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Thinking Out Loud is podcast for Christians who want to welcome difficult conversations. Every other Thursday, Nathan Rittenhouse and Cameron McAllister will discuss these timely issues and draw from their experience as frontline apologists to show how Scripture addresses all of our most pressing cultural concerns.

Thinking Out Loud is podcast for Christians who want to welcome difficult conversations. Every other Thursday, Nathan Rittenhouse and Cameron McAllister will discuss these timely issues and draw from their experience as frontline apologists to show how Scripture addresses all of our most pressing cultural concerns.
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Thinking Out Loud is podcast for Christians who want to welcome difficult conversations. Every other Thursday, Nathan Rittenhouse and Cameron McAllister will discuss these timely issues and draw from their experience as frontline apologists to show how Scripture addresses all of our most pressing cultural concerns.

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Episodes

Alright, the Culture Is Increasingly Hostile to the Church. Now What?

4/12/2019
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In this episode, Nathan and Cameron discuss the growing resistance to Christianity in North America, and offer a hopeful reminder of the ever-present tension of being in the world, but not of it. Follow the Thinking Out Loud hosts on Twitter: Cameron McAllister - @CamMcAllister7 Nathan Rittenhouse - @N_Rittenhouse1

Duration:00:33:21

Are We Living in a Post-Humor Moment?

3/14/2019
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One of the byproducts of outrage culture is an increasing anxiety about humor. It's one of the reasons celebrities are more and more reluctant to host awards shows, and it's also why many of us are treading much more carefully when a joke comes to mind. Though being more thoughtful about our words and actions is certainly commendable, it's hard to deny that there's a stifling and even paranoid dimension to this cultural atmosphere. Join Nathan and Cameron as they traipse into this dangerous...

Duration:00:38:33

From the Oscars to Jussie Smollett, Where Does the Performance End?

2/28/2019
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Nathan and Cameron begin with a lighthearted consideration of the Oscars, which quickly morphs into a searching conversation on the ability of the arts to tell us about what it means to be human. The two hosts then turn to consider the controversy surrounding actor Jussie Smollett, and the increasingly difficult task of distinguishing performance from reality. Follow the Thinking Out Loud hosts on Twitter: Cameron McAllister - @CamMcAllister7 Nathan Rittenhouse - @N_Rittenhouse1

Duration:00:44:55

Finding Forgiveness in the Post-Truth Era

2/14/2019
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From Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to actor Liam Neeson, our news is filled with people seeking forgiveness for the misdeeds of their past. In this week's podcast, Cameron and Nathan wrestle with the ambiguity of what secular apologies actually mean and whether or not our nation believes that people can actually change. Is our character fixed in the past or is progress and redemption possible? Follow the Thinking Out Loud hosts on Twitter: Cameron McAllister - @CamMcAllister7 Nathan...

Duration:00:34:25

"Options Not Restrictions": Wrestling with Changing Abortion Laws

1/31/2019
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The recent New York abortion law known as the Reproductive Health Act, which allows for abortions as late as 24 weeks, has given new urgency to the debates surrounding the issue. The Virginia Bill aims to push the timeline even further. Given the volatile nature of the issue, how should Christians respond? In this episode, Nathan and Cameron wrestle with these developments, and aim to offer a hopeful rejoinder to our culture's view of human freedom. Follow the Thinking Out Loud hosts on...

Duration:00:39:20

Are Millennials Really "The Burnout Generation"?

1/17/2019
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Writer Anne Helen Peterson recently made waves with her BuzzFeed News article "How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation." In it, she draws on the psychological concept of "burnout" to describe the day-to-day condition of most people who fall into this generational category. Said condition might best be summed up as a kind of chronic exhaustion that emerges in a world where the traditional boundaries between work and play, public and private, professional and personal have all but...

Duration:00:38:51

Witches: Our New National Obsession?

1/3/2019
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Recent years have seen a surge in people who self-identify as witches. From Netflix's wildly popular The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to articles in Harper's Bazaar, it's hard to avoid this growing cultural obsession. Though it may sound exotic, many Christians are already dealing with questions raised by this issue. In this episode, Nathan and Cameron discuss some constructive approaches to these surprising new conversations, sharing from personal experiences with neighbors and social...

Duration:00:30:49

Rogue or Martyr? John Chau and the Complexity of 21st Century Missions

12/20/2018
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The story of missionary John Chau's untimely death at the hands of North Sentinelese tribesmen has captured the public imagination in a startling fashion, inspiring opinion pieces in publications as diverse as The Washington Post and The New Yorker. Many of the responses have been hostile, arguing that Chau needlessly jeopardized his life and risked spreading diseases on the protected island. Subsequent information has painted a more complex picture of Chau's aims. In this episode, Nathan...

Duration:00:25:01

A Discussion of James K. A. Smith's How (Not) to Be Secular

12/6/2018
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For those intimidated by Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor's doorstop-sized magnum opus, A Secular Age, Smith's book functions as a helpful primer. In this episode, Nathan and Cameron discuss How (Not) to Be Secular, and consider some of the subtle ways in which many Christians begin to mirror the secular world around them, and how we might open our eyes to this insidious process. Follow the Thinking Out Loud hosts on Twitter: Cameron McAllister - @CamMcAllister7 Nathan Rittenhouse -...

Duration:00:43:39

"Sokal Squared": 3 Scholars, a Hoax, and the Future of Academia

11/8/2018
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Recently, three scholars submitted twenty bogus papers to the most prestigious, peer-reviewed journals in the field of cultural studies. Seven of these papers were published, and it's likely that more would have seen the light of print if the Wall Street Journal hadn't exposed the hoax, now dubbed "Sokal Squared." In this episode, Nathan and Cameron explore some of the implications of this elaborate hoax.

Duration:00:34:28

A Discussion of Rod Dreher's "The Benedict Option"

10/25/2018
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Recently, journalist and popular blogger Rod Dreher made waves with the publication of his book, The Benedict Option. In it, Dreher argues that the Christian church is far from immune to the precipitous cultural decline in the West, and that many Christians have lost sight of what it means to be in the world, but not of it. Drawing on The Rule of St. Benedict's, The Benedict Option mounts a complex argument for a strategic cultural withdrawal on the part of the Church. How feasible is...

Duration:00:29:53

Natural Disasters and the Problem of Human Control

10/11/2018
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The recent Hurricane Florence left behind devastation—drenching North Carolina with 8 trillion gallons of water and causing $266 million worth of damage–and now with Hurricane Michael's landfall this week, a number of interesting questions are raised regarding human agency and control, especially in our era of unprecedented convenience and instant customization. In this episode, Nathan and Cameron discuss some of the ways in which these natural occurrences disrupt our notions of human...

Duration:00:34:16

Nike, Kaepernick, Serena, and a Disastrous Cartoon

9/13/2018
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Should we burn our Nikes? How should Christians respond to the cartoon depicting Serena Williams and deemed as racist? From Serena Williams to Colin Kaepernick, there've been no shortage of controversies in the world of sports recently. In this episode, Nathan and Cameron discuss these recent cultural moments and aim to offer a holistic framework for approaching these vexing topics. Tune in as we "think out loud" together on these current events through the lens of Christian hope. Don't...

Duration:00:32:48

A Discussion on James Davison Hunter's "To Change the World"

8/31/2018
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In 2010, James Davison Hunter's book To Change the World was greeted with a great deal of fanfare and controversy. Nearly ten years later, the book's sobering critique of the many well-meaning efforts to change the world appears truly prophetic. In this episode, Nathan and Cameron discuss how Christians can be faithful presences in culture, exercising leadership and influence within their local contexts. Don't miss another episode, subscribe to the podcast on: iTunes or Google Play...

Duration:00:35:21

Alex Jones, Online Communities, and the Muddy Waters of Free Speech

8/16/2018
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The recent campaign against popular talk show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has once again ignited discussion about the nature of free speech. What exactly constitutes hate speech? What speech should and shouldn't be protected? How do online communities, with their respective policies and moderating protocol, change this conversation? This week on Thinking Out Loud, Nathan and Cameron discuss these current events through the lens of the gospel. Follow the Thinking Out Loud hosts...

Duration:00:38:05

How Do We Decipher Today's News?

8/2/2018
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Why are we so suspicious of the news today? How do we avoid "fake news"? For that matter, how do we avoid the habit of chasing headlines just to stay in the conversation? How do we stay informed without succumbing to the notion that the sky is falling? In this episode, Nathan and Cameron take a broader look at our approach to current events and consider how Christianity can modify our interactions with today's headlines. Follow the Thinking Out Loud hosts on Twitter: Cameron McAllister -...

Duration:00:29:36

A Discussion on Alan Jacobs' "How To Think"

7/19/2018
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In this episode, Nathan and Cameron take a break from the headlines to discuss Alan Jacobs' excellent new book, "How To Think", and consider, among other things, why that title is not so much an insult as it is an invitation for a more measured response to our volatile cultural climate. Follow the Thinking Out Loud hosts on Twitter: Cameron McAllister - @CamMcAllister7 Nathan Rittenhouse - @N_Rittenhouse1

Duration:00:35:07

On Losing Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade

6/21/2018
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On the week of June 4th, the world was rocked by two celebrity suicides: fashion designer Kate Spade on June 5 and chef and television host Anthony Bourdain on June 8. Sadly, these kinds of incidents are becoming more and more prevalent, and, given our increasing access to celebrities—through social media and other platforms—our response is often deeply personal. Join Nathan and Cameron as they discuss these two talented people, their sad departure, and the changing perception of celebrities...

Duration:00:26:50