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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

219a: Dreher - The death of God in the West

9/18/2021
It’s So Soft, And Squishy. In this episode, we continue to read Rod Dreher’s book on being a Christian dissident. We discuss soft totalitarianism and its effects on the church and culture. What happens when everyone has a grievance and nobody can forgive? — SHOW NOTES: Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents by Rod Dreher https://amzn.to/2Wpmm4W The Other Guys (2010) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1386588/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_31 Noble Lie...

Duration:01:03:42

218b: Pastoral Debrief on Soft Totalitarianism and the Church

9/15/2021
Riley and Gillespie spin off into a pastoral debrief on the effects of soft totalitarianism on the Church and Christians within their vocation. — SHOW NOTES: Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents by Rod Dreher https://amzn.to/2Wpmm4W MEN HAVE FORGOTTEN GOD – ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN https://orthochristian.com/47643.html Twilight of Idols - Nietzsche https://www.gutenberg.org/files/52263/52263-h/52263-h.htm CONTACT and...

Duration:00:42:36

218a: Dreher - The Totalitarian State Seeks to Control Your Actions, Thoughts, and Emotions

9/12/2021
Christians Rush in Where Fools Fear to Tread. In this episode, we read Rod Dreher’s “Christian Dissidents.” What is totalitarianism? What are the consequences of soft totalitarianism? What is the Christian response to tyranny? — SHOW NOTES: Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents by Rod Dreher https://amzn.to/2Wpmm4W Fools rush in where angels fear to tread https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fools_rush_in_where_angels_fear_to_tread Generational warfare...

Duration:01:11:36

217: Dreher - The Unready Christians of Slovakia

8/30/2021
Christians Get Ready, There’s a’Change That’s Coming. In this episode, we read Rod Dreher’s book, Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents. We discuss what happens when society and the churches turn away from God’s Word and the Church, and defect, choosing instead to worship and obey people and things that are not Christ. — SHOW NOTES: Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents by Rod Dreher https://amzn.to/2Wpmm4W MEN HAVE FORGOTTEN GOD – ALEXANDER...

Duration:01:40:56

216: Mullet - Spiritualizing Cowardice: The Christian Bystander Effect

8/21/2021
Run, Rabbit, Run! In this episode, we read and discuss Spiritualizing Cowardice, by Garrett Mullet. When we read and consider the life of David, how has the popularity of psycho-therapeutic language and post-modern cultural norms in the past century influenced the way we read and teach on Scripture at present? SHOW NOTES: Spiritualizing Cowardice: The Christian Bystander Effect https://onthe.rocks/spiritualizing-cowardice/ The Revolution Will Not Be Televised ...

Duration:02:01:55

215: Pastoral Debrief on Christian Dissention

8/17/2021
In this episode, we discuss pastoral topics, congregational life, the challenges Christians face today, and how things have changed for clergy and the churches since 2020. SHOW NOTES: Spiritualizing Cowardice: The Christian Bystander Effect https://onthe.rocks/spiritualizing-cowardice/ The Revolution Will Not Be Televised https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Revolution_Will_Not_Be_Televised — CONTACT and FOLLOW BannedBooks@1517.orgFacebookTwitterTelegramTelegram Chat...

Duration:00:55:41

214: Whitford - Tyranny and Resistance

8/14/2021
Enemy at The Gates. In this episode, we read and discuss David Mark Whitford’s book, "Tyranny and Resistance." What are Christians to do when state and church unite to enforce laws that are in opposition to God’s Word and Christian freedom? SHOW NOTES: Tyranny and Resistance: The Magdeburg Confession and the Lutheran Tradition by David Mark Whitford https://amzn.to/3xHBbg0 Big Rock Candy Mountain https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Rock_Candy_Mountain — CONTACT and...

Duration:01:48:18

213b: Paulson - You must refuse the claims of the church to rule marriage and the government

8/8/2021
Breaking Your Rules — In this episode, we continue our reading and conversation about Dr. Steven Paulson’s breakdown of Martin Luther’s explanation of the two kingdoms. Marriage, children, preaching, serving our neighbor, and standing up to evil. SHOW NOTES: Luther for Armchair Theologians https://amzn.to/3zVq44z — CONTACT and FOLLOW BannedBooks@1517.orgFacebookTwitterTelegramTelegram Chat SUBSCRIBE YouTubeApple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherOvercast Google Play TuneIn RadioiHeartRadio...

Duration:01:13:12

213a: Paulson - Becoming a servant of all and a saint in this world

8/4/2021
I’ve Got a Gun aka The Whole Armor of God. In this episode, we read and discuss Dr. Steven Paulson’s breakdown of Martin Luther’s explanation of the two kingdoms doctrine. Faith, family, and false idols form the backbone of our talk. SHOW NOTES: Luther for Armchair Theologians https://amzn.to/3zVq44z — CONTACT and FOLLOW BannedBooks@1517.orgFacebookTwitterTelegramTelegram Chat SUBSCRIBE YouTubeApple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherOvercast Google Play TuneIn RadioiHeartRadio...

Duration:01:04:37

212: Tocqueville - Religion Considered as a Political Institution

7/23/2021
In this episode, we read and discuss Alexis de Tocqueville’s apology for religion’s relevance to politics in Democracy in America. What happens when the two kingdoms are divided or collapsed into each other? SHOW NOTES: Democracy in America, p.330 (PDF) http://seas3.elte.hu/coursematerial/LojkoMiklos/Alexis-de-Tocqueville-Democracy-in-America.pdf Tocqueville’s Faith https://lawandreligionforum.org/2013/08/01/tocquevilles-faith-2/ Biography...

Duration:01:16:19

211: Tocqueville - Life is neither a pleasure nor a sorrow

7/12/2021
Faith in What? Faith in Who? In this episode, we read Robert J. Delahunty’s article about Alex de Tocqueville’s faith. Tocqueville is a remarkable study in Enlightenment faith because he straddles the line between Christianity and the Enlightenment: Law and religion, belief and despair that concerns the relationships between Church and State in the United States and France. SHOW NOTES: Tocqueville’s Faith https://lawandreligionforum.org/2013/08/01/tocquevilles-faith-2/ Democracy in...

Duration:00:54:49

210b: Hitchens - Eschatology is inseparable from religious faith

6/30/2021
“Remember again part of our charge against religion, our belief that it is fundamentally wicked and antihuman, is precisely its eschatology. Religion is predicated on the idea that our time here is short and should be shorter, that our job is to bring on the end of days. This is just a veil of tears and guilt and shame. This, the only life we have—the only life we have that contains music and art and literature and solidarity and sex and love—all of this should be swept away. We can’t wait...

Duration:01:27:42

210a: Hitchens - Religion is the first chance to explain human nature and the natural order

6/23/2021
“We were baffled by climatic and cataclysmic events: earthquakes, tidal waves, storms, lightning. All of this was to us terrifying. Religion works as an attempt, then, to make sense of things. We are pattern-seeking mammals, after all. It’s a good thing that we are, because if we weren’t pattern-seeking mammals, our curiosity would have no outlet and we wouldn’t be capable of the great innovations that have liberated us from so many things, including religion.” SHOW NOTES: “God is Not...

Duration:01:00:27

209b: Hitchens - Religion abolishes obligation to live in truth

6/18/2021
Christians Aren’t Good, or Moral. In this episode, we continue to read and discuss Christopher Hitchens’ speech on religion and morality. Does religion delete our need to confront reality? SHOW NOTES: “God is Not Great” https://ffrf.org/outreach/awards/emperor-has-no-clothes-award/item/11978-christopher-hitchens Hitchens books: https://amzn.to/3iGsX3S Hitchens vs. Hitchens https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=christopher+and+peter+hitchens Petersen vs. Harris...

Duration:00:59:57

209a: Hitchens - Is it moral to tell anybody that their sins can be forgiven?

6/17/2021
God is Good… or Not. In this episode, we read and discuss Christopher Hitchins’ speech about religion and morality. What’s the point of attaching the forgiveness of sins to morality? SHOW NOTES: “God is Not Great” https://ffrf.org/outreach/awards/emperor-has-no-clothes-award/item/11978-christopher-hitchens Hitchens books: https://amzn.to/3iGsX3S Hitchens vs. Hitchens https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=christopher+and+peter+hitchens Petersen vs. Harris...

Duration:01:14:15

208b: Nietzsche - Seeing the alternative between Dionysus and the “Crucified”

6/12/2021
The God that won’t stay dead. In this episode, we wrap up our discussion of God, Nietzsche, and how Jesus fights against our attempts at self-atonement. SHOW NOTES: A God Torn to Pieces: The Nietzsche Case (Studies in Violence, Mimesis & Culture) https://amzn.to/3fXcir1 A God Torn to Pieces: Good Friday, Nietzsche, and Sacrifice https://sojo.net/articles/god-torn-pieces-good-friday-nietzsche-and-sacrifice — CONTACT and FOLLOW BannedBooks@1517.orgFacebookTwitterTelegram...

Duration:01:09:04

208a: Nietzsche - Human history is built upon sacrifice

6/9/2021
God is Dead again, because of us. In this episode, we discuss whether Friedrich Nietzsche was closer to the kingdom of God than most modern Christians, and how we can learn from him. SHOW NOTES: A God Torn to Pieces: The Nietzsche Case (Studies in Violence, Mimesis & Culture) https://amzn.to/3fXcir1 A God Torn to Pieces: Good Friday, Nietzsche, and Sacrifice https://sojo.net/articles/god-torn-pieces-good-friday-nietzsche-and-sacrifice — CONTACT and...

Duration:01:09:15

207: A Prayer for Memorial Day

6/1/2021
SHOW NOTES: A Prayer for Memorial Day https://blog.cph.org/read/a-prayer-for-memorial-day Gracious Lord, heavenly Father, on this day we pause to remember the sacrifices made for freedom throughout the past centuries. We do indeed owe a debt of gratitude to those who have paid dearly for the liberty we enjoy. Yet, O Lord, I know that good government, peace, and freedom are really gifts granted from Your fatherly hand, as I confess in the Creed. As we remember those who have served our...

Duration:01:45:57

206b: Eagleton - The figure of the tortured and executed Jesus is the overthrowing of the Satanic image of God

5/30/2021
God is Dead. In this episode, why the New Testament is more radical than Friedrich Nietzsche in its critique of false religion and false gods. SHOW NOTES: Eagleton - Nietzsche and Christ http://trinitycollegechapel.com//media/filestore/sermons/EagletonNietzsche231108.pdf Terry Eagleton bio https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Eagleton 1979 Life of Brian church debate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeKWVuye1YE Thus Spoke Zarathustra...

Duration:01:26:45

206a: Eagleton - Everyone knows that Nietzsche said "God is dead"

5/28/2021
Nietzsche is Dead. In this episode, learning from Friedrich Nietzsche how to repent and believe in Christ Jesus as Savior. SHOW NOTES: Eagleton - Nietzsche and Christ http://trinitycollegechapel.com//media/filestore/sermons/EagletonNietzsche231108.pdf Terry Eagleton bio https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Eagleton 1979 Life of Brian church debate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeKWVuye1YE Thus Spoke Zarathustra https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thus_Spoke_Zarathustra — CONTACT and...

Duration:01:01:34