietzsche

6/12/2022
Gatekeepers & Madmen. We read and discuss two parables, by Franz Kafka and Friedrich Nietzsche. What happens when people don’t have a preacher sent by the Holy Spirit to declare forgiveness? Without the Gospel, where does the law end? — SHOW NOTES: Before the Law by Franz Kafka https://www.kafka-online.info/before-the-law.html Friedrich Nietzsche, The Parable of the Madman (1882) http://historyguide.org/europe/madman.html 208a: Nietzsche - Human history is built upon sacrifice...

Duration:02:29:53

254: Kierkegaard - Parable of the Geese & the King and Maiden

6/7/2022
Humble Kings & Flightless Geese. We read and discuss two parables by Soren Kierkegaard. In this episode, the purpose of parables, the condescension of God, and why there’s no forgiveness in Kierkegaard’s parables. — SHOW NOTES: The Minister's Black Veil - Nathaniel Hawthorne https://www.owleyes.org/text/ministers-black-veil The Withertongue Emails: A Pastor’s Satanic Temptation, with Apologies to C.S. Lewis ...

Duration:01:58:26

253: Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Minister's Black Veil

5/29/2022
The God Behind The Veil. In this episode, we read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Minister’s Black Veil, and discuss the hidden God, divination, and the mirror of the law. — SHOW NOTES: The Minister's Black Veil - Nathaniel Hawthorne https://www.owleyes.org/text/ministers-black-veil The Withertongue Emails: A Pastor’s Satanic Temptation, with Apologies to C.S. Lewis ...

Duration:02:21:41

252: Hamann - We Hear the Blood of the Redeemer Crying Out in Our Heart

5/24/2022
Killer-Comforter-Praying Spirit. We conclude our reading and discussion of Johan Hamman’s London Writings. In this episode, we focus particularly on the Advocate and prayer. — SHOW NOTES: London Writings: The Spiritual & Theological Journal of Johann Georg Hamann https://ballastpress.com/shop/ols/products/london-writings-the-spiritual-theological-journal-of-johann-georg-hamann The Withertongue Emails: A Pastor’s Satanic Temptation, with Apologies to C.S. Lewis ...

Duration:01:31:20

251: Hamann - The Hostility of the Serpent's Offspring against the Blessed Offspring of the Woman

5/15/2022
It’s What You Can’t See That Can Kill You. We continue our reading and discussion of Johann Hamann, The London Writings, focusing primarily on spiritual warfare and how it manifests in daily life and pastoral ministry. — SHOW NOTES: London Writings: The Spiritual & Theological Journal of Johann Georg Hamann https://ballastpress.com/shop/ols/products/london-writings-the-spiritual-theological-journal-of-johann-georg-hamann The Withertongue Emails: A Pastor’s Satanic Temptation, with...

Duration:01:58:13

250: Hamann - Interpreting the Sacred Scriptures

5/9/2022
Two Books, One Condescending God. In this episode, we discuss the exegesis of Johann Hamann. What are the implications for Christians when God’s Spirit and Word translate us into the church and the world? — SHOW NOTES: London Writings: The Spiritual & Theological Journal of Johann Georg Hamann https://ballastpress.com/shop/ols/products/london-writings-the-spiritual-theological-journal-of-johann-georg-hamann The Withertongue Emails: A Pastor’s Satanic Temptation, with Apologies to C.S....

Duration:02:09:48